February 5, 2007

Weekend Recap: Now With Extra Pictures

Last week sucked. Well, okay, it didn't exactly suck but it was a bitch on a number of different levels, the most annoying of which was the level on which all kinds of shit has to get done pretty much yesterday and you, being the only one available to bend over and service the world are the one who gets stuck doing everything. But no, I'm not bitter - really. All-in-all, I think I wrote, conservatively, 500 pages worth of stuff while attending 19 meetings or conference calls (really, I just counted). Long story short - I'm hoping this week isn't a case of more of the same. The weekend, meanwhile, wasn't plagued with writing, reviewing, calling into conference calls or meetings. No, it was filled with noodles, circus fun and craftiness.

On Saturday, we were invited to a circus. Okay, not a real circus but a circus-like family thing put on by volunteers at a local university. There was a real visiting circus doing performances there so they figured it would be cool to get kids involved. And it was perfect. Just Mia's pace. She was able to make a hat, have her face painted (although, in the end, she decided on getting some balloons painted on her hand so she could actually see them), eat ice cream (which, by the way, was not a hit...her face contorted into an expression that spoke of betrayal and fear) and generally hang out with other kids. Oh, and ride the elevator. See, she caught site of some dude riding the elevator in the building and wanted in. First, Beth and Mia rode the elevator. Then they were joined by some others. Then I took over and found myself riding up and down with five other kids and two thrill-seeking adults.

You might recall that Mia is obsessed with the moon. She also has a thing for stars. But the moon? Hard to beat. I had a great idea (at least it sounded great to me) that involved me getting crafty. When I mentioned this to Beth, she laughed. I insisted I could be crafty. Again, she laughed. Yesterday, I was finally able to tell Beth to kiss my crafty white ass. Behold, the moon and stars I collected for Mia.

Later in the day, my parents stopped by with a new rug for our living room. I've never felt so intimidated by a rug in my life. See, we kinda inherited it, although no one died. It's a long story. Suffice it to say, the estimated value of this rug is more than three times that amount I paid for my last car. I shit you not. So, the second someone spills something on it, it's going on eBay.

And that, my friends, is the weekend recap. I wish you all very fine weeks indeed. If you have a chance, let me know what you did with the last two days.

Posted by Chris at February 5, 2007 7:27 AM

Good Morning! It's Monday! I'm being falsely cheerful in an attempt to NOT throw myself in front of a train today!

(But I do think the moon and stars are cool)

Posted by: Contrary at February 5, 2007 7:44 AM

The moon and stars rock!

The rug is pretty, but NO WAY would I put something that expensive down with my boys around. Mia must be an angel :-)

Hope this week is better for ya!

Posted by: Alissa at February 5, 2007 7:49 AM

Look at you and your crafty self! Bravo!

The rug is so beautiful, enjoy it.

I went to NYC for the weekend. Fabulous as always. By the way at least 10 degrees colder in the Big Apple. This is a heat wave in comparison.

Posted by: Wicked H at February 5, 2007 8:02 AM

I'm so jealous! Your living room doesn't look like Toys r us puked in it. I can't walk anywhere without stepping on toys.

Posted by: ktjrdn at February 5, 2007 8:10 AM

Well done!
I also like the rug. You have such a warm looking home. Mia is a lucky girl.

Posted by: jenn at February 5, 2007 8:12 AM

What? No superbowl? I'm surprised.

I hear ya about the rug. We got a painting as a wedding gift... let's just say I try not to think about the fact that it hangs above the one place in our house that we have fire (the fireplace; we're not hillbillies, thankyouverymuch).

As for my weekend, well, it was me, three women, and the "New Blogger". You can read about it over at my place.

Posted by: Jeff at February 5, 2007 8:30 AM

Love the moon and stars for Mia! I used to have glow-in-the-dark stars stuck on my ceiling.

I didn't do much at the weekend apart from recover from flu. It was very boring.

Posted by: Katherine at February 5, 2007 8:32 AM

Love the new carpet. But follow this rule. Life is very short so enjoy the "things" you have remembering that they are just things. The most valuable parts of your life are Beth and Mia, so don't sweat the rug.

Posted by: Maribeth at February 5, 2007 8:36 AM

With Mia's fascination with the moon, I would suggest Laurie Berkner's CD ro DVD withthe song Moon Moon Moon. I think she would love it.

Posted by: William at February 5, 2007 8:36 AM

Wow, that rug looks awesome! It's the perfect colors. I already told Beth how much I love that painting too. You guys are stylin. See that sippy cup o the coffee table? Get rid of it! Sippy cups lie, there is no such thing as spill proof! :)

I bet with the dark colors and the pattern, stains will never show up. I love it.

Posted by: Kris at February 5, 2007 8:47 AM

Very cool moon and stars.

