Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Holiday Festivities a la poire

Lots of photos to post in the next few days, so I'll get to the point! We went to Hubby Nugget's family shindig the Saturday before Christmas (huge family, and huge scheduling conflicts!) Fun was had by all!

C & D paused mid-snuggle for a photo op!

A rare photo of the elusive Nugget (me--usually the photographer, not the photographee) with my Little Nugget. She wasn't up to snuff that day, neither was I really. I think we were both a little off due to an ear ache that lingered from our afore-mentioned plague.

Uncle N holding the newest member of the family, B. She is such a sweet baby!

Partners in Crime: Little Nugget shares a meal with her cousin K. They look like they are plotting something.

S feeding her new granddaughter, the lovely baby B.

Monkey finally got her spunk on and rocked the cozy coupe all over the place. She pauses here to shout "Yea!!!" and throw her arms in the air like she just don't care.

Five, count them, FIVE generations captured in this pic!!!! Grandpa, GG, C, LN, and baby B!

Back home, the Little Nugget takes her new sit-n-spin for a test drive. She said "Ter-tal gofo ride!!!!" That roughly translates to "Turtle go for a ride!"

More to come!!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Ho Ho Ho!

Monkey has been chirping "one!" all day today. I'd like to think she's cognisant enough of the whole Santa thing for her to mean that she recognizes it's one more day till Santa comes. But nah, she just likes numbers.

She does know something's up, though. The first clue was the dumptruck load of presents brought over by Gammy and Dapaw:

For the record, two of those are for Me and my Nugget, and two are for Gammy and Dapaw. The rest are to the Little Nugget. They certainly love to spoil their only granddaughter!

She's been amazingly well-behaved around the tree, which is generally not the case for the rest of the house. She's quite curious, so it's quite a shock that she didn't check some of them out prior to the official unveiling.

Prior to her bedtime, we made Santa and Mrs. Claus some hot cocoa and put out a cookie for Rudolph. I know for a fact that the Mr. & Mrs. like a little somethin' somethin' in their cocoa, so I added a dash of Irish Cream. It was yummy! (I mean I bet it's yummy!!! I hope they enjoy!)

"Santa's" deposit for the Little Nugget. Because he is very conscious of the environment and seriously pressed for time, presents from Santa are not wrapped. So this will be what the Little Nugget wakes up to!

Gammy and Dapaw will be coming over to open presents, then we are heading over to L & R's house for some turkey and hanging out!
Happy Holidays everyone!!!


Sunday, December 21, 2008

More Adventures of the Little Nugget...

With the holidays approaching soon, I thought I would put up some pics of the Little Nugget before the onslaught of Christmas photos buries them in the depths of the "post" folder.

Monkey really enjoyed her birthday book from Aunt J and Uncle DJ--and so did Mommy and Daddy. Very cool book called Gallop. Check it out on Amazon, it's too hard to describe! ( And I'm feeling a bit lazy and tired from all the food I've eaten this weekend at family gatherings)

Sadly, we had to attend a funeral recently for Hubby Nugget's step-grandma, M. Unfortunately, we did not check the length of Little Nugget's (hand-me-down) dress until we were seriously late and had to dress her on the way out the door. Yikes! She looked like a Bratz doll (sorry to offend if your a fan, but I'm NOT)--the fact that I paired biker boots with it didn't help. You can see above that her coat was longer than the dress. Yes, that's her ass hanging out. So of course, she had to roll around on the floor the whole time. It was fun. I won the parent of the year award on that one! Sorry family members I don't see very often, really I don't usually dress my daughter like a skank. For real. That dress was burned upon returning home.

Shake! If Palooza extends her fist in this manner, she wishes to shake your hand, fyi.

We had a genuine snow day this week, so Mommy worked from home while the Sweet Babygirl kept herself occupied for hours (literally) with coloring!!! Her output of work was prodigious to say the least! We had lots of fun, and surprisingly, I got mucho work done! Win-win!

