Monday, December 31, 2007

The dentist.

DSC_0196

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

The return of the college roomates.

After Christmas, with everyone scattering homeward or to the jungles of Bolivia, Jeremy, Donald and the kids motored to upstate New York to spend a few days with Kiki and Kappa.

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.

DSC_0163

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Still sick.

I trudged into work today, still sick. Runny nose, coughing, low grade fever. What is with this flu? If I keep going at this rate, I will be well when I'm 92. I really miss being able to taste food.

DSC_0086

Even though I'm the sickest I've ever been in years, it's been a great Christmas.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Eve dinner.

We were sick. A number of people couldn't eat due to upset tummies. But at least we had each other.

DSC_0003

Back Home




Back home in MD. Everyone seems pretty darn sick. Hrm... I'm wondering what my odds are of coming out unscathed healthwise from this week... laff. Here's Vince and I playing with Photo Booth. Merry Xmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Edda and Christmas.

Yesterday, while all of the other kids were opening their gifts, Edda protested a little bit.

Too loud! Too messy! Too many people! What's with this fur trim on my dress?

DSC_0034

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Pre-christmas frenzy.

Since some of the DC cousins are headed out of town for Christmas, we had a cousin-only pre-Christmas gift exchange this evening. (I still feel crappy, spent a lot of the day in bed). We were going to cook, but had Chinese takeout instead. I'm beat. There were so many, many, many gifts opened. There was the explanation of who exactly is Hannah Montana.

DSC_0030

Friday, December 21, 2007

We are sick.

Argh - we've been sick all week. Fever, vomit, diarrhea. It was all there. I still stumbled into work since I needed to get some stuff done. Wed and Thurs, I did my best to keep myself far away from everyone else. During a meeting, there was a 30 minute break, I just lay down my head in the next chair and went to sleep. I also slept both ways on the train - one time I even caught myself drooling. Not a pretty picture. And everyday I went to sleep as early as possible. I think I've been in bed at 7:30 every night hence the lack of blog entries.

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

Weekend update.

We have implemented this new activity - "Project Sisyphus" aka picking up after ourselves and keeping the house clean. This is not something we are good at or have a knack for, but since we have our babysitter coming to the house every single day, it would be nice not to have a pile of dirty laundry/used dish/discarded toy/uncapped marker/read magazines/pile of mail sitting in the same place for 2 weeks. Of course, once this project was implemented, we were all grouchier because I would get upset if Vince ate his sandwich in the living room or if socks were left next to doors or any one of a million things I didn't care about before. Don't worry, I'm sure soon enough we will return to our messy ways, but hopefully not until all the guests leave after Christmas.

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:

DSC_0101

DSC_0088

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!

DSC_0145

DSC_0128

Friday, December 14, 2007

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Oh Christmas tree!

Things are very exciting around here. Jeremy's unpaid gig has been a lot of fun, but what is even more fun is that he's starting a paid gig in the new year. The unpaid-ness of the old gig gave us the flexibility to get everyone used to our babysitter because he could bail on the unpaid gig at anytime and rush home in case of a kid-related mishap, but our sitter has worked out beautifully!

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.

DSC_0103

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Jeremy irons.

I am not taking enough photos. Here's one of Jeremy ironing.

DSC_0035

Monday, December 10, 2007

Ruby in the trunk.

On a short drive, because we weren't driving the station wagon, we put Ruby in the spacious (but dark) trunk of the car and opened the little ski pass through to let in a little light into the trunk.

DSC_0053

But Ruby did not like being in the trunk and wiggled her way out while we were navigating neighborhood roads.

DSC_0056

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Shhhh, don't tell Edda.

Jeremy started looking into getting Edda a harness or a swing that she could use indoors. He was thinking of a simple door jam set-up with not that much hardware because, well, this isn't our house and we don't want to put in a nail hole if we don't have to.

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.

DSC_0009

Friday, December 7, 2007

Weaned!

Here is a photo from the day Edda was born. I am trying to get some good latching going.

DSCN3250

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

Big news and sledding.

Oh happy, happy day!

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.

DSC_0059

What's the big news? Ha ha ha ha ha! (No, I'm not pregnant!)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Argh!

I bought vegan donut holes from Whole Foods! Yuck!

Snow!

In the morning.

DSC_0003

In the evening.

DSC_0012

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Festival of Lights.

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. Jeremy's 50% Jewish, which means the kids are 25% Jewish, which is a good enough reason to spin the dreidel and light the menorah. Really, it needs to be called the Festival of Fatty Foods because every delicious Hanukkah food is deep fried or slathered with sour cream or butter.

Potato pancakes, glistening with oil.

DSC_0107

Jeremy enjoying said potato pancakes with sour cream.

DSC_0128

Vincent lighting the candles.

DSC_0124

Edda enjoying her challah bread.

DSC_0131

If I were a rich man - Vince enjoying his loot during the dreidel game.

DSC_0147

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Dancing.

