Thursday, April 18, 2013

Stupid chickens and cows

I know in some parts of the country it is still pretty cold, but it has been warming up here. It's been nice because then I get to dress the baby in silly things like baby capris and flip flops.

She knows how cute she is

In case you couldn't see those blurry kicking feet:

I die.


While Cordelia is stuck wearing Faith's old stuff, Faith is rocking new stuff from Old Navy. The life of the second child is hard already.

That baby can suck it, I am FABULOUS in my new clothes

Since yesterday was such a nice day, I took the kids to the playground after I picked up Faith from school and then we went to Target, so that meant we didn't get back to the house until almost 5pm. When I took the baby upstairs for a nap, I was hit by a heat wave when I walked up the stairs. We have dual zone heating/air conditioning so I hadn't realized that the upstairs AC wasn't working until it was well over 80 degrees up there.

Here's a fun fact for you: I can't tolerate being hot when I'm trying to sleep. I basically turn into this:

If you get this reference, then we'd be friends

Luckily, the overnight temperatures were cool enough to bring the inside temperature below 80 degrees upstairs by bedtime. To keep the air flowing, we had to sleep with the windows open. No big deal right?




First of all, what is up with the stupid birds who sing at night? Don't they work union hours? Both kids were up during the night, which is sadly typical, but then I realized that we have a serious problem here: Idiotic chickens. Guess what you dumbass roosters, the sun does NOT rise at 4:30am, there is no reason for all that godforsaken racket.

The only kind of dumbass chicken I like

The roosters must have woken up the cows because then everyone was mooing up a storm, all before 5am. I actually contemplated driving down there to feed the damn cows so they'd shut up already, but I'm more of a "sit and stew" type. I finally had to close my windows to get some peace and quiet but then it felt hot and stuffy.

Feel bad for me yet? Oh, how I have suffered.

We had an AC repair company out here this morning and Cletus the Slack Jawed Yokel was able to fix a busted cable on our unit and get the whole thing working again for less than 200 bucks, so today is already looking up. It's been a hard week for everyone, so I wanted to share the good news that I will be able to sleep in chilled silence tonight. I bet that fact will make people in Waco, TX feel better.




Did you have to wear hand-me-downs when you were growing up, or did you get the new stuff? I had an older brother so I got all new clothes. Cordelia gets new stuff too, but I feel like this will be more of an issue as they get older.

Have you ever been woken up by a loud farm animal? I remember once on vacation, there was a donkey that let out a loud "HEE HAWWW" every morning at 5am. What is up with these animals and getting up before the sun?

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  1. Charlotte is the first child and is still stuck in hand me downs. So sorry, so cheap. And I do pretty much the same thing at night when it's hot (and your reference cracked me up--please tell me you also decapitate people with your navel). I can't have anything covering my feet, because hot feet are the worst.

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    1. Faith wears a lot of hand me downs too, mostly because we have awesome neighbors. Plus she grows so quickly that most of her stuff is barely used by the time it won't fit.

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  2. I didn't realize you lived near a farm:) I can't sleep if it's too hot (rarely happens here in WA). I never had to share clothes either since I had an older brother:)

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  3. I was the oldest and only girl, so all my clothes were new (and awkward, and ill-fitting). Although, I did get some from the neighbors once.

    As for animals... I was staying in Maine once when a racoon fight happened right outside my window. I thought I was goign to die. Or that they would somehow come scratching through the walls and kill me.



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    1. Coons are terrifying! I have a horror story too: http://www.itsadoglickbabyworld.com/2012/02/coon-on-cold-tin-roof.html

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    2. Two of the cats in the feral commune were getting it on this morning. My cats watched.

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  4. I'm the oldest so my sister got all my hand me downs. I'd love another girl in future, I've saved all of Elodie's clothes and some of it is so lovely it would be a shame for it not to be worn again.

    Not sure we have birds that sing at night in the UK, they barely sing during the day it's so cold/windy/grey :-)

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    1. I'd love to send you some of our too loud MD birds :)

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  5. You could both sit and stew AND deal with the cows with a poisonous blow darts. Works for birds too. There. Problem solved.

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    1. You may be overestimating my ability to aim.

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  6. My youngest is destined to a lifetime of hand-me-downs. But I don't feel too bad because her big sister has some really nice stuff because I'm shamelessly addicted to children's clothing and fill her closet with all of the awesome deals out there. How can you resist an adorable dress when it's marked down to $3 at Old Navy and will never go out of style? Little sister still gets plenty of new stuff too because she's a spring baby and her sister was a fall baby so some hand-me-downs don't work. Yes, it will come back to bite me in the ass when they're older and their clothes cost WAY more than they do now.

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    1. My husband is already dreading the back to school shopping bills when we run out of hand me downs for Faith and Cordelia. :)

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  7. My sister is 5 years older than me so I got a few things that were outdated and funny but I thought they were awesome. Lena wears mostly hand me downs, unless of course it's matching sibling outfit.

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    1. Well, matching outfits are always worth the cost.

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  8. I used to wake up every morning to raccoons screaming outside my windows with the wild hogs. It was the worst alarm clock ever...at 3am. GAH.


    And I used to get hand me downs from my auntie's friend's daughter. But I was always stoked because they were pretty rich and I got all the in style clothes...for the 90's. HAH!

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    1. I loved clothes in the 90s, especially the neons :)

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  9. Farm animal? No. Domestic? EVERY. FUCKING. MORNING. My cat is sitting on my pillow swatting my head and yelling if breakfast isn't in her bowl at 5 o'clock sharp.

