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I've been getting bummed by the Eastenders cot death storyline. Also it's making me despise Ronnie. I understand she was in shock that her baby died in the cot but how could you take another person's baby and let them think their baby died? Sort of hard to watch Eastenders as a result. Not to mention hard to watch given I only just had a baby and we aren't out of the danger zone quite yet. The thought of SIDS terrifies me to the bone.

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I have more than enough time in a day to do everything I need to do to get my various pet projects going. It's just a matter of mapping out the time efficiently and not blowing so much time meandering around the web and other online time sinks.

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Happy anniversary to my wonderful aishes chayil Elizabeth. Who would have thought one year later we would have a three month old baby -- and it wasn't a shotgun wedding!

We are at Shalom Bombay for our anniversary dinner. Yummy kosher Indian food reminiscent of Seattle where we went to Pabla in Renton for every special occasion.

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I have been told that the new King Owl album, called Pretty Little Foxes, is supposed to be super awesome.

They even have a song called Pretty Little Foxes.

http://www.myspace.com/558712356/music/songs/Pretty-Little-Foxes-80371229

Pretty awesome. Those Pretty Little Foxes by King Owl.

EDIT : The whole album can be downloaded for free at http://kingowlmusic.bandcamp.com/

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Someone asked me the other day what I will do when I have nothing about which to complain. By that they meant that I never stop complaining. I have been thinking about that pretty much since then.

I then took that question and noticed how it applies itself to my day to day living.

I may be wrong but I think the problem lays with what could be a fundamental flaw in me. I think when most people observe things that aren't the way that they perceive that they should be, they shrug their shoulders as though to say "Meh..." and move along.

On the other hand, I think about that thing and try to find a solution such that it changes to how I perceive that it should be.

Example: In the shul where I daven in the morning there is a door leading to a kitchen area that slams when someone opens it and lets it shut without gently closing it. For weeks I have been trying to find some hardware solution to change this so that it does not slam shut. Everyone else just walks on through and lets the door slam. You know something bothers me when I write a song about it. This one sounds something like the Gummy Bears theme song, but not really.

"Slam that door!
Slam it really hard
Slam that door --
slam it! Hard!"

So it goes. I should probably be concerned with my obsession with fixing everything that seems to be broken -- people or otherwise.

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In fact I have been keeping up with one journal -- just so happens that it is a paper journal that I carry with me everywhere. I 'update' there every morning on the way to work in the morning.

Much has happened since the last entry.

We brought home our beautiful baby and he finally got his bris milah this last Sunday. Despite it being a small affair, people come up to me in shul and tell me it was one of the most amazing brisim they have ever attended. Not sure what makes one bris more impressive than another.

Our son, Chaim Yosi, is well from the health perspective -- thank G-d.

We have a private baby blog and you can PM me for more details. It's locked down because I don't want the creeps of the world staring at my baby.

I have a strong desire to create. Perhaps a literary journal of some sort -- of the print variety, mind you. When I say I want to create, I want to make something physical -- an artistic endeavour -- like when I would make one inch buttons with Koichi.

How I wish I could draw.
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We are looking into pumps.

In fact, we have pretty much settled on a pump -- the Medela Symphony. At this point it looks as though we are going to rent it for three months since buying it would be about $1300.

We found a site called Yummy Mummy which rents them in the NY area for $250 for three months.

Pro-tip : don't search for Yummy Mummy without the accompanying "pump rental" unless you want some seriously disturbing returns.

We saw our beautiful baby again today and he is looking better every day. I hope we can bring him home soon.

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So much to report since my last entry.

Last week my wife went to the doctor and she found that her blood pressure was higher than she felt it should have been. She ordered a urinalysis which took place this last Monday. All day Monday Elizabeth had a pretty bad headache and I got some tylenol for her which seemed to help.

On Tuesday Elizabeth told me that she had gone to the hospital because she had thrown up a couple of times and so I left work early and joined her at the hospital. They were monitoring her blood pressure and analyzed her urine and found that she had a high amount of protein in her urine and also had a really high blood pressure -- 160 / 90, I believe.

At around eight in the evening someone came in and told us that we should start getting ready for the c-section that would be taking place and then was shocked when we told her that nobody had alerted us that this would definitely be happening.

So on Tuesday night, December 14th, my wife gave birth to a baby boy who weighed 3 pounds 9.6 ounces and 16.5 inches. Pretty much normal size other than the weight.

He is in the NICU as a result. He is breathing on his own and is doing quite well other than the weight. My wife remained in the hospital until tonight. We were sad leaving our son in the hospital but so it must be.

