Wednesday, April 30, 2008
There is a Kennedy speaking at the library today in support of Barack Obama, while down at the Plaza Hillary Clinton is going to be speaking later this evening. That means very little to us, other than to be grateful we have a driveway!!! Our poor neighbors have been confined to their homes all day because if they leave, they'll have to park blocks away from their houses!!
Okay, I just took Karenin out to go potty and she went over to the place where she usually goes poo, and she started EATING it!! We leave it there so she'll know what to do when she gets to that area of the yard, not so she can have a snack!!! How sick. Dogs are gross.
Meanwhile, my sister-in-law just got a KITTEN, and I'm completely jealous.
No, I love my dog. I really do. But Martin and I were talking this morning about how life with Karenin will be so much better when she's not a puppy. I think it wouldn't be so hard if I didn't have Anja as my first priority, and I know that in about a year or so Karenin will be THE greatest dog in the universe... but for now, she's kind of a challenge.
Also, when she went to the vet to get spayed she also got weighed and we found out she's only gained a few pounds since we got her. Unfortunately, it looks like we're going to have a medium-sized dog with big paws as opposed to the puppy with large paws that we thought would grow into a large dog. Well, she's still Karenin and she's still great.
Someone else who is great is Anja. She is so smiley!! Even today when she's only had funny short naps throughout the day.
Another great person is Martin. He's a pretty cool guy. I was thinking the other day about how good it is to be married. Way better than my single life prior to my marriage. We often talk about how glad we are to be out of the dating lifestyle. Not that either of us really dated anyone..... um.... we were both kind of losers, which I guess it why we're so great as a pair... but anyway, I'm glad to not have to worry about "if" I'll ever get married and "if" I'll ever have babies. Both taken care of! But the best part of being married is always having a friend to hang out with.
Oops... speaking of that friend, I've got to go pick him up!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Other than the poopie disappointments, life around the House of Schap is nothing but happies. It's been declared (by us) that we have the best baby in the entire universe, as well as a dog who is pretty up-there on the charts. It might be considered a work of Divine Mercy (I'm only a little bit kidding) but Karenin has started ringing the bell on the door to go outside. I know. I can hardly believe it either. But it's true! She randomly started doing it yesterday afternoon and today she's still doing it. It's so amazing and makes my life SO MUCH EASIER.... aside from the fact that she rings it about every four minutes.
It's been said that I have an addictive personality. I guess that's why today I baked four loaves of Friendship Bread, bringing my total loaf count to something around 742. And now I have six starters. I've come to the point where I really need to just toss them.
Tonight is knitting at Barnes & Noble. I'm hoping to get my bear leg finished, and then I'll be ready to sew him up and stuff him. Exciting times! It's still been only 6 or 7 months since I started, and in my book any project that takes less than a year is done in good time.
One thing to celebrate is the start of Farmers Market!!!! At last!!!! This summer we will eat so fabulously. The tough thing about going to the grocery once a week is that it's hard to get a weeks worth of good meals planned because by the time the weekend comes, some of the stuff is going bad. It will be great to go down and see what they have at the Farmers Market and come home and good it up. Yum yum!
Another thing to celebrate is the slow season at Martin's work! This will be the first week he spends zero nights staying late to make calls. Hooray!
Yesterday my good friend Alison came over in the afternoon. It was lovely to chat with her! Kim and I are playing for her wedding and she gave me a list of some of the songs to play. It should be a very fun time. She's having an outdoor wedding and I'm hoping the weather that day is just gorgeous. All these weddings this year! Such fun!
I haven't really been very productive today and I haven't really done much of anything, but I still feel like I'm having a busy and crammed day. Maybe that's because Anja only took a 45 minute nap before Karenin started barking and woke her up. Grr...
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
We had a really fun and productive weekend. It's pretty nice having a baby as an alarm clock. We used to spend our Saturday mornings in bed. We rarely got up before 11:00 on Saturdays until Anja was born. But now it's great because we get up around 7:30 or 8:00 and we have the entire day ahead of us! We can achieve so much! This Saturday we got up early and got ready for our day before Martin went to the vets to pick up Karenin from her spaying operation. We carried out our plan of keeping her in her cage and leaving the house as not to bother her by driving down to Indy to go to the Keystone mall, at my sister's suggestion. She told us J.Crew had some great sales (they'd been down the weekend before.) So we thought, why not? and headed down. WELL, we didn't buy anything at J.Crew (although they did have some fabulous prices) but the trip was well worth it when I came away with a pair of Gap Long & Leans for $6.97. !!!! I took them up to the register and said, "Are these for real?" And indeed they were! That ended up being our only purchase of the day, but it was a lot of fun to look at all the fancy stores. We drooled over the baby clothes at Janie & Jack's, and Baby Gap, and we looked at all the super fun, and super expensive ties at Brooks Brothers. We felt very fancy looking at linen clothes and $40 onesies. However, we skipped over Tiffany's.
We ate Chinese food for lunch at the mall and came home later in the afternoon, in time to meet Matt Aiken at McCords for a coke and for Martin to get a run in before dinner. I made some vegetable soup, which boiled down and burned while I was playing my guitar at the kitchen table. I was six feet away and the dinner burned! Ugh. I don't know what we did after dinner, but I'm sure it was fun.
I forgot to mention Friday. On Friday when Martin got home from work we ate leftover stirfry for dinner while we watched a Raffi concert on DVD. Afterward Anja and I went on a little date. (You're going to think all I do is shop! It's not true!) We went to Plato's Closet where I found for myself THE sweater I saw on girls all over town and coveted for the entire fall and winter. I got it for $4.00. I also bought a pretty dress for $8.00 that I intended to wear for at least one of the weddings we're attending this summer. Sadly, it didn't fit and I returned it on Saturday. I don't think I really need to tell you if it was too big or too small. All I have to say is "Moo." (I love breastfeeding, but as I've said before, I'm looking forward to the benefits of NOT being a nursing mother.) From there we went to Once Upon a Child where I bought for Anja the cutest brown overalls with embroidered flowers on them and a pretty white sundress, also with embroidered flowers. I remember my grand total being $5.75, but each piece was $4.00, so maybe one was on sale and I didn't realize it. Aaaanyway... good deals all around!
Then came Sunday. 7:30 mass and McDonald's coffee on the way home. We cooked up some eggs and toast at home and afterward went straight to work in the yard. Martin mowed and when Anja went down for her later nap around 11:00 I joined him outside pulling weeds like a madwoman and finding the most gigantic wild onions on the planet. We tied Karenin to her line on the tree and she was good all day, except for the one time she slipped her collar and disappeared and Martin found her down at the end of the alley. Oops! I went outside and there was nothing in the yard but an empty green collar attached to a dog line. Martin worked hard all day cutting down trees and chopping them up and hauling them to the road. The Cooks were out for a lot of the afternoon too, and it's always nice to have a neighbor to talk to over the fence.
