Tuesday, April 26, 2011


I have developed an allergy to something that causing me to itch terribly and break out in hives all over my body.  I can't figure out what it is since I haven't changed soap or laundry detergent or anything else that I can think of.  I know I should probably go in and get tested but I worry they might tell me I'm allergic to chocolate and then I would have to curl up and die so for now I'm just hoping it goes away and using a lot of that pink lotion you use when you step in poison ivy.  It's a really cute look.

We finally got the siding fixed on our house.  Some of it blew off in the fall during a big storm and we just got it fixed last week.  It looks nice.  The best part is that we're no longer the trashiest looking people on the block.  That honor goes to the family that rides their ATVs up and down the street all hours of the day and night or maybe to the guy who leaves his ice fishing house parked in his front yard all year long.

Elle is five now and for the most part as stopped all manner of cute baby talk.  There are still a few things she says that are face-meltingly adorable.  She thinks the things that are written out to tell you how to do something are called "constructions".  She thinks the stuff used to make maple syrup is called "maple zap".  She can play chess (and she's really good at it) and she knows that some pieces can only move "di-nag-nally".

I hate the show Extreme Couponing.  No one needs 97 bags of croutons, even if they are free.  If you watch what people buy on the show you'll see that it's almost nothing but junk.  They like to brag how they can fee their family for pennies but no one mentions how they haven't had a fresh fruit or vegetable for years.  And I know that people in fat houses shouldn't throw stones but you can tell that most of the people on the show are not exactly eating healthy diets.  Just because you CAN get a case of Ramen noodles for free doesn't mean you SHOULD.

I've been doing a lot of thinking about taking a Disney cruise.  They sound pretty great but I wonder if it's really possible that a boat based vacation can be as fun as a land based vacation.  And what about sea sickness?  Does that happen on a cruise?  There is a Disney cruise to Alaska and when you're there you can try dog sledding.  Dog sledding!  It's my secret wish to be a dog sledder.  I think that's what they're called.  Or maybe a musher.  Whatever, you can do that so maybe I should take a cruise and give it a try.

If you enjoy Sims games you should try The Sime Medevil.  It's lot of fun.  I played it for hours and hours when I was in California.  I wasn't paid to say this, I just like the game a lot.

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Now I'm going to go scratch my arms for half an hour.  I'll catch you on the flip side.

Three years ago today I talked to Joseph about Aspergers.
Four yeas ago today I was in a bad mood.


Wendy said...

I've taken Disney cruises twice (both times paid for by my parents, I hasten to add, not that you care, but I couldn't have done it on my own) and they're fun, but...By which I mean, "fun, but..."

1) Fun: Great food. But: every meal is in a restaurant. How adaptable are your kids to that? When my son was five, it was hell. When he was 11, it was lovely, and I got to feel bad for my sister and sister-in-law, struggling with toddlers at every fancy dinner.

2) Fun: Kids activities continually. But: only if your kid likes group activities and crafts. Mine didn't and doesn't. At five, it meant that I was struggling to entertain him and literally, my best memories are of the time my brother came to our cabin and hung out on the two square feet of floor for three hours building the same lego thing over and over again. It was so sweet of him. At 11, it was okay, the kid played a lot of video games and I spent a ton of money at the arcade.

3) Fun: You go cool places, the Caribbean in our case. But: In crowds of other people. There are definitely nicer ways to travel.

On my first Disney cruise, I spanked my kid for the first and only time in his life. That was how stressful it was. He was five. On our second Disney cruise, I had a rocking time, because I spent most of it stealing my toddler-aged nieces away from their stressed-out moms and wandering around the boat with them, then giving them back as soon as they got cranky. Ah, the joys of being an aunt.

Summary: whether you will have entirely depends on your kids. And although I read your blog, I don't know your kids well enough to say. I do know that I wouldn't do it again with my five year old son for love nor money. (Well, maybe a million dollars or something absurd. But if I did, I'd plan to spend the whole time watching television in the cabin.) But I'd happily do it with my now 15 year old. Depends on the kids, really!

Wendy said...

(Whether you will have fun I meant in my last paragraph -- I should have previewed!)

Lindsay said...

My five year old used to love to watch the Wizzer de Boz (Wizard of Oz). I loved it, and almost never corrected speech when my kids were small. Now that my five and a half year old still is nowhere near saying "r", I am a little worried.

jil said...

You know what a cruise is? It's a vacation in a huge, lovely resort that you never get to leave. And your hotel room is ridiculously small. And when you do get to leave it's to browse tourist traps. Does that sound like fun to you?

Rent a cabin on a lakeshore or something. You get bedrooms and bathrooms and a kitchen. Poke around the cute little town and dink around the water for a week. Now -that- is a vacation!

susan said...

I *might* have already mentioned it on Facebook (read: I totally did) but... DC. It's, like, the same initials as Disney Cruise, except more awesome. And I will buy you a bottle of bacon wine if you visit me.