forgive me, but it's been four weeks since I talked about babies
Spawn-related topic the first:
I have a new favorite comment/commenter. (You knew this was coming, didn't you?)
Deb, I can aprreciate your love of cooking, but I seriously think you should think about a baby. Your devotion to detail needs a new outlet. This is coming from a mother of four. I used to cook all day long too before babies.
I've been scratching my head since I read it Saturday morning, trying to figure out why it was funny to me but I couldn't explain to you why you should find it funny, too. My humor has failed me, but thank god it hasn't failed my coworker Jenni.
"My mother said that I was the best thing she ever did in her whole life. But she never dressed me in petit fours!"
Update: Jenni actually said "she never dressed me in pinafores". My own warped brain put colored sprinkles on the children. But really! Is desiring to arrange tiny artichokes in a row and trying to convince them to put on skits (because I have to assume that this is what lured the comment in) show readiness to have children? I thought it made me ready for the funny farm. Perhaps the two are related...
Spawn-related topic the second:
I have learned what fear is and thy name is Bugaboo. Huh? What? This is what I figure: half of you are saying to yourselves, what the hell is a Bugaboo and the other half, why would she know about Bugaboos?
I had only heard about them once, to be honest, and their staggering price tags, but that's all it takes in Manhattan where nearly everyone inhabitant pushes their perfected bundles of related genetic material around in luxury prams. At times, I see three or four on a single block $3600 worth of stroller! and I'll admit, I can't avert my eyes. Who are these people and how can they afford rent, diapers and a $900 stroller plus accessories? I'm gawking, fascinated, intrigued and repelled.
My curiosity got the better of me Monday night, and frankly, on a list of things that could scare the child-bearing impulse right out of you, I'd put the Bugaboo website at the top. Frogs, Geckos, and if you really love your child and "refuse to compromise," Chameleons, these things not only cart your DNA bundle from Place A (Starbucks, obviously) to place B (baby yoga, right?), but boast "surprising functions," "flowing suspension," and suggested daytrips in cities from Copenhagen to Milan. (Sorry Peoria, you just don't make the list.)
Of course I totally want one. How else will I complete my cycle of self-loathing?
And finally! Non-spawn-related topic the singular:
Alex and I are going to Maine next week! We're so excited this entire segment will be marked with exclamations! We're staying at a B&B in some town called Scarborough but can drive anywhere within reason where should we go?! What should we do?! Will I starve if I'm not sure that I like lobster and/or blueberries?! Will they send me home?!
I lived in Maine from 2002 to this past March- I am allergic to lobster and they didn't send me packing! I loved Greenville, Boothbay Harbor, Ogunquit- but was never in Scarborough. Let yourself meld into the atmosphere- the people are so damn friendly and helpful you won't know what to do! Also- Mainers generally stop for pedestrians;even you only appear ready to cross a street- is that wild or what?
On thoughts of cooking and children, my sister tells me, "When ever I think of having children, I ask myself if I would rather make a baby or make a cake. I always make a cake."
We're having the baby talk, too. Enough said.
ANYWAY. I want a baby FOR the accessories! Like that stroller! And my parents said I'm nuts when I told them about it this weekend!
Hon, your biological clock is pounding. Give in and get pregers already. I mean, what the heck are you waiting for? Eligah?
4 | Kala Lily | August 9, 2006 07:51 PM
Re: The Bugaboo.
I do not understand why anyone who lives in an urban area would have such a cumbersome stroller. It is ridiculous. You want something as lightweight as possible because you always have to hoist that shit around.
Seriously consider trying to get a Bugaboo down subway stairs and I think you'll understand what I mean.
All I can say is...Maine, bed & breakfast and baby. Somehow I see an unexpected souvenior in your future. *ducks as Deb throws something at me from NYC*
6 | Jen | August 9, 2006 09:32 PM
Phc - Heheh. I actually think it's the nannies that do the hoisting. Or maybe these people don't live in walk-ups. I do hear they're a bitch to fold, and don't double as a car seat. Hopefully, in A YEAR OR TWO when we're actually really shopping for these things, improvements will be made, in both strollers and my fiscal proities.
