Friday, October 30, 2009

Reading together


Second Acts

Frederick Douglass: "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

This is an article about a former attorney's second act. Here is hoping that everyone who needs to find their second act just as meaningful.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Daddy Loves Ava

Daddy loves Ava enough to comb her hair because Mommy is impatient.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Busy Day

Ava visited a pumpkin patch.


Where she found her best pumpkin.

And GaGa got her a ballerina outfit for her dance class.
Which she LOVED.

Don't judge my Hair

Yes, it is awful.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Ava nibbles all day.

She really likes apples lately.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Busy Day

So Ava had another dance class. She loved it.

Then my mother came by.

It does not seem like much but why am I so tired?


Star Hits

Does anyone remember this magazine? I used to get it. I found someone who posted some covers or flickr. Check out Madonna's lime green sweater and skirt!

I am 12 again.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Ava wears Mama out!


Saturday, October 24, 2009


Yohboh made Ava's crib into a toddler bed. For some reason, I am verklepmt.


Ava watching her Wonder Pets.

Three Strikes

If I have to change your clothes three times, you get a diaper.

That means YOU!


So yesterday, I am at the local ethnic megamart. By ethnic, I mean that this store sells all kind of different foods (Indian, Russian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Hispanic, African). It is not frequented by white people. I do not mean this is any way but factual. There are white people who do shop there, but they are few and far between.

This megamart has a very diverse seafood selection. There is a fellow wearing khakis and a golf shirt asking people about Barramundi. The seafood selection is not like Whole Foods (overpriced) but it is very reasonable and very fresh because of the turnover. I am looking at the halibut because I want to try out a dish with it.

He approaches me, smelling of Ralph Lauren's ( his real last name is Lifshitz- seriously) Polo and asks me, "Do you speak English?"

Now those of you who read my blog with some frequency recall how this question made my blood boil when the popo hassled me.

So I replied, "No, do you?" Because it is reciprocal.

And Golf shirt rolled his eyes and muttered about how he could not find the goddamned barramundi.

Friday, October 23, 2009

My Pillows

So every day, Ava takes the pillow from our sofa and puts them on the floor. Then she likes to jump from one pillow to another.


Thursday, October 22, 2009


Two years ago


One Year Ago


Ava said," I love beetoes."



Last night, after Ava got up at one AM and I put her back down she said, "Thank you Mommy for helping me."

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Will Wonders Never Cease?

Ava had her first dance class today. She LOVED it. Then we had lunch with GaGa. Then she put herself down for a nap and to bed.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Blue Marker

Ava got ahold of a blue marker this morning.

Monday, October 19, 2009


Yohboh actually complained about the length of this book.


How Potty Training Goes

Saturday evening while making dinner:

Ava: Mommy!
Minjenah: Yes Baby?
Ava: Mommy I peepeed!
Minjenah: You did? Did you peepee in the potty.
Ava: No, I peepeed on the sofa!

And sure enough she did.

Good Job Mommy

Ava told me yesterday, "Good job dribinng (this is driving), Mommy."

So the only person who likes my singing and driving is someone I gave birth to.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Playful girl


Saturday, October 17, 2009

I attract the crazy

So this week, I am at the grocery store with Ava. Because I have taken my child to the grocery store, she insists on riding a cart that looks like this.

After we had successfully had our grocery store run, I am putting things in the car. The woman next to me is putting her groceries away and points to a six inch gash in the lower part of her fender that is two inches deep and exclaims, "You hit my car with your cart."

At this moment, I want to describe this woman. She is very thin in that way people get from relentless diet and exercise. But she is not healthy. Her hair is blond and very thin. Her skin is very drawn. If a strong wind came by, she would fall down. She is wearing a red suit with red open toed shoes and pantyhose. Also, she is wearing stinky perfume. My eyes are watering from the stench.

I reply, "No I did not hit your car."

She exclaims, "I saw you! You hit my car."

I am getting annoyed, "No I did not hit your car."

She exclaims, "Yes you did."

I say, "No I DID NOT. A plastic covered shopping cart could not make that damage."

She says, "YOU DID IT."

I put Ava in the car and she is screaming because this crazy old smelly hag is yelling at her mother.

And finally my sailor mouth comes out,"Listen, I DID NOT hit your car. But if you want, let's get the police out here. Because anyone with a fucking brain would realize that that dent is much too low for a shopping cart to cause and for me to have caused that dent, I would have had to hit your car with this cart that has my child in it at least 30 miles per hour. SO LET'S CALL THE COPS!" And I pull out my phone, ready to dial 911.

And the smelly hag tears up and says, "My husband is going to KILL me."

I reply, "That is not my problem." And then I write down her tag and a description of her car just in case she files a false report.

