Whispered Rants from the Tuttle-Tuttle Tree

Random thoughts, rantings, and musings. Displayed for all to see, because sometimes it's saner to rant to random strangers than to rant to yourself. Also, the voices in my head don't always appreciate it when I talk back to them. Go figure.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

My head is a barometer...and other rants...

First off, yes, my head would appear to be a barometer. Since spring arrived here in MO, I've been fighting migraines. I've had two full ones so far, and fight 'echoes' pretty much every other day. The only thing that seems to hold them off is guzzling water till I slosh. Then I'm fine for about an hour or so, it crops up again, and I guzzle some more water. Seems to be in direct relation to the barometric pressure and humidity. So...looks like I'll be sloshing a lot this summer.

Second, my 8-yr-old has decided he can lie after all. :( Thanks to his hyperlexia, he's always been very very literal. It used to never even occur to him to say something that wasn't completely accurate (as he saw it). Now all of a sudden, he gets that normal kid-in-trouble look in his eye if he thinks coming clean is going to get him in trouble. You can see him weighing his options when we ask him something. (yes, thankfully his face is as readable as mine is - otherwise we'd be in trouble) And of course when we see this look on his face, we are quick to remind him not to make stuff up, and that he'll get in more trouble if he lies, than if he jsut comes clean. So far so good...but alas...the end of an era. :( I liked having a completely honest kid. ...Ok so sometimes that 'honesty' was awkward while out in public, but..y'know...ya take the good, ya take the bad...*breaks out in song* "ya take em both and there ya have..the facts of life! the facts of life! where the world never seeems to be liiivin up to your dreams..."
ok..ya..done singing now. You can unplug your ears.

3rd rant of the day...getting license plates changed down here is a pain in the ass. Especially for the leased car. They are requesting title, lease, power of attorney, fax numbers, not to mention all the inspections required down here. Hubby's car is taken care of finally, except for mounting the darn things (need to get a detail shop to mount holders on the fronts of the vehicles...or, y'know, get out the drill ourselves...muahhahaha poower tooools...) But the van...ya. Pin in the ass. ...A pain even. (no i dont feel like backspacing and correcting. deal.) At any rate, it's nearing the end of April, and I'm starting to feel like a target every time I pass an officer or one pulls up behind me. Which, as I've stated before, happens a couple times a day down here.

4th...ya..pretty sure I had a 4th one laying around down here somewhere. But now my head is fuzzy. I think I need a nap. Ya...a nap sounds good. Maybe i can schedule one in next week.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

poem: Because of You

A "happy" one this time (so people can stop asking me if I'm 'ok'). :p

Because of You

Because you love me…
I walk tall.
I have the courage to dream.
I laugh without strings.
I can live among strangers
and not feel alone.

I would love you
whether you loved me
or not.

But because you love me
as you do…
I get to tell you every day.
I get to whisper it in your ear.
in your sleep.
to your lips.

And fall into your eyes,
and again.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Recipe from Chez Anna

Ok, as anyone who's talked to me in the last few months knows, our household diet has had to change. We no longer have nearly the number of crap options in food that we used to devour and enjoy. Because of this, I've been doing a lot of experimenting with meals so that we aren't eating the same 6-ish 'safe' meals every week. The one I did tonight I have to share as it was yummy and it got rave reviews from everyone in the house. For those of you who know my house, you'll know how rare this is. (Although I have to admit here that rave reviews from Kiddo-2 simply means he did NOT spit the first bite back out into his hand before choking down the rest...hey, you take what you can get with 5 yr olds.) Anyway...here it is :)

2 large chicken breasts
(To my vegetarian friends, sorry. The testosterone in the house demands meat. However tofu would easily work here, or skip the meat altogether.)
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green peppers
1/4 cup chopped onion
(or teaspoon of dehydrated onion)
1/2 cup julienned or sliced carrots
1 can water chestnuts
1/3 cup peanuts
1 can mandarine oranges
roughly 1/2 can pineapple
(I used the crushed kind tonight, half a can was plenty. If you want it to be pretty however, I advise using chunk. I will be next time, and will probably need more than half the can.)
brown rice

Cut chicken into half inch pieces and toss into pan with all of the choppables and carrots over medium high heat until chicken is cooked through. Add the pineapple, some of the pineapple juice, peanuts, and water chestnuts. Let it all simmer over medium heat while you make the rice. Let it cook until nearly all the juice is gone. How long this takes depends on how much pineapple juice you tossed in. When your rice is ready, add the mandarine oranges to the rest and lightly mix it up. (I made the mistake of adding some of the oranges when I added the pineapple, still yummy, but you have orange bits. Between the crushed pineapple and the bits it was more like a salsa. Again, this is really only something to keep in mind if you want it to be pretty.) Serve.

