A sign of the times (from the mouths of babes)

Back in a former life we ate out, a lot. I dined out professionally, and when I wasn’t paid to eat out, I happily paid my way myself. When Tessa and Graydon were in their formative years, they ate in restaurants—with menus, waiters, bread plates, dessert forks and Shirley Temples—a lot. Then things changed, and I got smarter about money, among other things, and the rampant dining out screeched to a halt. The number of times the kids and I dine out in a real restaurant—not including the self-serve Wendy’s, MacDonald’s, Burger King fast food type—is directly proportional to the number of times we have a birthday or someone treats us.

Luka’s lack of exposure to proper restaurants hit home Saturday night when I took both boys out for NO GOOD REASON, just because we hadn’t been out in a long time, and truth be told, I was feeling a little sorry for myself and I was so sick of cooking and cleaning that the expense seemed justifiable.

We are sitting happily at our table in a restaurant that does not have blaring music or have kids jump on their chairs for birthday songs, when the waiter brought our drinks. Luka ordered a Sprite, and after a couple of minutes, Luka began to look around.

“Where did he go?” he asked.
“Who?” I asked.
“My servant,” he said.
“Your what?”
“My servant. He was right here, and now he’s gone. I’d like some lemon slices for my drink.”
I smiled, just a little.
“Honey, that is our waiter.”
“No, when he came over he said, ‘Hello, my name is Steven, and I’ll be your servant tonight.’ ”
“He said, I’ll be your server tonight, not servant”
Luka frowned. “That’s a weird thing to call yourself. Like you serve things.” He brightened up. “Hey, a server. That’s cool. But a servant is cooler.”

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Plain language 101

An ad for a skin lotion on the telly.

The word: moisturization.

I double-dog dare you to use this word today!

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Things I Love Thursday: pineapple upside down cake that I don’t have to make! plus a contest!

tilt.jpgOver at The Diaper Diaries, it’s time for Jill’s weekly “Things I Love Thursday” blog carnival. This week I am sharing a delicious dessert that is so retro not only will you want to serve it again and again, you’ll want to make Spam appetizers, a sputnik cheese ball and maybe those Swedish meatballs in a fancy sauce that we didn’t know until later was melted grape jelly and ketchup!

Yes, I’m woman enough to admit that I bought this President’s Choice Pineapple Upside Down Cakes dessert by its cover—who could resist that happy homemaker, in the upper-left corner, with her teeny waist and coifed hair and “there’s-a-martini-on-the-sideboard-for-you-dear” air of confidence about her?!?

If I serve these pineapple upside down cakes to my family, I too could pop right onto that box!

So $6.99 later, there we were, lined up in front of the microwave, elbowing and guilting for position—”I was at school longer than you!” “Yeah, well I carried the groceries in!” “Mum should go first, she works hardest!” That’s what I said. These little cakes are delish—sponge cake, the pineapple slice, sweet caramel sauce (not enough, mind you, but for me there never is). Each cake (you get four in the box) has 16 g of fat, takes 55 seconds in the microwave and can be eaten in one to five minutes, depending on your willpower. And, get this, they’re a product of Canada!

Now, you have three things to do:
1) leave me a hello below
2) pop over to The Diaper Diaries and see what other things make the Things I Love list
3) click over to enter my contest. Want to win three Consonant Body Organic Skincare products from the Pure collection? They are perfect for babies, children, pregnant women and anyone with sensitive skin or a sensitive nose, because these products have no added colours or scents, organic or otherwise.

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Works for Me Wednesday: Brush those teeth!


After years, literally, of trying to get kids to brush their teeth—egg-timers that went ping, Days-of-Our-Lives like-sand-through-the-hourglass timers where the sand always got stuck, stopwatches, digital timers, bribes, threats, you name it, I have finally come late to the party of the singing toothbrush. Why didn’t I get here sooner??? I spent $12 to get my 8-year-old one of the toothbrushes that plays music “through the teeth.” My little guy picked the one that plays “Let’s Get It Started” by the Black-Eyed Peas. It takes just over two minutes to finish the song, and the kid can’t hear the tune unless the toothbrush is in contact with the teeth. Then he dances while it’s playing, so we have a two-minute creative cardio before bedtime stories. Well worth the money!

It Works for Me!

