Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Scammin' it old school

The wonderful internet bankers got tired of us not answering their emails, so they've pulled out all the stops and sent us a letter by snail mail.  Sent all the way from Great Britain so that it couldn't be traced back to Hong Kong.

I'm sure Mr. Liang Hun Wang just can't wait to share the 22 million dollars with BOLTON.  We are gathering our information and getting ready to fax it off to him first thing in the morning.  I always knew that we would strike it rich one day!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

An end of an era

For almost 20 years Hilary and I have hosted an annual Oscar party. We've had anywhere from 2 to 20 people come to enjoy a night of food and fun. There have been years where Hilary would start cooking weeks in advance. Some years there was a theme to the food - Mexican, Indian, potatoes, meat on a stick.  Last year we even did a full turkey dinner.

Being on the East coast has always made for a very late night, often meaning that we needed to taken the next day off work to recover and clean up. The actual Oscar's don't start until 9:30 for us and often don't end till nearly 2:00 am.  That is WAY past my bedtime.

This year we have decided that we are simply watching the Oscar's on our own, likely in our PJ's.  In fact, we may even just tape the end and go to bed at a decent time since we both have to get up early on Monday.  Instead of spending all of our time cooking and prepping, we are going to have chips and dip and buy a fancy dessert to share.

While we loved every year's party, and we'll miss celebrating with friends, it's time to scale things back and just enjoy a quiet night.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Liam loves all things sour, especially candy. It’s almost like he needs it, even beyond just a craving for it. After some research, it turns out that he may very well be onto something. The shock of something sour can have a similar effect on a brain with ADHD as the stimulating medicine that is prescribed for it. Even the Center for ADHD Awareness, Canada lists sour candies in their “Adaptive Equipment” list. The stimulation of the sour taste gives one part of the brain something to focus on, freeing up the rest of the brain to focus on the true task at hand like homework or reading.

While we don’t mind Liam having candy, we obviously don’t want him having it all day, every day.   One of his favorite sour candies is “WarHeads Spray Candy”.   I’m pretty sure it is 100% chemical with no redeeming quality to it – other than it’s sour.  Luckily I stumbled across a fresh, non-chemical alternative that Liam loves just as much.

Yes, Liam loves to squirt fresh lime or lemon juice straight onto his tongue. It makes my mouth dry up and shudder just at the thought of it. He’s offered for me to try it, but I have politely declined.

I wonder what the school would say if we started sending this in his lunch everyday?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Shared Interest

Sometimes I wonder if Hilary feels like she lives with TWO 11 year old boys.  Liam and I have quite a few common interests.  Our current obsession interest is Star Wars, and more specifically Star Wars Lego.

I love Lego.  I had it growing up, but of course back then it was simple rectangle pieces in 4 primary colours.  Now sets come with such oddly shaped pieces, that I can't tell which way is up.  The new sets are pretty awesome though.  Liam and I have been coveting some of the bigger Star Wars sets for a while now.

Last week we headed out so that Liam could spend some money that he got for Christmas.  He really, really, really wanted the Millennium Falcon set, but only had half the money needed.  So he started his sales pitch.  "Mama, you love Star Wars as much as I do."  "Mama, wouldn't it be fun to work on this together?" "Mama, haven't you always wanted this set too?"  "Mama, don't you have some Christmas money that you got?  You could put it towards the Millennium Falcon."  I'm pretty sure this kid is going to grow up to be a con artist... he can talk his way into a lot of things.

So I pooled my Christmas money (and then some) with his and we came home with a 1200+ piece Lego set.  We worked a lot on it on Sunday, and surprisingly, we finished it tonight!  Now the only question is where to keep it.  It needs to be played with (check out the detail!) but we don't want it to get smashed or broken.  Hilary doesn't seem to keen on my suggestion that we box up some of our antique tea cups and use the sideboard as a Lego display case..... I'm not sure why, it seemed like a perfect solution to me!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Oh No, It's a Muffalo

Liam's school play is next Thursday and he is playing one of the "Muffalo's" children.  He looks pretty scar to me with his big bad claws!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

7 pounds

These days most of my blogging is about weight loss, not weight gain.  But today we are celebrating a gain of SEVEN pounds!

and no, I don't think all the weight gain is hair.

Liam went to the doctor today for his regular checkup and we are happy to say that he has gained 7 pounds in the last 6 months.  This is a huge accomplishment.  Usually we leave these appointments celebrating a gain that is measured in ounces.   His last "big" gain was more than 2 years ago, with a whopping 33/4 pounds.

He continues to be in the 10th percentile for height but today's gain has pushed him over the 25th percentile for weight.  He's never going to be a tall kid - his parents were 5'2 and 5'11, but he does continue to grow and thrive.

Food continues to be an adventure, with the repertoire of things he enjoys remaining fairly limited.  We have noticed in the past few weeks that while the kinds of food hasn't changed, the quantity of food he eats has been growing.  In Liam's case, every calorie is a good calorie, so we go with it, even when it's meant making Transportation Noodles at 9:00 at night.