January 28, 2008

What Did and Didn't Happen This Weekend

I start off each weekend lately with a list of things I need to get done. And invariably I accomplish precisely none of them. Or at the very least the things that take the least effort. This weekend was no exception.

Things I Didn't Get Done:
- install the ceiling fan in the nursery;
- process and edit the 2,103 pictures as yet unprocessed and unedited;
- fix basement shelves;
- develop a cheap, efficient alternative fuel source based off dirty diapers;
- write my great American novel;
- drop my 649 shirts off at the dry cleaners;
- find Jimmy Hoffa; and
- fix the gaping hole in our basement stairway caused by the movers trying to break the laws of physics with our couch when we moved into this joint five months ago.

Admittedly some of these are more important than others given the fact that we're going to have a new kid in the family sometime in the very near future. What we did manage to accomplish, though, was much needed for our sanity. We went on a date.

On Saturday night, Beth and I headed to the local Burmese place (I say that like there's a Burmese place on every corner like Starbucks) and had a wonderful meal. Burmese food is a combination of Thai and Indian due to, well, geography. Good stuff. Lots of noodles and curry. And how can you go wrong with noodles and curry? Then we saw No Country For Old Men. The verdict? It was fantastic. And insanely bleak. Beth and I had both read the novel but I don't think anything prepares you for the sheer amount of bloodshed in the movie. The performances were wonderful and I recommend the movie. And the book.

On Sunday, the 3.9 of us headed to a brunch celebrating my brother-in-law and his wife's birthdays. A good time was had by all. Mia especially. She got to play with a baby and a dog. What's not to love?

If my life was a movie - or even a tell-all novel or poorly cast Lifetime Original Movie - there would exist a richly painted story arc comprising the past two days woven through the plot of my life. And this sub-plot would be about poop. Not mine. Mia's. Or, rather, Mia's lack of poop. Or, more specifically, Mia's lack of willingness to poop. She arrived at the conclusion that pooping is evil and refused to do so even though it was obvious she needed to do nothing more than poop. She kept her butt cheeks firmly clenched as if Satan himself would have sprung forth in her diaper. She eventually relented at the 11th hour. But it was a long road getting there.

The rest of the weekend - those moments not spent at birthday brunches and holding poop - were spent awaiting the new member of the family. And although there was a bit of a scare on Sunday evening, he hasn't made any headway towards putting in an appearance. That brings me to my next order of business. Beth is due on February 10th but nature being somewhat unpredictable, we can have a little fun with this. Let me know the date and time you think the latest member of the Cactus-Fish Clan will make his debut and, if you're right, I'll put together a CD for you. I can't guarantee it'll be good, what with me being all sleep deprived and stuff. But it should be interesting.

Posted by Chris at January 28, 2008 6:10 AM

Sounds like a good weekend.

And despite hoping Beth goes well before this, I'm going with Feb. 7th.

Posted by: coolchick at January 28, 2008 6:26 AM

I can't remember what I guessed on Beth's site....so I'm just starting over with Feb 4th.
Oh, and was headway supposed to be a pun? ;-) It made me giggle. (Hey, at least this one IS headway, unlike Mia!)

Posted by: Heather at January 28, 2008 6:55 AM

Feb. 5 - 11:30 am

Posted by: DebbieDoesLife at January 28, 2008 7:06 AM

Feb 6... at 2:35 p.m.

That's my unscientific, fly-by-the-seat of my pants guess.

Posted by: sarah at January 28, 2008 7:17 AM

February 5 at 9:21 a.m.

Posted by: Anna at January 28, 2008 7:50 AM

Feb 8 - 4:05pm

Posted by: Tara at January 28, 2008 7:52 AM

Feb 8 - 4:05pm

Posted by: Tara at January 28, 2008 7:52 AM

Mmmmm, noodles...

Mmmmm, curry...

I'm making curried lentils and chickpeas tonight for dinner.

I had the best bacon on the planet this weekend, but that's only interesting and appealing if you like and eat bacon.

Posted by: Poppy at January 28, 2008 7:55 AM

Same as I guessed on Beth's site - 02/04/08 16:00

Posted by: ocdcontrolfreak at January 28, 2008 7:56 AM

Whatever i said on Beth's site lol
Pol x

Posted by: Pol at January 28, 2008 8:05 AM

Jan. 31, 2 a.m.

I've been waiting to find someone who's both read "No Country for Old Men" and seen the movie. Tell me, how closely did the plot follow the novel -- particularly the ending? I LOVED the movie.

Posted by: Karen at January 28, 2008 8:13 AM

2-4-08--6:22 AM

Posted by: william at January 28, 2008 8:16 AM

February 7, 1:32 PM

Posted by: Alissa at January 28, 2008 8:19 AM

02/06/08 @ 1:55 pm.

