Hoboken Lepre-Con 2013

Today was Hoboken’s Lepre-Con Day.  A few years back, sometime when we were living in Cali, Hoboken decided to cancel their St. Patty’s Day Parade in an effort to reduce the number of fun people/crazies/drunks who come into town once a year to party / trash the place.  The bars in town decided this was not cool and decided to instead organize what is now called Lepre-Con.  The town was still a big party, but NOTHING like what I remember.  I didn’t notice any people hanging out of windows/ off of roofs this year.  It was pretty much a lot of lines by the bars.

I walked around for a bit to see what was going on and took some snap shots.  Decide for yourself.

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Walking around

Walked with the baby to his playgroup today.  I decided to leave the stroller home and use the ergo.  I’m SO glad I did! the sidewalks were a mess.  glass and debris everywhere!

His group was in the heart of town, so it was my first time walking that way since the storm.  It was the first time I felt pretty scared in that area of town.  Lots of homeless garbage picking, and other people with pickups doing the same.  They were having a blast.  Definitely made me think twice about flea markets.  These people are totally going to resell the tossed furniture.  I did pass some objects that made me stop and go hmmmm. Like some giant wine barrels.  Those were really cool.  But a) where the heck am I going to put a giant wine barrel in a 1 bedroom condo, and b) it was covered in black sewer water… um, yea, so no thanks.  I also passed tons of Ikea furniture.  People love their Ikea Expedit  bookshelves!  side note – I’m using the 4 square one as a changing table in the bedroom, it’s awesome.  We also put a 4 tall one in the closet for the baby’s clothing.  It holds pretty much everything of his except the hanging stuff.

The building across from Ian’s old rental was a mess.  It seemed like everyone on the 1st floor lost everything.  I had to cross to the other side of the street because I couldn’t even pass.  The amount of debris was overwhelming, it was literally from against the building into the street. 

After the playgroup I passed by that way and they had the road blocked off and people sweeping up the street.  The sweeping kinda helped… it also makes everything a more consistant shade of grey/brown.

Baby was screaming his head off, he did NOT want to be in the ergo, so I took him out and carried him.  We stopped off at antique bakery for some whole wheat bread.  I’m so happy that place survived.  One of the last few places left in the country that still bakes bread over coal.  It’s really old school and I love it.

Later in the day I did my public duty and voted.  I took a walk down Garden street to get there.  I could not believe how bad it was.  I took a short video of my walk and posted it to youtube.  It was my first time using imovie.  I think I’m going to be hooked.  It’s no avid, but its the only video editing software on my laptop, so it wins.

Click here to see my You Tube video of walking down Garden Street.

Voting was easy, only about 3 people on line in front of me.  They had it in a different location then when I last lived in Hoboken, so I’m glad I double checked.  I was happy it was still not far from Empire coffee.  My voting ritual is vote, then go to Empire.

Hurricane Sandy- phone pics

Didn’t go out much today. Helped out some friends still without power and needed a warm place to visit and a hot shower. Its very sad walking around outside. There are tons of nice people handing out free food, but I refuse to take anything. I got my power back and it would be just wrong in my opinion. They are predicting a nor’easter this week. I’m ready to go back to Cali! I need to buy some snow boots ASAP. ( long rain boots wouldn’t hurt either) actually a canoe would have been pretty useful.
I never posted some of my phone pics from the storm. Here are some pics I took Monday afternoon, right before the storm. Everyone was out getting their last few minutes of walking outdoors in. We all knew the clock was ticking.

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Tuesday morning:
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Our communal charging station and microwave. This was our lifeline and sanity saver.
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Almost time

It’s getting really close to our move. Packrat container gets delivered TOMORROW! OMG! It looks like its going to be a real late night packing tonight. Local guys should be coming around 2p tomorrow to move our stuff into the box. I still have a closet that is untouched from packing!

I did something yesterday I never dreamed I would do. I donated my freezer stash of milk. I know…. I KNOW! I can list the vast comments going on across the web about this. Believe me, I thought of all of them. But, after you think about it for a while, you realize it is actually a really beautiful thing.

A little adopted baby girl who doesn’t handle formula well and thrives only on breast milk now gets all the same health benefits my baby got. 🙂

I’ll have to start a new stash in NJ, but this was a much better option than throwing it out and/or dealing with the craziness of trying to ship it. Shout out to Eats on Feets! I didn’t know this organization even existed and I might continue to make some donations in New Jersey.

Since we are on the food topic, here is a fun fortune cookie fortune I got this week! How appropriate!

Ritz Laguna Niguel… Check!

Today was a pretty interesting day. Started of with the usual packing, which led into mass freecycle give aways. However, I loved how it ended.

We got to check visiting one last time to the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel off our list. We love that place. It has such a beautiful park off the ocean with lots of walking paths. We also like to crash their amenities and I get to feed Gobo inside on comfy couches. They have a lots of fun lounges inside, and it gives off a fancy cruise ship vibe.

Today we picked up dinner at In-N-Out burger and brought it to the Ritz… only the best at the Ritz 😉

I took the camera with me today and captured lots of fun pics.

This is the Ritz from the walking paths. Isn’t it beautiful?!? Maybe one day we will come back to visit and stay here…

some more walking paths

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Ian and Gobo enjoying the moment… Gobo was having a blast watching the ocean. We love these chairs… super comfy!

We will go back to reality tomorrow and pack some more… sigh.

Is it June yet?

Its been crazy here with packing.  I guess all the stress built up and triggered a migraine for me. 😦

Hopefully that will be the last one for a while because I really don’t have time for them… Way too much to do.

