I know last week I was saying how nice it was that the weather’s been so mild. But now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m ready for a bit (key word) of snow to help get me in the holiday spirit (and don’t the lights always look so much prettier with snow on the ground?). I always think it would be weird to celebrate the holiday season without any of it at all. Then I wondered how many states there are that don’t ever get snow, and guess what? All 50 states have had snow at one time or another and in fact, this past February 49 of them had snow at the same time. So I guess there is a small chance that all 50 states could have a white Christmas at the same time. How weird would that be?
Archive for November, 2010
I was at Home Depot today and on my way out I saw a big bucket with yellow warning sign next to it. Apparently the roof was leaking. Wouldn’t you think Home Depot was the one place you wouldn’t find a leaking roof?
There are cookie people and there are ice cream people. My husband comes from a major ice cream-loving family. I prefer cookies (but not the hard ones — blech!). The holidays are bad because I am married to a man who is THE best cutout cookie maker around. We all made a bunch of them yesterday and if I don’t start boxing them up and giving them out soon, it’s going to get ugly. I don’t even want to say how many I’ve eaten in the last 30 hours. Let’s just say, more than one and, uh, less than 50.
In today’s travel section in the Beacon there’s an article about the Scottevest Carry-On Coat. It is too cool! It’s got 33 pockets and enough storage so you don’t need a carry-on. The guy who wrote the article said he packed enough clothes for a weekend trip — two pairs of jeans, two T-shirts, toiletries, a camera, etc. all in this trenchcoat. You just send it through the airline X-ray machine and you’re good to go. It’s a bit pricey now — $225 on sale for $180 on Cyber Monday — but I’m hoping in a couple years other companies will make them and so they’ll drop in price. Plus we need women’s styles and a variety of colors (right now they just have beige). Too cool!
while my daughter was in the recovery room after her tonsillectomy, I realized how incredibly inane I think some of the shows are, like Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George. I even think the books the shows are based on are lame. And as long as we’re talking about children’s book series I’m not fond of, let’s add Babar, Biscuit, Winnie the Pooh and that brat Junie B. Jones. On the other hand, Dora (for the younger kids), Franklin, Magic School Bus and the Berenstein Bears are at least bear-able, pun intended. Don’t you just read some of these children’s books and think, “This is soooooo stupid”?
We’re driving to my in-laws this morning (Thanksgiving) and get a flat tire. We’re on the side of 77 S and while my husband is putting the spare on, he asks my son to hold the lug nuts. Of course all one can think of is the great scene in “A Christmas Story” when they get a flat tire and Ralphie holds the lug nuts, spills them into the snow and utters the F bomb. Fortunately, my son did not lose the lug nuts (though he did really really want to pick up all the trash he saw (or at least the empty can of Budweiser) on the side of the highway) and in minutes we were back on the road, over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house.
Overheard while in post-op today: one woman who was with a few-days-old foster baby who was in drug withdrawal from its birth mother. The woman, who had adopted several other babies in need, was explaining how “crack babies” need to be swaddled closely and rocked constantly and loved like all children. I thought to myself, “Thank God there are people who have the love and incredibleness to take care of babies like that.” A few minutes later we heard a teenage girl, also recovering from a tonsillectomy, crying and fighting with her mother. The mother’s telling her daughter to “stop your whining and crying right now” and the daughter’s telling her mom to “shut up”. It went on and on like this and I’m just thinking “I hope to God that my kids and I never have a relationship like that.” How awful.
Anyone who’s had anestheia knows one of the worst parts of the experience is not eating the day of the procedure. My daughter’s tonsillectomy was supposed to be at 12:30 today and I was dreading the thought of being with a child who could not eat. Fortunately (?) the day before the hospital called to move her surgery up to 7:30 a.m., meaning we had to be there by 5:30. Sure, we had to get up and out before dawn, but at least we didn’t have to deal with the hunger issue, right? Well, during preop the child life specialist was talking to her, saying, “You’re probably pretty hungry, right?” To which I’m sure my daughter thought, “I wasn’t, but now that you mention it, yeah, I am.” I flashed back to when my other daughter had her tonsils out a couple years ago and had a longer time of fasting. I swear four of the 16 people talking to her before her surgery were like, “You’re probably pretty hungry, right? Well, just think, after this is over you can have all the popsicles you want and then tomorrow you can have ice cream and pudding and mashed potatoes and shakes … ” I’m like, are you trying to torture this child by telling her all the things she CAN’T have now or what? It’s just wrong is all!
be up and at ‘em by 4:45 a.m. but tomorrow is one of those days. You don’t mind when you’re getting up that early to go, say, to the airport for vacation. But to be at the hospital at 5:30 a.m. so your child can have their tonsils taken out is, well, not so fun (for you or the sleepy child you have to drag out of bed).
First, the Children’s Hospital Holiday Tree Festival is open through Sunday — even on Thanksgiving. It’s free and there are musical performances and the trees and other decorations are amazing. My kids love it.
Second, once again Blossom Music Center won’t have their holiday lights, but these places will: http://cleveland.about.com/od/clevelandattractions/a/holidaylights.htm
Third, Akron has its Welcome Santa parade downtown Saturday at 11 a.m.
Fourth, the Cuyahoga Falls ice rink opens Saturday (free if you’re a Cuyahoga Falls resident). Here’s the scoop on that: http://cfo.cityofcf.com/web2/view.do?dir=commdevelop/frs&tile=icerink.htm
Notice I didn’t mention shopping??