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  • Thursday, June 30, 2005

    A Gallery of Pictures Today...


    My niece, Blondie, before she left for her job interview...(notice that her resume is in her left hand) Yippee!Posted by Hello

    Java and Linus enjoying a short morning nap... Posted by Hello

    The Princess, getting her beauty sleep in Blondie's bed...after Blondie woke up, of course. My nieces really miss each other.Posted by Hello

    My serious baby...Don't mess with him! Posted by Hello

    Jack and The Princess enjoying each other... Posted by Hello

    Jack in his Rockatot this morning, looking handsome, as usual! Posted by Hello

    Wednesday, June 29, 2005

    The Resume That Sings...

    Today, I have my work cut out for me.

    I have to write my niece's resume and make it look great, which is not as easy as it looks. My Mom is the Master Resume Writer; not me. I'm an English teacher, but that doesn't mean I like writing resumes. Does that make any sense? No one can match Mom's expertise, but I'll try my best because my niece needs it for a job interview tomorrow morning.

    Last night, I had my niece, Blondie, feed the baby while I asked questions and wrote down information that I could put on her resume. It was fun watching her feed my little guy because it was the first time she'd ever fed a baby. The Rice/Oat Cereal Experience is something I wish I'd captured on my camera!

    Hopefully, my little one will allow me to work on Blondie's resume so I can have it ready for her when she comes home. At least, I won't have to do it again. Once it's done, it's done; and she can send it out to places.

    Hey, Chicago veterinarians, if you're looking for a hardworking, almost 22, vet technician/receptionist, you've come to the right place. She's got a great head on her shoulders; she's a quick learner; and she's a steadfast animal lover. Won't you please hire her so she doesn't have to travel 40 miles a day, each way, to go to work?

    Next on the agenda for the day is my other niece, The Princess, and her friend, Frenchy. They're spending the night at my house because all three girls are going to the Cubs game tomorrow, after Blondie's job interview. It should be a very interesting night. I've never had three girls sleep over here. Hubby's going to go berserk with all the estrogen in this house tonight! At least, Jack will have lots of company and I'll get some relief (I hope!), not that I need it bad or anything. It's just nice to have once in a while.

    Wish me luck on Blondie's resume. I don't think it'll be a problem at all for me to write. I just don't like the pressure it brings with it. This one document can make or break her chances at getting a job close to home, which she desperately needs. And I'm the one who offered to make her resume "sing." I must be nuts. She must have a lot of faith in me!

    Tuesday, June 28, 2005

    Roll Over, Beethoven...


    Here... Posted by Hello

    ...we... Posted by Hello

    ...go... Posted by Hello

    WOOOOOO HOOOOOO! Posted by Hello

    He moves so quickly, it's hard to get the pictures just right. Nevertheless, he IS rolling over now and I get to be the Proud Mama! Hooray for Jack!

    Monday, June 27, 2005

    Don't Make Me Do It...


    I just KNOW my Mother will frame this one... Posted by Hello

    Sunday, June 26, 2005

    Haven't We Had Enough?

    I'm so sick of Tom Cruise popping up everywhere I look. Why I'm even wasting my time blogging about my annoyances with him, I don't even know. I just need to vent, so watch out. Some of this is not suitable for young readers.

    Many of you know that I'm a Drudge Report Whore. In today's Drudge Report, Tom Cruise is in, yet another, article (about his Matt Lauer interview) defending his borderline/bipolar antics. If you ask me, I think he's having a mid-life crisis in the worst way. His May-December romance with Katie "Herpes on the Face" Holmes is just one indication of that. His Oprah incident, jumping up and down on the couch because he's "in love" fiasco is another sign. And then there's the Matt Lauer interview picture. His body language looks likes he wants to pounce on Lauer; scary and threatening. And, of course, there's the "water assault on him;" if he'd responded in any other way other than,"You're a jerk," to the guy, I would've been able to see him as, at least, partially human. Instead, he has taken on a brainwashed-Scientologist-cultlike-robotic-persona for me.Don't even get me started on his minimization of Brooke Shields' postpartum depression. The man is clearly a few fries short of a Happy Meal right now.

    Doesn't he have a clue that Hollywood marriages don't last? Mimi Rogers. Nicole Kidman. Now an engagement to Katie Holmes; he's old enough to have fathered her (albeit at as a teen himself). Does anyone REALLY believe that it will work out for them? Like many other Hollywood affairs, it seems like it's just a publicity stunt and they think they're fooling the public. A timely breakup has most likely already been "cleverly crafted" by their "people."

    I think his midlife crisis may have something to do with his low sperm count. Perhaps it's affecting his brain now, too. Why can't he just get some plastic surgery and become addicted to Oxycontin, like all the other celebs? At least, I'd be comforted by the fact that he would eventually fall into a drug-induced oblivion, out of the limelight, living his last days in a Palm Springs hotel, sucking dick for coke (or Scientology vitamins). At least my eyes wouldn't continue to be molested by the sight of his pretentious behavior and attitude.

