Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Filling Me In...

I got an itty bitty filling today. The dentist's office which is always always on time was running late. I take an unusual amount of novocaine to numb my mouth. The dentist said "It's always the 5:30 patients that don't get numb" and I replied "I was a 4:30 patient, you should have numbed me in the waiting room."

He had to use so much that the entire left side of my face is numb from my neck to my forehead. This ought to be a fun evening!

Wednesday's Word...

Pugnacious - inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative

I have this word written on my notepad on my desk. I enjoy it. I'm frequently in a pugnacious mood. Poor Matt will say the wrong thing and I'm all over him. It's usually brought on by a bout of picking up socks from numerous places in the house that are not one of the many laundry baskets that are provided for that purpose.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Here's the deal...

I've just been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I know that what I should probably do is give a call to all my loved ones who care about me and tell them individually but I have phone phobia (no, seriously) and the idea of having individual conversations about ME, no matter how well meaning and kind, gives me the heeby jeebies, so if you're hearing it here for the first time, I'm sorry. I just can't do the phone calls.

I've been in progressively more pain for over a year and finally found a doctor who knew what was going on. It's going to be a challenge, but this week I'm feeling optimistic. I even finally had an answer when Zack asked me "Mom, why do you ALWAYS have a doctor's appointment on Friday (my day off)?"

I'm only blogging about this because I just may mention it a time or two and I'm interested to hear from anyone else who suffers from RA.

Love and smooches!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Foamy Blue Awesomeness in a Can...

Both of my showers are made of that fiberglass stuff that is textured on the bottom so someone who is clumsy like I am won't slip and break a hip. While I'm thankful that both of my hips are intact, the textured parts of the showers are a complete bitch to clean. I've tried every cleaner you can think of and even tried soaking them in OxiClean for multiple hours, bleach, powdered bleach paste, and lots of elbow grease. They still looked dingy.

My kids are every marketer's dream as they remember every advertisement, every jingle, and can probably recite to you the major selling points of any national product. *parenting fail* Recently they started pestering me to buy some new magic blue spray that cleans the bathrooms. I was amused that they cared. Well they don't. They were intrigued that you just spray it on blue and when it turns to white your bathrooms are CLEAN! HA HA! We all know THAT isn't true.

Then a few days later I was at Target staring at the cleaning products looking for something to work on the damn showers floors. That's when this caught my eye:

I only bought it because nothing else had worked and maybe I could talk my kids into cleaning the bathroom. Then I realized that letting them loose on the bathroom with a spray product that lets out blue foam wasn't the greatest idea so I did it myself.

OMG people. It WORKED. Do you hear me? It WORKED. I sprayed the whole tub blue, it turned white quickly but I decided to leave it there for a few hours. When I came back with a scrub brush and attacked it the grime came right off and rinsed away. I was shocked! Days later Matt even asked what I had done. MATT NOTICED THE FLOOR OF THE SHOWER!

Get thee to a store and get some Kaboom Foam-tastic. I don't understand why it worked better than oxi-clean as that's what's in it, but it did.

The End.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wednesday's Word...

I've heard this word used a lot lately. I'm sure it's because we've moved into a new year and a new decade. In reflecting on the past ten years people are describing what they felt was the zeitgeist of the 00's.

zeitgeist - the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time.

In german zeit is "time", and geist is "spirit". Spirit of the time. Have you heard this word used lately?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Botanical Garden 2010...

We expected some decent weather this weekend so we made plans with Mike & Amy & Nate to meet at the Botanical Garden. This was a great opportunity for me to brush off my camera which has been sitting lonely since our winter vacation.

The adorable Nathan and his buddy Tao.

The airport is right near the Botanical Garden. Excellent for a little boy who loves airplanes.

I love getting right up in their faces.

This patch of ice was the highlight of the entire morning. All three kids, but especially Nathan, had a blast slipping and sliding.

Word is that the eagles have been spending a lot of time in/near their nest. No sign of eggs yet though. We caught sight of the female.

Fun and laughter was had by all!

Nice Belt...

