October 28, 2006

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I have just summed up the blogging conference I went to on Thursday and Friday, except if you were actually at the conference, there were also lots of those mini-sized cans of Diet Coke and chocolate muffins. Which provided sort of a 1998-era vibe, but with reflective logos and – in comparison – at least some measure of restraint, revenue-model-prediction-wise.

It was a good conference overall, not every session did it for me but the majority of them were interesting and led by some very smart people. Oh! And I got to use my laptop the whole time, just like every other attendee (I think a lot of people were busily blogging the blog conference, which makes me think of those wooden dolls that are inside of bigger wooden dolls with smaller wooden dolls inside of them, you know what I mean?). There I was for two days, surfing the Bell Harbor’s wireless whatsit (series of tubes?) and listening to fancypants jargon. While drinking eentsy adorable cans of Diet Coke. Let me tell you, 48 hours of sitting on your ass power-guzzling carbonated beverages will cause some serious bloat.

Aaaaaanyway, the extra awesome part was that I got to meet Kristin and Mona:


(I stole this photo from Kristin’s site. A very nice young man who was far too fabulous for the coat check type job he seemed to be working took our picture. I’m clenching my own arm in that odd, Ari-from-Entourage-pantomiming-fisting way because I never know what to do with my hands when someone’s pointing a camera in my direction and I like to broadcast my awkwardness with as many uncomfortable physical gestures as possible. I’d apologize for my lank, crappy hair and my frumptastic outfit, especially as compared to the spiffily dressed, shiny-coiffed chicas on either side of me, but I think we can all agree this paranthetical has gone on long enough.)

I’m always hideously nervous about meeting people in person because it’s so much easier to hide behind a computer screen where I have a better chance at not stuttering or having food stuck in my teeth or sporting what appears to be a wig (Jesus, I’m fixated on my hair now, let me say that I had been walking outside where it was really windy and I made the mistake of brushing it afterwards which always causes this post-windblown limp-dick effect), but hanging out with these women was supremely fun and they were both sweet-natured-yet-snarky and downright attractive and I think they forgave me for being kind of a motormouthed doofus who wore a vest to try and cover her Diet Coke Bloat.

In short: squee.

I felt oddly disconnected from home during the conference, despite my ability to obsessively load Flickr images of Riley the whole time, and I was very glad to see my boy on Friday evening.

He looks more and more like some kind of KID these days, as his walking gets better and better (though not without setbacks, today he fell backwards onto his head in the driveway and now has a tiny divot back there from a rock) (also, ten years of my life now GONE, thanks to watching him keel over backwards like that onto the CONCRETE) and he gets bigger and bigger and I think the baby has nearly disappeared.

I took some photos and tried to capture him as my mind’s eye will probably always see him:




He is still my squishy.

We were going to leave Sir Squishy with a babysitter for the first time tonight – one of our favorite teachers from his daycare – but she never got back to us, after initially agreeing to come over. Instead, we’re homebound as usual, but with takeout pho and a Netflix on hand, so life is pretty good.

Plus, did you know Godzilla lives at our house? Because HE DOES:


(Oh, of course I didn’t do the stingray thing. I mean, everyone would think we were copying South Park now. Plus, the Godzilla costume has a button in one of the hands that makes the actual, no-shit Godzilla noise. How awesome is that?)


38 Responses to “Real, not Memorex”

  1. Jessamyn on October 28th, 2006 8:25 pm

    Damn awesome, that’s what!

  2. Pete on October 28th, 2006 8:37 pm

    Good pix with the floor color and the black background. Love the costume.

  3. Scott on October 28th, 2006 8:56 pm

    OMG Sofia totally wore a dragon costume today. Here is a picture of her, dooming some unsuspecting villager to a fiery death: Dragon!

    It’s like kismet, except with giant lizards.

  4. Mary O on October 28th, 2006 8:57 pm

    Cute. Your pictures are lovely, as always.

  5. Lesley on October 28th, 2006 9:56 pm

    He’s like…a baby Statue of David.

  6. honeybecke on October 28th, 2006 10:17 pm

    Supa cute little godzilla! Rwaaaaaar!

    Eep! Is that a Burts I spy in wiley little Riley’s hand??
    Funny, E. was carting mine around today too.

  7. honeybecke on October 28th, 2006 11:02 pm

    I see Riley is a Cruisers man. let’s discuss pampers for a sec. indulge me.

