Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday night we had Karen and Damon, who are both docs in the ER with Tim, over for dinner. Karen actually grew up in the house across the street from us and had fantastic old school stories about the hood. Though we were having a great time (they are the kind of people with whom we really click) she is 8 months pregnant and kept the rest of us in check so we got to bed at a reasonable hour. Which is a good thing as later that night at 4am, Maggie showed up in our room hurling on the floor. Since her bed was no good after hurl round one, she moved into ours. Now I never let the kids sleep in our bed unless it is this extreme a situation. I was reminded why as Maggie commandeered the entire bed and snored very loudly. In spite of her cheery demeanor in the morning, I didn't feel like I could send her to school as she was vomiting 3 hours earlier so she came to work with me (had to go, quarterly tax payments due.)
Have to interrupt this post to say oh my *%^$#@$ god, another one of my kids just puked in bed! Morrigan this time. Words cannot express how very tired I am of vomit. What is really killing me is that I am not sick so I know this is waiting for me just around the bend. Once the whole family is well, I will fall ill and it will be miserable.
But back to earlier today....Maggie was so good at my office. Naturally, I did have a DVD player with us but she was still extra sweet. We were there for three hours and I barely heard a peep out of her. We were supposed to go to a birthday party this afternoon (big week for parties) but the birthday boy has strep throat. Just that time of year I suppose....
Providing no one is felled by a new illness before tomorrow morning, Tim & I are going to Maggie's school for Grandparents' Day. After which I have to start preparing for supper club which we are hosting Saturday with Ann & Hans. Tim is working 11am-11pm tomorrow and 7am-3pm on Saturday. So good! But I think the scheduler felt bad for him and compensated with Thanksgiving off that he wasn't supposed to get. He might even have Christmas morning off too this year. We might just get spoiled.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Eion really wanted to play with one of the girls' balls at practice. I didn't bother to bring him any toys as he just ignores them anyway. So I offered Morrigan a deal: give him the ball now and use one of the program's balls and you will get a treat at home. Turned me down flat. Maggie, seeing an opportunity, got right on that offer. Eion spent the rest of the time playing with the ball, disrupting the girls' drills and trying to maximize his filth level.
When we got home, Morrigan was, naturally, devastated that she was treatless and complained of how unfair I was. She did not at all like my defense that she had the right of first refusal and had blown it. When baths were complete it was too late to watch the Care Bears and that really got her going. She vociferously complained if how she never got to do anything and I was mean and trying to ruin her life. (What the hell, is she 16 already?) Maggie, god love her, chimed in and said, "I really like that we don't get to do anything."
So I may be off the grid for a few days. We have 2 dinners, 4 birthday parties, 2 Halloween parties and the big day itself (Halloween that is) coming up in the next week. I'll try to check in but make no promises!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
2) Used my full 2 hours at the gym.
3) Lunch was either Panera or McDonald's (the former today.)
4) Pizza for dinner. Actually, although it is a Sunday favorite, we didn't have pizza today. The Papa John's delivery car passed by the park when we were there this afternoon. I am sure he was wondering why he had not yet been summoned to our house.
Well the movie last night was good - if you like zombie movies. When the babysitter showed up, the kids were decked out like this:
Eion's shirt got wet & he refused to put on a new one. But I was on my way. I did feel a bit of apprehension as it was my first solo movie but I was not the only person there alone. [Was the only girl there alone.] Spotted a friend's car in the parking lot & felt a moment of terror; how would I explain my situation? The I realized what I would do was tell the truth. Really, I am a huge nerd already. I don't think this would soil my rep. Kirsten kindly asked me to stop by for drinks after the movie which I gladly did!
Today was uneventful. Maggie dressed in Target Halloween pants and t-shirt again. Must remember to stop putting those in the rotation.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
2) Don’t buy black luggage.
3) If you sit down at a poker table and cannot identify who is a rube, it is you. Exit table immediately and cash in chips.
4) I should sit next to Tim when we play. It is more fun, win or lose.
5) Vodka tonics are not a very good dinner plan.
