4/28/2006

Stuff Portrait Friday!

Thank goodness it's Friday! I had to drop Nate off at daycare for a fourth morning this week so I could finish up some of the stacks of projects on my desk. But I must take a minute to play SPF! This week the multi-talented Kristine assigned us to show 1. Something Big 2. Something small 3. Something half.

Nathan's smile is just about the biggest thing I see everyday. I can't get enough of it. I need a new camera so I can capture MORE of it.



The smallest but most precious thing I saw this week was my new baby niece in a 3D ultrasound. Here is her tiny little foot. It looks so big and lifelike here that it's hard to imagine it is really only the size of my fingertip.



When Kristine said "something half", my brain immediately jumped to the Half-Moon pose I do in yoga. Otherwise known as Ardha Chandrasana. The first time the yoga-nazi told us to do this, I could not even come close. I would lean down and immediately fall over. Now after months of practice I can do it with ease. My balance, strength, and focus are so much better these days. I love this pose.



TGIF! Thanks for visiting.

4/27/2006

I need something more interesting to write about

While I promised myself that this blog would not become a live journal, simply chronicaling my pretty average boring life, I am left uninspired this week. So in no particular order:
  • I am about the third most flexible person in my yoga class
  • Flexibility makes up for my lack of strength sometimes
  • Inversions are fun and I need to overcome my fear of them
  • Didn't get to actually talk to hottie Mark this week, but still got lots of flirty facial expressions directed specifically at me
  • Knee pain was gone so I tried running yesterday
  • Knee soreness is back today, but not too bad
  • Talked to ieatcrayonz on the phone last night about kids and cameras
  • As usual, she sounds nothing like I'd imagined. Much more southern and sweet.
  • I think I have settled on the Nikon D50 but when I told Mike the price he had a heartattack
  • Got a much more affordable estimate for our basement yesterday, but it's my neighbor's brother and I'm a little nervous about using him
  • Can't wait to hit the beach at my mom's new beach house
  • Started using Oil of Olay Touch of Sun lotion and much to my surprise I think it's working
  • Watched Narnia last week with my mom...that movie ROCKS
  • My blogfriend spikey1 was supposed to be back from his trip to Pittsburgh on Sunday and I haven't heard from him since Saturday...I'm concerned...I'm guessing the baby came early
  • I can't wait to see what my pregnant sister looks like, I miss her
  • My crazy neighbor offered to mow part of our lawn for us...miracles never cease
  • I have a LOT of wastewater design work to do and no motivation to do it
  • I'll get it done anyway

4/26/2006

WBW - Repeat Offenders

This week for Way Back Wednesday, Mama Duck asked us to identify that ugly accesory or clothing item that you have worn over and over and shows up in all your pictures. I looked back through all my pictures and didn't find anything like that, just lots of BIG hair.

Then it occurred to me. For many years while I was working before Nathan came along, I used to go to an enormous number of trade shows and conferences. I always had to wear one of those stupid ugly gigantic trade show badges that hung around your neck and usually fell square on my boobs for all the world to notice. For a long time I had a collection of these badges hanging on a hook in my office at my old company. There must have been nearly a hundred of them. I took them with me when I quit, but after those dumbasses sued me I chucked the badges since they all had my former company's name on them and I was...still am...bitter.

I had TONS of pictures wearing said trade show badge, because I LOVED going to these shows, as much as I complained about them. I got to stay in super swanky hotels, dress up in my extensive suit collection, and schmooze and mingle. Every night is ended in the hotel bar and when the industry is 90% men, I never had to buy a drink. So here's just a few:

My very first trade show where I went alone, without colleagues. I put up my booth wearing a sundress (because it was a hot July day) and I got some seriously ugly sexist remarks from an oldtimer setting up his booth at the same time. Learning experience. This picture showed up in an association newsletter showing me drinking on the job. The guy next to me and I are still good friends today. We did a LOT of trade shows together.



I think this was in Anaheim. I'm drinking juice, not alcohol, because this was taken at a sales breakfast meeting. The rough part about ending days in the bar? Being up and at 'em to give presentations at 7am.

