Wednesday, December 23, 2009

was it h1n1?

we'll never know for sure, but f got so, so sick last wednesday night, and it totally sucked. she had had a runny nose for a couple weeks, but that's so standard for her, we hardly pay it any attention any more. but last wednesday night she was talking in her sleep ALL NIGHT LONG, talking talking talking about her dreams and stuff. i keep feeling her back and forehead for a fever, and it wasn't until about 4am thursday morning that it came on. she woke up around 5:30 burning up, and she was feverish for the next 3 days. we'd give her motrin and her fever would go away for a while, but then about 5 hours after the last dose, it would shoot up and she'd just be burning up again. j took sick days and stayed home with her on thursday and friday (did i mention i am married to the best man? the best), and he said friday afternoon her fever got up to 103.5 and she threw up off and on for a few hours. she hardly slept (which, as you know, means neither did we) on thursday, friday, and saturday nights because her nose was so stuffed and she was just. so. sick. and as a parent, having a sick kid is just about one of the worst things in the world. feeling how i did when she was sick for a few days just made my heart break when i thought about families with chronically ill kids - i can't even imagine.

finally last sunday, she woke up without a fever and has been fever-free since. when j took her to the pediatrician thursday morning, he tested her for flu and it came back negative. however (i just like saying "however"), our ped had said in the past that if they test too early, it can come back as a false negative. regardless, he diagnosed a sinus infection and prescribed antibiotics, but those antibiotics didn't do anything - that fever hung out way too long for it to have been a bacterial infection. and now, the lame thing is, we have to continue to give her the antibiotics for the full 10 days. and, hey! kids LOVE taking medicine! so, um, yay for that.

the good news is, it looks like she's all better now. she has not gotten the h1n1 vaccine yet, simply because our pediatrician still has not gotten any, and i haven't sought it out anywhere else. j and i are going to get it at my work in january, but does f still need it? probably, right? i'd just hate to get it for her if she doesn't need it. hmm.

ok, so /vent. some good stuff from the last coupla weeks:

lots of snuggle time with f and j
date night at urban solace with j
dinner with my pal heather
christmas shopping at the tomorrow project
watching "the muppets christmas carol" about 20 times
listening to "john denver and the muppets" christmas album ALL the time
knowing that hacienda & transfer are coming to the casbah
my mom and step-dad bringing christmas to our house
f prancing around in her new dress-up clothes
f prancing around in her new raincoat, rain boots, & umbrella
jeremy at work making cookies with a stone 090909 vertical epic ale reduction (!)
baking cookies for our neighbors
our playgroup donating money & gift cards to CCS
the top chef finale, even though our man kevin didn't win (boo!)
wrapping gifts & drinking wine with j
the holiday hootenanny!
all the awesome christmas cards we're getting in the mail
being done with shopping and almost done with wrapping
and feeling like i've found just the right gifts for almost everyone on my list
oh, and this:

santa took time out of his busy schedule and paid a visit to our playgroup! f LOVED him.

h1n1 or not, life is good. merry christmas to you and yours!

Monday, December 14, 2009

notes from the hoot

when i left our house saturday afternoon, it was raining, my shoes were untied, and rachel our punk rock babysitter wasn't there yet. i was rushing, see, because i get really nervous before any of our big radio concerts, and the day of the fm 94/9 holiday hootenanny was no different. fortunately i made it to the backstage broadcast on time, with my shoes tied, and j stayed behind until rachel arrived and met me at the show later, so it ended up starting off right. and really, the night only got better from there, despite the bad weather and a few jaded rockstars.

i was supposed to take over the broadcast from halloran at 5pm, but white rabbits were running late, so he stuck around and we sorta interviewed them together. nice guys, steve and alex, though steve seemed a little nervous. but they were funny and chatty and interesting, which made talking with them easy. you can see hal's cheat sheet below (notice the "steve" and "alex" notes on the schedule, to remind him who was sitting where).

