Monthly Archive for April, 2009

I went a little crazy

No, we’re never gonna survive
Unless we get a little crazy.
-Seal, “Crazy”

This is the song that was in my head today when I woke up. Why? Because last night, I went a little crazy. Well, technically, it was this morning, but who’s counting?

Anyway, I had to do it, or I wasn’t going to survive.

What did I do?

I decided to sort through and organize Claire’s treasures. I know to the normal, sane people in the crowd, this sounds silly. Why would I be doing this at 1am? Why not do this in the daylight? Because I wasn’t going to be able to sleep knowing that I have a huge Getting Ready For Our Trip To Do List to continue attacking with disorganization mocking me from the sidelines. Because Claire would have had a nervous breakdown if she saw how many of her treasures I was throwing away. And, the only time to do this was under the protective cover of darkness.

Her treasures.
Her priceless artifacts.

What kind of treasures would a monster such as myself destroy? You know, treasures like the cardboard punch outs from a certain company’s Kids’ Meals. Happy? Yes, I was, thanks. I was nice and only threw away the ones she hadn’t seen in a while and the ones that were ripped.

And, broken toys are a favorite item. It’s broken. It needs to go away. If it can’t be fixed, it’s time to say goodbye.

Or, better yet, all the catalogs Claire commandeers the minute they arrive. I didn’t throw them all away, but the ones that were literally worn to shreds? The tattered ones that are barely recognizable? Gone.

It took about 15 minutes to sort my office, and the energy that flowed into the rest of the house was amazing. I went to bed, and as soon as I got under the covers, I realized that I hadn’t actually looked in her castle in a while. You see, Claire has this castle that one of her aunts gave to her last year. It’s a tent-like contraption out in our living room and Claire uses it as a hideout.

It is also, for lack of a better word, a disaster. How can she even fit in here?

I grabbed my flashlight and went to work, hoping the neighbors wouldn’t call the cops because they saw suspicious activity and flashlight shadows as I rummaged through our living room.

Twenty minutes later, all the Barbie Shoes were in a safe place. All her precious jewels, the clip-on earrings, bracelets and necklaces were back in her jewelry box. All the bits of ripped paper was put in a pile with the other things that have seen better days. I stuffed the trash into my trashcan, hoping that I’d be able to permanently destroy the evidence without her being the wiser.

I paused for a moment outside her room. It took every ounce of energy in my being to not tiptoe in and continue my mad task. Had she awoken, my cover would have been blown. So, I went to bed.

This morning, I told Claire that we were going to sort her room. She actually likes helping me “clean” and “sort,” but she has yet to allow any type of “throwing away” without a full-blown fit. It’s a battle I’ll fight one day, but not now. So, I had to be sneaky in my attack.

I sat on the floor in my robe, and I started in on each section, one at a time. To an outsider, the room looked clean. There was floor-space! Everything was in a bin! But, I knew that those bins were far from organized. It was that unseen mess that had threatened to eat me alive.

Often times a command of “Clean your room!” is so overwhelming that people, little kids in particular, have no idea where to start. They freeze up and that’s just a recipe for failure. Luckily, I’ve always been good at seeing past the rubble to the different categories. Again, in less than 20-minutes, we were done. All of the block-sorting-toys were reunited with their parts. All the books were in the book bin. All the stuffed animals were safe and sorted. All the kitchen toys were sorted and put with the kitchen set in my office. I was sneaky with the things I threw away, and I was able to cart the whole lot out to the curb this morning for Trash Day. Perfect timing!

You might be wondering if Claire has missed any of her treasures yet.  No, she has not.  After the culling, she’s able to focus on the ones she really likes.  And, it’s not like we have a shortage of toys around here.

Here she is setting up a picnic on her bed.

Here she is setting up a picnic on her bed.

(Yes, she’s 41-months today!  Again, not that I’m counting.)  😉

So, I got a little less sleep last night, but it was worth it. Now, I can attack my own To Do List with a new-found energy.

I went a little crazy, but now I’ll survive.

Watch your step

Well, today is a big day for me. Normally, I play things pretty safe on the Internet. In my years of online adventures, I’ve learned to keep my potentially controversial opinions to myself…for the most part.

Well, not today.  Today, I came out of my shell as a writer.

What are all these pieces on the floor?
Oh, that would be my shell.  Please watch your step.  🙂

Today marks the day that I have a potentially controversial post up and running at Mile High Mamas, the parenting blog of The Denver Post.  Some people will agree with me.  Some people will not.

