5 little lovelies

5 little lovelies

I got to school to find 5 little baby lovelies swimming in the tank.

I don’t know what to think of this. I’m very perplexed.

How did this happen?

Did the Fairy Sea Monkey come down and bestow me with more babies since there’s a 2 year life span (supposedly) on these little monsters?

I suppose these are gifts of the after life as I’m assuming one of my previous pets left eggs before their spirits left this worldly dimension.

Whatever it is, the preschoolers are back from break today and were happy to see the butterflies and sea monkey’s at school.

All is well in the world again (except for the part where I’m now more terrified than ever of these tiny sea creatures.)

Mommy-Butt Monday Week 4

Mommy-Butt Monday Week 4

Weight gain/loss: err…..not sure!
Skinny Jean status: Negative, I’m sure!

Ok, I cheated this week and didn’t weight myself. I have a VERY good reason why, though…and if you are female and think hard enough you’ll know what I mean. I don’t think it’s fair to weigh myself under those circumstances. You just can’t count that, right? or I’m making excuses for myself cause I pigged out on my staycation this weekend- which I again blame on my female dilemma…

Apparently they do come back from the dead…

Apparently they do come back from the dead…

After further research, I found out that all I need to do is let the water evaporate from the Sea Monkey tank until crystals from at the bottom and then add more water. I’m not sure how I feel about this. So, does this mean they never die. Another reason to be creeped out by the lovelies.

I also found out that the Sea Monkey community is extensive (and weird- but I’m in the depths of it, so what does that say about me??).

Also, I found this comment which made me laugh until I cried and then pause with paralyzed fear:

Ahhh Seamonkeys. I received my first tank as a child and have been a fan ever since. I grew up and Seamonkeys stayed a part of my life, an important part. After attending culinary academy I landed in a position assisting a chef at a hotel. As time went by I yearned more and more to create my own signature dish. I wanted a pasta dish, reflecting my medditeranean heritage and passion. Fumbling with many alfredo and carbonaras, always missing was that grand flavor I was after…that magic ingredient. One night, returning home from a dreadfully long night; I noticed the last of my latest colony of Seamonkeys had perished. It was saddening, but I knew they lived long and happy and that this was the cycle of life. And then it hit me…
I poured the contents of the tank into the kitchen sink, sifting the water through some paper towels to catch all the little critters bodies and other sediments. I placed this under a heating lamp for 48 hours to dry everything out so I could try my brilliant idea.
Finally, on that 3rd day everything was ready. I may have rushed with the pasta, but the sauce was grand. A thick tomato sauce, slow cooked and brimming with aromatic basil and garlic. I took my Seamonkeys; I stirred them in. In a matter of seconds I was delighted to notice the tantalizing hint of seafood in the scent of my sauce. I lifted the wooden spoon to my lips. Perfection!
My dish became an instant success, and added to the menu. Many a peer has tried to pry my secret ingredient from me, but to no avail.
I will not tell you what hotel, or even where. But just remember next time you are out having that chefs special medditeranean pasta…it could be me! Buon appetito!

And then there’s this lady:

First of all, I take issue with the claim that this product is for 6-10 year olds. I am a middle-aged executive and have been continuously entertained by my little desktop pets for weeks now. What could be more fun than watching these playful little creatures swim to and fro in a magical underwater paradise fit for a working professional’s office?

That said, I do have a few things I have learned from my time with the Sea Monkeys. Some of these may seem like common sense, but as the old lady says, I certainly don’t have any of THAT!

#1. Sea Monkeys are not really monkeys. Monkeys are primates that have prehensile tails and opposable thumbs. Real monkeys cannot breathe under water. This bears repeating. REAL MONKEYS CANNOT BREATHE UNDER WATER.

#2. Consequently, as Sea Monkeys are not really monkeys, they do not like to eat bananas. DO NOT PUT BANANAS IN SEA MONKEY EXECUTIVE SET.

#3. Sea Monkeys are totally fun and friendly and curious. You might think that they’d be great friends for your pet goldfish or your pet betta. YOU WOULD BE WRONG.

#4. Sea Monkeys are good listeners. They will keep a secret until they are cold and dead. But don’t expect them to actually give you any encouragement or a kind word now and then. It is a one way street with these guys, I’m telling you.

#5. Sea Monkeys are sold as a toy. But Sea Monkeys are living, breathing creatures. And when they die due to your neglect and attempts to get them to play with Goldie your pet fish, their spirits will come back and HAUNT YOU.

#6. Your friends, family, and coworkers may think you are a little too obsessed with your Sea Monkeys. They may not realize that Sea Monkeys are hyperintelligent creatures in a tiny, tiny package. They may not realize that it is rude, in fact, to not have them at the table at dinner time, or to make them sleep downstairs with the dog. DON’T LISTEN TO THEM, THEY ARE WRONG.

Sea Monkeys are the best thing that has ever happened to me. Now that my children are in college, they have given me something new to live for. I’m so excited about my new little family. I will love them forever and ever and ever. I have willed all of my assets to them. My lawyer discouraged this, but he doesn’t understand what true love is. He told me so himself.

You know, that’s one thing about the webs. There truly is a place for everybody there, right? Even if it is virtual…

In the real world there’s apparently a place for everybody at Barnes and Noble, too. While I was there last night with my mom I found a book titled, “It’s not PMS, it’s you.” love it!

