He's off!

Oct. 29th, 2005 08:07 am
Liam, that is. Sent the little guy off with his grandparents yesterday morning. You know they must really love him, if they'd take him again after last weekend's 5 hour long "I want to nurse" temper tantrum in the wee hours of Sunday morning! He was a little standoffish with my stepmom on Thursday - she thinks he's "blaming" her for not being able to nurse at night anymore (we took advantage of a 2-night headstart to try nightweaning again, and it's not been over a week. You can read more about it in Eric's post, if you want). But he warmed up to her later in the day. I figured that if he were really traumatized by last week's experience (not that we actually think so, mind you) that it would show when we tried to load him into my parents truck on Friday morning. But he ran right over to it and tried to climb up into it himself, then gave me a happy wave goodbye when he was all loaded into his car seat, so I guess not.

It's been a relaxed baby-free weekend so far. Last night Eric went with [livejournal.com profile] scottij to a booze tasting (Scotch, Cognac, you name it). I was the designated driver and dropped them off and picked them up. In between I went back to Scott and Sue's house and held baby Jessie while Sue gave Alex his dinner (tough job). Then I came home and did a bunch of ConFusion election related things and watched an episode of Iron Chef before running back out to pick Eric up. Then I went to bed. :-( I've got a cold, see, and I felt just awful. But I did take a long hot bath with jets in the jacuzzi tub before going to bed, so that was nice.

We have yet to figure out what we're doing during the day today, although cleaning the house is the number one contender right now. With Eric taking night duty with Liam, he's been too tired in the evenings to do his usual near-obsessive tidying, and while I've been trying to pick up the slack some, I'm not as motivated as Eric is. The tidying won't take long, but the floors desparately need to swept and mopped, as there are graham cracker crumbs everywhere, and yogurt spills in places suprisingly far from Liam's high chair.

Tonight we're going to dinner at Emily's in Northville to celebrate my birthday. After that we're going to stop by the Stilyagi Hallowe'en party, where we're voting for Guests of Honor for ConFusion 2007. I fear that will be shorter stop than would be nice, but if I feel tonight like I did last night, I'm going to want to go to bed early. We'll see. I'm looking forward to dinner. We were supposed to be going to Alinea in Chicago for my birthday dinner, but alas, we decided that Eric had been out of work too long to make the Chicago trip financially feasible.

Tomorrow we'll go out to the trailer to pick Liam up and spend the afternoon there. They've got a nice warm indoor pool and hottub that I'm looking forward too, and maybe even some mini golf if the weather is okay. We'll have dinner there and then load Liam into the car at bedtime.

Baby Free

Oct. 21st, 2005 10:36 pm
So we went to see a PG movie. Seems a little silly, but Liam is too young for movies of any stripe, so not really. The movie was Charlie aind the Chocolate Factory, and it was fun. It's been at least 20 years since I saw the original - definitely due for a re-viewing.

Before the movie we went for dinner at a new restaurant that's been getting good reviews on eGullet. It's called MisSaigon, and it's a Vietnamese place at Ellsworth and Stone School. We had some shrimp fresh rolls, fried calamari, pho ga (chicken soup) and beef in sweet basil sauce. Everything was good. But the beef was awesome.

Now we're home and I'm gonna go to bed soon. Exciting night. But sleep is high on my agenda for things to do while on my baby vacation.
I am - reluctantly - awake.

Usually, me and Liam's sleep cycles are in sync. Sure, he might wake up every two hours, but it's usually when I'm mostly awake anyway. Not last night. Eric and I went out to some friends' anniversary party for a couple of hours, so I got to bed later than usual. That, and a little bit of wine and champagne, seems to have combined to mean that everytime Liam woke up last night he either woke me from a deep sleep, or just as I was falling into one. That's a much harder morning to deal with.

But the party was very nice. We were invited to wear our wedding clothes, so I got to wear my dress again, and we even found Eric's shirt. I was pleased that the dress still fit, if a bit more snugly than 8 years ago. We had nice conversations with Stilyagi folks we haven't seen in a long time. There was this amazing layered pesto/sundried tomato dip that is going to be my new potluck party contribution. Both members of the anniversary couple decided that the triangle shaped cut-out in the back of my dress called for kissing me in the middle of the back. Although I will say that one of the kisses was considerably more, ummm, exotic than the other.

We almost didn't go. We kept intending, and then forgetting, to find a babysitter. Yesterday on our way in from going to yard sales, we ran into our neighbor Judith in the parking lot. She's one of Liam's regular babysitters when I'm cooking common meal - she's an older woman without any kids of her own, and really enjoys spending time with Liam. Last night wasn't as much fun for her, since we we put him to bed before we left, but she said yes anyway, for which we are very grateful.

