Friday, August 31, 2007

Friday NotSleepblogging, NotRandom11, etc

Well, I failed to get a picture of Jr. sleeping this week. So we're NotSleepblogging this week, sadly.

As for the Friday Random 11, a mixed bag this week. You see, last night I decided to have a few beers, and my tendency is to crank up the tuneage when I do this. Mommy'd had enough, and disappeared my iPod. Methinks this was dual-purposed - one to QUIET ME DOWN, and two to hopefully prevent her favorite feature - Friday Random 11. Little does she know that there are ways of getting around this . . . so, without further adieu, FRIDAY RANDOM 11:

  1. "Vinyl Records" - Todd Snider
  2. "Misery Loves Company" - Anthrax
  3. "Let's Go Get Stoned" - Joe Cocker
  4. "First Aid" - Subhumans
  5. "During a City" - Rollins Band
  6. "23 Beats Off" - Fugazi
  7. "Observer - Gary Numan
  8. "Pirate's Life" - The Vandals
  9. "Jealous Again" - Black Flag
  10. "Shut Up" - Madness
  11. "Baby Got Back" - Sir Mix-A-Lot

Wow - that's an odd grouping. Love the end, tho . . .

Anyway, Jr's taking his first ever road trip tonight, as we head out to West By God Virginia for Yonk and June's 60th Wedding Anniversary celebration. Pictures to come at the end of the weekend. GO BUCKS!!!!!!!!!! (Tho, to be honest, playing Youngstown State shouldn't present much of a challenge . . .)

Everyone be safe, and play nice.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Two Greatest Days Of The Year

There are two days of the year that are omni-important: The beginning of college football and the beginning of the NHL season.

Tonight is the beginning of the college football season, praise the Flying Spaghetti Monster!!!!!

Soon, the NHL season will begin, and we'll be in full scale bliss. . . .

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


So Colin's latest 'toy' is the Bumbo. It's designed to help a pre-sitter become a full fledged sitter.

He's lukewarm on it, but likes it better than that gawd-awful European carrier that Mommy forces him into against his wishes.
Here he is not only in his new OSU onesie, but with wrist rattles as well . . .

Friday, August 24, 2007

Sleepblogging, Traffic > U2, Bellytime, Random11

Well, after a one week hiatus, not to mention a massive hue and cry from the greater blogosphere, we're back with that regular Friday feature:


I have to say, hovering over a bright-eyed and busheytailed infant with a camera at 5:30 in the AM, saying "GO TO SLEEP" tends to make one feel like an idiot, but, as they say, "anything for my public." Colin eventually agreed to comply after about ten minutes this morning.

It was with the help of that wonderful, hairy band, Traffic. I'm always trying new tunes on the boy to get an idea of what he likes and doesn't like. This morning I tried some old U2, and he was lukewarm to it. Then I put on "Empty Pages" by Traffic, and he went nuts. LOVES IT. Clearly, the boy is going to have good musical taste, regardless of all the Jewel nonsense mommy's going to try on him. So far we've established his favorites: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 16 Horsepower, and Traffic. I believe we'll be ready to move on to Iron Maiden in the next week or so . . .

Also this week, he's really begun to want to hold that head up, as well as want to sit up. Managed to capture the headholdingup, not the sitting:

Gotta love the drool.

Finally, Mary's favorite Friday ritual, the Random 11. Let's see if we're going to be respectable or not this week:

  1. "Dexterity' - John Coltrane
  2. "O'er the Town of Pedro" - fIREHOSE
  3. "Never Say Never" - Overkill
  4. "Where Does Your Body Begin?" - Michael Gira
  5. "The Bars" - Black Flag
  6. "Loose Caboose" - Henry Mancini
  7. "Disciple" - Slayer
  8. "Bad Attitude" - Articles of Faith
  9. "Moth" - Audioslave
  10. "Rip It Out" - Ace Frehley
  11. "Shy" - Peter Murphy

Well, a mixed bag this week. Certainly eclectic, if not downright schizophrenic . . .until next week . . . seeyouse!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Late Tuesday Camera Dump

Sorry, now that Mary and I are both back to work, we're busier than ever. Y'all know the drill - get up early, scramble to get everyone ready and out the door, run to work, scramble back to pick up the boy, get home and make dinner, then get ready for tomorrow. Rinse 'n repeat. Sorry if it's a lame excuse, but that's the reason for the light posting lately.

That, and I actually went a week without taking a picture of Jr. sleeping, so there was no way to do Sleepblogging last week. Clearly, this could mean a cooling trend in this heretofore white hot Intertubez trend. That, and no Random 11, which really made Mary very sad - it's her favorite feature of the site.

A few developments to report - first, Colin had his second doctor's appointment last Friday. 15.4 lbs, 25 1/2" long - both 99th percentile. He also got his first round of inoculations, which meant four shots, two in each thigh. Mary, conveniently, had to 'return to work', so I had to be the big meanie that held Jr. down for these shots. Secondly, Jr. can now roll over from his stomach to his back (pictured below) - so he'll be crawling soon! Anyway, on with the pix.

