"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both." ~ Benjamin Franklin

Different Day...Different Story

>> Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Today didn't go so well at the drop-off. Ethan clung to my pant leg saying "You can't leave me. I want you to take me home. I don't want to stay here. Please don't leave me." It sucked rotten eggs. I sat down holding him & broke down like a crazy Mommy. There were plenty of other Moms offering support, which just made the waterworks worse.

Ethan's 'teacher' took him from me and stayed with him by the window so he could wave goodbye to me as I left. Then I cried most of the way to work; probably a bad idea in rush hour traffic.

I was really busy at work today, so I didn't have a lot of time to worry about it. I did call at lunch time to make sure they ate & were having a good time. The rest of the day went much better than the dropping off!

2 days down, 3 to go!


Kids Loved Daycare

>> Monday, February 27, 2006

My boys were up at 6 AM this morning, and I heard "Are you ready?" about 1000 times before I was ready to leave. At day care, they were so excited about going in to play that they hardly had time to kiss me goodbye. So no tears from the Mommy, as I was ushered out the door before they even cared that I was gone.

My work day was uneventful. After being gone from this employer for eight years, I have to go through the entire training program which started today and ends March 24. After that, though, I am sure to be buried.

I spent my afternoon making a list of essentials that are missing from my work area...like everything. My boss came by my very empty desk at 4:15 and told me to go home for the day.

That's the scoop; short & sweet.


Why aren't more news outlets carrying this?

The anti-war trope "Iraq had no WMDs" has always seemed wierd to me. I mean, Saddam USED these weapons on several occations, even on his own people. To say that he never had any is either naive or willfully obtuse.

Analysts are still decoding/translating/analysing documents captured during Operation Iraqi Freedom. As more of the material is declassified, the anti-war position crumbles. Read this from the Investors' Business Daily. Saddam not only had a chemical/biological program but was close with the nuclear program. Since several thousand terrorists received training and safe-haven in Iraq, he had the delivery capability too.

UPDATE: More coverage from people smarter than myself
Dafydd ab Hugh: Saddam's WMD - the Company Strikes Back


Grocery Shopping Fun

Grocery shopping has taken on a whole new dimension. I usually plan my week's menu in advance and buy everything I need in one fell swoop. Today that plan ran into a glitch. As I was reaching for necessary ingredients for some of my planned meals my stomach gave a large lurch and threatened to expel it's contents. Lovely.

So away went the list and I made my way through the store grabbing items that didn't make me feel like I was on a roller coaster. We'll be having pasta this week, soup, lasagna, Shells & Cheese, Fig Newtons... Pretty sad; I know. Oh, I forgot lunch- chicken pot pie. Honestly, the only time I eat chicken pot pie is when I'm pregnant. I remember eating so many of these when I was pregnant with Brenna.

Speaking of Brenna, she is currently eating her yogurt by hand. Yogurt Fingers, if you will. Obviously it is the easiest way and also the most fun as mommy makes a fuss. And I should probably interrupt before she puts it in her hair.


Sooo, What Else Can I Eat?

>> Friday, February 24, 2006

Honestly, I feel like I am eating ALL. THE. TIME! The minute my stomach gets even a little empty I start to feel nauseous. Which, I must say, SUCKS!

I'm trying very hard to eat healthy food: apples, dried fruits & nuts, milk... Trying. Today I have had half a jumbo blueberry muffin, a wheat bagel with cream cheese, split a frozen fetticcini with Brenna and added chicken to it, had a couple of cookies with milk and an apple with peanut butter.

And I could eat more. I really, really could. I feel like I am gaining a ton of weight. Blah!

But now it's time to begin making dinner. Chicken Ruebens and Baked French Fries. YUM!



>> Thursday, February 23, 2006

Have a cookie... Chocolate chip... Fresh from the oven. Would you like cold milk to go with that? Or coffee? Just brewed.

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We've had a slow week. We spent the weekend lounging around the house, me feeling nauseous with pregnancy, Doug fighting a cold that would develop into a sinus infection and Brenna caused destruction in her wake.

It seems that not only my cabinets but also my china hutch have a monster. A pink monster with fuzzy bunny feet.

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Salad spinner! Not just for produce anymore!
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Here she is standing on her cousin's toy truck with grandma's hand for balance.
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Like I said, we haven't been doing much. But I hope you enjoyed the refreshments!


