Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Baking, blogging and beef with Pillsbury

Tonight Madeline went to Ghoulish Garfield, a haunted house at Garfield Park, with her girl scout trip. I picked her up at 8:30, where another mother quickly pulled me aside to say "it's going to be a 'lights on' night for Madeline....she got separated from the group in the haunted house and came out crying".

Seriously?!? Of all the kids to get left behind in a haunted house, I'm 99% sure Madeline is the most scared of everything and therefore the WORST candidate to get separated from the group. Oh, and she got separated because a guy with a chain saw started chasing them and Madeline ran the opposite direction.

Needless to say it's 10:17 and she's up with me. She's watching Diary of a Wimpy kid while I make cupcakes, monster eyes and hot dog mummies for a pitch-in at work tomorrow and a party tomorrow night.

Pumpkin time

Last night we finally got around to carving our pumpkins. I saw a lot of others posting photos of their carvings on Instagram, and I think the fact that its been 70+degrees until last week made it easy to procrastinate this holiday tradition (no one wants a rotting pumpkin on their porch!).

I picked up this nifty tool at Meijer after a glowing recommendation from a friend...

And boy were they right. Regular price $7.99 but I lucked out and Halloween stuff was 50% off, so I only paid $3.99 for this beast. Score! The pumpkin gutter attaches to your drill and makes cleaning out a pumpkin about a hundred times easier and faster. I actually got a little carried away with this bad boy and Nick chimed in "I'm afraid you're going to go through the pumpkin". I just wanted to make sure I got everything out! And the gutter was amazing to watch do the work for me. (It's sad to admit, but I have only recently started to use realized how amazing tools are. I love them!)

Friday, October 26, 2012

The files are IN the computer

I'm not a techy person. Not.

I prefer to call the workings of technology "magic". Because magic is elusive and wonderous and expansive; and leaves the audience in bewilderment. In magic we don't need to know what happened, we just know it was cool.

magic=technology. bewildered=me

What doesn't make sense to me is everything how the frickin frick we can do what we do with these computation machines?!? How could we ever live without them? It seems like life would be impossible. But we did it before, and at the time we didn't even know it sucked. It was just how it was.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Trip to a field

I love every moment I get to spend with my kids. Especially when I can do something to focus them individually.

Today I went with Amelia on her kindergarten field trip to Waterman's Farm. She was excited for the pumpkin patch, but more excited to ride the bus. Her school doesn't have bus service, so it was kind of a big deal.

That's her friend Riley. They're buddies. Riley's mom is Amelia's Daisy troop leader so we've been hanging out with Riley outside of school a lot lately.

I love this picture. Amelia's expression is pure Amelia.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bad friend karma

It's hard for me to be a good friend. Not that I don't want to, just - it's hard. As most people I lack time, sleep and honestly, I just don't think about what I need to proactively do be a better friend. 

Until recently. 

For the past few years I've had a handful of people acting as my support system. And lately it has failed. Hard. Maybe everyone is busy, maybe I'm just hormonal and sensitive. Or maybe they've realized I suck. 

At first my feeling were hurt. Then I was pissed. And now I'm really not sure what to do. But it still hurts.

And because I feel like I haven't been as good a friend as I could be, I'm convinced that I deserve it.