Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Today, Yesterday, Tomorrow: on the theme of Buddy

Today is Pajama Day at daycare and all of the kids are wearing their PJS. Buddy was so excited when she got ready this morning. She opted for the birdie, feetie pajamas. And when we got to daycare, we walked in the gate and she screamed LOOK AT ME!!! It was super cute, guys. Super cute.

Yesterday, Babe got Buddy a nightlight. It shines a picture of Dora onto the cieling of her bedroom. Could she love it anymore? Nope, I don't think so. When I went and got her this morning at 6am, she pointed to it and screamed DADA DORA BOOTS MAMA! There's a whole lot of yelling when you have a two year old.

Tomorrow, you will see many, many pics of Buddy dressed as an owl! That's right! She's going to be an owl for Halloween. Yeah! Yeah! And you know who's going to be screaming? ME.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Four: Number of  way I was tracking coverage of Sandy last night.
    1. CNN on the TV
    2. Twitter on my phone
    3. Facebook on the IPAD
    4. NY Times, Gothamist & NY1 on the Interwebs. 
Three: Days until my birthday. I will be turning thirty five. This is not particularly cause to celebrate, nor is it cause to cut my hair off and buy a Porsche. It just is.

Two: Hours it has taken me to write this post.

One: Day til Halloween, where we will dress up her Buddiness and take 1 million pictures of her. What's her costume you might ask? Wait and see. Just wait and see!!! 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Weekend Pics

We celebrated my sister Sunny's Beeday this weekend! Happy beeday sister Sunny! We went to the Stone Brewery for lunch on Sunday and I do believe, if I'm not mistaken, that it is the happiest place on earth? 

Does this need a caption?
Well, here goes.
Buddy is playing dress up here. And her hair is so big. And I love her so much. 

Buddy is big into gardening these days. 

I was surprised and flummoxed to receive this in the mail the other day. I opened up the box from Amazon and thought what is this? Is it moisturizer? It is silver polish??
It's cherries, in booze. A gift from the baby of long-time blog reader "Anonymous" who lives out in Cranford, NJ and hopefully isn't under water.
Thanks guys!! Thanks to your baby for sending these delicious cherries. I laughed and laughed and laughed. We will eat them over ice cream. 

Look at sweet pea's serious face? She loved the carousel. Did I cry? Maybe. 

My nephew, the O-man, is the happiest baby on earth. Seriously. 

Why you so sleepy big kitten?
We went to the wild animal park. (Buddy loved it.) 

My sister sent this pic of my sweet nieces all dressed up for Halloween. Look at the ice cream cone in the middle? I will eat her. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Haiku Friday

Birthdays are coming.
Tomorrow is my sister's,
next Friday is mine.

Then, in a few weeks
it's my mother's birthday too.
Then, of course Babes's.

A short break, then it's 
Jesus's birthday followed by
my Dad's and Ang's. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Politics, Baseball and Religion

Less than two weeks til the election is over! Woohoo! Whoever you're voting for, make sure you vote! Unless you like in Ohio, Florida or another swing state and you aren't voting for Obama. Insert winky emoticon here.

After the complete decimation of the Yankees by the Detroit Tigers I stopped watching baseball. Except that I have a ton of friends who root for the Giants. And I obviously can't root for the Tigers. So what I'm trying to say is, o nly a few more days until baseball season is over.

I don't really have anything to say about religion, I just wanted to name this post about the three things you aren't supposed to talk about among friends.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Crumble in the Bronx

So a few weeks ago, I made this Blackberry Crumble and it was so good I thought I'd share the recipe.

This is from the Williams and Sonoma website, and I've included my minor modifications below.


  • 4 apples
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen blackberries or blueberries (I used fresh) 
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded dried coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds (I used sliced almonds) 
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted


Preheat an oven to 325°F.

Peel, core and thinly slice the apples.(I didn't slice very thin because I am lazy. And I have a two year old. Look, you're lucky I baked at all. You're not, probably, because you didn't eat any. Someone is though.)

In a bowl, stir together the berries, apples, cornstarch and granulated sugar. Spread the fruit mixture in a baking dish that is 12 to 14 inches in diameter. (I used a rectangle.) 
In a bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, oats, coconut, almonds, cinnamon and ginger. Drizzle with the melted butter and toss with a fork to combine. Sprinkle the crumble mixture evenly over the fruit. Bake until golden and crisp, 45 to 50 minutes. Serve warm. Serves 6 to 8.

Adapted from New Healthy Kitchen Series, Desserts, by Annabel Langbein (Simon & Schuster, 2006).

