Monday, April 20, 2009

Overheard: Exercise

Him: I really like that the new car has those push-button windows.

Me: What do you mean? Our old car has push-button windows.

Him: No, the new one has one-touch, push-button windows. You just push it once, quickly and the window rolls down by itself.

Me: Our old car had that.

Him: But it didn't have that for rolling the windows back up. The new one does.

Me: Was it really that hard to hold your finger on the button for five seconds to roll it up?

Him: It was annoying. It's much easier to just push the button once.

Me: I can't believe some people think Americans are lazy.


Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday Lovely: Baby Mine-Classic Songs for Bedtime CD

I may not be great at singing or staying in-tune or remembering the right words to songs (Hold me closer, Tony Danza) but I do know with absolute certainty that this is one of the best CDs ever recorded.

It's a collection of music that is perfect for lullaby-ing wee little babes to sleep without causing the parents to suffer from Elmo-Induced Psychosis. All of the songs are incredibly beautiful and Anthony loves it. I played it for him often while he was taking up residence in my abdomen and I really do believe that he still recognizes the songs even now. During one of our first nights in the hospital right after he made his grand arrival, he was fussy and nothing seemed to calm him down.

I turned to my beloved iBook (may it rest in peace) and clicked on the BabyMine CD in my iTunes. Instantly he relaxed. It's baby magic. Plus, it features the vocal stylings of one of my all-time favorite local celebrities.

You can preview the album (and then buy it instantly because you seriously won't be able to wait even one more second) on iTunes.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Overheard: True love

This weekend I was able to meet up with one of my good friends/former coworkers. We had a great time catching up and reliving the crazy stories that happened daily with our former employer. At this company, our boss and his wife worked together and had a, shall we say, tumultuous relationship that made for an interesting office environment.

Our storytelling brought me back to a specific conversation that occurred shortly before I quit. Our boss was out of town and his wife and I were talking about his schedule with this latest overseas adventure.

Me: Wow, that trip he is on sounds exciting.

Her: I know, it really is. But I'm very nervous about it.

Me: You are? Why?

Her: Well, it just sounds kind of dangerous. He's flying around that country in a tiny plane. What if it crashed in the ocean and nobody even knew where to look for them?

Me: * Blinking in disbelief that she actually cares about her husband. My heart is warmed.*

Her: I mean, for me to get his life insurance they have to find a body.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Flying by

Before we had Anthony, Zach and I were always told by friends and family members that we had no idea how fast time can go by until we had a child. They were so right. The last four months have flown by and undoubtedly been the best of our lives. Having a baby is a lot of work. A LOT of work. But I'm enjoying it more than I ever could have imagined, and I know Zach would say the same thing.

Anthony is generally a very happy baby, a good sleeper (knock on wood) and is showing more personality every day. Z & I spend most of our free time watching Anthony giggle, figure out how to wildly move his arms, kick his chubby little legs and try to talk. We're both fully convinced that he is clearly a genius by the way he shakes his rattle and reaches for his toys.

Einstein, move over (but don't worry... you have no competition in the hair department--yet).


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Paint today, pizza tomorrow... Or maybe in a few weeks

The new restaurant space is getting closer to being finished. Zach and I are both really excited about being in this new building. It definitely has more of the neighborhood/mom & pop feel we've been wanting. And now that we're officially a mom & pop ourselves we thought the timing for our move was perfect. The fact we're combining a pizza shop & coffee house is a little unusual but we think the two will make an ideal couple.

We're getting ready for paint and so the hunt for the decor is on. I've put together this mood board to help set the tone as we pick out paint, furniture and other items. Our plan is to go with more neutral paint (and if you know me, you know what a hard decision this was) and then accent with more lively colors.

Hopefully it won't be too much longer until Z is in the kitchen baking up some fresh on the image above for a larger version