Liz' s Musings's

Liz's musings on life – mostly her kids though.

Hate Online September 26, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 3:25 pm

Since I have a following of about six of you this probably won’t be read by many. However, you may know someone who knows someone … you get my drift.

There’s a lot of hate out there on the interwebz. Hell, there’s just a lot of hate out there. Please read this post and remember to always be mindful of what you say.



Walking makes me sweat August 31, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 10:43 am

But if you keep up with me on Facebook you already know that. I am walking with a co-worker … uh at work … duh. From the front of our building to the street, up to the crosswalk, across the street, and then down to the freeway overpass is a mile. That’s what we did on the first day (last Tuesday). Every day we add a tiny bit to that.

We didn’t walk yesterday. I was an hour late to work and she was slammed with work. I felt a tiny bit guilty (only a tiny bit). Today she was still slammed with work. I could have bailed … but I didn’t. I didn’t ‘want’ to walk but I ‘need’ to walk. I need to walk because … damn … I need to lose some weight! I’m not talking about some vanity 10 or 20 pounds. I need to lose 100 pounds! But beside that I said I was going to walk Monday through Friday. And I want to do it even if I have to walk alone. Am I going to walk on principle or am I going to walk when it feels good? I’m still trying to figure out what I am going to do when it’s raining though.

Things I need to remember when I want to weenie out … walking makes me feel better. My foot hurts way less, probably from the retained water I peed out last weekend. I lost 3 pounds last week. Again from all of that peeing. Walking apparently is good for getting rid of retained water. I’m not as hungry after I walk. My kids need a healthy mommy.

Changing the subject entirely … school starts for Christopher next Wednesday. He’s going to be a First Grader! He is such a boy now and it is so awesome to see him grow and learn. Since Micah is a senior now, he doesn’t have to start until next Friday but he had to register yesterday and play at a football game this Friday. High school has no respect for the Labor Day weekend! And so I don’t get into trouble for not mentioning Sarah … she’s just freakin’ adorable! She was telling me about her imaginary friends and where they lived. One lives on a hill, one lives on a street and I forget where the third one lives.

In the time it took to write this I think I finally stopped sweating …


Christopher’s 6 year stats July 26, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 12:41 pm

Forgive me friends, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and reading other people’s blogs suck up most of my time. What I usually need to say I can either get done in 140 or 440 characters. It sort of alleviates the need for blogging. But I like to say I have a blog, I like to write in my blog, and in that light here I am again.

Christopher is now six! Holy Crap! Where has the time gone?!? I can’t seem to find his stats for last year (I’ll try to find them for comparison purposes) but these are his stats for 2009 …

Height – 44.5 inches which puts him in the 99th percentile
Weight – 42.4 lbs which puts him in the 88th percentile

His current stats are:

Height – 49.5 inches which puts him in the 97th percentile
Weight – 53 lbs which puts him in the 83rd percentile

He is tall and skinny! He also has a great imagination and loves telling a story about whatever imaginary play is going on. He loves Angry Birds and superheroes. I am continually amazed at how well he will pick up one skill then balk at trying something else. He definitely has his own way of doing things. He likes to tell Sarah that she is doing things “wrong”. They worked on this with him at school and we continually work with him to tell him that people aren’t doing things “wrong” they’re just not doing things his way and that is OK!

He did really well in Kindergarten this year. He was in the 1st grade reading group and just finished reading The Cat In The Hat to me last night. His teacher did an awesome job teaching him how to sound out words. He understands that an “e” at the end of a work makes the vowel say its name (most of the time). He also learned about “trickster” words that don’t follow normal phonetic convention. It’s just incredible what the kids learned in Kindergarten! I am so excited for him to start 1st grade. He just loves to learn and share what he’s learned!

And on the learning front he is continuing to learn to swim. So far this summer he graduated from Advanced Tots and did one session of Flippers. He gained some water confidence last summer. Before last summer he wouldn’t even let me get his face wet in the bathtub!!! Now he’s got loads of confidence! He’ll wear goggles and dunk his whole head!

Pictures and videos are on Facebook …


How tall will they be? April 7, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 3:36 pm

It is always interesting to speculate how tall our children will be. When I was a kid I was continally told by my doctor that I would be tall … amazon tall. I topped out at a whopping 5 feet 5.5 inches. I got an e-mail from saying they can predict the height of your children. I input both Christopher’s and Sarah’s information … damn they are going to be amazons!!! Christopher is expected to be 6 feet 2 inches and Sarah is expected to be 5 feet 11 inches! Good luck to them and we’ll see how this one shakes out!


Pulled Pork – a recipe February 11, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 1:34 pm

I can’t believe it has been almost 6 months since I wrote anything for this here blog. I think it comes from being unemployed. I do not know how stay-at-home moms get ANYTHING done! So I was reading Suburban Bliss (a blog I’ve been reading for a long time and think you should read too) and decided to comment with my pulled pork recipe. Then I decided my comment would make a good blog post, since I haven’t posted squat in 6 months. (I’m really sorry about that too – I like having a blog.)

