Sunday, October 28, 2007

How bad is it.....

that I love nap time. Not me taking naps, but when my kids take naps. (Side note: No one ever tells you that--but when you are pregnant with your first child, you get the opportunity to take lots of naps. So if any of you are pregnant--remember this--because the next time you ever get to take a nap will be when you are 60+) Don't get me wrong--I love my kids--especially now that Mason is a giggling banshee---but I do love that moment when they are both asleep and I can finally sit down and take a break.

I emailed many of you an Oprah piece featurning CMU professor Dr. Randy Pausch--if you have an hour and forty minutes to kill---check out his real lecture he gave to the students and staff at CMU. Just to give you a little background, CMU--Carnegie Mellon is one of the best kept secrets in the universe. This school is a big computer science much so--the rumor is that Google and Microsoft and the like--have set up offices there in Pittsburgh to be close to all the incredible research going on. Another note: the joke in Pittsburgh is that some people call it Shitsburgh---but I really liked the town. Check it out sometime.....
And if trees weren't already beautiful and amazing, now they can clean up the environment.
And as if life already wasn't soo great--now I have found the cupcake blog. Check out this beauty of a cupcake--the Coffee and Doughnut Cupcake.

I am not just obsessed with cupcakes--why limit yourself to just one pastry--I am all about any candy, cake, carb available on the market. Check out these handsewn doughnuts from sewdorky.

I just wanted to say Happy Halloween and Happy Birthday to Auntie K....I hope you have a great one.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Your Wild Self

Kids, check me out--here is my wild self. You can make your own "wild self here:

Check out these fun websites and I added some new videos over there on the side

Check out Nonchalant Mom--she has a blog and some great kids clothes/goodies

Now for something really amazing.....who knew there were so many ways to tie your laces.....(thanks goodyblog)

And for more pictures of ways to lace your shoes--there is a whole website devoted to it:

And lastly--for the kid that has everything (not joking)--check out the website: (the oneies are kinda cute)

Why do guys need to spit so much?

This just perplexes me. Do men make more saliva then women? It just seems that you see guys spitting a lot more then you do women. With the 35W bridge down I drive through downtown now and it just seems that at every bus stop, some dude is spitting. Then you start thinking about sports, baseball players are always spitting. It really is a sad day when you see one of your heroes or inspirations--burn up in flames or in this case--turn into a rascist.,0,1054521.story?coll=ny_home_rail_headlines

Saturday, October 13, 2007

I Think I'm In Love

It is so cliche', but I love shopping online, shopping outside, inside, in my sleep.....but I really do hate the malls. Having two kids makes it even harder--so I tend to stick to the online marketplaces....besides the selection is better and you don't have deal with the long lines or the annoyed sales people. This is by far one of the best websites I have found in a VERY VERY long time. Everything on the website is homemade and unique. I really love the baby/kids items and the jewelry. You can even sell your own goods here. Check it out. Another great baubles website is: And now for your do gooder moment of the day: Do you ever get sick of getting catalogs in the mail? I do. You order one thing from Lands End or Victoria's Secret and you are stuck with a lifetime supply of catalogs to wallpaper your house with. Did you know that 8,000,000 tons of trees are killed very year to make catalogs? (That is what Victoria's evil secret she didn't want you to know.) Well now-you can go to and have your name removed from various catalog lists. Save the trees.

Friday, October 12, 2007

That's GROSS

I am totally okay with blood and surgeries and vomit and poop and snakes--but I just can't stand bugs. On my list of most hated vermin--there is 1)Cockroaches (jen you know why) 2)Lice (never had it-but I did a short stint as a Nursing Asst. and had to treat a woman with resistant lice) 3)Bed Bugs--the idea just freaks me out--and since I do have to travel a bit for work--I am even more paranoid. 4)Large spiders--medium size spiders are okay--but the large tarantulas or wolf spiders are not okay. 5)Leeches (that's a given) Anyways, I was reading my beloved Vanity Fair magazine from last month and there was a little quip in there about how Ralph Lauren's design studios were infested with bed bugs. Check it out: Doesn't Ralph Lauren make a lot of bedding? I can just see one of those maps they have on the news where they show the spread of a virus...but instead they show the spread of bed bugs. EWWWWW.........

