For Old Aunt Zyne

December 31st, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Late Night Craziness

So what did we do with ourselves today you’re surely wondering?

Why we took up the offer of a fellow homeschooling mama to blow this pop stand in favor of the YMCA and burn off some energy this afternoon.

Not me, mind you. I burned off a bunch of energy at 6 AM with my new running friends. These kids though? Yeah. They’ve got a ton energy to burn and let’s call a spade a spade: They are driving me nuts.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love them – but let’s face it. It’s winter. They’re kids. Our new yard is small and sort of boring. We miss our friends. It was time to herd some sheep and get the flock out of this house for a little while.

Max Crazy

After some time in the padded room, I decided to write a children’s book.

Gone Swimming

I’m going to call it: The Monkey and the Snorkeler Go Swimming

The Monkey And the Snorkler

Is it possible we burned off a little too much energy? After I accepted my Children’s Lit award, we hit up Goodwill and the monkey fell asleep while we waited in the donation drop off line of 100 cars. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who had the idea to donate stuff today. It’s all about the tax breaks, baby. Well not for me it’s not! I just moved, peeps! I need to get this stuff out of my house! Here, you can have my receipt if you let me cut to the front of the line!

Wipe Out

Oh great. Now she’s going to be raring to ring in the new year. Quick, someone set the clock ahead 3 hours! That’s the only way I’m going to stay up until “midnight”. I’m celebrating with my pillows and a little bit of drool tonight.

After sheep herding fun we came back to the sheep pen (do sheep live in pens? Or is that pigs? Bah. Details.) and I did my best to avoid cooking once again.

Not only am I not cooking, I’m not even making hummus! Blasphemy! Good thing Sabra hummus is so damn creamy and good. I’m jealous actually – what the heck do those Sabra scientists do to make it so flocking creamy?

I bought the roasted garlic variety (because you know, vampires) and holy garlic breath batman we loved this. In fact, “we” loved this so much “we” barely left me a tablespoon for faux-cooking tonight.


My sad little layer of hummus on my slice of toasted sesame Ezekiel bread.


Light on the hummus, heavy on the spinach. Isn’t that how that saying goes?

Heavy on the Spinach

Wow. My last post of 2009. Do I know how to ring in the blog new year or what?

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15 Responses

  • Lizzy says:

    Happy New year love! xoxoxo

  • Jane/you-know-who says:

    You are an amusing NUT. Here’s hoping/waiting for more in ’10

  • Thanks for admitting your kids drive you nuts sometimes! I swear when I am about to do that w/ Skylar in a post, I dont. I love your honest girl, love it! You and Mama Pea are totally honest bout Child Rearing and for that, I will always love u and be grateful that it’s not “always perfect” all the time in this motherhoood thingey :)

  • Cindy says:

    and your last post did not disappoint. funny, zany and yes sheep can sleep in pens. a fun fact I did know (since I get a lot of my yarn straight from the farm)

    oh in my house it’s not the kids that need to get outside and play in the padded room. IT’S ME
    I am like a total crazed woman if I don’t get my outside time. CABIN FEVER MANIA! I actually was like that today.

    I am having a glass of merlot rose to ring in my new year….here’s to your health and happiness and lots more fun in 2010!

    CHEERS and love you!!!

  • Mama Pea says:

    Seriously what is up with Sabra?! I have two theories: 1) magical elves come and do the Riverdance on top of chickpeas while a elf firehouse of tahini is streamed in to put out the fire that is burning from their little elf dancing shoes; or 2) the chickpeas are peeled before they are cooked, so there’s no fibrous skin to grit things up.

    I’ve clearly had two glasses of wine tonight.

    Happy New Years, and thanks for your sweet comment earlier!!!

  • Bernadette says:

    I’m with Cindy! I am the one that needs to get outside, my little one is a total couch potato if I let her. I can’t wait to read your new book! That little monkey is too cute and so is the snorkeler!

    If you figure out the secret to that Sabra smoothness, please share…I really like my homemade hummus but it is not smooth like theirs!

    Happy New Year!!

  • Great last post of 2009! But then again, all your posts are great… :)

    Happy 2010! :)

  • I hope to be trying my first homemade hummus quite soon . . . just got a new food processor!

  • Holly says:


    lots of love, fun and running for you in 2010!!!

  • Carbzilla says:

    I love it when moms can admit their kids are driving them crazy. Thanks for being so real.

    Have a super great 2010!

  • Looks like they had a blast at the Y! Hope you upped your insanity level as they burned off their energy, too 😉
    Happy New Year!

  • happy new year dear! the pic of your kiddies zonked out is precious.

  • Frankie says:

    Why does your blog always make me hungry or want to go veggie shopping? I love a hummus sandwich with spinach and tomato. Sometimes we have Triscut with hummus and nothing else for lunch on our boat. The best part is you can get hummus (or the fried version, Falafel) just about anywhere in the world cheap.

    I’d love to send my kiddos outside but it’s -30F. My husband and I are sick so they gym’s out. Children’s video marathon! Extra features, bring them on!

    Happy 2010! We’re in the double digits now.

  • Julie says:

    Hapy New Year Alison!! I hope it brings you wonderful things :)

  • Rebecca says:

    Happy New Year!! The car pic is so cute! You make me want hummus.