Thursday, January 31, 2008


What a sweet, delicious mindf**k you are.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

six monthiversary

Good Lord, has this not been a fun weekend. Poor Jane is still sick, coughing, sneezing, low-grade fever -the works. I have a feeling she'll be staying home tomorrow too. This is the first time I've had to deal with a fever with her - and it's so sad! And scary. I feel like such a rookie mom, and everything freaks me out.

However, this isn't supposed to be another depressing "Jane is sick" entry. Thursday was Jane's six monthiversary! And I forced her to have some happy moments today so we could get some pics. As Tyra always tells the ANTM models, it doesn't matter if you're sick. You still have to work it.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

the best laid plans

So, this was supposed to be a very social weekend for us. We were supposed to see my brother's new condo today, go to dinner with Todd and Alan, and go to lunch tomorrow with our friend Cathy and Matt, and their new baby Olivia.

And then.

I picked up Jane at daycare last night and they told me she had a low-grade fever and wasn't acting herself. She's had a cold/cough for a few days, but it really kicked up a few notches yesterday. We took her to the doctor just in case, and they checked her out and didn't find an ear infection or anything, so that was good. Also, apparently, there's some nasty-ass bronchial thing going around, but they didn't think it was that either. But the poor girl is so sick. She's been just miserable all day, and all plans have been canceled. She's just hacking away, with a very runny nose and watery eyes and red face - it's just plain sad. I feel so bad for her, because I can't tell her that although colds are horrible, they will go away and she'll be right at rain soon (I hope!!).

So much for my social weekend. But there was one highlight - Alan and Todd dropped off some cupcakes on their way to Hole in the Wall tonight. Anyone who knows me knows how much a sucker I am for cupcakes. So thanks to them, there was a bright spot in an otherwise sickly day.

PS I have never been more annoyed with a kid than I was yesterday at the doctor's office. We whisked Jane in at the last minute - they were able to squeeze her in right before they closed - and while we were in the waiting room this 6 or 7-year-old boy came up to her and started touching her hands. I said, all loud-like, "Oh, you don't want to touch her, she's sick!" and he responds "that's OK, I'm sick too!" Oh my Lord. Where was his mother? Hello? Don't touch my baby! Sometimes I wish I could just store her in a vat of Purell and call it a day.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


So. Hey! How are you? I haven't see you in a while. Sorry about the blog being so dull. I always think to myself, "I should blog about something, because I so enjoy reading everyone else's blogs." And then I hem and haw about what I should write, and have come to the grand conclusion that my life is dull-ass boring. I mean, I enjoy it. I'm just pretty sure that everyone else must read this thing and be like, "God, I'm glad I'm not her."

That said, as you can see, I don't have a lot to report. We get MLK Day off of work, but I went into work yesterday and took today off instead. I have to take Jane to the doctor because she has a little rash on her stomach that hasn't gone away, plus she's developed yet another lovely cold/cough. So it should be fun, being the germophobe that I am, to go into the den of sickness known as the pediatrician's office this morning. Ewwww.

Jane has been busy rolling around a lot, eating different foods, and generally just being so much fun to be around. I find myself getting teary every morning when I leave her now, because she's so cool to hang out with all day (and being uncool myself, I have to attach myself to all of the cool people I can). Greg has been very busy with the boat (I've mentioned the boat, right?) so we've had a lot of alone time together. She has completely grown out of her 3-6 month clothes and is on to 6-9 month clothes. And let me tell ya, when people were throwing me bags of hand-me-downs when she was born, I was a little like, "whatever," but now, oh my, it's so great to have all of these "new" outfits that I didn't have to buy!

If I haven't mentioned the boat, we now have a boat. It's a business venture for Greg, but also, we have a 44-foot boat. Come visit us this summer! We'll be on a boat! Bring a life jacket!

