|Playing at an awesome kid cafe in Vancouver|
|Handsome like daddy|
|Max and Chandra playing trains|
|Chandra read many, many books|
|Bob the Builder has met his match|
|Stop taking my picture Mom!|
Incidentally, I'm thinking that I'm going to need to invent a new line of apology/condolence cards for Sarah and Joel after we visit them. Seems like every time we do, we ruin something of theirs or cause illness and/or distress. And there's a distinct lack of "Sorry I backed into your car" or "My sincerest apologies for perhaps introducing the MRSA virus into your humble abode" Hallmark cards out there. (And those were not even from this visit! That was last time! Although, to be fair, it wasn't MRSA, just a regular old virus.)
Chandra did not look too much the worse for wear the next morning, although she did not say no to a venti coffee from Starbucks ;)
After this month, I'm getting out of the DietBet thing anyway, for two reasons. Reason one: I don't want to be obsessive about weight loss. The truth is that I am NOT interested in doing crazy diets or insane workouts to win something. I want the weight to go away slowly and reasonably, and that might not happen in just six months. I also am still waiting to hear about my possible hypothyroidism (which can make weight loss more difficult than normal, among its other symptoms), so that could be affecting things adversely.
Reason two: DietBet is kind of a ridiculous first-world solution to a first-world problem. In the mail the other day I received a flyer from my friend Katie Nelson, who works at a non-profit ministry called Lahash. Through Lahash, individuals can sponsor children in need for--you guessed it--the same amount of money per month that I'd be paying into the DietBet pot. Let's see here…which is a worthier cause? Oh yeah, feeding children who don't get enough to eat and helping them to have access to clean water, food, and education.
It's a bigtime fixer, of course, but all things that Allen feels confident that he can manage. I'm thrilled that it has a fenced yard with some space for a garden. I'm not a great gardener by ANY stretch of the imagination, but I've been inspired by recent articles on Real Housekeeping and want to give it a try.
|The main pantry cupboard|
|Cereals we're actually working through and appliances|
|Mostly baking related items here|
That last one is our solution to the insufficient amount of actual cupboard space. We took the "entertainment center" from our last house and made it into more cupboard space. But as you can see, it was getting a little bit messy…and ant-ridden.
Yes, not long ago I wrote about how I was actually feeling somewhat tolerant of the ants in our house. But that changed when I started noticing that they were making a trek from the windowsill all the way to the pantry cupboard. And I found out why! I thought I was joking about being an ant welfare state, but when I started poking around the cupboard I found this:
|They're not even forming an orderly line at this location!|
Needless to say, the bottle was washed thoroughly and all sugary pantry items were moved into the fridge. My aunt suggested I put out cornmeal (apparently it is indigestible to ants) so I decided to sabotage their welfare office and put some there overnight until I got around to cleaning the pantry the next day.
(Note: Some readers may think that I am poking fun at people who receive food stamps or any other kind of welfare by making an ant version of a DHS Self-Sufficiency Office. This is not the case. I am not in any way contemptuous of people in need of government assistance, seeing as we are among them. I just thought it was funny to imagine ants doing the same thing.)
|I never remember to have this curtain drawn but it exists|
|Spiffed up a bit: look at all of those beans waiting to be turned into WIC win dinners!|
|Didn't show the before version, oops, but trust me, this is better!|
There you go. Multiple days late, multiple dollars (and brain cells) short, but I finally got some blogging done. And now, bed.
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