Thursday, March 22, 2012


Do you ever read too much and pass out from the overload?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Jury Duty

Have you ever been summoned for jury duty?  I have.  Seven times, in the last ten years.  Twice, in the last five months.  Random selection?  HA!  I spit on their random selection.   

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Camera Practice

When I completed my master's degree, my radtastic parents gave me a congratulatory fancy-shmancy camera.  I love it!  But my photography skills have gone through only sporadic spurts of growth and backsliding since then, as my interest in (and time for) taking pictures responded to other pressures in my life.  

No more!  In this phase of my stay-at-home momminess, I feel like I have more latitude for personal development than I used to.  So one of my goals is to carry forward the interests I've previously invested in but jettisoned when life's current shifted directions.

Enter my D-SLR.  And a goal to have one photo shoot each week.  Eden will certainly be a prominent guest star, as with today's practice, but I've got other subjects in mind as well. How about some drool-worthy food?  Spring flowers? Dare I say a landscape or two? 

I think I'll get serious about guitar again too.  And eventually work in some time with the piano we own but no one plays.  One thing is sure: I'd better not push Eden's patience too far.  No one wants to report their cause of death as "homicide at the hands of a rogue member of The Lollipop Guild".   Today, ladies and gentleman, it came close!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

9 Months

Good-bye tranquility, hello adventure!  Eden reached the 9-month mark a couple of days ago, and it ushered in a whole host of new milestones.  

In the short space of a week, she beat roseola, gained two bottom teeth, learned to push herself up to a seated position, learned to crawl, and began climbing everything.  Everything.  Here you can see her on the bookcase, just as she noticed me noticing her.  See the sheepish expression? 

This is the look that always follows shortly after sheepish.  I'm not sure of the exact adjective to describe it, but I'd say it's something along the lines of "I do what I want!  And P.S. what I want is AWESOME!"

At Eden's well-baby visit yesterday we confirmed that she is in fact a tiny little bobble-head.  To be precise, she weighs in at 15 lbs. 14 oz. (8th percentile); her height is 25.5" (almost the 5th percentile); and her ginormous noggin is in the 70th percentile.  The doctor said that she obviously has plenty of room for brains...I'm not so sure.  After all, her favorite activities include scaling the shower curtain, attempting to crawl (i.e. plummet) down the stairs (to her death), tipping over the dog's water, using Hunter's head as a step-stool, and eating whole magazines. Oh, and stranger danger?  Forget that.  Like the dog, this child earnestly believes that every single soul is her BEST friend.  If you're looking for a baby to kidnap, this is the one (so long as you don't mind that her daddy is very good with a shotgun). 

Bless our hearts, I can only foresee her adventuresome ways getting worse with time.  Eden just might be the death of her old-foggie parents.  But dang-it-all, that smile of hers is absolutely irresistible, and we just can't help but think that she's the bees knees.  I guess it's love. Sigh.  What's one poor mother to do?