Sunday, December 2, 2007

Sunday Sound Out

Do you believe in magic?
A song written by John Sebastian and released in 1965 by The Lovin' Spoonful.

Okay, Dawn, I am gasping. 1000 square feet? Are you sure? I thought I was the queen of making everything fit, but you put me to shame. What do you do - triple bunks in the bedrooms?
Eh, we just make half the kids sleep outside. Which half depends on how they're behaving that day.

I have a question, as well. I read an American parents forum (we are British) and this year there has been mention of Black Friday quite a bit. We've never heard it before, even on this forum that we've been on for over two years. What does it mean?
It's the day after Thanksgiving when all the crazy people get up at like 3:00 am to go shopping in huge crowds of people to get a Wii or a Tickle Me Elmo or whatever toy is hot this year.

Quick question for you - have you seen this video?!!
"Because I Am The Mom Song"

Yes, but only 495 times. Anita Renfroe is very funny!

I can't get to the website for Julian... I have tried before... it goes to the Carepages main page... what is the direct link to Julian's site?
A lot of you have written me, saying you're having trouble accessing his site. There isn't a link that takes you directly there. Go to Look at the top right where it says "sign in", "create", "visit",or "register here". Click "register here" if you don't have an account. You have to set up an account on CarePages before you can access a page. I believe the only information they ask for is a username and a password. If you already have an account, click on "sign in" or "visit". After signing in, you'll see a box that says something like "enter carepage name". Enter "juliansworld" with no spaces. That should do the trick. It looks like he and his family had a great time in FL and Julian's doing well with his anti-seizure medication now.

QUESTION: What does 'ROFL' mean anyway? I must be totally lame.
It's one of these, I think.
Roaming Over Floridian Lakes
Raising Ostriches From Lithuania
Ripping Off Funny Leprechauns
Running Over Furry Lemurs
Rolling On Floor Laughing
Rhinos Overindulge Fresh Lettuce
Ruminate On Flavored Ladyfingers
Repeating Our French Lesson

Does this mean you didn't get any pumpkin bread? Or did you start over?
Are you kidding? I just threw a little more flour in the mixer and commenced baking.

You gave a mixer to a "one, two, three, five, six, eleven" year old? And then threw a bowl full of flour into this mix. At anyone one of those ages I might think that your decision warranted : psychological evaluation. In other words... You're crazy!!!
Here's a question for Sunday's post: What were you thinking?

Much like Homer, I was thinking, "Mmmmmm pumpkin bread."

Care to post your sugar cookie recipe?
I don't actually have a favorite sugar cookie recipe. Thanks to one of my readers, I found this though. Click here to see The Twelve Days of Cookies from The Food Network. Also, Hallmark magazine had a pull out section of cookie recipes in their fall issue. In their current issue, there are a bunch of cake mix recipes that are really yummy sounding! Have you guys seen this magazine? I had never even heard of Hallmark magazine until I received an email from the editor. I've got to say I'm not a big magazine fan, but I'm loving Hallmark magazine! There are no articles on "How to lose 50 pounds overnight" or "How to keep your lover happy" or "What BritneyAshleyLindseyParis Has Done Lately". It's a nice magazine with heartwarming and inspirational stories, good recipes, ways to spruce up your home, entertaining tips, ways to connect and much, much more. Because it's such a good magazine, I was honored and happy to say yes when they asked me to write an article for an upcoming issue.

Amen to cookies being the best food group!! I have friends that make fun of me for eating cookies for breakfast. My philosophy is if I'm going to eat a cookie I may as well start my day with it. :)
I know this isn't a question, but I had to address it. There's nothing wrong with eating cookies for breakfast in my opinion. They're no worse than say, Pop-Tarts, donuts, or coffee cake, right? If Paula Deen says that cheese is a food group, then cookies can be a food group too!

ROFL. I just wrote a 50,000 word novel in a month for NaNoWriMo. I couldn't have done it without my laptop (to probably hide from the masses) my headphones (to drown out their screams and cries for attention) and (for great tunage). Oh, and chocolate. How could I forget the chocolate? Good luck. I still have at least 50,000 words to go. But now that I discovered the secret ingredients to success (see above)then it should be easy right? Right??
Ummm sure? I keep seeing NaNoWriMo. I have no idea what this is, but it sounds like either the lyrics to a Wiggles song or a Native American name. NaNoWriMo, a lesser known Indian, was with Sacagawea on Lewis and Clark's expedition.

