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1. Saw the OB yesterday. She was appalled at the behavior of the Sonographer From Hell, and as I was leaving the appointment she was walking across the hall to "rectify the situation" of the techs making unnecessary and upsetting comments to patients. So if you go to CL for a sonogram and the tech won't even tell you if there's a baby in there or not unless the doctor is sitting there, it might be my fault. I was...assertive.

2. The older brother of a girl in Big Ez's preschool class was recently diagnosed with leukemia. I am friendly with the parents, but don't know them that well. The neighborhood has really been amazing--I think they had to put a big chest freezer on their porch to accommodate all the casseroles--but I'm not sure what to do. I thought of making him something (blanket? Stuffed animal?) since he has all these chemo appointments and it might be nice to have some kind of personal item, but I don't know if he's too old for that or what. He's six, I think? Fortunately he responded very well to his first chemo treatment and seems to be doing well. It's so hard to think about what the family is going through, but I think of them often. If you're the praying type, please give Owen and his family a good thought.

3. I think I'm taking the kids to a movie tomorrow morning. The only bad thing about this is that the one with the best reviews is Mr. Popper's Penguins. I hate Jim Carrey, but the other kid flicks right now are supposed to be dreadful (including Cars 2, btw). I used to enjoy going to movies. My roommate and I would go to movies about three times a week, literally. We saw everything. Now I look at the "what's playing" list and it's just...ugh. Really? The best we have to choose from are Bridesmaids or Bad Teacher or Hangover II? I'll just return to anti-movie hermitdom.

I'm not getting snobby here; it's not like I only watch foreign films or Academy Award contenders or anything--although that doesn't say much, as I remind you that Titanic actually won. I mean, I love a good cheeseball dance movie, for example. I have seen the Twilight films. Believe me, I'm not against the occasional totally lowbrow movie. I don't even want to talk about how many times Beth and I watched Zorro: The Gay Blade. I just get tired of lame sex jokes and pot jokes and really broad, obvious stuff. Why can't Christopher Guest make another movie? And if he won't, I can even get into a puffy epic-sweeping-saga. But this spate of SNL-type stuff is just really stale. I read the extended reviews and figure, well, glad I didn't plunk down $10 to see that one.

4. Anya reads me Amelia Bedelia books most days. Pete cannot stand Amelia Bedelia. The things you learn about your spouse. Like, he really hates that woman.

5. I made something with papaya for dinner a couple of nights ago, only to discover I am the only person living here who does not think papaya will make my tongue fall out upon first bite. Rather than throw out the remaining papaya, I bought another one and am going to make papaya jam. I don't imagine this will be the most popular thing I've made, so if anyone wants some, speak out.

6. I am in a funk.

Date: 2011-07-01 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] travellight.livejournal.com
2. The kid wants a rabbit. With long ears.

4. I enjoyed Anya reading Amelia Bedelia to me.

6. Why are you in a funk?
Edited Date: 2011-07-01 01:23 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-07-01 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com
Are you sure he's not too old for that? I have a harder time with boys because mine's still littler than that and would indeed dig a bunny.

I like her reading to me at all. She could read me a cereal box and I'd be glad to hear it.

I have no idea. It's not serious. I'm not morose or anything.

Date: 2011-07-01 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] travellight.livejournal.com
I think he would like that. Six is pretty little when you're sick, you know.

I just like her hanging with me, reading or not.

Would it help to be snark about people who use "vision" as a verb?

Date: 2011-07-01 01:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com
People use "vision" as a verb?? The one that was bugging me today was "webinar." That just annoys the hell out of me.

I know, but she needs to be reading every day to build up her fluency and confidence. And in hopes that someday she will learn to spell.

Date: 2011-07-01 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] travellight.livejournal.com
Yes, they do.

I know. That's why I didn't stop and just tell her a story. She can read to me any time.

Date: 2011-07-01 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suibhne.livejournal.com
Mine are nearly 9 and would still think that was awesome in such a situation. It seems to me the more a child is forced into an adult situation, the more quietly appealing a more youthful comfort device becomes.

Date: 2011-07-01 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
My aunt and uncle took us all to go see Mr Popper's Penguins tonight. It's cute enough, but there is a lot of Jim Carrey mugging and a great deal of penguin poop jokes. The kids will love it, but I wasn't thrilled with those two things. However, there is Angela Lansbury!

What about Kung Fu Panda 2 ?

Date: 2011-07-01 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com
I figured that'd be the case.

I found that one right after I posted this. :) I'll see if they're interested. They liked the first one all right--not as much as I expected them too, surprisingly--but they're both wanting to see the penguins. I might have to just suck it up.

Date: 2011-07-01 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
It's not awful - I mean, I've seen Marmaduke which is something I'd rather spork my own eyes out rather than watch again.

I found myself laughing at times, and I think they slipped an EC joke in there!



Date: 2011-07-01 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] travellight.livejournal.com
Anya did inform me that she would be accompanying me to see Judy Moody. What made her think I had plans to see Judy Moody I do not know.

Date: 2011-07-01 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littleblueworld.livejournal.com
I think making a comfort item is completely appropriate and would be really thoughtful. I don't think six is too old, but then again, if it were me--and I'm 34--I'd want something warm or soft or both, especially as a gesture of kindness and love.

Also, I totally forgot about Amelia Bedelia. I think I loved her along with Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Ramona and Beezus.

Date: 2011-07-01 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com
Ahhhh! Mrs. Piggle Wiggle! I have to get her those! She'd love those. We have Ramona & Beezus, but her confidence and fluency aren't quite up to that yet.