Influenza Quarantine

I don't know where he got it, but my lovely husband brought the flu to our house. The boys and I had our flu vaccine, but Jon didn't because he 'never gets sick'. Well, I guess now is never. It started with a tickle in his throat all day Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday, he was mostly down with a 103 degree temp. I woke him in the afternoon yesterday to go to the doctor. He was prescribed a heavy duty narcotic cough medicine and sent on his way. Nothing more they can do. Luckily the cough medicine keeps him from moaning in his sleep.

Last night, Carter was coughing a little but had no temp. By this morning, he was running a fever of 101.7. Mid-morning, it was 103.5. Poor Carter is missing his last day of preschool before he starts daycare Monday. And he's miserable.

Since I am supposed to start working Monday, I am sure I will come down with it sometime this weekend. But so far, Ethan and I are OK. (knocks on wood, and drinks Airborne like a good girl). Wish us luck.


Like Peas in a Pod

>> Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Yesterday my sister and I packed the Explorer with car seats and ventured down to visit our grandmother in south-west Iowa. Three seats was a tight fit and one of the doors had to be slammed with a bit of force. Luckily Jen has a two monitor DVD player so everyone could see The Incredibles and there wasn't much noise from the back seat.

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Grandma, being reliable as only a grandmother can be, had dinner (lunch for all you non-farm folks) ready when we got there. Pot roast, scalloped corn, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, deviled eggs, homemade pickles. Not to mention dessert- fudgy brownies and raspberry cheesecake. YUM!

And you see the kids all have blankets- on the way home they napped. Joy!


Back to Work

I haven't posted for a while. I've gotten out of the habit. During my absence, I made a HUGE decision...to go back to work full time. I haven't worked a 'real' job since I left a 'large financial services company' 4 years ago. I miss working. And I also feel guilty about leaving my children at a day care center while I work. But I am taking the plunge....next Monday.

I am not returning to my last employer, simply because the stress level was pretty high. I liked my job and I loved the people I worked with, but not enough to want to spend 50 hours a week at said employer. Instead, I chose to return to a job I probably would not have left if the pay had not been so low eight years ago. The money is a lot better now, or I wouldn't even have the option of returning. Many people I worked with are still there, although I will be working in an entirely different division.

So, if you don't see my comments anymore, you will know why. I will be spending as much quality time with my boys as I can after work hours! Take care in bloggerland!


The Week in Pictures

>> Thursday, February 16, 2006

Back again with your weekly dose of Brenna.

Here we see Brenna "helping" Daddy shovel the sidewalk. This job took quite a while because she had to stop and wave at everyone who drove by.

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And here is Brenna being paid for shoveling.

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She has more money than mommy right now. I may have to ask her for a loan.

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So, what do you do if you are 16 months old and woke mommy at 4am? Why, you empty the cupboards, of course!

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Because you know that mommy is just counting the minutes until she can sleep and doesn't really care what you do just as long as you are quiet. Apparently baking cups are fun. Who knew?

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It Was Too Good to Last

Two days ago it was almost 65 degrees farenheit. And here is the view from my window today:

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What you can't see are the teeny, tiny snow/sleet pellets that are falling steadily from the sky. The roads are icy, the wind is blowing and the predictions are for 3-5 inches of snowfall and a low of 2 degrees. TWO! {{shudder}}

Most of the local schools are closed and I know that Brenna will not be attending her playtime at the gymnastics school. She'll probably be in her PJs all day. And since Doug took the Explorer I won't be going anywhere any time soon.


Happy Valentine's Day

>> Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Last night Doug asked me if I wanted to do anything tonight. Two thoughts immediately ran through my head:

1) Ummm, if you want to do anything on Valentine's Day you have to plan it weeks in advance. Duh.
2) No. I never have good experiences "out" on Valentine's Day. Restaurants are way too busy and service sucks.

Today is my grandmother's birthday. I don't think having a V-Day birthday is quite as bad as a Christmas birthday, but it may be close. She was in town with my mom; they came by so grandma could see my new house and we went to lunch. After lunch we came back to my place and sang "Happy Birthday" over mini cupcakes.

Brenna and I spent the remainder of the afternoon delivering small heart-shaped cakes, mini cupcakes and champagne to my siblings homes as a suprise. I can "break in" to all but one so the goodies were waiting when they got home. (I had thought about posting photos but I'm no Meritt. I had a 16-month-old trying to climb up my leg as I was frosting the goodies. I'll just say that they weren't as pretty as I imagined they would be.)

As I've said many, many times Doug & I aren't gift-giving people. I just don't see the point of buying a gift because "someone" says you have to. I'd rather it be from the heart and spontaneous. So, he brought home flowers and I made a nice dinner for him of a fondue appetizer, filet mignon with a garlic-tomato sauce and couscous, and a small heart shaped cake for dessert.

