I think I’d like to try writing here more often. The less I write, the harder I find it is to think of something to write about, and I end up feeling like I should have some Meaningful Sort of Parental Essay in mind. Remember online journals, before they were blogs and then mommyblogs? I miss my online journal.

There! I kept my self-obsessed masturbatory blog-related musings to three sentences. You’re welcome.

I am typing this from my bedroom, where I recently dragged the long-ignored nursery room rocking chair and shoved it next to the closet. It’s pretty much the lamest writing space ever (I love when I see people’s cheery little suggestions for private, spacious home offices. HA HA HA MUST BE NICE), but there is this: I can lock the door.

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Sadly there is no soundproof barrier on said door, but that’s where these things come in handy:

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Ear plugs: strong enough to somewhat muffle the cacophony of your children’s feral shriekings, but made for a woman. You can tell it’s for women because … uh, they’re pink. Also “silky soft,” unlike regular earplugs, which are coated in sandpaper and burlap.

JB and I went and saw Immortals last night and I was left wondering how it is that some movies can be terrible and leave you thinking, Jesus, what a waste of time and ticket money THAT was (Captain America, Cowboys vs. Aliens), and some movies are terrible yet remain thoroughly enjoyable. Anyway, Immortals: sort of terrible, but also sort of rad? Maybe it was the abs? Or the epically gory ridicuawesome battle at the end?

(I’m also not sure why Immortals is a 3D film. It seemed like some of it was and some of it wasn’t, yet you have to wear those annoying glasses the whole time. I would bet money that film wasn’t filmed in 3D, but was instead converted afterwards. The visuals in the movie are so over the top it seemed like they could have been made absolutely breathtaking with 3D, but in this case the sense of depth provided by that extra dimension was pretty much limited to just a few scenes, so what was the point? ENDING EBERT-ESQUE RANT NOW.)

This morning I ordered holiday cards. I decided to skip the whole photo-capturing ritual this year, which feels a little lame, but also maybe like a happy little present I’m giving myself? I also gave myself a time limit with regards to dicking around with card designs and now it is DUNZO. Man, what a relief. I got an absolutely gorgeous TinyPrints catalogue in the mail the other day and I could tell within about about two seconds of looking at it that it had the capacity to make me craaaaaaaazy (MUST! MAKE! MOST! BEAUTIFUL! CARD! EVER!) so into the recycling that went, along with any frustratingly unattainable expectations and budget-annihilating ideas, and hey look at that I totally discovered the secret of holiday sanity. Boom.

I also ordered a lightweight running belt that will hold my cell phone, so I can maybe go for a mid-morning run on the days when Dylan’s in preschool. It would require shoving around my work schedule, but I think it might be doable. Better than waiting until the end of the day when it’s pitch dark and dreary, right?

Finally, would you like to hear about something that sounds insanely repulsive but is, I swear to god, magically delicious? Here. You can adjust that bad boy all you want, or make it with peanut butter and banana instead. I don’t know what happens to all that spinach, but you cannot taste it. I also add a scoop of vanilla protein powder and ice, so it’s both BURLY-NUTRITIOUS and like a milkshake. Try it, seriously. You will look at your glass of green slime and be all I HATE YOU LINDA and then you will drink it and we will be best friends.


29 Responses to “Saturday miscellaneous”

  1. Danell on November 19th, 2011 4:31 pm

    Ear plugs don’t work for me because then I sit there IMAGINGING that I hear them and then I am actually STRAINING TO HEAR THEM. I am an idiot.
    Those are certainly nice and feminine-looking, though.

    I would drink a milk-shake with seaweed and possibly dog turds thrown in, so spinach sounds totally doable.

  2. Danell on November 19th, 2011 4:33 pm

    Also, am very sad to hear cowboys vs. aliens was no good. *sniff*

  3. Laura Sloan on November 19th, 2011 5:21 pm

    Over the summer I was on a healthy eating/loose weight kick. I ate my biggest meal at lunchtime and then had a “milkshake” for dinner. One cup of milk (I drink soy milk), 1/2 cup of low fat vanilla yogurt, a scoop of vanilla protein powder, a big handfull of spinach, and enough frozen fruit to thicken the whole thing up to milkshake of soft-serve consistancy in the blender. Because I was following such a low fat diet I would often add a teaspoon of olive oil as well. Couldn’t taste the spinach or the oil and the blender full of “soft-serve” was enough to keep me full until bedtime.

  4. Pete on November 19th, 2011 5:35 pm

    Noise canceling headphones. Dare’em to scream.

  5. Lori on November 19th, 2011 5:49 pm

    A running belt! Brilliant! I put my phone in an orphan toddler sock and shove it in my bra when I run during preschool hours. I think the third boob look creates an aura of mystery. Or deformity. Whatever. People seem to make less small talk with me while I run in place at stop lights so that’s a bonus.

