judecorp: (jude jen dressy)
It's Valentine's Day, and it has been win-win-win around here. Due to my switching jobs, money is at a premium right now so I put the kibosh on expensive Valentine's gifts. We exchanged some nice cards and Jen gave me a chocolate bar. I picked up donuts because Punk has been asking for a donut. Punk won the kid lottery, because I found a DVD of "Dora's Dance to the Rescue" which is her favorite of the 872398672789237 Dora books we have. Upon its completion she said, "I want to watch it again!" so I suppose it was a success.

And my smoochie let me sleep in a bit and volunteered to take Punk to church solo so I can get a jumpstart on the laundry and dishes and stuff. GOOD TIMES. Sounds like a successful Valentine's Day in my book!


In other news, yesterday I drove my little family nearly 2 hours to a party in southern Connecticut. Except that the party is NEXT Saturday. OOPS. Party FAIL.
judecorp: (mini me)
We have been watching Season One of The Muppet Show on DVD as a family. I am loving it. I remember loving it as a kid, and watching it with my family, and loving how the whole family got into it. It is so 70s and delicious.

There's some stuff in it (violence, saying things like "stupid") that Punk hasn't been exposed to prior, but she seems to be taking it in stride and will tell us that someone is not being friendly or she will say, "That's not good." She is such a little TV police officer. :)

She gets so excited when we watch it. It's hard not to love the Muppets. I feel like if she gets hooked on The Muppet Show, I am raising her up right.

judecorp: (if i ruled the world)
I am officially "that mom."

Punk started her new home day care yesterday. After looking at a number of day cares, we didn't find one we LOVED except for the big Montessori school in Springfield but they require 2 year olds to be picked up at 4 and umm, that's not possible. So we looked at a lot of "not our favorite" places and in the end had to kind of choose a lesser of evils thing. Well, none were EVIL. I hate that expression. But anyway.

So we went with this woman who was very nice, very personable, very sweet to Punk, who had a nice house and had a small gaggle of little girls who were not doing anything outrageous. There were a few things I wasn't jazzed about (TV on at drop off until about 9am, seemed to eat more "kid foods" more often, a bit less structure) but overall she seemed like a lady who is a nurturing mom type and would be very present for Punk, and I thought she would like that group of kids - a bunch of girly girls who like "beautiful dresses" and playing "dress up," both very big in our house right now.

Yesterday was her first day and I brought her diapers and wipes and blanket and pillow and all of that and it was fine. She was excited to be there and sat down at the bookshelf with all of the books, picking out her favorites. ("Look, Mama, The Foot Book!" etc.) And I left, and at pick-up Jen said it was a little more chaotic than she liked but Punk seemed to be having fun, and the day care provider was flexible in trying different ways to help Punk nap, etc. Punk said she had chicken nuggets and fries and ketchup for lunch and came home asking for vegetables for dinner, but whatever. You know? I'm not a total psycho hard-ass.

This morning I dropped her off and there were a few other parents dropping off, and Punk was a little freaked by the new parents. I heard C mention that the TV was on (Punk came in and asked for TV) so I tried to kind of move Punk over to that area so she wouldn't be so freaked by the parents. I am not bothered by the TV being on at drop-off for 30 minutes or so before breakfast as Punk watches TV at home. When C told me she has the TV on in the morning, I simply stopped having Punk watch TV at home in the mornings so she would have her morning TV time over there. No big.

But when I brought her over to the couch I saw that SpongeBob was on. I'm not some freak who thinks SpongeBob should be banned or anything but I don't think it's appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers. And I have never let Punk watch SpongeBob. And I don't plan to for quite a while. I don't like the way they act on that show and I don't like the way they talk to each other and I don't really need my kid calling people "stupid" and acting like a nutter. I am actually kind of furious about the SpongeBob.