When Anja woke up we met up with Matt Aiken at Vienna, then came back to do more yard work. Anja joined us in her exersaucer on the patio, and I think she liked being out there with us for awhile. If it's nice this week, I should spend some time outside with her in the yard. For dinner Martin's family brought over Subway sandwiches. We hadn't seen John Mooney since Easter, so it was good to see him again. And I always do enjoy a cherry coke.
And now it's Sunday evening. I was going to bake up my friendship bread tonight, but I was too lazy and the ants made it slightly unappetizing. So I guess it'll have to wait until tomorrow, which really means it will have to wait until Tuesday because tomorrow is looking pretty full.
Another good weekend come and gone!
Friday, April 25, 2008
I am folding, folding laundry
folding laundry all day long
folding, folding, folding laundry
While I sing this little song.
I am folding underooskies
I am folding old blue jeans
folding laundry, folding laundry
with my Anja here with me
I am folding socks and t-shirts
I am folding jammies too
folding, folding, folding, laundry
I will fold until I'm through
I am folding baby laundry
I am folding grownup clothes
folding, folding, folding, folding
clothes for heads and clothes for toes
I recently switched detergent scents and my new stuff smells sooooooooooo good. It makes my laundry folding quite enjoyable!! Sniff, sniff!!
I was invited out to lunch today by my parents! Well actually... my dad suggested that we ought to go to Nine Irish Brothers for lunch sometime, and this morning I called them both and asked if they'd like to go to the new Cajun place today. So I guess I just kind of organized and invited myself out to lunch with them. But whatever. It was still tasty.
And we went to the new Cajun place (located in the old Cajun place) and found out that it's called Scagnoli (sp?) and the Scagnoli family is somehow related? Or friends with? The Qualios, Bessignanos, etc. [My mom's side of the family.] Small world, huh? My mom told the owner that he was shamefully abandoning his Italian heritage by opening a Cajun restaurant. Hahaha. Also, I'd like to clear up some lies I told in my last post... my parents, unfortunately, weren't able to go to bed at 7:30 like they normally do, as they were up all night cleaning out their vacuum.
Question for the moms: Can you tell me everything you know about babies and first foods? When, what, allergies, etc? It's getting to be about that time, depressing as it is. We were thinking a t-bone for her 6-month birthday. Is that a little much? Maybe just half?
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tonight we made tea and sat on the porch together during that nice thunderstorm. It's definitely Porch Season again!! I'm so glad. Except that Mike Prangley's recent forecast doesn't really fit with the Porch Season style.... but I don't mind some cool spring days, especially since it means I can keep wearing my new $12 jeans and my super cute grey 3/4 sleeve sweater.
Today was a good day! I dragged myself out of bed when Martin woke me at 6:30 offering me first dibs on the shower. I spent the morning being fairly lazy, and then around 9:00 I had this brilliant idea to vacuum the house. Too bad our vacuum is a piece of garbage. I seriously wasn't getting ANYTHING up off the floor. I mean, I never get great results, but today? Nothing. Not a speck lifted. And my carpets were FIL.THY. Soooooo, my next brilliant idea was to call my mom and see if I could borrow her vacuum for the morning. Hooray! She brought it by an hour later, and I got to use it for a whole hour! Unfortunately, some of that hour was spent putting Anja down for a nap, but it didn't end up mattering at all. I had done the front of the house, the hallway and most of the back room when my mom came back. That was about the same time that the vacuum started blinking "Bag Full" and not really working very well. My mom assured me that I could keep going. Haha. Yeah right. I opened the compartment where the bag is kept and carpet fuzz started spilling out of the hole where the bag connects. IT WAS SO FULL. And it's completely carpet hair. Our carpets suck. (sorry for the bad word.) But really, I'll be SO GLAD when they are gone. Or replaced. Or we move to a house with better, or better yet, NO carpets. Anyway, so the vacuuming was done and my mom left and then Anja miraculously kept sleeping, so I decided to mop the kitchen floor!! Talk about productive!! And this is all while laundry is going!! So I swept, mopped, swept again and just when I finished, Anja woke up and that was the end of my productivity for the day. After that I burned a CD for Laura and we walked it down to her work. On the way home we stopped by a few of the Main Street stores just for fun. Then home to make dinner, which we ate promptly when Martin arrived home.
And after dinner Mrs. Schap stopped by with a gift for Anja from John's sister. It's an adorable piggy bank, with even a starter dollar bill tucked into the slot. How cute is that?
From there we went to Vienna for a date. I, unfortunately, gorged myself on a VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHERRY TART, lingering in my mind from my earlier post. It was delicious. But then I felt like death for the rest of the night (including now, as I type this post.) We were going to take a walk but between the running out of time thing and the possibility of rain thing, we decided against it.
But at Vienna we saw Turgay! We haven't seen him in ages. He seems to be doing well. It's always fun to see people you know at Vienna. It doesn't really happen so much anymore.
So that's been my night. Now it's time for bed. And tomorrow is Friday! We were going to go up to Wheatfield to visit Fr. Alex and go to their monthly bluegrass show up there, but because of the time difference and Martin not being able to get off of work early, we wouldn't have made it up in time. Booo. Maybe next month though. So now we've got a free weekend. Especially free since the dog (the marvelous dog who has finally gotten the poo-outside thing down pat) will need much quiet time to herself after her special operation. *shiver* Glad it's her and not me.
Anja has been rolling over and over and over again! There's no stopping her! As soon as you put her down anywhere, she rolls over. And now she can roll over and prop herself up on her arms and look around AND she can roll over from her back to her stomach, then over to her back again! She was THRILLED the first time she did that (last night) but that might be because we made such a fuss.
I like all of her jammies and socks, but it's nice to have it so warm these days that I don't have to put anything on her feet, because her feet are so cute. especially when she's asleep and they're all curled up on top of each other. She is so cute when she's asleep. she seems to prefer sleeping on her side, just like Martin and I do! Last night though she kept rolling over onto her stomach and getting her face buried in the carpet. She'd whine so I'd roll her back to her back, but then she would cry until I put her on her stomach again. Finally, she got situated so that she was asleep on her stomach on her bed and she stayed there for much of the night.
