Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Mighty Hunter (copied from Wordpress)

I'm claiming temporary insanity. Anyone who has ever been pregnant will definitely agree that I'm definitely qualified. I have 3 months left for this convenient disability and plan to use it for all its worth.

Along with being just plain nuts about some things (unlike before when I was never only occasionally nuts), I'm typically pg emotional. Reading the sweet story Moreena tells of her Annika needing both hands made me cry. She is such a talented word-crafter. Moreena, you Rock!

Guideposts magazine articles about lost pets and LeapPad commercials are the latest Big Meanies to make little ol' me cry.

My ultrasound did it Monday morning. But that's not unusual for crazy pg gals.

Well, you've probably determined that we're having a little boy. Boys have turtle bottoms and girls have hamburger bottoms. At least that's what the sonographer here says they look like. I kinda agree. If you poke yourself in the eye to temporarilyblur your vision and then strain to see the picture on the u/s screen, you'll see a turtle or a hamburger or nothing but a big blobby mess.

The Mighty Hunter is on top of the world.

Before I continue with my description of his excitement over having a SON (hear that in the movie announcer's deep, dramatic voice), let me tell you a little about The Mighty Hunter's fathering of his daughter.

There was The Mighty Hunter. He was exactly as you might imagine someone with that nickname. He's smart. Tall. Handsome. Hard-working. Outdoorsy. Hunter. Fisher. Find-his-way-out-of-the-woods-in-the-dark-blindfolded. Passionate (shh. don't tell him I said that). Loves Auburn football. Hates u of alabama football. Ditto for Tennessee and Florida and all other rivals of Auburn University. Loves Jesus and his family with all his heart.

He was a "guy." Not much more. But a complete and total Guy.

He learned with mixed emotions that Stinkerbell would be a girl. He knew he would be putty in her tiny, little, soft hands. He tried to prepare himself with all he knew about fathering a daughter. Which was Nothing. I mean, he had a younger brother - no sisters. Until me, the only female in his life had been his mom - whom we lost to leukemia when I was 2 months pg.

With my ob, we planned my labor induction for a Saturday morning - inauguration day! We arrived and settled into the L&D suite. It was pretty uneventful till I puked red and purple Jolly Ranchers about 6:30pm. Except for the intense contractions that lasted 3 days before the Blessed Epidural (BBE). He is still scared to be in the room with me BBE this time - chicken!

At 8:something o'clock, Stinkerbell emerged, screaming and squeezing her thumbs between her pointer and middle fingers. It was at this point that The Mighty Hunter forever lost the hard boney quality to his spine. It is now completely and irrevocably comprised of jell-O. He cried (shh. don't tell him I told you.) He commented on her big feet - and they're still big. He stroked her little arms and legs and head and back and belly as we held her for the first time. As they measured her and did all that crap, he stroked and shushed her screams more still. The video camera went with him into the nursery as the nurses gave her her 1st bath. More stroking and shushing. He held her in his arms like she was the very Christ Child. Or the most fragile, tender, precious, beautiful, important egg-shell of a creature he'd ever seen.

He was instantly, completely, unbelievably, wonderfully in love with Stinkerbell.

And still is.

She owns him, and they both know it. Ask her where she keeps her daddy and she'll hold up her little pinky finger.

And she loves him. This Sunday night she said that she had changed her mind and did want to GET a baby when she got older. Not really HAVE a baby, but GET one - scared of needles and understands they're just part and parcel of pg. I told her that she should find herself a good Christian man to marry and GET a baby with him.

"I want to marry Daddy."

"Well, I'm married to him already, so I don't think that will work. But why don't you go tell him that you want to marry him."

She trots down the hall, buck naked from just finishing her bath to tell her Daddy this wonderful announcement. A few minutes later, I bring her panties and pj's to her and I learn that The Mighty Hunter's trying to figure out a way to accomplish this so that there will NEVER be another man in her life that she would EVER want to marry.

