Archive for September, 2011


A couple of things…

First of all, tomorrow I celebrate my 10th anniversary with the university. Since tomorrow is Saturday, I will be celebrating by not working.

I honestly never thought I’d get to the point where I could boast about being in any job for ten years let alone the one I have, but I’ve achieved the peaceful sort of contentedness that comes with thinking I know it all.  It’s also pretty cool to finally have secured the promise of whatever modest pension the university will provide when I decide to become a complete freeloader.

It’s not easy being a working mom, and today I was reminded of how much I do miss by not being able to help out regularly at Autumn’s school. I got to read a story to the class today and afterwards we had a brief Q & A session during which nearly every child asked me a question. They were of the “what’s your favorite…” variety and I blew them away with my knowledge of the Transformers universe (FYI, Bumblebee seems to be a favorite with kindergarteners).

My football knowledge, however, was an epic fail. Sorry, kids, Autumn’s mom does not know the names of any football players who have not appeared in a TV commercial, sitcom or romantic comedy.

And second of all, a few weeks ago I had the brilliant idea of taking a Wilton cake decorating class at my local Michael’s store. The thing with cake decorating classes is that there’s cake involved. And frosting. Like LOTS of frosting.  And you can imagine a woman who has spent the last two years on Weight Watchers may have issues with cake and frosting.

Still, I did have fun with the class and had the pleasure of giving my final cake to a friend who will be celebrating her birthday on the same day I will be celebrating my 10th anniversary at work by not working.

As the cake says, Happy Birthday, Julie! Can’t wait to celebrate with you tonight!


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Kindergarten, the sequel

Today was the first day of kindergarten and it couldn’t have been more different than last year’s first day of kindergarten.

Last year was fraught with waffle drama and the omen of a lost skirt. This year she’s wearing another skirt but was not in the mood for breakfast at all and of course I was all “YOU MUST EAT” and put an extra snack in her Littlest Pet Shop lunch box.

This year Nathan was the one who stayed with her until the bell rang.

But mom wasn’t left out and got a shot in with the kindergartner as well.

I’m not feeling the love for those pants. They’re actually a couple of sizes larger than what I wear now and the last time I wore them I had four dollars in coins in one pocket, the weight of which nearly made the pants slide off my right hip.

But I’m liking that denim jacket which I purchased for $3.99 at Goodwill. Score!

Anyway, back to the kindergartner. I have no doubt she’s going to get into some mischief this year. Ideally I’d like to make it through the week before getting a call from the school, but after meeting her teacher I have all the confidence in the world my child is now with someone who will appreciate and nurture her individuality and help harness her dramatic tendencies.

So excited for the first day of school.

I’m also pretty confident in saying that skirt is coming home tonight. This year’s first day of kindergarten is much colder than last year’s.

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