Last night we went on a long walk. We set off as a family but only got to the end of the block before turning around to take Karenin back home because she was being awful. Then we set off again and got to the bridge before realizing that we were both planning to lead the other to Vienna, but that neither of us had brought any money with us! So we walked back home (again) and got our money and then walked all the way up to Vienna. It was a gorgeous evening for a walk. Just perfect. By the time we got home Anja was exhausted. She had a bath and I tried to put her to bed, but she was that kind of sleepy where she just didn't know what to do with herself and then she started having a meltdown. We went for a little drive and she fell asleep, but she doesn't seem to like sleeping in her carseat anymore. It's still a good way to get her to fall asleep, but she won't stay there more than a couple of hours. I think she gets hot. Well, and she can't roll over, of course.
I don't really have any news. I thought about doing the little survey thing on Laura's blog, but I was having trouble thinking of answers for myself when I was reading hers. Maybe I'll try anyway because I'm putting off getting dressed and actually starting my day. (Karenin is quietly in her cage and Anja is hanging out on a quilt on the floor.) Alright, here goes.
What was I doing 10 years ago?
Totally crushing on Eric Washington. And quitting track because it was awful.
5 things on my to do list:
1. Mop the kitchen floor
2. Baby-proof the house
3. Clean up our bedroom
4. Murder all the ants
5. Finish Anja's teddy bear
5 snacks I enjoy:
1. CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CAKE FROM VIENNA!!
2. Coffee & Biscotti
3. Chips & homemade salsa
4. TRIPLE CHOCOLATE TARTS FROM VIENNA!!
5. VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHERRY TARTS FROM VIENNA!!!
5 things I would do if I were a Billionaire:
1. I would buy an old house on some land in the country and have a lot of dogs and a lot of cats and Martin and I would live there and retire. Martin would hunt and I would garden and we'd be self-sufficient except for the cost of internet, because of course, I'll still need my blogs in retirement.
2. Buy more pets.
3. Have Martin quit his job so he can watch Anja while I make greeting cards.
4. Pay medical/dental bills up front in their entirety.
5. Go to Europe.
5 bad habits:
1. Leaving my shoes around for Karenin to eat
2. Going out to eat
3. Leaving projects unfinished
4. Not getting out of bed
5. Buying something unneccessary on EVERY Annie-Car-Day
5 places I have lived:
1. Cason Street
2. 9th Street
3. North Street apt. #1
4. North Street apt. #2
5. Eastway Drive
5 jobs I've had:
1. YMCA Game Room Supervisor
2. Frozen Custard
3. Quilter's Harvest
4. It's a THEME Thing!
5. Latitude Zero
10 Random things:
1. I always match my socks and shirt.
2. If I'm not wearing socks, I try to match my shirt and underwear.
3. I'd like to make greeting cards.
4. Soy makes my tummy hurt
5. I wish I had a piano and I'm contemplating taking my organ back from Sarah...
6. I wanted to walk to Kentucky once but nobody would go with me.
I'm out of time!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
It's weather like this that makes me not want to rush anything. When we go for a walk to get somewhere, it's nice to be able to enjoy the walk now. When it's time to take the dog out, Anja goes with me and we take our time walking around the yard. There's no rush to get back inside when it's sunny and warm out. It's great!
Speaking of the dog... she has an appointment for Friday to get spayed. I feel bad for her. They'll keep her overnight and we'll pick her up on Saturday morning. Poor girl. She'll probably be out of commission for the weekend; maybe we'll bring her home on Saturday, give her some loving, and then go somewhere for awhile so she can just rest in her cage and not be bothered by our noise. It's supposed to be a nice day; maybe we'll go hiking.
I was reading Clare's blog and followed the craft link she has on there. There was an idea on there that I'm totally going to use today--water bottles filled with colored water and glitter! I can get everything I need downtown, and I think it's something Anja would love to look at. She's probably getting bored with her same old Toucan and Haba Man anyway. Something new and pretty would be fun for her.
I'm wearing my favorite skirt from last summer! It doesn't fit quite like it did... but I can get it buttoned, which is better than I could do when I bought it two years ago. That should make me feel good about myself, I guess. I'm kind of feeling like a cow lately though, especially after seeing my sister yesterday who looks better at 3 weeks post partum than I do at 5 months!
...almost 6 months, I guess. That's crazy! Last night Anja kept rolling over in her sleep. She sleeps next to our bed, but when she rolls off her little "bed" in our direction and I wake up, I can't see her so my first thought is "Anja's gone!" Of course, she's never gone, she's just on her belly on the floor. Okay, this might sound like she's falling off a bed. But she's not. She just rolls off her blanket onto the carpet. (which is very clean, by the way. It's not like rolling off her blanket onto the living room carpet.)
Okay, time to get some work done!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Sometimes I forget to take out the bathroom trash promptly. It doesn't matter though because Karenin usually eats it for me, and then I don't have to take it out! Also, there's that whole issue of the hair clumps that I put on the side of the bathtub. I've been giving Martin credit for putting them in the trash for me, but as it turns out, it's my precious lovey-boy Theodore who's taking care of them for me! I found that out this morning when I put three drain clumps on the edge of the tub and when I was finished with my shower I actually remembered to get them and put them in the trash. So I pulled back the curtain to collect them, and what did I find but zero hair clumps and my lovey-boy sitting there licking his chops and blinking up at me!!!! HE ATE THEM!!!!!!
This has been a fun Saturday. Anja woke up around 4:30 this morning and I dozed with her for awhile. From about 6:30-7:30 she was pretty awake and we just kind of hung out on the floor of our bedroom before finally going downstairs when it became very apparent that she was not going to fall back asleep. I got SO MUCH DONE in the hour before Martin woke up! I washed dishes and baked a batch of Friendship Bread. Then when Martin woke up I made us a good, greasy, Saturday morning breakfast of steak & eggs and toast. That breakfast with a pot of coffee was a fabulous way to start the morning. The friendship bread turned out DELICIOUS so that'll be a nice thing to have around for the weekend. I eventually took a shower and Martin walked down to the VP to get lottery tickets. We won $6 so I then walked down and bought 6 more tickets--but we only won a dollar off of all those, so we put it in the can for seed money for next time. We took a walk up to K.Dee's for coffee and thought we were going to meet Kim there, but he was in Indianapolis, so we just got our coffee to go and walked back home. For lunch we had popcorn and watched half of a movie while Anja took a solid afternoon nap. Now she's awake and sitting here beside me watching Martin play with Karenin while I'm making this blog post. It's perfect Saturday weather--a little bit damp, a little bit cool. I really love it. We haven't been busy but we haven't been bored all day. It's a PERFECT Saturday, just what they should be. The opposite of what they usually are for us, since Martin is often at work on Saturdays (booo!)
Now I think I'll fold the whites in the dryer and switch out the laundry that's in the washer and Martin can use the computer.
