October 14, 2007
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August 06, 2007
So me and Yves realized that we were doing some "accidental parenting" meaning we started something with Sienna that we really don't want to become a habit. It seems that Sienna needs a bottle in order to fall asleep for the night. It's not a terrible thing but we would rather she be able to fall asleep on her own. It was very rare that we would be able to put her in her crib or pen and she would go to sleep, even when she shows 'the signs' of tiredness. But the bottle was always magic. We would give her her nighttime bottle, she would drink the majority of it or even all of it and either want more (which she usually would take a couple of sips of her next bottle rendering the rest of the bottle garbage!) and then fall asleep. We would gently lay her down in her crib and then go about our merry business for the evening. On rare occasions, she'll wake up and cry but mostly, she was out for the night.
Last week she started to not take her afternoon naps, which started this whole realization. Then I discovered something called "4 month regression." Even tho Sienna is technically going to be 5 months next week, because she was a month early, it's not surprising that she follows the 4 month developments. Basically, because she is now more aware of things going on around her and her brain is really starting to develop, why would she want to miss out and go to sleep? Can't say that I blame her! So we decided to combat the nighttime problem first since the regression is a phase and she might go back to her afternoon naps. So last night we decided to follow the advice of the Baby Whisperer, who was very helpful earlier. We gave Sienna her nighttime bottle out in the living room and a little before her bedtime. She finished her whole bottle and then I took her into her room and read her a couple of books. She yawned and rubbed her eyes, ooh, signs of tiredness! I put her down in her crib and walked out. She cried. I went back in, picked her up and soothed her and when she stopped crying, put her down. She cried again. I picked her up and soothed her and put her down when she stopped. This went back and forth for about 45 minutes although I thought I had it in the bag twice and had walked out only to have her cry again. Eventually, she went down and didn't cry and fell asleep. Whew! Not too bad for the first night. Tonight shouldn't take as long as last night, according to the Baby Whisperer. We'll see. I didn't feel bad as I didn't let her cry it out and I was confident I was doing the right thing for all of us.
August 03, 2007
Yesterday I went to get my Swedish massage that Yves got me for my birthday. I went to Ohm spa in midtown. HEAVEN! It's been awhile since I've gotten a massage, a true spa massage and I really wish it could have lasted all afternoon! The atmosphere was so nice and relaxing and calming. They gave you a nice robe and really nice slippers, hard plastic types. I swear, when I came out of the spa onto the street, if someone would have mugged me, I would have given them everything I had, I was so relaxed. It's too bad I picked one of the hottest, muggiest, yuckiest days of the year! I think next time I get a massage in the summer, I'll hire a limo to take me home. HA!
After massage feet
After massage me
This past Sunday, we also went to visit Tammy and Mark and had yummy burgers. While she drooled over Sienna, me and Yves drooled over her iphone and new 46 inch HDTV!!
March 02, 2007
Most Awesome Mail!
Fellow blogger and generally awesome person, Jennifer sent me this box full of great goodies the other day!
We never officially met but I discovered her blog about a year and half ago when she was hosting a CD mix swap and I've been keeping up with her craftiness ever since. She and her sister have a wonderful shop and they know how to sew! If I was working, I'd definitely own a bunch more of their pouches than the one I currently own. She included adorable sock monkey onesies and a bib for the baby, bones for skippy and lots of fun stuff for me!
Of course Skippy just knew there was something in there for him! Thanks again Jen!!
February 14, 2007
Happy Hearts Day!
I made this card for my honey for Val's day. The inside says "You make my heart soar." We don't make a big deal about the day but it's also the day he asked me to marry him 6 years ago. He left me a card and a delicious box of chocolates for me on my desk this morning. We got hit with some snow last night and this morning. The baby was also very active this morning. I couldn't get comfortable in bed so I was sitting on the sofa around 3-4ish in the morning. Also my nose was completely stuffed up. I mean, completely! I'm feeling a lot better than I was earlier in the week so I can see the end of the tunnel. Sometimes the end of the tunnel seems close and sometimes it seems far away.
