Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Once Again....

I'm hiding out at Barnes & Noble. I'm supposed to be working. I needed to get out of the house and away from the kids to get some real work done, but a knitting club is sitting here in the cafe, right across from me, and they are discussing Dragon*Con and their 'nerd cred' sci-fi costumes. It's so distracting that I can't focus on writing copy. One guy is knitting a sweater and getting a little *too* excited about his Thundercats costume for the Dragon*Con parade. Seriously. I can't *wait* for the parade on Saturday. It will lift my somewhat harried spirits for sure. And I may have to throw stuff at people in Na'vi costumes. Avatar just wasn't that good. If you spend $300,000,000 on a movie, it better look good, but honestly, I just kinda hoped the planet would blow up already when the film hit around the two hour mark. All of the visual effects in the world can't save a crapfest of a script. But I digress...
Anyway, that's beside the point. I wanted to let you all know that OUR OLD HOUSE IN EAST POINT is, once again, for rent. Bad tenants told me today they are moving out this week. So we are on the hunt for new tenants that will be as awesome as tenants as we are as landlords, which is pretty awesome. Pass the word along if you read this blog and know of anyone looking for a house. Not as though any of my readers have a large friend-base of rental-hunters in the Atlanta area, but I figure it can't hurt to cast the net as far and wide as possible. Thank you.

Monday, August 30, 2010


So I'm drowning in work again. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, but my house turns into a stinking cesspool and I don't have time for more fun diversions, like blogging. The pictures of my kids, I know they help to get some of you through the day, right? Anyway, here's some fun reading in the meantime that articulates so eloquently why I have such a beef with "Eat Pray Love." Didn't know I had a beef with it? Yeah, I try not to talk about it too much, but the whiny lady who has entitlement issues genre isn't exactly my favorite. Anyway, off to finish breakfast and get to work!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

Frankie imitates the dancing banana. I think this video explains a lot about us.

626 Willard

Ready for a buyer!


Frankster and "Michael Jackson" x2. Super heroes out to save the day!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pre-K Hulabaloo

So I decided, last minute, that I wasn't happy with hippie central and that I wanted to switch Frankie to a different preschool. Yeah. It was a bit impulsive and gave me a sleepless night or two (combine this with the fact that we were starting the process to evict our tenants and a crazy amount of work and you have the recipe for fried brain. Luckily we did not have to evict after all, so that simplified things a bit. Anyway, I digress...)
Let's just say that the $700 jump in tuition from one year to the next and a few other things that went down last year left me with a less than savory taste in my mouth. I'd considered switching him since last May, but I'd already signed him up - I didn't know about the little indiscretions when I signed him up - and put down almost $500, so it seemed we were locked in. I decided to just look into it one afternoon about two weeks ago and found a new school opening up in a Methodist Church in Candler Park, Epworth Day School. They actually had some openings in Pre-K, so I went for a tour the next morning. The school is really small, only having four classes, and since they added Pre-K only a few months ago, it wasn't (and still isn't) full. They also started on August 10th, as opposed to after Labor Day, like most preschools. This is a bonus; see statement about massive amounts of freelance work above. It's still three days a week, unlike many Pre-K programs in the area that are 5 days/week. And sadly, even with losing the $500 to his old school, we're still going to come out paying *less*. Luckily the old school let me off without paying any tuition (yes, they also added in an extra payment, due in August, when there wasn't even any school in August) and we moved him right over. It's one of those things that was almost too happy to be just a coincidence; can we call it a 'prompting?' Perhaps. But I'm very glad it all worked out and so far Frankie is doing well.

Don't take my first day of school picture, woman!

Happily, he does like the slide (his old preschool didn't have one.)

Giant holey backpack, batman! He tends to drag it on the ground, and it was free. I can't bring myself to buy him a new one so he can drag it on the ground and put holes in it. He's the only kid without a shiny new backpack, but he's four, what does he care?

In his classroom with some new friends; yes, the kid next to him has a full mowhawk. We live in-town, ya get that.

Fingers crossed for a good year!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Kindezi School Press!

The principal of The Kindezi School was interviewed by WABE, our local NPR affiliate here in Atlanta. Many of you know that I've been on the founding board of the school for the past year and a half or so, and it finally opened its doors this past week for its inaugural year. For those of you who are interested, here is a link to the interview. It's been a lot of work, but I'm so proud of everyone who has put in the time and effort to make this school a reality. One more year until Frankie starts kindergarten at Kindezi!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

July in review.

I didn't post for most of July, obviously. The motivation is lacking, but I'm pressing forward, right?

I ran a 10k. I should not share the pictures with the world, as no one wants to see a sweaty fat lady, but this is what my hair looked like after being plastered in sweat from running outside in July in Atlanta:

Frankie got some new clothes from snow grandma and grandpa that were highly appropriate for July 4th. He did not want to show them off for the camera. Sadly, I have no other photos from the 4th, but we didn't do anything, so I guess there's nothing to see!

I went out to lunch with a couple of women I met as part of an online group. The group formed for women due within the first two weeks of November back very early in my pregnancy with Harper, so our babies are roughly the same age. I actually highly recommend an online support group now to women who have parenting questions, etc. - it's been pretty great. One of these women is from Dallas and the other is from Louisiana, and we have members from other parts of the US, Canada, and the UK. I don't think we'll ever all get together; three at once was a pretty amazing feat (and happily it happened in my stomping ground so I didn't have to do anything but show up!)

We went to Texas for a week. It was epic.

Harper got a giant flower headband to squeeze her brain. It was a gift; don't worry, I'd never buy something like that of my own choice.

We went to the lake house and Frankie caught a fish. He wouldn't touch it.

Frankie also drove the boat - with a little assistance from Grandpa.

We went to the water park with Grandma and cousins.

Juston dipper Harper's head in a tub of butter. I guess it looked like it would fit and he wanted to find out for certain.

My sister and I posed for this photograph. I'm a little bummed that I did not get one with my other siblings; it's not often that all five of us are in the same place at the same time.

We spent a little time in the C terminal at DFW International Airport. Sadly, we did not fly internationally; we ended up back in Atlanta.

After returning home, it was T minus 2 days until the end of the semester, so I read essays furiously. Since then we've lazed about and prepped for birthdays. We're also moving forward with the Willard House (remember that from back in January or so?) and hopefully it will be on the market soon.

What a Mess.

Yogurt. It's the official food of women. Harper concurs, and she wears it well.

You can see her GIANT front tooth in the above photo. She now has six chompers. Someone throw that girl a steak!

Making a birthday cake, having samples along the way.

I promise I have more to blog about than my kids and food, but let's face it, they are both fairly central themes in my life. :)