From the monthly archives:

December 2009

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[Sour grapes? Probably. Still funny? I think so.]

  1. Top 50 MommyBloggers Who Were Available When Bonnie Hunt Needed A Poop-Related Soundbite
  2. Top 50 MommyBloggers Who Are Also Featured On Momversation
  3. Top 50 MommyBloggers Who Have A Lot Of Fugly Crap In Their Sidebars
  4. Top 50 MommyBloggers With Some Form of Alcoholic Drink Represented In Their Blog Header
  5. Top 50 MommyBloggers Whose Blogs Would Be Devoid Of Content, Were You To Disallow The Words “Breastfeeding” and “Community”
  6. Top 50 MommyBloggers Who Object To The Term “Mommy Blogger”
  7. Top 50 MommyBloggers Whose Predominant Blog Color Is Pink
  8. Top 50 MommyBloggers Whose Blogs Would Be Devoid Of Content, Were You To Disallow The Terms “Whisky” or “Etsy”
  9. Top 50 MommyBloggers We’re Thinking We Can Get To Agree To $12/Post, If We Put Them On A “Best Of” List
  10. Top 50 MommyBloggers That Whirlpool Corp. Calls “Fucking Scary”
  11. Top 50 MommyBloggers Who Wish Whirlpool Corp. Would Call Them Anything
  12. Top 50 MommyBloggers Who Would Never Beg For A Free Pair Of Crocs
  13. Top 50 MommyBloggers Who Would Totally Beg For A Free Pair Of Crocs, Just Point Them In The Right Direction
  14. Top 50 Mommybloggers With Slightly More Discretion Than Courtney Love On Facebook
  15. Top 50 MommyBloggers We Forgot To Post In 2006, And So We Copied And Pasted It For 2009 Because Honestly, Who Is Going To Notice?
  16. Top 50 MommyBloggers Who Hate Nestle View definition in a new window But Still Buy Toll House Chocolate Chips Because They Are SOOO Good
  17. Top 50 Mommybloggers Who Are Also, Coincidentally, Represented By Federated Media
  18. Top 50 MommyBloggers Who Have Done Some Kind Of Promotion For Yummie Tummie View definition in a new window
  19. Top 50 MommyBloggers We Can Confirm Are Mommies, Because They Have Some Mutation Of The Word “Mother” In Their URLs
  20. Top 50 MommyBloggers Who Are Speaking At 80 Conferences This Year
  21. Top 50 MommyBloggers Who Are On TypePad And Think WordPress Is Scary
  22. Top 50 MommyBloggers We Didn’t Have To Call For A PR Photo, Because We Found One On CNN
  23. Top 50 MommyBloggers With Their Own Twitter Ribbons
  24. Top 50 MommyBloggers Who Are Actually Dads, But You Would Have To Read Them To Realize This
  25. Top 50 MommyBloggers Who Do Not Follow @abdpbt View definition in a new window Back On Twitter, Unless It’s Under A Fake Account

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Christmas Trees And Toddlers

by anna on December 18, 2009

We went Christmas tree shopping last week, and Mini wore his new rain gear for the occasion. Few things: 1) yes, it does rain here sometimes; but 2) no, this does not happen very often, which is probably why 3) I was so astonished by the prospect of having to buy rain boots for Mini after his first post-rain day at school a few weeks back. It honestly never occurred to me that he would need rain boots: I mean, I don’t ever need to wear rain boots, why should he need to?

Admittedly, this was a foolhardy assumption on my part. Still, is he not the cutest child in the history of the world? I mean, even with mud smeared everywhere?

Anyway, when we were Christmas tree shopping, I asked Mini which tree he wanted, and he chose this one.

Which seems odd because he’s never seen A Charlie Brown Christmas. Not to mention the fact that I believe that’s technically a bush, not a tree. In any case, we went a different direction with the tree. He seemed OK with it.

If you are wondering why it seems like only the top third of the tree is fully decorated, then I know you do not have any toddlers in your household. Sigh. It’s killing me, people, to have the tree half-decorated. This is the sacrifice I make. I have to cluster up my eight favorite ornaments, too, because they cannot be in said toddler’s reach.

On the other hand, this Christmas thing is a whole other ballgame with a little kid who hasn’t really understood it before. It almost seems a little magical, actually. Even when you find suspicious holes in the wrapping paper of said little kid’s presents.

I have to admit that I’m a little proud of him, though: I think I was like six or something before I started trying to rip open packages and find out what I was getting before Christmas. Mini’s an over-achiever, just like his Mamma! Sniff.

Peacocks In Arcadia

by anna on December 16, 2009

Sometimes you’ll be driving around Arcadia, over by the Santa Anita racetrack, when you run into a bunch of peacocks hanging out on some dude’s lawn.

And, yeah — It’s kind of weird at first, because how did they get there? And you’re like, “Wait — peacocks can fly?! How did I miss this?”

But then somehow you’ll start getting used to the idea of peacocks hanging out in a suburban neighborhood. You’ll start thinking that peacocks are really just like us.

You’ll see that they dread the obligatory social obligations of the holidays, too.

And that they’ll miss the days of lounging over the newspaper with a cup of coffee once print media is completely dead, too.

And that, just like us, they quickly tire of bizarre and intricate mating rituals that seem archaic to the outside observer.

That sometimes, even peacocks just want to be alone.

But the thing is, you cannot get too close to the peacocks, because they’re not just like us, no matter what you think.

Peacocks are nasty fuckers.

They will hard-charge your car.

I’m telling you: those bastards will take off a finger just for “looking at [them] funny.”

Yeah. When you see peacocks in Arcadia, it’s probably best to just keep on driving.