January 17, 2007
In the year 2007 I resolve to:
I don't really make New Year's resolutions mainly because I always resolve to better myself on a regular basis. What difference does it make that the calendar says it's a new year? Every morning starts a new day! With that being said, I'm resolving to be more productive craft wise before the baby takes up most of my time.
Back in 2004, my friend Sheila took pinhole portraits of me and Yves on the roof of her building before she moved to Arizona. In October of 2004, we went to Arizona to the opening of her gallery with a show I was in. That's when she gave me the prints. I started this mosaic frame sometime in 2005 and I resolve to finish it before April, 2007.
I think I had only done the clear glass and orange glass when I pulled it out during the Thanksgiving holidays. Then I did the blue and reddish glass. All I have to do is cut glass for the outer sections, grout it and then viola! Done!!
I am proud of myself for starting and finished this next project within a reasonable time. Granted, it was a small project but I'll take the credit! I had these wood blocks from a stamp set and the blocks were so perfect, I couldn't bare to throw them out.
I drilled holes in the side in case I want to string them and hang it. Then I painted them and now I'm at a standstill! I guess they are done?
January 11, 2007
Being blah in Brooklyn
Brooklyn Museum lobby
Being at home all day while waiting for this baby to pop out has gotten me restless. I'm not doing as much creating as I would like to and I haven't taken many pictures because I don't really go anywhere. My motivation and inspiration are lacking but I'm slowly getting out of it. It was worse last month where I was moping around too bored to do anything about it. So I've been wanting to check out Annie Leibovitz's exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum before it closes at the end of the month. I figured that would inspire me. I'm a fan of AL's from her Rolling Stone and general celebrities work. I know there is a certain talent in taking portraits but I'm not overly impressed with it because it's such a staged thing. I know that portraits are harder than they seem because you have to get your subjects comfortable in front of the camera. I know because I've done this. Capturing things that are happening right now and out of your control and getting right in there is what I'm impressed with. I lack the courage and strength to do any kind of photojournalism myself so I really appreciate that type of work. With that being said, I was a little disappointed in the exhibit. I enjoyed her celebrity portraits and her Sarajevo work. She even has a portrait of the Bush administration from December 2001 that I found really striking. If I didn't know any better, I would have been proud of our president just from that photo. Eek, shiver! There were a lot of personal photographs of her family and such that I didn't really care about. I don't know, maybe it was my frame of mind, maybe it was because it was more crowded than I thought it would be for a Wednesday morning.
What I really enjoyed was Ron Mueck's exhibit. He does amazing life like sculptures. Truly, truly amazing. Photos weren't allowed and I was too chicken to try and sneak some. His latest was a huge sculptor of a baby still attached to the embilical cord. Since I'm popping one out soon, I couldn't really bring myself to look too closely to it, it was so lifelike!
I milled around the watercolor and Egyptian exhibits but was already growing tired so I called it a day. I'm glad I went and got out of the house. By the way, it was freezing! Winter finally came and it was around 35 degrees and really windy when I went out that morning. It was less windy later on that night when I met Joy and Tammy for dinner with Yves at Spring St. Natural.
January 04, 2007
Yves was home from work the past 2 weeks, he just went back on Tuesday. While he was home, he did a lot of home stuff in preparation of the new arrival in April. One of the first things he did was move everything out of the third room, which was our storage/guest room. All the shelves moved down to the basement, we got rid of a lot of old clothes to goodwill and sorted shifted things around. He cleared some space in the cabinets and his first handyman project was hanging up the pots like we had in the old apartment. I was secretly trying to hold him off of this project until after Christmas so he can use his new drill, which he loves! Here is the finished project:
I think it came out great! We still have some pots in the cabinet but these are the ones we use most often. The lids are still in the cabinet too. Those will have to stay in there.