The boxes had taken over my laptop area last night so I could barely get online.  Now we stacked them around my desk and I feel like I’m in a cubicle.

I think we will be packing up the kitchen tomorrow… so that will be it for cooking!

I went through a ton of clothing today.  I think we all have gotten to the point where we will just throw whatever in the bag and sort it out in NJ.

As you can tell from today’s writing style, I’m exhausted… a quick glance up my page and it looks like I’m writing a list.  Oh well.

Here is a picture of Gobo being a good sport and being a silly baby while I’m going through my clothing.  I feel bad we took over the floor today so he couldn’t get much crawling in… I’m probably going to regret that and be up with him most of the night.  Crawling is a good energy burner for him. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get him more space.

Time to get serious about moving

We have about two weeks left… AH!! If you were to come into our apartment, ignoring the recycling center of broken down boxes, you would never be able to tell that we were moving.  I feel that we are just going to throw everything into boxes at the last second and sort it all our in New Jersey.  Hmm… that sounds pretty good actually…

Car #1 gets picked up next Wednesday to get shipped.  That is going to be weird.  When I found that out my first thought was, Oh-Em-GEEE! how am I going to get to the nail salon?!?!… Second thought was, H*ly Cr*p! We need to pack.

Going to try to make more soup tomorrow (erm, today.. it is 1:12am).  I can’t believe I’m going to have 16 days of no cooking.. actually, its going to be longer than that.  I have to pack my pots/dishes at some point…

That’s right, 16 days. We reduced the trip by 1 day.  Sorry Elvis, you didn’t make the cut on this trip.  We did get to throw in one stop that deals with a musician… SUPER SUPER excited about this stop. I won’t give it away on here, just saying we are SUPER excited!! If you know us in real life you probably could figure it out. I’m going to try to keep our stops a surprise on here. 🙂

Did I mention how excited we were for this musician themed stop?

Sort, Shred, Recycle, repeat…

Ok, so now I really feel like I’m living in a recycling center.  All that paper that we’ve been scanning… well now its getting shredded. Instead of tossing it we are using it as packing material.  Win for the planet, and win for us not having to buy packing material.

However, we are still not packed… so all this shredded paper is now in garbage bags. I’m sure Sophie is going to have a field day when we leave her home alone with it.  Its already on DS’s radar, and he keeps crawling to try to ‘sample’ some of the tasty looking shreds what keep popping out of the bags. Yea, its fun times over here.

I remembered to take a pic of DS eating breakfast this morning…

He loves his oatmeal and apple sauce.  He started making his happy sounds while eating, super cute.

He is wearing his Kushies waterproof long sleeve bib.  I LOVE this bib.  We have a bumkins long sleeve bib too, but I like the Kushies ones the best.  I think its also a little more natural made than bumkins so I feel better with him using those.  If you do BLW, or just have a messy baby, I highly recommend getting water proof bibs, especially the sleeved ones.  I wash it in the sink with some dish soap after he eats and hang it on the rack outside to dry out.  It is so incredibly easy.  I am curious how it will work hanging stuff to dry in hoboken… I remember I used to just use a rack in the foyer, but that won’t really work well now.  I’d like to try to use the balcony, but it can get pretty windy out there.  If you see some Kushies bibs blowing over the Hudson… it wasn’t me.

Partial Baby Led Weaning

Not too much excitement on packing progress today so I’ll address a topic brought up a lot to me.  We get a lot of questions on how we feed DS.  Most people seem to be in shock when we tell them that we never have nor plan to ever buy baby food.  He has never had formula, never had rice cereal, and we waited until 6 months for solids. ::gasp:: 🙂

We are big fans of Baby Led Weaning (BLW).  That is ‘weaning’ in the British sense… not American.  Funny how the translation got mixed up when it crossed the Atlantic.  You can google this method, or better yet, read the Baby Led Weaning book by Gil Rapley & Tracey Murkett.  It’s a good read and goes by pretty fast.

Basically, the concept is to let the baby decide what they want to eat, and how.  You offer them real food, like the same food your eating, and then they do with it as they wish.  Sometimes it goes in their mouth, sometimes it gets smashed.. whatever.  Before they are 1 years old its just for fun and exploring anyways, milk is their primary source of food. There is no forced spoon-feeding, or processed puree. You eat broccoli, they eat broccoli. You eat Moroccan chicken, they eat Moroccan chicken….

::brief pause for those yelling and screaming at me::

Now, let me just say we are doing this method, but doing what I consider doing it partially… If he gets something, such as a green bean, and tries to take too big a chunk off… we stop.  Do some mashing.  I really don’t want to test out my baby heimlich skills.  We pre-load a spoon and offer him that instead.  He still feeds himself, but doesn’t freak me out as much.  As we see his abilities we give him more leeway.  He loves eating whole broccoli.  They have natural handles and he nibbles off the small green bits. Fun stuff.

Of course this can get messy, so a long sleeve bib is very useful.

I’m looking forward to him eating with us on our cross-country drive.  He loves new flavors, and so do we 🙂

At 6 1/2 months old and has already had Cuban, Moroccan, Jewish (chicken matzoh ball soup), and Mediterranean (this boy loves his humus).

We picked up a cute Annabel Kormel masher for home use.  

This is some breakfast from today.  I had oatmeal for myself and scooped some out for him.  It was rolled oats and just mashed it a bit to make it easier for him.  I added brown sugar and honey to mine (yum!) and some applesauce in his.  We are avoiding honey and chocolate for him for the first year, but everything else is good to go.

I picked up some green sprouts travel mashers for the road… I got 3, I figured one for each meal and I’ll just wash them at night in the hotel… easy peasy.  

I’ll try to catch a feeding picture of him later.