March 16, 2012

7 quick takes

1 - Are you like a virgin trimming your wick?  Better get on that.

2 - It was 81 outside yesterday and we'll probably break the record again today.  You wouldn't know that it's still technically Winter.  I am hoping this has no foreshadowing for a very hot summer.  If that's the case I'll never go outside.
3 - Being married to a high school physics teacher means I actually care about Pi Day, even though I can no longer remember what the heck Pi even is.  Fortunately a friend reminded me of the not-really-important day and I was able to have an apple pie waiting for my husband when he returned from work.  Only two apples in the fridge meant we had a smallish pie but it's probably the best pie I've ever made.

 4 - People often asked me how I was able to plan the conference on top of everything else.  My answer is a supportive husband, free babysitting, and Quiet Time.  JF naps for about 2 hours, beginning around 1.  When he goes down L and Ben head upstairs.  They don't have to nap, and they can play together, but they do have to stay in their rooms, be quiet, and not come down or talk to me until JF wakes up or their dad comes home. 

Quiet Time lets me nap, clean, bake, prep dinner, waste time on Pinterest, work on things, or just have some time to myself.  However, this is not to say that Quiet Time is perfect.  Usually Ben takes off his clothes and diaper and one day he came downstairs after his sister had "tagged" his body with a green marker.
Her name was on his back and his legs and butt were also covered.  Nice.

5 - St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow.  This means I'll be reading and re-reading The Story of St. Patrick's Day today and tomorrow so that by the time I serve specially purchased Lucky Charms with green-colored milk the kids will know who St. Patrick was and what a shamrock can teach us about God.  I've been planning our menu much more than giving them a religious education.

So I'll just tell you about our menu. 

Breakfast - Lucky Charms and green milk
Lunch - an Irish breakfast with bacon, sausage links, eggs, tomatoes, and home made soda bread.
Snack time - Skittles, so they can "taste the rainbow" ya know.
Dinner - Corned beef and potato soup.  Dessert will be a fruit rainbow on min-marshmallow clouds with a pot o gold-en wrapped Rolos at the end.

I do have a coloring page of St. Patrick that we'll work on...  so there's that.
What are you doing?

6 - I am finally on the up-swing after the conference.  I've been gathering my thoughts on everything and I hope to write a post very soon with all the details.  Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me so I don't have a single picture from the day!

7 - Santorum will be at a pizza place in East Peoria on Monday.  I really want to go but I'm afraid of losing my children.  What would you do?


  1. I so wish I could make pies. I can bake anything- except pie. Maybe I could start marketing this as a charming personality quirk rather than a glaring hole in my skill set?

  2. Cari, your quirk can be not baking pie, mine can be not knowing how to sew.

    At least you seem to want to bake pies. I don't even want to know how to sew - though once upon a time I did.

    I only bake pies because my great grandma's crust recipe is super easy and super good. Otherwise I'd be buying pie for Pi Day.

  3. Love your Pi Day Pie. I'm thoroughly impressed that you made it from scratch and put the pi symbol in it. Fancy!

    Happy early St. Patrick's Day!

  4. I loved number one which made me almost choke on my food because it's so not what I expected for number one. Boy, did I need that reminder.

    I bet Travis really liked you for the pie and I'm so happy that you made one. I really don't know how to make a good pie.

    Lucky charms and green milk... great idea! I'll have to make a run to the store. I'm glad to see someone making the fruit rainbow. I pinned it on pinterest, but never thought I'd actually pin it down.

    Why would you lose your children? I think it would be neat to meet Santorum.

  5. I always try so hard to be productive during quiet time...but today I passed out on the couch. Doh!