Monday, December 27, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wrong.

I think all my clocks are wrong. Pretty sure, even.

Wrong.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Fraser Rambin Cardeau - simply beautiful

Finally got some pictures of the new Cardeau in town: Fraser Rambin. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of his company, he's simply beautiful. He's as calm as the air around him and he stares a hole into the universe he's been born into. He jerks from side to side as he follows noises and brightness and from time to time, gravity pulls a little slobber from his mouth.

And he's big - his soft baby body fills his baby clothes like raked leaves. He's thick like a fluffy pancake and smells as good as syrup.

He gave me his crying face today. We were sitting together in Taggart's back play room. He was in my lap facing me and i was talking about how much i was looking forward to him being able to speak (language) and play and kick and jump. He was staring at me with his wide eyes, his mouth slightly ajar. Suddenly, his face became serious and then wrinkled up like a ball of paper and his mouth opened wide and he let out a singular 'AH!'. In an instant, Dad-olph appeared, scooped him up and went into diaper change mode.

Dad-olph and Mom-ber beam as parents. He can't stop making noises at Fraser and she has the glow and peace of new mama-hood. If they are tired, frustrated, or uncertain of their new role, you wouldn't know it by looking at them.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

new work

ok doods and donnas
i am a stay at home mom
what can i do to make money quick
without having to stay out in the cold on unfriendly nights...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Best Tumblr Ever?

The Dinner Diaries

The Dinner Diaries
wow
that's all i can say
it makes me go back to when i kept a diary at work while pumping adolfo's milk
ha
you can imagine the physical talent it took for me to get into a position comfortable enough to write the daily one page soliloquy in pencil to my son
i don't know when he will read these notebooks
after a while i'd collected about 6 filled 5"x7" notebooks of random thoughts peppered with i love yous to the little boy i was feeding from distance
i tried to talk about things that i'd done that day or thoughts i had about things i'd seen
sometimes it was hard to write a full page so on these occasions lots of love love love words to my boy
i kept a framed picture of him to look at as inspiration, all the literature about nursing, working mothers recommended this set up so that i could produce lotso milk for my baby
sometimes i knew why i was writing and did so with a purpose
mostly i recorded events, and not very well i'm sure
the notebooks have a place on our bookshelves in the living room
nobody will notice them, partly because the people who come see us are bombarded with the living chavezes and probably cannot think about what we might have housed on our shelves
and partly because there is much more to look at on those two shelves
but one day i know adolfo and paola will come across them
and when they do, i wonder what they will think, i wonder what it will mean to them...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

stuff and nonsense, a series of personal confessions. Part 1

  • i rise up to the challenge, master it, then quickly get bored
  • in social settings, my modus operandi is dictated by my mood, therefore i don't suffer the awkward consequences of guilt
  • i become immobile without a plan
  • my parents brought me here, then i took my own liberties
  • i worry about what i'm doing to the minds of my children, then i forget about all of that when i'm with them
  • i spoil those that i love with spoiling tendencies
thank you

Monday, November 08, 2010

SNORE........

IS EVERYONE ASLEEP?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Aftermath


The Aftermath
Originally uploaded by killy
Had a pretty great 4th birthday party for Paola yesterday. We had a ton of people squeezed into our tiny space with kids running in between. Because Paola's birthday is in October all of her birthday parties have acted as a Halloween warm-up. Kids came dressed up: we had a fireman, a 'Super-Why' character, two snow whites, a Belle (Beauty and the Beast), and a spider man.

Carol, as she does every year, pulled on her purple and gold 'Queen' dress and mc'd the party. She really out-did herself this year by both, hand-sewing Paola's dress from nothing (she didn't use a pattern either) and baking the cake. I am looking forward to the year she finally uses fondant.

I am glad to know that Paola will remember her parties being surrounded by friends and family. I don't remember having parties like this when i was younger. Most of them were pretty simple affairs with family as far as i remember. I think once there was a piñata at my grandmother's house. The memory is pretty vague.

