A Memory from A Time Gone By

When I was little, my mom used to make us the coolest food. At least we thought so! She would make mini pancakes to dip in fruit syrup (homemade!) and we´d have our little lunch by candlelight. Or she would make alphabet soup, with the little letter pasta. I´d pretty much forgotten about that until yesterday when I happened to be browsing in the grocery store (ya, I´m weird that way!) and what did I come across but ALPHABET PASTA!

They had a whole bunch of bags, big ones, for about fifteen cents a piece. So I got two, but only two because I had to carry them and a whole lot of other stuff home on the motorbike, but I´m going back to stock up. Here in Guatemala, you never know when you might see something like that again! So it pays to buy lots. I learned this the hard way, unfortunately.

Anyway, I brought these two bags of alphabet pasta home and today I showed them to Dorian. He loved that there were letters in the pasta! So I made soup today, despite it being about 500º outside, with chicken and carrots and alphabet pasta. It was a big hit, with both boys. Dante had his ground up in a baby food grinder and Dorian had his almost without broth. Of course, since I was feeding Dante, Dorian decided (after picking his chicken out and declaring it ?delicious?) that he needed to be spoonfed, too. At any rate, let´s just say there were no leftovers, unless you count the two alphabet spatters on the floor!

Eating that alphabet soup today really reminded me of those meals years ago with my mom.

A Budding Artist

Guess who this is?

I´ll give you a big hint, she writes this blog. Dorian found a pencil crayon this morning and asked for some paper and proceeded to draw a portrait of me. Now, I realize this isn´t terribly recognizable, but I´m still very proud since it´s his very first portrait EVER and he chose me as his model!

You will also see that he wrote my name on it. So far he can only do the ?M? of Mama and it´s written sideways, but he does it very well!

And Now the Monitor

You´d think I would have had my fair share of computer problems by now, wouldn´t you? But no. Apparently, now that my computer has been all but replaced, my monitor has decided to commit suicide. I guess it couldn´t take the pressure from the new compu. :S

As I type this, my screen is going from a hazy grey to dark grey and back again. It´s really quite irritating and annoying to the eyes! Flickering screens have never been something that I enjoy and this one is really getting bad.

And I´m sad. Because I´m tired of worn out computer parts and I LIKE my monitor. It´s big. It worked perfectly until a few hours ago . . . except for the menu button. And a new one will cost more money. Money that was SUPPOSED to go toward building materials. But everything I see on the tech support forums indicates that this is the end for my monitor. Luckily we have two computers, so I can use the other monitor for now, but it´s tiny and not as nice!

We´ll see how much longer this one lasts. Oh, and did I mention that my mouse died a couple days ago, too? I think the keyboard is still good . . . fingers crossed.

60 Things

Here´s a fun questionnaire that I got from Dawn´s blog.  In leu of Wordless Wednesday, I’m going extra wordy. But my new hard drive will be here next week, so I can start up with photos again, yay!

60 Things You Possibly Didn?t Know About Me

1. What is in the back seat of your car right now?
I actually don´t have a car, so it´s very clean!

2. When was the last time you threw up
About five days ago.

3. What?s your favorite curse word?
Foo!

4. Name 3 people who made you smile today?
Dorian, Dante, Cherith

5. What were you doing at 8 am this morning?
mopping the floor

6. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Trying to simaltaneously fold clothes, put them away and get Dante down for his nap.

7. What will you be doing 3 hours from now?
Probably writing something or other

8. Have you ever been to a strip club?
No, and I don´t intend to

9. What is the last thing you said aloud?
No te preocupas, si llevas Dorian, quedate bastante tiempo, asi puedo trabajar. (Don´t worry, if you´re taking Dorian, stay a long time so I can work) to Irving when he told me he was taking Dorian to Antigua, but would be back soon.

10. What is the best ice cream flavor?
It´s a toss-up between Cream Cheese with Strawberries and Cookie Dough

11. What was the last thing you had to drink?
water

12. What are you wearing right now?
green slacks and a striped knit tee, lime green flipflops

13. What was the last thing you ate?
Cream of wheat (and a chocolate coin)

14. Have you bought any new clothing items this week?
Nope, I never buy new clothes until my existing ones are hanging in tatters

15. When was the last time you ran?
yesterday, chasing Dorian to give him a bath

16. What?s the last sporting event you watched?
um . . . I honestly don´t recall . . . probably papi futbol in the park

18. Who is the last person you emailed?
Dad

19. Ever go camping?
yes, lots of times. I have lived in tents at two different points in my life, even! When I was a toddler and my dad was building our house and again when I was 20.

