Friday, February 29, 2008
I suppose equal air time is in order, so here's Toro, in his bed. I think she's not so happy with me, tho I managed to somewhat force a kiss out of that cat. So she got to eat today. We'll see if it happen tomorrow. Winston is very funny. He keeps dragging out Pei-Sun's clothes into the living room and ... ah ... sorta goes at it. It's very strange. I don't even know where he's getting the clothes from! But there's like a sweater, a skirt, a blanket, and one other item I'm forgetting at the moment. I'm just folding them up and creating a laundry pile on the dining room table.
Tonight was relaxing. Just came home, watched Strictly Ballroom, and tried to make a lemon drop with some _really_ sour lemons from Choon's tree. Oye.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Look, this cute couple - I think they were on their first date. I'm not sure though, because I think they were speaking Portuguese. But they were laughing like crazy and close together, but not too close.
Here's a doggie who I guess is suppose to be some sort of helpful dog. I wish Ruby could ride the Metro.
And I just glanced on my iPhone to see what the formatting of the number was like under "normal" usage. Lo and behold:
Yup. my stopwatch has been running for 1108 hours. That's about 46 days now. I don't even remember starting it.
I wonder if my battery life will improve now.
So I'm housesitting this month for Choon & PS.Just took them to the airport today. I can't believe they brought a 4" memory foam topper as baggage. It's for PS' sister in Singapore, but they are making a stopover in Taiwan first.
Of course, this means that I am taking care of their two cats, Toro and Winston (pictured). I have my set of rules about how to feed them. Winston has to sit first before he gets his food, and he gets a little less than toro since he's a smaller cat. That went fine. But for Toro, not only is he supposed to sit, but he's supposed to kiss me too before he gets any food. Sufficed to say, I have no idea how this is accomplished since I never actually saw Pei-Sun feed them. Is he supposed to kiss me before sitting? On the cheek? What really counts as a kiss? I tried twice anyways, and Toro's going hungry tonight. He's looking kinda miffed at the moment, glowering at me from the corner of the room...
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
A few weeks ago, we discussed the logistics of getting the mail from the mailbox. Who gets to get it and open it, where to recycle the junk mail, what trays we need to sort the mail - it was a 25 minute discussion on household mail processing. See how exciting being married can be? Call the reality shows.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Anyhow we moved off to a lounge in the Mission and here's my wonderful low light photo of people dancing. Someone almost left the bar with my jacket. I managed to stop him, but man I would have been pissed.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Let's start with me. It's not too bad a little uneven at some points, I did have to fix it myself by cutting off half an inch in the front that somehow was missed. Also, I'm teetering on the subtle male/female line.
Jeremy's main complaint is that his haircut is too short. You can call him Sarge and don't get him mad, or else he will make you do pushups.
OK, OK, I cut Edda's hair and you can't tell too much from this photo how badly the haircut turned out, but I tried to give her a baby-doll hair cut. I did it while we were in the tub and she fell asleep on me and then I had to try and cut her hair while holding her head above water and then I just got frustrated and stopped. (I did fix it yesterday, it looks much better now.)
And the piece de resistance! Vince's haircut. He refuses to let me touch his hair anymore because he says he loves it.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Ruby is sick, sick, sick. She was scheduled to have her teeth cleaned today, but I had to cancel because she puked twice in the last 24 hours and this morning, she refused to eat her breakfast - such unRuby-like behavior.
This is what it's been like (I took this photo a few days ago while I was walking to the Metro after work).
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Edda had these 5 minute long episodes almost daily when she was in the midst of her most pronounced regression over a year ago and it especially seemed to increase when we gave her some melatonin to help with sleep. But they had gradually faded away when we stopped the melatonin and actually she started sleeping better on her own. I had hoped that we had seen the last of them. I guess not, but she didn't seem too bothered by this one...
