Thursday, April 30, 2009
You know, Post Vacation Depression. Symptoms of PVD include frustration at carrying out menial tasks such as emptying the dishwasher or doing laundry. (Or, as you know if you follow me on Twitter, I've been avoiding laundry due to a giant spider.) Other symptoms to watch out for are using unusual lingo (I have to bite my tongue to keep from calling everyone "mon"), listening to music outside of the norm for the individual (I have sudden urges to blast reggae) and trying to get others to notice your tan.
PVD, not surprisingly, strikes after arriving home after a fabulous vacation, such as the one we were blessed to take last week. I haven't done enough research to know the duration of PVD symptoms. I can only hope (for my sake, as well as Hubba Hubba's and Wiggle Man's) that they subside soon.
And I mean, really. What's so wrong with the assumption that when you return to your room it will have been thoroughly cleaned, beds made, and one of these waiting to greet you?
I may have to start folding the ends of my toilet paper into those neat little points.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I love it when the cherry trees blossom. Wiggle Man and I were out playing with the chickens who live in the pen next to the trees.
Nothing like an exoskeleton to ruin a great moment.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The other emotion? Bummed-ness. I was so bummed that there would be no buffet breakfast waiting for me, no freshly squeezed island orange juice, no smiling Fritz asking me my room number. Somehow, even Wiggle Man waking up at 6 am seemed ok in Jamaica, man.
Sigh. And one of today's questions on Millionaire was about pina coladas. Can you be homesick for someplace that isn't home?
At any rate, we're back in Jersey. Wiggle Man has already trashed the first floor of our house with toys...or maybe it only looks that way because we still have suitcases half opened everywhere. It's hard to tell. I may have strewn about the contents of two carry-on bags in a frenzied attempt to find my phone. (Which, in case you're curious, was exactly in the pocket I thought it was, yet somehow missed the first three times I checked.)
I should be doing laundry, or unpacking, or cleaning. Something productive. Yes, somehow, I just can't seem to muster up the motivation to do it. My brain is still on island mode.
Monday, April 27, 2009
I didn't think so.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
The breakfast was in the same restaurant where Hubba Hubba and I had dinner last night. A bit of a transformation from the quiet, romantic, white gloved service atmosphere to:
Speaking of date night with Hubba Hubba, I wish I'd brought my camera. The reasons for that are twofold. One: the only picture we have of Hubba Hubba and I dressed up on our date was taken by one of the resort employees on their camera, and when we looked at it this morning in the photo hut I hated it. I'm sitting all sideways-ey and it looks like I have no neck. Two: I can't show you the awesome appetizer I had. I ordered tropical fruits in a pineapple hut, thinking it would come in some sort of pineapple cup. Nope--it actually was a little pineapple hut, complete with pineapple roof. I almost didn't want to eat it.
I did, though.
Back to breakfast: what a great job the resort did. There was a DJ playing Sesame Street music, all the decorations were Sesame Street, and I love how each employee, from the Kids Camp counselors to the wait staff, really seem to love the kids.
This is one of Wiggle Man's new favourite loveys, chillin' with us at breakfast:
The only slight disappointment so far has been that the resort is shooting some marketing photos today, so we couldn't use the beach or the pools. Here's the photographer's chopper. Is it wrong that I wanted to shake my fist in anger at him every time I saw him?
We were pretty upset at first, but the customer relations team came through. All the guests today had their choice of various complimentary tours and attractions--we chose a local water park, thinking Wiggle Man would love it.
We were wrong. Evidently, the kids pool area terrified him, as did the lazy river. Who knew that giant buckets of water landing on your head, and flipping over in a tube with your Dad on the lazy river could be scary?
So, we headed to another resort we'd been given access to, and spent the rest of the day on the beach there.
And finally, to finish things off, more photographic proof that I am indeed on vacation. Yes, I'm pretty red...sunscreen only goes so far, apparently. Happily, I'm darkening to a nice beige today. (I never really get nice and brown. I just stop looking the colour of paper.) Like my diva sunglasses? I tried some "fierce" poses yesterday...I don't think Tyra would be proud.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Cute, right? I thought so. Hubba Hubba just grumbled that Froggy was one of those stinkers making all that racket last night.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
We're here in beautiful Jamaica, and we may not leave. Ok, we probably will have to leave. But I won't want to.