Posted by: Shelly at January 28, 2008 8:23 AM

How about... Feb 8th... at... 5:30 AM.

Posted by: Cassandra at January 28, 2008 8:55 AM

Did you notice that nobody so far is making her wait past the due date?

Groundhog Day sounds good to me. Saturday February 2 at 1530.

Posted by: ann adams at January 28, 2008 8:56 AM

February 1st at 11:14 AM

Posted by: Jennifer at January 28, 2008 8:56 AM

Same as what I guessed at Beth's site, Feb 6 @ 3:58pm.

Posted by: kmum at January 28, 2008 9:01 AM

How about 11:15 PM, February 6.

Posted by: Jeff St Real at January 28, 2008 9:17 AM

Ah, enjoying life with enough sleep, I hear! Enjoy it while you can, we got ONE hour last night!

My guess is...... Feb 1.... 1:20 AM.

Posted by: Nadine at January 28, 2008 9:17 AM

In the spirit of fairness, this will be the same guess I made on Beth's page. I won't try to improve my odds by double-dipping. Y'know...integrity and crap.

Feb 7th, 3:45 A.M. It'll be cold in the D.C. metro area, say around 35 degrees fahrenheit. The barometer will be falling, which predicts precipitation within the next 12-24 hours. There will be a dog barking somewhere nearby. According to the lunar calendar, the moon will be exactly 1-minute old.

Posted by: You can call me, 'Sir' at January 28, 2008 9:21 AM

Not sure what my guess was on beth's site, so I am going with 2/6 1:23 pm, with all participants healthy and happy!

Posted by: Diane at January 28, 2008 9:30 AM

February 2, high noon.

Posted by: alison at January 28, 2008 9:35 AM

I'm sticking with my guess on Beth's site - February 7th @ 4:45p.

Posted by: Karen at January 28, 2008 9:40 AM

I'm pulling for 9:32 a.m. on February 10 - because that's the time & date of my birth (just, you know, MANY years ago)!

Posted by: erin at January 28, 2008 9:52 AM

My guess is February 2nd at 9:00 a.m.

Posted by: Trish at January 28, 2008 10:04 AM

February 8th, 4:30pm.

Good luck!

Posted by: Brad at January 28, 2008 10:20 AM

I like it ! You're giving a prize AND those of us who read Beth's blog have the advantage of the magic 8 ball :)

My guess is February 11 at 6:11 am.

Good luck !

Posted by: Heather at January 28, 2008 10:21 AM

february 6th, sometime close to ten p.m.

[although, coming from a girl plagued by having to tell people that her birthday was the sixth- which is hard to say for just about anyone- i'm also gunning for the seventh, just for ease in conversation in later years for your child].

Posted by: meg at January 28, 2008 10:28 AM

Jimmy Hoffa is buried in my backyard.

February 3rd, 4:25am.

Posted by: GreenCanary at January 28, 2008 10:39 AM

If I remember correctly, I guessed Feb 8th at 8:20 am on Beth's site...

Long story, but last night I asked my readers to each suggest 2 songs to me. Since you've been by before, and since I know you know a lot about music, maybe you'd pop by and give me your suggestions? I'd be grateful!

Posted by: Latte Mommy at January 28, 2008 10:49 AM

February 9th at 8:32 a.m.

Posted by: Maria at January 28, 2008 10:53 AM

I'm pretty sure my guess on Beth's site was too late, so I'm going to move up a few days and go with February 7, at 4 p.m.

Posted by: robin at January 28, 2008 10:59 AM

It looks like the majority of folks are "shorting" the baby's due date. I'll be one of the few contrarians and suggest that Beth's going "long" (probably much to her displeasure - and assuming no inducement is involved). The bambino will be a Valentine. I'm going with 2/14 @ 6am.

Posted by: Johnny Smoke at January 28, 2008 11:07 AM

Feb. 7th 9:24pm Exactly one month after the arrival of Hanky Joe LOL

Posted by: Cheryl at January 28, 2008 11:25 AM

I'm saying Feb 5 at 4:45 in the afternoon...
I hope everything goes well WHENEVER it happens!

Posted by: Kim at January 28, 2008 11:53 AM

i watched no country for old men on saturday night (i friend gave me a downloaded copy) i thought it was FANTASTIC

Posted by: ali at January 28, 2008 11:56 AM

I'll go with the same guess I think I made on Beth's... February 12 at 7:00 a.m.

I don't think I've ever had Burmese food, but it definitely sounds yummy. I'll have to go try to find a Burmese place now.

