Monday, March 5, 2012

Brain Dump Monday

-I have no menu planned.  Grandpa Kenny and Uncle Matt get here tonight, and I'm looking forward to eating out, ordering in, and grilling everything in sight like you wouldn't BELIEVE.  I usually HATE eating out with my kids, but having two extra adults around is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I plan to take FULL advantage of it.  

-I think I have tuberculosis.  I've had this INSANE cough for going on three weeks now.  And the worst part is, it's a productive cough.  If you know what I mean.  And in nursing school, they sort of beat it into the that YOU  NEVER SUPRESS A PRODUCTIVE COUGH.  I sort of got the impression that suppressing a productive cough was akin to shooting heroin into my veins.  So I'm just waiting it out, and it's giving me a TERRIBLE headache.  It's THAT violent.  And now Daisy June has it too.  But I know she doesn't have TB because they made me get her a PPD.  Yes.  My one year old.  Who is not in daycare.  A PPD.  Hawaii is weird.  They must REALLY hate tuberculosis.  I mean, who doesn't, but seriously, my one year old? That seems a little extreme.

-After thirty years, I'm finally a coffee drinker.  I'm so excited!! I've been trying to drink coffee for as long as I can remember (literally) and my friend Laura one day was like here, try this, it's got creamer in it.  DUH!!! Creamer.  So simple.  So ever since, I've been hooked.  I can't wait for my dad to get here this summer so we can drink coffee together.  And I'm devotedly following in my husband's footsteps- I can't get on the Starbucks train.  I sort of like the blonde roast, but their regular coffee just isn't anything to write home about.  And it's not like they have sugar free caramel vanilla creamer on the counter to use.  I tried a vanilla latte because I thought that might sort of taste the same, but it didn't.  I'd just rather have a regular cup of coffee at home.  Which sucks, because part (a BIG part) of my Becoming a Coffee Drinker Fantasy was drinking coffee at a coffee place...but whatever.  Baby steps.  

-My baby sister ran her first half marathon yesterday, and she did it in less than two hours.  This made me want to hurry up and sign up for the Ford Island Bridge Run.  But then I remembered that I can't even run to the end of my driveway.  So I ran to the freezer and got a sleeve of Thin Mints and ate those instead.  I'm carb loading.

-I'm rereading Jurrasic Park.  We got a new tv stand thingie, and it's got these great bookshelf towers flanking it, so I got on and ordered all my favorite books in hardback.  I wanted a first edition (after all, it's my FAVORITE book of all time.  Don't tell SK!! He's my favorite author, obviously, but Jurassic's just my favorite book.  I'm sorry!!!) but it was like three hundred bucks.  For Jurassic Park!! I only know like four people who've even read it.  That makes me mad.  Anyway, point being, I love that book.  And it makes me think how much I love reading in general, and how when Harry Potter was ending back in 2007 (is that right? WOW) I was DEVASTATED and DRAMATIC because I was SURE that there was NEVER EVER EVER going to be another book that I would EVER EVER LOVE again.  I was DOOMED to wander around lost with NOTHING TO READ for the rest of my life.

I did the same thing (although slightly less dramatic) when SK got hit by that car and I thought he'd never write again.  And then same thing when Lost was ending and I thought there would never be anything good on tv ever again.

There have been books after Harry Potter that I fell head over heels in love with.  The first four Game of Thrones, for example.  The Passage.  The (first two) Hunger Games (just kidding about not loving the third.  Sort of). And now rereading these old's like discovering them all over again.  I'm also rereading Carrie, and after I finish that and JP, I'm going to tackle Firestarter, The Dead Zone, A Wrinkle in Time, and Jacob Have I Loved.  By then, hopefully JKR will have gotten her shit together and released the Harry Potters in electronic format and I can tear thru those.  And hopefully by THEN, the sequel to The Passage will be out.

-Sadly, I was pretty much spot-on about never having anything good to watch on tv after Lost.  Anybody watching the Walking Dead? This second half of season two isn't doing it for me.  I hate Lori.  I sort of think Rick is a sissy.  Shane is a lunatic, and I think it's lazy on the writer's part to go that route instead of actually exploring him instead.  Where's Darly? Why is Carl such a shitbrick? Was I the only one sort of hoping that walker would get out of the mud and eat him? Better him than Dale!!! Little prick.  I hate that kid!!

