Archive for March, 2008

Parle vous huh?

Posted in Paris, traveling with tags , on March 23, 2008 by erin

French is such a pretty language. They all sound so happy when they speak. My two years of French isn’t really cutting it. I get a word here or there. Piscine*a swimming pool. Bibliothèque*a library. And yeah, that’s about it. Oh, well of course Merci and Bonjour.

Today started with two kids getting stuck in an elevator. On Easter Sunday. Great. Glad one of them was not mine.

After we got the kids out of the elevator, thanks to a very nice french man, we did a bunch of touristy things. Traveling with another family we are not always free to do exactly what we want. We hit the Eiffel Tower again in hopes of better weather. It was a beautiful sunny and windy day but a little chilly. Unfortunately for us we couldn’t make it to the top with Petunia.

I’m finding that I prefer to peruse the streets of a city instead spending all my time with a thousand other tourists. I enjoy peaking at sites like the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées but not stick around for too long, take the token photo and get out of there. Man there are a lot of tourists here. Of course the Champs was the big event for my husband who is a cyclist and any cyclist is a huge Tour de France fan.

We have found the metro system here is very confusing and huge and getting a stroller in and out takes two people. The metro here is much cleaner than Rome.

Oh and baguette, check
croissant, check
more crepes, check
cappuccino, check

Next we venture to Normandy and then onto London. I hope we will still have computer access in London. If not from our place, an Internet cafe. It will be interesting traveling in a foreign country that speaks the same language. Petunia is enjoying the French formula and diapers. Oh, and still waking from 10 to 1. And me, not really sleeping. My time clock is still messed up but really, why do I need sleep? I’m in Paris.

Paris Day Two

Posted in Paris, traveling with tags , on March 22, 2008 by erin

I love this city. I love that we were entirely lost the fist day wandering the streets until we found our little apartment. Our place is in the first arrondissements pretty much the heart of the city. Very close to the Louvre. The second day we start to recognize some land marks around our place and visit some little french bistros and by the end of the day we have scouted out a market for fresh pasta, one for bread, one for fruit and veggies and another for diapers, wipes and other necessary baby items. We of course stopped by a crape stand which I hope to visit again and again. Petunia LOVED the crapes, and loved might be an understatement. We made it to the Louvre, holy cow is that place huge. Another understatement. It took several hours to finally reach the Mona Lisa, which is really small, I thought the painting would be much larger. All in all a great day aside from the once again 10pm to 1am waking for Petunia, this time we learned though. We got up and played with her until she was sleepy again.


Posted in Paris, traveling with tags , on March 21, 2008 by erin

I’m writting from Paris, still can’t believe I’m here. Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to go to Paris. It’s beautiful and cold and wet and frenchy. So far we have been to the Eiffel Towel but it was so cold rainy and windy we will venture to the top another day. We also went to Notre Dame the most visited site in Paris. Completely awesome beautiful French Gothic Architecture. Petunia is doing great considering her time clock is screwed up. We did have the 11pm to 2am wakeup and why can’t I play right now session. Then we all slept in till 10am. Schedule schmedule.

We had a bit of a rough start with our stroller. I debated about bringing our bugaboo or purchasing a 20 dollar stroller. Turns out the second option would have been the right choice. Our stroller was completely destroyed, bent to hell. Stupid Air France. A nice sum of cash down the drain. Good news is Air France is going to caugh up the cash for a new one and it is mostly useable for this trip. And now we don’t have to worry about anything else happening to it.

Tomorrow we are tackeling The Louvre and the Champs Ellysées and Arc de Triomphe.

The Big Adventure

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 18, 2008 by erin

Like the title says engaging in risky, dangerous and uncertain experiences and living to blog about it. I’m nervous, my palms are sweaty and my heart is beating a thousand miles an hour. It might be the 12 cups of coffee I just drank and the fact that I didn’t sleep well or it could be our trip is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. Yikes! I’m so nervous but excited too. I just realized we will be in Paris on our 7 year anniversary. How romantic.

I will miss all my blogging buddies. Forgive my blog for going dormant for a while and forgive me for not commenting on all your fabulous blogs. We usually scout out some internet cafés while overseas and we might have a computer in the places we are staying so I will post some traveling updates and maybe even get a chance to read your blog. I will be back soon to enlighten you about sports or bikes and other silly but yet VERY necessary stuff. Bon Voyage!