It's this kind of sweetness and love and devotion that The Mighty Hunter has for his Daughter (hear that in your head with Celine Dion's voice in a lullaby style).

Now, he's getting his SON (again, the movie announcer voice). He's so very VERY excited. He had admitted to me before the u/s that he really hoped it would be a son and that he would be disappointed if it were a girl.

Before you start the criticisms, keep in mind that we ALL have preferences and he is NOT wrong for having a preference in this. Also remember how very dearly he loves Stinkerbell and don't think for a SECOND that he'd love a 2nd daughter less than this SON. He just wants a Little Mighty Hunter to pal around with and pick on.

I patted him on the arm and told him it would be ok either way.

But now he is getting his SON. And it is wonderful news to him. He's on top of the world. He's thrilled.

But I realized something else. And I've already told you about it. The Mighty Hunter is a different man because he was father to a daughter first. If the SON were first and Stinkerbell the 2nd child, I don't think he'd be The Mighty Hunter as we know him today. There's a tenderness that he has acquired that might not be there if the birth order were reversed.

So, it's great that we're having the SON. And it's actually great that the SON is 2nd after Stinkerbell.

So how is Auburn Gal handling being the mother of the SON? Pretty good. I'm excited too. I had been able to restrain myself from buying anything, thinking that some of Stinkerbell's clothes, etc might be recycled. But last night, I bought the very FIRST things for the SON last night. Wal-Mart had some things on clearance and there were some CUTE little outfits in 3-6 months size - just right for late spring and summer. Stinkerbell was thrilled to help choose the first clothes for the SON.

I can't wait to see his fat little thighs sticking out of those little short legs.

BANG BANG (copied from Wordpress)

Here's one I began a few days ago. I no longer remember what else I was going to add to it, so I'm posting it now! I'm sorry if it just ends abruptly without resolution.

In his previous life, Mighty Hunter was a residential property claims adjuster for a major insurance company. He handled all types of losses to homes within the NE quarter of Alabama. There are probably a few blog posts about that part of his/our life. During that time, he would do his paperwork in our extra bedroom/office/storage room. (Clean Sweep, where were you then?)

MH is not known for his saintly patience with electronic or electrical items. He is a founding member of the “If it doesn’t fit, force it club,” with its required tool being the claw hammer.

Fax machines gave MH the opportunity to use the tool that is a close second to the hammer. His hand. There are times when a hammer is over-kill.

Paper jams, busy signals, out of paper, out of ink. The things that cause everyone frustration. Mighty Hunter doesn't handle that type of frustration very well.


Bang. Bang. Bang. “Stupid piece of junk. Come on!”


Bang. Bang. Bang.

I think that lightning struck our fax machine, causing permanent unrepairable damage, 4 times over 10 years. Amazing how it didn’t affect anything else in our house in any way, huh?

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Santa Got Ran Over By A Reindeer

Ok, now you're about to experience my sick sense of humor. I laughed till I almost peed my pants last night over this! Enjoy!

Casper the deadly reindeer!!

too funny!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Give me Sugar Water!

This morning was my 2nd ultrasound and glucose test.

Glucose tests suck. I was diagnosed as hypoglycemic when I was 10, I think. I've had more glucose tolerance tests (GTT) than any one person ought to have in their life - sans diabetes. My body just doesn't metabolize sugars at the same rate as the "average" person. The GTT should have been 140 or lower after fasting and drinking their "fruit punch flavored" bottled sugar water. I felt like Edgar, the bug alien from Men in Black.

In my history with GTT's, I've fainted in the dr office bathroom, puked, wished I could puke, gotten raging headaches and had to lie down on exam tables, couches and the floor. Today was below average in excitement. I only got a mild headache and "burped up."

TMI, I know.

Anyway, I flunked the dang thing. Just like I expected. When pg w/Stinkerbell, I flunked it too - 142. Today, I was an over-achiever. 152. It's not really high. It's not a surprise. But I still have to have...

The Dreaded 3 Hour Test.

