Author Archives: kiesa

Twitter: November 16


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 16, 2009 7:10 AM
Calvin woke up at 10 and then started muttering at 3. However, he didn’t seem to fully wake up till around 5:30.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 16, 2009 7:27 AM
Calvin’s breakfast today: mystery squash.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 16, 2009 7:47 AM
Calvin didn’t seem very interested in the squash but I’m going to try again in a bit.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 16, 2009 2:11 PM
Nana took Calvin to the clinic to get vaccinated so I could keep working.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 16, 2010 7:31 AM
Calvin had a very restless night :(

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 16, 2010 3:07 PM
It’s pretty windy out there. Reminds me we haven’t heard back from the roofing company yet.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 16, 2010 6:10 PM
Calvin ate two cups of broccoli. I’m so proud :)


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 16, 2011 8:18 AM
I was in the shower when Calvin got up this morning. He opened the gate, walked downstairs, and was reading a book sitting on the potty.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 16, 2011 5:46 PM
From daycare, “Calvin had fun making animal noises.”


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 16, 2012 7:40 AM
Well, that was more excitement this morning than I was hoping for but everything seems back on track now.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 16, 2013 1:50 PM
Hm, how did I run out of canned tomatoes?

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 16, 2013 4:26 PM
Hm, Calvin might have given the iPad one drop too many.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 16, 2018 9:14 PM
It’s amazing how much harder it is trying to put Julian to bed only 1/2 hr late.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 16, 2019 1:10 PM
It never ceases to amaze me how kids can teeter precariously on their seats and then be shocked when they fall off.

Twitter: November 15


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2009 8:34 AM
Calvin woke up at 4:30 again. I fed and snoozed with him till 6:30 and then passed him off to @calvinsdad.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2010 7:40 AM
Calvin had a restless night and is still sleeping. I need to go to work this morning so I’m going to have to wake him up soon.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2010 7:55 AM
Definitely a soup day. It’s snowing outside so we’re going to have Holiday Bean Soup for supper.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2010 8:02 AM
Ok, I’m making too much soup. My large crockpot is overflowing.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2010 5:42 PM
I love my Crock Pot. It’s great to come home to dinner already made.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2010 5:51 PM
Of course Calvin’s 3rd word combination would be “more cheese.”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2010 6:17 PM
From daycare: “Calvin really enjoyed playing in the snow outside!”


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2011 1:15 PM
We might need to buy carpet cleaner by the case. It’s amazing how much mess the cats can make in one night.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2011 5:46 PM
From daycare, “Calvin enjoyed playing with puppets.”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2011 5:49 PM
We skipped swimming class because Calvin hadn’t had a nap. Good call on my part.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2012 4:28 PM
Calvin seems quite subdued today. This can’t be a good sign.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2013 8:05 AM
Calvin is creating letters in his oatmeal this morning.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2013 3:14 PM
Calvin is being very quiet . . .


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2014 7:31 AM
It turns out I still have some variation of morning sickness when I sneeze on an empty stomach.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2015 8:28 AM
I think Willow might be getting her exercise running from Julian.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2015 12:01 PM
We are out of peanut butter.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2016 6:25 PM
I have this bad feeling I really should learn Minecraft.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2018 6:36 AM
Hm, setting up devices for Thanksgiving trip and Kindle is still more family friendly than iOS *sob*. Listen Apple, I need multiple profiles on my devices. (Though the parental controls are finally starting to catch up.)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2018 6:52 AM
Also, Argh! Can we stop with the “security” questions already?

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2018 7:48 AM
So . . . I thought when I entered a number for Apple support to call, they wouldn’t actually call until a person was available. I am capable of dialing phone numbers myself. Mind you, I think chat should have been an option, but I can press numbers.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2018 7:52 AM
Though, it turns out I should have just Googled by Apple question. First result . . . (If Apple _says_ it can’t verify your security code, it might be something else, like your address, it doesn’t like.)

