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A lovely visit with my mother-in-law

A lovely visit with my mother-in-law
Life is never easy, it is a series of hardships and triumphs in constant test of ones will and determination. As a man goes on with his life he meets challenges head on and as more come his way there is less and less to fear in life.  That is until his mother-in-law hands him... Read more »

3 Michelin stars and a baby at Alinea

3 Michelin stars and a baby at Alinea
This past Saturday, January 11, two parents brought their infant into one of the premier restaurants in the country, Alinea.  Alinea boasts one of the best chefs in the world and 3-Michelin star rating along with it.  Due to a baby sitter cancellation the parents made the decision to take the baby with them rather... Read more »

Crappy Hallowieners!

Recently there was a discussion about Halloween and what we were going to dress the boy up as.  The thought hadn’t occurred to me at all to take him trick or treating, thankfully the wife is always thinking of things that I am not.  Always.  I can see the merit in it, I suppose, it... Read more »
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Do not ever laugh at a naked woman

Do not ever laugh at a naked woman
Teachable moments are all around me now.  With every situation, circumstance and happenstance there is something that I can teach my infant son, Vlad, the Impaler. I’m work shopping the nickname right now, what do you think?  To early for world dominance? There was a teachable moment a few weeks ago when I smarted off... Read more »

Put your awesome away, this is the nursery now; A gallery

I got this from my grandparents house after they passed. It is made of black velvet on glass.  It hung in their back room for 40 years.  One of the only things I have from there.
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” -Corinthians 13:11 Were it only that easy.  I’ve put many things behind me that I outgrew long ago like comic books, video games and…other…things…that... Read more »

Baby shower no man's land

Baby shower no man's land
It is on the calendar, the baby shower.   For sure a baby shower is necessary in my view but that doesn't mean that I have to attend, and I won't.  It's no man's land, women reign supreme in that world of spritzers, cup cakes and tiny clothes. There was a some wonder as to when the baby shower would take place.  My wife's mother is a Serbian immigrant and all that entails; stubborn, cheap and locked in the old traditions.  Initially she told my wife that she would not host a baby shower for her because it was bad luck to have the shower before the birth. "What if something happens because you planned too far ahead and then what?" That's how I imagine the conversation going, one way. When Tetka Z talks the wife listens.  Done.  I'm probably not too far off the mark with my quote. So my wife put the word out to her family, friends and my family as well.  Her side, the Serbs, weren't a bit surprised by this as they are a superstitious people, and here's the proof.  So it rolled right off of their backs, NBD.  My mother and sister, to my surprise, took things in stride and I didn't hear a thing about it, until last week when my sister sent the following:
....mom and I were talking about having a shower for you.  I know that your mom wants to have one after the baby is born, but we are concerned the you are not going to have all that you need once he arrives.  We would love to host a shower, but don't want to steal her thunder.  What are your thoughts?  If we going to do one, we need to get moving!!"
Truth be told I was actually relieved when my sister brought it up, I was starting to think she'd gone soft.  I know she had many sleepless nights sitting in the dark plotting on how to pull it off.  She is not one for inactivity, if there is an opportunity for pink shit, hors'douvrs and booze she is ready with a clip board and guest list.  Thanks for not letting me down. All this means is that now the wife will have two showers, just as she did when we got married, (she had three).  The American shower will be laden with practical gifts and the Serbian one will be heavy on cards with cash.  The two will have few similarities; one will be modest in size, the other will be hundreds.  One will be in a home, the other at the church.  One will have finger food, the other will have sarma and burek. What they will both have in common is that I won't be there.  I got guilted into going to the bridal shower and it was a nightmare, I hated every second of it.  There are few times in my life that I felt more uncomfortable and out of place and that was one.  After I vowed "NEVER AGAIN!' and I'm sticking to it.  I'll play my part and swing by afterwards to pick up the gifts, and if I'm not too loaded, her.  During the Serb shower I'll be over at my Kume's pounding down rakija and eating salted-cured meats.  Delish! Call me what you will but I am past the point of doing things because it's expected.  I do what is necessary for the family and my wife, but this isn't one of them.  My time and energy will be focused somewhere, anywhere else on an early spring day.   Take a look at my Facebook page for other baby shower running-away-from nonsense.  https://www.facebook.com/DaddyDiaperDanger Sign up for automatic updates to your email! Never any spam, cancel whenever. But you won't want to silly! =====================>  ...
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Baby name Thursday; old school names

Baby name Thursday; old school names
With apologies to my niece Brynn today I’m picking my own name.  I”m not going to retread the Branko debate even though it would be supremely easy to do because I have ammo for years on the subject.   Nope, today I’m kicking old school.  Today I’m going into my own family history and looking at... Read more »

Kids doing their thang; A Gallery

I think we all like to look at pictures.  Turning the brain off and laughing at stupid shit is relaxing, especially on a snowy Friday morning.  I can be philosophical today because I’m sitting at my kitchen table in my martini-glass covered fleece pants being all kinds of warm.  I tried to talk the wife... Read more »

Baby name Thursday; cool baby names

Baby name Thursday; cool baby names
Don’t even bother asking, it’s cool because I say it’s cool.  Also because I like to spell cool like this; kewl.  Trying to stay up on what’s kewl isn’t easy.  Rather than even try to I’m doing it all Gatsby-hash style and am going to decide what’s cool for everyone else.  Gatsby-hash?  I just made it up, it’s cool.  Start using... Read more »
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Competition breeds champions; Fight! Fight! Fight!

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The world is a horrible twisted place. No one knows that better than a 6-month-old baby girl dripping in pastels and she’s going to get ahead. Doing whatever it takes whenever she needs to, she imposes her dominant will on a hapless victim in a candy cane shirt. Passing out free lessons? Yep, I think... Read more »
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