Friday, February 29, 2008

Mesh

Last night was Moms Night Out with my moms group. We went to a very yummy restaurant called Mesh. The owners, the Sturkeys, are very well known in the culinary field. One of their desserts was voted the best restaurant dessert in America by USA Today. I didn't get that dessert, though, which is a chocolate Bailey's cheesecake cake. I did get the carrot apple cake and split it along with the triple nut raspberry tart with a friend. They were both YUMMY! For dinner I had the diver scallops, which were also delicious.

I even took a picture of them.


And a picture of me, in the middle, with Christine and Linda.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

And people wonder why we didn't want to move back to Cincinnati

On Wednesday, radio talk show host Bill Cunningham, opened the John McCain rally at Music Hall. I can honestly say I have never listened to this man on the radio (and no, I don't listen to the liberal talk radio hosts either. I do not need to know what any extremists on either end are slamming on the others about.). However, his introduction seemed inappropriate at best, ignorant maybe and hateful most likely. His reason for using Barack Obama's middle name, in his words? “...is to identify that person.” Cunningham said. Huh? Do we not know who BARACK OBAMA is without the use of his middle name? Bill Cunningham must really be an idiot and think his audience is too if he thinks he needs a middle name to identify his target. So I can only defer he is trying to associate Senator Obama to the Muslims, IE, terrorists and Al-Qaeda. Maybe, Mr. Cunningham, since your first name is Bill, we should associate you with another Bill we all know, no middle name needed, and assume you are getting blow jobs from radio interns. And as for my deference of his attempt to associate Senator Obama with Muslims? Well, linking Muslims to terrorists is like linking Christians to the KKK. You are a fool, Mr. Cunningham.

In an interview I saw on the news, Bill Cunningham said Senator Obama should be held "under the same scrutiny as everyone else. He should be treated like a man not a messiah." Is that all Mr. Cunningham has? Apparently it is or he would have revealed a couple of negative facts with that crowd instead of resorting to inferences about Senator Obama's middle name. That's a pretty weak case from what is apparently a pretty weak, unprofessional and desperate man.

God bless Senator John McCain for speaking out against this idiot's pathetic attempt to "fire up the crowd." Shame on them for falling prey to that. Senator McCain handled this situation with full dignity and honor. While I don't expect to be pushing the John McCain button come November, if I were someone on the fence, it would certainly be a strong persuading factor. Because of Senator McCain's response to this opening speech, Bill Cunningham then referred to Senator McCain as "Juan Pablo McCain" which I can only assume implies Bill Cunningham's hatred of Hispanics, too.

Cunningham has now promised his vote to Hillary Clinton. I think she could do without his vote, personally. I guess he is assuming she will win the primary elections, but he is in a tough situation if she is not running. Then what will he do?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I hate that!

I was all geared up for another "winter event" (ie. snow and ice) when, yesterday, they issued us a Winter Storm Watch for today and tonight. Then this morning, they yanked the rug out from under me and say it's now not going to happen. We are expecting some snow and some ice, but not what they were predicting originally. Bummer.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Damn!

This past weekend I lost a diamond earring. I was out with Sous Chef on Saturday morning and scratched my ear and noticed it was gone. Motorcycle Guy bought me these earrings our first Christmas that we were married. I have talked to the insurance company and will be going later this week or early next week to get the replacement cost for the insurance company. Thank goodness for that jewelry rider on our homeowners insurance. They'll replace it for the full cost with no deductible!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

A little ice with your snow?

After some more snow and about 1/4" of ice on top of it, school was canceled for Friday. Of course, all of this hit during rush hour, which is the way it has been with each of our snows this winter. The others have hit morning rush hour, this one hit evening rush hour. We got the call Thursday evening about 9:00pm that school was canceled for Friday because the snow and oncoming ice had no intention of letting up. It iced into Friday afternoon. Needless to say, my kids were thrilled and so was I. Motorcycle Guy also took a "snow day" and worked from home in between playing the Wii, cooking breakfast, playing pool, etc.




Sous Chef started his classes today with a program for gifted education. He seemed to really enjoy it, I learned some things about gifted education programs and the requirements that are changing in Ohio education and Sous Chef made butter. While cooking and creating recipes, they are also learning the science of food (how yeast rises, how to make butter, freezing/temperatures for ice cream, and more) in addition to math - fractions, measurements, converting measurements, and writing. I think he will enjoy this and next session we will try something new, like electrical currents, inventions or something like that. I promised him today if one of the Saturdays is warm before the session ends, I will take him around UC's main campus, show him my dorm, where my classes were and also the two houses I lived in during my college years. I think I am more excited about that than he is!

