Monday, March 31, 2008

Need a Hug?

Hugs


Even on the exhausting, rip your hair out days - these two make me feel like I am the luckiest woman/person on all the world.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Smug, Party of One

In a conversation yesterday at the party we went to, Daniel mistakenly quoted our wedding anniversary as June 5th, 2005. He corrected himself when I gave him "the eyebrow look" (and smiled). To make up for the lapse, he quickly rattled off my birthday to show how on top of his important dates he was. I jokingly* stopped him before he could reveal my year of birth (1976) in front of our new friend.

Easter 2008

The new friend (a girl who just moved out here a few months ago with her husband - Zoe loved her) was quick to tell me I couldn't be older than she was. I laughed a little at this. Without really meaning to, it was like we were competing for who was the oldest.

"Oh, I don't know! How old are you?"

"29."

"I'm 31."

"Wow!"

I'm not going to lie, this part of our conversation was one of the highlights of my weekend - especially since I'm sporting quite a few white and gray hairs at the moment. I pushed my next hair** appointment back a bit so I can be stylin' when we go to San Antonio for Fiesta in mid-April.

* I'm actually not in the least bit ashamed of my age. This has taken a bit, but I'm sort of happy with where I'm at now and I'm looking forward to aging gracefully.

I like her "What the Heck" look

**I'm seriously considering taking the plunge and finally going red, thoughts on this?

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Saturday Night

Daniel, Zoe and I just got home from a party one of his co-workers from Nigeria had at his home. It was a particularly special occasion because it was his birthday, he was showing everyone his new home and he announced his engagement to a woman currently living in Nigeria who will join him here in the States after they are married.

I think one of my favorite things about Daniel's job is the opportunities it's given us to meet so many interesting people from different countries and gaining exposure to their cultures. Sometimes people joke that I must be tired of hearing about his work (which I never talk about on my blog because I hear that's a bad idea) but the truth is, I'm very interested in it and have enjoyed all the people I've met through his job. It's been particularly cool in the past year because many of his coworkers became new parents like us in the last year or so.

Anyway, my entire little family had a lovely time tonight at the party - especially Zoe, who had all the women and most of the men at the party going ga-ga over her. She was held by multiple women who fed her bottles, rubbed her tummy and entertained her while I sat nearby watching, but pretty much doing nothing. She did not even flinch when people would reach for her to hold and we willingly let them take her because it's important to us that she be social. We make sure to stay within eye contact, but like to give her space so she can explore and meet new people.

Zoe is actually quite the social butterfly and I've noticed that since having her I've become more interactive with people than before. Having a daughter has opened us up to complete strangers coming up to us, complimenting her and giving us advice. And it's true that children create a universal bond that we now share with parents everywhere. When there is a lag in conversation we can talk about "how fast they grow" or "how much they sleep" and it's like we've been friends forever, like we understand what each of us goes through as new parents. I think being a parent is like a culture too.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Confessions

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” - Abraham Lincoln

I've been a bad Weight Watcher-er. Really bad. As in "off the wagon" bad. I'm feeling all sorts of guilty and fake having written a post about how seriously I was going to take all of this only to ignore entirely the point counting and eating well. Well, maybe not *entirely* but I did have a chili burger last night and portion control has been non existent lately. I can't remember the last time I filled in that tracker. I got smug with my first hint of weight loss and energy gain. So of course, there are consequences. I've gained some weight back. I'm feeling gross and insecure. I'm feeling like a failure. But where there is failure, there is the opportunity to improve.

So - I'm going to start over as of today.

This is a set back, not defeat.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Gimmie

Grabbie Mc Grabbersons


It's been one of those days. Not in a horrible way or anything, but in the "I need to just post a photo of the monkey and spend the rest of my time relaxing". I'm sure you know what that's like.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Truthiness:

Inspired by my fellow bloggers, I decided to join in the fun with the Self-Portrait Truthiness Group started by Sweetney. I was kind of apprehensive about the whole thing because who wants to see me first thing in the morning besides my husband and Zoe? But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to give it a go. You see, I lasted like, ten days with the 365 portrait thing. I just couldn't get enthused about taking a pic of myself every darn day and I felt this need to try to look good and impress, and well... it just wasn't me. I found myself being very self conscious and just dreading trying to do it. Plus, I've already committed to blogging every darn day, much more than that and I start to feel like this is homework. I have enough homework, people!