Be sure to drop by Shannon’s blog for more tips and tricks that fall under the heading It Works for Me!

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It’s a joke, but if you’re easily offended, keep on clicking!

My sister sent me this yesterday, and I laughed so loud people down the hall asked what was so funny At first I thought it was one of those mass mailouts that everyone would get, but when I asked my sis, she said it was from a friend, so what the heck. Here it is:

This must be what keeps teachers teaching—the complete innocence of these little learners.

QUESTIONS FOR YOU: do you have any little “spellin’ is impotent” stories or examples to share? If so, please do!

Monday Rant #4: step on up and join the raving!

Taberon Kaiju, Tokidoki Version, is Italian designer Simone Legno’s contribution to the Kaiju For Grown Ups project. My oldest son, Graydon, is fascinated by these. I’ve chosen this one as my rant visual.
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The weekend is over and it’s time to detoxify for the week ahead! I’ve toyed with the idea of opening up my Monday Rant for other bloggers to link to, and readers to depend on as a regular Monday feature, so I’ll try it for a couple of weeks and see if you like it! My rants this week are:

1. People who park in designated handicapped parking when they have no ID on their car and seem able to move pretty quickly in and out of the liquor store with a case of wine are ALWAYS on my rant list. Add in:

2. People in the winter, when the snow covers up the painted markings on the handicapped parking spots, who know dang well the spot closest to the door, the one all of us other cold, desperate drivers went past because we HAVE a conscience, who take that spot. Like they don’t know it’s for the handicapped. Snort!

3. Mega retailers who slide stuff through the cash register without telling you. Last week, the big monthly Walmart/Zellers/No Frills shopping day. We are purchasing a  little web-cam thing so Tessa can Skype with her new boyfriend (more on that another day), when I look at the screen and see “2 YR PLN $8.87.” Whoa! I am not buying a phone—$8.87  for two years, ha!—and I say wait a sec, what is that? The woman actually gives me a roll of the eyes and walks away, returning half a minute later with another employee who shows her how to delete it. I ask, what it is, and I’m told it’s a warranty; shouldn’t I be asked if I want to purchase a warranty? I question. They both nod. OK then. Training must be coming up any day now.

4. Paying $60 for a pair of jeans with a rip in the left leg, then being told when the pants develop a tear of their own on the right leg that they are wrecked. It’s a fashion thing I think I understand, but i refuse to accept.

5. People who walk into a waiting room, see the nicely written and displayed sign that says: PLEASE REMOVE ALL WINTER BOOTS AND SHOES, then proceed into the studio wearing their dirty, slushy, salty, muddy, wet and dripping boots. The dancers, and their mums and a few dads took off their boots, so they have sock feet, and most of the dancers have bare feet or worse, toe-thonged feet, and a puddle or wet spot on the floor could put a fast end to a fabulous dance season. Two nights ago I stood directly in front of two teenage boys, wearing their boots on the carpet, creating icy cold soppy pools around them, and said, “You know, that sign at the front that says to take off your boots means everybody, not just the dancers and parents. You’re making big puddles there that the dancers will step in with their bare feet.” They looked at me as if I were speaking Venusian. “You could go take them off.” One looked at his boots, the other kept looking at me. “Maybe you could take them off next time?” They both looked at me. So I said, “Thanks. Nice talking with you boys.” They didn’t even exchange glances after I walked away. I’m making a bigger sign for next week.

That’s it for my rants. Now, what about yours? Feel free to add what bugs you. You’ll feel better after you do!

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Friday Foto Finish Fiesta: December cherubs, and reading too.

Here’s a photo straight out of the family scrapbook. Our local paper wanted to do a lovely photo of two children sharing a quiet moment during the holiday season, and lo and behold they contacted my mother, proud owner of three blond-headed cherubs and one strawberry blonde. It was high excitement when the newpaper people came with lights and stands and flashing cameras. After all that, seeing it  in the newspaper was almost a letdown. HA! It was not! They are my youngest sister and only brother, and this is what they did after dinner every night during Advent—NOT! I love this photo and I love my sibs.

Now check out Candid Carrie’s Friday blog carnival. The theme is simple one—post a favourite photo and say why it’s a fave. That’s her spelling up there in the title, and when you visit her site to see the other photos, you’ll see tons of creative Phriday spelling!

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