July 18, 2005

Sombreros and Ball-Cocks

What's to say about Friday? You already know about the Promotion Fiesta! Slightly ironic that we ended up calling for takeout - Chinese takeout - later that evening. You'll be happy to know, however, that we did go out to pick up said takeout wearing the sombreros. People? Just aren't that observant. We only got a few odd glances from fellow drivers.

Saturday was uneventful. Beth went out shopping with her mom while I, well, sat around. Oh, I bought new batteries and a new battery charger for the cameras. (Bet you're happy to know that. See, sometimes its okay if I leave out some of the details, right? I mean, sometimes I'm just terribly boring.) Beth came home with the new Harry Potter novel which I immediately started reading (I'm on page 200-something and its good so far). Then we headed out to our favorite Indian restaurant. (This really was quite the multicultural weekend, wasn't it?) (And I'm quite fond of parenthesis today, aren't I?)

Our friend J and her 2 1/2 year old daugher L were in town on Sunday and came by for a visit. This? Was important. Not only was it nice to see J and L, although husband S was missed, but it provided me with a valuable Kid Interaction Experience. And I didn't totally flub it (I don't think). There were kazoos and lots of fun with pillows and even some experimental cat-petting. All-in-all, it eased my mind a little. I might not totally suck with kids. But, S&J, if I in any way screwed up your kid, I'm really sorry but I don't know what I'm doing. (I don't actually have anything of value to add here, but I'm afraid I slacked on the parenthetical statements in this paragraph.) (I feel better now.)

After all that, I ripped the guts out of two malfunctioning toilets (my ball-cocks had leaky seals - heh) and called it a weekend.

Posted by Chris at July 18, 2005 07:34 AM

see, i was gonna write some nice, supportive 'oh you'll do great with your kid' comment till i got to the last line. that's when my brain exploded. ball-cocks! heh indeed. i don't even want to contemplate what search hits you're gonna get from this entry.

Posted by: pea at July 18, 2005 08:37 AM

Hee, ball cocks. Yeah, I know your post was mostly about other stuff...

Posted by: Fraulein N at July 18, 2005 09:00 AM

I just finished the HP book at 12 AM last night/early morning! I will not spoin you on anything but it was awful and wonderful and it would be wonderful if you would finish it soon so that I can get another person't perspective. Although, I'm sure that after I blog about it later after work is over, that there will be someone coming out of the wood work.

So my respons to your Monday Haiku?:

Work does not interest
Today I want to be with
Just the Boy Who Lived

Scary, I know...

Posted by: seprah at July 18, 2005 09:16 AM

Ah, so many typos in my rush to comment, sorry! So much for that English teaching gig, huh?

Posted by: sepra at July 18, 2005 09:17 AM

I had to come into work on Sunday, but I told the boss point blank that he wouldn't see my face until I finished Harry Potter. Thankfully, he understood, and I was still in by 1pm.

Posted by: amber at July 18, 2005 09:30 AM

We got our Harry Potter first thing Saturday morning at Sam's Club. The big brother is desperate to start reading it (actually so am I), but I'm making him wait til a little closer to back to school week -2nd week in August, just so that he'll do that much better on his Accelerated Reader exam (they get points and are scored on reading comprehension based on popular fiction and non-fiction). The last Harry Potter book was worth around 40 points. This one could be worth as much as 50. They generally have a grading period goal of around 30-40 points. If he waits to read it, he should have fulfilled his reading requirement for the whole first 9 weeks. BUT if he drives me too crazy, I'll probably give in a lot sooner.

Posted by: hr mommy at July 18, 2005 09:38 AM

I know you won't totally suck when you guys have Bean, b/c alot of it will come naturally to you. Besides, wearing sombreros? You guys are too much fun anyway. ;)

And you're going to get so many hits for the ball-cocks comment. Hmmmm, subtle advertising for your blog maybe? LOL

Posted by: Kitty at July 18, 2005 10:14 AM

You'll be fine, Chris. Kid interaction now isn't going to be even close to interacting with YOUR kid.