And then there was the calendar titled “Ferret Tales” in which the heads of Ferrets were superimposed on Fairy Tale Characters and Princesses. Hmmm…speechless….no words for this one. except I think these people are weirder than the sea monkey lot

Random Ramblings

Random Ramblings

1. I think all the Sea Monkey’s are dead. Yeah….I don’t know. I think I’m going to wait it out a few days just to “see what happens.” Do Sea Monkey’s return from the dead? They do everything else, why not? This is a mixture of relief and sadness for me. Relief, cause I realize these things just plain freak me out. Let’s just say I However, I’m sad cause I feel like a failure! I feel like I need to get more eggs and keep raising these creepies until I get it right! AH! This is the part where being a perfectionist can make you go crazy!

2.You know those people at work who are not satisfied by their careers and like to grumble and complain about everything. Well, that’s not me. I LOVE my job! Case in point- today a girl was in the office screaming about the unfairness of getting in trouble for wearing shorts. I look over at her and see that sure enough her shorts are in every little crevice of her lower extremities. I could say something crude here, but since she is still just a child (even if a teenager- in case you didn’t know teenagers are still babies, FYI)I’ll just leave it at that. Then the AP comes in and says, “Shut your mouth, C!” LOL! Um, wouldn’t you office dwellers love to yell at your cubicle buddy to “shut up” and not get fired? Well, teachers pretty much can. And, it’s awesome!

3. Uh, when I was at the pediatrician the other day with Jamie, I hear “Mrs. Tow!” I look around and see one of my old students from a couple of years ago. “Mrs.Tow, remember me? A…?”

Me: “Yes! How are you!”

A: “Good! I just took my daughter for her 2 month shots. I loved your Parenting Skills class. I still use my notebook to help me with my baby girl!”

UH- is this a failure or a success? I mean, on the one hand there apparently is a parenting handbook and I wrote it cause she still uses it. On the other hand, she’s still a teen. So am I happy, or am I sad? I don’t know. I’m so torn. But at least one person listened in my class?? **shrugs**

4. Speaking of hating jobs, I used to be one of those that hated my job when I worked for an Insurance company *cough, cough* (Sorry, April!) It was a hell hole, but I have to admit that there were some good perks to it. Like standing around drinking coffee all morning and gossiping and complaining. Or, making fun of some the less intelligent folk and wondering how/if they graduated college and got that cubicle next to you. Teachers are all smarty pants and are generally intimidating, but there is ALWAYS one crazy in the office that possibly lied on their resume, so it’s a little different, ya know. AND, then there are the secret relationships going on (me & matt). Oh, wait! That happens here at school, too….Ok, well there was that one time that I thought there was a dead guy in a car in the parking lot (turned out he was just taking a nap and looked dead-oopsy!)

5. Jamie went in for her 4 month professional pics (I do this every month) and she AGAIN made pouty faces for every picture. I fear she will never be a baby model, but she makes an excellent pout, I must say.

6. We’re taking a family “stay-cation” this weekend in St. Pete. I highly recommend this to everyone. We pick a nice resort or hotel in a city next to ours for the weekend and pretend like we’re tourists. This time I’m bringing Euchre! Um, how old does that make me sound??

Jamie is 4 months old!!!

Jamie is 4 months old!!!

Jamie went in her for her 4 month check-up with Dr. P and here’s her stats:

Height: 25 3/4in. (97%)

Weight: 17 lbs. (97%)

Head: 16.25 in. (82%)

Look familiar? Still 97th percentile and still a BIG baby. Actually, Jamie is now the size of a 6 month old baby (and wears some 3/6 month old clothes, but mostly 6 month outfits). She’s also bigger than pretty much all of her baby buddy’s around her age and some even older than her (except her boyfriend, Henry!!) Ironically, she eats less than the average baby, according to her pediatrician. Go figure! But, she’s healthy, she has great motor skills, and she’s strong. We are very happy with our big girl!

Jamie is still not rolling! She’s SO close, though. I know she’ll be doing that soon, but meanwhile she does sit pretty well if something is holding her up. She’ll even sit in her high chair!

Jamie still loves her books. Her favorite right now is one my mom got her that plays nursery rhymes in song form. It’s one of those cool v-tech books. Sometimes she loves it so much she tries to eat it!

Speaking of eating, Dr. Pantages says we can start her on cereal whenever I feel comfortable with it. I’m still deciding when that will be. I’m sure I’ll post pics of the grand event when it comes time. In the meantime, Matt and I have made a decision to make our own baby food with organic fruits/veggies when the time comes. We’ve already starting making the move to organic foods in the last year or so, anyhow, and we feel it will be best for Jamie. I’ve acrtually stopped buying canned foods, also, but that’s another post.

I’m pretty sure that Jamie is in the beginning teething stages. She’s still a “Drools Magee” and now has the rosey cheeks to match.

At around 16 weeks I put together the jumperoo/exercauser thingy. She really loves it! She hasn’t quite got the hang of the jumping part, but she likes the toys. Oh, and it now sounds like we live in an amusement park. That thing is LOUD (even on the lowest setting).

I’d say the biggest milestone Jamie’s reached in the last few weeks is sleeping through the night. Praise the Lord. Hallelujah! Jamie goes down sometime between 8:30-9:30 pm and sleeps until 8:30 am on the dot every morning like clock-work. It is AMAZING. Both Matt and I are thrilled with this new sleep schedule. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed it stays like this for a while!!!

I know Jamie will be rolling over soon. So stay tuned for that!