A few days ago, Edda fell asleep on the floor which has never, ever happened before.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
On Friday, Vincent had his second appointment to fill the third and forth of the eight cavities. The dentist is great and has a space theme to the whole cavity filling procedure. Vince is the captain and he's going into outer space which makes the whole thing less scary. That and, of course, a nice sedative and nitrous oxide doesn't hurt either.
This week was also crazy in terms of scheduling, on Tuesday the kids were at home all day because the schools close down for election day, on Wednesday there was a 2 hour delay due to the ice, on Friday, Vince needed to stay home from school all day to recover from the sedative and our sitter B. could handle all the schedule changes without a problem and because of her, Jeremy and I were able to work through all this without a hiccup. (My mom's huge lasagna that she made last weekend for us helped also, I ate a slice every night this week.) Whew!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Laff. anyhow about 5pm yesterday, a friend of a friend, Jane, invited me out to come hang out with all of her cute single girlfriends at Farmer Brown's. I tried to rustle up another guy friend to come with me, but interestingly enough, all my single guys friends were busy, so I just went on my own. So it actually just ended up being me and 4 women of low alcohol tolerance hanging out. Ha. There was some guy at the bar that was trying to sell Jane some boots. I met a poet.
We all went off to eat indian, Where the waiter asked all the tipsy women whether they were okay or not. I think he wanted to swap seats with me. Laff. We gossiped about what movie stars are hot (who's a hot guy?), restaurants, and what size medical gloves people were. I also learned that a woman is interested in a guy if her pelvis is pointed in his direction, and that all nail salons are run by vietnamese women.
All in all. As fun of a vday as you get when you're single. Thanks for the invite Jane!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Jeremy and I each agreed to spend less than 3 dollars on each other for Valentine's Day. I got him one of those giant Hershey bars with almonds. He got me a bag of heart shaped Reece's peanut butter cups which I inadvertently brought to work to give away not knowing they were my own gift.
Anyways, I'm browsing all the press coverage and online chats about V-day. I came across this funny piece of advice:
Janis Spindel: Funny you should ask that because that is one of the things I tell people depending on their situation. Single people should totally be in a big city where there is a large ratio of well educated, attractive people looking for LOVE!I suppose I'm doing the right thing... Laff.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I woke up this morning to find my car covered with a thin sheet of ice. Someday I'm going to learn how to use a garage properly. Government workers (that would be me!) got a 2 hour delay, but it wasn't icy outside (except for the car) so I headed out at my usual time and didn't have a bit of trouble.
I'm always a bit late with my posts....But it was a beautiful weekend to go biking, and biking we went. Saturday, it was Arastradero with Yi-Ling and Charles. Yi-Ling just got her new Giant mountain bike. Arastradero is known for it's bowl. It's usually dry in the summer, but it was a little wet due to the rains last week. Here's a photo of Charles attacking the bowl on his cross/touring bike. Go Go Gadget fenders!
Also Sunday, I managed to get out across the Golden Gate with Andrew. We climbed up to the the lighthouse parking lot. The city is just behind the cliffs. Andrew called his mom on his bluetooth cycling specific helmet mounted wind noise cancelling headset.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
They were apologetic for the long wait times, but I actually enjoy being in the waiting room because we get to chat with old friends and also we get to make new ones. It's nice that even though we don't know each other that well and we are far apart, that we are not alone (that goes to all my internet families as well!).
Here we are in the waiting room.
The next morning, we ate at my parent's favorite diner.
Her physical sizess and shape were normal with respect to her non-Rett counterparts. In short, she was okay, big and strong. Yesterday, I found out one more thing from Edda. She could grap my extended hands and lifted herself up from the floor. It was very pleased to see her improved abilities.
Last night, Vince would like to sleep with us and Mom was very glad to offer. Guess what, Mom and Vince had their own bed. I slept on a Mattress and even Ruby slept side way across with me. I had no room to extend my legs and Vince had a dream that needed some sort of assurance. So, almost no where to sleep and half awake all the time. Better wake and write this blog :)
Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Valentine's Day to all of you. Much love.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Yes, I have been shopping for some clothing at thrift shops around town. It's really a gleeful experience for me. I scored two brand new work chino/khaki pants for $6 each and also sweaters. It pleases me to no end that I'm saving money and recycling at the same time. Oh, and it's also a means of exercising. There is a thrift shop about 1 mile from my office. So it takes me just about an hour to change, run to the thrift shop, browse for 10-15 minutes, run back, shower and change and then go back to my desk.
