Friday, December 31, 2010
My father (also known at school as The Original Mr. Erb) turned 78 today so we took him out for bowling this morning. As anyone who knows the family, bowling has been our connecting sport... even though Pat, Jay, and Mr. John have all played softball together many-a-time. While Dad only shot in the mid 130s this year, it still is to his credit as he had a really bad series of strokes almost 10 years ago. He has a difficult time seeing out of the corners of either eye so bowling does not come easy any more. That being said, he did roll well enough to beat almost everyone else there today.
Dakota shot a 100, according to her the highest score of her life (yay!). Garrett and Trevor... well... somewhere in the mid-70s for both of them. My brother Jay, pictured above, bowled for the first time in two years or so and finished with a game in the 160s.
Indeed... much like Bowling Club... that's how we roll.
Later the family came over to Chez Erb and check out the newest edition to the family: Mary Jane. My sister Jo as well as my brother Jay had not seen her in person yet (yes, all these lovely blog shots are great but as with all babies, one needs to see/hold them in person). All were amazed at her happiness and spirit. And then she fell asleep in anyone's arms.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Ah, to live and sleep in LA.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
The hospital was extremely efficient in admitting her. We never had any doubts regarding her health, it was just the inevitable wait for her to recover completely. After three full days, she sounded so much better and her eyes started to dart around like the Pilot's Boy in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." OK, so some of you have not read that recently. Well, snap to it!
Anyway, she is back at Chez Kendall now and will head off with Mister John and Miss Jill on Wednesday. Of course the fates have it lined up that it will rain incessantly on Wednesday again. Joy. Didn't we just leave that alluvial madness?
Sunday, December 26, 2010
However, Root Beer Float thinks this is a cuteness conspiracy. Someone might be cuter than her and she is being punished for it. Silly RBF.
As for Mary Jane, it should be one more day. Miss Jill has night duty tonight; thus Mister John is on-line spreading the optimism. Be good, bunnies!
It is kinda sad wandering the halls and noting all the sick children who are missing out at being at home with their families over Christmas. Santa did make a visit through the hospital floors yesterday and little Mary Jane did get a cute stuffed animal. It's quite kind of people to volunteer their services for such beneficent duties. Not only that but all the children received a multitude of games, gifts, and stuffed animals from people's donations. It's one of the few times that you can see the other side of giving gifts to charities. While MJ is still fighting her illness and does not quite get those whole stuffed animal thing yet (oh, she will some day!), it still does make her parents smile. At least I think I was smiling, I just got off the night shift so my sleep was negligible to say the least.
Anyway, throw some prayers in the general direction of Phoenix. We'll hopefully be home in the next day or two. Tonight Miss Jill will be the recipient of the night shift so I might be able to type up another update then.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Let me recount the backgrounds of the hallowed day of Thumpmas. On that night of December 25th, a tired Joseph and a quite pregnant Mary were trying to find a place to stay for the night. There was no room in the inn so they had to stay out in a nearby stable. All the animals all were allowed to stay: sheep, donkeys, raccoons, dolphins... everyone except the rabbits! They were forcefully moved out by the Shepherds. Then the Magi later came by that night and tried to eat them! How intolerably rude!!! Thus the rabbits on the scene were quite upset and rightly so. The birth of the Baby Jesus startled them with His commotion. With all the Seraphim singing and the Choirs and Hosts rejoicing, the rabbits could do only what they knew: they THUMPED. And with that thump, that startled the Baby Jesus and He cried for the very first time. Granted a few windows broke but still the upset rabbits helped create one of the seminal moments in Jesus' life. The rabbits look back on Thumpmas with mixed emotions. Yes, the great Jesus was born but they were also kicked out of their home, thus starting a tradition in many nations: the chasing of rabbits out of hutches.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The rain has been coming down hard for days now and that is having an effect on the local wildlife. Suddenly in the back yard of Chez Erb, there was a brown bear sighting. Indeed, a veritable brown bear was climbing onto our patio table. Maybe she wanted a good flying leap at the oranges on the tree to the right hand side but no one knows.
Good thing this picture was taken or nobody would have ever believed it.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Some of Mister John's family came over today to say Hi to little Mary Jane again. Nothing makes people happier than seeing a beautiful little baby... and then leaving knowing that they don't have to deal with the crying and fussing and diapers for more than just a two-hour visit.
Mary Jane behaved quite splendidly as did Chip. He hopped into the living room a few times to make his presence known and then hopped off to hide wherever he likes hiding. Or maybe stare at a wall or something just as mystifying.
