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When I came home, Karin climbed all over me and demanded to make muffins. "Muffins?" I said. "We don't need no stinkin' muffins." "Yes, we do," she insisted, OVER AND OVER AND OVER, like 12.5 year olds do, and god help me when she's an actual teenager. She had SMS'd her father and asked if she could make muffins and of course he said yes because he is ON HIS WAY TO CHINA.

I fobbed her off with the first we have to get the laundry in and then I have to get dinner ready and then you have to get dressed for soccer practice and then you have to GO to soccer practice and then we have to go to the grocery store (and muffin mix was NOT on the list, mind you) and then you have to take a shower, and did you do your homework? And then you have to address those thank you cards you wrote, and THEN MAYBE if there is still time before bed, you can make muffins. Maybe.

She asked me if she could make carrot muffins. "Do you SEE a carrot in this house?" I asked. "No, you cannot make carrot muffins."

In the grocery store, she asked me what she needed to make muffins and I threw up my hands and steered her into the baking aisle and the only muffin mix they had was chocolate (GACK! GAG! NO WAAAAAAAAAAAAY" cried my non-chocolate-eating-weirdo daughter. "Stop it," I said. "They have other mixes." And I pointed out the Princess Lillifee Strawberry Muffins. And Karin picked the box up and tossed it in the cart.

"No way," I cried. "Those aren't muffins. They have FROSTING. That makes them cupcakes."

Now she and Martin are burning the house down making muffins. I am refusing to help them because it was HER FATHER WHO SAID OKAY, not me! Actually, I showed them how to preheat the oven. And I made sure we bought eggs. And I told them where the mixer was. But they'd better be done before bedtime, whether those MUFFINS are iced or not. And they'd better have their presentation ready for tomorrow because they can't get around ME with cupcakes.


I stayed up late to finish reading All Clear by Connie Willis last night, which was the second half of her 2-part novel which started with Blackout. It's a time travel story set during the Blitz in London. It was SO GOOD I think I might have to read it again. Her books are so incredibly good they're better than cupcakes. They're smart and funny and unpredictable and thought-provoking and romantic and sad and so so so satisfying.

Psst! Pie Night is scheduled for March 10. You're invited!


Edited to add: the muffins cupcakes were delicious.
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You're a pussycat and Karin knows it.

Shouldn't that be spelled p-u-s-h-o-v-e-r?

Hahaha! I would have refused on the grounds that muffins do not equal cupcakes.

Well, haha, at least they are baking themselves and not demanding that *you* bake, like lots of kids I know over here.

First time for everything! :D

iced muffins are cupcakes.

My daughter was similarly demanding a milk shake last week - via txt all day to me. :)



I love your blog/facebook posts. So fun!


Hee! This one made me laugh, too. Especially after Anders called me upon arrival in China and told me she DIDN'T ask him!


If I were in Sweden, I'd so be there for Pie Night!


What's stopping you from COMING? :)

Num num.
Anders was supposed to say, "Go ask your Mother." Naughty naughty.
Glad the cupcakes were delicious. Where's mine? I'm in line for pie too.

Anders called me after he got to the hotel, and said she DIDN'T ask him! Hrm.

Oh no! Color me glad! Glad that my kidlets are all grown up and out of the nest.

From Megsie

They SHARED with you? After all the nay-saying? You are one lucky lady. I wish I could come to Pie Night. :(

By the way...this post ROCKED! Love having a little laugh before bed, and I would like to have a little cupcake too.

Sending you a GREAT BIG hug. xoxo

Re: From Megsie

Oh, and I forgot to say: I am adding these books to my list. I am l-o-n-g-i-n-g to read. For long blocks of uninterrupted time. I am living in a fantasy, I think.

Re: From Megsie

Connie Willis is a marvel :)

Re: From Megsie

I wish you could come, too! I would send you a cupcake but it would be stale by the time it got there, so to save you from the horror of stale cupcakeness, I will eat it in your honor!


Thanks for the laughs! I bet they would tell that story totally different!:0 Love, Lizardmom

Oh no, they wouldn't! :D

Curse you, Liz, for adding more books to my to-read list! I don't have time for this, but how can I resist WWII time-travel?!

NO ONE can resist WWII time travel! Plus Connie Willis is amazing. ALL her books are great!


Remind me to give you the AWESOME banana muffin recipe. It is the best. everyone who has had them asks for them again again again and finally the recipe :) And yes iced muffins are cupcakes..... but good for her persistence and her brother's help!
Love Seester.

Send it over!

Hurray for "standing firm!" You're one helluva momma-awesome!

Must add those books to my to-read list. Thanks for sharing...BTW, did your book group agree to include "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" on this year's reading list? Hope they did, otherwise, the members are missing a lot. Or so I think.

Edited at 2012-02-03 10:34 pm (UTC)

Sadly, it didn't make the cut by ONE VOTE. I told everyone they had to read it anyway.

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