Then he painted the soon to be nursery. We are pretty sure of the sex of the baby (although they told us it's only 100% when the baby comes out), we didn't want a typical color for either sex and picked something that we think would be good for either sex. Lime green! Well, the official title is Tinker Bell. I wanted something a bit more deeper but Yves thought it might be too bright so we compromised. We decided to do white stripes to break up the green. Then I thought I'd add highlight colors later on via wooden shelves and other accessories in orange (of course!), violet, blue, and other colors.
From dark blue to lime green
Adding tape to make white stripes was harder than we thought. Yves was concerned with keeping it straight but since we weren't even making symmetrical columns, I didn't think it mattered that much.
Revealing the first stripe!
We also went to Ikea to check out some book shelves, in which we are in dire need and we're talking mega bookshelves, not meager ones like we have. It's about time to get serious! We found one we really liked although there were 2 we wanted to see but couldn't find the other one. We'll have to go back and pick it up with the help of dad. It's going to go in the living room and the next big project will be packing away the cds. Since we hardly reference the cds once it's on our computer, we might as well pack them away.
They'll be going from this...
We'll be getting rid of the plastic cases and this aluminum case is supposed to fit 1,000 CDs. I'm not sure how much it will fit once we put in the booklet but we can always get more. This case was only $80 with free shipping!
Now for baby furniture....
November 20, 2006
Don't call me baby!
So I totally spaced and forgot to put up my mix from last Tuesday's mixer. That's what happens when you are 20 weeks pregnant. Oops, did I say that? Well, if you can't guess from my mix, yep I'm knocked up! But I'll save the details on that for another entry. Here is the music!
1. Make Me Mommy • Ben Folds
2. You Mama You • Jude
3. Mama Roux • Sandie Shaw
4. Mama & Papa • Supergrass
5. Break Your Mama's Back • Slow Runner
6. Mama's Room • Under the Influence of Giants
7. My Mother Was A Chinese Trapeze Artist • Tarkio
8. Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives • Voxtrot
9. Ganja Babe • Michael Franti & Spearhead
10. Baby I Don't Care • Transvision Vamp
11. Say Baby • Davíd Garza
12. ...Baby One More Time • Fountains Of Wayne
13. The KKK Took My Baby Away • The Ramones
14. Don't Call Me Baby • Voice of the Beehive
15. Baby C'mon • Stephen Malkmus
16. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby • The Smiths
17. Baby I • Amy Millan
18. Sweet Child O' Mine • Luna
I couldn't resist the picture I found of my niece Elianna. Not sure how old she was but this was a couple of years ago. We had the mixer at Cheap Shots in the East Village. Before that I met Joy for dinner. I was in the mood for pasta and since Sal Anthony's was close by we went there. NEVER AGAIN! It was the worst Italian food we ever had! The calamari was old and rubbery and we had to wait for our entrees for over half an hour. My linguini and clam sauce was rubbery too. Joy's pork chops wasn't bad. Oh! What a waste of calories! Anyway, Cheap Shots was fun with an air hockey game.
July 10, 2006
What is your power color?
|Your Power Color Is Blue|
You are empathetic and accepting - and good at avoiding conflict.
If someone close to you is in pain, it makes you hurt as well.
You try to heal the ones you love with your kind and open heart.
July 04, 2006
Nuts for Nuts
Rich and Theresa visited us from Chicago on Friday and Saturday. Rich was Yves' best man when we got married. On Friday we took them to Coney Island and they went on the go-karts. I couldn't get them to ride the Cyclone. We then went over to the Dumbo/Brooklyn Heights area and walked around there as well. We were tired by the end of the day, them especially since they woke up at 3 am to catch a 6 am flight that didn't leave until 8:30.
Saturday we took them to Chinatown to have dim sum at Golden Unicorn, which renovated their 3rd floor and now has flat screen tvs and rainbow lights.
We walked from Chinatown to Union Square and then hopped on the train to Central Park. We took goofy pictures of us, watched some roller bladers and the ducks in the pond.
We met up with Richard and had margaritas at El Azteca. I only had 1 medium frozen melon margarita and I was buzzed! I turned lightweight.
