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Monday, March 14th, 2011
7:47 am
Movers today
Our stuff is headed to  Tennessee today. Wish us luck!
Thursday, October 14th, 2010
10:03 am

1. I had twin baby boys a year ago.
2. I still have them -- happy and healthy! Yay!
3. I have taken a leave of absence from work to get them through the first year, and it's been interesting.
4. I kinda miss being around other grown-ups.
Thursday, June 18th, 2009
5:01 pm
This is for real, isn't it?
So for those of you I haven't seen in a while, I'm 6 months pregnant: twin boys are growing rapidly inside my ever-expanding belly. They've only recently started really kicking around in there, and every once in a while I just lean back, put my hands on my stomach, and stare. It's awesome, in the most literal sense of the word, what's happening inside me. Two new people! Whole ones! With brains and kidneys and fingers and toes and everything, all in the right places and all symmetrical -- I have no idea how it all works, but apparently my body comes pre-programmed to make them come out right as long as I keep eating 3 people's worth of food.

I don't always feel competent to play host to two new people... in fact, this is a little terrifying... but it's also some kind of wonderful. Looking forward to meeting you, little guys. It's going to be a wild ride!

Current Mood: awestruck
Thursday, May 7th, 2009
7:54 am
Mmmm, Darjeeling
I have a hot cup of tea in my hands. It's comfort food, and it makes me feel a little more centered, a little more civilized in the face of what will likely be a looong, gray day.

This is the kind of tea my mother kept in the house. I drank it (tea and a raisin bagel for breakfast!) every morning of my senior year in high school, as well as many late nights trying to figure out stupid Calculus. It reminds me of home and of my mama. It makes me feel better.

Just don't remind me that the pregnant lady should stay away from caffeine. It's a very small cup... :)
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
10:37 am
Many Happy Returns
Happy Birthday, wendywoowho !
Saturday, November 15th, 2008
12:38 pm

My sister is in labor. I get to meet my nephew tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
10:18 am
Boy, am I tired. and happy. and overwhelmed. After being up at 4am yesterday, I fell asleep during the acceptance speech.

We won! I finally have a President I can respect.
Thursday, August 28th, 2008
11:10 pm
Just watched Obama accept the nomination
Are we *sure* Aaron Sorkin didn't have a hand in that?

Sign me up.
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
7:39 pm
csabis and I are homeowners! We sat down this afternoon and signed about a million papers and handed over the biggest check we've ever written, EVER, and bought a lovely house in North Arlington. 
It is wee, and beautifully put together. There's a tidy kitchen with a big pantry, and four bedrooms (one for us, one for company -- no more sleeping on the futon, Ben -- one for an office, and one for a game room/den), and a front living room and a back family room and a dining room. There's the biggest rosemary bush I've seen in a long time outside the back door in its own little kitchen garden, and a yard that has been taken good care of by the previous owner. I hope to live up to her example!  The basement makes me duck my head, but it has plenty of space for wine storage and spare clothes!

The house was built in 1925, and the seller showed up at closing today with a gift for us: a package of photos documenting the house in its various stages of life. Apparently she was contacted a few years ago by a woman who grew up in the house, and whose grandfather had been its first owner -- this woman sent her a manila envelope full of neatly labelled photos of the house and the Potts family who lived in it for four generations. Now we have that envelope, and I'm looking forward to framing the photos and putting them in the living room. It's just amazing to know who has come before us in our house, and to see some of the happy times they spent here.

I love our new home, and I think it likes us, too -- it feels friendly.  Housewarming soon!
Tuesday, December 25th, 2007
1:31 pm
Merry Christmas, one and all!

Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it, and a very happy New year to all -- hope you're staying warm!

Saturday, June 16th, 2007
9:55 am
Many Happy Returns...

Happy birthday,


notthatandy! Hope Vegas is fabulous...
Thursday, May 17th, 2007
3:19 pm
Happy Ending

New cat has a name: he's Morris.

Thank goodness for

heatherbrie's across-the-street neighbors. Apparently they were feeding him occasionally before Heather and Pip took him in, and love him already -- they were calling him "Morris" before he got taken in and had this little adventure, so "Morris" he will be. They will give him a for-good home -- they have a puppy, but no other cats, and can commit to keeping him indoors. 

I'm very jealous, but I hope to build a visiting relationship -- I'm going to bring him over to them on Saturday!

Happy housefinding, Morris.


Wednesday, May 16th, 2007
12:43 pm
Cat rescue places stink, too
Sorry to make with the depressing posts here... but I'm hoping that the wide distro on LJ will help me find an alternative. I have called five cat rescue places this morning, and am getting the same unpleasant response.

The three I spoke to (vmail at the others) are consistent in the response to my query about the new cat, who has feline leukemia: they will be happy to take him if I bring him in, and they will euthanize him.  They are all apologetic and sympathetic, but none of them will take the chance of infecting the other cats around him. Two of them told me that he would not have a long or healthy life in any case.

I am holding out one last hope with a voicemail to the director for stray and feral cats at the DC Humane Society, hoping she can point me to a group somewhere that takes cats with the disease. 

