I truly did not intend for so much time to pass by before I updated the blog so for the few people who still check in to see if I am alive, I apologize! The truth of the matter is that I refuse to use my work computer for blogging and at night I usually hang out with my iPhone which makes blogging impossible as I can barely get a good FB status out of my super awkward all thumbs attempts to write approach. I need a real keyboard to blog and I could and should make a concerted effort to dust off the home laptop or kick B off of the desktop machine he is glued to and I promise I shall do a better job of it in the future!
But now so much time has gone by! Alas, what to write about?! I know! I can do a montage style thing with bullet points!
- I got all bummed by my friend's status that she has lost 50 lbs instead of being all happy for her. You see, we started dieting at the same time and I am only down 22 lbs and she has more than doubled this! She did Medifast and I am afraid of a) the chemicals and b) the cost but now I find myself looking at the Medifast website a little too longingly. I wanted to be down 43 lbs by my 43rd birthday but that isn't happening seeing as I have like 6 weeks to go. My goal is now to be down 30 but losing weight is not something I am great at. I am trying to do the low carb route but guess who shoved two croissoints in her mouth last weekend after being bread free for 2 weeks?
- I got alarmingly obsessed with the hantavirus which is spread by mice and has a 40% fatality rate. We have a problem with mice where we live, old homes with loads of cracks and ways for those bastards to get in. Last year we killed about 20 before resorting to poison and although we haven't seen one yet this year, we know it is just time. It isn't just us, as our neighbor put it, "In TX (where she is from), everyone has cockroaches and you are considered really dirty if you have mice. Here it is the opposite." My obsession got so bad I started panicking and sending alarming instant messages to B. Things like, "Most people who are exposed to the virus have come in contact with rodent droppings in their own homes" which you imagine might be upsetting if you, the recipient, had no idea what the hell was going on. B finally talked me off a ledge by sending me stats from CDC wherein there was only 1 case of hantavirus in the whole state of MA ever and a promise to buy and strategically place more poisons.
- I got alarmingly sick (not hantavirus) with a really bad cold/flu thing (maybe hantavirus?) but wrapped in blankets and covered with crushed kleenex I discovered a gem on streaming netflix. It is British miniseries called North and South (not to be confused with an American miniseries of the same name). Now that I am older, I don't often swoon over some actor or celebrity like I did when I was younger and writing embarassing fan fiction about Colin Firth. I can't recall the last time I obsessively google imaged pictures of some lothario. But now, my friends, Richard Armitage with his dark dark hair and his ice blue eyes and razor thin lipped smile.... Perhaps the less said the better.
- B's parents are all moved in to their new home in Vegas and some of her old caretakers moved into the house in Bakersfield so we have a reprieve on having to do things like cleaning it out and selling it. In an effort to make my sister in law's life easier, I took over crafting the rental agreement, thanks to online templates for legal leases in the state of CA. The funny thing is that when you work with technology all day every day, you take for granted the types of things other people might understand. For instance, one of the ladies does not own a cell phone or computer and the other had no idea what I meant by "scan." Keep in mind, they are both in their mid 20s and both attend a community college. I know things cost money, and not owning a cell phone is admirable, but the school should offer basic technology, no? Anyhow, I resorted to the good old postal service.
- B's parent's health continues to deteriorate but at least they are being cared for and B's sister can take them to appointments, etc.
- I am starting to have to think about birthday parties for the kids. Up until now we have had A's parties in our home, little brunch affairs since she is a New Year's Eve baby. But this past year she has been exposed to so many parties she now has very definite ideas of what she wants and it is not a home party. Part of me is happy to oblige because the cooking and cleaning involved with a home party....well bleh! But, the expense of having it somewhere else is....double bleh! Anyhow she wants to do a repeat of a friend's party in which we go to this place that has an option for a "candy party." The kids paint and decorate and fill their own gumball machines, they frost and decorate cookies, they string their own candy necklaces, and fill a bottle with colorful colored sugars. Exactly how crappy of a parent would I appear to invite a bunch of 4 year olds to a "candy party?"
Anyway, yesterday was the Smithsonian Magazine Free Museum Day wherein you can get passes to specific museums and we opted for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts because a) it is super expensive otherwise and b) it is one of my son's favorite places despite the fact that it is a "look not touch" experience. He really enyoys the ancient Egypt and Chinese furniture exhibits the most if you can believe it. He is always cautioning his sister not to get too close or touch the art, it is super cute watching him police her.
Anyway, outside the museum there are these two sculptures of baby faces and well, my daughter and I got silly. Here we are picking its nose.
Some might say it is gross encouraging such behavior, others might just admit that my kids are doomed because B and I find such things hilarious. They don't stand a chance.