Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
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
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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
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
Britney (yes, Britney)-Circus
Panic! At The Disco-I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Fatboy Slim-The Rockafeller Skank
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
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)
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
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
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
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
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
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
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!)
5. A new shelf for the fridge. No, really. We did without for way too long
Monday, March 02, 2009
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.