Has anyone been watching the new seasons of "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels" and "Scott Baio is 46...and Pregnant"? Because - awesome (as Bret would say). Why anyone would not want to watch these shows is beyond me. And yeah, maybe it's not all cultural and whatnot, but so what. Dip your head in the toilet water cesspool of TV once in a while. It's great!

Update on Rent: I bought tickets to see the matinee performance on June 1, the last day. Couldn't get tix for the final performance - I suspect it will be a charity event.

So. That's that. Don't you wish you had that two minutes of your life back?

Friday, January 18, 2008

all dressed up and nowhere to go

Except that I'm not dressed up. But the other part is certainly correct, about the nowhere to go. It's been another rockin' Friday night in my household, watching DVR'ed "American Idol" and "Celebrity Apprentice." Dinner was a bowl of cereal. I gave Jane a bath and put her to bed a couple of hours ago, after she only finished half of her bottle. Which could very well mean she'll be up in the middle of the night because she's hungry. The very idea of having to get up and feed her makes me panic. I think after my experience of true sleep deprivation for many months in a row has made me very very anxious about returning to such a state. Not that I'm getting a whole lot of sleep now, but it's better than the hour or two a day I was getting last summer.

I have absolutely no plans for the weekend. I used to have plans. Remember when I had plans? When I would do my weekend update with all kinds of things going on? I can't plan for too much these days. It's not that I won't be busy, because I will. By Sunday night I won't even feel like I had a weekend. I'm just not sure what I'm going to be doing between now and then.

But I can guarantee six months ago I wasn't saying that my big Friday night plans were "American Idol" and bed by 10. Not that I'd trade it - because I definitely wouldn't - but lord, did I get boring quick.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

dearly beloved, we gather here to say our goodbyes

Bad. Bad. BAD NEWS.

But not entirely unexpected.

Road trip!

Monday, January 14, 2008

snow day!

I worked from home today because we got about 8 inches of snow in my area, and it's a lot easier to just work from home than have to shovel early, slide all the way to daycare in my sled of a car, slide to work and be late, late, late. It's actually been a productive day, even! I did take the time to have Greg take these pics of Jane out in the snow (this will be considered her "first snowstorm," since I haven't gotten it together enough to take pics in earlier snowstorms this year). I'm not one to get all gooey about my baby (at least in front of others), but seriously - doesn't she looks so candylicious in her new sweater and hat!? I love it! Also, take note of young James in the background. He has been in and out of the house about a million times today. No one loves it more when I work from home than Jimmy!

Friday, January 11, 2008


So today when I picked up Jane, there was a notice on the door of her classroom that Rotavirus had struck. Per the ever-scary WebMD, here is what Rotavirus is:

Rotavirus is a virus that infects the intestinal tract of almost all young children by age 5. In the United States, most children get sick from rotavirus by age 2. A rotavirus infection causes stomach upset and diarrhea.
Babies and very young children with rotavirus infections need to be watched closely because they can become dehydrated. Dehydration occurs when the body loses water more quickly than it is replaced. When you become dehydrated, you can develop severe health problems. Babies and young children can become dehydrated very quickly.
Rotavirus infections spread easily. Outbreaks usually occur in the winter and early spring, between about November and April. Rotavirus infections often spread in settings where many children are together, such as day care centers.

So, yeah. FUN, with a capital FU**, I can't believe that this is happening on a Friday. Apparently all of the babies in the room, except Jane and another baby, has already had it. This also includes the teachers and all of the parents of the sick babies. Yeah, once someone in the house has it, EVERYONE has it. Also, a few of these babies had to go to the hospital because they were dehydrated. Oh, and they told me Jane puked up a whole bottle this morning.

Why do I think our weekend is going to absolutely suck? F-ing daycare.

sign o' the times

I was just laughing out loud at something Meredith and Matt were saying on the "Today" show. Am I officially old? Has it happened?

