Something happened to me over the past few weeks. I feel like all the interesting just got sucked right out of me. I'm not sure why. I'm not unhappy. I've done many fun things and enjoyed them. Maddie and Riley have been great—hilarious and generally well behaved. Sure, work is a drag, the condo hasn't sold, and I'm all kinds of behind on all kinds of projects, but all that's the norm.
In any case, my lack of interesting is the reason for my lack of posts. The Lack of Interesting Phenomenon (LOIP) began right around the time that Jillian Michaels started trying to kill me. Perhaps there is a correlation there. I have to say, over the past couple of weeks, I've done the 30-Day Shred most nights, and I even tried Level 2 (of 3) for the first time yesterday. I give the workout two thumbs up, although I was so sore the first two nights I did it that I had trouble sleeping because my aching muscles were keeping me awake. (By night three, it occurred to me that I could take Tylenol before bed, but by then, I was on the mend.) Anyway, this in and of itself is not interesting, but it's what I've been doing with my time.
In other News of the Not Interesting, my moms of twins club had its semi-annual tag sale this past weekend. I love this sale. This was the fourth or fifth sale that I've worked. It's a big commitment to price and tag all of the stuff you want to sell, lug it to the sale location, help set up the ngiht before, then work the whole day of the sale. It's worth it, though, on so many levels. For one, it's a great social outlet. On setup night and the day of the sale, I got to see lots of friends from the club who I otherwise rarely get to see in person. I also get to enjoy social time while working the day of the sale since my usual job is cashier. I love to see what people buy and have the inside line on how much (or little) of my stuff is selling. Best of all, though, is that sellers get to shop before the general public. Not only do we get first pick of the stuff, but we don't have to deal with the huge crowds; more than 700 people attended this past weekend's event. I had scoped out two little Maddie and Riley sized bikes with training wheels during setup and figured they'd be great birthday gifts. Unfortunately, I was aced out and someone beat me to them. Ah, well. C'est la vie, and I found plenty of other good stuff: floor puzzles, a few items of clothing, and a couple of Pack'n'Plays for Maddie and Riley's daycare, and bike helmets which the kids like so much I almost don't think we need the bikes to go with them.
All of this is leading up to something that is sure to bring more Interesting back to my life: asking the good people of the Internet for advice. Getting advice from the Internet is always Interesting, right? Maddie and Riley will be three in June. They have tricycles, which they are able to ride with varying degrees of skill; Maddie is pretty proficient, and Riley is proficient if proficient is defined by "very good at going in reverse, but totally unable to go forward." I heard from a few moms at the yard sale that bicycles are acutally easier for some kids than tricycles because of the position of the pedals, and between that and the fact that Maddie and Riley are OBSESSED wtih bikes, I think I (and by I, I mean their grandparents) would like to get them two-wheelers for their birthday. (We're finally almost to the questions.) Here's what I want to know (and yes, I know a bike shop could tell me all this , but that would not be nearly as Interesting as asking my good readers):
1. I've seen Dora-branded toddler bikes at Target and I know I could get a "real" bike at a bike shop. What are people's opinions on the quality/price break? I don't want to spend a million dollars since they will likely not use these bikes for more than a season or two before needing bigger ones, but I (a) want them to be safe and (b) don't want something that's just going to be a pile of loose screws and missing parts in a week. Brand recommendations? Price points?
2. What about balance bikes like the Skuut? Anyone have experience with those? The concept seems great and they are billed as being good for ages 2–5, so in theory Maddie and Riley could get two years of good use out of them and then be ready for a "real" bike. But are the balance bikes everything they claim to be?
Input appreciated! Make my life Interesting again!
I have been watching Idol this season and have been meaning to do weekly updates as I did last season, but social obligations have kept me from being a super-regular watcher and work obligations and LOIP have kept me from being a super-regular blogger. For what it's worth, though, here are my thoughts on the Top 9:
Megan Joy: I'M SO GLAD YOU GOT VOTED OFF. Your crazy dancing was driving me nuts, and I think you might be insane. Beautiful, but insane.
Danny: I love you, Danny Gokey. That is all.
Adam: You, sir, can sing. That is all.
Lil Rounds: You have not hit your stride. I'm not sure if it's poor song choice or nerves or what, but I really hope you break out of whatever shell it is that's surrounding you and blow us all away one of these weeks soon or I fear we'll be saying goodbye to you.
Kris and Matt: You are both boring to me. That is all.
Allison: Sixteen? Really? Um, wow. I don't think you have the fan base to win, but you are amazing and I hope this experience ramps up your self-confidence, which is the only thing I think you lack.
Anoop: I don't think you're the best singer, but I love me a geeky guy, ergo, I love you. That is all.
Scott: You remind me of That Guy Everyone Knew in College, the one who could sit down at the piano in the dorm lounge and play old Billy Joel with great skill and charm and about whom everyone felt fondly. You're talented, and I think you're one of the smartest contestants Idol has ever seen. But I'm not convinced you're one of the best.
Who are the rest of you loving this season? Hating? Who do you think is going to go all the way?