Archive for August, 2008

Cass in the Kitchen: Holy Crap!

:kitchen: Yesterday, boys and girls, I went to the grocery store. I spent less than $420 on about two weeks of food. Last month, I spent $700 on what turned out to be around 5 weeks worth. Can you say Holy crap? I was dumbfounded, and I am still not quite sure how that happened. And I didn’t even buy my full list! Today for Cass in the Kitchen, instead of me talking to you, let’s do something a bit different. You give me your best dollar stretching food tip. Ready?? Set?? TIP!!

Confessions in Recent Parenting Events

Ok, where are my children and what are they doing? Well, they are here at home as usual, and they are on the computer/watching tv/cleaning their room. In a bigger sense, they are almost through with the second of two five-night-per-week practices. Except when canceled for weather as I just discussed. It’s brutal, but next week, we go down to just three days.

I think I failed to mention what happened to my van last week, didn’t I? Some jack-leg (that’s what I say when I want to call someone a donkey, but my mother may be coming along and reading what I said) dug a pure-tee TROUGH in my van door. A Trough People. Seriously. I assumed they did it with the sideview mirror, and it starts out as a light scrape and gets deeper over about 18 inches until it is about 1/2 inch deep at the end. Half an inch may not seem like a lot until you see it gouged out of the side of your van, and then it is quite a bit. Dip-wad jack-leg. Cause they drove off, you see. So they are also chicken-poop. (I don’t need to define poop do I? Remember: Mama.)

I ought to call Advocate Auto Claims and see if I can get anything for the diminished value. Do you think I could get anything for a 1992 Dodge Caravan? Meh, at least the estimate is free. I didn’t know you could get paid for diminished value after a car accident, but you can. Too bad the person drove off, and I don’t carry comprehensive insurance on that old thing.

Ok, I am going to do something my mama likes to do. I am going to talk about everything under the sun, and then at the end I am going to include some pretty significant information. Tomorrow morning, I am taking Country for a fasting blood draw. At her physical yesterday, she was spilling sugar and ketones in her urine. And also, she and Diva will be getting full length spine xrays. They both apparently have scoliosis, and Diva has it bad enough that the doc referred her straight to the Ortho without even seeing the xrays. I think I might have now entered the phase of parenthood called “scared poopless”.

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Free at last

Free at last, Free at last, Thank God Almighty, I’m Free at Last

Okay, that may be a bit extreme, BUT! Practice was called yesterday on account of rain, and so I took the opportunity to wrap up the project I’ve been working on for the past ten days or so. It wasn’t reading and it wasn’t knitting or beading or any of those other things I like to do. It was pure writing, and while I do enjoy writing …. 10 days in the hole is a bit much.

And you know what else? I have another project that I need to start on (see the empty sidebar?? that would be the next project) that will require some time and effort, but you know what else? I am going to take a couple of days to re-acquaint myself with my little people, clean my house and watch some gymnastics. I may also knit. Yeah, I know, right?

P.S. I knit 2 more rows on the BSJ before I fell asleep BEFORE the end of the men’s all around. I have been too disgusted that I missed it to even look up who won, but the man from China was well in the lead when I succumbed. The last thing I really remember was the French National Anthem playing for Alain Last-Name-Something for his swimming gold.

Next post: kid update!

Invisible Yarn? Gone! Also, shopping for shoes.

Remember I said I had the two uncounted balls of yarn I needed to use up? And then I mentioned I gave myself permission to throw it away? Well, I didn’t throw it away. Instead I took it to practice last night, and put it in the sweater. And later, during the Olympics, I got to put on a ball of nice soft wool. My hands thank me!

girlsNow then, shoes. You know it is the time of year when the kids want school shoes. Yes, even mine, who mostly attend school in slipper socks all winter. Unless they are jogging to Wal-Mart in their new Vans. All my boys have outgrown their good shoes, and their play shoes now look like yard work shoes. And my little girls, they are needing “brand new feet”, too. (Thanks, Joe Jonas for that new shoe reference.) They are both in regular shoes, now, and it feels a little weird to pass by the childrens trainers after all these years. I’ve only spent 20 years in that section, LOL!