It's Grand Prix weekend so we're avoiding campus at all costs. We didn't know until we were over there last night--it's a madhouse!
Friday, April 18, 2008
Lunch was fun; Mrs. Schap and I sat at a table by ourselves. One thing that did annoy me was when I came in with my stroller--which I admit is slightly oversized--and parked it next to our table and a waiter came out and said quite audibly, "well that's going to be awkward" as he moved around the stroller, which, by the way, I made sure left as much of a walkway as was possible. What annoyed me wasn't that they were unwelcoming of strollers--heck, I don't even like strollers, I think they are big and bulky and generally ugly and in-the-way--but he didn't have to grunt that the way he did and what if it had been my daughter in a wheelchair? Hmm??? Then would he have said anything?! Yes, I would rather have come with her in the carrier or sling so she could've just sat on my lap, but I wasn't planning on going out to lunch when I started out on my walk. I shouldn't be annoyed by that, but I was. I understand why he would THINK that, but I just think it was kind of rude to say it aloud. By the way, the waiter who said it was not Billy Brand, who was the waiter for our table! It was some blonde guy I don't know.
Anyway. I fed Anja in the bathroom and she fell asleep and slept all the way home. In fact, she's still sleeping. I transferred her from the stroller to our bed though. If she's not awake by 4:00 I'm going to wake her up though because while I appreciate the 3-hour naps, I don't necessarily want her sleeping ALLLLL afternoon and not sleeping tonight. I hate waking her up though, it seems so mean.
By the way, did I happen to mention how great she was this morning when we yanked her out of bed to flee the house? She was amazing. Of course, she woke right up, but she never made a peep. She's awesome!
Last night was the judging night for the Shirley Martin Scholarship. It was a lot of fun. Those things always are. Somehow I've managed to stay in the judging group all these years and last night I finally felt like I did a good job. I had really strong opinions about certain ones and I stuck with them and in the end, they turned out to be everyone else's opinions too!
TusaRebecca wanted to walk the dogs this afternoon, but Martin will be home in a little more than an hour. Good thing we're having leftovers for dinner! Maybe I will give in and wake Anja. She'd like a walk in her carrier anyway. And there's no sense wasting this wonderful day inside!
P.S. I'm disappointed in the serious lack of comments on my earlier post.
Martin woke up around 5:30 I guess to get ready for work. But I woke up when he came into the room and handed me the car keys and said I needed to get Anja and we needed to get out of the house. There was some weird alarm going off in our basement--one we'd never heard before. He was pretty calm until the house started shaking. We thought it was related to the alarm going off! We thought our house was going to explode!! So we ran down the stairs half-dressed and got into the car and drove across the street to the library lot and called 911. He only told them that an alarm was going off and the person said there'd been an earthquake. Wow! So that made us feel a lot better about the shaking house (evidently no one had planted a bomb under our house and timed it for today) but we still wondered if the alarm was a carbon monoxide alarm or something. He went back in to be sure the alarm was still going off. It was, so he called 911 again and the lady told him to get out and that the fire department would be there. The general thought was that a line to the heater had broken/come loose and that there was some gas leaking. So he got Karenin, couldn't find Theodore, and sat on the porch till the firemen came (immediately! Such prompt service!) They went down and checked it out, expecting it to be a broken gas line, but surprise! It was just a malfunctioning smoke alarm! It was making the most horrible noise. And we think it was completely unrelated to the earthquake, unless there was some kind of little jiggle before the real quake that got some dust in it or something, I dunno. Anyway, so we came back home and made a pot of coffee and Martin went off to work and that was about the end of our exciting morning. But Anja loved the lights on all the firetrucks, and it woke up the Cooks who came out on their porch.
My sister just told me that Mike Prangley has blogged about it too, so I'd better go check what he says! Such an exciting start to the day!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
So the other day at the grocery we bought the World's Biggest Onion. It's as big as Anja's head! As is evident by the picture! Funny stuff, huh? Okay, now looking at it again, I think the onion is actually bigger.
But my head is POUNDING and I can't stand it anymore, so I'm going to go into the kitchen while you are asleep (ironic) and brew a small pot of coffee. Then I will drink it. And when you're older, you'll understand, because even though your daddy won't let you date boys until you're 25 (or older) and even though we aren't going to let you get your drivers license (ever) you'll always be allowed all the coffee your little heart desires.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Last night we went Goodwill and Grocery shopping. Hooray! We got some picture frames and a mug at Goodwill, and our usual groceries from Target. Anja loves shopping so much! It's always a fabulous way to keep her occupied and happy.
She loves shopping so much, in fact, that I took her shopping a few times today! We went to TJ Maxx and JoAnn's. JoAnn's was a bust, but I found some steals at TJ Maxx. Their stuff is super cheap! I LOVE IT!! I found a picture frame/wall shelf for $5.50 and a box of four big candles for $6.00. The shelf is for our living room wall, the candles are to make the dog poop smell in our house go away. Ugh. This dog. She is NOT getting the "poop outside" thing down very well. AT ALL.
I'm trying to tweak the living room. (Again.) This time I think I might have succeeded in my plans. With bargain prices and old stuff dug up from unpacked boxes of apartment stuff and (oops) forgotten wedding gifts, I'm filling in the empty spaces of the walls, and making things look much more.... "right." That room is my biggest complaint. I don't care if the back room is a hodgepodge of Martin's weights and my instruments and a little corner family roomishness. I love the back room for what it is. But the FRONT room is what everyone sees. The front room HAS to say "Annie & Martin" and it has to say it loudly. I feel I've done a good job with the dining room (my favorite room) and the kitchen (my other favorite room) and just recently, the bedroom has become perfect (and therefore become my other favorite room.) The bathroom has always been good (though not as good as my apartment bathroom) the hallway is nice and Anja's room is always going to be a little bit unfinished since she grows faster than we can complete a project. But it has really bugged me that the front room, the introductory room of our house, has been so off. But today I'm fixing it.
The electricity snapped off and back on a little bit ago so now my oven clock is blinking and I HATE when that happens.
Oh! I was just going to say how worthless this post is, but it's NOT! Listen to THIS!! I've been web-stalked! Truly! Just like Aunt Anna May! I got an email this morning from Bebe Au Lait. You know, the company who makes HOOTER HIDERS! They thanked me for blogging about my hooter hider! Isn't that hilarious!?? They also want me to sign up for a special blog offer of some kind but to be honest, I was so excited that they'd emailed me, I never finished reading the email, I had to call Martin right away and tell him about it.
Okay, that cat is attacking me now...