20. Do you have a tan?
I´m positively dark compared to when I lived in Canada!

24. Do you drink your soda from a straw?
no

25. What did your last IM say?
Talk to you tomorrow

26. Are you someone?s best friend?
nope, unless you count Dorian. 

27. What are you doing tomorrow?
Hopefully going to mother´s group if I can find out where they are meeting.

28. Where is your mom right now?
who knows?

29. Look to your left, what do you see?
a lot of stuff. My living room, TV, an open door which still has Christmas decorations on it because I forgot to check when I took down the tree, a mop, a fan, a bottle of glue on the floor and a bag of bread and a toy loader.

30. What color is your watch?
I don´t use a watch.

31. What do you think of when you think of Australia ?
Julie

32. Would you consider plastic surgery?
Sadly, yes. I´d have a breast reduction.

33. What is your birthstone?
diamond, which I have always thought was so BORING! When I was little I was very jealous because my sisters had colored birthstones.

34. Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit thedrive thru?
We don´t have drive thrus here at most places and without a car . . . it would just be a walk thru.

35.How many kids do you want?
Four, but only if I could miraculously have them appear, because I never, ever, ever want to be pregnant again.

36. Do you have a dog?
Not anymore. My precious German Shepherd, Niko, was poisoned by the neighbors three years ago.

37. Last person you talked to on the phone?
Irving. He´s the only person I ever talk to on the phone.

38. Have you met anyone famous?
Yes, several people.

39. Any plans today?
Finish my blogs early, get my guest blog post done and finish folding laundry. Pretty exciting, huh?

40. How many states have you lived in?
States? None. But I´ve lived in one province and two countries. 

41. Ever go to college?
No

42. Where are you right now?
Um, sitting at my computer . . . .

43. Biggest annoyance in your life right now?
Lack of storage space in this house! I need cupboards and shelves!

44. Last song listened to?
Something salsa that Irving put on

46. Are you allergic to anything?
aspertame, which is in just about anything sugarless

47. Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time?
I don´t usually wear shoes. When I´m home (99.99999999% of the time), I wear my lime green flip flops. But the strap broke on one last week, so I have to start thinking about getting new ones.

48. Are you jealous of anyone?
Not at the moment, but give me a day and I´m sure I can find someone.

50. Is anyone jealous of you?
My mother-in-law. I have her boy!

51. What time is it?
9:37 am

52. Do any of your friends have children?
Well, I don´t have any local friends, but all of my long distance/internet friends do, yes.

53. Do you eat healthy?
Sometimes, ok, now it´s most of the time.

54. What do you usually do during the day?
Write, referee fights between the boys and try to keep everyone full of food.

55. Do you hate anyone right now?
Nope

56. Do you use the word ?hello? daily?
No, but I do use Hola.

58. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
28, gulp.

59. Have you ever been to Six Flags?
No, but I´ve been to Disneyland and DisneyWorld

60. How did you get one of your scars?
I have a scar on my left eyebrow where my mom hit me in the head with a shovel when I was 2. It was an accident, by the way. I snuck up on her while she was shoveling snow.

Adjectives Galore

Dorian has been talking for a while now, but he´s recently started adding adjectives (apart from colors) to his conversations. I find it very interesting to listen to him talk. Here are a few things that have popped up lately.

?Mama, look, it´s hot. REALLY hot!? (talking about his Tonka that was sitting in the sun)

?Oops, my shoes wet!? (after pouring water on them)

?Dante is really mess.? (pointing to Dante who had just thrown up)

?This is disgusting!? (referring to Dante´s dirty diaper)

?Excellent.? (praising his papa for reaching something up high)

?Ewww! Yucky on my foot!? (referring to Jello that he stepped in)

And his latest, which have nothing to do with adjectives:

?Mama, this ooky is bugging me.? (talking about a bug on the floor, I think he meant to say ?this bug is ooky?)

?Ok, ok, ok. I sleep now.? (spoken before I said a thing, after he´d been playing in his room about an hour after bedtime!)