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    1. You need one of those automatic cat feeders with a timer. :)

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    1. Yeah, I bet it's hard for you to get those voices out of your head.

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  11. Hot and sleep do not belong in the same sentence. Wait. Just re-read how that sounds. There is a reason why the first thing we did when we bought a house was install a ceiling fan in the master bedroom.

    How did I never buy flip flops for Avery??? So cute!

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    1. You better get a pair for your next baby :)

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  12. I can't sleep in heat either. Everyone around here is whining about the snow we just had. I *love* it, because it means summer has been pushed back a teensy tiny little bit (not enough for me--more snow please). We have no AC in this house, and while Colorado's heat is dry, it got over 100 during the day in here a couple of times the last two summers, and it doesn't cool off much overnight from that. Our landlady raised our rent again--we had to say "yes", but man, do I want to ask for at least a damn wall unit.

    As for early riser animals....we don't have to deal with chickens, but the robins are really loud and they start at 4:30 too.

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    1. Birds need to learn to sleep in.

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  13. Sweet Jesus. We lived with my in-laws for a few months a couple years back. They have a farm. With cows and chickens, and the like. Those beasts start their noise as soon as they peep open their black crusty eyes, which is way earlier than the sun ever gets up. Worst time ever. I was also preg then. So there was that too.

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    1. Everything is more annoying when you're pregnant. It's science.

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  14. We live in the country too. Mooing cows - check. Fighting raccoons - check. Howling coyotes - check. Noisy birds - check. Canada Geese that live in a nearby marsh and honk all day and night - check. Stupid cluster flies that buzz at the windows - check.

    None of this bothers me because my husband makes more noises than all of them.

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  15. We used to live across the highway from a big field with cows and in the spring when they would start giving birth it was pretty much impossible to sleep through the night. Usually gave them a pass though, since they were giving birth and all

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    1. Considering the sounds they make when they are just hungry, I can't imagine what labor sounds like for a cow.

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  16. At least Cordelia has easy toe access in her flip-flops.

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    1. It's a very important consideration in her shoe choices.

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  17. Baby feet are ridiculously cute! I was the oldest so no hand me downs. As for farm animals, my answer is no. Although the coon that fell into our pond while fishing for the goldfish did wake me up once. A couple of mornings ago my husband woke me up when he fell. He was trying to put on his running shorts quietly in the dark.

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    1. That sounds like something I would do. I can never get dressed without waking my husband.

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  18. I can't even handle that it's 80 degrees in your house right now! We literally have 14" of snow on the ground that is finally starting to melt. Sad.

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    1. I'd trade, just to go sledding :)

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  19. ugh my A/C is broken and the mystery super expensive part won't arrive till next Friday. Bonus- I get to pay $2000 for this, so if it gets hot here again, I'm planning on inviting myself over to friends with working A/C. I HATE being hot when I sleep and hate the stupid birds( nightingales?) that chirp all night long. Slightly funny story, after my junior prom, a group of us shared a hotel room(klassy) and the birds started chirping at lke 4 am and one of the guys jumped up and ran outside yelling efffing birds, shut up!

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    1. Did yelling at the birds work? I was strongly considering that option.

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  20. Those freaking nighttime birds RUINED my life during GORUCK because I was positive it meant that it must be near morning and morning was still like 6 hours away and I was still carrying an effing 1500 lb telephone pole.

    No farm animals here. I sleep in blissful earplug melatonin silence, except that my nightmares, generally about work, wake me up every hour or so.

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    1. Every hour? You are ready for a baby.

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  21. Ever slept somewhere that has free roaming peacocks? Those fuckers are LOUD.

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    1. I actually have and not only are they loud, they are super creepy in the dark.

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  22. Did I wear hand me downs? I wore hand me downs from strangers! We thought that getting underwear from a second-hand store was what everyone did. My favourite second-hand outfit ever was a white tutu, I wore that tutu around the garden pretending to be a ballerina fairy. Pity that I couldn't dance or fly.

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  23. I still have a toddler "Born to Boogie" tee shirt from the 70s. We are classy like that.

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    1. I would pay good money for that.

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  24. No farm animals to wake me up, but our house backs up to a college campus so we have drunk college students to wake us up (which some can be easily mistaken for farm animals).

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    1. I would be screaming out of my window at the drunk people to shut up. I'm classy like that.

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  25. Birds are the worst. I'm very anti-bird. In one of my old apartments, a mama bird built her nest on my air conditioner, so she had baby birds that just screamed at her all day and all night. I could see them right outside my window. She left those babies alone a lot so they just chirped and chirped constantly. I felt so bad for them but also, they were ruining my already pathetic sleeping habits.

    -Meg

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  26. We had a rooster down the street, just a couple houses down, for the first year we lived here. I didn't mind it but he didn't do his thing until after 630am (confused rooster? )

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  27. Oh my! Just discovered your blog, and I am just so happy to virtually know you! Your writing as a mommy is just spot on for so many wonderful reasons. LLLI is also on my hate list (even as a breastfeeding mom of 2) and I also love to pick out grammatical errors in writing. Cannot wait to add you to my (soon to be defunct) Google reader. Thanks for the honesty and laughs!

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  28. So, I just found your blog. Those flip flops are so cute!! I have a 9 month old baby. Alas, I have two boys, so no cute pink flip flops for me. But at least boys are cheaper in the clothing department...much less to choose from.

    I've read back a few pages. Your race day sounds like Murphy's law and something that would totally happen to me. And I hear you on the sleep thing. The last month I've been waking every hour or two. My husband was traveling one week and between the baby teething and the 7 year old just waking up, it was awful! When my boss tells me I look like I'm running on fumes, you know it's bad.

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