Jeremy takes tremendous pleasure in dressing Edda in delightful outfits. Last week was picture day at school, she got dressed in a plaid dress with a matching overcoat and hat.

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.

DSC_0059

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Thermostat.

We have been keeping the thermostat at 66F during the day in an effort to save some money on the heating bill which I know is going to be heartbreaking no matter what we do. Everyone has on thick sweaters and toasty winter slippers except Ruby who tries to find a sunny spot to sleep in.

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

Friday off.

At my job, I get every other Friday off. This was the first Friday where Jeremy went to work and the kids went to school and I had the whole day to myself! Wow.

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.

DSC_0250

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New York Public Library.

Donald and I spent the day after Thanksgiving walking around NYC. Here's the main reading room NY Public Library, it's closed stack so you have to go to a little window to request a book. So beautiful I almost couldn't bear it.

DSC_0194

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Our crazy kissin' cousins.

The weather was perfect on Thanksgiving.

DSC_0167

Monday, November 26, 2007

Manic monday.

Hooray! We survived our first day with both parents working! Edda was threatening to throw a wrench into the works with a fever spiking up to 104 F on Saturday night, but lady luck visited us yesterday and she recovered on our lovely drive home from NY and was good to go to school today keeping us on our tightly planned schedule.

Touch

Updated with a picture.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

The trip home.

We always optimistically think it will take 5 hours to go from upstate NY to the burbs of Washington DC. Of course - we left at 9:30 am and got home at 6 pm - what's that? Hmmm... eight and a half hours.

We did find a roadside diner - Funck's... Funny name, fried food.

DSC_0315

Monday, November 19, 2007

Weekend Update...

Well it's been a pretty good couple of days in Paris I must say.

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.


2 Weekends Ago...


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

The weekend comes to and end.

I need a weekend to recover from this weekend.

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).

DSC_0058

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.

DSC_0042

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.

DSC_0039

Thursday, November 15, 2007

My office.

DSC_0004

1. Computer - two screens + webcam
2. Nalgene Bottle for hydration
4. Post-it notes
5. Stapler
6. Telephone
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

Juggling.

This week, Jeremy's been to a few evening seminars in the city. It seems like I haven't seen him in 2 days. Last night, we met at a Metro station closer to his destination and traded the kids and cars. He drives the kids into town and then right away I make a U-turn and I drive them out again. The children do not like this - it is a long trip to nowhere. Late, after the seminar is over, he takes the train out to the 'burbs and drives my car home.

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."

"hmmm."

"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."

"Ah, right."

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Button up!

DSC_0034

Yea!

Just arrived in Paris. I spend 56E on the taxi ride in. I'm spending 27E on this internet connection. The metro is striking tomorrow so nobody will be able to go anywhere. And I find it quaint that blogger knows I'm in France so the toolbar reads "Creer un blog". Laff.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Pirates.

We are entering a pirate phase. Much of this past weekend was spent building this ship.

DSC_0074

And all the mouthing and repeated touching of her face...

DSC_0059

Has led to that wind-chapped look.

DSC_0061

Off to Paris.

For real this time.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Shiver me timbers.

Did I mention that Jeremy is a fabulous husband? Last week, he worked full time on resolving this child care issue - so a million phone calls, a million visits and picking folks up from the Metro stop and emails and around and around and around. I just show up to the interview appointments and make small talk. I can't keep track of the details, who's schedule is where, who needs mornings off, who can drive, who wants full time only, the list is endless. I just wake up every morning at 5 and leave -- twelve and a half hours later I come home and dinner is on the table and homework is done. Thanks sweets!

DSC_0024

Saturday, November 10, 2007

On the move.

Mom and Dad left this morning with a mattress tied to the top of the car!

DSC_0017

Friday, November 9, 2007

The best bagels in Maryland.

Right on the good ol' Rockville Pike.

DSC_0015

Sorry. Not in Paris Yet.

I guess the title should have read, "Too Bad I will be in Paris." Sigh.

No I'm still at home. I'm taking Friday off, since Ted is in town. We'll be painting the town red. I leave for Paris on Monday.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Remember the empty room?

When Jeremy steam cleaned, the kitchen was turned upside down. Vince ate in his usual place, but not on his usual seat.

DSC_0081

Too bad I'm in Paris.

Or I would go to this:

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.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Who is going to take care of Edda?

DSC_0067

I know, I know, lots of people end up finding great care for their special needs kids while they work - it just looks a little discouraging right now.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Steam cleaning.

In preparation for my parents' visit this past weekend, Jeremy steam cleaned the carpet. He is obsessed with steam cleaning. I offered to get him his own steam cleaner for Christmas, but he thought that it took the male housewife thing a bit too far to get him an actual cleaning appliance for Christmas.

DSC_0020

Monday, November 5, 2007

Yummy.

Mom and Dad came to visit this weekend on their way from South Carolina to New Jersey. This means a lot of yummy food for our bellies.

DSC_0026