    I am all about the pampers cruisers. I love the stretchy waistband and flexible tabbies. Plus, no peepee mornings are lovely mornings.
    I was never a fan of the (cheaper) pampers baby dry. The tabbies were rough and sucky. Then one day, the marketing people and the uh, diaper engineers at pampers got smart. They probably realized their baby dry diapers were not zooming off the shelf, but their cruisers were. Why? They wondered. Heads met.

    I coulda told ’em. It’s all about the stretchy waistband and the tabbies.

    So, i’m guessing what they did is they were like, well shit… we have to do something to make the cruisers “better”…different, so they added some like, weird netting/holething and called it “The new AbsorbAway Liner” and slapped a shiny NEW! on the box. Wowsah.
    Then they were like, okay so now that cruisers has shiny NEW going on, we can make the babydry with stretchy!waistbands! and tabbies! They call this (weirdly) “Caterpillar Flex expand”. Slap on a NEW! and get these puppies on the shelf.
    The marketing people got the samples out in the mail. I tried it. I like a free diaper, it is very satisfying. It works well. I cannot believe it, but babydry=peepee free mornings. Awesome, cause they are cheaper and work as well as the cruisers.

    Okay I am done. You can tell I spend waaaay to much time in thought about diapers. Anyone else like the new Caterpillar Flex expand? Heh.

  8. sundry on October 28th, 2006 11:41 pm

    We’ve been using and loving the Cruisers brand but just today I bought a pack of Huggies “Natural Fit” to try that out and they seem pretty good stretchwise too, and they feel even softer. We’ll see in the morning whether or not they did the real job at hand, I guess.

    Ah, DIAPER TALK. : )

  9. Katie on October 28th, 2006 11:57 pm

    Oh yes. Huggies Natural Fit won me over from Cruisers. They feel so soft and Swaddlers like…and they have cool mod stripes and squares–and no mesh lining thing that I hate. I wish they would just take the damn Disney characters OFF the diapers. Why can’t they just have cool modern patterns without the hideous cartoon animals?

    Gorgeous Riley photos with the black background. Absolutetly wonderful! And even though frumptastic might be the new funniest word ever, you do NOT look it. You look great!

  10. Emblita on October 29th, 2006 3:46 am

    Oh my god the cuteness of Riley is overwhelming… I think those photos will probably be a life saver once he becomes a surly teenager. And Godzilla costume, way cool!
    Don’t know about the diapers… we’re still using New Baby diapers, and I’m rather to partial to Winnie the Pooh :)

  11. fifi on October 29th, 2006 4:11 am

    The way he is delicately holding that chain aloft, and the concentration on his face, wow! The lighting is very Rembrandt-esque, too…

  12. Jessie on October 29th, 2006 4:31 am

    I’ve yet to meet any other bloggers. There seems to be a lack of anyone to read from my corner of the world. However, I’m going to Kansas City sometime in the future (lots of family there) and there are a couple of bloggers from KC that I am dying to meet.

    Anyway, the Godzilla Baby is adorable. How could he not be your squishy when he’s all cute like that?

  13. Donna on October 29th, 2006 4:48 am

    Oh man. The cuteness is killing me. The first photo with the black background? My favorite. That’s the one to be nostalgic over, although I can’t tell you exactly why. Just a feeling.
    You looked FINE in that photo, not to worry.
    (Besides, you know that everyone else blogs in their jammies, this was probably the first time they’ve worn real clothes in months!)

  14. laura on October 29th, 2006 6:08 am

    absolutely adorable!
    I also share your social anxiety in regards to meeting people “IRL”. I think I’m much funnier in print.

    It is sad, but I share the prev. poster’s feelings about Pampers. We also switched to Baby Dry for the same reason, but lo, we got a Huggies Naturalfit free in the mail the other day. Why must the diaper companies torment me with newer and better designs?

  15. Swistle on October 29th, 2006 6:18 am

    The one-two punch of “baby in diaper” pictures followed by “baby in darling costume” picture is Too Much. Must.have.electrolytes.

  16. Swistle on October 29th, 2006 6:23 am

    Hadn’t read the other comments before posting mine, and now must leap into diaper discussion because there are few things more fascinating. We use the cheapie Target brand for daytime, because it is CHEAP and they don’t leak unless you put them on the baby at night or for way too long (like, a daytrip). For nights, and for daytrips, we use the basic Pampers. We tried Huggies but for some reason they leaked more on my particular children. It is a puzzle my girlfriends and I have tried without success to figure out: why do certain brands work better on certain babies? It’s probably body shape. Or peeing trajectories.

