Sunday, June 28, 2009

On the A-plus side...

J-girl scored herself straight As on her report card despite missing over two months of school. She did do much of the work from home, but obviously not PE or Music. We are proud of her for making the honour roll (yes, I'm Canadian) and for getting the academic excellence award.

Also, this experience has reaffirmed my decisions not to pursue a career in education and not to homeschool my child. I am definitely lacking in the patience department! Kudos to those that have the will to teach. I salute you!

Can't hold a candle to it...


Dang it. It was such a beautiful day. We had munchies. We had fresh lime iced tea. My friend made an amazing display on my patio. I invited over 40 people. Nobody showed. :(

I'm so bummed.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

It's not the size that matters...

Unless it is. Meet the newest addition to our family, the Asus Eee HE1000 netbook.



It's the Father's Day gift that keeps on giving. Now we can all stay in touch from the living room to the family room without having to speak to one another. Now that's family togetherness! At 10.1" it's so much smaller than the laptop and will be easier to pack on vacations.



Sure the hell beats a tie.

It's Your Day, Do Whatcha Wanna Do...

Happy Father's Day to my honey! We love you! ♥♥♥

Love,
Mom & J-girl

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Just Say Mmm...

I think we've finally got the hang of the ice cream machine. After the mint cream fiasco, and finding the machine a home in the cupboard, we pulled it out the other night and made strawberry cheesecake ice cream with fresh, local strawberries. Mmmm!



Yesterday we made peanut butter ice cream. Oh my God! It tastes like peanut butter candy, especially after eating the frozen leftovers. Had I not already eaten the strawberry leftovers, I would have put them together in a bowl and had a PB and J.

On a bizarre aside, I am not experiencing any lactose intolerance to these treats, which were made with milk and cream. WTF? Not that I'm complaining. I love ice cream!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Expelliarmus!

I just want to say that I kicked total ass on Harry Potter Sceneit. I am truly a wizard of Hogwarts calibre, and not a Muggle. I'm just saying.

D-Day is Coming...

And by D-Day I mean Daddy's Day aka Father's Day. Guess what J-girl and I are getting Daddy? It's a...surprise of course, silly! I know you're reading this, honey. Did you think I would spoil the surprise? :)

Tune in Sunday for the results of our show, "My Father's Day Tie Is Uglier Than Yours".

Saturday, June 13, 2009

No News Is...

No news. Nothing to report. J-girl is still sick with mystery pains. The doctor is sending her for more blood work. She doesn't have diarrhea, is not losing weight and her appetite is fine. We know what it's not: Crohn's, colitis, IBD, bacterial infection, lactose intolerance. We just don't know what it is. Sigh...

The Importance of Being Kitty

Cat. I'm trying to blog here. Yes, okay. You're soft and purring and...Gordon! Get your ass out of my face. Stop winking at me with your brown eye. Get. Stop. Okay, get down. Yes, I love you. Here, let me pet you on the floor. I'll type with one hand. mmm thts nott wirrking.!r Yes, lay down. Good boy. No, ouch watch the boobies! Agh, you're scratching the leather couch. No! Listen cat. I'm trying to type. Get off my keyboareatgfsdhfhykt tujirewjy;thrw yjhjtrkuuwi34o. Go find your sister. grumble grumble damn cats... Agh! Kitties! Your little claws are digging in! What, am I wearing eau de catnip or something? Help! Why are you so jealous of my laptop?

The Second Rule of Kitty: Kitty is number one.

Everything else is secondary. There are no exceptions. Except when Kitty says so.

The First Rule of Kitty:

Is Kitty is always first.

Kitty must always be first up the stairs. There are no exceptions.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Tall soy sugar-free cinnamon dolce gogina with whip!

Mmmmmmyeah...loving my new Cuisinart espresso machine. I am fully caffeinated 24/7. This is great!!!

VoilĂ  a caramel steamed milk for my daughter.


Sorry about the picture quality, I was either vibrating or in a hurry because her whipped cream was melting over the sides.

I don't have any pictures of anything I've ingested because I am too excited to drink it. All I would have is pictures of empty cups laying around like the day after a drunkfest. However, I did go so far as to purchase these cute little espresso cups and the matching coffee cups (which are in the dishwasher).


