monkeys and marbles

Archive for December 2007

well, it’s 10:41pm here….i’m sitting on the couch blogging, and hubby is currently de-linting a tennis ball (Logan tends to eat lint whenever he finds it). do we know how to party, or what?

since we became parents, our New Year’s Eve festivities have gotten a bit more low-key. meaning we stay at home and maybe watch a movie or something. we are currently mulling over which movie to watch. the fun never stops.

so, since i don’t have anything interesting to tell you about how hubby and i are spending our New Year’s Eve, i will tell you how the day went with the kids.

Logan had a big day. he has been walking a bit more…finally! he’ll now take a few steps between pieces of furniture…when he sees fit. so that was good. and we finally cut his mullet off. well…the “party in the back” part. he had this weird bit of hair in the back that grew longer than the rest. sometimes it was curly, sometimes straight. sometimes it would just be a big frizz ball. it just couldn’t decide what it wanted to be/do. so i cut it off. i figured Logan should start 2008 with a clean cut.

as for Zander….his newest word is “drunk”. yup…he learned that one from his momma. i’m so very proud.

we had already put Logan to bed, and we were in Zander’s room getting him ready. he was sitting in his “comfy chair” with daddy, so i sat on the floor in front of them. i ducked down so that he couldn’t see me for hubby’s legs, and then popped my head back up, sending Zander into a giggle-fit. i did it again, this time pretending to gnaw on his leg when i popped back up.

Zander: [through his giggles] mmm…tasty!

me: yup! your leg sure is tasty! tastes like….

Zander: pizza!!!

we had pizza for dinner. oh ya…we go all out for New Year’s Eve!

me: [stiffling my laughter] yup! you taste like pizza ’cause that’s what you ate for dinner!

Zander: [offering me his other leg, since i was apparently done the first one] ya! tasty pizza!

me: [gnawing on his other leg] mmm….this one tastes like pizza, too!

Zander then said slurred something that hubby and i couldn’t understand because a) he now had mongo chest-imploding hiccups from laughing so hard and b) he had his bed-time soother in his mouth.

me: i have no idea what you’re saying…what are ya…drunk?

Zander: yup! i drunk!

i look over at hubby, and we both start laughing.

Zander: and mummy i’ drunk!

i lose it.

Zander: and daddy i’ drunk too!

at this point, i’m rolling on the floor, trying hard not to pee my pants.

yes, a fun and festive time was had by all on New Year’s Eve here in the Monkey House. hope the same goes for all of you…only on a more exciting scale!

Happy (and safe) New Year’s! see read you all in 2008!


i am so tired
got back into town today
from my parents’ house

Christmas was busy
oh so much fun had by all
but i am tired

ate so much good food
i’m sure i gained 20 pounds
too good to say no

saw the family
so many get-togethers
i’m now comatose

tons and tons of gifts
we could open a daycare
with the boys’ new toys

though i’d love to stay
did i mention i’m tired?
i’m glad to be home!

i hope all of you
had a safe and wonderful
holiday season!

i’m a little sad
our last Christmas in this house
before the big move

just us and the boys
i hoped it would be special
lasting memories

not as i had hoped
everything is going wrong
so un-Christmasy!

this Christmas so doesn’t feel like Christmas. especially not the last Christmas in this house! i’d hoped it would be special for us and the boys…uh-huh.

first of all, my Christmas cards….oh, those cards haunt my dreams. i had promised myself that i would get them done early. my plan was to hand-make cards for my very special friends and family members (remember, i’m a papercrafting maniac), and the rest would get premade, but lovely, Christmas cards. and i would send them out in plenty of time.


i’m sorry…if you were expecting a card from me, don’t wait by the mailbox, ’cause it’s gonna be a while! i don’t know what happened….i’ve been in this funk lately, which has made my cardmaking, which i usually live for, devoid of joy for me. i just haven’t been able to get into it, which makes me sad. and everytime i would think of writing up store-bought cards, i would say to myself “no…i can make my own in time”. but i was deluding myself. and now i’m just disappointed.

then there’s the decorations…all my beautiful Christmas decorations. i love decorating every year. except this year. there are no lights on the house because it snowed earlier than usual, and it just keeps on snowing. as for the indoor decorations, they were packed up and shipped out while we had the house up for sale. we needed to de-clutter, and we figured we wouldn’t be using them until Christmas. well, it’s Christmas, and they are packed up and in the garage…somewhere. we don’t know where.

even if we knew where the Christmas tree was (yes, we have a fake tree…i grew up with real trees, he grew up with fake trees….fake won out), we wouldn’t know where to put it so we could keep Logan’s chubby little trouble-hands off it…man, that kid is into everything.

i was so sad that there was nothing saying “it’s Christmas time” in the house, that i resorted to grade 1 crafts….i made paper snowflakes. that’s right…i sat there and cut and cut and cut until i had a window full of snowflakes. i think they turned out okay…better than nothing, right?  i’m pretty proud of these babies…supersize the photos to get the full effect!


look how pretty! made them all by myself, i did!

snowflakes silhouettes

so pretty with the sun shining through the curtains!

snowflakes sunset

oooh…and with the sunset in the background? man, am i talented or what?

update: i had to run errands last night, and while i was gone my hubby was busy at work…when i got home he had set up the Christmas tree and other assorted Christmas goodies. there are no ornaments for the tree, but there are lights, and that’s all i need. it finally feels like Christmas in the monkey house!

Sara from Suburban Oblivion turned me on to Cre8buzz in the summer, and the minute i signed up, i was hooked.  what a great, fun, friendly community!  it’s all about getting more exposure, more readers, meeting new friends…and i’ve had so much fun there since joining.

many of my readers are cre8buzz members…if you aren’t, what are you waiting for?  if you want to join in the fun, let me know and i will send you an invitation!

getting to the point now…cre8buzz has been nominated at mashable for an Open Web Award.  so please, head on over there and vote…scroll down to the “Niche or Miscellaneous Social Network” and vote for cre8buzz!  i’ll owe ya one!

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this post is basically a warning.  you may notice over the next few days that there are weird things going on here.  basically, monkeys and marbles is probably going to be a little wonky.

i’m going hosted, people.  finally.  but the transition may be a bit rocky because i already owned my domain, and i’m in the middle of transferring it to my new host.  which means that i can’t do much tweaking and configuring of my new blog until all the DNS servers are propogated with the new IPs for my host.

anyway, i’m going to do my best to make this happen as quickly as possible.  in the meantime, keep your eyes peeled.  i will be posting when it’s all done, and asking you to update your blogrolls, feeds, readers, etc., with new info.

i know…i’m so high-maintenance. but i’m worth it….right?  <wink> <wink>

Haiku Friday

we used to be friends
you held my hand at the start
so new to blogging

then it all started
losts posts, wouldn’t save my words
we drifted apart

then i found WordPress
sad was i when i did move
still friends though…right?

so what now, Blogger?
why hast thou forsaken me?
i don’t understand

can’t leave a comment
without a Blogger blog…huh?
dude, what’s up with that?

seriously…what’s going on? i can’t leave a comment that links back to my place if i don’t use Blogger???? with all the other problems going on, are they looking for a mass exodus? i know some people haven’t had problems with Blogger, and i hope they never will. but the problems i have seen…Blogger ate the post announcing the birth of my first nephew! what. the. fuck?

so now i’m happy at WordPress…even looking for a webhost…but now i can’t leave a comment that links back to my blog so people know who i am.

not impressed Blogger….not impressed.