Monday, September 29, 2008

And More Good News....

I'm not a "big government" kind of girl. I don't believe that its the government's job to fix everything. Sometimes bad things happen, but that doesn't always mean that government should swoop in with an answer.

The bailout, the ones months ago, to help out people who were facing foreclosure? I wasn't a big fan. I'm going to say something wildy unpopular: in a good number of foreclosures, people took out morgages that they couldn't afford. Now you can argue that the morgages lenders mislead these folks into thinking that they could afford the morgages. But I'm all about personal accountability.

My brother works on Wall Street, and I can only imagine that he's not having the best day. He's even less sympathetic about the morgage crisis than I am.

Regarding today's $700 billion bail out, I'm not sure what to think. Fundamentally, I don't think a bail out is a good idea. The reality is that there are market crashes and sometimes things have to get bad in order to get better. But then again, I'm not a finance person. And many finance people, and ESPECIALLY the media are panicking about the current financial situation, so maybe the bail out isn't a bad idea? I don't think people in this country would be able to cope with a depression, line the one in the 1930s. I mean I just don't think we're equipped for that kind of overall hardship for an extended period as a country.

Watching, waiting.

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Financial Meltdown Starts Hitting Closer to Home

Sigh. I have accounts with several different banks, but one of them is Wachovia. They say it's not a failure but the FDIC still had to assume some of the debt.


Sunday, September 28, 2008

And I'm Heart-Broken

But they'll likely be divorced in a year.


Must See TV

I am SO watching this tonight.

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Weird Conversations (Or Self-Serving Attitudes About Politics)

Me: You know, I'm not like 100%, gung-ho Obama, but I am leaning towards him.

R: I know, I know. But you realize he's going to tax the crap out of us, right?

Me: Well...(sigh).

R: You realize we're not going to be middle class anymore? Not according to him. I've worked a long time and those taxes will take a higher gross salary and turn it into low net salary.

Me: Well, unless you're planning on making $5 million a year, which is impossible, we'll be middle class forever with McCain, regardless.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Song of the Day

Because it's stuck in my head is "Can't Go Back Now" by The Weepies.


Fall Trip

At the risk of sounding redundant, I really love this weather. Time to start planning the annual fall trip. Because it's, um, two weeks away.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Fall Back

So it's the first day of fall and to celebrate, Rolo spiked a fever of 103. As usual, he's so happy and continuing to play, even though he must feel miserable. He's the best kid ever.

But it's going to be a long winter. I'm pretty much expecting illness from now until May. Why did I breast feed, again? Wasn't it to prevent allergies and boost immunity? Yeah, that worked well.

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Friday, September 19, 2008


You know, I'm totally dreading the thought of winter, the short daylight hours, being holed up for months because it's too cold to take the kid out just for fun. But that aside, I have to say I'm really enjoying this fall-like weather. I mean it's glorious. And there's something comforting about putting on a light sweater for the first time in months.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

An Open Letter

Dear Universe,

Stop conspiring to get me to have another kid.

Thank you,
DJ Heavy D


Monday, September 15, 2008

Throw Down

So day care was up my ass today, calling both Ron and I regularly to let us know that Rolo looked "blotchy", "red" and was "irritable". I was pretty confident, based on their description that it wasn't his allergies--not his food allergies anyway. Frankly, I chalked it up to his overly sensitive skin. He breaks out into rashes on a semi-regular basis and they go away in 24 hours. I was tempted to go check on him at lunchtime, but honestly, he's got that separation anxiety thing going on and if he saw me, he'd freak out that I was leaving again.

So today after work, I picked him up and noticed they had changed him out of the clothes he wore in--not necessarily unusual, as feeding times are messy and Rolo has a habit of taking his bowl of watermelon and dumping the juice all over himself. But when I pulled the clothes he wore into daycare out of the little baggie they send them home in, I didn't find a poopy mess or food stains. Instead I noticed the entire back of his shirt was stained with bleach. Shirt smelled like bleach too. Bleach.

I don't use bleach.

The bleach stains go through the material entirely and the pattern of the bleach along the back makes me suspect that he sat against something that was wiped down with a bleach solution. I know that they need to kill germs and I don't necessarily fault the day care for cleaning with bleach (assuming this is how this happened). But. BUT.

It didn't freaking occur to these morons that perhaps, just maybe, Rolo's skin was irritated because he sat in bleach? I mean I spoke to them twice today, Ron spoke to them at least one time and not ONCE did they mention the bleach. I don't give a shit that the shirt is ruined, but I am pissed that they didn't mention it or leave a note for me when I picked him up. And while they do need to clean, should they be using a solution strong enough that it stains clothing?

Make room in the principal's office because DJ Heavy is paying visit.

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So we're back from our trip to nowhere. Which really wound up being some time in Maryland. We used the trailer, down by the river, as our base and made day trips to Baltimore and Annapolis. Which, by the way, LOVED Annapolis. Not a large town, but very cute. Lots of cute stores, which meant shopping.

