Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas #2 at Missy's

We've had lots of fun the last few days. Full picture set here.

Here are some highlights of the trip so far...

Jackson & some Rogers-es & some Aberles

Mike and Elizabeth visit Jota Pey

Our friends Mike and Elizabeth DeMicheleburn visited us for a night on their way to New Zealand for their honeymoon.

Here's a picture of Mike not looking that scared holding a baby

And a cool picture he sent from their first few days in New Zealand

Early Christmas in Los Altos

We're currently in South Dakota enjoying a white Christmas. Finally got around to posting these pictures from our early Christmas with the Schnellers/Watsons/Biocinis in Los Altos. Click HERE.

Jackson and the girls

Friday, December 21, 2007

5- Month pics

Here is the latest round of pictures. We are headed to SD tomorrow morning, so I'm sure we'll have a ton to put up after we get back. Merry Christmas everyone!

Baby Yoga

Jackson must have been paying attention in my prenatal yoga classes. In the following photos, he demonstrates how to get into upward-facing dog (or more commonly known as the "I am on my tummy and I don't know how to roll on my back yet, so I'm just going to struggle until she picks me up" pose).

If you like what you see here, Jackson is available Mon-Fri to give private lessons for a small fee. Only serious inquiries please.
Step 1:





Step 2:



Step 3 (don't forget to breathe):



And relax

The 'Hawk Has Reached New Heights

That's right. . .


Jackson's Playgroup(ies)


For those who don't read my sister's blog, these are Jackson's neighborhood buddies. That's Rowan (two days older than J) in the middle and Henry (six weeks younger) on the right. I took a very nice photo of them the other day, and then found this doctored-up version circulating the internet a few days later. Weird.

P.S. As much as I would like to take credit, the photo was Uncle Chris's idea. And yes, I am using the smallest font possible to write this so that I look like the smart one.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Oh hey, hello there

Just wanted to remind everyone that I'm still here. My lack of posting has been partly due to getting busy at work, but mostly due to how good of a job Missy is doing. She has set the bar high lately and I naturally only want to post equally good material. You might be thinking, 'hmmm this post is pretty lame and doesn't even have pictures on it so it is NOT as good as Missy's posts'. If you are thinking that, please stop.

The 3 of us are excited to head to South Dakota Saturday. We're going to have a little mini-Christmas celebration on Friday night in San Francisco where the 3 of us will exchange gifts. (Let's hope Jackson did some of his own shopping or this will be pretty one-sided). I'm convinced that I got Jackson the coolest gift ever. That actually gives me an idea, maybe we will let the readers decide with a vote after all his gifts are revealed.

One last point before I sign off. I want to credit Augy and Kelly Rizo with the best nickname to date for Jackson Paul.

They call him "Jota Pe" (pronounced Hoda Pay). It is "J.P." in Spanish. I think it sounds pretty good.

We also learned recently that despite every possible effort we made to steer clear of 'names-that-can-easily-be-made-fun-of-in-grade-school', we may have failed. Some of you may know that my name rhymes with "Ass" and that certainly wasn't lost on 3rd graders at St. Nicholas. Well, my Mom heard a story about another Jack. He went to school his first day and there were two Jacks in the class. So Jack number 1 became "Jack S." (his last name starts with S, like ours). And of course he comes home day 1 from school and asks "what's a JackAss" (sounds like Jack S). Damn, can't win.

Monday, December 17, 2007

You better watch out, you better not cry


Ah yes, Christmas is here. It has alway been my favorite holiday, but something seems to have made it just a little more special this year. I wonder what that could be?

We are headed to South Dakota on Saturday and we can't wait. We haven't been back since our trip in early October, so I am really excited for everyone to see Jackson! He managed to roll from his tummy to his back on Saturday, but hasn't done it since, so I am assuming he is just saving his energy for his cousins.

