Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Puking.

Vince puked his way through the day. He missed his school halloween party. He couldn't eat anything. Besides the puking, he's just perky! Just be sure to be ready to move out of his way.

The puking didn't stop him from going to at least a few houses tonight.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Earthquake!

Laff. Well that was the biggest earthquake I've been thru. Probably the largest one since back in... 1999 at work. laff. All our friends are instantly online chatting away about it. Apparently Choon and Pei-Sun's cats were running all over the place. Laff. At least this time I had enough sense to stand under a doorway.

Updated: Here's a smattering of status updates from my friends on facebook:

- A is intrigued by how the earthquake "passed" through the house.
- B is glad there haven't been any aftershocks...and hopes she didn't just jinx it.
- C is still woozy from the earthquake.
- D is living in earthquake country. Rockin' and rollin'.
- E is freaked out by the quake she just felt...
- F is surprised by the strength of the earthquake.
- G is amused by the reaction of everyone in the library during the earthquake.
- H is startled after a 5.6 earthquake!
- I is EARTHQUAKE!!!

Of course, the most amusing one was done 30 minutes ago and the only non earthquake related status update in the last 2 hours:

- J is searching for a left triple STI shifter [bike part].

Yet Another Wedding...

Laff. This weekend is going to be another wedding filled weekend. I'm going to be MCing for Vicki and Pauli's wedding. I guess this is the third wedding that I'm officially involved in some non-wedding party support role. Laff. While I think this won't be as much prep time for Choon and Pei-Sun's wedding, there's still some pressure to think about lines, and think about how to move the party along. I'd almost rather give the officiant's speech actually. Hrm...

What is it about the end of the year.

Halloween starts the tumble into the final 2 months of the year. We (meaning the adults) are a little frayed at the edges.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Diego and the little witch.

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I don't know what we are going to do on Halloween, it's getting really, really cold. We had all these summery costume ideas. (I even put gel in Vince's hair to get that rakish look - Jeremy says he looks like he's in Duran Duran).

Don't know who Diego is? Look here!

Weekend Update...

It's been a pretty lazy weekend. I've been so tired for the past week, that I'm falling asleep at meetings or at my desk all the time. So I thought that this weekend would be a good weekend to relax and chill out.

Friday, I went and hung out with Lindsay in the east bay where we had Zachary's Pizza. There were 4 of us, and we managed to almost get thru 2 medium deep dish pizzas, which was pretty amazing. I found it funny when Lindsay's boyfriend, mentioned that they are putting him up at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in SF for a team building for their law firm and yet they won't give him new keyboard for his computer.

Saturday, an bunch of us went out biking. We went up Redwood Gulch, which kicks up to an amazing 19%. I felt bad for one guy, who was on a tri bike and only had a 11-21 cassette on the rear. That's gearing for going on flats only, and it would be hard on some standard climb of 6-8%

Saturday afternoon and Sunday was just sitting at home, watching some Robotech DVD's that Stan (finally) let me borrow, watching old episodes of What Not To Wear and watching all the NFL games and managing my fantasy team. And the Redskins got blown out. But next week, my oh my, am I looking forward to the Indy-Pat's game. That's basically the Super Bowl right there.

Oh also, Doris, I was thinking of stopping by home for Turkey day on my way back from Paris. I'll call you guys tomorrow to figure it out.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Dog issues.

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I've always wanted to find a family where we would be able to exchange dog sitting services. We all hate the kennel, the last time we left town, we left Ruby in a kennel and I think she didn't poop for 3 days.

I found out a few weeks ago that our neighbor (who also has a largish type dog) also had a tough time with the kennel that she chose, so we decided to trade sitting services. Great! This week, Magic's parents are heading south to warmer weather, so we have a new family member for a week.

Magic is a year old and male and larger than Ruby. They kind of get along, but also kind of are still deciding who is dominant. Magic is male and bigger, but Ruby is older and not about to let a whippersnapper take her alpha dog position, especially in her house.

This "discussion" of alpha between the two led to some concrete displays of superiority which resulted in Edda walking around with poop on her feet for - oh maybe an hour?. Vince had yelled at us, "Edda's poopy" but we didn't think to check her feet. So all over the first floor of the house are these little poopy footprints.

I think it has all settled down, but I think Ruby is losing the battle unfortunately.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Bonfire.

Our little cul-de-sac had a bonfire tonight.

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Vince made his first smore.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Sugarloaf mountain.

When Katherine was here last week, we followed my father's suggestion and headed up to see Sugarloaf Mountain. When I was a child, I would hear about folks going to this mountain and I thought it was hours and hours away. It turns out that it's really close to the house and the leaves were turning. I love fall! My favorite season.

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Me and my babies.

