Wednesday, August 31, 2011

First and Last & a SMART September

Ok, so I blogged on the first day of August and now on the last day of August (look Antonio, I'm posting more than just a link!)

And truth be told, it is truely a disgrace (as Tia Sara has repeatedly pointed out). In the month of August we went on two fantabulous trips to visit Avo & Nana Angela in West Virginia and to Freeport, Bahamas with godmother Gail (and Lali, except Lali didn't show up because of an expired passport situation (and come to think of it, how could I not blog about that? Pure NEGLIGENCE!)). We also had a little hurricane visit us. And yet I didn't blog. A total disgrace!

The thing is that my resolve about blogging has been too vague. I started the year by softly whispering to myself that I should really blog 'more'. 'More' is way too vague. At work, when we're setting objectives we're told that objectives should be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound). 'More' isn't very SMART. In August I did set a smart goal for myself - no meat for the month of August. And now, on the last day of August I am salivating over the prospect of tomorrow's celebration ceviche!

So, in an attempt to remedy my blogger block, I will set a SMART goal. It will be time-bound to the month of September. It will be attainable because I have a brain, fingers for typing and a computer for posting. It will be measurable because Tia Sara will be counting. It will be relevant because to say that blogging about Radar is irrelevant would be blasphemy! And it will be specific courtesy of's random number generator where I entered a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 30 and it gave me:

So there you have it. In the month of September I will blog on 12 days. I might even start tomorrow to start on the right foot.

And as for August, I'll just leave you with a little video of Radar's new favorite thing (ergo, my new favorite thing since I'm SO entertained by this ever clever funny boy)!

Lots of love,
Titi & Radar

Monday, August 1, 2011

Kids say the darndest things

You've all seen Bill Cosby's show and the zillion other shows and youtube videos out there that capture kids saying the funniest things... Those things work because kids do actually say really funny things. As they start to really observe the world around them and use their developing logic to make sense of that world, they do indeed come up with the darndest conclusions.

Case in point was Radar on Sunday as we were leaving the pool at about 10am. My cell phone rang. It was uncle Stefan and we had a brief conversation because I was trying to pack up while preventing Radar from both running back to jump in the pool and / or grabbing my cell phone (and then jumping back in the pool). Radar kept asking (well, screaming) for my phone after I'd disconnected and as I often do, I took the path of least resistance and gave him the damn phone. He promptly flipped it open and started pushing buttons, but then got visibly disgusted.

"Mama, no funciona! Mama, no luz!" (aka, "Mama, it doesn't work. Mama, there's no lights.")

Of course the phone was working, but the cellphone back light didn't stand a chance against the bright sun. So I explained to Radar that he couldn't see the phone light when the sun was bright.

On a side note, Radar has a turtle night light that projects stars and the moon onto the walls at night. He has figured out that it doesn't work until it's night and until the lights are out. I know this because he ignores the turtle in the day time and once the sun goes down, he turns on the turtle, then turns off the room light.

But I guess the switch on this one was slightly out of his reach. So as a response to me telling Radar that he couldn't see the telephone light because the sun was too bright, he promptly and very matter-of-factly said,

"Mama, apague sol!" (aka, "Mama, turn off the sun!")

I'm feeling pretty proud of my Radar for connecting the dots and my ego is pretty bloated since Radar really must think that his Mama is all powerful!

Of course I didn't get this exchange on video, so the least I can do is leave you with a couple of pictures.


Lots of love,
Titi and Radar

PS - Oh, on another note... Radar is currently going through a big time "be naked and play with your weenie" phase. I put clothes on him, he almost immediately takes them off and throws them in the clothes hamper and very liberally plays with his junk.

So, on that note, Radar was painting and creating some of his artwork masterpieces this weekend and there was one that he seemed to favor over the others.


Now, I don't want to jump to any conclusions about what is depicted in this masterpiece... but you let me know... Phallic or not?