Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Welcome to the family precious little boy!!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
- is icing a sore back and cursing being a clutz! (Jan. 18)
- is listening to R's breathing through the monitor (Jan. 19)
- is trying to psych up her 4-year-old for the Super Bowl (it's not working) (Feb. 1)
- tried a neti pot for the first time today... (Feb. 6)
- has just seen 'pictures' of the new baby... 9 weeks 2 days, 1 inch long, and beautiful little heartbeat... bliss. (April 8)
- is psyched once again for the [Contra Banditos] CD recording... less than 3 weeks to go! (May 5)
- loves hearing the crickets outside the open kitchen door (ahh, spring!) (May 19)
- felt the baby moving for the first time last night!! (May 30)
- spent a lovely day celebrating father's day, our anniversary and the solstice at DeCordova Museum; now off to make twice baked potatoes... (June 21)
- is having a baby boy!!! 12 oz. as of this evening, and quite the little gymnast! (June 30)
- is tired of the nausea and constant fatigue. (July 18)
- went canoeing today with the guys. Yea! (July 25)
- enjoyed celebrating Lammas yesterday. (Aug. 2)
- now has a broken toe.... grrr. (Aug. 11)
- off to the Catskills - hope everyone has a fabulous holiday weekend! (Sept. 4)
- is on her own with R for the weekend. Man, the house is quiet after bedtime... (Oct. 9)
- smells like a campfire (yum). Thanks Brenda! (Oct. 10)
- is officially in the last month of her pregnancy. (Oct. 13)
- is glad R. had a great time at his party - thanks to everyone who came and helped make it successful!! (Oct. 26)
- Had her last day of work yesterday, and will be at home preparing for baby. (Oct. 29)
- Happy Halloween, blessed Samhain, and happy 5th birthday to my beloved son! (Oct. 31)
- is still pregnant, but only has 4 more days until her due date. Does housecleaning really bring on labor??? At least my house will be clean.... (Nov. 5)
- due today, but no progress to report. Raspberry leaf tea, housecleaning and walking are all being tried... any other recommendations?? (Nov. 9)
- ...still incubating. Have an ultrasound on Monday and doctor's appointment Tuesday to schedule an inducement. Oh well.... (Nov. 15)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
If you're not at all familiar with letterboxing, it's much like geocaching, but without the GPS. See the Letterboxing website for a full description (www.letterboxing.org), but the basic idea is finding clues (usually online, and there are many, many websites devoted to letterboxing) and searching out the box(es). The boxes contain a log book of some sort, and a rubber stamp (with or without ink pad) usually hand-carved and unique to the box. Carry around your own stamp (pre-made or hand-made), ink pad and journal/log book for recording the boxes you find. That's pretty much it!
As I might have mentioned (once or twice) I love creating lists, so tallying up our box finds is always satisfying. But the real rewards are the intangibles... spending time outside with my family, and finding new places to treasure and re-visit.
Monday, July 27, 2009
So if you don't live in New England, this may be news to you, but we haven't had much of a summer here, weather-wise. Only 6 days in the month of June with no rain, and several days of severe storms in July along with unseasonably cool temps (too many rainy days that didn't get out of the 60's to even think about) have made this a nearly forgettable summer. Nearly, that is, if you can overlook the two days in a row of tornado watches, flooding rain, and a microburst in town that brought a foot of water running down main street, along with quarter-sized hail. We were fortunate (!!) at camp not to get quite the severity of the storm that hit town, but frighteningly close cloud-to-ground lightening right during dismissal time was more than enough for us. Whew. I have no desire to go though that ever again.
Given how tired I've been (weekends are usually spent in recovery mode), I haven't gotten a chance to get out and play (when not at work, anyway) much this summer, which made our trip this weekend even better. We took the canoe out for the first time this season with the initial idea of paddling the Nashua River up in NH. What on earth we were thinking, I have no idea. Did I mention the flooding rains we've gotten around here? And never mind that we drive past a good stretch of the Nashua to and from work, and just Friday were amazed at how high the water level was. So we get all the way up to Nashua, just to have Obo's father read us an article in the newspaper about accidents on the river and warning people to stay away. Great.
