August 30, 2005

Blogging Buddies

Here's a list, in no particular order, of the blogs that I read semi-regularly. I don't have a 'links' section on this page, which is a problem that I intend to correct in the next redesign (whenever that hits the web), so I thought it would be nice to put up something like this.

Daddy, Make A Picture Once upon a time he was a full-time dad, although he's back to the work world now.

RebelDad You may have seen my "Men who change diapers change the world." t-shirt, this is where it comes from. A great review of the media's coverage of fathering.

Kbanas Kyle is a friend that I met through Ben, he's an excellent writer with a unique voice.

Ramblings of Lefty and Right I used to work with Ed at the University of Michigan. He's a game-player (board games, RPGs, not-video) like I am, and a historian.

Hello Zoe! Baby Zoe, and her mom Rosie, are friends of mine from the 'Mothering Arts' group that I attend on Thursdays. Lots of cute baby pictures here.

The Trixie Update One of the original daddy-blogs. It's not updated very often now, although there is a new cute picture each weekday. I haven't read this one for very long.

ramblings from the city of sin... The author here is a friend from high-school. I used to work with her at McDonalds, now she's out in Vegas, working at a big university and making lots of money. Maybe.

Megalo-Media Meg is a medical illustrator that I met through Keleigh. She's recently moved to Ann Arbor, but we've yet to have lunch. She designed some lovely greeting cards that are for sale on her site

Crackling Pine Farm Journal You know it's a changed world when you link your -Mom's-
blog. Yes, my mom is on the cutting edge, with her blog describing life on a nearly self-sufficient farm.

The Yippy Show I met this guy through a friend in Toledo. He has a podcast (audio-blog thing), and he's an entrepreneurial thinker.

DotMoms I randomly came across this site. There's a bunch of moms that write about the experience of parenting. It's usually quite well written.

Attachment Parenting Blog Another site that I came across randomly. It's usually pretty good stuff, mostly dealing with attachment parenting, and the way that we AP parents interact with our children, and the world.

August 26, 2005

With The Moms

I have the chance, each Thursday, to meet with a group of parents (about 5-20 moms, and me, sometimes there's a dad with one of the moms, but not usually). We talk about which diapers are the best, how much our babies are growing, sleeping, pooping, talking, and learning, and we generally just spend time with each other. It's a great resource for helping parents from becoming isolated, and I'm glad that I've been able to be a part of it.

Recently though, I've noticed a strange trend. I'm being asked for parenting advice, quite a bit, from some of the moms that I haven't really spent much time with. Now, I'm all for sharing, but how did I give them the impression that I know anything that they don't? Are they mystified by my masculine shoulders, and it causes them to look upon me and my slung baby as an oracle? Do they secretly wish they had as much body hair as me, so they could be like a teddy bear to their babies?

Keleigh pointed out that it's probably (in part) because we now have two young children, and since we've been through the early stuff once, and we're going through it again, we must know something. And while I do feel more confident, I can't say that if I had Marion's first year to go through again that I'd be able to put her to bed any quicker, or get her to sleep any sounder.

I'm happy to share the things that I think have worked for me, but I don't want anyone to feel like I really know what I'm talking about. I'm just a dad, just a parent like you. We're all going through the same things.

That's what really helps me; knowing that their are plenty of good parents that are having the same difficulties that I am. It's hard to raise children, but we can do it. Dads can do it, moms can do it. And we're all in it together.

August 25, 2005

As My Daughter Quietly Sleeps

Marion woke up a lot last night, in pain from the two molars that are coming in, and didn't go back to sleep after her 6:30am wakeup, so she's a tired little girl. So tired, in fact, that she has fallen asleep in the sling, pressed up against my chest. There's nothing better than this. Nothing better, ever.

Let's see if I can get a picture.

The time left for this kind of sleeping is dwindling. Soon she won't be comfortable sleeping on me, and she'll be too busy talking with her friends on the phone, or the computer, to fall asleep with her daddy.

But the moment...the moment is wonderful.

August 24, 2005

"We Check To Protect"

What a great idea! Michigan is implementing a new system for drivers licenses where anyone under 21 will have a vertical layout, and anyone over 21 will have the regular horizontal layout.

Now it'll be easier for people to check IDs quicker, and with a higher degree of accuracy.

Check it out.

August 22, 2005

Big Projects

I have a terrible time getting my mind around big projects. They don't even have to be very big for me to have trouble with them. Anything that might take over 20 mintues, I get chills.

So, it's with quite a look of amazement (on my face) that I can tell you that the Probe has returned from the dead (again). I had the chance to get the belts on today, after a failed attempt a while ago (months?). The belts went on fine, and after a little help from my neighbor, I got the car started. The tires went back on, and it's ready to go. I have to get some air in a tire, and that's it. It should be all ready to be the sexy car that it is. I'm so excited about driving it again, although I won't get to very often, as it's not really a two-carseat kind of car.

Let's look at an old picture of the Probe, to revive our spirits. As soon as it gets a bath, it'll look like this again.

I love this car. It means a lot to me, to have helped to bring it back from such an ugly, broken state to this.