I spent the weekend feeling sorry for myself and my earache. But a circus and elevator rides sounds like so much more fun.

Posted by: daisy at February 5, 2007 8:53 AM

You are the best moon 'n' stars craftin' dad of all time! Mia looks very suspicious of the lady who painted the balloons on her hand, so I hope she ended up happy with the end result. ;-) Great pics of what looks like a wonderful weekend. Here's hoping it's a much better week ....

Posted by: shelley at February 5, 2007 8:53 AM

I'm having major rug envy!!!

Last two days?

Elementary school fun fair--you haven't lived until you've attended a million of these!

10 y.o. basketball game--seriously I think the hoop was the target but sometimes it's hard to tell.

Family birthday party--mmmm angel food cake.

Oh and I think there was a football game.

Mostly just slept in between trying to get better.

Thanks for asking!!

Posted by: MammaLoves at February 5, 2007 9:07 AM

When the girls were younger, we had the moon and stars on their ceiling. They glowed in the dark and the girls fell asleep looking at them.


Posted by: ann adams at February 5, 2007 9:16 AM

haha!! so crafty! looks great :)
I had a pretty good weekend. Got to go out saturday nite, was all excited to go out. Had a few drinks (too many), heard some good music and by 11:30 I was ready to go home, haha!! I suck!! then spent Sunday eating way too much and watching the superbowl. all in all...pretty good weekend.

Posted by: mad mom at February 5, 2007 9:23 AM

Did you show Mia the full moon on Friday?

Posted by: kara at February 5, 2007 9:39 AM

You ARE a crafty devil after all and Beth will be forced to acknowledge it soon enough.

As for the rug...I love it. I do predict that you'll be more at ease with it as soon as something happens to it. Something minor...but something nonetheless.

And the ceiling in Mia's room? That is SO MUCH like what we did for our nursery. Blue sky with clouds painted on it. Makes me notstalgic....

Posted by: wordgirl at February 5, 2007 9:47 AM

Her moon and stars look great. Does this mean the moon is made out of green cheese?

Mia looks less like a baby and more like a little girl in the first set.

With a toddler in the house, isn't it guaranteed that something will be spilled on the rug.

I spent my weekend sick and I apparently passed it on to my perfect attendance assistant. She's hating me right now ;-)

Posted by: Maria at February 5, 2007 9:59 AM

The artsy-craftiness rocks!

My weekend? Well...work out hate recombinant bike take pictures Super Target! Flickr365 Meema's birthday brunch take more pictures what Superbowl? wine clean the damn litterbox.

Posted by: fw sunshine at February 5, 2007 10:30 AM

Love the moon! My dad always told me he'd give me the moon if he could...

We're snowed in here. We've seen over a foot of additional snow since Saturday, -25 degrees, blowing, nasty mess it is.

We ate pancakes for dinner one night. And we had icecream for lunch yesterday. Life is good.

Posted by: kristen at February 5, 2007 10:31 AM

How cool is that! Mia can one day tell all her friends "MY DADDY HUNG THE MOON AND THE STARS JUST FOR ME".
In a Monday AWE.........

Posted by: Jennifer at February 5, 2007 10:54 AM

Great carpet! Oh and nice job with the moon & stars - it looks really cute. You are crafty. Mia probably already thinks you "hung the moon" - now she'll be right! (C'mon, that cheesy joke was right there, I had to go for it!)

BTW - is the puppy in the rocking chair in that one photo wearing Mia's winter hat? Aww!

Posted by: erin at February 5, 2007 10:59 AM

Is this turning into a craft blog? I would still totally visit you if it was, I just thought I'd ask. My husband and I ate gelato in Rome and hung out at the Vatican. Although I don't know if that tops riding an elevator...

Posted by: at February 5, 2007 11:14 AM

Awww... what a cool dad you are! (and so crafty!)

Posted by: sue at February 5, 2007 11:27 AM

Wow... you gave her the moon and stars. Great dad!

My weekend... pretty boring. Vegged thru most of it... Cussed at a football game.

Posted by: Karen at February 5, 2007 11:35 AM

Two thumbs up on the craftiness!
My weekend.
1. Hit a deer with my car.
2. Swore a lot.
3. Drowned my anger in some pre-SuperBowl chow at my cousin's house.
4. Got threatened to be buried in the backyard because I put the toilet paper on the holder backwards.
5. Now conducting a very non-scientific but totally binding poll on toilet paper on my blog.
My life is so exciting.

Posted by: Traci at February 5, 2007 11:45 AM

Wow...that's quite a fancy rug there! I like it. I think I'd be scared of it, too, if it was worth that much money. At least you know what to do if you're ever in need of some extra cash. :)

Good going with the craftiness! Very nice.

Posted by: Zandria at February 5, 2007 12:12 PM

dude, either you drive a really shitty car or that's a fuckin' expensive rug.

