October 30, 2006

Well, I didn’t have a chance to ask you what your weekend plans were before the weekend actually happened, and I totally missed hearing about what you had going on. My own weekend was pretty low key, as I mentioned we had hoped for a babysitter on Saturday night but that didn’t pan out, so we sat around and watched Mission Impossible 3, a movie which begs the question, how does Ethan Hunt know which self-destructing message-bearing items can be passively held while they poof into a harmless cloud of smoke, and which need to be tossed vigorously aside before they detonate in a skin-melting ball of flames?

We visited a Blockbuster with Riley yesterday in order to collect at least one horror movie for Halloween night, and for the first time out in public, we put him down and he walked next to us. It was sort of wonderful and sweet for about one hot second, then it rapidly became a nightmare as he yanked his hand away and began reeling happily around the store like a tiny shitfaced Frankenstein, wanting to grab everything and resisting our attempts to corral him with furious, head-turning howls. I wished mightily for a tranquilizer gun loaded with toddler-dropping ammo, but all I could do was try and minimize the chaos until we got him back into the car, where JB and I looked at each other and simultaneously said, “Oh shit.”

Back in the good old days, like two weeks ago, when Riley was just starting to toddle around the house, I took some video because it was so incredible and exciting and who knew that I was going to rue the day he took his first step. RUUUUUE.

Here’s a short montage of a few different clips:

Ah, happier times, before my son was mobile enough to trample an entire video store.

Okay, so get me all caught up, will you? What did you do over the weekend?

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warcrygirl
15 years ago

Oh yes, I remember those days well. We packed up and headed for the Outer Banks to meet up with BIL who lives there and another BIL whom we haven’t laid eyes on in about 10 years. Sort of an impromptu family reunion at the beach. So, 4 brothers, one father and various kids, grandkids (including one bun in the oven) and you have yourself a party, warcry style. Shall I wax poetic about the freshly caught deep fried tuna bites? No? Rest assured they were scrumptious.

Mona
15 years ago

Pandora’s Box has been opened: Riley has picked up speed!

I love the video. For a second, I thought Dog was holding the remote!

Sande
Sande
15 years ago

Well, I am just a gushing new mommie. We adopted a 14 week old beagle on Friday night from the humane society. He joins our 14 year old cat and our 2 year old beagle/basset. Our family is almost complete. I am so excited and he is a little cuddling heater! The cat is not happy, but the other dog could not be happier to have someone around to play with all day while the grown ups are hard at work providing for them.

Rumblelizard
Rumblelizard
15 years ago

I went to an amazing dance party in a virtual space called Second Life! The DJ was so good, I wanted to cry. I never knew you could have so much fun online, and I’m a damned internet junkie!

Chloe
15 years ago

Hmmm… well on Thursday I went on a really good date (let’s pretend that’s part of my weekend, since the rest is pretty boring). Then Friday I hung (hanged?) out with that guy again, plus some friends. Saturday: Work. Sunday: slept all day. Then took a nap. Did the minimum amount of schoolwork required, went back to bed, couldn’t sleep (see: slept all day); finally fell asleep an hour before my alarm went off and walked about sleepy eyed all morning.
Yep. Just like every other weekend!

M.A.
15 years ago

THANK YOU THANK YOU for using media that I can actually open. Sometimes I can hear your stuff but not see it. Loved this. What a great giggle. Now wasn’t it just the other day I recall some well… not exactly worrying but perhaps just a comment about him not walking…?!!! Now you’re truly in for it, babe.

geri
geri
15 years ago

Good lord woman, that video is going to make my ovaries explode. Your boy is an amazing little walker. Good luck keeping some order in the house with your tiny shitfaced Frankenstein around.

Jem
Jem
15 years ago

AT LEAST, and this happened to me while I worked at Blockbuster for a good 1 1/2 years, your kid doesn’t go up to people and start viciously attacking them with his claws/biting them. This kid did that to me and my workmate. He drew blood on me. So angry, I only just resisted yelling at his mother ’cause I figured she must already be under enough stress. She didn’t even notice, and all the other customers were glaring at her ’cause of what her kid did to me. All the other kids were angels compared to that little brat.

