Feelin' Genki

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Wanted: One Ukulele

I'm not going to get into those "my kid is cuter than your kid" debates -- it's pointless... especially with the photographic evidence clearly in my favour.

But the music thing? All right, Mister Daddy L whose unbelievably cute Harris is seen here totally rocking out on the drum kit, you have compelled me to respond.

Yes, it's a singalong! It's just that his tiny hands are too small for a real guitar right now. I was looking at this awesome ukulele the other day -- brand new with a nice pickup and fully ready to plug in -- but it was a hundred bucks.

And right now Milo just digs the sound the guitar makes when you slap it. Or grab a few strings and yank with all your might. Or hit it with your sand shovel. Or grab it and pull it off the shelf and onto the floor (or his leg). Or rips the pick guard off. (It was already loose...)

Maybe I'll wait a bit. He really should learn on Guitar Hero first, anyway.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Play Ball!

The May long weekend is over, Ichiro is on an 18 game hitting streak, the Mariners have won 5 of 6 (and are 2 games out of first place?!?), and Milo is ready to play ball.

Well, not really, but apparently he can swing a bat. One-handed.

I was worried that he'd knock himself in the noggin, but he's more coordinated than I thought.

Holiday photos have been moved from the ol' Nikon into iPhoto and will be up as soon as I can sort through them. One weekend = one hundred pictures. Man I love digital cameras.

Towel Day

May 25, 2006 is the fifth annual Towel Day -- A tribute to Douglas Adams.

So long and thanks for all the fish, Mr. Adams. I can't think of a book that I've read more often than the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I wonder how many other geeks got "Don't Panic" inscribed on their iPods...

Just for fun, visit h2g2, a Wikipedia-style online encyclopedia written entirely by Douglas Adams fans...

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The Soother's Time is Almost Up...

So how long do soothers work?

We're on our second soother size (6-12 months) and both of us feel guilty using them, but whatever helps the guy sleep is okay in my book.

Milo usually only gets the soother when he goes down for a nap. I love watching his eyes roll back in his head -- sometimes it happens the second he gets it!

Other times, we put him in his crib and hear him playing with the thing for ten minutes before he falls asleep. I supppose that's what got me wondering.

If he plays with his soother, does that mean he's figured the thing out? Will it no longer work its magic? His mom gives him an old one to play with on the change table sometimes (yup, calms him down) and this is what he's been doing with it:

He turns it sideways and then smiles.

I know, it's adorable. He looks hilarious, we laugh, and he laughs with the thing still stuck in sideways. Then his Dad runs, gets the camera, and embarrasses him for life.

I know that his cousin used one until he was four, but I'm hoping Milo loses interest before then. I mean, that's the whole reason I buy Playmobil toys. By the way, if you're looking for a present for Milo's birthday, I say Playmobil. Thank you for supporting my addiction.

Anyway, I never really wanted to use the thing in the first place, but it helped him (and us!) sleep so it became a habit. How long does the habit last? Any other parents, feel free to opine away -- I'd love to hear your stories.

For now, though, I'll just keep taking pictures. Isn't he adorable?

Monday, May 01, 2006

M'Aidez! (pronounced "Mayday!")

Stephen Colbert is a master of satire. I've watched (and read) his speech at the White House Correspondents dinner and thought it was brilliant. And he did it within spitting distance of Mr. Bush. The nervous laughs, the uncomfortable looking around -- clearly the audience was unprepared.

Huge cajones, shock and awe, speaking truth to power. I don't know what more to say. He's my hero.

For a complete transcript of his speech, click here to go to the Daily Kos article.

In other news, M'aidez! The Detroit Red Wings were eliminated from the playoffs and my playoff pool team just lost half its players. Crap.