Friday, May 29, 2009

Stanley the Caterpillar

Note: I updated the Stanley entries from the weekend to include J-Mav's corresponding journal entries. He didn't actually do them until we got home, so I didn't have them when I originally posted.

Today concludes J-Mav's Caterpillar Journal project. He had to turn the journal in when he arrived at school this morning. I am happy to report that Stanley is still alive and kickin'... and still growing! Nothing too exciting has happened since our return from Philadelphia, so there were no journal entries until his final one last night.

DAY 13 -- 5/28/09 -- THURSDAY
His hair is long and wacy. It gos cyps on grwing!

Translation: His hair is long and wacky. It just keeps on growing!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


This country is in the midst of a national crisis... waiting with baited breath... will Jon and Kate Gosslin work it out or divorce?!?

OMG! Are you serious?!? Who cares?!?

It's a TV show about an obsessive woman and her beaten down husband and their eight... yes, that's EIGHT... kids (six of whom are sextuplets). I admit, I have watched the show on several occasions. I can't however, tell you when its regular timeslot is. I just seem to watch bits and parts while channel surfing sometimes. I've seen it enough times to have formed the opinion that the kids are adorable; Kate is overbearing, mean to her husband, and somewhat vain; and Jon is submissive to Kate and vain about both his and her looks. I was done with him when I saw the episode where she had the tummy tuck and he was SO excited about it. Ugh.

Anyway, now they're all over the tabloids, each accused of having an extramarital affair... which they've both denied. They do not deny, however, that their marriage is in trouble and they don't know what's going to happen.

So. Do they ask for a break from production of the show so they can work on themselves and do what's best for their family? Nope. They keep on shooting. The new season started this week.

She says they've always done it for the kids and the kids' future, but that she hates being in the spotlight and being tracked by reporters and photographers. He says he never wanted to be involved and live his life in the public spotlight.

I say you can't have your cake and eat it, too.


Eating out every meal all weekend is never a good thing...

Hubby missed his weigh-in this week since Monday was a holiday...

My cousin, D., has finished her Weight Watchers at Work program (12 weeks), and she's lost 25 pounds!! That's awesome!!

Change from last week: +1.2
Change since starting WW: -31.2
Pounds to goal: 10.8

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Stanley the Caterpillar

This morning Stanely traveled with us to the rink to take in Keeper-Boy's hockey game.

DAY 8 -- 5/23/09 -- SATURDAY
He wosht my brothers hocee game.

Unfortunately, it was a clunker of a game. The kids seem to have forgotten how to skate after the first five minutes of the game (during which they scored their lone goal), and Keeper Boy let in several goals that he should've had. Final: 8 - 1.

Better luck this afternoon. I did get a good shot of Keeper Boy making a save.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Stanley the Caterpillar

We have arrived in our hotel at the Philadelphia airport. Stanley traveled well. No whining or complaining. No barfing. He just sat under J-Mav's seat quietly. When we arrived, he checked out the bed.

DAY 7 -- 5/22/09 -- FRIDAY
We drove to Filadelfio. He checked out the hotl bed.

Then he took his place by the window, while J-Mav gave him a cool spritz.


On a bumper sticker this morning:

Elegant Violence

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I shall call it Stanley

So J-Mav came home with a single knee-high (as in pantyhose) last week. It was filled with dirt and "magic seeds" and sinched in two places so as to create the body parts of a caterpillar. It had pieces of black pipe cleaner for antenna stuck into it, and googly eyes glued on. It looked like a big blob and smelled like dirt. It came with instructions.

Over the past few weeks we have been studying insect and plant lifecycles. Today, we made caterpillars using soil and magic seeds. Upon arrival at home, please soak your caterpillar in lukewarm water to ensure he/she is saturated. Place the caterpillar near a window to ensure he/she gets plenty of sunshine. Please have your child spray the caterpillar with water daily and keep them [sic] moist. Watch the caterpillars grow and have your child write about the changes he/she sees (2 - 3x a week) as well as draw a picture. Please have your child return their [sic] caterpillar journal on Friday, May 29, 2009. Please keep your caterpillar at home and enjoy him.