Now for the rest of the story...My mom joined The Mighty Hunter, Stinkerbell and myself for the ultrasound (u/s). My dad was unable to get away from the office long enough. Both my parents were excited about getting to see the u/s. My brother has 4 kids, and they missed all those u/s - plus Stinkerbell's. The Mighty Hunter's dad was in town, but had his own appointment with a surgeon regarding his prostate cancer (another post, another time.)

Stinkerbell was spellbound by the whole thing. There are very few things that get her to be still and quiet. This was one of the best. I LOVED watching her face as she saw her baby for the first time.

The sonographer (sp? name?) confirmed that everything seemed normal. She can't diagnose anything, but I know that she would call the ob in if she saw something that warranted a diagnosis - which she didn't.

152 bpm heartbeat. Cute little face. Long, skinny arms and legs. Approximately 2 lbs now. She gave a much more exact weight but I was too amused by The Mighty Hunters' "10 pounds???" that I forgot the ounces. It's a nice weight, not too big, not too small.

Long straight spine. Eyes still closed.

And there where it should be was a little turtle.

Do you know which sex has the turtle and which has the hamburger?

I'll wait for the comments to find out who can guess it!

This will be fun.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Great Pumpkin (copied from Wordpress)

Saturday, most of the parents from our church car-pooled to a local pumpkin patch. I’ve taken Stinkerbell to a pumpkin patch every October for the past couple of years. It’s always a lot of fun. Last year, it was just Stinkerbell and I at a small farm. We picked a couple of pumpkins and then bought a few that they’d already been picked.

We loaded up the Pimp Mama-mobile with 3 other kids from church and 2 other parents. Disney’s The Wild was in the dvd player. They watched it for a few minutes – until we got 7 miles up the road and stopped for lunch at McDonald’s. I had the pleasure of sitting across from Neighbor’s Son (7), Stinkerbell (5) and Stinkerbell’s best friend from church - BFFC (girl, 7). As soon as Neighbor’s Son was finished eating, the Hot Wheels began racing across the table toward me. Stinkerbell and BFFC had a dance competition with their Barbie ballerinas. Then we were joined by another boy (6) who wanted to race his Hot Wheels with Neighbor’s Son, while I tried to finish my Big ‘n Tasty with cheese and fries with excessive salt and ketchup.

The other parents finished eating a few minutes before I and began bringing their trays to the trash.

“How’s it going up here, Auburn Gal?”

“It’s great!” nervous twitch “I’m leaving. Who wants their kid?”

“Kids get your bags and put them in the trash and load up. Time for the pumpkin patch!”

So, we drove to the pumpkin patch. The kids had a great time.

Playing in the pit of shell corn was the high-light for all the kids. We parents wanted a turn, but the kids wouldn’t let us play.

Corn ostriches

The 5 ACRE corn maze was very well done and not really difficult. I don’t think I wandered the whole 5 ACRES, but considered making a short-cut to the parking lot when I saw the tops of the vehicles parked there!

Note to self: When wandering a 5 ACRE corn maze, it can be perfectly reasonable and surprisingly efficient to allow a 5 y-o and 7 y-o to lead the way. Stinkerbell and BFFC led us out, holding hands the whole way.

The hay ride to the pumpkin patch was good too. Later this month, this farm does night-time haunted hay-rides. The trails through their 2400 acre farm are very well maintained. The cotton-pickers were working and the bailer was just about to finish a bale of cotton as we rode past. The cotton bales are so big. It’s really interesting.

Stinkerbell and BFCC on hayride

The pumpkin patch we picked from seemed pretty full still – even though there was a farm truck half-full with pumpkins the farm crew was picking for sale to stores. We wandered around and found 2 very nicely shaped pumpkins.

Stinkerbell and pumpkins

There was a petting zoo with Shetland ponies, very tame goats and a baby donkey. I didn’t even walk over there. But Stinkerbell and BFFC spent much time there – they’re both animal lovers.

Fun was had by all.

