Monday, March 5, 2012

New Uses for Skype

The other day I was Sky-ping with Jack.  One thing lead to another.  He wanted to see his room at Mima's.  Okay.  I unplugged the computer, turned the laptop around and took Jack for a nostalgic tour of Mima's house via the webcam.

After verifying that his toys and things in his room were intact, we moved on to Papa's office.  Was Papa was working?  Yep, there he was.  Working away.

Next, on to the kitchen.  All was well.  What about the cat?  Where was Tippy???   

I was in the midst of making a DVD of Jack's favorite shows when he called.  I forgot that I had left the television on in the family room.  Whilst on our way to locate the cat Jack saw via the webcam that Octonauts was on.


I immediately saw my mistake but of course by that time it was too late to do anything about it.   I tried to walk away.  "Let's go see what Bridget is doing." I turned away from the t.v. and headed to the pantry where the dog is currently housed.

"Wait!  Wait, Mima!  I want to see Octonauts."  And then he said "please" so... what could I do?  I turned around, headed back to the t.v.  I proceeded to stand there for approximately 2.5 minutes, holding my laptop tipped a tad bit to the right and then rotated just bit downward so Jack could see the television in my family room.  This is dumb, I thought. 

So...I pulled the coffee table over toward the front of the t.v. and positioned my laptop so Jack could watch Jake and the Neverland Pirates (by this time Octonauts was over).  

Where was this child's mother, you ask?  See my next blog titled "Babysitting Via Skype." 

I sat in my family room and read, peaking every once in awhile to see if Jack was still there.  Yup, there he was, watching Jungle Junction on my t.v., via my webcam, via Skype to his computer.

Amazing.  Jack thoroughly enjoyed watching t.v. at Mima's while eating a bowl of Rice Krispies - two states away.  A great use of technology and just a little bit silly but we both had a great time! 

And my daughter got a few moments of peace. 

BTW...she was sitting next to him (most of the time).  I could tell because I could feel her rolling her eyes.           

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

How About A Knock Knock Joke (or two)!

Knock Knock!
Who's there?
Doris who?
Doris locked that's why I'm knocking!

Okay...when you're done laughing I'll tell you another one...


Knock Knock!
Who's there?
Butch who?
Butch you're little arms around me and give me a hug! Jack is gonna fall for that one!  Ha!  Good Luck!

Monday, January 2, 2012

How to Pack Up Christmas in Four Easy Steps

The mimosas are gone.  The tree is dusty.  Everyone is tired of Christmas.  Now for the chore you either dread or can’t wait to accomplish…packing up Christmas!  Here’s how Mima does it in four easy steps.

1.  First things first, locate what you didn’t you use this Christmas. 

Now ask yourself why you didn’t use it.  If what you didn’t use is worth saving (family heirloom, kids macaroni wreath circa 1985, etc.) – pack it in a clearly marked box and store somewhere AWAY from the Christmas decorations you want to continue to use. 

Now what?  Give away anything you don’t plan to use again.  It’s Christmas.  Make a donation.

2.  Next, before you start dismantling the mantel, take photos of the way your space is currently decorated both inside and outside the house. 

Print the photos and prepare to pack them with the decorations, lights, etc.  Next year you’ll remember which table was best for the crystal trees, how the lights finally ended up on the house, etcetera, etcetera.   

3.  Now you’re ready to pack the things you’ll be using again next year.  ***This step may require a trip to TargetJ.

a.  Get yourself several large clear plastic containers (i.e. Sterilite).  I like the seasonal containers with red and green lids.  If you can’t find these, chose clear containers with the same color lid so you’ll know those containers are designated for “Christmas” stuff.  ***Clear is key.  You will love, love, love it when you unpack next year.  Trust me on this.

b.  Pack each area or room in a separate box/container.   Do not mix decorations.  I repeat.  Do not mix decorations.  You’ll thank me for this next year.

4.  Have yourself a merry little cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

Remember those little bottles of Bailey’s that someone left in your stocking???  This would be a good time to use them.

Did someone say…Valentines Day????

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Mima's Mimosa's

Mimosas...Mima's favorite way to start the New Year!

First things first, pull out a beautiful small glass pitcher.  If more than 4 adults plan to partake of your wonderful Mimosas...double the recipe below.  Note:  Regardless of how many glasses want filling, I like to use 1/2 a bottle of champagne to keep the drinks cool and the bubbly...well, bubbly.

Now, let's begin.

You'll need the following to serve 4:  

1/2 Bottle of Champagne (the best of the bubbly is not necessary for this recipe)
2 C. Orange Juice (the best OJ is better but not required)
2 oz of Chambourd or Kirsh liquor
Pomegranate Airls (another word for the seed)
Squeeze of lime (or a simple splash of bottled lime juice works, too)

Add all ingredients and stir. 

Note:  You can purchase the pomegranate airls in the produce section of your grocery store.  If you can't find them or don't like them or forget them - don't worry.  I'd add a bit more Chambourd.  I imagine maraschino cherries might a pinch.  I'd stick with the Chambourd.

I like to balance my Mimosa with a bit of coffee cake or perhaps a cinnamon roll and a spoonful of softly scrambled egg.

Anyone for seconds???

Have a wonderful 2012!