The Madness that is March

Posted in sports with tags on March 17, 2008 by erin

March Madness aka “The Big Dance” aka “The road to the final 4” aka NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships aka my favorite sporting event of the year. I like this way better than The Super Bowl (over it) Wimbledon (don’t even know many tennis players any more) whatever the big golf championship even is (yawn, boring) Hockey playoffs (lame-o after the strike) Professional Basketball (total joke) oh, I guess the only other sporting event that ranks close would be the World Series (ALWAYS WATCH THAT!) and NCAA Football Championship (enter my picks every time.) I have filled out a bracket for “The Big Dance” since I was a freshman in High School. It’s become a tradition, a 16 year tradition! Wow, that’s crazy. I have had some great years like the year I won the entire pool! And then I’ve had some pretty crappy years like the year I had Kansas winning it all and they LOST IN THE FIRST ROUND! Stupid Kansas. Though we will be several thousands of miles away for most of the tourney this year, I’m still filling out my bracket and hoping that this is the year I finally beat my husband! Hey, and no copying my bracket. Get your own and join me in the Madness that is March!


Oh, the Nirve (cruiser)

Posted in cruiser with tags on March 12, 2008 by erin

Aside from the obvious things I love in my life like family and friends I also heart my cruiser. I talk about it all the time so you probably already know this.
I have owned it for two years but have only had about one solid month of ridding because of small things like snow, being pregnant and having an infant. This summer though I am not pregnant and my little infant is now big enough to ride in her Burley-of course we still need to find a helmet for her little noggin.
I am so pumped for the opportunity to cruise, nothing feels as good as riding a bike. You have the breeze on your face and are flying past those suckers walking. You can get almost anywhere just as fast on a cruiser as in a vehicle, if you know the proper short cuts. And it’s great exercise and good family hang out time especially when your husband is addicted to bikes.
I heart my cruiser so much I thought I would share with you some photos of her, yes, I’m pretty sure it’s a girl. Now I just need a name for her. 🙂 I went a little over board with picnik on these photos, that website is amazing!
This photo is a bit out of focus but I wanted to show you the cute flower design on the white wall tires.
This is a photo of the seat with flower details:
The cruiser got an accessory. A basket!

It’s great because it slides right off so I can take it into stores to shop then just reattach and cruise on home. Brilliant!

And just in case I haven’t gotten my point across:

Names, Naming, importance of:

Posted in petunia with tags , on March 11, 2008 by erin

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” from Romeo and Juliet.

I find people, mostly women fall into certain categories while on the perfect name hunt for their child. I know people who will not tell you the name until it is revealed at the birth. Others will tell you up front. And others have not a clue until weeks and weeks after the birth. I fell into category two. As soon as I knew the name I told EVERYBODY. Mostly because I had a lot of friends who were pregnant the same time and there was no way they were going to steal my name.

My search for the perfect name began before I was even pregnant. I kept lists of boy and girls names. Every time I heard a unique (but not too unique) name I added it to the list. I was a name collector. I was certain I would have a boy so that side of the list was much longer than the girl side. Oh, I had the perfect boy name chosen, one that would honor my grandfather who passed away when I was young. But wouldn’t you know, the ultrasound tech. said “it’s a girl.” We were exuberant about our little girl but that put us back on the name search.

I wanted the perfect name, one that exemplified classy, whip smart, thoughtful, funny, athletic, full of potential…..all those and more. A name that was a perfect fit for my little girl. My first choice was Madeleine as in Madeleine Albright; AS IN THE FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE (who btw went to a high school in this town!). Thinking that if I gave my girl this name she would come out brilliant and ready to take on the world. My husband thought it sounded old fashioned and wouldn’t go for it. No Madeleine. BUMMER. My second choice was Katherine, as in Katherine Hepburn; AN ICONIC AMERICAN ACTRESS. She was a very classy lady. If my kid bore this name she would also be classy and sophisticated. Katherine is pretty formal so she could use Kate or Katie when she younger and if she became a Dr. or lawyer or humanitarian or school teacher or entrepreneur like her daddy she might choose to use formal Katherine. Again, shot down by the husband. No Katherine. This man was a pain in my ass. Two perfect girl names shot down.

It took great searching and a lot of thought but we finally found it; the perfect name to fit our little girl; something strong and beautiful oh, and the nick name, simply perfect.


