Monthly Archives: December 2012

Sunbeam Mixmaster

I was asked this year if I wanted a mixer or food processor for Christmas and I said, No.  I didn’t say no because I don’t use one, or didn’t want one. I said no because I have one.

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My old Sunbeam Mixmaster

It’s an old Sunbeam Mixmaster. Yes, it’s old and weighs a tonne, but it’s good. It still works great. It was my grandmothers and it served her loyally for many years. Now it serves me just as loyally, with never a complaint. I think the original bowl and beaters are long gone, replaced sometime before I got it.

Back then things were made to last out of iron and steel, not cheap plastic. This mixer has a history and I plan to keep it around as long as possible. And perhaps one day this will become a family heirloom.

My old Sunbeam Mixmaster.

My old Sunbeam Mixmaster.

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You Will be Remembered

You will be remembered

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December 16, 2012 · 7:54 am

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This post is dedicated not to the memories of those who have died today, but to the survivors. To those who must find the strength to carry on when they have seen the worst humanity has to offer.

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Okay / Not Okay

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December 13, 2012 · 9:21 pm

And things continue

Well the party turned out okay, I had five boys show up, I love the last-minute RSVP’s. Now I have to send out thank you cards, only what I really want to say is “Thank you for not giving me any notice”. The boys went so crazy at the presents when it was time to open them that I totally lost track of who gave him what so I’m just sending out generic “thank you for coming to the party”

He got a lot of Legos, which was good because he likes legos. Only problem is…can you have too many Legos? I have two large buckets of Legos which I planned to give him for Christmas, now I might return one of them and get a large storage container instead. His other Rubbermaid container of Legos is over flowing.

On the work front, things are going okay making some money, not as much as I would like, but I’m doing okay for now. Unemployment runs out in two weeks and I better hit the ground running at that point if I want to keep up on my bills. However things are going to get a little tougher for me, my husband just got transferred to a position a lot closer to home and he’ll probably be home by 2:30pm most days. That gives me a lot less time to work, because I can’t work with Mr. Chatterbox home.

I’m halfway through my SEO course, so that looks good on my credentials, even if the course is a lot of stuff I already know. At least this way I will have a piece of paper that says that I know it…for some reason a piece of paper makes you smarter and more capable.

 

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The ‘Mom Code’

Is there a ‘Mom Code’ out there somewhere? If so, then can I please get the rule book? I somehow seem to have violated it and it’s adversely affecting my son.

My son is turning 5, and two weeks ago I sent out invitations to seven boys to a pirate themed party at our house. The party is this Saturday, I have gotten two responses. Only one of them is coming. The neighbor boy was more of a courtesy invite and I didn’t really expect him to come to the party, after all they play together on the weekends, but they don’t go to the same school or have the same friends. He will probably show up later in the day though.

I’m starting to think I’ve violated a code or rule somewhere. Unfortunately I just don’t fit in the mommy clique. I go to the school events, I help on field trips etc., but I have nothing in common with the women that do these things. I wear T-shirts emblazoned with rock logos or cars, I wear jeans and runners, my nails are broken and plain. I find talk about manicures boring, I don’t care about the latest sale at Target.  I don’t buy my son the latest technology (He’s only 5, why does he need something better than me?.)

In fact when there are groups of parents together I tend to have conversations with their husbands. I have more in common with them.

I talk cars I am restoring a 1940 Oldsmobile. I talk tech, I write about it so I really should know a little about it. I speak geek, I know the comic book world, I know whats happening with Lord of the Rings, I’m a true believer that Lucas ruined the  franchise with episodes 1-3. I can even quote the Star Trek movies (odd movies suck).

I can’t even imagine the looks I would get from some of the mothers is they knew that I let my son play D&D with us last night. It was a fledgling game and he had a level 1 barbarian, I figure that’s about the right mentality for a 5-year-old.  He was doing math (Counting his dice and subtracting his damage points), learning consequences (Run blindly into a room and you set off a trap), and he was politely waiting his turn. In between turns he was drawing castles with turrets, parapets with crenelations and draw bridges. How many five-year-olds know what crenelations are let alone draw them?

Judging by the lack of response to my sons birthday party I’m guessing that I violated some sort of unknown code and offended the mommy clique. Either that, or they are just rude and plan to show up without responding to the clearly written RSVP.

It would serve them right if no one was home when they came. Maybe take the one RSVP child and mine up to someplace fun. But that then brings up another point that I am confused on….Why do I have to play host to the parents at a child’s party? Apparently they (And I do mean both parents) plan to stick around the entire party…so now I have to entertain them while I keep the children in check? Does that mean I need to make appetizers for them too?  I have a family party planned for later that afternoon for which I was already making food, but that little get together is basically my husbands birthday party.

Maybe I am just out of touch with today???

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