Archives for August 2010

Viva Las Vegas!

TheBoy and I snuck off last week for a weekend away from the kids in one of our favorite cities, Las Vegas. True, we aren’t much for clubbing. Or gambling. Or even drinking. But that isn’t why we love Las Vegas, it’s the food! As well as the luxury of getting to sleep in at a great hotel without worrying about kidlets. Friday morning we set off from LA and started to make the drive through the desert. While yes, we could have flown and simply rented a car in Vegas, there’s something fun about the drive. Hours where we…

Scott Pilgrim vs The World – Go see it!

Scott Pilgrim vs The World is based on the epic graphic novels by Bryan O’Malley (@radiomaru). The graphic novels were set in 6 volumes, which yes, in my opinion qualifies it as an epic. Writing, drawing, inking and coloring them mostly by himself- that’s no small feat. (Plus, the movie is an epic of epic epicness) Starring Michael Cera and directed by Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim has had a lot of hype in the comic community- and indeed, had a huge presence at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The series was a fun hybrid of the hipster music scene, video…

Sleep deprived

Last night, my oldest son woke me up at 1 am to tell me… that he was thirsty. Much better than other ways I’ve been woken by him this week. I’m not sure I could have handled him wailing while I was still half asleep that he was wet. So I got him milk and went back to bed and couldn’t fall asleep. One hour passed where I was laying in bed. So I turned on the TV and watched an episode of Psych. Then I tried to go back to sleep. My brain was still buzzing, so I tried…

Friday Fiction: Detour

Sometimes writing isn’t about what you write. That sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Of course writing is about writing. It should be so easy. You sit down and then… squirrel! If you’ve seen UP and remember Dug, that’s pretty much what being a writer can be like. I’ll sit down to write and then, suddenly think of emails I haven’t returned. Or realize I haven’t checked Twitter in a half hour. Or decide to make myself a somewhat time consuming meal. I’m very good when it comes to procrastinating. I’ll sit down and think of a hundred things that I’d much…

Confessions of the Parental kind

This post is for parents and those who plan to have kids. For my childless friends, or those who come for the food and pictures.. don’t bother reading. I’m going to be talking about potty training. I should say upfront that I am a lazy mother. I do not schedule our days, in and out. We play at home, they watch some TV or movies while I write, and run errands together. I make their lunches, TheBoy does the laundry- and it all works out. I dub this lazy because know women who do all that, schedule days, make their…

Into the ether

Typewriter photo taken from Flickr user Emdot. Source. This is the difficult part of blogging. I know that there are those who read my blog posts, but there aren’t any comments. At least not from humans. I get plenty of spam comments, those that are clearly written by foreigners. As I blog, I know that at least the bots are interested. The comments from the bots are so obviously written in one language and translated into English- I only wish I knew what their original message was. Today I recieved: I admire what you maintain done here. I like the…

Return of Glen Ivy

Yes, I know that grammatically it should be “Return to Glen Ivy,” but as my previous post about Glen Ivy was titled “The Spa Day Strikes Back,” I couldn’t resist continuing the Star Wars theme. As I mentioned six months ago, I go to Glen Ivy twice a year with my best friend. This was our third trip to Glen Ivy together, and our third trip using the cabanas. For us, the cabanas are a must. Not only do you have your cabana to keep your things, and the concierge service, but they keep an eye on your appointment times.…

Friday Fiction: Abandoning reality

For whatever reason, I love picking projects that require a lot of research. One is set in so many time periods that I might as well get a degree in history. So this is my break from that. Since it’s an action/adventure serial similar to Indiana Jones and the Mummy (and all the wonderful novels and radio show that inspired movies like those), I get to play a little fast and loose with history. It’s the same way that movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” succeed. They give you just enough indication of the time…

Oh DirecTV, you’re so funny.

My wonderful mother-in-law is watching the boys this weekend, so TheBoy and I can duck out for a vacation. Vegas! Yes, I’ll have a full trip report. Right now we’re watching the kidlet’s new favorite movie- The Mummy Returns. I suppose I should explain why my two little ones are watching it, right? Well, I love the movie. I used to want to cosplay as Meela Nais as Comic-Con (She’s the badass reincarnation of Ankh-su-namun), but that just never happened. If it’s on television, especially one of the movie channels, I have to watch it. A couple days ago, I…

Living with allergies

My youngest son is 2 3/4 years old. When he was 6 months old, he was diagnosed with a long list of allergies. We had started to suspect that something was wrong when he was about 3 months old, suddenly he was covered with eczema. Our pediatrician urged us to try basic remedies- to change to hypo-allergenic lotions, and bath him more frequently. Nothing changed. She referred us to a dermatologist who put us on better lotions and had us eliminate fragranced items. When he didn’t get much better, she referred us to an allergist. He was 6 months old…