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Before a job interview you can usually guess what some of the questions will be: Why do you want to work here?, What are your strengths?, What are you weaknesses?, blah, blah, blah. Well, I used to find the one about weaknesses a challenge. I mean I didn’t want to reveal something that would make my prospective employer not want to hire me, but at the same time had to admit to something that was indeed a weakness. After much thought and discussion with friends and family, my token answer became: “I tend to procrastinate, but work well under pressure.” This always seemed a satisfactory response: a weakness, balanced by a strength.

In relation to my current situation, I find myself once again relying on this go-to phrase. Despite my good intentions and goal setting, packing just hasn’t made it to the top of my priority list as of yet. But really, how much stuff can I pack right now, anyway? We still need to live; it’s not like I can pack up the entire kitchen or anything. So yes, at this point I can (somewhat) easily rationalize my lack of motivation for packing. And can you blame me when I have so many other important things to attend to: my baby, my blog, my dog, hanging out with friends, reading, capturing my little man on video, etc.

So even though I’ve set a packing goal for myself (a few boxes a day), at this stage I find that procrastinating is so much more fun, especially when it involves documenting the life and times of Little Niko on video. (Plus, since I do work well under pressure, there’s always time for packing later, right?)

Latest Videos:

Baby Niko Gets a Kick out of Chewing and Shaking his Stuffed Monkey (0:46)

Baby Niko has fun Playing with Blocks (1:19)

Note: I’ve written before about how chewing on wool is one of those things that sends shivers down my spine. I mean the way the wool just screeches along the teeth …blech! However, as seen in the video links above, this pet peeve of mine is not something that seems to bother Baby N.


Picture it. It’s winter. There’s packing snow on the ground. You’re eight years old. You bundle up and head out into the sticky delight that awaits, but not before donning two pairs of Grandma’s homemade mitts: doubling up is a necessity for the wet snow. You make snowmen, snowballs, and snow forts to your heart’s content. And by the time you’re done your mitts are weighed down and covered in teensy tiny little snowballs, all intermingled with wool. Slowly you make your way home, trudging over the heavy, wet, white covered ground. The snow is just starting to melt through your mittens and you raise one hand to your mouth and begin to suck. And then it happens! That moment where teeth hit mitts and the ensuing scrunchy creek of enamel hitting wool. *Shiver* You know the noise. The one that is comparable in disgust to fingernails being scraped down the chalkboard. Teeth on wool: it gives me the heebie-jeebies.

Despite the obvious dislike I have for the wool-teeth combo., Niko seems to have taken a particular liking to putting a tiny little wool monkey in his mouth. We call him Diaper Monkey, because he sits in wait on Niko’s change table and is there to be played with during diaper changing time. Diaper Monkey is about the same size as Sophie the Giraffe, with the same small arms and legs that make it easy for little hands to hold, but instead of being made of teething rubber like Sophie, Diaper Monkey was handcrafted with wool and bought at some sort of craft fair by Niko’s Aunt Carolyn. Perhaps the fact that Niko doesn’t have any teeth yet, is what allows him to enjoy putting wool in his mouth, but I am sure the day will come when he too is put off by the screechy scrunchy sound of his own teeth clashing with the wool of his beloved Diaper Monkey!

Note: Here’s a pic of Aunt Carolyn, living it up in Africa. Niko says: “Thanks for the monkey!”


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