I went to a friend's house for dinner tonight, and one woman was explaining why she decided to reconnect the cord and sign back up for cable (namely because it was a bundled deal that would make internet + cable TV cheaper than internet + streaming services). A man then went on to explain he would refuse to ever do that because of a long-standing beef against the cable company, in which he was slapped with an $800 debt that belonged not to him, but to a different man with the same name in the … [Read more...] about did I meet a murderer?
When last I wrote about figuring out how to get Dawdler Preschooler into a preschool, as in a "real" preschool, not the "preschool" room at her daycare, which is where she currently is, we were practically driven to drink by demystifying all the horribly disorganized information provided by the district. We have finally made a *little* progress, so an update. Spoiler: it's still nearly impossible to get through the red tape of getting information. Whenever we call to ask a question about … [Read more...] about Let’s Make Everything Harder for Parents, Shall We? (Part 2)
Here it is just after Labor Day and I have no idea where summer went. Oh, wait, I live in PHX so for all intents & purposes, it's still here, sticking its ugly thumb in my eye until at least Halloween. But the "fall" semester descended upon us a couple of weeks ago, and it is the. last. fall. semester. ever. Or it was supposed to be. My Better Half™ was supposed to graduate in December. Now that's up in the air. His committee needs time to read the thousand pages he's written or some … [Read more...] about duct taping it all together
A conversation in our house this morning: Me: “…so the bottom line is, yes, Dawdler Toddler can start preschool next month, & there’s still availability, we just have to decide which of the 10 preschools in the district we want her to go to.” My Better Half™: “why not just the one in walking distance to which we are zoned?” Me: “No preschool there.” My Better Half™: “So just send her to the closest one in our district that has a preschool.” Me: “oh, sure. You’d think it would be that … [Read more...] about Let’s Make Everything Harder for Parents, Shall We?
Yesterday was my last day of vacation staycation off. I just don't know what to call it. It's probably no secret that a vacation with two kids 3 and under is hardly restful, so while calling it a vacation is wrong, even the "-cation" part of staycation just rubs me the wrong way. Here are some handy reminders that I may need to review when planning our next trip to ensure sanity next time around: If at all possible, avoid making the first day of your time off a 19 hour day of packing, … [Read more...] about Vacation recap
Me: I hate these spray sunscreens. I just don't think they protect at all. I feel like I'm just sizzling. Like they just seem like cooking oil or something, they're so oily. My Better Half™: So do you think they just repackage Spam & throw a sunscreen label on the bottle? Me: Pam. Not spam. Not an aerosolized pork product. … [Read more...] about Smells like bacon
Today is a nearly-May miracle. It's been only 72 and it's rainy-ish. Let me repeat that. Seventy two degrees. Look, I get how perfect that might sound to you, Dear Readers, who may still be mired in winter. In fact, some of our friends came in town this weekend *because* they couldn't stand yet another snowstorm and so decided at the last second to come here. They've invited us over to their hotel to hang by and in the pool all weekend. Here's how that conversation went: But it's … [Read more...] about Yup, this one’s about the weather
Today is my lucky day. I came thiiiiiiiis close to somebody T-boning me on my way to work. I had just pulled out of my driveway and started driving to work past my neighbors' and was just starting to look for something to listen to when WHOA! HEY! OHMYGOD! This car comes backing out (at great speed, mind you) with no regard whatsoever to me being RIGHT. THERE. Like RIGHT THERE. I was so busy swerving that I didn't have time to react and find the horn. Whew! Wait a … [Read more...] about (un)lucky day
I like to say that I suck at coming up with Halloween costumes. And I do, but every once in awhile I have a good idea. It's just that it comes at the wrong time. In this case, either 6 months too late or 6 months too soon, depending on how you look at it. What is it? We take the top off the bike trailer, thus transforming it into a convertible. Whoever is the cyclist (me or My Better Half™) dresses like a horse, and the Toddler stands in it as a Roman Gladiator. Or, I suppose Katniss … [Read more...] about Unfiltered Thoughts: Halloween Costume edition
Today is election day, and I am thrilled. Not that we get to exercise our right to vote - although it is heartwarming to see the lengths that folks are going to in the wake of Sandy to exercise that right. But back to me, what I'm excited about is the end to an endless campaign. I'm over the robocalls, the mailbox full of campaign junk, the emails, and the ads. Dear God, the ads. I've forgone tv entirely for netflix for at least a month. Ever watch an entire TV series in one weekend? Cuz I have! … [Read more...] about Election Day