Monday, April 14, 2008
But the other funny thing about this Boden place is their color names. They are mostly normal... Soft Coral, Navy, White, Aqua, Pink.... and then there's Mole. Most people call their browns Mocha or Espresso or Chocolate. Not Boden. "Mole" is the name of Boden's brown, and I can't decide if they mean "Annie-style" Mole or "furry, blind, big-handed rodent" Mole. Either way, though... pretty funny.
As it turns out, when Martin was unable to find "the Graduate" at the movie store, that was because he wasn't AT the movie store. He was at Target, wanting to BUY it. So on Sunday after lunch I walked over to the library and checked it out. We started watching it in the afternoon and I LIKED IT. It was so bizarre! And weirdly funny! In the evening we just got Wendy's chicken sandwiches for dinner (gross, I know) and then had Laura & Dan over to play euchre! I think Martin and I won. Then Anja was sleepy, but wouldn't fall asleep upstairs (all those cherry cokes...) so we had to kick out our guests and drive her around for awhile. If gas weren't so expensive I really wouldn't have any problem with driving her around. Martin and I sometimes have our best conversations while we're driving around town putting Anja to sleep. Someday we'll look back fondly on those times.
Just after Anja was born I thought I'd someday look back fondly on all the times we stayed up all night walking around the house with her while she screamed. My demented head thought I would miss that someday. Well, I don't. I'm SO glad those days are over.
Anja seems to be really growing all of a sudden. She can do so much now! She can switch her rings from one hand to the other, and she can find them in her lap and pick them up. Yesterday while we were playing cards she sat in a highchair for the first time and played with her toys on the tray. She's always saying new sounds, and it won't be TOO long before she's sitting up by herself. She's at the stage where she can stay up when she leans really far forward. The next step after that is sitting upright by herself without falling over! And she's just so much a person now. She pays attention and reacts when you talk to her. If I'm singing to her, she'll turn herself around so she can look at me. She's suddenly really interested in the animals. It's so much fun!! I guess this is what they mean when people say every stage gets better. You think they're pretty great as they are, and then they get to doing something else and, oh wow, THAT'S the best stage!
Okay, anyway, back to my original train of thought... Anja fell asleep about four seconds after we pulled out of the driveway, which left us plenty of time to come home and finish our movie. I really liked it!! It was just as strange at the end as it was at the beginning.
Ooo, and the best part about getting it from the library is that they've rearranged their movie section, and they must've done it recently, because everything is in correct alphabetical order now! Before I wouldn't have to look through all the "G's" to find "The Graduate" but now that they've been freshly moved, I found it right away. (Also thanks to my 2nd grade education.)
This morning at rosary group we were talking about Glory & Praise. Mary said that some people miss singing it at mass because it reminds them of their childhood. I don't miss it at mass. But I do kind of look forward to the time when Anja is in school and she will sing all those cheesy songs again.
Karenin is being too quiet. I'm going to go see what she's ruining.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Since we got up early and still didn't go to mass until noon, it was important that Anja get a morning nap. In order to make that happen, I drove over to the Starbucks Drive-thru with her and got our coffee there. We don't like Starbucks coffee, we think it tastes burned, but it's convenient when your whole goal is to put your baby to sleep to be able to go through a drive-thru for your coffee. And it's a nice long drive from our house and back. Also, we're trying to get away from buying our coffee very much now that we're both back to drinking whole-caff. again. We bought some good beans for home and now we'll try to only buy coffee when we're going out specifically for it. Aaaanyway... as it turns out, Starbucks has run into some trouble due to their greed (like everyplace seems to do eventually) and are trying to get back to basics. They're getting away with all their lame-o extra stuff, like the whole music idea, and breakfast sandwiches, and practically being an entire store within a tiny coffee shop. I'm glad they're getting back to just being about coffee. But what made me notice was that they've changed their cups--their logo is different and much less "corporate" looking and modern. Then Martin told me the rest of the story. He said that might be one of their earlier logos, maybe like the original one. That was good to hear. I don't like Starbucks, but I think it would be just about the dumbest thing they could do to change their logo now.
Anyway, that was just something I was thinking about today. Another thing I was thinking about came from sitting behind two little girls and their mom at mass. Both little girls were wearing very grown-up looking clothes. Obviously from someplace like The Limited Too. Bell bottoms and fitted, decorative hoodies. I was amazed! Who would want their 9 year old looking like a 16 year old?? So I decided then and there that I will dress my girl(s) in adorable, age appropriate clothing until they are, well let's face it, probably way too old to be dressing in smocked dresses. I will follow in the footsteps of both my mother and my mother-in-law, and I will have nerdy, friendless daughters who resent me for their terrible fashion--but at least they won't look like hookers!!!!!
And I guess the real shame of it this morning was that these girls were ADORABLE. They were the perfect little magazine-faced girls with blue eyes and freckles and perfect brown hair and perfect little noses. They were so cute!! But they dressed like sorority girls and it was kind of sad.
I just made omlettes for the first time ever, and I must say... killer omlettes! I'm so proud of myself! Okay, I'll admit that Martin's was a little burned, but mine was awesome! And resourceful... we're going to the grocery this afternoon because we've been living on eggs and toast all weekend... and the only fresh produce I had was one onion and a few little cherry tomatoes. Well, the tomatoes ended up being rotten so I used a can of tomatoes instead, but it was a good lunch for us! I am so proud of myself.
Karenin is now being taught to ring a bell on the door with her snout when she needs to go out. Evidently this is supposed to be about the easiest thing in the world to teach a dog (or at least a lab, according to some friends) so we're hoping for happy results.
I think today will be the last day to wear my lovely brown coat until next winter... bittersweet!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
We ran to Kmart for some iron-on patches for Martin's shabby jeans and when we got home from that, Anja took a little afternoon nap while I made eggs and toast for us. Martin went for a run and I hung around here... Anja was in the best mood of the century, the dog and cat chased each other around all day, and in the evening we went to Barnes & Noble by ourselves, but didn't stay long enough to read Country Living because Anja decided she'd rather be at home and sleeping at exactly 8:30. So that's where we went. And now she's asleep upstairs while Martin is at the video store renting "The Graduate" and in a minute I'm going to make some hot air popcorn and we're going to have ourselves a real movie date.
Anja has officially found her feet!! Yesterday I noticed her eyeing them with a funny expression, and today she couldn't keep her hands off them. It was so fun to watch her!! Also she's started noticing Karenin a lot more, and especially noticing her squeak toys... whenever Karenin starts squeaking her squirrel or rabbit toy, Anja gets this big smile on her face. They are such good pals.
Tomorrow it's going to be colder and wetter, so we're planning to be lazy tomorrow too. Martin thought he had to go to work today but found out last night that he wasn't needed so he got a surprise day off. Which is great, considering it's Saturday. Ugh. Sometimes I really hate his job.