    Mr. Risky Business needs to go away, or overdose on those Scientology vitamins he recommends. Tell me, Tom...what exactly is IN those vitamins you're taking? Your "Days of Thunder" are numbered now. You have officially started your descent into Danny Bonaduce Land.

    Note to Self: Breathe in, breathe out...Serenity now...

    Okay, I'm done now. Thanks for reading my rant.

    Saturday, June 25, 2005

    The Course of Change...

    I have several things to blog about today. I'm blogging one-handed again because the baby needs his nap and I want to get these thoughts out right away before he wakes up. It's easier and faster to do it if I put him down, but I've become a pro at doing everything with one hand now. So, here goes.

    My niece, Blondie, is moving in with us for a while. She's almost 22 and is great with the baby, who adores her. She's in a bad situation with her current roommate and we've decided to help her out. She's moving into our basement, which is a very cool and kickass place to live, if you ask me. She's bringing everything she owns (which isn't a lot) and her puppy, Linus, a Corgi. He gets along very well with my mammoth Chocolate Lab, Java. I'm hoping that she can find living in The City to be as rewarding as I think it is. She's always wanted to live in The City, so I feel good about helping her get on her feet to do it the right way. It's not a cheap place to live in and it's much busier than where she's coming from, so I hope she makes the adjustment well. We've worked out some guidelines for our living arrangements, so I'm hopeful that it all works out for all of us. I'm really glad that I can be here for her like this. I know My Sister (who is in Kansas and is very appreciative that we'll be looking out for her oldest) is relieved that she's safe and sound. We all have her safety and happiness as a common concern. I would hope My Sister would do the same for my kids, if they needed her help. That's what family is for and we all stick together tightly. I originally thought she'd be upset with me because Blondie didn't want to go back to Kansas, but she reassured me that Blondie is an adult and can make her own decisions. And she didn't seem angry about her choice to live in The City at all or my willingness to help her. I definitely didn't want to cause any rifts and there don't seem to be any, either. I will accept any and all advice My Sister can give me that makes this transition and adjustment run smoothly. No one knows her daughter better than she does.

    One of my blogging buddies is going to do a tarot reading and a rune cast for me. I'm slightly apprehensive about it because a part of me believes in some of it. I also teetered with the question I want answered because I wasn't sure if I was prepared mentally for the outcome. I know that many people think this stuff is foolish, but a part of me really wants to see if it is valid in any aspect. It's my first time, so be gentle about the criticism. I just want to try it out. Plus, she knows what she's doing and I trust her reading. It just makes me slightly nervous. That's all.

    Baby Jack is really throwing me for a loop lately. This past Tuesday, as some of you know, he flung himself out of his Rockatot onto his head on the kitchen floor. The doctor checked him out and he's absolutely fine. Now, he's more active than he's ever been. Every time I put him on his belly, he rolls over onto his back. Every single time! He's developed an insatiable appetite, so I'm trying out oat cereal now, graduating him from rice cereal, even though he'll still eat that because we'll rotate them to keep his taste buds aroused. He has also decided (by way of screaming and crying and pushing away at the breast), much to my chagrin, that he doesn't want to nurse during the daytime anymore. He only wants to do it in the middle of the night, what feels like twenty times in the course of just a few hours. I never thought he'd wean himself this soon. It seems to me that he's doing it more for comfort now and less for a full belly. And I think it has to do with the introduction of solids into his diet. I wish he'd nurse more often, but he just doesn't seem to want to work for his food anymore and it makes me a little sad. I'm going to be losing my big boobs soon and not by choice. **Sigh** He'll have oat cereal for the next week, followed by barley the next week, and wheat the week after that. Then we can graduate him to the Green and Orange Vegetable Land. Why do they have to grow up so fast?

    That's it, for now. As always, thanks for reading me! I hope you all have a great weekend and that you stay out of the scorching rays of the sun. I think that Great Big Ball of Fire in the Sky is going to give us a long, hot summer and it looks like I'll never be able to shut off my AC!

    Friday, June 24, 2005

    Some of My Favorite Vacation Pictures...


    Hubby and Baby Jack napping... Posted by Hello

    Home away from home... Posted by Hello

    My angel... Posted by Hello

    Hubby and Baby Jack (who got absolutely no sunburn whatsoever; can you tell?)... Posted by Hello

    I love that face! Posted by Hello

    He loves to grab my mouth now... Posted by Hello

    I love my son... Posted by Hello

    Hubby and The Son... Posted by Hello

    Me, my dog, and my baby... Posted by Hello

    Java hiding in the grasses near the shore... Posted by Hello

    A happy bath moment... Posted by Hello

    Thursday, June 23, 2005

    Cigar Plus Gasoline Equals...?


    Do NOT... Posted by Hello

    ...do... Posted by Hello

    ...THIS... Posted by Hello