Mom’s In Trouble Thursday

September 16, 2010 at 7:46 pm

So I’m in trouble for telling the world about Cal’s misbehavior the other day and his restriction from his DSi. Apparently his teacher reads this blog (Hi Lisa!). He was embarrassed. This, from a kid who daily says, “Mom, take my picture doing this <insert ridiculousness> and put it on Facebook!” But I can see that he is not a little kid anymore and that it is not fair of me to air his dirty laundry. So I have agreed not to post anything remotely potentially embarrassing about him without letting him read and approve it first. He said he would get over it if I posted this picture of him on my blog:

Wizard + Bazooka = Mayhem

So there you go.

Today was my volunteer at school day again. I helped Mack’s teacher put together homework packets for next week and ripped and sorted five million workbook pages. Awesome. I love Mack’s teacher (Hi Barb!). I feel like she and I could hang. I did get in trouble for texting at school, though. But really, I wasn’t texting, I was updating my status on Facebook, blabbing about some insanity in the carline as we were walking in. If you’re not my “friend” already, friend me and you can read all about it over there.

Thursday is pool league night for Chad, but they just ended a session and don’t play tonight. But since he’s usually out on Thursday nights, we don’t go for our usual evening walk and it’s pizza night! The boys think it’s a special treat for them each week, but really it’s a special treat for me, saving me from slaving over chicken nuggets and hot dogs. Pretty much every Thursday I get pizza from the wonderful Tour de Pizza in the Northeast Publix shopping center. If you are local, you really should try them.

This is Matt the pizza guy, owner of Tour de Pizza. He is super nice, and his great personality makes up for his unfortunate appearance. Last year he went on this 30-Day Pizza Diet which was chronicled here by the St. Petersburg Times. Matt works out at the same gym as I do, and I remember him seeing me at the gym and saying, “Hi Caroline! Today is day 1 (10, 20) of the pizza diet!” I’ve been a regular customer since they opened, so he’s great about remembering my name and always asking about the boys. He and his sweet wife are always in the restaurant working their butts off. Their pizza is so much better than all those national chains. Support locally owned family businesses, and tell Matt that Caroline sent you!

Yummy Monday

September 13, 2010 at 10:55 am

My overexposed breakfast.

Photoshop could not fix the exposure on these eggbeaters. Well, I’m sure my amazing photographer friends Cami and Cari could have fixed it, or rather they would not have taken such a harshly-lit photo in the first place. And of course, Katie could have fixed it, because Katie can do anything.

This is my typical breakfast. A low-carb bagel, eggbeaters, and strawberries and honeydew melon (which is on super sale at Publix right now and is so good). My favorite meal of the day. Especially good after sweating my ass off on the walk to school.

This morning Mack asked if he could walk Chewie to school. Mack doesn’t weigh that much more than Chewie, and for a 30 pound dog, Chewie is extremely strong. But Mack was very earnest in his request, so I said OK. We do use a no-pull collar on Chewie, so that helps considerably. My biggest worry was that Chewie would see another dog or a cat or a squirrel and dart off, causing Mack to lose the leash. But Mack did great and walked Chewie the entire way to school. He was so proud of himself and when we got to school he said, “Mom, I did it for you.” And I must admit, it’s much nicer pushing the (empty) stroller without Chewie tied to the side.

Mack was amazed at how often Chewie stopped to do his business. I think there were 4 poops and about 50 pees. “Mom, why does he stop and lift his leg and nothing even comes out?” After the first 10 pees, the well has run dry, but the urge to mark his route never ends. The ubiquitous “pee-mail.” When Chad walks Chewie he doesn’t put up with all that foolishness, but Mommy and Mack are not such hard-asses.

So on tap for today: ┬álaundry and cleaning (always), bodypump at noon, possibly a trip to Target, and Tivo…I see Mad Men and All American Handyman need to be watched. I think they just need to make the contestants on All American Handyman just do all the challenges shirtless and include that in the consideration. There is only one woman in contention and she could go shirtless too, why not? Who’s your favorite TV handyman? Mine is Andrew Dan-Jumbo, formerly of “While You Were Out” and now on “Take-Home Handyman.” First, I love his name. Second, he has an adorable accent and I bet he’s really intelligent. I’d like to talk politics with him.