Monday, October 22, 2012

Wknd Pics

If I was one of those people who made their child's picture their own profile picture on social networking sites, which I am not nor will I ever be except maybe to mark her birthday, I would make this pic my profile pic. 

When I first started getting books for Buddy and my nieces I would read through them to make sure they weren't offensive. Now, I am lazy. Also, who cares? Also, I got this from the library. And so I laughed when I read this. And though what the hell? 

Park day on Sunday morning! The slides were wet in case you are wondering why my child doesn't have any pants on. 

New hat from Auntie. 
Buddy walking Auntie to her car. 

Me and Buddy got some more decorations for the house!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Haiku Friday

Despite it being
eighty five degrees this week
there are signs of fall.

It's not eighty, hoy.
There's a little bit of breeze.
And sometimes, some clouds.

This picture is old.
But I still wanted to share.
Digging on those clouds. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Love Letters from the East Coast

I received this email today from one of my former coworkers: Swooooon.

Caroline, I miss you not being in my office around this time of year because of your supply of candy corn (and your eyes).

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

You lost your mittens, you naughty kittens. Now you shall have no pie.

So, I've been thinking about Mittens a lot lately. And I have to say, it's not so much that I hate Mitt Romney. It's that I love Barack Obama.

I hated W so much more. Like so very much. Every time he spoke, it was like nails on a chalkboard to me. I thought he was an idiot, as in not smart at all. That smirk he used to do, and that half laugh. Oh boy. I thought he was a little boy who didn't work for anything his whole life and got handed a job and that he was a puppet and Dick Cheney and Bush Senior and Karl Rove were pulling the string.

When I see Mitt Romney (Mittens), it's not that I hate him so much. I don't like him, no. I can't believe how much he lies and flip flops. And his face with its freaky botox wide eyes freak me out. But, it's like my friend emailed me this morning - he's just so mediocre. He's no Commander in Chief. He's a business man, a good one and a slimy one, indeed. He's made a TON of money (that he apparently pays little taxes on), but I don't think he's presidential material.

When I hear President Obama talk, and when I think about what he was saddled with when he took over this country and I think about the deliberate and careful way he makes decisions that will affect us all, I truly believe he is looking out for the middle class and that he will help us get better as a nation. I believe he has done a lot to win our respect back around the world - though there is a long way to go. I believe he takes his job and our problems seriously.

I don't get that impression from Mittens. When I hear tapes of him saying he'd have an easier job being elected president if he were Latino, or he says things like 47% of the United States population see themselves as victims, entitled to public support, or when he says women like to be home to cook dinner for their kids when asked about equal pay for women, I just don't feel like he's taking me seriously. (You thought I was going to bring up binders full of women, didn't you? Too easy.)

So I have just been thinking about that.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Here is a funny reply from one of my loyal blog readers:

If you want details on what Obama has done in the last 4 years click here (please note this is actually not a hyperlink and contains no information).

Isn't he a scream? 


If you want details on Romney's tax plan: click here.

Thanks facebook for the blog fodder!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Wknd pics

Sunday morning coloring is serious business. 

Rainboots and an umbrella from papa. 

Princesses watching Gabba on the 'puter. 

Buddy and the fish communicate. 

Lounging while mama grocery shops. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

haiku friday

Orange day today!
All the kids are wearing it.
At daycare today. 

Finally got it.
Put the different days on
my phone calendar.

No more going home
to fetch a teddy bear or
some random red shirt. 

Bubbles and lashes

My princess.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

On working downtown

So, it's sort of interesting to work "downtown" here in a LA for a number of reasons. First, let me qualify that by saying I work as far west as you can downtown, so I skip much of the traffic but also most of the benefit. For example, there are some seriously good restaurants downtown but they are nearly a mile from me. There is also Walgreens and Rite Aid on every corner - also ten blocks away.

We're sort of in an outpost here, which again isn't bad because I do miss a lot of the traffic. And I bring my lunch anyways so what do I care about restaurants. I do have free parking if there is ever anything I want to see or do at the Staples Center or LA Live, though.

But, boy are there a lot of CRAZY PEOPLE down here. Yesterday, for example, I was driving out of my parking garage and waiting for a pedestrian to cross in front of me. He was homeless, sure, and had a wild look but what are you going to do right? I still have to wait for him to cross! He locks eyes with me, I lock my door. He starts hollering at me and banging on the hood of my car. Then, he walked away.

This morning, there's a lady in a wheelchair rolling by me as I make my way in to the office. Also homeless, sure. She says, spare change? I say no. She says "You hate helping disabled people. I hope you get struck by lightning."

Have a good  morning folks!

Monday, October 08, 2012


Finally! I got pics of Buddy at the wedding back in June! Isn't she the cutest? Look at the flowers in her hair!! 

