January 18, 2010

Monkeytown and The Pocahontas Museum

I'm bushed (heh, I said bush)! It was a busy weekend. Here's the 411.


Working From Home. I dig the fact that I can work from home somewhere around once a week. The commute down two flights of stairs can't be beat. And I can work in my jammies which beats the hell out of the whole suit and tie thing. And despite the fact that I could start drinking at 10:00 AM and watch porn all day, I usually manage to get quite a lot done. Best of all, I get to see the kids. Even have lunch with them and my home office frequently gets invaded for hug-time. No one ever hugs me at the office.
Dinner With The Parents. Mia and Owen love all four of their grandparents. On Friday night, we got to head over to my folks' house for pizza and cat-chasing mayhem. A good time was had by all. Except, perhaps, the cats.

Ballet Class. Mia is performing in a ballet recital in the very near future. She's got Saturday morning rehearsals with her BFF, to which I volunteered to take her this weekend. Results were mixed. I was thrilled to be there but I could have done without the two busybody moms who kept the parents from watching their kids practice instead choosing to lecture the parents on proper recital-compliant hair styling techniques. For forty-fucking-five minutes, I shit you not. It was mind-numbing.
My Date With Mia. After ballet class, Mia and I went to her favorite restaurant, The Chip Restaurant, Mia's name for Chipotle. After that, we hit the grocery store where I might have taken fatherhood to an all-time low.


Date Night. Beth and I escaped the surly bonds of parenthood for an evening out. We hit a new restaurant (not bad but not exceptional) then went to a movie. I'd love to tell you that Avatar was a fantastic thrill-ride of a movie but I can't. Because after being open more than a month, it was sold out. So we saw Sherlock Holmes instead, which was meh. It's basic premise seemed to be starting a new action-hero movie franchise. Mission accomplished.


Monkeytown, Redux. One of our parental New Year's resolutions was to do something interesting with the kids every weekend. So, we got the kids up and dressed and out the door at a reasonable hour, and headed to the American Indian museum in Monkeytown. Of course, for Mia's benefit we called it the Pocahontas Museum. It's a beautiful building and the kids absolutely fell in love with the museum and the exhibits. Actually, I'm pretty sure some native American spirit entered their bodies causing them to behave and love each other since they uncharacteristically held hands through the entire museum. And when they exited the building they promptly began trying to beat the shit out of each other. The rest of the day we rested, exhausted.

Posted by Chris at January 18, 2010 7:00 AM

All I can say about today's post is, Thank You! You started my day off with a smile, and right now, I sure needed that.
Love the picture of "Shopping Mia" and "Museum Kids". Absolutely Fabulous!

Posted by: Maribeth at January 18, 2010 7:12 AM

Snort! Is this better than me summoning my 11 year old by text to bring me a bottle of wine from the kitchen when I was on the 2nd floor? Parenting awards all around!

Posted by: Christy at January 18, 2010 8:57 AM

The soccer moms got nothin' on the dance moms. Good luck with that.

Posted by: Julie at January 18, 2010 9:24 AM

Wow, that museum is pretty amazing if it has that kind of power over kids. Glad you had a good weekend!

Posted by: Fraulein N at January 18, 2010 9:38 AM

...that's a whole 'nother post the Moms at practices/games or lessons/recitals. I follow the rule: silence is golden. :-)

Posted by: steff at January 18, 2010 9:46 AM

Sounds like a good weekend, dance moms not withstanding. And I'm sure the cats will get over it. I was glad to see your review of the Greg Iles book on your last post. I have Turning Angel at home, but haven't read it yet.

Posted by: alison at January 18, 2010 10:02 AM

But is there anyone at the office you would LIKE to get a hug from? *shivers*

And the kids' carts were MADE for beer. Duh.

Posted by: k8 at January 18, 2010 10:24 AM

priceless photos!

Posted by: laineyDid at January 18, 2010 11:06 AM

Oh, I'm sorry you didn't like Sherlock Holmes:( While I agree with you on the action hero fact, I guess I was still intrigued by the mystery of the storyline (and I kinda like Guy Ritchie's directing) Maybe I'm biased because I'm such a huge fan of all the original Sherlock Holmes stories...

Plus, not that you would agree, but I think Robert Downy Jr. is HOTT!

Posted by: Tai at January 18, 2010 11:31 AM

I get to wfh about once a week too. I love it as I get to give my speakers quite the nice workout in my home office. Still haven't seen Sherlock Holmes yet but would like to.

Posted by: Kevin Spencer at January 18, 2010 12:10 PM

They're too cute with the hand holding :)
I found Sherlock Holmes okay...action-y, but I actually found that Sherlock (Downey Jr that is, obvs) hard to understand from time to time. (But like Tai, I think he's kinda pretty, so that helped haha.)

Posted by: Heather at January 18, 2010 2:13 PM

Someone has to push the damn beer!

Posted by: statia at January 18, 2010 2:39 PM

One of Leda's favorite things to do is go shopping at the beer store with Daddy and then our bi-annual trip to Total Wine (it's a HUGE store with NOTHING BUT wine, beer and liquor! It's AWESOME!) to stock the wine fridge! Yep, parenting fail all around...but she'll be able to pick out a wonderful Cab in 10 seconds flat! ;-)

Posted by: cyndy at January 18, 2010 4:59 PM

I remember when my youngest daughter was in ballet class at about age 4 or so. There is NOTHING on this earth that compares to watching little girls dance ballet. You could have just been fired from your job as a Chippendale costume inspector or found out someone ate the last chocolate star from the bag you hid, but go watch a little girl you love dance the ballet...instant smiles and watery eyes!

Posted by: Lojo at January 18, 2010 5:00 PM

I had an interview on Friday (fingers, toes, legs, etc all crossed) and I was hoping they'd let me work from home, but he said he spoke with his boss and he said not right now, possibly in the future. So if I get it I'm facing a daily 2+ hour round trip commute. Not horrible, but still not great. I've worked from home for about 4 years and I loved it!!
I would have walked away from the ballet Moms after saying "Who made you the expert?"
I think Mia pushing your beer is classic. She'll love that picture when she's older :)

Posted by: Rose Winters at January 18, 2010 9:24 PM

Ballet moms suck ass. My mom quit taking me - and made it a "Daddy and Daughter" thing.

And. Sherlock Holmes? SUCKED. Saw it a week ago - and the only thing I can still tell you about the movie besides "Robert Downey Jr did a good job for such a poor-ass script" was "loved the dog."

Posted by: Mindy at January 19, 2010 1:44 AM

What a busy, full weekend! I like your resolution about doing something interesting every weekend. That's quite a challenge.

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