6) If a table isn’t treating one or both of us right, leave. Don’t stay waiting for your luck to turn around.
7) Everyone (women anyway) should own one really great dress that you love along with a pair of fantastically impractical shoes. It makes you feel like a rock star every now and then.
8) No matter what anyone says to the contrary, The Blue Man Group is a bunch of mimes.
9) If you are flying Delta from Las Vegas to Atlanta, try to get seats 11 F & G.
Well we are on our way home. Tim is listening to Rush Limbaugh so I have hijacked the computer to wrap up the rest of the trip. Well, Wednesday night we attempted to go back to TI to play our favorite table. There was no game going so we went to several other casinos and finally ended up back at the Wynn. We had avoided playing there since the lowest limit table was 4-8 and I didn’t think I could hang. Long story short, we couldn’t. We sat at a table and I quickly realized we were surrounded by local sharks. Did we leave? Hell no! We stayed and donated our chips to their cause. Tim lost about $86. I escaped better off, only down $28 and thankful for that!
We regrouped and decided to go to familiar territory, TI which now had a 2-4 game up and running. We continued our night’s string of great decisions and didn’t have dinner, other than a handful of vodka tonics, the meal of champions! Neither of us could catch cards and even when I had a marginal hand, it never hit. I know too that I was handicapped by hypoglycemia. Eventually we left after staying far too long at a game that was treating neither of is well, down as a team by $153. At least we saved cash by not eating. Ha ha.
Today we woke up with a better attitude about the whole thing and had a good laugh over some of the mistakes we made last night. Today we seem to have made some better decisions. When we arrived at the airport terminal, there was a long line of people at the check in counter. I asked Tim why no one was using the self check in kiosks. We thought it had to be too good to be true. I left Tim in line and went to see if we could use them. Sure enough we could and checked in in a matter of minutes, leaving the line far behind! Better still, the kiosk gave us the greatest seats EVER. We have so much leg room I can stretch my legs out straight and not touch the seat in front of us. I am actually sitting on the edge of my seat in order to reach the computer on the tray table.
We also found out that our friend Thom, who has been stationed in Afghanistan since June, is coming home and may be in Atlanta during our layover on his way home. We is scheduled to take the next flight after ours. We’re hoping we can find him and give him one of our seats so he can get home to his wife and three girls just a little earlier.
We both woke up too early today - 6am. But we fortunately were able to fall back asleep for a few hours. We coughed up the confiscatory entry fee for the fitness center (you would think this sh*t would be included) and went to work out around 10:30. Since they were charging us, it seemed only natural that we should try and make the most of the free water, apples, and bananas (8 waters total, 2 apples, and three bananas.)
After working out, we surveyed the pool scene which was as nice as any I have ever witnessed. The only problem is we don’t really like to lay in the sun! But who knows, we may end up there tomorrow.
We ate at the Wynn buffet for lunch. What it lacked in cheap, it made up for in nice. It had some of the best orange chicken, spicy tofu peanut salad, and grilled eggplant around. Tim liked the slow cooked beef and lamb. I personally managed to pack in two plates of food and sampled (but couldn’t finish) three mini desserts.
After lunch we went back to the 2-4 table at TI. This afternoon did not go as well as yesterday for me. Tim ended up $35 but I lost $58. I couldn’t catch cards to save my life! One of the first things Tim said to me when we left was “You really didn’t have a hand all afternoon.” And it was so true! But Team McKernan is up on the whole. And we earned some more food credits at Treasure Island. They pay $2 per player per hour when you are playing poker. We have enough “saved” to pay for tomorrow’s lunch.
Tonight we are off to the restaurant Alex, which is one of the top restaurants in Vegas. We’ll report out later.....