I’ve decided that I definitely want a large shed somewhere on my property. By “large shed” I mean, 18’ roof height minimum, no walls (or possibly enclose a portion with screens!), a gas bbq grill on one side, a little playground slide, porch swings, fluorescent lights, ceiling fans.

The Mighty Hunter observed the beginning of whitetail bow season here in Alabama. He drove his new truck to near Auburn where he is a member of a hunting club. He pulled his new trailer hauling his new Yamaha Rhino, with his new bow safely hidden away. He shot at a small buck Saturday morning but missed. Somehow, he cut a string on his bow, which will have to be fixed before next weekend. He somehow broke a tail-light on his new trailer too.

There was no damage to his truck though. Thank goodness!

Stinkerbell slept in the bed with me both Friday and Saturday night. She has the softest little feet and loves to rub them on my legs as she falls asleep.

I’ve made vegetable soup and Mexican cornbread and The Mighty Hunter’s plain cornbread today.

I have 8 days of work left before I go on maternity leave. wooHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

I have finished a new post over at my wordpress blog...

Stinkerbell and I went with others from our church to a pumpkin patch. It was really nice. There are pictures and fascinating tidbits about the trip and even a quick re-cap of The Mighty Hunter's hunting trip.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

#2 (copied from Wordpress)

First, I couldn't resist the "#2". teeheehee! Just too easy.

I really mean... Things you only hear in a public restroom when Stinkerbell and I are there!!! Part Two

For #1, please read

Our first installment with Funny Potty Stories on Stinkerbell (then known as DD) began in a clothing store. Today's chapter will come to you from a restaurant.

Stinkerbell loves eating at the Cracker Barrel. Fried chicken tenders, okra and corn (put the corn in a bowl, please) are her regular order. When she was really small, she called it "tick-tar", her way of pronouncing guitar. Now WHAT it was about the Cracker Barrel store or its sign that made her think of a guitar, I've never really understood. I think it was because of the design on their sign looked a little bit like the big part of a guitar. If you squint really hard. And press on your eyes until your vision blurs. Or you take off your glasses.


Stinkerbell and I were in the ladies room at our local Cracker Barrel. It was a crowded, busy day. All the stalls were full, and several women were outside the stalls washing hands, waiting their turn or changing a diaper. Our turn came and we, once again, used the wheelchair accessible stall. There was no one waiting to pee that required the use of the wheelchair stall, so Stinkerbell and I enjoyed the extra space.

I let her tinkle first. Then while I'm assuming the position, she's doing the "pull up your pants dance"... well, just remember this. Her voice has never been a quiet one. Whisper? Not MY Stinkerbell.

Stinkerbell's volume level

"Mommy, I have a hair on my bottom."

thinking it's one of the long ones from her head that has fallen down into her panties or pants and is tickling or irritating her... "Get it out of there. Put it on the floor."

"No, mommy." frustration drips out of her mouth onto the floor and runs down the sewer drain... "Like you do. See????" big proud grin

You know how they all reacted. You're doing it now. Go ahead and laugh. It's funny.

I gambled that they had all been equally embarrassed by their own twerps at some point in their lives. And if they hadn't yet, it was coming. It's a rite of passage. You embarrassed your parents in all sorts of ways. Your off-spring will embarrass you. It's only fair.

Monday, October 09, 2006

duh (copied from Wordpress)

"There are times when he's not the sharpest tool in the shed"

Or “It’s a Good Thing He’s so Sexy”

Mighty Hunter is a very smart man. He has a lot of talent and skills in business and sports and just regular daily things. There are days, on the other hand, where he gets by because he is cute and has a great, funny laugh.

MH is a deep sleeper. Stinkerbell has inherited that gift. She can sleep very soundly while I bang her bed with the vacuum cleaner. I can remember times when I was a deep sleeper. Then one Presidential Inauguration Day, I gave birth and my ability to hear even the slightest wheeze, sniffle, cough, sigh or breath was intensified to the point that I struggle to sleep at all.