Since we won't be in CA, we celebrated Christmas a little early down in Los Altos yesterday. We had such a good time. I think Jackson did too, because he slept pretty hard through the night last night and still took a nice long nap this morning. I joined him.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

A Few Old Pictures

I just realized that I never sent the link out to these pictures. I took them a few weeks ago, over Thanksgiving. It looks like we might be needing a haircut soon (noooooooooooooo).

Jackson had his 4 month check-up yesterday. He weighs 15 lbs 3 oz, which is in the 60th percentile and, most importantly, he is 26 inches long, which is in the 85th-90th percentile! Can I get a shout-out to Cas's DNA??? YES! Shots included, we had a pretty good appointment. I think I cried harder than he did the first time he had the shots anyway. They should give treats or stickers to the moms too.

As for my last post about the sleeping. . . pretty sure that was a one night deal. I don't know if Jackson is teething or what, but his sleeping patterns have suuuuuuuuuuuuuucked lately. I knew it was too good to be true! Oh well, I guess that's why they come out cute.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Woo hoo!

Jackson fell asleep on his own tonight, in his crib. Somebody is growing up! Sorry for the short post- that's all I've got and I am sleepy. Here are some pics from his 16-17th weeks. Enjoy!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Reading is Fun

Here is a video of Jackson "reading". Please note that prior to this 10 seconds of video, he was actually trying to eat the book instead. Also, please ignore the very end where he almost falls out of the Bumbo. Thank you, The Managment.

It's Payback Time


For those of you who don't know, Jackson was a very good sleeper in the beginning. Up until a few weeks ago, we really didn't have very many of those "up every two hours" nights. I knew we were very well rested for new parents, but when I told people that, I would follow it up with "I'm sure we'll pay for it eventually". Well, times are a changin'. For the past week, the little turd has been waking up every 2-3 hours. The bad thing is that he's not crying when he wakes up (meaning that he's really still asleep), he is playing! I know I should be happy about this, because he is keeping himself busy, but once I hear him, I can't go back to sleep because I know that eventually he'll need me for something. It's pretty cute, I must say, but man do I need a nap!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I hope everyone is feeling nice and plump after the weekend. We spent Thursday-Saturday at Granny Lin and Papa Bear's house and had a great time. Today we are back home to decorate for Christmas. I am still in my pj's and plan to stay in them until tomorrow morning.

Here are some pictures from my trip to Denver a few weeks ago. Cas had a business trip pop up, so I figured I would go visit Sophia and Sasha for a few days. Nat, Edie and Michael were there too (I think).

Also, here are some week 14 pictures. This set includes another photo shoot at the end- Jackson looks like he is giving the camera the evil eye in most of them. Oh well.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Name that Movie


In this picture, Jackson is recreating a famous scene from a Shelley Long movie. $1,000,000 Schrutebucks will go to the winner.

In all honesty, I only expect my sister, Laurie, to know this. Nat, no cheating.

Christmas List

To all family and Santa, Jackson needs more toys for Christmas.
Here are some 13 weeks pics of the kid. Just a warning: there are about 80 "portraits" of Jackson in here. We thought we were professional photographers last Sunday.

Team Crunches

Saturday, November 10, 2007

More Week 12 Pictures



Here are some additional Week 12 pictures. Jackson is getting more and more interactive each day. It's so much fun! We've gotten him to do that really deep belly-giggle a few times and it's probably my favorite sound.
He now shows us (with a big smile) that he knows who Mom and Dad are, but he doesn't seem to shy away from strangers, so that's good. . . for now.

Edie's Visit


Auntie Edie was here last weekend, which closes out the Auntie Aberle Tour for 2007. Here are her pictures from the weekend. As usual, I forgot to take our camera every time we left the house. Thank goodness she was prepared.

Edie visited us last January so we didn't do as much sightseeing. Just some shopping and a whole lot of being lazy. Jackson and I are going to Denver on Monday-Wednesday next week, so we'll be seeing her again in just a few days!

Monday, November 5, 2007

I am here to pump you up


Jackson wanted to be like his buddy, Ryan, so we got him a Bumbo. He still sort of looks at us like we are crazy every time we put him in it, but it's getting better.

