Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How I feel today.

DSC_0164.JPG

I want to do ALL the things. But I'm a bit overwhelmed.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Eating out.

upload

Eating out on Saturday night in Dupont Circle. Edda might have been the youngest in the hip, happening restaurant of twenty somethings.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine's day - love

I was not looking forward to Edda's Valentine's Day party. I don't like going because I don't like being reminded on what Edda's missing out on. I like to live in my own little world of DENIAL. Anyways, it was much, much, much better than I thought it would be. I might have even danced a little Gangnam Style. Ha ha!

upload

upload

upload

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Working on homework.

Vince has been working very hard this week on an essay on the Phantom Tollbooth. It's due on Friday. He's pretty diligent about it - but it's hard to write.

upload

We are also reading a book about cats. Wizards and goblins, I understand. Cats? A little strange.

upload

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Early waker.

upload

Edda was up at 4:30 this morning. Usually Jeremy is here to coax her back to sleep, but he's not here so I tried to coax her back to sleep. But by the time I got to her bed, she was already so happy to start her day that it was futile for anybody to go back to sleep. And since Jeremy is gone, the dogs (who sleep with us) start wondering what the heck is going on at 4:30 in the morning, since no one is left in the master bedroom. They start roaming the house or asking to be let out of the crate and start asking for breakfast. Vince hears all the racket and gets up to pee (which I can hear, that boy can pee for a long time, so long that I started to wonder if maybe a water faucet broke in the bathroom) and then can't go back to sleep.

At least I have a moment to give Edda a much needed shower.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Walking the dogs.

One of Vince's chores is to feed the dogs dinner and take them out to pee. It might be the only one he does reliably because the dogs bark their heads off until he does it. And I can figure out if he didn't take them out to pee if I find a pee spot somewhere in the house later in the afternoon. I try and encourage him to take the dogs out one at a time - but he likes to be efficient. This day, I saw him take all three dogs (which includes Boba who is spending a few days with us) out and our neighbor walked their dog, Lizzie, down the sidewalk and I watched the three dogs pull Vincent (who was trying very hard to keep them on our property) down the sidewalk to greet their friend.

upload

Monday, February 11, 2013

Weekend haircut.

Who needs to go to a salon when Jeremy does it so well?

upload

upload

upload

upload

Fence Addition

The front part is the new addition to the old one.  I guess the new is about twice the size of the old one.  Hopefully, with this addition, Mom can harvest her veggies more.



Friday, February 8, 2013

Edda's IEP

DSC_0003.JPG

We had Edda's IEP meeting yesterday - I do love Edda's team, especially her teacher who is so energetic and organized. Edda has to do standardized testing this year - which is an incredible amount of work for her teachers and aides and they are done! We are all very excited (probably no one more than Edda). 

I think we are going to start sending Edda's iPad into school with her were the Proloquo2Go software for her class to use.  I'm not sure how much Edda will be able to access the communication software because she can't use her hands that well, but maybe someone in her class can and maybe that'll encourage Edda to try and use her hands on the iPad.  Anyways, the school system hasn't approved the use of (school purchased) iPads in classrooms because they are not dedicated communication devices- which I thought meant that no iPads could be used at all, even personal ones, but I guess that isn't true - they would LOVE to use Edda's iPad during class.  At the very least, everyone could take a break and play Angry Birds.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Chugging along.

I'm feeling a little off yesterday - so I slept in until 6:15 this morning and I still feel a little crappy right now. I think I'm still healthy enough to run 3 miles right now, but something feels a little wrong so I'm hoping that it will just go away in a little while.

I'm trying to cook 2-3 night a week and that usually means that I have at least 1 slow cooker night, which always has a 50/50 chance of coming out weird. Usually I err on the side of too much liquid, which was true this week (a chicken/sweet potato stew which we had on Tuesday) so on Wed, I turned it into a soup. Except I forgot the gaskets on the blender.So I had soup all over the kitchen counter.  Today is Thursday, we still may be eating the soup.

upload

My triumphant orchid - I finally (after 2 years) got one of my seven orchids to respike and rebloom. I consider myself an expert now.   I should not get more orchids, they do try my patience.

upload

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My brush with fame.

Last week, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation was awarded to two professors that I've worked for - Prof. Langer at MIT and Prof. Arnold at Caltech. These awards are the highest achievement that can be given to an engineer - the Nobel prize for engineering. I watched the live feed on the web, it kind of blows my mind that I had the opportunity to work in these world class labs.  Working in these research labs taught me so much about the scientific process.  Congrats!

IMG_0734.JPG

IMG_0730.JPG

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Frederick Douglass house

Get out of the house! You don't know how much I struggle with finding outings for the family. We are not very coordinated - often times we will spend a free afternoon just frittering away time, playing bejeweled. We made it out to Frederick Douglass's house this past weekend :)

DSC_0046.JPG

DSC_0024.JPG

DSC_0020.JPG

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Friday night lights.

upload

We are often busy in the evenings, so sometimes it's hard to have a quiet evening at home. Last night we had no plans - so we made handmade pizza and popcorn/movie night. I called January the Martin/Lee household celebration of small appliances month. We bought a room humidifier, a brown rice cooker and a popcorn popper. I got tired of having popcorn in a bag - so I got an air popcorn popper and had popcorn with real melted butter and salt. Yummy. The dogs agreed.

We try and have movie night once a week - it doesn't always work out and we always watch the same thing - we watch Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe. It's the only thing we can all agree on. Last night was a great episode about the SF city dump. Now that is a a dirty job.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Kouign-amann, pancake practice, bacon.

Ohhhh, I love these Kouign-amann.  It's like a croissant covered in a crunchy sugar coating. I'm eating poorly these days, snackin...