Anyway, I'm not allowed to throw anything because I DO keep bringing up the whole spawn issue, but the schedule remains unchanged. I like my freedom right now. And my wine, mostly the wine. Fear not, I have no doubt I'll be blogging every boring stretch mark. No belly pictures, though, not now, not ever.
thank god i turned out so well-adjusted, even without the petit fours and the million-dollar stroller.
8 | jenni | August 9, 2006 10:27 PM
But, if you were pregnant, you could wear one of these badges! ;)
ur so hilarious :)
Babies! I want one, while in the midst of planning a Feb. wedding and figuring out how to shrink the "Babe, I need at least a year" year to 6-9 months. It's not for the accessories I swear! As for Bugaboo, I'm horrified the website actually states..."The Bugaboo Cameleon is for parents who do not like to compromise, parents who want everything - the latest innovations, the latest materials, the brightest colors." Be comforted, Deb, if it were perfectly ripened fruit instead of a spawn-toting contraption it may sound a bit like you! You adorable little perfectionist!
I suspect most people who have those may be able to justify a $900 stroller because they don't have a car payment. Then again - a guy in my office & his wife have one, and a house in Westchester, and two cars, and one's a BMW SUV. Uh, maybe some people just have way more money than I do. Dang!
Have a blast in Maine, the New England weather has turned to the best kind - cool in the mornings, perfect for sleeping in & coffee on the po
11 | LMB815 | August 10, 2006 09:26 AM
...grrr...that'd be coffee on the porch.
12 | LMB815 | August 10, 2006 09:28 AM
Well, there's always the Wal-Mart in Biddeford (which for this city girl is a -- very -- guilty pleasure. But a must-stop when in Maine!). We're going to be in Ogunquit (about 45 mins south of Scarborough) August 20-23. Can't wait for the beach! If you'd like to meet a loyal reader, and you happen to make a side trip there, please get in touch. And I'll have already eaten all of the lobster and blueberries (prob. not together, though). So no pressure there ;)
It seems like everyone is going to Maine! I'm going at the end of August... 3 day road trip (Cape Cod, White Mountains and Bar Harbor)... so Bar Harbor. Go there, it's supposed to be great. With a National Park! It's called Acadia. Very beautiful. Go go go!
I thought a Bugaboo was a parka. Oops.
Deb...but did you see this? it totally made me feel better about my stretchmarks. And even tho it's strange, you will want a belly pic, even tho it may be clothed! b/c even you won't be able to believe what your body is capable of.That said, the lightest stroller you can find is great, and if you buy new anything, you are nuts.
You don't have room to store for second (gasp!) possibility of offspring, you would have to move first to accomodate any offspring, and people who buy that stuff are lable hookers and take great care of their stuff. You only own it a year or two. ps get the one that converts to a car seat, either way.
Disclaimer...you are young and love to party! There is no hurry! the baby will be there when u are ready!!!!!! Bake a cake!!!!!!!! for chrissake.
Plus, you will have little time to blog :(
I will be sad :(0 <-- my bottom lip stuck out like I'm two.
i have a kid - i miss cooking what i want. there's only so much you can "fancy up" a pb&j or refried beans and rice...
love of cooking isn't necessarily misguided parenting instinct. ;)
17 | coco | August 10, 2006 11:49 AM
"not sure if you'll like lobster"
you're dead to me
18 | Alyce | August 10, 2006 12:51 PM
Ha! See, this goes back to the whole vegetarian half-life phase I mentioned last week. I did, however, try a bite of lobster a couple weeks ago and found it tasty. I also am fairly sure I can learn to love anything dipped in melted butter, ohmygod, guuuh. I just haven't yet.
(Alex, too, shakes his head in dismay when I make such statements.)
OMG Rachel, how can you take making a cake over making a baby? Or at least practicing making a baby?
Have an amazing time in Maine - is this your anniversary trip or do you have something else up your sleeve for a few weeks from now?
20 | Jess | August 10, 2006 01:47 PM
Oh, e., a Bugaboo is a parka. and a pram. You'd think Columbia would sue for copyright infringement as Bugaboo the jacket has DEFINITELY been around longer than Bugaboo the stroller.