We had a pretty uneventful trip here. Wiggle Man slept on me most of the plane ride. Which made that the hottest plane ride ever. Seriously, the kid's a heat pump. The only drama we had was the shuttle ride to our resort. (Which was still cool. We drove through the town where they filmed Cool Runnings.) However, it turns out that Wiggle Man inherited more than my love for carbs--he also gets carsick, just like Mommy.
Unlike Mommy, though, he actually threw up.
There we were, driving crazily across the island, music pumping, and Hubba Hubba shouting for the poor driver to pull over. Did you know diapers make excellent barf bags? True fact.
Once we arrived, though, he was all smiles and giggles. He'd live in the pool, if we'd let him. He was less excited by the beach, but I have hope. He is my son, after all. And he loves it here. He won't want to leave, either. Unless, of course, he can take these guys with him:
Cookie Monster just walked by. I blew him a kiss--he returned the favour. Don't tell Hubba Hubba.
I'm off to find me a pina colada.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I'm off to pack...at least, that's what I'll be spending Wiggle's nap time doing.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I was thinking about why motherhood. What in the world inspires us to get up way too early, go to bed way too late, spend entire days without adult conversation*, wipe up milk, snot, poop, vomit, and unidentifiable substances without a grimace and re-read Where The Wild Things Are
37 times in a row?
*adult conversation = words that don't end in "ie", (as in "milkie" "blankie" "bummie") don't involve animal sounds, and discussions concerning shows not currently on The Disney Channel.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I think I have the answer. The reason the human race repopulates. What keeps mothers going.
I personally, do it for the kisses. There's nothing like a slobbery Wiggle Man kiss.
Even if I do wipe my cheek afterwards.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
This stuff is the most versatile and best thing I own. Even dirt poor, I think I would find a way to have it in my cabinet. It cures chapped lips in a heartbeat. It laughs at my scaly elbows and knees. I've used it on babies butts and as lip gloss in a pinch. I lather my hands at night in an effort to make that dry wrinkly 35-year old skin go away. I think it's working. When my kids had psoriasis on their scalps, this was applies. Their hair was greasy one day but the scales disappeared. I quite clearly and vehemently swear by it. Run out and get some. Wait! Maybe I should buy stock first.
Thanks, Brandi! Don't forget to head on over to her blog, and Sara's, too!
Friday, April 17, 2009
There are lots of things that are different. Uni-coloured money, for instance--it took me years to get the hang of looking in the corner for the denomination, rather than just memorizing colours. I can't tell you how many times I gave a cashier a one-dollar bill, thinking it was a twenty. (Twenties are green in Canada. You look in your wallet, see blue, green and purple, and you know you have 35 dollars.)
And then there's Fahrenheit. A few years ago I was finally able to stop subtracting 30 and dividing by two to get an idea of how cold it would be. Or not cold. You see my point.
One of the most bizarre things that's different down here is the Corn Pops. I've never understood why Corn Pops have to be different. What's worse is that the ones down here are...um...not good. My apologies if you're a fan of American Corn Pops. But seriously, there's something weird about the shape. And don't even get me started about the texture.
Here's what Corn Pops should look like:
This picture was originally for photographic purposes only. I've not been feeling the greatest today, so I had cereal for breakfast and lunch. I had every intention of simply pouring this back into the box.
I ate it.
It was good.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Before you check out these pictures of Wiggle Man "decorating" his eggs, you need to understand the adult/child ratio going on. Wiggle Man was the only child doing eggs. There were....hold on while I count...5 grown ups taking pictures. (Incidentally, there were 4 more watching t.v. in the other room. Men.)
It looked like he was holding some kind of bizarre baby press conference.
Who says a manly baby can't dye his eggs pink? That's what Hubba Hubba gets for watching t.v. while the women supervise egg dyeing.
These made some very lovely deviled eggs the next day. Green eggs and ham, anyone?
Saturday, April 11, 2009
You may not hear from me much this weekend, unless of course something totally blogworthy happens that I just can't wait 'til Monday or Tuesday to post. Grandma and Grandpa are here for Easter to visit the Wiggle Man...and us, of course. Naturally.