As you can see from the picture, he is starting to use his hands much more. He is even starting to hold the bottle when we feed him and is constantly trying to put things in his mouth (great). This video is a few weeks old, but I had to share.

Riverdance

Jackson is getting more active each day. Here we have a video of him demonstrating his Riverdancing skills. Michael Flatley, don't quit your day job. Oh wait. . .I mean, Michael Flatley, maybe you should get a different day job.

Jackson practices his moves 5 times a day for about 45 minutes. When he is not doing the Riverdance, he can be seen lounging in his "crib", noshing on dairy and he has also been known to swing- in his swing.


Sunday, November 4, 2007

Guess who's back...back again...Jackson's back...tell a friend

Just so everyone knows, Jackson's contract stipulates that we take 2 week breaks every so often from posting. It's sort of an over-exposure thing. He saw what happened to Dane Cook's career - he got really popular, really quickly and now everybody's sick of him and he does every movie offered to him. That's not how you build the "Jackson" brand.

During the two week blog break, Jackson has mostly been touring the Bay Area meeting his fans, signing autographs (read: spitting up on his fan's clothing) and performing for live audiences. It just got so crazy after the Hammer Time video - that video totally blew up (over 220 views on YouTube). We're ready to release his next video, a dance video called "Sexy Back". Choreographed by Missy, directed by Cas, backup dancing by Linda.



Here are some additional 3 month pictures

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Weekend Update

The last couple of weeks, Jackson has been smiling more, giggling and also hanging out with Dad a LOT. Coincidence? I'll let the blog pundits decide.

Last weekend, Jackson and Missy came to watch a basketball tournament I was in. Missy surprised me and dressed Jackson the coolest baby hoops gear I've ever seen (thanks to Missy's Aunt Mary for sending). It even had the number 33 on the jersey, once made famous by the Basketball Jesus (Larry Bird). Most people don't know that I really wanted to name him Lawrence Bird Schneller (and I was a little bit serious). Here's the outfit:
And check this out. I took care of Jackson this whole weekend pretty much all by myself. Yep, I did. Missy needed to work this weekend so I spent lots of time with my little buddy. On Saturday, we spent the day watching football and baseball. All I can say about Notre Dame is thank God Jackson won't remember anything about this season. We stink. On Sunday, I took J down to Los Altos to see Papa & Tutu (the "double G's"), the Watsons, Peggy and of course Grandpa and Grandma. I think one or two people noticed I was there, as they pushed me out of the way to get to the superstar. Not bitter or anything.

I have a lot more confidence that I can take care of the little guy all by myself - not that I didn't think I could, but I really hadn't had to watch him much by myself. The first of many boys weekends. It was great.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Jackson Week 9

Here are just a few pictures from Jackson's 9th week.

Yes, I watch Jackson Sleep

And now, by the power of technology, you can too

A Short Story from Natalie

This is an e-mail from my sis, Natty, about her 3-year old:

So Michael and Sophia are laying on the living room couch together watching the Rockies game Saturday night.....it is close to Sophia's bedtime, and she is really squirming around. She has also been asking tons of WHY questions lately. So here is what went down.

Michael: Sophia please stop wiggling around so much!
Sophia: Why????

Michael: .......Because.....you just kicked me in the penis, and it really hurt!

Sophia: Oh.

pause.

Sophia: Daddy?

Michael: Yeah, sweetie?

Sophia: Please don't kick me in the vagina.

We're back from South Dakota


Sorry for the delay. Here are pictures from Jackson's 7-8th week and our trip in South Dakota. We had such a good time and it was so nice to finally introduce Jackson to the rest of the family! For those of you who were concerned, my trip through airport security was a breeze. AND, Jackson slept the entire time on both flights, so he made it easy for me.

Our week in SD was busy, but so fun. Jackson slept very well the whole time we were there, so that helped. Now we just have to wait a few short months before we head back for Christmas!