I sent an e-mail tonight to the day care provider asking how Punk is adjusting and also asking if it's possible not to have SpongeBob on for the toddlers in the morning. I vacillate between worrying about being a psycho-mom and wanting to find a new day care ASAP before she gets attached. And then I worry that I will mess her up for life if I switch her day care a million times, too.

Being a mama is HARD.
judecorp: (punk banana sticker)
I put on Yo Gabba Gabba because I freaking love it I wanted to get a head start on dinner. And I came in to see my child dancing the "Twirly Whirl" with the characters while wearing a backpack and a bike helmet.

judecorp: (music=life)
Okay, I am totally a major nerd, but I am LOVING this "Heartless" cover on Idol.

I feel so freaking White right now.

No fair!

Feb. 19th, 2009 10:54 pm
judecorp: (no!)
I use the television for two big things during the week:

1. Survivor
2. Friday morning internet checking and coffee sipping.

On Thursday nights, I really REALLY like to watch Survivor. It's the only television show I really watch regularly. The only one.

On Friday mornings, Punk likes to watch Curious George and Sid the Science Kid from 8-9am, and during that time, I catch up on e-mail and drink some coffee.

My television is broken. MY NEW FREAKING FANCY-PANTS LCD TELEVISION THAT I BOUGHT IN OCTOBER and haven't even finished paying for! No Survivor tonight!!! And what the hell am I going to do tomorrow!!??!?!?

judecorp: (soap poisoning)
So when we were at the IVP shindig in DC, there were a couple of sickies floating around - some of the kid and some of the adult variety. There was a great big melting pot of germs from as far away as Ireland and Australia as well as a healthy dose of the local flavor. I was expecting Punk to get sick. But oh, she is having the sick of her little life. (I have been spoiled. She does not get sick very often and does not get sick hard.)

She has a double ear infection that is now on its second antibiotic (the first did squat, thankfully the second seems to be working). Today is the first day since, oh, Thursday? that she has not woken up with a fever. She is congested solidly full of snot and it is now making its way into her chest. She sleeps for crap which means that I sleep for crap. And she has lost her mild-mannered disposition and become "that" toddler. The one who freaks out if one food touches another food, and then refuses to eat. The one who freaks out because a little bit of oatmeal is on her hand. The one who freaks out because you started to read the wrong book, even though it was the book she handed you. You know, that one. I have never had that toddler. And I don't particularly like her. ;)

She has been full-on spoiled because of this, with lots of juice, lots of TV, and lots of being able to eat things like goldfish crackers and applesauce for dinner. How I am going to crawl out of this one with some dignity in tact, I don't rightly know. I will leave it up to day care to straighten out. Ha ha.

I don't feel all that great myself, but Jen is of course sick to the tenth power and yesterday needed to go to the emergency room for a bazillion prescriptions and now is locked in the bedroom. I am trying to dig out from under the mountains of laundry from DC and before, all the while wrangling "that" toddler and trying to do some general house tidying. I am supposed to be working on Amy's Valentine's Day swap gift (sorry, Amy) and I am supposed to be doing the taxes and I am supposed to be doing a lot of things. At this point, I have no idea when any of that is going to happen. I'm also supposed to be sending refi paperwork in. That I can commit to doing tonight. I hope.

Since I have been sick and have been sitting in front of a lot of PBS programming (proof of devastating spoilage: Punk now says "PEE BEE ESS"), I have had time to do a lot of navel-gazing and realize that I have not been present in a very long time. I want to apologize to everyone, because I simply haven't had anything to give. I'm sorry I don't comment in your journals. I'm sorry I haven't been active on your bulletin boards. I'm sorry I wasn't more talkative and perky at your big get-together. I'm sorry I haven't made your present. I'm sorry I haven't returned your calls/texts/e-mails/messages on Facebook. I'm sorry I haven't remembered your birthday or sent you that card that has been sitting out for a month. I'm sorry. I wish I wasn't the world's crappiest friend right now but I am in a deep, dark hole and I have no idea how to get out. All I can see in front of me really is work, the toddler, and a devastating to-do list.
judecorp: (secret)
I love Sid the Science Kid.

