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Yard sale prep

August 12, 2010

Saturday we are having a yard sale.  This is only the second yard sale I have done in my adult life and I am embarrassed to be so excited.  We’ve been sticking things in boxes in the basement for over a year now and I’m hopeful that we’ll at least walk away with some dough…

I’ve been searching online a bit to find some helpful hints and have become a bit overwhelmed.  There are sites upon sites dedicated to how to have a garage sale, tips, etc.  There are so many elements to it if you want to add them in.  I think ours is going to be pretty basic!

Hopefully a couple of hours Saturday morning is enough time to set up and get my act together!

My babe is 3

July 30, 2010

This past week E celebrated his third birthday.  I cannot tell you how many times I have heard, since becoming a mother, that times goes by so quickly.  But it really truly does.  Even though I feel like he’s always been around, I cannot believe that E is three.

I am excited and scared for his future.  It seems that being a kid is even tougher than when I was little, but he has so many opportunities ahead of him!

Eating out with kids

July 15, 2010

A & I have always liked to eat out.  When E was born, we cut back on eating out, more for financial reasons than anything else.  E still ate out, and now M does too.  Last night we went to Stone Hearth Pizza in Cambridge.  We had been there to eat once before, ordered out a couple times and have always been extremely happy with the food.

Last night we were even happier.  Tuesday nights are apparently their ‘family nights’ where kids eat free, so long as a parent orders a specific food-salad with meat, a certain size pizza, etc.  Both E & M got free meals which included a drink, dinner and dessert (around $8 each).  Our bill was $44, tip included (we did add some more tip in there, hello?!?!  Previous waitress here) but the great part is that $30 was a certificate, so it was quite a deal.  We easily have one more meal with the leftovers and left there full and happy.

au revoir mon lait

July 7, 2010

I have been pumping milk to donate for the past 4 months.  This is something that many people have a hard time understanding-donating breast milk.  I’m not sure the difference between that and blood, they are both bodily fluids.  Mostly it’s American’s strange notions with breastfeeding and breast milk and how they are both pretty darn taboo.  Regardless, I saw a post somewhere about donating milk for the kids in Haiti and, while I was a little late for that, I figured if I can make it, why not donate it!

Although it was a bit of a hassle pumping once or twice a day (maybe the lack of output was more of a hassle) it was nothing compared with my exclusive pumping I did for E for two months.  This was a vacation (and maybe why it was easy for me to continue).  And now I am done with the donating!

And even though I didn’t donate as much as I would have liked to, I do know I donated enough to make a difference and that’s what really matters.

Avoid the Medford Public Library at all costs (a rant)

July 1, 2010

I have been going to the Medford Public Library for about a year and a half now.  I’d say we average at least 2 visits a week, so that puts us at over 150 visits.  Of these 150 visits, I would say maybe 5 have been remotely acceptable.

This library is awful.  I have nothing but pure hatred for it.  The building is old and gross (one morning we were at a kid’s read aloud and there were bugs running about the floor) and the people who work there are rude and lack any sort of friendliness or simple common courtesy.  There are two people who I have had check out my books who are ‘okay’.  They will greet you and do their job efficiently.  Yet I’ve never seen anyone there happy (unless they are gossiping amongst themselves). 

Some examples of the amazing people who work there-I’ve had one person comment that I liked “strange names” when I told her the names of my children, I’ve had one person throwing the DVD cases into the box, while also telling me that if I wanted the fourth item that was on reserve, I’d have to go ask someone else since she looked for it already (isn’t this her job?!?), when the alarm sounded that my books weren’t properly checked out, the person said, ‘buh bye’ and shooed me out of the library.  I could seriously go on with examples of these stories.

The worst part is that I am not alone.  Every single person I have spoken with about this library has similar feelings.  It’s just awful.  I cannot belive nothing has been done yet (I wonder if my writing a letter would even matter given that almost every person there is miserable).

So, if you are in need of a public library, don’t go here.  If you need to travel an extra few miles, travel.  You will be much happier.

Check it out

June 25, 2010

A ‘deal’ on some music classes for little ones in Cambridge.  How can you say no?

On peeing on the side of the street

June 18, 2010

The past week and a half has been FULL of “mom-I have to pee” comments coming from my dear son when it was the least convenient.  While walking down Marlborough St in Boston, so he peed on a tree, behind A’s work in Cambridge, so he peed on a tree, and while in the car in Kenmore Square, so I had to pull over, plop the potty on the sidewalk and then have him pee there in front of many people passing by. 

I’m not sure what has happened.  Have I become more lax in asking him to go to the bathroom?  Has he developed a fear for unknown toilets?   Who knows, but I’ll tell you this much-I’m keeping a running list of all the public places this boy has peed and my gosh, some of them are pretty good.