Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Bits & Pieces*

Is there anything as sweet as a baby smiling and laughing in its sleep?

And is there anything quite as irritating as a toddler whining and crying when they are not getting their way?

This guy has the funniest blog-roll I've ever seen... especially since I read many of the blogs in question and know who he's talking about!

Stupid Halloween - I hate being home on Halloween night. I have three options - give in to the demands of the little trickers, hide inside my apartment with all the lights off so they think that no one is home, or risk having my apartment egged or otherwise harrassed because they can see that someone is home but not answering the door. I bought a big bag of candy. >:-( If I'm real lucky, this apartment complex doesn't get many trick-or-treaters. Unfortunately, as it's a sprawling complex with at least 600 apartments in a decent area of town, that's unlikely to happen!


Oddly enough, although I heard what sounded like trick-or-treaters knocking on my neighbors' doors, no-one ever knocked on mine. Which is fortunate, because I realized (after I bought the giant bag of candy, of course) that it would be awfully hard to be opening the door and dispensing candy while trying to feed, bathe, and put my toddler to bed, as well as nursing the baby!

*This is a shameless knock-off of Pablo's random thought posts.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Prayer request

A young man my husband knows was recently in a car accident and has been in the hospital in critical condition - today, the right side of his brain failed. His family will be deciding Friday whether or not to remove him from life-support. If you have the time and the inclination, please say a prayer for this man and his family.


The young man passed away Thursday evening. Thank you for the prayers, everyone. I can't imagine anything more painful for a parent than losing a child.

T-shirts I want

Found here.

Now I just need to stop procrastinating and get my husband to teach me to shoot, so we can invest in a gun or two.

Fall Weather

The first cold front of the season has arrived in my area of Florida, dropping the temperatures by nearly 20 degrees and stirring my slumbering wanderlust, which hibernates during the summer, when the heat and humidity make me reluctant to set foot out-of-doors.

I'd like to be climbing hills covered in trees sporting their fall foliage, or following a stream's meandering course - or even simply walking along the beach, staring out to the horizon and thinking wistfully of all the lands the ocean touches, where I would someday like to visit.

Despite living in Florida, even that last option is not easily available to me, with a new baby and an active toddler that need to go where I go. So instead my wanderlust turns to a desire to visit used-book stores and thrift stores, where I can browse in search of the books I read and loved as a child; back when I still had places to explore, before the world shrank to the size of several crowded, dirty cities strung so close together around the crescent of the Tampa and Hillsborough bays that you can only tell when you leave one and enter another by the road signs proclaiming it to be so.

I want to live where soul meets body
And let the sun wrap its arms around me
And bathe my skin in water cool and cleansing
And feel, feel what its like to be new

Cause in my head there's a greyhound station
Where I send my thoughts to far off destinations
So they may have a chance of finding a place
Where they're far more suited than here

I cannot guess what we'll discover
We turn the dirt with our palms cupped like shovels
But I know our filthy hands can wash one another's
And not one speck will remain

I do believe it's true
That there are roads left in both of our shoes
If the silence takes you
Then I hope it takes me too
So brown eyes I hold you near
Cause you're the only song I want to hear
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere

Where soul meets body
Where soul meets body
Where soul meets body

I do believe it's true
That there are roads left in both of our shoes
If the silence takes you
Then I hope it takes me too
So brown eyes I hold you near
Cause you're the only song I want to hear
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere

Death Cab for Cutie "Soul Meets Body"

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Take this guy...

...out behind the police station and shoot him! This twisted f*** filmed his crimes, for pete's sake, it isn't as if he's being arrested on circumstantial evidence. I hope one of the guards at the prison he ends up in lets slip to the inmates just what his crimes were... it's absolutely insane that tax-payer money should be providing this man three squares and a place to live.

If it were legal to do so, I would put a bullet in his head myself. This is the kind of person that public stoning needs to be brought back for.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Back to the addiction

A week of rest has been nice, in a way, but also a little frustrating - I feel well enough to be sitting in front of the computer, but am probably not healed enough to be cleaning house - and boy does it need it! My husband has been trying to help out in that aspect, but well... like the majority of men I have known, his skills lie in areas other than housecleaning! Still, I intend to try to tackle at least a small amount of cleaning tomorrow, as we'll probably have friends over Sunday afternoon.

Benjamin is doing quite well - and so far, he's a fairly calm, quiet baby. I'm sure that will change once he gets old enough to be sleeping less, but right now it's certainly nice!

Thank you, everyone that stopped by and wished us well - it certainly meant a lot to me. I'd especially like to thank Birdie and Beth for stopping by to comment.

Well - I had thought of several things I wanted to write about once I returned from my week of exile, but of course I can't remember them now!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

It's a boy

Little Benjamin - or not so little, at 9 lb, almost 22 inches in length and a head close to 15 inches around, just like his big brother Vincent. Let me tell you, ladies, beware marrying men whose mother's maiden names are German for "Big Head." I'm not kidding - I found this out after the first 15 inch head I pushed out!

Benjamin is doing fine. Seems to be quite healthy and surprisingly quiet and placid (that will change when he gets older!) He was born at 6:51 EST Friday night - just in time for first day of the Jewish Feast of Booths. Well, I'd really like to make this a longer post, but I'm supposed to be spending most of this next week in bed. Oh well! Guess it's just a time to catch up on any books or movies we have that I haven't read or watched yet.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Baby Update

I'm now a week past my due-date, and while the midwives say I could go into labor at any time, this baby seems to have decided that it's comfortably ensconced and that there is no reason to come out right now. I've told my husband that it must be a girl, because of how it's keeping us waiting!

We've tried spicy food, taking a walk, and the 'wink-wink, nudge-nudge - you know what gets labor started!' method suggested to me by my mom and step-dad, and to my husband by a couple of his co-workers. None of it worked! I'll now be taking a tincture procured from the birth center which is supposed to encourage labor, and if that fails, the castor oil method. (I hear castor oil tastes disgusting.) No hospital induction for me, though - I've heard what they put in their concoction and it's disgusting. The only reason I'm going to as much effort as I am to get labor started is because Florida has silly laws about not allowing a woman to deliver at a free-standing birth center if she's gone past her due date by a certain amount.

Well, hopefully the next time I update my blog it will be with news of the baby's arrival. =)