That is all.


Dec. 15th, 2008 08:05 pm
judecorp: (boston)
I'm watching Intervention (because Jen is in bed and not feeling well) and the dude is from Southie. I keep seeing places I used to go, streets I used to drive down all the time, projects where I visited families, and Castle Island.

When I left, I didn't think I would miss it but damn, I do. I am homesick for Dot and Southie.
judecorp: (probst loves me!)
judecorp: (probst loves me!)
Nothing whets my Survivor hottie whistle than seeing this in my e-mail today:

Facebook: Ami Cusack has accepted your friend request.


judecorp: (i hate it)

Go away now please.

O . O

Apr. 29th, 2008 08:28 pm
judecorp: (shocked ashley)

Did she REALLY just comment on Jason's "second song" that he hasn't even sung yet???!?!

And what the heck crawled up and died in her hair!
judecorp: (probst loves me!)
Denise's HUSBAND??!?!?!?!

No way!


Sep. 10th, 2007 03:40 pm
judecorp: (crucified baby)
(Okay, the icon is irreverent. Whoops.)

So my phone rang this morning and it was the minister of the UCC Church. (He'd asked me to fill out a welcome card, which I did, and checked off that we'd like to speak to someone about the church.) Boy, that was quick!

So he was exceptionally chipper and wants to come to our house to talk to us. Yeah, I'm not used to that. He's like Reverend Camden! Oh my goodness, I'm living in "7th Heaven"! Now if only Mary and Matt would come over and we could all play some basketball or have a study session...

But yeah, so RevCam is going to come over next Monday. I called Jen to double check if we had plans and she asked why he wanted to come over, if he was going to check our house for pagan paraphernalia. Heh, this isn't a home inspection as far as I know (although we do need to have one eventually when Jen adopts her own baby), but it was funny at the time. I /do/ have a bunch of pagan paraphernalia after all...

As long as he doesn't bring those annoying twins (Sam and David? I stopped watching when they got annoying), we'll be fine.

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Jul. 20th, 2007 03:36 pm
judecorp: (i am stupid)
Been busy. Trying to think of something to write that isn't about the baby. Let's see.

I'm still watching Big Love, and it's still good. I'm on Disc 3 now. Yay! Also, I've managed to find some time to wash dishes and do some laundry. Exciting, right? I think I'm going to be able to get a haircut this evening, provided Jen gets home from work on time. I hope so - I've been saying I'm going to get a haircut every day this week. And I'm still woefully behind on comments and e-mails. Oops.

Okay, now All Baby All the Time:

She weighs 7lb today! She's never weighed that much before and she actually looks a little bigger. She is now in the 11th percentile for size, up from the 9th. That's pretty sobering, since I'm pretty sure that puts her close to Failure to Thrive land... except that she's gaining. I'm glad she's gaining but really wish she was gaining more. The pediatrician suggested offering 3oz of formula after every nursing attempt instead of 2oz. I guess I'm really NOT making much milk at all if they want me to offer 24oz of formula a day. Sigh. I'm worried that more supplement = longer sleeping time = more time between nursing = even less milk = no more nursing. This is hard. I wish I could stop feeling like a failure but I can't. Even with the domperidone, I'm not making enough milk to even supplement my formula-fed baby. She's eating a full amount of formula. What's my purpose again?

Hey, at least there is Big Love. And the reassuring fact that I don't require much sleep on a daily basis. Which is good, because I don't really get much.


Jul. 14th, 2007 08:08 pm
judecorp: (let's stay inside)
We have been watching a lot of television. What else can you do, really, when you have a baby on your chest and you're tired? Actually, I started watching a lot of television when I was on bedrest for bleeding, and then that trend continued when I was off work for two weeks before the kid was born.