And, that’s okay.

It’s an important topic, and I’m glad I have the opportunity to get this conversation started!

So, what did i write about? Click on over and find out! The comments are closed here, but I’d love to hear what you have to say over there!

To Do List Item

We interrupt your regularly scheduled postings to see if we can get the blog to update on Twitter automatically.

We’ll see if this works!

Carry on…

🙂

Top 10 Random Thoughts Via Twitter

Throughout the day, I write down various random thoughts. I collect and compile them to use as motivation for future blog topics. Recently, I’ve noticed that Twitter is a good recording device for these things as well. (My friend Lori also collects Twitters on Tuesdays.)

What follows is a smattering of Random Thoughts I’ve recorded via Twitter from the past week or so.  If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen these already. If you don’t follow Twitter, the Perfectionist in me wants to be sure you keep in mind that proper spelling, punctuation and grammar are often victims to the 140-character limit of Twitter. 😉

Enjoy!

  • Claire is pretending to be my doctor. She just gently touched my ribs and said, “Yes. You’re right. Your abs is killing you.”
  • You know it’s bad when you ask what your preschooler is doing, and rather than answer, she runs to the time-out corner.
  • What they neglect to tell u is that the breathing exercises you learn 4 labor r used more AFTER u give birth than before. *cleansing breath*
  • 3yr old just asked if she could find her dream from last night on YouTube. Not yet, sweetie. Not yet.
  • Claire & I have to run an errand, and I’m so tempted to just keep going and not come back until the street lights come on.
  • 3-year old just gave turn-by-turn directions on the way home. And, she was right. You can take “GPS” off my wish list now.
  • After refitting & purchase of new bras, tried them out at jumpy Pump It Up place. Victoria’s Secret hasn’t let me down yet. Quite literally.
  • Yes, I am the kind of person who would write, “Make a To Do List” on my list just so I could cross it off. Is there something wrong w/that?
  • Can I be naughty so that I can have a 35-minute time-out?
  • The more I do, the longer my ToDoList gets. If I wasn’t such a big fan of ToDoLists & irony, I’d be pretty upset. I’m oddly giddy right now.

Are you on Twitter? If so, please leave your Twitter @name in the comments!  I’m @casualperfect

Maybe I’ll see you there!

I hope the Pilgrims are bringing shovels

So, you’ve heard the following joke, right?

If April Showers bring May Flowers, what do May Flowers bring?

Pilgrims!

Well, here in Colorado, I hope the Pilgrims are bringing shovels.

This is the awesome surprise we woke up to today!

This is the awesome surprise we woke up to today!

All that beeping you heard was not the garbage truck backing up. It was what happened when we tried to play the script back from when we looked out the window this morning.

This is, after all, a family show.


Edited to add: At least by Noon the roads were steaming and/or already dry.  Reason #523 I love it here.

This isn’t really a post.

For real.

I said I was taking the weekend off, so I am.

No, this doesn’t count.

Because I said so, that’s why.

See you on Monday!

🙂

Gone Fishin’

…okay, not really, but we have a fun-filled weekend ahead of us, so I won’t be posting this weekend.

I just thought I’d let you know.

No, this doesn’t really count as a post.

For real.

Now, go!  Go enjoy your weekend!

Titanic: Treasures from the Deep™ Visits Denver

I was in 6th grade when the wreckage of the Titanic was discovered, and I remember it vividly. The story of the ship, the poor planning and all the lives lost has always held an allure for me. Yes, I watched the movie…admittedly more than once. So, imagine my surprise when I found out that the Titanic would be in Denver! I was even more surprised to find out that the traveling museum exhibit was free to the public!

Claire and I were fortunate enough to get VIP Treatment the opening day, so we couldn’t wait to check it out!

If you’re in the Denver area and know where FlatIrons Mall is, the Titanic Exhibit is located back behind the mall, by the Nordstrom entrance. Once you get back to that side of the mall, you can’t miss it.

We were greeted by the helpful staff, and we were each given a boarding pass to the Titanic. I was Mrs. John G. Sage (Annie Elizabeth to her close friends). Claire was Mr. Edgar Samuel Andrew. After receiving our boarding passes, we were able to have our photo taken in front of The Grand Staircase. In about 48-hours, our photos will be up for viewing online, and we can’t wait to see them!

