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Posted by Katherine Putnam on June 27th, 2012

“Baby, baby, baby oh, like baby, baby, baby no, like baby, baby, baby oh”

No, I’m not pregnant.

But golly, everyone else seems to either be pregnant or recently so! I’m starting to wonder if I’m coming down with a fever that can’t be cured with more cowbell. It doesn’t help that my lady-coworker-friends have been not so subtly hinting that I should jump on the bandwagon. Nate has flat out told me he’s ready to be an uncle (and given me a very strict deadline). It also doesn’t help (but doesn’t hurt) that we’ve had the honor of babysitting our friends’ adorable baby boy for well over a month now. Tiny baby giggles are fast becoming our crack.

So. We’ll see. It’s definitely a topic of conversation and prayer at Chez Apartment.

Whether or not it’s the right time for my eggo to be preggo is not the only Big Life Decision being bandied about our wee abode. We recently attended a first time home buyers’ workshop put on by our county, so we’re trying to discern if we should start searching for a home now or wait a little while longer. I’m an impatient person (despite the fear instilled in me at the aforementioned workshop), so I’m itching to sound the bugle and charge forward on both counts. Instead, however, I’m attempting to pray and discuss the subject with Chris (and our parents) instead. However, reading blogs like Aliza’s or the Petersiks’–that are filled with cute kids and gorgeous homes–isn’t really helping rein me in.

What else?

I’m compulsively checking Aliza’s blog and Natalie’s Facebook page for pictures from Natalie’s baby shower. (Hint hint. Nudge nudge.) If you remember I had a hard time describing Natalie’s bridal shower. Well, there’s simply no way I can paint a picture with words that would adequately capture the talent, love, and creativity that went into this baby shower. Aliza teamed up with one of Natalie’s friends and–by their powers combined–they created a masterpiece that Pottery Barn, West Elm, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, etc would die to get their hands on. It was like candy for your eyes. Seriously, pictures need to go up soon because I need to show people how spectacular it was. (EDIT: They just went up on Facebook! I hit “post” on this and “refresh” for Facebook and BOOM! Awesome sauce.)

On a random note, I’ve now seen our new neighbor’s “baguette” twice. Yes. That’s right. Our apartments have large sliding glass doors that open out onto our patios. His patio happens to face the parking lot. Where I happen to park. The sun just happens to perfectly illuminate the parking-lot-facing apartments when I’m getting in my car to go to work in the morning. And, like dogs naturally chase squirrels, humans (myself included) tend to naturally turn their heads to look when they see an unidentified flash out of the corner of their eye. They just don’t usually expect that flash to be sunlight hitting a stranger’s “dangling participle.” I left an anonymous note on their door following the second incident, but seriously, who does that??? Who wanders around naked, in front of a giant window when people are getting in their cars to go to work in the morning? These apartments come with giant, nakedness obscuring blinds; why wouldn’t he close them before parading around in the altogether? On second thought, I hope I never find out why. In order to find out why I would have to talk to the neighbor about this (and I swore I wouldn’t attempt a face to face conversation unless the note did not do the trick) and I just want this super awkward story to end. Amen, and amen.

In news that will surprise no one, we’re (I’m?) trying to juggle TV obsessions right now, but they keep interrupting each other. We’re still valiantly trying to finish the reimagined Battlestar Galactica. We’re only a few episodes from the end, but real life and other shows keep getting in the way. Part of the delay, I think, also stems from the fact that I’m not ready for this show to be over. It is one of the most compelling, well acted, well written, well imagined shows I’ve ever seen. Sure, it has its flaws (I’ve yet to discover the perfect TV show), but they are overshadowed by its virtues. To paraphrase what Steve said when he told us to watch it: every character thinks their opinion, their view is the right one. No character makes decisions or mistakes just to be evil. The conflict of the show arises because the people inhabiting it have conflicting ideals, though processes, vices, etc. (End horrible paraphrase of what was once Steve’s well articulated pitch.) Every character is so well developed that I have trouble completely hating any of them. Even the ones that I really, really dislike have redeeming qualities, or motivations that I can at least understand, even if I don’t agree with them. It’s not a happy show, by any means, but it’s a thumpin’ good one.

What’s keeping me from this fantastic science fiction drama? Comedies. Three, to be exact. First, I discovered that Netflix has every season of Frasier on instant. I had only watched a few scattered episodes of it in the past, but now I’m hooked. I refuse to look to see if Netflix has Cheers until I finish Frasier. Yes, I am aware that there is a limit to how many shows I can juggle. Second, Chris got offered a two week trial of Hulu Plus, so now we can watch season four of Parks and Recreation. Parks and Rec took awhile (the whole first season) to grow on me, but I’m really glad I stuck with it. It is heartwarming and hilarious. Leslie Knope is a character to look up to, though I must admit that April is my favorite. Finally, there is Community. I’m ashamed to say I’ve only seen a few episodes from seasons one and two, and only about half of season three. Luckily I will soon rectify most of that: Chris bought me seasons one and two for my birthday (quarter of a century, what what?). Despite having only watched a fraction of the show, I can say without a doubt that Community is one of the funniest, most innovative, most creative, most meta, most brilliant comedies out there (today, if not of all time). I’m just hoping NBC doesn’t continue to Britta it. #sixseasonsandamovie

On a more accomplished note, we are at least one (two?) obsessions down: we watched the season finale of The Legend of Korra a few nights ago. The Legend of Korra is the sequel to the series Avatar: The Last Airbender, which we also devoured. Both are superbly animated, well written cartoon series that air (or aired) on Nickelodeon. As you may know, I’m a big fan of C.S. Lewis’s belief that “a children’s story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children’s story. The good ones last…We must meet children as equals…The child as reader [viewer] is neither to be patronized nor idolized: we talk to him as man to man.” Avatar and Korra are among the “good ones.” They are funny and accessible to children, but they do not–in any way–patronize their viewers. If viewers my age and older are just as spellbound as the children that make up the shows’ target demographic…then yeah, I think they’re doing something right. The shows manage to balance comedy with conflict, and are smart enough to give their drama real stakes. Although I did feel that the season finale of Korra was a bit rushed, I’m eager to see what season two has to offer.

Anywho. That’s what we’ve been up to, for the most part. There was also Nate’s grad party–ah! my baby brother’s graduated college!–and other get togethers with family and friends. C’mon, I’ve been absent from blogging for two months…I’m not going to detail everything that happened since I last wrote. Now we’re looking forward to some big decisions and some much anticipated visits with more family and more friends. (We’re big on that, if you didn’t know.) I’ll let you know how it all goes!

And no, I haven’t forgotten my movie resolution. I swear I plan to get back on the wagon with that.

Cheers,

Katherine Elyse


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