I do a more North Carolina-ish version than the one Melissa posted. I like the vinegary meat with the bbq sauce. Here it is …

Slice an onion (I like sweet white ones) very thinly and put it in the bottom of the crock pot.

Put a pork butt/shoulder roast in the crockpot.

In a measuring cup mix about a half a cup of apple cider vinegar, some splashes of Worstershire (sp?) sauce, a couple of spoonfuls of brown sugar, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and chili flakes if you’re brave (I am not). Wisk for a second and pour over meat.

Cook 10 hours on low. 8 hours is not enough! Shred and put back into sauce to keep meat moist.

Get bagged coleslaw mix and add coleslaw dressing. Also get good buns. On the bottom half of the bun put bbq sauce, then put meat on top. On the top half of the bun put cole slaw. Carefully put the two halves together. Serve with a lot of napkins. This is so good my picky pants kids eat it!


The Layers of Me August 29, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 4:24 pm

Because I don’t want you to think I forgot about my blog, I stole this meme from Carmen. I love her blog. You should go read it and love it too. Oh, but read it later.

The layers of me

layer one
name: Elizabeth
birth date: February 3

birthplace: San Francisco
current location: Eugene

eye color: brown
hair color: brown with a lot of grey
height: 5’5″
righty or lefty: mostly righty but a lefty mouser 
zodiac sign: Aquarius

layer two
your heritage: 1/4 German 1/2 Polish 1/4 various British Isles

the shoes you wore today: Croc sandals
your weakness: any carbohydrate
your fears: dying and leaving my kids with no one to to care for them
your perfect pizza: olive

layer three
your most overused phrase: dude!
your first waking thoughts: give me coffee and no one dies
your best physical feature: lips, used to be my feet until I had kids
your favorite memory: I have no idea

layer four
pepsi or coke: I am not a soda drinker

mcdonald’s or burger king: McDonald’s

single or group dates: single
adidas or nike: Nike

lipton ice tea or nestea: unsweetened iced tea
cappuccino or coffee: coffee

layer five
smoke: no
cuss: more than I should
sing: not exceptionally well
do you think you’ve been in love: yes
want to go to college: already did 
liked high school: not particularly

want to get married: already did this
believe in yourself: Some, I’m working on this
get motion sickness: some

think you’re attractive: some

think you’re a health freak: no, but I believe in vitamins
get along with your parents: mostly
like thunderstorms: NO
play an instrument: I play the radio

layer six
in the past month…
drank alcohol: yes
smoked: no
done a drug: no
made out: since I’m married do I have to admit that? 
gone on a date: yes
gone to the mall: probably, but hopefully not
eaten an entire box of oreos: not really a fan

eaten sushi: I hope so!

been on stage: no
been dumped: no .
gone skating: no
made homemade cookies: yes
gone skinny dipping: no
dyed your hair: yes
stolen anything: no
you sound boring: No, I sound like a parent.

Remember this is only in the past month

layer seven
played a game that required removal of clothing: no

if so, was it mixed company: no

been trashed or extremely intoxicated: no
been caught “doing something”: no

been called a tease: no
gotten beaten up: no

shoplifted: no
changed who you were to fit in: no

layer eight
age you hope to be married: been there done that

numbers and names of children: Christopher & Sarah
describe your dream wedding: been there done that
how do you want to die: in my sleep
where do you want to go to college: been there done that
what do you want to be when you grow up: rich and free
what country would you most like to visit: Italy

layer nine
number of drugs taken illegally: none
number of people i could trust with my life: one
number of cds that i own: 300-400
number of piercings: four – ears only
number of tattoos: none
number of times my name has appeared in the newspaper: Once?
number of scars on my body: c-section, ankle surgery, from the trunk of the rental car in Florida, Henri’s bite, Jeanie Schumaker in 1st grade.

number of things in my past that i regret: it is a bummer to regret things … less than 5

If you really know me then none of this should be a surprise.


Sitting on the front porch June 15, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 9:41 am

I am currently sitting on the front porch while Sarah plays in the sandbox and Christopher runs loose in the house. Wait, I kid, he just came outside. I am typing this on my phone.

It should only get up to 62 degrees today and this should help everyone’s allergies!!! For those of you who have never visited the southern Willamette Valley in June have never truly lived in allergy hell … provided you are allergic to grass! Oy!

School will be out on Thursday but I enrolled Christopher in “summer school” which is just two weeks of three days each. He loves the social and learning aspect of school and mom offered to pay for it! Thanks mom! Then we need to figure out what to do for July and August.

Well, as expected, with the two kids playing out here I have to go referee.

[edited to add] Damn and double damn, writing this stupid post from my phone just put it in my drafts. I had to come online and actually post it, so it’s posted a day and a half after I wrote it.