In other news, things are going pretty well here at the Chavez household. I managed to slice my hand up pretty well while washing dishes recently (six stitches); I ran a 5k for the first time last weekend (ran it at a 9:30 pace); Adolfo has managed to finish his piano book - his teacher is trying to find something a little better suited to him; he's also been drawing a lot, which is why Carol decided to start up a blog for him;Paola used the word 'coincidence' today, precisely how it should be used.

Carol plays the role of super-wife pretty darn well. She is our life organizer, our chef, a chauffeur, and a teacher. We would all be living on the streets if it wasn't for her.

As the this year starts to wind down, things seem to be moving very fast. In not too long it will be Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then before we know it, Xmas. I hope the rest of year finds all of you happy and healthy.

What's the deal with everyone anyway? No one is blogging anymore and there is so much interesting shit going on. For example this: JASON HODGE RUNNING FOR OFFICE??!!

Monday, October 04, 2010

Paola is Four Years Old Today


Paola is Four Years Old Today
Originally uploaded by killy
My daughter is four years old today. She's the happiest, silliest girl I've ever known. Happy Birthday, Paola!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy Birthday To....THE CAROL!

Please join me in wishing the Carololina a super happy birthday!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Adolfo's Adventures: Another comic

Adolfo's Adventures With All Sorts of Characters: Another comic: "awesome race cars, huh?the track is a whole race car MAZE! the thing that says 'TOUCH!' above it just means that one of the race cars has t..."

Happy Birthday To The Adolph!

September is a great month for birthdays! Congratulations to the Trudeau Duo!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Fraser Rambin Cardeau, born 9/8/2010, Houston

Here he is. It's an amazing day. Welcome, Fraser.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Happy Birthday To The Killy!

I think killy’s birthday was yesterday; is that true? If so then Happy Birthday!!!!

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Chicago Fire vs. LA Galaxy



Chella and I at Toyota Park in Chicago before the sold out crowd filled in.
We saw Landon Donovan in person - he doesn't disapoint. He should play in Europe where he can play on a team with a higher skill level. Blah blah blah.

The Chicago crowd was awesome!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Adolfo's Adventures With All Sorts of Characters

My son has a blog!
Check it out. Clean comments only please!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

In case you missed it on facebook



Holy jesus...there is a god.

Saphire



Hey Todd,
This is strange....
I looked in my kitchen and this is what I found hanging with the saphire.

As much as I looked I couldn't find the peanut butter.....

Manuok - The Old Horse

My brother has released a new album! It is called The Old Horse

I think the songs are lovely. Y’all should have a listen-to..

Manuok - The Old Horse

tons of free downloadable songs

Some are really great....Blood Command is my fav

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists

fun mash-up

http://www.500daysofweezy.com/

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Machine for the washing of the dishes

So, my apartment came equipped with one o' them there machines what wash the dishes there for ya. High-tech gadget.

I've been here for well over a year and have not opened the thing, let alone run it. So, I did. Run it, that is. With dishes in it and everything.

Kinda like the way automatic dish washing machines smell when run. All hot and clean and stuff.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Back in the states

as of this morning.
Thanks you Asia for your hospitality.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Gin and creamy peanut butter

BFF!

Seen at the office recently.

While we do not (really) booze it up that often, i found the comfortable co-habitation of fancy gin and cheap peanut butter too good a photo-op to pass up.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Jakarta..my new favorite city

This place is unreal.
I feel as if I have taken some sort of really unintrusive acid.
I can't begin to get my boozed up fingers to type out some sort of semblance of a picture to capture it all. Duh.

The place unfolds continuously.....taxi drivers taking me and my co-workers to the resturant....turning down maze like strret with well developed concrete barriers and trash and high end stores and slappped together corrugated steel shanties....with a continous buzz of cycles.....the wide nose of the Indonesian people.....I only see it from the window.....they do not hold eye contact....busy with the demands of life in such a meat grinder of a city.

