Thursday, November 16, 2017

Grumpy, mushroom, sanding.

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Loves, I'm grumpy.  I don't know why.  Maybe because it's Thursday?  I'm enjoying cooking these days which is odd because I think I'm a person who doesn't like to cook.  Who am I?  I dunno.

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I spent some time today sanding the table in our garage.

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We've had some issues with procurement.  Jeremy has done a bunch of youtube research and wanted to find some water-based paints and wanted all the layers - the wood conditioner, the stain & then finally the clear protective coat.  The protective coat we already had from the previous project, but I had to go to Sherwin Willams for the stain and then amazon has to ship us the wood conditioner.  Thanksgiving is still quite possible, but it'll be cutting it close.  It needs about 2-3 more sanding rounds, then 4-5 painting/drying/sanding rounds.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bye!

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Kiki left this am after a successful trip in DC.  Will be back on turkey day.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Refinishing table, wheel, Shanghai.

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Monday night dinner.  Jeremy came home early-ish and therefore we had a great Asian dinner with some ingredients I got at the Asian market in the afternoon.

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We are sitting at a tiny table bumping elbows because we decided that our table was ready for refinishing - deadline of Thanksgiving.  Jeremy took the finish off last night.

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While Jeremy was sanding, I drove to Virginia to bring Marta a wheel for her (well, technically not hers, but Caroline's) broken wheelchair.  You know how good a wheelchair is without a wheel?  Not very.  We've been in situations where Edda's wheelchair has broken and has taken a million years to fix, so I'm glad I had a spare wheel to bring to her.  I got to kiss a sleeping Caroline before I headed right back to MD. 

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Six month follow up with the ortho surgeon today.  Everything looks pretty good, next check up in 6 months.  Will followup in Jan with another doc about her feet and what to do about the bracing.

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Vince is planning on going to go to Shanghai over spring break with a school sponsored trip.  The school has formed a partnership with a high school in Shanghai - their kids are coming here in January and our kids are going there in March.  You won't really believe this, but we went to the meeting tonight and it turns out that the sister school in Shanghai is my mom's old high school.  It's a little surreal that Vince will spend time in my mom's old hometown.  Granted, the island has really developed into an eco/tech oasis and the high school building is brand new and super fancy, but it's a crazy coincidence.  And my parents will be in China at the same time, now that should be interesting.

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OMG, but the principal spoke for so long.  The meeting lasted 1.75 hours to 1) get our name on an email list, 2) find out the cost of the program and 3) see what the general itinerary looked like.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Orienteering champs, Little Mermaid, Vince sick.

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I spent the weekend doing the two-day US Championships for orienteering at the Quantico Marine Base.  I ran my age group which was hard.  There are beginner & intermediate courses that kids and teenagers and adult beginners learn on and then as one gets older and better you go onto the advanced courses.  There are 4 advanced courses, each of them are equally difficult in terms of navigation, but they are all different distances.  So as you get better, you run longer until you peak and then as you age, you go back down in distance, but not in difficulty.  Because I wanted to run my age group and I guess I'm still young-ish, it was pretty long - 6.2 km as the crow flies and I covered 7.7 miles on that first day.  I think I ran 25% of the time.  I covered 4.5 miles on the 2nd day.  I wish I had more friends at these events, but the friend making is slow going, though progressing.  I did pretty terribly, the first day it took me over three hours.   I finished well after the 2nd to last finisher - the dreaded step function drop instead of the gently slow slope into last place.  The winner finished in 55 min, I'm not sure I could even run that quickly through the woods even if the whole course was marked with orange streamers and I didn't have to navigate at all.  I might have wandered into an area marked - "dangerous, buried explosives"  yikes.  I'm glad I didn't get myself blown up.   It was a beautiful weekend, cold, but sunny and bright.  I saw lots of obstacle courses scattered through the woods, it all looked very difficult.

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I manned the food station after I was done.