Rats. Martin just called. What kind of crappy movie place doesn't have The Graduate? Ugh. Now I'm in a bad mood. Stupid Blockbuster.
Friday, April 11, 2008
I only got a day to enjoy my new, sleek, scratch-free cell phone. Just a few minutes ago when I went to fill up my coffee cup, she snatched it from the table (I thought it was in my pocket, oops) and now the front is all scratched up. At least she didn't ruin it though. The screen is still intact. What a mischievous puppy.
I figure Karenin will live about 12 years. Heck, by that time I could be done having babies and all my kids might well be in school. Whenever that time comes I think she'll be a perfect companion. For now though, she is all puppy and such a handful! This morning while I was feeding Anja in her room, I thought ahead and closed the gate to the back of the house so she could be kept fairly contained. It didn't do much good--she is able to pull one of the posts loose and slip unerneath. When I came out, the gate was still latched, but she was in the back of the house eating a deck of cards!!
Anja and I slept in today for the first time in ages. I woke up at 8:00 and didn't get out of bed since I figured she'd be waking up within a few minutes, and she did, at 8:15. She is SO CUTE when she's waking up. She stretches her little arms and looks around and is so sleepy and funny. Actually, she wakes up just like Martin does. Except since Anja is so small, when she stretches like that in the morning, it is extra adorable. Anyway, she woke up and I brought her into my bed and we cuddled and jabbered until 9:00. Then she sat happily in her carseat in the bathroom while I took a shower and got dressed, and all that while Karenin was in her cage, not making a peep! For awhile I actually thought she might be dead. She wasn't. She was just being patient and good.
As soon as I was dressed we took a walk with the stroller. It was such a fabulous morning. We just walked down to Centennial Park and back. I would've gone over the bridge but I always forget about the way the sun will be in Anja's eyes, so it seems that going down 6th street one way or another is the best bet for stroller walking. I heard that the weather next week is supposed to be amazing so I will plan on a long walk one of those days. Maybe up to Vienna or something. Anja does love a nice long walk.
Boy, one night with enough sleep is a pretty amazing feeling. I woke up at 8:00 this morning feeling like I had actually slept! The night before Anja was having a very difficult time falling asleep... from about 9-1:30 she was waking up fussing about every fifteen minutes and I would nurse her back to sleep until finally she'd had enough of that as well and was just wide awake. I finally got up just before 2:00, loaded her in the car and drove around deserted Lafayette for awhile until she fell asleep. So last night having her fall asleep at 9:00 and not wake up to eat until 6:00, then sleeping still until 8:00 was very fabulous!!
Since we got the dog I've unfortunately let the housework slide. Not on purpose... it's just that I don't have very much free time anymore and I can't leave Anja alone anymore because of the dog. This is especially unfortunate since the dog adds exponentially to the dirtiness of the house.
Time to fold laundry!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
This is not as terrible as it could be. Once before we were married my phone broke and instead of going to the cellular store to buy a new one, I got a used one on ebay. That was before I remembered that my dad still had his old phone which was the exact same model as mine. So I took his and put my simcard in it, and when the one from ebay arrived, I put it away as an extra. So I still have a phone... but I've lost some of my numbers. It could also have been bad because Martin went to work with only his work cell phone, and I don't know the number for that, and it wasn't saved on my simcard! Luckily, his desk phone number is on his cards and there are a lot of those lying around the house.
Still though. This phone is not exactly like my other one and it's taking some getting-used-to. Plus, there are a limited number of people I can call now. Dumb dog.
Oh, but it gets better! While I was on the phone with Martin on the new phone, getting his cell phone number and putting in his desk number and telling him what happened, I realized again that Karenin was being all too quiet. So I went back to the back room and found her again--this time she had eaten up everything on the coffee table! This included a CD I'd made for Laura yesterday, an entire spiral notebook, my flower orderform for the New Community School flower sale, and the recipe for the Friendship bread that I haven't copied yet!!!!! And on the floor next to this pile of torn up stuff that does not belong to Karenin was her hedgehog toy. Fully intact.
Martin went to Evansville in a college car on Tuesday night so on Wednesday he drove that car back to work. It was the only night this week that he'd be home for dinner and we had the evening free. It was also my second Annie Car Day of the week, but it was an important one because I had to take his shirts and drycleaning in... he wore his very last clean shirt to work that day and all of his dress pants needed to have the spit-up dry cleaned out of them. So I loaded up the laundry bag, dropped Anja off at my parents' busy house (it was noon and she was still in her pajamas and I was very embarrassed about that) and took in the laundry. ALL the laundry. Knowing perfectly well that I wouldn't be able to get it back until this afternoon at the earliest. What was I thinking?!? If every piece of clothes he owns is at the cleaners, what was he supposed to wear to work today??
He'd told me earlier I could choose what we did that night. I decided I'd make soup so it would be ready as soon as he got home; we'd eat and then we could have a date at Vienna and take a chai up to my sister and Martin could meet Bella. Unfortunately, I didn't really have the ingredients for soup... or for anything else... so I put a can of chicken broth, a can of tomatoes, a can of green beans and a can of corn into a pot and boiled it all afternoon. Um. Looking back, I don't really think that counts as "making soup." Then I made the Friendship Bread from Tara and thought I had all this time left in my day before Martin got home, so I took one of the starters over to Laura at her new place. I stayed there until 4:30, and realized as I drove home that Martin was getting off work just then. AND THAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO PICK HIM UP!!!!
So he had to wait at work for 40 extra minutes while I drove down late to get him, then I brought him home to enjoy a dinner of three cans of boiled vegetables. Then we had to go to TJ Maxx and get him a dress shirt because I'd taken all of his clothes to the cleaners instead of keeping one shirt out to wash and press myself for him tomorrow.
Now it's the next day and Karenin is eating the house and Anja has zero clean clothes and I keep forgetting to wash them, and now she's just peed through her diaper and soaked my jeans. My jeans which I bought at TJ Maxx last night because they were my size and only $12 and I was sure glad I bought them when we were going to visit Sarah with all this coffee and Martin bumped my cup while I was putting the non-dairy creamers into my scalding cup of coffee so it all spilled on my thighs and down my seat to my crotch so it, of course, looked like I'd wet my pants. So when we got to the hospital parking garage I got into the backseat and changed into my new jeans.
I wonder what other horrible excitement will happen today?
I'm going to Goodwill.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Since Martin is in Evansville and I'm on my own tonight, Anja and I took a little drive around 8:00 and stopped by Barnes & Noble to see the girls at knitting night. It's always fun to show off Anja to the knitters. And my plan worked--she was super happy the whole time we were there, and then she fell immediately asleep as soon as we started driving home!
