Monday, December 31, 2007
Sometimes, the world just plays a trick on you and messes with your mind. For months now, I've been nervous about sending the kids to the dentist. In truth, I've been nervous about sending Edda to the dentist - would she scream, would her teeth be all terrible because of the grinding/mouthing/poor brushing? Nope, everything went fine with her last week, everything looked great.
Vince had his check-up today. He has EIGHT cavities. I just about fainted when Jeremy relayed the message to me on the phone. Apparently, he does a good job brushing, it's just that his teeth are so tightly packed together and we haven't been flossing so that there is decay between all of his back molars. This means FOUR separate return visits to the dentist to fix them. Sometimes I just want to sit down and hold my head for a little while. Did I mention that I am still sick?
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Along the way, the females of the group (Edda and Ruby) both had major post-Christmas dinner digestive issues which stunk up the whole car leaving the males wondering which one of the "I'm not telling because I can't speak English, but I'm damn cute" females was responsible for making the car smell like a feed lot.
I, on the other hand, avoided the poopmobile and worked for a few days. I took the infamous Chinatown bus ($20 from DC-NYC) where I overheard conversations about illicit pharma transactions and coughed my way through stops in Baltimore, Philly and finally NYC.
I spent the evening with Karen, my college roommate, who broke a long tradition of eating out to cook a spaghetti dinner for me. I was very happy.
Jeremy spent the previous evening with his college roommate, Alan, and met his lovely wife and daughter.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Even though I'm the sickest I've ever been in years, it's been a great Christmas.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
We stuck a dentist appointment in there as well. We found an awesome dentist just down the road from us who is willing to take a look at Edda's teeth and actually clean them. Our dentist in Singapore actually shooed us away (no need to pay! really! just go elsewhere!) - barely looking in Edda's mouth. So no cavities. Just a lot of plaque because we don't brush her teeth well enough.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday - spent the day waiting for snow and ice that never came. I almost canceled out of a really nice dinner party Saturday night because of the deceptive weather men. Luckily, I didn't listen and spent an enjoyable night without the family speaking "adult".
But during the day, there was the park:
Sunday was the last day of the semester for Chinese school. There was a year end performance and potluck! Jeremy made yummy dumplings - with homemade dough!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I'm really enjoying my job and getting into the groove. We are less involved with the kids' schools, but it's what it has to be for now to pull off our plan of actually moving out of my parents' house some day. Um, what else? Oh yes, Christmas is coming soon and we are getting that festivus feeling.
The tree was up 2 weekends ago. Do you see the license plate hanging from the tree? From an old Toyota that Jeremy was driving when I first met him - ah, that little car had something like 20 horsepower.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
But Ruby did not like being in the trunk and wiggled her way out while we were navigating neighborhood roads.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Mom and Dad were home this weekend and took one look at our plans and being the engineers that they are, the took down some drywall within 15 minutes and looked at the internal structure of the house. I guess we are putting in permanent eye hooks into the ceiling. Pretty cool.
Friday, December 7, 2007
I waited a few weeks to actually write this down, but after over 3.5 years, Edda is finally weaned. I never, ever, thought in a million bazillion years thought I would nurse this long, but what can I say? Edda liked it and who was I to tell her that she needed to give it up? Edda was always a very efficient nurser - gulp, gulp, gulp - 10 minutes every 3-4 hours and she turned out to be a fat, fat baby. Vincent, he would suckle for hours and drive me up the wall and people constantly would ask if he was getting enough milk. Hey, it's still kind of like that now with the regular food. Can't nail Vince down to the dinner table, but Edda will sit and eat for an hour without stopping.
Finally, since June of 2001, I don't have have a little parasite either living in me or sucking the life out of me. Whew.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
The kids had a 2-hour delay for school today. Jeremy took the kids sledding. The big hill in the neighborhood is right behind our house. Vince is in the back, we don't have any snow boots for him this season. Edda went down the hill once, we think she enjoyed it, but she generally doesn't like the cold.
What's the big news? Ha ha ha ha ha! (No, I'm not pregnant!)
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Potato pancakes, glistening with oil.
Jeremy enjoying said potato pancakes with sour cream.
Vincent lighting the candles.
Edda enjoying her challah bread.
If I were a rich man - Vince enjoying his loot during the dreidel game.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Jeremy and Vince tried to get Edda to smile outside where the light was better for photos, but it was a little chilly and Edda was not amused. She just wanted to be warm.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
At 5 pm I could stand it no longer and I cranked the heat up to a balmy 70F. Within 30 minutes, Vince was watching the Muppets Take Manhattan in the nude and I was walking around in my bare feet enjoying the tropical temperatures in the house.
