Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Someday I will run again.
Someday I will finish PA school.
Someday I will have all the boxes in this house unpacked.
Someday I will have the entire house clean with no dirty laundry. Or dishes for that matter.
Someday I will read through the Bible.
Someday my posture will be better.
Someday I will read Tolstoy.
But today, right now, I am reviewing the gastrointestinal system.
And listening to Widor-- some of his organ works.
Oh, yeah, I'm going to shave the dog. This week.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
anyway, i'm sending todd, who lived in california, to find this bottle of wine, because he is cool, but not too cool for school, and he has good taste but isn't too prententious. I *clearly* am too concerned with my image to make a good choice. and I'm humble, too.
the other problem (other than my having a test at 8 am the morning after the cocktail party) is that i have no alcohol tolerance remaining. one glass of wine has to last three hours. that's oh, let's see, a sip every half hour.
MAYBE i should send Todd to get some red food coloring, instead. we'll drink the wine we have open now, I'll food color some water, and drink the best of them under the table! Because I lived in New Orleans, right?
Todd's hammering and doing more wiring stuff today. he threatened to take out his circular saw, as well. and something about rolling up the rug. because i have a test on monday.
i'm going to study now.
Monday, September 8, 2008
The second was in Central Park. I went there after work to finish my book. A tow-headed boy on a red bicycle with training wheels nearly collided with a rat who was trying to cross the road around the Reservior. He jumped off his bike and was all excited, trying to get his mom and her friend (or his nanny) to look for it with him, under the benches. They told him he had made it up, and he said "OK then. It was the biggest mouse I ever saw." They found this hilarious and told him he had never seen a mouse up close. He was very sweet about the whole thing. I told him that I had seen the whole thing and was proud of him for being able to stop and not hit the rat. The mom/nanny said she had been hoping he had made the whole thing up. I told her it was a very large rat indeed.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Todd is on his way to see his mother. I already miss him. Just while he is away, the no-dogs-on-the-bed rule is suspended. Kuyper will also miss his hero.
I was talking with a friend today about husbands who are holes. You know, you just have to give and give and give and the hole is never filled up? I'm so grateful that mine works while I am working-- I'll ask him to sit and take a rest, but he believes that it is his job to serve me! He may not see the things I think need to be done, but he asks me. If it doesn't get to that point, I ask him if he would mind doing X.
I'm careful to elucidate a time limit, because I learned from experience that some men (naming no names) think housework should be an all day affair, and can't imagine much more drudgery than that. While I've been having my back trouble, it's been, "would you spend three minutes spraying the shower walls with this (either bleach or lavender water, depending on the mold growth in the grout) and then take your shower in there and rinse it all off?" Somehow, the results are better than "would you clean the grout in the shower?"
I wish I knew a way to convey to him how much he has blessed me.
And I couldn't think of a good gift to send with him to his mom and dad. I was going to make cookies, but it was soooo hot and humid in our house, and the air conditioner takes forever to catch up. I found t-shirts with old watercolors of Brooklyn on them. I hope they are a success. It's hard to choose a gift for someone you love but really know through someone else.
I'm really rocking through the assignments I have for this rotation. I'll finish some more, then dinner with new friends that we met at the couples retreat. They're both architects. Seems like I'm always surrounded by some!
Love you guys! Have a good weekend! I have a great picture to post, when I'm at my home computer...
Monday, September 1, 2008
It turned out to be a heavily pierced girl named Rachel, who knows Juli from Boston. She was here visiting friends.
And then it turns out, further, that Laura McKee is now married and her husband is on staff at the church. She has four year old twins and is in the process of adopting two more children from Ethiopia.
We're still looking for our "church home." There was a lot I liked about this one, but the commute (walk 5 blocks, 5 stops on the train, walk 5 more blocks) is long for the summer and would be brutal in bad weather, the music was whiny folk rock, and there is no air conditioning. Todd identified the location as a school cafeteria; I don't know if there is no air conditioning at all, or if the church just doesn't pay to run it. It was 85 outside and much hotter inside. I sat in front of one of the fans, which was definitely more than tolerable. Walking around afterward was rough. If I had known in advance, I would have dressed differently.
We happened to pass a restaurant named Nono. For North of New Orleans. And since we were both hungry, we decided to eat there. Todd had banana cakes, which were pretty delicious, and I had a cup of gumbo, a cup of collard greens, and a cup of cheese grits. They served cornbread, too. I wanted some of the coffee, but I was a good girl and didn't order any.
