Independence!

tim howard“I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win!”

Who’s got World Cup fever? Even though the USA got knocked out of the Round of 16, you know what? We are all winners. Happy Independence Day to the greatest nation in the world! I’m so proud to live in America, and not repressive Iran or economically unstable Greece or even England with their monarchical system based on the divine right of kings.

A couple stats I’ve heard flying around:

  • - More Americans are watching the World Cup than the Superbowl.
  • - More Americans purchased tickets to the World Cup games than any other country, with the exception of the host country Brazil.

My husband and I are clashing when it comes to which countries we are rooting for. His heritage is British and Italian, so he is rooting for all the European countries. I love Central and South America, having traveled to Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru, so clearly I am rooting for the countries on the Western Hemisphere!

Here are some awesome videos:

The American fans going wild in Brazil when Will Ferrell shows up.

I can’t get enough of this hilarious video of Jason Sudeikis as an English soccer coach.

And lastly, unless you don’t recognize him up above signing autographs. That’s a picture of the amazing USA goal keeper Tim Howard who plays for Everton. We saw him when Everton came into town and hosted an event for their fans at Buca di Beppo. Dean is a huge fan!

Quiet Birthday at Home

June 18th was my 39th birthday. Dean kept asking what I wanted to do for my birthday. Umm, completely irrelevant. All that concerns me is keeping Franco from crying. I wasn’t thinking about our wedding anniversary or my birthday! This kid is my main concern.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed a quiet birthday at home. My friend Kitty who was born on the same day was so sweet and sent me a basket of goodies from Mrs. Fields. I was like, no way, I got a prezzie?! I couldn’t believe it. Then Dean came home from the office and spoiled me with hot chocolate and a red velvet cupcake from my favorite bakery, and Three Twins ice-cream and flowers from our neighborhood grocery. Yes, I am a sugar-holic.

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Newborn Reality

cryingWhy is it that I read all these mommy blogs and very few (I can’t think of any) talk about how damned hard it is to parent a newborn. Yes, I’ve known about the sleepless nights. But what about when your newborn is already 6 weeks old and he’s crying his eyes out and he can’t be soothed no matter what the F* you do.

Diaper clean. Check. Baby fed. Check. Baby burped. Check. STILL CRYING, CRYING, CRYING. Check, Check, Check.

I was flabbergasted when friends told us that this is the perfect time to take the baby to a movie. They’ve either: 1) lost touch with reality, 2) forgotten their early parenting experience, or 3) given birth to mutants. We can barely leave the house; we’re so fearful the baby will start screaming his head off. One of the few things I’ve been able to enjoy is watching the World Cup games while rocking him nonstop. Even then, he’s still fussy and on the verge of wailing.

Dean posts all these great photos of the baby on Facebook. Franco cooing. Franco smiling. But let’s be real. Most of the time, Franco is crying!

We’ve done it all: rocked, sssshhhhh’d, swaddled, middle of the night car rides, vibrating rock n’ play. Oh and this kid is part feline. He hates taking a bath. Dip his toe in nice warm water and he will start screaming his head off. 6 weeks old and only a handful of baths. He reeks, I tell you.

Everyone is telling us it gets better. I’d like to know how soon!

 

Newborn Photos

Parenting is no joke! Prior to this, the most tired I have ever been was pulling all-nighters, investment banking-style during an M&A deal at work. I considered bringing my pillow into the office, but there wasn’t any time to put my head down! Well let me tell you, caring for a newborn is way worse. I’ve had a couple post-pregnancy meltdowns. Not pretty. Thankfully I have an understanding and generous husband. He certainly does his fair share.

The baby is already one month old! Hard to believe I haven’t had a continuous stretch of sleep for more than 3-and-a-half hours this whole time, but Franco is worth it. Wanted to share some professional photos we had taken when he was 2 weeks old. The SF-based photographer is Allison Busch.

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Need a Good Movie Recommendation?

projectorAs new parents, we spend a lot of time at home with the baby. Dean and I are always debating what movies to watch next. We end up watching some real duds!

Here are really great movie recommendations that are also a little under the radar. Hopefully there are several you’ve never seen before and can watch next time you’re in a bind. Also, would love to hear your movie recs in the comments please. Help a new parent out!

Classic

All About Eve - If you haven’t seen this, make it your next movie. Great acting, excellent quotable dialogue. This is a favorite from our movie club.

Comedy

Clerks – One of my favorite comedies of all time.

The Tao of Steve - Cracking up throughout the film.

Documentary

Spellbound – My very favorite documentary about the national spelling bee. These kids are genius.

Fruitvale Station - More a docu-drama. Depicts the life of Oscar Grant. Oscar was unarmed and killed by a BART security agent on NYE.

Drama

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints - Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck give stunning performances. Modern day remake of Bonnie and Clyde.

Short Term 12 - SXSW audience award winner about a foster care center.

The Spectacular Now - Wonderful coming of age story.

Foreign

13 Assassins – This is an action-packed Japanese thriller. Thumbs up from everyone in our movie club.

The Attack – Suspenseful film depicting the conflict between Israel and Palestine. I watched this a while ago, but I remember it made me realize that every side has their convictions—and for good reason. Painful and heartbreaking.

Heartbreaker (L’Arnacoeur) – One of my favorite romantic comedies. Stars Vanessa Paradis.

Sports

Two soccer recs as we gear up for the World Cup!

Damned United - Fast-paced, inspirational British soccer movie.

Rudo y Cursi – Another soccer film in Spanish about two brothers vying for soccer stardom and fame.

Thriller

Deceived – Not sure why the ratings are so bad on Rotten Tomatoes. This is a fantastic thriller starring Goldie Hawn. The ending is unexpected.

Trance – A Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) film that we recently watched. Loved it. Had me guessing until the very end.

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