Monday, June 07, 2010

Monday Potluck


I actually had 7 solid hours of sleep Saturday night. Unmedicated. First time since 2002. Sadly I did not repeat it last night so I’m a bit vague this morning.



Havoc got poison ivy over the holiday weekend and spent all last week covered in it. He is highly allergic & one small patch on his leg get into his system and within 2 days it’s popping up all over his body. He could barely use his right hand Thurs-Sat due to the huge blisters on his fingers. So naturally he has just been a JOY to live with. I understand he is not comfortable & it makes him cranky but seriously…it’s been like living with a 2 year old with all the meltdowns everytime things don’t go his way.



My baking quest this summer seems to be the perfect chewy, yet solid granola bar. I can make great chewy bar shaped granola but as soon as you pick it up it crumbles to pieces. I’ve got about a dozen recipes from the interwebs and I’ve been working with them, making small batches trying to mimic Quaker Chewy Granola bars, though Mayhem says mimicing the Special K bars is ok too.




Feckless – 1. Careless and irresponsible 2. Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

I come across this word constantly in books but no one ever says it out loud in real life. I think it is highly applicable in everyday life with small children or lazy coworkers so I am hoping to use it often this week.




My parents are coming to visit at the end of this week. They were coming Thursday but now will be here Saturday. They were staying until Sunday but now will be here until Tuesday morning. I host our monthly bunco group on that Tuesday evening.

This works out so well for me. My mom is a cleaning nut and I have long since given up on cleaning to her standards or being offended when she cleans rooms I thought were clean. So. My main bathroom and kitchen will be spotless when she leaves Tuesday morning & I think even I can keep ahead of the little mess makers for 12 hours so the rooms remain spotless for bunco.

Thank you Holly for hosting potluck. Please feel free to join in with your own randomness!


Maria Ontiveros said...

Love the Monday potluck graphic and sending lots of sympathy to you and your boy on the poison ivy!
No fun.

Darcy said...

OH! A potluck blogpost sounds like a great idea. I hope Havoc starts feeling better, quickly. Did you guys get him on steroids? It's the only thing that ever helped my mom would would break out if it were within a mile of her.

SciFi Dad said...

If you find a recipe that doesn't turn into a (very tasty, mind you) ice cream topping, do share.

mommytime said...

First of all, I love the word "feckless" ~ great choice!

Also, about poison ivy: it's extremely common for exposure to the plant not to produce blisters for 24-48 hours. If he has them in lots of places on his body, then all of those places either touched the plant or got rubbed by the oil of the plant that he picked up on his clothing. It's not a systemic thing that will get into his body and then spread; it can only produce rash in reaction to the plant oil (though if he is highly allergic, the rash area will be far bigger and more blistery than the rash area of a person not so allergic). The reason I mention this is that some people have had luck with Fells Naptha soap at removing the oil before the reaction sets in. (It's a natural soap you can often buy in Health Food stores.) If you have a bar on hand, and you know he's been exposed to the evil plant, you can have him wash thoroughly with that soap right away and all over, and it might lessen the reaction by removing much of the oil. My mother gave some to us when my husband got into poison ivy, and it did help. Good luck! I'm sending lots of sympathy for the poison ivy sufferer.

BobbiJanay@Kid to a Grown Up said...

Timing sounds perfect on your parents visit, I am the same way with poison ivy so I feel his pain.

Texasholly said...

Feckless...I think that was used a lot by Jane Austen. I think that will be an easy one to work in with the kids.

I can't wait to see if you ever do find the granola bar recipe...that sounds like a fun quest.

Thanks for potlucking!

Creative Junkie said...

Poor Havoc! I've never had poison ivy and neither have either of my girls **knocking on wood**

I hope he recovers quickly and gives you a stress-free week (as far as that particular issue is concerned - asking for a totally stress-free week is like asking for world peace. It's never going to happen so why bother?)