Twitter: November 14


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2009 7:41 AM
Calvin got up early again today but we both managed to snooze until 6:30.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2009 7:59 AM
Calvin seems to like real yams (not baby food variety) because he opens his mouth wide for them but swallowing still seems a challenge.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2009 7:30 PMm
We went to potluck today. It was tricky getting Calvin to take a nap between church and potluck but it worked fairly well.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2010 8:04 AM
Even though I was bad and stayed up late to finish a book, I actually feel much better than I have for the past couple of days.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2010 8:05 AM
Maybe becoming so deeply involved in a book rests my mind.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2010 9:08 AM
Calvin woke up this morning saying “momo! momo!” (Elmo)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2010 10:37 AM
Just finished talking to Grandma. Calvin has demolished @calvinsdad flower cube.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2010 3:35 PM
Well, this has been a weird Calvin nap.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2010 3:35 PM
I dozed in the rocking chair in his room for an hour waiting for him to stop happily playing in his crib and go to sleep.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2010 3:36 PM
He did end up going to sleep around 2 and now I’m wondering if I should wake him up so he’s sleepy at bedtime.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2010 4:32 PM
Calvin finally woke up so now we’re off to go grocery shopping.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2010 4:36 PM
I’m impressed by how clean the washer can get Calvin’s shoes.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2010 6:00 PM
Calvin distracted me so much with his crying that I accidentally gave him the block of cheese I was holding. Oops.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2010 6:18 PM
I think Calvin may have bit either his tongue or cheek :( At first I thought the food was too hot but it’s barely warm.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2010 7:05 PM
All the budget books say you spend less money at the grocery store when you have a menu. Why do I spend less without one?


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2011 5:48 PM
From daycare, “Calvin had fun making a bear.”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2011 5:48 PM
Calvin actually told me about his day at daycare when I asked.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2011 5:49 PM
He reports that he had chocolate (???) and then went out to play before I came to pick him up.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2012 3:36 PM
Calvin is laying down on the sofa listening to an audio recording of _Charlie and the Chocolate Factory_.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2012 3:36 PM
It almost feels like I should count it as screen time but it really isn’t . . .


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2014 5:34 PM
Our basement is completely overrun with baby stuff. Just acquired a frame stroller off Craigslist.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2014 5:57 PM
I worked 49.5 hrs this week. Not much for some people but a lot for me.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2016 5:07 PM
Julian is ruining his supper with green peas. Though, I suppose there are worse alternatives.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2018 7:26 AM
I miss when websites weren’t quite as fancy and could load in a reasonable amount of time.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2018 11:48 AM
Our new carpet installation is suppose to be finished tomorrow and I’m feeling very impatient. I’m taking my Veterans Day holiday tomorrow so will be able to see it soon.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2018 9:57 PM
I can’t find Julian’s rainbow light and I’m worried this is going to come back to haunt me in the middle of the night.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2019 9:20 PM
Calvin’s school pictures arrived today. Calvin looks very Calvin-like.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 15, 2019 6:49 AM
That wasn’t exactly what I meant. However, now that you mention it, I can imagine that expression on Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes :)


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 14, 2020 7:15 PM
It turns out our house comes with a rare mask tree.
A black cloth mask with lightning bolts is hanging off the branch of a leafy green tree.

Twitter: November 13


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 13, 2009 8:13 AM
Calvin slept in today!


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 13, 2010 8:43 AM
Calvin has turned over the container I had almond toffee in, which I had foolishly left on the floor, and is now playing it like a drum.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 13, 2010 5:01 PM
Potluck was good today. Got back about an hour ago and now picking up before the babysitter arrives.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 13, 2010 5:01 PM
Since @calvinsdad is in Lincoln this weekend, I’m getting a babysitter so I can have a little bit of “me time.”


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 13, 2011 4:30 PM
Today I managed to stump 3 checkers, 1 bagger, and 1 manager with my purchase of a Kabocha squash. I think that’s a record.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 13, 2012 4:29 PM
The 72W Halogens I found that fit in normal light fixtures are making me giddy. I have light in the dining room!

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 13, 2012 4:30 PM
I guess I don’t have to hoard traditional incandescent bulbs after all. At least, not yet.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 13, 2012 4:36 PM
For some reason, Calvin always decides to “clean” the bathroom mirror right after the cleaners have been to our house.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 13, 2013 5:49 PM
Worked 6 hours today and also finished up the Christmas shopping. I feel productive.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 13, 2015 4:56 PM
Calvin and Julian have a cousin!

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 13, 2015 4:58 PM
Julian _adored_ the children’s section at the library today. He was doing laps back and forth from one wall to the other.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 13, 2016 5:14 PM
Finished my first reference desk shift in a decade and nothing crazy happened!


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 13, 2019 7:06 PM
In retrospect, maybe I should have learned to make basic risotto before trying fancy risotto.

