How are you today?
I am back from a fabulous long weekend in Alexandria, Virginia! I went to my high school and college friend Rachel’s baby shower — and even got to see my mom who was invited!
We had a lovely time. I arrived Thursday night and Rachel and I spent the day together on Friday…at the spa! I got an ego boost as my young masseuse told me I did NOT look like I had children — bless him! — and I got my hair straightened out. The do lasted like two minutes since it rained non-stop the entire time I was in Virginia. By the time I arrived in Oakland Sunday morning it was very wavy, although Eli said, “Mami, I can tell it’s straight!” I love my girl.
On Saturday morning, the day of the baby shower, my mom, Rachel and I met up with our Joanne — and Baby Layla! — for an MT reunion! Joanne is an original MTer and this was my first time meeting her, which was great.
The baby shower itself was well done. It was all women — fabulous women from all parts of Rachel’s life — plus great food, drinks and games. I did win one of the games, in which we had to touch a bag and guess what was in it.
Rachel received the essentials and practical and fun gifts like the puppet wash cloths and this awesome wedding cake of diapers and bath toys:
At the end of the shower, Rachel’s DH Frank came to pick us up as well as load the baby gear in the car. Frank was a gracious host. He drove us everywhere, including my mom and I to and from the airport, and cooked for us two nights in a row. He and Rachel met when they were both in their 30s and married only a year ago. As a girlfriend at the baby shower noted, “Sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs to find your prince.” He is a prince alright.
The second photo is of my mom and Rachel.
And now it’s back to the grind, er, digging my way out of four days worth of e-mails. What’s up with you?
It’s Thursday, and I’m bummed out.
One of my oldest and dearest friends is expecting her first child. Her baby shower is this weekend and I can’t be there because DH will be gone on a long-planned business trip, and she lives out of state. I’ll be stuck at home, being a “mom” and “caring” for my kids. Sheesh. How unfair is that?
In all seriousness, I so wish I could be there but will have to settle for sending a nice gift and planning a visit after baby arrives. Sigh. Funny how motherhood is preventing me from helping to celebrate my friend’s impending motherhood!
What’s on your mind today? Chat away!
The government has shut down, y’all.
I . . . don’t even know what to say about it. I’m speechless. Didn’t think about it all that much in the days leading up because I thought surely the Republicans would see that this is not helping their cause in the eyes of the American people.
Seems I overestimated them.
On the bright side, the health insurance marketplace is now open for business.
What are your thoughts on the shutdown? Predictions?
What else is on your mind? Chat away!
We saw Don Jon last night. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a doll and it was a sweet, funny, thought-provoking movie. Next on our must-see movie list: Gravity. The trailer alone has me on the edge of my seat.
Which movies have you seen lately? Planning to see any in the near future?
What else are you up to this weekend? Chat away!
It’s the weekend, y’all!
What do you think of this tweet from P!nk?
Swim class was SUPER fun today. My daughter screamed bloody murder while some other kids NANNY gave me parenting advice. #sweet
— P!nk (@Pink) September 20, 2013
I felt nothing but sympathy. Unsolicited parenting advice is the WORST. But several commenters over at Jezebel seemed to think it was classist and uppity. Me, I get where she was coming from. P!nk felt a non-parent thought she was such a shitty parent that she needed help from a perfect stranger. Ugh.
What were your worst experiences with unsolicited parenting advice? Have you ever been tempted to offer some of your own?
What are you up to? Chat away!
Here’s another addition to the list of Things I’ve Done For The Sake Of My Kids: clip (and file!) a kitten’s very sharp nails. Yowch.
Kitty was batting at us and drew blood from DH’s finger. Before he got my kids, I decided to act. It was touch and go, but I got through it with no injuries, SUCCESS!
On today’s agenda: brush the cat. I had no idea cats needed brushing. I’m realizing I know next to nothing about pets in general! But hey, once upon a time I knew nothing about babies. Live and learn, amirite?
What are you up to today? Chat away!
So our family has a new addition:
Meet Winter. He was found in the street when he was about 4 weeks old, apparently separated from his litter. We met him and his foster mom at a Petco a couple of weeks ago, during a cat adoption event. We fell in love with his gentle demeanor and snuggly personality.
Still, this was not a decision we made lightly. I used to be highly allergic to cats, but seem to have outgrown the allergies somehow. Now we have to see if my mom has any sort of reaction (she used to be allergic, too).
The only other time we had a pet, we were newlyweds. I had never before owned a pet, and the outcome wasn’t great: we worked full time, the dog was very needy and she ended up destroying stuff while we were away. When we moved back to California and into an apartment that wouldn’t take dogs, our pooch went to live with DH’s mother, where she enjoyed a pampered life for the rest of her days.
It’s 13 years later and I’ve had children, so my level of patience is much higher than it used to be. I’ve never had a cat and it will take some getting used to. But DD is over the moon with her kitty, and quite frankly, it’s nice to have a baby in the house again.
Any tips or helpful hints from fellow cat owners out there? What else is on your mind today? Chat away!
Yesterday was one of THOSE days.
I woke up pissy and it just went downhill from there. Trying hard to lose a few pounds, but the scale not only did not budge… it crept up. My period is behaving strangely… present enough to be inconvenient, but not present enough to announce, “I’m here!” if that makes any sense.
My daughter’s soccer team jerseys weren’t ready on time, then turned out poorly when I made a second trip to pick them up. No time to fix because today is the season opener.
I came home to find DS’s left eye was goopy and pinkish. FRICK. But DD had her heart set on attending her school carnival (did I mention it was 100 degrees out?!) so we stopped by the carnival, played a few games, bought a snow cone and a cupcake and made a beeline to urgent care.
There we found out cheery, hungry DS was running a stealth fever. Doctor diagnosed a sinus infection, which he said had backed up into his tear duct and caused the eye infection. Prescribed gentamicin drops and amoxicillin. So we filled the scripts, came home, dosed him and put him to bed.
Fifteen minutes later… you guessed it. He barfed. Not sure if it was a reaction to the amoxicilin. We will try another dose today and see how he does. But damn. What a way to end the day.
Did I mention it’s REALLY hot out, which adds another layer of suckage to everything?
OK. I’m done whining. Whew! I feel better. Here’s to a new day!
Do you have any whining to do? How about some boasting? Share what’s on your mind today, and chat away!