Monday, March 24, 2008

what's cooking

Our kitchen is!

It may still look like a construction zone to you – and believe me, it very much still is – but it has come a long way from last week, when it was a stripped shell of a room, empty save for dust, drywall, lumber, tools, and a disconnected dishwasher and stove huddled forlornly in the center of it all. We were relying on restaurant reviews, take-out, and the kindness of friends for our meals. Let me tell you, washing dishes by hand in the laundry sink in the basement wasn't pretty.

Still, even with our kitchen in its somewhat put-back-together state, our house is in no condition to host a birthday party for a flock of four-year-olds right now. So we're having Iris' at a county-owned working farm and crossing our fingers that March get its lamb on by then.

In other news, J and I stayed up much too late the other night cross-referencing between a baby name book and the Baby Name Voyager (warning: highly addictive!), searching for the perfect boy's name. Conclusion: it doesn't exist. The problem is not that we can't agree on a name, but that we can't find one that we really love. We ended up making a short list, but in truth even it is padded with names we pretty much already know we aren't going to use. The only serious contenders are defined as names I can imagine using in the grocery store in the following scenario: "[Insert name here], please don't put your hand in the lobster tank!"


Blogger Nanette said...

You know, I'd be putting my weight behind Charlotte if it was a girl, having seen those gorgeous invitations. What about Lucien? That was the name we picked if Eliane had been a boy..Whatever you do - DONT TELL ANYONE until the little fella is kicking around wearing the name. People love to tell you that the name that you have nestled gently at your bosom is the name that they gave their pet tarantula who had to be put down after an altercation with the family cat.

1:35 AM  
Blogger Guy Davis said...

You might find this map of popular baby names more useful than the Voyager tool. For example, the Baby Name Map has statistics for Pennsylvania while the Voyager only shows US-wide stats.

12:57 PM  
Blogger amy h said...

We had a hard time with names, too. Once we thought of Elise and Charlotte though, nothing else sounded good at all. It's funny how instantly we knew. I hope you find the right one soon. :)

3:55 PM  
Blogger house on hill road said...

names are tough stuff. good luck with that. the charlotte's web invite is really cute.

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Paper Dolls for Boys said...

That invitation is amazing, great job. My big guy's name is Eben (pronounced with a short vowel e sound) and he loves the lobster tank!
Cheers, Tracey

11:44 PM  

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