Fancy is different...derilict buildings are common...tomorrow to Bali


Electric line in Shanghi

traffic outside Jakarta

Leaving the factory....Gap/Reebok/Nike/W111

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

the hands your T-shirts come from

In Indonesia


I am in Jakarta......
by way of Singapore.

Crazy fancy hotel...bomb squad at the entrance

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Ho Chi Min traffic



Narrated by a co-worker.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Birthday Present

Adolfo really likes his music...going to get him an electric guitar now. So I'm shopping for a mini amp. Does anyone have any experience or suggestions on which to get?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

ASIA trip

This Tues day I head to Portland for a few days then head to Asia.
I will be over there for 10 days.
China - Indonesia - Bali - Vietnam.

Never been to the Orient before.

Very excited.

Finest Smoked Meats


IMG_3247
Originally uploaded by tcserpa
BBQ Safari.

A bunch of folks piled into a few cars and headed out of Austin en route to Lexington, TX for some of the finest BBQ known to man.

At 9:30 in the morning. I have never felt more Texan than I did while chowing down on BBQ before 10am.

After too much meat we headed back down the road to Taylor, TX for more too much meat at Louis Mueller's.

I smell like meat.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Need ideas everyone

OK
First birthday was a Piñata at the park
Second birthday was a Piñata at home
Third birthday was Blowing Bubbles birthday
Fourth birthday was Water Wars at home
Fifth birthday was Pizza Party and Summer Fun at home and the cul de sac
Sixth birthday was 8-bit Mario swimming Pool Party at the YMCA
End of school Pizza party - home
Seventh birthday was Hoth Rebel Planet Ice Skating party at Ice Rink
End of school DSI party - home

I don't need to mention that ChuckECheese is not an option...

So what do you think an 8 year old boy would enjoy?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I also like the rain.


Woo-hoo! Looks like we may get some rain!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Could it be that simple?

First off, why the hell does the 'New post' screen auto-focus to the textarea and not the Title field?

Secondly, do i need to start wearing my backpack again?

I found myself at a social event, offbeat but social, with a dead camera battery. Were i wearing my backpack that would not have happened.

I have a co-worker from Wisconsin. Lo mas de Wisconsin. I mean, that boy reps the state like he was paid to. Anyway, his folks (who are completely adorable) are in town and his father is thinking about starting a food-wagon to vend a native Wisconsin food-stuff: cheese curds. We were presented with a variety of delicious, batter-fried curds and a comment card. It was a focus group with beer and cheese (although i had bourbon, which i had (mostly unselfishly) given the hosts previously on the Fourth of July).

Cheese curds are baby cheeses before they become anything but cheese curds. Think 'cheese stem cells'. In Wisconsin these baby cheeses are battered and fried into a delicious treat. I wanted to document this transformation from proto-cheese to tasty snack but i only got one shot off before my damned battery died. Which brings me back to my backpack.

My backpack always carried pens, pencils, erasers, matches, spare batteries, needle and thread, anti-histamines, sketchbook(s), touch-up paint, various chargers, edged weapons, lint, small wildlife and a variety of handsome pins/badges. You know, the necessities. Had i my backpack i could have documented the quaint Wisconsin folkway of cheese curding.

Am i too grown up to carry a backup into a gathering, or does a true grown-up not give a shit?

Friday, July 09, 2010

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Sprayco says it all.


