Monday, April 30, 2007

Chocolate Cake

If you have not heard the Bill Cosby bit about chocolate cake, this will not be nearly so funny.

On Friday night we made a chocolate cake.
On Saturday morning, hubby asked Wolf what he would like for breakfast. With a gleam in his eye, Wolf said "Chocolate cake?!"
Hubby looked at him sternly and said "only if you sing the song."
Well, apparently we have taught our son well, because he gleefully burst into song "Dad is great, gives us chocolate cake. Dad is great..."
Daddy danced around the kitchen a couple of times to the music before getting Wolf a nice piece of (unfrosted) chocolate cake for breakfast.

Sunday evening Wolf came up to me and said "I have a song for Bear...'mom is great, gives us miiiiilk, mom is great, gives us miiiiilk...'"

See, we're teaching our kids good things! :-)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Chester and the Prius

So, Chester died. Well, at least, he had a heart attack... Chester is our 10yr old toyota, and at 190,000 miles, he cracked a rod, and gave up the ghost. It was either a new engine or a new car...please understand that when I say 'new' I actually mean 'old-but-hopefully-slightly-less-old-than-Chester." There is no way we can afford a new car right now, and we prefer a somewhat used one anyway since cars depreciate so fast.
After exploring the options, we concluded that the $1645 for a heart transplant (ie--new engine) was the best option. After all, Chester is only 10, gets REALLY good gas mileage, and probably has a lot of life left in him...if only he can have a new heart. The shop guarantees that the new engine will have less than 30,000 miles on it, so that's practically brand new for us!

While we were out and about, looking at alternatives, we concluded that what we really want is a Toyota Prius. Yup, the hybrid. It is SO COOL!!! It gets, oh, about 60mpg. In town. (It's actually slightly lower on highway, since it has to rely on more gas for longer distances and higher speeds). We had drooled over hybrid cars before, but I think we've now made a concrete goal: next time Chester dies, we will buy a Prius.
Probably a used one of course.

The only thing better would be a true electric car, but after creating one, GM stupidly withdrew it...stupid stupid stupid. That company is working so hard to refuse to make the kind of vehicles that the public wants and that the environment needs. I hate stupid people.

Now I think I need to go put a load of cloth diapers into my energy-star washing machine and maybe I'll change another lightbulb to a compact flourescent, just for good measure. Somebody has to save the planet.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Three Meme

OK, so, I didn't actually get tagged for this...but I saw it here and I liked it. :-) Besides which, three is my favorite number (and hubby's also).

Three Things That Scare Me:
1. the local drivers (who believe that a yellow light means "hurry up" and a red one means "hurry up more")
2. someting happening to a member of my family and my not being able to help or do anything
3. the dark (yes, still, even as an adult)

Three People Who Make Me Laugh:
1. my hubby
2. my sister K
3. my dog (oh yes, she's a people--just ask her!!!)

Three Things I Love:
1. my family
2. sunrise
3. a job well done and a good day's work

Three Things I Hate:
1. Walmart
2. Vomit
3. Hate itself--c'mon people, spread a little love around!

Three Things I Don’t Understand:
1. eco-UNfriendly people--how can you not care?!
2. why I had to lose three babies before I got to keep one
3. W's logic...or his jokes ("what's so funny about a joke? A JOKE!!! hahahahaha!)

Three Things On My Desk:
1. computer
2. ledger book with our finances
3. empty cereal bowl (yup, I was naughty and ate breakfast at the desk while nursing the baby and reading my email)

Three Things I’m Doing Right Now:
1. nursing my baby
2. listening to birds outside--I love spring!
3. procrastinating doing the dishes (I'm nursing the baby!)

Three Things I Want To Do Before I Die:
1. visit Scandinavia
2. own/run a Bed & Breakfast with my hubby
3. take an Alaskan cruise

Three Things I Don't Ever Want To Do:
1. skydive
2. ski
3. lose another baby

Three Things I Can Do:
1. sew just about anything
2. bake bread
3. ballroom dance

Three Things I Can’t Do:
1. manage to get all the different parts of dinner to finish cooking at the same time
2. keep my mouth shut about stuff that matters to me
3. give up my faith

Three Things I Think You Should Listen To:
1. a baby's laugh
2. children singing (like this)
3. good advice from people who love you

Three Things You Should Never Listen To:
1. a baby's cry--pick him up and nurse him already!
2. insults or put-downs
3. songs with naughty words

Three Things I’d Like To Learn:
1. crochet (and better knitting)
2. better piano skills
3. how to be more non-judgemental

Three Favorite Foods:
1. italian
2. chinese
3. anything I didn't have to cook (I like cooking, I just get tired of it)

Three Shows I Watched As A Kid:
1. Mr Rogers
2. Square One (with mathnet!)
3. 3-2-1 Contact
yes, we were a PBS-only family. :-)

Three Things I Regret:
1. not learning piano a little better (I'm a rapid one-finger player)
2. not keeping a tighter budget, and the fact that we have two credit cards
3. I really can't think of anything else. I try to think about most things I rarely regret things...

Three Bloggers I'm tagging:
1. Lollymom
2. Katie
3. Kim
and/or whoever wants to, of course!
(please post a link to your post in the comments section...)

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