So this smelly sock filled with dirt arrived on my kitchen counter last Wednesday and sat there until Friday morning. We soaked him, as instructed, in a disposable brownie pan, and left him on the counter by the window... waiting to see what, if anything was going to grow. Unfortunately, I don't have a "before" picture.

DAY 1 -- 5/15/09 -- FRIDAY
My caterpillr has no hair. I soaked him in water.

What can I say? J-Mav is a man of few words when it comes to writing. He obviously does NOT get that from me.

Over the weekend, it started growing. It quickly became apparent that the magic seeds were, in fact, grass seeds... which makes perfect sense, since grass grows like weeds when wet and sunlit! On Sunday, we moved the caterpillar and his brownie pan to a plant stand in the dining room, where he would enjoy more sun.

DAY 3 -- 5/18/09 -- MONDAY
He is growing hair.

Once the "hair" started growing there was no turning back. J-Mav loves inspecting his caterpillar when he gets up in the morning and when he gets home from school.

DAY 6 -- 5/21/09 -- THURSDAY
His hair is lonnn the ant tanoss dissoperdu I cnt see his iyss ethrr.

Translation: His hair is long. The antennas dissappeared. I can't see his eyes, either.

So. That's where we are now.

As for naming him Stanley... I haven't told J-Mav yet. I was just looking at the caterpillar tonight and it looked like some wild playoff beard to me. And I thought to myself, "I shall name him Stanley."

Tomorrow morning we leave for Philadelphia for a hockey tournament. I believe Stanley will make the trip, too. (Shhhh... Hubby doesn't know yet!)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


WOO HOO!!! Less than 10 pounds from goal!!

Hubby stayed steady this week. No loss; no gain. He's reached HIS goal, but is still six pounds from the Weight Watchers-mandated goal with four weeks left in his at-work program.

Change from last week: -2.0
Change since starting WW: -32.4
Pounds to goal: 9.6

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Another good week--despite the Mexican pig-out Friday night while watching the Caps game, and the Mother's Day brunch on Sunday! Woo hoo!! I'm about five pounds away from where I was when I got lazy last summer...

Hubby lost another two pounds this week, too!

Change from last week: -1.8
Change since starting WW: -30.4
Pounds to goal: 11.6

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Here are a few things I learned today:
  • Even when your Hubby and children vacate the house to let you sleep in, it doesn't always work out.
  • A warm, sunny day with a slight breeze does wonders for the duldrums brought on by so many days of rain.
  • My kids couldn't have picked out more perfect Mother's Day cards... each card was a perfect reflection of each son.
  • My mechanic rocks.
  • Even if you find the most amazing sofa at an even more amazing price, it doesn't mean it'll fit in the room. (Thank goodness we didn't buy it before coming home to measure.)
  • Even if you go to Lowe's with a list and an idea of what you want, you will still spend an hour wandering aimlessly among the plants and herbs trying to find the perfect plants.
  • Brunch at Blue Iguana was good, but not something I need to do again (even though I picked it).
  • If J-Mav keeps eating like he has been recently, either Hubby or I is going to have to get a second job!
  • I can go into a lot of stores at the mall after Hubby has threatened the kids with something along the lines of, "today is mommy's day and we will do whatever she wants, whenever she wants... and we will like it."
  • I not only suck at Mario Cart on the Wii, but I also suck at Horshoes and Lawn Darts, too!
  • I never get tired of listening to Hubby laugh when he's on the phone with his brother.
  • I am hopelessly addicted to Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook.
  • I won't miss Desperate Housewives when the season is over next week, but I will miss Brothers & Sisters now that its season is over.

And some things I already knew:
  • I love being a mom.
  • I am lucky to have such amazing, funny, caring children.
  • I have the best mother and mother-in-law a girl could ask for.
  • Though I may complain, I wouldn't trade one second of my crazy life.

Happy Mother's Day to all moms who may be checking in...

Friday, May 8, 2009


So last night on the news, I saw that some 17-year-old kid from Chambersburg, PA (presumably a Penguins fan) has been accused of posting a death threat against Alexander Ovechkin to a web bulletin board. It is credible enough that law enforcement is involved and Ovechkin and the Capitals have additional security surrounding them now in Pittsburgh.