Things we love:
Top Chef
Flip This House (note: NOT Flip That House) - esp. the Trademark Property people
Law & Order (all varieties)
America's Next Top Model
So You Think You Can Dance

I also have two more DVDs of Big Love, but Jen doesn't want to watch it (sulk) so I will have to wait until she goes back to work this week.

Speaking of, what the heck am I going to do when she's at work??!?!?!
judecorp: (gardening)
My e-mails and LJ comments are stacking up again. Oops. I just don't seem to have the drive to spend a lot of time in front of the computer when I'm not at a slow-paced office job where I am babysitting a desk and phone. Someday soon I need to go through those e-mails and comments, though, as there will eventually be a time where I don't have time to get to them! I also have two weeks of photos to upload, and I am a major slacker. Whoops. But my bathroom is nice and clean!

Netflix brought me the first disc of "Big Love" and what can I say, I am a sucker for that show. I originally put it in my queue because my /grandmother/ was really obsessed with the show. I love hearing her talk about the shows she loves, because she is quite a fan of the scandals. She likes to watch the spanish and portuguese soap operas on cable (she speaks neither portuguese nor spanish) because they are racier than US soaps. She watches them and will give you a detailed play-by-play - it's funny. All she would tell me about "Big Love" was that the man had to buy Vi@gra to please all of his wives. Hey, that's enough for me! (Actually, I wish there were no sex scenes in it, but hey, it's HBO.) It's actually a pretty interesting show, and hopefully I will get more episodes soon.


Yesterday, Melis came to visit and she brought Baby Nolan, who is getting quite large (3mo) and handsome. It was kind of weird because here we have this house that is FULL of baby stuff, and no baby. And then there was a baby here! At one point, N was super fussy and she was like, "Hey, does that swing have batteries in it?" And for a little while there was an actual baby sleeping in our actual baby room. It just wasn't our baby. But he was cute!


I'm supposed to go take a walk with Emily this afternoon, thank goodness. Not only is it an excuse to get out of the house, but it's about 20° cooler today than it has been the last two. It is the most amazing thing ever. I am /so/ ready to be outside all weekend since the weather is supposed to be in the manageable 70s as opposed to the humid and oppressive 90s. I'm also hoping that Jen and I can find lots of cutesy couple things to do over the weekend, because hey, this could be our last weekend as a cutesy couple, right?

I am so ready to meet this baby!
judecorp: (jude jen dressy)
Our day of doing nothing was a complete success. I didn't take a shower until after 4pm. I got up at 8:30, ate breakfast, then got back into bed with Jen for a while. Then we sat around like sloths and watched some television - we caught the two episodes of "Top Chef" that we missed. Jen made me lunch, and we sat around some more, then did some more nothing.

Eventually we took showers, got some dinner, and went to the movies. We sneaked DQ Blizzards into the theatre - awesome. We saw Knocked Up. It wasn't as terrible as it could have been. Although some air conditioning would have been nice.

I don't know why I let Jen talk me into going to Chili's for dinner. I freaking hate the food at Chili's. Oh well. Half of the big Jehovah's Witness convention was there for dinner and the place was PACKED.

Also, people apparently love to stare at you when you dare to go out in public with a big, round belly. Or maybe just when you walk around like big old queers? I don't know.

The end.
judecorp: (probst loves me!)
Last night's Survivor was the awesome awesome. I love when smug people look surprised. And I love Yau-Man. <3

My mom rarely calls me during the week, but when she does, it's always during Survivor. It's like she has a Sixth Sense about it. And then I feel rude and stuff, but hey, Survivor.

I need to go into work an hour early to do another training for another campus office. Which means I should be getting ready right now. But Ralph is sleeping on me and it is just too cute, and... yeah. Aah, Ralph.

I am so leaving work an hour early today to make up for the training. Usually I bank hours so I can comp them later but dang, it's gorgeous out. Woot!


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