Thursday, May 29, 2014

The problems of excessive popularity

The title of this post is kind of a joke. But with a grain of truth in it. We're having a birthday party for E and we are "oversubscribed." They can fit 21 4 to 6 year olds in the "car room" and they can fit 8 to 10 younger siblings in the "Duplo room." Also 5 parents. The problem is, we have 30 parents coming! I guess we can put some people in the waiting room. Yikes! We thought more people would say no. But it's much better than nobody coming, and I think everyone will have a good time. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

The fault in our stars

I am somewhat late to this party...but I am reading The Fault in Our Stars. Go read it now, immediately. You're welcome.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My brother put up this picture of my mother and niece on Facebook. As you can probably tell, my niece was going to her prom. When Zoe saw the picture, she said, "There's Dodo and princess!" Meaning, she thought my niece looked like a princess. My brother said that would make my niece's day. (My niece, as a little girl, called my mother Dodo, and it stuck. Now my kids call her that too...with her encouragement.)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Rear Window

Our new apartment faces a courtyard, which makes it very quiet at night. On the other side of the courtyard, we can see into the windows of other apartments, which creates a Rear Window situation. There is one window I can see into from the kitchen. They have a big, fluffy white sofa with an equally fluffy dog that likes to rest on it and sometimes pounce on the pillows. Yesterday he was taking a nap there, and he looked a bit like a shaggy carpet.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Well, we are all settled into the new place. I hadn't realized I was kind of bored with the old neighborhood. It is fun to explore new restaurants and have a different perspective on the city. The apartment no longer feels so stuffy. I think the previous tenants probably never opened the windows. We also got two 20-inch fans that are extremely helpful.

Still reading Agatha Christie. I got hooked on her books about a month ago. The one I'm reading now, called The Moving Finger, is about an English village where someone is sending anonymous letters.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

It's Mother's Day! Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there.

It's also my anniversary! Twelve years.

Friday, May 09, 2014

We're playing musical beds...staying at the in-laws' this weekend, since they went to their summer/weekend house. The temporary apartment is cute, but just too small and stuffy at night. It's an adventure, I guess.

My mom is in town and might take E to see "The Legend of Oz" tomorrow. It's an animated version of the Wizard of Oz. I am out of touch with movies these days, but I have to admit that Neighbors (Family vs. Frat) with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron looks entertaining.
So we moved into the new place. It's small and stuffy, not a lot of windows, but very clean, and the furniture is cute and well selected. I slept horribly; hopefully tonight will be better. A woman in my building complex told me that the first week of HVAC is the worst. After that, they take the plastic off the furniture and don't come every day. I was grateful for her good advice and felt a little guilty for being annoyed when she wrote "I'm loosing my mind!" on Facebook earlier.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Cat poem

The fog comes on little cat feet.
It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches
and then moves on.

-Carl Sandburg

Saturday, May 03, 2014


A college friend of mine told me that her father (or boyfriend?) said she was part cat. I can relate - even though I am allergic to cats, I like them a lot and enjoy the idea of sleeping on a window seat, basking in the sun. Maybe curling my tail around me.

Fresh cheese

Today Zoe and I tried some fresh cheese mixed with fruit, from Whole Foods. It tasted like yogurt, but not as sweet. It was delicious.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Argh! I hate these appliance repair windows. Why can't they just come at a designated time?