Friday, May 29, 2009


We have been a bit out of it lately. Here is a recap of what has happened here in the last couple weeks or so. . .

The Lady has become slightly obsessed with Dora the Explorer. At first I was okay with it because it allowed me to have something on in the background that I haven't seen eight hundred times, but now it might be getting out of hand. She is constantly talking about her "packback" and has now started to grab my hand and pull me in the other room by saying "vamanos." (I have no idea if that is spelled correctly or not, but I think you get the point.)

I guess I should be pleased that she is picking up some Spanish. Maybe I can get her to go and yell at all the customers to the La Marqueta in front of our condo, who constantly block access to our driveway.

For those of you not immersed in Dora culture, there is a little girl, Dora, her monkey sidekick Boots, Tico, a Spanish speaking squirrel, Benny the Bull and Swiper the fox. For a while the Lady had a hard time pronouncing fox and it came out like fuck. Her father and I had hours of entertainment asking her questions like "What type of animal is Swiper?" To which she would reply "fuck" and we would both laugh, amused at the lingual shortcomings of our little girl.

The Lady has also started using the word awesome, is still obsessed with trains, and has started to refer to herself in the third person. It is all good stuff.

We are looking forward to the weather turning around this weekend and are actually heading to the Shore for a weekend with some friends. I am hoping to get up to the beach a lot more this summer before baby #2 arrives. The Lady and I went to the local beach last week and she spent a good amount of time just hanging out playing in the sand. I hope this is going to be typical of our beach days, because I am not, I repeat not, going in the freezing cold LI Sound.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Babies, Babies everywhere. . .

This is what happens when you try to get a group of 3-month to 4-year olds together. Nobody looks at the camera, at least one kid is crying, one has to be forced into the photo, two to three are totally oblivious and the rest are stuffing chocolate chip cookies into their mouths.

The Biggest Loser Finale!!!

WOW we have a winner. Helen, your body was teeny-tiny, 117lbs? Can you believe she beat out Mike and Tara?

So, I wasn't prepared for a three hour season finale and started watching a wee bit too early, so that almost the entire final hour was actually live and I had to sit through all the recap and commercials, but overall it was well worth it.

I almost forgot who half the contestants were, I can't believe how skinny Jerry was. I mean that guy almost died on the first show and he ended up taking home the 100 grand. It was great fun to watch some of the contestants come out and have Allison tell them how much they would have had to have lost to beat Jerry and it was so very, very, obvious that they didn't even come close.

Speaking of weight loss, Allison looked pretty good post-baby. Her waist was small.

Some of my favorite moments were when:

Dave showed up weighing almost as much as he did when he left? I mean seriously, you know the guy just downed a chicken wing or two before he stepped out there.

Joelle and Carla actually had to be civil to each other and Joelle still tried to talk like she gave it her all.

Filipe and Sione came out. I really liked those guys and I thought they looked great.

Some of my least favorite moments were when:

We had to sit through the "voting" process for two contestants to fill the final spot in next season's show. I mean I am sure I will be vested in the winner come next year, but until then, I don't need to see her sweating behind the scenes with Bob and Jillian.

All the recap. I mean, come on, I was a loyal viewer, all they did was show a thousand clips that we have all seen already.

I wasn't surprised when America picked Mike, but I was shocked to see how small he was. He looked a little too tiny if you ask me, but Ron looked healthy and happy and I was happy to see him walk out with a shirt on. I was also surprised that they kept putting the camera on Max and it looked like he didn't lose one lb in the weeks that his dad and brother were home. I am still hoping he drops a few so he can build up some self-esteem in that skinny family of his.

I think I would have been happy for any of the three finalists to have taken it home, but I was glad to see Helen win it. I do kind of feel bad for her daughter, who is still like a buck ninety, while her 48 year old mom is smoking hot wearing a size 2, but I think if Tara had won I would have been a little disappointed. I think she looked great and I am sure she will maintain her weight loss, but she already won so much stuff and she just kept whining and whining all season long.

Feel free to share some comments of what you thought was good/bad/surprising about the finale.

I promise I will try to blog a bit more about other things now that the BL is over, I debated blogging about So You Think You Can Dance, which starts May 21st, but I think I will let you all just watch it and enjoy.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Biggest Loser Update

So by now we all know that the final four were Ron, Mike, Tara and Helen, and that they all got sent home for thirty days before they came back to the ranch for a final weigh in to determine who moved onto the final.

The recap of the contestants journey, was slightly interesting, but the first hour kind of dragged on. I mean did Ron not think Bob was going to show up at his door after Jillian showed up for Mike? And did we really need a ten minute Jenny-O commercial thrown in the middle of it all?

So the big twist was the marathon. I was almost as disappointed as Mike was that he couldn't run, I really am kind of pulling for him, although, I like Helen as well. I know she got some slack for sending her kid home, but I say that weight loss is a personal journey and had she sacrificed herself for her daughter, she would be sitting in Michigan eating Polish sausage and feeling sorry for herself.

I was glad to see the prior contestants come back and run with everyone during the marathon, and the fact that everyone went out to greet Ron, was great. I was proud of him that he actually finished something. Too often on the show, it just looks like he hangs out on the treadmill and doesn't really do anything but try to influence the eliminations.

Speaking of eliminations, Brown had the misfortune of falling below the yellow line. Who voted? Anyone? I would be interested to see how most people voted. I was not at all surprised that both Ron and Mike urged the American voting public to vote for the other person. It wasn't quite as selfish as last season when Heba said to vote for her and so did her husband. We all know how that turned out. (BTW. . . since I am feeling a little catty and kind of f-a-t myself, Heba didn't look that great out on the marathon walk!)

I am interested to see who America votes for. If Mike is in, I think he has the best chance of winning the whole thing. We will see in the live finale. Tune in.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Happy Birthday To Me

Today is the big 3-3. Let me just start by saying that facebook is nice on your b-day because everyone is reminded and sends a little note and you don't actually have to talk to anyone on the phone. Texting is also good for this!

Thank you all for your b-day wishes. Most of my loyal readers have already sent on their greetings and I am grateful.

For my b-day, I asked my husband for tickets to a Yankee game. I hadn't been to one since before the Lady was born. With the new stadium up and the Sox in town, it looked like it would be a good night. Now, I didn't specify that we needed to see the Boston series and I didn't specify that we needed to go around my birthday. In my years of Yankee game attendance I have learned a few things. Number one being that it rains a lot in the early season and it is often cold, it is not that brisk October air that is tolerable during playoffs, but a damp, (dare I say moist?) cold that is just miserable. Add a few innings of heavy rain and a loss and the allure of the new stadium wears off quickly.

I was envisioning a nice warm evening sometime in late June, what I got were a few dry early innings where the cold wasn't too bad, which turned a wee bit sour once the rain started and the Yanks again failed to drive in any of their base runners. I did get to spend a few hours alone (well minus the 46,000 other people) with my husband and that hasn't happened in a while. We commiserated under his giant golf umbrella and stuck it out to the ninth, nimbly bypassing a guy who was yelling at everyone for leaving the game early. I would have stayed until the end, if the train schedule was a little more accommodating and if perhaps the Yanks had a chance.

I will say the new stadium is really nice. I mean where else do you get to see baseball history all around you and pay $11 for a beer? Go Yanks!

Tonight we are going out to dinner as a family, the hubby, the Lady and myself. Once we get home I plan on retreating upstairs to watch last night's BL episode. I promise I will update.