12/2017

Friday, December 01, 2017

Maia Week #21 Battle Report

Maia is now 21 weeks old, which is the legal age for gambling in our household. Weighing in at 14.2 pounds, she can escape from tummy time through a sideways roll whenever she feels like it, but cannot roll onto her stomach yet. Her schedule has solidified to a 9 hour nighttime and an extended daytime with staggered 30 minute naps throughout. They're really not long enough to do anything productive in, so I squander the time as best as I possibly can.

We continue to give her solid foods in addition to boob milk, and she greatly prefers salted lentils to avocado. Aware that there are different tastes in the world now, she watches us eat with more clinical interest and yearns for the day she can eat sour cream and onion potato chips like her dad. Her favourite toy is now Sophie, the squeaky giraffe that is pervasive across babified households, and she can fit an entire leg into her mouth like a turkey leg at the Renn Faire.

All in all, we've got things pretty well under control. With our alternating schedules, Rebecca and I have to make sure that we also spend time with each other and we're not just handing off the baby all the time. It might be nice to have a few more hours in the day to relax and do non-baby things, but then again, Maia probably wouldn't sleep during those either.

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Monday, December 04, 2017

Songs of the Enrichment Jungle, Volume II

The songs in this volume are about Mr. Lion, Orange Squirrel, and Boring Felt Owl. Orange Squirrel was written by Rebecca.

Other Posts in This Series: Volume I | Volume II | Volume III

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Memory Day: Snapshots

This picture was taken 26 years ago, on Christmas Day 1991.

I was 12 years old and in seventh grade, and I was clearly more interested in playing the Super Nintendo game I had unwrapped on Christmas Eve (ActRaiser) than looking at the camera. You can see our creepy animatronic angel atop the Christmas tree, and the first in a long line of electronic keyboards with questionable General MIDI compatibility in the background (I presume it's not wrapped so as not to waste excess wrapping paper).

The presents in the foreground are all still wrapped as we never started opening them until Mom got out of bed around 8 AM. There are way too many presents which is why I'm ambivalent about getting Maia more than a few at a time when she's growing up. The pendulum has to swing back and forth so that she can give a million presents to her kids because "her dad was stingy".

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Friday, December 08, 2017

Recipe Day: Fish Tacos

Makes enough for 2 - 3 people, depending on how voracious your appetites are.

Ingredients

  • Marinade
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice
    • 2 teaspoons honey
    • 2 cloves minced garlic
    • 1 teaspoon Old Bay
    • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • White Sauce
    • 3 tablespoons whole yogurt
    • 2 tablespoons light mayo
    • 1 tablespoon lime juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 pound of a boring fish you wouldn't normally eat, like tilapia.
  • 1 bag shredded cabbage
  • 6 stalks chopped green onions
  • 6 soft flour tortillas

Directions

  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour into a freezer bag full of boring fish and express the air. Marinate for a couple hours, jostling occasionally.
  2. Combine all white sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  3. Grill the newly exciting fish over high heat, 5 - 6 minutes per side. Remove from heat and slice into taco-sized chunks.
  4. Serve fish in a tortilla over a bed of cabbage and green onions, liberally coated with white sauce.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Songs of the Enrichment Jungle, Volume III

This next batch of songs does not revolve around characters in the Enrichment Jungle, but they'll be included in the same anthology when it goes to print.

The Nap Song: This is the song I used to regularly hum to Maia to get her to nap in the joey pouch while walking around the basement. When you get to the end, you repeat it ad nauseum. Most of the notes are staccato so you can hum it while out of breath on the nature park hill. She has since transitioned to 70s funk jazz as a soporific, but this still gets hummed occasionally.

Poop Bike: This is the song I use when Maia is working on her outputs. In measures 1 - 3 and 5 - 6, you should be gyrating the baby's legs as if she is on a tiny bicycle. In measure 4 and 7, you should accentuate each beat with unison leg presses. Like any good rhythm game, you may get a reward for the proper moves.

Other Posts in This Series: Volume I | Volume II | Volume III

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

12 pictures of your day on the 12th of every month

7:01 AM: Showered and ready for work.
7:09 AM: Arriving at the office.
8:31 AM: Someone's hungry for breakfast.
8:45 AM: Breakfast for Dad.
10:56 AM: Back from a Costco run.
12:14 PM: Happy in the swing while grandparents visit and Amber eats.
2:51 PM: Helping me locate the burnt out bulbs.
4:19 PM: The daily nature walk has moved into the mall because of the cold. There are way fewer deer here.
5:08 PM: Helping me wrap presents.
5:22 PM: Bottle service.
6:16 PM: Taking advantage of the (strictly enforced) hour-long evening nap.
7:45 PM: Prepping some stuffed peppers for dinner.

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