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So, my real-life buddy Nancy over at the Zimmer Zoo tagged me twice recently!  Better get cracking…

Meme #1

Rules: Answer each question with one-word answers, then pass along to seven others whose blog you love.

1. Where is your cell phone? Purse
2. Where is your significant other? Work
3. Your hair color? Blonde
4. Your mother? Illinois
5. Your father? Washington
6. Your favorite thing? Food!
7. Your dream last night? Odd
8. Your dream/goal? Home
9. The room you’re in? Den
10. Your hobby? Quilting
11. Your fear? Accident
12. Where do you want to be in six years? Chicago
13. Where were you last night? Couch
14. What you’re not? Apolitical
15. One of your wish list items? Kitchen
16. Where you grew up? Illinois
17. The last thing you did? Naptime
18. What are you wearing? Sparkles
19. Your TV? Off
20. Your pet? Schnauzer
21. Your computer? iMac
22. Your mood? Neutral
23. Missing someone? Mom
24. Your car? Van
25. Something you’re not wearing? Socks
26. Favorite store? Williams-Sonoma
27. Your summer? Short!
28. Love someone? Absolutely
29. Your favorite color? Blue
30. When is the last time you laughed? Morning
31. Last time you cried? Weeks

And, well… I love all of you.  So please consider yourself tagged.

Meme #2: Playing Tag with Memory Loss

The instructions are these:

* Go to your Sixth Picture Folder then pick your Sixth Picture.

* Pray that you remember the details.

* Tag 5 others.

Alright, well… I use iPhoto, which organizes all of my photos into “Events.”  So I’m going to go with the sixth “Event” instead of folder.  I’m sure you all won’t mind.  Luckily, it’s not a bad picture!

This is me and my younger brother, May 2003.  I went out west to see him graduate from college (University of Colorado-Boulder).  Despite it being May, it was awful out.  Freezing rain and snow for the outdoor graduation.  Oh well…

Man.  He looks so much younger, as do I.  (I’m not even going to get into how much thinner I look.)  We didn’t get along for many years, but he really grew up in the last several years, and is now Mr. Professional and doing great (and married and all of that).  And me, well… I’ve had a few things cause me to age a year or two since then. 🙂

I’m tagging people I know (or at least have met) in real life for this one:


What a Card

Mommy, Esq.


Mostly Madeline



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Flying leap into 2003

We finally got a DVR box from our cable company shortly before the Olympics started.  And no, I’m not quite as lame as that sounds.  We had a TiVo several years ago, which a friend had gotten us as a wedding present.  And we used it, and we loved it.  But then, the day I left work on maternity leave, our TV bit the dust. So we got a fancy-schmancy new HDTV.  Which meant we needed a new HD cable box.  Which turned out to mean that the TiVo was no longer compatible.  For a year, we did without and *gasp* had to watch commercials.  I know, it was terrible.  Dark ages.  Plagues and stuff.

But Olympic swimming at 11:00pm was enough to finally make me get off my butt and get the DVR box from the cable company.  This also means, much to my delight, that I can actually record and watch real shows this fall!  While I feel like I watch a fair amount of TV, there actually aren’t a ton of network series that I make it a point to see.  In fact, there’s more “reality” TV on my list than I would like.  But I do draw the line, no crap like Big Brother or Survivor.  Never watched an episode of either show, and I don’t intend to start.  And I just can’t get into American Idol or Grey’s Anatomy.

That said, since everyone else on the internets has jumped on this bandwagon and I’m nothing if not a lemming, here’s the series my handy-dandy DVR will be recording this fall.  (And how excited am I that it will record two at once?!)

Heroes (Which hopefully will suck less than last year.)
Dancing with the Stars (I’m hooked, but I’m psyched to be able to fast-forward through the annoying results shows.)
30 Rock (Shame on me for missing the first two seasons.)
Jon and Kate Plus 8 (Such an odd addition to the list of questions that everyone asks a mom of twins: “do you watch that show with the sextuplets?”  Yes, yes I do.)
What Not to Wear (Would someone please nominate me? It’s getting desperate…)
Mad Men (Heard it’s great, haven’t watched it yet – intimidated because I don’t know the characters and it’s the 2nd season.)
Project Runway (Love it, despite the fact that I am the antithesis of fashionable.  Top Chef will also be on the list when it returns.)

Any other suggestions? Especially sitcoms that I can just jump into and don’t have to watch old seasons to understand all the back story?  I only have basic cable, so I can’t jump on any of the HBO or Showtime series.


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Mom and Me Meme

My real-life buddy Giovanna has tagged me for the “Mom and Me” Meme.  You know I love me some memes, so here ya go.

First, post a picture of you and your kid(s):

This one is an attempt at a self-portrait on Thursday.  My camera doesn’t get quite far enough away, but there you have it.  Daniel on the left, and a corner of Rebecca’s face on the right.

