Tuesday, April 30, 2013

You don't know me, but you don't like me...

It is probably a bad sign when the first thing your boss says to you on Monday morning is: "You finally look rested!!"

So I guess this worked...

or maybe it was this...

it was almost surely this...

but this sealed the deal...

The last song made this whole experience uniquely...ours.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Small Truth

Today is the 3rd Day of Being Outside for the first time in 6 months and I must say...it was a pretty great day. The weather was lovely. The breeze from the canyon was refreshing. The 19 volunteers were really enthusiastic about archaeology.

Yep. 19. And me. Just the 1 little ol' me, the archaeologist.

Plus the Big Boss of the Office showed up.

This guy was also enthused about all of us being out there today.

 But it is totally cool. I'm fine.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

When a tantrum is on the horizon.

A few days ago, Archy G's littlest girl laid on the floor with no pants on and threw a tantrum because she wanted to go outside.

I get that she was trying to express some very serious emotions about the situation - most of which I probably do not understand, but I have to say....I was a little inspired.

Archy G and I have been discussing the effectiveness of such behavior and wondering if it would work in real adult life. What happens if I lay on the floor and kick my feet when my work deadlines are moved from tomorrow to yesterday, yet again? Will my schedule stop being overbooked if I take off my pants and scream "I WANNA GO OUTSIDE" when I have to cancel my field projects and sit at the computer for the rest of the week?

I am sure there are some more mature options available to me...I'm just sayin. I might get my way.

In the meantime, Archy G and I are working double time to save our sanity. Because let's be realistic...if I am admiring the tantrum style of a 2 1/2 year old, things are getting bleak.

Our road to sanity maps out a little like this:

1. Take a left at Three and end up Four, where you can celebrate with lots and lots of purple.
Purple vans, purple bathing suit, and Twilight Sparkle, oh my!

Sometimes the packaging is smarter than the Dad.
2. Detour at dinner for Angel Food Cake ala Archaeology A & G
Our 3rd  this year...and this was the best yet!
Trick candles are still only funny to me.

Utensils are just an accessory. So are manners, but hey, it was a sugar filled day.
3. Hire a handsome driver who smiles at you and with you a lot, even if you are blurry.

 4. Continue west toward Sunset.

5. Arrive at Death Valley, where friends on bikes are waiting for supplies...and another bike.

6. Proceed to Adventure.

7. Stop at the scenic spots...

8. Pause for learning moments.

9. Resume adventure.

I am not sure if this route will help us get back to sanity....but a little tantrum (with pants on) did help me get out here today:
Granted, I was teaching 16 people how to be archaeologists for a day. 

Wait. I demanded to go outside...and worked harder?

Tantrum not averted.

The journey continues...

Whatever happened to Spring Break? Summer Vacation?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Get Your Umbrella...

It is raining presents for Littles!

I spent last weekend in Death Valley celebrating Life.

Isn't my niece adorable???

Sister's shower (jungle themed, like the nursery)
included 3 parts...
 1). a party with actual people....
2). a cigar and scotch tasting for the dudes...
and 3). a shower by mail from all of the family and friends of the Mom and Dad -to-be
When I arrived on Friday, I had to make all of those boxes look like this:
I also had to make all of these bags:
Into food!

Fortunately, I had my amazing Mom there to help. She cut up about 50,000 vegetables
while Dad wrapped presents...

and I made 50,000 cupcakes! (Don't judge, I am learning...).
We had a lot to do, but we stopped often to do things like annoy my sister...

My Niece really likes potato chips, which Sister just finished eating.
  and freak out the New Parents...

Thanks to Pinterest, Mom and I were full of jungle themed ideas, and with the help of Sister's Sister-in-law who made this awesome diaper cake :
we made quite the table full of Wild food!  And a lot of it. Because we are each our mother's daughters.

We had lots of vegetables (see photo above), Asian Noodle Salad, Beef Barbacoa with homemade salsa, Sweet and Sour Pulled Pork with this marinade and slaw, Chicken Satay skewers with peanut sauce, Spinach Enchiladas, Spicy Fruit Salad, Pineapple Mango Bread Pudding, and various dippy things for various crackery things. We also served Margaritas and Jungle Juice...which was ginger ale and pineapple juice, not to be confused with this Jungle Juice...it was a Jungle Baby Shower, people! Not Animal House!

We played one game, which involved tasting baby foods. I tried to choose the worst flavors possible...
Amazingly, the two new mothers were able to figure out one of them was Sweet Potato and Chicken!
I am still not sure if I should compliment their palettes.

The Ladies adjourned to the living room for gift opening while the men sat around and did things men do. Like make fire and grunt, I am sure.

Sister opened a lot of presents. It was great to see her smile so much. I wish I could show you everything, but that would be a ridiculous amount of pictures... if you want to see more, send me a message and I will send you a link to an album. There were also some people with fancier cameras who are going to give me their pictures...trust me they are better.
Yay! Dirty Diaper Disposal! 

My niece got a lot of really special presents from her family.
From her Grandma N in Michigan...

From Aunty Archaeology Ash

And from Grandma Nancy....
the baby blanket made by our great, great aunt just for Sister, more than 29 years ago! (Plus about 300 books....Grandma Nancy is a teacher, after all!)

I think we all had fun. I hope all the people who came to the party did too!

Now we just have to wait for that Little Girl to get here already! Or in June... don't be too early, Baby! But seriously. I'll throw you a party as soon as you are done cooking in there. I make pretty good frosting, and I promise to pipe it directly into your mouth like all the Best-Aunts-Ever do.

Stay Cheesy! And Blurry!
It is never too early for bunny ears on a baby.