Sofa Abuse

By , March 31, 2007 10:52 am

When I die, I DO NOT want to be reincarnated as our sofa!

Our sofa is a practical sort of sofa. I found it years ago for a great price at a consignment store. It is a good solid sofa, with nice high sides, plump pillows and cute little bolsters. It has some style, in a slightly retro kind of way. It is wonderful for reading with a cup of tea, lounging with the laptop, or even sleeping on all night. Oh, and did I mention the color? It is upholstered in a sensible, kind of baroque-like pattern of goldy-browns and dark browns.

But, look closely at our sofa and you will see chocolate milk stains (well hidden by the pattern and brown color), cat claw snags, sags in the back cushions from too many cats and ki
ds sitting on them, and a small split on one arm that has been sewn back together (easily covered by a throw). TV-free kids can be a little hard on a sofa.

This is what happens on our sofa:

The moral of this story is that if you are not going to sit your kids down neatly in front of TV, you’d better have a sturdy, brown consignment-store sofa!

Discover New Blogs

By , March 30, 2007 10:09 am

Apparently I have been tagged by Jen to be part of a fun blogroll idea that helps readers easily discover new blogs. Thank you, I have never been tagged for anything except for running too slowly in elementary school PE class and, most recently, for a tax audit. Here goes, I hope I do this right. By the way, if I link you and you want to be part of this then I am glad! The more the merrier! If you don’t want to do it, then feel free to opt out. No hard feelings.

Here are the rules:
1. Write a short paragraph at the beginning of your post and link back to the blog that put you on the list in the paragraph. This isn’t a suggestion. You need to break up the duplicate content string. Someone took the time to add you so the least you can do is give them an extra linkback.
2. Copy the list of originals below COMPLETELY and add it to your blog. If you would like a different keyword for your blog then change it when you do your post and it should pass to most blogs with that keyword.
3. Take the adds from the blog that added you and place them in the Originals list.
4. Add up to 5 new parenting or (Mommy/Daddy) blogs to the list in the My Adds section.

My Adds:
Toddler Planet
Crib Chronicles
The Not Quite Crunchy Parent
Crouching Mommy, Hidden Laundry
Purses And Poop

The Originals:
A Work of Art: Raising Our Exceptional Son
Ever After … My Way
Adventures In The 100 Acre Wood
An Island Life
Adoption and Fire
Lala Girl
The Bookworm Broadcast
Parenting Sites 411
Cass Knits
Geni Desu Yo
No Average Mom
Notes From The Trenches
Groovy Mom
Coffee Time
My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings
My Single Mom Life
Tips From The Money Goddess
Army Mom: New Jersey
Melissa’s Place
Three Sons and a Princess
Moot Thoughts and Musings
A family runs through it
Parenting Toddlers
Kitchen Ramblings from a fairly odd Tofu mom
My Splatter Painted Life
The Adventures of Fantastagirl
Party of Six
Controlled Chaos
Never a Dull Moment
It’s Just the Coffee Talking
Christina, Downloaded
Cursing Mama
Unplug Your Kids
Don’t Try This at Home

Dumb Questions:

1) Can anyone tell me how these five people will know that I linked to them in this post? Just from their stats? I don’t really get the whole linking, keyword thing.

2) What does it mean in the instructions when it says: “If you would like a different keyword for your blog then change it when you do your post and it should pass to most blogs with that keyword.” What is a keyword? What is MY keyword?

I think I may be missing something important. If someone more knowledgeable has an explanation, please comment. Thanks in advance!

Weirdness Wednesday

By , March 28, 2007 11:14 am

Here’s one for you: Baby Disco Parties.

My friend Amy, who’s favorite form of procrastination is researching for my blog (thanks Amy!!), found this one at Lynne Griffin’s blog, her post is called Baby Loves Quiet.

Apparently parent-child dance parties are now taking place at a club near you. Hurry up! Wake baby from his nap, put on his best baby spandex and head on over for an afternoon of ear-shattering music, dancing, smoking, and boozing with baby! Cool! Kind of like Music Together or Gymboree on steroids (and with a few margaritas for Mom).

OK, am I weird? Does this sound fun? Lynne has already covered the “harmful to baby” angle quite nicely in her post so I won’t even go there. But my question to you is the following: does boogieing with an overstimulated, overtired, and possibly frightened baby sound like a great afternoon to you?

And what I really want to know, is where do you change the diaper? I have never been in a club that sported changing tables in the bathrooms. Ashtrays and condom machines yes, changing tables – no. My club experience is somewhat limited, so maybe I have just never been to the right sort of club.

So grab that little sleepy-head and let’s go clubbing! We’ll show baby what a good time is really like!

Wishy’s Six Word Challenge

By , March 27, 2007 10:23 am

Head on over to Wishy The Writer for some maximum fun with minimum words. She links to a Guardian article that asks famous writers to repeat Hemingway’s famous six-word story. The results are quite amazing and amusing! Try your hand at writing a six word story in Wishy’s comments. I went a little overboard, but I had fun! Try it with your kids, I bet they’d be good at it.

No, The World Does Not Eat Mac & Cheese

By , March 27, 2007 10:04 am

While we are on the subject of picky eaters, I want to feature a cool book that teaches kids that the world does not revolve around mac & cheese. I have already written a post about this book, but since it is SUCH a great book, I thought I ought to write about it again.

The book is called Let’s Eat: What Children Eat Around the World (author Beatrice Hollyer). Each chapter features a child from one of five countries: India, France, South Africa, Mexico and Thailand. Through text and numerous colorful photos, we see a bit of their daily lives and the food involved, as well as a festival or a special day involving food.

At the end there are also five easy recipes, one from each child: Condensed Milk Tart (South Africa), Tomato Salsa (Mexico), Thai Fried Eggs, French Chocolate Cake, and Coconut Sweet (India). None of these is shockingly exotic, but some might introduce a bit of a new taste to American palates. Reading a chapter of this book and then cooking the corresponding recipe could be a fun “Kids Cook Night” activity.

An added bonus: all royalties go to Oxfam, so by buying the book, you are actually helping children and families around the world too!

PS: “Great Diaper Challenge” update: Sorry we have not started yet. The baby is suffering from some sort of gastrointestinal bug so I thought it best to wait until her digestive tract and her mood have returned to normal before we try out the new gDiapers!

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