Along with her new-found interest in coloring, she also is expressing a liking of stickers. She likes to put them everywhere. It's awesome. My favorite is when she puts them on herself. She says "I stuck." Indeed.
All for now,

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Spreading Preciousness Throughout the Land

One sports bar at a time.

Little Nugget and I ventured out to run a couple of last-minute Christmas errands (we plan to hole up for the next two weeks and let the amateurs fight it out themselves). It's colder than shit, btw, not an important part of the story, just annoying (it's like 5 degrees).

So we go to the post office where there is a HUGE line. I dreaded the whole experience anyway, the post office is bad enough, let alone with an impatient toddler. But she was surprisingly happy about the experience, probably because she had a captive audience. She treated the other patrons to her rendition of the alphabet song, recited colors, and the piece de resistance, her dramatic interpretation of nap time, "Night-night! (followed by fake snoring noises)" That was a crowd-pleaser. Then she finished the show up by making her froggy perform a little dance. Thank you very much! We'll be playing all week!

The show continued at our next destination, a chain restaurant where we picked up some gift cards. These were available in the bar area, and it felt like I was going to be struck by lightning for bringing my babygirl in there. But ok. We belly up and wait while the 'tender was taking orders from the group of burly dudes at the bar. So Monkey looks around for a little bit, looks over at the guy seated a couple seats away from her and shouts to him, "HIGH FIVE!!!" He was stunned to say the least. High fives were exchanged, then she exclaims "YEA!!!!". She then notices that this man is wearing a cap with the logo of our favorite football team, then shouts "GO CHIEFS!!!" and throws her arms in the air. This required another round of high fives, etc. You get the idea. A little charmer this one. She made quite an impression. Even shook his hand when we left.

How is it possible that we produced such an extrovert?


Friday, December 12, 2008

Victory is MINE!

So medicine time has been a craptastic shitfest. We seriously break out the booze after we give the Little Nugget her last dose of the day. Sheesh.

I have been a-feared to put the antibiotic in her food, because then she'd refuse to eat anything. Same thing with drink, remember the chocolate milk incident? But I had a light-bulb moment a few minutes ago, why not in her beloved strawberry yogurt? It tastes like her chalky cherry medicine crap, maybe she won't notice the difference. The awesome part is that she eats gallons of the stuff, so this could work out great.

So I waited for her signal, that being a request for "yert!", then I went to work. Kept the refrigerator door open so as to block her spying eyes, then mixed my alchemy. Did a quick taste--I didn't notice any difference--crossed my fingers and slid the bowl in front of her. Then I hid in the kitchen and peeked at her when she wasn't looking--didn't want to arouse suspicion.

She's got a bit on the front of her shirt, nothing unusual there, and certainly consumed more than when we try to shove the syringe in her mouth. She gobbled it down, so I'm calling it good. Bad thing is, we're out of yogurt!

We'll get some more. You can count on it.


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Snow Day!

I had cabin fever so bad that against my better judgement, I went back to work today despite the warning of this season's first decent snow. The fact that I couldn't wait to get back to work is freaky enough, but in the snow...that's just crazy-talk.

Most people at my place of employ could care less if you show up or not, just so long as they don't need anything from you at that moment. And this being finals week, it's pretty quiet. So why did I go? Why?! Because I care about what I do, call me a stupidhead.

So like a goober, I'm scanning away and S, our administrative assistant/unofficial power source of the department says to me, "Go home! Boss-man would want you to!!!" Can't argue with that.

So now Palooza and I are safely at home (not much snow here, it went south of home and bull's eyed work) and I'm settling in for some cocoa while I work on paperwork. I know, I'm too dedicated to such a low-paying job. But hey, I have a job I like. Just having a job is a good thing nowadays.



Friday, December 5, 2008

A Plague on the House of Nugget, Again

Chez Nugget is teeming with viruses at the moment. Little Nugget was so kind to share her cold with us, and with Gammy as well. Only Dapaw and the canine mascots have gone unscathed by this plague. What can I say, Monkey always has been a good sharer.

No extra charge for the ear/eye infections. Oh wait! Those cost an extra $100 bucks for meds and deductibles. Luckily those are confined to just me and the Little Nugget.

Neither one of us had symptoms of earaches, so I was hoping to avoid that whole scene of antibiotic ingestion. I think Babygirl will tolerate the eye drops, but antibiotics taken orally. Man. Been there. Hated that. Lets just say it will be a very torturous time. I mean, she barely tolerates nose wiping. OK, that's an exaggeration. She DOES NOT tolerate nose wiping of ANY kind. It usually ends up being some kind of commando operation where you sneak up on her while she's distracted by Elmo, or food, or pharmaceutical commercials, or whatever. But she's quick! She goes into defense mode instantly, almost like a boxer: tucks her chin into her chest and throws up her arms. She's a wiley one, that girl.

So Medicine Time will have to be well planned. No amateur attempts like putting it into chocolate milk (which she still won't drink to this day). What can I say, I'm a first-time mom, I learned my lesson.

Tag-team. That's the way to go. And lots of cookies. Cuz nothing says sorry Mommy and Daddy forced ill-tasting substances down your throat like chocolate chip cookies!

Can't wait!


Thursday, December 4, 2008

What a Strange Child, part deux

The Little Nugget keeps turning the figures around on our Eskimo Nativity. Its not that she's just moving them around, no, she's turning them so they are facing away from her. Maybe she thinks that Eskimo Joseph, Mary and little Eskimo Baby Jesus need to be facing the TV like her so they can watch Sesame Street or her beloved pharmaceutical commercials.

It remains a mystery...


Monday, December 1, 2008

Baby Grapes and Some Artsy-Fartsy Nature Pics

Part two of the Thanksgiving festivities involved a walk down the hill to check out how the baby grapes were doing. They were happily snuggling with their cordons. Hubby Nugget joked that it looked like a stick farm. If you click on the pic below, you can almost see the supermodel-thin grapevines. :-)

Oh but they will take off next year, for sure!!! Now that they're woody, the deer won't have much interest in them...Oh wait, is that a deer trail right by our grapevines?! Indeed it is, and there are more where that came from. Hubby Nugget inspects the Bambi freeway to the grapevine buffet:

Faced with such encouraging news, I headed into the surrounding brush to play with our camera's macro setting and captured some awesome sights of the vineyard in winter (almost winter).
I don't know what this is, but it's sure pretty.

Did I mention how much I enjoy a good moss? Only a few times I imagine. Alas, I won't be trying to plant more moss in my garden this spring. I give up! Do you hear me, squirrels?! You won!!! But don't think I won't still throw rocks at you. Oh I will. Right upside the head. You won the battle, but the war is still on. Bring it.

I reached far back into my dressed-in-black, art-school past to achieve this artsy-fartsy pic of whatever that is. No, really I just put the camera down by my leg and shot up. Caught a lucky break and got a good pic! They call that a "happy accident" in art school, btw.

Another one in the same vein. Love the gnarly vines! Who knows what they are: grapes, poison ivy, trumpet vine...they all grow wild here.

Pretty berries...

Back at the top of the vineyard, got shocked back into reality by this little sight: hard to see, but it's a mole hole and trail. Bonus!

Green Acres is the place to beee...stick farming is the life for meee...
All for now,

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Festivities Galore!

So for the holidays, Team Nugget plus Gammy & Dapaw went north for Thanksgiving festivities with Papa, GG, and the rest of the P gang. Hijinks ensued, mostly from the little ones: While dining with cousin K, Little Nugget discovered that her new found liking of eggs did not translate well to a liking of deviled eggs:

After that she was done! She promptly got up from the table and snagged the coveted tricycle while her cousin K was still eating:

She was soon joined by her cousin L, who was tooling around on the tractor. Monkey was pretending to be a speedbump:

Hopped up on carbs, all the kids finally joined in running the raceway around the tables and Little Nugget continued her quest to be the best speedbump ever:

GG holds her sweet 3-week old great-granddaughter, B. She is such a good baby! New parents T & N are so proud of their babygirl!!!

