Friday, May 25, 2007

Bowling for Cheerios

Looking for outdoor games for the little boo I came across a lawn bowling set. I’m learning there are rules and there is play and the intersection of the 2 is a rare thing.

A 2-year-old’s guide to bowling:

The pins should be grouped closely together.

The pins aren’t pins. They’re maracas.

The player should tell the coach “No, Daddy, No!” several times throughout the game.

The proper distance from the maracas is 4 feet, no 2 feet, no standing on top of them.

The ball should be rolled along the grass. The ball should be thrown at the pins. The ball should be held in the hand. The player runs over to the pins and whacks them with the ball.

A typical game should last 3 minutes, 2 minutes, 30 seconds maaaybe.

The ball can be used to squash bugs.

The maracas don’t work very well.

The maracas can be used to torment the dog.

The player shall break for a booty dance at random intervals.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Cheneys of Love

Just checking in for this quick birth announcement:

Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, gave birth to an 8-pound, 6-ounce baby boy at 9:46 a.m. Wednesday morning at Sibley Hospital in Washington.

Cheney and her partner of 16 years, Heather Poe, named their son Samuel David Cheney. The White House released a picture of Lynne and Vice President Cheney with the boy, their sixth grandchild.
Cheney and Poe live in Virginia, which has a constitutional amendment banning the marriage of same-sex couples and does not allow gay second parent adoptions.

Those prohibitions leave the new parents without the safety net that heterosexual couples enjoy, according to Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of Family Pride, a LGBT family advocacy group in Washington, D.C. "There's a question of whether they could even replicate through legal contract the rights and protections that they might have if they could get legally married," Chrisler said.

Chrisler has not had direct contact with either Cheney or Poe, though Family Pride has sent them informational literature in the past. To celebrate the birth, the organization will be hosting a virtual baby shower at its Web site,, where people can write in with their thoughts and advice for the couple.

I’m afraid at Rainbow Families DC we’ve yet to hear from Mary or Heather. I truly hope for the best for Samuel. The little guy is going to face some unique challenges growing up. I hope they do recognize how important it is for a kid to be around similar family structures. Wealth can only insulate you so much.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Birds of a feather...

From yahoo news:

LONDON (AFP) - A pair of gay flamingos have adopted an abandoned chick, becoming parents after being together for six years, a British conservation organisation said Monday.

Carlos and Fernando had been desperate to start a family, even chasing other flamingos from their nests to take over their eggs at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Slimbridge near Bristol.

But their egg-sitting prowess made them the top choice for taking an unhatched egg under their wings when one of the Greater Flamingo nests was abandoned.

The couple, together for six years, can feed chicks by producing milk in their throats.

"Fernando and Carlos are a same sex couple who have been known to steal other flamingos' eggs by chasing them off their nest because they wanted to rear them themselves," said WWT spokeswoman Jane Waghorn.

"They were rather good at sitting on eggs and hatching them so last week, when a nest was abandoned, it seemed like a good idea to make them surrogate parents."

Gay flamingos are not uncommon, she added.

"If there aren't enough females or they don't hit it off with them, they will pair off with other males," she said.

Loooove - exciting and new! Come aboard, we're expecting yooooou!

Kelly Beard Crosby Heyniger, 36, confirmed her relationship with Gov. Charlie Crist, 50, in an interview on WPBF-Ch. 25, the ABC affiliate in Palm Beach County where she lives.


Heyniger told WPBF, during the interview in her home, that they've been dating since February and see each other about every two weeks.

"We're just hanging out, enjoying each others' company," Heyniger smiles.

whoa! sounds serious you little lovebirds.

She told the Palm Beach Post in 2004 that in Fear Factor's psychological evaluation, she tested "78 percent masculine."

ah now it makes sense.

She says she's still a blue jeans gal, but now she's more likely to don a dress for her dates with Charlie.

She lets him wear the jeans instead.

"Charlie loves jeans," she told WPBF. "He is a great guy, a lot of fun. He's real."

Do you hear me? It's real I tell ya. He digs chicks!

Friday, May 18, 2007

I'm pretty and I have lots of money!

I wanted to share with you the Family Pride's winner of their Family Drawing Contest:

Contest Winner Picture

I love that. I can't wait til E's old enough to draw pictures like that.

I've had a busy work week so haven't had a lot of free time. Not sure how long this unfortunate streak will last.

We've had our potty lucky strike! Much fanfare was made. It was completely random but hey you've got to start somewhere.

In other news, Mary Cheney should be giving birth soon according to the December annoucement she's due in the next couple weeks. I wonder if we'll hear about it and if her Person of Same Sex Sharing Household Heather Poe will be allowed near the child.

Aaaah, I love to see republicans squirming.

Have a great weekend all.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Oy, with the poodles already

When we first moved to Takoma Park I described it to friends as Stars Hollow but with more lesbians. It’s the kind of place where Lorelei and Rory could have easily settled into with its liberal culture and intellectual vibe. We even have our own offbeat virtual townhall meeting with a randomness and intensity worthy of Taylor.

Gilmore Girls debuted not long after L and I started dating. We’ve been watching through all these years. It became part of the fabric of our lives. If anyone moaned the state of television, this was a go-to example of how poignant, relevant, and complex broadcast television could be.

