From The Monkey’s Mouth: An Intimate Interview With MM, Age 2

I kept seeing this fun idea for a New Years / Yearly Interview with your kids, a fun way to keep track of their favorites and see how they change over the ages. First I saw it @ Small Notebook, then again in a similar vein @ Blissfully Domestic and Let’s Explore. It looked really fun, but I thought, “Is my two year old even old enough to get this? Will he answer me?” So I decided to try just to see how much he’d comprehend. I have to admit, I was impressed. I mean, yeah I fed him some answers (like making it multiple choice), but not all of them – and I was impressed with myself for finding ways to ask him the questions that he’d understand and maybe even answer (i.e. for favorite book, “What book do you like to read?”). And some of his answers were just hilarious (see – “What do you love about mommy?”). DH got a kick out of it when he stumbled across my paper the other day and I’ve been meaning to share my results with you guys, too, not to mention get it scanned in and saved in digital form. I will definitely be doing this next year and can’t wait to compare his 2 almost 3 year old answers with his 3 almost 4 year old ones.

Anyway here is a scanned image of our interview with his answers, transcribed by me, the mom:

This was so much fun! Have any of you done this before? If you do it this year, definitely let me know how your kids do, too.

I Didn’t Die

I know you were probably all about to call and have me listed as a Missing Person – since when do I go three weekdays without posting, right? So Monday night MM had the stomach bug, which lingered around until Wednesday night. For awhile Wednesday morning we thought he had Fifths Disease, but I’m pretty sure he was just dehydrated and a little wind blown from our trip to the doctor that morning. We went because MM woke up a complete zombie. He wouldn’t eat or drink or even talk. Just sat at the kitchen table like a lump and didn’t move for over an hour. Cause for concern, no? The doctor saw that his cheeks were flushed and that his arms and legs were pinker than his body which he thought was abnormal for the winter. But it never developed into a real Fifths Disease rash and by that night he was ALL BETTER.

But before you clap and cheer and say hurray, not an hour after he miraculously became a normal two year old boy, I got the pukes. I’m pregnant so at first I thought it might just be morning sickness, even though I haven’t had morning sickness in over a week probably – and I’ve never had it at night. Then I thought, “Well it could be stress induced – I’ve certainly had my fair share of stress the past couple of days, mixed with barely sleeping. But it only took a couple of hours of constant puking to confirm the worst – I’d caught the bug. My husband came home from work as quickly as he could, and tried to by sympathetic. But at 10pm he came down with it, too. Seriously. And let me tell you – I feel for poor MM because this bug knocked both dh and I off our feet – we were wrecked. I’ve never had anything this bad – it was awful. 36 hours at least of pure awful. The zombie thing? I totally get it now.

So I woke up this morning feeling remarkable all things considered but HUNGRY. And I’m not sure how strong my stomach is so I’ve just been scarfing down toast and tea (breakfast of nauseous pregnant mother champions) like my life depends on it (and after not eating for over 24 hours, it pretty much does). And I thought I’d post now and let you know I’m still here and although not feeling my best, I’m okay. I’m hoping by tomorrow I’ll be completely mended, but I am cancelling all my Saturday plans because I’m worried I might still be contagious or that that much activity might do me in. So no book club. No fun double dates. Just rest and missing out. And probably grocery shopping, because despite not eating for 2 days, we do need food.

Tis The Season For A New Look

Let’s just accept the fact that I’ll be trying new looks on this blog constantly, especially now that I’m starting to learn my way around Gimp – this one is just for the holidays, but like my Christmas Tree, don’t be surprised if it lingers post-holidays until it’s pathetic that I’ve still got it up and even MM wants me to take it down…

I changed my button, too – that might be permanent.



Reading Into The Back Of The Cereal Box

Do you remember reading the back of the cereal box when you were a kid? Or maybe you still do? I know I read the back of any box – whether it be cereal, macaroni and cheese, or cake mix – heck there isn’t much I won’t read and I always love the little details. I love companies that  go the extra mile with their packaging and really wow you with their cleverness and wit. I love, for instance, that the Trader Joe’s flyer always has cute little asides and stories – the last one I got even came with instructions on how to turn the flyer into a paper hat – which in all my twenty five years I’d never done before, until this week. My son thought it was pretty much the most awesome thing ever. We of course took pictures:

Sometimes you forget to look – who knows how many packages we throw out that had awesome little gems like that – little moments to make memories of out of ordinary minutes. If I hadn’t read every inch of that flyer, drooling over the idea of chocolate peppermint covered peppermint Joe Joes… I might have missed that and I still would never have made a paper hat before – and we wouldn’t have that cute picture, those memories.