This is me listening to a boring speaker at a show in Boston a few years ago. Trying to stay awake. Found this one in a newsletter too.

That's me in the front, drinking on the job again. They always have these cocktail hours during the shows to encourage people to check out the exhibit booths. Also found this one in a newsletter.

Me and my current boss who was also my boss at my old company way back when this picture was taken in about 2001. There's those stupid badges again.

Whoever told me this gold blouse looked good under this red suit should be shot. This is Virginia Beach. (REALLY boring)

After giving a presentation in Los Angeles.

Getting an award in Los Angeles. This time the badge is a bit hidden, but it is MUCH bigger because you get special additional ribbons to stick on it when you are a speaker or an awardee or stuff like that.

And finally, this past year in Washington D.C. talking to an old friend who didn't recognize me with my post-baby brown hair. Again...the badge. Yes, I do often miss that life, but I wouldn't trade my son for it.

Happy WBW!

4/25/2006

Brokeback Mountain

Sunday I rented Brokeback Mountain and started watching it while Mike was doing something else. I figured I needed to judge for myself what everyone else was raving about. As soon as Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal appeared on the screen, Nathan ran over to the TV and pointed right at Jake and shouted "Dad!!!" Mike happened to be walking in at that moment and replied "THAT's not DAD!! That's a gay cowboy!!!" I busted up laughing.

I did not like this movie. It was extremely slow. It was not all that romantic. I knew there was gonna be a kissing scene but nobody told me there was a gay sex scene. I find it a bit inconceivable that there is no prelude to the sex, they don't even seem to know they are gay or attracted to one another, they just all of the sudden start...well...you know.

The scenery and music are gorgeous, but the rest of it falls flat in my opinion. The plot just isn't thick enough. In short, it's a snoozer.

4/24/2006

Choices, choices...


Easter Lilly
Originally uploaded by Mainline Mom.
I am at a photography crossroads, so to speak. I have finally decided the basement is not getting done this year, Mike can buy his shed and riding mower and I can get a new digital camera. I take WAY too many pictures and am much too seriously into photography NOT to upgrade. I have been inspired by Kristine, Robyn, Shutterblog, Angela, and Wave of Modulation, just to name a few.

But now I'm not sure what kind of camera to get! I was thinking the obvious choice is a Nikon D70s, or a BAMF for short, which so many of you (like Kami) have raved about. But now there is a new, slightly less expensive model called the Nikon D50, which the reviews I have read say is just as good if not better in some areas as the D70s. A few people like Odd Mix have suggested that a Canon 350D Rebel XT might be even better, especially for me considering I have at least one nice Canon lens that will work with a new digital Canon. I usually just shoot in auto-mode these days but before kiddo I used to play around with the manual modes on my 35mm SLR and I would love the flexibility to do that again.

Then I got to reading and thinking and realized with a digital SLR I'll definately be sacrificing size, which is important to me considering how much I'd like to take my camera EVERYWHERE. I'll also be giving up the live LCD display which I OFTEN use to frame shots instead of the viewfinder. I use that mainly because then Nathan can see my face instead of just looking at the camera and I can catch his attention better. But most importantly, I'll be giving up my wish for some kind of digital video device. Recently I have had the desire to capture my son in live motion and sound, which I have NEVER done, and post it on this blog, which is a sort of scrapbook of his childhood. I could just go out and buy a digital camcorder, which wouldn't cost THAT much, but after I shell out the bucks for a new SLR I am unlikely to do that for awhile.

So I would live your advice. Whether you know anything about cameras or not, but especially if you DO. Help!

4/22/2006

This Quiz Should Be Way Longer

I thought this might be interesting, but then I realized HOW MUCH it completely left out. No jazz, no classical, no Christian. Very little electronica. Overall just WAY too short. I like SO much different music.