I got a little freaked out when I came home... partly because I had to take Karenin out in the yard and it's dark and I don't like doing that, but also because when I came into the back room I saw that the clock had fallen off the wall and taken half the stuff on our big shelf with it. It looked like a robber had been there. (Of course, the robber's name was Theodore and he wears stripes and a tail.) Also, there was this copper dish that had a bunch of trash in it from the Holiday open house (more than a year ago) and in it was a cumpled piece of paper that said "do not sit in this chair." And it was lying face-up on the couch!! Yikes!!! Creepy, creepy, creepy. I'll be glad when Martin gets home tonight, or hopefully before that, I find out about our newest family addition.
Personally, I'm hoping it's a boy named Oliver. Oliver Henry would be a FABULOUS name. I'll suggest it if the baby is still name-less when I meet him. Or her... and in that case, I have no name ideas.
Time to watch "The Holiday" and do some laundry folding. I will keep you all updated!
Yesterday was such a gorgeous day! Unfortunately, we'd left the Snugli carrier in the car after the weekend so I wasn't able to take a walk with Karenin, but I WAS able to use our fancy new stroller and take a little stroll up and down Main Street with Anja! She loved it. She wore her pink and green plaid sunhat too. We saw Laura outside her place of employment and then we saw Kim on the sidewalk. It was a very nice walk.
When Martin got home from work we ate dinner right away and then we all went for another walk! It was such a beautiful evening, we couldn't pass up the opportunity, especially since, with two of us, Karenin can always come along. We just went up 6th Street to Kossuth and back down on 7th. Not a very far walk, but it was really nice anyway.
I see that Anja's new talent of rolling over might become problematic for her. Last night I put her to bed and a little while later we heard this funny noise over the monitor and then she started crying. I went upstairs and she had turned over and was lying flat on her face crying. It was hilarious! I picked her up and she immediately fell back asleep and didn't have any more rolling over incidents for the rest of the night. It wouldn't be anything to worry about except that she hates being on her stomach so much.
Martin is in Evansville today. He had to pick his college car up at 8:00 so we had to get up reeeaaally early in order to all get ready and get down there on time; he had to leave right away too because he had a school visit down there at 11:00. Anja slept until we left, so we just put her in the car and let her keep sleeping. Now she's still in her pajamas, wiggling around on the floor and screeching. She's kind of like Karenin... about once a day or so she gets the equivelent of Karenin's "zoomies" where she gets really hyper and start screeching and kicking her legs wildly and stuff. She's so happy! Anyway, that's what she's doing now.
Martin got me a present! He got me a Wabash Nalgene bottle that says "Refill not Landfill" on one side and Wabash College on the other. It's really cute!! Supposedly it's green... you know, as in BEING green.... but it looks yellow to me. Which is fine because I already have a dark green Nalgene and this yellow one is super cute.
Last night we went to Target to do the grocery/paper towels shopping. We go through a lot of paper towels now that we have a potty training puppy. Also, we prefer Target brand diapers and we were completely out!! Anyway, we got our groceries and then got some coffee there. I ordered the coffee and waited while Martin and Anja went back to the electronics to find a phone charger (because Karenin ate Martin's) and when they came back, Martino had bought for me TWO special milk-free chocolate bars and a package of gummy bears for me!!! Hence the title, Gummy Bears for Breakfast.
I really need to be better about cutting Anja's fingernails. They get so long and she scratches her face up and it's sad.
Anyway. That's it for today. I think Anja will have a bath today. I'm wearing the softest grey sweater in the world.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Martin's hiking shadow! Can you seen Anja in front? It makes him look like a really hardcore hiker with a pack on his back, but actually I think that's his arm.
On Friday night I played at the Klein Brot Haus and Anja sat with me for a couple of songs.
This is Martin coming out of the elevator on our walk to Vienna on Saturday evening. Does it look like broad daylight? The courthouse bells were chiming 7:00 when I took this picture.
I was thinking about it yesterday when we took our awesome baby and our awesome dog on a wonderfully fabulous walk over to Vienna and back. We used the new stroller which was SO worth the money, I can't even describe how great it is. Such a smooth ride, sooooo easy to steer... I walked the entire way home from Vienna pushing the stroller with one hand and carrying a cup of coffee in the other and had no problems! It's amazing! And of course, Anja loved the walk. Karenin liked it too, but I think it was a little too busy over on campus for her... she got a little freaked out.
GREAT NEWS!!! The West Lafayette Police Department is starting another hiring process, and Martin is applying! I have high hopes this time around. Last time with West Lafayette he got through everything and finally got cut at the Merit Commission and this time around I think he'll do much better with them, considering he now has a baby girl. He's going to stock his wallet full of photos of Anja. He calls the Merit Commission part the "Mr. Rogers Portion" of the process. The other interview, with the policemen, is called the "John Wayne Portion." Last time he did great being John Wayne, not so great being Mr. Rogers. This time around, he'll whoop 'em all.
Laura's bridal shower was fun! I feel so much less awkward at bridal/baby showers now that I am married and have a baby. Well, the baby stuff wouldn't matter so much, I don't think... but I always felt so incredibly awkward at showers, like people were pitying me for being the spinster of the family. Now I go to them and actually enjoy being there! Especially since they are not thrown for me!!!!! I hated my bridal showers. I hated being the center of attention. Yesterday they played the "All About Dan" game, just like at my shower they played the "All About Martin" game. That was terrible. I remember being so humiliated that I didn't know any of the answers and it looked like I didn't know anything about this guy I was about to marry. I was glad when Laura got so many answers wrong too. I can't know for sure, but it looked like she took it a lot better than I did. She didn't seem embarrassed one bit! And good for her.... ugh, I hated that game.
Today we are going hiking! Not very hardcore.... I think we're going to go to Battleground or Prophetstown. We WERE going to do the Heritage Trail, but then we figured it'll be flooded. So this afternoon (in about 10 minutes) we're going over to Happy Hollow Park with Karenin to meet up with TusaRebecca and Baxter. The dogs will get to play and we'll get to be in the sunshine. Then we'll hang out with Matt Aiken for a bit, and go on to whichever trail we choose later in the afternoon when it's warmer.
Pictures of the weekend to be posted later!
Friday, April 4, 2008
But there's also the worry that I ate some milk yesterday in the chicken salad sandwiches we were offered at the tea. I make chicken salad with mayonnaise, but Martin said some people make it with yogurt. I also ate some lemon bars, which have always been okay in the past, but I don't know how other people make them, maybe they put milk in them or something. Anyway, she never screams like that anymore, so whenever it happens we automatically assume that I've either eaten some milk by accident, or she has an ear infection. We'll see how she is today whenever she wakes up.