our broadcast was set up in "the green room", where all the bands and their managers and roadies and girlfriends and boyfriends and husbands and wives hung out and took advantage of catering. it made for great people watching, seeing phoenix eating grilled vegetables while chatting with the guys from spoon. that kind of crazy rock star action. and halfway through the white rabbits interview, manchester orchestra walked in (all of them) so as soon as white rabbits took off, robert, chris, and andy from M.O. came over and sat down.

i felt like i was well-prepared for the interview, being a big fan of theirs and having jotted down some notes to help me along should things begin to drag. those notes ended up being worth their weight in cheetos because really? those guys made it so easy to interview them - if anything, i had to stop myself from cracking up because more than once, they made me laugh so hard i couldn't talk. which is ridiculous and fun on my end, but doesn't necessarily make for great radio. and based on the rapid-fire back and forth banter and sh*t-giving and inside-joke trading that went on between them for those 20 minutes, i imagine it must have sounded like one big clusterf**k on the air. a funny clusterf**k, but still.

my two favorite moments from the manchester orchestra interview were these: when i played their song "shake it out" on the air, they started harmonizing along with their own song, making fun of themselves the whole time, but it sounded so cool! it was my own little private seranade. the other: at some point, andy and chris started quoting steve martin, this (old, random) bit he does in "steve martin live" about speaking french, and i jumped in and started saying it along with them, because i'm a nerd like that and a huge steve martin fan, and they looked at me like, huh? we bonded over "oeuf means egg! chapeau means hat! it's like those french have a different word for everything!" the only other person in my life who can quote old steve martin bits with me is one of my closest friends in the world, kelly, so hearing it come out of those guys' mouths was felt like i had entered bizarro world. in a really good way.

i also interviewed jim & britt from spoon:

and did i mention that the fellas in manchester orchestra were a great interview? they were. a great interview.

other things worth noting: phoenix had a posse of incredibly hip french women hanging out with them backstage, the guys in white rabbits were very polite, the styletones blew people's minds in the "beernasium", someone vomited in the VIP elevator, blue moon and pop chips are a winning combination, ezra from vampire weekend must have been very hot in that puffy vest, and the view from onstage was epic.

oh, and phoenix wear cool shoes.

but my favorite part of the night, besides getting a night out with j and having so much fun with him and his sister auntie j, was this: it was the first time every single band joined us onstage for our final stage announcement. everyone but britt from spoon, who didn't want to. not only were all of the bands super cool, but they were super cool, you know? everyone (mostly) seemed genuinely happy to be there. it was awesome.

(notice norm saying dude, someone ripped one!)

photo by boredmel

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


washable paints are my new favorite invention.

and all of the sudden i'm in college again.

jawbox was a band i loved in the early 90's, and their song "savory" is to this day one of my all-time favorites. they haven't played together since 1997 but rad jimmy fallon got them to play on his show on dec. 8th, and yessssss! they played "savory". how awesome is kim on the bass? VERY. i'm swooning (like, for reals - watching this made my heart race and i got all emotional! er, emo? yikes.):

Sunday, December 6, 2009

today, so far:

in an effort to get f out of the house while j replaced two of our (ancient) windows, i decided f and i should run a bunch of errands. as anyone with a toddler knows, i must have been high. over the course of two and a half hours, we hit:

- the starbucks drive-through
- ceramic cafe in del mar to pick things up she'd painted a week ago
- the 99 cent store (ever been? that place is a hoot!)
- michael's

and then we came back home again. shockingly, it was awesome! she was easy-going and it was sans tantrums, even with all of that getting in and out of the car action. and we totally had fun. the 99 cent kitchen set with life-like meat cleaver might have helped, but still. all of that AND no potty accidents. looks like our little christmas miracle came early this year.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

a chat.

f: "mom, is today tomorrow?"

me: "no, sweets, today is today."

f: "o.k."