Your Taste in Music:

80's Alternative: Highest Influence
Adult Alternative: Highest Influence
80's Pop: High Influence
90's Alternative: High Influence
90's Pop: High Influence
Alternative Rock: High Influence
Classic Rock: High Influence
Country: High Influence
R&B: High Influence
90's Rock: Medium Influence
Old School Hip Hop: Medium Influence
Progressive Rock: Medium Influence
Ska: Medium Influence
80's R&B: Low Influence
90's Hip Hop: Low Influence
Dance: Low Influence
Hair Bands: Low Influence
Hip Hop: Low Influence
Punk: Low Influence

4/21/2006

Stuff Portrait Friday - S. B. H.

This week Kristine at Random and Odd is once again letting us get creative! She wants us to take pictures of three thing, and the catch is each thing has to start with the same initial as your first, middle, and last name. My initials are SBH so I will show you....drumroll please....

1. Sandals

2. Balls

3. Haircare products

Springtime is here and out comes my obsession with open-toed shoes. I LOVE them. This time of year I can hardly walk past a shoestore without drooling. The strappier and the higher the heel, the better. So especially for SPF my sandals all decided to get together and have a little party. Sometime last year I reduced my shoe collection by about 2/3, so these are all the sandals that remain.

Next is Nathan's ball collection. These are all the ones I could find in five minutes and in one room. There are more hidden all over the house. Those are just what he has collected in 18 months, and I'm sure there will be MANY more in the next 18 years.

And finally for the H in my last name, I decided to show you all my haircare products. I have extremely curly hair naturally, which requires much product to keep the frizzies away. I prefer to blow it out straight, but that requires more time than I almost ever have in the bathroom. These aren't all the products I own, just the ones I use all the time. Whoever thought I'd be buying shampoo and conditioner at $20 a bottle? Not me, that's for sure. I'm pretty cheap ordinarily.

Well now that I see Kristine's SPF post I realize how very UN-creative I am compared to her! Damn that supertalented woman. Well tell me if ya played.

4/20/2006

Random Thoughts Thursday

Yesterday morning at my monthly MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) meeting we had a "Tea and Testimony" day. Our table leader did a nice job of preparing a very fancy table for us with delicious vanilla caramel tea and desserts. My pathetic group has shrunk from 9 to only 4, but the four we had were more able to talk intimately, which was nice. We heard four women share stories of how they have recently begun their journey of faith in God and how he has started working in their lives, often through MOPS. They cried, I cried, we all cried. It was a Kleenex-fest. I don't talk too much about my faith here on this blog, but it is hugely meaningful to me, and getting the chance to talk about it with three wonderful ladies of different faith backgrounds was fantastic.

My knee pain has really been bringing me down the past few days, discouraging me after I had made so much progress in running recently. I keep seeking advice and getting all kinds of different opinions, so it's hard to know what to do. I have brand new shoes and a knee brace which I always wear when I run. I have been icing and resting and popping Advil all week. Shopping in high heels yesterday almost killed me. Yoga on Tuesday helped ease some pain, but it's not completely gone. When I asked my yoga-nazi girl about it she got kinda snobby on me and said I shouldn't have pain from running if I run with proper form. She told me to go hire a running coach to correct my form.

On a positive note, I went shopping for some spring clothes last night and found two basic pieces to add to my wardrobe. One pair of Levi's denim capris and one pair of Dockers khaki capris. Both a size smaller than I normally wear. And guess how much the khakis cost? Regularly p riced $34.99. Sale marked $19.99. Rang up $3.80!! No kidding. Must have been leftovers from last season. The cashier was laughing. I was grinning ear to ear. Gotta love that kinda surprise bargain.

4/19/2006

More Babies!!

My pregnant sister and her husband just decided to shell out the big bucks for one of those 4D commercial ultrasound gigs. I had seen them advertised when I was pregnant and opted not to pay so much to see a little someone you will see even better in a few more weeks. But the pictures are pretty cool just the same. Presenting...my niece, whose name I do not yet know!

For facial feature comparison purposes, here's my sister and her husband, along with my grandparents.