So much to happen in such a short amount of time!

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Watching Conan on television makes me think about Jessica and how lucky she is to have seen Conan and Joel McHale live and got pictures with Joel. Guess who I get s photo with any time I want?

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Ayup.

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Wow! Great meal. Stuffed up like a Tofurkey.

Tofurkey came out much better this year than last. Last year it was burnt on the bottom. Much more liquid this year made for no burning of the bottom.

Here is what is left of the pumpkin pie.

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I have a lot to be grateful this last year. Going from swinging single to married man with pregnant wife is pretty awesome. Well single in the sense that I wasn't married.

I'm also thrilled with my living space and sharing it with a roommate and cat is fantastic. Well then there are the bears of course.

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... But they're so small!

Saw a show called Cranksgiving last night. Comedians got up and talked about things for which they were not grateful. They asked for volunteers and my hand shot up.

So nervous. Got up and talked about the subway. Everyone clapped. Later I found out that Ira Glass was in the front row.

It's like hitting a home run and finding out that the spirit of DiMaggio is clapping his ethereal hands for you.

Tofurkey time soon. Update after that? Perhaps.

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I noticed that all my entries for the year fit onto one page. That makes me feel rather pathetic.

This has been one of the biggest years of my life.

In March I married my long time girlfriend and eight months later we are a couple of months away from having a baby, G-d willing.

I stated at the beginning of the year (2010) that I wanted this to be a more artistic year. That didn't work out so well.

I hope that 2011 will be the year I really start doing more artistic things. Even if that means making a Tumbler web page and posting MP3s on that page, that will be a tremendous thing for me.

I don't want to write and record music mp3s for money. If I happen to make a cassingle at some point that would be fun but more for the idea of creating a nice piece of art. Maybe I can manage to write enough the rest of this year to make up for a paltry number of entries the first 11 months.

I'm pretty sure that I will once again fail Nanowrimo this year. I have so many false starts that could be made into interesting stories or novellas. I should look into that.

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November is in two days and I haven't updated this here Journal in a few months. I've been looking at paper journals that I kept in 1993 and from 1996-2004 with plenty of breaks in between. From 1996-1999 I wrote quite regularly, with a bit of insanity sprinkled in there. Rather, it sometimes seems like I don't even know who that person was who did all that writing.

My office moved to Jay Street in Brooklyn -- the so-called Dumbo neighborhood. It reminds me a lot of Portland in some ways -- all of the fun stores that are independently owned that really know how to distinguish themselves from mass cookie cutter types of stores.

I'm planning on trying out NaNoWriMo yet again this year. Not sure what I'm going to write about but we shall see.

The pregnancy is going well. The insurance company goofed and said that they won't cover one of the ultrasounds that Elizabeth had, saying that it was not tied to any legitimate medical need. Uh, how about pregnancy? I'm pretty sure pregnancy, at least in 2010, necessitates ultrasounds. Thanks, corporate healthcare.

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Watching Degrassi with my wife. I have put on weight since she got pregnant. Not sure it's supposed to work that way.

Time to hit revabs with full force!!

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Well, look at that. Here I go, here I go again... and here I go again. Going to try doing this livejournal thing seriously for awhile. Let's see how long it lasts.

If you didn't know it, I got married in March. It was a really tiny ceremony attended by about 30 people with a budget under two thousand dollars. Don't know why I'm so proud of that fact other than I keep hearing people talking about budgets that sound like they are more appropriate to sports cars than events that last under three hours.

As a wedding present to myself I bought an Epiphone Hummingbird acoustic guitar and am very slowly learning to play it. My fingers are sore every day from pressing hard on the metal strings.

I'm hoping to see The Merchant of Venice at the Shakespeare in the Park this week.

I am still gainfully employed, Baruch Hashem, and that seems to be going well.

I write for the Boles Blogs network of 13 excellent and brilliant blogs and am very much thankful to supergenius David Boles for helping me shape words together into memeingful articles.

That's all for now! :)

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I first posted this image seven years ago. It's back!

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In Florida. Such a nice accomodation but no free wi fi and I'm not keen on spending fifty dollars for a week's worth.

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Curiously, there is no other Gordon Davidescu registered at Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Sur la Table other than the one writing this entry.

For the record, of course.
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"[Toyota]'s problems continue to speed out of control... just like the Toyota Prius being driven by a California man..."

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I proposed to Elizabeth yesterday and she very kindly said yes.

We are hopefully going to get married before Passover this year.

It will be a minimalist wedding with a more involved reception in the months to come: one on the West Coast and one on the East. Nothing in Detroit, alas.

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