These first two are a few 'smiles' I got lately
Here he is with Yonk. He's very nearly sitting up on his own. He no longer likes to lie down - wants to sit up and see what's going on.
Mary made me buy this "European harness device". While the look on Jr's face may seem ambivalent, he really does not like this thing, and on the inside is screaming "MOMMY, GET ME OUT OF THIS RIDICULOUS CONTRAPTION!!!!!" Or something thereabouts.
A budding young Jackets fan in his Exersaucer.
Finally, here he is before rolling over:
... and after. (HE STUCK THAT LANDING!!!!!)
OK, I'll try to do more frequent, and get back to traditional Friday Sleepblogging and Random 11 this week.

Monday, August 13, 2007


Don't know if this is a uniquely midwestern thing or not, but we're loyal to our teams here. When we were in Raleigh, and the first professional team moved to Raleigh, the Hurricanes (nee Hartford Whalers), Mary, Emma and I were on board. And they were terrible.
BUT, the first year we moved from Raleigh, the 'Canes went to the Stanley Cup Finals. And Lost. To the Detroit Red Wings. But we persevered. We Loved Our Canes!!! And in 2006, they WON THE STANLEY CUP!!!!!!!!! Below is the framed picture from the Raleigh News & Observer that hangs in our ground floor bathroom:
We LOVE the Canes. We got NHL Center Ice last season, and will get it every season from now on - TO SEE THE CANES ( and the Columbus Blue Jackets to a lesser degree - we're homers if nothing else . . . ) FROM NOW ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, that's a long way to go to explain how happy I was when Mommy brought Jr. home his first Cincinnati Reds outfit, pictured below.

Yousee, as a kid, growing up in Dayton, OH, in the 1970's, the Cincinnati Reds were THE GREATEST THING EVER.


Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, George Foster, Ken Griffey, Cesar Geronimo. I remember my first Reds game in 1975 to this day.

Anyway, to see Jr. in his first Reds outfit made Daddy so very happy.

Go Colin & Emma. Go Reds. Go Bucks. Go Canes. Go Jackets.

Friday, August 10, 2007

More Smiles

I finally got a few smiley shots this afternoon, in one of mommy's favorite outfits. THESE show the smiles we're beginning to see:

This post has it all - Sleepblogging, Emma, Random 11, and TEH EXERSAUCER

My goodness, we've been "busier'n a one legged man in a butt-kicking contest", as 'ol Flo used to say. Emma's been in town, so we've been running all over creation, among other things.

Without further adieu, here's the thing that keeps y'all checking in every Friday:


In this week's edition, he's either thinking real hard of a number between 1 and 100, warming up to use his mad psychic skillz, or preparing to part the Red Sea. Either way, he's sleeping, we're blogging, hence, sleepblogging.

Next up are some shots of Emma's first meeting with her brother at the airport. It was love at first sight (right before I made her change a diaper).

Kidding - I waited.

Notice Olive hornin' in on the action: I've used the time-honored John Warbel (Jr.) method of coercing Emma into changing diapers: "You know, one of the best ways to bond with your brother would be to change his diaper . . ." It's worked a few times.
This week, Colin has discovered drooling (he loves it), and the 'ol Bronx Cheer - does it all the time. *I* consider this to be real progress toward becoming a full-fledged boy, Mama ain't necessarily so sure.
Above: "PPppppphhhhhhhppppttttt!!!!!!!!!!"
OK, honestly, I can't explain the deal with Jr's hair. It's a cross between Mao Tse Tung, and Winston Churchill, with a budding mullet in the back. In the above shot, his hair makes him look like he's been on some kind of wicked bender or something. I've taken to calling him SeƱor pelo loco, so as to help him with other languages and whatnot. The next two shots just further illustrate the point:
The other development this week is that he's REALLY begun to smile - A LOT. Funny thing is, if he's in the midst of a real happy period, and I drag out either the camera or the camcorder, he goes mum. Clams up like Alberto Gonzales on the stand. I managed to get these two - but they're not really representative, sadly.

He looks more goofy than happy - but trust me, he was all smiles yesterday for a while.

In other developments, I picked the boy up a new super-phantasmagorical, must-have toy, the Baby Einstein "Exersaucer", pictured below. When we were up at Mary's cousin's house a few weeks ago, their son Lucas loved his, so we figured Colin has to have one. He's a bit too small for it just yet, but in another couple of weeks - it's gonna be Exersaucer city, baby.
Also, Colin spent a few hours this week with Ms. Jenna, who will be watching him for us during the week when I go back to work. It was wonderful for all - pictures from that to come as well.

Finally, Mary's favorite tradition here at, Friday Random 11. Let's see if we can keep it mostly respectable again this week. I finally uploaded a bunch of songs from Tonya's iPod, so the chances are fairly good:

1) "Back in Black" - AC/DC
2) "Paralysed" - Gang of Four
3) "Only" - Anthrax
4) "Foxey Lady" - Jimi Hendrix
5) "Positively 4th Street" - Bob Dylan
6) "Fooligan" - Diesel Boy
7) "Talkback" - Stiff Little Fingers
8) "Signs" - Tesla
9) "Crystal Wrists" - Peter Murphy
10) "No Class" - Motorhead
11) "I AM A BUCKEYE FAN" - Sleepy Rappers

So there you have it. T - you made it in there three times. Not bad. Until next week . . . .