November 13, 2006

Santa's not coming to town...

because he's already here!

Went out to dinner Friday night with some college friends to a local mall. While waiting for the girls to arrive, Barbara (a friend I had driven down with since we live near each other) and I roamed through the mall. To what to our wondering eyes did appear but Santa Claus all dressed up in his red suit and sitting in his "workshop" for pictures.

This was November 10th. Isn't that a bit early for Santa to be arriving at malls for pictures? I could have sworn that usually Santa arrives at the mall the weekend after Thanksgiving, or at least the day after Thanksgiving -- not weeks ahead of Thanksgiving. It was quite crazy.

On a good note, though, a lot of stores are having "Christmas" sales, and I picked up a gift for Scott (that I won't disclose since he reads this) on Sunday while at yet another mall.

August 30, 2006

Whale Trail

Haven't posted here in quite a while, but wanted to tell you all about this great art exhibit that's been going on on the Cape this summer. In fact, it ends this weekend (on the 2nd), so if you haven't had a chance to see it, go this weekend!

Titled The Whale Trail, this exhibit consists of 58 whale sculptures situated throughout the Cape and Islands. I've seen the ones that are in Hyannis and Chatham, including one adorable one in Chatham modeled after Wally the Green Monster from the Red Sox -- named Whaley The Green Monster. These whales are just adorable and draw quite a crowd.

The whale sculptures are all up for auction and benefits charities and local artists.

Make sure you hit the Cape by Saturday of this weekend (the 2nd of September) to check out these great whales.

April 25, 2006

The wit and wisdom of LD

The LD ("little dude" for those new to my blog) has been cracking me up the past couple of days, so I thought I'd share the two most amusing statements...

Last night, LD came home from daycare with some pictures cut out of a magazine that were taped onto a piece of paper. He said that at daycare, he used scissors and a magazine. Hmm, who knew LD could use scissors? I remember learning that for the first time in kindergarten -- and with thoose charming green scissors no less since I'm left-handed. Anway, in order to help him learn how to use scissors further, we went to Tarjay and got him some scissors (and of course two Matchbox cars too). When he took the scissors from the shelf, he said "no cutting fingers... cut paper". I was dying. I have a feeling he might have heard that a few times at daycare yesterday using scissors for the first time.

And one from this morning... I was putting on some brown eyeliner this morning. LD was watching me and he said "it's brown on lashes" (close enough). I then went to put the eyeliner back in my purse and he said "smudge!" and rubbed his finger across his eye lid to remind me to smudge the eyeliner in case I forgot I guess. He kills me. Funny, funny guy! Future makeup artist or Fashion Police on my hands, I think.

April 21, 2006

Survived Chuck E. Cheese

Well, I took LD to Chuck E. Cheese for the first time today -- I took a vacation day and LD and I got together with a college friend and her son, who's the same age as LD. I was a bit nervous because LD's never been there before, but he had a BLAST! Our friends had just gotten there when we arrived and they had a table all set. We ordered a large cheese pizza and drinks that came with 30 tokens and then split the tokens between the two of them.

LD rode this Chuck e Cheese car that takes a picture of the kid riding, which was pretty funny. I was cracking up when I saw the picture because he's looking so intently at the steering wheel.

There was skee ball (fun for me!!!) and LD enjoyed it as well -- he would just roll the ball up, and then I'd get it when it came back down and roll it for real.

The pizza when it came out was delish! How bizarre is that? I had no idea. LD was loving it and I had 3 slices (what a piglet!!! ). While we were eating lunch, a real-life (well, as "real-life" as a guy dressed up in a Chuck e cheese outfit can get) Chuck E. Cheese came out to see the kids. LD thought he was great and was waving to him and all excited. Surprised the heck out of me.

Then, after lunch, it was time for more skee ball and playing the games there. There was a train that went around and around when activated by a token. LD loved that one. Then, we played some game where you roll the token down and see where it lands up and you get corresponding .. of tickets from that. On the 4th try, we landed on 70 tickets, so LD got 70 more tickets. He was in heaven watching them all furl out. It was cute!

After that (about an hour and a half after we got there), figured it was time to head out and bring LD home for a nap. We cashed in his tickets and got a Chuck E. Cheese koosh ball and two things of smarties. Fun day. I'm still amazed.

I think I've created a monster though. He's already talking about wanting to go back soon.

January 5, 2006

RAD.... or not so rad

So, all the coughing that LD had every time he had a cold -- turns out that it wasn't just a cold. Instead, it's something called Reactive Airway Disease (aka "RAD") -- which basically translates to that anytime he catches a cold (or can be caused from allergies, which is highly possible as well), it triggers his respiratory system and becomes like asthma, but strictly cold-induced asthma -- and there's no wheezing, just a constant cold. I was a little confused because I've always thought asthma was just wheezing, but I guess not.

Anyway, after oh, something like 16 trips to his pediatrician in the past 6 months to try and figure out just what the heck was going on, his primary pedi finally figured it out and prescribed an inhaler called Flovent -- this is a different one than the Albuterol he was on before. It comes with this quite nifty chamber and a duck-bill plastic piece that fits over LD's nose and mouth so that he doesn't have to keep his mouth closed while using the inhaler. Instead, the inhalant goes through the chamber and into the plastic piece and then LD just breathes it in for a count of 5. Very easy and not bad at all.

LD was started on it when the last cold started and this one was sooo much better than the previous colds. It's been over a week since that cold started and it's just like anyone else's regular cold now. There's been *no* nighttime coughing and no coughing all the time during the day like there was with the previous, untreated by the inhaler, colds. What a difference!

LD having RAD makes a lot of sense. Every time he was all stuffed up and coughing, the pedi's office would recommend a vaporizer with menthol or eucalyptus in it -- which would help a normal cough, but would instead make his cough even worse. Turns out the menthol/eucalyptus irritates the heck out of the respiratory airway, which makes the coughing even worse. Good to know and bye-bye vaporizer!