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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Santa Talks to Jack

Mindy's cousin, Peggi, sent this adorable video for Jack that has been fully customized with his name, picture, what he wants for Christmas, etc.

If you believe, click the link below to see Santa talk to Jack:

Friday, November 25, 2011

Future Gift

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Jack is a very fortunate little boy who will receive lots of toys and clothes from generous family, friends, parents, and Santa this holiday season.

I am hoping that one gift this year will actually be a gift that he will enjoy several years from now. I came across a small book called, My Mom. Inside there are questions and space for Mom to answer questions about herself that give the reader insight into Mom's life past and present. Questions start with Mom's childhood (describe where you grew up, what music you listened to, who do you look like), move on to life before children (how did you meet Dad, how did you spend your free time), to motherhood (what was it like to become a Mom, what's the best/hardest thing, what advice would you pass on), to reflection (proudest moments in life, how life has changed, what do you still want to do in your lifetime, and how do you want to be remembered).

I hope it will be an interesting read for Jack someday when he realizes that life has ups and downs, but a Mom's love is unwavering. For when he realizes that Mom was also a youngster and teenager like he will have been one day, an adult who lived a rich life before having children, who then struggled to have children, and finally whose life was fulfilled in so many joyous ways by having a son she loves more than any words can articulate.

Occupy...the Mall

You may have read how the anti-Wall Street "Occupy" movement has sprung up across the nation to protest corporate greed. Today, I found myself in the midst of the Occupy San Francisco movement in Union Square (San Francisco's main shopping area) as they protested Black Friday's consumer culture.

I had basically finished my shopping for the day and had a full stomach from lunch, so I was feeling my second wind. I clutched my bags of capitalist goods and stopped by the mall sidelines to amuse myself with all the bongo-drumming, flying dreads, anti-consumerism signs, and wafts of patchouli, pot, and BO.

Mall rent-a-cops ushered the protesters along through and out the mall. Outside, San Francisco cops were forming barricades around intersections which kept the protesters on the move through the shopping district. Earlier the protesters were camping out at heavily trafficed intersections.

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas in San Francisco - in other cities you can count on glistening snow or wreaths on every door. Here you can count on a protest on every holiday, convention, or tradition. Ah, never a dull moment!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


UPDATE 11/25/11 -- Jack ate 32 yogurts in 9 days. I went back to get two more boxes today!


I haven't been taking very good care of myself lately and my immune system has been greatly suffering. So, I made a trip to Costco to get a super-sized bottle of multi-vitamins, calcium supplements, and fish oil. I dumped them into the cart and weaved my way down each of the other aisles.

Costco has always been about toilet paper, garbage bags, and laundry detergent to me. I never really looked at the food aisles. And I never knew what I was missing! I found the same Yoplait yogurts, mozzarella sticks, organic eggs and chicken that I normally get at Whole Foods for a lot less. Though, it remains to be seen if Jack can eat 32 yogurts in the next month or 60 mozzarella sticks by February before they expire.

I also picked up a few things that won't expire - like a giant box of Ghiradelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix with semi-sweet, bittersweet, and milk mini chocolate chips. I thought it would be something fun for Jack and I to do together. The box came with 6 separate packets of mix which will keep us in brownies for a long long time.

We made our first batch tonight. Jack had fun mixing the ingredients and leveling it into the pan. We both enjoyed licking our spoons. The brownies were foolproof - incredibly moist, chewy, and super chocolately.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Monkey See, Monkey Do

After her walk tonight, Stella laid down on one of the hallway stairs with one meaty little leg hanging down. When I went to take a picture, Jack decided he wanted to be in the picture too and laid down with her. Stella is so chill that she barely moved.