By far my best score was an official Redskins jersey for $2! Vince practically ripped it out of my hands when he saw it and he wore it to school today. I had to look #11 Ramsey up on Wikipedia. Apparently, he was the quarterback for the Skins from 2002-2005 and now is no longer on the team, so I guess we are a little behind the times. But hey, as long as he wasn't the guy with the fighting dogs or whatever else players get in trouble for, I guess it's OK.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
According to Wikipedia, the year of the rat is associated with:
Good: meticulous, intelligent, shrewd, compassionate, charismatic, charming, ambitious, practical, industrious, honest, eloquent, versatile, familial, creative, hard-working, neat, organized, lovers of music, loving
Bad: controlling, obstinate, resentful, lacks-a-sense-of-humor, manipulative, cruel, vengeful, power-driven, critical, possessive, stingy, bossy, fickle, defensive
Of course, I only show the good side of myself on this blog. My fickle, bossy, defensive, cruel side is certainly there somewhere in my psyche and I try really hard to keep it under wraps, but every once in a while it reveals itself to me in ways I cannot believe. Did I really say that? Did I really do that?
Jeremy's job is heating up (ha ha, global warming joke). There are two new articles in Science about how biofuels may not be the right approach to solve the global warming issue. There's a lot of press about these new Science articles, keep your ears and eyes alert.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
So everytime I reach a calling-a-lawyer point in my work, I think to myself, OK Doris, you have to call a lawyer now. I stick a post-it note on it and I move on to another thing in which no lawyer-calling in necessary.
This is not an entirely good thing because my pile of need-to-call-a-lawyer post-it-note covered work was just getting bigger and bigger. So basically, I had to just do it. I spent the afternoon calling one lawyer after another, and you know what? Except for the intense blushing on the first and second calls, it went pretty OK. After I was done, I was sweating a little bit. And now I'm glad it's over.
High five to me.
"I remember life before plastic bags. There was no "paper or plastic" at the Giant in the 1970s. Just paper, which kids dutifully recycled into book covers for elementary school texts."I loved this line, simply cause I remember learning how to do this and how Dad would write neatly and deliberately the book's title on the cover in black marker.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Super Bowl Sunday! Yea! I was rooting for the Giants for about 3 quarters, and then for the Pats when the Giants scored. And then back to the Giants and finally the Pats. In the end, when it was all over... I kinda wanted the 19-0 season.
Ronnie just bought an HDTV and his Tivo is driving all three screens. :) Nice eh?
Larry too was being sneaky in his own way. Ah damn you Larry! (Women issues. He knows what he's done.)
On Thursdays, I generally have an (relatively) early meeting that I have to wake up for. Last Thursday, was somewhat cold, and I didn't feel like biking into work, so I decided to drive. Lo and behold, when I got to my car, I found my rear left tire flat to the ground. So I was sitting there, in the middle of the street, changing it. Usually I'm okay with doing man-stuff like this. But it frustrated me a little. I tire wouldn't come off with all the bolts undone. I had to really wrestle it off. And of course, I was worried about driving 50 miles to work too on the spare.
In the end it was fine. There was a nail in the tire, and I went back to the place I bought it, and they patched it for free. Nice! Here's a photo snapped from my phone.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Ruby thinks it's spring already with the warm weather. She's shedding her winter coat.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
There was the standard YMCA song.
There were glow necklaces
Edda, the homebody that she is, took one look at the dance floor and heard the loud music and declared that she was going to have none of the ruckus and promptly fell asleep.
Watch out Tom Cruise.
Ohhhh, I love these Kouign-amann. It's like a croissant covered in a crunchy sugar coating. I'm eating poorly these days, snackin...