Posted by: Stephanie at January 28, 2008 12:07 PM

Can I double my chances of winning at this game? I guessed over at Beth's site but have no recollection of what day or time-so I hope this isn't considered cheating. I'm going to guess February 7th at 3:10 pm.

Posted by: Joanne at January 28, 2008 12:38 PM

I'll go with February 8 at 3:45 a.m. I said the same thing on Beth's site, I think.

Posted by: Stephanie at January 28, 2008 12:48 PM

February 4th 5 am

Posted by: Maribeth at January 28, 2008 1:03 PM

February 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Posted by: Susan at January 28, 2008 1:25 PM

My original due date with my daughter was the same. But her b-day has already passed. So...I'll say February 7th at 2:36am after she eats some Mexican food, walks around the block as many times as possible, and goes in for her last exam. What? It all worked for me.

Posted by: Kellyology at January 28, 2008 1:59 PM

February 6th @ 4:00 am.

Posted by: Diane at January 28, 2008 2:26 PM

I do not understand the no pooping thing. That is one of life's simple pleasures.

Posted by: Rex at January 28, 2008 2:31 PM

Feb. 3, 3:53 pm

And... good luck with the withholding. My friend has a son who does it and the kid lives on Miralax now... and he's STILL constipated. Talk about stubborn...

Posted by: Corinne at January 28, 2008 2:37 PM

ugh. everyone and their moms are gushing about this movie. it'll be no surprise if it wins Best Picture at the oscars. while i liked the scenes with javier bardem, i thought the movie was just okay. i think that all the hype ruined it for me.

and i sayyyy February 7 at 2PM. :)

Posted by: Denise at January 28, 2008 3:10 PM

Feb 13th 3:19am. Let me know when the CD is ready.

Posted by: harrylips at January 28, 2008 3:22 PM

My daughter will be three on Friday, she went through a horrid "not gonna poop stage," it took a really long time for her to grow out of. We actually had to go to an award/treat system for taking a crap, I would have never thought, but thats how stubborn she was about it. Good luck:) I will say February 1st 12:13pm just because that is when my daughter (Amelia) was born, it is a great day to give birth.

Posted by: Shannon at January 28, 2008 5:02 PM

February 6th at 7:58am

Posted by: Jules at January 28, 2008 7:29 PM

6 Feb 07 ... 3:15am ...

Posted by: steff at January 28, 2008 7:29 PM

Feb 5th 9:45 p.m. If I'm guessing what someone else wrote and since I don't have time to read all of your commentary...you can disqualify me. Best wishes at this exciting time.

Posted by: Kristy at January 28, 2008 8:50 PM

I saw No Country this weekend too..loved it! Bleak is a great description. I just like saying Javier Bardem in my best Spanish accent (which sucks) and having people go...who? I also saw Juno...talk about two movies at opposite ends of the spectrum...it's also very good. A lot of music references you would totally get...several...over my head! I'm such a mainstream pop dork!

My guess is February 12...3:38 p.m.

Posted by: Judy at January 28, 2008 9:52 PM

I'll go w/ the same guess I gave Beth... the date and time of my own birth some 37.11 years ago...

Feb 8
12:07 am

Posted by: Anne at January 28, 2008 10:40 PM

Dude-we're in a major poop hostage situation over here in the Kingdom too. What is it with 2 year olds? I feel your pain.

I'm going to vote for February 8 at 6:50pm.

Posted by: Annie, The Evil Queen at January 29, 2008 12:22 AM

Feb. 12, 6:30pm
Like you would have the time to make a cd, though gosh darn do I want it!

Posted by: blair at January 29, 2008 1:01 AM

I will guess 2/14 at 11:10 PM because that is when I made my appearance in 1973. I should add that I was slated to be born with a penis, taking the name Jeremy Michael, but I surprised them all with my girl parts, instead.

Posted by: Melissa at January 29, 2008 2:49 AM

February 11th, 8:35 PM

Posted by: Suzy at January 29, 2008 10:39 AM

February 8th around 3am (it has to happen at a crazy hour when you were really hoping for some sleep). Hope all is going well so far at the Cactus-Fish House. :)

Posted by: Jennie at January 29, 2008 10:55 AM

Feb 2 - 11am

Posted by: Sue R at January 29, 2008 11:18 AM

I'm guessing Beth will have Mia's
brother on February 7th @ 6:53 am, and I'm not just saying that because
it's my birthday either.


Posted by: ProudMary at January 29, 2008 12:48 PM

February 14th at 5:00am

Posted by: Jeff A at January 29, 2008 12:50 PM

Hmmm...okay...always love a game. I'll go for February 12 (my sister's bday) at 9:12am.

Posted by: Bridget at January 30, 2008 6:08 PM