Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Backstreet's Back, Alright!

I'm baaaaaaa-aaaaaack!

Wait.  Did you even notice I was gone?

Maybe I should have mentioned to you all that I was going to Baltimore for a work conference.  But then again, is it wise to announce on your public blog that you will be out of town for a few days?  Aren't there jaded criminals combing Blogger to find out who's out of town for the weekend so they can rob them silly?  Or is that just one of those urban legends, like how you know that gangs are in the neighborhood if you see a pair of shoes dangling from a telephone wire.  Which I never understood, by the way.  What is so intimidating about shoes over a telephone wire?  And don't you have more exciting things to do if you're in a gang?  Plus, shoes are expensive.  And you could get yourself electrocuted. 

Well, one thing's for certain.  I am much too practical to be in a gang.  I know. I missed you too.

Anyways, I'm back and waaaaaaaaaay behind on all things blog.

First of all, I would be remiss not to mention that I'm late in posting about Date Night Challenge:  A Spa Getaway.  That's because it hasn't happened yet.  But I'm 100% sure it will be happening this weekend.  I think.  Well, it better be, because I need a massage.  Or a facial.  I wonder whether I can convince Scott to paint my toenails.  I may need to use all my feminine wiles to get him to cooperate.

Hmm.  Well, I have a few days to work on it.

Anyway, I'm glad to be back, if for no other reason than to tell you all about the RIDICULOUS amount of food I ate on Monday night while in Baltimore.  See, they had this reception thingy at the conference where they served free, unlimited appetizers.  Appetizers such as mini crab cakes and California rolls. 

I repeat:  free un.lim.i.ted. crab cakes and california rolls. 

Platters and platters of them!  All for the taking.  How often in a lifetime is one presented with free unlimited sushi?  Not very often, I'll tell you that much.  So when it happens, you just gotta go for it.

There were three different buffet stations, so I strategically hopped from one to the other so as not to draw attention to the fact that I was stuffing my face the entire time.  New buffet station, new plate, new group of people to chit chat with - no one was the wiser.  Thank God I was wearing a stretchy skirt to accomodate it all.

Then after the reception I went out to dinner.  And had more appetizers.  And an entree.  And dessert.

You know how you get to that point where you've eaten *just enough* to be comfortably full?  Well, I ate about a plate and a half beyond that.  But it was totally worth it.

And you know what they say....what happens in Baltimore, stays in Baltimore.  Unless what happens in Baltimore attaches to your hips.  How many days until spa night again?  Oof. 


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Riddle Me This

At pre-K yesterday, Ashley's teacher Mrs. L gave the class a riddle to solve.

"What is green and round and grows in a field?"

The kids all threw out their guesses.

Child #1:  A tree!

Child #2:  A flower!

Ashley Belle:  A unicorn!!!


Hmm.  I can totally see how she'd get confused.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Imaginary Word of the Day


a combination of feeling both blue and tired
caused by too much work, too little sleep, and rainy weather
as in "Man, I'm blired."
cannot be cured by coffee alone. copious amounts of chocolate must also be consumed.
or ice cream. that works too.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Taking One for the Team

Earlier this week I had to travel down to Kansas City and stay overnight for work. 

After a busy day, I checked in to my hotel. 

Which was really swanky.

And very quiet.

Where I ordered room service. 

And watched the Sex & The City movie on HBO. 

And fell asleep in a king size bed. 

By myself. 


The next day, a coworker who is a mother to one small child, said to me sympathetically:  "It must be so hard to travel down here and spend the night away from your children."

I nodded.  It was so hard.  So, so hard.  But I'm just that dedicated to my job, people.  If my work needs me, I will be there, pulling my weight.  You know how the saying goes - there is no "I" in "Team." 

There's also no "I" in "You want me to come down and stay at a hotel all by myself??  Holy crap yes!!"

But I didn't tell her that.  She'll get there in about, oh...two kids from now.  Give or take.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

In the Immortal Words of Billy Madison

  I got my lunch packed up... 