21 | Jess | August 10, 2006 01:49 PM
Completely off the subject, but have you ever gotten an update from Keith? Is he still overseas?
22 | Heather | August 10, 2006 02:09 PM
Funny you bring that up as I saw someone today that reminded me of him. He left Iraq and is back stationed in Germany for over a year now, from what I understand. I'm not sure how much longer he'll be there. I hear from him so sporadically. :(
I'm glad I made you think twice for a second about babies. Who are you kidding; you want them big time. My 9 year old daughter just kissed me goodnight. So sweet. My 23 year old college graduate starts working on Wall Street in 3 weeks. First he is coming here to Germany to visit for two weeks. My point is this: I lived in Manhattan too, it's fun, but children are so much more fun.
Have some babies and teach them how to frost cupckes already.........
24 | Anne | August 10, 2006 04:21 PM
By the way Deb, I'm just messing with you. Have your babies whenever. All I'm saying, is you can do it: still have your career; no big deal. I'm an airline transport pilot and mother of 4. However, there is no time like the present.
25 | Anne | August 10, 2006 04:36 PM
Since we're poor and 3 years away from a master's degree, it's been suggested that I buy a doll- hey, it's not real, but you can still dress it up! It'd probably be creepy to have it ride around in a stroller, though.
26 | adri | August 10, 2006 07:05 PM
Too funny. Hang in there with the Masters' though. I gave up 2 years into mine. A doll would work fine. No diapers to change.
27 | Anne | August 10, 2006 07:16 PM
Deb, you MUST go to the Nubble Light house in York Beach. York is beautiful. Not sure if you can get over the bridge to Portsmouth, NH, but it is an old Port town- cobblestone paths and little villages. Great photo opportunities.
28 | Kerri | August 10, 2006 09:05 PM
Chrome trim... Three coats of lacquer... Sequentially numbered placque and certificate of authenticity. And $2800!
Art work? Collectible? Motorcycle? No. A freakin' baby stroller!
Silver Cross Balmoral Pram
Hey, at least they've got free shipping!
A girlfriend of mine has the Bugaboo frog. It is really cute, but you're right, a real pain in the ass to fold up. I won't bore you with stroller talk, but we have an astounding number of strollers for my daughter!
Have fun in Maine, you could definitely hit the outlet stores in Kittery.
Ok, so I have to admit that I'm a teensy bit jealous of those Bugaboo-toting mothers. I mean, sure, a bugaboo costs more than my mortgage payment, but really, they are so cool. While I'm trying to maneuver through the mall in my wobbly Graco with a loose wheel, those Bugaboo moms can edge around the sharpest corner with finesse and grace. Oh! If only I had $900 sitting around in my checking account with no pre-determined purpose. Yeah-- like that will ever happen!
Whoa, when did Smitten turn into a baby blog?
32 | Lucy | August 11, 2006 03:57 AM
Let's temper that slightly - When did this turn into a "Deb you should have kids now!" blog when she's clearly stated (more than once) that it's not going to happen (or they're not planning on it) in the near future?
That's SantaDad and Mom jobs.....
33 | Lucy | August 11, 2006 04:01 AM
I spotted a onesie the other day that read: "My other stroller is a Bugaboo." My husband suggested the alternate: "Bugaboos are status symbols."
Re: Maine. I love Peaks Island. It's off the coast of Portland. You must go to the American Legion for drinks. You haven't really experienced New England until you've been.
RE: ..............That's SantaDad and Mom jobs.....
Posted by Lucy on August 11 at 04:01am
We avoid this subject completely! :-)
Now, as for Maine: Don't know if I mentioned it, but Maine has its own version of blue and white pottery. Not a copy of the ancient oriental versions, but with its own NE motif. We picked some up at a nice roadside shop. Nice stuff. Used it as accessories in one of the now available bedrooms.
35 | SantaDad | August 11, 2006 12:51 PM
"Now available bedrooms"? Are you renting out my old room?!
This is what it's come to, people... :)