Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Never Happened Before

About half an hour ago, I ordered some pizza from our favorite pizza place. A few minutes ago, I got the following phone call:

L: Hello, June?
Me: Yes?
L: This is Jennie*, your pizza delivery person. Can you tell me how to get to your location?
Me: Um... yeah (proceed to give directions)

This has NEVER happened to me before. Shouldn't those places have a GPS or google maps for the drivers? But it should be noted, that this FEMALE delivery person was not afraid to ask for directions!

Now I'm just waiting on the pizza. I hope my directions were clear enough!

*name changed for privacy

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Lonesome Road

Keith and Lili went for a long walk together this afternoon, and Keith sent me this picture from his phone while they were on the walk. It looks a little sad to me at first given the brown grass and the deserted walkway, but knowing Lilian it is just pretty funny, because I can so imagine her independence on the 1.5 mile walk home:

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ruminations

Here are some random ruminations seeping out of my brain which lacks sleep this morning so forgive me!

I am tremendously grateful for my math abilities. And Keith's. And I fear that my children won't be mathematically inclined and I won't be able to relate to them. Yes, sometimes I'm just a geek.

It really bothers me when people use pictures of their kid(s) as their own profile picture (facebook, google, whatever). You might feel like your identity is tied to your child, but you are not them and they are not you. Only you can be you.

I don't understand goosebumps. They come out when you are cold. They increase your skin's surface area, thereby increasing your heat output. It doesn't make sense.

I used to love chickadees. They used to be my favorite bird. Now they wake me up too early and peck on my house. I don't like them anymore.

I despise Thursdays. Thursdays are trash day in our neighborhood and in the mass inefficiency that is America, there are no less than 5 trash company trucks that rumble through here throughout the day. They are so disruptive.

I am always so flattered when people tell me Lili looks just like me. Because I think she's so beautiful. But I also think those people are kind of full of it.

That's it! Bye.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Baking at the C.I.A.

I spent this past weekend on a culinary retreat with my best girlfriends from Ithaca! We had a mommy-away weekend generously supported by our husbands, who had to play single-dad for the weekend.

I've never spent much time in the Catskill region, and it was pretty. It's funny because I drove down from the Green Mountains through the Adirondack Mountains into the Catskill Mountains. Really they all look roughly the same. ADK is always the most beautiful, but the most painful to drive through (for those of us who get carsick easily).

Anyway, the bulk of Saturday was spent at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. We took a baking "enthusiast" class, specifically for baking breads at home. Our instructor, Chef Thomas, was wonderfully funny and patient, and I have to say that I learned a lot almost instantly. HYDRATION and Gluten development are key. I had no idea about the hydration part but now it all makes sense. Tension is also important in making a nice looking loaf, which is perfect for me because I have enough tension to spread around, you know?


The class in a nutshell, was F.U.N., and I highly recommend it. We were very impressed with the snacks, the assistant student chefs, and the yummy lunch that was provided. Mostly now we have mad baking skillz.

The rest of the time we just spent time talking and walking around Rhinebeck, NY. There were also two visits to the (famous?) Eveready diner. One for after dessert pie, and one for an amazing breakfast (I was most impressed with the Bananas Foster French Toast!). I regret not getting an egg cream or a malted, but really there was only so much room in my belly.

Upon arriving home I unloaded my bounty of about 12 lbs of different kinds of breads:
Baguettes, rolls, brioche, sourdough rye...

It's a good thing I'm not afraid of carbs.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A Year and A Day

A year and a day ago we drove all of our "whirly possessions" from Ithaca to Burlington. A lot has happened since then, and then again, life is also kind of same-old.

We have some new friends, and have held on to our old friends too. We bought a house, and are in the process of cleaning up the yard for spring. We have big ambitions for a small garden this year. Hopefully the rabbits will oblige.

Lili continues to be our marker of the passing of time. When we moved here she could barely talk and was certainly not understandable by anyone else than us. Now she carries on full conversations with an incredible imagination and spunk (her favorite phrase these days is "Nevermind". as in: "Lili, do you want some yogurt?" "Nevermind, Mama".

Here's to another fun year in the Green Mountain State!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I won! I won!

I won my first ever bloggy giveaway! I can't believe it... And, just in time for spring cleaning (sigh)!

Thanks, Scary Mommy!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Trikester

We had a bout of early spring-like weather over the weekend and so Keith took Lili's trike out. Her legs are finally long enough for her to ride it unassisted and she rode like a champ through the neighborhood. About 6 blocks by herself before she got off and ran the rest of the way home.

