Thursday, September 18, 2014


Just when I thought he'd run out of surprises in our life together, yesterday I came home to this:

I know it's simple and probably cost less that a large Starbucks coffee but honestly, it was the sweetest thought in ages. I love surprise presents. And just so we were clear, I ran through the requisite questions about why this suddenly showed up in the house:

  1. What did you do?
  2. How bad is it?
  3. Where is the damage?
  4. When is the court date?
  5. How much is bail?
  6. How long will it be out of commission?
  7. How long is he/she/it staying for?
  8. How many am I cooking for??
  9. How long do you expect to be looking for work?
  10. Elliott/Audrey/Henry wants to go to school where?
After I got the answers I was hoping for and using my married woman powers of observation (no sweaty upper lip, no shallow breathing or excessive blinking), I deduced that these posies were totally on the up and up. Flowers from my husband with no ulterior motive. Aren't I a lucky gal?


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

At 2:01 today I...

was cracking up as the kids literally lost their shit over 2 squirrels chasing each other in and around our yard and up that tree. They (the kids) were screaming and running all over the playground, totally freaking out. It was hilarious.

Wouldn't it be a trip to be 3 again and experience simple things for the very first time? The world would be a better place if we were all so easily amused.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Just a quickie...

It's nearly 11pm and I've been so tired lately that I promised myself an early bedtime so here's a quick story from preschool...

I was sitting at circle time with a child on my lap. She sweetly stroked my arm over and over as we listened to the other teacher read a story. This went on for about 10 minutes as we shared what was an absolutely lovely bonding moment.

When circle time was over I gave her a grateful squeeze for such a calm, relaxing time. She looked up at me with a sad look in her eye.

Me: Oh my goodness, sweetie, what's the matter?
Sweetie: It didn't come off.
Me: What didn't come off?
Sweetie: The brown.

Kids, eh?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

at 2:01 today I...

Getting my next appointment in December.

was at the dentist. Again. Nothing drastic just yet another cleaning. They have me in the chair every 3 months because of my supposed rampant gum disease. Or something. Seriously, when I see my teeth they look and feel fine but the dentist pretty much has me at her mercy. How do I really know what's wrong? I'm not a gingivitis expert or anything. It's like taking the car to the garage. I could have a simple air filter problem or a flammerjib could have come loose from the tracilation joint. Who knows? But I'm not getting in my car with that flammerjib flapping all over the damn place. The mechanic knows best, right?


Thursday, September 4, 2014

A day late and a dollar short

Okay, more like 3 days but it's here now. The worst mother ever presents her bedraggled children on their third day of school. I'm so not that mother that year after year, fastidiously takes a photo on the first day of school in her child's brand new outfit, new backpack bursting with shiny new school supplies.

Nope, these kids are wearing cruddy old (and probably not clean) clothes. In fact I'm pretty sure Henry slept in that tee last night. Their school supplies consist of nubby pencils with the erasers chewed off and backpacks with poke holes and mystery stains. But at least they're smiling. Without much badgering from me I might add.

All of these monsters are now in high school. God save me.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

At 2:01 today I

A mix of decorating stuff and paperwork. A pretty good description of preschool teaching

was at my new job. Yep, I don't know if I mentioned it here but my 3 years of being Jew"ish" have come to an end. I was so very sorry to have to leave but sometimes you just have to move on to greener pastures. So no more "Morah" Karen, no more delicious latkes and no more Peshach (among other fun holidays). Boo.

My new preschool is great but the big problem (and it's like this everywhere new, don't get me wrong) is all the information about time tables, field trips, allergies, music days, baking days... plus setting up the room for parent orientation tomorrow, forms, tidying and organizing. After a long lazy summer, my brain was pretty much smoking when I got home today. It'll be second nature in a few weeks but right now it's pretty overwhelming. Then when I got home I had to cook dinner for the gang before I ran out in the pouring rain to dragonboat practice.

Long story short, I'm tired.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Video Vendredi

For my American readers, Vendredi is Friday in French.

I was recently reminiscing on 80's music when I realized how good Duran Duran was. Not just good in a nostalgic way that demands that everything I loved in the 80's was good-- from fluorescent leg warmers to Flock of Seagulls hair-- but genuinely terrific. Their first album was weird and dark and a lot less teeny-bopper than the later stuff was to become. I spent ages in a YouTube black hole proving that to myself. To spare you (although most of my older friends wouldn't mind too much) I posted 2 of my favourites from their first album here to show you. You wouldn't know these unless you were an old school fan but give them a chance.

This is "Careless Memories"

And this is "Is There Anyone Out There?"

Put aside the dated clothes, Carleton Banks dancing and crispy hair and really listen. I honestly think this band got a raw deal and was sorely underrated in terms of musicality. When the teeny-boppers latched on (because of their good looks, lets face it... who else but Simon LeBon could pull off that sweet sweet headband?), they became an 80's punchline the way One Direction is today. And they didn't deserve it.