Saturday, October 31, 2009


After seeing three boys in astronaut suits at the preschool Halloween party, Munchkin came home, donned a suit which looked a lot like his footy pajamas, and built a spaceship. I was invited on a little trip to the moon.

Everything went fine until the engine broke. I finally got Munchkin to fix it so we could go home, but every time he repaired the engine, he pressed the "go back to moon" button. He said he didn't want to return to earth -- he liked floating on the moon.

I couldn't persuade him to stop pressing the button, so I asked what would happen when we ran out of supplies. If we ate all the food, wouldn't he get hungry? Munchkin didn't miss a beat. His friend Duck had a spaceship grocery store and he would fly up and give us everything we needed. Duck brings food to all the astronauts.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Code silly: Stat!

While playing "paramedic" the other day, Munchkin asked me to record Elmo's vital signs. I jotted them down exactly as he recited them to me.

Heartrate: 50
Temperature: 90
Respiratory rate ("Mommy, what's repiratory?" "It's how fast the patient is breathing."): 1 mile per hour
Oxygen: 20-21
Blood: 14
Metal: blue

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Odds 'n ends

We sign closing papers tomorrow -- looks like the sale of our house is really going to go through! In the meantime, it's been pretty hectic around here and we still haven't found our next house.

Munchkin's going to be a Workman for Halloween, which is a big deal since up until a week ago he was going to be a fireman like he's been every year since age 2. He wants to be a Lowe's guy. I guess their advertising works.

In the midst of moving, I've decided to do (not so) Urban Hennery's Dark Days challenge again this year. The added twist for me will be that I will be between various houses and trying not to stockpile food for the winter, but still eat local at least one meal each week. We'll see how it goes. Here's the link if you want to join me.

Cute Munchkin story of the week: Scott told Munchkin something he didn't like, like it was time to go to bed or pick up his toys or something. Munchkin ran into his room wailing, "You're ruining my appetite!" Not.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Dear God,
Have a nice lunch.

-- Munchkin

Monday, October 12, 2009

Scrap Soup

As we prepare to move, I am trying to use up stored food from the pantry, fridge and freezer. I think it's a little like trying to use up fabric scraps in a quilt. No matter how hard I try, I can never reduce the size of my scrap pile -- I always have to buy some new fabric to complete even a scrap quilt, and the new fabric generates new scraps. And the old scraps get smaller, but never really go away...

I recently dug out a soup recipe that I'd forgotten about. I have no idea where the recipe came from since my copy is hand-written on a scrap of paper. It included only ingredients that were already in my kitchen, so it was perfect for my purposes. But besides that, the soup turned out to be about the most tasty soup I've ever made! Here it is:

Chicken & Rice Soup
1-2 quarts homemade chicken broth
1-2 cups diced, cooked chicken
1 small onion, diced
1 large leek, diced (use both white and green parts)
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 tsp each of dried basil, onion powder, marjoram & thyme (substitute fresh herbs if you have them)
2-4 tsp salt (to taste)
dash of pepper
1/4 cup rice
generous splash of lime juice

Saute onions, leeks & garlic in olive oil. Add broth, chicken & spices and simmer for 1 hour. Add rice, simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add splash of lime juice and salt & pepper to taste.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Cuckoo bird

The other day, Munchkin was weaving a delightful story about his imaginary friend "Duck," when the story grew sillier and sillier. I finally said, "I think Duck's flown over the cuckoo's nest!"

Munchkin giggled, and then he said, "I just learned a new 'spression!" Giggle, giggle.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Munchkin, begging

Pleeeeese? Pretty pleeeeese? With sugar? and cherries? and ice cream? and sugar? and a tree trimming truck?

Can't remember what it was, but he got it for being so funny. :)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Back in the saddle again

After a week filled with countless emails, phone calls, visits to various professionals, and more (at least it seems like more!), we have sold our house again! This time it's to some good friends and I think the deal will go through.

In the meantime, last Friday before I got home and got the message that the previous buyer had backed out, I had taken Munchkin to the park. It was a carefully chosen park -- chosen because it was in the neighborhood I'd really like to live in, and also because there was construction happening across the street from the park. While we were there, a mom walked up, a baby in a front pack and a 3-year-old in tow. Munchkin played with the preschooler while I visited with the mom.

A little bit into the conversation, it came out that she lived in the house next to the construction. Very long story short, it turned out that we bought our car from her husband 4 years ago. At the time, Scott drooled over their neighborhood and thought he might like to live there someday. Well, with the arrival of the new baby, they have outgrown their old house and are building a new house on the adjacent lot. The old house is plenty large, but it has only two bedrooms and they need three. We, on the other hand, only need two bedrooms.

We visited their house a couple days later and loved it. It's the best house we've seen in four months of looking. The only catch, well there's two catches, is that they won't be moving out until the end of next summer, and they have others who are also interested in buying it. They said they'd add us to the list.

We're going back in there next weekend with our realtor and are hoping to decide if the house is worth waiting for. Stay tuned for the next episode of "Life's little twists and turns..."