  6. Faith on November 19th, 2011 6:21 pm

    I definitely agree with the whole journalling thing. It’s not that I don’t love your meaningful parenting insights, but I also love your journalling entries where you just talk about what’s up lately. So yay! Also, I tried the smoothie and also really liked it. If anything I found it a bit too sweet, but I think that’s because of the yogurt I used. I’m going to keep tinkering with it. As a bonus, it’s a really easy way to get spinach into my kid, since she totally loves it too!

  7. yaya on November 19th, 2011 6:30 pm

    Wow, I feel like a terrible horrible mom that I run while my kid is in preschool without my phone! Yikes! I guess I just assume that if something happens in the hour I am running it will be ok till I get back to my phone and/or my husband works 2 minutes from the preschool so maybe I am relying on them calling him? hmmmmm guess I never thought about it & maybe I should!

    I say 100% you should run (with phone :-) while kiddo is in preschool. You can work at night when it is dark but you can’t run at 10pm. I only say this because running keeps me sane & a nice person and I could never give it up or I would go KRAAAZY!

    My kiddo also loves green smoothies and thinks you can’t make a smoothie without spinach BUT won’t eat anything green on his plate at meal time…..hhhhmmmpppfffff…

  8. Deanna on November 19th, 2011 6:55 pm

    I have been meaning to try green smoothies. I read a tip to make them and freeze them in muffin tins, then pop them in a zip baggie for quickie smothie prep later on. If you try that, please post. I cannot find anyone who has actually done that to know if it works and the prep time thing is the only thing holding me back from jumping on the green smoothie bandwagon.

  9. Megsie on November 19th, 2011 7:29 pm

    I love the journal too. I have not tried the green smoothie, not because of the spinach, but because of the banana. I really can NOT eat banana…or sit by someone who is eating a banana, or KISS anyone after they eat a banana… Any substitutes?

  10. Judy on November 19th, 2011 8:25 pm

    I just want you to know I am heartily in favor of you writing more.

  11. Shawna on November 19th, 2011 9:21 pm

    We actually put a good handful of baby spinach AND BABY CARROTS into any smoothies we make. Totally cannot taste either.

  12. Dawna on November 19th, 2011 11:12 pm

    I love green smoothies. Bananas are a little too high in sugar for me, but I make mine with a frozen berry medley and some coconut milk. Delicious!

  13. MotherGooseAmy on November 20th, 2011 8:34 am

    Yes, you should write here more often. I miss reading about your kids who are the same age as mine. I used to come here daily and laugh my A$$ off because you went through the exact same stuff as me.

    Sorry for the guilt, but THIS is my favorite blog and I want it back….


  14. cara on November 20th, 2011 11:13 am

    yay for throwback to when-blogs-were-Just-Blogs-time, yay for writing because-just-because for yourself! :D
    Also, tempted by Spinach Mystery Shake, yes.

  15. Linda on November 20th, 2011 11:16 am

    Heh. DAWNA. “Bananas are a little too high in sugar for me.” I…is that even English? Does not compute.

  16. Emily on November 20th, 2011 3:01 pm

    This has nothing to do with anything but how do you keep your house so CLEAN? Mine has dust and crap everywhere.

  17. Beth C on November 20th, 2011 3:48 pm

    I started making smoothies with spinach and carrots in them for my kids this summer–and then freezing the leftovers into popsicles and giving them VEGETABLES FOR DESSERT! Ha ha ha, I am an evil genius.

  18. Jen on November 20th, 2011 4:21 pm

    I miss the journaling also. I love hearing about your life because I love your writing!

  19. Anonymous on November 20th, 2011 8:19 pm

    Running in the middle of the day is the BEST. You’ll end up loving it, I promise.

  20. D'Ann on November 20th, 2011 10:16 pm

    I make a smoothie called the Green Monster that is sooooo fantastically good that even my picky kiddo (who basically eats peanut butter on peanut butter with a side of peanut butter) will drink it.
    1 banana, 1/2c frozen mango, 1/2c frozen peaches, 2 HUGE handfuls of baby spinach, 1/2c water (more or less, depending on how thick you you want it). Blend, ooh and ahhh at the glorious color, then enjoy!

  21. marilyn on November 21st, 2011 9:28 am

    Three cheers for more casual everyday writing! You’re inspiring me to pick it back up a bit more too. Online journals rule. Enjoy having this space where you don’t need to BOLD random WORDS and have SEO get all up in your headlines. Love your writing anywhere, but here is the best.

  22. Kathleen on November 21st, 2011 4:52 pm

    Oh…. just… giggling, between this post and the pictures round up. Thank you for making working on a holiday week better!

  23. Anu on November 21st, 2011 6:56 pm

    I had the same revelation about massaged kale. It’s not kale, it’s the most amazing salad ever.

  24. Erika Peterson on November 22nd, 2011 2:13 pm

    I make the Green Monster smoothie, and it’s delicious! The traditional recipe is just:

    2 Cups Raw Baby Spinach
    1 Tbsp Ground Flax Seed (I forgot this ingredient, but will add next time
    1 Cup Almond Milk
    1 Banana

    But there are several more variations found here: http://greenmonstermovement.com/

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