Pasta and Semis

17 Feb

Our heat’s out so I’m typing this while under a mountain of blankets and a footie pajama-clad toddler. She’s playing with our old checks and talking about cupcakes and Santa for no particular reason other than she likes them. Our winter has been extremely mild and right now the fact that our heat’s been out is mostly an inconvenience. We are lucky for that. It calls attention to the fact that there are several major things wrong with our house that get worse and more annoying everything. Soon we hope to change this.

Today, however, we are taking advantage of the Presidents’ holiday to organize, which, if you know me, is like a holiday in itself. I love organizing almost as much as a I love making lists.  The challenge will be entertaining Isobel while we work.

Isobel got this semi truck from her grandparents for Christmas. Obviously she loves it because 1. she can ride on it and 2. she can honk incessantly. Oh, also she can haul her Carebears around without having to carry them in her arms like a sucker. Speaking of Carebears, can some child of the 80s please tell me the name of this orange one with the star on its belly? Everyone whose been around it (including myself) has referred to it as “Sunshine Bear” before realizing that Sunshine Bear is yellow with a sun (duh) on her tummy.

Isobel still hasn’t gotten the knack for steering so if she runs into something she liberally applies the horn till someone corrects her trajectory. When outside, however, she just constantly presses on the horn, so much so that my neighbor just assumed it honked constantly when it was powered on. Oops.

By the way, if you have leftover lentils from your soup (because your child has insisted on drinking only the liquid of the soup for the past several days) just cook up a batch of pasta and throw it on with some olive oil and cheese. And everything will be all right.

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17 Responses to “Pasta and Semis”

  1. AHGinCLE February 17, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    Which kitty is that?

    • LittleBig February 17, 2011 at 9:22 am #

      Zorro, my 25lb love muffin.

  2. Andrea February 17, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    The bear is apparently Laugh-a-Lot Bear, who was not one of the original Care Bears, but was introduced in 2004.

  3. Andrea February 17, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    The bear is apparently Laugh-a-Lot Bear, who was not one of the original Care Bears, but was introduced in 2004.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Care_Bear_characters

    • LittleBig February 17, 2011 at 9:47 am #

      Makes sense why I didn’t recognize it!

    • Dan February 17, 2011 at 10:39 am #

      Damn, I just asked my Resident Care Bear Expert. That’s not me, believe it or not! He said:

      ‘Looks like Laugh-A-Lot Bear… stupid ass later Care Bears. Shit ain’t legit man.’

      So, what’s up with giving un-legit Care Bears to your daughter?

      • LittleBig February 17, 2011 at 11:04 am #

        Dude, she picked it out herself at a yard sale. It’s vintage to her! Besides, who I am to dictate her tastes?*

        (As I hide the Elmo for sale so she can’t see it…)

  4. Shannon February 17, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    The yellow Care bear is actually Funshine Bear. I know this doesn’t matter to you, but it matters to her.

    • LittleBig February 17, 2011 at 11:03 am #

      You know she’s gone through life saying things like, “Actually, Mrs. Teacherpants, it’s FUNshine.” And Mrs. Teacherpants of course replied, “Sure thing, SUNNY!”

  5. Kristi February 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    HA! No wait, I totally said Sunshine Bear, oops.

    Jeeze after looking at the Wiki article I feel old, I remember when the Care Bear Cousins were the “new thing” in Care Bear Culture!

    Great, I just made up my own 80s lingo, Care Bear Culture. Awesome. 🙂

    • LittleBig February 18, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

      Care Bear Culture is totally valid.

  6. Jessi B. February 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    Where on earth did you find that tiny rocking chair Isobel is sitting on in the first picture?? It’s the most adorable amazing mini chair I’ve ever seen!

    • LittleBig February 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

      Thanks! It belonged to my mom as a child so it’s from the 50s. It’s pretty awesome. My Grandma saved it and I used it when I was a baby and now it’s Isobel’s turn. 🙂

  7. purplequark February 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    Pasta looks yummy! I was beaten to the bear comments…so all I’ll say is “Care bear stare!”

  8. Biscuit February 21, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    Ha! Dubs does the same thing, he just lays on the horn of his tractor until someone rights him. he LOVES that damn thing. Isobel is so dang kick ass on her semi though!

    • LittleBig February 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

      Thank you!

      I’m glad to know she’s not the only one who’s heavy on the horn. Now when we’re outside Anthony tells the neighbors, “She learned to drive in New York!”

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