In the last week or two, Lena has appeared to have stopped sucking her fingers. I’m not sure what prompted it, maybe being sick recently and not being able to breathe, or what, but she’s started making the motions (and sound) of sucking her fingers, without actually doing it. It’s a much grosser sound without the fingers. And there’s some teeth grinding in there, too.
Lena’s also started getting pickier about the foods she will eat.
- Hot dogs
- Berries, bananas and apples
- Applesauce-based squeeze fruits
- Pasta (with cheese on it)
- Green beans
- BBQ chicken/pork
- Most vegetables
- Mac & cheese
- Squeeze fruits packets that are not applesauce-based
- Chicken nuggets/fingers (grilled or breaded)
- Pork roast
- Cheese dip
- Chex (any flavor)
We’ve got to get her to a dentist, too: the back of her bottom teeth look horrible. The fronts are fine, the top teeth are fine, but no matter how much we brush, the back of the bottom teeth look terrible. But I’m wondering what a dentist might do about them, since brushing her teeth usually involves as much wrangling as trying to look at the cat’s teeth. Surely, a toddler teeth cleaning doesn’t involve general anesthesia.
I’ve been experimenting with baked rice recently, with fairly successful results! (at least, successful enough to continue experimenting) Hardy asked for a recipe, and here’s the basic one I’m starting with for my experiments.
- 1 part rice (I’ve done ariboro, white long-grain, a mix… ends up about the same starting amount.)*
- 1 scant tablespoon-ish olive oil
- 3 parts stock (or whatever you have left in the box, finish with water)
- .5 part other beverage (white wine, rose wine, beer, vermouth, or juice)
- Turn oven on to 350
- Combine rice and oil in oven-proof dish, stir to coat.
- Add everything else, stir again
- Bake 30 minutes, check to see if it’s done (probably won’t be.) Keep adding 10-15 minutes, checking each time to see if water’s been absorbed.
- [optional] when rice is close to done, turn oven and timer off, leave rice dish in, go put kid to bed (takes 10-120 minutes)
It’s tasty, and a pretty good alternative to plain boiled rice. Looking forward to more experimenting (and turning it into a full dish)!
*My starting amount has been 2/3-1 cup total of rice, and I’ve been cooking in a glass bread pan. I’ve also had success in a glass pie pan, adding a little more liquid to accommodate for increase in surface area.
apple banana and sauce. and milk and apple juice and chocolate and carrots and hot loaf and chicken and chips and a fork and strawberries and football.
My call went well, the initial in-person talk went well, and the group meeting… that went ok. I didn’t leave with any warm fuzzies on Wednesday. I think (from the visitor’s log) that they’re interviewing a few other people for the same position and, judging from the flubs on their parts in the technical questions, that I was the first to attend the group interview. Hopefully, I stood out enough and not getting a "Sorry, but…" email already means I’m still in the running (and that they haven’t finished doing the group chats.) And maybe they’re trying to figure out how to offer me $Texas and a pony.
I’m not a fan of heading into the weekend with the uncertainty, but it’s better than heading in with a rejection?
I had an important phone call that I was expecting today. At 10am the phone rang, caller id indicated that my sister was calling, and I answered with an informal greeting (as I do when she calls), something along the lines of, "Hey, ‘sup?" The voice on the other end was a little hesitant in their, "Hello?" and I quickly remembered that my new phone will, if the incoming call is from an unknown number, display the location of the incoming call’s area code.
I need to remember that, just because it says "Georgia" across the top, it doesn’t mean my sister is calling.
(Call went well, I should hear back beginning of next week.)
Lena loves books. She loves some to pieces, she loves to de-laminate some of them, she loves to read some, and she loves for us to read some of them. The Lorax, apparently, is Papa’s book to read to her.
Last night, after reading Red Fish, Blue Fish (which is much longer than I ever remember, I think a page gets added every time I read it), and I had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, Lena spied The Lorax and immediately started clamoring for "Wor-rax? Wor-rax?! Woooor-aaaaax!" TCB had been reading for a while and needed a nature break, so was trying to ask me to read it to her. I explained that I might get through three pages of the book before she started climbing down and looking for another book. And TCB’s saying that he’d really like a break, and Lena’s still screaming for Wor-rax, and she has the book and is trying to put it into his hand. And then she grabs his hand and puts it on the book, which sealed the deal: Papa would read The Lorax.
One of the interesting things about the Dev Psych class I’m taking is figuring out which groups and stages I was in/Lena is in. It’s fun to read about something and then look up to see it in action, or to change my behavior to get a response out of Lena. It’s also validating to read about instincts I had with her have been correct in getting her to where she is now.
Right now, I’m reading about childhood friends and peer groups, and I was very interested to see that there are more than the three I thought there were (popular, not-popular, fringe), described. I have to say, it was a little disturbing to see the feelings I’ve had about my role in life among friends to be perfectly described in the "Neglected Children" peer group: not likely to be nominated as a best friend, but not disliked. And that feels pretty spot-on: not likely to be nominated as awesome or the best friend among peers (most awards and recognitions came from outside nominations), but not disliked. I don’t get recognized at work, but not disliked. Not likely going to get called by my friends to go do X (maybe after asking a few others), but told afterward "ah! I totally forgot about asking you!", so not disliked. Not likely to get remembered by football coaches who are putting together a team introduction (and looking at a roster), but… actually, that one pissed me off more than any of the others, even with their apology.
In general, it’s a pretty disheartening peer group to be in: not overtly liked, but not disliked. Makes it hard to try with friends, you know?