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I was going to go to the spaghetti dinner to try to be sociable, but instead, I had gotten a last minute email that Lael was going to be in town for an hour and I really wanted to see her and it gave Jeremy, Louisa and Kiki a chance to go to Vince's opening night!  (We had bought tickets for next weekend.)

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Vince in the control tower - spotlight!

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On Sunday, we Facetimed Litian, who we haven't spoken to in many years...  Hi Litain!

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Sunday night dinner - Ree Drummond's chicken enchiladas.

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Vince accidentally ordered Supreme underwear.  There is some weird online rush to buy these things at a certain time, with frantic screen refreshing and crap like that that I'm too old for and Vince had these in his cart to enter his info and he didn't mean to buy them, but he clicked too quickly and they were on our doorstep in 2 days.  He refused to tell me how much he spent on them.  I will honor this by not looking too closely to his debit account which I have full access to.

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He's sick today.

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And he has a huge bottle of pee on his desk?  Hmmmm.

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But he was well enough in mid-day to go to the chinese market with me.

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Also, he's learning the word for cassette tape in Chinese.  I don't think it's super important for him to learn this.  What is a cassette tape anyways?

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Biking, half-day, kiki, Friday night dinner.

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Busy start to the weekend.  Veteran's Day, so we both had the day off, but the kids went to school.  Jeremy went biking.  I worked a couple of hours.  Then I picked up Edda (who randomly had a half day and therefore was too early for the regular aftercare hours).

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We forgot Kiki was here for the weekend until she texted us saying that she was going to be at Rockville at 4pm.  I put her to work prepping the basement for the tenant move-in tomorrow.  (New shower curtains).

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In lieu of a real stove, we have these induction stovetops which need a special kind of pot to work.

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New pots & pans.

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We all had dinner at my parents house - with guests that were friends of friends.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Toe touching, pull up.

Shall we join the circus now?  We are both amazed at our own physical tricks that we've been pulling off lately.  Jeremy is saving his pennies to buy a $3000 racing bike in about a year.  Did you know that bike people are really flexible?  They are racing in a tucked position and try to tuck in more to be more aerodynamic.  I never equated flexibility with biking, but in order for Jeremy to ride a race bike comfortably, he had to get more flexible.  I have never, ever seen Jeremy even close to touching his toes.  Prior to biking, I think he got only got just past his knees.



As for me, I managed to do my first pull up this past week.  I did a chin up awhile ago (which is easier and with your palms facing you) and I really started working on the pull up (palms away from you) a few weeks ago.  It was a little anticlimactic because I think I've been strong enough for a long time, I just couldn't figure out which muscles to move.  It's a little hard to explain, which is why it took me so long.  I read all these things: squeeze your lats together, pull through your elbows, imagine squeezing an orange in your armpits, pull back the shoulder blades, etc and I tried them all.  But I finally realized that a pull up is like a row.  It happened when I decided to look up at the bar instead of at the wall and as I was looking at the bar to bring my shoulders back and pull the bar towards my chest.  Boo ya.  Of course, I've always, always been able to touch my toes and Jeremy's always, always been able to do a pull-up.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Pussy hat, quilt, Office Space.

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Vince wanted to wear my pussy hat to school today.  A good day to wear the hat, but I suspect that Vince did not fully understand the implications of wearing it.  I was like - that's my pussy hat!  You sure you want to wear my pussy hat to school?  Mary Ann knit me that hat, so you better not lose it.  And you know, the Women's March, women and pussies?  He rolled his eyes at me.  It's just a cool hat mom.  And with that he left for school.

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Quilting class today - we are in the home stretch.  Curved pieces today!

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Seth has been quoting lines from Office Space at Sunday night dinner.  So we watched the movie, I bought it from Amazon and we are watching it 10 minutes at a time each time and finished it off tonight.  Oftentimes, Vince comes into our room right before bedtime and is searching for something to watch on youtube to share with us.  I hate a lot of the youtube famous people that Vince likes - ugh. only so many videos about guys who remain un-grown-up. 

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