It’s nice to think that the Friday night dinners at the Gilmore house will continue. Much like Rory left home to cover the Barack Obama campaign, Gilmore Girls has left us too soon.

I raise my cup of coffee to you.

My own love of the word oy has already been documented and I came across this snippet from GG. I think it sums things up nicely.

Lorelai: Heh, you know what I just realized? "Oy" is the funniest word in the entire world.
Rory: Hmm.
Lorelai: I mean think about it, you never hear the word "oy" and not smile. Impossible. Funny, funny word.
Emily: Oh dear God.
Lorelai: "Poodle" is another funny word.
Emily: Please drink your drink, Lorelai.
Lorelai: In fact, if you put "oy" and "poodle" together, in the same sentence, you'd have a great new catchphrase, you know? Like, "Oy with the poodles already."
Rory: Hehe.
Lorelai: So from now on, when the perfect circumstances arise, we will use our favorite new catchphrase:
Rory: Oy with the poodles already.
Lorelai: I'm telling you, it's knocking "Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis?" right out of first place.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Él no puede caminar sino que él puede bailar

At first I was leery of the musical instruments E’s aunt gave him for his birthday. Now, I’m a convert.

Happiness is… teaching your son to sing La Cucaracha as he wiggles his booty and shakes his maracas.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Monkey See, Monkey Doo-Doo

It’s been a quick week. Suddenly it’s Friday. We’re making plans to take L’s mother out for Mother’s Day. It should be lots of fun.

I’m trying to get into a routine with the little boo of hitting the playgrounds after work. There has been a shocking development of late. He can now climb up the ladders to the monkey bars. This means one that Daddy’s has heart palpitations as he gleefully climbs to spots even with my head and two the days of the crib may be soon over. It was comforting to know that there was at least one place in the house I could put him and still be sure he’d be there in the morning.


I slipped on my damn damn ban and said dammit in front of E. Thankfully it went unnoticed.

E’s birthday continues as we learn that lighting any candle is cause to sing Happy Birthday to E.

The Embassies of the European Union are having an open house tomorrow. If you’re in the DC area you should check it out! We’re going to try to hit a few.

Never show your 2-year-old how a toy is put together. You may as well write destroy me on it.

I was surprised in the car last week when E started singing his very first song on his own. He can now do a pretty damn good rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. It’s the cutest thing you’ll ever hear.

This weekend will mark E's introduction to the potty. There's been keen interest so will see how the first pee and greet goes.

Have a great weekend my friends,


Wednesday, May 09, 2007

I do not like them in my house. I do not like them with my spouse.

So E’s party was fabulous. It turned into an all day event with family stopping by throughout the day. E was very excited about all the people and the huge amount of toys. He couldn’t even open all of them, partly because of the quantity and because he’d open one and then run around the house yelling and chasing after his cousins.

I was afraid that he would lock up during the happy birthday song but he took it all in stride and even clapped at the finale.

One of our friends gave E a collection of Dr. Seuss stories. I had good memories of them but reading them as an adult they are surprisingly annoying with the repetition and the rhyming. Maybe as a young reader, E will find them amusing but I sense that I’ll need to quietly archive those books for a while. Why does the poor guy have to try green eggs and ham? Leave him alone!

Meanwhile, he’s definitely learning how to use his No’s. He said it now and then in the past but now he wallowing in the power. No to pajamas! No to dinner! No to books! Mwahahaha! He is the King of Noville and he shall not be denied. Arguing with a 2-year-old devolves quickly into No! Yes! No! Yes! / run and / chase.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Happy Birthday!!!!!

Happy Birthday little boo!

You’re growing so fast and learning so much. I’m so proud of you and awed by what I’m learning about myself.

Let’s see what new adventures await us this year.

Love, Dad

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Someday we'll find it

I’ve been a bad blogger. Work has been crazy with training and projects and home has been busy with family visiting and then getting ready for E’s parties this weekend.

He’s turning 2! Tomorrow! How crazy and amazing is that?

The Rainbow Families Conference went well. We were getting some pressure from folks about adopting again. It’s interesting that doctors, social workers and such are pushing us. This is a good thing, I think. I had to warn my friend at the agency not to send any pictures of waiting kids. I know I’d crumble.

Guatemala is a question mark still. I sense they are trying to comply with the Hague Convention but the deadline is looming. In 2006 there were 5,024 adoption cases in Guatemala and of that number 4,757 went to the US. That’s a staggering number. I hope they get their procedures worked out and that placements can continue.

E is incredible. He’s becoming this person with wants and needs and a sense of humor. He makes jokes now, trying to get us to laugh at silly things or laughing along. At the conference I tried to explain to a parent-to-be how becoming a Dad is like watching your life explode and then the pieces come back together in this wonderful new way and the puzzle is even bigger than you imagined.

Wrapping presents tonight, getting ready for the big day!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

work, work, plane

I'm still slaving away on my work project. It is an unfortunate, yet lucrative endeavor.

Here's a picture of an airplane because I took lots of pictures of planes and well it would just sit on my hard drive otherwise.

Wood panelling!