Archive - September 2013

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We’re Doodle Pros!
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Words That Must Die
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Turkey Gorditas and Luke Perry
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A Video For A SPECIAL Sister
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Having a good day…DISTRACTION!!
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His Name Isn’t Helmut
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Best Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Soup Recipe
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Garfield Was Most Likely A Zombie Cat
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Niacin Flush
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The First Day of School — It Gets Easier

We’re Doodle Pros!

  Some of the best toys we’ve ever received have been hand-me-downs — well-loved favourites passed down from friends and family. When my son was little, a friend gave us their *Doodle Pro. Several years, thousands of shapes, one and two syllable words and stick figures later, this toy began to look a little worn. The magnet stamps were long since missing and the magnetic slide eraser was no longer erasing as well as it did. There’s a reason this toy is called the Doodle Pro Classic Doodler. It IS a classic; one that we use daily at our house. So once we said farewell to our old Doodle, I promptly bought a replacement ($19.99 at Target). “In 1974, four engineers from Pilot Pen Corporation invented a “dustless chalkboar­d”(which became the cool toy kids love today).” Source Still the same concept, the newer version now has magnetized sections to hold the stamps so they won’t fall out and get lost. No doubt this design update was contributed by a parent who has crawled on hands and knees to look under the couch for missing stamps. I’ve used the Doodle Pro to jot down a phone number, as a notepad for lists, for a game[…]

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Turkey Gorditas and Luke Perry

  This post is about gorditas. Not true Mexican gorditas, but the gorditas you might find at a fast food restaurant except these gorditas are muy delish. How many more times can I say gorditas in this paragraph? But you have to admit it’s a fun word, right? Especially if you can really get your Rs rolling. Gorrrrrrditas! So what’s with the Luke Perry reference? Just look at my son’s face. Honestly this kid. He’s always acting and hamming it up for the camera. On this particular night, he was clearly Luke Perry in a sombrero. And yes, my daughter IS holding a chihuahua. No we didn’t eat it— our ground meat of choice is turkey. We also enjoy Lentil Walnut Taco “Meat.” (Recipe at the end of this post) Gorditas are basically hard tacos wrapped in a soft tortilla. They’re great for kids like my daughter who has fine motor issues. She finds holding the soft shell easier and it catches a lot of the filling if the hard shell cracks. Note I said “a lot,” not all. That’s what the chihuahua is for. Clean up. Here’s how we make our gorditas:   Our family’s fave fillings include: refried[…]

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A Video For A SPECIAL Sister

  He wanted a way to explain to his peers about how his sister is very different from, yet exactly the same as everyone else. Our son made this video to share with his schoolmates. He said it would be easier if people would just ask him what they want to know, instead of staring or whispering or making ignorant remarks. These are his words.  These are their photos.  This is his thoughtful message. *Over the course of a week he went from class to class to share this video with his schoolmates. He started by introducing his sister who was there with him. Then he played the video and answered questions at the end. Related: Creating a “Special Needs Script“

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Having a good day…DISTRACTION!!

  My days are full of distractions — most of which are self generated. I have the attention span of a four year old. Working at home doesn’t help. *Studies show that 89% of distractions happen in the home. And working online doesn’t help the situation. The energy used to run the internet is fuelled by the curious websurfer’s need for constant stimulation and #instagratification. I spend about six hours a day on the web, managing social media pages and creating digital content. For those who actually work and/or venture outside the home, I thought I might give you a quick glance into a typical day of the WAHM. Wake up. Attempt to go back to sleep because dammit, I don’t commute so why get up at the crack of dawn? Attempt to get up again but decide that a shower can wait until later. It’s not like I’ll see any actual humans today anyway. Cuddle with the kids in bed until somebody (me) gets elbowed in the face. Get up and put on “uniform” — jeans, flip flops, t-shirt, ponytail, lip balm, Perform morning tasks and shuttle kids to school. Coffee. Log on to computer and vow to remain[…]

