Friday, November 27, 2009

Another post about grocery shopping?!

I always want to know what other people have in stock on a weekly basis...

I did my weekly grocery shopping today. Keep in mind that I am still finishing off chicken soup, we have plenty of rice, spaghetti ingredients and things like that...

Soy creamer
Vanilla yogurt
Sour cream
Marble jack
Soy milk
English muffins
GF Waffles
Rice chex
Red bell peppers
Frozen corn
Cough drops
Chicken breasts
GF crackers
Tortilla chips
Corn puffs
Trail mix
Flour tortillas
Refried beans
Cornbread mix
Pinto beans
Great northern beans
Diced tomatoes

So there you have it... That's what we're made of. I'm going to be making chili and then using the leftovers to create different meals throughout the week.

What are some of your favorite foods/staples? Meals that make good leftovers?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

What's going on up there?

  • I'm bummed about missing Thanksgiving with my mom.
  • I read an article about a custody battle over a 7 year old autistic boy whose mother is attempting to cure him with chelation and chemical castration among other things, and whose father disagrees...
  • I also read about Autism Speaks bullying autistics who can speak for themselves, like this t-shirt designer and this 14 year old autistic girl who created a spoof website ...
  • I'm imagining what will happen when the children of curebie parents become angsty teenagers who feel like their parents hate who they are...
  • I'm thinking I didn't drink enough water today...
  • I'm patting myself on the back for fighting the urge to lose my temper at Mina tonight, instead setting the timer on my iphone and letting her watch it while she cleaned up...
  • I'm thankful for my cozy home and the family inside it, for the car that took me to the grocery store and the job that provided the money to buy the slightly unsavory frozen fried Chinese morsels, and the husband who likes talking to me, laughs at my jokes, and wants to make me happy...
That's about it. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for reading!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Back in Business

(Woops... I forgot to post yesterday.)

The kids are going back to school today. I think. I am really behind on stuff...

Edit: Just kidding! Mina is staying home!

Edit: Just kidding! She really did go to school! AHAHA! Fooled you there!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Little Mysteries

We've noticed over the last few days that Mina has been pulling out her hair. This is one of those things that could be nothing but could turn into something huge, that parents like me lose sleep over. I'd find a little pile of hair and yell for her, show it to her, become upset. The wrong thing to do, I know.

I imagined her with bald spots, or masses of hair in her stomach, in treatment...

I read about it. I fretted--even though I have definitely spent a lot of time plucking out hair, enjoying the sensation, studying the root, and I don't have that problem today nor was it ever really a problem. I was also a nail biter as a child, and am still a terrible skin picker with scarring to prove it. I used to peel the skin off of my lips with my teeth and make them bleed. That's just how I roll.

Anyway, today I asked Mina if she just started doing it. She said yes. I asked her if she did it because she liked looking at the root of her hair. A slow smile spread across her face. She said yes. Then she told me that about a week ago she pulled a hair out by accident, and noticed the root, and has been wanting to look more. Then I asked if she wanted to look at pictures of hair on the computer and she said yes, and we had a wonderful time then... I told her we could look at more pictures anytime.

So there you have it. She's not suffering from a mental disorder. She's just curious! If anyone is looking for Christmas ideas for her, I think she would love a book with lots of gross, weird, cool pictures... She is always asking me to google "gross stuff". Like mother, like daughter!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

It's My Mama's Birthday

Hip, hip, hooray! Happy 55, lady! Here's to 55 more!



Saturday, November 21, 2009

Was I complaining about Not Really Sick Days yesterday?

OKAY I get it, I get it.

Mina woke up with a fever today. It was pretty high, so I gave her some Motrin. She ate some cereal, then laid around a bit. When Jason was taking everyone outside, Mina wanted to go with. A minute later she was back inside saying she was too tired. It all went downhill from there. We went back and forth about what to do, reading "when to contact a doctor" criteria over and over. I was actually more worried because she keeps getting these mysterious fevers. Then all of a sudden today she started coughing...

Jason talked me into calling. I was happy that I knew the doctor on call. She said all signs point to it being H1N1 and talked about that a bit... I told her that my husband is on immunosuppressants and she said he and Mina should both take Tamiflu... Jason once daily and Mina twice daily.

Mina has been so, so, so miserable. She has been in bed the whole day and needs help just walking to the bathroom. It's heartbreaking. Coughing makes her cry. Her voice is so weak and pathetic.

I really hope no one else gets sick! I guess my posts for the next few days will be about how everyone is feeling since that's pretty much all I can think about.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Not Really Sick Days

Mina's drawing that I colored. Do you see what's happening here? That bird just snagged a big juicy worm from the ground. That is the worm family crying out for the doomed worm. The sun is crying. The big thing on the right is a shoe.

Umm... My drawing wasn't as creative. I like the way Mina colored it, though.

Mina was up all night with a fever, so I couldn't send her to school today. However, she is feeling JUST FINE, and has pretty much been talking my ear off all day. Not just talking, either. Asking questions. Drawing pictures for me to color, and asking me to draw pictures for her. Then not being able to find exactly the right crayon.

It's messing with my routine.

I am thankful that she isn't sick, that she can talk, that she is super creative and inquisitive and interesting, I really am. I just need two minutes of quiet.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I don't really have anything to say

If you read that title and said, "OoooOOOOooh! Must read on!" then you are... Something special.

I just felt like writing. For some reason the fact that this posts on facebook creates more pressure to write something that isn't totally stupid. It doesn't always work...

