Wednesday, July 29, 2009

How Toxic Are Your Cleaning Supplies?

Oh man, this stuff scares the bejeezus out of me! You all know that I'm a (not so) closet hippie and try to live as naturally as I can, especially as it relates to little Patrick. I really want to expose him to the least amount of carcinogens possible, in order to help him live a super healthy life. My father, a former chemical engineer, battled a really aggressive form of cancer, and I personally believe it has a lot to do with all the chemicals he had exposure to occupationally. (He's in remission now and doing great, thankfully, but only after an unbelievable amount of treatment.)

I've done my best to switch to natural products as much as I can (I use eco-friendly laundry detergent, dish soap, baby bath soap and lotion, cloth diapers, and natural cleaners), but seeing this makes me want to throw all my Lysol and antibacterial wipes right out the window. Check this out and educate yourself - take what you will from it, but I got a LOT out of it!

Love, Mer

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Patrick Star

So when Sheridan and I decided to name our first born son Patrick, we had no idea that the moniker is also that of Spongebob Squarepants' BFF, Patrick Star. Patrick Star is an overweight sea star who lives at 120 Conch Street, Bikini Bottom, Pacific Ocean, attended Bikini Bottom Community College, and loves to eat and cause trouble. :) Apparently, he's pretty clueless, but loveable. Especially to kids!

So every toddler and young kid that meets Patrick always says "oh, Patrick like Spongebob!" and is pretty instantly enamored with my sweet little dude. He's a HUGE hit at the Montessori school he attends, and I have a feeling it might have to do with the affiliation to Spongebob Squarepants. hahahaha

More about Patrick Star, of Spongebob Squarepants fame, according to Wikipedia (this is pretty funny stuff, I might have to check out this show sometime...):

Gender: Male
Color: Pink
Eye Color: Blue-green, though portrayed as green in a scene in Wormy, black and as blue in Gone and The Battle of Bikini Bottom
Birthday: February 27, 1978
Height: 6 and a half inches
Weight: 3.5 ounces
Address: 120 Conch Street, Bikini Bottom, Pacific Ocean
Employee at The Krusty Krab
Waiter of The Krusty Krab
Hat check guy of Krusty Krab
Fry Cook at the Chum Bucket and bouncer of the Secret Krusty Krab.
Aliases: Pat
Patrick SmartPants
Mr. Dr. Professor Patrick
Boy Patrick
The Elastic Waistband
Patrick the Snowman
Tubbie />Pally
The Pink Menace (alter ego in Battle For Bikini Bottom: video game
The Pink Patty,
Bother Rick
The Big One
Family & Friends
Family: Bus Stop/Conch Road sign("wife") Herb Star (Father)
Margie Star (Mother)
Ed (Cousin)
Gary (Cousin) (Rule of Dumb, Technically their cousins in every Episode/Movie)
Sluggo (Uncle)
Billy Bob (Grandfather)
Maw Titter (Grandmother)
Shriek (Great Grandfather)
Princess Tulsa (Great Grandmother)
Prince Callows (Great Granduncle)
Carl (Great Granduncle)
Prince Dingus (Great Granduncle)
King Amoeba (2nd Great Grandfather)
Queen Mildew (2nd Great Grandmother)
Patrick Revere
Friends: SpongeBob SquarePants
Squidward Tentacles
Sandy Cheeks
Flatts the Flounder
Princess Mindy
Mr. Krabs
Pet(s): Gary the Snail
Wormy and Gummy
Employer: Eugene Krabs \, and Bummer Vacation
Sheldon J. Plankton
Squidward Tentacles
Employees: SpongeBob, servant
Enemies: Plankton
Dirty Bubble
Man Ray

Other Information
Interests: Doing nothing, Jellyfishing, bubble blowing, sleeping, lying dormant, eating, hanging out with SpongeBob and panty-raiding, art
Education: Bikini Bottom Community College
Mrs. Puff's Boating School
Awards: A trophy "For doing nothing for longer than anyone else in Bikini Bottom" .
Great snail race winner.

A trophy for Dirty Bubble challenge by hitting the ball 29,998,559,671,349 times in a row, but soon lost it , and won the Champion Dancing Competition Trophy in Slimy Dancing for being the only single-dancer.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Uh Buh Bye

On the last day of Sarah Palin's leadership of Alaska, let me just say... don't let the door hit ya on the ass, lady!!

What degeneration her career has experienced the last few months - on top of the world flying in private jets, shopping at Saks and buying fabulous designer clothes on the tab of Republican donors, being stroked by the old, rich, conservative contingent of the US, eventually reduced to ethics probes, public, defensive feuds with David Letterman and Levi Johnston, provoking ugly, divisive politics, and showing her true colors as an unreliable, greedy quitter. What would have happened if she had ended up as our Vice President? Would she have resigned halfway through the term, not completing her commitment to the American people, so that she could concentrate on book deals and speaking engagements?

Can you say... loose cannon?! It should be interesting to see what train wreck ole Sarah Palin creates next. I'm in the front row with popcorn.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Half a year ago, our little guy came in our life and changed everything for the better. I can't imagine life without the little tyke there to light up our days (and nights too, but we're working on that)! We have learned SO much, worked so hard together, played, cuddled, kissed, and even cried at times, and it's been the time of my life; I know it has been for Sheridan too.

Enjoy these new photos to commemorate this special day; they were taken this morning before Sheridan took our baby boy to school. Happy birthday, Patrick!! I love you more than anything in the world and thank you for being the cutest, sweetest kid I could ever hope to love.