So um, weekend! Well, it was good. I guess. Nate has hurt his back, so we didn’t do anything. Like go to any Halloween parties. Not that I ca…okay, I’m gutted. What an awful weekend.

Stephanie Brown
Stephanie Brown
15 years ago

i made mention of my weekend and drunk college students with costumes and just how amusing 3rd shift at a gas station can be in your last post. But most memorable male customer? Dressed as a playboy bunny, fuzzy tail to make it even better and he asked me if I’d like for him to bend over cause he has nice legs….wow, lol. He had fishnet thigh-highs on, and a black thong under the little tiny skirt….and i saw all that without actually watching him bend over, lmao.

Kaire
15 years ago

I’ll just sit here humming “it’s the end of the world as we know it.”

My niece asked me to take her 3 year old daughter to a parade yesterday. I think I said the proper response … HELL NO. Ok, I didn’t say it THAT way, but really, toddlers & parades … and port-a-potties … do not mix.

M.A.
15 years ago

P.S. I watched The Lake House. And bawled. I know, I KNOW. Shameful but true.

Pete
Pete
15 years ago

Kids on a retracting leash. Works great, as you have seen toddlers can bugger out and destroy faster than you can react and catch them. Weekend? Tried to fix my cycle but was given the wrong brake parts. Rode my bike.

Tessa
Tessa
15 years ago

My husband was off running another film festival (SECOND annual Internation Horror and Sci Fi Film Festival, to be exact) so I had nearly the whole weekend to myself. Friday I went to bed early, I worked on Saturday, and then went to a fundraiser Halloween Ball for Spinal Cord Injury research with my workmates. (Let me just say, it is hell to drive in cleats, and shoulder pads (even if they’re just kicker pads) are fucking heavy.) Sunday I got the dog’s toenails trimmed, rammed our old patio table into the back of my blazer and went to goodwill, went grocery shopping, and cleaned the house and cooked all day. I made homemade chicken noodle soup (including the noodles!) and homemade bread pudding. Went to bed about 10, and woke up at midnight with the flu. Plans today are to ask my husband (who will FINALLY be home today) to disposal away all the remaining soup and bread pudding, so I never have to see them again. Bleh. I don’t think I’ve been this sick since high school.

Shitfaced Frankenstein cracked me up, thanks!

amy (southkona)
15 years ago

We have a tradition of doing a big family party on our mac nut farm the Saturday before Halloween. It’s non scary fun with so many little kids… we do a hayride down to the beach across the road, paint pumpkins, decorate cookies, have a candy hunt in the woods, eat a potluck dinner, and then have a big bonfire and smores. We started at 3 in the afternoon and went until a little after 9. It was lots of fun but absolutely exhausting! My 6 year old’s friend spent the night and most of the day with us Sunday, and my 7 year old went to a costume birthday party Sunday afternoon. I did the cleanup I had to do and tried to get some rest, though that’s kind of impossible with six kids around. Friday and Saturday were of course party prep, including making sugar cookie pumpkins and orange Rice Krispy treats shaped like pumpkins with the kids- my son’s friend had never made cookies and really enjoyed it.

Jeanette
15 years ago

You know what they say….you spend the first two years of a childs life teaching them to walk and talk and the next 16 telling them to shut up and sit down!!!! Riley’s adorable as usual.

Jessie
15 years ago

He is far too cute for his own good!

I chronicled the only big thing we did this weekend – sat in the freezing rain to watch a college football game – on my site, but other than that I basically sat around and then made Shepherd’s Pie (yum) and chocolate cookies. So, not an exciting weekend, but a happy one.

paige
paige
15 years ago

Well since you asked :) Friday was spent doing very boring and decidely non-weekend type activities, such as cleaning the bathroom, doing laundry, shopping for groceries, etc. But it was all in preparation for the bomb ass Halloween party I threw Saturday night. I was actually kinda stressed about this party! Sure, I threw plenty in college, but all that detailed was picking up the keg and making sure I had something cute to wear. This was my first “adult” party, with food, and cocktails, and decorations, etc etc. But it went great! Sunday was spent recovering from the smashing pumpkin shots (lethal yet tasty mixture of goldschlager, bailey’s irish cream, and kahlua), and cleaning up the explosion of fun that took place the prior evening. I was relieved people actually had fun at my party!