Posted by: Queen Of Ass at July 18, 2005 10:21 AM

I had a great comment prepared in my head, which completely dissolved upon reading the words "ball-cocks"... because I am like eleven or something. Total Beavis and Butthead moment there, I just had. And Yoda seems to be in there somewhere as well.

Posted by: Sabine at July 18, 2005 10:30 AM

Yeah see, you can't have leaky ball cocks, that's just a disaster waiting to happen ;)

I went yesterday and got the new Harry Potter for my son to read on the plane, that way he may not notice mommy in the corner hyperventilating!

Posted by: Kate at July 18, 2005 10:34 AM

I'm sure that kid has deep-rooted psychological trauma as a result of pillow fighting with a cat. If cats start end up dead where she lives, you're totally screwed.

Oh yeah, and you're message on my blog. Thanks. But I think you're sort of bias since you're pretty much at the point of no return right now. ha

Posted by: Grace at July 18, 2005 10:47 AM

No HP for me yet. We went car shopping in the heat. whee.

Posted by: Sue at July 18, 2005 11:05 AM

I read ball-cock and thought... is badminton really that popular? (Just read an article that said it was-- go fig.) Oh, how wrong I was!

Posted by: bmh at July 18, 2005 12:01 PM

Ball cocks....I frickin love it! hehehehe
Then again I would, huh?
oh well, what can you do?

Posted by: Annie at July 18, 2005 12:40 PM

I had no idea what ball cocks meant (thanks for clearing that out).

Posted by: ava at July 18, 2005 01:32 PM

I may be the only one who didn't rush out and buy the new HP. But I'm going to use up Chris' valuable bandwidth and put in a plug for the book I'm currently reading, "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell". If Patrick O'Brian and Jane Austen teamed up to write a fantasy novel, this would be the result.

Props to you, Chris, on the Kid Interaction - that the experience didn't completely terrify you is a good sign.

Posted by: Jason at July 18, 2005 01:41 PM

FYI... KIEs are good but will never fully prepare you. Luckily children aren't born toddlers, so we are duped into loving them before their heads explode and the inner-alien beasts take over ;-)

I'm trying to work, blog and read HP. Grrr. Too many things going on.

Posted by: Amy at July 18, 2005 03:26 PM

Well... (I sure can't beat that with a stick) Except, I did get (the new HP book, too).

Posted by: etherian at July 18, 2005 03:34 PM

there's always fun to be had when kazoos are involved.

Posted by: julie at July 18, 2005 05:09 PM

that sounds dreadful...

I should probably go check my ball-cocks and make sure they're OK.

Posted by: Dawn (webmiztris) at July 18, 2005 05:28 PM

Page 200! Zoinks, am I far behind. I've been uber-busy and am only on page 66. :-/

Posted by: Indigo at July 18, 2005 06:42 PM

I am so not going to tell you that I have not even started the book, and I am not going to tell you that my excuse is because I was at PTA leadership conference drinking apple puckers in our hotel room. oh well now that I typed all that out I might as well leave it here for the world to see.

Posted by: Beanhead at July 18, 2005 09:01 PM

If it comforts you a bit more...

I could never get into other people's kids... Never. I mean sure, I tried to play with them... tried to make over them... but I didn't really want to.

I thought - maybe I'm not maternal. Maybe I shouldn't have kids.

But when it's your *own* kid... well... it's a whole different ball game then. Nothing is too silly or outrageous... and all of a sudden shaving cream all over the bathroom... well it cleans up. Who cares! It's all fun.

At least... this has been my experience.

Posted by: Snidget at July 18, 2005 09:55 PM

so sorry about your ball cocks....hehehehehe!!!!
I loved other peoples kids, it gave me hope that I wouldn't truly suck as a mom either. I think you are gonna be a great dad!

Posted by: Nina at July 18, 2005 10:16 PM

seems as if i've been doing an usual amount of parenthesis[ing] myself lately [it must be in the water]. ;)

Posted by: angel at July 18, 2005 11:17 PM

Congrats on the promotion!!...you deserve it, of course. And the fiesta looks like it was tons of fun. :)

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