♪  My shoes tied tight...  ♫ 


I hope I don't get in a fight... 


♪  Ohhhhhh, back to school, back to school...  ♫ 

Wouldn't it be great if all of life's special moments could be summed up by Adam Sandler movie quotes?

Pinkalicious: The Musical

Today, Ashley and I went to see Pinkalicious: The Musical at the Rose Theater here in Omaha.  Also attending were my mom, my sister-in-law Jennifer, and my niece Ellie.


For those of you who are not parents to a little girl between the ages of three to six, Pinkalicious is a popular children's book about a little girl who turns pink from ingesting too many pink cupcakes. It is a cautionary tale about overeating, following rules, and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Or maybe it's just about really loving the color pink.  Probably the latter.  Anyway, somebody somewhere decided that it would be a good idea to add a musical soundtrack and put on a live version of the thing.  So we decided to go see it.


We arrived pretty early since it was open seating, so we had to wait for a super long time for the show to start.  Luckily Nana spoiled the girls with ring pops, glow-in-the-dark-bracelets and candy necklaces while we waited.  It's all about the accessories, right Nana?  Teach 'em young, that's what I say.


Anyway, the show was really cute.  I especially liked the parts with the younger brother, although I don't really remember him being that questionably effeminate in the book.  Maybe I need to reread it now that I have more background.  I thought the songs were cute too. Also, I now know lots of words that rhyme with pink, and that could certainly come in handy someday. For example, if I'm ever in a rap battle with Strawberry Shortcake.

After it was over, we decided to join the line to meet Pinkalicious herself.  Ashley was equal parts excited by the prospect of meeting Pinkalicious and outraged that she had to wait in line in order to do so.  At one point she ditched me and joined another family via cutsies.  I reclaimed her though and reminded her in the wise words of Yo Gabba Gabba that "It's only fair, to wait your turn!"  And then I was grateful that she was only cutting in line and not biting her friends, because that's a more awkward song to sing in public.


Then after all that was over, we went out for cupcakes.  Because that's what you do just after you see a play about turning pink after eating too many cupcakes.  "Don't eat cupcakes, they'll turn you pink!"  "Do eat cupcakes, they're delicious!"  "Don't eat them!"  "Do eat them!"  "They're bad!"  "No, they're good!"  Confuse 'em young, that's what I say.


But we'll let them work that out in therapy on their own time, because those cupcakes were dang delicious.  I think the place we went might be my new favorite place in town - Jones Bros. Cupcakes.  It even made me want to cheat on the Big Cookie, and that's really saying something.

On the way back home, Ashley started begging to go to the park.  And I said something like "Ashley, look at all the fun things we did today!  The play, the cupcakes, the accessories...why are you never happy?  If you're just going to get mad at me no matter what we do, maybe we should just stay home on the couch all day." 

And she said, "But mommy, I promise I won't get mad at the park." 

Someday I will win.  I just know it.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Date Night Challenge: Pizza and a Puzzle

Guess what time it is!?!?  That's right, it's time for another...

Date Night Challenge!!!


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This week, Scott and I went a bit literal with our Date Night Challenge theme...

Pizza and a Puzzle

I told Scott it would be much more exciting if we could add another "PZ" word.  Like "Pizza and a Puzzle with Pizazz!"  Or "Pizza and a Puzzle at the Plaza!"  Or even "Pizza and a Puzzle Plus a Pretzel!"  But in the end, simplicity won out over my desire for alliteration.  Bummer.

So anyway, here's what we did.

First, we made pizza.  That's right, people.  We didn't order it.  We made it.  Although if you want to get technical, we did not actually make the dough or the sauce or any of the toppings.  So technically, we just assembled our pizza.  But assembling a pizza is much fancier than dialing Domino's, so I am proud of ourselves nonetheless.

We bought that one kind of pizza crust that's already baked and round and hanging up in same aisle as the pizza sauce. No tossing required.  Although we still did just for kicks.



Then we got out all of our toppings.


And assembled away to our heart's content.


I went with artichoke hearts, mushrooms and red onions.  And a whole lotta olive oil and cheese.


Scott put our entire refrigerator on his pizza.  It was seriously like three inches high.


We baked them for about 10 minutes (super quick, no?) and munched on some breadsticks while we waited.  Ah, bread from a can.  You are so delicious.


Then the pizza was done!  They were so good.  I'm telling you, this was straight ghetto homemade pizza -  jarred, sauce, bagged crust, canned toppings - and I loved every bit of it.  We're definitely making these again soon.



Yum.  Then it was time for.....pizazz!!!!!!!!!  Or maybe just a puzzle.

(See Scott?  It would have been awesome).

Let me tell you, it is hard to jazz up puzzle night.  But we tried our best.  First, Scott picked out the best puzzle he could find at the store.


He found a boxed set of 12 puzzles, each a different size, but all portraying incredibly glorious and inspirational artwork.  This stuff was a-maz-ing.  Dolphins frolicking in pink water, a giant lion head framed by moonlight, white tigers majestically sitting underneath huge planets.  If I were a dentist and could travel back in time to 1982, I would be totally set for decorating my office.  But alas, I'm not a dentist and I cannot travel back in time.  Which is also a bummer because I can't tell my younger self to wear my retainer more.  But bygones!  

We selected which puzzle to do by the most exciting means possible.  Scott juggled the bags until one fell and split open.



Don't look at my gross floor.  We're putting in hardwood floors.  *cough* In about ten years. *cough*  Now time to get solving!


We challenged ourselves by not looking at any of the pictures so we didn't know which puzzle we were working on.  I crossed my fingers and secretly hoped it was the unicorn sipping from the mountain stream at sunset.  But it wasn't.  It was the deserted island with treasure and a lighthouse.  Which how can it be a deserted island if there's a lighthouse?  I don't understand it.

(I never would have made it through dental school.)


As soon as the puzzle was complete, we kissed goodnight. How could you not after looking at that lovely inspirational scene for two hours?


And thus ended another date night challenge. 


And now for next week's Date Night Challenge theme....

(Are you ready?!?!?!?!?!?!?)

(Are you sure?!?!?!?!?!?!?)

(Am I annoying you yet?!?!?!?!?!?!)

A Spa Getaway

Should be fun! 


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Weekend Bliss

This weekend has been beautiful.  And we've been outside in the backyard the entire time.  Luckily the kids indulged me and let me take ten bajillion pictures of them. 














(I couldn't decide if I liked it better in color or black and white).

 And I get to stay home again tomorrow too!  God bless the inventor of the 3-day weekend.

There's No Business Like Show Business

Remember when I posted about the boys' favorite games lately?

In case you don't, here's a reminder of their current favorite:

"Buzz Dead":  This is their absolute most favorite game as of late.  In it, the boys reenact the opening scene of Toy Story 2, where Buzz Lightyear gets blasted to bits by the evil Zurg in a video game sequence.  It starts like this - one of the boys will shout "Me Buzz!"  Then the other will shout back "Me Bad Guy!"  Then whoever is playing the role of "Bad Guy" will shoot pretend lasers out of his pointer finger while "Buzz" collapses face-first onto the carpet.  Then "Bad Guy" lets out a deep-voiced maniacal "Mwah ha ha ha!!!!!!"  Then they switch.  This can go on for hours. They play it so much I'm worried I might have to start paying the Toy Story folks royalties.

Well, I caught it on video for your viewing pleasure.  In this scene, Owen portrays the role of "Bad Guy", while Aidan plays everyone's favorite space ranger, "Buzz Lightyear".  Enjoy the artistic genius.

And remember when I posted about Ashley's tap dance moves?

Yup, got that one too.

I'm thinking we should just move to Hollywood now.  Their talent is undeniable, isn't it?