It seems like it has been a long time since I have put up pictures of this little man...a lot of words lately... Anyway, he has learned to open doors, officially. As you can see in the picture below, our door knobs are the long kind, not the type that are easily baby-proofed, so we are all now used to being walked in on... What fun.
Concerning my promotion, I basically just got a new title; they actually made a new one for me. I am now the "HR Supervisor." It includes a little pay increase, which is so tiny it is almost going to disappear into taxes, but the cool thing about it is that there is a wage freeze at my work, so the executive committee had to vote and approve my promotion. Which means they know who I am AND they like my work! =) I don't think it is really going to include a slew of new responsibilities, I think my bosses are just conceding that I have already taken on lots of new responsibilities, and this promotion will make them officially mine. But in any case, it is still a pat on the back and I am happy about it!
Charlie's cold is still sticking but we took him in and they prescribed him something, so we are hoping it will clear up soon. The doctor said "I don't want to concern you, but it does have a side effect - it might make him drowsy." We were like, "Uh, we love drowsy babies."
Finally, my blog reader isn't working, and if it doesn't start working again soon, I am going to be mad!!!
I have a childcare issue tomorrow. Who do my San Diego friends go to at the last minute? My Friday babysitter got pneumonia and my other babysitter can't take him. My brother can take him until 12:30 but I need someone until I get home at 4:30. Anyone know who can do it? Plus, he is a little sick, so probably anyone with small children themselves don't want him (although the fever broke, which might mean he isn't contagious anymore...)
He is guaranteed to do several cute things including but not limited to smiling, laughing, blowing kisses, walking to and fro (that's right people. He is attempting it for longer stretches of time!), and saying bye bye and waving. So if that sweetens the deal a little..... He is also likely to do less cute things, such as having a dirty diaper and refusing to have his nose wiped.
My very favorite and very darling sister turns 21 today. So, in honor of her and my love of lists, here is her list of 21 wonderful things I love about her: 1) We make up emoticons together. 2) She keeps me posted on good Beyonce songs. 3) A few weeks ago she came to spend the weekend with me because Greg was out of town. We all took naps and then when Charlie woke up, she woke up and took care of him and let me continue to nap for another hour!!! 4) The way we like to quote movies together. 5) She lets me waste time at work by g-talking with her. 6) She always remembers our "half birthdays" since we are exactly six months and one day apart (my half birthday is the day before her real one and her half birthday is the day after my real one). 7) Our joint love of Chickfila lemonade. (Chickfila equation: ooo + ### + \~/) 8) She and Charlie love each other. 9) Her extreme aversion to laundry. I have never seen anything quite like it. 10) She reads my blog and I think you would be hard pressed to find a single entry of these 218 posts she hasn't commented on, usually within the first hour of its posting. Betcha she will comment on this one too. 11) She rejoined facebook so we could be friends. 12) She has a good memory and she reminds me of funny moments I have forgotten. 13) She made approximately 27,490,813 "it's a boy" suckers out of the See's candy suckers and passed them out to everyone she knew, announcing the birth of little Charlie last year. 14) She has a great phone voice. 15) She is so funny. Sometimes, while in boring meetings, I think of funny things she has said and it takes a lot of lip biting to keep from laughing out loud. 16) She keeps me posted on Greg's work schedule. 17) How we like to "ess-pee-ee-el-el" words to each other. 18) She let me do her taxes this year. 19) Our "twin" language (as Greg calls it). 20) Subsection to our language, our IM lexicon. We are working on getting it written down for those who desire to communicate with us in this higher form of conversation. 21) She is a loving, loved, beautiful, successful, sweet, darling girl.
