Wednesday, February 10, 2010

In the Saddle Again...

Now that my snot is no longer vibrant enough to own a spot on the color wheel and I'm no longer in danger of expelling vital organs through my mouth in a fit of frame-wracking coughs, and now that the 20 loads of laundry I neglected are folded and I've graduated from a steady diet of marshmallows and chicken noodle soup (thanks, Tanya!), I feel that I'm ready to resume my practice of taking up your valuable time and my less-than-valuable time with blogging.

Ooooh. Lucky you.

So, besides making legions of white blood cells and hordes of antibodies and moaning about my surely impending death, what have I been up to?

Well, I took the babies on a germ-spreading operation grocery shopping trip:
...that was an utter disaster because we got stuck in line for about 20 minutes, leaving me no option but to take pictures of them and leaving them no option but to bitch at me about it.  However, the trip quickly turned around (for me, anyway) when I was driving home and realized I was behind this truck:

... *crickets*... Come on, don't tell me that's not funny.  I cannot be the only person in the world who nearly wet their pants laughing at this.  Fine, even if I am the only person who thinks this is hysterical, I don't care.  It made the screaming babies in the back seats tolerable.
Rod Erections.

Do it.  Laugh.  You think it's funny.

Ahem.  Moving along.  We played in the snow... 

Which was obviously more fun for some than others...

I call him Mutumbo and it was a fight to the (near) death with my toddler and husband to build him without being knocked unconscious by flying snowballs.

(Note: when one is suffering a deadly strain of bacterial sinusitis, it is not a good idea to go play in snow.  However, it never snows here and when it does it is never this quantity.  So I made a choice and suffered for it later.)

My hubby and I learned how to plumb a kitchen sink when the pipes under ours mysteriously blew apart and my landlord determined that it was our fault and wouldn't help us.  Turns out, it was the result of worn out slip washers (oooh, look at me being all plumbery) and I was able to flirt with a midget at Lowe's to get the new parts free of charge (let no one question my dedication to family finances).

Also during this whole black-out period, I realized that someone had broken into our house and left behind a small pile of crushed-up dog biscuit.  Which is creepy, but helps to explain the missing financial folders that I had suspected someone stole but couldn't quite back up with evidence.  So, if you see my social security number out there someplace, let me know; I'd like it back.

Shortly after that ghastly discovery, I broke this window:
in the bathroom next to the bathtub... WHILE Jack was in it... by fumbling a bottle of shampoo.  Luckily he wasn't hurt except for a small sliver of glass that got stuck in his toe and required a 45 minute screaming, crying, traumatizing wrestling match to extract.  However, while the guys were here fixing the glass, they noticed that my natural gas meter smelled like... well, gas.  Yikes.  So I called the company and they came out and confirmed that we had a serious leak and needed to have the meter replaced.  

Thank goodness for broken windows, eh?

Not only is that enough, but during one of the really, really cold nights we had recently, our furnace broke, forcing me to sequester the children and myself on the 2nd floor (which has a separate heater) for a night of cookies and movies in Mommy and Daddy's room.  Though that sounds pleasant enough, my quads and glutes will tell you a different story about evil stairs and too many trips between said 2nd floor and the kitchen. 

I've been baking healthy cookies and researching investments and working on getting out household ready for all the traveling and transitioning we're about to undertake and I've been pioneering a new (though, surely not) method of preparing and freezing finger-foods for the girls to cut down on chaos that occurs as I'm finishing dinner and trying to serve 5 people at the same time every night.  More on all the culinary stuff in later posts - I promise! - including more toddler food ideas.

And finally, I switched from disposables to cloth diapers.
And I have plenty to talk about regarding that, too.  In due time, my friends.  


My zoo has been hoppin' lately and I've had to make some sacrifices to stay on top of things and maintain some semblance of order.  Now that you're all caught up on my world and the chaos I've been trying to control, I can finally promise you that I'm back in the saddle again and ready to go.  And what have you, dear Readers, been up to?  Do tell...!


