Friday, January 30, 2009

A dozen

I've always liked that word -- a dozen. An elegant way to describe an non-round number of things. Not that twelve is a bad word; not so many yw words around, so you have to appreciate that, too, and then there is base twelve, and the fact that your four fingers are each divided into three parts making for an easy dozen on your hand, and finally, let's not forget the baker's dozen, which for some odd reason is really 13. And, dozen is from French, which always sounds a little romantic to me. Anyway...

We're just home from our 4-month well baby check up and I'm pleased to report that our girl is 12 lbs, 2 oz and 23.5" long. We're still hanging around the 25% percentile on the growth chart (meaning that while 25% of kids are smaller than Suzy, 75% of them are bigger). Large muscle and basic motor things are coming along and she's got a variety of things to say, mostly in vowel sounds.

Come to think of it, vowel is an odd word, isn't it? But, I digress.

PS -- I really like digress. It's almost as good as erstwhile.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Interrogation techniques

Scene: Saturday, my mom's house. Pete and I are babysitting Gerise's kids and our own.

Pete: Harry, did you push Ernie down the steps?
Harry: No.

...a few minutes pass....

Cindy: Harry, how did Ernie fall down the steps?
Harry: I pushed him.

several hours pass.

Cindy relays story to Birger.

Birger: See, you don't need waterboarding!

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Happily, I don't mean snow.

I mean, today is the official day the girl, also known as Suzypants or Q, has gotten herself out of 0-3 month clothes. I bought a new kitchen scale so I could do volumetrics rather than inaccurate cups while baking and it goes up to 11 lbs. I think I'm going to try and doctor up a way to get her hinder on it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


After Harry was born, I asked Pete if he could believe that me + him = harry. I'm having trouble doing the math again.


Pete: Harry, I'm not wrong all the time.
Harry: But I am ALWAYS right.

This doesn't bode well for the future, does it?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The big questions

It's been a busy week here. Although, you wouldn't think so with the -45 windchills and -10 degree regular air temperature. Disgusting. Meanwhile, Lego has relocated their coast guard headquarters to our bathroom. All except the helicopter, which seems to be in a continual rescue pattern near the piano.

We've also acquired a Nintendo DS and Harry is enjoying Lego Batman and Lego Indiana Jones. Pete has some awful shoot 'em up games, and I'm playing Brain Age (which I forget to do every day, go figure) and Mario. The graphics are amazing!

But, the big question is: do the tights go over the onesie or does the onesie go over the tights?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Guess where we went?

General fun was had by all. Harry is getting quite good with his kicks and scoops, and likes to swim under things (like my arms, or his sister). It's a good way to burn up the night without anyone getting yelled at in our living room.

PS - who knew tiny swimsuits could be so cute!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

It's finished

It took a long time, and isn't going to come apart again.

And yes, that is Lego Indiana Jones going for a ride.

Suzy laughed

Out loud.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

25 things

My new friend Faith tagged me on Facebook(ha! i typo'd Racebook - maybe we should start that) with the 25 things memo. Simply, you write 25 things about yourself and then tag a bunch of your friends and they do the same thing. I guess it's sort of the modern day version of a slam book.

1. I took piano lessons from the second grade until my junior year of college. I said this in a previous post, but want to repeat it here, since Faith and I met with the piano playing: "I don't play by ear, and I'm ok with that. I just can't hear the next chord or the next interval. But, I can sight-read the pants off you. Really. Try me sometime." Come to think of it, the piano playing is how Joanne and I found each other, which of course, is how Pete and I found each other. I guess those years of lessons paid off more than we thought.

2. I have big hands and long feet. My ring size for my ring finger is a 10, and my shoe size is a 12. The same as Pete's. (And Birger's. Both of whom have put on my shoes. Ha!)

3. I really like my job. I like the sales people - well, most of them. I feel like I'm making a difference, even though I'm at a big Fortune 500 company. I do plenty of whining and complaining, but I really like my job.

4. Right after Harry was born, Mom said to me, 'calm parents have calm children'. I try really hard to be calm. I know it doesn't always work, but most of the time I'm thinking 'I am calm, confident and collected.' I know, but I try.

5. I own 7 copies of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. I usually look for the title at used bookstores and if the book appeals to me I buy it. I'm sure some of you would argue that I've never had trouble 'sounding my barbaric yawp', but I think it's important to have the reminder around. Let me know if you need to borrow a copy.

6. I took many many many years of German and remember very few verbs. It makes for difficult conversations. I wish I remembered more and had more time to work on it, since my German word of the day email subscription doesn't seem to be doing the job. Kartoffelsalad to you too.

7. I've never been Daisy's alpha dog. My mom named her and was her first alpha dog. And then Pete took over. Granny fed her toast and jam in the puppy years. It was a good time to get a puppy - I lived at home and was going to graduate school, Granny was there with Daisy all day. They were pals. When I look at Daisy now, I think of Granny. Especially now that Daisy is 12 and slowing down.

8. I love musicals. I like to watch them. I like to listen to the songs (and sing along) in the car. I like to play the songs on the piano.

9. My favorite color is yellow. Bright sunshiney yellow, soft butter yellow, Ferrari yellow, etc. It's just bright and happy. And I buy Pete yellow shirts. And Harry. And my parents house is yellow.

10. I'm sick of writing this list.

11. I wish Skip hadn't moved to Florida. We liked him around. He was helpful in the kitchen. And made snarky comments.

12. This year instead of new year's resolutions, Pete and I shared 1 tiny thing that the other could do to make us happier in the new year. I like this idea. And it's working. (I know it's only the 6th).

13. Suzy can't handle cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, ice cream, yogurt, tomato sauce, peppers, cabbage, cauliflower or broccoli. It's kind of a pain since I like those things.

14. I'm sick of writing this list.

15. I'm sick of writing this list.

16. If I had been a boy, they would have named me Matthew.

17. I'm sick of writing this list.

18. My high school locker number was 2169 and the combination was 36-14-36. Jenny's combination was 0-10-20.

19. I'm sick of writing this list.

20. While I love Mr. Darcy, I mean, really love Mr. Darcy, I'd probably pick Stripes and Caddyshack over Pride and Prejudice.

21. I worry that Harry and Suzy are too far apart in age to be good friends like Dan and I were.

22. I'm sick of writing this list.

23. May 15, 2009 will be our 10 year anniversary. There are days that it feels like a million years and there are days that it feels like a second.

24. I'm sick of writing this list.

25. I'm done now.

A little late to the game

I know, you're going to say, 'I can't believe you waited this long' or 'what on earth have you been doing over there?' or 'are you really that much of a corporate schmoe?'

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