July 28, 2011

Happy birthday...

Happy Birthday! (said in my best Frosty the Snowman voice)

I did it. Can you believe it?! I actually kept this blog going for a full year and yesterday I celebrated its first birthday!

I really have come a long way from my first post. Things have changed. Time has changed. I have changed. What a year it's been!

And to these amazing people (and blogs) I couldn't have done it without you!

The Professional Mother
Work, Wife, Mom...Life!
Simply Better Together
Journey of Life
Sleepy in Suburbia
The SITS Girls

P.S. There is no way I could list everyone who rightfully belongs on this list. Blog friends and followers, I LOVE each and every one of you equally. I'm just a bit short on time (Remember how I sometimes blog at work? Well, I should be in a meeting one minute ago....oops. This is more important anyway, right?)

For my blog's birthday I want to buy it a book. But not just any book- a book about, what else...my blog!

Here are a few sites I found that offer what appears to be the same services for basically the same price:
Cutest Blog on the Block

Has anyone else ever made their blog into a book? Any suggestions or advice? Anyone?

July 27, 2011

If I could change my world...

Over at Working Mom Wednesday we're talking about what we would most like to change in the world.

I'll admit it- my list probably sounds a bit immature, but right now these are the parts of my world that need to change.

1. On-time Delivery. Orders with a delivery date of 1-5 days ago that are STILL making their way onto the delivery truck. Now that is just plain annoying.

2. Cheap coffee. It's nice that everyone in the office pitches in but seriously...who keeps bringing the bag of cheap stuff?!

3. No AC in the office this morning. July in Iowa (during a heat wave) is not the best time for the air conditioning to take a dive.

4. Raccoons. I hate those things. They have been dining on our sweet corn for several days now. For awhile we kept them away by surrounding the corn with Rachel's dirty diapers, but after last weekend's storms flattened all of the stalks they have been coming back in droves. I guess they figure it's worth the risk if they don't actually have to put any work into their meal. What little brats.

5. Rachel time. I've said this many times and often repeat it when we're in the thick of a battle with Rachel, "The days (or minutes) are long but the years are short." My little girl is growing up too fast and I feel like I'm missing everything. I need time to slow down for just a bit so I can catch my breath. But, when she's a throwing another royal fit...
then it's time for the world to spin just a little bit faster.

July 21, 2011

Red and yellow...

Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop (is it really Thursday already?!)
- Write an entry inspired by the word: Yellow.

When I hear the word yellow I think of two things:

1. When I was pregnant with Rachel we knew that we were having a girl but decided to keep it a secret from everyone else. So, when it came time to "decorate" the nursery we used a lot of yellow. By the way, to "decorate" is a relative term. We moved when she was 8 weeks old and, even though it's over a year later, her room is still a "work in progress".

2. My friend Melissa (whom I REALLY miss a lot by the way; why must 3,000 miles keep us apart?) taught me this little rhythm so that when I come visit her I won't die from a snake bite. What a pal she is.
"Red and yellow, kills a fellow;
Red and black, friend of Jack."
Of course, if I ever do encounter a snake I'm not sure that I would spend the necessary amount of time it takes to fully examine a snake's color pattern before deciding whether or not I should run, no, SPRINT away. But still, it was the thought that counts.

July 19, 2011

From the mouths of babes...

Sometimes we can only imagine what is going on inside the mind of our little Rachel...

While watching TV a commercial came on that featured puppies. Rachel got all excited and shouted "Puppies, puppies!" and then the commercial ended....
She put her hands on her hips, looked at her daddy, scoffed, and said, "Daddy, I want puppies." When daddy couldn't produce puppies on command she shouted at him and ran out of the room. All we could do was laugh at her disappointment which, I'm sure, makes us horrible parents.

Me: "Rachel, did you have fun at Jane's today?"
Rachel: "No..."
Us: "Why not?"
Rachel: "asldkjfonwoiernasndoh asdfnlaksefjo sndlfqwjel;n asdlfje3"
- We have no idea what that means but okay....whatever.

Rachel: "Normy, stop!"
Norman (the cat): - blank stare -
Rachel: "Normy....alskdjfowiejasdifj dkieueicl"
Norman: - blank stare -
Rachel: "NORMAN!"
Norman: "Yeah, okay"

Me: "Rach, do you want some popcorn?"
Rachel: "I WANT COPCORN!!!"
Me: "Okay, do you want to help me make it?"
Rachel: "as;ldkfjasoeir cwieckopwe eivneiiwoncow sopqmnepnven aoinex wonxkiwle cofenfo iwoenaoldjfe voe fifoenwo evjn voelsla cowlwlrn owneockoencoflekeosn copcorn!"

