New beginnings

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 9:14 PM

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...and it's not even New Year's yet!

presents put away
dishes done
bellies full
clutter purging begun
teeth flossed
babies asleep

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

So, since nobody liked my "serious" post

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Monday, December 22, 2008 at 7:37 AM

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(or maybe everyone is too busy writing their representatives and signing petitions to comment)...

I guess I better do a nice frothy Christmas tag to get the ball rolling again, eh? Here you go, courtesy of Amy, Claudia, Angie, and everyone else I know:

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping paper. I feel like a cheater when I use bags at Christmas, plus most of the people I wrap for are kids and they seem to find paper much more satisfying.

2. Real tree or Artificial?
Fake. I'm a Fakey McFakerson when it comes to trees. I had a real one the first year we were married, because I wanted to try it, but I killed it (of course!) and the smell is just too much for me inside the house. Real Christmas trees belong in the great outdoors, not in my living room.

3. When do you put up the tree?
Depends - if it was up to me and David it probably wouldn't go up at all, but it's hard to be a Scrooge when there's a 5 year old in the house. I think it was the day after Thanksgiving this year, and it was hard to put him off that long!

4. When do you take the tree down?
After New Year's. We're always out of town, plus I'm lazy and I don't care who knows it.

5. Do you like eggnog?
Is this a trick question? Nobody likes eggnog!

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
The one I remember most was the dollhouse that my Dad built for me and my sister!

7. Hardest person to buy for?
Actually, no one was hard this year. The hardest thing was narrowing it down since I pretty much wanted to get a huge pile of gifts for everyone I know.

8. Easiest person to buy for?
David and my dad. They make Amazon wish lists and I just go down and click on things.

9. Do you have a nativity scene?
No, not yet. I'm a snob and I want a nice, really beautiful one and they're spendy.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
I love them all! Since I have sent neither, it feels a little hypocritical to look down my nose at emailers...

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
You'd be hard-pressed to make this little idealist call a gift "bad". It really, really is the thought that counts.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
It's a Wonderful Life
When Harry Met Sally (more of a New Year's movie, but whatever)
and all those hokey Christmas cartoons I used to watch with my sister on Christmas Eve!

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
This year it was pretty much October, to spread out the damage to the old checking account!

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Not that I can think of. But I would totally do it, depending on the circumstances.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
An orange on Christmas morning.

16. Lights on the tree?
Well, yeah! I like our white ones, which is a good thing, because the tree is prelit and we can't change 'em.

17. Favorite Christmas song?
Now *this* is impossible. I'll list the first 5 I can think of that I especially like and we'll leave it at that: In Dulci Jubilo
- In Dulci Jubilo/Good Christian Men Rejoice
- this version of The First Noel
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Some Children See Him (listen to this one, it's so beautiful and most people don't know it)
- Happy Christmas, War is Over

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Stay home for Christmas Day, and then hit the road Jack!

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph. Come on, my kids make me sing this to them 100 times a day!

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
We don't have anything on top of our tree, actually. I haven't seen The Perfect Thing yet, and I'm holding out.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Christmas Eve is cheating. Christmas Day for us, thanks.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
Germs. A kindergartener and a preschooler are a remarkably efficient germ-retrieval team.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
Sentimental hodge-podge is exactly right, Granny!

24. Favorite time for Christmas dinner?
Whenever, and very informal is my style.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
I asked for a pressure cooker and cookbook (yes, I am a nerd) and some jewelry and a hat off etsy. Oh, and a clone of myself since I can only ever do about half the things I need to get done! I'm not holding my breath for the last one.

Call to action

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 7:58 PM

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OK folks, I know you're busy. So am I. But I've got something important for you to do this weekend.

As of today, a piece of legislation is set to take effect in February 2009 that would require, among other things, third party lead and phthalate testing on all products intended for use by children under the age of twelve. This includes clothing, toys, diapers, baby carriers, hairbows, capes, and many other items that I personally have purchased for my children. This burden of proof is, according to the current wording, to be shouldered by the manufacturer of the item with no exceptions.

This means that, for example, if a woman sews and sells baby carriers out of her home, she is required to test, at her expense, all the fabric that she uses to make the items - every color individually, every batch tested individually - even if the fabric has already been proven safe at an earlier stage in the process. This also means that products originating from other countries (you know, where they actually make things safely in the first place and pay their workers a living wage) are subject to this testing and will have to be tested AGAIN in the States according to the law.

There are many other examples I could cite, but the short version is that the only companies who will be able to bear this burden are the big ones - the ones who should bear it - the ones who are importing these unsafe products in the first place. (Of course, they're importing them because that's what American consumers want, by and large, but that's another post altogether). Small shops and artisans will be out of business, simple as that, and foreign manufacturers will not sell to the United States. There are steep penalties in place for violators of this law, and any products not meeting the new standards will be considered "hazardous goods" as of February 10th. This includes items already made.

