Monday, January 15, 2007

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The Bonanza is in a week. I’m kind of up to my nose in things to get done. The bags need stuffing, the advertising, and last minute things with hotel. Not to mention all the vendors that still need to get me their stuff. I feel the turnout is going to be huge. I am a bit worried about crowd control.

Abby and I went to a swap party and I was able to get rid of clothes and baby toys. There are boxes in the side room that we have to keep, but eventually the side room will be useable. Scott refuses to toss out any old 16mm film prints or sound stocks. We’ve got mag tape. I don’t think anyone still has the equipment needed to play this stuff. The film I can understand. This big box of 16mm holds our sweat and blood and too much of our hard earned fulltime college income. I just wish we could consolidate. I love the toxic smell of old film. It brings back memories.

I’ve got to get back. The house needs to be in order by Thursday night. I want everything to be perfect for Allyson.

Friday, January 12, 2007















Quiet time turned into naptime today! Last night Scott took us out to Barnes and Noble. We thought the frigid cold air would be good for my lungs. I picked up two workbooks for Abby. Now I’m not a big fan of workbooks. They remind me of busy work. For some reason this winter has been slow activity-wise. It feels like we haven’t gotten out of the house all that much. I figured the workbook sheets would give Abby and I something to work on together. The first one is a “Let’s Cut Paper!” book. All the sheets are very simple cutting exercises. The second is a workbook of easy mazes. Abby woke up at 9am and started right in on the cutting sheets by herself. I gave her three to do and she spent an hour cutting, which is incredible. Abby never sits that long for arts and crafts. I was able to go through my 20 plus emails for the Bonanza this morning. At 11am I gave her two worksheets of mazes. These were a bit tricky for her, but she understood the concept. Mostly she doodled along the path to the finish. The books say I am supposed to put stickers and congratulate her on finishing, but she knows she did the sheets right and she was proud to show me her finished work. “Look! I cut bear leg! It move now!”

The dermatologist said that Abby’s eczema is a skin condition. Sometimes it can be caused by allergies, but because we can’t find any other allergies besides dairy, it’s now a ‘condition’. Yuck. The Dr gave us a prescription lotion and a prescription first aid cream for the cuts. Now we have a strict lotion regimen. Three times a day and before bed Abby gets the special lotion and cream. Every half hour we have to rub her down with regular lotion. As the dermatologist said, “The key to eczema is lubrication!” It seems to be helping. Her wrists look much better.

I woke up today feeling well, but as the day goes on I can feel my lungs filling up with fluid again. It’s getting kind of hard to breathe. When is this going to go away? Poor Abby has been stuck with a sick mama for over a week now.

Here’s my evil genius working on her evil plans. Oh yeah, that's Abby sitting on an army projectile missile box. I’m going to work on my script until Abby wakes up.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007















It’s always something. I gave myself a nice case of bronchitis or walking pneumonia. No running for a while still. I’m tired of coughing. Tired of coughing up phlegm. At least I’m not contagious.

I’ve tried a few of the homeopathic remedies from my Healing With Whole Foods book for Abby’s eczema. The cucumber vinegar mixture was not a big hit with Abby. First the smell of the vinegar was enough to send her running. When I was finally able to touch her with a cucumber slice she screamed that they were too cold. The things were room temperature. She wouldn’t let me near her again. The raw honey and papaya rub seemed to do the trick. Only Abby says the raw honey is too sticky and asks for “no sticky itch cream.” Now her eczema has gone down everywhere but her left wrist. It’s still bright red there. Last night she itched and picked until the blood started to run down her arm. Scott took her to the dermatologist today. I think we’re all falling apart.

The bags came out great didn’t they? Just another reason to come to the Bonanza. wink wink.




























Scott has confirmed my suspicion that Pablo has an air mattress in the back of his Dodge. He saw him out there the other night reading a book on it. Earlier that day Pablo and Marjorie had a fight.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

I realize I have been neglectful. It’s getting harder to find time to blog with the convention coming closer and Abby not napping. I find myself sitting at the computer consumed with figuring out the fashion show order and looking at the mountain of stuff to put into the 300 gift bags. The UPS guy and I are best friends now. After the shipment of 300 Mothering magazines, I got the shipment of bags. He must think I’m crazy. The gift bags from Hotslings are amazing. Reversible tote bags! How cool is that? The bags in themselves are a reason to come to the Bonanza! Free awesome goodness!

This cough hasn’t disappeared yet. It’s been about a week now. The label on the Chestal says to call a doctor after seven days. Maybe I’m dying. I actually sat down to look up my doctor’s number, and here I am typing away. Oh well.

I’ve made some progress on the side room. Abby can actually reach both sides of her easel now. Once all the Bonanza stuff is out of the house, I’ll have tons of space. Allyson is coming up for the weekend of the Bonanza. We are going to have too much fun stuffing bags and running around getting organized. It seems like everyone from Baltimore is going to be in NYC for some reason or another that weekend.

