Solo Parenting

After a long, long absense from the blog I thought I would post a few musings and pictures, most importantly. Catherine has been gone on her annual sailing trip for almost three days now and Li Li and I are having a grand time in spite of the oppressive heat. Of course I think I’m the only one bothered by the heat. Li Li keeps knocking back her Nai (milk) throughout the day, a thought that makes me a touch queasy in this heat. Li Li asks “Where Mama” at least 3 or 4 times an hour – my answer is always the same. “She’s sailing in Canada”. Li Li now smiles when she hears this and is starting to answer the question when I ask it to her. We’ll see how long that lasts.

After she woke up from her nap today we (okay I) decided to go to the dollar theater to enjoy 90 minutes of air-conditioned bliss. While Dr. Suess’ Horton Hears a Who is fine book and a very good TV special, it just doesn’t hold up to the full-length movie treatment. All the requisite sight gags and obligatory inside jokes for the parents are present along with the nice moral fable but it just doesn’t have the spark that makes it a memorable movie. Li Li seemed to enjoy it, although she started to flag towards the end and got a little scared a few times. Of all the movies I would liked to have as our first movie together in an actual theater, this wouldn’t have made the 1st cut much less the final cut. Despite it not being an Oscar caliber film, Li Li got in free because she’s two and I got about 95 minutes of holding my not at all quirmy daughter in my lap in nice quiet air-conditioned theater. All in all it was a very good afternoon.

For those of you who didn’t know I’ve switched jobs and am very happy in my new role with Motorola. I am working with Motorola’s Good Technology group responsible for supporting Verizon Wireless. School is going strong, as much as I wish I could say it was winding down, it’s not. It’s a full-speed sprint until the very end, so no coasting to the finish. Once Labor day rolls around I’ll be finished with school. Given the correlation between my graduations and tough recessions (2 for 2 – 2008 and 1992) this will probably be my last pursuit of a degree. I don’t think the US could handle a third recession.

Now here’s what you all have been waiting for….

Catherine and Li Li napping
Li Li stills naps and Catherine takes advantage of them as well, when she can.

Foggy Family Photo Nantucket
A rare photo where we all look good.

Biking with Li Li
Li Li of course looks cute and I look like well…I’ll let you decide.

I try to put up some more pictures in the next few weeks.