Archive for October, 2008

huge Wesley!

Wesley had his 4-month well-baby checkup today and he weighs 16 pounds, 12 ounces! I can’t believe that. Mary was nowhere near this big. He’s also 26 inches long. Yikes!

We waited forEVER in the doctor’s office. Why do medical offices seem to think it’s okay to keep people waiting for ages? Our appointment was for 2:00. We left the office at 3:45 and that was after seeing the doctor for all of 2.5 minutes. What a ridiculous outing. And I ended up seeing the doctor we don’t like instead of the PA we love. This is me griping about mismanagement.

By the time we got into the office Mary was a melty mess. She needed a new diaper (which I had left in the car, figuring we wouldn’t be that long for a checkup). Wesley needed a new diaper. I had jammed an extra disposable diaper into the little bag I carry for short outings, so I changed him into it…only to discover that it only had a tab on one side! This is why I hate disposables. (Among other things.) So I had to stand around waiting, trying to placate Mary by holding her and dancing her around, while keeping a hand on Wesley to keep him on the exam table (and to keep his diaper covering the salient parts, as it wouldn’t stay on by itself.)

Unfortunately we’ve tried a few pediatricians and none of them have been better, administratively. I guess I just need to plan ahead further and ask for the first appointment and insist on the PA instead of just “requesting” her.

Friday rant: rabbits

A rabbit ate ALL of my new pea plants that were more than 1/3″ tall! They’re sheared off just above soil level. I guess I will be fencing in my beds.

no-complaining Thursday: my kids are cute

Here are a few cute pictures from the past week. You are forewarned!

First of all, Wesley has grown into the outfit that my friend E.V. sent him. She ordered him a set of custom-made knitted pants, a matching hat, and a matching diaper (not visible in the picture). Is this, or is this not, the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?

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Mary found a flower while we were taking pictures of Wesley in his outfit:

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We also went to the pumpkin patch last weekend. They had a hay maze:

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And a petting zoo:

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And a hayride through the fields, including this soybean field:

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It was cold.

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We got to pick out our own pumpkins:

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Wesley and I were there too.

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Wednesday reading–Chris Bohjalian

I just read “Double Bind.”

Enh. That’s all. I will not be keeping it or recommending it. I seem to recall liking “Midwives” when I read it, which was like in the 1990s I think, although it made me think I would never have kids (funny how getting pregnant changes one’s mind about that). But this did not impress me and I found it predictable and victim-obsessed. Plus it ends badly.

This makes me feel like a pioneer goddess:

From Last Import

goodbye, summer; hello, pesto

We had a hard frost this morning, so I harvested this today and made pesto for dinner for tomorrow:

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how to be a fabulous cook

Forget Julia Child–now you can have my rules for being a great cook!

1) Use much garlic. Not garlic powder, garlic salt, or jarred garlic–garlic.
Sub-clause A: If you have a recipe that calls for garlic and you don’t know how much to add, triple it.
Sub-clause B: If it doesn’t call for garlic, add 3 cloves (only one for brownies).

2) If the steak is hot, it’s done enough.

3) If the vegetable is hot, it’s done enough too.
Sub-clause A: Unless it’s a potato, in which case cook it for hours.
Sub-clause B: Or an onion–those are often delicious when they’re really really cooked.

4) Throw away your ketchup–it is disgusting. (Conor and Mary restrain me from following this one.)

5) Use a pepper grinder. Pepper that’s already ground tastes like sand. (I think. I’ve never eaten sand.)

6) Aluminum foil is one of the products that is worth buying brand-name. Get the Reynolds Wrap. Target-brand aluminum foil is one of the worst things known to mankind.

7) 70% of meals should feature basmati rice.

Simple, right? You too can be the best cook in your house!