16 August 2011

Me so 30

im 30 today.

this age never scared me. i think its because i was never interested in taking advantage of all that your 20s are supposed to offer: frequent partying, a sexy youthful body (my sexy body never arrived in the mail), a carefree and/or self-centered lifestyle, being indecisive. i know lots of people need to get that kind of stuff out of their system in order to be a happy, functional older adult, but i think ive been hovering around 30 since i hit puberty. i guess this means i was pretty square for much of my life, but it also means i am very comfortable with myself now, and with my age.

anywho, X let us sleep in on my birthday. win! as we got up and made our normal morning movements around the house and kitchen, i decided to take Xs diaper off and interest her in her potty in the bathroom. she semi-obliged and peed and pooped on the floor right next to the potty. i counted this in the win column because she specifically came in to the bathroom to go on the floor. at least she is able to listen to her body and hold it until she gets to where she wants to go. and we got to wave bye bye to the poop as it went down the toilet.

(diaperless X giving me birthday smiles)

after these lovely X "gifts", we set off toward my birthday lunch. eating at a restaurant while being non-dairy has been no fun, so i chose a burger place we'd been wanting to try, thinking at least i could get a quality hamburger and hope to enjoy it without cheese. i pretty much got what i was looking for.

i walked X in the stroller over to CUT grill down on the waterfront. on our way we saw lots of fun action: a horse drawn tourist "carriage" and construction equipment at work (the excavator-mounted jackhammer was a major win for us on our "see it in action" construction score card). then, the restaurant gave us a seat outside that was directly in front of a manhole that was being serviced. this would have pissed me off in my pre-kid days, but we were able to position Xs high chair so that she had a perfect, close-up view of the crane lowering and raising a hook that was winding cables up out of the sewer. best free entertainment shes ever had, and it made for a calm lunch. aside from all the "up, up, up" talk and squeals of delight.

and lunch itself? was okay. it was really nice just to be eating outside (food that we didnt cook), on a nice day, with both dave and X. i ordered the kobe beef burger with no cheese. i forgot to get bacon and/or sauteed mushrooms, which probably would have upped the "oompf" but it did come with three dips (homemade ketchup, mustard, and truffle mayo...i was partial to the mayo). the burger tasted like it was glazed with something that made it sweet-ish. which to me made the burger less than manly, and i was kinda looking for a good, basic juicy patty on a bun. thus, in the end, it wasnt worth the high price tag for me.

thankfully, the second meal we ordered wasnt a burger. we also ordered an asian lunch tray. in bento box style portions we had thai chicken and glass noodles, fried vegetable dumplings, pita crisps and veggie dip. this meal was also ho-hum, but at least we got a variety of flavors and X seemed to enjoy tasting some new things. im glad we went for lunch and didnt pay the dinner prices but we had a nice experience all the same.

the rest of the day proceeded like any other, which was fine with me. i have future appointments for a massage and mani/pedi to look forward to, and i have a new hat and new purse to give my sad wardrobe a pseudo punch. im ready for my 30s. :)

(all of us at CUT)

05 August 2011

Friday night fun

daves france boss and his wife were in town and we had them over for a proper dinner. our first dinner guests!

so, daves france boss (jean) and his wife (myriam) did their phds here in halifax. daves halifax advisor was jeans phd advisor. anyway, they were in town to work and visit with old friends. one of their free nights we invited them over to attempt to reciprocate all their hospitality while we stayed with them in rennes.

this was our first time having dinner guests in the new place, and our first time in halifax that we entertained guests at an actual dinner table. we are really going places! dave made pulled chicken tacos and we had a nice time. they enjoy playing with X and are very friendly, social people.

after food, we all wanted to walk off the lead weights in our bellies, so we headed toward downtown. we found ourselves staring into the glass windowfront of a new dessert bar on barrington street. a little too chic for us casual folk with a baby, but its where im headed when we first get a date night!

from the dessert place we made a turn toward the waterfront. it is buskers festival, and we wanted to see what was performing. we walked down the hill to a packed crowd watching some really skilled firedancers. dave plopped X on his shoulders and she was mesmerized for 20 minutes. they were really talented and knew how to work a crowd.

hooray for a nice little friday night!

01 August 2011

Travel reflections #2 (MI)

*the full picasa album of our MI trip*

so, as with the europe trip, i have a few travel reflections to note:

the good: X sponged up every minute with everyone including all the kids she encountered. she thrived on all the new stuff, learned new things and had a blast! such a change from past visits.

we learned new things too: what we need to do for our next trip (definitely nice having the rental car) and how to schedule ourselves. we actually put the stuff we learn from past experiences into play and it does make future travel easier.

the bad: michigan no longer feels like home. i suppose it happens to everyone who has lived away from their childhood location long enough. michigan still has things that are familiar and comforting, but i no longer feel like im home when we are there. its scary, but true. we nomadically visit friendly faces and we have our old stomping grounds, but they are all changing over time as life goes on in MI without us. its understandable and inevitable, but it makes me feel like im more of a stranger in the world than before.

the ugly: the visit also showed me the ugly side of having this blog. i started it to serve two purposes:

1. to record our adventures. life away from MI was going to be the biggest thing that happened to me yet, so i knew i wanted to have a record of it, for myself, dave, and future offspring.

2. to let friends and family know what we are up to. i had a fear that i would have to write long, ridiculous emails to people whenever they asked the "so, hows life in _____?" question.

the blog has served me well in these two areas. perhaps too well in area #2 though. on this trip especially, i felt like i no longer had anything to share with people. anyone who reads the blog already knows everything that is going on with us. this is great in some sense (they are "caught up to speed") but in another, it robs me of the benefits of getting feedback and being able to vent. if i vent in one spot, its just lame and useless to vent again to the same people about the same thing. its totally my own double edged sword, but it kinda bummed me out.