Monday, June 28, 2010

That Iconic First Day of School Photo

Ah jeez, our first-day-of-school photo came out a little weird, I took at least 15 photos and this was the best one, he is squinting because he's preparing for the flash, the only way he will look at the camera is if the flash is pulled up. It was muggy and pouring rain, which helped us discover his summer sandals and his raincoat are Spidey matches!

As for school, he loved it! He gets lots of teacher attention and by the time I picked him up he was in his glory in the school's enormous sandbox. No tears from Mom, not that there couldn't have been plenty, but I was strong and denied my feelings once again, a capital survival skill indeed!

Saturday, June 26, 2010


Logistics kept Jimmy and me from watching Daddy's band perform at today's Whoopie Pie Festival in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, ayuh. So, yassou, Jimmy and I went to the Greek Food Festival instead.

The old me would have walked to this festival, but the old me also lived 3 blocks away. And didn't have Jimmy. We weren't superhungry, we kept it small.

I really thought the Kataifi was interesting and delicious,

...but Jimmy was a little weirded out by the texture and took over the salad's bread roll.

A little word from the sponsors...

...and we had great fun! I was sorry that we missed the traditional Greek dancers, I think Jimmy would have really enjoyed that, and we missed having hubby and his foodlove there, but since he was having fun at the Whoopie Pie Festival we didn't mind. Festivals all around!

Friday, June 25, 2010


Yesterday we tried...

orange homemade popsicles,

and we didn't like them!

Today we tried the strawberry field at Maxwell's Farm...

...and there we tried picking strawberries,

...but found better uses for quart containers.

We also tried tasting the strawberries...

and found 'strawberry juice catcher" is among a face's many uses.

Here is half our strawberries,

...which turned into this.

And only...


Wednesday, June 23, 2010


I just had to share tonight's dinner, it was too yummy!

The rest of the day was too embarrassing to admit, I spent it on the Frontier,

...which is something I said I wouldn't do, I recently heard someone describe what life is like on heroin, and these games are the same, it becomes very important to spend all your time and resources on fake crops aiming to 'level-up!', meanwhile your kid is drinking bleach inside an abandoned refrigerator, somewhere. Still, after planting little crops for 24 hours I got a kick out of the little crops in our own backyard.

Cute! These are the last few days before Jimmy starts preschool, we've been meaning to give him a "school haircut" but everytime it gets mentioned I see this:

and convince myself that summer preschool is "hardly real school" and therefore no need to harvest all those summer surferboy curls. (Or has hubby calls them "His girl hair." Pbfft. Whatever.) Hopefully real strawberry picking tomorrow!

Why having a toddler is like being at a frat party...

This is from Brenna at Suburban Snapshots, I just thought it was funny*
*judging by that one frat party I've ever been to, having gone to a Major Frat Party College.

Why Having a Toddler is
Like Being at a Frat Party*

Thursday, June 10, 2010

*That one frat party I've ever been to, having gone to a Very Serious Arts College.

10. There are half-full, brightly-colored plastic cups on the floor in every room. Three are in the bathtub.

9. There's always that one girl, bawling her eyes out in a corner.

8. It's best not to assume that the person closest to you has any control over their digestive function.

7. You sneak off to the bathroom knowing that as soon as you sit down, someone's going to start banging on the door.

6. Probably 80% of the stains on the furniture contain DNA.

5. You've got someone in your face at 3 a.m. looking for a drink.

4. There's definitely going to be a fight.

3. You're not sure whether anything you're doing is right, you just hope it won't get you arrested.

2. There are crumpled-up underpants everywhere.

1. You wake up wondering exactly how and when the person in bed with you got there.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Solstice!

It was a bit of a scorcher today, 85 degrees, and since we don't have an a/c unit at the house we instead took our little family unit back to nature's own air conditioning: the ocean. It was more like 75 degrees at Kettle Cove, the water was divine (so thought our ankles) and since it was the first day of summer it made me wonder what the temps were like in Iqaluit, Canada.

Iqaluit's weather came to mind because this morning my dad emailed me an unexpected photo of an Inukshuk sculpture who appeared in his Maine backyard (he didn't explain how...) (...and I hope he doesn't mind me sharing...)

We've all seen the "image of man's spirit" as the mascot for the Vancouver Olympics, but there's also one on the Iqaluit/Nunavut flag.

I've always harbored a soft spot for Canada and other northern countries, because of the whole "cold" thing. As much as I haaaaate freezing, I just loooove warming up by a cozy fire and I'm fascinated when humans thrive in cold climates. And Iqaluit being a newish city in the Arctic circle: Freaking awesome.

And their Summer Solstice temps: 37 degrees Fahrenheit. Ouch!!! I suppose I do like the 4 seasons afterall (ahhhh, Maine!) Happy Solstice, all!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Coming soon, maybe to a fairground near you, maybe not

I'm very excited that my babydaddy and his band are going to be appearing at the Nateva Music & Camping Festival, we are going to be a load of camping fools, can't wait!!

Oh, and HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all you groovy dads out there!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Costume Department

The other day I made a FB post about how Jimmy flipped his shirt around and how it ended up looking like an elaborate (gay?) Cecil B. DeMille character, or a Kevin Sorbo spartan:

...and he did it again this afternoon, only today he wore it differently, the look was less cape-y and more Tony Dovolani bullfighter-y:

He also made a new costume out of Wally's t-shirt, we weren't sure what to make of it, was he a little Muslim girl...

...or was it the chainmail part of a knight's armor.

Whatever it was, it was pretty cute. Moments later we caught him applying my compact makeup, this is when Daddy threw in an "alright, alright, alright, enough!" but this mama is pretty pleased with her talented theatrical son!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Pot Calling the Kettle Cute

Yesterday we went to go strawberry picking, but oops, they don't open until Thursday, so we hung a left and went to Kettle Cove. Father and son's harmonized sense of balance was too cute for words.

I'm so thankful that Jimmy is so outdoorsy, I'm thinking that someday when the shit hits the fan I'll be able to lean on his survival instincts, cuz I don't have none!