August 20, 2005

Monster Trap

Wow, how did parents and children survive without the Monster Trap?! Without my parents spending the $25, how did I ever grow up to sleep in a bedroom that wasn't full of scary monsters?

August 19, 2005

Fun in the Pool

What a perfect thing to do in the summer! Marion and Maya are about 2 months apart, and have been playing together since before they could even lift their own heads.

Marion actually didn't enjoy the pool very much, she mostly just clung to the side and wondered what was going on. Maya tried to help by dumping buckets of water on Marion, but I'm not sure that was the best approach.

August 18, 2005

A Story of Monkeys

If you're not a fan of my favored kind of humor, you're not really in for a treat, but if you like really dumb things with very little worth, you're going to love this story about monkeys.

I had this posted on the very first website that I made for myself, back in about 1994/5. I'm smooth. It's awesome, and lame. I just happened to come across it this morning.

Let me note, I didn't write the monkey story.

August 17, 2005

Throw a Curveball

Other than the fact that I'm currently playing in a fantasy baseball league this year (and I don't really like baseball), I don't have a reason for wanting to throw a curveball. But I want to.

I remember, back a long long time ago, when I was eating some Wheaties, and the box had Nolan Ryan on it (who happens to be baseball's all-time leader in strikeouts pitched). There was a little cartoon on the box explaining how to throw a couple of pitches. I wanted to be a pitcher when I read that, even though there was a disclaimer that young people shouldn't throw a curve until they were physically mature because it could damage their arm. I threw them anyway, out in the backyard, when no one was looking.

And now I'm a grown man, and I want to throw a curve again. I want to see how fast my fastball goes.

And I don't even like baseball.

August 15, 2005

That Was Short Lived

Dearest folks that liked the no-beard look (all one or two of you):

It's gone.


Yeah, I wasn't a big fan of the bald chin look, but I really didn't think that I was going to like it anyway. I did it to shake things up, to get thinking in a different way, and I think it did some good. It was weird though, those couple of days that I really didn't have much on my chin. Makes a man feel strange. I hadn't shaved my beard for seven years, and blamm-o, there's my chin all out there.

It's been less than two weeks, and it's mostly back. I feel normal again. Whole.

August 10, 2005

Music Study Time

I have, for a long time, been wanting to really get into an album. I've wanted to really break it down and take a look at the structure of the songs, the lyrics, the melody, the arrangement, but I haven't. I've thought about it many times, considered different albums and what I could learn from each one, but I've never actually sat down to do it. Partly I just didn't ever really feel the need because I didn't know that I really didn't know how to write songs, and partly because I wasn't sure how to do it.

I didn't have much of a clue about how to break down a song, musically, into it's pieces and parts. In the past year, I've learned a lot, from Ben, from Miguel, and from doing a lot of reading and thinking about music. I know how to find a melody on the keyboard (or guitar), I know what chords are in each key (mostly), and I know how to get more information. I can break down a song.

So, with another listen to Pinkerton (by Weezer), my all-time favorite album, I got started. And I'm learning. I feel like I'm actually getting a better idea of what it takes to put together a real song, and it's very exciting. I feel like I'm lacking a lot of pieces still, but I'm making progress, and I feel good about my newfound ability to do this song-dissection.

Hopefully you'll be able to hear what I've learned in songs to come, especially in the melody, as that's where I'm focusing. Right now, it's back to listening to 'Falling For You'.

August 08, 2005

How It All Came Together

It might not sound like much to you, but my newest creation, How It All Fell Apart, is probably the best sounding midi creation I've ever put together. I'm using midi (a way to create different instrument sounds on the computer) to write the song, but it'll end up being played by the Naughty Frogs without all the computery sound.

Give it a listen (click on the title of the song, above), and let me know what you think if you get the chance. The song's about a band, and how things didn't work out.

Jimmy joined the band
he was the master of guitar
and when Bob built his new bass amp
we all knew it would take us far.

We were rock and roll
we played a gig at CBGB's
and when the Warner Brothers called us
we had dreams of platinum CDs.

But it all fell apart
our band lost its heart
we played our last gig at Bob's
and now we all have full-time jobs.

Then Bob's tube amp started smoking
And Jimmy had spiritual regression
We all thought that he was joking
But it killed our recording session.

But it all fell apart
our band lost its heart
we played our last gig at Bob's
and now we all have full-time jobs.

August 04, 2005


August 03, 2005

My, You Smell Nice

Something in the pantry was smelling like rotting cat poop, so my job as the man of the house was to find it, and make it stop.

I pretty quickly located the plastic bag of old potatoes and dropped it into the trash bag. I was thinking that because I just put a new bag in the trash can, I would just spray some air-freshener down there, and keep using the bag until it was full. Well, as I began to spray the 'spiced pear', I realized that I hadn't taken the time to aim, and a jet of fresh-smelling mist sprayed across my chest. It's morning, so I haven't put on a shirt yet, so my chest hair will surely smell for quite some time.

I had to throw out the new garbage bag anyway, it was still much too stinky.

August 01, 2005

More Pictures, Less Time

I will get some new words and pictures up into this space, just as soon as I get the chance. All's well, all's busy.