Archives for May 2009

Two in Two

I have now broken my second pair of ear buds in two days. The first pair somehow shorted out or some such — the sound blips on and off in the right ear bud. Well, it did before it permanently decided it liked Off best. The second pair has some exposed wire going on now.

Seriously. How did I do this?

Once again, I need new headphones of some sort. I guess maybe I should NOT buy the cheapest pair this time.

Happy Mother’s Day

The Princess told me last night, “Mom, when you wake up tomorrow – DON’T EAT ANYTHING. If you get hungry, drink some water, but DO. NOT. EAT.” Okay, so at that point, I was clued in… breakfast in bed, six year old style. Awesome, dry toast.

Well, The Princess slept in.

So, Happy Mother’s Day to all of you. I’m starving and dying for coffee. I hope everyone has an awesome day!

Thursday Ten: Catch Up Mode Edition

1. I woke up yesterday, got out of bed, stood up and was immediately so dizzy I had to sit down while brushing my teeth. Got downstairs and was so queasy I couldn’t see straight so I plopped down on the couch and basically didn’t move all day. All day long, I thought, Oh crap. I’m getting sick. By the end of the day I realized that what I had was a migraine. The symptoms were different than my typical migraine – as my first symptom is usually an extremely high sensitivity to smells – but that symptom didn’t hit me until about 6 p.m. and after that I realized what I’d been dealing with all day. I popped several ibuprofen and put an ice pack on the base of my neck as a friend suggested (brrrrr) and by about 8 p.m., I was feeling quite a bit better.
2. Consequently, I didn’t get much done yesterday and my to-do list for today? SCARY. I’ve been chugging through, getting things done though – so it’s a little less frantic right now.
3. Finally figured out the new right hand strumming technique I learned last week and as of today, I am up to tempo (WHOOOO) and able to play the whole song (With some obvious goofs here and there because the Dsus4 chord after the G chord sometimes gets muddled. By sometimes I mean A LOT).
4. On Friday, I hit my fundraising goal for my breast cancer walk and I am thrilled. For those of you who donated and offered me words of support and encouragement: THANK YOU. It’s an amazing cause that deserves our support and I’m thrilled to be taking part and just amazed at the generousity of people.
5. Started learning “Crash Into Me” by Dave Matthews Band in guitar lesson today. This is not my favorite DMB song. Not by a mile. It vaguely feels like getting stuck playing “Viva la Vida” again.
6. American Idol rock week. Well… Hmph. Not sure how I feel about it. My favorite in the competition is Kris, but I wouldn’t have been surprised if he’d gotten the boot. I liked his version of “Come Together” – considering that it’s a pretty stupid song (have y’all ever listened to the lyrics?). Surprised to see Alison go, but I think we all figured Guyliner Adam wasn’t going anywhere.
7. By the way, Slash is aging surprisingly well. I’m stunned.
8. I had to fill out a learning style survey for The Princess to help the school select a teacher for her for 2nd grade next year. I am really hoping that the school talks to her current teacher to get a better idea of her learning style – she’s pretty smart and I am so worried about her getting bored.
9. This week I ordered some stuff from Sephora. I love Sephora. It’s not even just the products – I love the free samples too. If you’re a products kinda person, please check out Beauty for Babies at the March for Maddie site. This week there are going to be several lots up for bid – and they’ll clearly mark the retail price – that you can bid on to benefit the March of Dimes. Awesome, right? Check it out. Note: they can only ship to the US and Canada.
10. In preschool, Pumpkin somehow earned a gift card for free pizza for “reading”. (I’m not sure how that happened, because while I think my children are definitely smart kids, I KNOW my three year old isn’t REALLY reading). Anyway, tomorrow just me and my little Pumpkin are going out for a pizza lunch and I’m kind of looking forward to having a special lunch with her. And pizza. I’m looking forward to pizza.

Well, That Was Easy

I love Apple.
I love iTunes.

And even when I knew that the downloads on iTunes was all DRM-y, I didn’t care because I loved the ease of use and how everything was all in one place. Before the whole iTunes thing, I had a Sony MP3 player and the Connect/Sound Stage program was no where near as user friendly as I find iTunes to be.

So, even when I knew Amazon was DRM-free, I didn’t use it because iTunes was so easy. And even though I knew that most songs were cheaper per song than iTunes, I still didn’t use Amazon because iTunes kept all my stuff in a nice neat tidy little bundle and I didn’t have to import anything or do anything crazy special – everything JUST HAPPENED easily.


I went looking for an album the other day and it wasn’t available on iTunes. It was available on Amazon. I downloaded the nifty little Amazon downloader doohickey and found out that all this time I thought that it was going to be a mess DL’ing music from Amazon, it wasn’t. It was easy and all my new music went right into iTunes without me having to import songs or break a sweat.

If I could find where my daughters hid my Staples button, I would press it now: “That was easy.”

And if you’re wondering what I’m listening to….

The Mechanics of Leaving by Keeley Valentino. Kind of an acoustic-y, singer songwriter from Nashville. And I LOVE it.

I’m Old.

Tonight, The Princess asked for a quesadilla. She chomped on it for awhile before putting it down. When I saw it on her plate I said to her, “Your quesadilla looks kinda like PacMan!”

Blank stare.

“Huh?” she asked.

“PacMan, your quesadilla kind of looks like PacMan.”

“Mom,” she said, as though I had horns or three heads, “I don’t even KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT.”
(You can see it, right? I realize the mouth is a bit too rounded for PacMan… and that PacMan wasn’t covered in cheese, as far as I can remember, but it’s a resemblance nonetheless – like it could be PacMan’s cousin or something).

April Showers Bring April Flowers

For the bulk of the year, this is basically a plain boring green bush. Right now? It has the awesome purple flowers you see in the last frame of the trio. It requires no gardening knowledge from anyone which is awesome. It’s the only reason why it’s still around.
This is the only foliage type post you’ll see from me. Why? Because THIS is the only landscaping we have. Basically, we have lawn, we have a tree and we have this bush which is supposedly a rhododendron (but if it’s not, that’s okay too).
Every time I see it, a tiny bit of me wishes I had more flowers around until I realize that I don’t want to spend my free time with my hands in the dirt.