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Philly wins sweat crown sets sights on Serbia

Philly wins sweat crown sets sights on Serbia
Recently the fashion world was shaking its collective head when it was announced that Philadelphia was crowned the national champion of sweatpants for the second year in a row.  The City of Brotherly Laziness purchased the most sweat items than any other city in the US.  Hartford and Pittsburgh rounded out the top three. When... Read more »

Post Diet: Day 1

Post Diet:  Day 1
Today marks the begining of Post for the Serbian Orthodox church, the Catholics out there know it as Lent.  When I married the wife I converted to the church because it really doesn’t matter to me where I go, when I do.  That is the one tradition that my family has and we keep, converting... 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: 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. Sign up for automatic updates to your email! Never any spam, cancel whenever. But you won't want to silly! =====================>  ...

Baby name Thursday

Baby name Thursday
This is the hail-mary play, my last chance at convincing my wife that this is THE name for our child.  As I’ve written before there are myriad reasons that I love this name.  For one reason she is dead set against it, she went to school with some schmo with this name and she was... Read more »

Baby Name Thursday

Name:  Kalina, female Origin: Slavic, and Australian Aboriginal Meaning:   Pronounced kah-LEE-nah. In the Slavic origin the meaning of Kalina is “flower”.  Also an Australian aboriginal  name that originated with the Wemba Wemba tribe of Northwestern Victoria with the meaning “to love”. Notable Name Bearers: Princess Kalina of Bulgaria  The only daughter of exiled Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria.  Simeon II left Bulgaria as... Read more »
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