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Friday, January 11, 2013

5 Things for Friday

Happy Friday!  It has been a busy week here and I because I am having trouble organizing my thoughts into one blog post, I have some random Friday musings to share instead:

1.  On Wednesday night a special called Stars In Danger: The High Dive debuted on Fox.  First, there were no "stars" and "no danger."  The entire show's premise is that pseudo celebs or solid D-listers compete in a diving competition while being coached by Olympians.  Or at least I think that is what it is about.  I seriously couldn't watch it for more than 10 minutes before deciding that I was utterly confused by the whole mess and that I only recognized one person -- Bethany Hamilton -- the girl who got her arm bit off by a shark years ago.  If this is an on-going series or just a winter filler, it is NOT worth the time...

2.  Ahhh, Parenthood, you never cease to amuse me...  So, on this week's episode Max goes through puberty (the writing of which was hilarious), Drew gets Amy pregs and then she has what rhymes with schmasmortion, and Sarah finds herself wondering again about Mr. Cyr (aka Jason Ritter) -- oh, and Julia's adoption finally starts blowing up in her face.  For those of you haven't been watching, the show handles multiple hefty story lines with numerous characters and sometimes it is ridiculous and sometimes it is good.  What I want to talk about today is how Jason Ritter should send his agent, who is obviously the hardest working guy in Hollywood, some flowers.  I thought for sure that Jason was truly kicked off of another show, but NO, he reappeared this week and is teased to be around at least until the end of the season.  I like Jason Ritter, I just think he has bad luck and doesn't get a lasting character role very often.  When he showed back up on Tuesday's episode, I really expected Ray Romano to break character and say "hey, you're back, what are you, friends with the writers or something?"  Although I am happy for Jason Ritter's forthcoming paycheck, I am SICK of Sarah's wishy washy, "do I love this guy or this guy?" storyline.  Enough already!  Oh, and can Julia, Joel, Sydney and Victor PLEASE GO TO FAMILY COUNSELING?

3. Apps I am loving.  I never thought I would be that girl -- the one obsessed with her smartphone -- but I am.  I love love love my iphone and it makes my life so much easier.  I don't have a ton of apps, but there are three that I have been loving:  Allrecipes.com DinnerSpinner; Artkive and Robot Lab.

Allrecipes.com DinnerSpinner allows you to quickly find a recipe using an ingredient you have at home (like chicken), put in the type of dish you want to make and how long you want to spend making it.  I have come up with some awesome pork chop recipes this way...plus it is free.  I use it on days when I have no idea what to make and only a little time to decide.

Artkive is an app that allows you to catalog all of your children's artwork by taking photos and tagging them with the kid, date and notes/title on the art.  Then, when you have collected them for a grade or period of time, you can export the photos and make a photo book with it.  I hate hate hate having tons of drawings lying around (and really, at my kid's age most are just random lines on a paper) so this helped me recycle without the guilt.  Also free.

Robot Lab is an app by Toca Boca and basically allows your child (or you if you are so inclined) to build a robot and then fly it around.  This has kept Cameron busy while waiting in the doctor's office or driving in the car.  He loves it!  I don't know if this one cost or not b/c my husband downloaded it.

4.  On New Year's Day my husband and I went and saw This is 40.  We loved it.  We laughed, I cried and I highly recommend it -- especially for those of you with children.  There are so many relatable scenes that you will crack up.  I hope that I can look as good as Leslie Mann when I am 40...holy moly.  Plus, I just love Paul Rudd.  It made me miss living in LA...

5.  I watched the premiere of Vanderpump Rules and will not be returning for the second episode.  It is stupid and indulgent and I hate all of the women in it -- except Lisa Vanderpump.  You are all servers and/or bartenders at a restaurant for goodness sakes...even if it is a cool place, WHO CARES?  Not sure if this one will last, but I may be surprised.

That's it for now. Have an awesome weekend!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Gross little boy or Normal?

