Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Conversations About Breasts.

I got to spend my morning with the unbellievably sweet Felton children.
We had breakfast at McDonald's (because I am very cool), and then headed back to my house to let SJ take her nap.
When we settled down in the living room to watch Return of the Jedi, I needed to nurse Shirley. Though I was modest, the kiddos were ENTHRALLED.
Anna: What is she drinking?
Erin: She's drinking milk.
Timothy: Where does she drink from?
Erin: My breast.
Timothy: I don't get it. [Complete loss of interest to Jabba the Hut--ironic, yes?]
Anna to Timothy: I think that when we are grown-ups and we drink milk, it goes in here [pointing to chest].
Anna to Erin: Right?
Erin: Well, sort of. My body uses the food that I eat to make milk for Shirley Jean.
Anna: Why?
Erin: Because that's how God created us to take care of our babies.
Anna: I used to suck on my mom's breast.
Erin: Yep--we all did.
Anna: Did they have to cut Shirley out of your tummy?
Erin: Anna, can you go into the kitchen and get me my coffee off the counter, then can you go into Shirley's room and get me her pacifier, and then can you put your socks back on?
Anna: Sure!
Erin: [Relieved.]

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

"You are well."

Get out your tissues. I can't even watch it a second time.

What a testament to Christ's love and the joy of the Holy Spirit that this family can know that their son is well and with the Lord now. Not to mention the way they cherished every day they had with him.
God, give me this kind of joy.

Monday, October 27, 2008

I got this email from my Aunt this afternoon:

Okay, I'm not laughing. Maybe just smiling knowingly. I was sick from Friday night until now, sorry not 24 hours. Jeff is of course MUCH sicker than I am. Miranda is also sick. Great times are being had by all. Was actually happy to have an appointment this afternoon. Got me showered, dressed, and away from the sick people.
Hang in, this too shall pass.
Wait, I didn't mean that.

I'm pretty sure Aunt Kris' email is the only thing that has made me laugh today.
We's sick.
It's 6:10pm and the only person who got dressed is SJ--but that's only because she pooped all over her pajamas.
The three of us are going to have a family banana tonight before bed. And I might feel up to having my own bowl of rice cereal.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

When you wish upon a star...

As you know, Kitty is not allowed to go outside for two weeks.
He has already escaped twice, but we're doing the best we can.
When Pedro is outside, it's almost more than Kitty can bear. He sits by the door and cries and cries. Then he moves to the front door and cries. Then he moves to the window and bats at the window like he might be able to open it.
Just now, he was sitting at the door, staring at it when it burst open from a gust of wind.
I guess if you wish hard enough, dreams really do come true.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Dear Conscience,

I can eat anything I want.
Even the rest of the macaroni and cheese.
At 2am.
I can, too, finish off the pan if I want to.
My bridesmaid's dress will, too, fit in two weeks.
Leave me alone.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wanna see something gross?

Seriously, it's really gross.
Apparently, I was wrong. Kitty didn't declaw himself. He appears to have gotten in a fight with another cat and suffered a bite, causing an infection and then an abcess...which At about 4:00pm.
Mandi was here to babysit Shirley Jean because both Richard and I have class on Tuesday nights.
Richard said, "I have to go to class tonight. I can't take him to the vet."
Mandi said, "I can take him. We'll be fine."
I said, "No! You'll have the baby, too!"
Mandi said, "No, it's ok! I can take both." (Isn't she stinking amazing???)
I said, "Maybe I should just stay home tonight and take him to the vet."
At that moment, the front door opened. We had all forgotten that Lauren was coming over!
Lauren stayed with SJ, Mandi took Kitty to the vet, and Rich and I both left for class after praying together that the Kitty would be ok.
I won't lie, I felt a little out of sorts.
SO...the fantabulous Dr. Blair shaved Kitty's paw, cleaned it up, doped him up (he's feeling GOOOOOOOD--I just chased him off of the refridgerator!), and sent Mandi home with antibiotics and strict orders that Kitty is not to go outside for the next two weeks. He also recommended that if he's going to fight perhaps he should become an indoor kitty.
I think he might have a good idea and we'll use the winter to phase him out of his outside habit.
It looks like everything will be ok, but I still have to look at the cat's nasty paw until his fur grows back.
Ish (this is seriously gross--don't look if you're squeamish):
Click on a photo to enlarge.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Emotional Roller Coaster

Last night Rich said to Shirley Jean, "Well, are you going to laugh or cry?"

Sometimes a girl just doesn't know.

I just love Ellen. I can't help myself.

This is a little long, but well worth the three and a half minutes of your time.

Friday, October 17, 2008

War Wound

My cat seems to have de-clawed himself.
I'm not sure what he did last night, but this morning, he came in limping with a very swollen paw. He must have gotten his claw stuck in something and torn it out completely. There is a gaping hole where his middle claw used to be, and it isn't bleeding.
I feel so sorry for him that I can't even make him get off of the baby's snow suit. He's been pathetically limping around all day.
I'm sure he will be just fine, but I have to ask you, readers--why do these things always happen on a Friday?
Has anyone had any experience with something like this? Surely he is not the first cat to ever have done this. Let me know if you know of anything I could do. Kitty was my first baby--an engagement gift from Richard. I love him. (Both hims!)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

In the Yearbook of our dear sweet Lord.

I think we would have fallen in love.

PLEASE go yearbookyourself right now.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Oh, I am undone.

What kind of bird is this?

I fear that this TURKEY is the peacock I've been tracking for over two years.
I am SO sad.

Am I right? Is this indeed a turkey? Maybe it's not! Maybe it's really a peacock?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Down the Tubes

Warning: This post contains poop. A lot of it. It is also rated PG-13 for edited cussing.

