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Saturday, April 18th, 2009
12:27 pm
Jumped on the Guitar Hero Bandwagon
Andrew bought me a Wii Fit for an early birthday gift, so I returned the favor this morning and we brought him home Guitar Hero World Tour, with the Metallica disc as an extra special bonus. (Happy early birthday, honey!)

Whoever designed this game is a genius. Really.

I can't remember the last time I saw Andrew laughing and smiling like this. Audrey's loving the drums. Owen, of course, has commandeered the box.

Big win all around.
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
9:05 am
Now I'm dragging myself into the 18th century ...
Trapped in the house again today because of Sick Child. So this time I joined Facebook and found a few of you on there already. (Terri Wheeler, by the way.) Though I suspect I'm about as deadweight as you can get to add to a friends list. Heh.

I think I may have found some folks I went to elementary school with back in New Hampshire, and that warms my little heart.
Saturday, September 20th, 2008
8:41 am
Dragging myself into the 16th century ...
For various and sundry reasons, I finally signed up at Twitter. If you have a twitter ... feed? or whatever they're called, let me know so I can follow you there. I'm terriwheeler. Andrew is nicklepede, and he's the one who posts photos of the kids and I in the pool at the Y during swim lessons. Heh. Me, I haven't posted anything yet. I'd say it'd require doing something worth posting, but isn't that the whole point of Twitter, so you don't have to?
Sunday, August 31st, 2008
7:41 pm
Or maybe a Scamp!
Audrey is sort of obsessed with Pluto right now. Of course, the 4 year old mind doesn't have all the cultural and scientific literacy hooks necessary to quite make the right sense of it all. I suspect it has much to do with the mind-boggling-to-her concept that something used to be a planet, but now isn't.

Anywhoo, she just came up to me and said:

"Mom, If you were going to drive to Pluto, it would take a long, long time. Probably 7 days!"
"Well, more like years than days."
"Oh, you'd definitely want to take an RV instead of a car then."


... yeah, or maybe a spaceship.
Friday, August 15th, 2008
4:45 pm
Hey, it's Science!
My husband totally rocks. In response to my Tang-issues of earlier, he found a site that not only shows you how to Make Your Own Tang -- but in fact allow you to Awesomely Make Your Own Tang because ... it's science!

(Warning: second link goes to a pdf.)
12:30 pm
Speaking Truth to Power
I'm not much of a protesting, agitating or complaining type, but God help me, I just got off the phone with Kraft to complain that it is no longer possible to buy Tang without artificial sweetener.

I am so not cool with this new thing of mixing natural and artificial sweeteners in a product.
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
5:04 pm
Story of my Life
My aunt brought over some $20+/lb cheese, and all I have to sample it is some Chicken in a Biskit.

(It's pretty good!)
Thursday, February 7th, 2008
11:33 am
Hey, Chicago people!
I'm getting mixed messages from the online weather reports. If you were my husband (who is, let us say, a Texas man), would you want to fly into Chicago early tomorrow morning and fly back out in the afternoon? Or would the weather still be too crappy?
Thursday, January 31st, 2008
9:13 pm
I'm required by law (#7, to be exact) to do this, so ...
Reply in comments here and I'll:

1. Tell you why I friended you.
2. Associate you with something - a song, a color, a photo, a word, etc.
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
6. Tell you my favorite user pic of yours.
7. In return, you must post this in your LJ.
Friday, January 25th, 2008
9:01 pm
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
Tonight, I laid on the ground with one kid tucked on each arm (in case you ever wondered how it's even possible to tandem nurse) and we watched Fast, Cheap & Out of Control. Owen watched intently for about 20 minutes before falling fast asleep. Audrey was transfixed.

She says "the robot guy" is her favorite.
Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
8:50 am
Budding Foodie
When I opened the fridge this morning to find some breakfast, Owen saw a Very Exciting Thing and started bouncing up and down, pointing, and squealing with delight. The object of his glee?

Goat Cheese.

And not just any goat cheese, those little frustum-shaped containers of "Chavrie." He knows the difference, and gets mad if I try to pass off the less expensive Sam's club goat cheese log on him. I gave him a spoon and he went to town, happy as a clam. [And I just finished cleaning goat cheese out of his eyebrows.]

Of course, his favorite food is still ... dirt.

This morning, I said, "Owen, do you want to go water the garden?" and he squealed and ran over to get my garden shoes then handed them to me. While I water, he samples the dirt between the plants. Sometimes he gets so excited, he puts his face right into the dirt and rubs it around. My farmer grandpa would be very proud.
Monday, June 18th, 2007
7:24 pm
Boys and Girls are Different
When Andrew and Audrey play with the Matchbox car racer track set, Audrey will let them race for a little while, then she has the cars stop because they are "friends" and she says that they want to have a conversation and a tea party.

