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27 Apr, 2010

Catching Up

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I joined the Secret Post Club, which is like a Secret Santa exchange every month, and I just got my first package. (I was going to post a link but they’ve closed it to new members for right now so I must have been lucky to get in.)
Mine came from Betty in the UK.


Perfect, huh?

I recently made a list of things I want. We can cross off numbers 1 and 2. I ordered a new stove and dishwasher. The stove was delivered last week. It has a flat top with all working burners and it has a timer. Mission accomplished. The dishwasher was delivered last week too but it was the wrong one so the (hopefully) right one will be coming this week.

When I told the SO that I made a list of stuff to do or get he said that he wanted to make a list too. The front entryway and hall here haven’t been redone. He wanted that done. He’s been thinking about it for a while. He shows me pictures in This Old House magazine of what he likes. That magazine is like porn for people in elderly houses. It shows the wonderful outcomes who could have if you were willing to spend more than the purchase price of your house in renovations.





(Doesn’t that last picture look like something ominous is lurking behind the door?)

I don’t care what else happens as long as we get rid of that awful border that is put up semi-randomly along the ceiling. The guy is coming today to start patching up cracks and tearing off the border. I heard the SO tell him on the phone last night that the only problem was that I hadn’t picked a color yet. That would be because I hadn’t heard that picking a color was assigned to me before that moment. I’m thinking a light warm yellow because that was in several magazine pictures that he liked. He asked for something calm because most of the rooms here are bold colors. It has to tie it together. This space borders rooms that are brown, blue, green, and pink.

Then a miracle occurred. I have been lobbying for a room redesign in the family room since before I moved in. Right now the only seating is a three person couch. The other space where there could be seating is taken up by a treadmill. I don’t mind that in theory but sometimes the SO, Z, Freckles, Riley, and I all want to watch a movie on a three seat couch. Z is so squirmy that she’s always elbowing you in the ribs. We need more seating.

That declaration got an absolute no. The treadmill wasn’t moving. Less tolerant people might have pointed out that the treadmill doesn’t actually get used that much since he has a gym membership and I run outside. But last night he proposed moving the treadmill downstairs and saving up to get a sectional sofa. Good plan.

17 Apr, 2010

Food Throwdown Part 2

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Z’s back this weekend. Welcome to part 2 of Eating like a Normal Human!

Today for lunch she had a sandwich. I think her main sandwich familiarity comes from Subway where she gets a lettuce and black olive sandwich. We can recreate that at home. I had her make the sandwich. Disaster ensued when she put her toppings on one piece of bread and then tried to flip it over onto the empty bread. We reassembled and tried again with putting it together right. Then I had to explain lining up the bread so it was all going the same direction. After that she didn’t have the logistics of real sandwich eating down so she ate the lettuce and olives.

Dinner for us was stir fry with noodles. If you watch enough of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution eventually you just have to make the stir fry. I kept out some of the veggies from the stir fry for Z. I didn’t think the ginger-garlic sauce would increase her love of veggies. I gave her a sampler plate with carrots, grapes, and green beans (the hits of last week) and added some lettuce, snow peas, and pistachio nuts. The new stuff wasn’t as big of a hit as the old stuff. But, there was no screaming! She just sat down and started on the beans. She did ask why we continued to force her to eat vegetables like she suspected this was a dark plot against her. How right she is!

Later I’m making baked apples stuffed with raisins and a brown sugar – cinnamon sauce. She had asked for apples earlier. I was surprised since last week she declared she didn’t eat apples. She told me over dinner that she only eats apples if they are made at a store. She doesn’t eat homemade apple stuff. If we can just get her over the idea that homemade food is inferior to store bought we’ll be on a roll.

But so far so good. At least we didn’t have to look at the screaming mucus monster over dinner again!

11 Apr, 2010


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Since I’ve been home I’ve been catching up on shows I missed. One of them was Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. After watching Z eat french fries all week I was ready to fight to get her to eat some decent food. I just had to convince her father not to give in. He’s great at standing up to her but he’ll give her something bad to eat if she is hungry a few hours later if she skips the healthy dinner which ruins that whole thing.

We had the throwdown last night. She had asked if we could roast marshmallows. I told her that we could if she ate a good dinner. She agreed but I knew she didn’t mean it.

I made Caribbean Corn Bread which any kid should love since it is moist and sweet. She walked through the kitchen while I was cooking and asked what I was making. I said bread. She said that she wouldn’t eat that. I watched this kid chow down on restaurant bread all week. She just wouldn’t eat it because it was homemade. That’s equal to dirty and icky in her mind. She started going through the refrigerator to see what she could eat for dinner. I told her she was eating what was put on the table. She obviously didn’t believe me.

I also made orzo stuffed peppers for the SO and me and a salad. I put cut up cucumbers, baby carrots, grapes, and green beans on a plate so everyone could decorate their own salad. I’ve seen her eat lettuce and she likes green beans. So she had options that she is known to like.

When her father told her that yes she was eating with us she went ballistic. Blood curdling screams started. You’d have thought we were sawing off her arm to have for dinner. She called me every name that a six year old knows. I was also a “bad cooker” and a “mean cooker.” Through the whole tantrum the SO and I calmly ate our dinner and discussed our day. It was funny. She was across the table screaming and crying and trailing mucus in a most unappetizing way while we did a parody of high tea. “How was your day darling?” “Oh just smashing, and you?” For some reason she doesn’t find us nearly as amusing as we find ourselves.

Every few minutes she’d scream, “Fine! I’ll eat the stupid food!” Then she would proceed not to eat it. She’d throw green beans across the table. Her father told her to stop that the first time. After that she’d pantomime doing throwing food and then look at her father out of the corner of her eye to see if she was getting a rise out of him. She wasn’t. “So my dear, after dinner do you think we should commence to beating the child?” “Lovely idea. Is your pepper alright?”