Sprayco says it all.
Originally uploaded by tcserpa
Just picked up this handy Sprayco® Plant Sprayer and it's really great. It's like having a wireless hose! Rush out to your local hardware store and get one today!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

i like the raindrops

ok so here goes everybody

i have done nothing but be a mom for so long i don't even know myself these days

but lately the pace is slowing down, either that or i've really lost more then my sense of normalcy

in any case, my kiddoes are growing, Paola has taken to independence like a toddler's finger to a nostril and Adolfo continues to develop into a growing, glowing example of genius (translate, quirky, but charmingly so and using lots of electronic intestines)
i am proud of my children
so life goes on at the Chavez household.
Just two short weeks after Adolfo's piano recital
Paola starred at her ballet recital

She performed two dances with her group and two dances with her parents. She was selected as the leader of her group and performed flawlessly and fearlessly. The two dances were, Singing Poodle and Kewpie Doll
I'm glad to report that she prefers NOT to wear makeup.
Adolfo has joined the YMCA swim team and is now busy flirting with the female lifeguards and inventing new swim strokes much to his coach's dismay. But he dutifully performs as expected during meets and is thankfully not abashed at coming in last.
Paola is also taking swimming lessons and insists that she could swim on her own. Of course, I'm terrified and hover around her like a crazed octopus ready to grab at any sign of distress. She laughs it off as she does most things. Yes, this little girl is going to teach me a thing or two.
As the kids are growing, Killy and I are readying for change. I guess this means we are finally comfortable with the way things are, and as you all know, Killy and I thrive on stress, so we just need to make things a little more complicated.
Killy is going back to school to study Biomedical Engineering. I don't know how that's going to work itself into our lives, but I do know that it will and we will be happier for it because King Killy will be happier. :-)
I like my job in that the hours allow me time with my children. But I know that soon, Paola being old enough for public school means I have an opportunity to think about my career as something that can be emotionally rewarding for me. Hmmm, the possibilities are endless...

so what's new with you?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Friday, June 04, 2010

lone US soccer fan

http://www.theonion.com/articles/nations-soccer-fan-becoming-insufferable,17553/

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

So, that happened

I had run out to the truck to make sure the windows were up. The sky had greyed, the wind had picked up and it looked likely to rain. Walking back around the building, thinking about the silly-ass comment system i was building and the most recent javascript error, i noticed that traffic was especially thick on Guadalupe.

Then there was a greyish-giant-ham-sized blur emanating from a vaguely dark-blue north-bound SUV shaped blur, a fleshy thump, a squealing of brakes, and the appearance of a grey-and-white-pit-bull-type dog in the street.

We'll call him Spike.

Spike had no idea what the hell had just happened.

Unsure of everything, he sort of rocked in place. He reminded me of the reaction of my niece had when the other little girl (3-4 yo, cute little blond) tried, repeatedly and unceasingly, to get the eye-boogers out of her (my niece's) eye. She (once again, my niece) was freaked, but had zero idea how to handle it.

Being the brave, daring guy that i am (while hoping like hell that Spike would not freak out and kill me) i whistled(ish), and said dumb things like "C'mere, puppy. It's OK. C'mon, pup!", possibly whistled(ish) again and clapped my hands on my thighs while trying to keep myself from shaking too visibly. Dogs can sense that shit. They'll fucking eat you.

Spike trotted over and seemed for all the world like an adorable, confused, short-haired (killing machine) as i snatched up his trailing leash. I spouted more dog-friendly platitudes: "Who's a good boy, then?", "Wow, are those your real teeth?", and tried to calm both of us down.

Spike did a better job than me at calming down.

Then shit got real wacky.

I am unclear how things really happened; traffic stayed snarled; some things must have moved, some things must not have. I was petting Spike, hoping he did not tear my throat out (he was a actually a calm and good-looking puppy) while looking out for the dark-blue SUV-shaped blur when i heard the *crunch*.

A blue and white motorcycle (Suzuki?) had run into the back of a stopped VW Beetle (one of the newer ones, you know, the one with flatter curves around the quarter panels and done in the nice red, not the tomato one). Later, it turned out that the Beetle was driven by a short, seemingly disinterested, blonde girl.

The bike had two occupants: the rider, all helmeted and race-bike jacketed, and the passenger, all flip-flopped, t-shirted, beshorted and rolling in the street, flopping to an erratic stop while moaning, yelling.