I shall plant only cactuses

Posted in entrepreneur, landscape design, modo with tags on March 9, 2008 by erin

In celebration of my new passion in life, landscaping design, I decided to put foliage on my blog. Pretty, eh? In the future maybe not so near I will wow you all with my landscaping design skillz. As for now I am reading all I can get my hands on and hope to take some classes in the next year. This landscaping will be a small business venture so I can still be around for Petunia. Marrying an entrepreneur will do that to you, think you can go out on your own and all. Work for the man? NO WAY! I would rather toil and sweat and go bankrupt and work a bazillion hours a week and never see my family oh and spend thousands of dollars in capitol calls so my business (es) will flourish. I work for myself but am killing well, myself. I’m not really bitter about itJ really I’m not, it will be great in the loooooong run.

Anyhoo, off topic. I imagine it will be several years before I see any fruits (ha ha pun) of my labor especially since I know nothing about landscaping, flowers or plants (really anything green) but am determined to learn as I love to be outside digging in the dirt. See this plant.

It is the only plant I have managed not to kill in my over 30 years on this earth. A Christmas cactus. I don’t think anyone could kill a cactus. My tendency is to not forget to water but over water. This doesn’t bode well for my new business venture. Don’t tell anyone.


These are a few of my favorite things

Posted in beer, being green, Izze, New Belgium Brewery with tags on March 7, 2008 by erin

I feel I should lighten the mood around this blog.

A couple of months ago I mentioned a few of my favorite baby things here. Well, it’s time once again for a few of my favorite things but this time the theme is “things you can drink”.

The mother ship has landed. Oh, boy has it ever and its gooooood. Mothership Wit Organic Wheat Beer is the best beer crafted on the face of this planet. It even ranked above my beloved 1554 and Fat Tire. Most women I know would prefer a mixed drink of sorts, an apple-tini or lemon drop or possibly a nice glass of red wine. Not me. I am a beer girl, give me an ice cold brew the darker the better and in the bottle please. I am a beer snob though, it can’t be Coors light, no must be a micro. brew.


I’ll give you all the razzle dazzle on this Mothership Wit: The mothership has elevated the zesty wit or white beers of Belgium with wheat malt, coriander and orange peel spicing-all organically grown. The alluring taste is a result of citrus and sour flavors held in perfect balance with a bright burst of carbonation. And certified by the Oregon Tilth. I don’t think New Belgium beer is available everywhere but if you are lucky enough to have it in your town run to the nearest liquor store and get some! And if you are ever in the beautiful college town where this beer is brewed, check out the brewery. It is simply amazing. And is quite green, not as in color but as in production.

For my second favorite drinking item…da ta da da…..Izze. I don’t drink soda, pop, coke, sodapop whatever you call it in your neck of the woods. I just stopped and now it doesn’t appeal to me, but on a hot summer day I want a refreshing bubbly drink. That’s when I discovered Izze Sparkling Juice. Geeze I sound like a commercial. I assure you no commercial here, just stuff I love. Izze is made with 70% fruit juice and a splash of sparkling water made with no refined sugars, no caffeine, no preservatives, and no artificial colors or flavors. Blackberry is my fav. flav. not to be confused with Flavor Fav., his show I do not like. Plus, who doesn’t like the word Izze.

Go out and try these “things you can drink”. I hope I cheered you all up after that last post. Happy weeks end.


Winter blahs

Posted in down in the dumps, modo, spring, winter with tags , , on March 6, 2008 by erin

I have the blahs, that’s the only way I can think to classify how I am feeling this week. Blah.

The weather is blah, we’ve been cooped up all week, the economy is blah and therefore our business is blah and my husband comes home from work each day telling me how the company can’t pay its bills. Sigh. I know this too shall pass. The economy will improve and condo sales will once again be prosperous it’s just today, this week, I’m down in the dumps.

I get like this once a year. When I ache for better weather but it is slow to come. When all I want to do is be outside walking around the hood or jogging. Then I think maybe adding excitement to my life is what I need. What could I add that would be exciting and fun and get me out of the dumps? Possibly a move that would be exciting but only temporary; I would just feel like this next year in my new location. Maybe another baby, no not ready for that yet. I could get a new career or possibly going back to school. Sometimes I shop, which is like putting a band aid on my aching soul. Believe me when I say it’s nothing serious, just a bad week. I will get my act together and love my life like I usually do.

I hope next week brings a better attitude and maybe some more sun. That would be helpful.