Dinner at Alex was amazing! The dining room itself was one of the most beautiful rooms I have ever seen. We had a 7 course tasting menu paired with wine. The items were beautiful and very tasty. They served foie gras, Japanese wagyu beef and spotted prawn tartare among other things. It is also the kind of restaurant that serves really artistically prepared food. The dessert had what I assumes was a thin red ribbon that was actually spun sugar. I would have taken pictures but, well, I didn’t want to look like a complete rookie.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
We had to wait about 20 minutes for a spot at the table but then we were off. We both bought in for $100. We played for a while and I was up and down but never more than $20 either way. Then all of a sudden a perfect storm of semi-drunk business men, incredibly tight playing by me and a fantastic run of cards led me to be up. We started around 6:20 and by 1am I was up to $260. Woohoo!!!! Actually wanted to leave much sooner but I was winning and couldn’t walk away. That and I had opponents who would tell me how they like to go in with 6-10 offsuit because you never know what will happen. I know what will happen. I’ll take all your chips! I take back any mean thing I thought or said about Treasure Island. It is the greatest casino ever. Finally, I was just too tired and we had to go back to the hotel. Day 2 coming later....
Greetings from Sin City! We have survived day number one. The day was full of highs and lows. First low, our flight was at 6:15 Monday morning and neither of us slept more than a few hours the night before. So awesome way to start out, exhausted. But after that, our travel was smooth. The planes were on time and we were even lucky enough to get an in flight movie that we wanted to see, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. When we deplaned, I was amazed as ever at the way people lose all sense of manners and rather than just wait their turns, attempt to exit by standing up and pushing ahead of everyone. The ladies, and I will use this term loosely, behind us, seemed like they were planning to chew through ass to get to the front of the line. One of them was in such a hurry to cut in front of us she lost her coat’s belt. Though it was likely karma, punishing her errant ways, we gave it back to her as we needed luck on our side.
Now that karma was not readily apparent in the Las Vegas airport. But we did learn Valuable Tip Number 1: buy luggage that isn’t black. It took us forever to find our suitcase in the sea of non descript bags. Tim says our next luggage will be pink! (Which actually suits me fine.) The we boarded the shuttle bus where Tim got to get up close and personal with a large sweaty man. The ride was hot and interminable. Tip number two: sprig for the cab.
A mere two hours after landing, we arrived at the Wynn. A bellman asked if he could take our bags and store them at the bell desk while we checked in. Being very tired (at this point we had been traveling for 9 hours) we said thanks and headed in to the hotel. We heard a “thank you very much” behind us and we then knew we had forgotten to tip. Oops. Our front desk clerk, Ace, (really, that was what his nametag said - so good!) told us the room wasn’t quite ready and recommended we have lunch. Three hours later, we were about to fall asleep in the lobby and (an hour after check in time) still didn’t have a room. I started to get a bit testy with Ace and he “found” an open room. Now we were thrilled to get to our quarters but discovered that they were located on the glamourous 6th floor lowest possible for guest rooms) with a fine view of the casino roof.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
My Mom has been campaigning for Eion to get a sandbox. Many a conversation went something like this:
Mom: "Eion really likes to play in the dirt. You should get him a sandbox so he will leave your flowers alone."
Me: "I don't want a sandbox as they are very messy & he would just rip up the flowers anyway."
Mom: "You know, you kids really loved the sandbox. You would play in it for hours!"
Me: "Don't want a sandbox. Guarantee they would ignore it."
So Mom & Dad arrived on Friday with a car choc full of spoil the grandchildren surprises including, wait for it, a sandbox. I was asked my opinion on the placement of said sandbox to which I promptly responded "It's not like you listened when I said I didn't want it so why would you listen now." (Take that! Treat me like a teenager and I will throw comebacks like it's 1989.) Sandbox construction commenced next to the playset. The kids were very enthusiastic and helped (at least for a while.) As one who has been aided by team McKernan before, I am sure Opa was was ok finishing without "helpers." We now have a beautiful sandbox that my children are harassing me to fill with sand.
But I may have changed my mind on the whole thing anyway after hearing Mom's theory about how the sandbox would prevent Eion from being snakebait by keeping away from the hole in the ground we are just sure is a snake hole. Now that I am aware of the snake repelling powers of the sandbox, I am in the pro-sandbox contingent.
Tim: "How did you lose a ball at a par 3?"
Katie: "Actually, I lost all three and almost lost one of Kirsten's."
Tim: "You couldn't find them?"
Katie: "They went in the water."