My other hope is that there might be someone on LJ who is in one of the following situations:

1. Lives in an apartment building and currently has no cats but wants one (he can't be around other cats or allowed to get out where he might get to them)
2. Lives with a cat who already has the disease, and is willing to take on another one

If you're that person, please comment. Per my previous post, he's gorgeous and friendly an just had his shots and been neutered. I'd really prefer not to have to have this little guy put down.
Tuesday, May 15th, 2007
1:36 pm
Life happens. But this part stinks.

The vet called. The new cat has feline leukemia. We can’t keep him.


We knew this was a possibility, and so we did not name the new cat. We did not introduce him to Handsome. We did not let him out of the bedroom and the bathroom into the rest of the apartment.


But in the two days we had him, he was getting to be our friend. He purrs like a mad purring thing – his purr is bigger than he is! -- and loves to be petted and loved. He stretched out on our bed and watched out the window and looked as though all was right with his world. We fed him, and petted him, and hugged him, and talked to him, and made him a place in our home, and I’m crying a little bit because I feel like I made him a promise that I can’t keep.


Now the new cat, who I took back to the vet this morning to be bathed and neutered, is boarding there until we find him a place. We’re calling the wonderful woman who took him in off the street to see if any of her other takers are able to adopt a FeLV+ cat who has now been neutered, bathed, clipped (claws, that is), and vaccinated against all the usual feline maladies.  If none of her original list are able to commit (it is a responsibility!), we’ll start calling the animal rescue places. Any advice is welcome.


*is sad*


Wednesday, May 9th, 2007
8:03 pm
Oh, the places you'll go...
the Alamo
Aleutian Islands
Amana Colonies
the Arch (St. Louis)
Aspen, CO
the Badlands
the Berkshires
the Big Ball of Twine
the Winchester Mystery House
the Black Hills
Brooklyn Bridge
Busch Gardens (any location)
Cape Cod
Carlsbad Caverns
Central Park
Chimney Rock
Chinese Theater
Churchill Downs
College World Series
Colonial Williamsburg
Crater Lake
Death Valley
Disneyland (CA)
Disneyworld (FL)

Door County
Empire State Building
the Everglades
Fenway Park
Fisherman’s Wharf
Florida Keys
French Quarter/Bourbon Street
Golden Gate Bridge
Grand Canyon
Great Salt Lake
the Hamptons
Hoover Dam
Independence Hall
Johnson Space Center
Joshua Tree
Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral
Lake Placid
Lake Tahoe
Las Vegas – the Strip
Mackinac Island
Madison Square Garden
Mall of America
Mammoth Cave
Mojave Desert
Mt. Rushmore
Mt. St. Helens
Mt. Vernon
Napa Valley
Niagara Falls
the North Shore of Maui
the Ozarks/Branson
Petrified Forest
Pike’s Peak
Redwood Nat’l Park
the Road to Hana
Rocky Mountains
Rodeo Drive/Beverly Hills
Route 66
Sea World (any location)
Sears Tower
Sequoia Nat’l Park
Sierra Nevada Mountains
Smithsonian Institute Museums
Smoky Mountain Nat’l Park
Sonoma Valley
South Padre Island
Space Needle
Statue of Liberty
Stone Mountain
Times Square
United Nations
Universal Studios
Vail, CO
World of Coca-Cola
Wrigley Field
Yankee Stadium
Yellowstone Nat’l Park/Old Faithful
Harper's Ferry
Yosemite Nat’l Park
Zion Nat’l Park
Pike Place Market
Tybee Island
Beale Street
Ben & Jerry's
Tuesday, May 8th, 2007
9:49 pm
Dinner tonight

Boneless pork chops, cooked barely pink

Green bean casserole with parmesan cheese, olive oil and bread crumbs

Boiled artichoke, cooked into submission with garlic, lemon juice and celery seed and served with lemon mayonnaise

Bottle of Australian Mourvedre, a lovely choice on Chris's part

...yum. Full now.

Current Mood: full
Thursday, April 12th, 2007
8:41 am
Saw "Patience" last night...
...and was blown away. Many kudos to our ownwendywoowho, kierajeng, blackbuddha, and I'm certain some other LJ-ers whose tags escape me. Y'all were *on* last night. I had so much fun!

Seriously; if you're in town, try to go see the show this weekend. It's lighthearted and funny and beautiful to watch.
Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
3:52 pm
You Can't Always Get What You Want
But apparently sometimes I might get one of these...?
Gakked from Woo.

1. The beautiful Marianne needs to be rescued.

2. Marianne needs a permanent home A.S.A.P.

3. Marianne needs volunteers for the sign in table and excavations.

4. Marianne needs to develop her initial understanding of how to extend sentences with
phrases and clauses, and use more connectives to provide cohesion between sentences.

5. Marianne needs you!

6. Marianne needs to provide little guidance thanks to Steve’s known skills.

7. Marianne needs some assistance getting in and out of her tight human knots!

8. Marianne needs to remove the stick from the ass.

9. Marianne needs a shower.

10. Marianne needs another cameo.
Friday, March 16th, 2007
11:02 am
Your Leprechaun Name Is:

Sneaky Luckleaf
Friday, February 23rd, 2007
12:43 pm
Many Happy Returns

Hope it's fabulous...

 Happy Birthday,

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