It's kind of sad how exotic it seems to me to be out at night, these days...

Night Out

Aug. 10th, 2005 08:24 am
Eric and I enjoyed our baby-free night. We went out to dinner at Taqueria Jalisco with [livejournal.com profile] netmouse and [livejournal.com profile] murphyw, and everything was reasonably tasty. I ordered 6 different tacos, because I didn't want to have to decide, I wanted to try them all (they actually have about 12 different kinds). Unfortunately, the server couldn't tell me which was which, so much effort was spent attempting to figure it out based on the menu descriptions. Of the six, I really liked three, was "eh" about two, and ate only a single bite of the sixth - it was really bad.

Oh - gotta go to work - I'll finish this post by editing it later. If you care about what I thought of Batman Begins or how much baby-free sleep I got, check back later.

Okay... I'm back. So yeah, six tacos. After much leisurely dinner conversation and swapping of work stories, we headed off to the theater for Batman Begins. Unfortunately, we missed about the first 3 or 4 minutes of the movie - it must have started right on time with no previews or anything. There were only about 10 or 15 people in the theater. I quite liked it - it was really well put together, visually very stunning, with some good acting. In particular, I thought the actor playing Dr. Crane was absolutely marvelous (and creepy too).

Movie got out at 11:30, and by the time we got home it was nearly midnight. I still needed to pump, so I didn't get to bed until about 12:30. I slept well - I woke up a couple times, but was able to fall right back to sleep, and slept deeper than I do when Liam's there. And no awkward nursing positions to make my back ache! Sadly, I woke up at 6:30 and couldn't get back to sleep, so I'm still tired today.

And now I'm at work, where I have more work to accomplish today than hours available to do it in. So I guess I should get started. I need to leave a little before 5 so I can pick Eric up and we can drive out to where my parents are staying to have dinner and pick up Liam.
No problems with today's outing. Afternoon dates are much easier. [livejournal.com profile] rikhei came over around 1 pm, and Eric and I left around 1:30. Had some nice little panini sandwiches for lunch from American Spoon Fruit, then went to the movie. Stopped back at American Spoon Fruit to pick up some gelato to take with us to dinner tonight, then came home. [livejournal.com profile] rikhei and Liam had a great time together until we got home around 5.

The movie was technically stunning - the animation is incredible. But a little weak on story for my tastes, and as [livejournal.com profile] jeffreyab noted, definitely a little long in the third act.

According to [livejournal.com profile] minnehaha K, today is Change Your Icon Day. No one's quite sure if she just made it up, but what the hell - I was due for a change. (Chaz, I "borrowed" from your website again. I forgot to ask permission - can I beg forgiveness instead? It works for hotels...)

Tonight we're going over to a neighbor's to eat Senegalese food with our hands while sitting on the floor. Not quite sure how Liam's going to fit into this equation, but it should be interesting...

Tomorrow I'm doing Thai for common meal. It's an odd mix - I have 25 adults and 13 kids! I'm making Thai Beef Salad for the meat eaters, Tofu Satay with Peanut Sauce for the vegetarians, and vegetable curry with rice for everyone. And for dessert, either some sort of sticky rice with mango, or maybe just mango sorbet if I'm feeling lazy and/or can't find ripe mangos.
Unfortunately, this turned out to be one of the 2 hours until first wake up nights, rather than the 3 or more hours until first wake up nights we've been having lately. [livejournal.com profile] murphyw tried to settle him for 15 minutes, but when Liam was still wailing he called us and I came home. Of course, by the time I got home he was no longer crying, although still not asleep. But in any case, it was nice to get out for a little while. I got to dance to one song, saw a few people I hadn't seen in a while, chatted with friends, met (and got to hold!) Robyn and Sylvia's beautiful new baby, and SMOFed not at all. I left before the ballots were counted, so I don't know if I got voted onto the board or not. Guess I'll find out tomorrow.

Well, I was staying up for a little while since I wasn't tired when I got home, but my eyes are getting droopy so I'd better be off to bed. Liam will probably sleep in a smidge because of his extended wake up, but not enough to count on.
Writing about it will probably curse it, but Eric and I have plans to go out twice! this weekend. Tonight for the Stilyagi Air Corps spring dance and elections, and tomorrow to see Steamboy. Very exciting.

