Thursday, May 24, 2007

A Few Things I Have to Say

  • I can’t think of anything dramatic that I’ve been forgiven for. However, I can think of several things my friends and family Put Up With on a regular basis, like my lax behaviour with regard to thank-you notes and RSVP’s (evil! I know!), my total inability to Pick Up a Phone, and my insertion of Random Capital Letters in otherwise normal sentences.

  • My children sometimes like to refer to one another by their blog names. I believe they consider them to be categories rather than proper names. "[She] is a pie," Bub will declare, and Pie pipes up in reply, "[He] is a bub." (We haven’t used those nicknames since they were babies, but the exception is bathtime, when "Scrub a Bub!" and "One Bub in a tub!" become irresistible, and then of course the Pie cannot be left out.)

  • Official Lost predictions: The body in the casket is Ben. The main Losties will be back on the island by the end of episode 3 at the very latest, joining forces with some of the Others (and Locke, who never left) to protect the Fountain of Youth/Tree of Life from corporate takeover. But we won’t find out for sure that it’s a Fountain of Youth/Tree of Life for many more episodes to come.

  • Last night’s Lost finale signals the end of the fall/winter TV schedule and officially inaugurates the annual season of Figuring Out What to Talk About With My Spouse. Suggestions?

  • One good thing about maintaining simultaneous Bloglines and Google Reader accounts is that when the ugly Bloglines plumber shows up, I can still get to my blogz.

  • Do you ever have an hour of down-time when you’re supposed to be working from home, but instead you’re relaxing? And when that happens, do you find yourself unable to spend more than ten minutes on any given activity, because as soon as you start reading blogs, you think you should be sitting on the couch with a book, and as soon as you sit on the couch, you remember the laundry that needs to be put in the dryer, the hydro bill that needs to be paid, the library books that need to be renewed, and the blog post that you kind of want to write? There’s nothing less relaxing, really, than a one-hour window of relaxation time.

  • Okay, that’s a respectable list. Now for the real reason for this post:


32 comments:

Bon said...

i agree, the one-hour window is merely unfair pressure to accomplish EVERYTHING - and relax - all at once. even worse was the second day with the child at the sitter's house - the first day was productive, the second day i was like a gnat, trying to both relax and accomplish everything i'd put off in the preceeding year. i failed at both.

but the real reason for your post...you have the most beautiful children. i love their faces, their expressions. and the summer hatz r nice 2.

flutter said...

They are just so beautiful

Karen said...

Look "a bub" and "a pie" - Hello, adorable people. One hour is just enough time to feel guilty about one way or the other; it's a decptive amount of time.

Terri B. said...

Yes, one hour of free time is really rather stressful. I want to do too many things and end up bouncing around and not really doing anything (though I may actually get a bill paid or a dish washed).

I answered your D.E. Stevenson question over at my blog, but since I'm here: I've only read one (Vittoria Cottage) and enjoyed it very much. I have found them difficult to get my hands on though. I will be requesting interlibrary loans this summer and plan on requesting some Stevenson. Do you have any particular suggestions of which to choose first?

Yes, the real reason for your post -- absolutely ADORABLE!!!

slouching mom said...

oh, my.

hello, bub and pie.

i'm waving.

those smiles. i can't get over the cuteness of those smiles.

theflyingmum said...

Ooooo, she IS a pie!
Hmmm, what to talk about with the husband... yeah, I got nuthin'. Our current topic for discussion is how to maximize a vacation that was going to be a week long, but now will likely only be three days. If you guys want to help us out with that, be my guest.

Kyla said...

You make beautiful babies!

Speaking with spouses are overrated. Find an older show and start watching it on DVD.

When the plumber showed up, I had to check my blogs manually. You know, typing in the address to check for new content? It was like the Dark Ages all over again.

I do the same thing with free time. Okay, maybe I do that all day long. *lol*

Mary-LUE said...

A very good reason for a post!

Jenifer said...

Right off, hello cuties!

An hour? Yeah, just enough time to do everything badly...which is why I usually end up online.

Emmie (Better Make It A Double) said...

I have that same fear when I get as little time to myself. it's why I was kind of scared to go to a hermitage for some real time, but when I went, it was wonderful because I'd left all the things i needed to "do" behind. that picture is wonderful - I especially love Bub's expression. What sweeties..

Mouse said...

An advantage of teaching over the summer: "Can't talk dear, must grade." Plus, I'm supposed to be working on my comps and finishing them in the next 12 months means I have to buckle down. We'll also start getting more DVDs from the library and working our way through those.

BEAUTIFUL babies. How much fun to "Scrub a Bub!"

Lawyer Mama said...

ADORABLE photo. Absolutely adorable!

You need a warning there b/c I haven't yet watched the last 1 1/2 of Lost! ARGH! Anyway, I skipped over the middle section there & I'll come back & read it later.

And the Bloglines Plumber was really PO'ing me today. Don't they know I'm trying to procrastinate, darn it?!

NotSoSage said...

Oh, precious.

And there's nothing worse for me than time to "relax".

bubandpie said...

LM - I thought about including a spoiler warning, but since it's all pure speculation on my part (and somewhat cryptically worded) I just left it as is. Come back once you've watched and share your theories!

