Tuesday, March 31, 2009


1. Magic Bullet. And I don't mean the blender

2. Bathtubs built for two

3. The right music

4. Private patios

5. Freshly shaved legs

It's post number 69 after all

Monday, March 30, 2009

68 - I <3 houseplants

1. My purple heart plant from Jen

2. My umbrella plant from my mother-in-law

3. The heartleaf philodendron I took from my sister's room when she left for college. She's 38

4. My rubber plant from Jen. It's really sad looking but I love it so I just keep trying

5. My new shamrock

Sunday, March 29, 2009


1. I will be watching (watching NOT HAVING) a brand new baby come the end of the year

2. We're getting a really nice armoire in exchange for some of that babysitting

3. I've got some blooming hyacinths

4. I spotted the girl from Sarah Connor Chronicles on Angel
(you'll learn-if you haven't already-that I LOVE when I can spot people in bit parts)

5. I made the Beer Braised Pork and Black Beans again tonight only with the right amount of liquid and they are soooo good

Saturday, March 28, 2009


1. The complete suckiness of the acting in Twilight has exceeded even my very low expectations. The train wreck is entertaining

2. I got to babysit the cutest little guy today

3. Ziva tried to steal his binky

4. We can't stop laughing at Jasper. He reminds me of Edward Scissorhands but even more he reminds me of Kyle xy

5. Alec Baldwin on SNL. Nobody does it better

Friday, March 27, 2009


1. Turtle Chex Mix (thanks a lot Jenn, don't think I've forgotten that you're the one that got me hooked!)

2. Cut daffodils on clearance

3. I spotted Denny (from Grey's but you already knew that) on Angel. He looked way different

4. One of the couples in our Bible study do not censor their language and that makes me ridiculously happy

5. Good coaches

Thursday, March 26, 2009


1. City Barbecue

2. Jt working out the knots in my back

3. Even though I heard it over and OVER in the car today I will never regret teaching the girls "Guess what? Chicken Butt"

4. Elliet made her own PB&J today

5. Diet Dr. Pepper

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


1. We brought about 30 books to the waiting area where Kenai has therapy

2. The smell of rain

3. Just finished a good book - Bones of Faerie

4. Gazed at our old houses on Google street view

5. Elliet pet a snake at school today and she liked it!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

62 - Grace in Small Easter Candy

1. Peeps

2. Freckled Eggs

3. Brach's jelly beans

4. Cadbury eggs

5. Robin eggs

Monday, March 23, 2009


1. Sleeping til 9:15 on a Monday

2. Curly fries dipped in cheese sauce

3. Talking to the girls on Skype

4. Ramen noodles. Total comfort food. I like the beef flavor with a little soy sauce. And I use chopsticks. It's part of the comfort

5. The Reader Next button for Google Reader

Sunday, March 22, 2009


1. Cornify. The button is over there ------> on the sidebar
(via Suburban Bliss)

2. My parents came down and took the two girls home with them for a night or two

3. We picked out our couch (here)

4. Jt took off Monday so we have a three-day weekend

5. Grilled scallops

Saturday, March 21, 2009


1. Ziva started blowing raspberries today

2. Had so much fun messing around with Elliet tonight

3. Our firstborn seems to be as much a smartass as her parents

4. Ziva's attempts at crawling look like Bambi on the ice pond

5. PERFECT weather (cool and sunny)

Friday, March 20, 2009


1. The pleasure of doing a thorough job

2. The excitement/fear of a new commitment

3. Good coffee with a heavy splash of cream

4. Hungarian goulash

5. Four Square, the game that is

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Grace in Small Things - 57

1. Aveeno Intense Relief hand cream

2. St. Ives Gentle Apricot Scrub

3. Curel Nourishing Lotion with Honey, Vanilla and Shea Butter Extracts

4. Maybelline Express Finish nail polish

5. Aveda Air Control hair spray

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Grace in Small Things - 56

1. A mom who does my dishes

2. A mom who does my laundry

3. A mom who hauls my shit to the Salvation Army

4. A mom who brings homemade corned beef and cabbage

5. A mom who takes home the rest of the corned beef and cabbage so as not to screw up my diet

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Grace in Small Things - 55

1. Buying our way out of a school candy sale

2. The Spring bulbs popping out of the ground

3. My new shamrock blooming in the kitchen window

4. The girls finally ate, and liked, something I made (chili)

5. New music for the gym
Kelly Clarkson-My Life Would Suck Without You
P!nk-So What
Britney (yes, Britney)-Circus
Panic! At The Disco-I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Fatboy Slim-The Rockafeller Skank
Drowning Pool-Bodies

Politicking At It's Worst

March 7
13 year old Esme Kenney left her house to go for a quick jog. She never came home.

Occasionally a tragedy occurs that leaves me reeling a bit even though I am not directly effected by it. When that happens I usually post about it. I had not planned on posting about this one and I will tell show you why:



I think it's the shape of their eyes but that picture of Esme haunts me. I have not been following the story very closely. I've avoided news coverage. I don't want to feel what I suspect I will feel if I really let myself experience this story. So I had not planned to post about Esme.