1. How many children do you have?
Two, boy/girl twins.
2. What are their ages?
13 months.

3. What time do you start your day?
Around 6:15-6:30, though sometimes I don’t have to get the kids until closer to 7:00.
4. What do you eat for breakfast?
Frozen waffles along with the kids, or my latest kick is a fruit & yogurt smoothie (which the kids also like to share with me).
5. Do they watch TV?
A little.  I sometimes flip on the Today Show in the morning, Cash Cab in the evening, or sports on the weekend.  But not much.
6. What are their favorite activities?
Rebecca – walking! Or, climbing up the slide on our swingset, or “reading” her books.  Daniel – playing with whatever he’s not supposed to, climbing the stairs, swinging, just being carried.
7. Do you get a break during the day for some you time?
Only if/when they’re sleeping.  A skipped nap is such a bummer.
8. How do you end your day?
Vegging out, watching TV, messing around on the computer, cooking, doing laundry.  So exciting!!
9. What is your best parenting advice or tip?
It’s so important for mom and dad (or mom and mom, or whatever combo…) to be on the same page about the big stuff, even and especially in the infant days.  Which is not to say you have to do everything exactly the same way, but you have to fundamentally believe in the same things. There’s so much exhaustion and uncertainty and second-guessing in the first few months, it’s key to back each other up.
Also, don’t beat yourself up.  There’s many, many different paths to happy, healthy kids, and very few people actually live up to all of the theories and ideas they had before kids. Do your best, love your kids. They’ll be fine.
Finally, I’m supposed to tag 5 people. Hrm…
And you, if you want to do it!  Just leave a comment and let me know…


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Ask the Daddy

Alright, blogosphere, I’m asking for your help.

If you read How Do You Do It?, my other blog, you may have noticed we’ve had a couple of daddies do guest posts recently.  I asked M if he wanted to join in.  Somewhat to my surprise, he actually is more than willing, and even somewhat intrigued by the idea.  As someone who isn’t normally into blogging, writing, or really much of any concentrated self-reflection, however, he is drawing a blank on what to write about.  [I don’t mean to suggest he is not one to be thoughtful, I only mean he’s not the journal-about-my-feelings type…]

So, want to help a daddy out?  Leave a comment with a possible topic, or even a question or set of questions I could use to “interview” him!  What have you always wanted to know about the mysterious Mr. M?  I can’t make any promises, but if you send me some interesting questions, I bet you’ll get interesting answers.

I don’t think we’re going to turn him into a regular blogger, but I’ll see if I can’t squeeze a guest post out of him from time to time.


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Not that special.

So, my friend Nancy over at the Zimmer Zoo has tagged me.  And we all know, I love me some memes.  Here we go:

The subject:
“6 UN-spectacular things about me”

The rules:
1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules on your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

Here you have it, six un-spectacular things about yours truly:

  1. I am the finance person in my household.  If I left it to M to pay the bills, we’d be out of house and home with the late fees.  It’s just not his thing.  I, on the other hand, am more likely to pay something the very day I get it.  I used to track everything in Microsoft Money, so I knew exactly how much was charged on my credit card that month, etc.  So imagine how pissed I was when M and I went to get our first apartment and his credit score was higher than mine!  I almost lost it, and he teases me about it to this day.
  2. I believe there is only one true way to make a bratwurst: boil it in beer first, then get a nice little char on the grill.  For those of you who aren’t from the midwest and haven’t done this yet, you’re welcome.
  3. I like to do laundry.  Well, it’s less about liking to do it, and more that I don’t like it when other people do it.  It was an exercise in letting go when I became too pregnant to go up and down the basement stairs with the basket.
  4. I was an un-spectacular softball player.  I enjoyed it as a young kid, maybe because my mom played on a team for several years when I was little.  I tried out for the team in high school and was on the freshman team (my high school was so big there were 3 teams: freshman, JV, and Varsity).  I was the 2nd-string right-fielder.  Though, by the end, I was starting center field.  I actually got the “most improved” award, that’s how super cool I was.  In subsequent years, rehearsals for the spring musical orchestra won out over softball.
  5. I don’t like baths.  I have never found them especially relaxing, mostly kind of cramped and uncomfortable in the hard tub.  And I really dislike them for the purposes of cleaning.  Why would I want to sit in the dirt that I just cleaned off?
  6. I’m re-addicted to quilting.  After finally finishing my brothers and my kids’, I’m starting two new ones.  One is for my new niece (hopefully I’ll finish it by Christmas, even if I get distracted), and one is because I just couldn’t resist the fabric when I was at the quilt shop this morning.  I had to leave before I bought even more…

Alright, there you have it.  Un-spectacular.  I hereby tag six more spectacular people, and dare them to find something boring!

  1. Carrie
  2. Tracey
  3. Beverly
  4. High-Heeled Mama
  5. Mamie
  6. Krissy


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Tech support request

I’m calling out to the blogosphere for a little help.  I’m considering buying my own domain and hosting my blog there, in part because I want a little more creative control over layout and things.  And while I’m reasonably tech-savvy, I want to make sure I understand what I’m doing.  Anyone want to walk me through this?  I know certain things, like the difference between buying a domain name and actually hosting the site.  But I’m not sure about the different hosting options (amount of storage space, etc).  So…

Anyone have a favorite hosting service? Why, and what should I be looking for?

If I continue to use WordPress, which I like, will I be able to have fairly complete control over layout and widgets and things?

Any pitfalls or gimmicks I should look out for?

Any issues with the fact that I use a Mac?



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Vote for Rebecca!

Hey everyone, a quick plea for your vote!

A picture of Rebecca is a finalist in the current contest over at Twinsights.  You may recognize the picture from our trip to California, and her very first experience with avocado. Mmm…

So, please, head on over and vote for Messy Twin Finalist #4!


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