I also have a few more videos to share, however I think I may have already posted the best one of the bunch. If anyone has a request for Jackson's next performance, please let me know.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Auntie Natty's Visit


Auntie Natty followed Auntie Laurie and was here this weekend. Here are the pictures from her visit. We were able to get some sightseeing in on Saturday and had so much fun! As with when Laurie was here, it was just nice to have some one-on-one time. With all of the kiddo's in our family, that's hard to come by these days.
I am headed to South Dakota tomorrow morning- airport security, here we come!

Jackson's New Playmate



My neighbor had a little boy (a 10 pounder) two days before Jackson was born, and we had their first play date the other day. It was funny because they never made eye contact, but they played happily on the gymini for about 45 minutes, so they definitely liked being together. Once Rowan was moved, Jackson started to fuss. It was really fun watching them! Here are the pictures from that day and a few others from Jackson's 4th and 5th week.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

First Picture. . .

of Mom.



Saturday, September 22, 2007

Gift from GrannyLin (or whatever she ends up going with)

A number of years ago, my Mom saw an article in a magazine about a mother who took a picture of her son in the same pair of adult-sized jeans and white button down shirt every year until he grew into the outfit. She saw it too late to do the same with me, but it's not too late for Jackson! She gave us an outfit so we can do the same - of course, there's a little different spin... (pic below)

Thanks Mom! Great idea.

Some of you may have heard, Jackson has quit drinking (beer) for the rest of the Notre Dame season. After the last game, he started throwing his toys around and cursing ND. I think he really did a lot of self-reflection over the last week and I doubt we'll see that behavior again. I think that shows a lot of maturity. Frankly, 3 weeks ago when he was half his age now, I'm not sure he was a big enough man to admit he was wrong. He was also very embarrassed that his image was all over this website with a beer in hand. He realizes that this digital age is very unforgiving - you can't let your guard down for a second. He wanted me to post this written apology to all his fans:

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Touching indeed.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Pictures from Last Weekend

Here are the pictures from the wedding in Newport Beach last weekend. Sorry I took so long to get them up here!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

First Family Road Trip



Sorry for the delay, but we had our first road trip last weekend and the prospect of packing for this kept me preoccupied for about two weeks. Just kidding. . . but not really.

For those of you who know Dan O'Neal, he got married in Newport Beach last weekend. For those of you who don't, the best man at our wedding (and Cas's childhood friend) got married in Newport Beach last weekend. The pictures from the weekend will be here once I can get Kodak Gallery to work.

B.C. (see definition below), the trip south should have taken us about 6 hours. Instead it took us 8 to get there and about 8 1/2 to get back. We had to stop a few more times coming home because every time we would put Jackson in his car seat he would look at us and say, "I know you di'n't just put me in this $#!% car seat again." Oh yes, we did. Poor little guy.

He was soooooooooooooo good all weekend. Slept through the wedding. Slept through the reception. Slept through the nigh. . .oh wait, he didn't do that (at all), but that's our fault for letting him sleep through the wedding and the reception. He made us look good while we were out in public though and that's the important thing.

All in all, it was a successful first family vacation. Up next is my trip home to South Dakota in two weeks and I can't wait! I am a little nervous about flying by myself, mostly because I don't want to be "that lady" holding up the security line. My strategy will be to dress Jackson in something so cute that no one could possibly be upset with his lovely mother.

B.C.= before children

Sunday, September 9, 2007

How do you get rid of the hiccups?

FEET
















And a short pic set...here

Visiting colleges

We went to visit Cal Berkeley today. We've already filled out some pre school applications, so I think this is the logical next step.


Sunday, September 2, 2007

First ND game and some other updates

First off, week 3 pics here.

On Saturday, Jack was introduced to a lifetime of ups and downs that come with the territory as an ND fan. Notre Dame had its worst home opener loss ever. Thankfully Jack slept through most of it and had no idea what was going on. Lucky him.