Love, Mommy

Friday, July 17, 2009

Back to Work!

Well, the time was bound to come and here it is... time to return to the corporate world! Wow, I think (between you and me) that when I was saying that I was ready to get back to work and that I knew that I would eventually return to the masses of corporate drones, I wasn't *serious*! ;) I didn't really believe it would really happen when I said it, but lo and behold... I held up my end of the bargain. Wow again.

So anyway, I have landed a super cool short term contract in Austin as a contract recruiter. The company I'm working for has been retained by a major employer in Austin to provide technical sourcing services, which means that I'll be recruiting for hard-to-find technical folks from my jammies at home. I was thinking that I was going to enjoy getting back into the workplace - coffee talk in the breakroom, the smell of burnt popcorn permeating through the office, sneaking offsite for long lunches, etc. - but I am indeed glad that I get to work from home because I think it'll be a good way to ease into being a working mommy. I bet I'll particularly enjoy working from home when we get to the new house! I'm going to PIMP that office OUT (if my contract lasts that long, which I think it will if I do a good job, and I intend to do a great job) and make it super user friendly, comfortable, and stylish. Look out!

I originally thought that I would try to figure out how to balance caring for Patrick while working full time from home, but when I went to interview for this job, Sheridan tried to work from home and watch him, and got absolutely nothing done. I think it might be more realistic in the future once Patrick's more independent, but not now. But I think it's great that he'll be attending a Montessori school with lots of older kids to watch and emulate, and cultivate strong social skills. He's really good with other kids and adults, so I think he'll probably really enjoy it!

But every mommy is a control freak when it comes to their babies... so with that, I'm sure I'll find it hard that someone else is helping raise my baby boy. I find it difficult to consider that the care givers at Patrick's "school" might see him take his first steps or say his first word instead of me, but I guess I need to concentrate on the fact that when I hear him say his first word or when I see his first steps, they'll still be the first ones for ME. Right? OK yeah, let's go with that.

Anyway, many mommies before me (and millions after me will) have put their babies into child care and gone back to work. That's just how things work in this century. I think it'll be good for me too, though! I'm looking forward to getting my brain back in the corporate game and living a very full life which includes both working and being a mommy. I think it'll be great for our whole family and am excited. :D

So Monday's the big day. Wish me luck!

Love, Mer

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Big Boy Food

Patrick had his first bites of solid food last week. We started with rice cereal and it didn't go that well - he was looking at me like "uh, what do I do with this?". I wasn't sure if he just didn't like the taste or if he was confused by the spoon. So I introduced applesauce to him and what do you know... he LOVED it! He had two jars (I made him homemade stuff, so it was about 4 tablespoons worth) of it at the first tasting!! He's also tried sweet potatoes and loved those, so next is pureed peas and then carrots. Nom nom nom!

As if the kid isn't already enormous enough, I have a feeling that eating solid foods is going to make him even bigger and stronger! Here are some shots of the food extravaganza and how big he's gotten. As you can see, he's about to outgrow his carseat, which was the mongo-sized one that's supposed to take babies to their first birthday. Oh boy!

And yesterday, Patrick had his first upright ride in the grocery store. He usually hangs out in the carseat while I shop, but given that the stupid carseat is 10 pounds and he is almost 18 or so, it's just too big to lug around these days. Genny bought Patrick one of those "cootie covers" and so he had a nice, soft place to sit in the cart. OMG, he LOVED looking at all the stuff in the store, seeing all the people, and was just talking, talking, talking all the way through the store ("ooooh, ooooooh, gooooooo"). We had FIVE people stop to coo and poke at him because he was just being so charming. I was a proud mama!!

Next project - weaning P Shizzle from the swaddle blanket when he sleeps. He escapes from the blanket at night and doesn't know how to put himself back to sleep without it - he flails his arms, rubs his eyes, and pulls out the pacifier, which he also needs to fall asleep. It's time for him to learn how to fall asleep without being bound... we'll work on the pacifier issue later. :)

That's it from Command Central.

Love, Mer

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Police: McNair shot dead in sleep by girlfriend

Dear Men of the World:

Reason #9087251254 not to cheat on your wife - if your wife doesn't shoot you in the head for cheating on her, your mistress might! Especially if she's young enough to be your daughter - the really young ones can be a little volatile! Mmmm hmmm (insert disapproving face here)...

Rest in peace, Steve McNair. Steve, you will always have a special place in my heart as the last quarterback of my beloved Houston Oilers. (But you shouldn't have been messing around with a 20 year old... dummy.)

Love, Mer

Monday, July 06, 2009

Fourth of July

Ohhh, how my Fourth of July celebrations have changed over the last few years! It wasn't long ago that my Independence Day celebrations entailed blurry days of Malibu shots on the ice luge on the beaches of San Diego... and heading to work the next day completely exhausted (and worthless)! ;) These days my celebrations are much tamer and much more filled with meaning. This year, my hubby, baby and I joined some of our new neighbors in Cedar Park for a gathering at the neighborhood pool where my little boy will undoubtedly create some fun memories with friends and hopefully, his family.

The first of those memories we created this weekend - Patrick's first swim!! Our little water baby had a fun time floating with us in the baby pool, watching all the big kids with their toys and cannonballs. Sheridan and I had a fun time with our new neighbors, eating, drinking, and being merry. It felt like HOME - we can't wait to move into our new house and neighborhood.

Enjoy some new shots of our fun afternoon.

Love, Mer