March 30, 2009
However, tonight I was desperate!!!! I felt like a Edward in Twilight feening for Bella's blood. I know this is a VERY strange analogy but I'm slightly obsessed with not only the Twilight book but now the movie ...I've seen it FOUR times already...can you believe??? I even forced Clay to watch it and he actually enjoyed...woohoo! Anyway, tonight I broke down and started scavenging our cabinets like a crazy person on some sort of crazy mission. All I could find was chocolate milk and a banana. I thought "Ok, this will work". I get the milk out, pour it in my cup, dump a table spoon (0r maybe two) of chocolate powder in and start stirring away. Then Clay starts yelling "I can't handle that...please stop!". Apparently this sound is like scraping fingernails on a chalk board to him. I go ahead and take a sip of my chocolate milk and IMMEDIATELY run to the sink to spit it out. YUCK!!! It's spoiled milk! Here's the best part (or worst depending on how you look at it)...I just gave Lola an entire bottle of that milk before bedtime...NICE! Looks like we'll be dealing with some diarrhea tomorrow. No fear though...I had a new thing of milk in the fridge and started making a new glass of chocolate milk but Clay couldn't handle the stirring so I'm now drinking milk with chocolate powder sprinkled on top...it works!!!
I had a couple thoughts tonight.... Firstly, I realized I'm weird for many reasons but here's why I'm saying this now...
To recap, when Lola was an infant I bit her fingernails while I was breastfeeding. I always heard the only way to trim an infant's nails is either when they are sleeping or when they are feeding. Well, since we have a baby who has never slept real well, I chose not to disturb her while sleeping so I bit her nails when I was feeding her. I know many people who do this so I don't think this is really weird but it gets worse (of course...imagine that!). Tonight I realized Lo's finger and toenails were getting long and needed some trimming. She won't let me cut, clip or file them so I just bit them all off (same way I did when she was an infant). Then I realized Lola is 14 months old and I'm STILL biting her nails! Before I know it she'll be 5 yrs old and I'll be doing the same thing. The worst part is I can say to her "Lo, Mama needs to trim your little piggies" and she actually lifts her little feet, shoves them towards my mouth and lets me bite them off (she's usually giggling while I do it). It was at this point that I realized this most likely isn't normal and in the future I should probably get out the scissors rather than biting Lola's nails. I mean she's still a baby but come on....it's a little much when your 14 month old lifts her feet for you to trim her toenails with your teeth (I'm saying this to myself). It reminds me of a story my dad tells about my Aunt Linda (he actually just told us this story again on Sunday)...basically, he remembers Linda, his sister, biting her own toenails when she was like 16...ha,ha,ha,ha!!! Oh man!!! This thought crossed my mind tonight when I was trimming Lo's toenails with my teeth...if I don't stop now, I could very well be teaching her to bite not only her fingernails but even worse her toenails when she is 16. OH MY...can you imagine!?!?!? So, we have to put a stop to this asap.
My second thought tonight was that I never post videos on the blog. I wonder why?!?!?! Probably b/c every time I turn on the camera it seems Lola freezes up and acts like a statue. But, I thought I would give it a shot tonight anyway. Of course, she did freeze up and started acting a little shy but I figure it's still better than pictures. I guess if I continue shoving the camera and video in her face she'll eventually get used to it and be posy posy like her mama. Enjoy!!!!
Fun times after eating and bath.
Lola conked out for the evening.
P.S. I think I pulled my rotator cuff somehow. I'm in SO MUCH pain! Can barely lift my arm. Ouchy!!!
March 25, 2009
Later in the day I took Lola to the doctor (another ear infection) and then we came home. Lola was running around like a mad woman...this has become routine lately. Anyway, she decided to dig through my purse and wallet. I always say if we were to be audited by the IRS, I would have to go to my purse for all the documents (speaking of...we need to do our taxes...EEEKK...one more item on the "to do" list) so the fact that Lola was digging in it was probably not the best idea. It was basically a huge mess....papers and receipts sprawled everywhere in the entryway. But, I didn't care b/c it occupied her for a bit while I got some things done. We've been challenged in this area lately...Lo hasn't been good with occupying herself...another time another blog. Anyway, she took my license out at one point during the digging process and I think she flushed it down the toilet. NICE!!!
Now this is what I call maxin and relaxin. Nothing like kickin' back on the couch with a strawberry in hand....jewels and all.
March 24, 2009
March 21, 2009
Clay asked me last night "Are you doing okay?". It was crazy hearing this question come out of his mouth and with so much concern in his voice. It's such a simple question but I didn't know how to answer. I thought about it and my answer wasn't a straight answer but I told him I feel like I can't see myself "clearly" right now. Do any of you know what I mean by this??? I continued to tell him that if just one thing out of all the things going on in our lives right now could "let up" then I feel like I could think more clearly.
Lately, we're so busy....I've been sick but haven't been able to slow down, lack of sleep due to everything on my mind, work is crazy for both me and Clay, unpacking isn't happening as quickly as we'd like, therefore, we're living in a mess, we're still working on Lola's transition, I miss Lola, etc. All of this builds up to a certain point and then I feel like I can't think straight anymore. That's where I am now. I keep trying to take things one week at a time and hope the next week will bring some relief but it hasn't b/c I can't seem to get anything done and in turn can't free my mind.
