The Nipples are in the Microwave

ThegirlsI’m really dreading the trip to the airport in less than 10 hours. I’m going to miss my wife, of course, but I know it will be rougher on her. Saying goodbye to your husband for a week, hard, but not a new thing for us. Saying sayonara to your daughter for an entire week is another thing. There will most certainly be tears shed. Sadly my wife wasn’t feeling so great Saturday so she spent most of the day in bed, avoiding getting sick before her Tokyo journey. For those interested, there will be plenty of chatter on this very blog about how dad and daughter are doing without the second parental unit. It should be a fun week.
My wife and I watched the movie Into the Wild Friday night. If you’re not familiar with the book (or movie), it’s a non-fiction book about a guy who doesn’t quite fit in society’s mold. He took trips across North America and would meet up with random people during his excursions who he’d typically befriend. After he graduated from college he decided to forego law school plans. He donated the entire college fund to Oxfam, a non-profit focussed on hunger relief. From time to time he’d burn money saying it only caused him grief. He set his sights on living in Alaska for 100 days.

I read the book about ten years ago when I had more time on my hands to read books. I recall not feeling so sympathetic towards the main character when I read the book. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the movie. All the movie trailers appeared to make Mr. McCandless seem like a hero. Having watched the movie last night, I liked the direction of the movie. They filmed the entire movie on location and got the approval of the McCandless’ family.

On some basic level I could relate to Chris. I love the outdoors. I’ve often thought to myself how cool it would be to go back in history two to four hundred years when North America was getting settled. How fun it would be to live off the fat of the land like the natives or explorers had done. What I’m attempting to say is I really enjoyed the movie. I’ve been thinking about it all day. Bonus: the soundtrack is full of new Eddie Vedder songs which get stuck in your head, similar to the movie. I’m not even a huge Eddie Vedder/Pearl Jam fan.
The title of this post is something I proclaimed to my wife late last week. I’ve noticed some other gems coming out of my mouth. “Honey, the nipples are in the microwave”. Out of context it sounds quite wrong, but when you’re sterilizing four to five bottle nipples a day… it just makes sense. Okay, I’m off to send some emails from Baby Singe to Mama Singe. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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Seattle native, discovering life! I like ice cream, cold cereal, and The Amazing Race.
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46 Responses to The Nipples are in the Microwave

  1. kirk says:

    did my earlier post not take?

  2. That picture is adorable! It will be hard for your wife but thankfully there is Skype! That might make it *a bit* easier.
    I love Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam .. maybe I should check that movie out to listen to the songs that won’t leave my mind.
    Have a great Sunday famille Lessinges!

  3. Big Bro says:

    You know what’s interesting about “Into the Wild” is that it happened when i was living up there. I recall vividly when they found his body (and not vividly in Hillary in Bosnia way…).

  4. Ally says:

    Thanks for the movie recommendation; I love Eddie Veddeer, and the movie premise sounds interesting too.
    Hope you enjoy the week home alone with your daughter.

  5. JLee says:

    What a gorgeous family you have, Egan! Poor Mrs. Singe..not feeling well AND having to travel and be away from her babies.
    I will have to check out that movie. Every time I would hear the title, I would think it was some animated thing…

  6. L says:

    Fire up that webcam for Mama Singe! Just think about how glad she’ll be back in Seattle and on parent patrol. You’ll be able to kick back and let her stick the nipples where she wants.

  7. egan says:

    Kirk – huh? earlier post or comment? My spam filter didn’t catch anything.
    Essentially Me – today went well. Sure a few tears were shed at the airport, but Anna and dad had a lot of fun. We laughed, we giggled, we snoozed, and we spit food. What could be better? You should either read the book or see the movie. It’s a very quick read and if I’m saying that, it has to be true.
    Big Bro – yeah, I did the math on that and figured you were there then. Where he died is truly in the middle of nowhere. It’s a lonely place in Alaska.
    Ally – hello and welcome. I think you may have commented before, if not… welcome. Eddie has a pretty great voice and the songs fit the movie perfectly.
    JLee – definitely not an animated movie. It’s a sad movie, but for good reasons. There’s no secret how the story ends, but it’s about the connections the kid makes while he’s out finding himself. Yeah, the girls are damn cute. I hope she didn’t get worse on the flight, still waiting to hear from her.
    L – you bet I will be firing up the webcam. She’s said I can have an entire weekend off when she gets back. In my head I’d be game, but a few hours into it I would miss them too.

  8. Amanda says:

    LOL! I thought your post was going to be about that person with the nipple rings that tried to get through airport security.
    I know what you mean about the funny sentences that pop up after having a baby in the house. We had this new made up song at our house entitled ‘You Me Naked’. Written by Aaron when he was walking around without his shirt on.

  9. mez says:

    how come you didn’t feel sympathetic to the character initially?
    (I haven’t read the book or seen the movie so you know…just being a sticky beak as usual)

  10. Sicilian Mama says:

    Eddie Vedder is hot. His voice makes him hotter.
    Love the picture ~ you have two very beautiful girls in your life and I can tell that you are quite proud of that fact. I hope Mrs. L felt a bit better before her plane took off. Being on a plane while feeling like crap is no fun. Have fun this week!