Thursday, October 11, 2007

What's up with that?

Somehow this morning I was laying in bed and the wierdest memory from Junior High popped in my head. For some reason it was really cool and trendy to go and buy Mr. Zog's Sex Wax (the wax you put on surf boards) from the local skateboard shop and kids would chew on it. Now this seems strange--but at the time it seemed TOTALLY normal. Why chew wax of all things? Why not, say, GUM? Kids do the wierdest things.

Now, I have also recently discovered a new trend that maybe you all already know about--that has totally missed my radar--but that I find truly fascinating and ODD!! The Pimp Glass. On Ebay right now there are over 100 listed. I am not exactly sure what they are used for--I am assuming the consumption of some sort of libation. And since people are willing to spend anywhere from $20 to $100 for their "Pimp Glass"--I am assuming they must be drinking something pretty tasty. Someone please explain this trend to me. One more thought--can only pimps drink out of the pimp glass or does one become a pimp by drinking out of the pimp glass? Or are there poser-pimps that buy pimp glasses just to look cool, in hopes that people will think they are a pimp?

A couple of updates: I am sad to say that Cormac McCarty did not win the Nobel Prize in Literature--maybe next year (Someone named Doris Lessing won--I will have to check her out). I made the macaroni with cauliflower and it was okay, not great--Kendall ate it...but then she had diarrhea the next day--I hope that wasn't my fault.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Hiding Veggies and the Nobel Prizes

We tried to raise a child that wouldn't be picky, and we did a pretty good job. Kendall will even eat carnitas at our favorite Mexican food restaurant. But sadly, her disdain for veggies has grown to epic proportions. I somehow thought by hiding green peas in her mac & cheese that she wouldn't see them. So to my excitement I read about the new Jessica Seinfield book (Jerry's wife) and then I saw her on Oprah. "Deceptively Delicious"--where she performs the task of hiding veggies in her kids food. She makes a bunch of purees and bakes/fries/mashes them into other foods. She is pure genius. None of the kids know they are in there. I am getting this cookbook and starting this right away. I think I will try the cauliflower puree and mac & cheese and see if it works.

Now for some geekiness. I don't know about you, but the Nobel prizes are like the Oscars for me. I get excited every year to hear who has won. When I was in college I took two courses titled--the Nobel Prize Winners and the Nobel Prizes of Literature. Some of the best classes I took at the good ole U of A. This year is a bright shining star. I just have to commend the Nobel committee for their pick for the Nobel Prize in Medicine--the team of Capecchi/Smithies/Evans and their discovery of the "knockout mouse". All you have to know is that this has seriously changed the face of genetic/molecular biology research. By knocking out a gene, you can see what sort of traits/functions, etc. disappear...thus determining what a particular gene does. This is very important for figuring out what roles certain genes play in certain illnesses. Every disease out there can be researched with this technique. Salute! Congrats Capecchi/Smithies/Evans. The literature prize is announced on Thursday and the Peace Prize on Friday. Rumor has it that Al Gore is up for Peace Prize and Cormac McCarthy is up for the Literature price. Check in for updates.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Those parenting magazines are on to something

Hi, so this is my first attempt at a blog. I guess I wanted to wax on about random things and my poor husband shouldn't always have to listen to it all.

I had a few moments to spare so I sat down with the six months of parenting magazines I have yet to read. (Side note: when you have two young children, you don't really have a lot of time to read parenting magazines that give you ideas on how to spend time with your kids--but I guess that doesn't hold true since I have found time to start a blog.)

But I wanted to alert you all to some of the hippest new products on the market for kids and adults alike.

They actually cover bigger wounds too. You will be the coolest injured person on the planet with these bad boys. Christmas is just around the corner for your injury-prone friends.

And for you fellow bakers--I have recently started pursuing my interest in cupcaking (the sport of making, baking, decorating and eating cupcakes). Check out this amazing cupcake-cake pan from Wilton:

thanks goodyblog

And lastly from the file of "Things that can be found in the kitchen that aren't conventional toys but kids love"--the ever famous BEER HUGGIE. Kendall has found they are easy to stack and has been carrying around her bucket of beer huggies all day. Please don't call CPS.

And lastly, for your inner-crafting crack addiction---the scary pumpkin.

Kids dig it.