Tuesday, April 18, 2006


Peeps in the Garden
Strep and sinusitus and thank heavens for tylenol 3

With spring comes allergies and with allergies comes sinus pressure and with sinus pressure this year comes strep throat. At least it's not mumps. Even my eyeballs were hurting yesterday, but today, I'm all happy and drowsy and being careful while operating heavy machinery (does that include a Mac?). About a half hour after I took the T3 the temperature in my head dropped 20 degrees and the blinding white light dimmed and I slept so nicely for about 20 minutes until the phone rang, the dog barked and the baby woke up (there is definitely a pattern here). But at least its not mumps.

This morning I tried to borrow some of Juji's Easter candy for a little "art project" and, boy, did I see regression. I guess he thought they would be inedible after I got through with them as you know art always has to do with glue and toothpicks or something. But all I wanted to do was to take a few pictures of his gummy worms in my garden and I was going to brush the dirt off afterwards and put them back, but I had to get his approval and he had to supervise. So we all go out in the yard and put Peeps in the flowers and a chocolate Easter bunny in the grass and try to attach jelly beans to the rose thorns, but that didn't really work. Meanwhile the dog is barking at the hole she dug under the fence, Juji starts climbing the fence and jumps down and cuts his face on a sharp branch and poor Petunia reaches out for a rose vine and gets a good thorn bite on her 5 and a half month old finger. She wailed and wailed at the injustice and my T3 was just about wearing out and that hot feeling in my head came back and I thought, now why did I try to do a little art anyway?

I guess after you've been down for 24 hours, you just gotta be creative. So Juji goes to the Children's center and Little Pet is last seen crying in her stroller with Grandpapa and I go to class. With spring comes allergies, Easter candy and Tylenol with codeine. Thank goodness its not mumps...

Thursday, April 06, 2006


the mobile
Spring Thunderstorms

It was a dark and stormy night... No, really it was. It had been raining all night, a thunderous affair with a show of lights that made the dog whimper and the window glass shudder. By morning the drizzle had stopped and the boxy street sweeper with a little flashing yellow light was polishing the puddles.

Sunday night my Mum, a lifesaver, came by with hot Chinese food for Juji and I. We sat on the floor at the coffee table, eating Kung Pao Chicken and shuffling scrabble tiles into words.
"Is Vapo a word?" Juji asked, eyeing the triple letter score and finally settling for "vans." Little Pet sat on my lap sucking on an ice cube. The dog had to be banished to the back hall because the smell of meat was driving her to do things she normally wouldn’t do. Did I mention this is a mostly vegetarian household? If a dropped piece of raw tofu or a cherry tomato might send the dog scrambling, you can imagine what a little animal byproduct might do.

It is about nap time for Little Pet, but she is showing no signs of fatigue, just chewing on her fingers and singing and smiling at the light fixtures.

She has been falling asleep in cars, strollers and the swing lately. Just slumping over or letting her heavy head drop to one side; nodding off like my great grandma used to do. Like JB does when watching a movie, post call, or Stella, curled up in Juji’s bed, or like I am learning to do at extra long red lights, in line at the grocery store or between slides in lecture.

So, when we are not napping (they say to sleep when the baby sleeps...)we are playing. Pet loves to kick at her mobile through a ribbon tied to her ankle. She laughs and squeals at the dancing black and white faces above her. She often stares at the curtains, the ceiling fan and a picture above her changing table, her legs moving and a smile on her face. JB has gone so far as to wiggle the curtain and picture in coordination with her kicking, which she thinks is hilarious.

You too can have your very own high contrast black and white mobile - and feel like you can control the world with just a kick of the foot. Just follow the directions or wing it like I did: http://crafts.sleepingbaby.net/mobile.html. And this is what I am doing instead of studying...