Friday, August 26, 2005


Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Yet another dog-child adoption!

Congrats to Sean and Amanda on their forthcoming adoption of the wee Sadie pup!

The Shape of Things part II

We took Sylvie to see the specialist again yesterday to further discuss her oddly shaped noggin. We have continued to try positional therapy at home and though the doctor did notice some slight improvement, her head is still wider than it is long and he recommended we go forward with the helmet. We were given a prescription and directed to the "Brace Shop", (sound familiar dad?), to get the exact dimensions of Sylvie's head so that a helmet could be custom made for her.

Thanks to modern technology, the casting process I mentioned in my last posting on this subject is no longer necessary. Instead, a super nice doctor pulled a soft, stretchy bit of material over her head to hold down her "voluminous" hair (his words), and then I lay her face up on a machine which the doctor likend to a supermarket scanner...(I'm sure there is some great quip I could insert here about how she rang up as a 10lb bag of apples or something but nothing good is coming to me). A few seconds later, a 3-D scan of Sylvie's head appeared on the computer screen.

So with no muss and very little fuss, Sylvie was measured for her crash hemlet and has an appointment for her final fitting on 9/6. We were told that she'll most likely only have to wear it for 8-10 wks as she is entering a period of rapid growth which should cause the reshaping to go quite swiftly. This means that we'll have to incorporate the helmet into her halloween costume (astronaut? Evil Kneivel? human cannonball?) but she'll be out of it in time for the 1 billion and 1 Xmas photos that will undoubtedly be taken of her.

Woot do you think about this?

Theron recently discovered, an online store that sells one electronics-type item per day either until it sells out or until 11:59pm central time of that day. I think it's sort of a market testing type of thing or maybe they also use it to get rid of overstock but either way its cheap which is always a good thing. In fact, we recently got a very good deal on a dvd/cd/receiver unit from them.

Anyway, the folks at woot have a weekly contest inviting people to take an item that has been featured on the website and incorporating it into a landscape, movie poster, artwork etc depending on the designated theme. Last week's contest theme was to make a "monument" of a Westinghouse Intelliblend blender. Theron joined in the fun of it and entered 3 or 4 pieces, 2 of which were totally kick ass. It's not just me saying this either as several other people who entered the contest raved about one of his pieces in particular.

However, the judges as woot were not as impressed and while giving Theron TWO honorable mentions, awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th (which was really an honorable mention but still won a cash prize) to other entries which were also for the most part, ass-kickingly good.

Below I've posted these 6 entries. Try and guess the order in which the judges ranked them then click here to see if you were right.

Monday, August 22, 2005

New addition to the Kinkle family

Congrats to Amy and Chad on the adoption of Kreuger! Quite a cutie, doncha think?

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Don't pee on my pancakes and tell me its maple syrup

A few weeks ago, I noticed that the amount of freshly squeezed boob juice I was able to pump while at work had lessened a great deal. I understand that there are a variety of reasons why this could be happening, from the impending return of Aunt Flo from her long hiatus to the accumulated stress of house hunting/buying. As I would prefer to continue to breastfeed Sylvie for at least a year, I figured I needed to do something to get my milk production back up to quota. My OB/GYN referred me to a lactation specialist who suggested that I try taking the herbal supplement fenugreek. This herb is a known "galactogogue" which, though it sounds like some sort of fiendish overlord from a sci-fi pulp novel, just means it's an agent that promotes the secretion of milk. I bought a bottle of fenugreek at a local GNC and started popping the prescribed 3 capsules, 3 times a day.

After taking the herb for the past several days, my Maternal Order of Milk Ducts Union is no longer striking. There is an interesting side effect however, one that anyone who has ever eaten asparagus with dinner knows about from the sharp reminder of having done so when they pee the following morning. Turns out that fenugreek is one of those quirky little plants with the ability of imbuing one's sweat and urine with a noticeable odor. In the case of fenugreek, it's maple syrup, which is why I've been smelling like a waffle house lately.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Down payment, ouch! Let's buy a new couch!

Theron and I, like our pals and fellow new home owners Amanda and Sean, decided to take advantage of the tax-free weekend to start outfitting our new domicile. It's funny how writing out a check for the down payment on our condo made the cost of our later-that-same-day-purchase of some brand new living room furniture seem like pocket change.

(We bought the couch and the chair but not the "shez".)

And yes we know that a light colored couch is not the best thing to buy when living with a cat, a dog and a baby, but this set didn't come in a darker color. But it's microfiber, which is easy to clean AND we can always buy slip covers!

Friday, August 12, 2005

So friggin' CUTE

I know I'm biased but that doesn't make it any less true!

A new taste sensation!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Chad & Lindsey's Wedding

On Saturday, August 6th, Theron, Sylvie and I attended the beautiful, outdoor, practically-on-the-beach wedding of Theron's brother Chad to my new sister-in-law, Lindsey. At first it looked as if the weather was not going to cooperate, but luckily the rain cleared up a few hours before the big event. The ceremony was sweet and the bride and groom looked very happy together. Sylvie was her usual well behaved self during the entire wedding and reception, finally falling asleep in my arms during the father/daughter dance.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Condo Can Do!

We did it! We MADE AN OFFER on the condo! Holy crap!!! We're supposed to hear back by 9pm tonight if they're going to accept it or counter-offer. If I have a chance I'll post an update after we hear back, but as we'll be preparing to leave tomorrow morning for our trip down to Florida to attend the wedding of Theron's brother Chad, it might have to wait until next week. Can you say "cliffhanger"? ;-)


the condo


The inspection is to be held Wednesday 8/10 and if all goes well the closing date is 9/6.
Unbelievable how fast it's all going...kind of like having a baby!


The inspection went well and we'll be signing the PNS (or is it P&S? too much daggum house buying jargon ricocheting around my brain these days to be sure) agreement either tonight (8/12) or tomorrow and the closing date has been reset for 9/15.

Any volunteer movers going to be available around then perchance? We promise to provide food and beverages although they may be just pizza and beer :)

Monday, August 01, 2005

July Sylvie photos

See Sylvie's first dip in a pool!

Could this be THE ONE?

Yesterday we went to an open house in Malden where we saw this really cute condo. The unit includes the 2nd floor (plus finished attic) of this house, half of a 2 car garage and a good sized fenced in yard on a quite street. It was nice. REALLY nice. In fact it was so nice that we are contemplating putting in an offer.