Hmm, I think in last weekend’s comments, I spent Sunday recovering from Saturday night. I’m seeing a trend here…

Mandy
Mandy
15 years ago

Our 2 year old has perfected the limp noodle act when asked to hold our hands when walking around. He thinks it is hilarious. Me, not so much.

This weekend we went to the Texas Book Festival (http://www.texasbookfestival.org/), which was really cool. Ggot to hear Amy Sedaris talk about her new book and eat funnel cake at the same time–what’s not to like?! Sat. night we went to annual Día de Los Muertos Celebration and Procession in Austin (http://www.mexic-artemuseum.org/)–all the Day of the Dead costumes, spooky folk dancing, tamales and beer you could want. Picture an adorable ballet folklorico troop of young girls…all made up as skeletons. Awesome! This weekend was one that really made me appreciate, again, that I live in Austin.

Becky
15 years ago

Geez, watching Riley lurch around IS gut-wrenching! I’m watching the video thinking “don’t fall… don’t fall… there’s a doorjamb right there… be careful… there’s a chair!” And he’s not even my kid!

This weekend my boyfriend of 5 1/2 years bought a 46″ HD LCD TV for our townhouse. It’s incredibly awesome, but I told him that if we’re not engaged within a year, I get to smash it with a sledgehammer. He said that was a fair deal.

The rest of the weekend I was working on a presentation I need to give in my American War Literature class on Wednesday. The presentation is on Michael Herr’s Dispatches, the Vietnam War, and the New Journalism Era of the 60s. Fun stuff!

Jamie
15 years ago

Went to the UIUC-UW football game in Madison – Sean booked a hotel room on points, and when we checked in, we realized he’d been upgraded to a suite with an in-room jacuzzi. Hilarious. On the way back to Chicago, I made us stop in Cambridge to pop into the Fan Club Headquarters for my favorite NASCAR driver, Matt Kenseth. Seriously, I am not kidding. I had to see it. A whole lot of nothing on Sunday, which was AWESOME.

By the way, I am L.O.V.I.N.G. your choice of music for that video. It makes me think of the hockey standoff in the movie “The Cutting Edge.” Yes, I am a NASCAR fan with horrendous taste in movies. So sue me.

fellowmom
fellowmom
15 years ago

Friday night we watched two episodes of Top Chef, Season 1. (What!) Saturday we took the boys to the park, then to buy new puffy coats (just in time for the cold wave), and finally to a different park–the park with the *good* swings. Saturday night my husband and I made a ginormous batch of turkey meatballs to use in various capacities all week. That was surprisingly fun. Perhaps it was the wine. Sunday we were back at the park, because if it’s nice out, we have to sieze the opportunity for them to exhaust themselves before nap time. And lastly, I went to a retirement party for a former boss. Thank goodness for the hosted bar!

One of my boys is getting very throw-y these days. I hope Riley avoids that phase. At first I thought it was cute and fun to play catch. Now we are ducking various projectiles wondering how to get him to understand no ball in the house. The other one is talking in complete sentences of babble–vehemently and with furrowed brow. It’s hilarious.

Bitter Betty
15 years ago

That’s exactly how I was walking all day yesterday.

I ride hunter/jumper horses and had my riding lesson on Saturday morning where I was subjected to the dullest, laziest horse on the planet and being the botard that I am I forwent (is that a word?) wearing spurs (don’t worry, they’re little teeny tiny nubbin things not honkin’ pizza-cutters the cowboys wear) and the result was me kicking the living shit out of the beast which did no good but rendered me crippled and sweaty.