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Midweek Update

I'ts been a tiring couple of weeks. Work has picked up quite a bit and there's some pressure to move into the true production phase of our project. We're interviewing some people, and I generally dislike the entire interview process. It's way too much pressure to measure up to when I'm on the other end of it. It can be a pretty demoralizing process. I don't like being on the receiving end of it, so I generally don't like being on the giving end of it either.

Socially, I've picked up a new crowd of friends in the city. Looks like there's a core contigent of Andrew, Christina, Ann, Stan and I. It's pretty nice. We go salsa dancing together. Last night we played bridge at Christina's. I must say that everyone there is a total foodie. So much so that I feel pretty inadequate, cause everytime I go over to someone's house, there's a 5 course brunch or homemade random desserts - yes, desserts, plural. Last night Christina made a chocolate cake and freakin' sugar donut holes. Yeah, like home fried in a vat of oil. Andrew made some cinnamon scones. And this was a non-food focused night. Sigh.

Here's an MIT related news bit. Those Wellesly chicks. :P jk.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Bush sighting.

Turned out when we went to visit the famous George Stricker on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, someone else had the same plans, but took a different mode of transportation.

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GWB's personal helicopter.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Sunday, October 21, 2007

For the love of Edda.

For Edda (who was sick this weekend and was such a trooper - dragged every which way we went this weekend), I decided that my big contribution this year was to help out with the Fairfax, VA stroll-a-thon and to organize the silent auction.

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I met so many families and friends who donated and Katherine spent evenings helping me out with the bid sheets and the displays and Jeremy watched the kids and put them to bed by himself for a whole week after he'd taken care them all day and there were a bunch of great folks who helped - with the money collection and with general PR, it was really great. We raised over $5000 at the silent auction alone. Whew, I'm beat.

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Vince boogied with the DJ!

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Leaving South Carolina


Since we are leaving South Carolina, we visited a lot of places as planned before leaving. We visited Charleston (SC), Myrtle Beach (SC), Outer Banks (NC) & Blue Ridge Parkway (SC & NC).
Yesterday, weather was very nice and we visited Clemson University. Too bad, it was their home coming football game. A lot of people and it was difficult to find a parking spot. Luckily, after lunch, originally we just wanted to drive around. But, acccidentally, we found a spot for parking very close to the main campus. So, we had a chance just to walk around.
While resting, we sat next to one of their Presidents - Mr. Cox. He served Clemson for 30 years and was credited to expand this agricultural university originally into a major school in the South East.
Mr. Clemson was a noted researcher and scenitist before he founded this university on land owned by his father-in-law and using his name. Smart guy in relationship and business too :)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

The famous George Stricker.

Look who we visited today on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The famous George Stricker!

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We ate at the Crab Claw.

The famous George Stricker lives less than 10 miles away from the Rumsfeld's and the Cheney's weekend retreat.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Fundraising.

I have let more than half the month pass without mentioning RSAM, otherwise known as Rett Syndrome Awareness Month. Interesting it coincides with BCAM - Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everything is pink in the stores! Coolers, hammers, cream cheese are all pink this month for BCAM. Wow, if I could get even a pinch of the same interest in RSAM, it would be lovely - I guess would everything be purple? Hmmm...

Anyways, this whole week, I've given up my lunch time gym hour (I already feel the fat settling into areas previously dominated by muscles) to organize (and stress out about) the silent auction over at this weekend's stroll-a-thon in Fairfax, VA. I was doing well with corporate sponsorships and asking for donations until I got hit with this "full-time employment" thing. Such a time sink, you know, making a living and making sure everyone has perks like health insurance. I still have grand plans to ask another 40 people while printing out brochures for the silent auctions. We'll see how much I get done. Anyways, if you are reading and want to donate to a worthy cause, here's the link. Be sure to put Fairfax, VA for program area and Edda in the comments area. Every penny counts!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Flair.

Flare.

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After Paris.

So since, work is sending me across the Atlantic, I'm wondering if i shouldn't take a week off afterwards and travel a bit.

Where do you think I should go? I'm thinking Amsterdam at the moment.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I remember being in elementary school.

Having Vince in the same school system as the one I grew up in really makes me think fondly of my own childhood. His school is pretty new, but the design is the same as my own elementary school, the stage is the same, the cafeteria is the same - well, it's not exactly true, everything seems a lot smaller to me now. I even remember using the same headphones to listen to stories when I was a kid.

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Bubye Arif, Tahera, Nasreen!

Well, I'm a little behind in my blog postings, but Arif and Tahera have (sorta) packed up their things and gone off travelling for the month of October. Nasreen has taken off to sweet Paree to live like a French artist. We enjoyed smoking some cigaraettes on the rooftop of my building before everyone took off. It was quite a coughfest since none of us smoke. It was kinda amusing. Smoking is bad. Remember that girls and boys.

Oh also, speaking of Paris, work is flying me out to Paris in November. Totally f'ing sweet!




Thank Mom and Dad for the chocolates!