She wouldn't cooperate for an action shot, but agreed to pose next to the trike:


She's not quite ready for the 5 boros tour yet, but maybe next year!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Gonna Be an Auntie

My brother and sister in law are having a baby! I'm going to be an Auntie! Hopefully not your stereo-typical asian auntie (think red-lipstick-wearing, cheek-pinching, weird-smellingness)... But still, the coming addition to the family has made me think back about.... purchases. You parents know what I mean!!! Those things you thought you had to have before the baby was born. Heck, even the things you bought after the kid was born which turned out to be total suckage.

The thing I think I have learned the most is not to refuse free/inexpensive stuff. As in... "my kid is too good for used stuff" Especially in this economy, and in the neighborhood we live in, Garage Sales ROCK. Hand me downs from other moms? Whoa. Even better. Because you know it's good worthwhile stuff (unless their kid hasn't outgrown it yet, because then maybe it falls in the sucky category and they're just trying to unload).

Other things I have a major opinion on are baby monitors, safety gates, and highchairs (or lack there-of).

We bought the cheap-o fisher price sounds-n-lights baby monitor, and I don't love it. The receiver is top heavy, so it falls down easily. It also gets messed up if you put a cell phone near it. And I don't love that it eats through batteries (unless you plug it in). I would much rather have bought the Sony babycall monitor, which is more compact and has a built in re-chargeable battery, so it charges itself when it is plugged in! Ingenious, those people.



Secondly, I would never ever reccommend any wooden item made by Eddie Bauer (well, sold with the Eddie Bauer brand. Lord knows who made that stuff). We purchased the Eddie Bauer wooden saftey gate for the top of the stairs (in our old house) and that thing was totally awful. Hard to use, hard to assemble, just awful. But we were vain! I know now that the KidCo Safeway gate would have been a much better purchase.



In the same regard, the Eddie Bauer wooden booster chair. Ugh. Way expensive, and ridiculously hard to clean. And it broke! The back piece of wood snapped right off (granted I did drop it, but really? A kid item that isn't durable? Come on). I wised up and bought the Fisher Price healthy care booster which we still use and is SO easy to clean. Another note about booster vs highchair is that I think highchairs are totally useless. They take up a ton of space and cost way more than a booster chair, and really as soon as a kid can use a highchair they can use a booster chair, so I say just skip the behemoth.



Do you disagree? Why? Have any other advice for my coming niece or nephew?

Friday, March 6, 2009

Marrow Drive Update

Remember the post about halfsies? Well, here's an update to let you know I am surely but slowly moving forward on organizing a marrow donor drive... The initial reason I was so compelled to do this project was because of a woman named Jodie. A friend of a friend's sister, or something like that, an asian woman and mother of two who was diagnosed with a rare condition during a routine checkup. She can't spend time around her children because the risk of life-threatening infection is too great. Her story hurt my heart, and I wanted to help.

It seems, from the family blog, that Jodie has found a donor match! It's great news, but it makes me think of the many more people out there who are still looking for a match, and so I will continue my efforts to hold a drive here.

I also got an answer to a previous question from a post Jodie's husband made:

Do mixed race people have more or less trouble finding donors? Here's your answer:

Maile Lamela (3) is half Filipino and half Mexican/Puerto Rican. In 2007 she was diagnosed with and infant form of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). She was able to reach remission through chemotherapy, but her leukemia relapsed in June 2008 and she is now in an urgent need for a marrow/stem cell transplant. Because she is mixed, it will make her search that much more difficult.

There you have it. Mixed race people will have a more difficult time finding a match. I'm doing what I can, and I hope it will help.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Tutu Love

We have previously established that Lili can be a bit girly. She's been invited to the birthday party of another little girl who probably equally enjoys a good girly game of dress up. Couple that with a family that I think would really appreciate a home-made gift AND the fact that I've been trying to be "busy" lately and voila: a trip to the fabric store before the gym, and a good sewing session after.

This is the 2nd tutu that I've ever made, and it turned out pretty well! Definitely qualifies for girly quotient. Lili choose pink for hers, so I'll make an identical one with pink tulle this afternoon...


Monday, March 2, 2009

Tiny Dancer

Thanks to my best friend Gina... we had a little dance party at home:


video

Pop (culture) art

This weekend, we had family art time. We cut up pictures from recent Time and Elle* magazines and glued them into a collage. It's the first collage that Lili has participated in, and both Keith and I had a lot of fun doing it.

A couple things to note: Mr. Obama-Phelps in the upper right hand corner, Fred Armisen pouting over my favorite type of ice-cream.


* I'm no fashionista. The reason we had Elle in-house was because of a magazine swap, and hey... it's pretty to look at!