Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Our Family Call

"Aaaaaaaaaaay Bo!"

That's our family call. It has been our family call since I was a little girl.

As the story goes, my dad grew up with a friend named Jimmy*. When they were kids, Jimmy had a tough dog named Bo. Bo, I gather, was always taking off, hence needed to be called.

Somehow the constant call of "Ay bo" transcended. It became a greeting and, more importantly, a family call. I remember from a young age being lost in the crowd of a ski area and not knowing where my dad was. I hear the call and know I am safe, look in the direction of the call easily reconnect with my dad.

When I graduated from college "Ay Bo" was on my cap.

"Ay Bo" is living on. Jeremy has now adopted the call. If we lose each other in a store, just a quick call and we are together again.

A few months ago, Jeremy was calling my name as I was rocking out to music in the other room. I did not hear until I heard "Ay Bo" and went right in to help.

How cool is that?

I love that we have a family call. I love that it has moved from my dad's child hood, to my childhood, into Elliott's.

Sometimes I don't think I have family traditions. But I do. And that one is pretty awesome.

*Jimmy's told me when I was a wee little kid that his name was Pepsi, at the time the "no coke, pepsi" skit was big on SNL. I believed him. I remember being disappointed when I found out Pepsi was not his actual name. Jimmy did not sound right, how could I call him anything other?

p.s. you better find your own family call. Steal "Ay Bo" and it will defeat the purpose and Elliott will be lost in Disney World forever and it will be all your fault

p.p.s Jimmy's last name is Carter

can I have a 3 p. s.? Do you have a family call?

Made Them and Inhaled Them

Recipe courtesy of The Nourish Network

Thin and Chewy Oatmeal-Flax Cookies

Ok, so mine did not come out thin and I did not have flax but they were still good.
I would definitely make them again. I was surprised that the whole wheat flour did not spoil the deliciousness. I used organic chocolate chips for good measure.

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
4 ounces butter, softened
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips, or semisweet

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together flour, flax, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

With an electric mixer, beat together butter and brown sugar for one minute, until the mixture is smooth. Add the egg and vanilla; scrape down sides, and continue to blend until incorporated. Add flour mixture a little at a time until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips.

Spray three large cookie sheets with cooking spray and mound 12 rounded tablespoonfuls of batter on each sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, swapping sheets half way through, until golden. Let cool slightly, for 5 minutes, and slide cookies onto a cooling rack.

Monday, February 15, 2010


I think about this yogurt when I wake up in the morning. I check my inventory. I do not want to run out.

So, I tried this yogurt, pretty much because there was a kangaroo on it and was in a nice display case in Whole Foods. (great product placement dudes)

I ate it and it was amazing. I did not know it was possible to really really like yogurt. Not love, people, cuz it ain't ice cream.

Sadly, it now pales in comparison to my discount Stop and Shop yogurt. I had a bite of the other kind this morning and ick!

So I embarked on a few internet searches regarding "best" yogert and what did I find? My lovely Wallaby yogurt gets top marks by yogurt "experts".

I guess my tastebuds know what good is.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Bring on the Cuteness

Recently, the babe had a low grade fever for a week I decided to call the MD. I try not to be a freak, obsessive, worry momster so I put it off a bit just to be sure it was not in my head. It was not, Elliott is now recovering from a double ear infection which, come to find out, sucks. Whiney sick babies really zap the life out of you and are generally less pleasant to be around, which is tough when all they want to do is be held. I actually pulled out my back on this one. (Holla to Jer for the back rubs)

She is around the bend now and recouping like a champ. Here are some pics from before and after the ear infection.

Elliott's pediatrician said to me "hunger is the best motivator" when I inquired about our fussy eater. Well, we got her good and hungry and she ate multiple bowls of chili. She kept asking for more. Jeremy and I just sat there quietly in awe, as not to draw attention to the fact that ELLIOTT IS EATING!! (she nows smiles when asked, hence the cheese:)

Play date with her betrothed, baby J.

"Wasat?" She asks as she gets very very close. The nose crust: it could be boogs it could be yogurt, sometimes its hard to tell.

Rasta baby. She puts on daddy's hat. We keep the ganja out of reach, don't worry.

Snow bunny. Very pink snow bunny.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Fly Lady Says

For the new year I decided to embark on the new challenge of keeping my digs clean. It can get pretty bad around here.

Partly, 17 months after Elliott was born, I have my head above water again. I can set other goals besides trying to get in a shower before the day is done.

One thing I realized is that I don't know how to clean. I don't know where to begin. Old school moms (holla to Suki and Lousie) they know how it's done. Every day you do x, Every week you do Y, every month you do Z, and they throw some yearly things in there like clockwork)

My mom gives tips to me here and there but they would not stick in my brain, there was no cohesion to it.

So, I did some research and found the "FlyLady".

Really I don't know what her whole deal is, I am sure I could do some research and give you a full bio but I really don't care, this lady tells me how to clean and what to clean EVERY DAY. It is like she is my boss but she can't fire me so if I decide to skip an assignment, I can.

And I do.

I don't do everything because I am knew at this whole keeping house business BUT it helps me stay on course (and Jer too since I pass assignments his way).

SO we started with making our bed EVERY morning. That's huge and it makes a difference. THEN came the swipe and swish (cleaning off your bathroom sink and giving the toilet a swish every day). Now I don't do the swipe and swish every day but I am aware of it daily and tend to it if necessary. This helps me avoid the last minute scramble if someone pops into the house.

What I have found is that these little habits trickle out to the rest of the house. Clean begets clean it seems.

I am happy with the FlyLady. I am happy that this week she directed me to pay attention to "zone 1" the entrance way and dining room. As a result Jeremy vacuumed the front entrance and all the stairs going up to our place (he totally earned the celebrate plate tonight btw). We moved a piece of furniture that was no longer functional for us and the place looks nice.

If you struggle like I have, give her a gander. I have not properly explained all she does but it is pretty simple and straight forward. G'night.

This is what she told me to do today:

Flight Plan for Friday, February 5, 2010

Today is Friday - Declutter Your Purse and Car

Old gum and candy wrappers
Soda bottles
Scraps of paper/old receipts
Drive thru bags and cups

This Week we are in Zone 1: The Front Porch, Dining Room and Entrance

Dear Friends:

Today we are going to do that in the Dining Room and Entrance Way.
Let's go after the ceilings, light fixtures and window sills!

Using a feather duster or dust rag get the window sills, the light
fixtures, the dusties in the corners and the ceiling fan if you have
one (remember to put something underneath this to catch the falling
debris, one member uses an old pillow case and slips it over the
blade and wipes so the dust stays in the ca e, I thought this was

This is one babystep at a time! Keep Flying!


Our habit for February is: Declutter 15 minutes a day

Today's Reminders:

* Morning Routine:
-Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth
- Make Bed
-Swish & Swipe
-Empty Dishwasher
-Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away)
-Check Your Calendar
-Check Your Control Journal

* What's For Dinner?

* Drink Your Water

* Declutter for 15 Minutes

* 15 Minutes of Loving Movement (exercise)

* Before Bed Routine:
-Lay out Your Clothes for tomorrow
-Check Your Calendar
-Put things needed for tomorrow at the Launch Pad
-Where are your Keys?
-Spend Two Minutes Clearing off a Hot Spot
-Shine Your Sink
- Wash face/Brush Teeth
-Go to Bed at a Decent Hour