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Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet?

10 Jun

Baby Fashionistas
I simply can’t decide if Heelarious High Heels are hilarious or retarded…but I can admit that (1) If they had 6-12 month sizes, Baby Bee would totally be getting a pair, and (2) Bamber’s first baby girl will SO be getting a pair (probably the zebra print)!

Song Title: Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet? by Art Garfunkel

AM Radio

19 May

My new favorite radio program (and yes, I am a nerd and I do listen to AM radio).

Fast Forward (or "bloop bloop" in TiVo language)

31 Mar

Back to the Future
Do you ever sit around dreaming about your future? Well, I do. All the time, in fact. Not that I want to fast-forward though my babies’ early years, but I’m so excited for, roughly, 3 years from now. This is how I think it will pencil out.

Mama Bee & Hive in 2011…
Picture this: Mama Bee & Mr. Bee with our 2 Baby Bees (4 and 2, respectively). Living in our suburbanian, Stepfordesque utopia. Hopefully we’ll move to our new home by the end of 2008, so we’ll have been there for about 2 years – comfortable, but still settling in. I’ll have convinced my family and friends to move close, so playdates and dinner parties will be abundant.

By the end of 2010, all my student loans from law school will be paid off. Yes, my math friends, that will be 6 years after graduation. For those that think that is a long time, I left graduate school with a law degree from a private institution and, since I guess talking about money is taboo with some people, let’s just say I could buy two brand new Porshe 911s with the debt that came from tuition and books, etc.

So, by the end of 2010, with our super aggressive debt attack method (trademark – haha!) we will be completely debt free. We’ll have a new-ish home. We’ll have our 2.5 kids (well, hopefully just 2 kids. Maybe we can trade in the half-a-kid for a dog or something). Probably be shopping for a new car and/or saving for a super awesome vacation.

But, as I’ve discussed before, I have the patience (and attention span) of a 2-month old puppy. I’m so happy that we got working towards this awesome goal, but I want it all NOW! (cue whiny baby voice) We found the house; I want to buy it yesterday! We figured out the debt pay-off solution; ok, is the debt gone yet? Can I actually buy furniture that wasn’t designed by some guy named Ingvar? I’m sure many of you are thinking, “you whiny little brat! So you have to wait a couple years before you get everything you want. Waaahhhhhhh waaaaaaaaaahhhhhh.” And you know what?

You are completely right.

Poll Smoking with Mama Bee

31 Mar

Finish This Sentence…
“I am so addicted to (blank) that I (blank).”

House Hunting

31 Mar

More like “House Stalking”…
A few months ago, Mr. Bee & I realized that, because of how we had balanced some of my student loans from law school, the amount we pay monthly now for our P.O.S. 70′s house is the exact same as we could pay for a brand new home in a community that we both love. We like where we live now but we never intended to be here more than 5 years and this month is our 5-year anniversary! The community is fine, but I’ve lived in this area for the last 26 years (minus 5 years or so for college and grad school) and I’m totally over it. The whole neighborhood is slowly becoming a retirement home with hardly any families with young children. With Baby Bee, we need a new hive with young families. The next house will be our long-term home, probably for the next 15+ years (kinda freaky!).

So, anyway. When we realized that we could move and pay less in this horrendous housing market for a kick @ss house, we started looking around immediately. Since we don’t want to live in Seattle proper (want to raise Baby Bee somewhere safer), don’t want to live North of Seattle (commute and communities), don’t want to live much more South of where we are now (commute and communities), it didn’t take long to find where we want to live. It’s a great planned community up on a ridge. The whole area is based around it’s own elementary school (which, ironically, Baby Bee wouldn’t be going to because our “house” would be right over a city boundary line). There also is a whole shopping center with a grocery store, ice cream, hair stylist, restaurants, fast food, and, most importantly, a Starbucks!

We went up to tour the model homes about a month ago and I absolutely fell in *love* with a particular house style (see above photo). It totally fits our budget (after my cold-as-ice negotiations) and would hopefully includes a whole bunch of fabulous upgrades like hardwood, travertine floors and countertops in the bathrooms, etc. I pretty much want to put in my order for the exact model home we toured! I wish I could even get it with all the designer-chosen wall colors and furniture!

Now we’re just trying to play it “cool” with the housing developer. They keep on telling us, “Well, we have a lot of interest right now,” and I’m *this* close to calling bullsh!t on them. We’re trying to not show too much interest and let them know that we really don’t *have* to sell our house right now (and, because of the market, would probably get more for the house if we wait). I’ve also emailed the guy who is our contact at the homebuilder and let him know that “we’re not totally sold on purchasing new construction and there are some other areas we are looking at.” If I were honest, I’d write, “I love this house. We will buy this house. It is simply of matter of when and how much. We completely have our hearts set on your community and this house. We are *totally* in your pocket, Mr. Salesman.” But instead I have to bide my time by longingly staring at our photos from the model home walk-thru and checking the homebuilder’s website religiously. We are currently working on our house to sell it and have made a lot of progress the last month! I’m dying to know what it could sell for (but worried for what it will sell for!).

Question of the Day
Because it has been so long since Mr. Bee and I have been house hunting, and since we really had no idea what we were doing the first time around, do any of you have any tips on home-buying and/or negotiating for Mama Bee? I know a lot of you have purchased new homes in the 5 or so years and hopefully your experiences are fresher in the mind than mine!

More cowbell!

29 Mar

101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments
The title for this post went from “One fine @ss Jew” to “Like Butta…” and it just kept getting better!

“I’ve got a fever and the only prescription is for more cowbell!” I don’t understand how Christopher Walken, who is sooooooooooo creepy, can be so funny! He’s like the only one in that entire sketch who is keeping a straight face!

Speaking of SNL…
There is a movie coming out in April called Baby Mama, starring Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. ‘nuf said.

My birthday *is* coming up…

28 Mar

My blerd BFF Rose found these online:

Open mouth, Insert foot

28 Mar

Last week I decided to set TiVo to record Sesame Street for Baby Bee. We’d never really watched it before (since I was a wee little one) and I figured she might like it. The first episode we watched I thought, “Geez! I can’t believe it’s an hour long! Who let’s their kid just sit in front of the television for a whole hour!”

So, um, yeah. Sesame Street is awesome. It’s like my #1 Season Pass now. Baby Bee is so captivated, I can finally eat a whole breakfast without being interupted! I wish it were two hours long… ;)

Where’d you get that?!

28 Mar

Here are some baby items that I either LOVE or would go insane without!

Moby Wrap
The Moby Wrap is a great baby carrier! We have a Baby Bjorn too but I always choose the Moby over the Bjorn. The Moby is so comfortable (for mom *and* baby) and comes in super cute colors. I also love that you can use it so many different ways.

Baby Einstein Activity Center
Especially now that Baby Bee has perfected the “army crawl,” it’s so important to have something to keep her in one place while Mama Bee enjoys some lunch (or just needs a break from chasing her around the house)!

Oi Oi Diaper Bag
I looooove my diaper bag! I went through two other styles/brands before I finally found a diaper bag that was chic and, most importantly, useful! The best features are the long, messenger bag-like strap, the huge interior pockets, and the top flap that keeps all the toys, bottles, diapers, etc. from overflowing! I have gotten a lot of compliments on it from women who like that you can have a diaper bag without having Winnie the Pooh or a Disney character on it.

Bumbo Baby Seat
Even though Baby Bee is getting way to big for it now, I still use my Bumbo! It was fabulous to help her learn how to sit up by herself and even at her age (11-month), I keep it in the bathroom and toss her in it whenever I have to pee! I’m sure one of these days she’ll figure out that she’s a huge monster in comparison to this tiny seat and crawl out of it while I chase her with my pants around my ankles.

Safety 1st Bath Seat
When Baby Bee graduated from her infant bathtub, I got panic attacks thinking about giving her a bath in a big girl (read: normal) bathtub. I found this seat at Toys R Us and fell in love. It attachs to the side of your bathtub and keeps your little bugger upright while they play and get washed. The only irritating part of bathtime is that we have shower doors (not a curtain) so it can get pretty restrictive where you place the seat.

A Video Baby Monitor

I got one of these from Nana & Poppa and I looooove it! It saves me the trips, tip-toeing up the stairs, to check on Baby Bee when I put her down for a nap. Hear a wiggle on the baby monitor? Take a peek at your video monitor and you can tell if that wiggle was a “Damn, the baby’s waking up” or a “Sweet! She’s just turning over!”

Tranny Transvestite from Transylvania

27 Mar

Am I smoking crack or is this top FIERCE?!

My clothes are uber-boring. One of these days I’ll be able to dress as fierce as my inner-hot-mess-tranny-from-transylvania.