SO! Here's my truthiness:

Truthiness Collage


No make-up. No shower (for two days - I took one after this). No brush. And truth be told - it was kind of freeing. And I started to really have fun and just allowed myself to be silly. This is the Keely my husband fell in love with. This is the Keely who makes my daughter laugh. This is the real me, the goofy me, the girl who laughs at immature jokes and who likes to make people happy. This is the girl who hates the phone and gets nervous when she meets new people - but will be your best email pal and will let you in to see the "real" me once I trust you. This is the girl who loves to be behind the lens, but sort of enjoys being in front of it as well. This is the girl who is taking a break from theatre, but ADORES being on stage and getting to take on different personas. I like sharing how I feel. I'm expressing to a fault, sometimes. I don't hide my emotion well. I'm a horrible liar. And I like making funny faces.

See the whole set HERE in the order they were taken.

If you took part in this, let me know. I'd love to see your truthiness!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Pajama Party

These are my favorite Zoe pj's:

PJ'S BABY

I wish I had a pair in my size, but I would not look quite as precious.

Sideways

Oh, to be young and have chunky thighs and a pot belly be cute!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

On the Couch

Zoe's first Easter was a success. She wore a big poofy dress and looked like a doll. We spent the day with her Grandpa and visited her Nana at work (she charmed all of her Nana's coworkers). I've got more to say but blogging from the couch (I'm sleeping on it tonight because the guestroom mattress is evil) and on my phone just isn't working out for me. More words and photos later...

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Quickie

You know you're commited to blogging every single day when you're willing to risk waking up your almost 10 month old (in 42 minutes exactly) with the sound of your typing in the guest room of your parents house.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Holiday

The plan was to be in San Diego right now, but with Daniel and I both not feeling so hot we've postponed our trip until tomorrow. I've got us packed and nearly ready to go, so the only issue will be whether Daniel is feeling good enough to make the trip.

I really hope we're all feeling healthy tomorrow.

You see, it's my Dad's birthday tomorrow and I really want the three of us there to help celebrate.

And then there's this whole Easter thing. Daniel and I are not religious people. I consider us to be spiritual, and that's it. But for some reason, now that we have Zoe - I'm all excited to dress her up in a Easter dress and take her on some special outing to celebrate the day and Spring. Having a child makes me remember all those special Easter dresses, hats, gloves, new sandals that my parents and Nana used to get me. When I was packing our suitcase this afternoon and was loading all my black and dark blue things I had this sudden urge to go shopping for myself. No hat, no white gloves, or a new purse - but I did get a cute flower printed top, some cream pants and some new sandals. I felt like Nana was smiling down on me.

Now, lets see how clean I'm able to keep my pants with Zoe hanging all over me. ;)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Dear Zoe,

In three days you're going to be ten months old. Do you know what that means? That means your mother skipped the 9 month letter and for that I'm feeling super guilty. It wasn't that the day went unnoticed, baby. Oh, your dad and I noticed and talked about how you have officially been out as long as you were in. I think I skipped it because I was so busy enjoying you. You are quite the personality, little one!

Goofy Girl

Instead of talking about milestones right now, I'm just going to tell you that I adore being your mom. Sometimes I question how good I am at all this. I worry that you got the short end of the stick because I do not knit, or sew, or garden, or all the other things I thought I would know how to do before I became your mom. What I do know how to do is take your picture (as of today I *might* have taken 2019 of you). I also know how to hold you just right so you will fall asleep. I know how to make you laugh that real, belly laugh that sometimes turns into a snort. I know how to make you stop crying when you're upset. I know the signs you give when you need a nap. I almost always know when you have a diaper in need of changing. I know what toys and books are your favorite and I know that you love listening to music. I know how to make your baby food and even if you're just as happy eating the stuff out of the jars, I know you like the homemade stuff better. I know that things like having the breeze in your face, touching a flower, and standing up positively delight you. I know how to be your mommy. I know that you love me back as much as I love you and that you have no idea what my shortcomings may be.

