Bad Mama

February 12, 2008, 7:37 pm
Filed under: Madison

Barack Obama was just driven by my house!


December 12, 2007, 9:03 pm
Filed under: Madison, Parenting, Squirt

Patrice Smith was stressed by a fussy baby on Oct. 2 and had a headache that was growing worse, she told police, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.

She was trying to keep her cool, she said, trying to keep her baby’s crying from disturbing her sleeping boyfriend and the neighbors at her North Side apartment. Smith, 22, said she just wanted to take some pain reliever for her worsening headache.

But to quiet her baby, she said, she stuffed a pink baby sock into the mouth of 6-month-old Nataria.

It may be dark out there to me right now, but it isn’t that dark.

To my new neighbor
August 31, 2007, 2:03 am
Filed under: Home Sweet Home, Madison

While I understand that not everyone works regular 9-5 hours, do you really think that 2:45 am is an acceptable time to move furniture? Seriously? On a weeknight? I thought Wednesday night at 10 pm was pushing it, especially when you were doing so with a group of somewhat loud friends, but I know one can’t always control when the truck comes available. However, tonight you were using an SUV for some chairs, and I can’t believe that they couldn’t wait until a time that did not make me wonder if I had some giant raccoons trying to break into my house. See, I’d like to think you noticed that the driveway you are in? It is right up against my house. See? No lawn there. You live right in the middle of the city now, and that means there isn’t a vast acreage separating your noise from my bedroom. And since I am the one that bought the house in the middle of a very urban residential neighborhood, I am well aware I have to put up with more noise than if I was in suburbia. I’m cool with that. It’s just that I expect it from the jackasses who drive down the street, not the ones who live next door.

I guess it is going to suck for you that my dog likes to go out early in the morning. And she’s part beagle, with that delightful baying bark. You know, usually we try not to let her out early, and to bring her in if she decides to go apeshit after a squirrel, because we want to be good neighbors. However, I’m kind of a softy when it comes to my pets, and, well, when I’m tired because I’ve been awakened by noise night after night, it’s a lot harder for me to ignore her whines or to go and chase her down in the backyard to keep her from barking like mad. So sorry. Hope you enjoy your new apartment.

Really, really done
June 3, 2007, 10:34 am
Filed under: Boo boo, Madison, Peanut

I have been trying to write this post since Thursday, but we’re so exhausted I can barely string two words together.  The cast is off, the cat died peacefully. Peanut cannot bear weight on her right leg for two more weeks, but got her cast off so that she doesn’t lose flexibility in that hip. And now she sleeps more than an hour at a stretch because she can turn over by herself. It’s going to take a while to recover from the past month of that, which is why we’re so exhausted. It was like having a newborn except without the maternity leave.

Plus, we spent the day canoeing yesterday. When I booked the lessons, I had no idea the sleep thing would last as long as it did, and then it was too expensive to cancel. So we’re thoroughly done. Though I do know how to do a killer J-stroke now.

February 25, 2007, 5:49 am
Filed under: Madison

It’s 5:30 am, and it’s been snowing all night. It doesn’t look like much here, but in the small towns outside of Madison, snow plows had to be kept at the fire/EMS stations so that they could plow ahead of the ambulances going into the countryside, even though the vehicles have chains on the tires. Some of the interstate and state highways are impassable. It’s worse in the country because the wind blows the snow over the flat farm fields and into drifts that are higher than cars on the highway.

The picture is blurry because I was shivering.

For my warm-weather readers
February 24, 2007, 9:35 pm
Filed under: Madison

The ‘lizzard (as Peanut says) is just starting. The sky is actually a pinkish-peach, and we had some thundersnow.

We got a sled and will be going sledding tomorrow, assuming we won’t need skis to get there.