Yeah that is right. Wow. The Bengals beat those slimy Steelers! Whooooooooo Dey! That means we've won TWO games in a row and we're having a winning season.

Joel thinks those towels don't look so much "terrible" as super absorbent. He'd like to wear one the next time he drinks a whole bottle. He loves his new jersey (to give him an option other than the onsie!) and was very happy to watch the Bengals triumph.

Perhaps Who Dey can use a terrible towel to clean his litterbox...


Widebody Wednesday

Joel has manboobs! ha ha ha ha snort ha ha ha

What was that mom? What do you mean he still weighs 1.25lbs less than me?


Rainy Days and Monday

Well it is the last official summer day and it is rainy. bummer. i was hoping for one last day of summer sunbeams. mommy keeps saying "we need the rain" but what do i care if the garden grows? i don't eat cucumbers or basil and she let my catnip plants die by not taking proper care of them. Jeez.

Speaking of catnip, ML, Charlie and the Sherwood Bunch are sooooooo thoughtful! Guess what I got in the mail Saturday? A cool package from them!

It is a nip fortune cookie. My tag says I bunny kick like a Kung Fu Master. I most certainly do.

They also sent a something for #2 but I was so nipped out I don't remember...I got the best sleep I've had in 2 months with this nip cookie. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

I do remember that the Bengals won AND the Steelers lost. A great Sunday indeed.

Hendrix's mommy here. Joel got a sweet card and a great book! Joel gets read to twice a day, once in the daytime and once before bed. We read this book yesterday, I'll get photos soon. It is so sweet.

Joel is doing so much better on his protonics. He is such a happy baby and Bast knows, we are much happier parents.

Hendrix has ordered me to post and visit more now that Joel is doing better. I live to serve! We'll be making our rounds more often now I'm sure.


Sarah & S*xy on Sunday

Whoo hoo! Our very own Cincinnati Zoo, aka the Sexiest Zoo in America (so named because of its amazingly successful breeding program) is also home to Sarah, the fastest mammel on earth.

Sarah covered 100 meters in 6.16 seconds and 6.13 beating the former record by THREE WHOLE SECONDS!

Go here and here to read the background ofthese races & view the amazing runnung footage. The long You Tube version (second video on the first link) and on the zoo's site are the best

We also join the zoo in mourning Emi, the rare Sumatran Rhino who recently passed away. She & her "little ones" were always one of my bean's favorite animals to visit. Please read about this amazing girl here.

BTW, it is my beans 6th wedding anniversary!


Always Remember

Today we will honor those innocent victims and heroes who lost their lives on September 11th. We will also pray hard for and remember the loved ones left behind. Please take a moment out of your day to be greatful for all you have and tell those close to you how much they mean to you.

I am posting a special memorial for Michael L. Hannan one of the victims of the September 11th attacks. I am doing this in coordination with Project 2,996 a wonderful site I just found out about. I hope next year all 2,996 victims will be assigned.

Michael was 34 years old and working as an Assistant Vice President at Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. in World Trade Center, Tower 1, 98th floor the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

He was described by neighbor and friend Chuck Abar as "the tree trunk and his friends were the branches. His supervisor, Noreen Laplaski, recalled how he fostered camaraderie through his presence and his passionate involvement in a variety of corporate athletics.

His guestbook on legacy.com shows how years later he is still missed and remembered with smiles and tears.

Please remember Michael's family today. Wife, Andrea, and two young daughters, Rachel, 5 (in 2001), and Alexandra, 22 months (in 2001). "What drove Mike was how much he loved Andrea and the girls," Mr. Abar said.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on April 14, 2002.

HANNAN-Michael L. Of Lynbrook, NY, age 34. Tragically at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Dedicated employee of Marsh & McLennan. Beloved husband of Andrea (nee LaMarche). Adored father of Rachel and Alexandra. A cherished son of Barbara and the late Lawrence Hannan. Special grandson of the late John and Grace Hannan and Francis and Irene Hertel. Dear son-in-law of Sabine LaMarche and David LaMarche. Loving brother of Jennifer and Steven Muller, Craig and Kathleen Hannan, and Peter Hannan. Dear brother-in-law of Derek and Melissa LaMarche, Katrina and Richard Sparano and KellyJo LaMarche. Terrific uncle to Danny and Jane Muller and Jack and Margaret LaMarche. Devoted nephew of Dorothy Hertel Ryan, Marion O'Connor, Kathleen Hannan, John and Evie Hannan, Richard and Roberta Hertel, Peter and Lynn Hertel and the late Sr. Anne Hertel, OP. A wonderful and loyal friend to all who knew him. Friends may visit at Donza Funeral Home, 333 Atlantic Avenue, East Rockaway, NY 11518 on Thursday, September 27 and Friday September 28, from 4PM to 9PM. A Memorial Mass celebrating Michael's life will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 11AM at Our Lady of Peace Church, Lynbrook, NY 11563. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a fund being established for the benefit of Rachel and Alexandra Hannan, c/o Keith and Monica O'Reilly, 62 Adams Street, East Rockaway, NY 11518; to Our Lady of Peace School, 21 Fowler Avenue, Lynbrook, NY 11563 for a scholarship fund being established in Michael's name.