Then I happened to catch a little bit of a news conference held by Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters. I cannot fathom what would possess a person to take something like this and turn it into a political issue. If you told me that someone was doing just that...well, Deters would make my top five potentials. Here's what he had to say:

"I hope the citizens wake up, because we're heading to catastrophe if they don't deal with violent criminals," he stated.

Calling both cases upsetting and tragic, Deters said citizens need to pay attention when budget woes close prisons and jails.

"The level of violence we're seeing in Cincinnati and Hamilton County comes as no surprise to many of us, and if citizens think these are isolated incidents, when you close prisons and when you shut down jails, you're wrong," Deters stated. (source)

His us-versus-them language is offensive. His assertion that Hamilton County's citizens don't understand the problem of jail overcrowding is offensive. Suggesting that Esme Kenney is dead because we refuse to fund more jails is false and wrong and the worst kind of fear mongering.

I was tempted to spin this post into a rant about the drug war and in fact spent much of my morning reading up on prison population statistics. (Did you know that in 2007 there were
775,137 arrests for possession of marijuana?) But the fact is, the problem with what Deters said has nothing to do with the drug war. It's not even about jail overcrowding. The problem is that he tried to use this tragedy to scare voters into funding a new jail. In doing so he turns Esme into some kind of mascot and he turns the citizens of Ohio into villains.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Grace in Small Things 54

1. Acorns

2. Aussie leave-in conditioner

3. Salt and pepper shakers

4. Aquaphor

5. Jacket weather

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Grace in Small Things 53 - Very Veggie

1. Asparagus

2. Zucchini

3. Summer Squash

4. Eggplant

5. Green Beans

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Grace in Small Things - 52

1. Sleeping in until 8:30 when it's not my day to sleep in

2. We didn't have to go anywhere until church at 6:30 (and we like going there)

3. I did some dishes and a few loads of laundry but only because I wanted to

4. The laundry included Kenai's new outfit that she wore to Bible study last night. She wanted to wear it to church and I'm pretty sure she'll wear it to Auntie Em's tomorrow. The first thing she said when I picked her up at church was that her friends like her skirt and her shoes. The shoes are a big part of the outfit, she put them on the minute she woke up this morning

5. I took a nap. In my bed. I fell asleep reading

Friday, March 13, 2009

Grace in Small Things - 51

1. A brisk, sunny day. The kind where you are chilly outside but the car is hot when you get in

2. An hour in Target with a little folding money

3. A new 3-quart sauce pan

4. A nap on the couch with two little girls

5. Watching Jon Stewart eviscerate Jim Kramer

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Grace in Small Things - 50

1. George Clooney on ER. I haven't watched in two or three years but it's nice to see him on there (or anywhere)

2. Riesling

3. This blogger is writing a story that has me HOOKED. While over there, check out her Crazy Chronicles as well. But really, every chapter of Finley has me waiting for the next

4. Even if I don't love her school, I love Elliet's class. The students, parents and teacher

5. This video (via Schmutzie) of a Saskatchewan Bungee Jump. Wait for it, it's worth it

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Grace in Small Things - 49

1. Yesterday I ran into my friend at the grocery store with her new baby boy who I hadn't met! He's so very tiny and cute!

2. The kids are still sleeping in because of the time change

3. Ziva's sleeping through the night (yes, knocking on every piece of wood I can find)

4. Ziva did an official military crawl today

5. Pizza tastes even better when it's not on your diet

Dr. Phil Gets It Right

I'm pretty sure it's no secret that I am not a Dr. Phil hater. Really, most of the time I like him and I think he's right. Not ALL the time, just most of the time. I am also sick. to. death. of the octomom story. Or not the story so much as the shit people spew about the whole thing. I get it though, it's weird and mommy certainly has provided plenty of fodder for talk. I get the talk but what I don't get is the whole being mean thing. I swear the minute we decide somebody's "wrong" we've earned our license to bash. And bash and bash and bash.
There are people saying the kids should go into foster care (have you seen our foster care system?) Then there are people saying that we should put legal limits on the reproductive health community. I've been surprised to see this sentiment expressed even by friends who claim to be pro-choice. I'm stunned that anyone would want to limit the rights of everyone based on what ONE person did.
After my initial "that bitch is CRAZY!" reaction, I mostly just hoped that she would get enough help. I mean, yeah, she's a little nutsy but she also seems genuinely kind and she obviously really loves her kids. On his show today, Dr. Phil got to meet the babies (totally cute) and talk to the agency that will be staffing the family with nurses. He also got all kinds of other help for her (furniture etc). I am so relieved that he got the judgey part over with and moved on to giving her real help so that those babies (and the other kids) can have a real chance at health and success.
I want to know what you think. Should the kids live with mom? Should there have been laws in place to avoid this situation? Is it different than Jon and Kate? Or the Duggars?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Grace in Small Things - 48