With the picture here, Grampa got to hold the little girl. Ah, his first grandchild was Manny and that was over 28 years ago. I guess being a grandfather is something one doesn't forget. Unlike riding a bicycle. THUMP.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Fresh after a long morning photo shoot, Mary Jane (to the left, you silly goofballs, not the right) passed out and is sleeping quite heartily right now. Nothing tires a girl out more than taking hundreds of photos. She struck the poses quite well.
Meanwhile Chip sits in his cage... even though it is open, he is afraid that someone else will take a picture of him and steal his soul. I don't know how that's working out for him since Mister John has taken many pictures of Chippers.
Ah, sleepy time...
Ah, yes, it's that time of year. Well, I guess most people with children (or rabbits) get ready with their traditional Christmas photos for cards or whatever. But at least in our circumstance, it is also a "welcome to the family" type card. So then everyone can say, "Oh, that's so cute!" or something close to that effect. Or some unknowing friend or relative saying, "Wow, looks just like you." Hmm.
In any event, it is our second day of rain and it is supposed to rain all the way through Wednesday. That's quite alright as we need all the rain we can get here in supposedly sunny California. All this does is keep the light down for our little girl so Mary Jane doesn't have to deal with bright sunlight for a few days.
As for Miss Jill and Mister John, they both received plenty of sleep last night as MJ slept solidly with only small one hour breaks for eating and changing. I wish the bunnies would be so respectful!
Alas, poor Cherry Bugg is locked up in the bedroom cage. She's not big on pictures anyway. She claims it is all vanity. Smart rabbit, that Cherry Bugg. Such a large vocabulary: vanity, subterfuge... she'll teach Mary Jane very well.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Unlike the bunny baths, MJ didn't seem to fuss much. She kept her cool and only cried in small doses. Miss Jill attacked with the sponge while Mister John calmly kept his big hairy hand upon her so she wouldn't escape. Well, more like just roll back and forth.
Meanwhile Chip surreptitiously entered the kitchen knowing that if his two main feeders were in the kitchen, some carrot action is about to happen. Chip sat there hearing the bath continue and he had some flashbacks. Nothing worse than a rabbit getting soaked. Some of those Chip bath pictures are classics. Look at that guy over there. Doesn't he look happy? OK, he looks like he just sat out in the rain for four hours without an umbrella.
Anyway, he was later given a carrot so he was happy. Mary Jane finally was dried off and put into her night wear so she could sleep. Now it's evening and with her sleeping and Chip sitting beside this blogger, all is quiet in the house... except for the noisy computer.
Tomorrow is the last day of finals for Mister John so he'll be doing Mister Dad chores for a few days. Oh no!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Yeah, either the nurse was drunk or Miss Jill and I did an excellent job of moving back and forth to either disturb the photographer or to keep little Mary Jane quiet.
Check out those gloves! Michael Jackson, you ain't got nuttin' on me!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Meanwhile Root Beer Float was brought inside to show off to a visitor. She was then locked up in Chip's cage. Ah... but Mister John and Miss Jill forgot something quite important... RBF knows how to escape. So she hopped up and over the 30 inch barrier (well, her father is the famous European show jumping rabbit Root Beer, Sr.) and she hopped out into the back yard to pick a fight... or two.
Alas, Root Beer Float does not get along with her younger brother Chip so they must have tussled. Then she and her aunt Cherry Bugg went at in a few different battles in the back yard. Oh those silly fur pulling battles.
Mister John got out there much too late but he saw the empty cage in the house and went outside to break it up. As he settled the rabbits' scrimmages, poor miss Mary Jane grew hungry and voiced her own opinion on this. She cried out loud demanding food which awakened poor sleeping Miss Jill who had been up for many hours. But all problems were averted as MJ got her food, RBF was put into her cage, and Cherry Bugg was assured that she was cute and smart rabbit.
Saturdays just aren't the same at Chez Erb anymore. Much more festive... Tis the season, I guess.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Mary Jane has been home now for over a day and she is quietly resting while her mommy drives off for errands. Meanwhile Mr. John has asked the bunnies about the new member of the family. The comments are mixed but one concern is universal. "Does this mean less food for us?" That was headed by Root Beer Float when then proceeded to jump into a bin and hide lest the new being chase her down. Mister John had to console her that Mary Jane wouldn't be able to chase her down for a very long time but she still worried anyway.