(i have no problems with inheriting furniture...i've actually become quite the pro at it!)

Posted by: ali at February 5, 2007 12:29 PM

You are brave putting that rug down. We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as far as the stage where the children destroy everything we own. You're just at the beginning. Yeah, you're very brave.

Posted by: Kelly at February 5, 2007 12:41 PM

Well, mostly I watched football and ate food and drank beer. But I also went to a baby shower.

Posted by: Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah at February 5, 2007 1:33 PM

The picture of Beth and Mia on the elevator is *so* cute!

Posted by: Jenn at February 5, 2007 1:39 PM

So, how did you make the moon and stars? And what is painted on the ceiling? It looks cool.

I got to hold my 3 week old sleeping niece this weekend. It's so nice to hold a baby, remember the good times and then give the baby back, and actually sleep at night...you will enjoy being an uncle. It rocks.

Posted by: Sharri at February 5, 2007 2:24 PM

Is the rug on ebay yet?

Posted by: whit at February 5, 2007 2:36 PM

It is the role of a super daddy to give his little girl the moon and stars - good on you for luring them into her room.

When I used to go to my Grandma's fancy lunches (every year she would have one for her birthday as it may be her last), I would take all my younger cousins and go down to the glass elevator to ride up and down and people watch! It is great fun.

Our weekend - very lazy, did get to the beach (it is a 10 minute walk - or 1 minute drive), did have heaps of fun.

Posted by: jeanie at February 5, 2007 2:49 PM

Aw....love the moon and stars. Such a crafty white-assed dad you are ;-)

Posted by: Kate at February 5, 2007 2:50 PM

love mia's room! So freaking cute. Sounds like a busy, busy weekend.

Posted by: motherofbun at February 5, 2007 2:56 PM

I shopped for elliptical machines for two days. Literally. I've been in every sporting goods store at least twice - more like three times. I have compared, contrasted, graphed, assessed, tried out and narrowed down every machine. And finally? I reached a verdict. I purchased an elliptical, and now, my tired, old treadmill is going away. Far, far away. Thank goodness.

Saturday, I slept for 15 hours - a subconscious effort to fight off this nasty cold that's going around. This meant going to bed at 5:30 only to be awoken by the fire alarm which my husband inadvertently set off because he apparently can't use the fireplace. I love him anyway. :o)

Posted by: Emily at February 5, 2007 3:00 PM

LOVE the elevator pic. Classic kid stuff there.

I went to St.Louis and hung out with people I would never see in my daily life. It was great fun.

Posted by: Brad at February 5, 2007 3:04 PM

Sounds like a wonderful weekend. With temps here in the negative digits, we hibernated all weekend and it was wonderful. It's even colder here today, if that's even possible, but I had to come into work for interviews. Otherwise my ass would still be planted on my couch.

As for a rug that expensive, does it do anything other than lay there? Because it must for that kind of worth.

Posted by: Jessie at February 5, 2007 3:21 PM

My weekend was ok, but nothing like it could have been with an Elevator Ride!

(Now I'm thinking about having one installed in my house - you know, with Mac's Child Support money!)

Posted by: Cartwheels At Midnight at February 5, 2007 3:51 PM

Oh serious props for the moon and stars. You did an *awesome* job. Good job Dad!!

Also, that rug is amazing. How fortunate y'all are to get such a beautiful rug.

Posted by: Teenuh at February 5, 2007 4:29 PM

Sounds like a good time. Mia's room is wonderful....you are such a talented decorator. Well our weekend consisted of taking my two sons to a bowling birthday party. The sons shot the first ball and the dads were responsible for picking up the rest. Talk about a blast...it was fun to watch the kids and even more fun to watch the other dads.

Peace out.

Posted by: Dennis at February 5, 2007 6:01 PM

What an excellent moon and stars! You are muy crafty.

I baked cookies and did laundry and ate nachos. And ran 5 1/2 miles, but just not outside in the freezing cold.

Posted by: bad penguin at February 5, 2007 6:29 PM

Love all the craftiness, Chris! The rooms look great!! Glad you had a childish break from the crazy work week. :) Kids are the best cure for stress....

...not so much for colds, though. I spent the weekend fighting the monkey's cold only to end up with one of my own....Achew!

Posted by: Haley-O at February 5, 2007 7:38 PM

Love the moon and stars - good job. I stayed in for most of the weekend and watched the Super Bowl. Pretty low key, just how I like it.

Posted by: Beth in StL at February 5, 2007 7:50 PM

The real question is... What did MIA think of the moon and stars?

I can't believe you have a rug that costs that much AND a baby. Because in my house one of those two things would have to go. And you know I'm a sucker for cute things.

Posted by: Tink at February 6, 2007 5:25 PM