Tuesday, December 30, 2014

two things

one - i'm tired of our house being sick and germy. all i want are some normal days pre-baby toodles. and a nap. i could use a nap.

two - i've added a picture of corey kluber to the side bar because he and k.love have the best beards around and also i'm trying to trick facebook from pulling the compassion picture every time i post a post without a picture. don't get me wrong, i love compassion and support them (when i remember to pay my bill) but it just doesn't feel right to post about scandal with a picture of a child in africa drinking coffee.

Monday, December 29, 2014

I'd blog but...

there's nothing more to say other than our house is currently a petri dish of germs.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Let's Ketchup

It's been a while, huh?

Christmas is just two days away and we're almost ready.  I'm not really feeling Christmas this year (maybe because of Toodles?), but we're ready-ish. Presents have been wrapped. C's Christmas shopping tonight. Santa's elves have one last (large) gift to assemble. Cookies are to be made and decorated (by Monkey) tomorrow.  So we're almost there. Almost.

I can't remember if I told you or not (not that it matters), but I ended up giving C his big Christmas gift a few weeks ago because he was all set to go to Best Buy to buy a longer internet cord for the dvd player so he could finish Breaking Bad on Netflix (our downstairs dvd player is from the stone age and doesn't do wifi). I didn't want him to waste $10 (?) on a longer cord to use for a few weeks so instead I ran (ha!) upstairs, threw his apple t.v. in the closest bag I could find (Victoria's Secret free panty bag - I have tons of them) and ran (ha! - again) back down stairs proclaiming "Merry Christmas!"

So that was that and left me with zero presents for him.  I did find three more things (one of which was on the wrong table at TJ Maxx) so he'll have something under the tree.  Monkey will be pleased as she keeps asking if Daddy wants a present for Christmas. 

I'm on a Candy Crush kick. Like bad.  I'm going to need a mindless game to keep me occupied during morning, afternoon, evening, and late night feedings.  Any ideas?

Last night Monkey informed us that she doesn't like her house (something she's been telling us a lot lately).  When asked whose house she did like she replied, "Grandma and Grandpas" and when followed up with "why don't you like our house?" she replied, "it's too small for me."  Thanks alot, kid. We bought the house for the block it was on, not the size.

I have decided that I need a fitbit or Up24 in my life.  I have also decided that C needs one too.  Wouldn't we be so cute wearing our matching fitbits?

I have a healthy crush on Kevin Love. I'm not a fan on people with beards unless their name is Kevin Love. He does beards right. I say "healthy" crush because I'm not dreaming of K Love all day, I just can't stop looking at him when I see his picture.

That beard.

I tried to pull a nice little Christmas prank on C today by turning his car into Rudolph.  I would've totally gotten away with it had the new law clerk not said, "I saw some pregnant lady do it." I had been planning this for weeks. Sigh.

I know some of you keep checking your mailboxs for the Elsea Christmas card.  You'll have to wait a bit longer as we're combining our Christmas and baby announcement card this year.

Monday, December 8, 2014

by the numbers

3 - colds I've had this fall.

4.5 - more weeks until Baby Toodles projected arrival.

1 -  Christmas presents I've purchased for C.

1 - Christmas presents I've already given C...

0 - Christmas presents left to give to C.

8 - meals I plan to make and freeze pre-Baby Toodles (veggie soup, baked ziti, chicken wild rice soup, and one more casserole)

1 - girl ready to be a big sister.



1 - big sister hospital tour high jacked by Monkey who decided instead to show around the tour guide.

8 - loads of laundry folded last night.

1 - back ache that is finally better (originated from stress and exasperated by folding laundry and the like).

Monday, December 1, 2014

Rachel buys a new phone

I went to AT&T the other day (I still call it Cingular) to buy a new iPhone, because, as you'll remember, mine FELL IN THE TOILET.

Here's how it went down.

I enter the store.  A guy greets me and puts me in the walk-in queue.

