Monthly Archives: May, 2007

Poor, poor Weed…


It happened. Finally. The Weed got his first tooth, follow by his second one the next day. Yay. He’s going to be a cutie. Well, more of a cutie than he already is. :)

You see, The Happy Boy, would get a fever, runny nose and not eat the day before his tooth would come in. The Weed?!? Had to be different. He got the fever after his teeth came in and boy was it a doozy. He is trying to one-up The Happy Boy.

The Weed’s fever peaked at 104 on Sunday and after a doctor’s appointment on Monday, it was determined he has an ear infection. Poor little guy. He was hurting in the mouth and sick too. He just layed there for 2 days. Then came the rash… roseola, of sorts. All over his little body he had this rash. Now he is perking back up and smiling again. I hope UrbanMummy does not post a story about his health or sleepng again, and jinx him. LOL.

It’s UrbanMummy’s birthday on June 1st and I’ve been ready for this for almost a week. YAY. Keeping on the ball.

We have been trying to deal with potty training and the Happy Boy for a while and we have finally realized that if he runs around the house with no bottoms on, he acknowledges when he has to pee, or poo, and runs to the bathroom before there is an accident. Cool, eh? We tried feeding him, and bribing him, none of those worked. This kid even takes his pee, dumps it from the potty into the toilet, flushes the toilet and puts his potty back together after. Crazy! So this past weekend we took the kids to Dufferin Mall, into H&M, and bough him little boy boxers. He wanted red, he got red, and many other colours too. So when he gets home from school, or the park, he comes out of his diaper and into boxers. We still have the odd little pee accident, but all in all, it’s really cute!

We also bought some sports stuff for the Happy Boy. He got a little baseball bat and t-ball tee, a soccer ball and net and hockey sticks with a hockey ball and a plastic puck. So for the first few days, all he wanted to do was play hockey. Bless this child!!!

Short and Sweet: RIM, Star Wars is 30, NHL, Bank Fees and Upper Deck


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This post is a full-on rant! Today’s targets are below (except my son’s tooth… That is good news).

Today is the 30th anniversary of the greatest movie of ALL time… Star Wars. How are we going to celebrate this in the Urban Daddy / Urban Mummy household… We’re not, because she has never seen the movies and has no interest in doing so. She would rather watch Mary Tyler Moore re-runs…

Upper Deck wants to buy Topps. Grrrrr. Upper Deck is a sports card company and they are going around buying all the other card companies and putting out 10 different brands of the same inadequate card. I hate Upper Deck. I don’t like spending $4.00 for a pack of 4 cards and getting 4 nobodys. Upper Deck, if you do this, you will destroy the hockey card industry for future generations.

Stewie has a tooth Stewie has a tooth! Our cute little baby boy has a tooth!!! His first tooth broke through the skin on the bottom right of his mouth last night. Awwww. He’s so cute. But man he’s growing up fast… NOT.

Jim Balsillie, the founder of Research in Motion’s Blackberry wants to buy the NHL’s Nashville Predators and move them the hell out of Nashville into southern Ontario. Could this be the start of something good? If this is allowed to happen, then Gary Bettman, the commissioner – whom I like for breaking the Union – needs to go too. He put these teams down there. They don’t belong. I’m not sure Kitchener or Waterloo works, but they are better than Kansas City, one would think. Kansas City, after all, used to have the Scouts, who lasted all of what… 5 seasons? If the NHL does not let Balsilie get the Preds, I’m sure he’ll go after another team until he gets what he wants. If he is unable to land a team, then the NHL deserves to be the least respected league of the major leagues.

RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) announced an increase in earnings of 14% for this second quarter of 2007. TD Bank, 19%. Our bank fees and ATM fees? Still there, and still getting more and more expensive to bank. Does this seem odd to anyone else?

There… I feel better.

A re-cap on life…


As a result of graduate school, Urban Mummy, work, life, and geezzzz… Facebook, I’ve been too busy and way too tired to regularly update this blog!

So this update is going to be a big, conveluted one… Please stay seated for this ride, hang on tight and keep your arms and legs inside the car for safety…

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Let’s go!