Phillip hopped into the nursery and approved the safari layout in there. While some of the animals in there do scare him, Phillip was still committed to keeping the baby in there and not in his capacious cage. Mister John later told Phillip that babies don't sleep in outdoor cages. Phillip's quick response, "Ah, that's why Chip sleeps indoors." Ouch.
Anyway, Mister John went back to work and tested his sophomores on Macbeth. Meanwhile Miss Jill spent some home time with the baby this afternoon. All's good on Dewey Street.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Mary Jane is now sitting in the a small swinging-rocking thing with music playing. Beats the heck out of me what it is called; I only use great nouns and adjectives for term papers. Otherwise it's a whatchamacallit.
The bunnies have already hopped freely into the house and wondered what that noise making creature is. Ah, that will be the monster which will chase you in years to come!
I have no downloaded pictures on the computer yet. Boxes and bags still remain laying around on the ground. Nothing like re-coordinating things after a trek... albeit a shorter one.
The nursing crew at the Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville were great. They helped us with whatever we needed and even allowed us to stay in a room there. Hey, at least the TV had ESPN but I didn't watch it much. No WiFi though thus the slower response in saying, "It's a girl!"
Now I think I'll pull a Miss Jill and take a nap.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
OK, time to go back to the hospital and help out my wife.
Miss Jill and I are quite ecstatic (and exhausted) after the first half day. Mary Jane eats quite voraciously but I guess 9 pound babies do!
I'd add more right now but it's my turn to go back to the hospital and for Jill to come back to the hotel to refresh. Ah, nothing like a good hot shower...
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Miss Jill wanted to hop through the forest like she was on a pogo stick.
She does have two shoes in the hotel now though.
By the way, nothing says staying in a hotel like reading the USA Today.
We also hiked around for quite a while, wondering about the hours to come. There's nothing quite like standing around and waiting. It's easier to wait when being out and about. At least that way there's some some of physical release. A nature hike of catharsis? Something like that.
In any event, we are due to call the hospital again shortly. Hopefully the poor birth mother will be further along. She was induced yesterday morning and it's into tomorrow afternoon! Yikes. Or as Shaggy would say, "Zoinks!"
The birth-mother still hasn't proceeded to full labor yet so we're driving out to the local regional park for lunch. Some trees, some lakes, some wilderness...
Yeah... just more waiting. But that's ok... gotta think long term. Like when our child will be 15 and stomps their foot and says how mean we are. (Wait, our rabbits do that every day!)
One other thing I forgot about the desert: static electricity. Nothing like the sudden jump after creating an electrical arc seemingly the length of a banana. I feel like the Emperor!
Hmm... for some reason I now feel like saying... together, my adopted child and I will rule the galaxy as father and son/daughter!
Meanwhile we are preparing ourselves for the short drive (through oddly immense traffic) to the hospital. Methinks we'll stay until we become parents. So unless I somehow commandeer a computer at the hospital, this might be the last pre-adoptive parent blog entry. Oh my!
So... now there you go.
At some point we need to go to the CHP and figure out how to deal with the child seat in the back of the car. Silly small things when you look upon them are not so silly.
Meanwhile we are both sitting in the hotel room with laptops tapping away. Alas, we only have one plug so we have to rotate our power cords. So if this computer suddenly dies... well, I guess I'll type this all up again at a later date.
Now the most important question people have is: how will the bunnies deal with this?
I'm not sure they will. Cherry Bugg is quite Chee-centric and no one else comes before her. I'm sure she'll thump at the thought of a child. Oh well, at least Chee will not have to give up any extra carrots for a year or so. Then again I wonder how much the Chee will like carrot-flavored baby food.
At some point today we will receive the call and we will... sit in the waiting room? I'm not actually sure. Miss Jill might know more of what will happen next. But there will be some waiting. Some hand holding, some prayers, some hard-level Sudokus.
WHOA! The phone just rang. Nope... a friend of Miss Jill's just called. But yeah... that's a bit of tension when you jump at any sudden ring of the phone.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Maybe we should a patch over his eye and call him a pirate bunny. Arrrrr!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
With that in mind, Miss Jill made sure that no rabbit parades will be scheduled until December. Good for her!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
While there was no bunny election this year, Cherry Bugg still claims victory. She stated that she has overcome her meaningless opponents who eat too much to care about the rule of the yard.