Being the self-centered guy that i am i thought, "i bet i looked a lot like that hitting the ground when i broke my clavicle. Good thing i can't run as fast as that bike". He was clearly injured, but traffic obscured my view. Nextly; the more-clearly-defined dark blue, south-bound (Chevy) SUV hove into view, windows rolled down, in the turn lane, driver haranguing those *in his way*, feet away from and completely oblivious to passenger-boy's plight.

Chevy made a bad left onto 42nd (east-bound) and yelled at me from the window that he would 'be right back' as he drove past. Meanwhile, i was on the phone with 911, holding onto Spike, who was either excited to see his master, or scared as hell to do the same thing. Not sure. Seems like a good thing to beat myself up over.

Traffic has stopped, passenger is screaming, Chevy is yelling at anydamnthing and approaching; Spike is freaking out, tugging at the leash and 911 has put me on hold.

"Are you with the victim?"

"Bitch pushed the dog out the truck!"

"South or North bound?"

"Stupid bitch."

Chevy was shorter than me, muscle-bound and Affliction-tank-topped as he took the leash and took Spike back to the Chevy blur. He said words at me, but i was trying to listen to dispatch.

"OK, an ambulance has been dispatched. Others are on the scene. Please disconnect now."

I do not think i should have given Spike back.

Passenger-boy was silent, Traffic stopped. Oglers ogled and a mother-and-infant was speaking to 911. I urged her to take her child out of the situation after some small talk, peek-a-boo, and checking that she was OK and uninvolved. She seemed mostly interested in death. The kid was cute though.

Everydamnbody showed up: Police, FD, EMS; the whole nine. Situation handled. Spike returned.

I went back to the office, had some cheese and crackers and did the crossword. Well, not really. It was a kinda tough Wednesday.

I hope Spike is OK. He's the only one who had no choice in his situation. Him and the kid, who is most likely fine despite his death-obsessed mom.

Again with my hat


IMG_0488
Originally uploaded by tcserpa
I warned you.

I said it would happen.

Did you believe me? Did you heed my words, my dire, ominous warnings?

No.

You have no one to blame but yourself for the appalling adorability of my nephew wearing my kinda funky hat.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

My Hat.


IMG_0487
Originally uploaded by tcserpa
So, we were hiding. In the back seat. Behind a silver car-shade. Car-shade-hiding (and the subsequent loud whispering) is an occasionally effective strategy for the ride home after (for example) Uncle Todd has been made to sit through a cinema experience of the Shrek variety, and must endure being crammed between two car seats in the back seat of a Ford Explorer. The Niece decided that my hat could be seen, so it was subsequently discarded. And left behind when I went back to Austin.

Sometime after that she re-discovered it. Seen here is my adorable niece holding my (probably funky) hat hostage. A picture of the boy wearing the aforementioned head-gear is doubtlessly in the offing.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

summer music

check these ladies out

http://www.myspace.com/thosedancingdays

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Piano Recital - Adolfo Fidel Chavez IV

Adolfo IV had a piano recital last night. He wore a well-fitted little boy suit with a clip-on tie. He waited patiently on an old cushioned pew as student after student went up on stage and tapped out their accomplishments on the piano.

The recital was in the chapel a christian school on Antoine. When it was his turn he stood up and walked up the small steps onto the altar, turned to the audience and gave an awkward bow. He turned, squeezed in between the bench and the piano and placed his book of music. He sat down placed his fingers on the keys and banged out two songs - bowing awkwardly once again between the two.

He did it like he was taking care of business. No drama. No nervousness. No anxious, looking back over his shoulder for his parents.

Later, after the show, he would mention to his teacher that he had been a little bit nervous, but it didn't show.

So proud of the boy.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Game of Risk

Why does watching or following the Google I/O conference seem familiar.
Apple is Adolph, and everyone wants to dog pile on him.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Naked Site

I kinda like this look.

MOTORCYCLE PORN




http://www.deus.com.au/#/bikes/motorcycles/

Monday, May 03, 2010

Testing, testing...

Is this thing on?

