Archive for August, 2008

DMV Again, Maybe

I’ve fixin to get ready to go back to the DMV. Which is to say, I’m considering the possibility. In my arsenal I have

  • driver’s license with wrong name
  • current passport with correct name
  • social security card with correct name
  • certified birth certificate
  • certified marriage license, although it only has my maiden name because I wasn’t married when it was issued
  • my water bill with my current address

What’s the likelihood I walk out of the DMV with a new license? 60%, 80%?

Real Fears

I worry. I am a worrier. It is my hobby. If it were an Olympic sport I would dominate. I worry in my own head. I worry out loud.

I worry about a third Bush Term. And it’s not my garden-variety worry. It’s real anxiety, panic-inducing worry.

Hat tip: MOMocrats

World Traveller

One thing both kids have been good at is imaginary play. Elliot created race-ball when he was 2 1/2; around the same age Audrey began traveling to China. I have no idea why China. It’s not like we’ve been there or have threatened to ship her there discussed the possibility as a vacation destination.

Audrey goes to China nearly daily. She’s very serious about it too. I’m been invited a few times, but not every time. And it’s not like I can meet her in China since its location moves around the house as often as she goes. Sometimes Elliot is a travel companion. Sometimes they go by elaborate water vessel (a large pile of blankets on the floor). Sometimes they travel by TARDIS (I can only hope. They use some sort of transporter and I’m a little nervous about the one on Star Trek – it breaks apart your molecules and glues them back together).

I finally got her on camera talking about an impending trip to China. I love the seriousness in her voice. This is something very real to her. And! the fact that I would make a video about it solidifies its importance.

She really does talk like this all the time, she’s not hamming it up for the camera.

If you haven’t already done so, I would be grateful for any advice you can dole out for an expectant new mom. No one has warned her about the one-size-fits-all mesh underwear…

Desperately Seeking Unsolicited Advice

You know that piece of advice you would give if only you were asked? Well, I’m asking.

A long-time blogless friend (Hi Rachel) is having a baby in November. Her immediate community is not filled with families with young children. So, I’m asking all of you for your best advice, your best assvice, the thing you want to tell new mothers but they don’t ask … it’s all fair game here. What pieces of gear were must haves? What could you do without? What would you do differently this time? I think everything’s on the table.

Something she could use is a good answer to, “may I touch your belly?” You’re all thinking clearly, give her some ammo.

And if you don’t have a baby? I’m sure you have advice too, this isn’t just fun for the breeders.

Take over the comments people! She needs our combined wisdom.

The Great Gatsby Haiku

F. Scott Fitzgerald
named after Francis Scott Key
a great novelist

wrote a famous book
maybe you have heard of it?
it’s The Great Gatsby

writing book review
in form of a good haiku
proves harder than thought

Nick moves to West Egg
a neighbor of Jay Gatsby
no one knows him well

Jay has grand parties
Nick dutifully attends
Jay befriends Nick fast

Daisy is Nick’s kin
lives in East Egg with husband
husband has girlfriend

Tom, Daisy’s husband
visits girlfriend, brings Nick with
Nick does not like Tom

Jay loves Daisy much
always has but he was poor
left for war – good bye

Daisy was lonely
Tom was convenient to date
then they were married

Jay returns from war
Daisy is on honeymoon
sad Gatsby leaves town

fast forward five years
Gatsby wants to see Daisy
Nick is middle man

Tom diddles Myrtle
Gatsby wants to screw Daisy
Nick and Jordan fight

Daisy kills Myrtle
Tom is distraught, blames Gatsby
Daisy does not tell

Wilson has a gun
avenge wife’s murder by car
Gatsby is shot dead

no one comes to house
will not attend funeral
he’s buried alone

Tom and Daisy move
no forwarding address left
they are bad people

Jordan gets engaged
Nick Carraway turns thirty
not in that order

so often called the
great American novel
it was fine, the end

Interview with Morgan

Morgan is an IRL friend. And, after this, you’re all going to be j to the e to the a l-o-u-s (this is totally something I envision Morgan saying, but he would do it with style, and not white-suburban-mom style) that you don’t know him too. Unless of course you do, in which case, yay you!

Anyway, if you’re new to my Pen Pals collection, welcome. If you’re a repeat visitor, thanks! I love it when you keep coming back. Your check is in the mail. Pen Pals started out of my need to get to know my online community better. And for me to introduce you all to each other. You can read the first installment here and the second here.