As usual, Skippy is a big hit with everyone so on Sunday, Rich and Theresa were getting ready to leave to go to Astoria where her brother lives. They tried to kidnap Skippy!! Luckily, Skippy knows the good thing he has with us and escaped his bag! LOL
May 12, 2006
Puppy cut and Piddleloop
Yesterday I took Skippy to get his hair cut. With summer coming and having a warm spring so far, we decided to get a puppy cut for him. Basically it means cutting all his hair off. He looks so cute, he reminds me of a chihuahua. His hair is so short you can see his little pee pee! LOL!
And today in my mailbox, I received my order from piddleloop! After resisting her super cute pouches and buttons, I finally relented. I did work 2 days this month, so far!
I bought 3 pouches from her. The orange one with felt monkey is mine, of course! And the other 2 are for presents so I'm not going to show that as a close up. I also ordered 2 bunny buttons from Jen. One with a moustache and one without. And she gave me extra goodies! Yay! I love extra goodies and I think any good company should do that! I got a nifty tissue pouch with a cat lounging fabric (much like my cat!) A neat fabric flower pin with some of my favorite colors, orange and lime green! and extra buttons from the moustache factory. And super cool monkey notecards. Yay!! Thanks Jen! And shipping was super fast too!
April 16, 2006
I don't celebrate Easter religiously. Actually, I don't celebrate Easter at all but seeing as this site is called the bunnylog, I felt I should acknowledge it somehow! So here ya go! Me in bunny ears with Neo.
January 22, 2006
My feet hate me
horizon shot of Brooklyn Bridge from the summer of '05.
Yesterday we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge after eating in Chinatown since it felt like spring. My feet hate me! I did not wear the proper shoes and it didn't help that we were standing for 2 hours after that. We went to see a slide lecture of an old friend of ours, Gary at Postive Focus. You can see his work here and here. I applaud his work and have a lot of respect for him that he does this. He mentioned that most people walk by the homeless because it's just easier and safer not to get involved and that it was easier and safer to look at his pictures of the homeless instead. Yep, that's me. I felt bad at first that he pegged me but I shouldn't apologize for it. That's just the way it is.
January 16, 2006
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere
I am totally in love with the DCFC song Soul Meets Body. I know it came out months ago but I never really listened to the words until I watched them perform it on SNL this past weekend. How can you not love lyrics like
Cause in my head there's a greyhound station
Where I send my thoughts to far off destinations
So they may have a chance of finding a place
where they're far more suited than here
I do believe it's true
That there are roads left in both of our shoes
If the silence takes you
Then I hope it takes me too
So brown eyes I hold you near
Cause you're the only song I want to hear
UPDATE! Someone was kind enough to upload the video from SNL here
Well aside from listening to this song over and over, I finished the scarf I was crocheting for Yves. It's super long, down to his knees, the way he wanted it!
and look at Skippy in his little jacket. Good thing we got that for him as it was FREEZING yesterday and we also got some snow.
January 01, 2006
It's a brand new year!
I actually hate New Year's Eve. I don't believe in the whole stigma about having to go out and celebrate when everybody and their mother are out getting drunk. Just because the calendar says it's a new year doesn't mean you need to go out and feel like a loser just because you don't. But I don't want to rain on anyone's parade so I won't go on a tirade.
Today we went to dim sum in the neighborhood with Mom, Dad, Yves, JP and Pete and Fredo joined us as well.
This is my favorite dim sum dish. I'm not sure what it's called in English. It's basically carb and carb! It's this fried bread wrapped in a rice noodle with a soy sauce type sauce on top. I love it!
After we ate, we went back to our apartment and played Bogus and Loaded Questions. Bogus is a game where each player takes turns reading true or false statements and you bet on whether it is true or false. The first person to reach 1 million dollars is the winner. Loaded Questions is a game where you have to answer questions about yourself and the opponent has to guess whose answers are whose. They were both real fun!
December 23, 2005
It will be over before you know it!
