Friday, March 13, 2015

One little dog on my bad list

Tonight we went to dinner at District Taco (best carnitas!) with our dear friend Chico from Guadalajara days a very long time ago. Jimmy, Chico and Mac dropped me off at home and went on to Mac's baseball practice at the batting cage. 

I entered the apartment to find my sweet little Leo waiting for me. But instead of barking and jumping around in excitement, he was slinking around with his ears all the way down. 

I've been a parent long enough to know that the children only act that guilty when they've done something really bad. 

Like knock over the trash can and rummage through all the contents. 

Like find the zip-loc bag of biscuits Mom threw away, shred the bag open, and eat the biscuits on the floor,

on the couch, and on top of Mom's favorite orange chair. 

And if the biscuits weren't enough, finish off the bag of Doritos on the couch. 

Make sure you save something for a bedtime snack in case the biscuits wear off.
This is one mad Mama tonight. I've now swept, vacuumed the floor and the furniture, put in a load of laundry to wash the sheets and towels we drape over the couch, and ignored one very poorly behaved pup, who will not be getting his peanut butter Kong at bedtime. 

Happy Friday night from my little monster and me!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A few of my favorite things...

1.  Sonicare electric toothbrush 

always get a clean bill of health from the dentist, but I also always get a lecture about how I'm brushing away my gums. I have always brushed too hard. It seems only natural that the harder you brush, the cleaner your teeth should be. But alas, the dental experts in my life consistently tell me that is not the case. 

So now I have receding gums, I wear a night guard to help with the grinding, and I fly through toothbrushes like they're used dental floss. The bristles get all splayed out within a day or two or three, which naturally means I just have to brush that much harder. 

A couple weeks ago, I went in for my semiannual dental cleaning. The dentist and the hygienist said the single best thing I could do for my receding gums - and my teeth in general - was stop using a regular toothbrush and instead use an electric toothbrush. 

We bought our new Sonicare toothbrushes this weekend - Jimmy got one, too, because after all it's the best thing that you can do for your teeth. And we love them. We had to get past the tingling lips, but it has a timer -no more humming the ABC song 2 times. Or was it the Happy Birthday song 3 times?  Anyway it times you for 2 minutes with pauses every 30 seconds so you can change quadrants. It's a brilliant little mechanism that's making our teeth feel better than ever. 

2. Working for a private company 

A couple weeks ago, my program manager at the company I work for sent an email to presumably a bunch of us which said whoever responded first to the email would get 2 tickets to the Capitals-Rangers hockey match. 

I responded and got the tickets! 

Naturally I gave the tickets to Jimmy and Mac because I knew Mac would rather go with Jimmy than me.  They are there right now. By all accounts, they are having a great time and spending all the money we saved on the free tickets (note the new hockey jersey that Mac is wearing, although we expressly agreed he would not get a jersey at the game only 30 seconds before they got out of the car and went in to the Verizon Center).

3.  Chevrolet Equinox

We got our new car this week. It's our first new car in over 11 years. We are loving it. It smells good, has leather seats and about 4000 buttons, and it's quiet. So, so quiet. This was a long time coming so we are savoring the delicious beauty of it. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Music to a mom's ears

Our apartment building does a pet of the month. We haven't put forth Leo as a nominee because, well, it seems a little weird to nominate your own pet. 

This month's pet was announced and it's none other than Leo's puppy girlfriend, Ruby.  When I read the write-up on Facebook, I realized that Ruby's been two-timing Leo, which is no bueno. 

The only saving grace is that Leo is at least recognized as the "nice" boyfriend.  Every mom wants her son to be a nice boyfriend. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Definition of "rude awakening"

Jimmy and I spent a long, blissful weekend together in Miami. 

Warm weather, blue water, afternoons on the beach, long morning bike rides, catching up with long-time friends, great meals...


We returned at midday today. Jimmy went to work for the afternoon and I came home to my sweet puppy who was soooo excited to see me. 

The rude awakening came when I had to walk said puppy. A mere 24 hours ago, I was enjoying a 78-degree walk in South beach (that "felt like" 78 degrees). 

Today? Not so much with a 50+-degree drop in the "feels like" temp. 