Then, we were able to go explore the exhibit. It’s a typical museum display in that the artifacts are concealed in thick clear cases, but even Claire enjoyed seeing the different items. Because she’s only 3-years old, she didn’t understand the gravity of the situation, and why these things are on display, but she thought it was interesting. She really liked the boiler room with its red lighting, and the room where they were showing the Discovery Channel images of the Titanic and the large digital display of the iceberg.

All throughout the exhibit are placards telling the stories of some of the people on board. Some of their stories had happy endings, and some didn’t.

On nearly every wall, there are facts about the ship and what happened. Seeing this information in black and white about the Titanic and that fateful journey in April of 1912 just reiterated the fact that they didn’t have a chance. They were ill-prepared, over-confident, and ultimately doomed. Granted hind-sight is always 20/20, but the outcome saddens me.

Seeing this with my child put a whole new spin on it that I wasn’t expecting. She had a ton of questions about everything, like she always does, and we’ve never hidden the issue of death from her, but when I got to the story of the woman who had her baby ripped from her arms and tossed into a lifeboat, only to be on a different life boat and not know if he was alive, I got tears in my eyes. They were eventually reunited, but the story was so touching.

It’s these stories that make the exhibit real.

The Titanic wasn’t just a ship that sank. It wasn’t just a compilation of errors that ended tragically. 2,228 lives were forever changed that day. 705 survived. 1,523 did not.

It really makes me sit back and think about the things that are most important to me.

When we got to the end of the display, we were faced with a wall of names: those who had lived and those who hadn’t. We had the opportunity to see how our character fared, the character we were randomly given when we boarded the Titanic. Sadly, my character didn’t live. Her whole family perished as well. Claire’s character didn’t live either, but she told me that was okay, because her name wasn’t really Edgar. (It takes a preschooler to bring some levity to this whole thing, doesn’t it?)

After we learned our fate, we had the opportunity to get our photo taken with Captain Smith!

The two of us with Captain Smith.

The two of us with Captain Smith. He went down with the ship as well.

So, I’m bummed that Claire and I died on the Titanic, but I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the artifacts, some of which have never been seen in public before! And, it was really funny to watch people come out of the exhibit and exclaim, “I lived!” 🙂

If you get a chance, you should check out this exhibit. It’s going to be at FlatIrons Mall until April 26th, and then it moves to Park Meadows Mall, where it will be from April 30th until May 3rd.

Not in this area? Click here to see when it visits a city near you!

It’s free, and who knows, maybe you’ll be luckier than we were, and survive!

Stupid lifeboats.
😉

Sometimes she reads books the way Daddy watches TV

Sometimes she reads books the way Daddy watches TV
By Yours Truly
As Featured at Mile High Mamas

I think we’ve reached the stage where we could totally go without naps. And, by “we,” I mean my three-year old, Claire. And, by “totally go without,” I mean she still needs them but I’m not fighting it anymore. And, by “not fighting it anymore,” I mean I’ve resorted to trickery.

Actually, truth be told, I’ve been doing this for a while now. Trickery, that is. As any parent of a preschooler will tell you, there’s a fine line between trickery and clever parenting. And, I’m okay with both descriptions if the results are favorable to both parties.

Claire was always a good sleeper as a baby, so I really can’t complain. Overall, she was a great napper as a toddler, so I realize we’re lucky. It’s just been up until recently that the nap-times have really started to fade. Of course, my tactics change when they become obsolete, morphing into the next trick up my sleeve.

Still, life for everyone is much more pleasant when the preschooler takes her nap, so I still try to push her, ever so gently, in that direction, whenever I can.

“Oh, no!” I’ll tell her. “You don’t have to take a nap. Why don’t you just …READ ON…

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Happy Earth Day 2009!

Happy Earth Day!

In the true spirit of the day, I’m recycling a post! About Earth Day! Get it? 😉

Check ‘em out!

Last year’s Earth Day Post was entitled, “1,056 Pages of Non-Stop Fun.”  It was about a fun way to use old phone books.  I mean, we can recycle them with our trash-service company, but we found an even better thing to do with them!  Go check it out!

And, this year’s Earth Day Post was actually posted a few days ago and was entitled, “Sid the Science Kid: The Dirt on Dirt.”

Edited to add: I just got word from The Jim Henson Company that the Sid Website is up and running for Earth Day!  Click here to check it out!

Today, Claire and I plan on going out and exploring and doing some Backyard Science of our own.

So, what fun things are you doing to celebrate Earth Day?