Liz' s Musings's

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

11/25/08 She’s at it again! November 25, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 11:50 am

Just when you think it’s safe to buy your little kids toys the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) and that gem of a Chairperson, Nancy Nord, decides to interpret a law that benefits stores not kids. I got this from Moms Rising …

Remember in August, we celebrated a major victory in banning the sale of toys containing the toxic chemicals phthalates starting on February 10, 2009? Well, put the champagne back on ice because we just learned that the CPSC is misinterpreting the law and saying that stores can continue to sell down their inventories of these toxic toys as long as they were manufactured before the February deadline.

Tell the CPSC to stop monkeying around with our kids’ health and get these banned children’s products out of our stores as the law intended. Send a letter to CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord: www.momsrising.org/really_ban_phthalates

Phthalates, plastic-softening chemicals, have been linked to serious health problems including early puberty (a risk factor for breast cancer), birth defects and testicular cancer. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was intended to ban sales of these toxic toys starting on February 10, 2009. Congress clearly intended the law to implement a full ban, so that parents would be confident that no toy on any store shelf contains toxic phthalates, and children would no longer be put at risk. Yet now the law is being interpreted as that it’s okay to sell toxic toys as long as they were manufactured before the February deadline. This monkeying around with our kids’ health isn’t cool. No toxic toys should be sold after that February deadline at all.

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11/20/08 Nine month baby stats and more November 20, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 5:35 pm

The picture is a scan of the calendar page I made for a calendar swap I am in. I got the month of August. When I think of August, I think of travel. So I made sort of a luggage tag. It’s a 5 x 7 piece of cardstock with part of a map of San Francisco stuck to it (I had to make 14 of these things so I used up most of the map). I stamped a collage stamp of travel images in a brownish colour. To make it look like a luggage tag I found an image of leather. I duplicated that image in PhotoShop Elements (I think it’s 16 iterations of the one image) and printed it out. I cut that so it would overlap on the front by a little less than half an inch. Then I stuck my “travel stickers” all over it. I made the travel stickers by stamping my individual travel stamps in black and scanning them into my computer. I used PhotoShop Elements and coloured them in. I printed them and made them the size of a contact print (a Windows print setting). To get each of the things sticky I ran them all through the Xyron (which I found out discontinued my refills). I finished the one above and now I have to finish the other 13. I just need to cut out the “leather”, adhere it, cut out the stickers and stick them on.

Sarah’s Stats:

Weight: 24lbs 14ozs – 98th percentile (95th when height is factored in)

Height: 30″ – 99th percentile

Head Circumference: 18.25″ – 98th percentile

I’ll check them against Christopher’s after I get him milk and 1-2-3-4 graham crackers. Oh and he wants to watch TV in the family room too.

 

11/13/08 What’s for dinner? November 13, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 11:10 am

This is the questions that is asked with a lot of regularity in my house. You’d think with the amount of “I don’t know.” answers that they’d just give up. But no, as the mom dinner preparation is mostly my responsibility. Now that Jonah is in college and is taking a couple of night courses it is just Thomas and I for dinner. Christopher usually eats at daycare. Last night, however, the answer was different. I had a plan for dinner and it was thanks to the owner of the company I work for. He was telling me what he was planning to make for dinner. He does this periodically so it’s not unusual. But this time what he was telling me sounded DELICIOUS! And I had most of the ingredient. And it wasn’t complicated or time consuming.

All of the famous blogs post pictures when they post recipies. I had it together enough last night to photograph the ingredients and the final product. Cool huh? Here are the ingredients:

crimini mushrooms (sliced)
cream of mushroom soup (condensed)
garlic (minced)
shallot (minced)
bell pepper (fine dice)
rice (I used basmati)
white wine
scallops
olive oil
butter
milk (not pictured)

Start your rice. Saute shallots in olive oil. Add garlic. Cook for a minute. Add mushrooms. Cook most of the way then add bell pepper. Put soup in sauce pan and add about a quarter of a cup of milk to smooth it out. Heat on low to medium-low. When mushroom mix is done put it in with the soup. Melt a little butter over medium-high to high heat. Add scallops and a splash of wine. Get a good sear on the scallops and turn them over (gently!). Add another splash of wine. Sear the other side of the scallops. Serve up some rice. Generously put the soup/mushroom mixture over it and top with the scallops. Serve with a green vegetable and a glass of wine (neither of those pictured). And here is the final product:

 

11/13/08 Wet Wednesday November 12, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 2:52 pm

It’s only November and I’m already done with all of this rain. Rain + leaves = gooshy mess! Blech!

I am making progress on the cross stitched nativity set and my calendar pages for the 2009 calendar swap I’m in. I now have the sheep, donkey, camel (minus the beads and tassels – I forgot to do those), and baby Jesus done for the nativity set. Next up is Mary. For the calendar pages I did the map background and the calendar part. I am working on some travel stickers in Photoshop for them and I want to figure out a way to make the pages sort of look like luggage tags.

I swore I wouldn’t do it, but I caved in and joined Facebook. It’s sort of another fun way to stay connected with people. I think I sent out invitations to everyone I know who reads here. If you didn’t get one and you are DYING to join Facebook and connect to me comment here or send me an e-mail. Or just join Facebook and tell it my e-mail and it’ll find me. Jonah won’t connect to me. He disconnected himself from his dad. I don’t think he wants to admit to knowing us on Facebook. I want to find his friend Madisyn who is writing a blog while she is in Brazil being an exchange student. She posted some pictures on her Facebook that I want to see. She even had an article posted in our weekly “liberal” paper.

On Tuesday Sarah has her 9 month well baby visit. Statistic will follow! She’s a little moose but a really happy baby. Just about everything makes her smile. And I think she has more hair than Christopher does now. Christopher is such an amazing little kid. He talks constantly but when he’s not talking he’s being quite the little whiner. No one can do anything for him because Mommy has to do everything. It’s quite tiring. And we’re getting kind of tired to being told “no” at every turn. He’s also getting quite a lot of time-outs. He does things on purpose and then sobs when he gets put in a time out. I know, he’s testing, testing, testing. But you’d think he’s get the clue.

Clue phone: (ring, ring)

Christopher: Hello

Clue phone: Listen to your mommy and daddy and you will be much happier!

 

11/06/08 The Most Moving Moment … November 6, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 11:25 am

I love Alec Baldwin’s blog on the Huffington Post. Yesterday he posted a piece called The Most Moving Moment Came From John McCain. Go read it.

 

11/05/08 One Victory One Defeat November 5, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 10:22 am

The Price Household is quite thrilled at the outcome of just about all of the election items we had to vote on. The Eugene Mayor’s race is still up in the air and I am not hopeful for the candidate we voted for. However our choices for president, US senator, secretary of state, and most of the state and local measures went our way. Our US Representative ran unopposed by the Republican party as did a couple of our local state reps. Naturally they won quite handily.

Even though I don’t live in California any more I still follow the politics and I am saddened by the following I read on MSNBC this morning:

“California voters have passed a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, AP reported Wednesday.”

I guess equality only goes so far.

 

11/04/08 Voting Day! November 4, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 5:03 pm

Thomas took Jonah to drop off his ballot yesterday. I asked them to get a picture and here it is. I hope everyone voted today!