Things I learned in the last week or so- 10/8-10/19/14

1. Those things on the top of giraffes’ heads are called ossicones.  I kept telling my kids they were horns, but that is incorrect.  Unlike horns, ossicones are made out of cartilage and remain covered in skin or fur.

Whoa dude, check out those ossicones!

Whoa dude, check out those ossicones!

2. Sammy held his teacher’s hand and walked across the playground to me last Wednesday.  Yay!  He also busted a move and shook his maraca in Music class.  Sometimes he just cracks me up!

3. Mike, Sammy, and I spent a rainy Saturday watching movies.  We rented “Muppets Most Wanted” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” from the  Redbox.  I would recommend them both.  “Muppets Most Wanted” was good muppet fun, even Sammy liked it.  “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” was exciting, entertaining, and a worthy addition to the Marvel superhero franchise.

4. I started my new tutoring job this week.  I think it went pretty well, but the youngest of the two boys is definitely a challenge.  He has a really negative attitude towards schoolwork and cries any time he doesn’t get his way.  We definitely have some things to work on!

5. My mom and I took Sammy to Walden Farms on Saturday for his first trip to the pumpkin patch.  He really liked riding a bike and tossing fake apples in the Toddler Town.  He laughed about getting his hand licked by a calf and seemed interested in the baby pigs, bunnies, and ducklings.  He did not like the pumpkins.  He picked out one tiny pumpkin and would not allow any other pumpkins in his wagon.  We had a great time!

Apple Toss!

Apple Toss!

Sammy with his tiny pumpkin

Sammy with his tiny pumpkin

6. When leaving the pumpkin patch, it is not a good idea to drive your Chevy Impala into a ditch.  Poor Sylvia got stuck, and after pushing her without success, the very nice Walden Farms workers had to hook her up to a truck and pull her out.  To add insult to injury, the people on the hay ride drove past us frequently, so there were lots of observers of my stupidity.  It was not a fun way to end our trip.

7. Mike and I watched “Transformers: Age of Extinction” on Saturday night.  None of the Transformer movies are paragons of plot, but this one was really confusing.  It just had too much going on, and not much of it was explained.  I did think the Dinobots were super cool, especially the one that breathed fire!

Dinobot!

Dinobot!

8. Last week, my Titans barely squeaked out a win against Jacksonville.  Sammie Hill blocked a Jaguars field goal with 12 seconds left in the game, and we won 16-14.  This week, Washington made a field goal with 12 seconds left in the game and beat us 17-19.  We are now 2-5, and I am sad.

9. Last week, my undefeated fantasy team was defeated.  I also dropped out of 1st place in our Pro Pick ‘Em League.  My fantasy team is winning this week, but I made a big move that backfired and have dropped even more places in the Pick ‘Em League.  Doh!

10. Super brief TV recap:

  • The four designers going to Fashion Week on “Project Runway” are Kini, Sean, Amanda, and Char.  I am so glad Korina is gone, as she is a heinous person with a bitter, spiteful soul. I am rooting for Kini all the way!
  • I was watching “Nashville” the other night, and Amanda from “Project Runway” was on!  She played Juliette Barnes’ stylist.
  • I like the format of this season’s “Survivor: Blood vs. Water.”  I haven’t really picked any favorites, but I am glad John Rocker is gone.  He’s a ginormous douche bag.
  • On “The Amazing Race,” I love the soul surfer team of Bethany and Adam.  They just seem like a genuinely sweet couple who work hard and really love each other.
  • I have added a new show, “How to Get Away with Murder.”  It is seriously addicting!

murder

Things I learned the last two days- 9/27-9/28/13

1. I watched a lot of TV last night in an effort to get caught up.  Here’s what I learned: Rupert is gone from “Survivor: Blood vs. Water, ” which I am fine with.  I find him rather annoying.  Colton dropped the nice act and proceeded to try to stir up drama.  Happily, I think the returning players on his tribe are smarter than the idiots he played with last time and will dispose of him promptly.  I enjoyed the season premieres of both “How I Met Your Mother” and “Modern Family.”  I think I really like the mother on “How I Met Your Mother.”  I’m actually not sure Ted deserves her.

2. I tried my hand at making my own baby food this evening.  I think it went okay- I made peas and peas with corn.  I guess the true test of my success is, “Will Sammy eat it?”  Results to follow.

Pureed Peas- so yummy!

Pureed Peas- so yummy!

3. I googled self-cleaning blender and they exist!  Unfortunately, they also cost hundreds of dollars.  I will now add Vitamix Blender to my “When I win the Lottery” list.

Things I learned lately- 9/18-9/20/13

1. I watched the premiere of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” Wednesday night. I think this could be an interesting season, although I was not happy to see Colton- ugh! I did feel bad for the girl who got voted off just because her uncle was being a jerk on the other team.

The cast of Survivor: Blood Vs. Water

The cast of Survivor: Blood Vs. Water

2. Sammy rode in the seat of the shopping cart for the first time on Thursday.  He was NOT a fan.  I think I might try to find a shopping cart cover with a cushion or something.

3. I went to fox.com to try to watch the last hour of the “So You Think You Can Dance” finale.  As soon as I got to the show’s page, it said “Amy and Fik-Shun win!”  So, now I know who won, but it was kind of anti-climatic. Stupid fox.com…

4. Sammy had his 9-month doctor’s appointment today.  He weighs 17 lbs and 12 oz and is 28.5 inches tall.  He is still in the 8th percentile for weight and is now in the 52nd percentile for height.  The doc was happy that his weight to height ratio has improved.  She was concerned that he is not trying to crawl at all, and she recommended he be evaluated by TEIS (Tennessee Early Intervention Services).  I am trying not to freak out about this.  He is meeting his milestones in all other areas, and I honestly feel like he’s just kind of lazy.

5. Ken threw another major hissy fit this week on “Project Runway.”  I was actually really proud of Alexander for standing up to him when he was being a complete a$$hat, even if Tim Gunn didn’t approve.  In happy news, Ken is gone!!!  Auf wiedersehen!  I hope he takes Tim Gunn’s advice and gets some help with his anger issues.  Otherwise, I feel he might murder someone someday.  Oh, I was majorly jealous of the Super Fans who were on this episode.  I really wish I had known about the Super Fan Contest, as I truly believe I am a Project Runway Super Fan. The fans got to tour Parsons, walk on the runway, and shop at Mood!!  I want to go to Mood someday, if only to meet Swatch.

Swatch!

Swatch!