Monday, October 09, 2006

All noisy on many Fronts

Since it's been almost 2 wks since I've posted, I thought I'd get you off the edge of your seats by filling the posting box with a few random items you've all been wondering about.
  • On the Dead Mouse front: Unfortunately I cannot report success. We caught one mouse on the first day of trapping season, and since that time, not one mouse has wanted our peanut butter. We've got sticky traps, spring traps, plastic traps, you name it. DeCon is the only thing we don't have because our baby is a little too adventurous to attempt that safely. Suggestions, anyone? I have to admit, it's really super-duper fun to live with my kitchen stuff spread out all over the house (so as to prevent having to wash them all again). Knives are in the laundry room in a box on the dryer. Cookie sheets? In my bedroom. Bowls? Top of the fridge. So every meal includes a scavenger hunt, which is really a hoot. Highly recommend.
  • On the Boy #1 front: He turned 3 last week. He's too old. He can ride a bike. And he has more monster trucks, cars and other items with wheels than would seem humanly possible. BUT. He really does play with them, so I don't feel too bad. (Or should I?)
  • The Book front: Just finished reading *The Ha-Ha*, as recommended by Lisa and jmbmommy (thanks). LOVED it. I was cautiously optimistic because the story seemed a little depressing, or maybe just frustrating. (The main character can't speak. I, for one, would call it a day if that were my situation.) But it was wonderful and uplifting, in an not-all-tied-up-in-a-bow kind of way. Great.
  • The SAHM front: I am going to quit writing about that, because y'all must be bored of hearing it. I'm just going to have to find a way to get myself out of the tedium of days with kids ad nauseum ad infinitum. They are delightful, wonderful human beings, walking definitions of the meaning of joy. But, I need some growed-up things to do as well, as Boy #1 would say.
  • The yard (back and front): I have really enjoyed working in our yard since we've moved here, because it was a mess and it was sort of like starting fresh. I've decided I like plants because they can't talk and when they are need something, it's usually water or fertilizer. I can handle that kind of simplicity.
  • The sleeping front: I haven't had much because Boy #2 has decided that sleeping through the night isn't all it's cracked up to be. He's waking 3 and 4 times per night (I know there are worse, but...). So I have a new idea. I'll stop thinking about sleep during the day (I just can't nap) and I'll go to bed with the chickens to get my sleep at night. And I like emilyruth's suggestion of doing housework/chores/etc for 20 minutes and then feeling free to surf the net, blog, etc. Guilt-free my time. Like the sound of that.
  • The kitchen front: (I'm sorry, I didn't realize how many facets to my life there are.) Anyone up for a Dream Dinners party (Jay Are, Lisa?)? My sister-in-law went and said it was actually great food and fun to have dinners planned... no decision making every night!
  • And my final installment, The family front: We celebrated Boy #1's birthday over the weekend, which was a smashing success because we have a wonderful family! The only downer to the party was that prrrof's family couldn't be here... next time, we hope. But my parents are good fun to have around. They are so friendly, I didn't feel like I needed to escort them around and make introductions. My brother was really good with the kids, they loved him. All my inlaws were here, which in my world, is a good thing. Some people struggle to endure their in-laws, while mine are easily enjoyed. I love them, one and all. And I love how our families get along so well. I have *great* sisters-in-law who are always pitching in and helping or herding kids or whatever. My mother- and father-in-law help out however they can, and have great senses of humor besides. They are all kind, thoughtful and fun people. And no one competes for the love of the grandkids, which is just so nice. I can't tell you how great it is to see my own mom and my mother in law making plans to get together, just the two of them. They are friends. I am truly lucky beyond words.

So that sums it up folks. If your daily dose of Ambien didn't work, surely this did. Sweet dreams.


Blogger jmbmommy said...


Thanks for the update, keep up the good work!

3:44 PM  
Blogger jmbmommy said...

I just reread that and it makes me sound like I am hooked on meds...I was actually being sarcastic and doesn't translate well...meaning I thought your post was great, no sleeping here.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ambien, but only in some kind of "sounds dreamy" way.

Can't wait to hear your updates...sounds like you have a 'growed-up' gig in mind? I think it's plenty growed-up to raise kids, though.

And if you do DD, let me know. I've been dying to try it/something like that.

oh, and we missed the big celebration too. sniff.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oh, trust me, my Ambien ALWAYS works!

I'm ALWAYS up for Dream Dinners!! Love it. We have a mom and pop one here in Livermore called Dinners Galore ( They focus on healthy food and have their own chef, so I usually "do" them, but I've done it many times and I always love it!

It is also a GREAT idea to give to a new mother for a baby gift. This is how I got started!! :)

6:27 PM  
Blogger Left Coast Sister said...

Didn't take you for an addict, jmb. (: I know you'd never medicate the crazies away since that what kept our bond of friendship!
My local buddies, let's plan a date! I'd really like to try this out!

8:42 PM  
Blogger Left Coast Sister said...

Ok, jmb, now I read my comment and it makes me sound like Ambien is for folks with serious mental illness. AND it sounds like I have something against the use of medication. What I meant was, I know you aren't hooked on meds. there you go.

8:44 AM  
Blogger jay are said...

ambien and I have never met, though I'm thinking that maybe we should from the sounds of it :)

I'm up for any reason to get together (and if it involves eating in any way, what could be better?)

And the Ha-Ha. So glad to see your review. I see it there at my library, huge and inviting-looking, but I've wondered if it was worth the investment of time. Sounds like perhaps it is. I'll have to give it a shot.

Can't believe your kids are so big already. What in the world is goin' on? Everyone's getting older.....except for us.

3:31 PM  
Blogger emilyruth said...

i haven't ever used ambien either
but if it would help me to write like you, lcs
i will start today!

i love your update!
it's fun to know about somone elses life
similar to mine but a little more south
directionally i mean

& may i say
dream dinners
aptly named
it is a dream
& i intend to write an entire blog on my experience
very soon...

you are great miss lcs
love you!

3:12 PM  
Blogger maria said...

had to comment on the dream dinners- been there, done that, LOVE it!! you can use them anytime, they are actually very yummy (i was suspicious to tell you the truth), and so nice when our life gets insanely busy! lots of the things can get thrown on the BBQ which helps! ;)
sometime we should meet and do it together!!
good to see you sunday!!

10:35 AM  

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