When I grow up, I shall winter in Miami or somewhere similar. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015


The other day I implored you to Think Snow. You either didn't think hard enough or I didn't give you enough advance notice to think long enough because we got nothing. 

Last night through this morning we were supposed to have another storm and we got nothing again except some sleet. 

There's another storm coming tomorrow night through Monday. MONDAY!  Do you know what that means, people?  We could have a snow day or at least a snow delay. 
I don't want you to think snow. I want you to think

I want you to imagine

Think "white" and lots of it. 

I can feel a snow day coming in my future. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Random Musings

1.  Yesterday morning Mac got dressed for church, wearing a polo shirt and his blue blazer. (Up until yesterday, he has never wanted to wear anything to church but jeans and a wrinkly shirt.)  He also had his hair fixed. Not just combed, but fixed. I told him the polo didn't look right and that he really needed to wear a long-sleeved shirt under the blazer. Without argument, he changed into an appropriate shirt and put the blazer back on, fixed his hair again and away we went to church. 

He also told me we needed to go to the mall because he needs new jeans and more nice shirts "like Dad wears". 

Um, what?

This odd behavior, coupled with the fact that he is wearing jeans to school at least 3 days a week instead of wearing basketball pants every single day, is worrisome. The times, they are a'changing. 

2.  Are you watching Parenthood?  I've caught up on the last 2 weeks' worth and I think it's the best season yet. 

Most poignant line from two weeks' ago?  An emotional Grandmother Camille giving pregnant granddaughter Amber advice at Amber's baby shower (which took place in the hospital cafeteria because Grandpa had a major heart attack - do NOT kill off Zeke Braverman, please.  I can't stand it) -  "Life is short You cannot know how impossibly fast it goes by.  So enjoy this baby. Cherish every moment."  Wow, is she right or what?

Best parts from this week's episode?  Sara said yes to Hank's sweet, sweet proposal and profession of love. I love them together. And the other best part?  Julia and Joel are back together. Sweet Joel has been persistent and it paid off. Oh wait. There's another best part. Adam reconsidered and is staying in The Luncheonette with Crosby. I love Crosby, who is played by Dax Shepherd, who I believe I love, too. At least I love him on the commercials he makes for Samsung with his wife. 

I'm devastated that there are only 2 episodes left. Whatever will I do without the Bravermans??

3.  We have had exactly one two-hour snow delay. I am so bummed. If we could've had half of last year's snow this year, I would've had at least 3 or 4 snow days by now. There's no rest for the weary. 

4.  The beef burgundy from America's Test Kitchen was excellent. Super rich but so extraordinarily good. 

5.  This week's two recipes from the cookbook are split-pea soup and pasta marinara. Nothing stellar, nothing complicated, but I can do it ahead and pull it out after work. 

6.  Mac has chosen tonight's menu: cheeseburgers cooked on the panini grill he received for Christmas and oven onion rings from ATK cookbook. 

7. Last week, I took a State Department night class on managing real estate overseas. Jimmy tried to serve Mac leftovers, but that kid just hates leftovers. Where did that come from?  That's clearly a nature over nurture thing because, as our kid, he should totally love eating leftovers.  He either better love to cook or marry someone who does. 

Anyway Jimmy, frustrated, ran to the grocery store and bought a 12-pack of ramen noodles so Mac could eat ramen if he didn't want real food. A 12-pack. Of ramen noodles. Like we live in a frat house. 

He came home and Mac put up the ramen. Jimmy was later looking for something, pulled the ramen out and put the Gigantor pack on a bench we have under a dining room window.

Well guess who got into the ramen the next day?  This is rhetorical if we're Facebook friends where you might have seen the video. Young Leo apparently went on a ramen bender and got into 7 of the 12 packs.
He pooped and peed like nobody's business for 2 days after. 

8.  I weighed Leo yesterday in anticipation of his vet appointment next weekend. He's gained 2 pounds in 6 months. The vet is going to read us the riot act. I was thinking of putting him on a crash diet but he starts whining and I can't resist slipping him some turkey or cheese. Like I said, we're going to be in big trouble next weekend. 

9.  Finally, on the occasion of MLK Day, I'd like to share one of my favorite MLK quotes:

Let's practice, seek out and celebrate love and light, people!