I had a hard time getting motivated to do much after the sauna/worship experience. But Todd wired our house so that the things in the bedroom can connect with the things in the living room, and we now have speakers in the bathroom, living room and bedroom. The kitchen is not large enough to have its own speakers. We're wired. I'm amazed at his ability to just do this stuff.
We've been invited to a barbecue this afternoon. It isn't really a barbecue when they call it that up here, it is some people grilling out. I'm going to be (Lord willing) productive before time to go. Please pray that I am! Lots to do here!
Love you all! Glad Dad made it home safely. It sounds rough.
Friday, August 29, 2008
I'm so thankful to have Todd for my husband. His mother starts chemo today, and as we were discussing things, I told him that I was concerned that perhaps he didn't grasp the seriousness of the situation. This morning, he bought tickets to go see her soon. The man listens. This isn't the first instance of his listening, either. He also takes out the trash without being asked, fills the water purifier, walks Kuyper, puts away the dishes, and on and on... I don't get everything done that I would like to, but we certainly get more done than I would by myself. This morning he was working from home and I was putting away laundry and he took a break to hang things up. Just to be sweet. I feel so loved by him. And blessed. You can work really hard to find the "right" person, but you never really know who you are marrying until you are married.
Curbshopping has been particularly fruitful lately. This habit of mine has been a big adjustment for Todd.
Last weekend we made a list of things that we needed to do or get to "finish the house," [not that any house I have ever lived in has been finished. There is always more to do. ]We sat at the dogpark and made the list. One of the items on it was "replace [the plastic drawer set that I don't love that is currently in our living room] with item of like functionality, subject to time/money constraints."
There is a little history to this-- I had hidden the plastic drawers in the front closet when Juli and Jessica came-- I find them awfully unattractive. As soon as the girls left, the drawers came back out by the piano. There was some discussion, and we arrived at the above resolution. Last night, we came home to find this on the sidewalk:
It appears to be oak. It isn't in prime condition, but we both agree it is better than the plastic drawers. It works well enough for opening and closing a few times each week, and the price was certainly right!
I really feel that God honored our communication and problem solving--after I got out of my huff about the drawers being back in the living room.
I told Todd I wouldn't drag anything else home ....this weekend.
I know what Juli is doing for Labor Day-- what is everyone else doing?
Kuyper is sad about juli's plans to leave the northeast.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I read a blog recently in which people commented on their least favorite household chores. Most people that said they hated cleaning the toilet said it was because their sons had poor aim. So, two questions: would it be wrong to say that your boys were not allowed to use one of the bathrooms in the house (assuming you had more than one)? and Second-- somebody needs to invent some gadget that puts an end to the aim problem without making a separate mess to clean up.
I'm off to make apricot lentil soup. I'll let you know how it turns out. It's from allrecipes.com.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I had to leave physical therapy because I almost threw up from the pain. I told God that I needed him to send me a cab, because I couldn't face walking the seven minutes home. He did, praise him. The cab driver seemed to think I didn't know my way home until after I called Todd and asked him to meet me outside our building and pay for the cab and help me get out of the car. Then the cab driver was helpful.
I thought I had two choices-- the ER for pain meds, or the Pain Doctor. I'd been referred to the Pain Doctor through my PMR (physical medicine and rehabilitation) doc, and the Pain Doc's office and I had been playing phone tag since Monday of last week. I called Monday, at 11:47 and they said that if I were there by one p.m. he could see me. The office was in New Jersey, 41 minutes away with no traffic, or an hour and twenty minutes if there were traffic according to Google Maps.
The car was multiple blocks away; I had parallel parked it in a space with three inches in front and three inches behind. I'm learning patience parking this way, I tell myself, and it certainly increases the number of spaces available. But Todd, my rockstar husband, had to finagle the car out of the space, maneuver all the one-way streets back to our house to come get me, and we were on our way. He was a rockstar driver! We made it to New Jersey in perhaps less than the 41 minutes alloted-- two bridges, two construction zones-- and I was so thankful.
The doctor told me to come back Tuesday, yesterday, for the shot. This time we allotted 90 minutes for the trip, missed an exit, travelled with increasing frustration through NJ sprawl, found a map in the glove compartment left in the car by the previous owner, and thanks to a helpful policeman and the map, made it to the office exactly on time.
I see why my doctor referred us to this office. I was impressed with the facilities, the cleanliness, the professionalism... There was at least one nurse per patient. And they told me their names! I didn't love the anasthesiologist, who insisted on starting my IV in my hand... I have great veins, let's use them for something, OK? My appointment was at noon, and we were headed home by two.