Anyone know how to repair a hole in the wall? Laff. It must have been quite a dream, but in the middle of the night, I sleepkicked the wall really freakin' hard. Here you see the result. I barely woke up when I kicked it and my toe is totally fine. Does anyone else in the family get a little jerky at night? it seems to happen more these days for me.


Monday, October 15, 2007

Energy.

Jeremy rode his bike to the Metro today. I know all you folks out there who commute to work without a car might poo-poo Jeremy's effort, but keep in mind that we live in the 'burbs - a place built for carpooling and everyone is really spread out - there isn't even a sidewalk on both sides of the street where we live.

It took Jeremy 30 minutes get to the subway and he did it by careful analysis of Google maps to eliminate crossing of large 6-lane intersections. Pretty impressive since I go through at least 10 of these intersections on my own early morning drive to the Metro.

This weekend we went to the Solar Decathlon. These are solar power houses, all off the grid and they have ten contests that they compete in - such as being able to wash 12 towels a day, keeping the temperature/humidity in the house constant, being able to take hot showers in a timely manner, charge up a car and drive it to work. Pretty nifty.

This was my favorite from the outside. Good use of an orange shipping container.

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Here's MIT's.

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(It's not orange and it looks like a bunch of engineers designed it. Sigh.)

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sleep.

I don't take off my watch to go to sleep. I switch beds so often during the night, I never know where I'm going to end up in the morning, so my watch is set to go off at 5:15 every morning and it's firmly attached to a body part that moves with me.

Before I started work, Edda would wake at 4 or 5:30 in the morning and I would coax her back to sleep with much effort on my part and she would sleep until 6:30. But now I'm up at 5:15 and have no time for her as I have to shower, get dressed, make my lunch and get out the door by 5:45 am.

We all had minor coughs on Thursday. Edda did not sleep well. She was in the infuriating state of almost asleep for most of the night and was wide awake at 4 am.

I remember last year, getting Edda's diagnosis, all the crazy emotions were amplified by the fact that none of us were getting any sleep. Edda would wake up at 1 am and be up for 3 hours. This is much, much better than it was a year ago, and for that I'm thankful.

My wristwatch and a hot dog on a fork.

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Friday, October 12, 2007

The love of a cousin.

Every Sunday, we have dinner with Jeremy's cousins and their children. We rotate through houses and cuisines. Sometimes it's take-out or pizza. Other times it's Indian food or brisket. All the kids are great fun, they range in age from 10 to 3 - Edda is the youngest by a week.

Her one-week-older second cousin is such a sweetheart and is truly a friend of Edda's. Tickling her and feeding her grapes and sharing her videos. (She also, occasionally, imitates Edda's mouthing much to our and her mother's dismay.) She and Vince also make such an adorable pair.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Make-up.

Louisa has been showing up to the last few Sunday night dinners. She brings out Vince's more sensitive side.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Stick shift.

Jeremy has always owned a stick shift car. Over the course of the last decade, I've tried to learn to drive stick and I have learned (somehow in 3 different Jeremy-owned cars - all Hondas), but I'm always a bit nervous and hesitant and always preferred the more convenient (there is always something you need to do with a free non-shifting hand - cell phone, eating, makeup, nose picking) atmosphere of my automatic.

Lately it's caused some problems in terms of switching cars/dropping kids off and picking kids up. So I'm determined this time to make it stick (ha ha, get it? STICK! I'm so funny.) So I'm driving Jeremy's car to the subway every day this week. I'm parking far, far away from the other cars for some extra maneuvering area.

I'm loving my job. In many ways, it's a perfect fit.

My parents were in town last weekend. We went down to the river to throw some sticks (get it? STICKS!) for Ruby.

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Urgh.

It's raining. Really really hard.

I should not cave in and drive to work tomorrow.
I should not cave in and drive to work tomorrow.
I should not cave in and drive to work tomorrow.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Cake and ice cream conversation.

This past weekend, my parents were in town. Jeremy's uncle Gene came over for dinner and dessert. The evening's conversation turned to politics - immigration and labor unions.

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Sunday, October 7, 2007

My running group.

I love my running group. With them, I can run forever (at a 10:40 min/mile pace).

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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Gimme, gimme, gimme more!

The super-large grip.

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On the way to the mouth.

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Argh! Just missed the goal.

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Monday, October 1, 2007

Sunday outings.

We walked in the woods and performed the sleeping-haircut routine. We are not good hairdressers. You know, first it slants up one way and then you try and fix it and then it slants the other way and pretty soon, you have bangs that are an inch long. Thankfully we avoided the urge to overfix.

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Ruby lived out her duck-retrieval fantasies by fetching a stick from the water. She's a retriever who only fetches sticks in water. Throw a ball in a field? Totally uninterested.

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See? The haircut isn't too bad.

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In the evening, Vince's school had a pizza party/picnic. We finally got to meet his best-est friend. They are so cute together!

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