Sadly, now it's 8:30 pm and the downstairs thermostat has clicked in to its nighttime setting of 50F. Brrr, I gotta get upstairs under the blankets.
Friday, November 30, 2007
I went to lunch with a friend at PF Chang's, which I think is the funniest Chinese restaurant ever. They have a little "talk" at the beginning of the meal where they introduce soy sauce to me and I have to suppress a little smile. Yummy. And I got some Xmas shopping done.
A lovely photo of my parents.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
We did find a roadside diner - Funck's... Funny name, fried food.
Monday, November 19, 2007
The conference was alright. I got some contacts for some of the systems that we want to put up, but quite honestly, schmoozing that much makes me tired. I know conferences are all about talking and helping each other out, but it seems to happen at such a high level... I really live in the details and the nitty gritty. I still can't believe i paid 27 euro 3 times over for an internet connection during the meeting. Oye.
I've been hanging out with Nasreen a lot these past couple of days. We've gone to the cinema. We've eaten at one of the restaurants on the Eiffel Tower for her birthday. We've gone off shopping (for her a cream or red jacket, for me a euro scarf.) I've met up with Ann's friend, Elin, who lives in Paris. She's a very ... straightforward person. :) We all sat at her apartment drinking wine and vodka. :) The transit strike in Paris is still going on. Sigh.
Nasreen is really coming into her own here living on her own in Paris. I feel like she's more in command of her life. It's really the first time that she's been totally on her own... All the best for finding everything you want in Paris, Nasreen.
Things always happen, and I end up blogging about them like a week later.
Anyways, Ted came by SF 2 weekends ago. We had a pretty good time. It's usual for the course. Do whatever. No planning. He go it on Thursday night. I took off on Friday, and we walked from my place all the way to Sausalito - about 7-8 miles. It was a beautiful day. Of course, all the beaches were closed due to the oil spill.
Saturday morning, we went over to the farmer's market at the Ferry Building. It's pretty crazy there - and it's not really all that cheap like you'd expect a farmer's market to be. Still pretty good fruits. Later that night, we met up with Frank and JT and went off to the Boom Boom Room to listen to some funk band. That was fun. It was good to see Frank up in the city.
Sunday was just a lazy day. We made our way down to Palo Alto to hang out with Arif and some folks. One of Ted's friends was setting him up with someone. :) laff.
And Monday was off to Paris.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
We went to a Thanksgiving Day Parade in Silver Spring. One of Vince and Edda's cousins was marching with her ballet school - she was dressed as a mouse from the Nutcracker which freaked Vince out (it is most certainly a scary mouse - not a cute fuzzy mouse).
I was not optimistic about this parade. Jeremy had to stay home to work on some interview stuff and it was up to me to round up the kids and get them out of the house for an adventure. I would have to drive straight to a crowded place I am unfamiliar with and find parking and have the kids sit still in the cold waiting for our mousy friend. Vince did not want to go. Edda was very happy to stay home watching TV. I was nervous.
But, Edda enjoyed the parade, did not have to whip out the DVD player, although we did go through 2 oranges, a banana and 57 mini-marshmallows.
Vince found out the whole point of a parade is to collect stickers and grab candy that was being thrown on the ground by every passing person. Apparently, he is a Hillary supporter.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
1. Computer - two screens + webcam
2. Nalgene Bottle for hydration
4. Post-it notes
7. Lots of paper
8. Headphones for rockin' out
Not shown in photo...
1. Ergonomic chair
2. 15 other co-workers
3. Huge pile of candy from everyone's Halloween leftovers.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
He comes into the bedroom at 10:00pm. The lights are still on, I am almost asleep.
"So how were the kids tonight?"
"Edda fell asleep on the way home. She woke up as I carried her into the house."
"I was going to try and coax her back to sleep, but I couldn't because I was starving. Because I'm on this diet."
"You're on a diet?"
"Well, kind of. It's the 'don't eat 14 pieces of Halloween candy a day while you are at work sitting on your butt' diet."
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
The Booksmith, San Francisco's celebrated Haight-Ashbury independent purveyor of fine books, magazines and cards, hosts Cary Tennis in a reading, discussion and book signing on Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m., at 1644 Haight Street, between Cole and Clayton. If you have not heard Cary perform, you are in for a treat. Please join him and his many fans as they celebrate the publication of this long-awaited volume.