  11. qt says:

    I liked that book too, and I want to see the movie. Didn’t Sean Penn have his finger in the production of it? Maybe I am thinking of something else.
    Glad the farewells went off without a hitch – now you are off & running!

  12. Golden says:

    I love your blog. It makes me smile. Nipples in the microwave, hey..sometimes they get cold.
    Have fun with Annalicious while your wifey is gone. You will appreciate the life of a single parent, me thinks….

  13. egan says:

    Amanda – you just have to make sure you temper those thoughts when out in public. I have caught myself talking in the third person way too often. So not sexy. Aaron sure is growing fast.
    Mez – damn you for asking that question. I guess I felt like he was given many opportunities in life that others don’t have, a good education. His family life was fucked up, but who’s isn’t? After seeing the movie, I felt more sympathetic. Read the book and tell me what you think.
    Sicilian Mama – I heard from Mrs. Lessinges after she landed and she felt fine. She even said the flight wasn’t too bad. I do have two amazing women in my life. I’m a pretty lucky guy and if I keep typing I’m going to tear up. I’m vulnerable to tears these days. Hell I’d cry if I saw Vedder.
    QT – Sean Penn directed the movie. I think it was really well done. The story intrigued me so much when I first heard about it. I am off and running. Mornings are tough, I will have to improve how things flow on Tuesday.
    Golden – so if you put a nipple in the microwave, does it go limp? Just wondering. You can say that again, single parents are amazing. I appreciated their work prior to the past two days, but this does punctuate those feelings.

  14. tori says:

    That picture is so beautiful! Your girls are both beautiful.
    I wish I lived near you so I could help you with Anna! Not that you need help, just that I am dying to snuggle a baby and I don’t have any of my own anymore.

  15. egan says:

    Tori – I’m a lucky guy, what else can I say? Don’t you have four kids willing to snuggle? I’m sure there’s an age when they’re not so willing to snuggle though. I don’t think I want to know when that happens.

  16. tori says:

    My kids all do still snuggle, but it isn’t quite the same as a baby. My 10 year old is still pretty snuggly, so they haven’t reached the age yet where they push me away…hopefully they will always be happy to be close!

  17. justrun says:

    I am sooo out of the loop lately… but I hope your week goes fast and safe and you’re back with all the nipples and such before you know it!

  18. steph says:

    One man and a baby. Good luck with that 😉

  19. Golden says:

    Okay.. the words nipple and limp should not be in the same sentence together.

  20. VIVA says:

    hang in there. I don’t know if your wife is still pumping or breast feeding….that may be too personal, but if she is, her breasts aare going to hurt!!… and whenever the baby is hungry, even miles apart, she will know. the beauty and aggravation that is nature. on that note…..may you both have agreat time. it will all be good!!

  21. brookem says:

    My flipping reader didn’t even tell me that you had a new post up! Sorry I’m late to the punch.
    You know my thoughts on Into the Wild- one of my favorite books, and a good movie too. That scene with the elderly man… oof, brings tears to my eyes just thinking of it now. LOVE LOVE LOVE the soundtrack. Edddddie!
    Hope the week goes well, my friend. It will be an adjustment, I’m sure… but I know you and your wife will find ways to make this time special for the two (three) of you.

  22. Cléa says:

    I’m sure all will go well. But if a female comes along to help you, I wouldn’t mention about the nipples being in the microwave…

  23. Pants says:

    Good to hear that you enjoyed Into the Wild…haven’t had time to read the book, but now I’ll definitely check out the movie because I have no free time to read books that aren’t assigned by crackheaded professors. Argh.

  24. meno says:

    That picture melted me. Baby kisses are the best.
    I’ve been avoiding Into The Wild. Can’t take the sad.

  25. Maggie says:

    Just keep up the food spitting and giggling and everything will be just fine!

  26. ms chica says:

    Skype is great fallback for spouses that are MIA. The Mister and I use it when he’s working in Europe.
    I hope Mrs Lessinges stays well on her Tokyo trip. Nothing blows like being ill in a foreign language.

  27. JLee says:

    So how are the nipples?

  28. egan says:

    Tori – it gets a bit odd in the middle school years for lip to lip kissing with parents, trust me I’m an expert on this. You have some time still.
    Justrun – so far, so good. Two days down. I think the hardest adjustment has been the morning routine. So much to do in order to get out the door with an eight month old.
    Steph – I’m rockin’ it so far. Baby and dad are doing just fine, provided she’s not constipated and tired.
    Golden – first thing that came to my mind when reading your comment: Golden Girls. I think that’s a bad image.
    Viva – my wife isn’t breastfeeding any longer. She stopped a couple months ago. Oh yeah, I don’t think my wife would have left if she was still pumping, that would be a huge hassle. It’s me and baby.
    Brookem – I’ve heard strange things about this Google Reader lately. It makes me despise the damn thing even more, oh well. The elderly man scene is very tough, but at least the kid made an impact on the guy. The week is moving along, woot woot.
    Cléa – a female coming along to help? That sounds like stuff of romance novels. I will be certain to make no mention of the location of the nipples.
    Pants – the book is a very very quick read and I’m the world’s slowest reader. It sounds like you’re loving your English professor.
    Meno – it’s one of my favorite pictures of the two of them thus far. It’s a sad movie, but it’s a good sad if that means anything. I mean it’s neat that the kid had dreams and went for them. It’s sad how things didn’t go as planned though.
    Maggie – true, those two activities make dad very happy. If she doesn’t smile or dance then I get bummed. Yes, she’s a wicked dancer.
    Ms. Chica – Skype truly is awesome. We did the video conference yesterday so it was nice to see my wife and the Tokyo skyline behind her. I’m sure it was nice for her to see me and Anna too. Currently my wife isn’t sick, now I will be crossing my fingers.
    JLee – ha, good question. I got some new nipples which increase the flow. Baby likes more flow.