My Backyardigan

Last month I was talking to a girlfriend of mine and I actually said being a mom was easy. It's not easy. I second guess myself daily and I always worry I'm not good enough... but being your mom is easy in that it all feels so natural. We are a good fit, baby girl. You make me forget the hard days. You make me a stronger person. You make me strive to be more. As you grow and learn and reach your milestones, I feel myself doing the same thing in different ways.

I am so proud of you and I know that you're proud of me too.

ZoZo


I love you, Zo-Zo Monkey!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Big News:

At 8:58PM on 3-18-08 : Zoe is officially crawling forward. It's sort of a soldier crawl and a belly flop combined, but she's crawling!

It's adorable. Anything else I might have blogged about pales in comparison.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Yesterday & Today

Yesterday we took Zoe to her Cheryl's so we could have a date night. We ate lots of good sushi, I drank a nice glass of wine and he had sake. We walked around a hardware store and I tried to take advantage of my husband and get him to buy some patio furniture but he wasn't drunk enough (I kid, I kid!). After that we sat in a branch of that coffee store that seems to be taking over the world and we talked.

And we moved our chat to Target while we walked in circles not really looking at anything particular.... except the men's bathing suits. Turns out the bathing suit my husband has been wearing for the last five years is the same bathing suit he purchased when he was in 7th grade! This news was a complete surprise to me and was just the thing I needed to hear to make me laugh for a bit. We purchased him a new suit and he has no intention of throwing the old one away. Crazy talk.

Today we spent our time watching "It Happened One Night" and then "The Kingdom". We cuddled on our couch and spent our day being a couple instead of Zoe's mom and dad. We read in bed and took a short nap. We played with the dogs. We needed today - *I* needed today.

We picked Zoe up at five and took her to our favorite spot (Borders) to look at books and then we grabbed some dinner and went back home. As much as I enjoyed last night and today, our house feels more full when Zoe is here with us. When it all comes down to it: I am happy. I'm just striving for more and I'm trying to be everything for everyone. I never learned how to juggle, maybe now it's time. Wish me luck with that, OK?

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Blah

I'm in a mood today that's making the prospect of blogging sound more like a chore than something I want to do for myself. It might be the weather, or my sinuses, or a frustrating email last night and conversation this morning... or it could just be that we didn't get out of town like I'd hoped to do.

It could also be that everything is just piling up and I need a retreat or something.

In any case, I've got nothing for you today. Except these:

Processed Flowers

Blue


I'm skipping Crockpot Challenge this week because my husband is taking me out tonight for some dinner and adult beverages. I'm so looking forward to that!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Q&A

I was tagged by my "real life" blogger friend, Missy with this fun questionnaire:

Name one thing you do every day:

I could make a list for this one - but my two favorites are kissing my husband and reading to my daughter.

Name 2 things you wish you could learn:


First of all, I'd like to think that if I want to learn it - I will someday. It might not be in the immediate future, but I'll learn anything I set my mind to.

1. I want to learn more computer skills... specifically web design and photo shop.

2. I want to learn how to knit... or crochet (I'm not picky) - mainly I want to be able to make cute hats and scarfs for me and Zoe.

Name 3 things that remind you of your childhood:

1. Zoe. When I look at her I see my face... and my younger self. Getting to see her react to things, explore her surroundings and test her own abilities is like reliving my childhood. 


2. Garage sales/antique stores. When I was a kid, my parents (my dad mostly) took me to garage sales and antique stores what seemed like every single weekend. I complained then, and now I am glad for it. I appreciate things with history and I have them to thank for that.