Should I be worried that my eldest still seems to be in the oral fixation stage?  No, I don't breastfeed him and haven't since he was about 6 months old, but he does suck his thumb religiously and tastes / licks / eats just about everything he can try.  It is a little disconcerting because I read (on Wikipedia, so obviously reliable) that the oral stage really only spans till about 21 months, and he is well, over 2 1/2 years old.  He doesn't suck on everything, he just likes to have his fingers in his mouth and he likes to sample a wide range of environmental ingredients, like snow for instance (but what kid doesn't?).

This strange little habit of his only gets me when he is taste testing things that are downright dirty and disgusting, like the grit sticking to my car.  As I was putting Henry in his car seat yesterday and Cam was waiting patiently by the rear bumper (we were in our garage), I asked him what he was doing and he didn't answer.  Well, what he was doing was taking his pointer finger and dragging down the hatch back of our car, making a line and then sticking that same finger into his mouth. Repeat.  GAG!

I immediately had a talk with him about how dirty and gross this was and that the dirt on the car was yucky and would make him sick.  He insisted, "It NOT make me sick."  I continued on my lesson about how the dirt on the car was just like poop and he shouldn't touch it or eat it because it is very gross and bad for you.  Not that Cam has ever tried to eat poop...that I know of.  So, after wiping his hands with the antibacterial wipes I keep in the car for occasions like this (and for the time when he stuck his entire arm into the tailpipe of the car), he looks at me and says "We need to get the car washed Mom."

It was as if he was saying two things in that statement -- 1) if our car is so f-ing disgusting Mom, then why aren't we getting it cleaned? and 2) if you don't want me to eat it, take away the temptation.

So off to the car wash we went...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

And so it begins.

Happy New Year!  Happy 2013!  

I cannot believe how fast 2012 came and went.  A ton happened in this mama's life, some unexpected challenges and many welcomed blessings.  It was a good year and I gearing up for an even better 2013. 

Because I have been MIA for the late part of 2012, I resolve to be more present in 2013...as in present on my blog as well as in my mothering, wife-ing and business-ing (or as my husband insists, bidnessing).  I don't love resolutions because most of them are never kept, but I do declare that I would like to be healthier, more service-oriented and to always try to remember my new mantra of:            Live an extraordinary life!

We had a wonderful holidays here, albeit my children and I passed around one sickness after another for the past three weeks, but now that we are all seemingly on the mend, I am hoping (and praying) for a healthy start to the new year.  The kids were adorable at Christmas and had a blast with all of their new toys and all of the family gatherings that we attended.  Cam is at a pretty magical age and Henry seemed to get into the spirit too...he is quite a dancer.

Amidst all of the cheer, I was saddened to hear that Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy are separating. I really am disappointed in them.  I feel like they let too many other outside things get into their marriage and I wish that they would work it out before divorcing.  A girl can dream.  It also annoys me when people say that they are "separating," because I feel like it leaves the door open for a reconciliation...yet most of them NEVER reconcile and divorce papers are filed soon after.  Just say you are getting divorced already so I don't naively hold out hope for you.  

So I rang in the New Year with thoughts of baby Kimye on my mind, who as one of my FB friends stated "will be the most spoiled little turd on the face of the planet."  I figured that if Kanye and Kim were serious enough NOT to have their own reality show chronicling their romance, that maybe, just maybe they were in it to win it... and now they have their own baby coming before he puts a ring on it. Didn't he listen to his good friend Beyonce?  Oh, right, her divorce isn't even final.  

Although I am being sarcastic, don't think for a minute that I will not follow her pregnancy until she pops out little ______________ (fill in blank with ridiculous 1/2 made up name).  So, congratulations to Kim!

Speaking of putting a ring on it, has anyone visited www.mysisterwifescloset.com -- home of the fledgling jewelry business of the Brown family?  I have.  See for yourself what kind of wares the Brown women are hocking and decide for yourself what you think.  It is not my taste personally, but most of the pieces are not too tacky.  I just watched the Season 3 finale of Sister Wives, even though while I was watching I was not aware that it was the finale, and am still wondering where the heck these people get their money from (besides from TLC)...how do they support all of those kids and are in the midst of building 4 mansions in the desert sun of Las Vegas???  What?  

Gotta run and watch the Sister Wives: Secrets Revealed special that aired on Sunday night before my kids wake up from nap...maybe my questions will be answered.

Later!  Have a great rest of the week.