Then I had an allergy attack that made my head explode and we cancelled our Sat movie plans but I did get to lay in bed all day Sunday and watch horror movies with my honey where we made fun of the idiots who walk INTO the house with the killer and scared ourself pissless watching Signs together since I’d never gotten past the first 10 minutes when I tried to watch it by myself years ago but he made it even worse by continually saying things like “oh man, wait till the next scene. AHH!!”

Then he cooked us some kick-ass meat and potatoes and after we chowed we ~use your imagination~ and went to bed. Besides the 2 tons of snot in my brain it was a pretty good weekend.

Pickles & Dimes
15 years ago

I can’t wait to read about your reaction once Riley starts to run. The horror, the hilarity!

As far as my weekend went, we discovered a mouse head in one of our garage mouse traps. No body, no gore; just a black, beady-eyed HEAD.

Ick.

Amnesia
15 years ago

Ah the weekend…it is long gone -and alas I am sad. I spent it laying around recovering from a kidney biopsy (sounds worse than it was) and a wonderful kidney infection -while watching the two terrors that are my 18 month old boys destroy the house – fun for all!

Caitlin
Caitlin
15 years ago

I was sick-ish all weekend, but snorked and snotted my way through an all-day Halloween shopping expedition on Saturday. They boyfriend and I are being a 1950s couple–he’s the bad boy greaser, and I’m the prom queen–but ZOMBIES! Tragic motorcycle accident, road-burned skin, the works. Anyway, finding a pompadour wig took longer than we’d planned…stopped in Target on a long shot, and what the f? Everything is already Christmas-ed out! Give us our autumn back, corporate America!

Also, Rumblelizard: you confuse and intrigue me with your internet dance parties. Me grog me live in age of stone and me make mix tapes still. Groggg!

Kim
Kim
15 years ago

We went to our very first social gathering since the birth of our son 7 weeks ago. Costume parties are so underrated. He was a monkey…complete with a banana and no small amount of poo slinging! My costume didn’t fit (post pregnancy miscalculation) but I still looked dang cool dressed up for my debut as a MOM.

Found your site by looking up the word “pudgums”. Didn’t know anyone else but me used it, and I have to say you and your family are like crack to me…I have been reading old posts to stay entertained while I feed him or fold his never ending piles of laundry.

You’re the shit…I love your style!

Cris
15 years ago

Great video, love the baby giggles!

Had a busy weekend, taking our fur kid to visit a friend’s dear Mother in a care home, hope she is feeling better soon. Going hiking and enjoying the fall weather and leaves, taking photos. Pigging out after the hike, outlet shopping for winter clothes and shopping early for Christmas.

Congratulations Sande on your newest addition!

Michelle
Michelle
15 years ago

I went and saw “Man of the Year” with Robin Williams. Would not recommend it. I would not recommend renting it either.

I have a almost 6 year old and at 3 1/2 year old so I know what you are going through with Riley. It is fun, but you will think twice before “running to the store to grab a few items”! LOL. I miss those days, but my 3 1/2 year old still runs away from me in public. It’s just not as cute anymore.

Kathleen
Kathleen
15 years ago

Well… mostly I struggled with all the fun entailed in my new job as a 911 dispatcher. You know, calls from little old ladies wanting help getting their cat off of their roof, drunk drivers, etc. And then I got my first 911 call about a dead body. Soo… yeah, I think that was a big step in getting broken into my responsibilities. Also, there was beer consumption.

That kid of yours is going to be ALL kinds of fun in public. Once they can walk, all bets are off!

Emily
15 years ago

Firstly: Wow, you are definitely going to be dropping pounds like a mofo, having to chase that boy around! Yay, kind of!

Secondly: Friday night, I went to a Halloween party dressed in Wal-Mart’s finest Airline Stewardess costume ($16.49, works for me!) and the next day went to see Lewis Black perform in Atlanta, which was awesome. Afterward, when I was getting his autograph, I asked him if I could get some tongue — he laughed, and that made my entire year.

Jen
Jen
15 years ago

More weekends, more work on the kitchen. Although now, with sanding of drywall! Leaving a white film on everything, promptly tracked throughout the house. Fun.

