Archive for February, 2013

Team Tabu Updates: Braces are For Teeth — And Ankles, Apparently

Last Sunday, we all went to Hannibal’s storage to take photos of the toys he wants to sell and throw away old clothes and papers he doesn’t want to keep.

The kids waiting while Hannibal and I unloaded his storage unit

The toys from his storage that we'll sell on Ebay

I homeschooled both girls this past week, because Mooch was off for President’s Week. She learned long division using the Montessori number stamps. I also taught her the grammar symbols as a precursor to sentence diagramming. We had a lot of fun doing art projects, jumping in the trampoline, and not driving for an hour to Santa Monica each day.

Mooch showing off her grammar skills

Tuesday, Mooch got braces on her top teeth. They hurt like hell for three days, but now she’s used to them. She’s worried she won’t book with them, so we started an acting class to work on craft while she’s wearing them. That way her acting won’t be stagnant. Even though she did get a call back with the braces.

Braces on teeth

Wednesday, Mooch decided she probably isn’t going to continue capoeira. She is worried that she is going to break or hurt something without proper gymnastics training. Even with her eye surgery, depth perception is still an issue. She likes the self defense aspect, but she’s willing to pass.

Friday morning, I broke my ankle, so the weekend was a whirlwind of splints, and crutches, and letting people help me with stuff. I’m trying to get used to it, but other people never move quickly enough for me. I always apologize to Hannibal and Mooch for my snapping, but most of the time, I just do things for myself. They understand.

My broken ankle

I went this morning to get my cast put on, and they said since I stayed off of it and it’s not a weight-bearing bone that is broken, I can wear this Darth Vader boot thingy. I had to promise to NEVER TAKE IT OFF UNLESS I’M GOING TO BED FOR FIVE WEEKS. If you see me without it, please curse me out.  My friends have helped a lot by visiting and bringing me comfort food like vegan mac and cheese and collard greens. Yum.

Vegan mac and cheese using a flour and Earth Balance bechamel sauce

Comments off

Tuesdays With Mooch & Fuss: February

Comments off

Team Tabu Updates: The Unexpected

Hannibal enters.

H: What’s everyone laughing about?
Mooch: Myshell is naked on your ladder entering the attic.
H: Myshell, what are you doing.
M: I’m checking it out. I just want to see.
H: Wait, did she just call you Myshell?
M: Yep.
H: What’s that about?
M: It’s my name. She was talking about me — not to me.
H: Still weird.

Myshell shrugs.

This is an average exchange in our house. No one is predictable, but I’m the only one who expects no one to be predictable. The fact that I would climb a ladder naked, or Mooch would call me by my first name, or Fuss would do a somersault in the middle of dinner doesn’t make my balls itch one bit.


I’m very happy with Hannibal right now. January is always rough for us, and this time wasn’t any easier with my returning from a thirty day voyage to Central and South America. Everyone in the house has a birthday around that time, and that is stressful for me. I want everyone to feel special on their day and it’s draining to provide that. It takes about two weeks for me to regain consciousness from January, and Black Love Day is usually the perfect opportunity for that.

We’re still recovering financially from 2010 taxes and the trip, so I knew both Black Love Day and Valentine’s day wouldn’t be chocolate covered strawberries, flowers, and insert other cliche item here. I was fine with that. We aren’t cliche. We never have been. Homeschooling is a choice that requires a lot of sacrifice, because it means the family has to live primarily on one income. It’s so worth it, because the kid is benefiting from it so much, and I do what I can to supplement the finances. Hannibal has been so supportive.

Anyway, I had no idea what we’d be doing, but Hannibal had a plan. It was simple. Actually, when he first presented it, I thought, “That’s unoriginal. Didn’t we cover this in our first season? We’re on season six, episode three. C’mon, dawg!” Of course I didn’t say any of that, because that’s not how we speak to each other. After all, what harm could taking turns listing what we love about each other do, right? So, I agreed to his game. Hell, I hadn’t come up with any options of my own.

To my surprise, it was enlightening. Before it trickled out and we got to stuff like “your eyes” and “your smile,” we covered detailed specific things I don’t believe we’ve told each other before. He said, for instance, that he loves my blog and he’s proud of it. He went on to note that when people ask him how his kids are doing, he loves that he can point them to any one of the blogs and brag about how awesome his wife is with his kids. He’s never shared that with me before, and the fact that he’s a writer made it an even bigger compliment.

Then, he said he loves my cooking. If you follow me on Facebook, you know this had me confused. He’s the pickiest eater. Now I have been know to make a few meals that have him sounding like an animal on the Discovery Channel when he smacks them down, but generally, I can’t tell what he’s thinking. We decided along time ago not to say, “I don’t like this” in front of the youngest kid, because she’ll end up wearing the phrase out. It was good to hear that he’s loving it.

I won’t share what I told him. You’ll have to read his blog for that — if he ever writes another one. 😉

P.S. We got a new turtle!! What? I’m the queen of the non-sequitur.  His name is B.B. Moore Campbell.  Fuss named him. I don’t think she knew he was a he when she came up with that. *shrug*

Comments off

Team Tabu Updates: New Homeschool Room!!

I’m sorry this is a list with pictures. Paragraphs about a room redecoration would be too boring and lengthy. If you have questions, do ask them in the comments section below.

1. I redid my classroom for the new year, and Fuss loves it. It’s my new favorite room in the house. It used to be a storage slash office slash classroom, and now it serves mostly one purpose — or at least it looks like it does.

2. This past Friday, I had an opportunity to have a girls night out. I went to Nola’s restaurant downtown, and had a taste of New Orleans. It was really good. Then I went to Kiss N’ Grind’s Pre-Grammy event. It was a much needed break from mommyhood.

3. Mooch is in a limit testing phase, which is not so fun. It isn’t a period of defiance, but she’s learning what is appropriate and not appropriate when addressing adults. Our home and her school are both places where she’s allowed to speak freely, and I think she’s let that go to her head — first disrespecting Hannibal in front of company Saturday night and then doing the same to me Sunday at my dad’s birthday dinner. These are those fun pre-teen times everyone has been talking about. Joy!

4. I bartered with a client so that Hannibal and I can have a date night to go to the Still Waters “Life is a Saxophone” event on Sunday, February 24th. That’s not exactly Black Love Day, but it’s as close as we can get.

Comments off

Tuesdays With Mooch & Fuss: Teeth

Comments off