These were 2nd set of words out of Anjali's mouth today (the first was "tell the monster to go away, mama". Bad dream, perhaps?) When Arun came into the room with his toy snake, she was adamant about finding hers. While it is cute, this competition of theirs, it is also tiring. We do not have two of everything around here, I am not trying to run a Noah's Ark Service for toys. Although, I am about ready to buy another goddamned Nerf gun because I am so tired of the fighting and whining. I will admit that I am a wee bit proud that my sweet baby girl knows how to load it, although she cannot quite cock it yet.
While I am mommyblogging today, let me tell a quickie about Arun. The other night, I asked him what did he want to do when he grows up - I expected an answer about taking care of animals, charming snakes, driving a racecar, uniting the world into a big, gooey group hug of peace and love. But no, his answer was, "Mama, I want to reach things." To be sure, he was probably thinking of that pair of scissors stored high, high away from him.
So, have you heard about that little site called Zappos? I suspect this is not a newsflash, but wow - that place rocks. Last night, I purchased a Sherpani backpack from there and immediately upon checkout realized I had missed the option to enter my gift certificate (an early birthday present from my mommy. Thanks Mom!) I sent an email and the problem was fixed within 10 minutes. Via email. Oh sure, their prices are not very competitive, but with free shipping and stellar customer service, Zappos will be getting my business again. They are currently batting 2 for 2. Not bad!
Speaking of backpacks, I am ditching the whole handbag thing for awhile. Last Saturday, we went to the Natural History Museum at KU in Lawrence (Total Sidenote: if you live in Kansas City and have kids who are as crazy about animals and dinosaurs as mine are, get theeself to Lawrence. It is totally worth it. We bought the membership, which is a bargain.) Anyhow, as I lifted the kids up and down and up and down to see exhibits that were inexplicably too high for children, I kept struggling with my handbag falling off of my shoulder. In general, I am finding that as we cruise parks, museums, children's farms, the zoo, etc. that the handbag is very inconvenient. I need something that will just hang on on my back as I lug around 60 lbs worth of Kid. I have been lusting after that backpack for well over a year now, so I am pretty excited. Although, the entire paradigm shift of not having a girly, cool handbag makes me crumble a little inside.
Finally. In conclusion about scribbling potentially controversial posts:
Folks, that sucked a lot of time out of my life that I will never back.
Thankfully, I did not get flooded with traffic, but it was weird traffic. As such, I felt I had to keep an eye on comments more closely than I normally would. I could have moderated comments, but we are out and about so much, I was simply not home enough to approve them, which would have stifled the conversation.
So, Overall, I am going to try and be more faithful and honest with my voice here but I was a little alarmed by how much time it took to monitor all of that. This is a creative outlet for me, not a job!