3. The San Diego Zoo and Sea world. I can't even begin to count how many times I went to those parks as a kid. Nana & Pop-pop took all their grand kids there whenever they visited... and I visited them in SD at least twice a year for ten years (after that, Nana moved in with us in Palm Desert).

Name 4 things you love to eat but rarely do:


1. Sushi. We have a fairly new place here that I just love, but I've only had it four times since Zoe was born. I said I wanted to eat as much of it as I could before I got pregnant again, and so far I'm not getting nearly enough. Much. Change. That.

2. Nachos. I'm not talking about the movie theater kind - I'm talking fresh out of the oven: melted cheese, olives, guac, sour cream, salsa and lots of jalapenos (like on every chip!). I haven't had good nachos in a long time... not exactly healthy eating.

3. Deep Dish pizza from Chicago - from Gino's East. I haven't had it in years because I haven't been to Chicago in years. When we do go, it will be on our list of places to eat.

4. Seafood. Bakersfield isn't exactly the place to go for good seafood. Having lived in San Diego for so long, I miss it.

Name 5 things/people that make you feel good:

1. My husband. I've said it all here before, but my husband is my best friend and my rock. He is my partner... my Prince Charming - he makes me believe in happily ever after and I feel like the luckiest gal in the world getting to spend my life with him.

2. Zoe. There was a time when I didn't think I'd be able to have kids. She was worth the wait and I am so grateful that she chose Daniel and I to be her parents.

3. The rest of my family and friends (extended family) - they've helped me through some rough patches and been there to share in some of the most important events in my life. I love them all.

4. Our house. I may complain about living in this town, but I'm really happy living in this house. It's our safe haven, our den, and we've truly made it our home. One of Daniel's co-workers helped us move in and he put it best: "I do not think you will ever find all of this together again." Yep. Apparently it's all downhill from here. ;)

5. My camera. I don't claim to be a great photographer, but I do enjoy getting to take pictures and be creative. It keeps me striving for more and helps me look at things differently.

OK. Now it's your turn! Consider yourself tagged. Do this questionnaire and leave a comment letting me know you did. I'm talking to you! Go on.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Wanting

I want to take a road trip. It doesn't have to be a long one, but I need to get out of town.

Maybe to L.A - we love staying at the Farmers Daughter Hotel and spending our time across the street at the restaurants, Farmers Market and Nordstrom (Mama needs a new pair of shoes and these might have my name on them!). I'm also wanting to try the cereal place Jenn has mentioned and see what the big deal is about Pinkberry (seriously, what is the big deal?).

Or maybe Santa Barbara. Or Ojai. Or maybe even Idyllwild (which is kind of far). I wonder what the chances are of me talking the husband into jumping in the car and going somewhere? Only problem: what to do with the dog children (who are driving me nuts at the moment with their barking).

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Poop & Stuff

Zoe and I spent the day out and about. In the just over nine months of being her mom, I have learned that it is best to wait out her late morning poop diaper before I put her in her car seat and out in public. Getting past that first poop makes all the difference in her mood and mine, let me tell you. I know this might be too much information, but since becoming a parent I've embraced the poop. There is no need to be embarrassed - everyone poops. Lucky for me, Zoe seems to do it like clockwork about twenty minutes after her breakfast.

I ended up meeting my pal Missy and her kids at Borders for some coffee and snacks. We got to catch up a bit which is always nice and then Zoe and I strolled around the store. We came out with a few new books for the kiddo and then went on to a local health store (Lassens) for some baby food to have on hand when I'm not in the mood to make it and some new sponges that are 100% biodegradable. After that we browsed Burlington Coat Factory - the store was a mess and made me nervous. I've decided I never need to go back there again. Ever.

