Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Taking Care Of Business...

People! Please! Put down those torches! I am in no way forcing my poor children to eat a vegetable that they despise. First, they all ate it last week and enjoyed it. True story. Second, they were free to leave it on their plates - all it would cost them was the measly cookie I was handing out for dessert. There's none of that ridiculous "Sit at the table until you eat it" nonsense around here - if I don't have the kitchen cleaned and EMPTY by 7 PM, I go berserk. Nor is there any "If you don't eat it now, you'll see it for breakfast" shenanigans. Who the heck could eat cold sauteed zucchini for breakfast? I think I would feel sick just serving it.

Sheesh - next time, tell these frightening childhood stories to your therapists, okay? I'm going to have nightmares.

I did take note of your complaints about my slow-loading blog. That happens to me, too; but I had been thinking it was just my poor, overloaded computer that was at fault. Flinging caution to the winds this morning, I checked out Blogger's new templates and was pleasantly surprised - they've come a long way since this blog's Creamsicle days, I must say. So I trepidatiously clicked on a few items and - TA-DA! I have a new look. Blogger even let me keep my polka dots.

Refreshing, isn't it? Feels almost as good as when I get a new hairstyle and it didn't cost me a penny...

Oh - and most important of all - Derfwad Manor is back and all is right with the world. Hooray! We missed you, Mrs. G!

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20 comments:

  1. Your site looks grand. And food issues with kids bring out the worst in all of us. Sorry for unsolicited opinions!

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  2. I would never accuse you of vegetable cruelty.
    Um, I didn't, did I?

    Happier news on my parents. Check my fb status. :)

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  3. Love the new look! And it's much quicker, too.

    The only thing that drives me bonkers with my kids is when they ask for more of something and then don't eat it, because oftentimes they are literally taking the food out of my mouth. Drives me crazy.

    And I have actually told my kids they'll never taste Brussels sprouts in this house because their father and I both have bad childhood experiences. Only my husband's ended in vomit, though. He's such a wimp.

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  4. Your food policy is exactly the same as mine. Makes perfect sense, I think. Did people really give you grief? I'll have to look back and see...

    I like the new look. It loaded MUCH faster.

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  5. Pretty pretty blog, and I love how fast it's loading too. Great choice!

    Note to self: discuss gaggy pea memories with therapist.

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  6. You are so funny. I always tried to have at least one thing that I knew the kids would eat--then I didn't worry about it. If all they ate for dinner was applesauce, so be it. But they didn't get anything else later. My daughter has a rule that they have to at least taste something. Once in a while, she's as perplexed as you. They'll eat something one week, but not the next. Kids!

    I've never had a problem loading your blog. Love the new look though. Makes you look younger.

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  7. Thanks! I missed being able to come over here.

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  8. I have run up against the "liked it last week, won't touch it this week" scenario countless times. Which is a pain since I'm a stocker-upper. It took me a long time to give up on the 8 cartons of chocolate soy-milk.

    Love the new look, but am wondering where the vomit and mice have gone!

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  9. Loads much faster! And green is my favorite color! I approve.

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  10. Yay for a new design and faster loading site. I thought it was just me. Ditto for Derfwad Manor and the excitement over her return. All is right with the world.

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  11. I've taken to feeding my kids outside just so the mess stays out of my house...so I'd never judge your methods.

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  12. AnonymousJuly 21, 2010

    Ooh, that does load much faster. And looks great.

    I have observed this odd food behavior with my friends' kids and have never understood it. I love broccoli, like brussels sprouts, and don't even object to zucchini (in reasonable amounts...the year we had twenty bazillion zucchini in the garden and got zucchini *everything* for dinner got a bit old).

    In fact as a kid, my only complaint about dinnertime was that it didn't happen more often!

    RobinH (only because I'm too lazy to log in)

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  13. Your blog look great!

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  14. Much better loading speed.

    I can't believe Mrs. G is back! All is right with the world.

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  15. Yeah, haven't been able to load your blog in forever!

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  16. Love the new look. Green! The color of money! I just love any blog that isn't all white and bland.

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  17. Loving this new bright look.

    My dad used to do that sit at the table until you eat your lima beans thing. A couple of times I fell asleep and my mom woke me up and sent me off to bed. I just don't get it. I think it's a parental power trip and there are so many more significant battles to choose. Like you, I just wanted the kids to eat something and get to bed so I could get down to the important business of reading my book!

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  18. Yay! Fast loading! And I recently picked the same template..so yeah, I like it. I tried to comment on the zucchini post, but could not for some reason. All I was going to say was that your five year old daughter and mine had the exact same dinner experience. Sauteed zuks...cookie waiting in the wings...glass of water to get it all down. Some things are universal! :)

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  19. Yay! Fast loading! And I recently picked the same template..so yeah, I like it. I tried to comment on the zucchini post, but could not for some reason. All I was going to say was that your five year old daughter and mine had the exact same dinner experience. Sauteed zuks...cookie waiting in the wings...glass of water to get it all down. Some things are universal! :)

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