Monday, May 31, 2010

Coming Home to take care of Mom

Mom had a long overdue knee surgery on Wednesday.  As a result, I have come home without children to take care of Mom.  She is doing pretty well, getting up, and hobbling around with a walker.  So, I decided that I would make Mom and Dad some meals for the freezer so they could eat easily for the week.  It's been a lovely quiet time for me.  Life with children is noisy and chaotic, wonderful but pure choas at times.   Being home (even with nursemaid deliveries) is much quieter. This morning I slept until almost 10:00 which hasn't happened in years.  

I've made mom:  3 Bean salad, hummus, Lime Chicken, Strawberry Rubarb Crisp, Butternut Squash lasagna, Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells.  I think I'm losing my steam so that may be it but it'll give them a few things to eat (which is good because Dad is a questionable cook). 
Ummmm, strawberry's!
Strawberry Rubarb Crisp from rubarb from Mom & Dad's garden!

Four butternut squash lasagna in the oven!  

Friday, May 28, 2010

A New Mini-Book

We have this WONDERFUL and FABULOUS teacher leaving Concord High for some crazy insane reason.  We've been team teaching for three years and he is off to get his doctorate and do a little consulting.  So, in honor of his leaving, I wrote a little funny mini-book about all the things he'll miss about CHS.  Here is the cover page (which is my favorite part of the book):
I just took some black paper I had and divided it in half.  Then, I found some cardstock for the cover.  A few thickers and I was all set.  Sometimes simple gets it done. 
Another page about how sometimes you need a bit of caffeine to get you through a school day:

Another page:
I love that this page I made my own "paper" which says "I love Twilight" and "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob".  This is the strip in the middle of the page.  I also hand drew the lips and drew on the line and fangs.  I guess what I like about it is that I created my own supplies and it was SO EASY!  This "paper" could be created with all sorts of words.  Try it!

So fun for a quick weekday project!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Surgery for Mom

Dad and I are waiting for mom who is having knee surgery as I write this.  Her surgery is much overdue as she has been hobbling around on her sore knees for awhile (try a few years now).  Mom is stubborn and doesn't really like hospitals or medicine so it took some major convincing and major pain to finally agree to the surgery.  In hopes of making it easier, I came over today to sit with dad and wait with mom.  I'll go home to teach for the next two days and be back to Kennebunk for the weekend to help bring mom home.  While waiting, I am going to think about mom finally being able to go on our beach walks again, and get into the ocean in Delaware without leaning on a shoulder, and her increased ability to travel (although I'm not sure she took it easy considering that she went to both Hungary and the Bahamas this year).

Monday, May 24, 2010

My baby's growing up

Tonight this guy (see picture above) went to Kindergarten Information night.  Yup, that's right, Elliot is headed towards kindergarten.  When did it happen?  When did he grow up?  I find myself still saying that I have toddlers and yet he is headed towards real school next year. He isn't a toddler anymore and hasn't been one for a long time.
I can't believe how grown up he is now.  We got to see the classrooms, get an introduction to what the new school will look like that the district is going to build, and ride the school bus.  Elliot was out of his mind excited about the school bus ride.  You would have thought that we were going to ride in the space shuttle.  If I hadn't been there, he would have tried to trample everyone in his path to get on first.  

And next year, we will start a new adventure, kindergarten.  Oh boy, here we come!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Therapy through cleaning

It doesn't happen very often but sometimes I clean as a form of therapy.  I also scrapbook as a form of therapy but this week has been so hidous that I couldn't even scrapbook.  This week teaching has been soul crushing.  So instead of sitting at my computer, I started with the dishes while listening to a good scrapbooking podcast.  After this I looked at the cabinets and the magic eraser and started at it.  Phoebe who cannot resist a good cleaning session joined me (and drenched the floor with water).  We might have a very clean house by the end of this weekend.... maybe.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I want to come in NOW

Here is Baby Kitty (aka Bill Nye the Scienc Kitty) (aka Baby Nye) asking to come in the house.  Yup, it's a little disconcerning at first (espeically if you glance out of the corner of your eye and think someone is at the door) but we now are used to seeing him perching on the broken window frame of the screen door that we have yet to replace because for some reason it locks spontaneously and we are afraid that we will get locked out of our house. (Boy, was that a run on sentence.  I think my students have worn off on me rather than I have worn off on them.  Shucks!) The picture just makes me smile.  I think I'll need to put this in a scrapbook at some point and join my fellow scrapbookers (Rena and Rosy) that are much better at scrapbooking their pets that I am.  

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Kennebunk visit and Beach Layout

Elliot went and stayed with Grammie and Grampie on Friday again (second time in two weeks) because his daycare was closed for conferences.  Instead of picking him up at the half way point between Grammie and Grampie's, I drove the whole way so that I could help Mom move some furniture.  It happened that Mom and Dad had a party to attend to so Elliot and I found ourselves out in Kennebunkport on a Friday night.  It was a walk down memory lane and Elliot is just old enough that he wanted to hear some of my stories.
We ate a Alison's in Dock Square because the sub place closed earlier than I thought.  Elliot said the chicken was "the best he ever had" which is big for a kid who eats almost nothing. 

The famous sign in the port.  Elliot said he thought that famous people put out signs for where they lived so they could have visitors.  I thought that was an excellent idea.  