Twitter: November 12


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2009 4:06 AM
Calvin was sleeping really well until just now. I gave him Tylenol and I’m going to try feeding him and see if he’ll go back to sleep.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2009 7:50 AM
It appears Calvin can change from stomach to sitting position without any obvious support to grab on to.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2009 8:07 AM
Today we’re trying the peaches I pureed yesterday.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2009 1:07 PM
I have an appointment for Calvin to get the 2nd seasonal flu shot and the H1N1 vaccine :)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2009 5:37 PM
From daycare: “Calvin was very vocal today!”


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2010 3:11 PM
This is the first week I’ve worked over 40 hrs since Calvin was born.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2010 6:13 PM
I don’t think I would mind working full-time. Particularly if we regularly got take-out.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2011 5:09 PM
Just got back from church, potluck, and then the library.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2011 5:10 PM
For potluck, I gave Calvin some ravioli and he was eating it with his fork in one hand and his knife in the other to help cut it.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2011 8:59 PM
I think both Calvin and I are getting sick.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2013 5:31 PM
Pumpkin for supper!


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2014 1:32 AM
I always thought I would like an alarm that could talk to me. Turns out I’m wrong.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2014 1:32 AM
Random spoken “low battery” warnings in the middle of the night turn out to be even more annoying than chirps.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2015 4:04 PM
I’m not feeling good so tonight we’re having miso soup. My equivalent of chicken noodle soup.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2015 10:19 PM
5 is extremely upset I’ve moved her food to allow room for the child gate. She sits at meows at the old spot.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2016 5:23 PM
No. No no no no no no no.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2016 5:53 PM
I dislike reading dystopian novels, I want to live in one even less.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2017 10:10 AM
Julian & Calvin at PDX.
Toddler Julian sits is the cockpit of a plastic toy plane. Calvin hangs off the tail.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2018 12:32 PM
The library’s staff bathroom sinks seem to be constantly struggling to balance saving water with basic hand washing hygiene requirements . . .


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2020 1:27 PM
Julian climbed this tree all by himself! (He also got down by himself.)
Julian sits in a leafy green tree partially obscured by the leaves.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2021 10:27 AM
I have given up and put the air conditioner back in my window. In November.

(I have ordered blackout shades which I think should help the situation, once they arrive. It’s not hot outside, there’s just too many windows and not enough ventilation in the sun room.)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 12, 2021 10:28 AM
The sun room is a great place to work except for the major temperature fluctuations. You may recall earlier this week I was trying to run the space heater.

Twitter: November 11


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2009 8:11 AM
Rough night last night. Calvin kept waking up intermittently after 10.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2009 8:12 AM
Got up at 4:30 and gave him Tylenol (think it’s the teething that’s keeping him up).

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2009 8:12 AM
Got up at 5:00 and fed him. He fell asleep but woke up when I tried transferring him back to the crib.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2009 8:12 AM
Managed to get him back to sleep around 6 by holding him. Around 8 I needed to get up so, surprisingly, was able to transfer him to the crib

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2009 8:12 AM
Currently, he’s still sleeping.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2009 8:37 AM
Calvin is up. Next, determining his opinion of sweet potatoes.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2009 3:54 PM
Just finished pureeing peaches and tofu for Calvin.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2009 3:57 PM
Today I had a partial day off work but I spent it during useful tasks so it doesn’t really feel like a day off.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2009 6:17 PM
Ended up working really late today. Just got home with Calvin and now it’s time for his supper and bed.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2010 5:13 PM
I’m done for the day. I’ve worked 18 of the last 24 hrs so I think it’s time to go to bed.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2011 8:16 AM
I forgot it was veteran’s day today.Technically I’m off work today but I think I’ll trade it for the day after Thanksgiving.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2011 8:23 AM
Calvin finally explained why he doesn’t want me to sing, “It doesn’t sound right mommy.”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2011 4:35 PM
From daycare, “Calvin enjoyed Friday friends.”


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2012 5:21 PM
I ate my dish exclusively using chopsticks! This is the 1st time I’ve managed that. Maybe I won’t starve over Christmas.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2012 5:40 PM
Not too surprisingly, Calvin loves miso soup.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2013 5:59 PM
Calvin’s brand new booster seat has arrived!


