Sunday, May 30, 2010

Don’t Mess With The Missus

Steve and I got in a bit of an argument about whether or not I can go to New York this Fall to visit with 4 of my favorite people.


He said, “No. Blah Blah Blah.”

I got tired of hearing, “No.”

So, I let him have it.

Wipe that smirk off your face, Pal. Or, I’ll make you regret it.




Just kidding. Its still nothing but marital bliss around here. I ask for something and Steve never says “no”. He simply fell off the roof and a 50lb bag of roofing tiles landed on his face. That’s all, nothing to worry about.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

No Woman No Cry Like You’ve Never Heard It Before

*Cynthia, this one’s for you.*

I don’t know what kind of emotion this will stir up for anyone else. For me, its nostalgia. I can vividly remember recording this way back in 1993 when I worked as a healthcare volunteer in Brazil for Amigos de las Americas. I was 18 years old, digging latrines in the town of Dom Marcolino, Rio Grande do Norte. No need to delve in to the whole experience. Just enjoy this video. I think its beautiful.

I was very attached to the 2 little girls, sisters, you see in the video. They followed us everywhere. I think I stared at them all the time. They were stunning.

COME ON DOWN!!!!!!!!

I’ve mentioned that I was a contestant on Price Is Right, right?

Its one of those interesting facts about myself that I like to throw around. Want to know some others? Ok, Ummmmm, ummmmmm, I can’t burp. A Past Life Regressionist once told me that I was Charles Lindbergh’s flying buddy in a past life. Yep, that’s it.

The story goes like this. I planned an outing for a group of nurses I worked with at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Everyone gets interviewed as a possible Contestant before entering the show. I guess they just saw something they liked when they met me. What can I say. OK, I was 36 weeks pregnant with Niamh, I was dressed in scrubs, and I was the one who organized the group.

I was NOT expecting to be called. I did NOT want to be called. I saw myself as a huge liability running down the aisle if called. But, guess what. I got called.

I’m pretty sure You Tube is going to take the video off due to copyright so hurry and view!

I didn’t win but I got some nice parting gifts which I sold on ebay.  I also have a sweet autographed photo of Bob Barker on my refrigerator. It was totally worth it.

Monday, May 24, 2010

She’s Chosen A New Career Path

Niamh announced last night, “Mama, I think I want to be a Professional Dancer when I grow up.”

Oh, Goodness. How do I break it to her? I was the only cheerleader that couldn’t do the splits and her Auntie Mairead needed us to count 8 counts out loud when she was a young aspiring dancer because she couldn’t hear the intrinsic beat of the music. And, there was my dance class in Ecuador. Genetics are not on her side, and I’m not even considering how the Westover side of the family affects her. (I don’t want to offend them.)

We’ve gone this route once before. Niamh was in ballet 2 years ago and complained each week as we drove to class. “I don’t want to go to ballet. All that stretching!”

I didn’t want to discourage her so I told her it might be a good idea to practice stretching every day to limber up a bit.

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*PS. I promise to learn how to use my camera soon.

OK, Don’t Freak. But, Have You Seen Them Too?

So, in our walks around the home hood, we’ve been seeing Little People. I think they are watching us.

Truth be told, I started noticing them after watching the movie 4th Kind. Have you seen it? No? Don’t. Well, Do, but only if you are man enough to handle it. I’m man enough (stop staring at my new hair cut). I love a good Alien story, a good tale of a haunting, and the idea of clairvoyant people is really intriguing. That movie kind of freaked me out though. Then, in walking around Wallyhood, me and the familia started seeing them.

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Did you really think that there are little ceramic gnomes out there spying on you?

Sheesh. That’s so silly.

Naw, this is the doing of Steve and his Minions. Steve went to Target, bought a bunch of figurines and came up with the idea of placing them around town where we take our walks. That way, we can look for them when we are out and about and need a quick distraction during a melt down because, well, because there are countless reasons why N and F melt down. None of them make sense to us rational people.

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Cute idea, huh? Look out for them when you are around our neck of the woods….they’ll be looking out for you.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Tale of Two Bikes, A Love Story


I wish I could make up a cute little story starring two bikes but that’s just not my thing.  Here’s the real story, it isn’t cute, but it has a good ending.

10.5 years ago, I met Steve. I had a bike. I spent $600 on it, I think. I thought it was a super high end bike because it cost $600, I think. When I moved from San Francisco to Seattle for Nursing School, I sold my car to help pay for tuition (poor poor Fiona). That money didn’t last very long but I had my bike (and the bus) to get me around town. I rode my bike from Queen Anne to Seattle U most days for class. I thought I was an avid rider.

10.5 years ago, I met Steve. He had a bike. He also had a Jeep that was in for repairs. Steve lived in Wedgewood, his Jeep was being repaired in Capit0l Hill. He needed to get his Jeep from the shop early one morning. He was going to ride his bike (btw his bike cost about $600 x 5). Trying to flirt with him, I offered to drive him to get his bike. “Oh, no, you can’t ride all the way to Capital Hill, I’ll come over early and drive you.” (for those following from outside the Seattle Area, we’re talking a 6 mile drive/ride.)  He declined the offer, and probably laughed at me. Not too long after that, I realized that Steve was like a REAL bike rider, something they call “Cyclist”. He did 100 mile rides (and I stood on a street corner with an orange flag for my girlfriend share of those rides).

