Just Like Goober

A working suburban mom, a curious baby boy, and a whole lotta life

Weekend Wrap-Up January 9, 2012

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This weekend the family and I mostly stayed in. Goober and Hubby both have the same cold, full of snotty noses and hacking coughs. The most annoying thing about colds when you have children is the havoc they play on your social life. As a single adult, once you get past feeling cruddy and you’re left feeling reasonably well, minus the red nose and an occasional hack, you know how to navigate public places. Don’t shake hands or share beverages, maintain personal space, wash hands frequently, avoid quiet events (theaters, libraries.) You spend most of your time with other adults who can see and understand that they should keep their distance from you and your life goes on as usual. Life with kids is an entirely different can of worms. As you spend most of your social outings with other people who have children, when your child has a cold, consider yourself exiled. You bring with you a two and half foot tall bundle of microbial germs who has no concept of personal space or hygiene. You are now a parent’s worst nightmare- a tangible representation of unpaid time off, sky high co-pays, cabin fever, and incessant whining. Even your best friend will hang-up on you if you suggest bringing your rhinovirus infected offspring to a play date. The catch-22 is that your kid feels GREAT, WHEEEE! They want to go OUTSIDE, play with FRIENDS, and generally spread their joie du vie everywhere they can. So what if they slime it up a little, they’re fine MOM! They don’t think that extra naps and couch time are good idea, no thank you.

So that’s what our weekend revolved around. We missed two birthday parties in order to keep our friendships intact. The weather was nice though, so we still went out and did stuff. We hit two playgrounds on Saturday and did a little sidewalk chalk on Sunday, as well as a lot of playing inside.

Turtle Park Big slide

The Hubby and I finally(!) took down the Christmas tree and decor last night. We rented a Redbox after Goober went to bed and I went through my Christmas tubs while watching that, weeding out decorations I don’t really like or use to donate to Goodwill. The Goodwill bags are in the garage and all the Christmas paraphernalia is properly packed and stored for the next 11 months. It’s a relief to have it out of my hair and have my regular house back. Now I get to start thinking about how to rearrange our living room, since our television went downstairs with the basement makeover. I’m not sure if it should be a playroom, a reading room, or some kind of conglomeration of the two. Have any of you taken the TV out of a main living space? How do you use that space now?


Fall Back- Into crummy sleeping Habits November 7, 2011

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Happy Monday! I know, a contradiction in terms, right? Did everyone enjoy their extra hour yesterday? I don’t know what it is about time changes, but they totally throw Goober off. And in ways that don’t even make sense. Maybe it’s coincidence that every time the time changes, he has several days of weird sleep, but I don’t think so. In the early hours of Sunday (3:30 pre time change, 2:30 post time change) Goober woke up thinking it was party time or something. And unlike his other occasional night wakings, this time he wasn’t screaming. Very unusual for him. Instead he was playing and talking in his crib. This continued for more than an hour, while Hubby and I laid there and listened to him. It was a phenomenon that we have never experienced, him being awake AND in his crib BUT NOT screaming. Very strange. Eventually he fell back asleep and so did we, and he slept until about 7 am (new time, 8 old time), which is very late for him. Then on Sunday his naps were all screwed up. He took a morning nap for about an hour and a half, but no afternoon nap. He woke up crying around 2 am this morning, and again at 5, and woke up for the day at 6. Very early, Momma no like!

This weekend the Hubby and I were extremely productive. We figured it might be the last good weekend of the year, so we got out in the yard and got BUSY! (not that kind of busy, surely not in the yard!)


  • tore out a brick flower bed on the side of the house (I got to use a sledge hammer!)
  • Hauled two loads of rocks/brick/weird pieces of concrete to the dump. On the second round I batted my eyelashes at the guy working the register to get him to let us go for free since it would have only taken us 1 trip if we’d had a truck. It worked!
  • Planted new shrubs in front of our porch and a lilac bush under our bedroom window. I can’t wait for it to bloom next spring and I will be able to smell them from my room with the windows open!!!
  • Dug/smashed/yanked out several old railroad ties that were buried along our back fence. Ugly, rotting, yet still in there really well stupid railroad ties. It’s amazing how something so rotting and decomposing can still hold on tight to the ground! It took us an average of 15-30 minutes PER TIE.

