>I’ve hit a new point of boring with this post …

>So, I don’t blog for a week and now I’m blogging about floors.

Does anyone have the Shark?

For a while now, I’ve noticed that our hardwood floors never really look clean. Even after they are cleaned by someone other than me who probably really knows what they are doing. I’ve tried different cleaning products – Murphy’s Oil, vinegar & water, plain water, etc and it’s always the same result.

This thing just looks like a miracle and I’m wondering if it’s as good as it looks. Between two dogs, two adults, and two toddlers, it’s an understatement to say that are floors always need a good cleaning.

Has anyone tried it? Do you love it?

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>This blog halted on account of …

>coughing
a sinus infection
a Z pack
a pedicure in “make love not…” pink
photos that make me smile
end of school year picnic
lots of lots of chick-fil-a nuggets
slides down the “big kid” slide
blooming hydrangeas
slow-melt mini popsicles
ants in my kitchen
3 years worth of tree trimmings and weed pullings
a “new” beautiful yard
flowerpots
gently used Lilly
a guacamole craving
bathing suit try-ons and
a search for a cover up.

I’ll be back soon, I promise.

>Lost lost

>I watched the very first episode and didn’t “get it.” I remember there was a plane crash and a polar bear.

So, I’ve never watched it since.

I think everyone else that I know on the planet (or at least on Facebook) is currently watching.

I’m watching House Hunters International.

La-ooser, I’ll admit it.

Maybe I’ll catch up via DVD’s or on demand TV. Should I? Have I really missed out for the last 5 year!?

>Peculiar

>

Darn you, Seventh Generation cleaning products.

I caved, spent the extra money on you, and thought I was doing something good for the earth, good for my family, but I can’t take your smell. It is reminiscent of a preventative flea shampoo that we used to bathe our dogs in when I was growing up. Yuck.

I miss my good ol‘ Clorox Anywhere spray.

Does anyone have a “friendly” disinfectant/cleaner spray that they use? This is for things like high chairs that need to be clean and free of germy germs. Or one that you make yourself?

>Random Thursday ramblings

>So maybe this should be a weekly post …

On my mind this week:

  • It breaks my heart when Maddy tells me “no more” and “all gone” when I am giving her a dose of medicine. I’m calling the Doctor to see if this stuff can be flavored. I even gag just catching a whiff of it.
  • I got called a “life saver” today at work. Not a bad way to wrap up my day. I love solving a problem that I really thought I wouldn’t have a clue how to solve. Go, me!
  • I have been floored by the generosity of some friends recently.
  • No one told me that Amish Friendship bread is really sugary-cinnamony cake in disguise. If someone asks you if you want a starter, say yes.
  • If I don’t get started in party planning, Maddy and Libby aren’t going to have a 2nd birthday party. Well, that isn’t entirely true, but I was so far ahead of the game last year.

>Pondering

>

Someone told me today that I remind them of one of the Real Housewives, or maybe it was Desperate housewives. I don’t know.

But, they didn’t tell me which one. Then I was afraid to ask.

I’m going to rule out Orange County, because I think they’re all blonde.

I’m going to rule out Atlanta, because I’m not black, nor do I wear a blonde wig.

So that narrows it down to NYC, New Jersey, or the Desperate ones

Who could it be? I don’t see it, but I know there’s a few that I would love to look like, and a couple that I secretly pray I don’t look like.
Today, I looked like a Real Mom of Twins. This was because I looked down on my shirt to see Maddy’s antibiotic stained on my shirt, as well as on my jeans, and on my watch. How do you think she liked her medicine? Yep, that much. My hair was frizzy from getting out in the rain without an umbrella, because there’s no good way to push a double stroller and hold and umbrella. I also had some reddish stain on my chin that I still have no idea what it was. Ink? Strawberries? Who knows!?

>Long day

>I knew it was going to be a long day when I was woken up from a dead sleep at 11PM, around 3AM, and again around 5AM.

First time was Libby who lost her paci’s. I need to figure out if we’re really giving our paci’s away next month. Gulp. I said this was going to happen at age 2. Now guess who’s becoming a big ol wimp?

Second time was Maddy. She had a fever when she woke up from her nap on Sunday afternoon and she was warm again. A quick temperature check confirmed 102 in the ear, so Motrin and some rocking with Dad was in order.

Third time was Maddy again who had lost her paci’s. Common theme around here.

