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12/7/09 10:31 pm - the most wonderful time of the year...

doing the annual holiday card bit...please post your address, or send privately to me, if you want a holiday card!! Yes, this is even if you think I have your address. I'm refreshing the list.

Thank you!

3/6/09 01:00 pm - Two Choruses, One Voice

Newton Choral Society and Zamir Chorale are coming together for a collaborative concert this Sunday at Sanders Theater in Cambridge. It is going to be a fabulous concert - 120 voices, and the works of Bernstein, Thompson and others.

The event listing on Facebook

Newton Choral Society's web site

Tickets are almost sold out, so now is the time to decide.

1/2/09 02:44 pm - Meme time - 99 things

Things you've already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven't done and don't want to - leave in plain font

1. Started your own blog -

2. Slept under the stars. -

3. Played in a band -

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower - .

6. Given more than you can afford to charity -

7. Been to Disneyland/world -

8. Climbed a mountain - .

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo  -

11. Bungee jumped - .

12. Visited Paris - .

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch. -

15. Adopted a child.

16. Had food poisoning.

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty -.

18. Grown your own vegetables.

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train.

21. Had a pillow fight.

22. Hitch hiked.

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill. -

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb.

26. Gone skinny dipping.

27. Run a Marathon-

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.

31. Hit a home run -

32. Been on a cruise -

33. Seen Niagra Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors - .

35. Seen an Amish community -

36. Taught yourself a new language.

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied. -

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing. -

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke -

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant.

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.

46. Been transported in an ambulance.

47. Had your portrait painted.

48. Gone deep sea fishing.

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling - .

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud.

54. Gone to a drive-in theater. -

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching.

63. Gotten flowers for no reason -

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma -

65. Gone sky diving -

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp - .

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London

77. Broken a bone -

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car.

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper.

85. Read the entire Bible.

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.

88. Had chickenpox.

89. Saved someone’s life.

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous.

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one.

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone.

99. Been stung by a bee -

11/5/08 10:30 am - Yes, we can.

"This is our moment. This is our time — to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can."

-Barack Obama, November 4, 2008

Yes, we can, America. Yes, we can.

I am proud to be an American. I feel like I've woken up from an eight year long nightmare.

10/2/08 12:12 am - I got memed by mtgordon...but I'll get him back someday.

A) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs & replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.

B) Tag 8 people to do this quiz & those who are tagged cannot refuse*. These people must state who they were tagged by & cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by. Continue this game by sending it to other people.

01. What is essential for your happiness?
my children and husband.

02. What clothes are you wearing at the moment?
jeans and a sweater.

03. What games did you recently finish?
Nothing recently.

04. What is your favorite scent?
Fresh baked bread

05. What books are you reading at the moment?
The Book of Lost Things, by John Connonly

06. What do you drink the most?
Water, from the fridge.

07. Do you trust easily?

08. Who was your first big crush?
Matt Zaglin, going into the 7th grade. We actually ended up going out.

09. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to teach music.

10. Do you have a good body-image?
I used to.

11. Do you have a LJ crush?
She knows who she is.

12. What websites do you visit daily?
mommaville, fark, wikipedia, salon, slate

13. random pet peeve?
inconsiderate people

14. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
humorous, clever, interesting.

15. What's the last song that got stuck in your head?
the boom-de-yadda campfire song that the discovery channel used. see my last lj post.

16. What's your favorite item of clothing?
my new Calvin Klein suit. It makes me feel like a grownup.

17. What's better: to give or to receive?
Depends on what is being given or received. ;)

18. What turns you on in your preferred gender(s)?
Compassion. Brown eyes. A wide smile. Intelligence. Patience. The ability to remain cool and calm in an emergency. A natural athletic build.

19. Is there anything you want so bad right now?
a new job. help!

20. What should you be doing right now?
Sleeping <-----yeah that

21. Whats the meaning behind your LJ username/name/nicknames you go by?
It was my IRC name from the 90s. Ben introduced me to IRC and the real online world...not the aol/geocities online world. It's a combination of xkahn and miranda, from The Tempest, not Sex and the City.

I tag: </a></b></a>batyatoon </a></b></a>ladymondegreen </a></b></a>doeeyedbunny </a></b></a>secretlyironic </b></a>angelrenaissanc</a> </span></a></b></a>purpleallison </a></b></a>miriyami and </a></b></b></a>gethen

sorry guys.

6/27/08 03:33 pm - Boom de yada

I love the whole world :)

I love the whole world

6/27/08 10:04 am - So proud of Charlie

Charlie is a great kid. He's happy, athletic (if clumsy), enthusiastic, and generally polite. We've been working with him pretty intensively on understanding the feelings of others, both in general, and when he's about to do something that would affect someone else. For him, it's second nature to share his toys with his brother, give his brother a hug when he's crying, tackle him or say silly things to make him laugh. But he has trouble recognizing feelings by facial expression, especially in adults or from kids his age and older.

The other day, some asshole stole my wallet and attempted to use my Amex. They got caught, and hopefully arrested, and no real damage was done to me or my credit. Basically, I'm out a wallet and had to cancel a bunch of accounts and replace all my cards and my driver's license. Thank goodness my social security card wasn't in there.