When Stinkerbell was a baby, but old enough to be rolling around on her own, she was in bed with us one night. There were many nights when she slept with us before we finally brain-washed motivated her to sleep in her own bed. One night, she rolled herself all the way to the bottom of the bed without me realizing it. When she rolled herself off the bed and thumped onto the floor, her scared cries jerked me awake.

With the grace and agility of a leopard groggy mommy, I leapt from my sliver-thin portion of our KING-SIZE bed and turned on every light I could reach. Stinkerbell is still screaming, but she is not really hurt. Considering this was the first of, well, more-than-one fall from the bed, she and I handled it pretty well.

Mighty Hunter didn’t handle the situation so well. Not that he panicked or lost consciousness or anything. Losing consciousness would imply that he actually awakened. Panic would also require consciousness.

Conscious? No.

Asleep? Yes.

Annoying? Yes.

Lacking common sense? Yes.

MH sits up in his ¾ portion of the bed and appears awake. His eyes are open. He has a concerned look on his face. But his words reveal his true mental capacities...

“What’s wrong?”

“She fell off the bed.”

“Did she bounce?” Lies back down on his pillow. Closes eyes. Snores.

Did she BOUNCE? He is soooo lucky I’m occupied caring for his child to smother him with his own pillow. This might just count for temporary insanity.

The next day, I thank him, with all the stinging sarcasm I can muster, for his assistance during the night’s excitement.

You’re gonna love this.

He doesn’t remember it at all.

Auburn Gal Always’s Doo-doo Cookies
AKA: #2 Cookies, No-bake Oatmeal Cookies

4 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 very heaping Tbs cocoa powder
Instant oats
4 oz cream cheese (more or less according to taste)
1 heaping Tbs smooth peanut butter (more or less according to taste)

In a large sauce pan, combine water, sugar and cocoa. Increase heat until this reaches a good rolling boil. Allow to boil until bubbles become large and mixture is thicker and it reaches the “hard ball” stage.* When hard ball stage is reached, remove from heat. Quickly stir in cream cheese and peanut butter, a perfect mixture is not necessary here. Add oats to mixture until your preferred consistency is reached. Less oats yields a more candy-like cookie. More oats yields a more chewy cookie. With a tablespoon or small serving spoon, drop cookies onto wax paper or parchment paper. Allow to cool. Lick the pan and spoon clean to conserve water and soap during clean-up.

*Hard ball stage is reached when a small drop of your mixture is dropped into cool water and forms a hard ball. Do not short-cut this part. You will get syrup and not cookies if you don’t let it reach hard ball stage.

On the other hand, chocolate syrup is a yummy thing too.

I'm a member of I'm posting this recipe in response to a question asked there. If you give it a try and like it, please let me know with a comment. If you make your own modifications and improvements, please share that with me too!

Auburn Gal Always (healthy) Quesadillas

(2) 8” Whole wheat tortillas (98% fat free)
1-2 Tbs all white meat chicken
Chili powder
1 Tbs Rotel, drained
1 tsp diced chiles
Chopped onions, raw or sautéed in olive or canola oil, your choice (1 Tbs or as preferred)
Cubed hot pepper cheese – substitute milder variety pepper jack if preferred
Sliced jalapenos (to taste)

Pre-heat non-stick pan over medium heat. Drain all water off chicken. Transfer chicken to a bowl, sprinkle with chili powder and cumin. Using a fork, “shred” chicken into thin “slivers”, mixing chili powder and cumin into meat. Lightly spread approximately 1-2 Tbs of chicken onto one tortilla. Spread Rotel, chiles, onions and jalapenos evenly on top of chicken. Distribute approximately 8-10 cubes of cheese on top. (If using shredded cheese, use 1-2 Tbs). Carefully slide into pre-heated pan and cover with 2nd tortilla. Allow to cook until bottom tortilla is golden brown, 4-5 minutes. Using wide spatula, carefully flip tortilla and allow to cook an additional 4-5 minutes, until golden brown.