4/18/2006

WBW - Moldy Oldy Family

This week The Kept Woman asked us to post the oldest picture of our family we had. I wasn't sure if she meant just any part of our family, or one that included us in it. So first, here's some REALLY old ones of my grandparents and great-grandparents.







And here are my paternal grandparents on their wedding day in 1944.

And here they are at my mom's second wedding a couple years ago. Can you believe they came to see my mom get married again after she lost her first husband, their son? Awesome people, they are.




As for the oldest picture that includes me? I guess this one will have to do.


How's that for some crazy bad fashion? I guess this was before my sister was born. Tough luck, sis. Happy WBW!

4/17/2006

Easter Slideshow

For those of you who actually know all these people, you might enjoy viewing this convenient slideshow I made of the best pictures I took. Well, I'm in half of them so it stands to figure I didn't take all of them. So check out this link to view the show in Flickr.

Babies, Babies, Babies!

Friday afternoon we drove upstate to my inlaws place for the weekend. It was really great, Nathan was an angel, and my mother-in-law is an awesome cook so I ate WAY too much. Not to mention the fact that I'm a chocaholic and there was candy laying around everywhere. They live waaaaaay back in the boonies up on a gorgeous hill with fantastic views, and the weather was beautiful. I did go on one really wonderful run down some back country roads, past all kinds of farm animals and gardens. Unfortunately my chronic knee pain is back with a vengence and I have to figure out what to do about it before all my running progress disappears.

The best part of the weekend was getting to meet two brand new little baby girls, my BIL's 11 week old daughter, Haley, and Mike's cousin's 8 week old daughter, Mia. H&M. Here's me with Haley, my beautiful niece.


And here's Mia.



They are both gorgeous and SO good. So tiny too, I don't remember Nathan every being that small! We had 20-some family people over for dinner, fly kites, goofed around with an RC plane, and had an easter egg hunt in the yard. Nathan looked so cute. I have a TON more pictures which I will put up in my Flickr account (click on the collage over on the right) as soon as I get a chance.





4/13/2006

SPF - Easter Themes

Kristine tried to be all PC this week, but really her SPF assignments stem from Easter associates. 1. Your Peeps 2. Something fuzzy 3. Something you want to dye.

First are my peeps. My two best friends in the world are Lex and Ab. Both turned 30 this week. Happy Birthday chicas!!!


Both this one and the next picture qualify as my peeps AND the thing I want to dye. I seriously need some new color in my hair. I used to be red, then I had lots of blonde highlights, now I'm back to boring natural brown. I just wish great color wasn't so expensive to maintain!

Anyway this is my best friend from college, Kristy. Here we are at her housewarming party recently, at which we played beerpong and asshole. She's still a single party girl. I think men are intimidated when they find out she's a chemical engineer. Too bad cuz she's cute and funny and owns a big house AND a beachhouse.

And now for my something fuzzy. I guess my hair qualifies there too!!! But seriously, here is the adorable Miss Peppermint Patty. Pepper for short. Nathan's best friend in the world.

Have a Happy Easter and a Blessed Passover y'all!! Save some chocolate for ME!

All God's Children Got Shoes

Spring and warm weather are here and finally it is the time to bring out my sandals and start going open-toed. This also lends itself to my kicking off my sandals and going barefoot in the house quite frequently. But it seems Nathan has a problem with that. The minute he sees me slip off my sandals and start walking barefoot, he runs and grabs my shoes and brings them over to me.

"Mama, you're not wearing your shoes!!"

"Here, let me help you put it on."

"I can't figure out how it goes on. You do it!"



"There, now all is right with the world."

4/11/2006

WBW: Pre-you

So this week TKW wanted to see pictures of our moms while they were pregnant with us. My mom is gonna love this...NOT. She reads this blog every day. So anyway, here's my mom in 1975 at her baby shower, where she doesn't look THAT huge yet, but I have no idea how far along she was.


And just to be fair to her, I will post a picture of myself when I was 9 months pregnant and ready to pop.