When all is said and done this serves 2 adults and small 2 kids (if you're dieting) or 2 adults (if you're not dieting and have your eye on small seconds).

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Bored. Why?

Because I depend on all of you to entertain me and you are failing miserably! No new music, nothing new written, no new pictures, NOTHING. As a result I've had to go check out your friends and see if THEY were doing anything interesting. Results? First off...some of your friends are freaks. Just had to say it. It had to be said. Second...the rest of em arent doing anything either!
What? You all think you have lives or something? Negligence of your duties entertaining me isn't proof of having lives. Pictures, stories, comments on life in general...THAT is proof you have lives. So show me the proof baby!
In the mean time...*points* You! Put on a pirate hat and sing me a show tune. *points* You! Compose a dirty haiku! *points* You! Put on these bunny ears and do a dance to Aerosmith's 'Rag Doll'. *points* You! Grab the camera, I want that pirate hat going in the archives.*points* You!...ok ya you can't do crap. You just stay there picking your nose. Just..just don't eat any. *shudder* *points* You! Fetch me a drink, you saucey wench. Yes, I know you're a guy. You're still my -*cough*-. yes. There! Now the rest of you...go DO something then come back here and tell me all about it! Now, or else I get out the Bangles cd's and Village People hats.
*stretches and leans back, prepared to enjoy*

Saturday, April 15, 2006

oh help meh

T minus 4 hours, 36 minutes, 22 seconds until the husband gets home from his business trip.
State of the house: not bad, laundry almost caught up, carpet is clean almost dry after the dog 'missed'.
State of the kids: bouncing around the living room pretending to be Pooper Heroes. Kiddo-1 is 'Atomic Wedgie' and Kiddo-2 is 'Critical Poop Stink'. Literally bouncing btw...and pretending to fart everytime they land.
State of the Anna: just palming face and shaking head and clinging to sanity with everything she's got.
Some things in life, cookies can't solve. For everything thing else, there's Thin Mints.

Friday, April 14, 2006


Current state : hot, mildly cranky, foot's asleep, just creme brulee'd my head on the stairwell, and feeling like a dork because checking the circuit breaker for the air conditioner wasn't my FIRST idea. On the other hand, we survived a 90 degree day in Missouri with no AC yesterday (in house AND van). yay us. Sleeping tonight should be much more pleasant. :p

Had kiddo-2's bite spot checked out today. Rash is just allergic reaction, nothing benevolent, and no bits still stuck. So good news there.

Mmm...house is already feeling a bit cooler. Mood...shifting...might even smile...

Thursday, April 13, 2006

poem : Fool


I am a fool…
I am a fool…
I am a fool…
I am a fool…

Maybe if I say it
enough times

Tears will dry themselves,
I will stop caring,
Your name will stop echoing
in broken places.

If I just say it enough

I am a fool…
I am a fool…
I am a fool…

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

You are hereby served a notice of neglect...

Yes, that means you. Thanks to an old-aquaintance-turned-new-friend, I have a new toy. Anna likes. Anna is a very happy girl. And yes, Anna talks about herself in the third person when she's giddy. (so shaddup) Aside from kids and kid-related responsibilites, all other things on the planet are barely making a blip on my radar. So prepare to be ignored for the next few days while I get my initial fix. Ignore any and all oo's, aa's, giggles, cackles, and general yips of excitement coming from my cave. It's just me having fun.

....now go away and let me play.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

poem: Ache

An Ache

Who are you when you’re not with me?
Instead of asking,
I drink cool waters from your babbling lips.

Who is it that holds your heart at night?
Instead of wondering,
I breathe you in and live another day.