1) Mother’s Day. My job from now on becomes a bit more complicated. I have to get cards for my wife, my mother and my wife’s mother, and for my grandmother from the kids, from myself and my wife (where applicable).

That’s a lot of cards, a lot of gifts and a lot of creativity needed… OY.

But this year, however, UM took on the task of arranging the “Mother’s” gifts and they loved the professional pictures we had taken of our two boys which we gave them in a jazzed-up frame that my talented wife designed.

I told her, after seeing them, that she could sell those frames for $20-$25 a piece. They are magnificant.

But mother’s day was a nice day, and UM got a thoughtful gift from my mother, that being a year’s membership for the Toronto Zoo (parking included)… SWEET.

2. Victoria Day – This day began with a house party at night for us and the kiddies – fun. Saturday we went to the Zoo in the afternoon, showed Linus the Monkeys, Zebras, Tigers, Giraffes, Cheetahs, etc. He told us in the car as we were leaving the parking lot, unprompted, that “I had fun at the zoo today, Mommy/Daddy”.  Awww.  What was not to have fun there.  We saw animals, had great weathr, a nice long walk and a picnic dinner in the park thanks to UM and her yummy pasta salad.
3)Sunday was cold! We continued to prepare the house for Monday’s (Victoria Day) BBQ by painting more of the basement playroom in these great primary colours – red, green and blue, doing some much needed grocery shopping and cleaning for the 4 couples and kids that came over for dinner.

The only downside of this day, was that our neighbours dog chewed holes in the ball that I bought for Linus at the Toronto Raptors basketball game. He liked the ball a LOT. Now it is deflated and has lots of holes in it. He’s pretty upset, but I think he’ll survive.

So after this great long weekend, and getting everything cleaned up for work tomorrow, I found my way to bed just past 1:30am.  Of course, I finally layed my head down on the pillow, when I was awaken by Linus who wanted his Mummy (who doesn’t want their mummy at 2am).

I managed to get him back to sleep twice, but he made his way into our bed at 5am and we all slept until 7am.

When I looked over at him, all I thought was… What a cutie!!!

All in all, a great weekend. Had a lot of fun. Weekends are needed like this one that just passed when they are full of other parents and children.

4) Stewie is at the clapping stage. Tries to say “Poo, poo, poo”, said “Mama” once and pulled himself up on the train table. Whew. All this at just 7 months old.

5) I just tried – I HAD to try this – the BK (Burger King) Joe coffee – Turbo of course. This coffee is supposed to have four times the caffeine of regular coffee – made from syrup instead of coffee grinds.  So far, sadly, I feel no effect from this strange brew.  I’ll have to see what UM says later.
Maybe I’m just imune to the stuff.  LOL.

6) Work is undergoing a MASSIVE re-organization in hopes of making more money – the concept unveiled last week looks good in theory, but in reality, more soft skills are going to need to be taught in order to boost employee morale first. I’m not sure they know this yet, but rest assured, they will find this out soon enough.

I’d like to use my MBA knowledge for something!  I’m going to speak to senior management, and the director, and see if I can add any value to the discussions we just had as a group.  I’m going to put myself out there. If they want to use me as a resource, they can,  I’m here to assist, otherwise once again, it will be the organization and myself who lose.

7) I think I still want to see “We Will Rock You”.

8) UM’s birthday is coming up (fast) and I need a great gift suggestion so I can knock her socks off (what, it’s a family blog… ) She has already said “no” to a party. Damn.

9) f you are looking for some great blogs to read, might I suggest my two favourite knocked up ladies, The Cheaty Monkey and The Kids are All Right. The links to their blogs are in my blogroll. They are informative, fun and great parents… So go! Now!!!

I’m Stressed… So I Rant. Does Mexico Appreciate Canadian Tourists? Getting Politically Involved.