  17. Aunt TMF Linda on October 29th, 2006 8:50 am

    The nose, the nose, he is wearing your baby nose! He looks just like you did at that age. Sometimes I see his daddy, too, but this time: he’s all yours, baby! AL

  18. robin on October 29th, 2006 9:11 am

    I gotta say I’m not a huge fan of the Pampers Cruisers-it’s what we’ve got right now and I’ve had to change the sheets almost every morning. We’ve also got some Target brand diapers, just to see. They suck major ass. Don’t even waste your whole $6. I just thought damn, what if they rock? But they don’t. I’ve almost exclusively used Huggies since he was born actually.

    But my child is a little pee machine and the Pampers seem to leak more than the Huggies. And they are really soft too.

    I’m so jealous. Two of my favorite bloggers together in my favorite city! Whah.

  19. Jenn on October 29th, 2006 9:40 am

    So, when I heard about the new South Park episode, my first thought was, “Oh my god! They stole that idea from Sundry!”

  20. honeybecke on October 29th, 2006 1:25 pm

    I’ve used huggies supreme before and they were ehhh, okay. they held the nightypees alright, but i felt that the overall diaper was bulky and “thick”. Are the new natural waist ones not as thick as the huggies supreme?

  21. Junniper on October 29th, 2006 1:28 pm

    OK, I totally went to a Halloween party last night and the person who won the costume contest was dressed up AS THE CROCODILE HUNTER WITH A BLOODY STINGRAY ON HIS CHEST. (!!!) So you are not an “evil bitch” or whatever it was over on your Mom Blog. Just so you know. I know you were worried about that.

  22. jonniker on October 29th, 2006 1:38 pm

    “I think we can all agree that this parenthetical has gone on long enough”

    I lost it at that line, because that’s hysterical. And you look great, dude! Stop that crazy talk!

    Although remember, this is coming from the person who only owns Threadless ts and also sympathized with the woman who talked about Riley looking like someone else’s kid because that’s how awkward *I* am. (Imagine if we ever meet. Oh lord. However, I can assure you that you’d be better dressed than I.)

  23. Kaire on October 30th, 2006 5:56 am

    They are so damn cute when they are little and not mouthy 13 year olds ….

  24. omuchacha on October 30th, 2006 6:46 am

    This diaper discussion doomed me!! I read it last night smug that my kid’s diapers never leak overnight (Pampers Cruisers) and sure enough, he woke up this morning soaked!!! Is there a diaper that’s made that can hold in 11 ounces of going to bed formula anyway?

    The costume – soooooo cute!!

  25. Stephanie Brown on October 30th, 2006 7:03 am

    so working 3rd shift at a gas station allows for some pretty interesting, college age, drunken, decked out in holloween decore, customers. and someone definately did the poor, poor croc hunter….i cracked up and he smiled and said “thank you, you are the first person to find this amusing at all! Everyone else keeps saying…it’s too soon….”. so i told him about “a friend of mine” who wanted to dress her 1 (ish) year old up like that as well. and he proceeds to tell me “now that’s just wrong”. lol, i wanted to smack him! but! it was pretty funny, and we all laughed. :)

  26. Katja on October 30th, 2006 7:07 am

    I’ve always wanted a little girl, if I ever have Kids, but looking at this grande Halloween-Costume actually makes me reconsider. Having a Godzilla-Dragon-Kid looks pretty attractive now :-)

  27. Ang on October 30th, 2006 7:23 am

    The costume, too cute! The awkwardness when getting photos taken and the quandary of what to do with your hands, oh, I can so relate. I also have difficulty with knowing how to hold my head — it’s always tilted in an awkward angle.

  28. sunShine on October 30th, 2006 8:10 am

    Riley is so freakin’ cute!

  29. Diane on October 30th, 2006 8:44 am

    you’re obviously trying to kill us with cuteness!
    Wonderful pictures.

  30. Noemi on October 30th, 2006 11:58 am
  31. victoria on October 30th, 2006 12:09 pm

    Awww! What a cute Godzilla! (I didn’t know takeout pho was possible. You guys are enriching my life.)

  32. samantha on October 30th, 2006 6:53 pm

    The noise thing is freaking great! The pictures are so cute.

  33. Bridget on November 2nd, 2006 1:15 pm

    Those pictures of Riley? Can I just say – incredible! But, my favorite part was your description of how you tend to broadcast your social awkwardness with physical gestures of discomfort. God could I sing a few bars of that! Hilarious! :)

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