Although, we did go on a quick bike ride Sunday, down this narrow path along a creek to the lake. There were three guys on motorbikes and one guy on a four-wheeler amist the serious cyclers, little kids on tricycles, and people pushing strollers. Just as we were thinking, “what the…? that can’t be allowed” a cop car rounds the corner in the trail ahead of us. One of two that went chasing down this narrow wooded trail after the motorized dudes. It was as exciting as a leisurely bike ride gets.

Erin
15 years ago

I joined a half million other St. Louisans at The Cardinals WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS parade. Awesome, let me tell you. Minus the nightmare train ride there which was, well, a nightmare.

Also, I mopped up approximately 200 gallons of dog water off the floor as I simply cannot learn that the baby will continue to crawl through it at every possible opportunity. PICK UP THE DOG WATER, why don’t you? This is a question I ask myself over and over as I mop up gallon after gallon.

Another Paige
15 years ago

On Friday my husband and I went to a costume party as Circus Freaks (The Bearded Lady and the Four-Armed Man). And on Saturday night we were enormous dorks. We Netflixed “West Side Story” because I had never seen it. But that’s not the dorky part. We made a theme dinner of Puerto Rican and American food (to represent the two rival gangs). Oh my God. I can’t believe I am telling people this. It was my husbands idea!

victoria
victoria
15 years ago

We had Vietnamese food (not pho) and saw The Departed, which is totally awesome if only for the Massachusetts accents.

Shu
Shu
15 years ago

On Friday, I attended a Halloween party dressed as one of the guys from Run DMC; sadly, due to my extreme whiteness that cannot be masked by neither Kangol nor gold chains, I looked more like Kid Rock. On Saturday we had the worst Mexican food ever (the first time I’ve ever tasted a Velveeta enchilada) and on Sunday we carved pumpkins. Insert lots of lounging between those events and you have yourself my weekend.

Julia
Julia
15 years ago

Friday night, my boyfriend took me to Il Bistro, the Italian place down in Pike’s Place. (Have you been? It’s yummy.) I hadn’t gotten much sleep, so I was out about midnight – not the nicest way to end a romantic evening, but I sure enjoyed it! I spent the rest of the weekend writing Spanish papers about symoblism and then watched some House Hunters last night. It was good times.

rebecca
15 years ago

I’m right there with you. Well, perhaps a little bit ahead of you. My son is 18 months and a proficient walker/runner/climber. It’s great that he’s so mobile, but it makes taking him out a major pain in the ass sometimes. He screams bloody murder when we put him in the stroller and he doesn’t want to hold our hands… so we too are stuck with the Wandering Destructo.

Oh, and that pretty much describes my weekend. There was much running around (us) and screaming when one’s way was not gotten (him).

anna
anna
15 years ago

Too cute!

Wish I was techno savvy so I can make videos and that sort of thing…..

JennB
15 years ago

Our weekend was both fun and busy, and in addition to chores around the house (office painted, next weekend is the rest of the ceilings and a door, then we are DONE with the painting!!!) we also saw 3 different sets of friends. We were all kinds of social.

As an aside, did you see Bill Maher’s Halloween costume from the weekend? He stole your Steve Irwin idea… or maybe he’s a reader and a fan. I saw it on http://www.perezhilton.com. Just go back through the archives a little.

Gena
Gena
15 years ago

Riley is a doll. When ours were in that stage, we called them “destructonadocanes”. It fit.

As for the weekend, Saturday was hubby working, me and the little girls cleaning house and cooking all day. When the man got home, we watched college football, lazed around and ate all the food that was previously cooked. Sunday hubby worked again, but not for long, so the girls and I did a little more cleaning, read the paper, and watched T.V. All in all, a pretty low key, normal (for us) weekend. We live near Atlanta Motor Speedway, and as this was race weekend, and we are NOT race fans, we mostly stayed safely in our home while all the crazies were in town.