Before anyone calls Child Protective Services on us, just know that we only let him have 2 beers AND we took his keys. How dare you rush to judgment.
We had to put him in his bouncy chair to calm him down because he was so upset that our Offensive Line (appropriately named) couldn't pick up the delayed blitz. ALL. DAY. We lost 33-3 to Georgia Tech.
Last week, my co-workers threw us a little baby shower and it gave us a chance to show Jackson where Dad goes everyday. He made us look VERY good because he was so calm during his visit.

Monday, August 27, 2007

New title: The Schneller Teller

Thanks for all the votes and congrats to Gary Long for coming up with the most popular blog title. We agree that The Schneller Teller will keep Jackson's future siblings out of therapy (Natalie, thank you for alerting us that Jackson's Action could technically represent favoritism).

We'll get some more pics up soon.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

And baby makes 8

Most of you know that we Aberle girls like to have children. I already thought I had some catching up to do with Laurie having 4 kids and Natty having 2. Well. . .now I am REALLY behind. Natalie and Michael have No. 3 coming on St. Patrick's Day!!! We are so happy for them and can't wait for Jackson to meet his new playmate.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sir Smiles-A-Lot

So I know it's probably just gas (that's sexy), but for someone who doesn't technically "know" how to smile, Jackson sure has given us some good ones.




Tuesday, August 21, 2007

In Case of Emergency, Breakdance

A good friend with two kids recently told me that life gets really interesting when your kid doesn't stay where you put him.

Jackson has already figured out how to do the worm. Those of you at our wedding will remember that Missy did the worm in her wedding dress on the dance floor. Jackson may look more like me, but he got Mom's dance moves. The picture below is of our little breakdancer, who shimmied his booty from the left side of the blanket below and turned 90 degrees to end up on the other side.

Work it, J-dog.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Blog Title

We weren't happy with our original blog title "Jackson's Parents Blog". It was sorta just a place holder. Missy came up with Jackson's Action, which I really like. That said, we're open to suggestions. Leave a comment if you have a good idea - it doesn't have to have "Jackson" in the title necessarily. Try to get creative folks. I'll narrow it down to a few and we'll post a poll to settle this democratically. Thanks.

Nipple Confusion

Hi everyone- thank you to all of you who posted comments over the past few days. They were all so fun to read and it made us feel so good to know you were checking in on us!

Jackson is 6 days old today and he's just awesome. Basically I just stare at him all day and then at 5:00, I wonder why I haven't gotten anything done. I love it.

You're probably wondering what the title of this post means. This picture should explain everything:
I put Jackson in bed with Cas yesterday morning and this is how he chose to awaken his sleeping father. Cas didn't seem to mind, so I might have to try it sometime.

We have been having a ton of fun this week and are learning a ton about our new little boy. I think the biggest challenge so far has been timing the diaper changes to avoid a certain spraying from a certain body part. We learned our lesson the hard way on Monday when Jackson sprayed Cas, his own face, the changing table and half of the nursery with Number 1 (I have to use mom words now). I thought that stuff only happened in the movies. Whoever invented that Peepee Teepee thingy is a genius and will be receiving a donation from us via our local Babies 'R Us very soon.

Here are the Day 5 photos.
And here are the Day 6 photos.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Class of 2029

Cathie and Jim left today and we were all sad to see them go. Tonight will truly be our first night on our own with Jack. Missy and I got up about 3 times more than we needed to last night "just to check". Yes, we are those psycho parents. I think we'll chill out pretty soon.

We took Jack to his first appointment today with the pediatrician. All was fine, we got him checked again for jaundice but his levels are in a safe range.

The creative juices aren't flowing today, so I'll leave it at that. Days 3 & 4 pics are here.

Our future domer...


This has nothing to do with the baby, but here's a cool picture we took in Brac, Croatia last summer. Just saw it again today, and I really like it.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Wall Street

















This man has a haircut that says "let's do deals." A cut that's traditional, yet surprisingly bold. His style tells us that he's as comfortable in a Board meeting as he is in a swanky piano bar. A young Gordon Gekko you might say.*

*Styling courtesy of Cathie, Missy's mom.