Ok, cut to the chase….at some point, Steve alluded to the idea that maybe people who really ride bikes, like more than 1.3 miles a day, were out there making fun of me on my Rockhopper. So, I left my bike locked in the basement of The Union Arms Apartment building and never rode it again. I don’t like people making fun of me, I don’t even like the idea of it. Its probably still there. If any readers are currently living there, the combo is 2-4-6. (Steve also told me I was wearing Mom Jeans recently. It was the first time I wore those jeans, just had them hemmed to my measurements. I’ll never wear them again.)

Sooooooo, for 10.5 years, I have been with a “Cyclist”. This “Cyclist” has worked for THREE bike companies in the 10.5 years I have known him. Guess how long he has been promising to get me a new bike. Anyone? Anyone? (cricket cricket)                  TEN POINT FIVE YEARS, that’s how long.

For Mother’s Day, he made good on his promise. I now have a really pretty bike that was supposed to come with some really really cool features but The UPS truck smashed the headlight, the speedometer won’t turn on, a fender was broken in 2, and the saddle bag was missing from the box. Oh well.

OMG, this is becoming a long story. OK, let’s wrap it up here.

Today, Steve and I pretended we were a couple that just started dating and does not have any kids (or laundry, or dishes, or bathrooms). We rode our bikes down to Green Lake and lunched at the Green Lake Pub. It was Heaven. Here are our photos.


He looks genuinely happy, doesn’t he?


Steve said I don’t need to wear a helmet because my new haircut makes it look like I’m always wearing one. He really did say that. Meanie.


I L O V E beer. In particular, Hefeweizen.

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She’s pretty. I’m gonna call her “George”.

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

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I have no words.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

So, When is Children’s Day?

Oh, Niamh, my Niamh. When Niamh realized I would be getting the attention and gifts today, she wanted to know “when is Children’s Day?” And, what is the overwhelming answer? “Everyday is Children’s Day”, can’t I have a day to myself?

We had such a, dare I say it, perfect day. Started (I won’t tell you what time because I don’t want anyone to get jealous or think that I am an awful mother) with swim lessons. Finn told me that because it is Mothers Day, he would put his head under water for 5 minutes. Buddy, while there are some days I would swear that having my kids' underwater for 5 minutes would be MY saving grace, I think that you promising to fulfill that wish {which I only have in moments of desperation and sleeplessness and I haven’t had in many many months} is really too much to ask of you.  However, Niamh actually submerged herself for THE FIRST TIME at swim lessons today. That really was a gift because, Niamh, My Dear Safe un-Daredevil, you are the oldest and tallest {and scrawniest} in your class by at least 2 years and 6 inches {and 5 lbs}, and I feared that all the 3 year olds would continue to pass Tadpoles and you would be there until your Elementary School Graduation. I now have hope that your swimsuit won’t be retired with your ballet slippers, gymnastics leotard, and soccer cleats. {sigh}.


Next on the agenda was brunch at Szmania’s in Magnolia. We felt fancy just crossing the bridge in to Magnolia. We didn’t quite bring our best manners with us from Wallyhood, but we did bring our appetites.

Will someone please mess up my hair in the next few photos? I look like the dude on the Little Caesars Pizza box.

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Finn ate: pancakes, eggs, muffin, scone, strawberries, 2 yogurts, potatoes, chicken strip, my halibut, my asparagus, my potatoes, and juice. He visited the bathroom twice.

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Niamh ate: a pancake, a strawberry, a yogurt, and juice. How does she keep that girlish figure, I just don’t know.

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I’ll get back to this.

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After digesting for all of 45 minutes, Steve’s Mom, Brother, and his family met at our house for ice cream. We did somersaults and cartwheels all the way to Molly Moon’s. Kinda disappointed nobody captured my perfect 10 on film.

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Mother’s Day is no day off from Mom duties. Kids still need their pants buttoned.

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, our destination. FYI, Sasquatch is TO DIE FOR. Totally worth the 8 billion calories.

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Oblivious to the dog about to eat her in one bite, Niamh takes advantage of the camera being on her alone.

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Cousin Emily, Niamh, and Finn in front of the Castlereach Apartments. Who would have known this building existed, nestled in between M. Moon’s and Issian Restaurant if they didn’t have 30 minutes in an ice cream line to kill. Quite a nice teal green frames the door. Reminds me of a Pub entrance in my ancestors’ homeland (Eire). Agreed?

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Don’t look discouraged, Finn, ice cream is coming soon.

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Steve took advantage of the time in line to practice his self-portrait skillz.

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YAY!!!!!!!!!!! Starburst! Finn was starving after eating just a light lunch earlier in the day.

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More tumbling on the way home.

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And now, this……

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4 years ago, we moved in to this old house. The power outlet I use most often, the one I connect the vacuum to at least twice each day, was loose. I cursed {Steve’s name} every day when the cord would pull out of the wall because the outlet was loose after 90 years of use. Steve has been promising me he would replace it for years. “It only takes a couple of minutes.” So, why, WHY, Why did it take 4 years to do? {As he sits next to me he says, “because I had to turn the power off”. Do you know how many times we have turned the power off around here for one project or another? Me neither, but its a lot. Lame excuse, Buddy.} So, THIS power outlet is the best Mother’s Day gift ever. Tomorrow, there is a fancy bike coming for me in the mail. I think I’m going to really like it because it comes with accessories and a big fat cushy seat for my big fat cushy rear end. But, I really think that I am going to appreciate this power outlet for many years to come.

Happy Mothers Day.