Ok, it is. Uhhhhh...things may be a bit odd for a while, as i figure things out in between freaking out and work, my primary freak-out causer.

Although, seeing the site naked is kinda interesting.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Only Thing That Can Stop This Asteroid Is Your Liberal Arts Degree.

You make one false move up there, be it a clumsy thesis statement, poorly reasoned argument, or glib analysis, and your team is dead, along with this whole sorry planet.

- McSweeneys

Monday, April 05, 2010

Ornery

Just watched "Gran Torino", I am still convinced that Todd and Clint Eastwood are related somehow.

Laura's MFA show

Hey all,

here is the video of me walking around Laura's Thesis show.
We just finished hanging it last night. It opens today and runs through Friday.
Party at our house this Friday night.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mesmerized by the Vortex


Mesmerized by the Vortex
Originally uploaded by killy
Adolfo continues to amaze me on a daily basis.

For those of you who still watch this blog, the Chavez family is doing well. We have just come off of a very eventful spring break; it had a little bit of everything: mid-day naps, trips to museuems, candy in the middle of the day, trips to far away places, meeting new people, junk food, hotel stays, peacocks, bike rides and longer than usual DSi game play time.

Luckily, our routine is pretty well burned into our souls so re-entry to the workforce and school / extracurricular life was not so difficult.

The in-laws (Carol's parents) are with us for 'only they know how long', which, of course, is fine with me: I came home today to folded laundry and a pan full of albondigas and beans. It was glorious. Carol's dad has been monitoring and taking care of the garden while i've been at work. Something about that man makes things grow. Suddenly, i've got sprouts all over the place and he's only been here a couple of days. Perhaps their time had come, but i like imaging that Carol's dad is some type of plant whisperer. Remember the time he mowed my banana tree and it came back stronger than it was previously?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

toughest song in a while

band: 31 knots
song: Man Becomes Me

http://www.myspace.com/31knots

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Memorial of love and peace for Meagan E. Jones

Meagan's memorial will take place on Friday, March 19th, 2010 at Mayfield Park in Austin Texas. The family and friends event will start at 12:30 PM with arts and crafts and activities for the children followed by a slideshow and memorial at 2:00 PM. There will be plenty of food and good conversation as we gather together to celebrate the life and love that Meagan shared with us.
We miss you my friend.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Meagan Jones


Meagan Jones
Originally uploaded by killy
It is with a very heavy heart and a heap of disbelief that I am announcing the passing of one of our friends, Meagan Jones. Please keep her, her son Ben and her mother Carlene in your prayers.

Reverand Jones, you will be missed.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Unicorn....

I looked it up....I had to.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Jay Electronica

This is of the best I have heard in a while

http://www.myspace.com/jayelectronica

Monday, February 08, 2010

Four!


IMG_2708
Originally uploaded by tcserpa
The Niece turned four this weekend, and a good time was had by all. Her special cupcake, topped by a ridiculous amount of frosting in the shape of Dora the Explorer also contained 8 very small, very sharp toothpicks. No injury occurred but my sister freaked out, which is always fun.

On another note, Blogger is discontinuing FTP posting which puts this blog at a crossroad. We can continue to use the Blogger service with the same domain, or transfer everything do a different platform, such as WordPress. Any and all thoughts on this matter you wish to share will be appreciated.

Friday, February 05, 2010

SNOMG!

Heavy stuff hasn’t even hit yet!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Todd Serpa

So I called Todd last nite.....
we discussed various topics and cursed quite a bit.
I insulted him and he made excuses.

Everything seems to be in order.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

great mash up

http://www.soop.ca/bootie/bestofbootie2008/04%20-%20Lobsterdust%20-%20It%27s%20Fun%20To%20Smoke%20Dust.mp3

Monday, January 11, 2010

Arrrrghhhhh...Zombies?



Story behind this one is that......many years after the zombies took over.....one came forth that was neither Dead or Undead.....wonder what her progeny looked like 6 generations down the road.......?

Colin