Monthly Archives: March 2006

Pimp my Ride, Strawberry Shortcake

So – the night before last I had a very vivid dream. I was in a parking lot and there was something illegal going on with another van in the lot. Nothing too strange there. However – in my dream the van was pink with Strawberry Shortcake all over it. No reason why. I tried to emulate the van – couldn’t really capture it though…

Turn your head

There was an article about this product in the paper yesterday. What a unique idea.

Songs for a long, empty road

On a board I am part of, my friend ~A~ asked the question,

What songs would you love to listen to while driving down a long, empty road?

Here is my answer – if you read this and you have a blog – consider yourself tagged (or answer in the comments of you don’t).

1. Big Log – Robert Plant
2. In a Daydream – Freddy Jones Band
3. Lake Charles – Lucinda Williams
4. Song Two – Blur
5. Going the Distance – Cake
6. Sunset Grill – Don Henley
7. Snowin’ on Raton – Pat Green
8. Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads
9. Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
10. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

Paying the man

So – yesterday I tackled the medical bills. This is something I do about once every three months. Being an accountant (in my former life) it feels counterintuitive to leave a bill sitting for three months. However, I have learned that if I were to go through these bills once a month I would waste a heck of a lot of time looking at incorrect bills. If I give them a few months to send the bills out they are more likely to be correct after a few months.

So my stack of bills (picture is coming if stupid blogger will only let me add one) yielded five checks, and five phone calls. Yup – 3 of the bills were just plain wrong. Actually a fourth was wrong too – but I paid them the right amount and sent them a spreadsheet showing them the correct figures.

If I didn’t have a CPA I would be paying a lot of money I didn’t owe. I really feel for people who do not have the training to decipher a medical bill. So many people are being screwed.

Videos of the kids

Check out Luke’s blog for some video snippets of my kids..

Sick Sick Sick

Last Monday I had the stomach flu. I got it again Thursday night. Yesterday (Monday) I had another bout of Mastitis. I am so tired of being sick! My body is so dragged down right now. Unfortunately nursing moms are susceptible to mastitis when they have been sick. I am going to try to get back on my vitamins and try to figure out some way to boost my immune system.

One good thing that happened is the on-call doctor agreed to prescribe me antibiotics without seeing me last night. I convinced myself all day that I would get better as the day went on but my fever rose right after the office closed.

I laughed out loud yesterday while readin my breastfeeding book ” Now is the time to pamper yourself so you can get well before attempting to resume responsibilities. Enlist all the help you can from your partner, extended family, friends, neighbors or members of your church. For at least two days, arrange to be relieved of all your duties, except brestfeeding your baby…..etc etc”

So I guess trudging through the snow with an infant carrier to deliver Julia to and from her classroom this morning and shopping at Wal-mart was not what the author intended.

Choir – Sunday, March 19 2006

After 2 weeks off I got to sing in church today. It was so nice to be back singing.

The Offeratory was: “Lord, You Are Our Life” by Dauermann. You can here it here. The song is written for a choral group, Liberated Wailing Wall who sings “jewish gospel music”. They are a part of Jews for Jesus.

The Anthem was “Be Still My Soul” – arranged by Bird. It is an beautiful arrangement of the classic hymn. You can hear a clip here.

Now if I could just start singing two services again. As it is I wake up Lauren to eat at 6:30, leave the house at 7:00 – rehearse at 7:30, sing from 8:00 until 9:00 and then it is time to feed her again at 9:00 – so I really can’t sing at the 9:30 (for which I need to be in the rehearsal room by at least 9:15). Time is flying though! She will be a year old before I know it and weaned.

Stroller skis

These actually might have come in handy a few times in NYC when we had several inches of snow. Too funny.

Valley boy?

Nathan has started using verbage he is picking up elsewhere. About 2 weeks ago he started saying things such as “I was like, ‘what are you doing with that?'” He does it constantly and I know Luke and I do not. He does watch Scooby Doo and Shaggy uses like alot – but I don’t think he uses it in that way.

As of today he has started to use the word bummer. Luke and I occasionally use it but Nathan is clearly trying it on for size. He has been muttering it, like tonight when he said, “only two! what a bummer!”

It is such a funny thing to hear your child create their own way of talking and trying on new ways to expres themselves. I just hope the “I was like” phase doesn’t last too long.

My little turtle

Lauren is 4 months old today. Where has the time gone? At my last report she was rolling like mad. Now that she mastered that skill she is trying her hardest to sit up from laying on her back. She lifts her head as high as she can and holds it up until she is too tired. She will keep the pose in the picture for 10 seconds or more. It is crazy and also quite humerous.