Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I hoped to be this lucky.

Jason, Fenner and I just got back from our 8 day New York City adventure. Our close friend and Fenner’s Godmother, Carolyn (Coco), joined us for the first 4 days and really made the weekend luxurious – three adults to one child really facilitates sanity.

If Fenner had to choose anyone to go on adventures with, it would be with Coco. You see, Coco, is Scottish in work ethic and drive. Coco, doesn’t need naps and Coco is very very clear about her expectations of good behavior and good manners. Clear rules are a relief to three year old people.NYC II 016

At FAO Schwartz Storytime gummy bears in tow

Fenner, being a quick study, learned very quickly that with good manners and a respect for logic she could finnagle a bulk candy store at FAO Schwartz and score the good stuff.

I have been friends with Carolyn for almost 17 years now somehow making it through tenuous relationships, distance and douchey behaviour. We were both raised fairly nomadic and seem to have the same pragmatic view of saying adieu when moving away.

I think that outside of my family my friendship with Coco is the longest relationship I've had. A particularly nice thing considering her incredibly irritating habit of slipping into a prosecutorial tone when she disagrees with me and my incredibly irritating habit of judging harshly on a whim.

Always game for an adventure in Algonquin Park, New York City or Canoe she can do it all, exactly the type of woman you would want your daughters to be exposed to. She is moving off for adventures overseas next year and we are going to miss her greatly. How magical that Coco will always be the person that introduced Fenner to the piano at FAO.

Here she is laughing really hard at a butt joke from our night on the town. I will miss her greatly.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Slowing Down

It’s Day 6 of our NYC adventure and we are slowing down. 

I tried to go see the Moth in SoHo tonight.  Due to an extended subway ride (missed my stop) I ended up near the end of the very extensive line up.  Sold out 10 people in front of me – ouch!  This event is verging on mythical levels of difficulty to see.

Not one to give up my solo evening in SoHo, I went for a fancy glass of wine and dinner by myself in a “Deli” full of excruciatingly hip and hungry looking people.

The waiter bought the wine for me and called me “Darling’ from the moment I sat down.  I suspect my vertical striped shirt hid my delicate condition…until I got stuck between two tables trying to leave anyway.

I got home at 8:30 and am debating a late night show at UCB…tune in next time to see if the very pregnant Mamma stays awake past 10:00 pm!

Fenner climbed the Alice in Wonderland statue at Central Park, our go to on sunny hot days it seems.  It’s kind of fun that we’re reading Stuart Little right now and had just finished the story of the boat race in the pond across from this statue.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

When life gives you lemons...go for dumplings

Parenting lesson of April:

Lesson 1:

When your daughter is crabby for one to seven days it could be regression due to a new fundamental skill acquisition. If your daughter is crabby and coughing like she had been smoking for 35 years....you probably have a dose of the croupe. There is nothing you can do for this except for go out or dumplings after you find out there is nothing you can do.
Good news: Cold air helps relieve the coughing.
Lesson #2

Easter Monday is a stat holiday for daycares and public schools. Not for private companies though. Fresh homemade donuts help smooth the way for bring your kid to work day.

Lesson #3

My daughter and I have completely different early childhood cultural exposure. I, when given the opportunity to choose my lunch before the age of 19, would have chosen poutine. She chooses Sushi.
We are in New York City right now and Fenner has been absolutely amazing. It is more fun and challenging than I thought it would be to travel with my family like this. I'm glad we started practicing with this trip.