Thursday, January 20, 2011

For the first time ever

Today, for the first time EVER in her 2+ year life my dear toddler told me she loved me. Twice. And it was the best thing ever. EVER.

Maybe you think that's weird, especially if you know she talks a blue streak all day long. Well.. it's actually not that weird. I've spent pretty much every moment of her life with her and I've only heard her say "love" twice. The first time she said "I love my Pad".. meaning "her" iPad. The second time she was repeating something on tv. The cartoon character said they loved something (snow, rain, boots, apples, who knows what) and my toddler parroted it right back at the screen.

I tell Lily I love her 500 times a day and she never said it back to me.. and it totally broke my heart. Until today. It was better than winning a million dollars. (Although that'd be nice too.)

And it's particularly nice timing because the last month or so she's been loving the phrase "I don't wike it!" Even to things she does like. Even to things she asks for, but when given she pushes it away and says she doesn't wike it!

But now, I think Jason is a little put off I got to hear it and he didn't. Especially when I told him how excited I was about it.

Jason: "How'd she say it?"
Me: "What do you mean?"
Jason: "Did you tell her to say it?"
Me: "No. She just said it."
Jason: "What'd she say?"
Me: "I love you."

Clear as a bell. And it was awesome.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

More Starbucks news. This time it's bigger..

And when I say "it's bigger," I mean it's "trenta"..
So now you know. I highly doubt I'll ever be buying a trenta for myself.. but I bet I know someone in the Team Tantrum family that will be buying one. For themselves. Maybe more than once.

But now that I think about it.. I'll bet one Trenta is cheaper than two Tall or Grandes. Buy just one Trenta and share with a friend! Save a little money. Use up a little less plastic. Clever..

Friday, January 14, 2011


The reality of the situation is that I live in a house with a bunch of other people. 99.5% of the time all the other people hang out in their bedrooms. With their doors closed. And that's their thing.

I'm at home the majority of the time. And I do my best to keep my daughter, who is 2, out of everyone's way. But.. she's 2. She is not going to sit quietly by my side 24 hours a day with her hands folded in her lap. When I'm in the kitchen.. she runs around in the kitchen. Or up and down the hall. Or watches tv. When I'm in the bathroom I try to keep her with me. Or make sure she's safely occupied somewhere else. Etc.

It doesn't always work that way though. She doesn't open doors if they are shut all the way, although she is capable of turning door knobs. But, if a bedroom door is open, even just a little.. she's likely to wander (or barge) in. And I cannot be within 2 inches of her to stop her every time.

If I'm washing dishes, cooking, doing laundry, etc.. I cannot stop what I'm doing every 5 seconds to chase after her, get her out of the room, take her to where I'm doing chores, and then go back to what I'm doing. Because she's just going to go right back to where she was. She's curious. She's 2. She likes the people in these bedrooms she's barging into.. she's related to most of them.

I can never tell if she's a bother or not. It seems like she's not. But then sometimes I hear someone yell at her to "get out!"or I'll come up to a room just in time see her being shoved out by a closing door. As the mom in the situation, it hurts. A lot. I hurt for Lily, who obviously doesn't understand why the other people don't want to play with her or have her around them.

And well, I guess I don't really understand either.

Because no one has EVER said anything to me about it. No one ever said "by the way, I don't want to be a jerk because she's a little kid, but she's kind of a bother when she comes into my room and I don't want to have to watch her or feel responsible if she gets hurt in my non kid-proof room." OR ya know, anything else along those lines. And since most of these people ARE related to her.. I don't want to act like I don't want them around her by snatching her away the second she sets one toe over their doorway.

Difficult situation. I wish their was more communication here, especially at times like these.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I've been thinking too much lately

Sometimes I think, wow I can't believe that person is doing X just to be a jerk to me. I can't believe they are going out of their way to make things more difficult for me. What the heck did I ever do to deserve that?

Today was the first time I stopped for a minute and realized what I was saying. Am I so full of myself to think that just because someone is doing something that inconveniences me, that's the only reason they are doing it? Because they probably don't even realize they are putting me in a worse situation.

But then I thought about that. And realized that quite often people probably are doing things to purposely inconvenience me or push my buttons. And me making excuses for their negative behavior towards me or brushing every. single. instance. off like it's nothing doesn't say much about my own self-esteem.

I just want to shake them..

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

on vacations..

I want a vacation.
I don't even need to go anywhere.. 

But, everyone else does.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Another chapter in the macbook fixing saga

Not that I have problems with my macbook- I don't. About 6-8 months ago I had to have the lower case of my macbook replaced because part of it had cracked off. Thank God for Apple Care.. because it was free and was ready in less than an hour.

About a month ago, I noticed the case was cracking again. I even had to go so far as to tape it down because it was so sharp. Not embarassing at all.

Today, the entire Team Tantrum gang hauled our butts over to a different Apple Store to get it replaced again. We changed our appointment 3 times, but finally got there. (We make two appointments every time now, because with a toddler we are usually late and if you are even a few minutes late you have to wait hours for another appointment- we found that out the hard way. And unfortunately, The Apple Store will not take pity on you if you have a two year old.)

Somehow, when I made another appointment from my iphone in the car, it signed me up for an ipad appointment. Because when they couldn't find my appointment, and I pulled up the email on my phone for the check-in girl.. and oops it said I had an appointment for an ipad. They took me anyway. Accidental Apple Store hack.

When it was my turn for one on one Apple Genius time.. I flipped open my computer to show the cracked case. My Genius tells me no problem and I can have my computer back in 2 to 3 days. DAYS. Ha ha. You are so funny Apple Genius. Oh. You're serious?

I put my computer away and said okay thanks anyway. But HE stopped me and says I can talk to a manager.  Huh? I'm not even mad. This isn't an emergency. But he's insistent I talk to a manager, so I wait. He comes back a few minutes later and takes my computer to be fixed in half an hour. Wow. And made me feel bad.

So now I have a new bottom AND top case, keyboard, mouse, etc. Hopefully I won't have to go back in another 6 months to have them fixed again. It looks like a brand new computer. Super white.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Starbucks customers have spoken..

And what they're saying is they hate the new logo.
Well, I guess I'm a hater too. It's not the worst logo in all the world, but for Starbucks.. it's pretty bad. And there was nothing wrong with the 1992 version in the first place.

I understand that's it's just a logo for a coffee company. But it's a logo for a coffee company that I enjoy being a customer of. To me, there doesn't seem to be a need to change something that was working so well.. and was so recognized.. familiar.. parodied even. The new logo reminds me of IBM and the old AT&T logo. It's too hi-tech and clean. I don't want hi-tech coffee. I want coffee that has a history of coffee people that know what they're doing. And that's not what this logo says.

Say you don't judge a book by it's cover all you want.. we all do it. Bright grass green is not a warm color. And paired with only white makes it worse. Coffee is warm. Soothing. A comfort. It's not this logo.

I'm so disappointed Starbucks.

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