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Showing posts from May, 2015

Fil-Am Baby Breakfast

What does a tiny human who sprung from the loins of two cultures consume? How does a little Am-boy (American boy) break his fast? 
With rice and Cheerios, of course!
Indeed, this combination of highly glycemic carbohydrates and, let's face it, donut-shaped cardboard, has been known to provide nutrients, calories, and pincer grip practice. In ancient days, cave husbands and cave wives fed their offspring this very combination to improve the species' chances of survival. 
Or I'm just a weirdo who throws stuff in my baby's bowl for giggles. Yeah, I think that's it. 
I'm pleased to report that Fragrant Junior has impressed The Supreme Judge (that would be Fragrant Mother/ Mamala) with his eating skills. Bonus: his aunt, Fragrant Sister, also praised his hand-eye-mouth coordination! What can I say--he's my son, of course his face-feeding skills are consistently at master level. 
That said...his sleeping still needs work. We started sleep training on Wednesday (we too…

Movie Review: Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

Pitch Perfect 2 is as giddily ridiculous, unapologetically off-color, and full of heart as the first movie. Director Elizabeth Banks (yay!) did a terrific job in her first behind-the-camera outing, and of course she's as hilarious as ever in front of the camera as Effie Trinket, I mean, acapella announcer Gail.

The movie winkingly offers a veritable trope-fest: an incident causes the formerly celebrated Barden Bellas to lose their position and privileges as the top collegiate acapella group. The intimidatingly huge Das Sound Machine, world acapella champion, becomes the Bellas' rival -- to regain their honor, they must defeat DSM at the international competition in "sunny" Copenhagen.

But how will the Bellas win when their leader Beca is busy trying to have a post-college career, romantic complications loom, and the group has lost their harmony? Could the earnest new legacy (Hailee Steinfeld) help them on their journey? Will love find a way?? WILL SISTERHOOD TRIUMPH …

My First Mother's Day!

To start the day, Fragrant Husband took Fragrant Junior into the other room so I could catch another couple hours of sleep. Once I shambled out of the bedroom, Hubby made French toast (my request from the day before). Over breakfast, he explained his new bacon-cooking technique, because he is the best.

Since it was gorgeous out, we took Junior out for his first swim. It was only 10am but he had already pooped twice, so we figured it would be safe to slap a cloth diaper on him (new swim diapers en route). After slathering him in sunscreen, Hubby and I took turns floating him around. He had fun, I guess? In any case, he was very fetching in his shark bathrobe.

Back in the apartment, Junior immediately passed out from the excitement. I did, too! Knowing my tendency to dawdle, Hubby tricked me by saying we had to leave for dinner at 3pm so we would have time to walk around the wharf. We ended up leaving at 3:30, as per his (accurate) calculation.

Dinner was at Legal Harborside, because I…

Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers: Age of Ultron Whedons hard. The film shows the humans behind the heroes as the Avengers are torn apart, their fears exposed and old wounds reopened. There's a lot of tension, plenty of action, and the definite sense of a larger, more hostile force out there.

The movie introduces Ultron, a terrific supervillain voiced by James Spader. Ultron is by turns coldly calculating and almost petulant, but always incredibly dangerous. He's out to end the Avengers, and enlists the help of the Maximoff twins, Wanda and Pietro. Oh, and he builds a robot army. 
For their part, the Avengers take a beating. Each hero must then take a journey to return to the path of righteousness! Viewers learn more about the Black Widow and Hawkeye -- AND BY THE WAY, WHERE IS THE BLACK WIDOW MOVIE, MAY I ASK -- and meanwhile there's a romantic subplot that I didn't see coming. No, it's not what you think. 
And just like in the first Avengers movie, Captain America and Iron Man call each …