I swear to god, if you go onto Moviefone you'll see that Syriana is playing at 5:20 on 34th street. It's all there in black and white. So you get the babysitter, make plans to meet up with friends and grab dinner at your favorite restaurant, and head out the door, but when you get there....it's a 6:00 movie! What the...how the...huh? Bastards! And by 5:00 everything else you might actually want to see has already started, except for the Chronicles of Narnia, which CroutonGirl/Claudster/HotMama has no interest in seeing. Someday, we're going to plan a date night that actually goes according to plan. We ended up seeing Fun With Dick and Jane, which was...fine...I guess.
Meanwhile, Cheeky is really starting to teethe, although the only real evidence is the mouth fisting and the drool slick you find everywhere she rests for more than 30 seconds. I hear stories about kids who are absolutely miserable during this period, forced to chew on frozen bagels for solace, but she's been totally awesome. She's also become enamored to the totemic Xbox controller, which has made babysitting while Mommy's out shopping a little more challenging. ("No sweety, let Daddy get past the rotating blades first, then you can try to digest it.")
Next up: New Years Eve with some friends from Claud's/CheekysMom's/ HackingCoughthatShakestheWholeHouse's mommy groups, accompanied by ample consumption and followed by Tylenol, club soda and bitters. If we play our cards right, we may even get to see fireworks over the East River. It sure beats the insanity that is Times Square, where, for the record you will find exactly ZERO New Yorkers, unless they're cops or Al Roker.
I hope everyone has a fun and safe New Year! Stay tuned for more Hideaway high-jinks in '06!