October 6, 2009

Random Tuesday Thoughts - Girls Weekend with Pumpkins, Corn Stalks and Meatballs

Princess Nagger and I had a girls weekend since hubby was off to Michigan for a band gig.  We had an exciting Friday night with cereal for dinner and finally got around to watching Ratatouille.  That mouse sure knows how to cook!  Saturday we went to see the movie she's been wanting to see - ''Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs'

I had heard mixed reviews about the movie, but was pleasantly surprised.  Not to mention it kept Princess Nagger's rapt attention from the first minute through to the very last credit.  Yes, she didn't want to budge from her seat until all the credits had rolled.  Every. Last. One.

Ever since Saturday she's been reenacting parts of the movie - her favorite is jumping on the bed pretending it's jello.  She enjoyed it so much, she'll relay all the funny parts - in great detail and with flourish - to anyone who will listen.  Anyone want to hear all the funny parts?  Maybe she'll be a movie critic when she grows up.  Oh wait, she's still talking about being a paleontologist. 

I am constantly amazed at how many dinosaur types PN knows - she'll rattle off the name of any dinosaur and give me a little synopsis of what dino-age they were from (yeah, I know that's not it, but it went in one ear and out the other) if they were omnivores or herbivores or carnivores...I'm learning more about dinosaurs than I ever cared to learn!  But I love it.

On the way home from the movies on Saturday, we decided to stop and pick up our usual supply of corn stalks, pumpkins, hay bales and Indian corn to get the porches decorated for fall from the same farmer we've been getting that stuff from the last 3 years.  Apparently the economy and 'bad crop' year that hit our apples and grapes, hit others as well.  At least I didn't have to worry about my thumb losing some of its greenness.

The largest pumpkins they had for sale this year were the same size as the medium ones from last year...and this year they wanted $5.75 per pumpkin vs. $3.50 from last year.  I was sure I saw bigger pumpkins at BJ's for less.  While it would have been nice to help support the local farmers, my decorating budget wasn't flexible enough.

I did still buy 6 pumpkins from her, though - 3 small ones and 3 medium sized ones, plus 2 bunches of Indian corn, 2-1/2 bales of hay and 5 bundles of corn stalks.  The corn stalks were huge!!  So huge, in fact, that they didn't fit in the back of the van with the 3rd row seats folded down and wedged between PN's seat and the door...not even with putting the front passenger seat all the way forward. 

All the other corn stalk bundles I've purchased in the past fit perfectly without having to move the front passenger seat forward - and the door would close.  Not this time.  Oh, I'm not complaining, far from it - in fact, her bundled corn stalks were the best I've ever seen - she had a dozen stalks bundled into one bundle for $2.00.  Anywhere else had less stalks bundled for a higher price, or the ones for $2.00 were scraggly, maybe 4-6 stalks per bundle and short.  So I didn't mind that I had to ask for twine to tie the back door of the van down to make driving home a little less hairy:



Yes, I ended up being one of those people driving a little slower than the speed limit on the way home.  But not on the open country road, I was able to fly faster go the speed limit to get home quicker.  I just had to be careful of any bumps.  I took the pictures after we got home, so obviously nothing went flying out the back.  Then the real work began as I hefted the hay bales and corn onto the front porch to begin the decorating...on Sunday.

Which means you'll get to enjoy the end result tomorrow.  Since I still need to take pictures of all the hard work.

PN and I were going through her Alphabet Song book this weekend...she'd sing the song and see if I could identify the original song from the tune.  I did pretty good, but man, some of the songs had me stumped.  Like "Five Fat Turkeys"...never heard of it!  Found a cute video on YouTube of a kid singing it, but PN said that's not the same tune she learned her Fifi Fish song...whatev.

I had some more randomness in my head, but that should be enough for today.  Even though it's not quite as random.  But it was from my head.  So that's good.  What's in your head?  Feel free to head over to the Un-Mom's to unload your head. 

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43 Random Sassy Comments:

Lady Mama said...

Impressive that your daughter knows all the dinosaur types! Would be cool if she grew up to be a paleontologist.

And um, those corn stalks are insanely large!

Mrs. Fish aka Two Fish said...

Kids are some smart cookies these days. Sounds like the movie was definitely a hit...I hear the book is fabulous too. Can't wait to see photos of your decorating!

karie

Design it Chic said...

Ooo i wish we'd have a house so we could do Halloween decor in the backyard...
But can't wait to see your pictures tomorrow:)
Happy Random!

otin said...

You are about the busiest damned person who I have ever nearly met! One day I will read a post where you say, "Ah, I got up and did nothing all day!" Has that ever happened? LMAO!!!

Were you that driver that I passed waving my hands in the air as I went by! hahaha!

Hit 40 said...

My sister told me to hoard canned pumpkin! I bought about 6 cans to see me through the winter. She claims her grocery store was already out of the small cans. Ohio has some big pumpkins this year. Just huge! They are selling good sized ones for $5 or $6 at whole foods and walmart.

Casey said...

Man, that's a lot of corn stalks. The back of your car looks hairy, like it needs a good razor. Isn't it amazing how much kids can retain? That rocks that PN knows all of her dinosaurs!

Uh, we got ripped off last year and spent like $20 on a medium sized pumpkin at a church sale. Grr.

kyooty said...

love the cornstocks! this is when you need a "grand" van. LOL

Martha in PA said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend, and I can't wait to see pictures!

Tara was the same way about dinosaurs when she was PNs age!

Raven said...

I'm very impressed with PN's knowledge of dinosaurs. She's a smart one, she is.