Kirsten invited me to expand my horizons past reporting Charlie news and do a book list, and I think I took her a little too seriously. Or I haven't written anything interesting other than Charlie stuff and Leave of Absence policies in way too long. Because putting this out there isn’t the same as making a personal recommendation for a book, please don’t pick up any of these books and then hate me if you hate them. I will try my best to flag any that might not have content suitable for all readers, but if you really want to know about a specific book, ask me. I love nothing more than talking about books. Oh, and I included a section on “Children’s Books” because I love, love, LOVE children’s books (in addition to adolescent literature) and because it is my list and I wanted to. But, because there are millions of children’s books, this section is cut extremely short, with just a few that might be lesser known. And, frankly, the whole thing is cut far too short. I have been writing this for days and I know that as soon as I hit publish, I will think of something else HUGE that I have left out, but this will have to suffice for now. Books I love, by genre:
Fiction/Literature High Fidelity – Nick Hornby This is quite possibly my favorite book ever. I love what it says about relationships. (Nick Hornby is a British magazine columnist and I love all of his books and also his music columns as published in his book "Songbook." Because of his status as a British author, his books contain some profanity, so don't pick it up if that is a deal breaker for you. And for the record, About a Boy is pretty clean, as far as the profanity goes.) A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens My favorite Dickens. Basically speaks for itself. Also enjoyable - the movie version with Prince Humperdink as Charles Darnay/Sydney Carton. Although it made my teenage crush on Sydney Carton wane a little. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen What is a book list without Austen? I enjoy all her books, but this is the most basic, so it is a good starting point if you have never enjoyed her before. My life goal is to get Greg (and Sara!) to watch the six hour version with me. But, as Greg says “if there is no KieraKnightley, what is the point?” Confessions of a Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella There are five and the first three are fabulous. The last two are worth reading, but not the best ever. Read the first two at least before seeing the movie. This series may be literary "junk food" but that does not mean I don't love them. Because I do!! (Some bad words. Again, British authoress.) The Princess Bride – William Goldstein You’ve seen the movie. Read the book! The Four Loves – C.S. Lewis I really do love everything I have ever read that is Lewis, but this one might be my favorite.
Young Adult Fiction Twilight – Stephanie Meyer Duh. The Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot There are ten of these books and I love them all. And I SAID it was Young Adult Fiction, I KNOW we aren't talking Shakespeare here, so no mocking me allowed. Danny, the Champion of the World – RoaldDahl I can’t even talk about this book. Just read it. This one IS a blanket recommendation (even though you still can’t get mad if you hate it. But if you do hate it, I am sorry for you!) Matilda – RoaldDahl Ditto. But I am double-triple sorry for you if you hate this book.
Children’s Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog – Mo Willems I love all that is Mo Willems, a former writer for Sesame Street. His books are so entertaining. Also on the list, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, and not just because our family loves naked mole rats. His books are interactive and fun for the parent to read too. The Napping House – Audrey Wood Charlie is the wakeful flea in our napping house. This is an older book that my parents read to me as a kid, so I love it. Goofy Minds the House Classic quandary of whose job is harder, mom’s or dad’s? I seriously love this book and it is out of print. My husband bought it used for me for my last birthday, but I think it should go back into print. This book has no author because when Disney hires you, you belong to them. Therefore, you get no byline; it is just listed as “Walt Disney Presents: Goofy Minds the House.” It is messing up my formatting, but whatever.
Short Stories Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris David Sedaris kills me. He is so dang funny. Of his several published memoirs, I think this is my favorite. He talks about growing up in South Carolina, but it is really just his funny experiences that read like fiction you are enjoying, it isn’t really his actual life. In other words, it doesn’t read like an autobiography, it is just the random, every day things that happen to a person put into funnier words than I could ever say. The Best of RoaldDahl – RoaldDahl Some people are unaware that RoaldDahl wrote fabulously funny short stories for adults along with his children’s books. While just as wonderful as the children’s books, they are not as universal, and one might find some questionable content.