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2015 9:27 AM
Calvin’s truck has been passed down to Julian.
Julian is sitting on a little brightly colored plastic truck. His cloth bib says Mommy's Super Hero. Calvin is behind on his knees pushing and smiling at the camera.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2015 9:53 AM16< Calvin is outside in snowboots, gloves, and pajamas. Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2015 3:58 PM Well . . .it turns out that Calvin can't open the new baby gate.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2016 8:28 AM
I think Julian is going through a growth spurt.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2016 3:48 PM
We’re at the zoo with a very energetic hippopotamus.
Toddler Julian stands in front of a metal mesh fence. In the background is a pond with two hippos in the far corner.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2016 3:51 PM
Up till now I did not realize the hippo exhibit had a splash zone.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2016 4:46 PM
Yea! We have a car seat that is too small to fit me (and should go through the x-ray scanner at the airport).


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2018 9:50 PM
Just in case you were wondering, this toilet cannot accommodate a 12-in pizza:,1000247221
I guess I’ll just have to keep looking . . .

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2018 10:03 PM
Hm, my link no longer works. Here’s a screenshot comparing the toilet and the toaster.
Lowes website setup to compare a toilet and a toaster. One of the rows under attributes says Accommodate a 12-inch pizza. The toilet column has two dashes and the toaster column says Yes.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 11, 2021 8:25 AM
Julian made bunny pancakes today.
Pancakes roughly in the shape of a bunny fade. One large pancake with two small pancakes on top for cheeks and pancakes cut into bunny ears. Noise and eyes are blueberries and whiskers and teeth are slivered almond.

Twitter: November 10


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2009 6:26 AM
Calvin slept through the night and woke up at a reasonable hour :)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2009 7:26 AM
Today Calvin’s eating sweet potatoes.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2009 7:27 AM
We have to leave early today because I have an appointment to get my eyes checked.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2009 11:27 AM
Got back from the eye doctor an hour ago. My eyes were still dilated so I made supper early instead of working on the computer.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2009 11:28 AM
It’s still a little fuzzy to look at the computer screen but I think it’s clear enough that I’ll be able to work.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2009 3:52 PM
I seem to have trouble context switching today.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2010 11:49 PM
From daycare: “Calvin really enjoyed building block towers today!”


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2011 5:17 PM
From daycare, “Calvin enjoyed making a tree! He also was very excited about sledding :)”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2011 5:18 PM
I asked Calvin how they went sledding, as there is very little snow at the moment, and I couldn’t understand his answer.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2011 5:40 PM
When referring to Thomas, Calvin still says, “he needs help with the diesel.”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2011 5:58 PM
Calvin turned down dessert because he wants to get to the “train library” faster.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2011 7:43 PM
Calvin is acting like he didn’t get a nap this afternoon except he allegedly did.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2012 7:10 AM
One advantage of having a cold, I can’t smell the cat food.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2012 8:53 AM
Christmas is coming early to our house. We’re using the excuse that we’ll be gone during “real” Christmas.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2012 4:26 PM
Calvin is “helping” me in the kitchen. Why is it once he could really be useful he won’t want to?

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2012 4:27 PM
At least I had another shot at teaching him fractions but I may have given him the idea that 1+1=1 instead of 1/2+1/2=1.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2015 6:45 AM
During part of last night Julian was waking up every hour :(

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2015 7:28 AM
Calvin is such a good big brother. He’s entertaining Julian while I’m picking up the house :)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2015 7:32 AM
The spices are alphabetized again! (No, I do not do middle gears well.)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2015 3:58 PM
Today we see what clothing still fits Calvin.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2015 5:31 PM
It’s obvious Julian isn’t my first child. He doesn’t get nearly as much custom puree as Calvin did.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2015 5:36 PM
Julian is really liking this Gerber peas, carrots, & beets mixture. He’s eaten at least half the pouch.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2016 7:15 PM
Julian is on his 4th bowl of soup. There might not be any left for @calvinsdad


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2020 3:15 PM
Most of the snow is gone but Julian found a little patch.
Julian, dressed in pajamas and rain boots, standing on ground lightly spotted with snow.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2020 4:07 PM
We have set up the small tent in the garage loft.
Julian, in a tent, smiling at the camera.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2020 4:08 PM
Tent setup in an unfinished room with plyboard floors and rough wooden ceiling beams.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 10, 2020 4:43 PM
Julian doesn’t have enough room for all his books so I packed some up and put them on the garage. I just realized they’d be great to store in the tent.

