Showing posts from June, 2008

Show & Tell #4

This was my bumper sticker collection on the back of my car. I took the picture because someone rear ended me and ruined it (they said they were looking at the bumper stickers--so, in a way, I guess it was my fault).

I don't usually have this need to display my personality, but for some reason, I had done so with these stickers.

Hmmm...let's can see my overwhelming opinion of Bush. And my liberal leanings are pretty apparent. The reason I had these stickers was because of how awful I felt after the 2000 election.

I also have two Buffy The Vampire Slayer related stickers. The obvious "Vampire Slayers Against Bush" (which we got a lot of great comments on). The other one is the "Stranger Things" sticker. That is from an online community that I was a part of for a while. They were more based on Angel (the spinoff of BTVS). I do occasionally check in on this site, but since the shows are done, it is not as active community. I remember good times…

Show & Tell #3

This is my grandmother. This Sunday (June 22nd), she would have been 88 years old.

She died on July 5th three years ago.

She was more than a grandmother to me. She was my best friend, teacher, confidant, mother, cheerleader, pen pal.

Growing up, I lived only a few blocks away from her. My best memories are of riding my bike over to her house. A tradition started with my tricycle and my parents watching me go down the block while my Grammie would be down at the bottom of the hill around the block waiting for me. A tradition that I kept with my ten speed, sneaking off to visit her on her day off while I was a teenager and needed to get away from my parents.

Both my brother and I would frequently spend the weekends over at her house. It was a wonderful treat. The weekends I spent over at her house were fun and relaxing. When I was little, I could stay up late, while she watched The Love Boat and The Tonight Show (, don't tell your parents I let you stay up this late!). Sh…

Willow The Parrot and other Musings

So, lately Willow has decided the best place in the world is on my shoulder. Not in a swing, or sling, or bouncer. My shoulder. And if mommy would also sway back and forth near the kitchen window for like, oh, hours on end. Boy, she gives off a lot of heat!!

Meanwhile, Michael is one half day away from finishing third grade...making me feel even older than the lack of sleep does.

Speaking of sleep, she is generally sleeping through the night. Although that will be put to the test when I return to work. Basically, we have two kinds of nights: (1) She goes to bed between 10 - 12 midnight and sleeps for 5 or so hours; or (2) She fusses while we try to get her down between 10 - 12 midnight and sleeps for 2-3 hours; Michael comes into our room and wants to snuggle in our bed, husband takes him back to his room while I feed Willow, and sometime during the night we have all mammals in our bed--Michael, the cat, husband, me and either Willow in her bassinet (or if its like 5 a.m. or la…

Show & Tell #2

Father's Day Edition

My husband and I met during a movie night of the Star Trek club in college. He is a certified geek--he even won a Geek Pride contest (yes, if you google "fetal geek" you will neet my son). My husband is the ultimate geek father. He has made sure his son is efficient in the ways of Star Wars and Star Trek. Computer games are a premium source of father/son bonding--the serial adventures of Sam & Max are greatly anticipated.

He has no problems dressing up for his son's amusement, playing Star Wars or Spongebob or a mixture of the two--with toys and voices. He is the one who makes up games that include MSTing Curious George and making up stories with twist endings that each person has to finish. He is the one who will dip his head into the bobbing for apples, so his beard and long hair get wet--so he can shake like a dog for the merriment of the kids at the halloween party.

And now he is the one helping to change diapers and calm a newborn--ag…

Check-Ups All Around

Michael had his yearly check up last week:

56 pounds; 4 feet 3 inches (a foot shorter than me)

In contrast:

Willow had her check up today (she will be 7 weeks old tomorrow):

10 pounds, 3 ounces; 21 3/4 inches (that's about an ounce a day)

(Next check up--she gets SHOTS!)

I had my 6 week check up--I am clear to do anything I could do pre-pregnancy. Gotta lose those 20 lbs....but otherwise, healthy and totally recovered.

Pictures, pictures, pictures....

Show & Tell #1

These are my water shoes. I love the beach and water. I love walking and getting water and sand in my shoes and then running into the water and feeling the cold wetness rush through my toes. Moving to New England, I have found one of my favorite places--Cape Cod. We go there every year and every year I am amazed at the beauty and serenity.

It's kinda funny, cuz I can't swim that well. And my husband doesn't like the water. And I don't like to just "sit around" and be a beach bum (i.e. I am not one for going and sitting there all day with a book or trying to tan). I like to walk along the beach or swim. Or, play with my son--burying him in sand; or making a castle that will be destroyed when the tide comes in. I like finding little creatures and looking at the water. I like exploring.

My favorite type of beach is one that doesn't have that many people on it. No people playing with frisbees, no people lying in the sun on their blankets, coolers e…

Rough Day

Willow has been such a wonderful baby that I sometimes am not prepared for the bad days. This was one of them. It really started last night--she was fussy/gassy for about 2 hours last evening. Her fussy period (which I guess is fairly normal) is around 4-6 p.m.; which is, of course, one of the worst times. I am generally trying to help my son with homework, getting dinner ready, etc. and my husband doesn't usually get home until after 7 p.m.

So, I dealt with last evening fairly well and last night was a routine night (feedings in the middle of the night, actually, she skipped the 1 a.m. one---Yeah!)

Then, this morning at 9:30 a.m. (right after my husband left for work)--it started. The inconsolable crying jags. I had put her in her new swing so I could take a shower. She seemed fine. I came down to crying, figured it would be the normal situation. I would pick her up and she would be fine--WRONG. She would not stop crying. And would not stop crying. And would not stop…


Just for fun...

A - Attached or Single: Attached
B - Best Friend(s): Ana, John; husband; son
C - Cake or Pie: Pumpkin Pie (or chocolate cake)
D - Day of Choice: Saturday
E - Essential Item: Glasses
F - Favorite Color(s): Blue
G - Gummy Bears or Worms: Gummy Worms
H - Hometown: Kalamazoo
I - Indulgence(s): Chocolate, Crab Ragoons, Sushi, Pizza.
J - January or July: July.
K - Kids: Michael, 9; Willow, 5 weeks.
L - Life is incomplete without: Humor
M - Marriage Date: April 3, 1993
N - Number of Siblings: 1 younger brother
O - Oranges or Apples: Apples, specifically Macintosh
P- Phobias or Fears: Being alone.
Q - Quote: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! - Monty Python
R- Ring size: 9
S - Season: Fall.
T- Tag 3 Friends: Think most people have done this, if you wanna, please do!
U - Unknown fact about me: Prefer to keep it that way.
V - Very favorite stores: Amazon; Borders; Target.
W - Worst Habit: Obsessing; controlling.
X-ray or Ultrasound: Ultrasound.
Y - Your Favorite Food(s): See above.
Z - Zodiac: Capr…