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  • Tuesday, May 31, 2005

    A Book I Recommend...

    A few weeks ago, my Mom gave me a book to read. I didn't delve into it until a few days ago. I read it so fast and loved every page! I have learned that I can still read books, even with a new baby in the house. All I have to do is read when he's taking a nap. Believe me, I pray for his naps daily, just so I can lose myself for a little while in a good book.

    Well, I enjoyed this book so much, I've got to recommend it to others to read. The book is called My Sister's Keeper, written by Jodi Picoult. You must read it. It's a quick read because it's so intense. Once you pick it up, it'll be very hard to put it down. It took me four days, only reading it during Jack's naps. It's 423 pages long and it's the best book I've read in a long time.

    I won't give away anything else about the book other than the fact that it's about a girl who's suing her parents for medical emancipation. She wants the rights to her own body. It's an excellent book and I'm really glad my Mom recommended it to me. If you read it, you won't be disappointed.

    It's just that damn good. It's good enough for me to recommend to others who read this blog. You must get it.

    Monday, May 30, 2005

    Experimenting With Solids...

    Today, we went to Toys 'R Us near our house because they were having a big sale. They're closing that location so we figured we could get a deal on a bunch of stuff we need. We bought Diaper Genie refills, window shades for my car, and many other things. Most important, however, we bought our first box of rice cereal for Jack.

    We decided to experiment and see if he'd even be receptive to it. And let me tell you, was he ever. He opened his mouth every time he saw the spoon coming. It was so much fun to watch him try his first solid food. At the same time, it was a little heartbreaking to see that he's growing up so fast, right before my eyes, quicker than lightning strikes. I only wanted to see if he'd even be ready for it. I didn't expect my Mama heart to feel heavy about it.

    He loved it; he didn't push it out of his mouth; he leaned toward it. And he was very excited, too. I watched my son make another milestone and it makes me feel excited and sad at the same time. I want him to stay little forever and ever. While it's only the beginning of his adventures with food, I know there's much more to come. The first time is always the hardest, I guess. I can't wait until he poops!

    We went to my in-laws' house for a barbecue with all of Hubby's family, minus his oldest brother. It was a very good time...LOUD...but good. Jack was exhausted from all the handling, all the noise, and all the activity. But they finally got to see him. I wish Hubby's oldest brother had been there. He likes babies and I have a feeling they like him, too.

    All in all, it was a pretty good day. I'm beat. Hubby's beat. The baby's beat and napping as I write this. I'll have to wake him up, I'm sure, for his evening feeding before his regular bedtime. It was a very nice, but exhausting, outing for all of us. Right now, I'm going to put up my feet, try to read more of my book, and relax until I'm on Baby Duty.

    Until tomorrow, fellow bloggers....I hope you had a good holiday weekend!

    Sunday, May 29, 2005

    In Search Of...

    Hubby and I had a very interesting, as well as challenging, conversation last night. We were trying to figure out the all-time greatest nonhuman, unanimated, fictional characters found in movies (not from books or TV shows first) only.

    How we got on that discussion, I don't know. It certainly stimulated our brains into working hard to contrive this list. I challenge you, now, to add any characters you feel should be recognized. It's not as easy as you think it is.

    THE LIST:
    1. Darth Vader
    2. The Terminator
    3. E.T.
    4. Creature From the Black Lagoon
    5. Freddy Krueger (although this one was once human, he came back as a spirit; I have my misgivings about including him on this list)---Jason Voorhees and Michael Meyers would be included in the "Not Sure" category, as well
    6. Pinhead
    7. Chucky

    *I thought about Christine, the car, but it was from a book first, not originally created for a movie. I mentioned Forrest Gump, but he came from a book first and he's human, as well. I thought of Norman Bates, but he's human and can't count. And Cujo came from a book. Mr. Spock came from television. There are many more, too, that can't qualify because of being human or from a book or TV show.

    Remember, the character must have been created specifically for a movie, not based upon a character from a book or TV show. It can't be human. It can't be a cartoon. It can't be real. It must have been entirely formulated from someone's imagination and solely found in motion pictures first.

    Anyone want to add to the list? I challenge you.

    Saturday, May 28, 2005

    I Know I'm Suffocating You With Pictures, But...


    Baby gut, view from the top and... Posted by Hello

    Baby gut from the side! Posted by Hello

    Java is sticking her head out of the fence...a big no-no. Posted by Hello

    Does anyone know what kind of flower this is growing out of my lava rock? Posted by Hello

    Jack and his Papa... Posted by Hello

    This almost looks like Jack took this picture of himself. Posted by Hello

    Check out those long eyelashes! Posted by Hello

    Friday, May 27, 2005

    I Just Wanted Some Salmon...

    I always look forward to Hubby's days off. I feel like they, in a sense, are my days off, too. While a Mother doesn't get to truly have any days off, I look at these two days of the week to be much needed respite for myself, even if they only mean there's an extra pair of hands to help with the baby. Yesterday, to enjoy myself, I had an overwhelming urge to grill salmon. I realize that this may sound silly, but I just wanted to relax over a nice piece of fish.