Do you know how much of me you own?
Instead of telling you,
I give myself to you again and again.

Whose touch does your skin ache for?
Instead of leaving,
I hold your hand, squeezing my pulse
between our palms.

Do you wonder why I ask no questions?
Do you think it is because I have no interest?
Oh, no, my love.
It is fear that holds my tongue.
Fear that you will be chased away
by something I cannot see
and I cannot stop.

Whose voice do you hear in your dreams?
I’m sorry, but I cannot ask.
I cannot free you so easily.


And so,
veiled you will remain.
My silent pretender.

Sunday, April 09, 2006


Okay. So today we learned the other side to having these beautiful woods right behind our house. Found a tic on Kiddo-2 today as we were doing bathtime. This would be my first ever encounter with one. Even with all the camping we did growing up. Always heard warnings about em, was around people who'd check each other for em. Had still never seen one. Until today. Gotta say, the sight of that thing with his head buried in my kid... *cringes and shudders* On the inside completely freaked out, on the outside we all handled ourselves like pros. Kiddo included. (very proud of him). Got him off. Got him dead. Got us all cleaned up. By the end of the summer we may be old hacks at this whole procedure and find ourselves looking back at this initial experience and laughing. For now, however...'scuse me while I go do the heebie-jeebie itchy dance...

Friday, April 07, 2006


Ok, I just have to say that I am truly loving our new locale. Despite having grown up next door to and on country roads, birdsong was always this jumbled chorus. I never learned (for example) the difference between the song of a Robin and the song of a Cardinal. Birds were silent while nibbling at bird feeders, or noisy as heck while hidden in trees. Unless it was a flock of Sparrows greedily going to town. But even then, it was just a mass of twirping. However here...Wow.
Despite moving to a much busier area than we were in before, we have far fewer people noises and much more critter noises. Our backyard looks out over a nature preserve. We're seeing tons of deer, squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, and sooo many birds! I'm lOving it! The best part to this is that, being a preserve, the critters are completely comfortable with where they're at. The two biggest trees right by our fence are favorite song perches. In fact there is a cut off branch which faces our patio, and several have been seen standing on there at different times, solo, singing their hearts out like it was a stage. There are still sounds of things I'm unable to see. And I'm sure that once all the summer foliage has filled in, all but that one little stage will be nigh invisible to me. But for now, while the bare branches and their lowered inhibitions last, I'm learning the songs of Cardinal, Robin, Chickadee, Warbler, Woodpecker...
I'm also just feeling extra good today. Tends to happen the day after a migraine. Not entirely sure what set it off. Could be the fact that I was stressed and ate peanut butter and drank coffee on a rainy and humid day. None of those seem to do it on their own, but the worst days tend to have had them all as ingredients. But today...today the sun is shining, the birds are singing and I feel completely safe hitting the PB and Coffee hardcore. ;)

Thursday, April 06, 2006


So, everyone has their own way of dealing with stress. Or at least everyone has a different way that undealt-with-stress has a way of smacking you upside the head and making you pay attention. Well it would seem that stress has recently decided to give me a facial twitch. I noticed said twitch a couple days ago, and have half heartedly tried to stop it. Didnt get too worked up about it cuz it's a small muscle twitch in my chin...didn't think it was very noticeable to anyone but me. Of course then I saw it in the mirror today while I was getting ready to head out the door. Good dog I have to make it stop now! It was horrible. So...I've been concentrating all day on NOT letting my chin do anything 'on its own'. Only problem with this is, apparently when you concentrate on not moving one particular muscle in your face...EVERY other face muscle wants to do the tango...just to make up for it. So...that's where I am atm. Staring wide-eyed, concentrating, with my hand clapped over my chin.
I'd like to blame the kids for this one. It could be the fact that Kid-1 just lost 2 jackets in 2 days (this is on top of the loss of his glasses and a shirt just in the past month-ish). Or it could be the fact that Kid-2 has reactivated his tear-switch...and activates it at the blink of an eye..for the oddest reasons.
However, its conceivable that it's not them at all. Surely I'm just over reacting. Surely there is nothing in my life to stress over. And this twitch will melt away any minute now...*stare*

For now...I need to get back to sewing this elephant's trunk.