I must have a tattoo on my forehead that only crazy people can see: PLEASE TALK TO ME! I CARE!

Avanator is back

I fought the grumblies.

And I won!

Friday, October 16, 2009

More Grumblies

We have had a long week.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I am the weird neighbor

Usually, I get the mail on the way home from running errands. But when I am home all day I will go out the front door to get it. My front door is flanked by two open brick columns. A spider had built a large web at the level of my head in between the two columns. So when I walked out my front door I walked into a faceful of sticky spider web.


I am doing this weird slapping at my face dance as soon as I get out of the door. I am also snorting out air from my nose because I had inhaled some spider's web and it is in my nose. I am also saying something like BLECH repeatedly since this experience is pretty icky.

Guess who is outside? My long winded neighbor who is walking her dog. As I get the mail, she asks, "Are you all right? You were acting strange when you came outside I thought you were having a fit and I thought I would have to hurry home to call 911. And I cannot walk that fast anymore."

And I replied, "No that is just the way I like to step outside." Because I did not want to explain what happened. That would have been a forty five minute conversation.

So now I am the weird neighbor.

Grumblies Part Two

Sometimes, it takes more that one day to conquer the grumblies.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Ava had the grumblies or I did. It was not a good day for either of us.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Untold Cuteness

That is Ava on the new shelf yohboh got me to continue my frugal hounding.

Monday, October 12, 2009

They Built a TOWER!

See how proud they are?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Two Kids at Play

Ava is bossy. She tells A. to go that way and he does.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

The College Football Pronate


My heart feels happy

My heart is happy when my two favorite chilren play together.


Friday, October 09, 2009

Toddler in a rocking chair

These things just name themselves....


Thursday, October 08, 2009


So this is what my neighbor told me on Saturday during my yard sale.

"I was at an estate sale up the street. I have these chairs in the front room in my house that I do not like. Well, not like is not really what I mean. I am indifferent, that is a good way to put it.

At the estate sale I was at up the street, I saw these two chairs that were much better than the two chairs that I dislike, well I mean indifferent to in my front room.

The guy was really nice because I saw them on Saturday but told him if they did not sell on that Saturday that I would come by on Sunday to get them. Because I am not someone who likes to make quick decisions, I like to mull things over. I have never made a good decisions quickly.

So on Sunday, the chairs were still for sale and I was so excited because I had thought it over and thought they would be perfect for my front room. The man from the estate sale even delivered them to me. Isn't that nice?

Later in the week, I noticed that there was a stain on the back of one of the chairs. I had not noticed the stain before. Actually, it was not really a stain. It was more like the back of the chair had gotten wet and dried. It was more of a water mark.

I found out the man who had the estate sale had stored the chairs in a crawl space. I don't think they really got wet, but maybe some dampness had transferred from something to the back of the chair.

I asked a neighbor to come over and smell the chair because I do not smell things that well. Wasn't that nice? That she would come over to smell my chair. At first, Penny (not her name-but it is something like that) thought it was odd that I would ask her to come over and smell a piece of furniture, but when I told her I did not smell so well anymore, she came right over. And I asked her if the chairs smelled. And she said they did.

So I went to the store and spent a FORTUNE of that spray stuff that is supposed to take away the smell. It's called Esteem or something like that. And I sprayed it on the chairs. I hope it smells better but I can't really tell since I can't smell that well anymore I don't know if that Esteem worked. It was so expensive!"

What Minjenah would have said, "I got some chairs at a yard sale. They stunk."

Toddler in a shopping bag


Wednesday, October 07, 2009


Two years ago

One Year Ago
Happy Brush



Minjenah: Ava, it is time for bed.
Ava: No Mommy, I no night night. I happy.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


Ava loves the Wonderpets. She sings the song all day long. It makes me smile that it is SO CUTE!


Monday, October 05, 2009


So on Thursday night of last week, I had to go to my parents house to give them something. I do not drive much at night now and THANK GOD. Because I really should not be driving at night. Anyway, I am turning off the road my subdivision is onto the main road and this HUGE thing streaks across the street. It is a deer. A buck deer with antlers. A terrified buck deer with antlers.

To understand the oddity of this, you must realize that I live very close to TWO main arteries of expressway. How close? It is never really quiet at night. It is never really loud, but there is the hum of traffic. It was a Mutual of Omaha moment on the same street as the Rite Aid.

Rainy Monday

It was a rainy Monday.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Busy Day

Yohboh and I went to a baseball game. IT WAS LONG.

Ava spent time at GaGa's.

Saturday, October 03, 2009


Ava knows the sound of a can being crushed.

We had another yard sale. It was fun. DBW came by and we sold the green leather sofas.


Friday, October 02, 2009


Yes, she knows what basketball is.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Cutie Cutie Cutie

She sticks her tongue out!