I know it's not just me (or us) dealing with hurdles. Everyone has too much on their plate and life presents all of us with many challenges. But, I've learned it's how you handle those challenges and the stress of life in general that makes the difference. Unfortunately, once my stress gets to a certain level, I'm not one who handles it real well. I have to say though...I seem to toggle quite a bit before I reach my wits end. So, with that, I thought if there is a book out there that can tell me how to simplify things and possibly tell me how life can be less stressful than why not read it. We'll see if it provides some good insight.
Here is the description of the book:
Bulging in-boxes, out-of-control stress, and even climate change serve as reminders that when it comes to being happy and healthy, less is more. In this interactive journal, organization expert Mary Carlomagno leads readers on a journey toward release and discovery. Guided by the principle that the way you spend your time and money should reflect your true priorities, Secrets of Simplicity shows how to make practical changes to unburden your closets and calendars and make room for what's really important. Readers can record their successes as they de-clutter their homes and in the process their minds.
I'll keep you posted with my review. In the meantime, I'm about to get off the dang computer and start unpacking/organizing. If I can get through a lot of this mess this weekend, then hopefully we can start next week off right and the stress will start going away. I just don't know where to start....
We've enjoyed SXSW (http://www.sxsw.com/) this week. It's really unbelievable. Can't wait to post some pics of this amazing festival.....
"In its 22 years, SXSW has grown from a tiny music festival in the Texas capital into a massive, unavoidable media beast that reflects, discusses and showcases trends in culture and media but also often creates them." -National Post
How fabulous is that. I'm telling you...it's amazing!!!
March 18, 2009
March 17, 2009
Lo munching down on dinner but still enjoying the party
It’s really amazing how good people can be. We met many more interesting/neat people. And, they were all so sweet to Lola….really…all of them. They didn't mind that a 1 year old was running around the party…they embraced her. It was really great to see this and Lola had so much fun!!! We’ll definitely have many more parties at the compound. Clay and I are ready to start planning a Crawfish Boil in April.
Needless to say, we ended up staying up pretty late on Saturday night. Of course, Lola doesn't understand when we're tired and need to sleep in until at least 12:00 p.m. (actually, this was one of the biggest adjustments to being a new parent...kind of over it now). So, she popped up at 7:30 a.m. bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready to go. Clay and I have this unspoken rule that if I get up with Lola on Saturday then he’ll get up with her on Sunday and vice/versa. Well, I didn’t play my cards right this weekend. I “slept in” until 8:15 a.m. on Saturday (not real sure you can call this sleeping in) and Clay got up with Lola so on Sunday it was my day to get up with Lola. Let me tell you….7:30 a.m. came quick and it wasn’t painless…it was actually pretty painful.
Once Clay finally roused out of bed at 12:30 p.m. (Now, this is what I call sleeping in) we walked down to Guero’s (http://www.guerostacobar.com/) to grab lunch. We’re becoming quite the regulars at Guero’s....they definitely recognize us when we walk in and I’m fairly certain they will know us by name very soon. After lunch we hit up a few shopping spots and then went down to Joe’s Coffee Shop (http://www.joscoffee.com/) to watch the house band. Totally hip place. The band was great and play every Sunday...Woohoo!!! We were happy to meet more people. Gosh, everyone is so dang friendly here...not even kidding. After that, we went back down to Guero’s to watch another band.
We’re ECSTATIC about South by Southwest (SXSW) this week and weekend. It’s basically the Sundance Film Festival for music and will be a riot. We keep thinking we need to pinch ourselves b/c we’re having such a great time in our new town....
March 13, 2009
So, I have to say...this has been a really, really, really, really emotionally draining week. Without getting into too many details (of course I've already revealed some of them) , let's just say TGIF. Luckily next week will be a new week.
Here's one of the things I love about Austin (amongst many)....I've not felt good this week which translates into lack of showers, no make-up, jeans and flip-flops, etc (Thank goodness I have the option to work from home!). Tonight Clay said "Let's go to Home Slice" which is actually a trendy/groovy/hip place on South Congress. I wanted to get out so I said "Lets do it". I walked in looking like HELL (as noted above - no shower, no make-up, flip-flops, etc) and what I love is I actually fit in or at least didn't stick out. You can be slummed out or dressed up for the prom and you'll fit in anywhere in this town. Everyone is accepted and no one stares at you funny. I love the low-keyness (not sure that this is a word) about Austin. I also love the fact that we finally have wireless so I can post blogs while sitting in the living room watching TV....Oh so nice!!!
Everyone have a fab weekend!!! I'll be in Big D next week then off to Atlanta.
March 12, 2009
March 10, 2009
Our house is set back pretty far from the road. There is a long driveway that pulls up to our little "compound". You walk through a gate and there are three houses all built in the late 1880s with an adjoining courtyard area. We live in the big house to the left (ignore the mess...I'm telling you...still lots to do). Our other neighbors live in the house across the courtyard. The Travis Heights neighborhood is a great community but we also feel like we have our own little community within our "compound". It's very fun/funky and very Austin.
