Monday, March 29, 2010

Good News

Well, the good news is that I'm no longer feeling frustrated over Caroline's friend situation. Saturday's frustrations were short lived. In fact, they're a distant memory, because today, in my usual capricious fashion, I've done a 180 and would much rather Caroline not have any friends.

At all.

As I sit here, on my bedroom floor,watching the Food Network, my house is filled to the brim with girls. Cranky, disagreeable, loud, hungry, monster girls. Five of them. One wants to blow bubbles. One wants to roller skate in the basement. Another wants to play soccer outside.
They ALL want to play hide-and-go-seek/tag/run up and down the stairs whilst screaming like a bunch of girls INSIDE the house. But of course, I have a brain and therefore have outlawed any game in which five girls scream at the top of their lungs in unison. I've also banned any game involving running, thumping or sliding down the stairs.

I welcome any and all outside activities, but in the interest of maintaining any semblance of sanity, I've unilaterally put the kibosh on the indoor screamfest they're so eager to start.

Ah, spring break.

Can't say that I'm a fan right now.

The monsters girls just ate through half my pantry and then barged into my room asking for smoothies. It's cold, cloudy and rainy. 50 degrees outside. And they want smoothies.

I ran out of my cheater smoothie mix, so I said no. But, as my quick witted and very observant child pointed out, we have frozen strawberries and peaches, plus bananas, yogurt and milk. Thanks, Caroline. Thanks a bunch.
I suppose I *could* make smoothies from scratch, using our overflowing bounty of smoothie ingredients my child was so quick to remind me of, but it's cold and rainy.

And they're bugging me.
I don't like to make smoothies for kids who are bugging me.

That Yoplait frozen smoothie stuff is great. And so easy, too.

My neighbor, the mom of two of the girls who are always at my house, often repays my kid watching/child feeding efforts with food. Once it was 4lbs of chocolate chips. Another time it was a huge bag of the Yoplait smoothie mix. I currently have 4lbs of butter in my fridge, as well. I guess it's safe to assume that she shops at Costco!

The smoothie mix is NOT AT ALL economical. But sometimes you have to pay for convenience, right?

However, I draw the line at this: McCormick's Recipe Impressions.

Premeasured spices!?! I realize that people are busy and don't have a lot of time to set aside for getting dinner on the table. But paying $2 for premeasured spices is ridiculous.

Anyhoo, Monday is almost over, which is a pleasant thought. Only six days until school starts back up!

Sadly, and not too surprisingly, we don't have any exciting or ambitious plans for the week. Tomorrow I'm going to try and get my hairs did. It's been too long since my last cut and I'm looking a little shaggy. Actually, once I stop blow drying my hair because it takes too long, I know it's time for a hair cut. I stopped blow drying three weeks ago. That'll give you an idea of how badly I need this cut.

Wednesday we have the excitement of a dentist appointment to look forward too. Oh, and soccer practice.

Thursday we're going to see the cherry blossoms in DC.

Living it up, man.

Living it up.


Sissy said...

I want a smoothie. Can you post a from scratch recipe? Or link to one? I have this huge bag of frozen fruit that I bought at Sam's last year, and it would be perfect for smoothies, but I'm not good at knowing proportions for blended things. Help a sister out.

I would invite you to NC since I'm off this week, but with my germs that might not be the best thing.

Alison said...

Hey Sissy,
I just emailed you a link from the Food Network site. It has some basic proportions to help you out. You may need to add more liquid/sugar/fruit to suit your tastes, but it's a good starting point.
I sort of just wing it, which can get ugly at times. That's why I like the cheater stuff!

Hope you finally on the mend! Blech!