Alex
15 years ago

Flew over to O’ahu to hang out with a couple of buddies who were there on business from California. Went to Peal Harbor (man oh man) and Waikiki Beach. Surprised myself by getting irritated with the crowds and the hustle and bustle, on which I usually thrive. I guess the small Island life found a niche in my heart after all.

Amie
15 years ago

Fairy Tale Forest night at a local nature sanctuary. I walked around a pumpkin lit trail with my daughter and about 20 other people with children, while various adults dressed as woodland creatures gave out candy. Oh, except for the fox. He gave out candy and rapped for us.

thejunebug
15 years ago

My period was five days late, so we spent the days leading up to the weekend thinking deliriously happy thoughts (and yet terrified ones, too), buying pregnancy books & baby name books & talking about being parents. Then on Friday I started to bleed, so I spent the weekend trapped in bed with a heating pad & a pile of chocolate. Not the weekend I wanted!

Speaking of, Linda, you always talk about pregnancy books & such… which ones do you recommend?

Elissa
Elissa
15 years ago

I spent the last four days working seemingly long shifts on the geriatric psych ward. Unfortunately, the patients decided that today would be the official “Poop Fest 2006.” I think they must have a virus going around again – diarrhea all day long. FUN!

samantha
samantha
15 years ago

What a great video! It seems like it was just yesterday that I was reading that you were pregnant! Goodness, how time flies!

Our weekend was jammed packed full of celebrations, more than a few for Halloween, and one for Zoe’s only cousin, Sian’s 2nd birthday. It was a good, but tiring weekend.

mrscrumley
15 years ago

We attended a wedding and a fall costume party. The wedding was perfect and the costume party was fun. My husband was the Man in the Yellow Hat. Our son was Curious George. I was an interpretation of a frog. It was a lot of fun.

I wanted to let you know that our son’s first visit to the ER came after a visit to Blockbuster. He was grabbing things off the wall and I thought I could occupy him by giving him the DVD that we were going to actually check out. He started walking to the counter and fell. He had only been walking about two months. When he fell the corner of the DVD case pushed up into his mouth, causing his tooth (at the time he had only 8) to push up and back. Blood every where. We went to the ER and it was kind of all for nothing, but I did learn that popsicles are get for kids who don’t want to sit there with ice on their mouths. We always keep a box in the freezer.

Oh, and my coworker won a costume contest this weekend. He went as Steve Irwin with a sting ray stuck to his chest.

Anne L.
Anne L.
15 years ago

Awww, Riley the Toddler! That video was awesome. Look like he already worships his Dad! (and vice-versa)

Sarah
15 years ago

Well, lessee, we took walks on Saturday and Sunday and “enjoyed” the cold. Saturday I spent the day repairing a 90-year-old christening gown repairing lace and stuff, that had been passed down to me. It was mind-numbingly myopic work. We punctuated a Scrubs marathon that evening with a run to the market for comfort food like rice pudding, cheese and ice cream.

On Sunday, though, I got to see the darling baby I was repairing the dress for get christened. It was a beautiful service and he behaved himself quite well, you know, for having his soul promised to the Lord via dunking him in water. Then some hanging out with friends and their family. The afternoon was full of me researching a paper that was due today. And that was it! I think we may have out-boringed you!

Katie
15 years ago

Well, thank you, for not putting any more tear jerking movie music out there, because I know I couldn’t handle it. GREAT video! It doesn’t get any beter than baby laughter–especially when emanating from a little shitfaced Frankenstein (hilarious).

kara marie
15 years ago

Saturday I had to work some overtime–the downtown here has a big daytime trick or treat thing, since it’s so cold at night, and I handed out tootsie rolls to hundreds of kids in Spiderman and Cinderella costumes. It was awesome. Saturday night we threw a Halloween party. I was the Bride of Frankenstein, and my fiance was the bridesmaid. Which involved strapping a 40DD bra on a six foot five inch tall man, and stuffing it with socks. And getting mascara, a Bride of Frankenstein wig, and an ugly yellow dress on him. Also awesome. Sunday we cleaned up sticky punch off the kitchen floor, and then I laid on the couch a lot.

Riley is adorable.