Owen? Well, he just entered Climbing Mode. He will climb anything, anything at all. No fear. I've aged about a year in the last week alone.

And thanks for all the nice greetings on my previous post. It's been so long since I've posted that I realized that the post previous wasn't even accurate! The house that was we were going to buy from a former high school teacher ... well, that deal exploded after the inspection. Then we had another house that we put in an offer on and that went back and forth for awhile but they didn't seem to get the memo that it was no longer a seller's market. Plus they were serious nickel and dimers.

I should note that it is now almost a year later, and it still hasn't sold, they're now offering it for even less than we offered them and don't you love the smell of schadenfreude in the morning...?
Thursday, May 31st, 2007
8:07 pm
The Garden is ---> In
Better late than never!

Andrew built some raised-bed boxes for me for Mother's day, and we had dirt delivered a couple of weeks ago and dumped in a pile in our driveway. [The ground here is very, very sandy.] Took another week or so to get in transferred to the boxes in the backyard, one wagonful at a time.

My mom and aunt came over this afternoon to help and we planted the following things:

tomatoes - regular, cherry and grape
lettuce - romaine, green and "salad bowl" mix
carrots - red and regular
beets - red and golden
parsnips
peppers
corn
"early" melon
"exotic" melon seed mix
watermelon
honerydew melon
pumpkin - jack o'lantern and mini
cabbage
sweet onion
broccoli
turnip
rutabaga
cilantro
basil

Sunday, we're going to be putting up trellises for peas and blue lake beans. Hopefully some squash and more herbs, but we'll see how the weather looks.

Audrey really loved helping sow the seeds, covering them up and patting the earth. And watering! Owen, well, he loved digging in the dirt. A lot. I'll have to keep an eye on him.

In about 7-10 days, we should start seeing some little guys sprouting through...
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
10:25 pm
Okay, this is weird.
I just realized that the house we're buying up here in Minnesota [oh, yeah, we moved] is owned by one of my high school teachers.
Monday, July 17th, 2006
4:57 am
Looks like someone's got a case of the Mondays!
Monday arrives with a bang this week -- I was awaken two hours ago by a scorpion crawling on my neck. He got my hand when I tried to flick him off while I was still sleeping, then got my leg multiple times, and then my foot.

Yes, I screamed like a little girl.

Speaking of little girls, thank God Andrew was able to find the little bastard before he got Audrey or Owen.

Did I mention that we co-sleep?

I've got a call out to my doctor to make sure that I don't have to worry about the venom and my breastmilk.

So now I'm up posting because every time I close my eyes in bed, I feel like something's crawling on me.

So, uh, yeah. How 'bout those Mariners?
Wednesday, May 31st, 2006
3:41 pm
Things I Think About During Night Feedings
What on Earth are we going to do when R. Lee Ermey dies? Who is going to take all the R. Lee Ermey roles? [Sometimes I think maybe Clancy Brown ... ?]
Thursday, May 4th, 2006
3:08 pm
It's a boy!
Owen Patrick Wheeler was born at home this morning at 1.48am. 8lb, 15oz. He's a big boy!

The labor was a little crazy, but it turned out fine in the end. He's strong and healthy and sleeping good and hard at the moment. I'll have to post a birth story later after I get more rest. And I'll have to post photos, too, when they get them up.
Thursday, March 9th, 2006
4:10 am
This is primarily for RJL20 ...
We are fiddling with Flickr and other various photo stuff, and this gem is our latest upload.
Tuesday, February 7th, 2006
4:38 pm
quixotic has blanket-tagged me.
I never get tagged, so I'm going to go for it, what the hell. [Audrey still hasn't woken up, so I'm slumming this morning.]

The question is: 10 celebrities you find attractive. With the pregnancy hormones all aflush, there may be people on this list who wouldn't normally be there. You have been warned. Heh.

1. The guy who plays Jin on Lost. As I told Andrew after last season's cliffhanger, "They're can't kill him. He's the hottest guy on the island!" And I was right!
2. The guy who played President Whatshisname on 24. I'd almost switch to Allstate ...
3. Wes Anderson, before he grew his hair out. Now, no thanks.
4. The guy who played Vaughn on Alias. Too hot, they had to kill him.
5. Sean Bean, Sean Bean, Sean Bean. But I guess that'll only count as 1.
6. John Cleese, in A Fish Called Wanda. I can't explain it.
7. Eddie Izzard as Charlie Chaplin in The Cat's Meow. See #6.
8. Eric Bana as Hector in Troy. Pretty much anyone as Hector. Heh.

I guess Sean Bean is going to have to count for 3, because I can't think of anyone else. Hmm.
Friday, February 3rd, 2006
3:03 pm
Two Great Tastes!
Nothing like opening up a jar of peanut butter and finding counting bears inside!
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