Julie Pippert said...

My children? Think their blog names ARE their real names.

So what do I do?

Watch So You Think You Can Dance because I still think I can dance, well.

Your children are gorgeous, and adorable. :)

Hour of downtime? Tonight, when my hubby took the children--the irascible, irepressible children---to the pet store.

I? Did nothing.

Catherine said...

The "How To Relax When You're Not Working At Home Problem" - yes yes yes yes Yes YEs YES!!!

Its horrible. I'm always so tired out after these (unusual, few, far between) experiences I actually want to go back to work sometimes...

It happened to me today. I had my eyes dialated and then couldn't focus on anything closer than arms length for the rest of the day. Which means, no computer, no books, no phone. When Asher napped I just....??? Couldn't figure out what to do with myself, and then felt I was wasting precious time and then couldn't figure out what to do again. Stressful.

Mad Hatter said...

Ya but being a Mom has left me feeling that life is nothing but one hour chunks in which I accomplish nothing. Must, must master time management.

Now for the real point of this comment: OH MY! Small fry Pie! and gotta lub that Bub. Could they be cuter? No way.

Lisa b said...

That photo is adorable.

I had to skip over your Lost bits. I am weeks behind in my viewing.

mcewen said...

Hmm, I always say - just 20 minutes.....Have a great long weekend.
Cheers

Christine said...

Oooooooh! I lvoe the Lost predictions. I am a total dorky Lost fan so after last night I had many, many things to say and/or predict. Like, Walt is actually dead and his ghost hit puberty.

Luisa Perkins said...

CUTE kids!

We must have been separated at birth, because my family has to put up with those EXACT quirks/character defects....

You found another Stevenson fan? I'm running off to visit!

cinnamon gurl said...

Gorgeous! I love that Pie still has baby chubbiness... just want to pinch her cheeks. As always, they are both irresistible.

So with you on the one-hour thing. And I'm going to pretend I didn't see anything about Lost here because I'm still in season one. Luckily it didn't make any sense to me anyways.j

Beck said...

Aw! Look at your munchkins!
My husband and I while away the summer playing Scrabble - that way, we can fight over words.
I hate when I decide that I'm going to take a whole day off and by the end I'm bored and stircrazy. Relaxation should be MORE FUN.

kgirl said...

super adorable. a very good reason to post.

I also need post-tv season things to talk about, because the huz just thinks that the tv being shut off is an 'invitation' if you know what I mean. I'd better get a hobby, soon.

nomotherearth said...

There couldn't be a better reason for a post! Cuteness overload.

I'm with Kyla that watching TV shows on DVD in the off-season is the way to go.

Gwen said...

Bub and Pie need to be brought to my house and fed ice cream. Yes. They are just that cute. (I don't even like kids that much, either!)

I remember a post a long time ago about how you don't do thank you notes very well where someone got all up on your ass about it. SO, it must be a fatal flaw for which we will all now forgive you.

How did that feel?

ACK! I'm three weeks behind on Lost! Spoiler alert! Spoiler alert!

This is the first hour of mostly nothing I've had all week, which is why I'm finally getting around to commenting on people's blogs while ignoring a)laundry b)small children c)the need to pee and d)getting a fresh cup of coffee.

mamatulip said...

You think it's Ben in the casket? Hmmm...you know, I think it's Juliette. I have this sneaking suspicion that Kate winds up with Ben.

I dunno, though. I just want to be surprised; I don't want to try and analyze it too much. LOL.

Tina said...

this summer i will be watching the whole Wired series, instead of Lost. I've got them on my Netflix queue since i do not have HBO or cable.

Sandra said...

Oh how I looooove this photo!!

Steve said...

Who's in the casket... it has to be someone that no one cares about, right - since no one showed up? Sawyer, Locke, or Ben seem to be the only options...
But did they really leave? I don't think so; I think the island is playing tricks on them right before they have the option of leaving, like the black smoky thing and the "monsters"...

bubandpie said...

Steve - There seem to be three schools of thought about the flash-forward:

1) It depicts the ending of the show. The next three seasons will show how they get there.

This interpretation is obviously dumb - some stories end happily, others end tragically, but stories don't end with the protagonist contemplating suicide but not carrying it out.

2) It's a Desmond-style vision of a possible future, seen either by Desmond or Jack, or possibly only by the viewers. The first few episodes of the next season will be about preventing the rescue so that this future is never realized.

This interpretation is plausible, but if so, why all the mystery about the identity of the dead guy? Why not make the bad-future a bit more impressive - like a nuclear bomb exploding in New York City, let's say?

3) The flash-forward shows us what really happened, and next season will begin in 2007 (where the flash-forward leaves off), narrating the intervening 2.5 years in flashback form.

That's the interpretation I'm assuming in my predictions, mainly because it solves the flashback problem (few of the main characters have much more back story to reveal). But, as I said in my post, I think they have to get back to the island pronto, or it just won't be Lost anymore.

Antique Mommy said...

There is just no reason not to write a proper thank you note. There. I've said it. Unless you are busy being mesmermized by those two adorable magicians pictured at the bottom of this post. Then all is forgiven. Emily Post would agree.