I am stressed.  Very stressed.  Work, stresses me out.  School stresses me out and, oy, home stresses me out.  Sure, with a 2 1/2-year-old, and a 7-month old it’s no surprise that home is a bit crazy.  I’ve been back at work for 3-months now and I can tell you that they do not appreciate all of my contributions to the office, so I need to keep quiet, keep learning and training the staff, keep proving to the doubters that there are new and exciting ways to do this job – like the Internet – and show them how to do it.

… All that stuff.

Really stressed. Ugh.  At least the herniated disc in my back is slowly getting less and less painful, and I just hope that one day I can tie my shoes on my own, or as my physiotherapist said – run in a marathon!

I shouldn’t watch the news!  If you are Canadian – Stay OUT of Mexico. They don’t appreciate our money.  More Canadians are assaulted in Mexico that any other country. Shame!  There are thousands of people who depend on tourism to earn a living and yet each thug who harms a Canadian or each law enforcement official who turns his / her back or needs cash to remember events, puts the well-being of their people in jeopardy.  It’s insane!!

Four years ago I started a Residents Organization in my area to help build morale, make the streets safer and get my street paved. It was in shambles… Loads of potholes. sewers backed up, the side of the street touching the curb had the brick exposed (VERY old) or had faded away. I was told by the City of Toronto’s Manager of Infrastructure repair that the street was finally scheduled to undergo a “major renovation” in 2009, but our City Councillor was pushing to have it done sooner. We moved. I still walk on the street on the way to the subway. It’s a mess. There is a large school on that street. So what a surprise when I walked on the street only to find that the sidewalks were ripped up and replaced on the South side of the street and they looked great! The North side was set for next week. Followed by the street.

I had a tear in my eye.

I never felt like the residents owed me their gratitude for taking on this issue since the streets had been in shoddy shape for decades but no one did anything about it. When someone still living on the street waves and thanks me, I feel like saying “Awww, fuck it” and take their appreciation, however, the City would have fixed them anyways because of the school and TTC using the street, right?

On to the next, bigger and better community issue… Graffiti, vandalism, upgrades to the park and a street party for the summer.

The weekend that was…


Sunday was Lag Baomer. What exactly is Lag Baomer? Good question. I didn’t really know either, until I googled it…

Lag BaOmer, May 6, 2007 this year, is a festive day on the Jewish calendar, celebrated with outings (on which the children traditionally play with bow and arrows ), bonfires, and other joyous events. Many visit the resting place (in Miron in Northern Israel) of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, whose yahrzeit (anniversary of his passing) the day marks.

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who lived in the 2nd century of the Common Era, was the first to publicly teach the mystical dimension of the Torah known as the “Kabbalah,” and is the author of the basic work of Kabbalah, the Zohar. On the day of his passing, Rabbi Shimon instructed his disciples to mark the date as “the day of my joy.”

Lag BaOmer also commemorates another joyous event. The Talmud relates that in the weeks between Passover and Shavuot a plague raged amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva “because they did not act respectfully towards each other”; these weeks are therefore observed as a period of mourning, with various joyous activities proscribed by law and custom. On Lag BaOmer the dying ceased. Thus Lag BaOmer also carries the theme of Ahavat Yisrael, the imperative to love and respect one’s fellow

We were invited to Earl Bales Park for a giant festival by the Rabbi that lives on our street. The Happy Boy and I were coming home from picking up dinner and we stopped to chat with the Rabbi. My son, after playing shy, announced to the Rabbi that “I love bagels!!”, to which the Rabbi said, hey were having a party in the park… are you coming. LOL. We went. There were kids playing with bows and arrows. Go figure. There also was a bonfire. Hmmmm. There were games, and stuff. It was….ok. We came, we stayed for a bit, we left. Happy Boy got to jump around inside an inflatable dreydl, and was climbing the giant menorah slide when a much older kid jumped down flattening all the kids in the way including Happy Boy. He did want to play on that ride anymore… He was, “Scared!!!”.

We left the event and went to our friends for a nice BBQ dinner. Sweet.

The Weed enjoyed the fresh air and actually slept 5 straight hours that night. 5 straight!!! WOW. It was… weird. He’s almost 7 months now and it looks like he might actually try sleeping.

I have my fingers crossed.

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