Twitter: November 9


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2009 6:31 AM
Well, Calvin first woke up at 10:00pm last night. That’s pretty much indicative of the entire night. Eventually, I got up at 5:30.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2009 7:19 AM
Calvin’s doing a pretty good job of opening his mouth for solid food this morning.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2009 7:22 AM
Calvin now has a nice green pea eyebrow.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2009 10:20 AM
Calvin slept in his crib again for his morning nap. It was 1 1/2 hr long which was great since I had a chance to nap too.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2009 5:10 PM
The broccoli died :( I wasn’t paying attention and turned the stove on instead of just prepping the broccoli to be cooked.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2009 6:26 PM
Calvin just crawled backwards for the first time (previously he only scootched). Still hasn’t been able to crawl forwards .


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2010 1:02 PM
Off to try to clean the house early in prep for no time later in the week.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2010 1:10 PM
I really don’t understand why it’s taking me so long to warm up to texting. You’d think I’d like anything better than calling.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2010 2:35 PM
Here comes the snow . . .

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2010 3:17 PM
There was very heavy rain/snow mixture at I-25 so we aborted our library visit.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2010 3:18 PM
I wasn’t worried about driving in these conditions but I was worried about everyone else driving :)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2010 3:52 PM
People keep saying that I’m going to regret when Calvin learn to talk intelligently but at least then I’ll _know_ why he’s mad at me.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2010 3:56 PM
Oh, he wants cheese. That I should have guessed.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2010 3:58 PM
Earlier he threw a fit because he wanted to go outside but it took him a good 5 min of throwing a fit before I figured it out.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2010 3:58 PM
We did go outside. I don’t like rewarding tantrums except if he had been capable of asking more politely, I wouldn’t have objected.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2010 4:02 PM
I’ve decided my initial reaction to laugh whenever Calvin throws a temper tantrum is a self-defense mechanism.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2010 8:24 PM
I think something is wrong with my oven. It took over 30 min to preheat to 400 degrees.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2014 8:05 AM
2.1 seems to have a gift to move vigorously when I’m the only one around.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2015 9:06 PM
I got a pedicure from @calvinsdad. So weird, I have heels under my calluses.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2016 6:28 AM
Not sure if I’m going to be able to manage breakfast.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2016 7:36 AM
I’m usually a stress eater so it’s really weird not wanting to eat anything.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2019 12:50 PM
Calvin is stealing a book from an octopus.
Off to the left is a library bookshelf. To the right of the bookshelf is a mural painted to look like additional library books stacks and it looks like very large octopus arms are reaching through the open shelving. Calvin is pretending to try pulling a book away from the octopus.

Off to the left is a library bookshelf. To the right of the bookshelf is a mural painted to look like additional library books stacks and it looks like very large octopus arms are reaching through the open shelving. Julian is standing next to the octopus arms.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2019 2:09 PM
Look the floor is clean. Just in time for a (late) lunch.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2019 2:20 PM
I have decided Calvin should know how to bake. So, I’m aiming for a dessert a week. Today we’re making cake. However, I have no idea what to do with it once we’ve made it. Our family cannot/should not consume that much cake.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2019 3:27 PM
We are making a Chocolate Mint cake with a marshmallow middle layer. The recipe calls for sprinkling crushed peppermint candies on top for a garnish.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2019 3:28 PM
Unfortunately, I did my cake ingredient shopping at PCC which is too pure (or posh?) to carry peppermint candies. So, I’m grating a chocolate mint bar and hoping for the best.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2019 3:29 PM
I need to make sure Calvin picks his next dessert prior to the regular weekly grocery shopping so I have time to get normal ingredients.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2019 4:43 PM
We have a cake!
Two layer chocolate cake covered in grated chocolate sitting on a plastic blue cake platter.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2019 4:47 PM
The other side is gooier.
Two layer chocolate cake with white marshmallow fluff oozing out of the middle.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2019 6:00 PM
The flavor and texture was excellent. However, now that it’s cut, the top layer is sliding down off the bottom layer.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 9, 2020 12:03 PM
Julian made a boat out of a milk container.
Julian holding a plastic milk jug which uses markers to prop up the sale made out of paper.

Twitter: November 8


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2009 9:19 AM
I’m making waffles while @calvinsdad goes on a walk with Calvin to get him to sleep.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2009 1:21 PM
Calvin is actually taking a nap in his crib!

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2009 5:22 PM
Just got home from an epic library/grocery shopping trip.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2010 9:03 AM
A chivalrous man at the store refused to let me carry 30 lbs of packing newsprint to the car.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2010 9:04 AM
Calvin weighs close to 27 lbs. No one ever offers to carry him back to the car for me.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2010 2:55 PM
From daycare: “Calvin had a great time visiting his friends in Sea Snorkelers today!”