Non-Fiction Queen Bees and Wannabes – Rosalind Wiseman This book explains a lot about my high school experience. (Just kidding. Sorta. Right, Selina?) The book that the movie Mean Girls was based on. (And I didn’t put it in non-fiction on accident; the author is a counselor to adolescent girls and wrote a book about them. They just took the concept of how mean girls are and some of the experiences she writes about and turned it into a fictional movie.) Happiest Baby on the Block – Dr. Harvey Karp Ways to soothe your screaming newborn. Liked it. Used the tips. The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell I have enjoyed all three of Malcolm Gladwell's books, but I think this is my favorite. You have to read him to understand, but his books are just so fascinating! Not the most "well written" books in the world, but again, you read it mostly for the interesting trivia and such he has in there! Baby Proofing Your Marriage – Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O’Neil, and Julia Stone I just read this and it made me laugh at least. I am not the only person who discovered it is harder to be a wife after you are a mother? YAY! (Again, minor profanity and perhaps a little bit of advice that some of my blog readers might not agree with, but funny and a little bit relieving that there is a whole community of irritated women out there. And, for the record, I adore both my husband and my child and I love being wife/mother, but sometimes I do want to scream. Or at least talk loudly.)
Spencer got the idea to make something of our ridiculously tiny balcony: We got a big area rug and set the doors up so they block Charlie from going any farther than just right outside the doors, but it is still OUTSIDE! (He adores being outside).
I think I am officially a mom now, because I cut my first head of hair (not counting the time I cut poor Bryce's hair because it was too long to take a test in the testing center. That doesn't count because it looked terrible, poor guy, and I just used regular cutting scissors, not real haircutting scissors). Anyway, I didn't cut Charlie's hair, but Spencer decided he was tired of the mohawk, so he employed me.
Before:After I accidently ruined above the ears (didn't think about how the ear guard doesn't necessarily mean it is going to cut the same length as the rest of the hair). Don't worry, I blended. I think it turned out okay though. Next time I will be more savy about the ear guard. And maybe it won't take me an hour and a half. And NO GREG I WILL NOT SHAVE YOUR HEAD.
Did anyone else see THIS article last week? I laughed and thought "thank goodness it isn't me" only to have the following experience:
I come home from work on Friday afternoon to find Spencer on hold with his new bank, Bank of America. He joined them a month or so ago when he got a coupon to open a new account and get credited $50.
Apparently he tried to buy a bag of chips at work and his debit card got declined. So, he checked online when he got home, and his account was overdrawn $888,888. Which is eight HUNDRED eighty-eight THOUSAND DOLLARS. But, with all the eights, it looked like a computer glitch, so he called in. While on hold, he checked his other account with them (they have you open two checkings and a savings, I don't know what the story is) and it was overdrawn ONE POINT SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS.
Naturally, he called to get it all squared away, assuming they would gasp (as we did) and fix it up. Instead, he got connected to some surly youth (Ladamien was his name) who told Spencer they were going to close his account and basically terminate his relationship with the bank. They wouldn't tell him why, or whether he had been a victim of identity theft or anything! Poor Spencer would have been fine with that if I didn't march him down to the local branch and sit down at the Assistant Vice President's desk (without being asked) and demand assistance. He said he couldn't do anything. I pointed out to him that, even if he were completely helpless, at least his title should throw a little weight around. Spencer was horrified that I was being rude (which I wasn't, forceful is different than rude. I was just sick of people blowing Spencer off just because he is young) and Charlie was screaming and eating pens the whole time, but we got Spencer a 3:00 meeting today.
Can you imagine?
PS, He wouldn't let me make a whole post about this next piece of info, but since I am already posting, I will just inform all of you that he got promoted to a lead this week and now has keys and importance at Jamba. So check him out in his new green hat!
I love the icons google comes up with for the different holidays, and I love Dr. Seuss, so here is a merging of two fun things. Today Google celebrates Dr. Seuss's 95th birthday!
My favorite trivia about Dr. Seuss? This poem explains it all:
You're wrong as the deuce
And you shouldn't rejoice
If you're calling him Seuss.
He Pronounces it Soice.
He did, however, take a more American-ized pronunciation when the Seuss-rhymes-with-goose was a name he just couldn't shake.
In other news, Charlie took lots of steps yesterday! Just one or two at a time and then he would fall, and if we praised (or even took notice) he would immediately sit down, but hey, it is a step in the right direction (pun intended. There is no way to say that without a pun.) We happened to get it on video because I was making a video of him standing on my cell phone for my sister, but I am singing Old MacDonald at the top of my lungs to get him to hold still, so that video will not be aired.