Hubby Nugget demonstrates why he is the best uncle/daddy in the world by showing the kids his mad skillz on the razor scooter. Also in this picture you can kind of get a better idea of what Papa and GG's house will look like when its finished. That's the kitchen/living room area that we dined in. It has a giant window at that end that overlooks the Missouri river--just beautiful!

More horsing around with cousin K!

After dark, we drove to the local Christmas light display in the park. Little Nugget was more receptive this time, much better than last year when she just fell asleep! It was pretty backed up, and traffic was moving like a drunk slug. The best part: When you get to the end, they give you a Cherry Mash Mini-Mash:

All for now,

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Silly Monkey

Behold the beandip-idness that is our Sweet Babygirl:

"Driving" Dapaw's lawn tractor like a crazy maniac!

Accessorizing her jammies in a way that was a little unexpected but very fashion forward! Reminds me of an Old Navy commercial.

The other day she insisted that she put on her swimmies over her clothes. We're not sure if she's going to design haute couture when she grows up or just be a social misfit. I think middle and high school will determine that.

Bedhead at its best! That's good stuff!


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Not again...

yep. Not feeling the post tonight.

Tomorrow, promise! Pics!

Worth the wait!


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

By the Darkness of Night...

Due to some giant cosmic joke, Little Nugget is delivering to her Mommy the same behaviors that I myself delivered to my Mom, who prophetically uttered the words "I hope you have a daughter like you! He-he!!!" She has since taken it back. :-)

The behavior in question is "don't touch my hair!!!" From the age of 4 or 5, I forbade anyone to brush my hair, which I'm sure looked great once it was filled with wads of gum.

Enter the Little Nugget, who apparently got this fabulous gene from me. Not only doesn't she want her hair brushed (she will do it herself, thank you very much!), but she suddenly develops 6 more arms and goes all octopus on you when you try to trim her hair. Luckily it hasn't been too much of an issue, her hair grows so slow. But lately the girl has been looking a little Emo with the bangs hanging over her eyes.

So a plan was put in place to catch her off guard, when she's mesmerized by one of her pharmaceutical or iphone commercials. She was too quick for us! Plan B was implemented, which involved waiting until she was eating, then sneak up behind her. Oh she wasn't falling for that! Plan C: When she gets sleepy, maybe we could we lay her down then do a quick snip snip? Foiled by our stomach sleeper! Immediately rolled over every time! Two weeks went by, and still her hair was in her eyes.

By last weekend, I was in the habit of carrying those dang scissors with me everywhere I went, optimistic that I just might find that right moment. The time finally came, people!!! She fell asleep in the carseat on the way home from Papa & GG's Saturday night. Hubby Nugget didn't even have the car in the driveway before I was ripping off my seatbelt and jumping out the door to get in the backseat! The interior light came on, I grabbed some hair, and snip-snip!!! It was done just as she opened her eyes!!! It looks awesome, but hey, at least she won't be going blind or wearing all black anytime soon!

Stealthy McHairstylists are now taking appointments...

Monday, November 24, 2008

A Nice Fall Day in Nuggetland

It was a beautiful, sunny day at Chez Nugget yesterday, so Hubby Nugget and the Little Nugget took the opportunity to do a little yard work and pose for pictures:

It was a wonderful distraction from the humiliating performance of our Chiefs. Seriously, how cute is this!:

Just melts your heart! What a Sweet Babygirl!!!

At the end of the day, we made a bonfire and roasted marshmallows.

Good Times!


Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Public Service Announcement from Team Nugget

So have you ever had one of these bad boys? Cherry Mash is made right here in Missouri, and if you haven't tried one, check out their website (click above link)!

My personal favorite is the mini-mash, but the full-size mash is double-dipped with chocolate.

:-) You're welcome! :-)


Saturday, November 22, 2008

What a Strange Child...

Little Nugget likes to eat lemons...including the rind.


Friday, November 21, 2008

Mission Accomplished!

Little Nugget and I set out this morning to purchase Mommy a coat, come Hell or high water. Once inside the store (the TJ Maxx of goodness) she starts up with the whining, and I begin having horrible flashbacks. Nuh-uh, not this time, Missy. Mommy froze her ass off yesterday! We're gettin a coat!!!

I plied her with books (No want!), bagels (No want!), pacifiers, elmo, then finally found equilibrium with a bag of megablocks from the kids department.

She was doing SO well, then we headed to the dressing room to try on, and the kind lady gently informed me that we couldn't take in the toys. No problem for me, but put in your earplugs is all I have to say to that. Her eyes got wide as Monkey let out a yell in protest. Told you!

So after try-ons, Little Nugget once again had her Megablock comforter and we headed to the cash register to complete the transaction--got my sought-after cardigan AND a coat, ON SALE! Go TJ, Go TJ, Go TJ!!! TJ Maxx rocks.

So Babygirl was SUCH a good girl for not having a supermassive meltdown, I let her in on our next destination, Satan's House of Free Sugar Cookies, where we would score a fistful of cookies for my sweet angelpie of goodness. She enters said establishment happily chirping "kiki!" when we round the corner and saddle up to the bakery. Except one small detail, THEY HAD NO COOKIES!!! Oh my Lord, how am I going to get groceries without shoving a continuous stream of cookies down Little Nugget's piehole?

Instead, they had mini-donuts. Which, hey, I totally dig, but my daughter doesn't find them to her liking. Mommy likes donuts like a meth-head likes speed, so I can only guess that she gets this disdain of donuts from her Daddy, or they switched my kid at the hospital after birth. Seriously. Who doesn't like donuts?! My daughter, that's who.

Like a little trooper, she hung in there, and was SUCH a good girl, sans cookies. No whining. No shouting "Go Bye-Bye?!" So we went to the shoe department and tried on shoes. Monkey is a shoe horse. She was in heaven!

He-he, now THAT's my girl!!!


Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's Only the 20th, and I'm Already Reduced to Posting Lists

And I'm sure they'll be of interest to everyone!!! You know how Oprah has her "Favorite Things?" Well this is something like that, but slightly more low key. You won't find a car under your seat, just so you know. It's kind of a random list, too. So here we go.

Nugget Seal of Approval:
  • Super-cheap gas, even if it's only for a short while: There is an intersection along my commute route that must be having some kind of price war, because these 3 gas stations are seriously going at it. They are about 15-25 cents cheaper than anyone else in the metropolitan area. I just filled up on the way home, and hold on to your mittens, it was only $1.41/gallon. Is that crazy or what? It's almost like getting a raise!
  • Speaking of cheap, which I am, if you have a consignment store in your area, I highly recommend checking it out. Not all are great, but when you find a good one, it's like you hit the lottery. Last Saturday, I got a like-new cashmere sweater, wool cardigan, blazer, and two yummy leather bags for $45. You can't beat that. No Sarah Palin jokes allowed. And who wants to pay full price for work clothes?! Not Team Nugget. That's not how we roll.
  • And while we're talking about clothes, how about those Merona brand tights, available at Target?! I usually don't like how Merona clothing fits, but hey, who would have guessed they have awesome tights? So there you go. Oh yeah, I'm kinda picky about tights, that's why this is a big deal to me, and why I thought worth mentioning.
  • Special K protein bars. LOVE them. Ten grams of protein. Seriously. And Yummy! I get the Chocolatey Chip ones. Keep one in my bag just in case I get hungry, need a snack or want a chocolate bar. And for those WW folks out there, only 3 points. I know, I had you at Chocolatey.
  • I seriously love my new Logitech ergonomic wireless mouse. It has a special high-speed wheel that allows you to scroll up or down your document at the speed of light!!! Especially useful if you are working on, say a spreadsheet that has about 3500 records and is LONG and SLOW to scroll through. Like molasses. With the new mouse, I can flick it with my fingernail and watch the entries FLY by, back and forth...I amused myself this way at work today. Good times.
OK, that's today's list, I'm sure it won't be the last.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sleepy Time!

