They Coulda’ Been Great… March 2013

Well – it doesn’t look like I’ll have time  to post anything new before the Listen to Your Mother – DC show on April 28th (and speaking of that – have you bought your tickets yet?). So here is another installment of my “this could have been a blog post” series. If you haven’t seen the last two (which would be the last two posts over the past two months…sigh), these are my Facebook updates that…well, could have been blog posts. For further explanation, click HERE.

And now – MARCH!

March 2

10:20 a.m.

Scene: George is inconsolable because Oliver ate the second half of his glazed doughnut (left on the table while he took a break to watch TV).

Me: George, there is a whole box of doughnuts right there. Pick another one. Besides, you told me that you wanted me to get you a sugar doughnut, not a glazed doughnut. There it is – right there in the box. EAT THAT ONE.

George: wail/fume/wail/fume

Me: Look – there it is – exactly what you wanted. RIGHT THERE. You should focus on what you DO have – not what you DON’T have.

Chris: Gives me an “are you kidding me?” look.

Me: (indignant) Well, it’s TRUE.

Chris: Hey George – stop crying and get the sugar doughnut. You should eat it now because if you don’t, Oliver will.

Me: Gives Chris a reluctant look of approval.

Chris: (much too smug for my liking) Well, it’s true.

2:18 p.m.

My friend just gave me this cook tweedy coat that belonged to her grandmother (something about it being too long on her…whatever, I’ll take the free coat). I think the label is my favorite thing about it.



March 3

1:10 p.m.

My lazy parenting just caught up with me…

I think I’ve been letting the kids watch too many Disney tween shows. While getting ice cream cones today, Oliver said “I LOVE you,” instead of the usual “thank you” when the teenage girl handed him his cone. Uh….

And then – THEN – as he rode his bike past a bunch of girl scouts selling cookies, he said “hi girls!” and winked at them.



March 4

4:51 p.m.

“Never pick up garbage! Never put garbage IN YOUR MOUTH! And NEVER put garbage on ME!”

Within 60 minutes Oliver and George did all three

6:00 p.m

JUST ANNOUNCED: The Mindy Project has been picked up for a second season on FOX! SHARE this to spread the word! Details:

JUST ANNOUNCED: The Mindy Project has been picked up for a second season on FOX! SHARE this to spread the word!


I am inordinately excited about this…

6:04 p.m.

Should I be concerned that people are posting links to thought provoking articles on feminism and sexism and other issues that impact my life as a woman in Western culture…I’m just here all, “Yay! The Mindy Project was picked up for a second season!”??


March 5

3:00 p.m.

Sometimes it seems like all I ever say to Oliver is, “no.” This is the source of much guilt and chagrin on my part. But when I walked into the living room to find him wielding a massive bread knife as part of whatever imaginary game he was playing… Well, I felt fairly justified in my negative reaction.


March 9

9:19 a.m.

Me: (seeing Eleanor try to sit on Oliver’s legs which were propped up on a coffee table) That doesn’t look like a good idea.

Eleanor: What? He lets me do it all the time. Besides, it’s practically pretty safe.

Oh – well if it’s PRACTICALLY pretty safe, then I guess it’s okay.

10:20 a.m.

Yet another message from the universe that my children watch too much television:

In the car running errands with the kids. A police siren wails in the distance.

Oliver: Sounds like the police. Someone must have robbed a jewelry store!


March 10

11:04 a.m.

Representing (with messy hair) today #LTYM #DC


7:34 p.m.

I love how Dina McQueen calls Eleanor “E the B” (as in “Eleanor the Brave”). WE call her “E the B” all the time. Just for different reasons…

7:40 p.m.

Hey! I just realized that it has been SO LONG since I added my cover photo that it will actually become seasonally relevant again in less than a month!


March 11

5:40 p.m.

Eleanor: Once upon a time, there was a trophy. And his name…was Sparkle.


10:13 p.m.

Just now on Fox 5 News at 10: “The Cardinals are cut off from their Twitter accounts.” Brutal. Still pinning though, I bet.


March 12

2:16 p.m.

Do I like Justin Timberlake’s new sound? Have you SEEN my Earth Wind and Fire CD collection? Pretty much…

Never could resist a horn section.


March 13

8:00 p.m.

I mean – I know Caillou is only four…but he doesn’t know what a TURTLE is? Really? Contrived plot lines sure do start early.


March 14

9:21 a.m.

Three weeks ago, Eleanor switched out her hot pink cast for this. Today she’ll have another x-ray on her foot to see if the crack is healed. It’s now been SEVEN weeks. Fingers crossed that she leaves the appointment wearing TWO shoes today…


11:00 a.m.

Today’s footwear: one dirty shoe, one clean shoe and ZERO walking boots!


3:26 p.m.

If I said that I just used Oliver’s light saber to clean under my couch, would you think I sounded crazy? Then you are not a mom.

7:40 p.m.

Hey! I wrote that!



March 18

9:45 p.m.

The Following is one of the best shows on TV! But I could really do without those Evil Dead commercials. The demon girl coming up out of the floor? Scarred for life.

March 20

6:28 p.m.

George’s drawings all look like cave paintings.



March 24

1:15 p.m.

Eleanor: I think I want to be in the Olympics.

Me: That would be great!

Eleanor: Because kids can be whatever they want when they grow up. Right?

Me: Yes!

Eleanor: OR they can just have a bunch of kids like you did.

I think it’s time to start talking up some of my other accomplishments…


March 25

10:40 a.m.




March 28

7:01 p.m.

Exhausted after an epic journey (planes, trains and automobiles…minus the planes) from Reston to the National Zoo today. Hard to believe that we could just WALK there when I was a little girl! Would have far preferred that commute today. But just like old times, the Pandas were hiding. We moved to DC when I was eight, and I think I’ve actually SEEN a Panda approximately three times in my life.


March 29

6:35 p.m.

Every day with 2 little boys is like that end segment of The Benny Hill Show. Including the nudity.


March 31

11:36 a.m.

Eleanor got a digital watch in her Easter basket. If you ever find yourself wondering what time it is – just ask me. She’s giving me minute to minute updates.


Since I don’t document ALL of our comings and goings on Facebook… Here are a few highlights:

Eleanor lost a tooth:


…Oliver turned eight…

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…and a bad hair stylist massacred George’s bangs:


OH YEAH – and we celebrated the holy day of Easter with brunch and several pounds of Cadbury Mini Eggs (okay that second part was just me). Happy spring!


3 thoughts on “They Coulda’ Been Great… March 2013

  1. heidi

    “Or you can just have a bunch of kids”…she is a riot, Kate!! I too have experienced the play by play of time thanks to the digital watch. As I walked through Michael’s in search of ribbon or buttons or something useless, Ben gave me the time every minute. It’s 3:20! Now it’s 3:21! Good Lord.
    I love these posts, Kate. I feel all caught up, nod along (light saber to clean up…oh yeah), and laugh pretty much the whole time. Love you!
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