Post-Weekend Update

So it’s been a little while since I have had time to update you all, so I’m taking a few minutes on this lazy Monday afternoon while Hazel naps upstairs.

My mom is currently visiting, and she arrived last Tuesday in the late morning.  I haven’t seen her since June, so I was pretty excited for her to see Hazel, who is by now a near-functioning human and has a real personality that’s all her own.  She shows affection and gives kisses and will crawl up your lap to give you hugs.  She laughs like crazy and smiles at you when you walk into the room.  This is quite different from the baby she saw a few months back, the one that had to sleep every hour and half and eat every two and a half and poop four times in a day.

The greatest thing about having a visitor that wants a lot of baby time is taking a shower.  Not just your usual mom-shower that lasts for maybe five minutes until your baby cries, but a long one where you can actually shave your legs and exfoliate your skin and deep condition your hair.  After all of that, you come out all swollen and puffy from the extreme heat and steam and get to actually put lotion on your body.  It’s glorious.  I really have taken advantage of these showers this week because I won’t have this opportunity again until Thanksgiving.  And that seems so far away.

The next thing to the greatest thing is that David and I got to see a movie together.  I know, we get so crazy.  We saw Fury and I really, really enjoyed it.  World War II is very interesting to me, and very scary.  It was slightly on the long side, but most movies are these days.  I would recommend it if you like war movies and “historical” movies.  I use quotes because I don’t actually know how true to life the film is, due to the fact I am certainly no expert on the matter of World Wars.

We even rented a movie after Hazel went to sleep one night, and we never do that either.  We decided upon Edge of Tomorrow, which evidently has the new name of Live, Die, Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow.  David says this is because the film performed so poorly at the box office, and wanted to dissociate themselves from the original title?  Surprise, it was actually a pretty good movie!  I know Tom Cruise gets a bad rap these days, but he was quite good, and the story line didn’t get old like I thought it would, despite the fact he relived the same day probably a couple hundred times.  Red Box it.  If you like sci-fi you won’t regret it.  Probably.

I bought Hazel some new winter clothes, since she now has moved to twelve month sizes.  When will this beast/child slow her growth?  Babies, man.  Mom and I sure had a lot of fun in Carter’s.  Babies have the cutest clothes ever, and you can go bananas in there and buy the whole store on accident if you aren’t careful.

Oh!  And we ate at the Cheesecake Factory.  Which really is nothing to write home about until CHEESECAKE.  Lemon Meringue cheesecake was DA BOMB.  If I could eat it everyday for life I wouldn’t live very long, but it would be delicious.

She is leaving tomorrow, and we don’t want her to go!  Haze loves her and I think it will be sad for everyone when she has to say goodbye to my pudgy princess.  We are going home though on December 20th, so it won’t be too long until we’re there.  We will be a car full of three humans and three dogs.  That’s right, we are bringing the monsters.  Boarding them for 12 days would be crazy expensive and we can’t trust anyone on this earth to care for them.  Full car, and then full house.

I’ll post more about our impending trip later.  For now, it is dinner time.  Adios!


Men, Women & Children


I think this movie looks great.  Really makes you think about the world wide internets.  For me, the internet was really born for home use when I was a child.  I used it mostly in school for research, but I remember how much it’s changed.  At home, we didn’t really use it for anything other than AOL where I would chat with friends and check email.  When I got to high school is when things started to change.  I could interact with people who weren’t my friends thanks to myspace, which I joined in 2004.  I could download music FOR FREE, albeit illegally.  By my senior year we didn’t use dial up anymore, so I could IM my friends all hours of the day.  Now we all know what the internet is and we all have it.  And none of us can live without it.

It’s a scary, isolating, alienating, place that can also be wonderful, full of knowledge and exploration, and open your eyes to issues you never even knew existed.  It can raise millions of dollars for charities, while giving thieves the opportunity to steal your identity or credit cards.  It’s a place you can socialize with your “friends” that you don’t really care enough to talk to in real life (IRL) and a place where you can be senselessly bullied and belittled by strangers.  It’s terrible and great and all consuming in our lives. 

One thing I really love about my iPhone is Instagram.  I can share pictures and moments in my life with people I choose, and I can see their memories, too.  It’s also a place full of children, which I really can’t understand for the life of me.  Why are there ten year olds on there?  Surely their parents aren’t monitoring them when they write on Jeffree Star’s photos “your fukin gay go kill urself.”  It seriously makes me nauseous sometimes, seeing what hateful garbage these kids can spew these days.  They hide behind the big bad internet to say things to people they wouldn’t normally say in person.  And why do they have so much hate for a person they don’t know?  What’s going on with them at home that they feel like they should get on Instagram to try to make people feel miserable?  It’s one of the reasons I left facebook.  But facebook is even worse because you get adults saying things like “you’re stupid and worthless.”  They forget people are real on the internet.  They don’t think about that person behind the photo.  

We are so into our virtual worlds that we don’t even remember that there are other people living in it.  It is sickening, and it’s sad.  I really don’t miss facebook at all.  Not even a little bit.  I don’t want to be a part of something that makes other people so rude and IRL makes them distant.  Why is it okay to see a family of four at a restaurant all on their phones?  I make it a point not to look at mine in a restaurant OR at dinner in my own house.  I am worthy of attention face to face, and so are you.  I love the internet for my true love Amazon and google where I can find out anything in three seconds, and I wouldn’t have met David without it.  However, maybe it’s time to look at how much “social” media hurts, and just not let it be normal to crave “likes” instead of real human interaction. 


© Carli Garrison and cllgarrison, 2014