Monday, January 07, 2008

things and stuff

Here are some things I'm thinking about this Monday:

RENT was awesome. I know you probably expected me to say that, but after seeing something 18 times, one can get a little jaded about how good the cast members are. But I really can't say that anyone was off. There was an understudy for Mimi, who is played these days by the old American Idol finalist, Tamyra Gray. Well, I don't know about Tamyra, but this girl was great. Tons of energy that you don't always see with Mimi. And I loved the girl who played Maureen, and by "girl" I mean, WOW, this cast is young. The guy who played Mark (I know I'm being lazy about actors' names; if you really want to know what their real names are, check out the official site) came out to give autographs while Heather and I were waiting for our fancy limo, and all I could think was, "Man oh man, he is young, young, young. OR, I am old, old, old." So, I prefer to think he is young, young, young.

Side note: We did not get, nor were we waiting for, his autograph. While I would like to say that I am too cool and above things like that, because I have a decent number of opportunities to meet actors, I will say that I could barely speak when I met Mark Ruffalo two years ago, and did ask to get my picture taken with him. No - wait - I didn't ask him. I made my friend ask him. So, me = not cool.

Jane has spent the past two nights sleeping soley in her crib. We've been moving her around from carseat (yes, I am horrified to admit we were still relying on the carseat for parts of the night) to the pack and play and now the crib, and, like I said, she has spent the past two nights just in her crib. The night before last was horrendous - she cried on and off throughout the night - but last night she did good. I pray to the gods of sleep that this continues. She has been rolling over so much lately, that she is now sleeping on her stomach. First time ever! A big no-no for babies who can't roll, but since she can, I won't wake her up to flip her.

And finally, the list of top 100 names of 2007 was released - and Jane is not on the list! Thank God! I was nervous that somehow the name became popular behind my back.

Friday, January 04, 2008

wine and beer!

This is the lyric from RENT that is currently in my head, because a friend at work kept repeating it today.

Tomorrow I am going to NYC to see RENT for the 18th time. Mind you, I haven't seen it in New York that many times - in fact, this is only the fourth time at the Nederlander Theater - but then when you add the 14 times I've seen it on tour, well, here I am. A true and official nerdalicious RENT-head.

The first time I saw RENT was in September 1997, a year after it had opened on Broadway. I went with my friend Hilary a week before her wedding. We took the train down, blew all of our money on tickets, and wandered around the city all day, just waiting for the 8 p.m. curtain. I saw most of the original Broadway cast that night, and needless to say, it made quite an impression. I was giddy after that performance. Giddy. I didn't sleep the whole night and was a complete zombie the next day at work, but it was completely worth it. Since then, the show has remained at the top of my "favorite shows" list. And I've seen a lot of shows.

It's pretty amazing to think about how much my life has changed since the first time I saw the show, but the fact remains that I can't think of a better way to spend $75 (the cost of my ticket that day) in New York. I know Alan is going to blah blah blah all over my little RENT geek-tacular here, because he hates the show (although he's never SEEN it!), but I can't wait.

Greg got me tickets to go see the show with my friend Heather - he knew the first thing I would worry about is who is taking care of Jane, so he's doing Daddy-duty for the day so I don't stress (too much) - and we're traveling in style, by limo. This is, by far, the fanciest thing I've done in a long, long, LONG time.

I just spent the past half hour looking at RENT's official site, seeing who's in the show now, happy to see some familiar faces. (alas, not the two faces above - I missed Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp's return to RENT last summer because I was on 24-hour baby duty). It's like seeing old friends. Except friends that are a lot cooler and more attractive than me.

I'll give you my review of the show this weekend (and don't think I'll automatically gush. Quite the opposite. When you've seen a show this many times, you get very critical.)

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! This year, I have resolved to pull my head out of my ass (meaning, stop being so dramatic about the little things that go wrong in my life and look at the bigger picture), to stop swearing in front of Jane, and to lose six pounds, specifically, the six pounds I put on during the holiday season. Damn cookies! I mean...darn cookies!

This picture was very specifically taken for Alan's enjoyment. I'm not even going to try to explain the squirrel.