It's the Friday before Christmas! The transit strike is over after 3 days (wow!), most of the shopping is done, the cookies are made and I'll be attempting homemade peppermint bark later today. The tree is up, presents are wrapped and will soon overtake the tree!
It's cute, isn't it? And all those presents! There's still a box full and more to come with the family!
Here are some smaller ornaments I made like the December birthday ones I made. I forgot to take a picture of all of them together so here are ones I didn't put on the presents yet. I'll put the one of me on the tree.
JP and Dad are flying in tonight so the whole family will be here soon. Last night we had dinner with my mom and dad. They made roast pork and spare ribs. YUM! Dad is taking us all out for dinner tomorrow night. I should forget about trying to lose some weight until after New Year.
I hope everyone has a great Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
December 20, 2005
Wow! A Transit Strike!
Go here to make your own scrabble!
I didn't think they would do it, they are actually striking! The last time the MTA went on strike was in 1980. I don't have any real strong opinions about it since I'm not working right now and it's not really affecting me. I just want to get this down as it is history!
November 07, 2005
Out of touch and outta my mind!
I was going crazy today because I couldn't get online to check my e-mail. It's been a whole week since I've been online and while missing a week of checking the websites I usually frequent on a daily basis was not a big deal, being without e-mail was driving me crazy! I felt like I was so out of touch with everyone and everything. Isn't that just crazy? I went to Starbucks today because I thought their hotspot was free but it was not, you have to have TMobile. I just never paid attention before. Then I went to a cafe in my old 'hood that advertised free wireless dsl but when I went there, it wasn't working and the counter girl didn't seem to have a clue. What a waste of my time! So when I got home, I called Verizon and signed up for dial up service. Since the DSL won't be on until the 16th, at least I got access albeit dial up. And I can cancel within 30 days and get a full refund. Hallelujah! I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner.
Anyway, the move is over and done with! Wow, I never thought it would be over. Yves borrowed the mini van from his sister and last Wednesday we made 3 full trips. Since it was a weekday, it was just the 2 of us loading and unloading all the crap. I HAVE A LOT OF STUFF!! Thursday the movers came and as we suspected, they charged us more because they didn't know all the crap we had. They were even saying that it might take 2 trips!! But they managed to fit everything in and most of the stuff came over unharmed, just a couple of nips but nothing too bad considering it was just 2 guys and my crazy mom yelling at them. Here are some pics of the chaos.
"The Creative Room"
"The White Room"
"The Living Room"
I'll show pictures of the place once everything is in it's place, which I plan to be soon!
And check it out!! Skippy and Neo on the same bed at the same time!!
October 29, 2005
We are painting whores!
Last night I felt like I ran the marathon, I was so achy from painting the new apt. I WENT TO SLEEP AT 10 PM!! Goes to show you how out of shape I've become since I stopped going to the gym. But we are making progress! Yesterday we did the "creative room" aka the computer and craft room. Here's a picture of me doing some touch ups in that room today. I love the orange color, I think it came out great!
There's the ikea table, I can't wait to fill up those drawers, I'm going to be so organized! (yeah, for maybe 1 month!)
Here's Yves starting the bedroom in our favorite dark blue.
And finally the living room! We're just painting this one wall the dark brown and the rest of the living room will be clamshell. We'll be doing that tomorrow.
October 26, 2005
I'm becoming one of them!
Oh man, I'm becoming one of those dog owners that dote on their pets and shows pictures of them every chance they get. Geez Skippy's only been with us about a week! It's hard to resist him when he follows you around the house all day. If I get out of hand, please shoot me. Really!
I went to meet Richard for lunch today on Indian Row. I had the chicken shag and it was yummy. Then we went for an afternoon cocktail at the Thirsty Scholar on 3rd. It was a nice day and looking forward to doing it again, after the move! Ugh, not looking forward to it but I just want to get it over with.