Yesterday I took the kids to the local roller rink for their school's fund raiser. This is a favorite for them as they get to skate their faces off and all their buddies from school are there. At the end of the evening Skyler skated over and scooted down in a squat. I came up behind her and bent over to sort of hug her/pick her up. At that same moment she popped up out of her squat and cracked her very hard skull into my right cheek bone. I saw stars and heard a buzzing sound and thought for sure I was going down. I sat for a minute holding my face making sure I wasn't going to pass out and was reminded of a time when I was in second grade. My parents had taken us ice skating at a local frozen pond and I fell and cracked my cheek. By Monday morning it was a lovely shade of green. I remember standing at my teacher's desk showing her some of my work and her saying "Nice belt" and me looking down and thinking, of my lovely rainbow belt, "yeah it is". That's as much of the conversation I remember in detail. I'm pretty sure we managed to convince each other of what we were speaking as a. I remember this story so vividly and 2. she didn't end up calling CPS.

So yeah, my cheek hurts today =(

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Official Delurking Day...

Each year, about this time, the blogosphere has a day where they encourage their lurkers to delurk and leave a comment, any comment. So, come out come out and say hello. Let me know that you're there (pssst - I can see you). Pleeeeaaase?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Which Size...

If you are female you are aware of the idiocy that is the sizing of woman's clothing. I'd like to point out though, that it starts at a young age. Buying clothes for my kids is two totally different experiences.

Shirts - Size medium unless it is a tank top, then it's a size small
Pants - size 7 if they have the zip tie sizer thingy and buttons, if they're elastic waisted they'll be too big for her in any size that goes down to her ankles
Shorts - size 6 with the zip ties, size extra-small in elastic waist
Skirts - size 6 with zip ties, elastic waisted skirts won't cover her butt in a size that fits in the waist
Undies - she still fits quite happily in the ones she potty trained in five years ago. Size 3T/4T. (Tiny butt much?) She's got some size S but they're all gapey in the leg.
Dresses: If it's sundress style, size 6 but it'll be short. If it's not a sundress, size 7 or 8.

All clothes size 14 or L

Ridiculous. Each time someone asks me what size Skyler wears I pause and say "Uh..."

Does anyone else have this problem?

What I'm Reading This Week...

I just finished reading Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. This was one of those books that I put on my library hold list sometime a few months ago and had no idea what it was when it came up. I just shrugged and figured I must have added it after hearing a review on NPR or something. It's a story of a small village in England in the 1600's and how they deal with an outbreak of the Plague. It's amazing the lengths that desperation, illness, exhaustion, and grief will stretch a person's sanity. I enjoyed the book but a lot happens in the last chapter and the epilogue is almost like a completely different story.

Right now I'm reading The White Queen by Philippa Gregory. I'm about a hundred pages in, and while the story is entertaining, and I think the author is a great historical fiction writer, if you've read any of her other books, you've read this one. That could go either way for some people, they could skip it because it's so similar or they'll devour it because they love her stories. I'm enjoying it and don't have anything else pending from the library so I'll finish.

What are you reading?

Wednesday's Word...

rapacious - inordinately greedy; predatory; extortionate.

If rapacious is what you are, plunder is what you'll do.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Week2: Best Face Photo Challenge

Week 2: Photo Challenge - “Best Face Photo”

This is one of my favorite close-ups of Skyler's face. You can see her pin-point freckles and her tooth-gap smile. <3

To see the rest of this week's entries, click the button below:

Becoming a Smart Ass...

Zack was asking Matt if he could rent a particular video game and Matt was having him explain the game to him in order how much of it he understood and whether the game was too complex for him (HA).

Zack: Blah blah video game nonsense blah blah

Matt: Bud, I'm not understanding what you're saying. Try to find another way to explain to me what you're thinking.

Zack: What, like Japanese? *said with hands up in a typical what-the-fuck gesture*

Matt had to just walk away and tell me that MY son is a smart ass just like his mother. I have no idea what he's talking about ;-)

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I Will Continue...

I was tooling around the blogosphere this morning and came across a funny little post(which I cannot now find) listing ten things that the writer was resolving to continue in 2010 because she knew she wasn't going to keep resolutions. It cracked me up and I'm nothing if not an anonymous follower. I decided to give it a whirl myself.