    After Hubby played eighteen holes of golf, I felt like salmon would be a nice reward for myself as it had been a while since I'd made it. Hubby doesn't eat fish, so I knew it was only for myself that I'd be doing it. And it felt good to do something just for me.

    Hubby had left at eight in the morning and didn't get home until half past two. I'd been salivating about my fresh catch of the day since I'd woken up, like a dog eyeballing a raw piece of meat after going days without food. Once he came home, I told him of my craving. I was dying for a grilled piece of salmon, with some rice, and a nice homemade yogurt sauce. I love salmon and any time I can have it is a good time.

    Off to the grocery store for salmon I went, with its pink hue and flaky texture on my brain the whole ride there. Nothing would stop me from enjoying this; not the slow-as-molasses traffic, not the maniac drivers cutting me off to get to the next red light, not the dumptruck full of tree trunks in front of me, not anything at all. I went straight to the seafood section and picked out a fillet that was slightly more than three-quarters of a pound. It was going to be all mine, just me and this piece of fish I'd been fantasizing about all day. I bought a couple of lemons and some plain yogurt and I was good to go.

    The ride home seemed to take forever, the longest ten minutes of my life. I felt drawn to just eat the damned thing raw, but I knew better. Once I arrived home, I fired up the grill and commenced to making my rice in the kitchen. I felt like I needed something more than just plain rice, so I jazzed it up. I put some fresh lemon and some homegrown dill in it. I didn't make a veggie, but I had made a salad instead. After I'd put everything together, I set my place at the table. The baby was napping in the swing outside and Hubby was on the laptop next to him. I knew I'd have some much-needed alone time with my salmon, knowing that the baby was in good hands. Call me crazy, but I just wanted to savor every bite without hearing the cries of a three-month-old and Hubby complaining that it smells like fish. No, no, no...this was my stolen moment of peace, the only one I'd get until Hubby's next day off, the only thing I'd wanted since I'd woken up that morning.

    My salad was staying chilled in the fridge, the vinaigrette dressing was on the table by my plate, the rice was cooked and ready to devour. I went to check on my manna on the grill and discovered that it was off. The gas had run out! I ran into the house, turned on the oven, and opened a beer up for myself. I was pissed that I didn't even think to check if we had enough gas. I felt so deflated, like a torn hot air balloon plummeting from the sky into the side of a rocky cliff.

    Needless to say, I wound up baking my partially grilled salmon inside the house, making it smell like fish (which I don't like to do). Halfway through my meal, the baby got up from his nap and was hungry. I was still trying to finish my dinner, so Hubby had to feed him, with his own stomach growling from his own hunger. I shoveled the remainder of my "relaxing meal" down my gullet and proceeded to relieve Hubby so he could get something to eat. His dinner was, no surprise here, fast food from the local Mexican place.

    What I thought would be a relaxing, uneventful, much-dreamed-about treat for myself turned out to be a lesson for me: ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH GAS BEFORE YOU START GRILLING. DUH.

    Thursday, May 26, 2005

    Yes, More Pictures...


    Jack with me on the bench swing in the backyard. I love every single minute of our alone time. He won't be this little for long, so I have to savor each moment. Posted by Hello

    I love this particular picture! He looks so peaceful. Posted by Hello

    Sitting up in his Boppy... Posted by Hello

    Sleeping like a baby... Posted by Hello

    Sitting up in the bench swing in our yard today... Posted by Hello

    An angel asleep at last... Posted by Hello

    I made these hands. Posted by Hello

    Wednesday, May 25, 2005

    I'm Yoda...

    You scored as yoda. You are Yoda. You're a very wise and practical green midget thingy. People underestimate you but that's okay, you can still kick their asses!

    yoda

    88%

    darth vader

    75%

    leia

    63%

    the emperor

    54%

    han

    54%

    luke

    46%

    Which Star Wars Character Are You?
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    Hiking in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, 2001


    This picture always looked like a face to me. It's one of my favorites. Posted by Hello

    Amid all the beauty around it, the lone garbage can with its graffiti becomes the token eyesore. This picture is ironic and very L.A.  Posted by Hello

    Tuesday, May 24, 2005

    Conservation...


    My father-in-law's idea of conservation...this sign hangs above the toilet in their Northern Wisconsin house that we vacation at each year. I can't wait to go! (To the bathroom or to the house...) By the way, I always flush. Posted by Hello

    Monday, May 23, 2005

    Many, Many Pictures Today...Enjoy!


    My happy son and me on a beautiful spring day... Posted by Hello

    "What do you mean I can't jump off the stairs through these railings?" Posted by Hello

    My beautiful baby Jack. Tomorrow he will be fifteen weeks old! Posted by Hello

    Java looking very pretty here. Posted by Hello

    Java posing... Posted by Hello

    "If you put me on my tummy one more time, I'm going to be very, very may-ad." Posted by Hello

    Mornings at my house...Java and Jack take their naps outside while I take pictures of them! Posted by Hello

    A sleeping smile...I love those! Posted by Hello