Date: 2011-07-01 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littleblueworld.livejournal.com
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle was pretty awesome. I'm sort of dying to know why P. hates Amelia. I don't remember much about her. I think she's infused in my memory with Mary Poppins. Was she a nanny?

Date: 2011-07-01 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com
She's sort of a maid. She's the one who is extremely literal--like when the woman tells her to make a sponge cake, she makes one out of real sponges, and when she goes camping and pitches the tent she throws it into the bushes. The man tells her to go fly a kite, so she does. Stuff like that. I didn't realize P was reading this post (linked through FB) in the other room until he came in and said, "Yes, I hate her. I hate her because that goes beyond being literal; she's just too stupid to live."

Date: 2011-07-01 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littleblueworld.livejournal.com
HAHA! I remember now! I vaguely remember being a little frustrated, but mostly amused.

Date: 2011-07-01 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blakdove.livejournal.com
He needs a Totoro. A smaller version, though.

Date: 2011-07-01 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com
I actually thought about that. Like, making a small one and sending it to him with a copy of the movie.

Date: 2011-07-01 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blakdove.livejournal.com
Doooo eeeet. That way, it's definitely got cool points AND snuggle/comfort points.

Date: 2011-07-01 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com
I have to do the math to scale down the pattern, don't I?

Maybe I'll search Rav for a potato pattern. With a nose.

Date: 2011-07-01 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blakdove.livejournal.com
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<a href"http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#sort=best&query=totoro">There's a ton of patterns</a>.

Date: 2011-07-01 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com
Ah, sweet! I hadn't even looked yet. That's better than math. You know, like Barbie says, "Math is hard."

I'm curious about why the paper doll sweater comes up in that search, but it amuses me.

Date: 2011-07-01 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blakdove.livejournal.com
Yeah, I wondered that, too.

There are a couple of really cute Totoros in there, though.

Date: 2011-07-01 02:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com
I saved two of them, and realized I never did my own Totoro on there.

Date: 2011-07-01 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serenity-rose7.livejournal.com
1. Good for the Doc! Silly techs.

2. What about a cute hat? Something soft and fuzzy.

3. Ugh, movies. This summer seems weak.

4. Zoe is 9, but her reading is behind. Next week we will be getting her Beverly Cleary books so she can start reading to me! I'm so excited to go on Ramona adventures again.

5. Make THEM eat the papaya....

6. *places a y at the end of the funk* Now we can be funky!

Date: 2011-07-02 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com
I love Beverly Cleary. I still enjoy reading those. We read the Little House books together, but Amelia Bedelia is the level she can do solo so she reads those to me instead. I don't think 9 is behind on Cleary, though, is it? They're fairly long chapter books and Scholastic lists them as grade levels 3-5. Some kids start them early, but they're good for any elementary age.

Date: 2011-07-01 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anarqueso.livejournal.com
When one of my kid pals was six, he was really into the idea of treasure. He had a special bag that he kept special treasures in - pretty rocks, cool little things people had given him, silver dollars, that kind of thing. It's not the same direction as something snuggly and personal like a Totoro or a hat (his mom actually makes fleece Totoro hats sometimes, which are adorable and awesome.) Still, some kids might appreciate a nicely decorated pouch to hold precious items that remind them of the people they love.

Date: 2011-07-02 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com
This made me smile because both of mine have treasure boxes, into which they put pretty rocks, cool things, foreign money...so that is a pretty good idea. Thanks!

Date: 2011-07-01 05:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] themysteriousg.livejournal.com
Drive by response. Team in Training used to make capes that were signed by all the runners for our Honorees. "Not all heroes wear capes" was one of their lines but we figured anyone going through chemo/treatment could use the cape too. You could get the neighbor kids to sign it. I don't think six is too old to be a hero.

And snuggles are good. Most kids who've been in the hospital will tell you it's cold and dull so a bright blanket goes a long way. There was a boy here who died of a congenital heart defect about a year and half ago. He'd been treated all his life with numerous surgeries. His Eagle Scout project was to make blankets to take to Children's. He finished it before he died but it's been carried on in his name with people making the fleece tie blankets to the tune of over 6000 of them. It's pretty awesome and I guess the kids, all ages, LOVE them.

Date: 2011-07-02 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com
I know I've heard of blanket projects, but I wasn't sure if that was too "little" for him. You know how little kids that age are often torn between wanting to be bigger and wanting to be little. The cape idea is a good one.

Date: 2011-07-01 08:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] woohag.livejournal.com
"Draw the curtains" totally cracked me up as a kid. I love that book.

Date: 2011-07-01 12:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jigsawdiva.livejournal.com
Measure two cups of flour...

Date: 2011-07-02 07:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] woohag.livejournal.com
haha, totally.

Date: 2011-07-01 12:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jigsawdiva.livejournal.com
I can only go by my Sean, but he's 7 and would still love something to cuddle, especially in that situation.

You could knit him a macho bunny if you're concerned. Do they make camo yarn?

I totally get the Amelia Bedelia thing. The books are funny, but I might set that woman on fire if I knew her.

Date: 2011-07-01 12:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jigsawdiva.livejournal.com
Oh yeah, a Totoro would be great! Prayers are being said, by the way.
Edited Date: 2011-07-01 12:12 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-07-01 01:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martina-d.livejournal.com
I love Amelia Bedelia. My niece is named Amelia, and I call her Amelia Bedelia in my head.

If anyone can make papaya jam turn out well, it's you. Husband still talks about your jam.

Date: 2011-07-02 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com
Aha! Then he shall be a papaya jam victim recipient.
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