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Cara Bambina - Good Girl at the Zoo

Cara bambina,

Thank you for being so good at the zoo today. You got to meet other babies, kids and parents and see all sorts of animals. You did get a little half hour nap on the way down to the zoo, but you missed your real nap because we were just too busy being at the zoo. But you were a really good girl the whole time!

The zoo itself was chaotic, being Memorial Day weekend and all, but even through the crowds and chaos, you did pretty well. And you let Mama and Daddy have a good time meeting and talking with the other parents and kids.


Today was the DC Area Meet Up, which was great! I will do a real write up about it in a few days, but I'm exhausted and brain dead, so I will have to do it later. Thank you to all who came. Sorry it was so crazy at the zoo and that parking was such a mess. Next time, and there will be a next time, I'm thinking maybe we do just a mommy (and possibly daddy) get together for dinner or lunch and drinks. Something where we can sit down …

It's Not All Bad

Thanks everyone for your support. It really helps so much to just hear the sympathy and understanding (including an awesomely funny phone message from limboland la la!). This is a phase, and we will get through it, both at work and at home.

I am inspired by Cloud of Wandering Scientist (see last paragraph of this post). I am going to try to concentrate on the good and wonderful things that the Pumpkin is doing, as well as the things about work that I'm enjoying. So here are some good things that are going in my life.


When the Pumpkin reaches for my glasses (which I wear only when my contacts aren't in), she now get a serious look on her face and says sharply "don", which is of course her imitating me saying "don't". Apparently I say that often when she reaches for my glasses. She obviously does not understand what that word means, because she still reaches for the glasses, tears them off my face and then says "eye" as she …

Point Break

I'm really close to my breaking point. Things are just so stressful right now. Between to major deadlines at work (and the many little ones that lead up to those) and the lack of sleep (quality and quantity) at home, I'm close to the edge of what I can handle. I hate admitting that, but there it is.

Part of why I hate admitting it is because I really don't want advice from people about how I should lighten my load at work, how to get the baby to sleep or that I need to take a vacation. I know all of these things already. It's just not that easy. Although I could use some sympathy and empathy and understanding.

My IT work is cyclical, so this it is completely normal for me to be crazy busy at this point in the cycle. It's just that this time there are two deadlines, both on May 30th. So I'm going home for dinner, then putting the baby to bed, which has lately been taking 1.5 to sometimes 2 hours or more, then I continue to work until pretty late at night. So then…


Updated with hair information in caps, by request.

Okay, is everybody as excited as I am for this weekend? I mean, I haven't been to the zoo in two months, so I'm really looking forward to seeing the avian house again...

JUST KIDDING! The zoo is nice and all, but I can't wait to meet all you fine people who are coming out from behind your computers to meet in person. And the weather is supposed to be pretty good: "Saturday: Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s."

So let's finalize the plan.

Schedule for May 24th Zoo Meet Up:
-11:00 Meet outside of the National Zoo Store in the Visitors Center between the Conneticut Ave entrance and the Lot A entrance.
-12:30 - 1:30 Lunch in the Mane Restaurant

How to know it's us:
-I'll be the short girl with long (HALFWAY DOWN MY BACK, BROWN) hair wearing a pink Redskins hat (and probably a pink zip-up over a black T-shirt--cause I'm cute and match like that). My 6'4" hubby will probably be with me, and we'll have a …

Happy Birthday, Hubby!

Happy Birthday, to my husband, my soulmate, my everything. I know things have been stressful between your work, my work and our lack of sleep, but I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

I've been thinking back over the last 10 of your birthdays that I've gotten to share with you. Remember that first one in college when we got all decked out and I took you out to dinner at The Summit? How about the year that Star Wars Episode 1 came out on your birthday and we saw a midnight showing? I'm especially proud of the surprise party I threw you for your 30th birthday. And last year, the first one with your daughter.

I love you so much and am so thankful of all the birthdays that we've spent together.

Question of the Week - TV Mom/Dad

Let's get right to it... This week's question of the week is:

Which TV Mom or Dad are you?

I'd like to think I'm Clair Huxtable of The Cosby Show, but I don't have enough kids or experience to claim that yet. She is my role model, though, and has been since I watched the show every Thursday night growing up. She was a thoughtful and caring mom, and a successful working woman who was married to a very involved and loving husband. Hmmm... Maybe I am like Clair!

I think I might also be like Elyse Keaton from Family Ties, because of my hippy tendencies... But let's face it. Right now, with this lack of sleep, I'm feeling most like Lois on Malcolm in the Middle. hehe.

How about you?

(Can't think of one? Try checking out this site for moms and this one for dads.)