Some kid is willing to threaten to kill Ovechkin and go to jail for it (that's what he said) so the Penguins potentially have a better chance at winning a playoff series? He's willing to potentially ruin his future so the Penguins POTENTIALLY have a better chance at winning a playoff series?

Dude. CHILL OUT. I know people are passionate about the sports teams they follow. I needn't look much further than my own house to see that. But at the end of the day, it's just a game.

It's not life and death.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Good week! Down 1+ pound! Only the second time I've lost a pound or more in a week since I started back to meetings in February. Motivation to continue.

My leader's discussion today centered around a garden theme. The Mary, Mary quite contrary nursery rhyme more specifically. (Her name is Mary, so she thought that was cute.) Negative thoughts, etc. She closed with a quote I thought was good:

Your life is your garden.
Your thoughts are the seeds.
If your life isn't awesome,
you've been watering the weeds.
~ Jerry Prince

Hubby didn't gain or lose this week. He was exactly the same as last week at his weigh in. Have I told you the best thing about his weight loss? He's STOPPED SNORING! That may be the best benefit of the whole process!! ;-P

Change from last week: -1.2
Change since starting WW: -28.6
Pounds to goal: 13.4

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


If this isn't bulletin board fodder for the Capitals, I don't know what is.

After last night's Caps win over the Pens (4-3), Sidney (or Cindy as he's known in some circles due to his incessant whining) Crosby explained what he was talking to the ref about in the aftermath of Alex Ovechkin's hat trick.
From Dan Steinburg's (The Washington Post) blog post last night after the win:
If you're one of the best hockey players in the world, and you have a potentially undeserved reputation for excessive complaining, and you're asked what you were discussing with a game official following your rival's game-clinching playoff hat trick, you could potentially say, "Oh, it was nothing." Or, if you were feeling frisky, you could venture further afield.

"People kept throwing hats," Sidney Crosby said tonight. "I was just asking if he could make an announcement to ask them to stop. I mean, the first wave came and then I think they were all pretty much picked up, and then more started coming. So for us, we just wanted to make sure we kept kind of moving and kept the game going, wanted to try to get back in it. So wasn't complaining about anything."

Depends on the definition, I suppose. And I can't imagine any rambunctious Caps fans will start preemptively throwing hats on ice Saturday night. ..."

He went on to rag on Caps, goalie, Varlamov and say that the Caps were nothing more than a lucky power play goal last night. Wow. Coach Bylsma might want to get a sock for that kid...

Back to the hats...

Good grief! Grow a pair! You're a professional athlete for God's sake. Throwing hats onto the ice after a player scores three goals in a game is a tradition that's as old as... well, I don't know how old it is. But it's older than me, so it's a tradition that's WAY older than you, Cindy.

Perhaps he's just mad because only one hat was thrown on the ice following HIS hat trick last night. Sheesh. He's lucky the red-clad fans at Verizon Center didn't throw purses on the ice!

Crosby's whining aside, last night's game was pretty epic. Arguably two of hockey's greatest young players each scored a hat trick during a playoff game. That's the stuff television ratings are made of! Executives at the VS network must've been giggling like school girls this morning.

As usual, an argument could be made that the reffing left a little (or a lot) to be desired. I didn't see the entire game--missed the first half of the first period. But two things stand out in my mind from the rest of the game. (1) The Caps got a power play out of a call where it looked to me like OV dived. Bad call. And (2) at the end of the game, the Caps' outstanding acrobat of a goalie was clearly cross-checked in the head just before Crosby scored his third goal. No call there. There were other zebra follies, but those are the two that stick out for me from last night.

So now it's on to Pittsburgh for Games 3 and 4. I'm sure the Pens fans will be just as loud and rowdy as the Caps fans here in DC have been. It'd be great to take a game in Pittsburgh--even better to take two. How great would it be to sweep the Pens right out of the playoffs? But I get ahead of myself. One game at a time.

In the meantime, I'll be watching to see what other crazy, idiotic, and/or unbelievable things pour out of Crosby's mouth when he opens it. The more he talks, the more motivated I bet OV and the boys in red will become. So blather away, pretty boy... blather away!