Just got home a few minutes ago...guess what I'm thinking about (yah-ta-da-dah!!!!--that's supposed to be an Elmo sound effect). Cozy jammies--ahhh!



P.S. I promise I'll write a proper post tomorrow. Pinky swear.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Totally Hypothetical Scenario...

So imagine somebody works in this big department, where everyone has clearly defined roles. Yet one person always seems to think they know how to do someone else's job better and frequently offers uninformed criticism to that effect.

I guess that would make that person a real pesticle, right?

I'm so glad I don't know anybody like that!!!


Monday, November 17, 2008

He's a Little Pigpen of Goodness...

OK, so I was a little harsh in my assessment of yesterday's game. Actually, our new quarterback Tyler Thigpen did pretty good. We might have a shot next year!

:-) Hope springs eternal in Chiefs Nation :-)

All for now,

Sunday, November 16, 2008



The Chiefs Suck.


At least we had fun at the game, chattin with brother and sister-in-law G&N.

We had two extra seats that we couldn't give away to friends or family (a big sign). We sold them to a scalper in the parking lot for 15 bucks. Face value: $120. Priceless. At least it bought us 2 drinks at the game in which to drown our sorrows. Sheesh. And guess what: the Scalper couldn't even resell our tickets!!!! The seats were empty.


All I can say is we'd better get a good draft pick out of this!

All for now,

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Layman's Guide to Supersweet Nuggetspeak

For those of you who have had the occasion to interact with our Little Nugget, only to look up at us in confusion and bewilderment, I present a guide to the vocabulary that is the Babygirl's:

  • YERT: Little Nugget's favorite food of the moment, yogurt. She eats it about 2-3 times a day sometimes. The girl loves her yert.
  • NIMINIMS: M&M's. A chip off her mommy.
  • PUCKLE: Pickle. Besides "coli" (broccoli), her favorite vegetable, hands down.
  • SIPPY SUHPIDE: Her sippy spider cup, which in a desperate attempt to keep her from spilling juice and milk, I had a moment of weakness and reverted to the sippy, purchased on Target Halloween clearance (for 29 cents, sah-weet!).
  • BUNNIE: Banana. It took us awhile to figure this one out. Then she said it at the store, and it was like an "oh, duh" moment. We're kinda slow that way.
  • POTS: Pasta. We like to think she's saying pates (imagine an accent above the a), being the geeky francophiles that we are. (pates in french is "pasta").
  • KIKI: Cookie. Seriously, it will be a sad day when she starts pronouncing that one correctly. How cute can you get?!


  • Monkey Go: Any of the adventures of Curious George. She hands me the book and says "Monkey go." Indeed! How can you argue with that?! She sums up the character and plot wisely.
  • I See: Her summation of Dr. Seuss's epic work, The Eye Book.


  • TER-TAL: Turtle. We love to make her say this one. She does it with perfect enunciation.
  • WINK: That's what a piggy says. And she does it in the most awesome Exorcist voice you've ever witnessed! Good stuff.
  • BUHGG: This is, of course, our delightful canine mascot, Stinkbug. She loves the little bastard.
  • YAK: Jacksonian the Presidential Dog. Such a good boy.
  • TOPIE: Sophie, honorary Team Nugget canine mascot, and my sweet Babydog. Monkey loves Topie. Yeah, we call her Topie too. There, I said it. Are you happy?