Day 2 has been loads of fun. Jackson was snipped today so that's two traumatic experiences in two days. He's probably wondering what the hell is going on. For 9 months he lounged in peace and now BAM reality check! I had a little father-son chat with him to explain a few things. Like how he'll also have to pay taxes and take out the garbage on Sundays among other harsh realities of living outside the womb. But I reassured him that he's our little "long term investment". We got a onesie from my assistant with that slogan and it's my favorite.

Day 2 pics here.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Jackson Paul Schneller

We've finally named the little guy. We thought Jack sounded like a very serious name and already Jack looks like he is constantly thinking about something with his little furrowed brow. Check out that thick dark hair! We love him.

All the pictures from Day 1 are here.

Who does he look like?


Going for the David Beckham look


Proud mama and papa

It's a BOY!

Baby was born at 6:36 am, 8 pounds 2 ounces, 21.5 inches. Lots of dark hair. Missy did absolutely great and both she and baby are healthy. I'm so thrilled I can barely tap out these letters on my blackberry.

Pictures to come...

9.5 cm and counting

Missy is moving along faster than average. She went from 4 cm to 9.5 cm in the last two hours. This baby doesn't want to wait until sunrise.

The real pushing begins within the hour. For now, Missy is just resting. Thanks to the epidural she is pretty relaxed and feels pressure but no pain. I'm wide awake now. I have a slight headache, but I think I'll pull through for those concerned about dad. Hey I'm doing this all natural people (no advil).

If anyone is actually reading this right now, please prove your commitment with a time stamped comment. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

It's peanut butter jelly time!

(click me) Finally, we've made it into the hospital! After a bunch of delays we made it in around 7pm tonight. Missy has started her pitocin and the contractions should be starting soon. We have a really nice nurse which makes this a lot easier. Missy reminded me that I can keep making jokes to lighten the mood until the contractions hurt too much. Then, I have to be all business. Roger that.
Thanks to all for the support we've been getting. Hopefully the next update is a baby announcement.

Monday, August 6, 2007

The girl who cried wolf

Okay our credibility around here is shot. Probably not going in tonight either. Obviously not what we wanted to hear, but apparently there are some 41 week-ers that "have priority." Whatever.

Cathie (Missy's mom) is here and we've been trying to convince Missy that she is having contractions but Missy keeps mumbling something about ethics and honesty. I just want to get her into one of those valuable slots in the maternity ward. So maybe she'll get there the old fashioned way, through natural labor.

We really don't know when she'll get in for her inducement. I'll update the blog once we know more but it could be a while (days?). We're both really excited and frankly it was pretty hard to hear Sunday night was the night and now we're waiting some more. Jeez, if this keeps up, I'm renting Sicko. Nothing we can really do though, EXCEPT THREATEN TO CALL MICHAEL MOORE. Hahahahahaha. See how they like that. Three words: Ex-po-zay

Unless something happens tonight I'm back to work tomorrow to keep myself busy.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

No Dice

Crap. Just called the hospital and they are too busy to take me tonight. Given that I'm just past my due date and not having any complications, they have rescheduled me for tomorrow night at 6.

We'll keep you all posted. . .

Getting Ready to Go

Thanks to everyone who wrote over the weekend, wishing us luck! We are just getting organized right now. I have to call the hospital at 8 (3 hrs from now) to make sure they've got room for us to come tonight at 9. I don't anticipate any problems, but I'm trying to hold back my excitement until we know for sure that we're in.

I was having a few contractions last night, but they sort of dwindled off after we went to bed. The baby seems to be in a different position even just from yesterday, so hopefully it won't take too much coaching (a.k.a. drugs) tonight to get the little bugger out! Edie and I were joking today that it (I can't wait to stop saying that) has probably just braced itself on all sides of my body because it doesn't want to come out. Let's hope not. . .

