Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I can't believe I took the time to actually do this

First, check this out, or the rest of this won't make much sense:

Do most American families really eat like that? Really? That's an awful lot of meat, and hardly any produce...do you think they even walk through the produce section when they go shopping? Or do they just run to the tomatoes with their eyes closed - "Aaaaaaaaaaah! Get me out of here as fast as possible!!!" The amount of processed food is saddening, but not really surprising. Often when I'm grocery shopping I'll see someone with nothing but processed food in their cart, and it makes me sad. Like last week I saw a woman with an entire cart full of Weight Watchers desserts and 100 calorie snack packs. Oh, and the "wheat" bread that isn't really made with whole wheat flour, and has high fructose corn syrup in it. Stuff like that. And maybe this is overly snarky, but I thought to myself, look at what's in my cart, and look at what's in hers. Look at how much I weigh, and look at how much she weighs - probably at least 15 pounds more than I do, and I am 28 weeks pregnant. How do people not get this? How hard is it to understand that real food = healthy, processed food, even the "healthy" kind = bad for you?

Well anyway. I decided to take a picture of everything that we're likely to eat this week (based on what's on the dinner meal plan and what we usually eat for breakfast/lunch/snacks). I was about 60% finished with putting everything away when I started remembering things that I had forgotten to take out and put in the picture: eggs, fruit snacks, Cheerios, green tea (Brian drinks a TON of green tea), an onion and a head of garlic. Imagine that that stuff is in there.

I spent $114 on groceries this week, but not everything I bought is stuff that's in the picture, and not everything in the picture is stuff that I bought today. I would estimate that we spend about $130/week on food.

Friday, January 25, 2008


Target had a groundbreaking ceremony today in Kapolei. They are having one tomorrow in Salt Lake.
I live in Salt Lake.
Why am I not jumping out of my skin with excitement?
Because they are set to open "sometime in 2009". I am leaving Hawaii sometime in 2009. The Grand Opening will probably be, oh, the day before we move.

Monday, January 21, 2008

I haven't thrown up, because I have an iron will

The only thing worse than having a stomach virus, is having a stomach virus while a very active baby wiggles around against your digestive system. Extra bonus "even worse" points if you changed your toddler's diaper two hours ago and your hands still smell like poop.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

I needed a good laugh

This cracked me the f*** up.

Pickin' on John Mayer, Vol. 2
Heavier Strings: A String Quartet Tribute to John Mayer

Apparently this is a whole genre. I couldn't help but giggle. It reminds me of Kidz Bop.

Friday, January 18, 2008

I always have something to complain about, don't I?

Things that Amazon.com won't ship to me because they are classified as "grocery items":
This is stupid. I can kind of understand not wanting to ship food items to Hawaii, but it's not like diapers are going to go bad during that extra day in transit. Plenty of Amazon's affiliate vendors will ship these same items to Hawaii, but Amazon has the bulk pricing and the free super-saver shipping. And, um, hello, I have purchased some of these exact same items, from Amazon, in the past. But now they've been recategorized as "groceries" (they used to be "health and personal care" - which they are) so they won't ship to Hawaii anymore. WTF???? Are you kidding me?

Way to lose yourself some business, Amazon. It's quite likely that I would have bought every single item on this list at least once, and many of them I would have bought on a regular basis. Do the math to see how much you just lost in sales to me alone. We're talking a couple hundred dollars, not even counting the repeat purchases. Bravo!

Friday, January 11, 2008

it's always the teeth, isn't it?

I have come to believe that the "terrible twos" have a lot to do with the two-year-molars coming in. Sure, the usual explanations make a lot of sense - frustration at not being able to communicate as well as they'd like, testing limits, the conflict between wanting to be independent and wanting to still be a baby - but think about when you're in pain. All of life's little challenges seem a lot harder to deal with, don't they? Things that you would normally be able to handle just seem totally overwhelming. So that's my theory on the terrible twos - it's the damn teeth.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

ahdah waaaaaaaay!!!

Brandon falls asleep for his naps in the car. It is the only way he can fall asleep and he knows it. When he gets tired, he puts his shoes on, goes to the front door and says, "Car? Car?" I literally drive in a circle for 20-30 minutes every day purely to get him to fall asleep. I must take the same route or he wakes up and looks out the window curiously - or if he's really tired, he'll scream, "Ahdah way! Ahdah waaaaaay!!!" ("other way") when I turn left instead of right, or whatever.

Yesterday the gas gauge in the Mazda got lower than it ever has since I've owned it - less than 1/4 tank. So I filled it up and spent FORTY DOLLARS. For those of you who've been driving SUV's all along, I'm sure you're like, "so what?" - but the last three cars I have driven were a Chevy Cavalier, a Toyota Corolla, and a Ford Focus. Spending thirty dollars on gas is a big deal for me - forty is unheard of. I almost fainted.

No more car naps (unless we're on the way home from somewhere anyway). Time to bust out the stroller again, I guess.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

I nominate myself for the Worst Mother of the Year

Last week, my two-year-old (who has a vocabulary of, oh, about 25-30 words) fell off of a chair and said, "Oh, shih!"

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

In which I ramble about milk

We buy a lot of milk in this house. Brandon goes through 2-3 half-gallon cartons of vanilla soymilk each week, and I go through 1-2 cartons of chocolate (cow's milk makes me nauseous this pregnancy). I also buy a quart of 2% milk every week for Brian's cereal, and lately I have been buying either a quart or a half-gallon of whole milk to make pudding and ice cream. (I am addicted to the ice cream recipes in The Perfect Scoop, and I've been craving rice pudding since Thanskgiving. From-scratch pudding needs whole milk or it comes out all watery.) This is a lot of milk, and it is a lot of money.

Brandon started out drinking whole milk (always with chocolate syrup - organic, $5/bottle chocolate syrup because that's the only way to get it without artificial flavoring) - but he turned out to be lactose intolerant. Actually I think the term is "functional lactase deficiency". He seems to have mostly grown out of it - he can handle yogurt again, although he got tired of it for a while, and he eats cheese like crazy now.

Now, it would definitely be less expensive if I got him drinking cow's milk instead of soy - but dairy kind of scares me, because of the artificial hormones they put into the cows. They started doing it on a wide scale sometime in the 80's, I think (if memory serves; it's been a while since I've read any articles about it) and since then kids have started going through puberty years earlier than they used to. I'm sorry, but I don't think that's a coincidence. On the other hand, there are phytoestrogens in soy and I've heard stories about babies who were raised on soy formula and never went through puberty at all - but since that is more of an issue with soy formula, which is a baby's sole source of nutrition, and not soy milk, I decided to stick with the soymilk, even though it was more expensive - because organic milk costs even more.

There is a middle ground - some non-organic milk is (artificial) hormone-free. (All animal milk has some hormones in it naturally, the thing to worry about is the artificial hormones that are injected into dairy cows.) Usually it costs a little more than regular milk, but a LOT less than organic. However, up until now there were no local dairies that I knew of that had hormone-free milk, and while the comissary does carry Land O Lakes half & half and butter (Land O Lakes being a national hormone-free brand), I have not been able to find Land O Lakes milk.

But today...I got home from the comissary and put my $15 worth of milk in the fridge when, lo and behold, I noticed that the Meadowgold whole milk and 2% milk have a new logo on their label: "Artificial Hormone Free". Hallelujah! Now to get Brandon used to the taste of 2%. That might take a while. But even if I have to go back to using the $5/bottle chocolate syrup, we'd still be saving money. Cha-ching.