I had no idea Charlie knew this was going on. This morning, as I was getting out of the shower, Charlie came in to the bathroom, as always. As I'm drying off and getting on my towel, he says, "Mommy, you can have my wallet because you lost yours." He then hands his wallet to me, the very same one that came with his ultra cool backpack.

I melted into a little puddle, and then accepted his gift.

I am now carrying a black nylon Transformers wallet. Charlie has made me feel like I'm the coolest kid on the block.

5/28/08 02:01 pm

Thanks to batyatoon for the fab meme.

Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real places, names &/or objects, but nothing made up! Try to use different answers if the person you got this from has the same first initial. You can't use your name for the boy/girl name question. Have fun with it!

2. BOY NAME: Arthur
3. GIRL NAME: Amira
4. OCCUPATION: Architect
5. A COLOR: Amarillo
6. SOMETHING YOU WEAR: Army Boots (heh)
7. BEVERAGE: Apple juice
8. FOOD: Apples
10. A PLACE: America
11. REASON FOR BEING LATE: Alien invasion

5/22/08 09:12 pm - Charlie on fried plantains

"Mommy, this tastes like God in a pan."

This is the best compliment I have ever gotten on my cooking. EVER.

5/5/08 09:51 pm - Happy Birthday Joshie!

I admit I haven't been as active in posting about Josh as I had about Charlie when he was a baby. But today is Joshie's first birthday, and it has been so special. I guess I've been in denial - the time has been passing so quickly...he just hasn't been a little baby long enough. His babyhood has been so much easier in so many ways, and in so many ways, so much harder. Josh is a social and fearless little creature. He's friendly and loud. He's athletic. He's a handful...he gets everywhere. He loves intensity - the tang of lemon, the bubbles in Pellegrino, the shock of cold from ice cream (he had his first today!), the rush of sliding down the slide at the playground. He loves to snuggle. And he's an awful sleeper.

In so many ways, he's Charlie's polar opposite. They say you're not supposed to compare your children, but I can't help but compare the boys every moment and marvel at their differences. Both boys are a joy and a lot of work. Josh is so sunny in his disposition, but his mood can turn on a dime. Charlie is Mr. Consistent - he's either switched on to a good mood or a bad mood, and there's no turning back for him.

Anyway, Josh had a wonderful birthday. It was warm and sunny. Ben worked from home today, took Josh to the park this morning, before lunch and nap. I left work early today to get Charlie at school, and picked Josh up along the way. His favorite place to be is wherever Charlie is, especially if that place is the preschool. We then played in the backyard, blew bubbles and watered the garden. Ben joined us and we headed to Celebrity for pizza, fried seafood, french fries, and creamsicle ice cream.

Josh LOVES ice cream. He kept signing for more after each bite, and giggling after the shock of cold wore off. We headed to the playground next door, where Charlie slid down the fire pole by himself. Josh crawled his way around the climbing equipment, heading for the tallest slide, and sliding down, giggling the whole way. By the end of our time there, both boys were exhausted, both barely holding it together for the ride home.

Speaking of the ride home, we turned around Joshie's car seat. Seeing the world from the forward facing perspective suits him. He's happier in the car, by a long shot. Where he used to fuss and cry, he now smiles and looks out the window. He doesn't yet understand that he can see us in the rear view mirror, though I bet that will come soon.

We had birthday cake on Curious George plates, left over from Charlie's birthday party. Josh was unthrilled about the cake, though he was fascinated by the candle. I feel guilty that I haven't planned a big party for Josh, but for some reason, I couldn't bring myself to do it. We're going to have a barbecue around Memorial Day, so that will just have to do.

And now for the run down. Joshie, at 12 months:

crawls, pulls up, and cruises
says "mama, dada, yellow, ball, bubble, bottle, cookie, boob" (though he doesn't say this one anymore)
signs "more, all done, out"
takes off his own socks
helps you take off his shirt
hinders you from getting him dressed
throws a nerf football forward
throws a small plastic ball backwards, and have it hit his target
plays catch
plays with his new interactive giraffe ball toy (can you tell this kid likes ball games?)
walks with a push toy
blows bubbles through the Gymboree bubble blower
plays the kazoo
climbs the stairs (ugh)
tortures the kitty, though she tolerates it for some reason
swims. he's a natural swimmer.
sits through a couple of board books (this is new)
bathes in the big bathtub (this is very cute)
holds his own when Charlie tackles him
steals toys from his cousin Tammy (3 months younger) and then give them back when she complains
sleeps through the night (although he doesn't)
uses a binky to put himself back to sleep (this is new)
eats pizza, ice cream, and chocolate cake
eats broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, and cooked carrots
eats bananas, quartered grapes, halved blueberries, watermelon slices (he loves this), cantaloupe, apple slices, peaches...if it's fruit, he'll eat it
despises peas. with a passion.
refuses to eat anything we offer him on a spoon, unless it's miso soup, yogurt, or applesauce
eats California rolls (this is also adorable)

His first year has been such a joy and an adventure, and it went by far too quickly. A bit bumpy in the beginning, with nursing problems (nothing Reglan couldn't fix), ear infections and even pneumonia this winter, but we came out of it ok. He was a fabulous nurser, once we got started. He is a sweet and happy baby, and has been the best addition to our family I could have ever imagined.

I am so thankful for my Joshie. Happy birthday little one.

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