September 28, 2009
September 24, 2009
Night out with The Swell Season
My account of cavorting with musicians really has no place on a baby blog. But I thought I'd add it here because it really was a memorable evening, and makes for a good story. And because a lot of people have been asking me about it.
So, about a year ago, our friend, Howard, asked Shawn and I if we would be interested in bidding on the design of a Web site for a band he manages, The Swell Season. (Howard is the manager.) The Swell Season are Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the musicians and stars of the movie Once. (Which won the Best Song Oscar last year.) And we're all like, "Hell yes!" So, we ended up doing the site, and in the process, getting an incredible window into the world of music celebrity.
My friend, Margot, is possibly their biggest fan. And I do not say that lightly. Deep down, I think Margot believes that our 15-year friendship has been leading up to this very moment where she has a connection to Glen Hansard.
So, my friend, Sandra, has tickets to a secret show at Chicago's Hideout bar that The Swell Season is playing. I tell Margot, and before I know it, her bags are packed and she's driving in from Cincinnati. While Margot is indeed crazy, it is the most endearing, genuinely sweet kind of crazy. Howard tells me to tell her that it's only a 45 minute set and they're currently on tour. It's not worth the drive. No matter--Margs is on her way.
Long story short(er), we planned on being home by 7:30. (Or at least to dinner by then.) But Howard invites us all out to dinner with Glen after the show. Margot got to sit right across from him, me next to him. Topics of conversation included the exceptional soundtracks to Wes Anderson and PT Anderson movies (he loves Aimee Mann), the experience of him playing Salma Hayek's wedding ("those were some extraordinary boobs!"), whether women throw themselves at him on tour ("sometimes. I should really be taking advantage of this, shouldn't I?"), whether or not I should chip in for dinner ("uh, I got it.") how Bono called him to play Eunice Kennedy Shriver's funeral ("when Bono calls, you don't turn him down"), dream interpretation, and fish tacos. He was really funny, sweet, and humble. At one point, Sam Beam from Iron and Wine showed up and made the entire evening even more surreal.
And yes, Shawn was nice enough to stay home with the boys that night because (I swear!) I did honestly think I'd be home by 7:30pm and we were already getting a babysitter for the next night. So that's the story and I officially promise to stop talking so much about it now.
pajama day at preschool
The sunglasses are superfluous.
September 17, 2009
I love-love-love this photo. I just went to my first open-house at Finn's school, and his teacher did a slide-show that showed the kids in the classroom during the day. I laughed out loud when I saw this. It's official--Finn's totally our kid.
If You Can't Beat, 'Em, Join 'Em
If you're the neglected dog in the family, what do you do? Make friends with the attention-grabbing baby, that's what.
September 16, 2009
Quotable Finn, Four-Year-Old Version
Can I just tell you how delightful Finn is? Maybe it's just because we're on the other side of the Terrible Twos/Threes, but Finn has evolved into not just a fine four-year-old, but darn good company. I really miss him on Fridays (previously the day reserved as a "Mommy Day") now that he's in school. I even picked him up a few hours early last week so we could play in the nice Fall weather.
I'm pleased to report that he's really thriving in preschool. He has two male teachers, and two female teachers, and I really like all of them. Each teacher brings something totally unique to the classroom. And they have been so positive about Finn's contribution to class, telling me how much they enjoy having him and how smart he is. (I know, right!?!)
Here are some notable Finn quotes of late:
[Playing with Cormac's toes when he's in the high chair] "Look mommy! I'm playing the xylofeet." (that is such a Shawn joke)
[Doing a magic show for Cormac and I as audience members] "Ladies and gentlebabies.... for my next trick, "
Me: "How'd you get so sweet?"
Finn: "Well, I have these chemicals in my fingernails. When I move my fingers, they come out and go into the rest of my body. And this makes me sweet."
[After his birthday] "Now that I'm four, am I sweeter? Because I'm growing, and my heart is getting bigger. So it makes me even sweeter, right?"
September 11, 2009
My Little Swiffer
He totally keeps our hardwood floors buffed.
September 10, 2009
the kid likes cake
Cormac eating Finn's birthday cake.
Our sweet neighbor, Holli, is a makeup artist. She volunteered to paint faces for all the neighborhood kids one lazy afternoon. Here are the willing subjects.
September 09, 2009
10 Months Old and Still No Teeth
Sure, Finn's cute. But Cormac is no slouch in the cute department himself.
September 08, 2009
Finn Turns Four
I have to say, I was a little wary of his choice to go to Chuck E Cheese. But considering I still suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder related to his house party with twenty children last year, the idea of just eight kids, an anthropomorphic mouse, and musical robot animals (circa 1980) didn't sound half bad.
And look at these photos! It was a total blast. Finn smiled ear-to-ear the entire time and had such a great time with his friends. And hey! You only turn four once.
September 02, 2009
Last week, Daddy and Finn took a trip to Seattle to visit Grandma, Uncle Mike and Auntie Julie. We're trying to get all our trips in before school starts for Finn next week. Cormac and I missed them both, but they had a wonderful time.
P.S. See how much better the photos are when Daddy takes them?