Paid notice published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 26, 2001.

I found this information on the following sites:

Mommy still remembers that day as if it were yesterday. She was at her desk when her boss came out and said "A plane just flew into the World Trade Center." Mommy pulled up cnn.com on her computer and radios came on. They all just thought it was a terrible accident. They then watched in disbelief as the second plane flew into the second tower. Everyone came out of their offices and just stood frozen.

At the time mommy smoked. She remembers at one point going out for a cigarette and a good cry session and looking up at the clear blue sky and being surprised it wasn't dark and bleak. It just felt like it should have been. She always remembers that moment when she thinks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
~Author Unknown

Moments of Silence (timeline from cnn.com archives):
8:45 a.m. (all times are EDT): A hijacked passenger jet, American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, Massachusetts, crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center, tearing a gaping hole in the building and setting it afire.

9:03 a.m.: A second hijacked airliner, United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston, crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center and explodes. Both buildings are burning.

9:43 a.m.: American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon, sending up a huge plume of smoke. Evacuation begins immediately.

10:05 a.m.: The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses, plummeting into the streets below. A massive cloud of dust and debris forms and slowly drifts away from the building.

10:10 a.m.: United Airlines Flight 93, also hijacked, crashes in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, southeast of Pittsburgh.

10:28 a.m.: The World Trade Center's north tower collapses from the top down as if it were being peeled apart, releasing a tremendous cloud of debris and smoke.


Thinking Thursday

OK, OK, OK, so many of you were upset about my considering selling Joel on Ebay (see Whine on Wednesday post below) that I'm rethinking my position. Perhaps we can keep him, if he'll learn to scritch the chin.

I still say I could have made lotsa green papers...


Whine on Wednesday

Um, you're giving the wrong person the wine.....

Anyhoo, we think we figured out what was causing Joel's major freaks. He has acid reflux, but what made it worse was the bottle n*pples. Typically newborns use a "slow flow" one, but since Joel eats at Mom's Diner (the bottles are "take out" and mom has very fast service) Joel struggled with the slow flow tops. He gulped lotsa air trying to eat as fast as he did on mom and got frustrated and even gassier.

So, the beans changed to the "medium" bottle n*pples and that seems to have done the trick. He still is on the protonic meds once a day and has rough spots, but he won't have to go to the GI specialist unless he regresses.

As to why we still haven't been able to be around a lot, mommy finally hit the wall. She is exhausted and "whiney" (snigger) and is getting a cold. Joel hadn't been able to be on any type of sleep schedule for 7 weeks so now the beans are trying hard to get him on one. He still wants to eat every 2 hours INCLUDING at night.

That is right kitties, that baby got to eat 12 times a day. He should be on 3 hours now and sleeping one 5 hour stretch overnight. Yeah right. Daddy took this week off work so mommy could get some sleep and not be "on call" so much.

Cross paws that by the end of the week he is sleeping better at night or I may have to sell the little booger on Ebay. He is ruining my 16-18 hour per day sleep schedule and I'm starting to look a little baggy eyed.

BTW, daddy's cousin has been nominated in the American Express Small Business Shine a Light Contest. Carl could win $100,000! He and Dana are very wonderful beans who work hard and love and dote on their furry "kids".

Please go to www.nbc.com/shinealight , type in "Chiaramonte Custom Furniture" then "View Nominee Profile" and "Endorse My Story Now" to vote for him. Voting ends on September 13th and he needs 50 to go onto the judges.


World Ham Tour

Hi all! I am very excited to be hosting my friends and the World Ham Tour here in Cincinnati, OH. go to sammy, miles & billy's for great pics.

According to Wikipedia

In 1802, Cincinnati was chartered as a village, and in 1819, it was incorporated as a city. The introduction of steam navigation on the Ohio River in 1811 and the completion of the Miami and Erie Canal helped the city grow to 115,000 citizens by 1850. The nickname Porkopolis was coined around 1835, when Cincinnati was the country's chief hog packing center, and herds of pigs traveled the streets."

In the 1800s, Cincinnati was the LARGEST pork producing city in the WORLD!

According to HGTVs Front Door:

"In 1833, more than 85,000 pigs were processed in Cincinnati, and by 1844, 26 different meat-processing plants were located here. Cincinnati was the biggest city in the West by 1850 and quickly earned the nickname "Porkopolis."

We still have a lot of great German restaurants and festivals featuring ham, pork and sausages. Lets not forget Goettafest either! We also have a "Flying Pig Marathon" where silly beans run and run to raise money for various charities.

We'll all tour and eat all day. I hope you enjoy my city.

PS cincinnati also has the dubious honor of hosting the "least metal moment" when Vince Neil lead The Chicken Dance at Oktoberfest