What else? Eh. Nothing is wrong, but I'm not feeling particularly inspired. I'm feeling a little stir crazy - like I need to get out of town and see some new sites. If I wasn't so nervous about doing a road trip with Zoe without Daniel, I'd take her with me to Santa Barbara for the day. I used to get up and on the road by seven in the old days and just go for drives to S.B or San Luis Obispo and then be back by 6. It's tempting, but I'm not so sure Zoe would dig that. So there you have it. That's what's on my mind.

What's on yours?

Anyone?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Interruptus

I'm sorry, I'm too busy laughing at/with Zoe as she walks with her walker. That's right, folks. Walks. Slow and Fast. With an expression that says: "Look how fricken awesome I am! I'm skipping crawling and going straight to walking, mutha! Word."

Pics to follow when Daniel is home. Some actual words for you (in complete sentences, even) on Thursday. Tomorrow is Wordless Wednesday and I'm telling you - I am loving Wednesday's because of it. Everyone needs a break from writing now and then.

OK. Peace out.

Man, I am so silly today. It must be the arrival of Spring.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Manic Monday

While Zoe was with her Cheryl today, the dogs and I relaxed a little and I got to have a nice lunch (at that Thai fusion place, again) with my husband. Mondays might be my favorite day of the week. I feel good today. Happy to have some time to focus on me and some errands that are just easier to take care of without a baby.

365 outtakes 3

This is an outtake from my 365 portrait today. Bailey and Max wanted in on the portrait. This was one of the more calm moments, soon after this one they were pouncing on each other and wreaking havoc.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Crockpot Challenge:

I got this recipe by Sandra Lee out of her slow cooker recipes cookbook (which I'm really looking forward to using more). She lists specific brands to purchase, but I didn't follow that - and it consider this meal a success.

California Black Bean Chili:
Ingredients for California Black Bean Chili

1-1/4 lbs. ground turkey
2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, drained
1 can (7-ounce) diced green chiles
1 can (14-ounce) diced fire-roasted tomatoes
1 can (8-ounce) tomato sauce
3 cups diced zucchini (I omitted since Daniel is not a fan.)
1 cup frozen chopped onions (WOW! I loved not having to chop onions.)
1 packet chili seasoning mix (Chose to use a Tex Mex mix, you know since my hubby is from TX.)
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. crushed garlic (Here I did listen, Christopher Ranch - good stuff.)
Salt and pepper
Diced avocado or guacamole, for garnish (I did the diced - Don't skip it, it really makes this recipe.)

Directions:

In a large skillet, brown ground turkey, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper. Drain and transfer to a 4-quart (I used a 5-quart.) slow cooker.

Add remaining ingredients*, except avocado, to slow cooker. Stir thoroughly.

Cover and cook on high setting for 4 to 6 hours.

California Black Bean Chili

Serve hot with avocado garnish**. (I added a dollop of sour cream and some cheese, because that's how we roll - and also to neutralize the heat a tad.)


Makes 6 servings - Enjoy!

* - I chose to add my favorite black bean and corn salsa to this and I think it added to the overall flavor. I know not everyone is a corn fan, but I do recommend adding something extra to this recipe, just for kicks.
** - Beer optional.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Stand by Me

Our little girl may skip crawling (forward, she has backwards covered!) all together. It seems she only enjoys being on her feet and has been venturing on doing it on her own - actually pushing our hands away as we anxiously watch her every move. She laughs when she pulls herself up to standing position and then laughs some more when she makes steps forward. Her legs are wobbly, but strong. I'm quite sure she'll be running through the house soon, and then we're really in trouble!

