Tales from Two

Assertions of “I do it myself!” accompany every task

The perfection of the pout came overnight

Wicked tantrums followed by wild laughter.  Repeat all day.

An endless supply of new words.

Running EVERYWHERE!

Singing songs all the time.

Generous hugs and kisses, especially kisses.

The parrotting of our words and phrases is constant.

The immediate response of “I here” when you call her name (just like playing Marco-Polo as a kid)

So far while M at 2 has been tiring, it is more fun then I could have ever imagined… and continues to get better everyday. ¬†This kid is smart, funny,¬†ornery¬†and so damn¬†lovable.

Try, Try again

I didn’t win the HP/Microsoft giveaway I posted about. But, the folks at HP and Microsoft Windows Live have chosen 50 different bloggers to give away $6000 in the latest gear from their companies and I’ve decided to give it another go over at Stop, Drop & Blog. I haven’t come to my senses yet so if I were to win, I would still GIVE IT ALL AWAY!

The very cool HP TouchSmart IQ816t series – the one I would really, really like to keep – would go to Shaker Heights High School right around the corner from me. They are doing some amazing things with design classes, and as my hubby is a designer himself he’d love to give them this awesome machine, Corel VideoStudio software and the printer to help inspire them as he was when he was younger.

The HP HDX would go to the school where my sister teaches – they are in need of a laptop for classroom use by all the teachers. My sister, who is the Tech Coordinator for the school, just bought a laptop with her own funds as she had been waiting for years for the school to buy one.

The HP Pavilion dv4 series Notebook, the HP Mini 1000 and the movie would go to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. I work at the Clinic and while we treat some the sickest kids around, the thing the kids want most it to feel connected to what they left behind – friends, school, family. These machines could help them keep up with schoolwork they are missing while hospitalized, connect with friends and family, or lose themselves in a great movie or game for awhile – all while being treated for their illness.

This is an amazing thing for HP and Microsoft to do and I really hope I win as I know that these computers could make a difference in so many lives!

Short and Sweet

In the last 7 days…

Cookies: baked (and frozen lest they be inhaled prior to Christmas)

Surgery: cancelled

House: decorated

Dust: swiffered

Laundry mountain: summited

Shopping: started and finished

Holiday cards: ordered, addressed and mailed

Big-ass TV: set up

World: rocked

A week from today is my big family Christmas gathering. ¬†After that it’s pretty low-key and low-stress. ¬†My sister & her kids will be coming up for a couple of days to watch M during a daycare shutdown and I know M will have a blast – she adores her cousins. ¬†p1040875

M and her cousins, the morning after Thanksgiving

Tagged

Yippee!! I’ve been tagged! ¬†As a realitivly new blogger I was pretty excited when Ben and Sara of one of my favorite blogs – Heights Eats – tagged me last week with my very first first tag. ¬†But then I got super busy – ugh. So without further ado here is the fun and games:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

The 6 things:

1. Broccoli makes me gag.  Even the smell of broccoli makes me gag.
2. Mark and I got married on a Canadian island.
3. I say I am a knitter but haven’t finished a single knitting project since before M was born.
4. I am an NPR addict.
5. I am the lone democrat in a republican family.
6. I love to bake.

I’m tagging some of my favorite blogs:

Foodmomiac

Diabetic Running Mama

Mark G. Davis

M2Z

Chef’s Widow

Kicky Boots

Give It Away Now

The lovely and talented Casey at Moosh in Indy is having yet another fabulous giveaway.  The folks at HP and Microsoft Windows Live have chosen her to give away $6000 in the latest gear from their companies.  Since our household bows to the Apple-gods and has enough computer equipment,  and since I know a lot of people who could benefit from this gear Рif I were to win, I would GIVE IT ALL AWAY!

The very cool¬†HP TouchSmart IQ816t series – the one I would really, really like to keep – would go to Shaker Heights High School right around the corner from me. ¬†They are doing some amazing things with design classes, and as my hubby is a designer himself he’d love to give them this¬†awesome¬†machine, Corel VideoStudio software and the printer to help inspire them as he was when he was younger.¬†

The HP HDX would go to the school where my sister teaches Рthey are in need of a laptop for classroom use by all the teachers.  My sister, who is the Tech Coordinator for the school, just bought a laptop with her own funds as she had been waiting for years for the school to buy one.  

The¬†HP Pavilion dv4 series Notebook, the HP Mini 1000 and the movie would go to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. ¬†I work at the Clinic and while we treat some the sickest kids around, the thing the kids want most it to feel connected to what they left behind – friends, school, family. ¬†These machines could help them keep up with schoolwork they are missing while¬†hospitalized, connect with friends and family, or lose themselves in a great movie or game for awhile – all while being treated for their illness.

This is an amazing thing for HP and Microsoft to do and I really hope I win as I know that these computers could make a difference in so many lives!