I'm going to do my own NaBloPoMo or whatever starting at this totally random mid-month day. I'm going to write and post something every day, no matter what, and hopefully I won't lose too many readers from cranking out this garbage. It will be cathartic and that's the most important thing. That and FAME! Just kidding.

It's been a long day. It's almost always been a long day. In fact, I'm beginning to suspect that all days are the same length!

Someday soon I'd like to put the kids to bed in a good mood. Today we told them to get ready an hour early and read in bed. This plan backfired, though, because Mina couldn't find her library books. They must be at school. She wouldn't accept this. She was upset, almost hysterical, we turned this place inside out looking for them. Finally after 35 minutes, she stopped and said, "I could read a book I've already read!"


Yyyyyeah. Why didn't I say that? I guess I thought it was implied? Am I new here?

Alright people. It's TV time.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bug Cake

Happy Birthday, Tim!
I hear Tim's daughter, Morella, calls all insects "Bees". Obviously she doesn't have a degree in entomology like her dad. You'll notice there are no actual bees on this cake.

Who's hungry?!

Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting and gum paste (edible) bugs.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


As of this morning the price tags were the same. It's nearly every type of fruit cup, whether it says each or per pack or whatever the unit is, they are all wrong. No sign, no indication of unit price error, no sorry for the inconvenience. Cullen wanted to start knocking displays over and stuff but I managed to get him out of the building before he gave them a piece of his mind. You don't want to mess with Cullen when he's angry. Ohohohoh, no, no you do not.

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my brother!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

The unit prices of food v. the actual retail price at Copps: a tale of deception, anger, and love of one's family

Says Wisconsin Legislature:
(1) No person, firm, corporation or association shall, with intent to sell, or increase the consumption thereof, or create an interest therein, make, publish, disseminate, circulate, or place before the public in this state, or cause, directly or indirectly to be made, published, disseminated, or placed before the public in this state, in a newspaper or other publication, or in the form of a book notice, handbill, poster, bill, circular or pamphlet, or in any other manner, an advertisement of any sort regarding articles of food, which advertisement contains any assertion, representation or statement which is untrue, deceptive or misleading.

I try to be a smart shopper and I always look at unit prices when comparing products to see which is the best deal. It helps you compare a 1lb bag of corn chips with a 10 oz bag of corn chips without having to do math, because the unit price tells you that one brand is 18 cents per ounce and the other bag is 27 cents per ounce (or even 60 cents per ounce in some cases...) when they all look sort of the same.

Yesterday while I was shopping at Copps I was considering buying some sort of fruit cup/apple sauce cup kind of thing for the girls' school lunches. They all seemed like a rip off but I decided to look at unit prices anyway. I looked at some Dole fruit cups that were on sale. 12.8 cents per pk? Maybe not such a rip off! How many do you get? Four? So let me get this straight. This should cost $0.51? Seems like a better deal than most! But hold on a second. Do you see it? It's $2.05. The PER PK price for a 4 PK of this should be $0.51. But if you were just glancing at unit prices you would be tricked into thinking this one is a better deal than that one. I took a look at some of the other fruit cups and found similar mistakes, and I started to wonder about the whole store.

As I went on with my shopping trip I started getting upset about this. By the time I was finished and the Customer Service Rep who was helping out asked if I was ready to check out, I was ready to take on all of the wicked injustices of the world.

"I have to show you something..." I said, and brought her over to the fruit cups.

I told her that I rely on unit prices to tell me how to get the most food for the least amount of money and I noticed that their unit prices were incorrect. "I want to pay THIS PRICE," I said, pointing to the misleadingly low unit prices.

"I'm sorry, ma'am, this is the actual price of the product. The unit prices are wrong. I don't know how that happened."

I wondered aloud about the REST of the store. I told her those labels needed to be fixed immediately so other customers don't compare unit prices and think they're getting a deal.

SHE said she didn't think other customers were looking at unit prices.

"I guarantee I am not the only one looking at unit prices. People are broke! They have families to feed! They are trying to be smart shoppers!"

She told me that the labels come from "Corporate" and it could take a while to get the right labels out.

"What are you going to do RIGHT NOW?"

"Ma'am, I... Don't know what to tell you... We can't do anything right now... We can't go through every single product to check the unit price right now. Like I said, we can't change the price tags right now."

"REALLY? What would make it worth your while to DO SOMETHING about this? Should we stand here together taking all the prices down? I spend $12,000 a year at this store feeding my family of five! Price comparison helps us pay the bills and there are lots of people out there who are worse off than us. This is important! Do I need to call Channel 15? What needs to be done?"

"I don't think you need to do that. Like I said it's going to take time--"

"You need to inform your customers of this NOW."

"I understand that, ma'am--"

"I don't want to come back tomorrow and see that nothing has changed."

"I can't guarantee--"

"I don't want to come back in an HOUR to see that nothing has changed."

"I don't know what to tell you..."

I sighed, "Just make a sign to tell customers that the unit price is incorrect and attach it to these shelves, please."


"You're going to do that?"



I got out my iphone and snapped the above pictures, then went on to check out.

I realize that I may have gotten more steamed than I needed to about this, but as a "mama bear" I feel that when I'm getting deceived on unit prices, these people are taking food out of the mouths of my children, and boy do those instincts kick in.

Please, smart shoppers, pay attention to this stuff. They need to know that you're paying attention, and that these mistakes aren't okay.

And if anyone is shopping at Copps, do me a favor and check the unit prices on the fruit cups. ;)