Remove from heat. Slice with your favorite pizza cutter and serve with fat free sour cream.

One quesadilla = 3 points*, approximately. *not evaluated or tested by WW. Points determined by using points calculator and calorie, fat, etc of ingredients. Rotel, chiles, jalapenos and raw onions are 0 points. 2 tortillas are less than 1 pt. Chicken is approx 1 pt. Cheese and cooked onions are approx 1 pt.

by the way... I have a new post over at my wordpress blog...“there-are-times-when-he’s-not-the-sharpest-tool-in-the-shed”/

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Ebay (copied over from Wordpress)

I have yet to try to sell anything on Ebay. or eBay - whatever! But I have bought a few things over the last couple of years. Most of it has been things for Stinkerbell or odds and ends to use at work.

I've gotten some great deals on clothes for Stinkerbell. 2 yrs ago I got her the cutest red wool Rothschild's dress coat with matching hat for $60-ish. Old Navy overals for under $10. really great stuff.

This week, I received this beautiful winter coat for her - direct from eBay for the AMAZINGLY low price of $31. Except for the white cathair and long hairs all over it - it was in PERECT condition! Dry-cleaner is taking care of that as we speak/type/read.

wow!  what a deal!

Also, I presented Stinkerbell with her Halloween costume...

Stinkerbell Possible

She has worn it every night since I gave it to her. What a total grand slam of a Halloween costume! Yay, Mommy!

No, I don't think we'll all go to hell and take Stinkerbell with us for observing the "clearly satanic" even of Halloween. Yes, it is a time of all things scary and not very "Christian". I really dislike that part of it. Our little country church has a Fall Festival that allows the kids to wear their costumes, play games, win prizes, eat unhealthy foods, Trunk-or-Treat (they walk from car trunk to car trunk instead of house to house), have a talent show. It's a lot of fun. But Mighty Hunter and I always take Stinkerbell around to her my parents, some aunts and uncles, her great-grandmothers and a select few other places to do her authentic trick or treating. She knows that the scary things on tv and the costumes are pretend. She knows Who is in charge of the world and knows about the "big bad guy" that's out there to try to mess up the Lord's work. She knows all this without being afraid of it - and that is MINE and Mighty Hunter's jobs. We TRY (unsuccessfully most of the time) to just live our lives by the Book and let that show - even during this Halloween-evil-you'll-go-to-hell time of year.

Maybe its being a hypocrit. We're just trying to be real.

My Halloween costume might not go over so well at our church's event. It takes some imagination - not much - but look at the Before...

Marge Simpson overbite belly button

And the After...

Brace yourself - it's not pretty! Hide the kiddo's eyes - it's just too graphic for them!

My Halloween tattoo/costume

Can you tell that Peanut is resting right under my freckle? Yup, Peanut's most comfy in the right half of my hips for now.

Friday the 13th is the day we do our ultrasound and find out if Peanut is a girl (sound the death-knell for Mighty Hunter's backbone for ETERNITY) or a boy (get the camera ready for a big, proud daddy grin b/c he'll finally have a male ally in the house!) I also have to have the dreaded glucose tolerance test that morning - translation: eat and drink nothing after midnight, pray that I won't faint from my hypoglycemia, present finger, "big stick", squish finger till river of blood flows from tiny pin prick, wait and pray for another 20 minutes while NOT eating or drinking, stick another finger, squish it till 2nd river flows, drink large glass of orange juice stashed in purse, receive news that glucose is 2 points higher than acceptable, schedule the even longer and more dreaded glucose test at hospital.

If it weren't for getting to see Peanut that morning, I'd stay home and LIE about doing the glucose test.

dang hypoglycemia! dang fasting! dang "big-stick"-finger squishing-"your glucose is barely too high" OB's!

eBay - your friend and mine

new post over at wordpress blog...

and, by the way. will the mosquitoes EVER die this year??? I've had enough of them!