We let him choose who would take him today and he chose me. On the way there, our conversation went like this:

Me: "So why did you choose me to take you today?"

Sous Chef: "Because I am going to take turns with you and dad. And as they say, 'Ladies first.' "

He's so polite!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Dark side of the moon

Did you see the lunar eclipse last night? So cool. Motorcycle Guy kept getting the kids out of bed to look at it! I didn't take this particular picture, but this is exactly what the eclipse looked like in our part of the country.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Snow Day!

Snow days come as a big surprise when you didn't even know it was supposed to snow! A client last night told me we were supposed to get two inches, which was the first I had heard of this impending snowfall. Then, as I was watching TV later, a snow advisory came up. Sure enough, about 4:00am it started to snow. Just in time for rush hour and not enough time for the streets to be cleaned and voila, you have a snow day. It snowed for about four hours non-stop and we have somewhere between 3-4 inches of snow. When Sous Chef got up this morning and I told him there was no school, you would have thought from the look on his face that I just told him we were celebrating Christmas TWICE A YEAR! They are now predicting an ice storm for Thursday night/Friday morning, so we'll see what happens with that.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Not much ...

It is rather boring here. Friday night I went to a CAbi clothing party at a neighbor's house. (I bought the cargo pants and peplum sweater shown on the Collection page for "The Optimist" minus the white shirt, which I figured I could find a similar one somewhere cheaper). The shopping ended and most of the women attending stayed until about midnight drinking and talking. I drank quite a few Pink Panties drinks (vodka and pink lemonade) and was happy to only have to cut through the neighbor's back yard to get home!

The rest of the weekend was a lot of laying around and some time helping my friend Sara and her sister get their mom's house ready to go on the market. Not a fun job, but we made the most of it and enjoyed each other's company. I think they were glad to have a third party to hang out with.

I have picked up some extra shifts at work - I worked two evenings last week and will work two evenings this week. Giving five massages a week (a couple which are 90 minutes long) doesn't sound like much, but for "out of practice" hands, it's a lot of work. I think this week will be easier on them - they seem to be getting more used to it.

The couple of funny conversations this past week were with CJ:

Me: "What are you doing?"

CJ: "Looking at you."

Me: "What are you looking at me for?"

CJ: "Because I love you."

That just makes a mom's heart go all mushy!

New conversation:
Me: "What are you doing?"

CJ: "Sitting here."

Me: "What are you doing to your penis?"

CJ: "Touching it."

He's such a guy!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Is this really where our money should go?

The front page of the today has an article titled "Key Bush ally joins McCain camp". The Indian Hill business executive who is expressing support for McCain was the finance chairman of Bush's 2004 campaign. This man raised $273 million dollars. I am guessing other candidates, Republican and Democrat, raise similar amounts of money. If one can raise $273 million dollars, with some donors giving $1,000s and more, why can't we raise as much money to pay off our national debt, to make donations to much needed family and social services; to prevent genocide and other atrocities against the human race? If a person is willing to spend $100's if not $1,000s and more to get a person elected, doesn't it seem like they are spending their money in the wrong place? I would love to see a cap on what ANY candidate can earn to spend on campaigning - and $273 million seems like a little much to me. It seems then our candidates would have to actually prove themselves based on their beliefs, values, experience, ability to lead a country and certainly their ability to meet a strict budget - no overspending allowed and no personal financial input. Then think of all the extra money those donors would have left over to donate to a TRULY WORTHY CAUSE! Our country and our world has people who are homeless, hungry, jobless, uneducated, working hard but still living in poverty, struggling to pay for much needed healthcare and more. I just don't get it.

Then I read the other front page article titled "Clemens pressed by Congress" (this is not the story that is in the paper, but a similar one they posted on the Enquirer's website). Oh Holy Lord, is our government really spending my tax dollars on trying to decide whether or not some asshole professional sports player used steroids? Is this really going to make or break world peace, cure hunger and improve healthcare for all humans? Congress really has nothing better to do with their time than spend 4.5 hours interrogating , under oath, a trainer and a player, who are in disagreement over whether one injected another with steroids and human growth hormones? I think our federal government can find something better to do with their time and my money. There's a war going on for Christ's sake - spend 4.5 hours constructively discussing what to do about THAT!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Winter Storm Warning?