We also peered in the windows of the gift shop below which was the former site of my first job at an Italian resteraunt called Gitano's that had the best pizza, cannoli's, and fettucini alfredo that I have EVER eaten.  Anyone who has ever ate there can't help but miss it.  I grew up in the place from dishwasher to busgirl to hostess to cookie baker at the owner's wife's shop which was called the Cookie Loft.  This is where I learned that I am not so great on the phone when there is a  lot going on.  My boss made a rule that when the phone rang, Jilly couldn't answer it and a waitress had to grab it.  I was the youngest worker with a bunch of older, way cooler college kids and I just soaked it in.  I used to come home reeking of garlic.  It was hard work but I loved it.  Oh, I miss Gitanos so!

The ride home while Elliot conked out in the back.   I tried not to drive off the road while taking in but he was just SO DARN CUTE!  We drove home for a Saturday night craft night.  Here is the one layout that is not from one of the many kits I've been working on lately:

It's a little on the simple side and you don't get the colors in this picture.  It's all whites, silver, gray, greens just like the beach in the fall.  This is my FAVORITE time of year to walk the beach. I just love it!  It's quiet and calming.  Seems like an ode to Kennebunk, Maine right here.  I had forgotten how stunningly beautiful the town is.  The trees are just out and covered in new green leaves and everything just looks gorgous.  Did I appreciate it in high school?  Probably not.  Isn't that the way it is?  Sometimes things are just wasted on the young.  

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Learning Digital

Ok, so I took the digital scrapbooking classes at CKC this year.  I also bought the archived class over at Get it Scrapped.  I am still staring at photoshop like a deer caught in headlights.  I'm muddling through.... I am creating the world's most boring scrapbook pages.  I am refusing to buy anything else until I somewhat understand (did you notice I did not say "master") photoshop and know that I'll actually use what I buy.  I am not a computer simpleton but photoshop is NOT easy.  I am trying to remind myself of that Christmas vacation where my Aunt and Uncle sent me "Juggling for the Complete Klutz" (thank you 20 something years later Aunt Jackie and Uncle Ray) and I taught myself with the book in a week.  (I can still juggle 3 objects by the way. )  Don't laugh because here is my first attempt:


Please, feel free to chuckle to yourself right now.  No giffahs because that would hurt my feelings but a little chuckle is just fine.  I'll try and read the directions in the the next two days.....

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Making Mexican with Mom

Mom came over this week to help out while I was recovering from adenoid surgery. By Friday, I was feeling a little better and we decided to try our hand at making corn tortillas and by hand and then tostadas (another two Moosewood recipes).  Thank goodness that she was here because she was a pro at rolling the corn dough.  Before my mom went back to teaching (she teaches ELL now), she was a potter.  My mom and I went to craft fairs and sold her pottery all around New Hampshire (and occassionally Mass, Maine, and Vermont).  While she was kneading the dough, she reminded me that it felt the same as kneading clay.  I suppose that being crafty and working with our hands is a family trait.  Surgery isn't something that you would want to have, but it let me spend some uninturpted time with my mom  and that was a great thing. If you have a chance, spend some time with your mom.  It's a better gift than chocolates or flowers.

Here are some pictures of our Mexican cooking extravanganza.  I couldn't resist snapping a few pictures:

Rolling out the corn tortilla dough

12 tortillas dough balls ready to be friend

The tostada that we made with the tortillas

Thursday, May 6, 2010


I had surgery on my adenoids yesterday.  I had the distinction of the being the only patient under the age of 5 having the surgery.  I had to be mostly brave as all the little ones were wheeled in with their spiderman jammies.  I was doing okay until they couldn't find a vein for the IV.  They stuck me three times before they brought in the big guns and had to put the IV in the wrist.  I was head to toe sweating and ready to pass out.  Although I did not wake up throwing up, I did wake up woosy and slept almost all of yesterday. I have a wicked sore throat today but am sure that I'll be feeling better soon.

All this because I lost my hearing with a nasty ear infection this winter.  I guess when you take out your adenoids, it can also cause you to stop snoring.  Jan is hoping for this to happen!

So, I'll be on the couch for the next few days.  Maybe I'll get all my correcting done and finish a few projects I started at CKC.  Or maybe I'll just take lots of naps.  We'll see.......

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Back from the Creating Keepsakes Convention

 (Here is Alison at the Crop)
I feel like I am returning from a foreign country called "Scrapbooking Land".  We had two intensive days of scrapbooking classes, crops, shopping, and general fun. I feel slightly loopy because of the intensive schedule.  I was up on Friday at 6:00 to go to the gym and then classes all day until the crop ended on midnight, and on Saturday the whole thing began again.

My goal for the conference was to learn about the basics of photoshop and how to digital scrapbook.  I think I have the basics..... I think.  It's not exactly the easiest program to learn but the teacher was really great.  She could troubleshoot 24 computers all at once and go from PC to Mac.  In all things computer, the class did a step and someone had an issue, another step.. issue, another step... issue.  She kept it moving and dealt with issues all at the same time.

One of the highlights of the weekend was a mini-book from the Button Farm (and I'm not just saying that because she is a fellow Mainer).  Her kits are really lovely. Check them out if you would like:   Here is the recipe book we made (the design is hers, not mine):

The second highlight of the weekend was that I won the layout contest on Saturday night.  It was sponsored by Cannon and I won a personal picture printer (which is cool).  I got lots of comments on the title "Pwetty Dwess" which is how Phoebe says "Pretty Dress". 

It's the first real layout contest that I have ever won and I'm so darn proud.  

I wish I could show you a group shot but the one someone took for us at the resteraunt didn't come out.  And the kitchen table is loaded with "loot".  It'll take me a few months to did out.  Guess I'll have to do some organizing.....