And speaking of shopping, my feet still are messed up since the ol' baby-o and so I've resigned myself to the fact that I'm a sneaker and Aerosoles kind of girl. I got these in black and these, also in black (what else?). These are next on my "to buy" list once they go on sale.

Tomorrow, I'm getting a hair cut and having dinner with friends. It's a good week.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Ashamed to Admit

I'm sort of addicted to "Million Dollar Listing".

But who the hell gave Rachel Zoe her own show?


Monday, September 08, 2008

This and That

Lots of interesting stuff up in here. Well, maybe not so interesting to you, but to me.

First, a new bed. Finally after years of cohabitation, we finally have a king sized bed. It was a little touch and go because I didn't sleep well on it for the first two night and Ron, who slept like a baby for the first time in years, started weeping at the thought of returning the bed. Lucky for him, the last two nights, I slept with no problem. So the bed stays.

We're supposedly going on vacation later this week for a few days. We still do not have a destination. We're crazy, last-minute people like that! Hell, I don't even care where we go as long as it's not my office. Today, I'm thinking Virginia Beach.

Lastly, Rolo is all over the place and started walking. And by walking I mean on three different occasions he's taken 3 steps by himself and then fallen down. But it's progress! He also says "Dat!" while pointing at things (usually food) that he'd like to have. And finally, after months of trying the sign language thing, he makes the sign for "done". Which is the same universal sign for "all done", the one babies usually make. And he doesn't do the sign with actual meaning. If I ask "are you all done", he signs "done", but that doesn't mean he's actually done. He just thinks it's the only answer to the question.

My friend, Meg, who I've blogged about here, is leaving. She lives 4 blocks away from me, which is super convenient, but now she's following her dream job and moving to Jersey City. I'm happy for her; sad for me. No more last-minute happy hours.

Lastly, I need a good shopping excursion. New shoes are needed.

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Danger, in the Game When the Stakes are High are you? Anything new? Watch anything interesting on TV lately?

I haven't said much about Sarah Palin here. Mostly because I'm not a particularly political person but also, because I've had a bunch of different thoughts about her that have evolved over the last week, and most of them contradict each other.

First off, I couldn't believe there wasn't some more qualified, less baggage kind of lady politician out there for the VP pick. In fact, the day Sarah Palin was announced, my husband came home from work and the first thing he said to me was "So, John McCain committed political suicide today, eh?"

But then, by yesterday I actually had to turn off CNN and tune into Fox News (which I usually can't watch without laughing). I was so damn sick of every CNN anchor asking every female they interviewed whether she (the interviewee) would be able to handle the VP position with small children at home. The urge to start clawing at skin was great.

I don't agree with many of her opinions. But the hair on the back of my neck still stands up on end when I hear people trashing her, resorting to her family or the fact that she was a beauty queen. I think she's a young, attractive, family-oriented woman who happens to also be a politician and I think that scares the shit of people.

I mean if you want to go after the ethics thing or the lobbying thing, or the thin resume thing (although, pot? kettle?)fair game. But people seemed to be assuming she was some sort of completely inexperienced idiot and, I couldn't help but get the feeling that it had something to do with...her. Like her gender.

So, last night, there I was, a registered Republican, unsure of who I am voting for come November. So many pros and cons to both sides. So uncertain of this Sarah Palin person, this person that so many predicted was going to fall on her face last night, that I stayed up well past my bedtime to watch her speak.

I don't care who you are, or what your political leanings are, Sarah Palin was awesome. Okay, I think she could have backed off some of the Obama-slamming. And I don't agree with some of her views and I don't know that I'll be voting for John McCain this November, but I can't help but admire a woman who just had a baby, is a mother of five, in the midst of all sorts of scandal, and delivered a speech like that to millions of people. That woman just had a baby 4 months ago, and she's a freaking vice presidential candidate for the United States of America.


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Tuesday, September 02, 2008


I realize I haven't been writing here as much as I normally do and I think because any news these days seems to be about Rolo and I never intended this blog to be exclusively baby content. With that, let me say:

Rolo has pink eye. Again.

I have pink eye, as of this morning. Again.

Now, I realize in the grand scheme of things, pink eye isn't that big of a deal. I had pink eye as a kid a couple of times and didn't think much of it. However, after last time, the thought of having pink eye again is enough to send me screaming into the night.

In other news, Rolo was moved to the "older toddler" room in day care this morning. Because at 13 months, he definitely classifies as an older toddler. Can you see the sarcasm dripping from that last sentence? I'm not sure who is less ready for this, him or me (likely the latter), but things were a hot mess this morning.

Speaking of 13 months, I'm due to write a Rolo monthly update and I want to do one because he's up to all sorts of fun things, but it'll have to wait a day or two.

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