If you value handmade, heirloom, or high quality products for your children - or even if you just want to have a CHOICE as to what you buy - then make your voice heard! The Consumer Product Safety Commission has formally asked for comments and feedback on this legislation, and it just takes a minute. You can check it out here, or here, to get you started. Just take 5 minutes and stand for something. They asked, and they better get an answer!

Off into the big bad world

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 12:08 PM

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Wow. Putting my 2-year-old on a school bus and watching her drive away is one of the more surreal experiences of my life thus far.

For the 4-6 people reading this blog who don't already know, Eve recently qualified for speech therapy preschool through the state of Arizona. They offer a bus service to and from our front door, which while moderately terrifying is also fabulously convenient. Things being how they are, what with my fleet of nannies/drivers/housekeepers/personal chefs nowhere to be found, I took the bait and onto the bus she goes!

It was such a delightful experience that it would be a crime not to share - hence, the play by play:

8:48 am: "Mom! De tiny bussy - it 'ere!" (Save your short bus jokes, we've already made them all).



8:49 am: "Car-eat? Where is?" (Talk like Yoda, she does. Kindly note red nose and tear-streaked face - the result of the arduous process of selecting a school outfit that was both weather appropriate and free of pinching or scratching properties. Also, red and purple totally match).



8:50 am:
"I can 'it wight by my packpack?"



"Bye bye! I uh you doo!"



9:20 am: "Mom, you 'ere?" (They really are insanely thorough to ensure the littlies get to their classes safely. She had a personal escort every step of the way. Just in case, though, I drove to the school to meet her with her teacher, Miss Nessa. What, who's a control freak?)



12:29 pm: (Back at home, thanks to driver Stanley. I think her face says it all).

If I blog something every day

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 1:27 PM

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then there exists irrefutable evidence that I am occasionally productive, right?

Some days I desperately need to feel productive. And on this fine Wednesday, Devlin might have a mom who could either whisk him off to Disneyland or burst into tears at any moment, without warning, but at least he has a cool haircut now!


(What exactly constitutes a cool haircut for a 5 year old? I've seen boys in his kindy class with their collars turned up so obviously there's some
moms out there a lot closer to the trends of the moment than I. Whatever. I figure my responsibility is to keep him one at least one rung up from the bottom on the elementary school Cooler-Than-You scale, and the rest is up to him.)

It's a Wonderful Life

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 1:26 PM

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Let's see, it's December 9th, so...

9 reasons this week has been wonderful:

1) This little girl here is starting preschool! Today was supposed to be her first day, but the poor thing has a terrible virus or something and she's coughing and wheezing to beat the band. She's so out of it that a few minutes ago she woke from her nap after two hours because she had wet the bed (very unusual), and was still so tired that I just put new undies on her, moved her to her brother's bed, and she went right back to sleep. Still, though, all she can talk about when she's awake is the how she's going to take her "packpack" on Thursday and ride the "tiny bussy". I am so excited for her! (And me, let's be honest).

2) Christmas shopping! I have been having so much fun picking out gifts for my kids especially, and all my friends and family. I love this time of year - the weather is gorgeous, there's lots to do, and I *love* making people happy and getting fun things in the mail!

3) I have the best, the very best, husband in the universe and yesterday was the 11th anniversary of our first date.

4) Devlin was the "music student of the week" at Madison. Whatever that means. :) I couldn't get him to elaborate much, except that he got to sit up front by the teacher (although that's an effect, not a cause. He didn't seem to see the difference).

5) Iris's ugly face rash/es is/are a mere shadow of its/their former self/ves.

6) My solo went pretty well yesterday. I didn't make any mistakes, and I was a little nervous but on balance I would call it a success. I had a new dress so at least I looked good.

7) Now that it's over with, I don't have to think about it any more!

8) I've only had to wash 3 loads of sheets so far this week. This is an improvement.

9) My hair is long enough to put in a ponytail! After a year of growing it out, I think it's officially not short any more. Just in time for me to wish it was short again. Sigh.

Last Minute Lady

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 11:30 AM

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So, if any of you are looking for something fun to do tonight, come and hear me (and David) sing at the Messiah Sing-a-long! First Presbyterian Church, Mesa Drive south of University, 7:30 pm.

I am taking the bull by the horns this year and performing a very difficult solo that I have always wanted to sing, but was too chicken. You won't want to miss it! I hope not, anyway.

You learn something new every day!

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 1:34 PM

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This is my third baby, but my first thumb sucker. It's strangely, compellingly adorable, isn't it?

Joke's on me, I guess

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 4:50 PM

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So I leave her alone for 5 minutes...

Anyone who knows this girl will tell you, she's definitely Oscar material! Best actress in a drama, otherwise known as my life. So I guess she heard there was a lot of buzz around Heath Ledger's Joker in the new Batman, and figured she'd give him a run for his (posthumous) money.

Or maybe we should get her the award for Best Makeup.