Ok, so we drove back down to MA and paddled at Paradise Pond in Leominster State Forest. One of the things I love about Paradise Pond is how secluded it feels (even though it's right off rt. 31). With the surrounding hills and over 4,000 acres of forest, you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. They don't allow motorboats, which goes a long way towards the solitude paddlers can experience. R. had a great time - so much so that when we stopped for a picnic (and it was the picnic I used to persuade him to go paddling in the first place) he was all about getting back on the water as soon as we were done eating.
Not much else to report, I don't think (or at least nothing that's coming to my tired little brain). We're looking forward to attending the Lammas Fair at the work (it's an outdoor ed center & camp; camp) hosted by the Society of Elder Faiths. With the busier season, we haven't been keeping up with their events as much as we'd like, so I'm sure this will be quite enjoyable. Off to bed... I'm hoping to keep the blog more active going forward, but rest first!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Cross-posted at Withywindle Blog
Boskone has been underway since yesterday at 5 PM (for dealers, anyway), and I'm glad to see that today seems busier (in terms of numbers, if not sales) then yesterday. I don't know if it's the new location of the Huckster's Room, or if the space is actually larger, but it feel much more spread out and the number of people in attendance yesterday felt quite small. It doesn't help that we're in the back of the room (last year we were right up front, which was lovely) so it takes people longer to get around to our section. But even walking around, the crowd seemed smaller. I haven't done much walking around this morning but overall it's busier – much more like previous years.
I'm hoping to get out later on – I've got to at least head up to the lobby and check email; Greg Bear is signing today and I'm looking forward to meeting him. More later!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
This was such a great show - what a shame it only went for 3 seasons; even sadder that we've lost Dermot Morgan (the day after season 3 ended, no less). I was introduced to Father Ted by one of our British staff (when I was at Wildwood) who gave Obo and me season 3 on DVD (he didn't have room to pack it on the way back - too much good 'American' stuff to bring home).
Monday, February 9, 2009
This is so cool... I don't think I would have wanted to do this as a kid (I was way too horse-crazy), but as a camp professional (and fantasy freak), I think it's fabulous!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
The camp fair was fun, and relatively successful. Saw a few (but not many) folks I knew.
My headaches have been awful this weekend due to the coughing (despite being zoned out on cough suppressant for the past 48 hours).
I'm still using the neti pot.
Yep, that's it. Goin' to bed.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Off to a camp fair tomorrow!! (I love camp fairs!)
Friday, February 6, 2009
I have a wicked head cold, and a friend and colleague recommended it to me. This wasn't the first time I'd heard of it, but the thought made me squeamish until today, when I was ready to try any non-chemical method of reducing the sinus pressure in my head. Did it work? Verdict is still out... I'll report back in a few days.
Randomly, as the saline was passing through my nose for the first time (and even for the second time), I was instantly transported to the beaches of St. Petersburg, Fl., where I spent time visiting my mother as a kid.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
R. came to work with me today; I wish I could bring him to the preschool here everyday, but A: that's expensive, and B: my schedule is too erratic to be good for him. He gets to spend quality time with Daddy in the afternoons (who can pick him up by 3:30 or 4 every day), and I don't drop him off until 8 or 9, so it's not a terribly long day at daycare, which I like.
But he's so darn cute, and I love being able to surreptitiously watch him be his own little person when he's here...
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I've picked my book for the 2009 Science Book Challenge - Hyperspace, by Michio Kaku. In my post on the Withywindle Blog about the Science Book Challenge, I had mentioned wanting to read something on astronomy, as I had been thinking about it recently. However I've since realized that astrophysics would be the more correct subject, I just couldn't think of it at that moment.
It's weird to say, but I really have been thinking about astrophysics lately (who hasn't??). I had recently started a fascinating article in a magazine, (possibly Popular Science, but I don't quite recall) about the universe and how many facets of it seems uniquely designed to create life, rather than life being a happenstance. Or something to that effect - I never got a chance to get very far into the article, as I was in a doctor's office and had to leave it behind.
Thinking even farther back, this past summer I spent a few hours by myself in a van with no radio, and I got to thinking about the creation of the universe (isn't that what happens to everyone when they're alone in a van with no radio??), and what might exist outside our universe, and so on, and so on, and eventually thought, "I need to read a book on this!". So I'm going to.