This morning I glanced at my son’s cereal box (which I’ve always thought was kind of old man-ish cereal – I’m a bit of a kid at heart I guess and would rather see my son eating Kid’s Cereal – because it’s FUN! Just none of that super sugary junk – Kashi makes an excellent children’s cereal – Mighty Bites – but MM has been getting bored of Mighty Bites, just like you’re probably getting bored of this post) but so to cut to the point, proof that my son has been eating Old Person Cereal, here is what was on the back of his cereal box:

Helpful Household Hints

Freshen a Garbage Disposal

Sprinkle baking soda and a few drops of dishwashing liquid in the disposal. Scrub with a brush, getting under the rubber gasket and all around the inside. Rinse thoroughly with water. For a citrus smell, run some cut up lemons or limes through the disposal afterwards!

Mildew on Laundry

You can remove mildew from clothes by rubbing the affected area with half a lemon that has been dipped in salt. Then wash clothing as usual.

Make Your Own Glass Cleaner

Fill a spray bottle with vinegar, spray window, then wipe clean with newspaper.

Red Wine On Carpet

Treat the stain immediately after it happens. Sprinkle salt over the wine until most of it is absorbed. Wash the area in cold water with regular detergent. If the stain persists, try dabbing some hydrogen peroxide on the stain and wash as directed above.

Remove Ink From Clothing

There are a few methods to try to remove ink from clothing. You can try dabbing rubbing alcohol on the stain to lift it right out. Hair spray can also be helpful in taking ink out of your clothing. Soaking the garment in milk is also another way to get rid of the ink.

Make Heat Marks and Water Rings Disappear

Mix equal parts of baking soda and regular white, non-gel toothpaste. Dampen the corner of a clean, soft white cloth with water and dip into the paste. With circular motion, gently buff the marks for a few minutes.

Remove Candle Wax From a Tablecloth

Candle wax can be easily removed from fabric. Simply place two pieces of paper towels on either side of the stain. Then use a warm iron to run over the paper, which should absorb the wax from the cloth.

Take Crayon Off Walls and Wallpaper

Spray wallpaper with a multipurpose lubricating oil and wipe gently, using a paper towel or clean white cloth. If the mark is not being removed with the lubricating oil, sprinkle a little baking soda on a damp sponge and gently rub in a circular motion.

I’m just wondering what kind of shenanigans they think I’ll be letting my two year old get into with wine, candles, multipurpose lubricating oil and mildew? I mean the crayons I get – but really? I think my point as been made – Stop and Shop’s Honey Crunchin’ Oats with Honey is clearly not a children’s cereal. I doubt you’d find those (admittedly clever and useful) tips on the back of a Lucky Charms box. And there wasn’t even a toy inside!

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

The Christmas bug has officially hit me – last night I want to jump from the roof tops singing Joy To The World – I settled for putting up the tree (by myself, because dh still didn’t want to put it up at all, but when he came home and saw it up and decorated he was thrilled and fine with it) and making our very first gingerbread house.

We sang a couple Christmas carols off key, forgetting several lyrics, giggling when MM attempted to sing along but mostly babbled. I think my favorite was Oh Christmas Tree, which goes a little something like this…

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Or something. We also made several attempts to take pictures of the tree, of MM and the tree, cool close ups, and mostly just trying to figure out how to take clear crisp pictures of the tree in the dark with the lights flashing. Mostly I got either no lights flashing pictures that look like it’s broad day light OR blurry images of lights flashing that looks sort of like a Christmas Tree if you tilt your head and squint. I really should take a class or something. Anyway, here are some pictures of our festive family fun:

Merry Pictures To All and To All A Good Night…


The End.

The Morning After: Thoughts On Obama’s Victory

For Talk To Me Tuesday this week, Tip Junkie wants to know what my favorite post was in 2008. I had a lot of fun traipsing down memory lane and had a lot of solid contenders, mostly of the funny, gossip hound variety (just search for John Mayer on my blog and you will get a plethora of my favorite posts from last year) but THIS – I think this one might have actually been my best:

Our 44th President – Barack Obama

I am a wee bit speechless this morning, my thoughts are muddled, but I’ll try to voice those thoughts as best I can. My guy won, or as I told MM this morning, “The donkey won the election.” Then we talked about what donkeys say because it’s REALLY cute to hear him go, “eeee awwww!” I am very proud of our country this morning – proud to have our first African American president – proud that we have come so far as a country to achieve such an important historic moment and hopeful that we have made a wise choice in who to elect to this role. And a small voice in my mind wants to add, “But cautious.” I have been extremely cautious throughout this election. I cannot forget four years ago when I voted for John Kerry, bursting with pride, sure the rest of the country would agree with my wise, educated decision. And of course, we all know how that turned out. I vowed that I would not let myself be hurt again this time. What happens, happens, I told myself.

My husband voted for McCain, which I thought was neat. I loved the balance of beliefs in our household over the past few months. Is it weird that I love that my husband and I voted for different people? You have to understand that my grandmother on my father’s side is a pretty typical motivating democrat – she and I have always agreed on politics and I admire her opinions. Her husband is a staunch republican and I’ve always gotten a small thrill out of watching them debate the issues. What better way to get a balanced  view of the issues than in your own grandparents home – where it’s safe to disagree and toss around ideas and ideals.