So, if I don't post before then, Happy Easter!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Doesn't he look proud of himself? Pride was my first emotion. Then came exhaustion at the thought of chasing him down all day, keeping him from climbing everywhere. You know, like climbing up onto the couch, then up the arm of the couch, and reaching up to turn the thermostat up to 85. Not that he did that shortly after taking these photos, or anything.
Still--he was pretty excited. And naked. I hadn't folded his laundry yet, people. I promise I dressed him before his afternoon nap. I just make no promises about how long exactly before his nap that was. More than 5 minutes, though.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I can admit it: before I became a mother, there were things I just didn't understand.
For example? Small children's terror of Kleenex. Being a grown-up, I couldn't understand how snot dripping down your face and running into your mouth could possibly not be the worst thing ever. It seems, however, that the worst thing ever is having that snot wiped off your face.
Before I became a mother I could never understand why the mothers of these children didn't just use softer tissues, or not wipe so hard. Or something.
Now that I have one of those children, I've learned it doesn't matter how soft the tissue, how gentle the touch, how carefully I make sure that I don't cover his mouth at the same time I'm covering his nose (you know...breathing, and all) he still runs in terror as soon as I whip out the Kleenex.
Stay tuned--if I get a good shot of him all snotty when he wakes up from his nap, you may get a visual.
Monday, April 6, 2009
(Domestically Challenged, by the way, is a fabulously hysterical blog, and I highly recommend you go check it out. Plus, I'm mentioned there today, which makes it more fabulous. For me, anyway. Oh, and Poutine--fries, gravy and cheese curds. Tres yum. )
And now, back to "Days of My Life", starring Me.
When we last saw our heroine, she was graduating college with her BS of Music Performance (Flute). This was her first foray into living as a Canadian in America-land. For the sake of my sanity, I'll stop referring to myself in the third person right now.
I'd been accepted into a great school for my Masters, but alas, the money there were sure they could find among unaccepted assistantships, was not found. This, by the way, all went down about a week before graduation. Nice. There I was, graduated, and no prospects.
After much prayer (and I mean much) I decided to look for a teaching position in a private school. (It had to be private, because my degree was not Music Ed.)
My reasons for looking for something in the Northeast U.S. are a little personal--and some of those reasons just might be reading this. :) However, I found the school I eventually took a job at, and began the ginormous process of applying for visas, saying goodbye, saying hello, and moving to a land unlike anything I'd known--there were horse farms on the same road as my new home, for heaven's sake.
Anyway, some of that personal stuff led to some heartbreak, I'll admit. But my God is bigger than heartbreak, and He used that to lead me to Hubba Hubba. (And, He gave me one of my dearest friends back.)
God's a great healer of hearts, and Hubba Hubba and I were engaged soon after--I knew he was the one as soon as I met him, I actually did. You really do "just know." We've been married for 5 years now, with a Wiggle Man to bless our lives (and keep us busy.)
So, that's the backstory, Sara. If you want to fill in the blanks with some more details, you'll just have to come visit on your summer vacation. We'll talk over Poutine.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I never, ever, ever get to watch the Leafs play. Never. Even on t.v. So, Hubba Hubba thought it would be nice to go watch them play Philly the other night.
Now, let me start by saying the Leafs suck this year. The Leafs have sucked for a few years now. Most of my life, actually, with the exception of a few good years. (Not great, mind you, but good.)
Anyway, so I know they're not the greatest team this year. I wasn't expecting them to blow the Flyers out of the water. But, they were just coming off a win against the Flyers, so I wore my jersey with pride to the game.
By the end of the first, Philly was up 5-0. Or was it 6? I lost track.
Every single Flyers goal, the guy in front of me would turn around, do a little dance, and try to high five me. Every. Single. Time.
My boys actually pulled off a decent comeback--the final score was 8-5. If you're not familiar with hockey, that's a ridiculous score. What that tells you is that the winner was the team whose goalie sucked the least.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Wiggle Man has this thing--when he's eating food he'd rather not, he'll spit it out, and hand it to me.
I don't know why I take it.
But then again, how could you resist this face?
Also, I wanted to share with you my latest song for Wiggle Man:
(To the tune of "How Deep Is Your Love" by the BeeGees.)
How clean is your bum? (Is your bum, how clean is your bum?)
I really need to know--
Did you do a Number Two in there?
Or is that just air,
That is stinking you up so?
You have got to let me know!