Believe it or not my wife is sitting right behind me right now playing Spider Solitaire. She's so good she plays it with two suits. How many suits do you play the game with? (A deliberate attempt at getting a Sunday night question answered.)
No suits. I generally, just wear jeans and a Tshirt.

Spider Solitaire ?? Do you play that on I love play often would love to play a game with you sometime if that's where you play.
I just play the game that came on my computer. I haven't had time to play on Pogo in months, but I used to play Canasta on Pogo with a few friends.

Did you know they have Ear Wax and Vomit flavored Jelly Bellies?
Yes! I also know, thanks to Max, a family friend, that eating a vomit flavored Jelly Belly will make you turn green and throw up in your mouth.

Men do not care what is on TV. They care WHAT ELSE is on TV!!!
Again, not a question, but oh so true!!!

So tell me, what time do all your kids go to bed?
About two hours after I tell them to go to bed.

How do you find the time to write??!?!?!?!?!?
I stay up until 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning.

I recently started a blog, which I find such a challenge to keep up with, even though I enjoy it...sometimes it creeps into my other responsibilities, like say, feeding my kids. Which leads to my next question: Do we have to feed them every day??
Yes, but popcorn, cereal, cookies, cheese sticks, and fries all count as meals.

As for the commercial dodging, do you have or have you considered TiVo?
Nope and nope. If he didn't get to flip through channels, he'd find some other irritating habit. Or, maybe I should say, I'd find something else to complain about.

Hey Dawn - Good for YOU for getting out. Might as well before the storm of 07 hits, right? This storm better produce they way they are playing it up - it is like SWEEPS week for the weather guys!
I had no idea there was a snow storm coming. I had to call my mom and complain because life didn't make sense to me anymore. My mom ALWAYS calls me when there's inclement weather on the horizon. Always! I guess she got tired of me scoffing everytime she warned me the weather would be bad.

(Did you know your carpal tunnel goes from your wrist through your elbow and all the way to your shoulder? I do NOW.)
Seriously? I thought the Carpal Tunnel connected Long Island to Connecticut!

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Deb in OPKS said...

After reading your blog since August I've been inspired to try one of my own. So tonight I sat at my laptop while my daughter and I were supposed to be watching Hairspray. At some point she reminded me that we needed to make brownies for her "half" birthday tomorrow. I didn't hear her, but instead of pestering me like she usually does, she didn't get my attention and then at 8:50 when I said it was time for bed she reminded me again and started to cry because I ignored her. Well, the brownies are done, but I guess I better find a different time to write!

Oh yeah, tomorrow I need to rewatch Hairspray up to the part where we turned it off so we can finish watching it together.

her said...

NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month, which is November. The challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. There's also NaBloWriMo = Nation Blog Writing Month, where you make a committment to write a blog post every day in November.


Kristine said...

NanoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month. If you finishing writing 50,000 words during the month of November, you win. Win what? Bragging rights of course! My husband would love to do it, but can't commit the time. My sister and cousin tried to do it, but they got to busy playing world of warcraft. lol

BTW, I know exactly how you fit your 6 in your house. We have 5 kids in our 1300sq ft home. It's a tight fit, and you can't have as much junk as you would in a house 2x the size. Like my parents house. Everyone's stuff just accumulates there.

Kristy said...

lol i love it when you answer peoples questions. it shows you really do care about us leaving comments for you to read. your great and oh so funny. thanks for my daily laughs. :)

Kel Miller said...

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, where lots of crazy people try to write a 100,000 word novel (quantity matters more than quality) in the month of November. I've never tried...
If you like ginger, try putting a handful of candied ginger in pumpkin bread. It's delicious :)

The Intern said...

NaNoWriMo translates to National Novel Writing Month, It's a competition of sorts to see now many new novels can get written in a month . The winners get their books published, and everyone else who does one can get small runs published themselves for a fairly cheap price. It's really targeted at younger writers in college and high school (a lot of schools sponsor club meetings for it), but that doesn't mean everyone and anyone can try! It's every November, so really we've just missed this year. There is always next year though!

Supergirl4416 said...

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. :D

TracyJ said...

I believe NaNoWriMo stands for National November Writing Month. It's when writers spend the whole month of November writing a 50,000 word novel.

I think if you google "NaNoWriMo" you'll find an official site or sites with the info about it. I, myself as a writer have never attempted it, but from other writers, they've told me it's fun for them and others, insane.

Heather said...

Good morning! I'm sure someone else has answered, but just in case. :-)

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It takes place in November, and people sign up for the challenege of writing 50,000 words. I didn't participate this year, but I have 2 years running prior and loved it. I didn't get anywhere near completion, but there's always next year! :-)


Lucille said...

Happy December Dawn!

SO how much snow did you get in your neck of the woods?

It's pretty with the white covered lawn..isn't it?

I LOVE the Q & A Sundays and I will attempt to ask you something worthy this week!

PS_I think NaBloMo means National Blog Month in which people had to blog every day for a month. Ummmm..hello? Isn't that what you have been doing for months? Copy cats! LOL!

PSS_I actually got emails congratulating me on being FIRST on your blog again - tee, hee, hee!


Now come on Dawn take it easy on us mums especially some of us have had a few kids like you [I have 5.. 2 of them in my forties] you know that pregnancies do bad things to our bladders and making us laugh is down right asking for trouble lol I so relate to you. Do you do art ???lol smiles and bladder in a knot Michelle

drboymom said...

Hey Dawn!! I have nothing exciting to say, but didn't want to miss the chance to be the first to post a comment! I need some reward for getting up at 5 am today! Thanks for the blog.

Melissa said...

I like cookies as a food group. Good one. I started a "color" diet in grad school. On those all nighters, we would eat from the vending machines. So, as a way to balance our nutritrional habits, we decided that if you drink a Pepsi (from the red, white and blue food group) with a 3 Musketeers (also from the red white and blue food group) they cancel each other out, thereby no calories or guilt. My favorite food group? M&Ms. They go with anything.

Anonymous said...

Black Friday is also so named becasue it is typically the day of the calendar year when retailer's books go from being "in the red" to "in the black", thanks to our consumer spending.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn, Just thought I would tell you alittle funny my friends toddler said. First he was poking in his dad's belly button and he said " Dad..Your belly button is getting deeper!" Then at the dinner table he asked to see mom's belly, she lifted her shirt up alittle and he says..." Whoe You May Be Excused!" The darn things toddlers come up with. God Bless Them! Kristine in Michigan

little.birdy said...

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The premise is that you write a 50,000 word novel within 30 consecutive days, i.e. the month of November. It comes out to 1667 words a day. If you complete the challenge, you say that you "won" NaNoWriMo (nah-no-wree-moe). The idea is to focus on quantity, not quality, and then to go back and edit later after the mad spurt of writing. I won this year, and it was very enjoyable, if slightly detrimental to my grades. XD The website is here:

Anonymous said...

NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writers (or writing) Month

basically you hold yourself to getting 50,000 words written in a month, with something like 2000 or 5000 a day.

Michelle said...

Hi Dawn. Just found your site and your sense of humor is great. I gleaned that you are in Florida, am I wrong?

Check out my blog and let me know if anything looks familiar.


Team Hanni said...


I love your blog. This is my first time commenting even though I have read daily since your awesome auction on ebay. I love that you are a "real" mom that can put words to the crazy stuff we do day in and day out. I don't know how you continue to be mom and entertain us all each day. You are amazing!

Brenda said...

How about: Really Outrageous Ladies Ornery Laughter?

Grandmother Goddess of the Garden said...

Thanks for the courage Dawn!
Barely Controlled Chaos-Life as I know it!

nutralady2001 said...

Hi Dawn and all haven't visited for a few days....why? That thing called L.I.F.E( does anyone have an acronym for that)...... so doing a big catch-up

Regarding Julian's blog, yes all you have to do sign up with a free a/c and you can access it, it's called Julian's World.Then you can choose to get email alerts for every time it is updated.

I've been following it since you first told us about him, what a brave little boy and a brave family!!

Round Belly said...

You said: "Okay, Dawn, I am gasping. 1000 square feet? Are you sure? I thought I was the queen of making everything fit, but you put me to shame. What do you do - triple bunks in the bedrooms?
Eh, we just make half the kids sleep outside. Which half depends on how they're behaving that day."

I thought I was the only one who threatened that based on children's behaviors. We also threaten it at dinner time. "If you behave like that at the table, you are going to eat outside with the dog."

but in reality we pull it off -with only 4 kids (until June). And our master bedroom has the 2 year old- who still falls asleep, happily and quietly the second you put him in the crib. And usually another kid is asleep on the couch in the Living Room- they all have beds, but often seem to prefer not to use them. And then 2 actually share a room- with bunk beds. said...

Okay, I saw your advert for Mamaslike 'supercapes...blablabla...handpainted shoes!!' I am a shoe addict! I leapt, as though I was already donning said supercape, to the website to find... hand painted children's shoes.

Oh, children's shoes. Ok, well, look, aren't they nice? Hmmm the joy was sucked out of the room. Here's me thinking they were some glorious shoe hand painted by some artisan master waiting to sculptingly adorn my feet. And of course, I'd have to find some glamorous occasion to wear them. Perhaps I'd phone up Richard Branson or Simon Cowell to see if they had anything spectacular to attend and needed a date.

Then, I checked the website and saw the children's hand painted shoes and remembered that my feet might not be as sculpted as they used to be, I don't have either Richard or Simon's phone numbers, I'm not actually single - which explains the napping angel next to me, and I couldn't afford them if they were painted by some old artisan.

Well, I didn't buy them anyway, I live in England, but I would recommend them to any Mum's needing shoes for their kids that already HAVE graffiti on them so it won't matter what their little one does to them!

Thanks for all the recommendations. If you ever need someone in, say Britain, to 'test out' some cool stuff and then write about them on your Mama blog, let me know. In between wiping food out of my daughter's hair, changing the Big Bird dvd for the 18th time and browsing the internet (ok, I might do some washing and tidying but I am referring to daily chores, not erm... less often), I could always try something out and tell everyone how cool it is.

And yes, I can be bribed!

Brandi said...

You're post was funny, as usual.

Just an FYI for those who didn't already know. The name Black Friday refers to the money that businesses make on the day after Thanksgiving. It is usually enough to take them out of the "red" and put them back in the "black".

Anonymous said...

I love these Sunday sound off!

Summer said...

so funny! :o) i'm so thankful for your wry wit and sense of humor. thanks for the chuckles!

Rick said...

Man, oh man, did I ever score! Three questions answered the Sunday Sound Out - AND one of those being the first question to boot! Of course, I'll have to keep in mind that a silly question will get a response in kind.

Thanks I'm feel'n the love!

C. Rick

A Moment in the Life of a Mother said...

When I read your story of the Pokemon cards on ebay I laughed til I almost pee'd my pants. I added you to my blog reader so I could keep on reading your post's. I don't usually comment becaust you already have so many comments by the time I get a chance to read your post.

But, I had to tell you that the story about the bread and the mixer reminded me of the time I was cooking for a youth camp with my dad. He wanted brownies for lunch desert and I had never used a commercial mixer. I think we were cleaner brownies off of the ceiling. It was awful. I didn't understand what speed was best to mix the brownies. It was everywhere. Talk about the fun everyone had telling what I had done. I finally got the hang of the machine and made many more deserts after that. Sometimes life can be so crazy, but thank God we can laugh and feel better.

esalansky said...

I've never left a comment before, but when I recieved this in my email today, somehow it reminded me of you. Lol. Hope you enjoy it as much aas I did.

The Christmas Pageant

My husband and I had been happily
married (most of the time)
for five years
but hadn't been blessed with a baby.

I decided to do some serious
praying and promised God
that if he would give us a
I would be a perfect mother,
love it with all my heart
and raise it with His word
as my guide.

God answered my prayers
and blessed us with a son.

The next year God blessed us

with another son.

The following year,
He blessed us with
&n bsp;yet another son.

The year after that we
were blessed with a daughter.

My husband thought we'd
been blessed right into poverty.
We now had four children,
and the oldest was only
four years old.

I learned never to ask God
for anything unless I meant it.
As a minister once told me,
"If you pray for rain,
make sure you carry an umbrella."

I began reading a few verses
of the Bible to the children
each day as they lay in their cribs.

I was off to a good start.
God had entrusted me
with four children and
I didn't want to disappoint Him.

I tried to be patient the day
the children smashed
two dozen eggs on
the kitchen floor searching
for baby chicks.

I tried to be understanding. ..

when they started a hotel for
homeless frogs in the spare bedroom, although it took me nearly two hours
to catch all twenty-three frogs.

When my daughter poured
ketchup all over herself and
rolled up in a blanket to see
how it felt to be a hot dog,
I tried to see the humor
rather than the mess.

In spite of changing over
twenty-five thousand diapers,
never eating a hot meal
and never sleeping for more
than thirty minutes at a time,
I still thank God daily for my children.

While I couldn't keep my promise
to be a perfect mother -
I didn't even come close...
I did keep my promise
to raise them in the Word of God.

I knew I was missing the mark
just a little when I told
my daughter we were going
to church to worship God,
and she wanted to bring
a bar of soap along to
"wash up" Jesus, too.

Something was lost
in the translation when
I explained that
God gave us everlasting life,
and my son thought it was
generous of God to give
us his "last wife."

My proudest moment came
during the children's
Christmas pageant.

My daughter was playing Mary,
two of my sons were shepherds
and my youngest son was a wise man.
This was their moment to shine.

My five-year-old sheph erd
had practiced his line,
"We found the babe wrapped
in swaddling clothes."

But he was nervous and said,
"The baby was wrapped
in wrinkled clothes."

My four-year-old "Mary" said,
"That's not 'wrinkled clothes,' silly.

That's dirty, rotten clothes."

A wrestling match broke out
between Mary and the shepherd
and was stopped by an angel,
who bent her halo and lost
her left wing.

I slouched a little lower
in my seat when Mary
dropped the doll representing
Baby Jesus, and it bounced
down the aisle crying,
"M ama-mama."

Mary grabbed the doll,
wrapped it back up
and held it tightly as
the wise men arrived.

My other son stepped forward
wearing a bathrobe
and a paper crown,
knelt at the manger
and announced,
"We are the three wise men,
and we are bringing gifts
of gold,
common sense
and fur."

The congregation
dissolved into laughter,
and the pageant
got a standing ovation.

"I've never enjoyed a Christmas
program as much as this one,"
laughed the pastor,
wiping tears from his eyes.

"For the rest of my life,
I'll never hear the
Christmas story without
thinking of
common sense
and fur."

"My children are my pride
and my joy and my greatest
blessing," I said as I dug
through my purse for an aspirin.

Jesus had no servants,
yet they called Him Master.

Had no degree,
yet they called Him Teacher.

Had no medicines,
yet they called Him Healer.

Had no army,
yet kings feared Him.

He won no military battles,
yet He conquered the world.

< /SPAN>He committed no crime,

yet they crucified Him.

He was buried in a tomb,
yet He lives today.

Feel honored
to serve such a Leader
who loves us.

If you believe in
God and in Jesus Christ His Son,
send this to all on your buddy list.


Anonymous said...

always nice to see another sarcastic lady out there.

Solei said...

So tell me, what time do all your kids go to bed?
About two hours after I tell them to go to bed.

Oh my goodness!!! Where you at my house last night?

Anonymous said...

hello? no comments? am I first after one day?!?!?!?!

Anonymous said...


Dawn's post is almost 24 hours old and no comments!?!?

Based on what I'm seeing here, guess that "inclement weather" turned into WHITE-OUT conditions...


Anyway, LOL at your brief commentary on women's magazines.

I HATE those stupid articles...How to make a man happy?

With or without clothing, hand him the remote control and tell him to click 'til the cows come home!


Nancy Binky

My Semblance of Sanity said...

I love when you do this!!!

reader said...

I've been coming by off and on ever since your e-bay auction. Surely it's time for another?

I got tagged, and now it's your turn: Seven Random Facts About You.

Hope you feel like playing!

TPDesign said...

Dawn Thank you so much for reading and responding to our comments! It makes us feel important! BTW you rock. Especially after meeting you at Thanksgiving, I have no idea how you have the time to do everything...

Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for the help. One day I hope I can return the favor!

Anita said...

Tip: Rice Krispie Cookies are especially justified in the morning, because they are primary cereal. And esp. if you put peanut butter in them. Very nutritious. Also, Haystacks - because the are a combination of breakfast cereals covered in chocolate. :)

Laura K. said...

Thought you'd like to know that jelly beans have BUG PARTS in them!!!! Google it! totally fact! I saw a special on discovery about it.

Dorothy said...

Any food that has grain in it, refined or not, is a breakfast food. That's why oatmeal cookies, rice crispy bars or granola bars can be thrown at the kids to eat for breakfast as they run to the bus stop.

mommeeof9 on live journal

Valentine the Destroyer said...

Ah, the wonders of Black Friday. Having spent the last nine years of my life devoted to working in retail in some way, shape or form, this is always fun. I've noticed it's a bit different since I moved from Jersey to Florida. There, 3 AM is "normal". In Florida, however, people line up days - yes, DAYS - ahead of time. People actually camp out here. We had our first Ikea open a few months ago, and people started lining up four days in advance. The scary part is, all the news stations around here love covering this kind of thing. As if there weren't enough real news happening.

Sara said...

Yikes, there is a lot of incorrect info about NaNo here! Go to the site ( for the full scoop. Basically, the challenge is to write 50K in the month of Nov. You get bragging rights and a cool certificate you can print out. There is a young writers program aimed to school groups/young writers as well, but NaNo is for the "adult" crowd. I've done NaNo for 3 years and love it- and now I'm a regional leader.

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