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2011 8:06 AM
Was looking for Living Room art and stumbled across the perfect piece for our bedroom.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2011 8:06 AM
From daycare yesterday, “Calvin loved collecting leaves outside.”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2011 4:37 PM
From daycare, “Calvin had fun playing with blocks.”


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2012 7:03 AM
Ugh. I woke up at 5 today. I hate time changes. At least I got a full hour of exercise in.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2012 4:41 PM
Just got back from a visit to the park.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2013 3:42 PM
I’m not feeling so good so when Calvin starting badgering me to watch TV I said yes. He looked confused and then went up to play with Legos.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2015 5:15 AM
Julian has a cold which is making it harder for him to sleep :(

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2015 9:04 AM
Julian has recently become obsessed with puling books off the shelf. Fortunately, the easiest ones for him to get to are board books.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2015 9:06 AM
Also, I think his teeth are hurting him but he won’t take ibuprofen :(

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2015 3:47 PM
Julian’s napping. Obviously it’s time to reshelve the books so he has something to do when he wakes up.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2015 4:55 PM
Baby is very sleepy and has not been napping well today.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2016 7:18 AM
I’m already out of the house and just realized I put my shirt on backwards. Yep, I’m awake . . .

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2016 5:54 PM
I have just dropped off our ballots in some random person’s garage.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2016 6:34 PM
I’m considering making cookies except the election is making my stomach a bit queasy.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2016 10:05 PM
This is just the middle book. It’s not the end.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2016 10:06 PM
Though, at least I don’t have a daughter to try to explain this election to.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2020 4:09 PM
It’s snowing!!!

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2020 4:35 PM
Picture taken from the deck looking out into the field and trees. There is a light dusting of snow covering the ground and railing.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2020 4:38 PM
Oh good, I did keep the hood to my coat in a sensible location. Also, it didn’t get lost in the move!

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 8, 2020 4:40 PM
There’s actually enough for a snow ball! (Though, it’s not really the right kind of snow.)
Standing out on the lightly snow covered deck Julian holds a snow ball in one hand while looking off to the side.

Twitter: November 7


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2009 8:05 AM
Calvin woke up on his stomach several times last night but didn’t wake up for the morning until 7!


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2010 7:39 AM
Made Rhubarb Coffee Cake with my new SideSwipe Paddle and it works great :)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2010 3:55 PM
Calvin once again decided to skip his nap.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2010 4:21 PM
Hm, I think it’s time to throw away one of my favorite pans. The Teflon is definitely flaking.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2012 12:17 PM
Somewhat belatedly, I now have been (partially) vaccinated for Christmas. Apparently I should have made the appointment several months ago.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2014 5:18 PM
It’s amazing how much space 2.1’s stuff is already taking up. Last time I might have delayed getting baby stuff too long. Not this time.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2015 5:33 AM
Julian did not have a particularly restful night.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2015 7:13 AM
I know this is an unpopular choice these days but I happen to like huge screens on my laptops.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2015 7:14 AM
It is hard to carry an external monitor all around the house during my work day.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2015 7:39 AM
Yes, it’s fall:

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2015 7:45 AM
Hm, I started making pumpkin scones without double checking I had pumpkin . . . Fortunately, I had a bag randomly frozen.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2016 6:52 PM
I just informed Calvin that he is too young to vote and he let out a great moan of disgust and disappointment.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2016 11:15 PM
Ugh, finally done voting. Not going to be coherent tomorrow. Some choices were very easy, #ImWithHer, others much harder.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2018 7:04 AM
A couple of months ago I mentioned that riding the bus in Seattle was weird because I was the only one using my computer. Well, that has dramatically changed. Maybe most computer users ride their bikes to work in the summer?


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2019 5:28 PM
Tonight I’m going to think about being social. We’ll see how it goes.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2019 8:21 PM
Ok, that was pretty fun. Went to a “book nerd party.” It was organized by the library (of course) and they had all sorts of book related games. Wasn’t sure about going by myself but there were enough other people also by themselves it worked out pretty well.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2019 8:22 PM
Also, lots of people had either read books I had read or read similar things so it was pretty easy to talk to them.


Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Nov 7, 2021
I woke up too early so decided to walk to the beach.
The beach with sand in the foreground and smooth water further out. Off to the far left is a lighthouse. The sun is shining through the clouds and making the water glow also.