Monday, July 31, 2006

Chloe's New Ride & Rotten Tomatoes

Ok, it's true, we claimed to be cured of purchasing more vehicles but that's before we went to only one car. This past weekend we picked up Matt's "hobby car", a 1987 Porsche 944 Turbo. We began the search for a hobby car, a classic car Matt could tinker with and use as a Sunday driver, about a month ago. We originally set out to find an MG but after looking at several, I ruled them out for being too little. I told Matt that any car we bought had to have a backseat large enough to fit Chloe's car seat. The search continued. We found ourselves one Sunday afternoon looking at a MGB GT at a classic car dealer in Nyack, NY. The MGB did have a backseat, but it was only large enough for Chloe's Cabbage Patch doll. We looked around at the dealer when Matt spotted a green 1969 Porsche. Matt went out for a test drive and Chloe and I were left to look at the remaining inventory. Chloe instantly spotted a blue Porsche inside the warehouse and attempted to open the door. I helped her inside the car and was impressed with the excellent shape the car was in. I couldn't find one door ding or nick in the paint. The interior looked like it was only a few years old, not 19 years old. It was impressive. When Matt returned, Chloe and I showed him the car. Well, that my friends was it. The car was ours and we picked it up this past Saturday after registering it in New Jersey. Matt & Chloe have already been out and about in the car. Chloe was so thrilled by the Porsche that she fell asleep after 4 minutes. She does like the car (as you can see from the photo) and points to it every time she is in the garage and says "Porsche!". Of course, she doesn't want to ride in the back seat, she wants to drive (see photo again).

Today Chloe and I went outside to pick the bounty of our tomato harvest only to discover that our tomatoes have a rot! That didn't stop Chloe from trying to eat one. I was quick enough snatch it out from her mouth. I'm sure PaPaw will have some tips and comments on our ability to farm tomatoes.

We did have a "PaPaw moment" this morning. As we were sitting on the front steps of the house we heard a bird. Chloe informed me that the bird was a dove. And, she was right. Now, where does a two year-old learn how to differentiate a bird's call? Hmmm, if you know her PaPaw then you know the answer.

I am officially connected to the future of diabetes management. This morning, my Medtronic Minimed trainer came by to connect me to the conintuous glucose monitoring system. I switched insulin pumps two weeks ago from my outdated Distronic D-Tron to a Minimed pump with the Real-Time system. The new pump has the latest technology which will someday eliminate the fingersticks with blood glucose testing. The new system is two devices, a pump and the glucose monitor, which is a sensor device that you insert into the fat of your stomach and it reads your blood glucose and sends it to the insulin pump. The pump has a "wizard"/calculator that has been programmed with your personal details (e.g. carb to glucose ratio) and will calculate how much insulin you should take for food or high glucose readings. Chloe was present for the training and watched intently at the whole process. I guess if I have questions I can ask my two year-old. The trainer let Chloe play with a sample pump and Chloe became frustrated when the ... wouldn't stay on her stomach. I hope she never has to have a pump. She only enjoys pressing the buttons and hearing it go "beep, beep, beep". The new system should make it easier to maintain excellent control and should lessen the amount of times I have to prick my finger, which after nearly 11 years as a diabetic still hurts. Anyway, I look like some freak of nature with my pump inserted and my new sensor stuck on my stomach. I included a lovely photo of my stomach showing the new sensor attached. My insulin pump is on the other side of my tummy, but I will save you the pain of viewing that photo too.

Well, that's all for now. Chloe has just found her fingerpaints and believes it to be makeup. Gotta go and scrub paint off a two year-old's face.

The new sensor.  Posted by Picasa

My rotten bounty of tomatoes. Posted by Picasa

Chloe's new ride. Posted by Picasa

The 1987 Porsche 944 Turbo in nautic blue metallic. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

More NYC Photos...

I am glad you all are enjoying the photos and the blog on our NYC get-together. I decided to post some more photos of our trip as many people emailed me and requested it. If you haven't read my play-by-play of the week in NYC, then go to the "Toddlers and the City" post to read all about it.

Chloe is completely worn out from the week. She is running a slight fever and took 2, two hour naps today. She has also been developing a slight cough. I am going to call the doctor tomorrow and see if I can get her in.

I don't even know what Melanie and Christi are attempting to do in this shot, so I am going to post it and let them comment on a)where they were and b)what they are doing. Posted by Picasa

Madeline and Christi on the carousel. Posted by Picasa

Matt, Chloe and Madeline waiting for the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. Posted by Picasa

Could I really leave Melanie out of the embarrassing photo montage? After all, she walked behind me trying to get a gratutious skirt-flying up shot.  Posted by Picasa

Isn't this sweet! Posted by Picasa

Isn't Grant cute? Posted by Picasa

Lisa and Grant. Posted by Picasa

Christi got mad at me for putting the goofy shot of her on the train on the blog (make sure you look at it). She told me that she is now plotting against me in retaliation. Well, Christi, you can stop. This should be payback enough. This is a photo that Melanie took (actually, she took about 5 of these shots) waiting for my skirt to blow up. Let this serve as a warning...don't wear a skirt in the Financial District. Posted by Picasa

Lisa, Madeline and Christi on the bus tour.  Posted by Picasa

This is the SoHo scene in the upcoming "Six Degrees" TV show. Posted by Picasa

Looks like Melanie is worn out too. Posted by Picasa

How did we survive NYC with 3 toddlers? Melanie was the snack queen. She knew that 6ft. long fruit roll ups and stickers would keep any 2 and 3 year old busy. Posted by Picasa

Nice ride Grant! I guess Melanie overlooked the $15,000 price tag and the sign telling parents that children could not sit in the cars. (I only know this because Matt was scolded one time for letting Chloe sit in the car). Posted by Picasa

Christi and Madeline outside FAO Schwarz (as if you couldn't figure out where they were). Posted by Picasa

Somebody called the PoPo! Melanie and Grant with New York's finest. Grant is holding a NYPD police car that never left his side. Posted by Picasa

Chloe getting treats from Lisa on the bus. Notice Lisa's leg blocking Chloe from going any further. Chloe had decided the bus was made to roam. Posted by Picasa

Me and the fidget (a.k.a. Chloe) with Christi and Madeline in the foreground. Posted by Picasa

Melanie and Grant on the double-decker bus tour. Posted by Picasa

Melanie trying to wrangle two toddlers from diving into the ocean while I took a photo. Posted by Picasa

Grant and Melanie at the beach. Posted by Picasa

Opening Chloe's birthday present from Melanie...a wading pool! Of course, Chloe wants to play with Mommy's keys. Posted by Picasa
 
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