October 14, 2005
A new chapter
Today was my very last day at work! I've worked there since February of 2000 and I felt it was time to move on. It actually was hard to say good bye and sad too. I'm really going to miss everyone very much and I hope at my next job I will be just as lucky and meet wonderful people there as well. Danielle baked me a cake and I thought that was very sweet! In the shape of a bunny too!
Karl made me a bunny mix but I'm too lazy to take a picture of it right now. There is actually a song on there called "The Bunny Song!"
Here's a picture of my desk, well, my old desk. Actually, it's the cleanest it's ever been!
Last night we went out for drinks after work to Mica Lounge. A lot of people showed up, more than I thought so that was really very nice. I had a blast! Richard came during his lunch hour too! Of course, we had to do the heads shot!
There are a lot more drunken pics that I'll put up separately. I also tried to take a picture with everyone but I missed a few. Oh well.
October 11, 2005
I'm married to your charms and grace
Me and Yves got married 4 years ago last Friday. Yeah, I know, I'm a little late. I wasn't even going to post this since Yves is in Atlanta for work and won't be home til tonight and was there since last Tuesday! But I haven't updated my blog all week.
Saturday, I had brunch with Tammy, Pete and Nate. We went to Cafe Bar in Astoria, yum! Then me and Tammy headed over to Robyn's open studio. It was a real crappy day because of hurricane tammy. Rainy and wet and muggy. Ugh. Tammy couldn't stay too long because she's allergic to cats and forgot to take medication. So I made her go to Michael's with me and we walked over there in the rain and wind! A bunch of nutters! When I got back to Robyn's, Richard, Alan, Young, Hanna, Josh and Sara were there. We basically hung out for a while. Everyone left except for Richard and we decided to get some Indian food.
September 15, 2005
I was very happy to discover that there is a new DVD coming out for "The Outsiders - The Complete Novel." A 2 disc special edition!! There's a new beginning and a new ending but I think this sticks with the book. I gotta get it!!
Don't forget to go check out the photo I have on auction to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Go over and make a bid!
September 12, 2005
double bridge, my first meme, football and Hurricane Katrina
So, I've been tagged for my very first meme by Jen.
Here are the rules for the meme:
1. Go into your archive.
2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to). I think I'm too new to have a 23rd post!
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five people to do the same. I don't know if I know 5 other bloggers!
So guess what? I just counted and this is the 23rd post! HA!
So, here is my 23rd post's 5th sentence:
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
That cracks me up! It's not very exciting but it cracks me up. Ok, so I'm passing this along to some people that might not even know I have a blog!
Alan, Bill, Francis, Tread and Dave
I joined the football pool at work. It was only $10 for the whole season, chump change but I figure it would be fun. It's nothing fancy, no spreads or anything, just basic "pick the most winning teams this season" is the winner. So it looks like I'm leading the pool the first week with 11 teams I picked winning. It will be 12 if the Eagles get moving tonight. So far they are losing.
Don't forget to go check out the photo I have on auction to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Go over and make a bid!
August 14, 2005
It's damn hot!
Horizon 202 shot of the South Street Seaport
It has been so freakin' hot lately and it's gotten me really lazy! I'll never finish my mosaic frame if this keeps up. A few weeks ago I bought some scrap glass and a glass cutter from Stained Glass Warehouse on the internet. I didn't realize how hard it was to cut class! I cut myself twice and Yves cut his foot when he walked into my craft room. Apparently, bits of glass fly when you're cutting glass and you don't know what you're doing! They make it look so easy on tv.
Did manage to meet Richard and have dinner with him and Joe at El Azteca yesterday. Yum! Also helped each other with some writing along with Alan.
August 11, 2005
Vote for my friend Cindy's t-shirt design!
July 31, 2005
Went to see The Aristocrats today. So freakin' funny! It's basically a documentary of about 100 comics telling the same joke but each comedien changes it around to their own style. It's a dirty joke so if you're faint at heart, don't bother with this movie. I was laughing throughout the whole thing. George Carlin, the mime and the guy with the cards were my favorite.
July 25, 2005
yup, another blog on the internet
I did it! I made a blog.