Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bad News

I took a quiz in my Better Homes and Gardens magazine on Monday.

(Who knew they had quizzes?)

Unfortunately, according to the three-question quiz, I am a pessimist.

I had no idea.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Lost Boys

At Jeremy's suggestion, we rented and watched The Lost Boys.


Keifer Sutherland as a bleach-blond vampire, the two Coreys, amazing 80's style, and the Stranger song. I don't know how I haven't seen this movie before. It was totally amazing.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Zeke Goes to Target

You can't hear him, but he was greeting the passers-by.

Monday, February 15, 2010

So Proud

Victor has spelled his first word.


The word is zoo, and he told me that it is spelled with a Z and two Os. The medium is refrigerator magnets. The canvas is the refrigerator. The inspiration, no doubt, is excellent parents.

Way to go, Victor.

Friday, February 12, 2010

It's Lincoln's Birthday!

And it's my brother Alex's birthday, too.

Here are some things I like about Alex.

1. Alex is tender. He does not injure people.

2. Alex has good ideas.

3. Alex once threw rocks at my bedroom window so I could let him into the house.

4. When Alex gets into something, he really gets into it.

5. When Alex was a teeny tot he had huge red cheeks.

6. I can use Alex's index finger as an example of why my boys must be careful with big rocks.

7. Alex once ran after and chastised some naughty boys who threw a snowball at the truck I was driving.

8. Alex tries new things.

9. Alex used to sit on a big rock and just think when he delivered newspapers.

10. Alex married Molly, and she is terrific!

Valentines, part 3

Victor's preschool class held its Valentine's Day party today. I was a little nervous because Victor spent most of yesterday afternoon telling me, with a very sad face, that he did not want any valentines. But he very cheerfully decorated his valentines for his classmates.

We ended up sending in Pixar-character Valentines and M&Ms. I am grateful for the candy recommendation, because all of the other students sent candy, too. One boy sent candy AND a valentine AND a pencil. Two girls wrote their own names. Most impressive to me was the pipe cleaner heart attaching one valentine to its accompanying candy.

Thank you, Valentine's Day Advisers, for protecting Victor's coolness. But do you think at least one other mom would have felt liberated if I had sent a candy-less valentine? I could have started a trend!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Today's mystery sound from the kitchen turned out to be Victor pouring himself a glass of honey.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Valentines, part 2

In a shocking turn of events, Jeremy walked in the door at 5:31 this evening. That's two hours and ten minutes earlier than he normally arrives. It was magical.

We took advantage of his presence to (1) eat dinner (which I had actually made) together, (2) go to Target to purchase Valentines and candy for Victor's preschool class, and (3) climb on the giant snowbank in the Target parking lot.

Target had many options. Although it was difficult to pass up the Twilight-themed "Forbidden Fruits" conversation hearts, we settled on a Twix/Kit Kat/Something Else candy mix and licensed Pixar characters Valentines.

Then, we followed the boys to the cars and truck aisle and watched them press all the sound effect buttons on the ninja motorcycles and fire engines etc. Cringeworthy best describes these toys, because I dislike noise.

Then Zeke laid down near the Crayola aisle and would not get up.

Which leaves me with this question: I have the kid stuff. But what do I do for the teachers? Nothing at Target was appealing. I can make them cards. Do I need a gift? Candy? Trinkets? Lip gloss? Kittens?

Sunday, February 7, 2010


I just got an email from Victor's preschool teacher. His class is having a Valentine's Day party on Friday, and he is able to bring Valentines for his classmates.

Do you get those at Target? Is there a coolness quotient inherent in certain styles? Do I let him sign his name next to the name I have written in more traditional penmanship? Is it better if I make them by hand and let work the glue stick? What, if any, are the social minefields of preschool Valentines?

Thursday, February 4, 2010


February is the exciting month when I attend many hours of continuing legal education.

Today I learned that in this state, even if a motion in limine (which happens before trial) has determined whether certain evidence will or will not be allowed at trial, the objecting attorney must STILL object at trial and state her grounds if she wants to preserve the issue on appeal. If evidence has been excluded per a motion in limine, the attorney must still attempt to present it at trial.

Crazy. But that's what you hire a lawyer instead of going to trial by yourself.

The best thing about this CLE was attending with Jeremy. I'm flying solo for the next two days, so it was a real treat to go together.

Monday, February 1, 2010


Would you like to know what's going on in Jeremy's hometown?


L.A. Times

Unhappy stuff, man.