Rachel: "Daddy"
Daddy: "What?"
Rachel: "Daddy"
Daddy: "What?"
Rachel: "Daddy"
Daddy: "What?"
Rachel: "Daddy?"
Daddy: "What Rachel?"
Rachel: "Daddy...asldjasdoaweij?????!!!!!"
Daddy: - blank stare -
Rachel: "DADDY....ASLEROALSERJ????!!!"
Daddy: "yep"

And then there are days like this...
Rachel: "I want crap"
Me: "What....?"
Rachel: "I want crap!"
Me: - blank stare - (thinking, what is she asking for?!)
Rachel: "Mommy, I want crap!"
Me: "Rach, can you point to what you want?"
Rachel: Pointing, "I want CRAP!"
Me: "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh...." You want grape."
And then I sigh in relief....that could have been a lot worse.

July 11, 2011

Ode to Starbucks...

I hate...
1. June 30 or any other day that ends a fiscal year, quarter or period.
2. Warm Diet Coke- especially when it's my own fault.
3. Stress headaches caused by incompetent co-workers.
4. Working through yet another lunch (okay, so I'm taking 5 minutes to blog and eat my apple).
5. Typing up minutes from a meeting that was held over a week ago.

I love...
1. That tonight is "Bunko" night- a night out with the ladies!
2. Blog friends that make me laugh.
3. The rings I ordered from Lia Sophia yesterday. They can't get here fast enough!
4. Sundays at the beach with a little gal who isn't afraid of the water and fun friends who don't have kids but still let us hang out with them.
5. My Starbucks cup. You MUST get one of these if you don't already have one. Who needs a Tylenol when you can fill this bad boy up instead? Plus, it's reusable and WAY cool.

July 8, 2011

Don't be afraid...

I like to think that I am a fairly normal person. I hold a professional job, I shower regularly, I can (usually) speak proper English, and no one has ever accused me of being strange.

But, there are days that I have to wonder if maybe I'm just a bit, well, off. Do you ever feel like your co-workers are scared of you? No you say? Interesting....

Perhaps the email I sent (while in a slight fit of rage) to the office staff a few weeks ago has something to do with it. You be the judge. The email I sent is paraphrased below...

Subject: A Few Reminders and Requests

Hi folks,

Both laptops are missing and neither of them have been checked out. Whoever has them, please let me know asap and also tell me when you might anticipate their return.

Just a reminder- I don’t have time to check for supplies every day. If you see that an item is getting low or take the last of it please tell me. Otherwise, it won't get ordered until I notice it, which could be weeks after it runs out.

Also, I would really appreciate help from everyone with things like emptying trash and keeping the kitchenette area clean. If no one else has done these by Friday I try to do them but I don't always have that kind of time. Plus, really anyone can do this stuff so you don't have to wait for me. If it looks like the trash is overflowing feel free to empty it before I do it on Friday.

Thanks everyone!

Maybe "odd" isn't the word I'm actually looking for here...


In my defense I brought bagels to work yesterday. That's almost like waving a white flag, right?

July 7, 2011

You need a vacation...

Do you love it or hate it? An open letter to your child’s latest obsession.
- Inspired by Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop

Dear Gerry Giraffe,

I know that you and Rachel are BFFs and go everywhere together but don't you think that maybe it's time for a short vacation, perhaps a day trip?

Can you swim? Yes? That's perfect because I really think that you would just love the tropical breezes of WaShang MiSheen. I hear that WaShang is quite lovely this time of year. It offers an array of exciting activities and you would meet folks from across the globe. And when you're done getting your groove on you can relax and enjoy warm breezes and tranquility on the island of dryHER.

I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. In fact, I urge you to consider it. Everyone needs a vacation Gerry. And as much as we all love you, I think we need you to take some time away for yourself. And, if not for yourself than for the rest of us. I didn't want to be the one to have to tell you this but Gerry...you stink.

Love you lots!

P.S. I heard that Star Blanket and Baby need a vacation too. I'll be in contact with them as well. I bet that if you all go together you will qualify for the group rate.