  • KIRKLE: Circle. That has to be the cutest speech impediment ever!!!
  • BEE-BEES: This, dear friends, means Mommy's boobies. She's enamoured of them. As is Daddy. :-) For different reasons, obviously.
  • KIKI MUSSER: Cookie Monster. Second only to Elmo as her favorite Sesame Street character. And of course she says it in her best Exorcist voice.
  • PIE: Her name for her pacifier. She's now restricted to only sleepytime paccie use, but now that she's named it like a pet, she's become more attached. Oh yeah, she calls it "Pie" because she sticks it in her "piehole". For the record, Team Nugget has always referred to said pacifier as "paccie". Her term, not ours. When she sees it she lovingly exclaims, "Dat's Pie!!!!"


  • "COME ON!": An expression of impatience that she learned from Mommy, which she happily chirps while she's playing with her cars.
  • "COME ON DUN!": An expression of joy that she learned from watching The Price is Right. Usually followed by screaming and jumping up and down.
  • "I KIME": Means "I Climb." Seriously, we don't call her Monkey for nothing. The girl's a climber.
  • "NO, OK.": This means no. We have always asked her No? Then after her answer, followed up with a confirmation, OK. We believe the genesis of this phrase comes from the period when we played the exciting game of Little Nugget's creation, "Guess What I Want to Eat!!!!" "Do you want chicken tenders? No? OK." Do you want shrimp? No? OK." Team Nugget is thankful that the Little Nugget can now (mostly) express her culinary wishes.

Let this be your guide...


Friday, November 14, 2008


Hubby Nugget participated in his Department's annual chili cook-off, and took 3rd place with his masterpiece of culinary delights, "Alternative Fuel Source" chili. Let me tell you folks, it was AWESOME! I know I'm slightly biased, but my chili-makin' Nugget outdid himself this time!

Yet again, Team Nugget is one step closer to World Domination.

Watch out!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


So this guy on the news just warned of impending economic doom, the likes of which we haven't seen since the Great Depression. I hear this a lot lately, but what does this mean?

I know prices have gone up (well gas is exceptionally low, albeit temporarily--I just about pissed myself with excitement when I filled up for 16 bucks this week). But what are the signs of Armageddon that we're supposed to look for?

Team Nugget is pretty frugal to begin with, so is the next step saving used aluminum foil and growing our own chickens in the backyard? I haven't bought new clothes for two years. Should I forget about picking up a new sweater for this winter and get a sewing machine instead?

Seriously, I have no problem shopping at Goodwill, but I just want to know what we're talking about here. Mass hysteria? The Real Deal? Anyone?

What would Lou "Mud" Dobber do?


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Blah, Blah, Blah...

I know that it is NaBloPoMo time, and I've been really good at keeping up my end of the deal by posting everyday, but seriously people, I've got nothing for you today. I looked at my little pad of stickie notes, where I jot down post ideas, and pretty much said "eh, not so much today." Not feeling it. Just one of those days. Busy. Tired. Lacking the muse. Dreading the suckfest that is work tomorrow. OK, maybe it's not a suckfest, that's a little harsh. Just tedious and repetitive. Which I actually like, but not when I'm tired. So I'm off to bed, and hopefully I'll get some useful sleep so that I'm refreshed and creative tomorrow.

Until then,

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Before and After...

Our living room before the Little Nugget wakes up:

And soon after it looks like this:

When I asked her to help pick up her toys, she handed me four crayons, then went into the kitchen and asked for a snack. Sigh. We're still working on that. I have to say, she's much more interested in cleaning than before. But it usually involves rubbing things around the living room with her hairbrush or a bath scrubby:

It's a start...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Monkey Hear, Monkey Do...

Said Little Nugget while she was playing with her FP Little People car: "Come on!"

Apparently I need to be a little more patient with people who are slow to make their turns.

But she was right, that Tonka truck was taking it's sweet time.

All for now,