Monday, December 19, 2011

Not too Shabby......

It's been a while since I've done any sort of weight loss picture, post, update, etc.  I've been meaning too, but other things just pop up.  Obviously we are in the not so weight loss friendly time of the year.  Starting with Thanksgiving the snowball rolls down the hill through holiday luncheons, Christmas and then New Years until it is the size of an SUV.

I don't want to be an SUV, but at the same time I'm not going to kill myself to try and be a SmartCar either!  So, I have given myself a pass.  A pass to make wise choices but not stress out.  That pass is 3lbs.  So, for the past couple weeks I have gone up and down the same three pounds.  If I can do that through New Years I will be a happy camper!

Recently I won something I have coveted for a long time.....a Shabby Apple dress.  Natalie's Sentiments was having a giveaway for a dress that I knew would be a perfect style for me.  I won.  I ordered the biggest size they had, an XL and looked on my porch every day hoping it would be here in time to wear for the holidays and hoping it would FIT.

I must say, not too shabby!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Some Light Hearted Christmas Reading

My Mom recently sent a little care package to the house with a little touch of Christmas for Leyton inside.  Some holiday pj's, some holiday music and two holiday books.

Classics really.

I didn't think he'd be interested in them because they are a bit wordy, but after a couple different attempts the other day he finally sat through them and I got to see them in their entirety. 

It was during my reading of "A Christmas Carol" that I realized these books might be a little different.  To start, this book is written in rhyme.  Now at first that seems fine.  Gives it a jingle.  Makes it fun for Leyton to follow along to....a Dr. Seuss touch if you will.  It was when we got to Tiny Tim that I first said "huh?"

For those not familiar Tiny Tim is ill and handicap in the story "A Christmas Carol."  He is in this book too, only it's put in a different manner?

I quote:
"Tiny Tim," said the Spirit, "will always be lame.  But he still is cheerful despite his great pain."

Now, I know they had to rhyme with pain....but seriously....lame?!  Not sure that is quite appropriate?

I quote:
"It spoke not a word and seemed to be dumb.  It was the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come."

So, if you are handicap or sick you are lame and if you can't talk you are dumb?!  Man, the lessons my kid is learning from this book are fantastic!  Now, don't get me wrong....I know both of these terms were PC at some time but I'm thinking this might not make the must read at Christmas list.

Thankfully the "Twelve Days of Christmas" had the lyrics that I always remember it happening.  I just question if these Lords are really a-leaping?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Craigslist Etiquette Part Deux

If you read my last post, you probably figured I had all the rules covered.  I figured at that point I had experienced all of the ridiculousness that Craigslist could provide.  I had experienced the flakes, the low balls, the please delivers.  It couldn't get worse.

Trust me, Part Deux means it can.  The stupidity is about to hit an all time low.

Here's the deal.  I have a food processor.  A REALLY NICE food processor.  I got it with the intention of making Leyton's food.  It was a birthday/Christmas gift last year and seemed like such a good idea at the time.  Up to that point I was making all of Leyton's food in a small blender sized food processor.  What I didn't realize is in just a month after getting said item....Leyton would start solids and my need to puree would come to a screeching halt.  I kick myself everyday that we got this food processor.  So, the obvious idea was sell it on Craigslist.  I knew I'd only get half of what we paid for it at most, but I could use that money to buy something I would use and still have money left over.

Unfortunately I kept getting low balled.  Finally I realized that maybe I was just going to have to drop the price a bit lower.  I got emailed an offer and accepted.  I should have known when it was pointed out that it was a "cash" offer we were in for trouble.  I'm pretty certain the last time I checked bartering for goats ended sometime in the last decade.

I had said buyer meet me at my house.  I have a dog that barks like Cujo so this has always seemed like a safe option and I always meet buyer out front.  Buyer came, cash was exchanged, item left the premises.  I have to say I had a big sigh of relief that it was finally over.

Two hours later my phone rang.  It was buyer.  I ignored the call and figured he could leave a message.  Moments later, there was a knock at my door.  I figured it was the mail man and kept working.  When I looked up towards the front window, instead of seeing the mailman walking across the lawn...I see buyer at the front window.