Tim: "I didn't think that course had water hazards."
Katie: "Well they weren't real water hazards. It is called Brookside."
Note to self, take cheaper balls next time! After golf, I missed lunch with the girls since I was scheduled to read to Morrigan's class. Morrigan was very excited I was there and the reading went well. Most of the books Morrigan picked out were unisex but we did read One True Love about Jasmine & Aladdin during which the boys groaned at any parts they found too mushy. I had a chance to ask Morrigan's teacher about the gifted program, Plato, that starts when they are in 3rd grade. (Incidentally, when I heard people talk about it, I always thought it was Playdoh. When I finally saw it in writing, the actual name made allot more sense. Clearly, I am not headed for the gifted program.) Anyway, she told me they don't make recommendations for another year and she now probably thinks I am Psycho Mom. But she did say she would send home some extra work we could do that might help Morrigan's chances of getting in.
After school we took the kids over to Tom Kirsten's to play and have pizza. Ann & Hans met up with us too and the kids set to destroying the house. Eion went up to the playroom where all the trains are and we didn't hear from him for literally two hours. I kept making the older kids report out on his welfare but he was fine and in Thomas heaven. The girls had a great time too but did keep being magnetically drawn to the kitchen once they discovered there was candy corn available.
Later we left the kids with a sitter and went to Rob & Leigh Anne's to play poker. It was about 10:30 and the doorbell rang. It was a bit surprising as a) everyone in this group generally just lets themselves in and b) we were all there. I told them, "You know, that might be my parents." Sure enough, it was Mary and Henry who had come in to watch the kids when we go to Vegas on Monday. So they joined us and we dealt Dad in. A good omen for Vegas, Tim came in third and I came in second!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Morrigan lost another tooth, this time at school. They gave her a necklace with a plastic tooth on it that opened up to hold the tooth so she wouldn't lose it before she got home. She has already incorporated said piece of "jewelry" into her wardrobe plans.
We received this as a hand me down from our nieces who according to my SIL, wore is maybe twice. Morrigan wore the sh*t out of it last year, literally wearing it 2-3 times a week. To school, to tennis, and just about everywhere else. When I brought it out this year, I was pretty sure it wouldn't fit Morrigan anymore. Sure enough, it was like a mini-dress on her. I tried to break the news gently but there was Maggie waiting in the wings. "If it doesn't fit Morrigan, is it mine?" "Yes Maggie. It is yours." At which point she broke out in a happy dance that made me laugh so hard I had to leave the room. Naturally, Maggie wanted to wear it today, if for no other reason than to get her sister's goat. Which she did.
This is Eion's hair when he gets out of bed. Can you say jacked up?
Last but not least, today was Grandparents' Day at Morrigan's school. This really is really a scam to get grandparents' wallets at the book fair. But I felt bad that Morrigan has not had a grandparent there that past two years (they live 10-12 hours away.) Though I am not sure how bad she felt. Apparently, she just latched on to Crawford's great-grandmother last year and was happy as a clam. Anyhoo, I arranged for my friend Connie to come and be her "Roanoke Grandma."
I have known Connie since we moved here in 1999. She doesn't have any grandchildren (yet) and was happy to be Morrigan's surrogate grandmother. Morrigan was thrilled to see her, gave her a big hug and said she wanted to keep her forever. They had a fine time with Connie even taking her to the book fair and getting some new reads (I tried to tell her no but she wouldn't listen to me!) Perfect right? Well it was until we arrived home where Morrigan found Maggie with a babysitter who had been drawing pictures with her. Then came the complete meltdown and crying fit about how she gets nothing and Maggie gets everything. You're welcome Morrigan.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
The kids had haircut appointments at 11. Eion was outstanding and sat still the whole time (the girls always do.) He also used his time to see how many lollypops he could motor through in 20 minutes. [Three by the way.] But I think he looks good:
After that we have laid low. I even took a nap which I rarely do. I don't know why the kids complain about naps. I would love one of those everyday!
