Tuesday, February 28, 2012


I knit a balaclava. Ben thinks it is scary.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Watching the Oscars

Jack assumes a judgmental pose to watch the show.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Jenn at the Aviary

Look at my gorgeous and talented sister-in-law on TV!

Monday, February 20, 2012

The mall train

Choo choo!

Anthro dressing room


I've had supplies to make a terrarium for over a month. Finally built one last night. I love it! I'm nursing back some faltering cactuses, then I'll build another one to hang on my wall in the old fishbowl.

I'm 30

Today is my birthday; I must say good-bye to my 20s. 

I treated myself to a 5 day break from work and it's been mighty nice.  I have tomorrow off, so I get to stay out late at trivia tonight.  My folks have been visiting this weekend.  We saw Lord of the Dance on Saturday and have done much shopping and eating of delicious things.  Today I'm keeping it relaxed.  I slept in, said good-bye to parents and played with Jack while eating a chocolate croissant and hot chocolate in my pajamas.  During morning nap I knit and watched Black Books on netflix.  We had lunch at Garbanzo's and went to Cherry Creek mall where I got a new dress from Anthropologie.  Now Jack is trying to take an afternoon nap (not very well so far) and I see more knitting ahead of me.  Maybe more photos to come, but I'm enjoying being lazy.  That's what birthdays are for, right?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fruit Ninja Toddler

Watch out for those dangerous kicks!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


This photo came to me while at work courtesy of Ben with the note "Needs a cup holder." I love it.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Back to life

Feeling much better. Had to work Saturday and Sunday but I survived. Slept till 11 today (after working until 2am). Had lunch at cafe rio and enjoyed my food for the first time in a week. Bought jack a new car seat. Cleaned, shopped, fought off the urge to nap, and generally tried to catch up with the pace of healthy living.

Thursday, February 09, 2012


This is not a low grade version of what Jack had.  This is sick.  Very sick.  Sick, as in I have been out of bed for only 3 hours since 6pm Wednesday night.  Fevers, chest-rattling coughs, congestion, diarrhea, various migraines, and a touch of vomiting sick.  And it doesn't help that I fell in the parking lot at work on Tuesday, so my left hip is super sore and stiff. 

I'm trying to eat a banana now while Ben puts Jack to bed. I'm trying to mentally separate day from night so I'm not in a total mess when I have to return to work (Saturday).  I'm so sick, I haven't even wanted to watch Downton Abby yet.   I REALLY hope we don't pass this around the house too.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Sickies and Animal Sounds

Can we all be healthy for just a little bit? Please?

Right as my back was healing Jack began producing copious volumes of snot. He's at the end of it, and really has been a trooper so we can't complain. But now at the end of that, Ben has a lower back injury! Yesterday I came home to him wincing in pain as he walked. Today when he texted that it was worse I immediately called our local rescue child care hero, April. She whisked Jack away to a fun day playing with her kids. Ben got plenty of rest and is looking better.  I got home early and was able to take care of him in the afternoon. 

Now I notice that I've been dry coughing all afternoon and my throat is a bit sore. I felt that way a few days ago. I hope it's just a super mild version of what Jack had, and that it won't get any worse. Still. PLEASE. CAN WE STOP BEING ILL PRETTY PLEASE??

Ben taped me reading Jack his book, "My Mother is Mine." Jack is great at his animal sounds and actions with it. Plus I've been trying to record his kitty sound FOREVER! It's my favorite noise he makes.

PS, I say "Mommy" in place of "Mother" in the book, hoping that it will be simpler for Jack to learn. Still doesn't say "mama." Still bothers me. I know, some day I will want him to stop saying mom. But I'm still wishing.

Friday, February 03, 2012

My hero ;-)

It's still snowing! Ben is out with friends. Jack is in bed. I'm in the basement. It looks like this:

Treat yo' self!

Despite the blizzard outside I made it to my salon. Some things are worth fighting for ;-)

Jack woke up crying this morning. He's had a cold all week. I don't know if it was bad dreams or a stuffy head or what. After some cuddling together in bed while petting Molly he recovered. (Not enough cuddling for me, but I'll take what I can get!) We had reheated chocolate chip pancakes and he laughed out loud at Kipper, his new favorite show, before I left.

Last night I had the pleasure of going straight from work to open spinning night at Fancy Tiger. It was actually pretty fun! I was overly proud of myself for socializing with other adults- and strangers, no less! We didn't talk about dialysis or babies and it was wonderful. We oooed and awed over Em's angora bunny pictures and Dan's silk and baby camel blend roving ($50/oz!). We discussed the burgeoning possum fiber industry and environmental motivations. (Where I suggested that possum fiber needs a better sounding name, like angora for rabbits, if it wants to sell. I nominated "posoma."). Beers were offered and much yarn was spun. I drastically improved my drafting technique just by watching others.

I'm indebted to Ben for letting me be out at work and play all day while he wiped noses and cooked a delicious chili dinner. Tonight I give him my blessing to go to the One-Up bar with friends, or whatever they decide to do. I also look forward to aunt Amanda babysitting tomorrow night so we can see The Artist. We just don't date enough. Does anyone have teenagers they can recommend? I'd gladly accept phone numbers.

Ps: this blog title is a Parks and Rec quote. So is "I do want that. Please do that for me." That had Ben and me in stitches last night.