And there you have it. The most "romantic" day of the year, Geek style.



>> Monday, February 13, 2006

Honestly, that's all I've got. It takes more energy than I have available to keep up with Brenna and take care of my daily "to do" list.

When I was pregnant with Brenna I was tired, but only in the evening. Bed at 7pm wasn't unheard of. Well, to be honest, falling asleep on Doug while we watched TV was what was actually happening, but you get my point.

When I was pregnant with Brenna I had only one experience with nausea and that was due to a very "large" man with a very bad odor problem so I figure I may have had the same reaction had I not been knocked up.

When I was pregnant with Brenna I could eat anything. Chinese? Yep. Mexican? Uh-huh. Indian? No problem. And I craved dried fruit and nuts.

This pregnancy is proving to be much different.

I am tired ALL THE TIME. I wake up tired. I move through my day like a zombie. I nap in the afternoon (when I can get Brenna to cooperate). I get to bed no later than 8:30pm. And I don't feel like I sleep well. I hate that.

So far I have experienced nausea every day. Not enough to actually vomit, thank goodness, but the kind that makes food look and smell repulsive. The kind that makes riding in the car a nightmare. The kind that makes laying down feel like you have the drunken spins.

Food is not my friend. Especially in the morning. Toast is my breakfast of choice. With tea. Or milk. Soda is out. So is anything fried. I'm not sure about spicy foods- I'm almost afraid to try. And fruit? Not a chance.

Ugh. It's almost bedtime.


I Am a Bad Sister

>> Friday, February 10, 2006

I was thinking about today as my sister's birthday because our family is celebrating tonight. Not the case! Her birthday was Tuesday! I even called and wished her happy birthday! But did I post? Noooo.

Happy Birthday, Jen! Belated. But honestly, since I can't seem to get anything done in a timely manner did you expect this on your birthday?

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A must read

>> Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Functional Culture: A voice that should be heard. I think "he" speaks for more people than we know, definately more people than we hear about in the MSM.


The Week in Pictures (ignore the dates- I either forget to set the camera or I set it wrong)

Brenna and I have had a very busy week. Here she is amazing daddy with her vast computer knowledge. She is the future of computers, people. The next Bill Gates.

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Last Wednesday we visited my grandparent's (her greats) on their farm. Here is Brenna looking at the cows. See the cow waaayyyyy back there?
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How many of you missed the BIG announcement last week? What? You didn't read my teeny, tiny post about the Iowa Blogger Bash? Look what you missed! The rabbit is dead!
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Brenna scared the bejeezus out of me when I couldn't find her. All doors were closed, all gates were up... No Brenna to be found.

Turns out I have a monster in my cabinet!
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And today... We played in the snow. Yep, snow in Iowa in February! Who knew!

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Whoops! She fell down.

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She finally gets to use her Christmas sled!
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Chasing Toby!

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Nothing But Time

>> Monday, February 06, 2006

I'm home all day with nothing to do.

Except laundry, housekeeping, following Brenna on her whirlwood tour of destruction, cleaning said destruction, letting the dog in and out whenever he desires, preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner for the inhabitiants, cleaning after each meal...

Today I also played campaign manager for Doug's senatorial dreams. I scheduled two meetings for him with people who are "in the know" and set up a "community round table" in one of the towns in the district. It's more of a "meet the candidate" type of event. Now I need to get fliers printed and do door knocking in that town so people will show up.

Anyone interested in helping? If you live close and have nothing going on the next couple of weekends let me know! Brenna is darn cute but she & I can't cover the entire area ourselves!


Campaign Blog Back Up

Yea! My campaign blog is back up! Evidently when I upgraded my account status it knocked out the BLOG subdomain and it took the Monday morning team at my service provider to figure out how to get it back.

I promise to get more issue/policy posts up soon.


The Bash is Tonight!

>> Saturday, February 04, 2006

From Roth & Company PC: The blogger Bash is tonight!

Where: Raccoon River Brewing Company; 200 10th Street Des Moines, IA 50309
When: 7ish
And? They have WiFi, laptops welcome!

Doug will definately be there. My attendance depends on the lovely Brenna. She had her MMR/chickenpox shots a week ago and has run a fever yesterday & last night.

But, if I do come... No drinkies for me. I've got a bun in the oven.


State of the Union

>> Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Go see my new post on the President's State of the Union Address!

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