Ten Things I Resolve Not To Change in 2010:

1. I will continue not to believe a word other people say unless it is confirmed by my friend and yours, Google.

2. I will continue to be slightly irritable at all times. Who needs people to like you anyway?

3. I will continue to be completely intolerant of stupid.

4. I will continue to hate cheese (except in cream form or on a pizza) because that shit is nasty - I don't care what you say. You can't convince me otherwise and many have tried.

5. I will continue to be completely envious of the photography skills of others and will probably do absolutely nothing about refining my own. I'm lazy like that.

6. I will continue to have phone phobia. The internet was born for people like me.

7. I will continue to not understand the attraction people have for Johnny Depp. Ew people.

8. I will continue to forget about 60% (maybe more) of what people say to me. Apparently my hard drive is full. This might be why I have to rely so much on my friend and yours, Google.

9. I will continue to drink coke and chew ice even though my dentist tells me both are bad for me. There are only so many little pleasures in life.

10. I will continue to write my blog, even if you all leave me, but don't because then I might have to talk to you one the phone (please refer to #6).

Hey LOOK. I found it. I knew Google wouldn't let me down. Here's the post that inspired my list.

Wednesday's Word...

Solipsism - the theory that the self is the sole reality. Extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one's feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption. "It's all about me".

Know anyone guilty of solipsism? I know I do...

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I Heart Faces: Week1

To celebrate their first Birthday, I ♥ Faces is holding a special challenge. Your photo must, in some way, incorporate their logo.

Here is my go at it:

I am submitting this photo into the I Heart Faces logo photo contest. By entering, I am granting I Heart Faces LLC permission to consider my photo for use in the marketing and promotion of their website.

Check out the blog, the contest, and all the other entries here:

Fashionista version 2010...

After two weeks of comfy clothes and snow gear Ms. Thang was ready to go back to school. She had her hair in little buns, her leggings covered in her new discovery, leg warmers, and she was ready to roll. She even mostly matched (her socks were orange and black stripes). Too.Cute.

At Least One Reason Not to use Vague Expressions Around Your Children...

Zack: Why are we going to Target?

Matt: Your Mother has a wild hair across her ass about getting this project done and we need some things to finish it.

*five minutes of silence*

Zack: Mommy? Do you really...have that...thing on your butt? A hair?

Can you even imagine what he was picturing in his head?

Monday, January 04, 2010

Out of the Closet and Into the Trash Bag...

I woke up yesterday morning with the intention of hosting a Molnar Family Day of Cleaning. The kids immediately went into hiding as I began futzing around my room grunting and grumbling about all the "shit" that has accumulated that has no apparent use or home. Then I began to attack the closet. Oh the closet. It was horrifying and it took ALL DAY. If I tell you that there were six GIANT trash bags of things to take to Good Will would believe me? Would you believe that there was an almost equal amount of trash, boxes, broken crap, and things that no longer have a use? How is this possible? It isn't even like the room now looks empty. It just looks less cluttered (sort of). I also vacuumed places inside the closet that have clearly never met Mr. Kirby before. I might have PTSD. I might be so traumatized that I need a maid from here on out. Hold me.

Free Shutterfly Calendar Poster...

If you haven't already, I'm sure you're hunting for the perfect new 2010 calendar. I have a slew of them for different reasons and just realized that I don't have a wall one for my office. WELL. It just so happens that Shutterfly is offering a free 16x20 Calendar Poster ($19.99 value) with this code FREECALENDAR. You just have to pay shipping, $4.99. Expires Jan 17th.

I just ordered one with a picture of my two favorite munchkins pretending they like each other. This picture:

Go forth and order...

Friday, January 01, 2010

Party Animal...

Guess which one of the Four Molnars was up ringing in the New Year with horns and streamers?

If you guessed correctly, you guessed Skyler and you should be very scared for us.

While the three lame members of the Four Molnars were happily sleeping before midnight, Skyler was hooting it up with the neighbors. She ran through our house with a horn at midnight. Matt, waking from his nap in the recliner, stopped her with a stern "Don't wake your Mother". Smart man, don't mess with my sleep. I fear for the teenage years. I'm not even going to be able to wait up for her. We're all in trouble.

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