Friday, December 21, 2007


J and I have both been sick this week, so I have not been doing much other than trying to keep up with him. I've had lots of time to think though about all the things I never realized before I had kids and the top one on the list was that I totally took for granted the opportunity to be sick and just lay around. It's awful to be sick and then still have to take care of a very active toddler! It was ok the first few days when J was sick also, because he was sleeping alot or fairly lethargic, so he wasn't demanding too much, but then the past two days have been awful. I still feel really run-down and yet he has felt much better, so I've been trying to keep up with him all the while trying to ignore my horrible headache, body aches, cough, and inability to breathe! I just wanted to crawl under the covers and go to sleep!

I also realized that even 18 months after J was born, I still have not adjusted to him waking me up in the mornings. Our house is pretty small, and so usually when H gets up in the morning, J will hear him and want to get up. I've always been lazy in the mornings - I used to set my alarm clock an hour before I wanted to get up because I loved being able to hit snooze and just curl back up in bed. But now with J, when he's up, I'm up. There's no snooze button to hit and no opportunity to just get out of bed when I want. And I miss that.

I also realized that I just don't feel ready for a second baby yet. Part of it is that our house is so small, there's really not room for another. I also feel like with as much as Husband works, it would be just that much harder for us to have time together if there was a second child. I'm also not sure what I want to do with my work - I don't think I'm ready to not work, but I would like to be able to give the second child as much attention as I did J, and that will be near impossible if I'm still working and keeping up with J. We're planning on having J in preschool this fall - either two or three full days a week - so maybe then when I have more time for work, I'll start to feel more ready to have another baby around.

We're pretty much ready for Christmas - I finally got our cards sent out and most of the presents are done. I just need to pick up a few random things for Husband's family, and since I know what I'm getting each person, it's just a matter of making it out the stores. I've also got to make some treats on Sunday for gifts - I think I'm going to do peppermint bark and dipped pretzels - and then I will also make a casserole for brunch on Sunday and a few side dishes to take for Christmas dinner.

I've been pleasantly surprised with how much J is recognizing about Christmas - he loves the lights and will say "lights" and "Mis-mas" every time he sees Christmas displays. He hated Santa in person, but loves to look at his picture with Santa and say "ho, ho, ho, merry mis-mas!" He also has loved the nativity, and will say "nite-nite baby Jesus" to the manager and point out the sheep, Mary and Joseph who he calls "mommy jesus and daddy jesus", and the angel. Our dog did eat part of J's ornament, and we are worried that J might have helped, but other than that there haven't been any major mishaps. He hasn't shown much interest in the presents, which is good because they've all managed to stay wrapped and decorated under the tree!

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

Dinners for December 17-23

Monday: Chicken with olives (this is from one of those "make a meal" places - I made it last April and it's been in the freezer since then. I'm not sure if its still good, so we may be improvising at the last minute. J and I also are both sick, so if I don't feel like eating again today, then Husband may be on his own and I'll eat noodle soup again.)

Tuesday: Kielbasa and sauerkraut

Wednesday: fend for yourself (I'll be at a church dinner)

Thursday: something vegetarian (ideas?)

Friday: brisket and cabbage soup

Saturday: leftovers

Thanks to organizing junkie for hosting the Menu Plan Monday!

Sunday: pot roast


Thursday, December 13, 2007


So I joined facebook recently (which may account, in part, for my lack of interest in blogging) and although its been fun to reconnect with some random people from my past, I'm really not too sure of the point exactly. Is it kind of a "collect as many 'friends' as you can" game? Or are you supposed to be actually now keeping up with these people, many of whom are folks I haven't talked to in YEARS? And I capitalized that because I now have about 6 facebook friends who are people I went to elementary school with and have not talked with since. It is pretty exciting to come across somebody and realize that you knew them 20 years ago and then think "wow, they are an adult now . . . just like me!" since most of these people are frozen at about age 10 for me. But am I supposed to now send them notes and post on their wall? Or do we just take movie quizzes and say to ourselves "oh, if only we had kept in touch these past 20 years, we could have seen a lot of movies together because we have similar taste!" or "good thing we haven't talked in 20 years - we don't like the same movies!"

I think I'll keep doing it, because it's fun to see all these random people, but I just don't really get the point. Other than it's one more way to waste time.

And if you are on facebook and want to be my "friend", email me at midwesttexan(at)gmail(dot)com. I'll come out of anonymous blogger land for you. :)


Wednesday, December 12, 2007


I'm not hungry.

I just ate lunch. And had a peppermint concrete for dessert.

But this?

This just came in the mail. Well, not really the mail. It came by truck. Along with five boxes of coffee mugs (work gifts), a box of books from my brother for our Christmas gifts, and a box of leapf.rog books that I ordered when they had a huge 70% off sale last week (8 leap pad books for $22!).

And I'm torn between wanting to dig right into all the goodies in the basket and wanting to just leave it be, because it looks so pretty with it's decorative bow and artfully arranged boxes.

Boxes of Godiva chocolate. And smoked salmon. And a little jar of olives. And I think I even see a wheel of cheese. And Lindt truffles.

I love Christmas.


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Menu Plan Monday (on Tuesday)

Our computer was out yesterday, so I'm a day behind, but here it is anyway:

Monday, December 3: Mostaccioli bake (vegetarian) - this turned out really well!

Tuesday, December 4: Soup and grilled sandwiches (tomato soup/grilled ham and cheese for husband; vegetable soup/grilled tuna cheese and tomato for me; chicken noodle/grilled cheese for J)

Wednesday, December 5: Crockpot beef stew

Thursday, December 6: Leftovers

Friday, December 7: Pork roast

Saturday, December 8: Crispy garlic chicken and risotto (I found this through a blog on Menu Plan Monday last week, but unfortunately I did not record the link! My apologies to whoever this came from - I'll look some more and try to update)

Sunday, December 9: Out to eat

Thanks to Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday!