Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Work in Progress

Now that Guille can climb in and out of his sleeping quarters, we’ve been fighting the eternal battle waged between parents and child: Put The Escaped Toddler Back Into The Bed. Is there anything better than being awakened in the morning with a bright little voice saying in your ear, “I spill Mama!”

My favorite was at 9:30 last night (nearly TWO hours after we’d put him down.) I heard his door open and I walked down the hall to survey the situation. He was crouched, then moving quickly on all fours like a spider, down the hallway towards the living room. He felt he was so stealthy; practically Ethan Hunt, with his silent progression. He was not counting on the bright stripes on his PJs betraying him: rookie mistake. Plop! Back to bed you go! Hopefully the oatmeal berber colored PJs will arrive this week. Mission rescheduled.

I have developed a healthy attraction to Miso Soup over the years. It is now reaching its nadir. Although I lack even a drop of Asian blood, I identify with the varied cuisines most intensely. Then again, let’s be honest, I just love good food no matter the origin. If you had to eat one type of ‘ethnic’ food for the rest of your life, what would you choose? A divine roasted pork and red chile tamale with velvety beans and the perfect rice, haricort vert with crusty duck in marmalade sauce, linguine ala Carbonara, Mussaman Curry with Pad Thai, or Tortilla Española con Jamón Serrano?

I have a testimony of Gmail. If you want an invite, let me know and I’ll send you one (it’s invite only right now.)

The offspring and I are headed to Florida in a couple days to spend time with my mother-in-law. I believe there will be golf, spa-like moments, a trip to the zoo and some serious bonding. I am really hoping that J’s dad, who has never seen his grandchild, will be able to meet him this time. Guille has been an expert traveler in the past, but this is the first time since August that we’ve flown. I think my laptop battery will only last two hours, so that Finding Nemo had better do its job. “PECES!”
For my next trick: convincing Guille to wear headphones for two hours.

Amazing Race Finale tomorrow: BJ and Tyler! Tatao!

This guy sounds familiar.


~j. said...

Will you please expound upon your gmail testimony? I'd really like to know the benefits.

t-tao indeed.

Azúcar said...

There are just too many small features to enumerate. Among the benefits:
2 gig of space, meaning you never have to delete an email again.
You can search your mail using keywords for information, instead of lopening hundreds of emails for the data. The search yields results that you can view to find what you're looking for.
The 2 gig also means that you can send and receive huge attachments (like pictures.)
Email strings stay together: say you and I are emailing, the emails back and forth stay in the same string, not creating tons of emails in your window. At first this is a little strange, then you get used to it and are annoyed that your other emails don't work as well.

The Best Spam Filter in the world. Very few emails get into your spam folder, even fewer get into your inbox. Once you've marked a conversation as spam, you'll never see it again.

There's googlechat, a chat feature inside your email and googletalk which I haven't even used yet.

You can label, categorize, star, however you'd like to organize.

You will never lose a half written email again, gmail automatically saves drafts.

Once you get used to it, you won't want to use another email program.

I wish I were being paid to say all of this, but I'm not. Hey, Google, want to work something out? I'd sell out for you!

Miguel said...

If you still have any, my email is netsantos2000 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Thanks anyway :)

Emmie said...

If forced to choose, I would probably pick Thai for life.

Stu asked: "Does American count as an ethnic food type?" Then he settled on French. The boy's gotta have his filet mignon.

Azúcar said...

I vote it does:
Cheeseburgers, hot dogs, meatloaf, roast turkey, cranberries.

When we are in Spain they offer us cheeseburgers and hot dogs, like they're the only food we eat.

Which they ARE.

more caffeine, please said...

I love Miso. I also love BJ and Tyler. I don't love CJ climbing out of his bed every morning at 5:59 a.m. yelling, "Hi guys!"

Azúcar said...

Yeah, this morning it was 6:45. What on earth?! What happened to my 8am sleeper?

Oh well, we got some yoga done.

He stinks at yoga so far, though. He can't even do a warrior pose. "Foot flat!" I say, and he just giggles.

Maybe he'll get better someday.

LuckyRedHen said...

We put those doorknob covers on P's inside doorknob of her room and that at least keeps her IN her room and not wandering around inside the refrigerator.

Food for life: Italian, definitely

Oh, and my bday is coming up... say we have a blog bday gathering? Just a thought.

Oh, and I want gmail... send it to me baby.

cabesh said...

Amen to gmail.

And, like imsewfunny we also put the doorknob cover on the inside of Chloe's door. It meant that some nights she ended up sleeping on her floor, but that didn't last long 'cause she didn't like carpet face.

I've never used one, but there are crib tents. Have you looked at those at all?

Azúcar said...

If he was younger, I would think about it. Since he's shown remarkable restraint in waiting until it's age appropriate, I think the next step is getting him a bed.

Kiki said...

I seen that guy before.

c jane said...

Carpet face! That might be added to my vocabulary today.

I would eat a vegie burrito smothered in Mole everyday if it were kosher. So Mexican for me (if I hadn't already had a BIG LUNCH!)

Your dad is this cool.

(Which is a lot)

Azúcar said...

Not only have you seen him before Carrie, but you've stolen his hat.


He is cool. You should hear his other stories (he's got a million!)

c jane said...

Ask him how to say "I love you" in Babylonian.

Queen Scarlett said...

Little slow here - but he's your father? What cool stories...what an amazing person period.

Ditto with you on GMAIL - love love love it. I love Google period.

Food... I want Asian Fusion for life.

AI fans - I love Taylor's "You Are So Beautiful" I'm playing it repeatedly from my Tivo.

La Yen said...


I would eat my black beans and rice every day, which I have done for weeks at a time. I will post the recipe on Savories. Cjane can just omit the beef stock, even though it will not taste as beefy.

Here is my advice: Take extra clothes and make sure that the passengers see him all crazy and loud while you are waiting to board--they will avoid sitting next to you and you will get a whole row. And don't let him lick shampoo.

Best Cuban sandwich in a long time is at the Miami airport (or as we call it, Bacardi International) at the restaurant called La Carreta. You will not regret it.

Azúcar said...

If only I were flying into Miami!

I never thought about making him crazy before we take off, but now that you mention it, genius!

Azúcar said...

Ok, my little demon got ahold of the remotes and messed up the tapes so I MISSED the Amazing Race Finale. Don't spill the beans!