Bean Close Up #1

Bean Close Up #1
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Here's Baby Bean last Friday. Note the eyes and the hands in front of the face.

Bean Close Up #2

Bean Close Up #2
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Here's Bean's close up from today's visit. If you look closely, you'll see the faint outlines of the eyes, the nose, and the mouth. To the lower left is a foot, and just below that...? Perhaps a hint of things to come?

Christmas Party Blues

I'd almost forgotten what a hangover felt like, so we decided to have a holiday party this weekend. It was a big success and Sunday I woke up and remembered why I don't drink heavily anymore. By this morning I'd regained use of 90% of my brain, though we're not really sure if the missing 10% was ever there to begin with.

All kidding (and drinking) aside, Saturday night's house warming / 1st Annual Millar Family Holiday Bash was a great success. Our good friend Dave Lansingh flew in from New York for the weekend, which was wonderful all on its own. Alissa and I hired a caterer that a friend of ours had been recommended and the food was fantastic. Thanks to the generous gifts of friends attending the party, our liquor cabinet tripled in size and everyone imbibed heavily. And in addition to all the eating and drinking that went on, we thoroughly enjoyed having all of our friends over to our new home. It really was a fun night.

This morning we went down for our 3rd ultrasound, and for some 1st Trimester screening. Baby Bean once again nailed the event, with high marks from all the judges. Some pictures of Bean should be attached here soon, so keep your eyes peeled. Alissa is feeling fine, with the exception of a little trouble she's had sleeping recently. She assures me it has nothing to do with my snoring, but I'm not convinced. At any rate, she ordered herself a new-fangled mommy pillow today and we'll see if that does the trick.

The rest of the week promises to be filled with more frantic Christmas shopping, and some very hard training rides for yours truly. But after consuming my body weight in Brie on Saturday night, I think I deserve it. Have a great week everybody!


Monday Morning Quarterback - Week 3*

Welcome back sports fans. MMQ took the week off last week due to a post-Thanksgiving food coma. But we're back and better than ever on this lovely Monday morning. We had an incredibly restful couple of days this weekend and we're geared up and ready to go this week. So without further ado;

Movie of the Week- The Motorcycle Diaries

This buddy / bio-pic chronicles the journey of a young Che Guevara and his fellow med student pal Alberto as they explore South America by motorcycle in 1952. This is a beautiful and incredibly thoughtful movie. It explores some pretty complex socio-economic issues, and really lays the ideological groundwork for much of Che's later life. But to me the most moving parts of the film were the moments that explored the simple lessons that these two men learned along the way about love, respect, courage and dignity. It is at times a very quiet film, but the messages it conveys come through loud and clear. Definitely worth a look.

Book of the Week- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

This book is a heart-wrenching, incredibly realistic look inside Afghanistan. Told through the eyes of a young boy growing up in Afghanistan before the Soviet invasion, it is filled with haunting imagery. Most of my family had read the book before I had a chance to crack the cover. They'd all raved about it so my expectations were pretty high, and I wasn't let down. This one will stay with you for a long time.

Album of the Week - Travis The Man Who

It was cold and rainy all weekend out here, and I can't think of better music for rainy days than Travis. This one is an oldie but a goodie. Back in the post-Oasis, pre-Coldplay days of British pop, Travis came along to fill a void. They were the warmth that was missing in the music from bands like Radiohead. And they had a lead singer named Franie. So when it clouds over and starts to sprinkle in your little corner of the world, pour yourself a cup of tea, and crank up The Man Who.

TV Show Of the Week- Big 12 Championship Oklahoma vs. Colorado

I know I've already sung the praises of my beloved Sooners, but it bears mentioning at least one more time. Saturday night OU silenced all the critics that said we didn't deserve to play for a National Championship this year. With laser-like precision on offense and down right terrifying defense, the Sooners made Colorado look like a high school team. A very BAD high school team. Add to that the fact that USC barely slipped by UCLA and Auburn didn't exactly stun Tennessee, and you've got to agree that OU is the most deserving of the remaining three undefeated teams. So now we'll get our shot. Only this year we have plenty of motivation, and plenty of firepower. Count on the Sooners who dominated every down on Saturday night to be the same team who shows up in Miami. And USC had better be ready, because this team only cares about one thing; FINISHING

So that about wraps things up for this edition of the MMQ. Thanks for tuning in, and we'll see you next week.


Merry Christmas

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Alissa and the fuzz ball posing with our xmas tree.

Rainy Days

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There is water falling from the skies!

Dining Room

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Here it is, our real, live, grown-up dining room.

Oh Christmas Tree!

Christmas is fast approaching, so to get into the holiday spirit, Friday afternoon we bought our very first Christmas tree together. We stopped at the Veteran's lot on Sepulveda and got a beautiful 7 foot tree. We got it home, put it up, and Alissa strung the lights and put the star on. Saturday after my ride, we decorated the tree. Since tree trimming in both of our families is a long and serious tradition, we went all out for our first time doing it on our own. A few years back, my family came to NYC to spend Christmas with me, and my mom brought several bags of ornaments she'd collected for me over the years. I'd been saving them ever since, and this was the perfect oppprtunity to put them to use. So the hand-made green octopus ornamnent and the Hallmark Christmas Keepsake from 1983 went on the tree alongside some newer additions we'd picked up at Target last week. The end result is the most beautiful tree I've ever had. I told Alissa this morning that I couldn't have chosen a better life for myself if I tried, and on Saturday I was reminded of just how true that is. Decorating the tree with a fire burning in the fireplace, and christmas songs playing on the stereo... call it sentimental or cheesy, but I wouldn't have had it any other way.

After we'd spent the better part of the morning tree trimming, our new dining room furniture arrived. The two very nice men who delivered it did a great job, and now we have what I am happy to report is a real, live, grown up dining room. This morning we enjoyed a nice lazy breakfast at our new table, and reminded ourselves that in about 7 months this beautiful room will be transformed into a child-induced disaster area, curtesy of Baby Bean. So we're enjoying it while it lasts.

It's rainy and cold here now, and I'm planning on spending the rest of the day doing a chore or two, and catching up on my reading. One of the beautiful things about California, is that because rainy days are so few and far between, you really apprciate them when they come. Rather than the other way around, which is what life is like in New York City 9 months out of the year. At any rate, here's hoping you're all having a great holiday season and a fun weekend, rainy or sunny. And last but not least, here's to my Sooners, who wrapped up the Big 12 Championship last night, and are on their way to the National Championship against USC. Boomer Sooner, and Merry Christmas!!!


Daddy Humor

I've spent the last several weeks of pre-daddyhood trolling the web for baby related info. Among other things, I've been struck by the wealth of material aimed specifically at dads, and dads-to-be. One of my favorite sites so far is a blog called Daddytypes.com, which is run by a stay at home dad and dedicated to new fathers and their children. It's full of great information, including endless gear reviews that I can't seem to stop reading. So far the biology of this whole adventure has mostly mystified me, but I'm having a ball checking out stroller reviews.

Another one of my favorite sites is defectiveyeti.com, which is also a blog run by a new father. He's dedicated a portion of his blog to stories about his son, "The Squirrelly," and the stuff he writes is hilarious. I was reading this story at work a few weeks ago and there were literally tears running down my cheeks I was laughing so hard. Alissa doesn't find his stuff nearly as amusing, but then again, she's not exactly the target audience.

Anyway, thank god for the internet.

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