  29. Pants says:

    I am officially declaring my English professor Lucifer. Pure evil. EVIL!!!!!

  30. egan says:

    Pants – you should give her a red pitchfork for fun. She might find a good use for it.

  31. Pants says:

    I bet she’d stick it in a fire and burn my paper with it. Oh the joy! Hooray for school!

  32. egan says:

    Pants – hey, at least you’re going to school right? She may be a bitch, but you’re doing something productive.

  33. Pants says:

    True dat, yo, yo, YO!

  34. Nilsa S. says:

    Just getting caught up with blog reading … hope your first couple days without your wife have gone well…

  35. Cheryl says:

    I’d wish you luck for the week, but I don’t think you need it. You’ll be great.
    I too had trouble sympathizing with Chris McCandless when I read the book. I still have to see the movie though.

  36. sizzle says:

    Out of context, a lot of the things you might say related to kids can be misconstrued and thus, hilarious. Like the time I overheard my bro-in-law say to my nephew, “get your finger out of her butt.” Apparently my nephew was getting dangerously close to the cat’s bum. Heehee.
    What a great photo!

  37. egan says:

    Pants – because knowledge is power!
    Nilsa – I can’t complain so far. Our daughter was a bit fussy last night, but nothing I couldn’t handle. Thanks for your concern.
    Cheryl – I’m glad you say that because I was beginning to think I was being mean. See the movie and let me know what you think.
    Sizzle – the out of context stuff is the best. It’s too bad I’m not better at making mental notes. I like this one with your nephew. I was wondering where your story was going. Our neighbor’s kid is named Finn as well.

  38. Candace says:

    How are you all holding up?
    I couldn’t sympathise with Chris either, and the whole thing was so depressing I didn’t finish it. That’s pretty rare for me. I read another book (with a happier ending) that it reminded me of.
    That’s a great picture. 🙂

  39. Candace says:

    PS you will continue to be surprised at the weird shit coming out of your mouth as time goes by. ^_^

  40. SunSpotBaby says:

    Re: Into The Wild. What I just couldn’t understand is why didn’t he take a survival course before he made his trek? That would have been a smart thing to spend his money on, instead of giving it away or buring it!! I am kind of thinking because he was very intelligent, I’ll bet he thought he knew all there was to know about surviving in the wild. I mean, he was right next to a river, and the old guy gave him a fishing pole – did he ever fish? He could have lived forever on fish and avoided the poison plants.

  41. egan says:

    Candace – I’m doing alright, thanks for asking. This morning wasn’t my finest, but that’s because I took last night off so to speak. I won’t be doing that again though.
    Yeah, I guess I felt the kid had lots of opportunities that others don’t have and he shrugged them. You didn’t finish the book? It’s only slightly longer than your average pop-up book. I do love the picture of the two girls very much.
    Candace – I bet you’re totally right. I’ve already caught myself saying way too freaky stuff and I don’t like my voice when talking to Anna. C’est la vie. I hear babies like softer high pitch voices and mine isn’t soft nor high pitched.
    SunSpotBaby – that’s a really good point. I did get the impression he was better than others and could conquer anything he wanted. It’s good to be confident, but a dash of caution isn’t a bad thing either. I think he did fish actually, yet I might be wrong about that.

  42. Candace says:

    I know it’s short, but I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe it was cuz someone else said I had to read it (see Tori’s post) but I don’t think so. I’ve read plenty of other books that people wanted me to read. That one just didn’t do it for me. Most pop-up books resonate better with me.

  43. egan says:

    Candace – yeah, I know many stopped reading because they didn’t feel bad for the main character. He did have a shitty childhood. I’m not sure what else can be said though. Nature is great, but I can’t imagine how horrible his parents felt.

  44. egan says:

    Candace – I’m not sure what I’m supposed to see on Tori’s blog that relates to Into the Wild. Fill me in yo!

  45. Candace says:

    You have to read her post (not just look at the pictures }:-> ) and then you’ll see that she, too, hates doing stuff that people have made her do — even if it’s something she would otherwise enjoy.

  46. egan says:

    Candace – aw, I thought you were talking about a reference to Into the Wild. I guess you are, but slightly different. I think the “I don’t like to do something if someone suggests it even though I do like those things” condition is present in all humans. It’s human nature, why why… human nature.

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