msLaura: Modern Mama Laura Hamilton + Dan Baker = Julian Hamilton Baker & Adrian Hamilton Baker "When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her."
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September 27, 2007

Sharing a musical moment

sharing a musical moment, originally uploaded by mslaura.

Adrian stands at that toybox for a good solid hour each day. He's ALL about standing up right now. Also eating paper. He gnaws chunks out of the spines of my paperback books. Crazy.

Big sound of the week is:
I swear that last week he said, "Hi Mama!"

And Julian is having a developmental burst too. He completely undressed and re-dressed himself the other day. And learned how to use sarcasm perfectly.

We went to lunch at Dan's parents' house. Dan's mom gave us some beef stew to take home for dinner in a Tupperware container. Dan swears that it was closed tight as a drum.

He put it in the car, on the floor on the passenger side. Then he put Bugs in the back of the car and went back to the house to gather more items.

Big mistake.

When he came back out, I heard him shooing Bugs back to the cargo area of the car. "What are you doing up in front?" I heard him say.

Well, what Bugs was doing was eating all the beef stew. I don't know how he get the Tupperware open, but he did. And he ate ALL the stew. Rotten bastard.

When we got home, Dan turned off the car and we sat in the driveway for a moment. "Thanks, Doggie", said Julian.

"Why are you thanking Doggie?" I asked.

"Thanks, Doggie...for eating ALL OUR DINNER!" said Julian, with an exasperated air.

September 26, 2007

Burning Skunk Fur Snow Bubble

We've all had sour stomachs around here lately. Some gastrointestinal bug...our latest plague to strike. I went to pick up Vietnamese food for dinner tonight, because it sounded good. Fresh and savory, with veggies and noodles.

While I was looking at the menu, I decided to get one of their snow bubble teas. I like bubble teas. I dig the chewy tapioca balls at the bottom.

They have them in all kinds of strange flavors at our local Viet restaurant. Avocado sounds odd, although I suppose it might be OK.

Here's one that is NOT OK.

Oh lord.

I've heard that, while it smells quite bad, it tastes good. I wanted to see what it was like, so I ordered a Durian Snow Bubble. What I got was the smell of burning skunk. That acrid skunky smell, at its most nauseating, but with an even more acrid burning hair component thrown in.

It DID taste decent, before the smell hit me, but once the smell hit, that's all I could focus on. Travel and food writer Richard Sterling says:
“... its odor is best described as pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. It can be smelled from yards away. Despite its great local popularity, the raw fruit is forbidden from some establishments such as hotels, subways and airports, including public transportation in Southeast Asia.”

Other comparisons have been made with the civet, sewage, stale vomit, skunk spray, and used surgical swabs.

Yep. I like trying new and odd foods, but this was beyond me. I gagged as I poured it out in the sink, and had to put a lemon down the garbage disposal afterwards to try to get rid of the smell.

Next time I might try that avocado. Or maybe just play it safe and stick with watermelon.

September 14, 2007

Get Smooved

Get Smooved with Smoove B, Love Man.

September 08, 2007

Vegas baby, Vegas!

Adrian and I are off to Vegas this weekend for the ABC Trade Show. We're going to scope out about a zillion products for babies and kids, and maybe we can find one or two that are worthwhile.

Adrian has his own badge. He's my Assistant Buyer. Which sounds like a joke, but it's actually not. How else am I supposed to test stuff out without my Baby Product Tester along?

It's Adrian's first flight. Here's hoping he zonks out for the duration...luckily it's only a little over an hour each way, and we have a direct flight.

Dan and Julian are having a Stag Weekend in our absence. Wahoo!

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