Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Hey, all. Trying to post at least on occasion to make Carrie happy (hi, Carrie)!! Gotta keep these pregnant ladies happy, y'all. It's the least we can do.

So where the heck have I been? I hardly know. The last 6 months have been such a blur. I've been taking care of myself again - eating right, going to the gym, etc. That feels good. Been playing waaaaay too much Farmville. (Must stop. Really must. Tomorrow).

Girls are fantastic. Kate is FINALLY seeming to make progress on the potty training thing. Or perhaps I should say I am making progress - because I got so I just couldn't handle the accidents anymore, and my freaking out all the time made things SO much worse. Kate and I had a rough six months, folks. ROUGH. But it seems we've turned the corner, and not constantly dealing with dirty undies (and pants, socks, carpet, furniture) has allowed me to remember how amazing my 4 year old is. She's talkative, imaginative and she's learned so much. She's just so grown up.

Elizabeth is a joy. She talks a blue streak and her favorite phrase is, "I do it!" It is usually followed by success and her shouting (loudly - the girl has lungs), "I did it! I did it! By My-Self!!" mental note: must get that on video.

I have tons to do in the next month. Pete's sister is getting married May 1st, and I am a bridesmaid. First of all, let me share that when I ordered my dress in November I ordered a size that was too small in the waist (3 inches) and hips (1.5 inches). It fits me now - hooray! But I still must figure out hair, shoes, undergarments. Must schedule alterations. Have dresses for the girls, but still need to have those hemmed and get tights. Haven't started on Pete yet. Planning two bridal showers in the next month.

I need to get activities for the girls (Kate, primarily) scheduled for summer or I will spend way too much freaking time on this laptop. I am also just beginning a project to paint nearly our entire house. We've lived here 8 years and have painted the basement and the girls rooms. We are far, far overdue. I am on my orchestra Board and we need to hire a new general manager and concertmaster. Plus I have something like 10 solos in our April concert, so I have some serious practicing to do.

So if you don't hear from me again for awhile, that's what is going on.


Sunday, March 7, 2010


Yep, pretty much spot on for a life in IT management at a large company. Not so much for stay-at-home parent. But what can you do...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Can I just go to bed now?

So far today:

- I forgot to eat my banana on my way to the gym, resulting in trying to do a 75 min conditioning class on 200 calories of protein.

- I 'snuck' out of a very full 75 min conditioning class after 45 min.

- Elizabeth fell into a very large puddle of icy slush leaving the gym.

- While shopping for (dry) clearance pants for Elizabeth at Target (but before buying my groceries), I lost my new leather gloves.

- Kate (yes, Kate, my nowhere-near-potty-trained-4-year-old) pooped her pants.

- The school we plan to send Kate to next fall called asking where Kate’s teacher reference was - they need it this week to decide whether or not to admit her. I haven't even asked for it yet. (Oh well, she probably won't be able to go anyway, because she won't be potty trained).

- After cleaning up Kate (and while on the phone with the school), I learned Elizabeth found the pancake batter and poured it all over the kitchen.

Here’s hoping this day gets better, and fast.