But y'all, Homeland? HOMELAND?!?! It is AWESOME.  It's not awesome like Lost awesome, but it's awesome like Old CSI awesome, and I can't get enough!!! I just finished episode eight where (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!)

where Tom Walker was back and you're all thinking HE'S the terrorist and Brody is a good guy and then BAM (SPOILER ALERT!!!!)

Brody is in that guy's house all being a terrorist and WOW!!! So good.  Can't wait till nap time!!!

-This week I have to register Scott for kindergarten.  SCOTT!!! How did THAT happen?!?! Not only am I in shock that he is old enough to go to kindergarten, I'm also in shock that he and Ava won't even have a buffer grade between them.  She'll do K, he'll do K.  She'll do first, he'll do first.  It's weird!! My sisters and I didn't even go to the same school, let alone be right next door to each other!! Warren will have that buffer, he won't do K until Scott is in second, and Daisy June will be the same, she'll start K when Warren starts second, but it's just weird that Ava and Scott will be THAT close.  She'll be a sophomore when he's a freshman!! That means they'll spend their ENTIRE high school lives together!! Here's hoping they like each other...

-I need new blogs to read.  All of a sudden some of my faves are REALLY grating on my nerves.  "Life is perfect, I love playing on the floor with my kids in full makeup with my hair blown out and designer jeans on!!" I do NOT have time to read that shit.  First of all, I don't believe you.  Second of all, I don't want to hang out with people who feel the need to lie about that.  I don't want everyone to be as terrible a mother as I, but I don't need that fake crapola either.  

And one of them said "board" the other day instead of "bored." And this was a gal who obviously gets paid pretty good money to blog, based on the insane amounts of ads on her side.  So she's out.

-I also need some music suggestions.  I'm in a music rut.  I was in the carpool line the other day really DIGGIN on this pandora station I was on- it was playing TONS of my favorites!! So I looked down to see what station I was on...and I was listening to my iPod.  So I need some new tracks to shuffle in to the mix.

Speaking of music, have you heard the new Taylor Swift song? Yes, I know I'm too cool for Taylor Swift.  But Ava LOVES her, and she's really a great song writer, and I certainly don't want Ava listening to Kids Bop or any of that crap, so I push the Taylor.  And yes, I love it.  LOVE IT.  But anyway, her new song is just aces.

Here's a sample of some of the lyrics:
Seems like there's always someone who disapproves
They'll judge it like they know about me and you
And the verdict comes from those with nothing else to do
The jury's out, my choice is you

And life makes love look hard
The stakes are high, the water's rough
But this love is ours

Your hands are tough
But they are where mine belong and

See? Good stuff.  Life DOES make love look hard.  Or maybe it's total crap and I really REALLY need some new suggestions.  Either way!!

-That's all I got.  Engelbrecht out.


  1. You crack me up!

    Glad you are back regularly in blogland so I can have a good laugh now and again....

    I have lots of comments, (as usual) but going on a field trip today and need to get ready (and everyone else too)

    So I will just say...the first (coffee) drink I loved at Starbucks was a raspberry mocha - it's basically hot chocolate with a shot of coffee and a little fruity taste - if you don't like raspberry, you can just do the mocha thing.

    But I'm with you on the creamer - that's what I had at my house, every Wednesday morning sista! You should have tried it....

    this is corny - but I'm gonna say it anyway.

    miss you

  2. Gosh, Now I feel like I shood right a blog just so u can reed it! You wood luv it! J/K, I don't have tme in my day! But, I love catching yours! : )

  3. Not a huge Sbux fan either, but it's what we have on base here in Yokosuka so I go. Then again, I'm a black coffee drinker.

    Yup, so many of those blogs are like little scenes from the Land of Perfection and sister, my life ain't like that! I finally went back to bogging after a several months break. It's erratic, real, and boring but I don't care. At least my grammar is usually correct.

    Enjoy your family visiting...and all the eating out! :)

  4. are you talking about me? although i def don't get paid to blog and i for sure don't covet sitting around playing blocks with my kids...i love them but ya know...we hired our nanny already and my job doesn't start til april but guess who keeps her around almost all day, every day?? MEEEEE! i feel so guilty about it! but i still do it! anyhoo, try these songs--they're not new but maybe new to you? avett brothers, particularly november blues which makes me so happy; horchata by vampire weekend; live forever by billy joe shaver. lemme know what you think.