I can’t believe that it’s already been a whole year since we made last year’s Easter egg hunt video! Last year, we were in a downtown apartment in Houston, and now Eliza is chasing down eggs in our family-owned home in Orlando. Nevermind, it actually doesn feel like a whole year has gone by.
My little gal is growing up so fast! She insists on pouring her own beverages, and usually does a pretty good job – until she gets greedy.
I decided to let Eliza play with some of the vintage Kodak Instamatics that I have in my collection, thinking they’ would be a perfect addition to our impromptu holiday photo shoot by the tree.
We took Eliza to Disney this past weekend, where she got her face painted. This is a snapshot her right afterwards, as she gazed at her self in the mirror.
This weekend, while unpacking boxes, I came across one of the many “nerd boxes” (as my wife calls them) containing various “collectibles” (which I like to call them) including my Star Trek dolls. So I decided to grab the entire crew of the U.S.S. Voyager and let my little toddler monster play house with them. I dumped them on the floor in front her, strategically timed to distract her while I assembled a mammoth Ikea entertainment center. It didn’t work, since she ended-up having a million questions about each doll. You know, typical stuff like, “Why don’t they have the same uniforms as the DS9 crew since they were active during the same stardate?” and “Shouldn’t Lieutenant-Commander Tuvok be wearing blue, rather than yellow?” So I had to take time to explain to her that the ship was out-of-contact in the Gamma Quadrant before Starfleet went to war with the Jem’Hadar and switched to the newer uniforms, and that Tuvok was a science officer earlier in his career, but wore yellow because the was a Tactical officer now.
Here’s the highlight reel from Eliza’s living room Easter Egg hunt this morning…
And here’s the beginning of the inevitable sugar high….
Just messing around on the webcam at my computer. We have lots of little shows recorded so far.
The headline for this post is one of those random lines that’s been stuck in my head ever since hearing it in the Twin Peaks movie back in 1992. I believe the line was something close to, “She’s gone, James. Like a turkey in the corn.”
Anyway, that sprung into mind when shooting this photo of one of the “wine cork turkeys” my wife and I made for Thanksgiving a few weeks back. And it’s sorta appropriate considering how fast this past month (and year, really) has flown by.
Luckily, most of my family has taken a pact not to buy each other gift this holiday season – mainly focusing on the kids and grandkids – so I’ve been somewhat immune to the ‘black fridays’, ‘cyber mondays’ and ‘fifteen more emails from amazon.com tuesdays’ this year. That’s not to say I haven’t been tempted to get little presenty items here and there.
Luckily/Unluckily, much of my spending has been curbed after having to nuke my checkcard when I found that someone in the Czech Republic has been using it to make fraudulent charges. Fortunately, I caught-on rather quickly and the damage was minimal – although I was slightly disturbed that my bank didn’t get wise to it, considering the charges look like your classic, “We’ve noticed some unusual activity on your account” sort of thing.
Cyber-theft aside, all is going well. I haven’t watched the last episode of V yet, though I have seen that SNL “Reba” video about 5 trillion times. The Sons of Anarchy season finale was spectacular. And I’ve started to get over my aversion to PVP games, spending countless late-nite hours playing Ground War scenarios in Modern Warfare 2 – we even went so far as to start up a clan. The game limits your clan name to only 4 characters, so Hasser came up with H1N1 as our title. Classic.
I was originally going to make the post’s title about the housing crisis, but decided it’d be better left as a fun caption game. Any ideas on clever captions for this pic? (I also posted this to my Facebook, so comment wherever you like).
Yesterday we had about a ten minute window between rain showers to get some photos in the pumpkin patch. Here’s a few of the highlights:
As every minute bit of Michael Jackson lore is unearthed, his influence on pop culture becomes even more apparent as all the many connections he had to the music, film and TV industry are increasingly highlighted. Right now, I love finding bits-and-pieces, or samples of his work, in songs by other artists.
Here’s a mp3 stream of my favorite piece of MJ sampling: the rolling synth line from Thriller…
Michael Jackson already has his place firmly cemented in zombie pop culture, but doesn’t that song just make you ready to slice-up the zombie horde with a chainsaw, or mow down the rising dead in a stolen Range Rover? I don’t know. Maybe I play too much Xbox. Anyway, in keeping with the apocalyptic theme of this post, here are two other, similarly faux-eighties-old-school-zombie-fighting anthems that are already in my iPod for when “Z Day” drops:
We went to the zoo on Saturday (where this photo below was taken) and then to play in the water fountains in the park on Sunday. Our goal was to get a bunch of stuff done each morning when the temperature was still at a cool 96 degrees, and chill at home when it got into the triple digits.
This week a bunch of cool projects that I’ve been working on will finally be let out into the wild, and I’ll finally be able to post some rad photos and videos on the blog. Later this week we’re off to Atlanta for the Southeast Emmy awards thing, and I can’t wait to see dozen of old colleagues and friends while I’m in town.
It’s been a full year since we’ve adopted Eliza and I became a Daddy. Here’s a list of just a few of the little things I’ve learned:
At some point you begin to think of adult women on the Disney Channel as hot. Choo Choo Soul anyone? (My wife just said “Gross!” when she read this over my shoulder.)
There is no time for blogging and videogames. Okay, I can’t really say there isn’t time for them. There just isn’t time for BOTH of them. Shotgunning wasteland raiders in the face in Fallout 3 usually wins over all the typing and thinking and photoshopping. Although, I do keep the Eliza’s blog pretty well updated.
I need to watch my language. Seriously. This kid picks up words and movements amazingly fast, and I’m actually kinda surprised that she hasn’t randomly said the “F-word” at the most inopportune moment. I do think that she started to pick up the word, “shit” a few weeks ago, but Mommy and I caught that one really fast have since started saying “shoe” instead. We went overboard, constantly pointing out footwear until she was, in fact, only talking about shoes.
It’s hard not to want to give her Cola. When she was a tiny baby, we’d always get excited whenever she’d try a new kind of baby food. And now we’re in the phase where it’s fun to give her an occasional french fry or corn dog. That’s fine, but what she really wants is to drink my Coke – and will pull out every cute trick in the book to get a sip. I’d be lying if I said she didn’t sometimes get her way.
Being a father is awesome. I love this little kid, and it’s hard not feel like a rockstar every day when she starts screaming wildly and chanting “Dada! Dada! Dada!” I’m enjoying every second of it while I can because I know it’s only a matter of time until she wants me to drop her off a block before school so her friends don’t see her getting out of my old 2007 Subaru legacy.
Here’s showing off some of our quality family time this weekend.
Okay, it might look like we’re all in our own separate worlds, but in fact, we all split up the work when it comes to trolling the internet for Lost spoilers. I read the latest updates from Spoilerfix while KyAnn checks the Lost Wiki, and baby Eliza gets into flame wars on the ABC and Fuselage message boards.
Our daughter, Eliza loves grooving during the theme songs to various TV shows. She really gets into 30 Rock, The Office, and The Wire. Well, tonight she took her whole routine up a notch when the Parks & Recreation theme kicked-in. Hilarious! We kept rewinding the show and recording her going berserk to the song, and each video I shot had some awesome, new move she added – this one is my favorite because of the dramatic finishing move.