So now it’s 8:20 AM and everyone in the house is snoozing except for me.

Needless to say, I’m taking my first “sick” day at work and I’ve only been there a month. I’m keeping both girls home from school even though Libby wasn’t showing any symptoms. So far. I’m wondering what her forehead is going to feel like when she finally wakes up.

Wish us luck!

>Favorite childhood books

>Kelly’s Korner is doing a post about your favorite childhood books. I have always been a huge reader and my Mom took me to the library every week to check out books. I was also that geeky kid who was on a team for “Battle of the Books” and I correctly answered the question for our team to win the competition. The question was “What was the main character’s name in Sounder?” and the answer was “He was never named and always referred to as “the boy.” I will always remember reading as one of my favorite past times. It still is, but my time is a little more limited these days.

So, here are a few of my childhood favorites …

Good Night Moon

The Country Bunny and the Golden Slippers

Amelia Bedelia

Anything by Richard Scarry

Mr. Willoughby’s Christmas Tree

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Where the Wild Things Are

Anything by Judy Blume

Ramona Quimby, Age 8.

The Velveteen Rabbit

Harry the Dirty Dog

No Roses for Harry

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Bridge to Terabithia

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Where the Red Fern Grows

I could go on and on, and on.

>Random Thursday Ramblings

>Maybe that’s what I should rename by blog, since it’s all pretty random, isn’t it?

* A little update on Mom … some of her blood work levels were off last week so they didn’t give her a chemo treatment, but she did have a treatment yesterday. 4 down, 8 to go! She is also on a blood pressure medicine that lowers her sodium levels. Even though low sodium sounds good, it’s not when it comes to chemo. So her Dr. is trying to manage this so she can still take her meds, but also receive chemo. Mom said that she is starting to lose her hair and when it was windy on Tuesday, she said it was actually blowing away in the wind. A sweet friend gave me scarves that her Mom had used and I mailed them off to my Mom yesterday. It was great to be able to recycle these, and my Mom hopes that she can do the same.

* We almost had a pink eye episode yesterday. One of Libby’s teachers noticed that her eye looked a little red and swollen. It looked better after her nap, but I called the nurse anyway. She didn’t think it was pink eye based on what I told her, but just to keep an eye on it and flush her eye with warm water in case she had gotten dirt lodged in her eye. With as much pollen as we’ve had lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if if it was just a reaction to all that’s blooming.

* To run or not to run. A girl from my running group sent an email about a Friday morning 5:30 run. Ugh. I ran today at 6AM and am trying to decide if I want to do a long run tomorrow and get it out of the way before the weekend.

Pros: It’s going to be in the 90’s over the weekend and I would have it over with before it’s hot.
Cons: I would have to get up at the crack of dawn to leave my house by 5:15.
Decisions, decisions.

* I haven’t technically started training for the 3-Day. I actually start a half marathon training program on Monday, so I need to ask my Coach how to include some walking and transition to all walking before the 3-Day. I know one thing I’ll need are at least 2 pairs of shoes to do the walk in that I can break in before the event. I’ve heard different theories about how to do this, but most have said that they trained in one pair, but had 1-2 other pairs that they wore that weekend. I love Brooks for my running shoes, but used to wear New Balance for walking. Look at these awesome Lace Up For the Cure shoes and clothing that they carry! They even have personalized ones so you can let everyone know who you’re walking for.

>That’s my girl …

>It was “strawberry day” at our local Farmer’s Market on Saturday, so we came home with over a gallon of fresh berries. As much as we love to eat them, I knew I had a few too many so I decided to make some strawberry bread instead of freezing them.

The recipe made two loaves so I took one to Maddy and Libby’s school for the teachers and other students to enjoy at snack time. Well, I ended up with half the loaf leftover at the end of the day, so I put it on the counter with the other loaf.

When I came home from work, the girls had just woken up from their nap. Maddy was still a little sleepy and grumpy, so I was giving her a little snuggle time and Libby was standing in the kitchen.

I looked over and saw a sight that I never expected to see.

Libby had pulled the loaf of bread off the counter, unwrapped it, and proceeded to chow down. I promise that we do feed her!

I had to laugh and I also had to take a photo. I’m used to our dog’s doing this, but I wasn’t quite ready for my children. Oh, and no idea why her shirt was off. Lately, they have been in a routine of removing clothing whenever possible. It makes for fun mornings!