I sure do love baseball, you guys! The Rays won against the Yankees in a nail biter and the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox. What the hell? I was happy for the Rays, they are kinda my second favorite baseball team. Even though I guess it would be easier for the Yanks to beat the Red Sox in the playoffs, but it's the playoffs. Who wants easier?
Do you know what show I love? Chopped on the Food Network. Why? I have no idea. But a bunch of chefs running around trying to make a delicious meal out of kettle corn, white fish, macaroons and fresh mint is incredibly entertaining.
So far, since I moved to California from NYC three months ago, I've seen about ten friends from NYC. Here's to living in a place that people want to visit!
I've read about fifteen books in the last two months. At some point, I'll provide a list and some recommendations. As for now, I can say thank you library. You make it easy to read a ton of books even though I have no money to buy them.
I'm excited for the buddy to start daycare, but I definitely already cried today when she and I were dancing around the house. I just love her so much. Too bad I can't look for a job and take care of a fifteen month old.
Yeah, she's fifteen months today. I totally dumped my plan to not call her by how many months she is. When your buddy is under two years, it's just how you roll. Truth! I speak it.
Other things I'm watching on TV besides baseball: Ringer - the new Buffy show, Survivor and Yo Gabba Gabba. Ha!
So, I started taking Buddy to Baby Sing and Sign at the Y because we have a Y membership and I think its better for her to be around other buddies at least a couple times a week instead of just me.
Anyways, so I've always sort of laughed at people who do baby sign. I can't help it, I'm a hater. But, I've been using a few signs around the house anyways. Just because, if it helps her as a toddler communicate, what can be wrong with that? As far as I know, nothing can be more frustrating than being a toddler. So! I've been doing the sign for "more" when I say more to ask her if she wants more of anything. (Here's a chart so you can see what I'm talking about.)
So! Yesterday, she was sitting at the table eating a strawberry, and she looked at me and DID THE SIGN FOR MORE. So I gave her another strawberry. Who do you like that hippie mumbo jumbo shit?
This past weekend was San Diego. For the second bachelor party in two weeks, though one Babe attended and the other one I attended. As you know.
I spent the weekend with my familials who love to play with the buddy. It makes me so happy. Babe hit up three breweries, one baseball game and a bunch of bars afterwards.
We drove down to San Di on Friday in less than two hours and it took about the same to drive home on Sunday. Nice. Buddy slept the whole way each time. Here's to timing.
This week we start the transition to three day a week daycare. We're going over in about forty five minutes. I know Buddy will love it, and I'll be glad to have time to do other things, but of course I am already missing her little martian body.
Next weekend is the wedding in Idylwild. I really can't wait til we can just live here in LA and not have to travel every weekend. There are so many places I want to explore! But, soon enough. I mean, we live here for good now so it's not like we're not going to have time. Eventually. In about four to six weeks.
Yesterday I told Babe a story about Buddy taking a poop and doing a take-a-poop dance. That is a perfect example of a Stay At Home Mom story.
If you tell the buddy that we're going outside, she'll bring you her shoes.
I tried giving her toast instead of an eggo this morning and she got mad. Then I gave her the eggo and she ate it all.
We found an AWESOME daycare that we love and Buddy is going to start 3 days a week probably week after next. She is going to love it. They have all sorts of activities and toys and I just know she is going to be so happy there. She looooves other kids. Loves them.
Dude, went to Vegas for the first time in my adult life. Last time I was there, I was about thirteen.
That place is crazy. It's sort of like if Times Square became an entire city. There are thousands of people everywhere. Many of them are drunk. Everyone is wearing crazy shit.
I had a good time, except for when I was having a bad time. Example - I waited in a line of about 100 people to check into my hotel, then it took me an hour to get from my hotel the .9 miles to the place everyone was chilling. But, then when I got to that place it was awesome.
I gambled with $100 and left with $205. Nice!
It was the first time I left the Buddy overnight. Luckily I left her with her papa so that left me without any worries.
I danced about half of the time I was in Vegas. I was with thirteen other people on a bachelor(ette) party and boy did we just have a great time.