I haven't blogged about this yet, because, quite frankly, I didn't find it amusing. At all.
In fact, it's still not all that amusing, but it IS resolved, so now I'll tell you about it. I guess.
On Monday night/Tuesday morning, at 2am, our plumbing STOPPED. Just stopped working. The basement flooded and nothing would drain. There were carrot peels, onion paper and hamburger grease floating in the sink in the basement. Bad, bad, badbadbad, right? So bad, in fact, that for a very tense hour or so, we didn't know if the toilet was draining into the basement sink or out different pipes. Thankfully, we determined that the toilet uses the BLACK pipe, which was not draining into the basement--on Monday, anyway.
On Tuesday during the day, things seemed pretty normal, but slow. The shower drained slowly, as did the kitchen sink and basement basin. I even did a load of laundry and ran the dishwasher.
The plan was that Jared (who was a plumber for a year) would come over and try to help...but then Jared had a baby. Sigh. I mean, not that I hold little Jazlyn responsible or anything...
So...we lived with the slow plumbing until Thursday night. We took four-minute showers, ate out or let the dishes pile up and did not do any laundry.
(Sidebar--any idea how fun it is to get in the shower, turn on the water enough to get wet, turn off the water, soap up, turn the water back on and rinse off? Yeah, not fun at all. AT. ALL.)
On Thursday night at 1am when the toilet overflowed and Rich and I were standing in POOPWATER, I finally said, "We can't live this way anymore! We have to call a plumber, even if we have to put it on the credit card. This is turning into an emergency!" I very seriously considered coming to one of your houses at 1am with my baby and crying myself to sleep on your couch. I tried to figure out whose house I could get into without waking anyone up. Kristi was in the lead, followed closely by my in-laws. we all know, Kristi doesn't lock her doors.
I digress.
So...Friday morning, Rich called Roto-Rooter. They said they'd be out to our house between 12 and 2pm that day to do an estimate. At 11am, Rich and I went downstairs to move stuff around to let the plumber do his job, and discovered another joint in the BLACK pipes that we didn't know existed. Richard said, "Let's see if I can snake it myself before he gets here!"
Less than 15 minutes later, we were once again standing in poopwater. That's TWICE in under twelve hours that I stood in poopwater, for those of you keeping track.
From there, we quickly determined that we couldn't do anything and had to just wait in the poopwatery basement for the plumber. That's when SJ and I left to go to Lakeville (so f***youverymuch, Anonymous for saying I did my part to help ruin America. How much worse could it possibly get when MY OWN BASEMENT is filled with POOPWATER!?!? A word of advice? Never judge a woman before standing in her POOPWATER shoes!).
Here's the thing. Richard and I don't have any money. Any. We were SO worried about this. We didn't know how we would afford to solve a huge plumbing problem, and that's certainly what this looked like it was shaping up to be. We prayed every night that God would either just make the problem go away, or make it affordable for us.
The plumber arrived at about 12:30pm and left at 5pm. He used an electric auger/snake and snaked our main drains all the way to the street (over 100 feet). He worked incredibly hard for over four hours AND CLEANED UP AFTER HIMSELF. Guess how much it cost. Just guess.
And he sold Richard the parts he needed to repair the pipes out of the back of his truck FOR CASH.
God is SO good. He answered our prayer to the letter. That $283 is an expense for which we didn't plan, but it is SO much more doable than what we were expecting.
And now?
Now I take 20 minute showers and flush the toilet without fear.
Also, my whole house is disinfected because of the poopwater clean-up. I guess there's a silver lining in every poopwater rain cloud.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Guess what we did today...

Senator McCain spoke in Lakeville, Minnesota today, so SJ and I picked Lauren up from work and we headed south! It was fun to go see the people supporting and opposing the Republican ticket. AND we SAW McCain! He waved and smiled at me and SJ (I'm not kidding!) as they drove by in his motorcade! It was VEERRRRRRYYYYYY exciting!

Lakeville South High School, where Senator McCain hosted a town meeting.
Checking out the (very, very nice) protesters.
Baby loves politickin'.
The big Mc was in the third Tahoe back.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

I know.

My sophomore year of college, I transfered from the University of Alabama to the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire. About a quarter of the way into the year, I had plans to meet with a good friend at a study cafe on campus.
I was feeling so sad and out of place. I had just moved out of my parents' house, I was afraid of being on my own, I was separated from my long-time boyfriend by 800 miles, and just...trying to figure out the new "grown up" me.
When I sat down at the table with my friend, I intended to pour out my heart to her and tell her all my woes and thereby feel better.
Instead, I just burst into tears.
Do you know what she said?
She said, "I know."

Sometimes that's all you need to hear.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

You won't get any details here!!!

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Pop and Lock

Dear Paul Dopkins,
The guy over at wrote this in reference to THAT STUPID SONSEED VIDEO and other ridiculious Christian music videos. I hope this comes true to the very word:
"OK God, you're in control. I don’t get to define what you are pleased with. Maybe that breakdancing was exactly what you wanted and there were people that were deeply moved by that. But between you and me, I hope that when I get to heaven you'll do a little pop and lock, pull me aside and whisper, 'Hey, even I thought that video was funny.' But we'll just have to wait and see."
Speaking of stupid Christian music videos, here is one that I would have thought was VERY cool when I was 16. I guess "cool" and "funny" are in the eyes of the beholder.
I'm just saying.

p.s. He taught me how to praise my God and still play rock and roll. [Emphasis mine.]
p.p.s. The idea of God doing pop and lock is quite possibly the funniest thing I've read in weeks, nay, months.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Good to Know

I learned a lot again last night in my ASL class. The most important of which was the difference between "I understand," and "horny."