Mister John and Miss Jill were unavailable for comment. He was half-asleep on the couch watching a Doctor Who rerun and Miss Jill was on the bed with Clifford and watching The Greatest Loser.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Twas a scary night on Dewey Street. Instead of the lovely Root Beer Float and Ruby Jane who usually guard the front door during Halloween, they were replaced by the unruly Bunnicula and Fang. In the picture to the left, Bunnicula is seen staring straight ahead before devouring another carrot. Fang is sitting in the potty and hides behind the sign.
For Halloween, a total of 62 trick-or-treaters showed up at Chez Erb before the doors were shut down to no more candy. Currently, Bunnicula and Fang have been released in the house but they are behaving much tamer. Much more like a Root Beer Float and a Ruby Jane that I know.
Meanwhile Miss Jill wants a PowerPoint spreadsheet from Mister John considering all the children who showed up tonight. Rarely does Chez Erb shut down so early but too many children tonight... oh well, get here early if you want food. We could give the children carrots but that would upset the vicious vampire rabbits.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Five periods of giving tests for Mister John. That's ok, at least he gets to grade the previous class for the next period.
Alas, no pictures of bunnies on this test. Thump, indeed.
Here's a picture just to make everyone on the blogosphere happy.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Unbeknownst to Mister John, a certain Cherry Bugg hopped onto the top of the bed last night and commandeered his pillow. Typically she will sleep at the foot of their bed and sometimes on the bed, again at their feet. But occasionally she will sleep at the top. In those occurrences, she is apt to bite Miss Jill on the top of the head. Why? Maybe a movement by the sleeping Miss Jill startles her? Or maybe she just like to skull bite? She never bites Mister John on the head because he is intolerant of such things and would give her an immediate detention back to her outside cage.
But on this night (early morning?), there is the Chee trying to claim the high ground of the bed. Clearly Miss Jill (or one of the Guys?) was awake though to take this great portrait of the inquisitive Chee and the sleeping Mister John. And methinks he needs a shave.
Sweet dreams to all.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Sometimes in our household, one of us might oversleep the alarm in the morning. And when that happens, our wake up dog gets into action. Clifford, known as the Bunny Stopper, is also our Alarm Dog. Like this morning Miss Jill was sleeping in way too long so the Alarm Dog sprung into action.
"Woof," he cried aloud, "Wake up. Woof!" Nothing like a big red dog in your face at 6am. At least he's very courteous and licks your face afterward. Good for you, Clifford.
In other news regarding the Guys, TV Turtle doesn't wake you up but occasionally sneaks up on in the middle of the night just to see/smell if you had fish the previous evening. Sometimes if Mister John is feeling saucy, he'll whisper into TV Turtle's ear before he sleeps, "Miss Jill had salmon tonight." And then around 2am he'll sneak up on her and see if she has any more salmon. Oh, that silly turtle.
As for rabbit news, Cherry Bugg bossed Chip around again today but that's older news than Reggie Bush cheated and Barry Bonds used steroids.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Last Monday was more than abnormally hot; it was infernally hot. In downtown Los Angeles, it reached 113 degrees before the thermometer broke. (Actually the "Downtown LA" thermometer is now located at U$C so it was undoubtedly stolen by either a drunk student or a local mercury thief.) In San Pedro where Mister John works, the temperature was unofficially 110. Out in Duarte, the land of City of Hope and Miss Jill, it reached even higher. According to Monty, the couple's new Volvo, it was supposedly 120F out there in the warmer climes of the San Gabriel Valley. Miss Jill was lucky that Monty's tires didn't melt off.
Meanwhile the bunnies felt the heat in Mar Vista as well. It reached a record 102F in the normally cool Westside municipality. Miss Jill got home early to give the bunnies a nice cool sprinkler shower. And Chip and Cherry Bugg, the current indoor denizens, were both doused under the sink for a spectacularly cool bath. Typically they despise baths... but when the thermometer reaches 100... and Monty says it's 120... smile and take the bath.
Oddly enough Mister John ran with his students in cross country practice that afternoon. It is much cooler down by the ocean after all.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Meanwhile Cherry Bugg and Chip are both cohabiting in the den right now. The Chee hasn't gone uber-angry at Chip yet.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Prince Phillip was sniffing all over the back yard this evening looking for some good eats. As you can see in this picture, he was twisting his head left and right for something tasty. Sometimes grass, dead leaves, and rose bushes just aren't good enough.
Later in the evening, Ruby Jane accidentally chased him down. When Phillip turned to confront her, she quietly acquiesced. As well she should.