And here she is with the ring bearer!! ACK! I just died. 

Wknd Pics!

It was a pretty nice weekend, busy and my allergies kept me super under the weather a lot of the weekend, but we still managed to have a good time! We celebrated Dr. B's birthday and this was his neat cake. Neat, right?  
On Friday, Buddy's daycare had a little pizza night so all the parents could meet. This is Buddy sitting by her best friend eating chips and carrots. 

This is Buddy eating ice cream with two spoons at the Abbot Kinney Street fair. She is quite distracted by the  dogs who were to her left, but she is being very brave. 

Buddy on my shoulders at the street fair. 

I see you! 

Cyclops buddy. 

PCH drive home was lovely. 

Dr. B blowing out his candles! 

Friday, October 05, 2012

Haiku Friday

Each morning, I see:
PAMS BMW parked
right by the entrance.

How do I know that?
Cuz of her vanity plates.
Little grey beemer.

I say, Good for you,
Pam! I am real proud of you.
You hard worker, you. 

Thursday, October 04, 2012


I hated last night's debate with a fury and a passion.

Why did I hate it you might ask?

Because everything about it was rotten.

1) Romney's voice is hard for me to listen to. He has this wide-eyed botox look about him that makes him instantly untrustworthy. He looks smooth and rich and I think a lot of people in America probably like that about him. Seeing him brought back my worry that he might actually be a viable candidate.
2) Boy did Jim Lehrer do a terrible job moderating. Babe and I both said a number of times how much he was favoring stupid Mittens. (You lost your mittens, you naughty kittens! Now you shall have no pie!)
3) My man, Obama, really didn't come on strong. He really didn't say much of anything. I get it, high ground. But he better come out swinging in the next debate.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012


  1. This morning, I pulled several rookie moves and therefore it took me close to 50 minutes to get to work. I won't go into detail, but I drove like I don't live here, constantly second guessing my decisions. Plus there was a lot of traffic.
  2. Tonight is the first presidential debate! Oh, I'm so excited. It's also the last game of the regular season, so that's important, too. I told Babe I was more excited about the debate and he was very disappointed in me. 
  3. It was so hot in my house yesterday, like a hundred degrees (probably a slight exaggeration). I hope it cools down some as it is, you know, October.
  4. I called Terminex this morning to come and deal with the five gigantic spiders who are living in the plant out front of my house. I'm no expert but one looked like a black widow. Is that image seared in my brain? Yes, yes it is. They'll be there between 2 and 4 tomorrow. I asked if the guy would pick off the spider webs and they said yes. EW GROSS. You could not pay me enough to be a terminex guy. 

Tuesday, October 02, 2012


For the longest time, I was an on and off coffee drinker. Sure, I loved the taste, but I never really had a habit. When I got pregnant back in '09, it wasn't a hardship for me to give it up. When I had the Buddy, I was slow to bring it back in my life because I was nursing and because I found I didn't really need it.

Then, I got so tired. Man oh man, did I ever get tired.

Basically when Buddy was about one (and when we moved here), I started to have a delicious cup at home every morning. Many days, the Buddy and I would go to Tanners for another cup.

I started working at UCLA and they had that free Starbucks machine I told you about. So, a cup at home in the morning and then a free Starbucks cup.

Now, at my new gig, they don't have a free Starbucks machine. (The hell you say!) They do have the k-cups which are good in a pinch, but you know the real reason I drink coffee is the delicious creamy goodness of half and half, and all they have here is coffee mate.

Anyways, so this building has a Starbucks on the ground floor. (Incidentally, I spent my entire 20s boycotting Starbucks  not for any reason really, more the inertia of boycotting. once you start, its difficult to stop. I finally broke the seal by buying my dad Starbucks gift cards for father's day. He likes to walk to Starbucks and have a cup of coffee during the day.)

Wow, digress much?

So, I have been at this job not quite four weeks and have been to Starbucks probably 2 times a week? Not too bad, right? So what if they already know my name and my beverage of choice? (Medium iced coffee, unsweetened with room for cream, if you're buying.)

So, today, my first trip in October, yes I realize it's the 2nd, I bought a $20 gift card. My goal is the make this last for the month of October? Yeah, right,  huh?

Monday, October 01, 2012


Who needs to purchase decorations for Halloween when you live in Culver City, the spider capital of the United States of America? 

The fog and dew made the outside bushes look especially creepy today! 

Wknd Pics!

My sweet buddy running after the blimp! Where did it go? She asked me. And then answered for herself: "Mama, it went far far away."

Lame picture of the empty 405. CARMAGEDDON. 

The cutest person I ever met.