Monday, May 23, 2011

51 Percent.

Thanks Rosie and, for directing me to this too true (and also very comical) take on Beyonce's latest hit... which I could probably shake my ass too, but will think twice about next time I'm all up in da' club getting my freak on (yeah, like that happens).

Jammin' On the One...

Thanks to a half dozen of my fabulous friends, I found a SWEET deal on Mountain Jam tickets this morning!  I'm super excited to see Ryan Montbleau, the Avett Brothers, and Michael Franti... and even more excited to see Marcy D, Sue Bee, Sam Sam, and the family rocking out on an early summer afternoon.

Apple Paltrow & Felix
have similar headgear.
Too bad Felix freaks
whenever his come near
his dome!
We might have grown up and had a baby... but we certainly haven't out grown rock and roll.

Now, if we could just get him used to his live music headphones we'd be all set!  So far, he's not too keen on 'em.  Maybe we'll have to do some practice runs in the next few days...  The kid wears any hat you put on his head (and looks damn good in them, if I do say so myself) but you slap these noise canceling muffs on him and he loses it!  Gotta protect those baby ear drums though!

Well... We're crossing fingers for sunshine and a smiling baby on June 4th!

P.S.  Props to anyone who can identify where "Jammin' On the One" originated.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tonight, "I have a dream."

Shepard Fairey - my favorite contemporary artist -
created this poster in reaction to the
California Proposition 8.  
A few weeks ago, I posted a link to this story on my facebook with the following status update:

"If Felix wants to paint his toenails pink, my only objection will be if he wants to use Wet n' Wild - that stuff chips too easy!"

Today, I read an installment from another favorite blog,  FridayPuppy is spear headed by my friend Matt and also includes entries written by his entourage.  If you know my friend Matt, you understand that he truly is fabulous enough to qualify for an entourage.  He's handsome, generous (he just was named the Leukemia Lymphoma Man of the Year thanks to his serious fundraising efforts), successful and (*sigh, single ladies*) gay.  His newest blogger, Craig from London, is also gay (and, as far as I can tell, also fabulous).  He wrote a post about how he recently explained his sexuality to his beloved nieces... and it struck a similar chord as the story I linked to above.

Obviously, transgender/cross-dressing/etc. have no real relation to homosexuality.  However, due to societal norms they are often forced to hide out in neighboring closets.  My reaction to both blog pieces is that I hope Felix's generation become more and more understanding of our differences, learning to accept one another on the grit that really counts - not on the color of their skin, what sex they are, who they want to marry, or what toenail polish the choose.

The end.  Goodnight.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Words of advice from a typical Italian mother.

I've read the "What to Expect" books.  I thumbed through The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (which I highly recommend).  I've referred to a hand-me-down copy of Breastfeeding for Dummies  (it's actually quite useful).  I'm a regular on the websites of Dr. Sears, La Leche League, and  All of my resources seem to agree:  if a baby is healthy and gaining weight, there is no reason to feed him anything but breast milk for at least the first 6 months of life.  Some of my resources even said a year!

...  but at about 3 and a half months, I couldn't help feeling Felix wanted a more substantial dinner.

Inside the lines of an artsy mommy.

For Mother's Day this year, I wanted to give my mother something really special.  She deserves it...  we've continued to take over the majority of her living space, her free time, and (probably) her sanity.  However, my budget as a stay-at-home mom is super tight right now so the gift "from Felix" was the best kind of gift... homemade.