February 2007

One of these things is not like the other

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In the American Medical Association Manual of Style, in the Abbreviations chapter, it says “Many terms share the same abbreviation (eg, EMS for emergency medical services, eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome, European Medical Society, electrical muscle stimulation, and Elvis Presley Memorial Society of Syracuse).

Do you think they threw that last one in to see if anyone was paying attention?



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I just sent out a Save the Date card to some friends and family for Greta's (very small) birthday party in a few weeks, and two seconds after I sent it, I noticed a grammatical error - a bad one - right on the invite I so laboriously made in Photoshop.


I should be stripped of my special editor fez and be made to wear one of these.


Happy Anniversay, Pattycakes!

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Nine years ago today, Pat and I had our first date. Ahh, the nineties.

What were you doing in 1998??


PS - Pat, pnf.com misses you.

2007-02-19 20:10:09

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Unlike my old Element K cohorts, I did not have today off. There are really just a handful of things that I miss about EK. The big one, of course, is the people. The people at the new place are nice and all, but they're no Christy, Margaux, Angie, Soup, Chad, Sarah, Carolyn, Dee, Mike, and, well, you get the picture. Also the new place doesn't have a trendy name having anything to do with the periodic table of elements. In fact, the new place's name isn't even on the periodic dinette, but that is neither here nor there. The third reason the new place isn't as cool as EK is that we don't get President's Day off. I don't know about you guys, but I like to reflect on the Presidents by shopping and watching daytime TV, but that's just me. I guess it was worth working today for the free health/dental, better pay, and better mental health I experience at the new place.

We had a nice weekend. It was the first weekend in a while that seemed at least borderline relaxing. The only "real" plans I had were to go to Skaneateles and Marcellus with Greta to see my parents (briefly) and have lunch with Jenny, Taryn, and Todd. Jenny is one of Greta's biggest fans, yet she had never actually met the lass. Since Jenny was out visiting from Boston, we made the short trip to spend the afternoon together. It was a lot of fun, and while we ate lunch, I put in a Baby Einstein DVD to keep Greta occupado for 20 minutes. I think that was an eye-opening experience for the J, T and T. All you young(ish) parents out there know what I'm talking about. Baby Einstein is so low budget yet so effective. It's one of the great mysteries of the world.

In other news, I can't believe Greta's first birthday is in less than a month. I've been totally kicking dirt about what to do for it. Anyone have any fabulous (but totally cheap) ideas for a baby's first? I'm thinking PBRs, balogna sandwiches, and beer koozies for favors.

Here is G doing her favorite thing as of late: standing holding her duck with the Hawaiian shirt.

Here is a nice self-portrait of my kid and me.

I swear she looks like Pat when he's holding her me when I'm holding her.


Time for the menfolk and non-baby-crazy ladies to tune out

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Kensey brought up an interesting topic in the previous comments section and I thought it deserved an entire post. Yes, it is post-worthy! I am always supporting of mommies (and as a side note, I am TOTALLY going to call you back, Nicole - I SWEAR!), and I know there are a lot of you out there.

Anyhoo, what baby products are must-haves? Which ones should new parents not bother with? What sites are good to order from for special baby items?

I'll add my two cents eventually. I will say that the book Baby Bargains is awesome, and it helped me out immensely. It is like Consumer Reports for frugal people. Yay! As a the girl who only considered going to one college and only test-drove one car ever (aka - I don't like doing research), I can say that it's a great read.


All right already!

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I hope this isn't a disappointment after the big hullabaloo. Please keep in mind that the joke came from a six year old, which is at least half of why it's funny.

Q: What did the penis say to the butt?

A: I'm gonna pee on you!

Ha! Gotta love six year olds who work blue.

We had a very nice, very busy weekend. Frankly, it was a little too busy for my blood, but it was definitely worth it. Friday night, right after work, we drove home to Skaneateles to drop Greta off at my parents' house. They were babysitting her for the evening so we could go to our friend Allegra's huge 30th birthday bash. It was at the very nice Marx Hotel (for old school Syracuse people who live under a rock [like me], that is that crazy zillion-sized building that was formerly the Holiday Inn). We were in the top floor, and it was Allegra, her parents, her sister, a handful of high school friends and spouses, and about four dozen lawyers (that last part is no exaggeration).

Canadian Tuxedo played a lot of fun covers (including an impromptu performace of Mother by Danzig) and us Marcellus gals kind of dominated the dance floor. We had a great time, and it was great to catch up with some of my old friends. And I didn't really coldcock the bass player. That's Todd, my best friend's husband. I would never!

Here's Taryn, Allegra, me, and Kristen.

Bust a move.

Me holding Allegra's beer as a microphone, trying to remember the words to We Didn't Start the Fire and her looking very disappointed in me for not remembering them.

Kristen, me, and Taryn at the end of the night.

Saturday morning we got together at Taryn and Todd's to celebrate Taryn's 30th with some friends (mostly the same ones from the previous night). We ate a lot of good food, and we got to show Greta off to some people who hadn't met her yet. We also got to meet our friends Jordan and Chris' baby, Luke. Luke is a good sleeper; that makes me jealous.

Saturday afternoon we came home and regrouped a bit. That night, Pat and Greta stayed home and I went over to a tea party at my friend Denise's. That's where I heard the great joke about the penis and the butt. That's some good tea conversation.


My name's Greta Olive Reed

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  • Cheese, bananas, ham, wheat bread, grapes, sweet potatoes, pears, Cheerios, and pasta with sauce
  • Standing up and cruising
  • Playing with my duck collection
  • "Sneaking up" on my Mommy and Daddy
  • Dancing to Del the Funky Homosapien
  • Charming the pants off people at Wegmans
  • Bathtime
  • Baby Einstein
  • Chasing cats
  • Pulling hair
  • Trying to put my grubby hands in other people's mouths
  • Danger


  • Puréed squash, carrots, meats, and anything green
  • When Mommy or Daddy leave the room
  • Getting my coat/PJs/outfit on
  • Sleeping
  • Riding in the car without my pacifier
  • Being put into anything (highchair, car seat, exersaucer, etc.)
  • Getting colds and/or teething
  • Having my face washed/nose wiped

-Greta (via proxy)


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I was at a gathering this evening where a girl, who I'm going to guess was probably six years old, told me a riddle that knocked my socks off. She asked, "What did the penis say to the butt?" You're going to have to wait for the answer. If you have guesses, you can give them via the comments section.

As my second cliffhanger, I'm going to present you with a picture. If you want to find out why it looks like I'm about to coldcock this bass player, check back soon.



2007-02-06 22:49:44

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I saw herpes on SO MANY body parts today. (I prefer to call them "chirpes" to give them a more cheerful name.) Did you know you can get herpes on your finger???? You do now. My favorite game to play when I'm going through the images that accompany the content is "what gender is this person?" (is this a male with "man boobs" or is this an extraordinarily hairy female?) and "what body part am I seeing right now?" Great fun!

I went to an extremely interesting webinar (I hate that term) about people who are (or aren't, in some cases) using the Internet to research, diagnose, and educate others on diseases. It was seriously the most interesting meeting I've ever attended.

The highlight of my day was when my supervisor exclaimed that I showed a great understanding for the morphology of papules. Yaaaay, morphology! Yaaaay, papules!!

In other news, I'm freezing and super tired. G'night!