Interstellar Adventures

June 7, 2006

Fair’s Fair

Filed under: Elle & Zed — by InterstellarLass @ 10:57 am

She/He got to do this or that, it’s not fair.
Elle and Zed’s favorite phrase has got to be “It’s not fair”. My response? “The Fair is in October” or “Life isn’t fair” or “So what?”. This morning was a prime example. Wednesday night is their dad’s night, and they pack a bag. Each has a rolling suitcase. One yellow, one red. For one-nighters, they pack in the same bag. And it’s always a fight over which bag they use.

This morning, I tell them to pack. Elle immediately pipes up We’re using my bag!. The Zed retorts No, we’re using my bag!. This goes back and forth a couple of times, and then, when I can’t stands no more, I say Cut it out!. They both stop and stare at me. I look at them.

Eeny meeny miney mo, catch a tiger by his toe. If he hollers, make him pay, fifty dollars every day. My momma says to pick the very best one and you are not it.

The rhyme ends on Elle. I look at Zed. Use your bag Zed. Elle starts to protest. That’s it! No more!. She gets smart and shuts up.

The ulitmate peace-maker I am. And using such mature methods to come about a resolution. I’m so proud of me.

Sidenote: This morning I found out that my lottery application to run the NYC Marathon was accepted. Heaven help me.

June 6, 2006

It was a Super Party!

Filed under: Elle & Zed — by InterstellarLass @ 9:22 am

Zed’s party went off well. My mom and sister decorated spectacular cakes (I say cakes, because while everyone else in the family was happy to eat chocolate, my grandfather has to be difficult and has to have a yellow cake), Zed asked for sandwiches, so there was no cooking, and everyone arrived on time!

Zed loved all the decorations, and the Superman cake was a work of art. For reals. The impression of the face didn’t come out of the pan, and so my artist sister had to free-hand in the face based on the photo of the finished cake that came with the pan. Don’t you think it turned out well?

Of course, as soon as we finished opening gifts, all Zed wanted to do was watch his Napoleon Dynamite DVD. Who can blame him really? And the DVD case is really cool because it has Napoleon doing his flippin’ sweet dance on the cover in a hologram.

But, we lured the kids outside for the smashing of the pinata. Zed was super excited, and we’d left it a surprise.

And, what could make a great party even better? The guests didn’t linger as they are want to do. As soon as the kids had picked up their candy, everyone packed up, said their good-byes, and left without any prodding whatsoever. Thing is, in my family, we can only hang out with each other as a group for a finite amount of time. Then it’s time to leave. Thankfully they’re learning that lesson after such a long time.

Nick and I got to clean up and have a bit of a rest before the season finale episodes of The Sopranos and Big Love. You can see that everything in the Sopranos is about to fall apart after it’s seemingly coming together. And the same for Big Love. Except you could see them setting themselves up for the fall. I’m so upset because I love all these characters, and now they’re all in danger.

White Trash Moment of the Weekend: After four hours of yard work Saturday, cutting limbs off my way-overgrown oak tree in the backyard, I showered and took Elle to lunch. When we got back home, I sat on the front porch, in my lawn chair, and watched Elle and Zed play catch. Then I fell asleep in my chair, on my front patio. At least I didn’t have a beer in my hand. Then, for dinner, Zed wanted CiCi’s. How could I refuse him on his birthday? Elle won some lovely teeth from one of the games, and Zed had to get in on the weird action. I’m mother of the year, I tell ya. Letting my kids do this crap in public.

June 2, 2006

When you think people can’t get any lower…

Filed under: Rants & Opinions — by InterstellarLass @ 11:29 am

They never fail to surprise.

June 1, 2006

It’s gonna be a Superman Party!

Filed under: Elle & Zed — by InterstellarLass @ 9:43 am

My baby boy, Zed, will be 11 on Saturday. On Sunday, we’ll be gathering with my family to celebrate. While the kids were at their dad’s last night, Nick and I went shopping for his presents. Nick’s initial idea was to get him a set of Superman sheets and comforter, but then decided that he really wanted to get him the Superman cartoon series. I was starting to wonder who these gifts were really for…Nick was bummed that the Superman sheets only came in twin sizes…he wanted a set for our room. Uh, no. I said. That’s the end of it. No discussion. My sweet ass will not be sleeping on Superman sheets.

So, since my littlest sister works at Target, we decided to let her get the sheets (with her discount) and she and my other sister could go in on the gift together. They both liked the idea, so we got the movies that Nick wanted, for Zed of course. But, Target didn’t have any of the Superman party supplies, so we toodled over to Party City. Suddenly, Nick was in 7th heaven. They had all kinds of Superman stuff. We got a “Pin the S on Superman” game, a Superman pinata, Superman plates, cups, napkins, a Superman table cloth, and we’ll go back for a Superman balloon and the Superman cake pan. My mom can decorate cakes really well, and she has the time to make the cake, so I’m jazzed about that. One less thing for me to do!

I’m glad Nick is excited about Zed’s party and is participating in the planning. While Elle bonded to him immediately (she’s never met someone that’s not a friend), Zed is a bit more wary of people and takes awhile to warm to them. With a new man in the house, it’s been tough at times. But, they’ve been able to bond over Superman. Nick has a collection of comics and memorabilia, and some of the items he’s been sharing with Zed. It’s built some trust between the two of them, which just makes my heart squish. I love my Superboys.

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