Friday, June 21, 2013

Silly Songs

I was reading a post from a blogger I read (Binkies and Briefcases) and she mentioned a silly song she sings to her kids about diaper changes.

I sing a lot of silly songs to the kids. Most of them I just make up on the spot and forget about just as quickly, but I do have a couple of standards that I have been singing during diaper changes for many years now...

There's Super Pooper (sung to the tune of Super Trouper, by ABBA)...

Super pooper, I don't want to change you.
Wow this smells so bad.
Why don't you find your dad?
Can't wait 'til you're potty trained!

And then there's the I Dreamed a Dream song from Les Miserables...

I dreamed a dream in time gone by,
When hopes were high and life worth living.
I dreamed the diapers would stay dry...
I dreamed they never needed changing...
But the baby poops at night.
In the morning... afternoon-time.
And it tears my hopes apart.
For the diaper must be cha-a-a-a-anged!

Finally, for those times that the child decides he does not WANT to be changed and goes Running Away (sung to the tune of Rawhide theme song)...

Running, running, running
Why do you keep running?
Why must you go running - Away?
Don't try to get away here
You're going to have to stay here
Soon you'll be nice and clean and dry
I've got the diaper sitting here
There's wipes and ointment waiting here
They're ready to clean up your little hide
Over here, over there,
run away, come over here,
grab him quick, run away,
Stop that!
Over here, over there,
run away, come over here,
grab him quick, run away,
Stop that!
It's diaper time, RIGHT NOW!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

My Brain Hurts

Holy cats! (I told you I was going to try to use that phrase more often.) I just used my lunch hour to complete a job application for a job that sounds pretty interesting. But I tell you, after what I just went through, I'd better at least get an interview. I deserve that much just for making it through the application process.

To begin with, I despise applications that ask you to upload your resume and then proceed to have you enter everything that is in your resume into their online form. It takes FOREVER. And it's all right there in the resume that you already asked me to upload. But finally, I had that all entered and hit Submit... only to receive an error message. I had to reload the page. And then I had to enter everything all over again.

I hit Submit again and this time it went through successfully! But wait, what is this? Another step to the application process? The site informed me that I needed to answer some assessment questions and anyone who didn't take the assessment would not be considered for the position. I assumed it would be a few questions about your attitudes about this and that... some sort of personality test, basically, designed to see if you would fit into the corporate culture.

As it turns out, it was a test. A long test. It did indeed include a section with the personality test questions. Those are always annoying... they want you to provide black and white answers to situations that have many shades of gray (at least 50 ;) ). And then came the vocabulary test. No problems there. I can rock a vocabulary test. It was long, but kind of fun because I knew all the answers. Even when the next section was full of A is to B as C is to D questions, it wasn't bad. After all, I took the GRE a few (many) years ago and it was full of questions like that. I scored in the 99th percentile back then, surely I can still do this. (The high score on the GRE was mostly gratifying because I took it at the same time as someone else I knew and didn't especially like because he was always trying to show me up at everything. I finished in 30 minutes and left. Then when scores came back, this person - who had spent much longer working on the test - was bragging about his score somewhere in the 80s. It was awesome to be able to share my score and see the look on his face.) As it turns out, it wasn't quite as easy as I found the GRE - probably because it's been a few (many) years since then. But still, not TOO bad.

And then came the last two sections. Math. So much math. Algebra. Patterns and sequences. Fractions. STORY PROBLEMS! Seriously, what are they trying to do to me here? I have never been a huge fan of math, but I did ok with it until I reached trigonometry and calculus. I hated them so much that they forever ruined my relationship with math. And I never did like story problems. All year long Haley brought home pages of story problems every week and I had to grit my teeth and deal with them. (And let me tell you, it's humbling when you really have to stop and think to figure out a 3rd grade math problem.) 6 pages - 20 questions per page - of math problems. I'm not a math whiz, I'm a writer. And I'm applying for a writing position. Why would you torture me with math? In the end, I think I did ok. I came up with an answer - hopefully the right answer - for all but one question. I had to give up and flat out guess on the 3rd to last question.

That was just painful. I'm so glad lunch hour is over so I can go back to my regular - no math required! - work.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Isn't That Pinteresting: Applesauce Muffins

Now that school is out, we actually have to feed the kids breakfast again. During the school year, they had breakfast at school every day, which was really nice. Since summer started, we have gone through pretty much every breakfast item in the house. So since I was working from home today, I took a 15 minute break to whip up a batch of muffins for the kids to eat for breakfast over the next few mornings.

I had a Pinterest recipe for applesauce muffins that I wanted to try - mostly because I had applesauce on hand.

It was so easy that it took me less than 15 minutes to make the batter, spoon it into the muffin cups, and pop the muffins in the oven. The wonderful smell of these muffins baking made my whole house smell good. 20 minutes later, they were perfect.

They even seem a little healthy, since they use applesauce as a sweetener - along with some brown sugar. Of course, I counteracted that by dipping the muffins into a powdered sugar glaze. :)

  • 3 tablespoons butter; melted
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar; sifted
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons hot water

I had to taste one, of course. Just to make sure they were good enough for the kids. And then I had to taste another one... just to be sure I was right about the first one. :) They are really delicious. And this is coming from someone who does not like to actually eat applesauce.

The only change I would make next time is to be sure I spray the inside of the muffin liners with a little cooking spray. The liners stuck to the muffins pretty badly. But that's a very minor problem!

This is definitely a successful Pin. Really, I'll be lucky if there are enough of these left to use for breakfasts... I have a feeling they'll disappear pretty quick once the kids get home!