The most expensive animated movie ever made! The latest animated feature from famed writer/director Katsuhiro Ôtomo (Akira) is a retro science fiction epic set in Victorian England. A young inventor prodigy named Ray Steam receives a mysterious metal ball containing a new form of energy capable of powering an entire nation. The boy must use it to fight evil, redeem his family, and save London from destruction. The lush Victorian interiors and the elegance of the era's mechanical design allow Ôtomo to create dazzling visual backgrounds and machines.
Tonight was date night for me and Eric. We had our first ever hired babysitter (Jennifer, one of Liam's daycare providers). Cohousing neighbors are cheaper, as they don't usually want to be paid, but since Liam is a little particular about bedtime and doesn't always sleep well, I wanted someone he was used to, and used to going to sleep for. It went very smoothly, except for the part where she turned out to be afraid of cats, so ours had to spend the evening in the basement.

For our date we went to Zingerman's for a Bacon Tasting! Eric seems to be adopting a few more of my foodie interests lately, and he's always loved bacon, so this was pretty much the perfect date to appeal to both of us. Andy, the guy running the tasting, was really knowledgeable and funny and made the whole thing really enjoyable. We got to try 7 different kinds of bacon, 3 different dishes from the deli that feature bacon, and 2 kinds of chocolate (a good palate cleanser for bacon - who would have expected that?). I have tasting notes and commentary and will post them tomorrow, for posterity if nothing else.

Attendees of the tasting get a coupon for 20% off any purchase made that night, so of course we had to do a little shopping to take advantage of that. We got a couple different kinds of cheese, some bread, some mole paste, and some bacon chowder. We tasted a few different kinds of salt in preparation for a future purchase (as [livejournal.com profile] minnehaha K reported, salt is the new salt!). As we were leaving, the bread guy we'd been chatting with brought over a baguette and gave it to us - it must have just expired or something. We went back to Next Door, where Eric had a cappucino and we split a dish of Burnt Sugar gelato, which was excellent.

It was really fun to just get out and do something completely unbaby related together, even if it was only for a couple of hours. It went well, and we'll definitely try it again.


Jan. 1st, 2005 09:33 pm
Thanks for the input, everybody. We ended up going to see Kinsey, and it was great! It's really amazing how far we've come. Tim Curry as the straightlaced prude was amusing irony for those of us more familiar with his Rocky Horror Picture Show role... Liam Neeson and Laura Linney were adorable together. Highly recommended.

(Sorry for the paltry report. I write about food, Eric writes about movies - hopefully he'll comment on this one.)

It was nice to get out with Eric for a little while. On our way back, we picked up some takeout and had dinner with Holly and Brian. Liam seemed to have had a good time, although he was certainly eager to see me and nurse when we got there. Despite having had a bottle and a little nursing snack from Holly! He fell asleep for a little while in Maya's crib, but then woke up and was really distraught for a little while - we have no idea why. We changed his diaper and pajamas there, in the hopes that he'd fall asleep in the car on the way home and we could take him straight to bed. But right after that he started doing his very disturbing frightened cry for no apparent reason. [livejournal.com profile] eviljohn thinks he was protesting having his bedtime routine happen away from home. I had to nurse him for a long time before he was calm enough to load into the car, and then I had to sit in the back with him on the way home. He didn't fall asleep until we were almost home, and woke up on the way into the house, but luckily went to sleep pretty easily once we got him to bed.

Tomorrow we're going to see Eric's mom - hopefully we'll be able to time our departure time so Liam can get a good nap in the car - he's sick, and we've had a busy few days and haven't been very good about getting him enough naps.

Date Night

Mar. 12th, 2004 10:51 pm
Eric and I had an impromptu date night tonight. We decided to go see a movie, and grab some dinner downtown beforehand. We had a quick bite from Jerusalem Garden (one of Eric's favorites), then headed over to the Michigan Theater to see "Touching the Void." Here's the description:

Director Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September) reconstructs mountaineers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates's fateful climb in the Peruvian Andes in 1985, combining dramatic reenactments and interviews. Following a successful ascent, disaster struck when Simpson fell and broke several bones in his leg. Yates unknowingly lowered Simpson over the lip of a crevasse and was no longer able to hold on. Certain they were both about to be pulled to their deaths, Yates cut the rope. How Simpson survived the fall, and made it back to base camp, is a story (like that of The Endurance) that will astound and inspire. Shot on location at over 20,000 ft., the film contains some of the most breathtaking mountain sequences ever photographed.

The description does a good job of summing the movie up. It was a stunning movie, visually. But very difficult to watch at times. And at the same time inspiring - the human body and spirit is capable of a lot more than you'd think.

After the movie we dropped into Borders, where I picked up a copy of "Moosewood Restaurant Cooks for a Crowd" - the Moosewood cookbook for 24 or more. Should be very helpful for planning common meals...



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