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Oodles Of Noodles

This morning, I woke up at 0430 and could not get back to sleep until Soapy and I took a short nap together at about 1330. I spent the first hour or two watching the early morning news and weather. I ate some oatmeal. I read the paper. And then I started knitting.

100_6534 First, I made up this pair of Saartje's booties, to match the red cardigan I finished last night. I hope you think they're as cute as I do.

After I finished those, of course I needed to make a hat. I'd already gotten Chloë and Jack on their respective buses, and Sophia and I were watching The View or something, so I just kept right on knitting. My gauge was a little off, though, because this hat:

100_6537 which is not nearly as pink as it looks here, nearly fits the moi, like so:

100_6536_2 So I'm debating whether to make another one or just... not. I probably should. I have enough yarn. And this hat looks pretty cute on Sophia. Yeah, I guess I will while I'm watching Lars and the Real Girl tonight. It's supposed to be good. Of course it's good - it's Ryan Gosling! Love!

When Chlo came home from school, I finally got off my duff to take a quick shower, and then the Littles and I took her to Brownies. They were making Mother's Day things, though, so I was shooed out of the room. Instead, we sat outside on the hill, in the grass (where I proceeded to break out in major chicken pox-like spots - aha! another new allergy!) and let the non-twins take off their shoes and run around gleefully. Rob met us there after work, and he helped the Brownies play a game of weird tag after they finished their indoor craftiness.

The weather was beautiful, everyone was enjoying being together outside, and we were all in a good mood. But it was dinnertime. So we decided to head over to Panera to sup outside on the patio.  I was annoyed at myself for forgetting the second MyPoints gift card to Panera and my 50% off coupon to Michael's next door. Oh, well. It's not like we won't be back.

We got four dinners (the three kids can barely eat two meals among them), cookies, and bagels, and spent the most we've ever spent at Panera. Whoo-ee! But it's all good stuff. Have you ever had their Cinnamon Crunch bagels? Yum. I'm going to eat one for dessert later. It was a bit windier there than at Brownies, and poor Sophia was wearing the brand-new strappy dress that came in today's mail from the Children's Place. She was shivering like crazy, and soon we all joined her.

Oh, all right, here's the dress, since you asked:

Dress It looks pretty freakin' cute on her. I've decided I'm going to start sewing - or some bastardization thereof - soon, and since Sophia is so enormously fond of dresses, that's what I shall start with. {Is that hard, Mom? Am I being foolish to start there? Simple ones, of course.}

Anyway, so we ate our dinner and shared a couple cookies, and then Chloë reminded us it was Book Fair night at her school. Oh, all right... we are flooded with books right now, and they are piled up on top (and falling off) of every available surface, so we promised her she could buy one little book. She had her heart set on a Baby Animals Sticker Book.

I dropped Rob and the cranky blondies at home, grabbed my purse, and took Chlo to school. We were greeted by a chorus of "Hi Chloë"s everywhere we turned, by students and staff alike. And then I was met by my friend Christine, who wanted to know why I haven't been at the PTA meetings lately. I just briefly explained about my recent health issues and assured her I was fine now, but she seemed really taken aback to hear. Goodness, that's why I didn't plan on sharing it when many 'outsiders,' because it was hardly a life-and-death situation, you know?  So I feel a little embarrassed to talk about it like that.

Well, we found the sticker book, for $3.99. I thought, hmm, that's not very much of a 'reading' book, and I very much have a reading child, so maybe one more book? We quickly found a Junie B. Jones book she doesn't have - hardcover, so pricier. And then we found a Tadpole book in the same style as the Monkeys and Ladybugs book we own:


for the itty-bitties. And then I found a Jodi Picoult book to read, and then we found a cookbook for Daddy. In the end, it came to almost $60, and I was glad they accepted plastic!

On the way to the bank afterward, to deposit the check Sophia finally received for the Dollar Tree ad (check it out, May 18th!) and to take out some cash for this Saturday's trip to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, I was horrified to hear from my darling daughter that Jack has been ripping up her Junie B. books and throwing them away at night. !!!!! The horror is fourfold:

  1. Why wouldn't she tell me this has been going on? She knows that destruction of property is a tellable offense!
  2. How could he be treating books like this?!
  3. Hello, books are recyclable! Don't throw them away, at least!
  4. I can't remember the fourth thing now. But man I am sick of my children's propensity to ruin everything. Everything. Gosh!

I immediately called up their father to tell him that all books were being cleaned up and locked away in their closet tonight, and that if we were the type of parents to actually tan hides, that hide tanning would be happening over that. But we don't, so we're not. Yelling is possible.

After the bank, and nearly getting broadsided by a 90-year-old lady on a cell phone (hello, that's just... no), we finally headed home. Chlo started her homework, and I started this post, and now I am finishing it. The Office  is on, so I'm gonna hit the road!


Four Things Meme

I saw this meme over at the Daily Mish Mish and thought it sounded like fun.  I tagged four people, but if there is anyone else that reads this and wants to play along, feel free to leave me a comment and let me know that you did!

Four Jobs I’ve Held:

  • Office Cashier at Publix Supermarket
  • Dive shop assistant
  • Legal Secretary
  • Teacher's Assistant in Biology at USF

Four Movies I Could Watch Over and Over:

  • Grease
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Juno

Four Places I’ve Lived:

  • Central New York
  • Florida (all over)
  • Guam
  • Aiken, South Carolina

Four TV Shows I Like:

  • The Office
  • American Idol
  • The Apprentice
  • Jeopardy!

Four Favorite Foods:

  • Pizza
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Spring Rolls
  • Ice Cream Cake

Four Places I Would Rather Be:

  • Scuba diving with my husband on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • Italy. Anywhere.
  • Japan
  • Belize 

Four People I’m Tagging: