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The Choke Hold

Beachroad pigeon

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So, after bath-time, and a rousing version of The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog (by Mo Willems), which coincidentally, is impossible to read aloud without laughing, I tucked my sweet darling daughters into bed for the night a few minutes ago.  As usual, the minute I tell them “Good night,  I love you,” is the minute they transform into snuggle-headed ninny-muggins, a lesser known derivative of cotton-headed ninny-muggins*.

Anyway, it’s a good thing Sabrina thinks a minute is 1 second instead of 60, because she asked me to snuggle her for 6 extra minutes.  Teasingly, I told her “no, maybe I’ll snuggle you for 7 minutes.”  Then, she said “8 minutes,” to which I responded “maybe I’ll stay for 10 minutes.”  From there, she went whole hog, and asked me to stay for “100 minutes.” and I heartily agreed, knowing that as long as I counted to 100 (seconds), she’d be appeased.

It’s been a challenge getting her to actually STAY in bed after bedtime, so I’m doing this with an ulterior motive, but that doesn’t make it wrong, right?

Anyway, not to be out-snuggled, Roni asked if I’d snuggle HER for the next song on their lullaby CD that we play every night, which really would have added about 7 minutes to the whole routine, so I told her no, but that I’d stay for the rest of the first song.  She agreed, and I layed on her bed with her until the song ended.  When I lifted up my head to go, she tightened her grip on me, right around the neck.  It was just so cute I had to laugh and lay down again.  This was repeated 5 or 6 times, until Sabrina opened her eyes, and asked “WHAT are you laughing about, Mommy?” — as if Roni had told me some great joke, and she didn’t want to miss it. 

It was just one of those perfect moments where everyone was calm & happy, and my heart just swelled.  Eventually I had to break the choke hold by telling Roni I was going to laugh so hard, I’d pee in her bed if she didn’t let me go.  So I made a cursory stop in the bathroom so I wouldn’t be caught in a lie, and then I headed downstairs, without any whining or begging. 

Hallelujah, and sweet dreams to all!  🙂

*Bonus points for anyone who can tell me what movie contains cotton-headed ninny-muggins, without using Google, an iPhone, or any other web-assisted search or device.**

**Bonus points are not redeemable for cash or any other prize of any legal value, other than bragging rights that you know about cotton-headed ninny-muggins.


Random Thoughts…

The Great Mall of China

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Not with Jack Handy, but with yours truly…

*It’s not even October, and I’ve already heard way more about Christmas than is appropriate for open-toe shoe weather.  Seriously.  It’s bad enough people get all Christmas-y before Thanksgiving, but now they’re not even waiting until after Halloween?  The Christmas “season” is stressful enough when it lasts for the month bet. Thanksgiving & Christmas, but when it starts in mid-September, I’m doomed.  Before I die, I bet I’ll live to see the day malls start decorating for Christmas after Fourth of July, maybe even Easter!  Ugh!  😦

*Isn’t it funny how songs can hold such strong associations?  I heard Barenaked Ladies’ “If I had a Million Dollars” this morning, and it brought me right back to my honeymoon in 1998.  That song was all over the radio at the time, and so we must have heard it a million times in that week.  So now, every time I hear it, I think of our honeymoon.  Ahhh, those sweet days of nothing but free time before we had jobs & children.  ♥

*Also, if I actually HAD a million dollars, I would totally retire.  Today.  Work is just annoying & stressful.  I’m convinced I was meant to be a trust-fund baby, and there must have been some kind of mix-up.

*I started a new book.  When I last updated my reading list, I think it ended with Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”  That one took me a while to get through.  It’s 600 pages, and the first half is almost painfully slow, and very confusing to keep all the characters straight.  The two main characters don’t even meet until around page 300.  It flies from there though, and I’m convinced now that all that slow introduction was necessary for the remainder of the trilogy.  I started the 2nd book in the series late last week, “The Girl Who Played with Fire,” and it’s moving much more quickly.  I’m already about half-way through it, and will probably finish it and start the 3rd book (“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest“) next week, since I heard today that book 2 cuts off sharply at the end, and I’ll need to start book 3 right away.

*Veronica starts skating & dance lessons for the year on Saturday.  She’s got new skates, new dance gear, and is ready to go!  We decided to wait another year before Sabrina starts dance.  She’s also not allowed to start skating (club rules) until she’s 4.  I’m sure she’ll be jealous.

*Lucy goes to the Vet saturday to see if her stitches are ready to come out.  She seems to be recovering from the biopsy nicely, and the drugs seem to be helping her pain.  I can only pray that the Prednisone will actually cure it.  ♥

*So, that’s what’s on my mind.  What’s on yours?

To-Read List

So, I recently finished Marian Keyes’ This Charming Man (not as good as her Walsh sisters series, but it was OK).  Then I saw The Time Traveler’s Wife, because Jim had read the book and wanted to see the movie.  Since I hadn’t read the book, the movie was a little confusing, but I enjoyed it enough to then read the book.  I usually read the book first, so I wasn’t sure if having seen the movie would ruin the book for me, but it didn’t.  The book was a little confusing still, at the beginning, but then it was great.  I’ll probably re-read this one at some point.

Right now, I’m reading Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story, and it’s OK, but a little slower read than I usually go for.  It’s 500 pages though, so I’ll probably be on it for awhile, since I’m only on page 61, and I started it last Friday.

I also bought some new books over the weekend, and in no particular order, here are the next books on my list to read:

*The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.  Alan Bradley (

*The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Stieg Larsson (

*The Girl who Played with Fire.  Stieg Larsson (

*Last Night in Twisted River.  John Irving (

What about you?  What are you reading?  What do you think of it?  What’s next on your list?