I went outside to figure out what the problem was.  Now, this processor is made by Kitchen Aid and is called the Advocate Professional.  Mr. Buyer took this to mean this was a commercial grade processor and when he noticed on the bottom of the processor that it said "Household Appliance" he accused me of falsely listing my item as a professional item...when really it is not worth as much.  All it would have taken would have been for him to GOOGLE the name of the processor...which is printed RIGHT THERE ON THE FRONT and he would have seen that what I listed is exactly what I sold. 

Apparently though, what I didn't realize all this time is that Craigslist has a return policy.  If you buy something that you have buyers remorse about, even if the item is EXACTLY what the seller said it was, you can go right back to that person's house and get your money back!  No receipt needed.  Just peek your face in their window and voila!

Lesson learned.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cool tricks. Cool tricks.

I figure we are just moments away from me discovering he has removed all his clothes.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Leyton and Whisky have a great bond.

No matter how much battering that dog takes, he is never far from Leyton's side.

I wonder why?

Monday, December 12, 2011

We love Santa!

Last year Leyton went and saw Santa and this happened......

A happy drunk looking Santa and a happy little baby.

I knew this year was going to be different.  I knew Leyton was likely not going to be quite as happy to see Santa.

Let's face it, Santa doesn't look all that happy to see Leyton either.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

How dead are your branches?

It's official.  The Christmas tree is dead.  It has just as many branches without needles as it does branches with. It is brown.  I sweep up at least this many needles every day.

So much for my $10 Wise Buys savings.  I now have a dead Christmas tree on my porch.  Bah Humbug.

Thursday, December 08, 2011


Stressing out over a child's haircut is RIDICULOUS!  Did I mention that yesterday?  I was making myself sick to my stomach.  Then I got a piece of advice.  I had a couple people tell me "Just cut his bangs" but I felt like that would make him look even more like a girl.  Finally someone said the most simple thing..."well, you have an appointment for a haircut anyway on if you don't like how it looks with bangs they can fix it."


While Leyton was finishing his dinner I snuck up on him from the back and cut his bangs.  He hated it, but it was so quick that he didn't have too much time to react.  Know what?  It looks fine!!!  For some reason I was picturing these straight across bangs, but with the way Leyton's hair grows it just looks layered?

Needless to say our haircut appointment is cancelled and Leyton will continue sporting his long wavy hair for the time being.  I know eventually it will have to be cut, but for now I'm happy.  I promise, no more posts about ridiculous attachment to my child's hair.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The do.

I have a problem.  I am seriously attached to my sons hair.  It's ridiculous but I've heard that the first step in solving a problem is admitting that you have one?  When Leyton's hair started to curl up I was so excited.  Plus, those lofty beachy surfer looking waves suited him.  I've gone all this time without cutting it.  In fact, I really thought that it would get cut when he told me he wanted it cut.  Problem is, now it's in his face all the time.  The hair in the front won't curl in this cold weather and it makes me crazy.  At home I just use a bobby pin, but if I take him in public like that he will get called a girl even more than he does now.  So, there is only one solution.  Cut the hair.

We have an appointment on Saturday.  Leyton ABSOLUTELY hates when people mess with his hair so I can only imagine that this experience is going to be worse than when he has to get shots.  I'm hoping they can keep it on the longer side, just trim it up.  I'm hoping that the curl doesn't all get cut off as I've been told sometimes you do cut it and it doesn't curl again.  I'm hoping I make it out of that salon without crying myself.

Ridiculous!  Is there a support group for this kind of thing?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Don't happy.....just not too happy.

Yesterday on a visit to Target I left disturbed.  I know that shouldn't even happen because Target is not supposed to be a place of deep thought.  It's my one stop shop and I never wanted to add anything mental to the mix!  The only thing I want to be disturbed about when I leave Target is how I managed to spend $100 every time I step in there.

Anyway, we have to tell this story backwards.  So, we will start at the end.

I was checking out at the only register open that early in the morning.  At the front of the store was a "personal greeter" saying hello to people as they came in.

"That guy is just too happy," said the checker.  "I'm friendly to most people and can start a conversation with a stranger but it creeps me out a bit and makes me worried when someone is that friendly."