Kate said...

First of all - no crickets here! That truck is HILARIOUS. I would have died laughing too. I love when I see stuff like that when I'm out and about. Seriously - wasn't there anyone at that company that thought about

Laughing again.

Seriously - what is up with your house!? I was all oh-look-at-melis-she-has-a-white-picket-fence-i-knew-it then all these issues with the house - sweet mercy.

And who breaks a window with a shampoo bottle? I shall call you She-ra forever more.

Glad you're feeling better. The blog world isn't the same without you


Amy said...

The cloth diapers are adorable. And I'm loving Jordan's facial expressions! I hope I get to see you all when you come up. (I have to work all week and I have class as well.)

Melis said...

Kate, I heart you! Rod Erections. ROTFL. (I can't believe I just used that term... gasp! Kill me.)

Okay and before you get all oh-look-at-melis-she-has-a-white-picket-fence-i-knew-it-y on me, let me first say that 1) I rent this house and 2) the stupid fence is what duped me into renting this house with all its issues. I mean, how can a place so cute as to have a white picket fence be so evil? It's sneaky like that, this house.

Now, I'm working on a diagram of how I broke the window because it appears to be baffling to some... many... most... everyone. I maintain that it was an act of God to keep my house from blowing up. But, I'm okay with She-ra.

(((You))) too!

Melis said...

Amy - we hope to see you too if you can work us in... I guess it's still up in the air whether or not we're going to be at the house or in a hotel based on remodeling etc... I'll let you know!

Cascia said...

Your kids are adorable! I miss all the snow. We don't have any out here. I wish I could switch to cloth diapers but I just don't have the heart to spend ten bucks or more for one cloth diaper when I can get a whole box of disposables for the same price. I totally understand that you save money in the long run, but I'm still not ready to do that yet.

Brianne said...

Hahaha that truck is too much? Seriously were they trying to get a laugh!

Glad you are feeling better too. My son is showing signs of another lovely and glorious cold.

And you are brave being out there in the snow. I do not like when I am healthy never mind sick!!

Your pics are adorable!!

Bellismom said...

LOL!!! That truck is awesome. I bet they get a lot of business with creativity like that.

Tanya said...

Love, love, love you Man, I'm going to be so sad when y'all move!!!

Rod erections...tee hee hee. My sis is an architect and anytime they're talking about shafts and what not she's really trying hard to hold it together.

Glad you are all feeling better!!! Enjoy the upcoming 4-day...wait...does Justin have duty?? Sean has to go in on Friday and took over duty for broke EROC on Monday. Hopefully, we'll slide back from MD in time to get him to work. HAHAHAHA.

Misty said...

Happy to be caught up and thanks for the laughs. I'm mean... I can't help but laugh at anything that says "erection" and the word 'midget' sends me into a fit of giggles as well (gasp). Btw cute little buns in the bathtub window picture!

Lynn said...

Yikes. It sounds like you guys had worse luck with the storm than we did. We may have been snowed in (and EFF playing in it ... my snow pants no longer fit over my belly), but at least all of our utilities, windows, and appliances kept working!

Rod erections. I laughed.

lovemylevi said...

Following from the Friday Follow! Hope to see you at soon! I talk a lot about cloth diapers ;-)

blunoz said...

Hey there, I came to your blog via Tanya. You're a very talented writer / blogger. I enjoyed this post both for your great story-telling and for the great pictures. Keep up the good work!

Nicole said...

This post is so funny....the truck...HILARIOUS. And I love the use of {crickets}... what a great writing technique for blog posting.....I might have to use it at some point! Always love reading your posts! Oh....and how adorable is the frown face on your little one (I say little one because I'm ashamed to say I can't tell who is Addie and who is Jordan - forgive me?) But, that little lip looks just like my little Madison. Love it! I have been known to take a picture.....or three of the same thing!
PS Sorry you were so sick! Sounded horrendous!


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