Stand by Me

Meanwhile, Bailey is anxiously watching as the once quiet, immobile baby grows up and demands even more attention. It's hard to tell if she is excited that she'll have a new playmate or if she feels threatened by the baby on the move, with the loud voice. I have caught her enjoying Zoe petting her (gently now - or as gentle as a 9 month old can be) and she seems content with the monkey, comfortable even.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Ready for the Weekend

We'd planned on going to San Diego to be with my parents this weekend, but since we'll be there for Easter weekend (and my Dad's birthday) we opted to stay in town and relax. Yay! for relaxation, Boo! for Bakersfield. It's the weekends when I most feel like I'd rather we lived somewhere else... but we've made do and had a nice day. Here's the breakdown:

1. Lunch at the new Thai Fusion place I took my parents to Monday. Chicken Satay. Crab Cakes. Chicken Curry. YUM.
2. Shopping at Target and looking around for ideas for the baby shower we'll be throwing next month. Ideas anyone?
3. Spending the afternoon at Borders, writing and relaxing. Zoe yelled and sang the entire time, it was lovely. We purchased some new cookbooks that I'm looking forward to using.
4. Made a pasta dish with tuna and cinnamon from the new Jamie Oliver book. Daniel liked it, I'm still trying to make my mind up about it.
5. Currently we're watching "Death at a Funeral" and really, well I'm enjoying it so much (so far) that I really should stop blogging and pay attention. Besides, Zoe just unplugged my computer....

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Not Forgotten

I was inspired today by THIS Man/Photo to take some self-portraits after thinking about my experience with abuse.

Not Forgotten

Six years ago I was married to someone who was physically and emotionally abusive. At the time, I did not know who to turn to. I was ashamed of myself for letting someone treat me so badly. I felt powerless.

I was NOT powerless.

After nearly six years, I finally left. I've moved on and found my true love and partner who I married two and a half years ago and we have a beautiful daughter who usually fills my flickr pages (and blog) with her cuteness.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please go to the National Domestic Violence Hotline website from a safe computer and find out how you can get help. You are not alone. 1 out of 3 women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. This is unacceptable. You deserve to be treated with love and respect.

Join the Million Voices Campaign. Speak out against domestic violence and raise awareness in your community. Talk to your friends and family about what they can do to stop domestic violence/get help. Educate your sons and daughters, your brothers and sisters. You can make a difference! This has to stop!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Best Friends

Wherever Zoe is, Max is nearby watching over her.

I always feel like somebody's watching me...

It's cute, really. Except when we're obsessing over Mister Poop Eater (to his credit, we haven't actually caught him in the act or smelled it on his breath recently) licking her on her face.

For The Fuzzball, a peak into the living room lick fest


For her part, she stares right back at him... watching, no... observing every little thing he does. She leans forward, smiles at him, grabs onto his collar and then opens her mouth for kisses. It's gross but sort of cute all at the same time. When we tell Max to stop licking the baby they both look at us like we're disturbing them and "What's the big deal?" They're quite the duo.

When I was a little bit older than Zoe is now, I had Ralphy. He was a mutt and a good dog. I picked him out at the dog pound and named him "Ruffy" (I think - is that right Mom?) which my parents translated to Ralphy. Somewhere, there's a photo of us sitting in my playpen. Together, we had dug/ripped a hole big enough for him to squeeze through and be with me. We had him until he ran away during a storm when I was in the 2nd grade. I remember being devastated at losing him and to this day I am drawn to dogs that look like he did. He was my best friend.

I think Max is Zoe's best friend.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Heard on the Street:

"What did she look like?"
"Oh, you know another one of those generic white girls: blonde hair, blue eyes."


Huh. So if I hadn't started to dye my hair dark five years ago, I would be another one of "those" girls/women? Um. I don't think so. I'm a lot of things, but generic is not one of them... at least that's what I'd like to believe.

I'm actually looking pretty darn good at the moment... I had some guy at the Lancome counter put some makeup on me and I bought a couple new things to wear for my date night tonight. It's the old standby: Sushi and a Movie. And can I just tell you how awesome it is to have a nine month old and be able to say we're having yet another date night?! I know not everyone has someone near them that they trust to take care of their baby so they can have a night on the town, but if you can find someone - take that opportunity. I'm quite certain that these date nights are what keep me refreshed and ready to face whatever mood swings, spit up or poop Zoe throws my way. I feel like I'm bragging, but I know I'm extremely lucky.