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His Name Isn’t Helmut

Last weekend my son and I cleaned up his room. It’s concurrently heartwarming and disgusting to sort through a boy’s closet… sweaty sweat socks, a long forgotten baby blanket, a rotten apple, a picture he drew in kindergarten, a dust bunny the size of a melon nestled next to a mouldy drink cup, and the helmet he wore as a baby.   Of course I put my baby to sleep on his back. It was the safest thing to do. Plagiocephaly – or flat head syndrome — has increased 600 percent over the past 20 years, with the advent of the important life-saving “back to sleep” philosophy. My poor babe also had torticollis (unbalanced neck muscles) so he always turned his neck slightly to the left resulting in consistent pressure on the right rear side of his downy soft head.   He was a very large baby who stubbornly tried to enter the world sideways. During the last stages of labour he was stuck for a long time. He was in distress and his heart rate dropped dangerously low and doctors rushed to get him out. The aggressive use of the clamps and suction from the vacuum left our little[…]

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Best Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Soup Recipe

  Several years ago on a trip up north to watch the changing leaves (no, not like “watching the submarine races.” We really were there to look at the leaves!) my future husband and I stumbled upon a restaurant in Huntsville Ontario called, Three Guys And A Stove and we fell in love. Not with each other (that came later) but with their house soup — one cup was all it took.     The sweet and savoury Curried Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup was so good that we made a trip back again the next year for more. And again, and again after that.   Before you groan, “Great, ANOTHER pumpkin recipe,” let me assure you that you’ll be pumped about this one. And so will your kin. I’m going out of my gourd with potential pumpkin puns here. Or dare I say, punkins? Oh dear god, I’ll spare you the seedy details and just get on with it.   The chef eventually published a book of his recipes and my husband (we had since gotten married up there a few years later) bought it for me. Now I can have my special soup any time I want. How souper is that?  

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Garfield Was Most Likely A Zombie Cat

No matter what time I go to sleep, hauling myself out of bed in the morning is a struggle. If somebody could just invent an alarm that causes the bed to propel its sleepy occupant up and out in the general direction of the coffee pot. My husband on the other hand is a chipper early bird. He bounds out of bed, no alarm necessary. My children take after him. They are up at the crack of dawn…every….day. Earlier on weekends. Apparently sleeping until 9 am while your young children fiddle with the toaster and drive themselves to school isn’t allowed, so I’ve had to make adjustments. I force myself awake at 6:30. Sometimes when I’m lucky I manage to steal another 15  minutes of precious “awake-but -with-eyelids-closed” time. I may be physically standing and blinking and stumbling around at 6:30, but my brain doesn’t actually wake until around 8 am. That hour and half in between is called the “Mombie Zone.” Mombies are known to spill coffee and step on the dog, but they won’t eat you or anything. Unless you have peanut butter on your thumb and she mistakes your hand for a slice of toast. As a[…]

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Niacin Flush

I’m all for a healthy glow, but this…is ridiculous. (Niacin Flush recreated for you with the miracle of Photoshop)     This is Niacin Flush. Never heard of it? Neither had I. It’s not dangerous, it’s just stupid looking. And uncomfortable — like that prickley heat you can get in the summer. In my ongoing quest to be a healthy person I resurrected my vitamin regiment. I take a Multi, Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin D, B Complex and Omega 3. Quite the mitt-ful. I know that if I just ate a well balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals I could probably ditch the synthetic supplements. I know. We’re working on it. In the meantime to keep my bones healthy (osteoporosis runs in my family) and to increase my energy, I take vitamins. A few weeks ago I heard about the benefits of Niacin— improved energy and mood, reduced bad cholesterol and reduced chance of cardiac related disease. I figured it couldn’t hurt to add it to the mix. Have I mentioned that I’m not a doctor? I’m also not a pharmacist or a naturopath. And I read way too much sh*t on the internet, obviously.  Ever watchful of[…]

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The First Day of School — It Gets Easier

  Blogs across the cybersphere today are bursting with tales of parental pride and angst. The first day back at school brings sentimental reflection and tears—showers of maternal (and yes, some paternal) tears. I cry every single year on the first day of school. Happy tears, but also some from worry and that overwhelming sense of protectiveness and love that parents know so well. This year? No tears. Not one drop. When we got to school this morning, my son saw his friends lined up behind their new Grade five teacher and he said without a moment’s hesitation, “Bye mum!” as he ran off to join them, barely looking back. Was I sad about that? Hell no. The kid was excited to be back at school. No tears over here. In fact, I fist pumped. Then we went to find my daughter’s class. Grade two. I taught second grade for nearly a decade and I find it hard to reconcile the memories of the children I taught over the years, with the image of my seven year today. She is so different from them, yet exactly the same in many ways. My daughter’s teacher is perfect: young, energetic, gentle and[…]

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