I meant to take a pic of the iced sugar-free vanilla latté I just made but...too late. Ahhhhh...satisfying!

**PS. First attempt with the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker was a bust. We were too impatient to wait for the bowl to freeze and our mint ice cream mix was a sticky mess everywhere when I lifted the bowl out without thinking about the hole in the bottom. Duh! I managed to salvage half of it and spent 45 minutes cleaning everything up. Second attempt a few hours later was a bit more successful, but it would have been faster to drive to the local gelato shop and back! However, I did get to eat all the leftover Skor bits, so that was somewhat of a consolation.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Sweetness!

Honey got a small bonus at work for working on a project, and he treated his girls at Costco today. Here is what I bought:



I'm super-stoked for breakfast tomorrow! Woot! Already had 1 cappuccino and made J-girl a caramel steamer with whip. See, it's a gift the whole family can enjoy.

Here's what J-girl bought with her OWN money:



Once I stock up on Lactaid I will be super-stoked for that as well! (In case you can't read the label, it's a soft-serve ice cream maker that mixes in up to three toppings while dispensing -- it's not fully assembled yet). She is so excited but a little disappointed that it takes 12 hours to freeze the drum for the first time. So we'll be ready to scream for ice cream at 4 am.

We blew $800 at Costco, and I think we only got $200 in food, if that. We also replaced our computer chair, which my sister's cat peed on last year and had to be tossed (he had behavioural issues, bless his wee heart). This time we got a fabric chair instead of leather. It was less expensive and more cat-friendly. Also stocked up on clothes (so cheap!) and free samples. God I love Costco.

Now I just need to buy cones, cream, espresso beans, soy milk, more whipped cream, and toppings. Oh, and maybe some little espresso cups. And some flavoured syrup.

$$$

Friday, June 5, 2009

Miss Polly Had a Dolly Who Was Sick, Sick, Sick

Ahhh...so hard to remember to post something for Fx4 now that I've started working Fridays again. I'm really lucky my boss is so understanding. I keep flip-flopping my hours around. First I decided to take Fridays off so that I can spend extra time with J-girl and clean my house (read: loaf). So I'm only working 32 hours a week now. Then I decided that in lieu of daycare I will work Fridays again and come home early every day to meet her after school.

Then she got sick and I've been coming and going at all hours, working from home, bringing her to work (we have a lounge with all the comforts of home), and taking personal days. This is week 6 of mystery abdominal pains, tests and appointments, and no school. I'm also very lucky that my sister-in-law lives with us and can take excellent care of her between her shifts so I can go to work. We've been to our doctor three times, a specialist twice, the emergency room once, had 4 urinalyses, 2 x-rays, 1 ultrasound and 1 blood work done. So far, no diagnosis. Everything comes back negative/normal/nothing remarkable. Next appointment is on Thursday. I guess I'm kind of hoping it will magically just go away, although it would be nice to know what it is.

First, I don't like to see my little girl in pain and there's nothing I can do to make it better. Second, it is really exhausting to take care of someone who is in chronic pain and still function in other areas of life. Third, I don't like not being able to solve a problem, and waiting for all these appointments is killing me. Oh, and did I mention the homework? There's homework. It's really hard to coax a sickie to sit up and do schoolwork. I am not cut out for home schooling. Even without the personality clash. I work all day. I don't want to come home and spend 3 hours doing school work. I don't want to push her so I've been letting her (and me!) off easy, but all the same, it needs to be done. Even better, she needs to recover and go back to school before grade 4 is over.

I may have to look at other options. She's not stressed or anxious, not constipated, not visibly ill, and it's not appendicitis and apparently not her kidneys or gall bladder. Maybe I should start looking at natural medicine. I need a solution and so far the doctors have not been able to offer one. I know her pain is real. She actually WANTS to go back to school.

Thanks, I just needed to whine about that and get it off my (fairly substantial) chest. Big deep breath...exhale...and moving on.

In other news, the other reason for my absence is our backyard landscaping project. Pictures to follow soon. Maybe next Friday! Also, we're planning a vacation for July. Yay! Something to look forward to!