And big news:

My family got very good news today. My dad got a clean bill of health regarding his cancer so we're all obviously thrilled. It's something he'll have checked every three months, but having gotten through this hurdle I think we're all feeling grateful and blessed.

Monday, March 03, 2008

What I Did Last Summer Weekend

It's been a busy last few days and I'm feeling quite exhausted (but quite happy) from all of it.

Zoe and I went to the airport to pick up Mel (who now resides in Houston) on Friday. The three of us went out to lunch, had a quick shopping trek at Target and then spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out and playing. We also built the walker/car that Mel got Zoe as an early birthday present... the straight forward directions cracked me up. That evening, Daniel, Zoe, Mel and I went to a local coffee house and saw our friends Near Miss Mallet perform. Zoe was a ball of energy and barely stood still, but we all had a good time and I was grateful that Zoe seemed to enjoy herself and all the people watching.

Saturday was filled with more hanging out and playing. We went to one of my favorite places for breakfast and then one of Mel's favorite Mexican restaurants for dinner with some more friends of ours (hey, Cristina!). That night, we played it mellow and watched an episode of Moonlight we downloaded. I'm telling you, we are exciting hosts! But really, Mel doesn't need to be given the famous Bakersfield tour. Her trip was all about spending quality time with the bebeh, and us.

I took Mel to the airport Sunday morning and my parents arrived at our house while I was on my way home. They actually got into town the night before, but stayed at a hotel since Mel was in our guest room and their trip was more spur of the moment. Zoe was loving going from having Mel here to getting to have her Nana and Grandpa dote on her. We all had a late breakfast and then went back to the house so everyone could take a much needed nap. EXCITING!!!! I know, you can barely stand it! That night we went out to dinner because we were too lazy to cook. Zoe spent the entire time staring at everyone else in the restaurant. She flirted with people at nearby tables (especially the men with facial hair) and was intrigued by our waiter (he was 'Lex Luthor' bald and PALE! We ended up coming home and watching 'Breach' - which was good, but I didn't really enjoy the movie.

My parents left late this afternoon after we had a lovely lunch at a new Thai Fusion place in town and then we went and finally picked up Zoe's birth certificate that she'll be needing for her first flight in April (more on that later). The restaurant was so good, Zoe and I took her dad back for dinner tonight. I had Mac n' Cheese (with 5 cheeses, truffles and lobster!) that was SO not something I should have eaten, but DAMN it was good! If you're ever in Bakersfield*, we're likely to take you there for lunch or dinner.

Right now Zoe is in her "magic seat" yelling and singing and watching her father and I type on our computers. We've enjoyed having our guests, but I've got to say it's sort of nice to be just the three (well, five - if you count the dog children) of us again. I skipped Crockpot Challenge this week, but I thing I'll try to make something later. Tomorrow is another date night for me and Daniel and I'm really looking forward to that.

Have I mentioned how happy I am? I hope your weekend was just as good....

Cheers!

* Or if you're a fellow Bakersfield-ian!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Bitter, Party of One

Maybe I'm jealous that I didn't feel like partying when I was almost nine months pregnant, but I'm livid at the moment.

Our neighbors are expecting a baby. This afternoon they had a baby shower in their backyard. Tonight, (right this moment -
10:28 p.m.) they are rocking out in their backyard to the Eagles, and other anthem rock ballads and they're singing along at the top of their lungs. They're our neighbors to our right, which means they're on the same side as our daughters room (and all the other bedrooms) and right now I'm concerned about Zoe getting a good night's sleep. I'm ready to walk over there and ask them to turn their music down. I'm ready to call the police. I'm ready to curse them and wish them a baby who can't sleep unless it is complete silence because they are so fricken inconsiderate of their neighbors who they know have a small child. Maybe I'm PMS-ing. Maybe I'm behaving like a protective mama lion. Maybe I've gotten older and have a stick up my ass. Could be all of the above, but I'm feeling bitter.

Bright side: I wasn't sure what I was going to blog about tonight. I guess I should thank them for the blog fodder.