Back in this post Spikey said I look just like my mom. I would like to correct that. I do not look like her at all. I look like my dad. Here's my mom now, cute sexy thing that she is:

Happy WBW! Tell me if ya played.

Two Step

Not much funny or insightful to tell you today, so I'll just give a general update on our goings-on. Weather is beautiful so running the Schukyll Canal road and climbing the hills of my neighborhood has been great this week. Nathan likes it too. His health is back along with his happy energetic personality and a voracious appetite.

Nathan's vocabulary now includes: Ball, Pepper, Mama, Dada, Coat, Car, Up, Nana, Balloon, Book, Bed, Banana, Bottle, Cracker, Lilly, Bird, Cheese, Shoes, Socks, Please, Head, All Done, Elmo, and several animal noises. I'm sure I forgot some.

I have finally planned my sister's baby shower in Richmond and mailed out the adorable invitations, supplied by the Target dollarzone along with tons of other matching decorations. When we decided we needed party favors I went back to get the animal shaped boxes of the same theme and they were on clearance for $0.25 each. Target ROCKS. Getting that red card has been bad for our bank account.

Speaking of the bullseye boutique, I have to go now and pick up plastic eggs and candy to drop off for the MOPS easter egg hunt we will do on Wed. I'm pysched about it and I hope Nathan gets the whole idea of running around picking up eggs. Hopefully he'll catch on before all the big kids get all the eggs.

4/08/2006

Little Rainman

We have definately started seeing many of the OCD tendancies in Nathan that I've heard are common among toddlers. First there was the newspaper incident. There have been a couple other ones like that, which sometimes involve cleaning up toys, which is a good thing. Then yesterday Nathan decided that the best place for a McDonald's french fry is in his toy dump truck.


One by one he would take a fry from the bag in my hand and walk it over to his truck and drop it in.

I was having a bad hair day yesterday. I'm not usually one for the ballcap look, but Mike thinks it's cute.

Back and forth. Fry from Mommy, fry in dump truck.

And every time Nathan would bend over to put a fry in the truck, his diaper would droop and we could see his buttcrack. So Mike thought the best place for a fry would be:

4/07/2006

SPF - Turn Me Off Auto

Our talented photographer and leader of SPF has chosen this week to really challenge us with our cameras. Our assignment was to turn the camera off the Auto setting and work with it.

1. Macro: take a picture of something ‘close up’. Don’t use your zoom, make sure you have good lighting and make sure you’re steady. If you have to, set your camera down on something and then take the picture.

2. NO FLASH: try swiching the flash off and taking pictures of your stuff without it. It may take a lot of pictures to get the right shot, but open the windows and find artifical light to get it to work.

3. Perspective: get up high or down low…either way, change the perspective of your picture..tilt the camera sideways. Change the layout of the picture. Instead of having the subject framed perfectly in the middle of the picture…move it to the left or the right.

This was a fun assignment, but I didn't have a lot of time to play around. So here ya go.

I realized very quickly how hard it is to get a good macro shot with a point and shoot. This took a LOT of tries to get, and I'm still not happy with it. But it's kinda cool.

This is a toy that Nathan got from his Grammy for Valentine's Day. It sings and dances to the one song from the Muppet show. Nathan loves it and dances around like crazy when it plays.

This is my office from way up above, looking down. Not really that interesting, but a change in perspective. Makes me realize how cluttered it looks!

So tell me if you played!

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Last night I decided to try something new for dinner. I had a coupon for a Banquet Homestyle Bakes casserole in a box kinda thing. I picked one that looked yummy, with ham and cheese sauce and hash brown style potatoes. I put it all together and popped it in the oven before Mike came home from work. I ran upstairs to change for the gym while it cooked, and Mike pulled it out of the oven and served it when the timer went off. I asked him if I should make any veggies with it and he said no. So we both sat down, said grace, and each took a bite simultaneously.

Me: Uh, this isn't very good.

Mike: I am NOT eating this!

Me: Me neither.

Mike: It has the consistancy of peanut butter! What IS it? I don't even recognize what's IN it?

Me: I GET the point.

Consider yourself warned.

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