Morgan writes Blizzo :: The Morgan Blog.

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Book Shmook

Remember when I was all hyped up about the book challenge? Well, I’ve been reading. And now I’m depressed. I just finished Of Mice & Men. A few days back I finished The Great Gatsby. Not terribly happy, go-lightly stories; human condition, blah blah blah. Depressing. I am not a better person for reading them. I am a sad person.

I’m starting Sin in the Second City. If anyone dies I might become a statistic.

A Beautiful Day for a Neighbor

For most of us, our first introduction to a community was either Sesame Street or Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. (Total aside, if your kids are little and like to play on your computer check out the new Sesame Street site. They completely revamped it. It’s all web-appy and not web-sitey. It’s easy to use. And! Not irritating. OH! They’re putting all the music videos on the site. And you can make your own “street” and … well, just go there – it’s well worth it.)

You’ve probably heard, PBS isn’t putting Mr. Rogers in the new lineup. There’s a movement afoot to reverse that decision.

I loved Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. It was a staple in my life. My kids have never seen it. Not for any good reason. I think they watch less television than I did. Or maybe I watched Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street longer and later than they will. Either way, my kids won’t notice. I’m not sure I want Mr. Rogers to stay around, honestly.

Some childhood issues are timeless and Mr. Rogers can always help you through those. I don’t think good ole Fred would have been able to talk about the Internet or having two mommies or sexual predators in the classroom. (I could be wrong, I did no googling to support my blathering on.) Mr. Rogers wouldn’t have street cred with my kids. He’d be right and gentle yet they wouldn’t hear his pearls of wisdom. Even though my kids are luddites, he’s too old-fashioned for their 21st century tastes.

I really did love his show. And I’ve just lost a half hour of my life on youtube watching more. But that’s nostalgia. Let Mr. Rogers rest in peace. And on DVD.

Ooh, the googles did set me a little straight. Fred tried to keep current. But come on, he was an old white guy in a cardigan and Keds. I highly recommend not drinking while watching; I accept no responsibility if you blow coffee out your nose onto your keyboard.

If you need a dose of good Fred Rogers, his goodbye is touching. He said goodbye to us, we should say goodbye to him too. It’s the neighborly thing to do.

What do you think? Do you wish your kids could have their daily dose of the Neighborhood? Or is it time for newer, hipper shows to take its place? Who do you like these days?

PS: We can’t forget Eddie Murphy’s Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood – I guess that’s how you know you’re an American Institution, SNL spoofs you.

There’s a Little Something in my Eye

WrekeHavoc has bestowed on me the Arte y Pico award (seen to the left) because

i’m really digging her thought-provoking posts. you might, too

OH MAH GAWD, I am thought provoking! Do you feel smarter every day that you read me? You like, totally should. (I would go eat humble pie but Wii just told me my Wii Fit age is 44 and I AM NOT 44 – so no pie for me.)

I really am touched that someone thinks enough of the stuff I toss out there hoping it’ll stick that she sent me a creapy picture. And in true form, there are rules to be followed with this honor:

This award was created to be given to bloggers who inspire others with their creativity and their talents, and for contributing to the blogging world in whatever medium. When you receive this award it is considered a “special honor”. Once you have received this award, you are to pass it on to 5 others. What a wonderful way to show some love and appreciation to your fellow bloggers!

The rules for passing this honor on are..

1) Pick 5 blogs that you would like to award this honor to.

2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.

3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.

4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Arte y Pico” blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award from Arte Y Pico.

My five nominees, in alphabetical order are:

  1. Abbey at indulge*laugh*create
  2. Amy W at A family Story
  3. Catebrook at Adventures on Brook Road II
  4. Joy at Obsessed with Scrapbooking
  5. Kelsey at My Sweet Life

Each of these people bring sunshine and light to the blog-o-sphere. Honestly. Some are child-free, some are crafty (which I don’t do, but I appreciate other people doing), some are photo-centric, some I know IRL – but all of them are nice, nice. They are not mean girls. They make the world a better place, post by post.

So, to you five – you know the rules. And to Sher – thank you. My aged-beyond-my-years heart is bursting with pride.

Weekend in Review, the Picture Book Version

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