I was poking around the StartRiteShoes site today, and reading their articles on fit and shoe care, and I am pleased that I am doing at least one thing right: I no longer hand shoes down from one child to another, except for Sunday shoes. I do pass those down because they only wear them a couple hours a week for a year or so. I just can’t bring myself to think that 104 hours of wear is the lifetime use of a shoe. Maybe because I have to buy so darn many of them, ykwim? I make up for it in their everyday shoes, what most folks call school shoes: 2 pair each, every time. Their little feet thank me and my wallet just screams.

Organizing the Stuff

I posed a couple days ago on Midlife Musings how I had (we hope) marginally organized my blogging, and now I am moving on to thinking about how we can better organize all the stuff. School is ramping up for those in public school, and my kids get their new school supplies this time of year, and it’s …alot of stuff. We color code as much as we possibly can, but with 7 children (and yes, they all have to have “cool plies”) we can’t always find what we need in the right color for the kid who needs it. Since my attempts to Sharpie things are sometimes thwarted by over-zealous rubbing, I’m thinking that it might be time to make life easier with the use of some good labels.

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The Ultimate Back-to-School ComboI’ve been looking at the Ultimate Back-to-School Combo from Mabel’s Labels. The combo and the colours are available for a limited time only, until September 30th, 2008. One pack per kid ought to be enough to sort out their school stuff, their sports stuff AND label a couple of drinking cups each (do you know how many of those we use per day???), and it would last for-ever!

Your Mabel’s Labels agent is Nicole Lee. She’s a WAHM like me, and most of you. You know I like to do business with other WAHMs. It just feels good, ykwim? Mabel makes clothing labels, too. I happen to be at the end of my “made by Mama” stash. Since I fought and fought to sew the old ones in neatly, I’ll probably order these instead:


Whaddya think? Should I ask her if she’d be willing to trade some sidebar ad space for an order of clothing labels?

I had forgotten

  1. just how busy football season is! These first two weeks, especially. I mean, I did the math, and mentally, I understood that we would be in practice every night, and also that I was going out of town this past weekend, and might also have somewhere to go this weekend, but I failed to translate that into “you will next enter a grocery store sometime in November”. Oops.
  2. exactly why I gave up crappy acrylic yarn. My forefinger is still on fire. I hereby give myself permission to trash the rest of that ball of yarn. Two days of avoidable pain is two days too many.
  3. how much craft stuff I have. It hit me again because I didn’t see it for two days! I will attempt to take measures about that today.
  4. how full the days are. I was working on a non-crafty project last week, and I did not get it finished, and now I need to to fit it in this week, and, umm, this week has plenty of it’s own “evil”. Yeah.
  5. how cranky I get without regular crafting time. See items one through four. It’s pretty darn cranky.

Silly Wins

Ok, having tried to start this post three four times, and backspaced over it, I guess I am just going to jump right in. I watched a video today that was promoted as funny. Now, it didn’t cause me to laugh, but I did feel compelled to search out a second video in the series and watch it, too, so I guess it was effective.

The videos feature “The Sproutwells” who are, apparently, fruits and vegetables living in a human neighborhood. The videos are short, just one minute and forty seven seconds. Here is the first one:

Now, i think if I had to be one of the sproutwells, I would be a tomato, or maybe a round squash. Emphasis on round. Next year, though, I am aiming to be a zucchini.

Make sure that you check out the sponsor’s site after you watch the vids. I was surprised to find out who it was, because it’s totally not who I expected it to be from the vids. I’m not spoiling the surprise for those who are amused by the quirkiness of the human mind, but you’ll find the link at the end of the vid.

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Awesome Weekend

I had a great weekend, and I thought I would share a couple of pics.

My kids and my cousin’s kid playing a game together:
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Beading with my aunt, her grand-daughter and Drama:
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The beading was the bulk of the crafty type stuff, though I did knit with some old yarn that I am firmly convinced, based on the burn in my pointer joint was 100 percent plastic. Ouch. YOu can read more about the weekend on Midlife Musings, later today.

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