In CategoryNavel Gazing

Last night, conveniently an HOUR AND A HALF past bedtime, my daughter lost her first tooth.

Having a loose tooth was exciting; actually losing it was apparently traumatizing.

The minute her daddy yanked it out so we she would stop making us wiggle it every five minutes it came out, she burst into tears and flew into my arms.

She was inconsolable.

She cried and cried and wailed things like, “I’m just FIVE!”

I figured it out when she looked mournfully at her tooth, now safely ensconced in my traditional Acid-Free, Heirloom-Quality, One of a Kind Tooth Storage Device, aka a zippy sandwich baggy, and sniffled, “I will look at my tooth and remember back when I was a little girl.” **

Ah, to be five and forced to contemplate The Meaning Of Life And The Scariness That Is Growing Up.

I soothed her and petted her and promised I would not make her go apartment hunting the next day; and that as far as I am concerned, she is going to stay with me forever and we will be best friends forever.

Part of me wishes it would come to be true.

Then she must have felt better, because she used the last few tears to try to negotiate me out of calling her “my toothless little old lady.”

I made no such promise.


She said perhaps I could at least say “my PRETTY toothless little old lady.”

Then she asked me to buy her a Dr. Doofenshmirtz doll and went to sleep.


(**yes, I have forbidden her from becoming a telenovella actress)

Random Monday – Controversial Edition

In CategoryRandom Monday

• Televisions hung too high really irritate me. The television should be at a person’s eye level when they are seated. In the last house we were in, the tv was hung so high, it wasn’t even at my eye level when I was standing.

I don’t want to hear any short jokes, neither.

• I realize I might be in the minority here, but that guy who jumped out of a balloon (or whatever) from 24 miles above the earth? Stupid is the first thing that came to my mind.

• Uma Thurman had a baby. She is calling it Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson. For excellent analysis on how this compares to other Horrid Celebrity Baby Names, check out Nan at The Wrath of Mom.

• This? I hate to say it, but Brad Pitt sounds like an idiot. And he’s not that pretty anymore, either.

• Link up with your own Randomness below!

Because you might CATCH ON FIRE

In CategoryNavel Gazing

Banana Boat Sun Care is recalling some of it’s products due to a potential risk of product igniting on the skin if contact is made with a source of ignition before the product is completely dry.

Just FYI. Your sunscreen might try to INCINERATE YOU.

Sting Free! Does anyone besides me think that’s funny?

Battle of the Wills

In CategoryNavel Gazing

My son bet me this morning that he could stay away from his Legos longer than I could stay away from my computer. He gave me a 5-minute reprieve to write this.

He even set the timer.

So far it has been three hours. He is determined to make it to bedtime.



Update: I initiated a truce at 3pm. He looked so bereft. Plus I missed all the people who live in my computer (and my phone, which he cleverly also banned me from).

On the plus side, I read half a Nora Roberts book and we did a ton of school.

When he agreed we could each be satisfied with our efforts and call a halt to the contest if I would still make Baked Ziti for dinner, Little burst into tears, grabbed him in a neck strangling hug and sobbed, “I missed you so much, Big-Big!”