It's going to be a busy weekend! Tonight Kim and I are playing at the Klein Brot Haus. That'll be great, especially if Anja's back to her old self. We'll get free dinner and good company. Maybe we'll buy some challah bread for the weekend too! On Saturday I'm going to Laura's bridal shower (um, p.s., Anne, I never formally RSVPed, but I'm coming, if that's okay!) Yay! I think I'll wear my purple wrap skirt with my new cutie summer sandals that I ordered when it was still winter. They are soooooooo cute. And the high is supposed to be in the low 60's both days this weekend, and we often end up hitting a higher temperature than what is predicted!! Martin will go to work while I'm at the bridal shower, to get that out of the way for the weekend, and then on Sunday hopefully we'll go to 7:30 mass and then hit the trails in the afternoon. I'll be our first weekend out and we have many places to choose from, and many things to consider. I still don't think Anja will like riding in her carriers, however she might be big enough to try a back carrier at this point. She holds herself up really well. (I'm tempted to get the exersaucer out today and see what she thinks of it!) We also got our fabulous new stroller, but I don't think we can take that on the Heritage Trail, or at least only to a certain point. So our options are Prophetstown, Happy Hollow, Battle Ground, or the Heritage Trail. I think if we use the stroller we'll go to Prophetstown because it's pretty un-rugged out there. Anyway. I'm just rambling now. But we're DEFINITELY going someplace, but I doubt we'll go anyplace far like Turkey Run. Besides that, it'll probably still be flooded anyway. It's always flooded at this time of year.
I have such a nice life this morning! I'm glad Martin got me up as he was leaving so I could take a shower with him still here. Now I'm all ready for the day, listening to Anja snore over the monitor, with Karenin asleep at my feet.
There seems to be an unfortunate pattern in my days. Our mornings are fabulous, our afternoons start out very nicely, and then between 4:30 and 6:30 everything gets horrible. The dog goes nuts EVERY DAY at that time, right at the same time as Anja decides that she no longer wants anything but to just be held. So every day I end up taking Karenin out about every twenty minutes, taking the baby with me out there, and then almost every day it's happened at least once that when going back inside, the cat gets out and here I am with two animals and a baby, trying to get everyone back into the house without accidentally (or intentionally) killing any of them. And it doesn't help that I have a horrible habit of throwing trash bags just outside the kitchen door instead of putting them in the garbage can (approximately one step away from the doorway) so then critters get into the bags at night and there is often some food trash there on the ground and Karenin just LOVES that.
Okay, so this post could win an award for "Most Rambling, Least Sense-Making Post of the Year." I think I'll hang it up and get some things done before Anja does wake up. Things like cleaning the bathroom and washing the dishes!
P.S. I wore a really cute outfit yesterday.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
We have had quite the runaround day today--as if yesterday wasn't enough! We woke up extra early to get to Martin to work more than on time, and wouldn't you know, today might have been the latest he ever was. Of course! I don't even know how it happened, but I was supposed to be meeting Lisa at my house at 9:00 and I didn't get home until 9:15, but it didn't end up mattering at all. She and I rode together over to Purdue--and saw Henry Arth riding his bike down Columbia Street-- where we met Brian at the McDonald's on campus and we walked over to Elliot Hall to find the music to the song we were singing for the funeral at noon, and to practice. It was fun to be in the PMO rooms... it was kind of like being behind the counter at a store... that weird feeling of being somewhere you're not supposed to be. But it was fun! And we learned the song, which was the most important part. We walked from there over to the Student Wellness Center to visit Mrs. Loew at her office; we sang for her and she liked it. She also liked Anja very much and she took us around to introduce us to everyone she works with. Very fun! I fed Anja there (Anja, who, by the way, has been a complete angel all this time) and then we walked back to our cars and made it to St. Lawrence before 11:30, which is what time Lisa needed to be there. (Lisa cantored.)
The funeral was very nice, and Fr. Dan's sermon was really good. It's always sad when you go to a funeral where the priest/minister obviously didn't really know the person. Not so today. However, at the last funeral I attended, the minister came right out at the beginning and admitted that he hadn't known the deceased, but he'd spent some time with the family the night before and here's what he learned. Anyway... today was nice.
Afterward, Lisa rode with her mom and I drove myself back to my house where I offered Lisa a cup of coffee, and she replied with an invitation to lunch! Hooray! So we went to Vienna for delicious sandwiches and chit-chat. It was here that we saw Henry Arth again! Weird!!
Anyway, after that I came home and played with Karenin and Anja took a nap and then I made some dinner to put in the fridge for when Martin gets home. Now Kim is on his way over to practice for the thing we're playing for tomorrow, and at 8:30 I'm off to Crawfordsville to pick up Martin.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
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Actually, what happened today was quite the opposite of all that! I drove Martin down to Indianapolis this morning to the BMV downtown and after only about an hour and a half wait, he was re-issued his license privledges, without having to pay the $150 AND given permission to start driving again right away! Turns out, the very bad consequences (the fine and the not being able to drive until April 8th) were the results if you COULDN'T prove that you'd had insurance at the time of the accident. So, we were good to go! Which couldn't have been more fabulous, since navigating a car holding myself, my child and my husband through downtown Indianapolis at lunchtime is NOT something I'm especially comfortable doing....
The BMV is very close to the Government Center where Martin used to work, so we parked there and went into his old office to say hello to Julia, his old boss, Joe, his other old boss, and Drew Weintraut who now has Martin's old job! It was funny to see them all. Well, actually today was the first I'd met Joe, but he seemed really nice. From there we walked down to where the chinese restaurant used to be, but it's currently a construction site, soon to be a Dunkin Donuts. Whoops! So we walked back to the Rock Bottom Brewery where we had a VERY enjoyable lunch with our VERY perfect, and adored-by-everyone baby. We got giant hot pretzels as an appetizer, (which was funny, but didn't save me much room for my sandwich afterward!) and beers, and it was a generally lovely time. I'd say her first trip to our state capital was a success, in spite of the cold and wind!
On the way into town we stopped by the mall to spend the last of our specially designated "FUN NEW CLOTHES" portion of our tax return. And I must admit... I got some cute stuff. Including, the most important bit of clothing ever: a better-than-what-I'd-been-looking-for cream colored, light-knit shrug to wear with my brown polka-dot dress which I'm planning to wear to Laura and Alison's weddings in May. HOORAY!!!
Our friend Lisa just called us; she's just on her way up from Bloomington, so we'll be seeing her later tonight.
And I'm so thirsty! ...it's from the pretzels!