Kristine Castagnaro's Blog – October 2012 Archive (31)

It's Vodka Not Vodika

This conversation took place in the car. Of course.

(Look! I can drive, say cheese, and take a photo of all three of us at the same time! *Smile* Actually, we haven't even pulled away from the house…
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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 31, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

Mgazi Thinks Hot People are Friendlier

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Zaffron was telling me about a girl at school. She's been confused, unsure if the girl likes her or not. This conversation, of course, took place in the bathroom. (The second most popular conversation venue next to the car.)

Zaffy: Mom, Mary was mean to me 2 days ago. She was mean to me ysterday. But today she was nice.

Me: Maybe she…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 29, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

Did That Wall Just Hit My Car?

I had a bad day. It started first thing. I misjudged while backing my car into a parking spot at work. Actually, to be more accurate,

I slammed my husband's brand-new electric vehicle into a wall.

The day kinda went downhill from there.…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 28, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

Yes, Zaffy, You Can Say the S-Word

“Mommy, can I say the ‘s’ word?”

I’m driving. Always when the questions come, I’m driving. “What’s the ‘s’ word again, Zaff?” I sigh. I have a vague recollection of having this discussion dozens of times before. You’d think I’d remember the…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 27, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

True Blood vs. American Idol Part 3: DAWG! There’s a Vampire in the House!

The American Idol winner was announced a month or two ago. The children still talk about it constantly, like every other day. Mostly when we’re in the car.

The week leading up to the finale, I’d tried to prep the kids for the…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 26, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

True Blood vs. American Idol Part 2: Which is More Damaging to Children?

So, I’ve been thinking about American Idol and True Blood lately. You might remember that I recently told a gentleman that I greatly admire that he was off his rocker for allowing his young daughter to watch True Blood.

But was he?

allow my children to watch American Idol. Which of these television shows, truly, is more…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 25, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

Zombies vs. Birth Control

I am a mother. I am a wife. I am a professional. I have interests and hobbies. I work out sometimes. I cook at least once a week. Sorry, meant to say I cook at most once a week. But when I do, I cook multiple meals. And I don't do white starches... bonus point!

I say all this to communicate the fact that I am a busy woman. I barely have time to floss my own teeth, but I do. Because it's…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 25, 2012 at 2:27am — No Comments

From Manslaughter to Homicide...

So, a few weeks ago I accidentally crushed an innocent snail and caused irreparable damage to my children. That was nothing. A couple of nights ago I killed a centipede. A 5-inch centipede that I found in my tub. I had no choice. It was…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 24, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments

True Blood vs. American Idol Part I: Backpedaling to Protect my Cover

A couple of months ago I met someone that I admire greatly. A mutual friend introduced me to him. The three of us were in New York making small talk over coffee. I was doing my best to seem intelligent. I had been feeling a little all over the place and I wanted to come across as someone who was “put together”– which meant that I didn’t talk a whole heck of a lot lest the gentleman I…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 24, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

Mgazi Says She's Pregnant

The girls were in the tub. This is what I overheard.

 

Mgazi: I think I have a baby in my tummy.

Zaffy: Well, I should take you straight to the doc -- wait, we're playing pretend, right?

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 23, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

100 Things You Probably Don't Know About Me

I read somewhere that on your 100th blog post you should write 100 things about yourself. So, in honor of my 100th post, I present to you...

100 Things that You Probably Don't Know About Me
  1. I am embroiled in an unhealthy and one-sided love affair with cheap wine.
  2. A colleague and I were once driving in South Africa when we were pulled over by men…
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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 22, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments

Long Live Russell (or Daddy, You're Not Dead Yet?)

It's late at night -- about 10:30 p.m. the night before Russell's birthday (last night to be exact). We had just picked up the children from the babysitter's and we were driving home. The atmosphere inside the car was calm. Unusual.

The children…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 22, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

Mgazi Wants to Go It Alone

I told the girls to get their shoes, we were going to run errands. Mgazi protested immediately.

 

Mgazi: I don't want to go. I want to stay home by myself, with you…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 21, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

Mom, You're a B.M.

In the car. This is what I heard:

Zaffron: Mom, you're a B.M.

Before I reacted I took a deep breath. Seemed like this was a lot to take so early in the morning.

Me: I'm sorry, Zaff. Did you say that I'm a B.M.?

Zaffron: No, I said that you are THE B.M.

Me: Zaffy, what does that…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 20, 2012 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

"We're THIS Funny" Or "Russell Gets No Respect"

Everyone was in the bathroom. The whole family. Having a family meeting while Russell was trying to have his own time. This happens to him more times than he'll ever admit. But I will. Right here. Right now.

I asked Russell. "If you look at the entire population, I mean, the whole POPULATION of whatever, the country, the world, what percentage would you think was funny?"

Russell was sitting (the only one sitting in the bathroom, I might add), and said, "funny as in HA…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 20, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

Café, Thé, ou Moi? Or in English: Why I Love French Waiters

I've talked a bit about my ten days in Paris. It was an important time because the trip gave me some badly needed clarity about my life. One of the reasons I…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 19, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

It's Mummy Juice... Literally!

It's Mummy Juice!

Each year I struggle with finding a semi-healthy snack or treat to send with the kids to school at Halloween time. This year, I found an idea that included wrapping juice boxes in tape with googly eyes... Mummy…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 18, 2012 at 3:44am — No Comments

Mgazi Wants Her Own "Partment"

We are in the car. 

 

Mgazi: Mom, how old do I have to be to live in a room by myself?

 

Me: You don't want to share a room with your sister?

 

Mgazi: No, I want my own…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 17, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

I'm 42 and Not Diggin' It

Let's just jump right in. I turned 42 years old last week. I am not happy about it. Let’s talk about why:

  • I sweat for no reason at all. I swear I this didn’t happen to me when I was 41.
  • I have crow’s feet.  Crows feet…
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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 16, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

Zaffron's Latest Worstest Day Ever

Zaffy: Mom, I had the worstest day ever.

Me: Oh no! Worse than the last worstest day ever? What happened?

Zaffy: I almost lost my three newest best friends.

Me: Tell me!

Zaffy: Well, my old-new best friend Sydney told my two newer best friends Brooke and Sophia, that I…

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Added by Kristine Castagnaro on October 15, 2012 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

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