Anyway, thanks again to everyone. We will definitely send an update as soon as we are able tomorrow. We are so excited!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Wire


It's a slow day today so I thought I'd make a TV show recommendation. As Missy's gotten bigger, we've spent more time taking it easy in front of the TV (twist my arm...). We've had a chance to make it through the first four seasons of The Wire, an HBO show. This is the best TV show I've ever seen by a mile, and I say that with Sopranos in mind, as well as Bev Niner. Yea, this is serious. I'll pause while you catch your breath.


The show depicts the Baltimore drug scene from the perspective of the law, the street and the government. It's not an easy show to watch. Not because of graphic content (although it can be a little rough) but because the story is complex and subtle. Each season's story is like a novel with a story arc that develops over the course of the whole season. To appreciate the show, you've gotta start with episode 1 and really pay attention. The payoff is awesome though. Unlike most TV shows that are made to be consumed in small standalone chunks, this show contains lots of detail that might be left alone for episodes at a time only to resurface as a main story line later on. Minor characters end up coming to the forefront; major characters die off or fade away. It's a lot different than anything that's out there. This is not a crime drama with good guys and bad guys. In fact, half the time you find yourself sympathizing with drug dealers, not cops. It also does not attempt to provide solutions to the drug problem and poverty in America. Preachy shows annoy me and this isn't one. In fact, it drives home the point that cities are messed up and any solution will also have consequences. A cynic like me appreciates that sort of realism. If there were easy answers, there wouldn't still be a problem.

Briefly, Season 1 focuses on the drug trade (gangs mimic businesses more than you think, complete with management hierarchy and "corporate" stress), Season 2 on the ports (unions, death of the middle class), Season 3 on reform (policing, politics, more focus on drug trade), Season 4 on education and politics (mayors race, kids making the street vs school decision) and Season 5, which isn't released yet, on the media's role in all of this.

Why is it called The Wire? One of the central themes throughout all the seasons is wire-tapping and using technology to police the drug trade.

The best endorsement I can give is that we've both been left speechless after heavy episodes.

Missy might be a bigger fan than I am. One of the best parts of the show we didn't even realize is that we both have a new vocabulary. For example, hoppers are young kids that take drug orders. Mos def means most definitely. "He got got" means he got killed. Go buy The Wire, you will love it too.

The picture is of Stringer Bell, one of our favorite characters for those who already watch. Bill Simmons points out that he looks like Alonzo Mourning. Good call.

If you need independent confirmation, here are some other reviews of the show:
Bill Simmons, the SportsGuy (go to the bottom of the article)
NY Times on Season 4
Tim Goodman, SF Chronicle. By the way, I'd bookmark his blog - he writes excellent reviews of all kinds of shows

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Monday at the latest!

We just got back from our last appointment with Dr. Huh. As much as I wanted to wait for the surprise of labor, we asked if/when I could be induced after my due date (Friday), and she agreed to let us set up an appointment for this Sunday night at 9pm. I'm really glad she was open to letting us make the decision as I've heard that some dr's aren't always as willing to schedule an induction unless it's absolutely necessary. Plus, Dr. Huh is on call at the hospital on Monday so she will be able to spend more time with us and will definitely be the one to deliver the baby (assuming everything moves along).

So. . . I think I might be freaking out a little bit, but I'm not sure.

Yep, I am.

Of course, there's always a chance that the baby could come before Sunday, but I feel like I can go about my days a little more easily now knowing that's the latest it will be.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Hasta La Vista, Jarretts

So long, Jarretts! Our upstairs neighbors Justin, Susie and daughter Hailey moved out this weekend. We've really lucked out with our neighbors over the past year. There are 3 units in our building and all the neighbors get along really well. Luckily, Charlie and Kate will be sticking around for another year with us.

Let's hope whoever moves in upstairs can fill the Jarretts big shoes. We'll put the newbies through some hazing for sure.


(top: Charlie & Kate; bottom: Cas, Justin, Hailey, Missy, Susie)




Hailey loungin'