And, how do you like my test blog.... I'm trying out a template I snagged at

Oh, and War Eagle! My Auburn Tigers are doing great still this year. This weekend will be a tough game, at Arkansas. Since the hawgs beat the university of alabama, Tuberville BETTER make sure he's not too conservative like he was at South Carolina - come on boys! Show 'em all how good you are! Make us proud!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Friday Night Lights and a Flock of Ducks
(copied from Wordpress)

After school each day last week, Stinkerbell had the distinct pleasure of attending a cheerleading clinic that was run by the high school varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders. They learned all the cute little, easy cheers. How to attempt a "toe-touch" jump. How to jog-in-place/shuffle-step while clapping and saying the cheer. And the coup de gras of all 5 y-o cheerleader moves... the proper technique of jumping up and down while squealing and wiggling your fingers over your head.

Yes, my ears bled.

Stinkerbell with spirit stickc

She got her very own Spirit Stick to keep "fo-evuh" (a broom-stick cut down to about 12" and painted and decorated with school colors, etc.) She got a cool little t-shirt in the school colors and a megaphone (cheerleaders are cruel creatures!!!), a little football and a plastic cup.

Friday night was a home game for the Fort Payne Wildcats. Before the game, the girls who had attended the cheerleader clinic were invited to cheer on the side-lines and during the victory line (the line of fans through which the team tramples runs through).

Stinkerbell at 1st gameShe wore her "official" cheerleading outfit that coordinated with the other little girls and looked very nice. (For $50 it should wash the bugs off my windshield!) She was very cute.

Stinkerbell had complained of a tummy ache since picking her up from school. She barely ate any supper.

Her allergies and asthma have been in overdrive all week thanks to the unholy goldenrod (sure, Bettie, it's pretty and all, but for the love of Mike, it makes our noses clog up with snot and makes us wheeze and hack!)

We were 10 minutes late. But Stinkerbell got to cheer. Mighty Hunter took pictures while I used the video camera, complete with narration about the blinking crossed-out disc that confused me.

I wore my fancy-schmancy, butch cowboy boots - which looked mahvelous, but are very heavy on my pregnant feet and this causes much difficulty in climbing bleachers when combined with sciatica! So, I pulled a muscle in my left thigh, because of which I'm still limping today!

Stinkerbell with tummy acheStinkerbell wanted to go to the victory line. I let her go alone and then remembered the tummy ache issue and decided that a little cheerleader puking on the football field in the middle of a crowd of fans and running, "fired up" high school football players might NOT be a good combination. So I fetched her, for which she was grateful.

We returned to our seats for a few minutes and decided that I had already gotten the full value of the $5 admission I had paid. So Stinkerbell and I left Mighty Hunter, his dad and brother to drive themselves home whenever they got ready to leave. (This decision was also assisted by the tummy ache-puking on the bleachers thought.)

As we got in the Pimped-out Mamamobile, I began hearing a very distinct sound coming from Stinkerbell's seat. Not a snore, although a nap wouldn't have been impossible. Not a cry or a whine. Not a whistle, like Moreena enjoyed recently. More like a quack. Or a flock of ducks quacking. 3 flocks quacking in unison to the William Tell Overture. Thankfully, it was a loud but otherwise harmless series of quacks. Many times, her "stinkies" are silent but deadly. These were the opposite. Musical animals without scent.



I prefer the MAWS.

Stinkerbell giggles and says her embarrassed little "excuse me". But suddenly begins to feel better, swearing she'll eat supper if I'd only just buy her a biscuit with butter from Jack's. "pweese, I'm soooo hungry. I'm a poster child for World Vision. You never give me anything to eat."

Well, maybe she didn't say ALL of that. But she DID beg and say I didn't give her any supper.

And it wasn't true.


I gave her 2 saltine crackers and 3 ounces of water.

new post over at my wordpress blog.

I'm working on a new template to try to use here. It might be a work-around for the template layout issues. I have serious doubts about the picture uploading problems though.

btw, wordpress has some great options and features.

have a great week!

Hey, Rachel! Congratulations!!!!