Crib Noises – Nocturnal Haiku

June 08, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Musings 117 views

Scream of agony.
Distant flatulent thunder.
Sigh of happiness.

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The only thing about me is the way that I walk

June 05, 2009 By: erik Category: England, Musings, Photos 2,357 views

Worn SolesFavorite shoes are a funny thing. I remember vivid details of the stores where I buy my favorite shoes. I’m not sure why this is. Perhaps because, once I realize how great the shoes are, I imagine myself going back to buy more, because good comfortable shoes are hard to find and worth stocking up on if you find a brand and model that agrees with you. Of course I have yet to actually follow the whole process of 1) discover after a week or two that these are really great shoes, 2) make it back to the store, and 3) find and buy more pairs for when current pairs wear out.
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Even More Dresses

June 04, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos 289 views

1950's HousewifeI foresee a continued stream of photos of brand new dresses in my Flickr photostream’s feature. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law call every day to ask what Nora is wearing. Of course, with each new outfit, she’s so incredibly adorable that there’s not really an option to not take a photo. Since she made it to the two-month mark, she’s been using a new dress just about every day. None of which we have purchased. They were all gifts.
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Meeting Carla

June 04, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos, Travel 435 views

Carla and NoraIn Spain, it’s very common for people to have a pueblo, a little town where they grew up or where their family originated from, where they go to spend vacation time. In August and Easter, these small towns throughout Spain come alive as the towns’ sons and daughters return to maintain both their houses and friendships. The family I married into goes to a tiny town in Extremadura named Higuera de la Serena. Marga has been going there in the summers since she was born, and thus has many friends that also summer there. As we all know, over the years, some friendships weaken, but the special ones remain strong. One of Marga’s best friends from the pueblo is Emi, a woman who is three days older than Marga and lives in a Madrid suburb. Last year, when Marga was four months pregnant and starting to feel like her independent life of youth was ending, she called her friend Emi.

Marga: “Hi Emi! I have some news!”
Emi: “Hi Marga. I have some news, too.”
Marga: “I’m four months pregnant.”
Emi: “I’m four months pregnant.”
Marga [annoyed]: “Hey cut that out. I’m really pregnant!”
Emi: “That’s great. I’m really pregnant too!”
Marga: “Really?? That’s fantastic!”

Marga came out of that phone conversation happier than I had seen her in the four months of her pregnancy. She had apparently been fretting that in 2009, she’d go to the pueblo and all her friends would be going out and partying, and Marga would have to be caring for her daughter while her friends were having a good time. The idea that she wasn’t the only one shackled by offspring pleased her immensely. Emi’s daughter, Carla (she had that name picked out long before we picked one for Nora), was born 25 days after Nora. Last weekend, we went to Madrid to register Nora at the US Embassy, and we visited with Emi, Carla, and Mario (Carla’s dad).
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Bench Mom

June 02, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Offspring, Photos 205 views

These are just three photos of Marga and Nora that I took during our trip to Guernica recently. She took Nora and the bottle and sat down to feed her while the rest of us unloaded ourselves and the stroller from the car. Anyway, I like these photos.
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Stuff I Thunk – May 2009

May 31, 2009 By: erik Category: Musings 138 views

Occasionally I have publishable thoughts that are more than 140 characters long, but not long enough for a full blog entry. To allow an outlet for these I’m going to start a series of monthly blog posts where I let these thoughts accumulate, and then I publish them at the end of the month.

The way Apple gives free Apple logo stickers with every product is pure marketing genius. What do people do with stickers? They stick them on things. Not only that, but they stick them in places that will be seen by other people, thus making your logo even more ubiquitous. Genius!

After watching an unhealthy amount of streaming NASA TV recently, it occurs to me that someone putting a satellite in orbit should include an HD video camera pointed towards Earth at all times. I’d tune to that channel and just leave it on my television for a long, long time. They could even put small ads at the bottom.

Note to self: When moving a rotten pear from the fruit basket to the trash, do not assume that the stem will support its weight. When they hit the floor, they explode into a gooey sauce that resembles human vomit, both in color, consistency, and desirability to clean up.

More Dresses

May 30, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos 290 views

Flowery DressNora has such an enormous queue of clothing to try on in her wardrobe that it’s daunting to even consider. With the summery weather this week we’ve used three summer dresses, the pink one, and the two you see below. So far, I think we have bought her three, maybe four, outfits, and we have received about 50 as gifts. This kid has an impressive wardrobe, I tell you.
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Blanket Face

May 28, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Offspring, Photos, Videos 272 views

First Worn Summer DressToday the weather was very nice and Nora wore a dress for the first time (if you don’t count the baptism). I also filmed a favorite1 game of Nora’s, which, for lack of a better name, I’ll call Blanket Face. The gist of the game involves Marga throwing a blanket over Nora’s face and then removing it. This “blindness quickly replaced by Mommy’s loving face” provides the shock-relief cycle that is the basis of human laughter, and this activity elicits the closest thing Nora has to laughter.

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iPhone App Idea: Almost There!

May 26, 2009 By: erik Category: Geeky, Musings 2,237 views

One of the most forehead-slappingly clever iPhone app ideas I’ve heard is iNap, an alarm clock for public transportation commuters to wake them up when they get close to their intended stop. Rather than setting a timer, you set the location of your stop on a map and then your iPhone 3G follows your location and the alarm goes off when you are within a specified range of your target. As someone who has spent several years going drowsily to work on public transportation, I applaud the developers of iNap.

The other day, I was driving home to pick up my wife to go somewhere, and, as I approached our neighborhood, I wanted to call her with my mobile phone to tell her to come down from our apartment and out to the street so I wouldn’t have to park. But there were a few round-a-bouts to negotiate and I didn’t feel comfortable using my cell phone while I was driving (it is actually illegal in Spain), so I ended up parking and going up to the apartment to get her.

Okay, here’s my idea:
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Meeting Nora

May 26, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Travel 217 views

My regular readers will know that, whenever my parents visit, my father likes to write up an account of his travels. You can download and read his 2.5 MB PDF by clicking on the document image below.
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