Over the weekend, we had a chance to hang out with our neighbors more. This is one thing that is great about the "compound"....If Clay, Lo and I are hanging out in the yard, it's easy for neighbors to stop by to join us as we have an adjoining courtyard area. So, Kristen and Kevin came by on Friday and we hung out for a while. We really like them and seem to have so much in common....Kevin plays guitar, we have similar taste in music, similar political beliefs, Kevin loves to cook like Clay, they love Anthony Bourdain and can quote nearly every episode (Clay's obsession), they want to start a community garden and are serious about it (hopefully we can get this started this weekend), etc. Anyway, we really hit it off with them. Next Saturday Kristen is throwing a kid's party for a friend. Apparently, there will be a jump house, a keg and all the other party essentials. So, it appears there will be a big shindig at the compound. Hopefully it will be a great opportunity for us to meet some more interesting people....exciting!!!
Clay and I have also taken full advantage of the fact that everything is walking distance from the house. We walk to have drinks, dinner and/or shopping. It's so great!!! My mom was in town part of last week and I even made her walk to the shops and restaurant. She really wanted to drive but I didn't allow it. She did end up taking a big fall on the way back so I felt a little bad...thank goodness she was able to save the pizza though.
We're also very close to the town lake (less than a mile). Now that we have daylight savings and will have more daylight, I hope to take Lola jogging down to the lake in the evenings. She loved her new jogging stroller on Saturday. Until I find a new running partner I guess Lola will be my partner. I haven't had a chance to meet the running group yet b/c they meet in the evenings at 6:00 and Clay hasn't been able to get home on time...maybe next week. With Lola, the workout is much more intense as I don't have my arms to help give me momentum plus the hills in Austin are crazy but I guess it's giving me a better workout.
I thought I would also attach some pics of Lo playing in the yard. Her hair is starting to get really long and I don't really know what to do with her shaggy bangs. I try to put clips in but she takes them out and eats them...Nice!!! Lo is also talking away. She has her own little dictionary full of words now...some of them only she knows the meaning to like Bigda which she says over and over and we're not quite sure what she's trying to say. She'll also do sign language and tell us she "loves us"...melts my heart. I didn't realize they were teaching sign language at daycare until I noticed consistent hand movements from her so I asked...pretty neat! Oh, she started biting too....HUH!!! This is for another blog of course as I'm not quite sure how to address some of these toddler challenges. It's always something!!!
March 6, 2009
With that said, we LOVE our new house maybe as much as our Dallas house (I didn't realize this was possible...can you believe?). When we left Dallas, it was really hard on both of us. Once everything was moved out of our house and it was empty, Clay had to drag me out kicking and screaming. I basically had a major break-down and the tears started pouring out. We both let go of a lot of tears that day. It felt good to finally let all of that out. Once we made it to Austin, it was all better and things have been great.
We've already met our neighbors in our "Amish Compound" (I'll explain later). They are all great and are very cool. One guy, Max, is in the film industry. He is 27, from San Antonio but lived in LA for 2 yrs before moving to Austin. He just got a precious french bull dog named Hitchcock (Hitch) who is adorable...he wears a little Harley Davidson t-shirt. Lola loves Hitch b/c she can pick him up and hug him. Our other neighbors are Kristen and Kevin. Kristin is in PR and Kevin is in Film Editing (lots of film stuff going on here...it's crazy). They moved here from California about a year ago. We're excited to get to know our neighbors better. We seem to have a lot in common with them and will have a lot fun times to follow.
Our neighborhood has tons of young people. You go out and people are walking around everywhere at all times of the day. Our neighbors across the street have a little girl about Lo's age. We haven't had a chance to meet them yet but hopefully soon. There is a park and community pool around the corner. Apparently, everyone in the neighborhood goes there on Saturdays...I guess it's a big social scene. I've learned this from a "new friend" who also lives in Travis Heights and has a 3 yr old. She has been great in showing me the "ropes" and "things to do", etc.
I had several things scheduled this week with my Meet Up groups but things have been so busy and hectic that I had to cancel. I am running the Texas Independence Day 5K tomorrow with several mom's in one of my groups. I have to go get a jogging stroller later. Should be fun! I'm excited to meet more people b/c so far everyone we've met have been fabulous.
Well, I'm going to go for now. Just wanted to quickly check in and give you status. There is so much I want to tell you about our new digs, neighborhood, friends, Lo's school, etc. Although this is a much smaller town, we get that same feeling we had in NYC as the people and environment are similar. Lo and I walked down to get cupcakes the other day on South Congress at the place posted in pic above. I love that Austin has these airstream trailors all around and they serve some great food too. I've also already found some new "favorite" boutiques. Hopefully we can get everything pulled together this weekend and I can post pics and other updates.
P.S. For everyone that got Lola a Birthday gift, I'm SO SORRY I haven't been able to get Thank You cards out to you yet. I promise they will be there soon....as soon as I get them unpacked.