At first she claimed the green beans were too hot. Then she finally ate a few because she was getting nowhere with her tantrum. By this time she declared that they were too cold. Can’t imagine why. She ate all the green beans in a huff. Then he suggested she try a carrot. She ate them all. He asked if she liked grapes. She said that she tried them a long time ago and didn’t like them. He told her to bite one in half and taste the juice. She made all kinds of faces but did it. Then he told her to eat the other half because it would hurt the grape’s feelings if she didn’t. For some reason that worked. Then she sheepishly ate all the grapes. You could tell that she didn’t want to admit that she liked them but she wanted them. We didn’t comment. Afterwards he told her that he was proud of her and sent her on her way. He asked me if that really just happened that she ate a whole plate of vegetables. I said yes. Amazing what happens when you can convince people not to give in to temper tantrums.

Then we had to hold up our end of the bargain and roast marshmallows and do s’mores. I of course had to eat some to show solidarity. I would have been wrong not to.

(Now on to way too much information – Z’s mother has been giving her laxatives since she has zero fiber in her diet and is always constipated. As I was typing this post this morning Z came running to me in a panic saying that she has diarrhea. I think her body is rebelling from the totally unknown onslaught of fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. I told her that she’d live.)

After she went to bed the SO wanted to watch the episodes of Food Revolution that I’d been telling him about. We got about 1/4 of the way through when he paused it and gave me this.


It is really hard to get a good picture of it. He asked me if I was surprised. I knew he was picking it up soon but I answered that if absolutely never expected to get it in the middle of watching Jamie Oliver on the computer. But since he’s been proposing to me on a fairly regular basis for the last two years I guess it is ok. We aren’t actually planning on getting married but getting sparkly things is always good! Then we went back to watching the show. We’re such romantics.

27 Mar, 2010

Saturday Report Card

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I had a list of goals for my guy-less weekend. How have I done so far?

First, I purposely made him miss his plane. I’m not sure how or why I did this but he missed his plane and it was all my fault when he called. Turns out that I was treating him like a grown-up and when he said that he wanted to be at the airport at 5 I assumed that he could work backwards and figure out what time to get up. I was wrong. Sorry darling but I was married to a (seemingly) 2 year old once and I’m not doing it again. I’m still going to treat him like a grown-up regardless of whether or not he can handle it.  He managed to get a standby flight.

Then I started watching TV shows on the internet – Food Revolution, Lost, America’s Next Top Model, and Project Runway. Seriously does it get better than that for wasting time?

I pulled some fabric to help out my ugly blue quilt but didn’t cut anything.

I talked to a friend and my sister in law.

I went to the library and got new books and some movies.

I went to the grocery store. Yes, I bought good for me food. I could finally buy one of those W.W.J.D bracelets but mine will mean “What Would Jamie (Oliver) Do?”

I watched the first movie. Every Little Step is the story of casting the revival of A Chorus Line on Broadway. It is a movie about casting a musical about casting a musical. Very interesting plus I love the songs.

Then Freckles and I went and checked out a new trail that we heard about.


Look at that. Flat and wide carpet of new grass. I was so excited. I decided that this would be where we go when we want an easy running day. It is a little too boggy to run on now but we were just getting a feel for it.


We crossed this nice little stream and I did wonder briefly why this section of trail was called Bishop’s Backbone.  Now I’m thinking that bishops must stand up very, very straight.  The trail went from wide and flat to single track climbing straight up.  There goes my idea of easy runs.  We just walked and my butt is still burning.

Now I’m home and contemplating what to do next.  I think I’ll make dinner (WWJD?) and then watch the other movie.  I’m going over to the dark side.  I didn’t intend to but it was right there at the library so I figured if I was ever going to do it it had to be when I was alone.  Yes, I got Twilight.  I’ve avoided the whole thing, books and all.  I especially avoided the movies for the very shallow reason that I think the people playing the main characters are so hideously ugly that I don’t know if I can watch them for two hours.  Hopefully, no rabid fans will read that and come torture me in my sleep.  I have an attack dog.  I have an attack dog who is worn out from her hike and might not notice.  Crap.

27 Mar, 2010

Food Revolution

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I’m watching this show online and loving it.  Jamie Oliver, who is a chef who has worked with improving school lunches in England, is working in Huntington WV to improve eating habits.  He is working in schools to improve lunches (get rid of processed foods, etc.) and teaching people how to cook.  He has to backtrack to teach kids to even be able to identify fresh vegetables.  My favorite part is in episode two where he has to teach kids to use a knife and fork.  The school doesn’t condone using anything other than fingers or spoons in elementary school!  This is my personal pet peeve since I have to deal with this one.  Z has been taught that she should not be exposed to knives.  She is insistent that they not be on her side of the table at a restaurant.  I working with her to use a fork to cut something fairly soft recently.  She had no clue.  All she could do was stab it over and over even though that was obviously not working.  Unfortunately, I haven’t seen her to reinforce the lesson so she’s probably forgotten by now.

One thing that isn’t touched on is how to get difficult kids to eat food.  They give them only healthy options and they sort of have to eat it or starve.  Z won’t eat anything but processed crap.  She would rather not eat for days than eat something other than french fries or occasionally pizza.  We are going on a week’s vacation soon.  My head will explode if she doesn’t eat anything else but I’m not sure what to do.  We’ll be eating in restaurants so the kid’s meals tend to be only french fry based food and if we say no to a mentally ill child with food issues in a public place – it doesn’t end pretty.

Check out the show.  The resistance of people to change is amazing.  Alice the cook (don’t call her a lunch lady) reminds me so much of a former co-worker that I can’t help but laugh.