It is a 45 minute flight from LA to Las Vegas. One of my flights was free with JetBlue. The other cost $60. Then, I had to pay FORTY dollars for my carry-on. What what??
I slept for maybe one hour on Saturday night. So, I took two naps yesterday. My friend Gabs said it would take me one week to recover from Vegas. I think she's right.
Friday night, seven of us went to dinner at Pitfire Pizza. It's as kid-friendly joint near to the pad. Mike, Mike, Molly and me and three babies had pizza and beer. Yes, beer I had my first beer all week on Friday night and boy was it delicious!
Saturday, me and Babe hung around and took it easy. Listened to our California Golden Bears win their second in a row. I also got ready to go to my first award show!
Saturday night, Ruby and I went to the Alma awards! It was so much fun! I got to see a lot of movie and TV stars like Antonio Banderas, Eva Longoria, Jessica Alba and a bunch of other Latino Hotties. There were also some awesome musical performances like Pitbull and GLORIA ESTEFAN. Not together, but still. I mean this wasn't the grammys or anything. Dang! It was dope. The awards were like three hours long but it flew by.
Then, we went to the VIP after party on the top floor of this hottttt outdoor mall in Santa Monica. Ozomatli performed, there was Champagne everywhere (I only had two glasses - I was driving you know!) and we danced the night away! There were stars, and gowns, and food. Dang. It was so fun.
THEN! On Sunday, me and Babe went to see the twenty-eight time world champion Yankees win against the Anaheim Angels of Anaheim. It was a nail-biter, with the Angels of Anaheim in the lead a lot of the time. We totally won though and it was so good. They had this super sad 9/11 commemoration that made me cry like a baby. Speaking of babies, Ang watched the Buddy so me and Babe could have a date to the game!
My Pimento Dip comes from Paula Deen, by way of my MIL. Here's a link's the Ms. Deen's recipe, and here's how I do it:
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup jack
1 cup cheddar
small jar of pimentos, chopped (Ms. Deen says 2 tbspns, I just use the whole jar. What else are you going to use them for if you don't use that jar up?)
1/2 cup mayo (I don't think I use that much)
Grated onion (about a tbspn, I never measure)
a dash of salt, pepper and garlic powder
Blend everything together, toss it in the fridge. This is a delicious dip for carrots, crackers or chips. I think its best with carrots and celery because its so cheesy and rich. In the south it's used as a sandwich spread and that sounds good to me, too!
What a brilliant three day weekend, huh? We sure did a lot of fun stuff.
We had an impromptu bbq on Friday night with three people over. We had a lovely dinner outside and bs'd for a long while. We also played darts which is my new favorite thing to do.
Saturday, my sister and her three kiddies came over. We went to the pool and ate pizza. It was just a lovely day.
Sunday, BFF and her family came over. And my other sister. So, I had two sisters, one BFF, three babies and two kids, plus two dudes, at the pad. We had a wee BBQ and ate burgers and drank beers and played darts. Sensing a theme here? That was our second BBQ of three in one weekend.
Yesterday, my folks came up for lunch. We had a BBQ again and hung out outside. Buddy played in the kiddie pool. It was a short trip for them, but Buddy (and I) were so happy to see them. They timed it so they got here at the end of her first nap and left before her second one.
Doesn't seem like a long list of things done this past three day weekend but I think it took a lot out of us! Especially Babe who valiantly grilled for everyone. I'm beat today and have decided to abstain from beer for some time. I'm betting that time will be Friday. Ha!
I've been applying for jobs, but not at the rate of two a day like I would like. I didn't do any yesterday. Being a job searcher with a baby is a challenge. It's fine though. I will get a job and then I'll be working for the next thirty years, so what is my rush?
I did have a meeting with the director of a research center out here, at USC. Not sure what it all means, but it was a great meeting and he seems pretty interested in me being a part of his center. Who knows?
Buddy is going to turn into a blueberry, that's how many she eats.
I haven't been watching any TV lately except the Yankee games. I've been reading a lot, though. I am stuck in my youth and just finished the Little House on the Prairie series as well as Pride and Prejudice, which I never read before. Both of them make me want to use semi colons, wear a corset and petticoats, and talk at length about random decor, the weather, and how to make butter.