My Little Boy is All Grown Up

February 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

I can’t stand it.

Look at this little man. Wearing the pants he picked out himself, carrying his backpack like his daddy and walking just like a little boy. Ogh. I realize I sound like a melancholy old lady but at least I’ve made it through 50 words before listing off my ailments:

  1. Chest ache
  2. Anxiety
  3. Heart palpitations

It was only just last year he was sorting out the army crawl.


10 Down, 2 To Go

February 25, 2011 § 1 Comment

I’ve always had a hunch about February and it turns out my hunch was right. February was a good, good month.

The most exciting news comes in the Income section, where I am happy to report my highest income number since leaving Target last April.


And speaking of TGT, I’m headed back. Yep. They offered me a 3-day-per week permanent gig working on communications. Finding this long-term stable solution to my need for cash each month is quite comforting. Having the other two days to work exclusively on writing and Commemorate the Date (not other money hunting) is perfecto.

Unplanned nights out? Higher this month. But only because we had so much to celebrate. (Mac and Cheese got the Valentine’s Day Veto and Burgers Out were in order after re-landing TGT). 

After my ridiculous showing on MMT last month, I’m just happy I got this number up over 10.

I rocked the business card index this month. Blew it out of the water, as they say.

And the Loser Index. Sufficiently loser-ish. I am finding it quite difficult to get all the “no’s” I need to keep this number climbing. I guess that’s the lesson.


Here’s a list of the things I’m proud of:

  • Landing my part-time Target job.
  • Adding categories to this blog. Now you guys can sort by topic if you like. (look on the right)
  • Putting together a pretty awesome press release for Commemorate the Date.
  • Getting a decent draft of my latest children’s book story to my writing group.
  • Hearing Hiram say words like “Bus”, “Bath” “Earring” and “Hiram”

What Hike Likes: Saying Cheese

February 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hiram loves to have his picture taken. One of his favorite parts is looking at the picture afterwards and calling out the key points of interest.

For example, in this one, Hiram would like you to notice the ball on his shirt.

This one is of Hike and his baby.

Never Let Me Go

February 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

Last night my book group braved the winter weather to talk about Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Now today I can’t stop thinking about this book. 

So, I guess that means  I’m coming to you with a level of fervor I wasn’t expecting have. And I guess it also means I’m going to get a little philosophical on y’all, which I wasn’t expecting to do. Consider yourself warned.

It’s actually Megan’s fault. She’s the one who pointed out that the people in this book were acting mindlessly. She found this to be unbelievable. I wish I thought it was unbelievable too. I wish (so bad) I had trouble believing people do what they think they’re supposed to do and not what they actually want to do. But in my experience, it seems like people almost always do what they’ve been raised to do. Sure, they might bucka buck about it, but they do it all the same. I know I do.

In fact, I can’t even think of how I wouldn’t do what I was raised to do. What would that look like? What would that even be? I’ve been trying all day to think of the craziest alternate reality I could think of and haven’t been able to come up with a measure any more drastic than “moving to a deserted island.” Which, when you think about it, is exactly what people think of when they’re trying to be all crazy and creative.

Do you see what I’m saying? Do you see?

It’s making me a little bit nuts.

Snow Shoeing

February 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

It was our annual snow shoe trip to the cabin last weekend. Most of us thought it was pretty great. Hike thought it was a little alarming at first.

But eventually, he got used to it.

Of course, Hike loved the post-snow-shoeing festivities. (Here he is warming up with his Grandma and Grandpa Quam) 

And I loved the fact that we got back home before it started crazy snowing.

What Hike Likes: Babies

February 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hike has been showing an interest in babies recently, so I dug this doll out of storage.

I wasn’t sure what he was going to think of it but he’s actually become quite attached. So far, Hiram has taught his baby to: 

  • Play catch
  • Hold a hockey stick (Well, kind of. Hike thinks his baby has a lot to learn in this area.)
  • Kick a ball
  • Sleep in his bed
  • Read a book
  • Help him distract his parents at bedtime

Tomorrow I’ll be having too much fun to blog so stay tuned for an update on Monday.


February 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been working on a children’s book about buttons for about 6 months now. You know, buttons. Buttons you push. Because raise your hand if you didn’t like to push buttons when you were a kid…

I didn’t think so.

But anyway, I hate my button book so far. I hate it because it’s complicated and not really that clever. In fact, if we had a copy of my button book in our house right now, it’s likely I would be writing this book review about how it’s an annoying book. 

Now I see, there’s a new button book in town. A book called “PRESS HERE” by Herve Tullet. 

Instead of feeling upset about missing my button book chance, I feel completely relieved. This button book is based on a simple concept that is, in my opinion, perfect. Seeing this solution to “kids like buttons” is like working on the same annoying math problem for 6 months and finally having some smartie (named Herve) show you the proof.

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