It's about time! They say we are going to get the storm of the winter later today, tonight and tomorrow. I remain cautiously optimistic, as they usually are so far off from these predictions that it is laughable. However, on the Today Show this morning, Al Roker actually pointed out our city and said we should expect a big storm today. That made me believe the local forecast a little more. Until I see the actual snow on the ground and get the 5:30AM phone call that our schools are closed, I won't believe it. Motorcycle Guy is already planning a snow day for himself tomorrow and assumes he will be working from home.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Legs for Lyman

Legs for LymanLegs for Lyman Video

Check out this website for our friend, Lyman. Lyman is the son of a good friend of mine in KS. He is two years old and has cystic fibrosis.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Bitch

Today I volunteered to work a shift at Sous Chef's school Winter Carnival. Each classroom hosted a game and I worked the final shift for Sous Chef's room with another mom from the class. It was a cute game, kind of like Kerplunk from The Price is Right, but it fit on top of a table and used super balls, with three people each racing a ball. Anyway, one of the races ended, I turned to the line of kids who were up next and collected their tickets and handed out the balls while the winner from the previous race collected his prize from the other mom. They started lining up and there was one of the boys who had just completed the previous round standing to the left of me (the line was to the right of me) handing me a ticket to play again. I explained to him we already had three players and he needed to go to the end of the line. He said ok and started walking to the end. I very quickly feel a tap on my shoulder and this is what happened next:

His mother (AKA Bitch): "He was next in line and you let those kids go before him."

Me: "I thought he had just played the round before this one that's about to start."

His mother: "He did. Then he got at back in the line and he was next."

Me: "I didn't see him in the line. I only saw him standing next to me when I turned around to get the new game started."

His mother: "No he got at the end of the line and should be in this round about to start."

Me: "I'm sorry about that. I didn't see him and we already have three players. He will need to wait until the next round."

His mother, under her breath, you know, the "under her breath" that's loud enough for everyone to hear, and shaking her head: "Oh my god." And she makes sure he is next in the line.

Me, in a surprisingly calm voice, but loud enough for everyone to hear: "I said I was sorry. Excuse me for making a mistake. It happens."

The parents standing around who witnessed this were either looking down at their feet or up at the ceiling trying not to laugh. A couple made eye contact with me and clearly were thinking the same thing I was. I can understand this response if I had, oh, I don't know, just told her I fucked up her paycheck and she wasn't getting paid this week and I had no intention of correcting my mistake, or if I failed her or one of her children on a test because I incorrectly graded it and was not willing to make the change in my grade book. But this obnoxious reaction over her son having to wait an extra 30 seconds to play a game, all because of a MISTAKE? I now wish I would have finished the conversation like this:

Me, handing her my bag of tickets: "Here, you do it" and then walked away.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Profanity and Puberty

I bought Big E a book for Christmas called TRAVEL TEAM. It's a fictional story about a basketball team, written by Mike Lupica, who I believe is an ESPN sportscaster or writer. Anyway, I asked him about it last night and he said he's reading it at school during the day. I then asked him if he liked it and he said yes. Then he kind of laughed and said, "but they use a lot of cuss words." I asked him what they were and he refused to SAY them. I told him it was ok in this situation and he couldn't make himself do it! I finally asked him to spell them, as I wanted to know what words exactly this book was using since it was in the kids section of Barnes and Noble and said it was for ten and up. Anyways, he laughed and says "D-A-M-N" and "P-I-S-S-E-D". I explained it's ok to have this in the book, but that didn't mean I wanted to hear him using those words. Hey, it's not like he doesn't hear that around the house!

Yesterday was Big E's "puberty class" at school. I had watched the video ahead a couple of weeks ago and discussed everything in it with him at that time, hoping to prevent any unnecessary giggling during class. We covered topics like hygiene and pubic hair and also erections, ejaculation and wet dreams. After that, he looked at me and started talking about a video game or something. I asked him if he had any questions and he said something along the lines of "can I have a Ho-Ho?"

So he comes home today and says they had their "puberty class". I asked him how it went and was there lots of giggling. Of course, a room full of boys talking about erections and pubic hair is going to get some giggles. He wasn't sure who laughed the most, but thought it was about equal amongst all of them. Then he showed me the deodorant they gave him, which happens to be the same thing Motorcycle Guy wears. I showed him how to wind it up/out and then I said, "and then you rub it on your lips." He looked at me with the most odd face, as if he wasn't 100% sure if I was telling the truth. He finally said, "nuh-uh" but he wasn't really sure where it went. I cut the crap and finally gave him the real story about deodorant. He was so into it, he showered this morning and used his new deodorant. Too funny!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Ear infection

We have been ear infection free for several years. After chronic ear infections with Big E, he got tubes at about 14 months old. We were good to go after that, until Big E hit first grade and couldn't pass the school hearing tests. They tested him upon entering 1st grade and then again going into the winter months. FAIL. We took him back to the ENT who confirmed a high level of fluid in his ears, wrote the school about giving him "preferential seating" and we monitored him. Sure enough, shortly after that, double ear infections! We couldn't get them cleared up and in went another set of tubes and out came his adenoids. He's been good to go ever since.