I remember asking my grandma four years ago if she’d voted for John Kerry. She proudly announced she had and my grandfather said, “You did what?” as if they hadn’t been having these disagreements for at least my whole life. So it all came full circle this year when my husband and I agreed to disagree and I fell in love with him even more after discovering that we could completely disagree, just like my grandparents, and it not be a bitter or ugly thing. It just was. Again I had a safe place to toss around my ideas and allow my thoughts and opinions to grow. He was proud of me this year for sticking to my own opinions, for learning anything I could to make an educated decision and not budging when he told me his opinions if I still didn’t agree. I have always looked up to his opinions also, he is one of the smartest men I know, and while I understand why he voted the way he did, I simply disagreed. It was beautiful, to me.

And yet last night neither of us thought “our guy” would win. He was surprised that I didn’t think Obama would win. I was surprised he thought McCain would lose – how could we think something like that when we’d voted for them? I think both of us maybe didn’t want to be disappointed last night. If we prepared ourselves for that loss it wouldn’t hurt. So when my guy won – it was kind of weird, to be wrong but proud and elated at the same time. And my husband? He’d already gone to bed and was fast asleep when I tip toed into the room, shook his arm gently and informed him that we had our first black president and he said, “I figured,” and went back to sleep. I don’t think he is even that upset – he was smarter than me four years ago. He was prepared. He’ll be fine. He’s happy for me. Isn’t that cute?

I don’t really have anything profound to say this morning, unless you consider the above ramblings profound. If you are looking for something to be inspired by this morning or something give you a chuckle perhaps, then check out the following political posts that I read this morning – I consider these posts much more poignant than my muddled thoughts today.

  • Patrice @ Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman talks about the Facebook phenomenon of being able to see a very mixed bag of reactions to the results all in one place.
  • Jen @ Daily Mish Mash also talks about her grandparents, their beliefs and how that affects how she saw this election play out with a few reflections on her hopes for her own children and how they will see events like this.
  • Susie @ Raising My Boys wrote a truly invigorating and thoughtful post about her feelings of elation over the results of the election, the historical implications of it and her hopes for the world’s response and her children’s future.
  • ADAM NAGOURNEY @ The New York Times writes about the tearing down of racial barriers after Obama’s victory.

What was your reaction to last night’s election? If you comment please try to be polite and respectful of other people’s opinions.

Now Your Feature Presentation: The Man & The Monkey

The Man And The Monkey:

A Halloween Story


Mommy as Professor Wiseman & MM as The Man In The Yellow Hat

SB (super bestie) as Shrek

MM’s Future Bride as Your Friendly Neighborhood UPS Woman

and finally MM’s Future Sister-in-Law as Princess Jasmine

Critics say:

“Those are the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen!”

“You just know he’s up to something!”

“Only MM can make eating chips look this good!”

“The prettiest sisters in show business!”

“Why is she hugging me?”

“Only here can you see a Princess walking a man carrying a monkey! It’s a must see!”

You won’t want to miss this epic love story:

Boy likes balloons.

Girl likes balloons.

Boy & Girl decide to appease their parents and marry. Or hug.


And they all lived sugar highedly ever after. The End.


This post has been rated ATP (Awesomer Than Possamer) by the cute kid critic

Photographs are the property of but the lovely sisters featured above are the property of Red Knows How, at least until the wedding. Shrek is owned by his mother who does not YET have a blog.

Has Anybody Seen My Willpower?

Conversation with husband last night (who was using his laptop the whole time):

Me: I decided I’m finally going to read Mayflower. I’ve had it for years now and have never read it.

DH: Uh huh.

Me: Why go to the library for new books when I have books here that I’ve never read?

DH: Ok.

Me: It actually looks very interesting. I don’t read nonfiction often enough. And with Thanksgiving coming up, it’s a very timely read, don’t you think?

DH: Mmhmmm…

Conversation with my son at the library, while returning Well of Lost Plots & In The Hand Of The Goddess:

Me: I’m just going to return these books, I won’t get new ones, because I’m reading Mayflower. If we hurry, we can still catch Elmo’s World when we get home.


Me: But I did just drive all the way over here, I aught to at least look at what’s new…


Me: I wonder if they have any of the books I’ve been thinking of reading… I could at least check.


Me: Hey look, they have the next Jasper Fforde book!


Me: I’ll just check the young adult section real quick, okay?

MM: No.

Me: They have the next Alanna book, too…

MM: blah blah blah

Me: OH!!! They have Rumors, too! They never have Rumors, I’ll just grab these two to check out…

MM: Elmo?

Me: I probably shouldn’t get the next Fforde book, because his books take so long to read…

MM: Now I know my ABCs….

Me: But these two should be quick reads… And Rumors is NEVER in stock. I should probably jump on that.

MM: babble babble pop babble

Me: And I can always read Maylower during your naps and the other two at night…

MM: Noope!

Me: While writing a novel…


Me: And potty training you.

MM: I go potty?

Me: Oh well, life isn’t fun if you aren’t piling on more than humanly possible, right?

When we got home, Elmo was just ending, but I got these, so I don’t care:

And I think MM will forgive me…