Abby’s sleep schedule has been all over the place. She has napped once in a week and a half. I’ve started ‘quiet time’. Quiet time is a half hour of laying in bed with the bedroom doors shut. Usually reading a few books or nursing quietly is enough to recharge her batteries. I always thought kids needed naps until about the age of five? What is this?

Scott just finished giving Abby a bath. Sorry folks no photos with this post.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Mateo has started a blog about my use of a one button mouse.














How sad am I? We had to tell the new apartment lady goodbye. The lawyer said we were stuck. There’s nothing we can do. I can’t believe it. Scott spoke to Marjorie one more time and offered her our security deposit plus the rent for March. We’re talking $3000 plus the rent we paid already for January to move out. The woman is crazy to pass up our deal. Seriously, the woman has lost all her marbles. She goes through our trash. Over the summer I saw Pablo wearing a tee shirt I had thrown away. Yesterday Scott and I we’re heading out to the central library and there was Marjorie rooting around in the recycling container. When we got back, a pillow that I had tossed out last month because Abby had peed on it was on the fence. Did she use it? Wouldn’t a sane person question why there is a pillow in the garbage can? Would a normal person use a pillow that’s been in the trash? The pillow was soaked in pee when I tossed it. Scott and I have been on our best behavior. She’s literally digging to find complaints. She called to say that from now on only paper is allowed in the paper-recycling bin. No more cardboard can go in the can. What is she talking about? Is cardboard not made of paper? Since when? Has the composition of cardboard changed since last week? Or last year for that matter? What a nutcase.

I’ve had this horrible dry cough for a couple days now. It started with Scott and ended up with me. I haven’t been able to run. This constant coughing is driving me up the wall. Abby’s eczema has gotten out of control. It’s not an allergy. We’ve exhausted that route. Now I’m taking her treatment to the next step. I have this book, “Healing With Whole Foods” that has treatments in it. I’ve got her on DHA and essential fatty acid supplements to help the skin from the inside. The stuff tastes like oil with butterscotch. Yuck. It has to be mixed in something sweet or Abby won’t eat it. Tonight, I’m trying a cucumber rub with vinegar. Then tomorrow it’s a honey rub with a potato poultice. That should be sticky fun. I swear if this doesn’t work, we’ll have to see the dermatologist.

Last night we made homemade pasta. It finally turned out perfect. The pasta machine is a pain to clean, but making pasta in it is easy and fast to do. If I’m feeling industrious later, I may make gingerbread cookies with Abby. One more thing, the pee pillow, as Abby calls it, has migrated to the end of our block. The poor abused thing keeps rolling down the sidewalk.

Tomorrow night is Scott’s company’s holiday party. I got my favorite skirt dry-cleaned, although I am kind of sick it. Maybe I can dig up something else that fits and doesn’t look like a bag on me. Is it cool to wear a skirt suit to an office party? I mean Scott will be in his suit and so will everyone else. My mother would be so proud that I was getting some use out of my suit. I love the suit conversation. “When are you going to get some use out of that suit I bought you?” Which translates to, “When are you going to stop puttering around at home and make some real money?” I did buy the bound journal that we need for the first step in our scheme to make a butt-load of money.

Off to do some research. Scott and I are writing a script together. Our first ever. How sweet. I can plot out a story line and characters, it’s the dialogue I hate. As it turns out, Scott’s pretty damn good at writing dialogue.

Monday, January 1, 2007















New Year’s was awesome! Scott and Mateo made kick-ass dumplings. It was great fun sitting around the table and stuffing dumplings on New Year’s. Abby got filled eating the dumpling filling while we were making them.














After dinner it was onto the Emerald Nut’s Midnight Run! Everyone met up before the race to turn into reindeer for the costume contest. We had such high enthusiasm that we actually came in second place and won $200 and a big basket of nuts! It was insane! As we were all waiting to go to the front of the race start, a woman from CNN asked if we wanted to be interviewed. Of course! There we are on live TV! After the race we ran into the reporter, and he put us on TV again. This time Scott called my mom who was able to see us.














The race itself was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. At midnight the race started and fireworks were set off. It was kind of surreal running in a mass of people away from loud bangs and booms. We kept it at a slow pace and enjoyed the party atmosphere.














On our way back to the meet up location, we stopped at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a quick chorus line. The subway ride home was excruciatingly long and half the people were beyond drunk. At least the subway wasn’t packed with people. Scott, Abby and I finally made it home a little after 4am. Abby passed out within minutes of hitting the pillow. She had slept on and off all night. We all woke up this morning after 11am. As with every New Year’s Day, Scott, Abby and I had sushi for dinner.














Oh and on a side note, we found out we got the new apartment. How crazy. Scott is calling a lawyer tomorrow. I have to give an answer very soon to the new landlord. I have no idea what to do.