Sous Chef, in his eight years of life, has had maybe three ear infections. CJ, as far as we can remember, has not had any ear infections during his four years. We THINK there may have been one, but since he was born around the time Big E was having trouble in 1st grade, we might be confusing the two. Anyway, yesterday after lunch, he said, very innocently, "my ear hurts." I asked him if it hurt inside and he said "no, right here" pointing to the opening to his ear. I thought maybe he poked his ear and had a little cut or an ingrown hair or something. I didn't see anything. Within about 1/2 hour, he was crying non-stop about his ear hurting. I figured a little Tylenol would take care of it. NOPE. He finally cried himself to sleep, slept for about two hours and woke up crying his ear hurt. On to the Motrin, because I don't think they recommend Vicadin for four year olds. That seemed to do the trick. In the meantime, I scheduled an appt. for the evening. I had a meeting for my moms group, so Motorcycle Guy took CJ to the doctor at what is normally his bedtime. Sure enough, infected. He is much better today. I go back and forth about the antibiotics for ear infections. Studies show that most ear infections start to clear themselves up within three days. Our doctors in KS did not prescribe antibiotics for ear infections in kids over two years old unless they were still infected and there was no improvement after the third day. Here, they prescribe them right away. So I went with it being it was the first ear infection, but if these infections continue, I will have to re-evaluate this.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Clients

Over the years of being a massage therapist, and especially now that I am seeing a variety of clients on a more regular basis, I am reminded that there are all types of people out there with a variety of comfort levels in regards to receiving massage therapy. This makes my job a little more exciting as I never know who is going to walk through my door, unless they are a repeat client, of course!

Yesterday, Sous Chef passed his Level 3 swimming course and will now start Level 4. On paper (or blog) this may not sound like much, but he was ecstatic. Level 4 means he can participate in the summer swim team, which is one of his "goals." He would eventually like to be able to participate in the year round team, which requires passing the Level 6 class. Motorcycle Guy and I are excited for him and it will be interesting to see how he does this summer. I am not sure he totally understands what being on a swim team means, that it's not just going to the pool for a leisurely swim.

GO BARACK! Nothing would make me happier than to see Barack Obama win the Democratic ticket, have Kathleen Sebelius as his VP running mate and then see them go all the way to the White House!!!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Happy Anniversary, Fat Tuesday and Super Tuesday

"Mom, why do we have jambalaya on Super Tuesday?"

"We don't have jamabalaya because it's Super Tuesday. We have it because it's Fat Tuesday.
This year it just happens that Fat Tuesday is the same day as Super Tuesday."

Big E is so interested this year in the election process, how it works, who the candidates are and what the results are. He is also studying the American government and its branches in his Social Studies class. It's been really fun to talk to him about how our government works, how the election process works, what Motorcycle Guy's and my values are for choosing a candidate and why. I've also learned/re-learned a thing or two while helping him with the government branches homework.

Our house is abuzz today with Fat Tuesday and our 14th Wedding Anniversary. It's very fitting that our Anniversary and Fat Tuesday fall on the same day. Our first trip together was to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. We have had jambalaya for dinner on Fat Tuesday pretty much every year since. We even decorated Big E's nursery in Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold and green. Today is a lot warmer and wetter than the day we got married. It was very cold on our wedding day and shortly after we arrived in Jamaica we heard Ohio had been hit with an ice storm. It didn't get any better here to the east coast through that week and we had a little trouble getting home because of airport delays and cancelations. Unfortunately, 14 years ago there were not digitial photos and I don't have a scanner or I would post a picture of us on our wedding day.

That's all I have for today, except to say "GO BARACK!"

Friday, February 1, 2008

Disc Golf

For the last several weeks, Big E has been playing disc golf with Motorcycle Guy and his friends. There are a couple of other kids who go, too, on occasion. Motorcycle Guy made a "career" out of playing Ultimate Frisbee, but over the years has gotten away from being on a full time team due to family, work and work travel, etc. Disc golf requires a lot less time and commitment and I know Motorcycle Guy loves teaching Big E how to throw a disc! Look out Sous Chef, you'll be next. CJ would probably go now if he could!
Big E tee-ing off


Big E tee-ing off again!


Motorcycle Guy tee-ing off.