1. A last warm day to get to the park

2. My Moby wrap. It was as great for us today as it was in the photo when she was just two weeks old

3. A new paperback by an author I haven't read

4. A new sudoku book

5. A trip to the grocery store sans kids thanks to my mom

Monday, March 09, 2009

Grace in Small Things - 47

1. Mint chocolate chip

2. When Ziva is in the exersaucer she rocks it so hard I'm afraid it will flip. she gets all around the living room this way

3. The kids did not get up until almost nine this morning

4. I did not get up and use that time wisely

5. Looking through houses on MLS we ran across this picture:

The Great Debate

A few weeks ago we (finally) nailed down the neighborhood we would be moving into. (Guess what? It's OKAY to end a sentence with a preposition! Sort of) (Now I'm off to find evidence that there's no such thing as too many parentheticals)
So now, of course, I've changed my mind and we've started the neighborhood hunt all over again. We are looking for a balance of safety, diversity and good schools. But then sometimes we go around about the good schools because if we move back into the main district we'll have access to some really great schools. If we do that, we can put each kid into the school that suits them best. But maybe that's not the kind of family we are? Maybe we are the kind of family that has all three of our kids going to and graduating from the same school? The kind of family that has that school sticker on the car and closets full of clothes in the school colors?
And where can we really go for "diversity" that is still safe? It seems that Jt and I have different standards of safety. For instance, he does not think we are as safe as we should be where we live right now. While I think that living the entire sixish years we have here without a single incident makes this plenty safe. He wants our kids to be able to ride their bikes 2 miles away from home like we did as kids. But he doesn't want to commute the 60 mintutes from Centerville so whatever.
We go back and forth and side to side and always end up right where we started. Wanting to move to San Diego. But we are here and we really are staying here. And that's good. We are close to family. Mine anyway.

Our options as they appear to us:
  • move to Blue Ash, Loveland, Madeira or West Chester with nice, safe neighborhoods and great public schools, give up on diversity
  • move onto a safer street in College Hill or Northside with cheaper houses, more diversity (ethnic, racial and socio-ecomnomic) questionable safety and access to the best public schools
  • stay here or maybe Finneytown where we'll have decent schools and diversity while remaining relatively safe

What do you consider when looking for a home? Were these things an issue in your decision (or will they be)? Is diversity as important as I think it is? Or does it not matter as long as your kids grow up learning that we respect everyone?

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Grace in Small Things 46

1. Arranging her birthday the way she wanted it

2. Sneaking in a few little surprises

3. Spending time with her amazing friends

4. Enjoying the day with my partner-in-crime mom

5. Celebrating thirty years with my favorite little sister

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Grace in Small Things 45

1. I

2. Am

3. Too

4. Drunk

5. To post

And that is my grace!

Happy 30th Smelly-Melly

Friday, March 06, 2009

Grace in Small Things 44

1. Outback carryout

2. Aunties who take their nieces to the circus and pay TWENTY-TWO DOLLARS for a snowcone

3. A chance to win a KitchenAid Artisan with a donation to a really good cause

4. Cotton candy

5. Comfy sweats

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Grace in Small Things - 43

1. Frisch's cherry coke

2. NBC Thursdays

3. Watching Therese Stewart

4. Camping

5. Full tattoo sleeves on women


We just got home from school and I'm watching a live feed from the California Supreme Court as the argument is made that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. I'm glad there are smart people out there doing this, I can barely keep up!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Grace in Small Things - 42

1. Jt went on an overnight business trip. When he got home tonight, Kenai was looking out the window. She did the greatest squeal, ran out of the kitchen and jumped on my lap. "HIM'S COMING!!!!!!"

2. I got Ziva laughing so hard she had to catch her breath.

3. Finally really nailed the diet and even came in under for the day (by .5 but whatever) (and I should mention that this included taking the raspberry mocha my husband was dumb kind enough to bring home for me and dumping it down the drain)

4. House on Hulu

5. When I got Ziva down for a nap this evening I reminded Elliet where the channel buttons are on the remote and I took a bubble bath. Aaaaahhhhh

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Grace in Small Things - 41

1. Frozen thin mints

2. Jt said he's proud of me. Which to me, sounds like a big joke. Ha ha, you're not sitting on the couch eating everything in sight, way to go! But he was serious and it makes me feel like I really am doing something

3. That thing that happened on The Bachelor? Hilarious.

(this is getting really hard!)

4. Garlic


5. A new shelf for the fridge. No, really. We did without for way too long

Monday, March 02, 2009

Grace in Small Things - 40

1. A puppy visitor

2. Elliet's Fred moment tonight
thatyoucaneatandithadwritingonitbutidon'tknowwhatitsaidbuttherewerelettersandyoucouldeatit" To which Jt replies, "Did you JUST eat this new candy?"

3. People visitors

4. Baby tooth number two popped through today!

5. The McDonald's fish commercial.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Grace in Small Things 39 - The Weight Watchers Edition

1. Hostess 100 calorie packs

2. Sugar-free gum

3. Food scale

4. Baked chips

5. Light yogurt