Archive for September, 2010

The Little Girl who Stuck Things in her Ear

September 3, 2010

About a month ago my lovely daughter Athena stuck a popcorn kernel in her ear. She had not told anyone until later that night when her daddy went to clean her ears. Daddy took a peek and could see it and tried to rescue the little kernel himself. After a few attempts, he feared that he would only make it worse if he were to escalate his attempts.

So I grabbed some pants that were not made of flannel or featured Homer Simpsons as my current pair did, and took her to the Urgent Care. They tried everything they good to get the kernel out, but nothing worked and we were referred to an ENT office.

Of course she managed to do this on a Friday night so we got to listen to her complain about the kernel until Monday when we realized that we needed a referral from our pediatrician. That phone call was made and an appointment was set two weeks away at a facility 45 minutes away.

Two weeks of complaining, tears, and mild pain passed.

The PA at the ENT office was not even allowed to look in her ear. I tried to hold her down but ended up with a bruised foot and chipped tooth.

An appointment for sedation was made…for two weeks later.

So today my husband I drove 40 minutes to the surgery center to have Athena put under mild anesthesia so the surgeon could remove the popcorn kernel.

Athena in her gown, ready for the skittles scented anesthesia.


Within a few minutes of us returning to the waiting room we were presented with this:

That is a massive foreign object!

When she woke up from the procedure she was full of smiles and giggles. She wanted me to take a picture and scrapbook it for her. Silly girl.

She is feeling great and is currently upstairs playing with her Littlest Pet Shop toys and wondering if she can have homemade vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Friday Fill In

September 3, 2010

1. Family is family and no matter who you choose to be in yours, family is all important.

2. When playing with toys, my children tend to goback and forth. And nothing gets put away in between. Ever. That would be too much work to put away the Zhu Zhu pets for 10 minutes while they play with the Kinex blocks. My work is never done.

3. I love a nice cool, late, morning snuggling under my down comforter with my kiddos. There is a lot of giggling and wiggling, and occasionally the accidental kick the face, but it is my idea of the perfect way to wake up.

4. Having the whole family help prepare the food and table makes a good meal.

5. I’ve got the urge to right “funk” in this space. Seriously though, I’ve got the
messiest closet in the world right now. There is a mix of paperwork, shoes, jewelry, computer parts, and the occasional piece of lingerie strewn about in there. I think there is a chocolate Easter Bunny on the top shelf as well. I should be cleaning it out, but nope. I am playing Friday Fill In instead 😉
6. OMGWTFBBQ!: wth!!!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a little bit rest and some family time, tomorrow my plans include sleeping in and possibly a hike with the kiddos and Sunday, I want to visit a friend of mine at her craft fair and let the kiddos run around the shaded greenery there.

Friday 5 – INK

September 3, 2010

Five random questions from Friday5.org Be sure to check out some of the other great answers!

1. What are the coolest and ugliest tattoos you’ve ever seen? The coolest tattoos that I have seen are usually full pieces like a sleeve or full back piece. I saw a really beautiful tree of life sleeve tattoo on a girl in my yoga class. I was admiring the work and then realized that might think I was admiring something else…hmmmm. Hopefully she saw my ink and realized it was an admiration of art. The ugliest tattoo I have ever seen was someone with a sailor style heart with a banner that read the F word. It was just below his belly button and just looked ridiculous. I try not to bash on people’s tattoos as they usually hold some meaning, or at least a memory for them. I like to think that everyone has their artwork permanently inked into their flesh for a reason so though I may roll my eyes at the soroity sisters with matching Tweety birds, I try not to bash them. The dude with heart? That was ugly.
2. Have you ever had a meal in which squid ink was an ingredient? How was it? I have not but would not be opposed to trying it. A competitor on Cupcake Wars used squid ink in a cupcake and the judges LOVED it!
3. Are you one of those people who has a favorite pen, or one of those people who just uses whatever’s at hand? What’re your favorite pens like? I tend to use whichever pen the 2 year old has not lost. My favorites are the RSVP pens, but only when the lid is on the back of them.
4. There’s a box of colored markers on the table, and someone tells everyone assembled to grab one. If you have first pick, what do you take? The black one. Maybe the magenta (or pink one), but my first grab would be for the black one.
5. Have you ever written on a wall in a public place? Many times has Sharpie graced the walls of various dance clubs with my autograph. Not that I am proud of this, just stating facts.

Works for Me Wednesday – “Green Picnics”

September 1, 2010

Today’s Works for Me Wednesday was inspired by fellow blogger Big Binder . She posted a wonderful Top Ten Tuesday about what to bring on a picnic. I love picnics. LOVE LOVE LOVE them.

A few years ago when the idea of “being green” started getting really big I was already using vinegar cleaning supplies, cloth diapering, and using reuseable sandwich bags and wraps. One day we were packing up for a picnic and I had already put a bunch of cut up fruit into a Tupperware container and packed the paper plates. It crossed my mind that I try so hard in other situations to reduce my waste, why not on a picnic?

It seems like an easy concept, but it takes some prep and not a lot of people, including myself at the time, know much about it. So by trial and error, we have perfected the “greenest picnic” that we can.

First, use smaller containers to load up your food. That way everyone can eat directly out of their containers if you don’t want to pack up a bunch of dishes. Bento Boxes are great for this. Wrap snacks and sandwiches in reuseable and waterproof wraps and bags. You can find these on Etsy but my favorites come from MamaMade or the ones I made myself. Make sure you pack all your plastic and non breakable dishes, your utensils, and your cloth napkins.

Now you are going to need three bags. 2 will need to be “wet bags” than go into the washer and dryer. Once again, check Etsy or purchase yourself some PUL and cotton and make your own. The third bag will be a small plastic trash bag if you are going somewhere that doesn’t have a public trashcan. Place all your dishes and utensils in the first wet bag. Place all your sandiwch bags and cloth napkins in the second bag. Then, place all your trash in the trash bag.

When you get home, fill your sink with soapy water and place the contents of the first bag into the water. Then throw that bag along with the second bag and its contents into the washer and start it up. Don’t forget to throw your picnic blanket in there too.

And viola. With little more work than a dinner at home, you can have a picnic in the great outdoors without worrying about damaging the nature that you so love.

This is what works for me! Check out the other Works for ME Wednesday participants and enter to win a really cool Dayspring’s school supplies pack!