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February 29, 2004

The Corporation

Today I went for dinner at my mom's house, and I watched about an hour of the Academy Awards. I quickly realized that I had seen only one of the movies that had been nominated for an award: Lord of the Rings. Even more shocking, go-Daddy-O had seen only two of the movies. This is a man who subscribes to Entertainment Weekly and usually makes it a point to see one or two matinees a week. Of course, that was before the baby came along.

So what was the last movie I saw? A documentary by the co-director of Manufacturing Consent titled The Corporation. I highly recommend that you see this film while it's still playing in theatres.

From the press kit:

In law, the corporation is a “person”.
But what kind of person is it?

Considering the odd legal fiction that deems a corporation a “person” in the eyes of the law, the feature documentary employs a checklist, based on actual diagnostic criteria of the World Health Organization and DSM IV, the standard tool of psychiatrists and psychologists. What emerges is a disturbing diagnosis.

Check out the trailer to get a feel for what the movie's about.

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February 28, 2004

Goldilocks & The Three Bears

Oliver went for his first haircut today. Oooooooooooooo! Was he MAD!

I tossed around the idea of trying it myself. For those parents out there considering the same, take it from us, if you have a squirmy-worm like Oliver...LEAVE IT TO A PROFESSIONAL!! It took three of us to hold his head, pin down his arms and keep his legs from kicking the hairdresser. How foolish were we to think that he'd just sit on my lap and let a stranger come at him with a razor, spray bottle, comb and scissors?!

His protests were definately ones of anger...no tears, just loud cries and a lot of kicking. Let's just hope that it's short enough so that we don't have to go through this again in the near future.

For now we have a very handsome little boy on our hands...the baby in him is disappearing fast!

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February 27, 2004

Male Nanny Service--Y Not?

While society likes to force gender-myths on all of us, NannyBoi, Inc. can help you and your children be gender activists even while you're having a night out on the town.

Call 800-Nanny-XY!
Remember, that's 800-Nanny-XY!

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Addy, I think you're on to something. You'd better start setting up that 1-800 number!

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February 26, 2004

Muddy Buddy

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Mountain Equipment Co-op (aka MEC) has a good thing going with Oliver's daycare centre. Almost every child has one of these nifty, easy-to-install-child-in, $50, one piece rain suits. The kids are dressed in their regular clothes, jacket and outdoor shoes before getting stuffed into one of these. Then they can go nuts when they get tossed into the sand box or onto the grass. The suit protects them from the elements and their clothes from the dirt and wet.

It's highly recommended that you buy at least 2 sizes too big so that the child can grow into the suit. The elastic cuffs keep the suit in place. For $50, you want them to be able to wear it a little longer than the usual clothing lifespan. Don't wait until you need one of these suits...MEC is often sold out of 12 mo., 18 mo. and 2T (also available in 6 mo. and 4T).

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February 25, 2004

Hump Day

I used this term today, and one of my younger co-workers giggled because he thought that I was saying something dirty. Well, I guess "hump day" is a type of dirty word for those of us who work 9 to 5, five days a week. For go-Daddy-O, today was just another day of various food-oriented activities--a catered meet and greet gathering at SFU in the morning, lunch at White Spot with a friend and her baby in the afternoon, and dinner with me, Ella, Penny, and Oliver in the evening.

For me, today was another day of sitting through meetings and sitting at my computer copying and pasting text from one file to another, and then adding the appropriate XML tags. This is such mindless work that I could do it in my sleep. And in fact, I fell asleep for about 30 seconds--in front of my computer. I also fell asleep during yesterday's Product Life Cycle training session. Tomorrow, I am having lunch with a couple of friends, but other than that, I have nothing on my schedule except for more cutting an pasting. I will be spending Friday doing much of the same.

So I'm finally over the hump, but it looks like I still have a very long week ahead of me.

What helps you get over the hump?

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February 24, 2004

Cashew, Brazil or Almond

Day two has come and gone. I'm still alive!

I sort of feel like I never left. I received a bouquet of flowers yesterday. I ate a rushed 2:30 lunch at my desk today. I shared Jelly Bellys with visitors. I thought of Oliver all day long. I still have my sense of humour. I accomplished a lot. I thought of nothing but work on the drive home. I felt tremendously guilty for not thinking of son instead. I'm dreading the tick of the 6:30 am clock. I'm looking forward to the hustle and bustle of the job (and the pay cheque that comes along with it).

My feelings are like a bag of mixed nuts and I am continually asking myself...is any job worth spending only four hours a day with Oliver? Is he better off being with a group of children in a structured environment than hanging out with me? Am I going to miss too many of his "firsts"?

I think it's becoming harder for parents (especially mothers) to come to terms with their feelings when they're given an opportunity to spend a year building a strong bond and desire to be together with their child. One can't be faulted for that!

Maybe I'll be able to find the answers tomorrow...or the next day...maybe the day after that?

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February 23, 2004

Nannies on Call

We attended not one, but two parties on the weekend. I think that's a record for this year! We brought Ella to a friend's birthday party on Sunday, but on Saturday, we brought in our regular babysitters: Grandma and Uncle Dave.

Ella adores both of her sitters, and their rates are hard to beat. However, those of you who don't have family in town may want to bookmark this: Nannies on Call. I know a couple of families who have used them, and so far, they've been happy with the service.

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February 22, 2004

Back to the Grind

It's early to bed tonight because I'm back to work tomorrow...wish me luck!

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February 21, 2004

Few Choices Left

As consumers--and parents--we seem to have few ethical choices left. Tomi is much more conscious about finding ethical places to do business than I am, but in all honesty I think the choices are few to begin with.

Case in point. Today I was in the market for a mobile baby prison (aka "play" pen). Where did I end up? Wal-Mart. The worst of all corporations.

But really, where can we go? There's Toys R Us. There's Zellers. There's Sears. These are all major corporations driven by the same market pressures and questionable strategies. But for many things there is simply no place else to go.

Either Wal-Mart sells us the basic model of the Graco Pack and Play playpen that we want (everybody else sells only the deluxe models), or we keep looking around until we find something suitable--most likely sold at another corporation. In the meantime, we waste precious time driving around shopping mall parking lots, and Ella keeps trying to find her way through / around / under / over the baby gate at the top of the stairs.

We live in an age of daily compromise.

And more often than not, we're forced to compromise our ethics on a daily basis.

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February 20, 2004

Changes

Oliver has made huge progress at daycare this week.

From crocodile tears on Monday to laughing with his friends today...

From not eating to eating like a pig...

From refusing to sleep to taking TWO naps...

It seems that even his new nickname is wearing thin...he is no longer the "Magnet" he once was!

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