2. I'm still working on fitting us into the apartment. Todd has sorted his bag collection (that is another post) and last night, I reclaimed at least five cubic feet. Hence:
In an hour, it was gone. I hope it went to a better home, with more light and more space. Now to make decisions about the bag collection.
3. Todd's work keeps sending peaches home from the CSA. Last night I realized that I had ten peaches to eat in twenty-four hours. My solution? Peach and Cherry Pie.
Yes, I had a piece for breakfast. I haven't gained a pound since the accident and I'll be able to exercise again soon. I can't wait to get my muscles back. And meanwhile, I'll eat peach pie.
Monday, August 18, 2008
We went-- I woke up this morning fully clothed, so apparently I was decent. The poor guy had diarrhea from being boarded. With any luck, he just ate someone else's food and it isn't a stomach bug.
I learned from my vet in Jackson that the way to treat diarrhea is with white rice and yogurt. But neither sweet Todd nor I wanted to grocery early this morning-- and I eat yogurt every day for breakfast. I acquired a bag of Basmati rice from Gourmet Garage in the West Village upon marriage. I don't eat white rice, generally, so it has been in the freezer, waiting for its moment to shine.
Which is now! Kuyper appears subdued but seems to be feeling somewhat better. We can blow the candles out now.
Have a good day, ya'll!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Todd and I had a fantastic weekend in West Cornwall, CT on a church retreat for people who have not been married very long-- it was refreshing, wonderful to make new friends in the same life stage as we are.
I have a lot to do this week, so I'd better get to bed so I can get going in the morning!
Please pray for Todd's mother. She's hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.
Love you all!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Juli is coming tonight. I'm excited. I want to have time to play with her, which means I need to get started.
Why do I not want to do these? The workload feels excessive and needless. But it is a national requirement of all PA schools, so there must be some point to it! I turned the air down to 68 (it never gets that cool in here, but maybe it will get down to 76 or something) and fixed myself a glass of cold water and I'm going to get started.
I'll write (it's hand written, not typed, which just bites and makes my hands cramp) and then put in little bursts of cleaning or laundry or dog washing. How's that?
I considered making cinnamon rolls for the weekend, but I'm afraid that only Todd would eat them....
Talk to ya'll later!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
On the way home last night:
We got ourselves out of bed, walked the dog, and hustled into the city to our respective jobs. It must have been a Thursday, because I was home earlier than usual. I could see Todd's growing exhaustion, and felt a similar burden on my part. Then epiphany: the work never ended! No wonder we were tired! It was a soul tired, not simply body tired, because we were constantly at work, either at our jobs, or here at home, putting together the bookshelves, unpacking boxes, trying to configure the boxes under the bed so we could squeeze in just one more thing. We both know that God provides and wants us to spend a day we week resting in His provision, but there was stuff everywhere! We had to consolidate households, make the space livable, and the only time to do it was after work and on the weekends.
Family meeting: we needed rest for our souls. And it couldn't be at home, not yet, before everything was finished-- we needed to take some time to clear our minds, nourish our spirits, have some intellectual and social renewal before we burned out completely on all our activities.
The first Sabbath was a trip to the Met, to see the paintings of JMW Turner, the stone mosaics of ancient nobles, and photos from the last century. Art was followed by worship, then Virgin records for some birthday CD purchases.
The second Sabbath was a wild raspberry picking trip to Westchester, followed by a barbecue (that is what they call a cookout up here). Fellowship and food. Deer, a notable sunset over the Hudson.
The third Sabbath was the Pepsico sculpture garden. I'd been there before, but I was still unprepared for how moved I would be by the sculpture in the beauty of nature. We walked along gravel paths (note: don't wear Birkenstocks on gravel paths) and inhaled, photographing most of it for you. I'll see how many photos I can load for you...
Something similar to infinity-- it looks as though it sits on the surface of the water. See the heron in the background?
Todd and me in fifty years!
"Hats Off" by Alexander Calder. It really is as big as it looks; it is not a funky angle on the part of the photographer!
Happy Monday, all!
Friday, August 1, 2008
I have accomplished very little today. I'm changing that, starting NOW! POW! POOF! BAM!
I'm going to get dressed and prime two doors.
again, way too fusty on the fabrics, but in a nice cool linen?
BUGGING OUT, DUDE!!! This is it! In linen! Does anybody have a pottery barn discount card?
