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.

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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.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Our crazy kissin' cousins.

The weather was perfect on Thanksgiving.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

My office.

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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!

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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.

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

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Has led to that wind-chapped look.

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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!

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

On the move.

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

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Friday, November 9, 2007

The best bagels in Maryland.

Right on the good ol' Rockville Pike.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Wedding!




Vicki and Pauli's wedding happened on Saturday. It was a beautiful November day in Woodside. We were at the top of the mountain on Skyline overlooking the valley. They had their wedding on the terrace and dinner on the patio and dancing afterwards.

Best part:

Pauli crying during his vows. And it was a really good vow I thought. Basically he said that he wasn't perfect, and knew Vicki puts up with him sometimes, but glad that she loved him despite his imperfections.

It pretty much brought the house down.

My stress of the night was doing the Anniversary Dance - the one were all the married people come out to the dance floor and one by one you whittle it down the the oldest married couple? Well instead of a slow dance, Vicki and Pauli wanted to do a Conga Line. It was going reasonably well, until the conga line left the room and then when I made all the couples who were married less than 5 years to exit the line, the line totally exploded since so many people were married under 5 years. We were left with mini Conga lines that had no direction.

Ah well, what do you expect for something that went unrehearsed?

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Overwhelmed.

Things have been busy - we are all hopping down the bunny trail of life. I've been at work now for 7 weeks - I really like it! I'm in a training program and it's pretty intense - lectures and exams and not much free time. I'm missing a lot of what the kids are doing these days. I leave the house at 5:45 am and don't get back until 6:30 pm if I'm lucky. (Oh by the way, of the 15 people I work most closely with, one guy's mom and my mom worked together over 20 years ago and they just got back in touch with each other via us - and get this - I work with cousin Carrie's freshman roommate from Johns Hopkins and this same person went to the same elementary school as me (although 10 years apart) small world huh?)

Vince is still sick, but out the other end today. No need for details there.

We are trying to arrange childcare, Jeremy has this thing which may or may not work out starting in a few weeks - maybe. We are having some trouble, mainly for Edda and mainly because we are not aggressively working the childcare-word-of-mouth network. Vince is just signed up at before and after care at his school - he'll love it. Edda is harder to arrange. Day care will take her, but even though she has school for most of the day, we would have to pay for full-day care because they don't have before/after care for 3 year olds because most 3 year olds are in care all day. Also, they don't really have space for her and I'd rather find someone to come to the house or we could go over. I'm thinking like 2 other kids and a TV would be great. I know Jeremy is bearing most of the burden for finding care as I'm at work and can't be of much help.

You know, I want it all - to work and to be at home with the kids. I want to be there for the Halloween parade and I want to defend the US Constitution. Grrr...

Edda in my most favorite place in the whole world besides my home - Target.

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Funny Things in Life...

- I'm buying clothes that are of size small now. (I'm 6'0", 175lbs) Sheesh. I walked into Banana Republic and walked out with a small merino wool v-neck sweater. It's a knit, so it's a bit more stretchy, so I can get away with it, but really... small?!?

- When I realize that my ex-gf is on the same Caltrain as me, not by seeing her, but by recognizing her bike. BTW, check the rear tire. Looked like it had a gouge in it and it looked a little squared off.

- Yatta! I like Masi Oka. I'm glad he's got a new gig. I'm down on this season of Heroes tho. It's just... eh... to me.