Unrelated to the yard, but still accomplished:

  • Found some FREE! gently used carpet on Craigslist for our basement. We had to drive 45 minutes to get it and we still have to figure out how to install it, but HEY ITS FREE!
  • Dyed my recently purchased couch & love seat slip covers.

So all in all a great weekend. Most of the work was done with Goober napping or working out there with us. We gave him “tasks” to do and he got down to business: raking mulch, moving tiny rocks from Place A to Place B. We’re working on following directions, so there was lots of good practice, even if he still doesn’t get it too often.

Oh! I almost forgot. Yesterday I got an email from Kristabella telling me I won her Shutterfly card giveaway! 25 more free holiday cards!! SWEET! Thanks Kristin!!


A Landscaping Story October 4, 2011

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So over the weekend I decided that Hubby and I needed a little project. Let me start with a little back story:

This is my house on the day Hubby and I bought it, two years ago. Nice landscaping, huh?



Here is a wider shot in case you wanted to see more.

Notice the bushy tree covering the right third of my house? Yeah, that’s a bush that thought it was a tree. We knew that guy had to go right away.



This was right after we chopped down the TreeBush, but before we let go of the weird dying red leafed tree. He soon came to the end of his time with us. We also seemed to have attempted to “sculpt” the giant hedges. While looking a bit more kept, they obviously needed a diet. Unfortunately, these bushes were previously owned by my great aunt Mimi. Like the rest of the soon-to-be gutted house, Mimi did not take proper care of these bushes and let them run free and wild. Hence the TreeBush.


As I mentioned previously, these bushes interfered in my decorating aspirations.

On Halloween last year, I was forced to put my jack-o-lanterns on the corner. I was concerned that parents weren’t going to let their kids trick-or-treat at my house, what with them not being able to see their children on the porch over the monster bushes. I can’t say that I would blame them.


As my Halloween Pinboard grows full of cute pumpkins, wreaths, and other decor perfect for visible front porches, my annoyance compounded. This came to blows in my head Saturday morning as Hubby and I were discussing plans for an impending pumpkin patch outing. I could no longer handle the thought of those stupid bushes hiding my front porch from the world. I was done and those bushes needed to GO AWAY!


Umm, I have an idea for what I want to do today, but you’re not going to like it.”

What is it?” Hubby asked suspiciously. He does not enjoy yard work.

We need to cut down those bushes in front. I cannot go through another Halloween with no good porch decorations and frankly I cannot look at those monstrosities another second!”


I’m not dramatic or anything. It took a little convincing, but I soon got him on my side (bribery may have been involved.) We headed over to Home Depot to rent a chainsaw and buy some gloves and protective eyewear. We decided that since it was such a lovely day out, one of us would do the sawing while the other took care of Goober, who LOVES to play outside. When once of us got tired of our post, we’d switch. Hubby decided to take a shot at the bushes, so Goober and I played in the garage and made laps up and down the street in his wagon. When the first one came down, we were thinking this might look good.

Yes, I realize that it looked like we only have 2 bushes in front and 1 on the side, when actually there are about 6 total stumps under that foliage.

When the second bush came down, we knew we had made a good decision.


Around this time the chain fell off and we had to return to Home Depot to fix it. When we came back, I took Goober inside to eat lunch. After the annihilation of another bush, the blade was too dull to cut, so while Goober napped, Hubby returned a second time to Home Depot to get a new blade. I also contributed to our project by attempting to cut down our growing pile of brush into pieces that would fit into a standard lawn refuse bag.

He soon returned to finish the job, and soon our house looked like this:

Isn’t it beautiful! Except for all the stumps, which we’ll deal with somehow, eventually. With winter soon approaching, I’m not sure if we’re going to attempt landscaping this fall, or wait until spring. Doesn’t matter though, I can see my porch! I can display Jack-o-Lanterns and hang garland and prop up little Santa Claus statues!!





Now, if I could just have someone take care of this junk for me: