Sunday, April 30, 2006

Shopping with the gang

This time I took Mikey shopping with the girls. It went pretty well.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Flying Saucer!

Mikey and I spotted a UFO while we were waiting for mommy. Do you think we should call NASA?

Mikey gets a haircut

We had a busy day. First we got Mikey a haircut and then we went to music therapy. For the first time ever Mikey was well behaved while getting his hair cut. The woman who cuts his hair was in shock as she usually gets a workout.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Satan's spawn

These little flowers piled on my car are from maple trees. I am very allergic to them. They are everywhere right now and they give me pounding headaches.

The maple tree is very common on Long Island and its reproductive cycle occurs before it produces leaves. At this time of the spring, the maple trees are all covered in yellow flowers so heavily that it looks like the trees have all their leaves. But in fact there are no leaves, just the little yellow flowers pumping out clouds of pollen. The flowers then drop and the leaves start coming in. If my head didn't hurt so much I might actually enjoy it.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

One fish, two fish...

If you recall, two years ago I wrote about the success I had with my fish tank by leaving it alone. I have had continued success with this policy as I haven't had a single fish die in the last two years. But you can't leave it alone forever so a couple of weeks ago I gave it a full cleaning and threw away the old plastic sunken ship and other junk. But keeping in mind what I learned I didn't go overboard with cleaning the filter so that the bacteria would be able to quickly return to do their job.

While we were at the pet store this past weekend (see below), we bought a bunch of new fish since the tank was fairly sparse. The new fish have adapted quickly and all the fish look like they like the tank and are enjoying their home and each other. I also bought a realistic Greek ruin as you can see in the picture. Think of it as the remains of Atlantis, only with lots of bubbles coming out of it.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


As I had mentioned in an earlier entry, Beth was going to get her hair dyed purple. That happened this past weekend and it came out great. You can read the entire adventure over at


I really like this picture of Michel. This was taken the day Beth got her hair cut.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Shopping with Mikey

We took Mikey to the pet store. He had a fun time looking at the dogs. Then he threw his coat in the Koi pond. ;-)

Spring Day

All week we had beautiful weather and then it rained all weekend. How typical.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

A new car

We picked up our new car last night and we love it. It's a Volvo! When I say "new" I mean new to us. It is actually a certified pre-owned Volvo. I think that means that they certify someone owned it before us. It's a 2003 with 20,000 miles and we paid half of what a new Volvo S60 would have cost us. This is the first time that I ever owned a luxury car. The only problem is that Michel won't let me drive it. Our plan is to drive this car to Atlanta in July for the NDSC conference. Hopefully I won't have to wait until then to get a chance to drive it!

Beth gets a haircut

Beth's hair was so long and straight that it made her face look drawn. Her new shorter style brings out her beauty. Saturday she gets her hair dyed purple.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Birthday Mikey!

Once again it is time for Mikey's Birthday. He turned 9 on Tuesday and what a day it was (more on that below). Anyway, this has been a great year for Mikey. He really has made huge steps forward. Between the new school, the changes in medication, and Mikey's hard work he has become so much more like a 9 year old boy should be.

The summary of my day: I take the day off so I can bring pizza and cupcakes to Mikey's class. So I get ready and I'm out the door. Call the pizza place and run over to the pharmacy to drop off a prescription for Mikey. Over to the bakery. It is packed. They are serving #17 and I'm #39. I forgot Passover starts tomorrow. Forget the cupcakes. Let's get Munchkins from Dunkin' Dounuts. 3 minutes in and out. Super. Off to the pizzaria and then to the school. Phone is ringing. Beth's school. Beth is short of breath... please bring her medication. Run up to Mikey's school because I'm almost there. Mikey sees me and looks mad. Not too bad though as he shoves a couple of things and then races over to the pizza boxes and smiles. Give the digital camera to the teacher and I'm out the door. Stop at home, grab the medicine, and head to Beth's school. Phone again. It's the Vet. The dog has hookworms. Come and get medicine. OK, be right over. Get to the school and sit with Beth while she takes her medicine. Nurse gives me a form to give to the doctor so Beth can bring her medicine to school. You OK, Beth? Yep. I'm off to the vet. Pick up medicine and run home. Have to stop at Starbuck's. Pick up Mikey's medicine from the pharmacy while I'm there. Stop at home and check the website. Wow! Look at all the birthday greetings for Mikey! Fax the form to Beth's doctor. Now off to Mikey's school to bring him to the psychiatrist (wonder if he gives family rates) for followup and to check Mikey's medications. Finish with the psychiatrist and it's off to pick up Beth because she is staying late at school. Phone's ringing. OK, Beth. We're on our way to get you. Off to home, drop off Beth and on to the dentist. Two hours of peace as I get my teeth whitened. Funny, I almost felll asleep in the chair. Home, put Mikey to bed and collapse. What a fun day off!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Who would have guessed?!

You Are 62% Evil
You are very evil. And you're too evil to care. Those who love you probably also fear you. A lot.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Waiting for music therapy

Mikey waiting for music therapy. This was our second Saturday session. He used to go after school during the week but I think he is much more alert and ready to have fun on Saturday. As always, John C. has been just great with him.