Those are some HUGE corn stalks! I can't wait to see the pics!

blueviolet said...

You weren't kidding about the size of those cornstalks! Amazing!!

Snooker said...

I'm looking forward to pictures of the finished product.
(Indian corn... I miss Indian corn)

I am Harriet said...

I think I was behind you the other day :)
LOVE the new look!
Yes, as parents we do have to endure countless crappy movies.


Have a great RTT!
http://iamharriet.blogspot.com/2009/10/is-your-kids-addicted-to-internet.html

Elle said...

I was wondering how that movie was. From the ads it looks like all it is is different foods falling on people and I can't sit through that! I guess I need a PN review.

Looking forward to the pics of your decorating. I haven't even started. My husband's going to be away this weekend so maybe I'll get some done as a surprise for when he gets home......who am I kidding, probably not.

Mango Girl said...

I agree with otin!

Show us pictures!!!

xo, Mango

Blogging Mama Andrea said...

I'm looking forward to the pictures. I'm maybe going to buy one pumpkin...

Go me and my crazy decorating!

Happy RTT!

Stacie said...

I can't wait to see that movie Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs. My kids loved the book and it use to be my favorite book too. Wonder if my kids will like the movie. The cornfields didn't do to well here this year. I want to decorate for fall this year and build my own scarecrow. So we shall see if that will happen. I think my hubby has off this weekend. Nope wait next weekend. So maybe we will be doing it next weekend. I can't wait to see what you did.

blushing rose said...

Anxious to see what you do with all your purchases.

Oh, these wee ones of today just amaze me with how bright they are at such an early age.

I am now following you. TTFN ~Marydon

queen-of-nostalgia said...

I love it! We need to go get our pumpkins this weekend... :)

Cheers!
Kristen

buffalodick said...

Ratatouille was a darn good cartoon! "Anyone can cook" is a great theme.. Mine is "Simple things, done well"

Anne said...

I enjoyed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I don't know if would have enjoyed the credits, I had to go so booked out to the restroom (yes, TMI).

I am always fascinated by what interests kids. They have such different interests, I always wonder where the originate. Do you know where PN got her interest in dinosaurs?

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

You really make me miss my kids being little....

Sprite's Keeper said...

Personally, I can't WAIT to see your decorating pictures!

Ice Queen said...

I enjoyed the book "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" but I remain skeptical about the movie.

Medora said...

We love dinosaurs at my house - my son is the expert, but I have a giant blow up dinosaur called Earl that I sit on. No comments, Otin.

CaJoh said...

Thank you for your randomness. We still have not gone for our pumpkin excursion, but will need to soon or else Halloween will have come and gone.

Curious what they did to keep a child riveted to the screen for the credits (most of us typically bolt for the exits once they roll).

Brian Miller said...

sounds like you had a really cool weekend. my boys love dinosaurs, we took them to DC after watching Night at the Museum a couple hundred times...they loved it. fun randomness this week stacy, kids keep you young dont they?

Jenners said...

My Little One is in dinosaur mode too. For his b-day, we got him this little kit where you get "real" tools (chisel, hammer, brush, goggles) and you get to chip away a dirt brick to uncover the dinosaur bones hidden inside. Then you can assemble the dinosaur and paint it. Totally cool! I love doing it as much as he does!

And that is like a whole field of corn you got there!

AndreaLeigh said...

can't wait to see what you do with your outdoor decor. can I just say I loved the movie Ratatouille?

Swoozie said...

So funny that you were one of THOSE people driving slower than the speed limit. Um yeah, been there as well much to my dismay. I swear, it must be something baout having kids that does it to a person. Who knew???

Anyway, looks like you and PN hit the jackpot with all your Fall goodies!

ArtSnark said...

Sounds like a grand time! So that was you driving by hmmm....LOL

ArtSnark said...

Sounds like a grand time! So that was you driving by hmmm....LOL

Captain Dumbass said...

How is it they can memorize all those dinosaur names yet not remember what they did at school right after leaving it?

Jan said...

Ahhhh - nice fall theme, girl.

I think Princess Nagger is the awesomeness. Paleowhozits rawk.

Julie@Momspective said...

I memorized all the presidents in order when I was 7. Not sure why. Dinosaurs would have been more valuable.

Debbie said...

Sounds like you all had a great time!

Ginny Marie said...

Can't wait to see your decorations!

I was wondering what "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" is like. I read it to my class a million times when I taught second grade. Glad PN loved it so much!

carma said...

cereal for dinner - you are officially a fun mom :D

Mrs4444 said...

Sounds like it's time for some video of your princess. I can just hear the dinosaur chatter now :)

Mrs4444 said...

Oh, and P.S. It is GORGEOUS in here!!

LT said...

Can't wait to see the finished pictures after the decorating!! We haven't seen Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs yet, sounds like The Princess enjoyed it! Too funny her acting out the scenes, sounds a lot like what would happen in my house!

Megan said...

I remember being in 2nd grade and learning about dinosaurs. I was pretty fascinated by them. Not surprised that PN is. But that's impressive that she knows so much about them.

And wow! Look at all those decorations shoved in your vehicle!! How crazy that the corn stalks are larger this year and the pumpkins are smaller. What's up with that? LOL

Mrsbear said...

My six year old has been obsessed with dinosaurs since he was two. My husband and I know more about the prehistoric giants than we ever cared to know. Seriously.

Your girls weekend sounds fantastic. ;)

Jamie said...

What a fun weekend!
We saw Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs the first weekend it was out for TT's birthday. He LOVED it. He is still talking about it 3 weeks later.

Laughing at the minivan with the corn stalks sticking out of the back ;)