Dance Party!

Burning those Thanksgiving pounds off with a Friday morning dance party. Harry Chapin, John Denver, and Don McLean. Evie and Oliver don’t seem too much worse for the wear, but I am a sweaty beast.

I think we have a new tradition…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you enjoy the only holiday centered entirely on gluttony. Halloween might be close, but you have the whole costume thing, and then Halloween isn’t followed up by Black Friday (which could probably make a case for being more a more gluttonous holiday than Thanksgiving).

This year, I’m thankful for the following things:

  1. My job. It’s not that I’m in danger of losing my job or anything, but the many examples right now of how hard the economy is serve as a contrast between being able to go to Paris with my family. Even simple things, like buying organic, would be difficult with a lesser paying job, to say nothing of no job whatsoever. So I am thankful that Sara and I can provide, and provide well, for our family.
  2. My wife. Parenting is as difficult of a job as I can ever imagine. It’s one I wouldn’t want to tackle without a partner. Sara continues to challenge me (and certainly there are times I find her challenging, har har) to be a better, healthier, more complete person. Whether it is eating more naturally, consuming less sodium, getting more exercise, flossing my teeth, or impacting the environment less, she keeps my natural laziness and apathy from preventing me from being a good person.
  3. My happiness. Even though parenting two children can be quite un-happy at times (especially at about 4:30 a.m. and again at about 6:30 a.m., plus any time of the day that Evie chooses to make difficult), it has a way of evening things out. All of the rough parts can be wiped out pretty quick by getting a phone call from Evie or a big smile or a laugh from Oliver. Nobody can welcome you home like your kids, and nothing beats opening the door to “Daddy! Daddy! Daddy’s home!” being screamed as loud as possible. Add in too many hobbies to keep track of (micro-managing my blog, playing guitar, fantasy football, my stack of magazines I can’t keep up with, etc.) and I really don’t have enough time in the day for all the good things.
  4. My country. This one is a little ironic, because most of the time recently I’ve been hating my country. But then I realized that was politicians I hated, and politics in general. The things I’m thankful for include the freedom to do what I want and the highest standard of living money can buy. Everything I like in the world is underpinned by having opportunities made possible by living in this country. Freedom, access to technology, knowing my kids are going to be (more or less) alright. There are a lot of things I don’t have to worry about, like war or famine, and that opens up time for me to do other things. Like watch football. The fact that we can even debate things like healthcare are a pretty good sign that our lives are going alright. We probably take this for granted too often.
  5. My safety. Another year with no zombie apocalypse folks. That’s one more year to prepare for the inevitable onslaught…

This is why you’re fat – Thanksgiving Edition

I have mentioned the most excellent blog This is Why You’re Fat. Since today is the most grandiose this-is-why-you’re-fat holiday of them all, someone did a nice roundup of some ridiculous food items you may want to consider for your holiday feast. You can read the whole article, with wonderful pictures of each food item, or you can just read my summary below and click on anything that seems particularly delicious.

And by the way, I don’t appreciate the implication that taking any item and putting bacon on it is somehow over the top. More delicious, of course, but some of these are more inspired than others.

Link via Anna.

Self Promotion

As I’ve alluded to previously, Sara, Evie and I were featured in a magazine recently.  So you can see us in the current issue of Chicago Magazine, available at all retail outlets.  🙂  It is just a one page fluff piece on picking baby names, no big deal, but it does have a picture of us.

Here is the weird part…check out the comment someone left on the webpage:
Posted by Anonymous
With regards to our “City Life” article..”A name game”
Please…You 30 somethings are killing me…you want to name your kid some thing that will go well with sports? Guess what? Your kid will be interested i what he wants despite you trying to live vicariously thru him. Dell is the drunk down the street, Riley is the ubnfriendly dog with the runny eye across the street, Darious is a gay greek, Dean is a nerd Edward is my drunk uncle and Harvey is a 6′ tall imaginary rabbit so I guess now those names are out. Finley is a border collie I know, August is a month and Keller, well Keller is just a last name that 30 somethings use to name their children. How about Othello?

Wow!  What bitterness!  I’m so glad that it was only about the other couple and not us!! We would have been pretty upset.  Unfortunately, the article itself does not seem to be online.

So we survived the big Thanksgiving week!  Rachael moved back from Japan and arrived on Saturday.  Sara’s family arrived Tuesday night, more of my family arrived on Wednesday and finally my dad arrived the day of.  So we had 11 people (plus Evie) here for the big meal (and Packer game!).  We had lots and lots of food and we’re still working on the left-overs.  I really enjoyed it.  I kind of felt like, “wow, this is what it’s all about” you know?  It was great to have our own place with room for everybody and everybody got to spend time with the baby.  And I think everything went very smoothly and it wasn’t really as much work as I expected it to be.  Next up, Christmas!

Finally, I had a real “ah-ha” moment today.  Am I crazy or in Weapon of Choice, is Fatboy Slim referring to the Dune books by Frank Herbert when he says “if you walk without rhythm, you won’t attract the worm”?