Meanwhile Mister John and Miss Jill tried some gluten-free pizza and were mildly surprised. It actually had good taste. Alas, they forgot to bring him the leftovers. Thump. Root Beer Float always wants some of the leftovers.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Miss Jill left a bag of tortilla chips on the floor and a particular bunny (who thinks he's a man) came by to sniff them out. I don't think that Chip had much to eat from the chip bag but Miss Jill did manage to grab a camera and work on the little Chippers.
Sometimes you just have to have some chips.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Mister John drove over to a place called Van Gogh's Ear in Venice. Not really a great eating establishment but a place that had a relatively empty upstairs area where he could have a brunch date with some woman named Jill. I guess it worked out for them because they've known each other for ten years now. Who would have thought that having eggs and toast would start a lifelong relationship? Of course Mister John did have much shaggier -- almost mullet-like -- hair back then. And he even wore jeans. That's something that Mister John rarely does.
Ten years and many bunnies later, they are quite happy together.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Ruby Jane, fresh off her bout with vertigo, seems to be doing much better right now. She has a bit more energy and even chased and bit her sister who she thought was getting in her way. She's regaining her spirit of independence... which is kinda sad as she allowed me to hold her for a very long time on Saturday night. Oh well, such it is with a bunny who thinks she's an angry teenager even though she's clearly more like a 30 year old in comparison now. I guess a cranky 30 year old who is not sure about their life plan or why they have to sit in a cage all of their life. I do feel bad for Ruby Jane and she spends lots of time just pondering her own futile existence. Ruby Jane seems to be the equivalent of Tyler Durden. Trying to find her adult way in life when she still pines to being a younger person with no responsibilities. As I type this, she's trying to chew on a light cord. Project Mayhem indeed.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
What, you don't recall the old American painting of that naked dude who fell into the harbor and was being attacked by a shark? I guess you didn't have Academic Decathlon a few years back. Well, get with it!
Anyway, Mister John had a good Saturday as he caught a nice big (plastic?) shark off the Manhattan Beach Pier. At least he said he caught it. Most people who catch shark are either lying or end up with one arm. (I think we'll need a bigger boat.) Anyway, he marched around with Miss Jill on the beachhead yesterday and had a very good time. It was a big foggy out so they didn't burn. I don't think the shark had to worry about it.
No word yet from Sharkey about whether he approves of Mister John's weekend activities.
Mister John couldn't find Chip but he had a good guess. Yep, Chip was hiding under the crib in the not-yet christened nursery. He loves hiding under that thing because there's a low ceiling and... well, he's not as tell as his fellow bunnies. He shouldn't take that to heart but he does.
Anyway, he was quite surprised when Mister John showed up with a camera to take this picture. He should have smiled but you know Chip, he gets a big surprised at times.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Miss Jill was tired of feeding rabbits this week (I smell irony there) so she left for Vegas. She has a nice spacious room with glorious furniture. Meanwhile the bunnies and I stay home at Chez Erb. That's OK. Really it is.
Hopefully she bets on UCLA football for me. Then again... they could tank horribly this weekend.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Upon getting a piece, the two chased each other in circles playing "grab the banana from the other girl's mouth." These two are so engrossed in the chase that they often forget to eat the banana piece or even worse, they drop it and the other gets it and the game of chase goes in reverse.
Oddly though today had a different variation. Ruby Jane, our veritable Brown Bear, grabbed the piece of banana and was irritated that her fluffier sister Root Beer Float was chasing her. So she turned around -- with banana in mouth -- and started charging at her sister. What ensued was a furried frenzy of frenetic proportions. Within minutes peace ruled the backyard and they flopped beside each other. At one point Prince Phillip actually came in and broke up the squabble. While he knew they were not fighting over him, he doesn't like to see young girls beat each other up for relatively no reason (although bananas are quite honorable).
Shortly after Miss Jill and Mister John watched this incredible rabbit drama, Miss Jill reached over to steal a pretzel with peanut butter inside (oh so delish!) but Mister John slapped her hand and then ran away with the bag in his hand. Miss Jill, knowing she could not catch up to the fleet-footed Mister John, sat there and cleaned her ears.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Pengoon realizes that his summer vacation is soon to end so he's sleeping on Mister John's side of the bed right now.
Mister John will have to find his own place to sleep for the night. Maybe if he grabs a tuna can and opens it in the living room, that might lure the mighty Decathlon mascot out there. Otherwise, he'll have to sleep on the couch and watch more reruns of Doctor Who. Well, that and pre-season football.