Monday, February 2, 2009
I'd love to record our morning routine (when it goes well, that is; no one would want to hear us when it doesn't): the things he does and doesn't want to do for himself (this morning it was his socks - "I can put them on all by myself!"; and he did), all the cute little questions from him, and my "mommy" answers... I was so acutely aware this morning particularly, how fleeting this all will seem in a few years.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I liked the idea of doing this, as I really want to be more consistent in my journaling efforts, and this was a great kick-start. We'll see how it goes; this month's topic is 'want'. They say topics are optional, but a focus helps... I want to succeed at blogging/journaling every day this month... here goes!!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. - Albert Einstein
Here's the poem I was searching for:
Something Told the Wild Geese
Something told the wild geese
It was time to go.
Though the fields lay golden
Something whispered - "Snow."
Leaves were green and stirring,
But beneath warm feathers
Something cautioned - "Frost."
All the sagging orchards
Steamed with amber spice,
But each wild breast stiffened
At remembered ice.
Something told the wild geese
It was time to fly -
Summer sun was on their wings,
Winter in their cry.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
1. If I could only use two words to describe myself I would use fiery and passionate
2. I performed in Carnegie Hall when I was sixteen (not by myself... with a regional youth symphony orchestra)
3. I spent most of my childhood wishing I were almost any animal other than human (preferably a furry one)
4. I have two tattoos and plan to get more; each one is, or will be, a piece of my soul inscribed on my skin.
5. Until I met my husband, I was dead certain that I would never have children
6. I was born on a Friday the 13th (April) and my son was born on Halloween (at 13:13).
7. I LOVE to sing!!!
8. I am amazed (and pleased) at how much being a mother now defines me; my son has helped me find parts of my soul I never knew existed
9. I don't make friends very easily, and so I cherish the ones I have; they mean more to me than they will ever know (even though I'm lousy at keeping in touch)
10. Halloween is my very favorite holiday (and was prior to the birth of my son).
11. I haven't done nearly enough world traveling
12. Making a difference in the world is the main force that drives me every day.
13… is my favorite number.
14. I keep thinking about what I’m going to do when I win the lottery, but I don’t play it.
15. I discovered I had claustrophobia when attempting to enter one of the pyramids of Egypt during Ramadan in 1997.
16. If I could live anywhere in the States, it would be in the Monadnock region of NH – I went to camp there as a child and worked and went to school there as an adult. Someday (someday) I plan to return.
17. My Sicilian grandfather has a rather...interesting...heritage
18. I love, love, love, to swim, but not in ponds with squishy bottoms (which is most of them)
19. If I could be doing anything at (almost) any moment, it would be riding a horse
20. After 12 days with no power in our house last month, I discovered that there are few more satisfying things than sitting down to a meal cooked in your own house with your family (with all the lights on...)
21. My favorite author is Stephen King; I'd love to sit down and talk with him
22. I could probably identify 90% of the plants and animals in your backyard (stole this one from Kate - thanks!!)
23. I collect coins (I'm such a geek)
24. I never told the person who inspired me to become an educator that he did so (I will though, I swear!)
25. I love my name.
Monday, January 19, 2009
After the challenges of the ice storm, losing the baby and our wonderful Pandora - not to mention the health issues Obo and I have faced lately - we could use some change. The good news is that things feel like they're moving back to normal for our household (despite my back injury after slipping on ice Sunday, grrr.). Smiles and laughter were far more present than they have been for quite some time.
I have hope.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I happen to think that hunting is an excellent form of population control for our out-of-control deer population (and agree with the author that it's our best solution right now). And I also happen to think that a healthy predator population (i.e. - wolves) is also a potential solution. Reintroduction of wolves is a very controversial topic - no doubt about it. But much to my frustration, the author didn't even MENTION the role predators naturally play in keeping ungulate populations healthy and stable, and that fact that our top level predators are missing here in New England - and that's a big problem. Regardless of how you feel about an issue like predator re-introduction, to not even mention it as an ecological issue drives me crazy. People can continue on their way with their misconceptions about predators big and small, ignorant of how imbalanced our forests are without the biggest ones present. I'm SO glad I'm running my program this evening. **Stepping off my soapbox**
As an aside, I will be leading a tracking program in the central MA region this Saturday, January 16th from 10 - 12:30. If you're interested in attending, send me an email and I'll get you the details.