Tuesday, January 29, 2008

No Baby Mozart for my baby

Along with his growing interest in books (which are now thrust into my lap with the instruction "Read"), Nathan is beginning to love music of all kinds.
When we're at home, he loves "The Wheels on the Bus." He's figured out how to make his toy car, which plays the song, get to his preferred tune even faster. We also have a kids' music CD that features "Wheels" and he loves to dance along to it.
In the car, he's subjected to Mom and Dad's preferred tunes. (Daddy's car is almost always tuned in to a Metallica song.)
Recently we've been listening to the birthday CD my sister made me.
Below is Nathan's favorite car song, which he bobs his head along to.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Addressing my message board fame

Apparently I'm a hit on The Star's message board.
In Friday's paper, I wrote a story about a new class being offered through the continuing education department at Isothermal Community College. The class, being taught by GWU student David Roberts, is about the book of Revelation in the Bible.
All my life I've heard this called Revelations, plural. So on Thursday, I double-checked to see that I had it correct. Since I didn't, I corrected it in the drophed (which is the smaller headline on stories.)
But I failed to correct it in the story.
So for those of you who have been debating the issue, I simply goofed.
But I'm incredibly pleased to be fodder for conversation because it at least means one of you read the story on Friday, so my effort wasn't in vain.

Friday, January 25, 2008

TV drought is making me do crazy things

I wish the writers could just strike a deal already.
Last night was my last new episode of "Ugly Betty." I think that means I have no new episodes of any of my favorite shows.
Except ....
Two weeks ago my sister and I were trying to find something to watch on television. Bored, we flipped the channel to check out the new season of "One Tree Hill." Neither of us had ever watched before.
Suddenly, we're hooked.
My DVR is full of season one episodes that are being aired on Soap Net. (As my sister pointed out, we could just rent the DVDs and watch them much faster, but there's something to be said for watching only one a day the old-fashioned way.)
What are you watching during this TV drought?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Snow terrific

It's been far too long since our last snow.
Nathan will be 2 in May and this is the first time he's seen it. Although he is sick, we took him out in it for a while. He even managed not to complain when we piled on clothes on top of his PJs, two pairs of socks, his coat, mittens and shoes.
Here is a video of his first time playing in the elusive white stuff.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Taking a trip down memory lane, cheese and all

My 31st birthday is this weekend and in honor of that my sister, who is 10 years younger, is making a CD with some of my favorite "0ldies" on it. I've been doing research on the songs on YouTube and decided to search for my old favorite group.
Don't laugh -- it's New Kids on the Block.
Now that you've finished laughing, I'll throw in more for you to guffaw at. I once actually told my mother that NKOTB would be more popular than the Beatles someday. She laughed in my face. (And now if you'll check my CD stash in my car, there's not a NKOTB album to be found. But there is a compilation of the Beatles' number one hits.)
Perhaps the cheesiest of all the New Kids songs was "Tonight." At the time I swooned and thought it was clever. Now I kinda groan at it.
Here's the video for your viewing enjoyment.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Finding humor (and sanity) at the pediatrician's office

Nathan has had a raging cold this week. He's gone from having mucus running down his face to it running down the back of his throat. He's had a raspy cough that would make Jacob Marley jealous. He's been feverish and hasn't wanted to sleep. And the child who once would eat Mommy's potato salad and green beans has suddenly started shaking his head and saying "uh-huh" when offered food.
So off to the doctor we headed yesterday afternoon. I was not looking forward to this trip - it took more than an hour to get through to get a work-in appointment, so I knew it would be crowded. It was.
Surprisingly, we were out of the waiting room and in the exam room rather quickly. Nathan is quite inquisitive and behaved really well for the doctor - mostly because she sat on the exam table with him and he found this odd.
It turns out that his refusal to eat may have little to do with his cold and more to do with his age. As the doctor put it, toddlers have a tendency to become "water people," choosing beverages over food because downing six ounces of milk takes less time than chewing up and swallowing chicken nuggets (another favorite he's turning down.)
After stressing out all week about his lack of appetite and worrying about juggling getting to my job and taking care of him, at the words "water people" I suddenly started imagining Nathan very fish-like. And the expression on his face while she described this was priceless - he just looked at her like "Wow, she gets me."
So to all you mothers of 19 month old children, it's OK if they don't eat. They'll survive - in fact, Nathan had maintained his weight and had actually sprouted up an inch or so in height.