Me: Can I just tell you what I want and they have it ready when I am called.

Queue Guy: No. They'll discuss your needs. You're 8th in line.

Me (thinking): I know my needs. 

So I wait.

There are no chairs to sit on.

Jordan (the rep who was assigned to help me): Rachel. I can help you now.

Me: Great. I'd like a 64-gig iPhone 6.

Jordan:  I'll see if we have those in stock.

I wait a little bit more.

Jordan: Great news. We have one. Let's get you started. 

Jordan looks at my plan.

Jordan: You have a rather old plan, only use so much data, and our current plans wouldn't cost you any more than you're paying now.

Me: No thanks, I'd just like the phone.

Jordan: Are you sure? Blah blah blah blah blah.

Me: Yep, I'm sure. Just the phone please.

I should point out that she was very nice, but I just wanted the phone as I have a very good plan (and apparently they know that).

I signed a new two-year contract.

Me: I would also like an additional phone charger cord. Those are $20, right?

Jordan: I believe they are on sale today.

Me: Great.

Jordan goes to check and returns with a Manager.

Manager:  We've noticed your plan is rather old.

Me: Yep. (It's 8 years old to be exact...I still have unlimited data).

Manager:  I'd just like to tell you a bit more about our new plans.  We have a lot great changes and new devices coming out in 3 to 6 months and don't want you to miss out on them. A lot of people turn them down and then come in later asking for them. Blah blah blah blah blah.

Me (thinking, but really wanting to say out loud): But Apple doesn't have any new phones coming out in 6 months and I don't buy a new phone on a whim.

Me: That's great, but I just want the phone today.

The Manager leaves.

Jordan rings me up and tells me that while the charger wasn't atually on sale, she got the Manager to give me the sale price of the non-Apple chargers ($9).

Jokes on her because I was ready to pay $20 and was still not changing my plan.

The End.

Monday, November 24, 2014

and then I dropped my phone in the toilet...

We had a rather lovely weekend.  Almost.

Friday night we had homemade soup (reheated from it's frozen state) and followed that up with a trip to Gypsie Joes to kick off C's birthday weekend.

We woke up to super slippery roads on Saturday which caused the Holiday Parade to be delayed a bit.  But Monkey and I bundled up and walked the block and a half to the parade and thoroughly enjoyed it.  We were thirty minutes early, but Monkey didn't know any different as she pointed out every single car that passed ("Look at that one, Mama!"). 

When the cop drove by signaling the start of the parade, Monkey managed to have a nice little convo with him.  It went like this:

Monkey (waving): Hi!
Mr. Policeman: Hi!
Monkey: You're driving a police car.
Mr. Policeman: Yes I am.  I like your hat.
Monkey: Thank you. It's a monkey.

In case you hadn't picked it up, she's rather verbal. She loved the entire parade.  If you ask her what she saw at the parade she'll tell you, "all of them."

C and I went to Easton to celebrate his 30th Birthday (he's old).  Dinner at BD's (we had a coupon) and dessert at Godiva (where we spent more than we did at BD's) followed by a stop at Starbucks and some Santa shopping.

Sunday (C's actual birthday) went a bit differently as he spent the entire day pulling up the tile in our kitchen (poor guy) in preparation of installing a new laminate floor (go big or go home!) with his dad this week.

That brings me to my next (or first?) point.  I think I'm beginning to have a bit of anxiety about not having a floor on the first floor of our house.  I blame it on the baby coming. But seriously, I'm counting down the days until the floor is installed and things can be put back.  I need order (but have no energy to create that order).

So there's that.

There's also the fact that I feel rather pregnant and didn't remember feeling like this before, but then I read my old posts from when I was pregnant with Monkey and realized that I felt the same way then (plus have a two year old now). So that helps.

Then last night, I dropped my phone in the toilet and the bag of rice method isn't working. C says that doesn't help me in presenting my case for getting a new $300 phone.