Because I could get a slipcover for it... and use it as a pattern. Or are there pottery barn outlets near hear? I don't get the catalog-- sometimes they have get 20% off stuff things that fall out of the catalogs.... Wonder what Todd thinks of this? We'll have to sit on it and test it-- I know him that well.... he does not like ordering things sight unseen off the internet.
http://www.potterybarn.com/products/p11916/index.cfm?pkey=csalfursco I'm going to do a little more research... Is it too fusty? I've never really been a pb fan-- too middle america, or something. but this I like. You have to see it in the oatmeal color-- don't judge it by the red.
Down wrapped cushions
8-way hand-tied seats
scrubbable or washable upholstery
http://www.barileatherfurniture.com/products/artisano.htm I can get the sofa (only) on clearance, because it has been discontinued. It fits all the categories except down-wrapped cushions, but when the polyester does give out, I can replace the cushions with down. It is dark. I'm not sure about something that dark-- I had imagined a couch, if it were leather, just middle brown, a few shades darker than the dog. It will be going over the red rug. I'm picturing pillows on it that are light neutrals and/or bright, so that it isn't just a dark hole.
Well constructed, similar to the one in the cabin where we honeymooned. Has the down cushions, which make it cushy. How scrubbable is it? The seat springs on this are the same as the seats on a BMW, guaranteed no squeaking, ever (cracking myself up). $79 shipping. It is sorta meh, alone, but I think when it gets in a room, it will be solid and set off the other things in the room.
I'm looking for another that I found earlier. I'd seen a fourth on Macy's, new, with no reviews, and really liked it but now people are saying that the seat sags and that the upholstery snags so no deal on that one!
Monday, July 28, 2008
This is step three!!! Go down to the first Bugaboo post to get step one. And don't laugh at my incandescent whiteness!
All the rest of the pieces and placement should be obvious. I highly recommend some machine washing with soap and drying in the sun.... and you need those doohickeys that go on a valve stem for the bikes. I found the owner's manual by Googling bugaboo frog owner's manual- I'll print that and put it in the box for you.
To change the angle of the handle so that the stroller sits upright on both wheels, you press in the tiny round white button on the upper RH side of this photo and then slide both the white pegs toward yourself while simultaneously unfolding it. (Dog not included. This is his new bed that he loves so much.)
The seat supports on the side of the seat slide down onto these pegs. (center of photo-- they don't really look like pegs, but what are they?)
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Impecable timing, no?
I think we're singlehandedly frying the planet. Last night, Kuyper pooped. He never poops at night, always on his morning walk. So we didn't have a bag handy. Pooping without pickup in Brooklyn carries a $1000 fine. Yes, I typed that correctly. Under the wheel of the car parked at the curb was a smashed 12 oz. cup. I reconstructed it just enough to scoop the poop. There were no trashcans anywhere in sight, so I *dropped it down the stormdrain*. I just dropped the poop, not the cup. The cup went back under the car at the curb. Don't tell mom.
We've earned some lunch. and Juli is calling.
Friday, July 25, 2008
An appropriate first photo.
I went to New Jersey today. I got two boxes of my things that had been moved from Mom's to Emily's to Grandmother's to Dad's to my step-aunt's in Edison, NJ. I pulled up in front of our building to unload them, but a parking place became available on our street, so I snatched it. The boxes went into the trunk. Either Todd will walk them down the street, or I will bring the car to the building and unload before we go raspberry picking tomorrow.
We are no longer going to the budgeting workshop tomorrow. It turns out:
A: you have to register (we didn't)
B: it is from 9-4, not 9-1 (we have plans at 3)
C: and there is serious advance homework required.
So tomorrow we will be painting the shelves of the bookshelves. Construction of these shelves is epic, unending, something I can count on as a constant in my life. They are well constructed, sturdy-- a manifest of Todd's engineering. I'm sincerely hoping we finish by the time Juli and Peanut come visit.
In the "other ongoing" category:
Must write thank yous.
Must register the car.
Must find accident report. I accidentally lost it.
Must register the dog.
Must study for rotation exam.
Must come up with four people for physicals.
Must study for end of rotation "quiz".
I'm thinking about finding a small dresser to go in the foyer. It could hold our overflow-- the extra Q-tips, toilet tissue, saline solution, breath busters-- the things that come in multiples, hold Kuyper's supplies, and hold the less often used office supplies. I'd also like a fresh flower and a lamp there, with one of the pressed aluminum Deco trays to hold Todd's pocket contents. If I didn't have a flower, I could use the purple bowl and put a fern in there.
I painted the risers in the foyer Benjamin Moore "iris bliss"-- a gray/purple. It looks like a shadow until you look right at it. I'm not sure that I like it-- I thought it would click with me right away and it doesn't. But I only put the second coat on today, so maybe I'll come home tomorrow and fall in love.
Ok. Time to go to bed.