Saturday, October 06, 2007
It was about 18 miles away but the drive wasn't bad. We had everyone loaded up in the Suburban and the ride was rather pleasant mixed with loud and funny children. Case in point:
Morrigan: "Connor kissed me!"
Me: "One, that is Aiden, not Connor. Two, no kissing!"
But we arrived with no further incidents and let the kids loose on the pumpkin patch. They had several fun things like a water pump duckie race,
a big pit full of corn (this was a huge hit!),and a hayride.
The kids did really well. Naturally they were bolstered by a nutritious lunch of kettle corn, which was really good if I do say so myself! Overall, a great morning and not punishing at all!
After Tim got home from work we headed over to Ann & Joe's for pizza. Their kids are the same ages (and sexes) as ours so they play together well. Eion, minutes after we arrived, backed into a tub of drinks in ice and water and fell in. Even though Ann had an outfit for him, he refused to get dressed and spent the balance of the evening like this:
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Fortunately for the geeks out there, Heroes was a big hit. And now come the imitators! (With Stargate SG1 gone and Battlestar Galactica in its last season, a nerdy girl has to fill the time.) Now I realize that the casual viewer doesn't have the stomach to wade through all the bad and really bad to get to the watchable sci-fi. So I will break it down for you! After an episode or two of each, I have to say most of these shows will get cancelled, and quickly. But in case you have room on your TiVo, here are my takes:
Bionic Woman - Remake of 70's show. May make it out of the first year. Has Katee Sackhoff (aka Starbuck) which is a plus. Not a bad show overall but they will have to improve to survive.
Haunted - About a haunted (that title makes sense now!) Private Investigator (Matthew Fox of Lost.) I think this show has a fighting chance since it is on the Sci-Fi channel which, like me, has a lower bar than networks! I liked it. Kind of The 6th Sense meets Magnum PI.
Journeyman - Dude travels through time and fixes things. Very Quantum Leap. Has the hot guy from Rome in it but also a weak premise and some bad acting. I give it 6 months.
Reaper - 21 year old guy finds out parents sold his soul to the devil. Must collect hell escapees for Satan. I'm still undecided on this one. It has the slacker brother from Invasion, who I love, but it is a comedy which means I will likely remove it from my season pass.
Moonlight - Vampire private investigator (aren't any PIs normal?) I really wanted this show to be good yet I knew all along it would
Torchwood - Saved the best for last. This is on BBC America and is a spin off of Doctor Who (which incidentally, Tim finds unbearable, even when I rub his back.) I think it is better than the show from which it was spawned. Secret (British) government agency fights alien threats. So we aren't covering new ground but it is pretty well done. If you only have time for one new sci-fi show, this is it.
So that's it! The geek's guide to fall tv. And really at this point I can write anything I please as I am sure this magnificently self-indulgent post has lost all its readers long before the last line!
After the match, Tim went to Hans and Ann's for a few beers and they planned out our entire Supper Club menu - without me! Tim's plan was to have Ann call and pretend she was "planning" it with me so I wouldn't feel left out. Her response: she didn't think subterfuge was the way to go with me. If found out, she didn't want to be on my bad side. Smart woman!
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
On a completely unrelated note, this house is in desperate need of chocolate. Tis my fault as I didn't buy any - trying new diet, the "less chocolate, less wine" plan. But my sweet tooth was working overtime this afternoon forcing me to eat key lime sherbet of undetermined age with freezer burn. Which incidentally, said on the packaging that it is an "excellent source of vitamin C." If you are looking for vitamins in your ice cream, there is a serious flaw in your nutritional plan. My plan today is more chocolate. Low on vitamins but oh so tasty!
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Yesterday, the girls had soccer practice. I have been driving on most Mondays and the other mom & dad have taken most of the Saturdays. This week we switched. So normally, ok all the time, Eion & I would go to the gym while the girls were at soccer on Saturdays. But yesterday, I had already had my gym time and found myself alone with the E. He sat quietly playing with the Thomas the Train leap pad for the longest time. Then I suggested we go on a quick walk. He turned it right off and headed to the stroller. While out, I asked him if he had learned any songs at school. He proceeded to sing The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Wheels on the Bus for me. He has his moments.