I myself, said nothing.  I didn't know what to say.  There were a couple things I wanted to do.  I wanted to put a plastic Target bag over her head and then punch her right on Target to name just one of them.  Instead, I just paid and left....disturbed.

You see, now we have to go back to the beginning.  The part where I was standing at the dollar bins listening to a man in his late 50's talk about losing the job he had for over 20 years due to cut backs.  The part where he looked for another job, anything really, just to make ends meet and not lose everything he had.  The part where everyone kept closing the door in his face because they weren't hiring, although he really felt they weren't hiring people his age.  The fact that he got to a place where he was so scared that his family wouldn't make it financially...........

and then...........

he got hired on as the Target greeter and has never been more happy to have a job in his life.

It made me so sad.  Sad to know that we are at a place where most people are skeptical over the person that seems "Too happy."  We think there is something wrong with them.  Something to be suspicious of.  They are weird.  They are odd.  They make us nervous or uncomfortable.

In a way, they are odd.  Odd because most of us can't even remember a day when we were that happy so it looks completely foreign to us.

I've thought a lot about what I want 2012 to look like.  What I hope to accomplish.  I've even thought about making a bucket list.  Now, I know.

I want to be as happy as the Target greeter.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Ha Ha Ha

Leyton has developed his "social laugh."  For those that might not know what that is, that is the laugh that he uses when he wants to join in the laughter.  The laugh he will give you if you ask him "Is that funny?"  This laugh is NOTHING like his real laugh.  His real laugh can light up a room.  His real laugh includes the biggest smile on his face.  I don't have video of this laugh yet, but you can tell from this pictures that he really gets into it.

His fake laugh includes faces that make you think he is screaming or in pain.

His fake laugh is all teeth. 

His fake laughs makes me laugh so hard I almost wet my pants.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Bath Time!

Leyton's mood as of late has been STELLAR!  He has been an absolute joy to be around this week, full of smiles, laughs, hugs and kisses.  The tyrant that wanted nothing more than to beat the shit out of me or the dog has taken a back seat for the time being and I couldn't be happier.

Bath time has always been hit or miss for this dude.  If he is not in the mood then HE IS NOT IN THE MOOD.  Last night though he was having so much fun that I asked the hub to get the camera so I could take some pictures.  He was laughing as I was telling him "ewwww" because he kept sucking bath water out of the washcloth.

Seriously, look at that mouth full of teeth!!  The gap between the big one in the back and the front tooth will not be there much longer as more are working their way in now.  Anyway, back to the bath.  He was full of giggles and smiles.  Then it happened.  The smallest little grunt, but I knew exactly what was taking place.  Of course, since I had my camera I had to document.  Of course because I really need you to understand the joy of the situation I am going to share the picture with you.  Turn away if you are squeamish.

Yep, my son took a dump in the tub.  Yup, he also had corn the night before.  He of course also found this to be the funniest thing EVER and all I could do was laugh.

Onto step two...drying off.  Leyton HATES being dried off because he knows that eventually mommy is going to dry his hair.  He does not like his doo messed with.  I got Leyton a robe a long time ago at the Goodwill Outlets but didn't realized until last night that it probably fit.  Holy solution to our toweling off problem Batman! That kid LOVED the robe.  He just kept strutting around the house in it and the perfect part was, he kept the hood on so his hair got dried off.

Well, to be honest...the really perfect part is how freaking adorable he looks in a rob.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

The Lake of Dreams Book Review

As a big fan of The Memory Keepers Daughter, I was very excited to get the opportunity to read and write a review for The Lake of Dreams.

Lucy is currently living in Japan with her boyfriend Yoshi, when she decides to go home to help her injured mother.  She has not been home years, leaving shortly after her father's funeral some 10 years prior.  Shortly after returning home she discovers some interesting letters and an old blanket and sets off to find out more details about the item.  In doing so, she rekindles with her previous boy friend Keegan whom she left behind.

While at times I found the book a tad boring and full of unnecessary detail it was an interesting read.  It was interesting to watch Lucy try to trace back through history to discover the true meaning behind the items she discovered and in turn also finding herself....even though it didn't quite end in the way I expected it to!  I'll keep that to myself though as not to spoil anything for anyone.  I would recommend this book to fans of Kim Edwards!

This was a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.


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