Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Working

(with apologies to Studs Terkel)

Ther is a ray of hope today in that UAW and GM resolved the strike issue so quickly. Quite a contrast to the U of M, where AFSME workers were on strike for about 2 weeks and had to give in to The Man.

On Monday night, the Twin Cities theatre community celebrated with the 3rd annual Ivey Awards. Scott Mayer came up with the idea a few years ago to simply celebrate local theatre. The awards are not pre-determined — shows are seen by 100 volunteer evaluators who rate them, and then awards are given to those who rise to the top in any kind of production. This year, awards ranged to things like sound design for a small local theatre, choreography for "High School Musical" at CTC, and of course actors and productions. A set designer got the emerging artist award, and Sheila Livingston, a long-time fixture at the Guthrie in education and one of the most generous and dedicated women you will ever meet, got the Lifetime Achievement award. It was a great night, and made me really proud to be part of this community and to be bringing a child into it.

Monday, September 24, 2007

New Dog, New Tricks

We got a new dog, for any number of reasons. We had been thinking of it, then put it off with the baby. But then this guy came up on Craig's List, and it just seemed right. He is very smart, well trained, and a lot of fun; when we took him on a walk yesterday we were commenting on his true zest for life. He thinks the sun rises and sets with Patrick (a little hero-worship never hurt anyone). I think he is cheering up Roy, and the cats hate him but will adjust. The only downside is his name — Geronimo — but as I said, he is smart and well-trained, and doesn't really respond to anything else (though we've tried things like Jumanji and Lemonjello).

Umm, well, pics when I suss how to do it...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Thinking of E,

Today I am thinking of my friend E., who left today for a year in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the Center for Victims of Torture. I know she is both excited and scared, and I am really proud of her for doing something concrete to make the world a better place.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

So Sick

Bad head cold and no pregnancy-approved drugs.

Not as sick as Patrick though.

Monday, September 17, 2007

GoodReads

For as long as I can remember, I've kept a list of the books I have read, plays I have seen, and movies I have seen.

I am finally entering the digital age with this and set up a GoodReads page. I have not played with it too much, but I think I will like it.

If you are already on, or interested in joining, link me up as a friend! My profile is at:
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/389124

and I think you can just add me as a friend like this:
http://www.goodreads.com/friend/i?i=LTM2MDY3MDg1MjY6MzE1%0A

Now, if on-line baby registries were as easy — we can't find ANYTHING we like that incorporates online and offline purchases and gives people flexibility!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Thinking of K.

Ok, "blog faithful" — it worked last time for my friend B.

Can you please hold some heart/thought space this weekend for my friend K? She lost a child late last year soon after he was born, a wonderful, beautiful baby boy. She is a fantastic mother, wife, person, and friend — and she is also fairly newly pregnant and in a little bit of limbo where HCG levels and ultrasounds are inconclusive. So for the past several days, and for the next few, all she can do is wait for tests. I think I can conclusively say that no one deserves to go through this less than she does. So let's all put our heads together and convince the universe to give K and her husband a break!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The List of Nos

Pregnancy is full of things you can't do.

Everyone knows the usual ones, like no making yourself blotto on shots of Jagermeister. No sushi. But it wasn't until I got pregnant that I realized how many more there were — no deli meat, no sleeping on your back, no household cleaners, no ibuprofen...

We are facing kind of a dilemma in preparing the nursery. Patrick severely exacerbated his back issues last night carrying out the plaster pieces of debris from the wall repair (which, you guessed it, I am not supposed to do because of the weight and the potential asbestos used to bind the horsehair into the plaster). The poor guy is almost dead, and I feel SO bad. There is no way he is going to be able to (or I am going to let him) sand the woodwork, which needs to happen so we can paint it and encapsulate the lead paint — and yes, sanding leaded paint is a pretty severe no if you are pregnant. So I am not sure what to do next.

The whole thing is so frustrating. We should have been so much more ready.

I miss my mom and am overwhelmed and am feeling very sorry for myself. So much for the upbeat blog.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Faux-jito

Last night I got to go to Kincaid's fort late night happy hour and have one of their virgin pomegranate mojitos. I first had one at lunch with my friend Julie a few weeks back and was hooked! They taste incredible — just like the real (sigh) thing — and it was so nice to sit in a nice restaurant bar, watching the lights across the park, and have a lovely drink.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Labor Day Labors

We really had a productive weekend. Achievements included:

- Finally getting Patrick's house ready to sell. We finished work on it, finished staging, had someone from Craigslist take down trees in exchange for the firewood, took stuff to compost, posted free furniture on Craigslist, and put together a brochure.

Asking price $204,900. Open house next Sunday 9/9 from 1-3 (we are pre-listing it to family and friends before using a realtor).

Brochure at:
http://patrickrhone.com/files/twelfth230.pdf

More pics at:
http://gallery.mac.com/buddha#100037&bgcolor=black&view=mosaic&sel=0

- Getting great shade plants on sale at the farmer's market and filling out the back bed. Also got new arborvitae and holly from Home Depot to replace the ones that died, and transplanted rhubarb from Patrick's. Although the back faucet does not work, we strung hoses back, which enabled us to water well.

- Ripping out the crappy linoleum in the nursery. It looks so much better! I also met with yet another person from Craigslist, who is going to install flooring in that room and the front room in exchange for vintage flooring I have just sitting around.

- Trying on tons of maternity clothes borrowed from my best friend — I am starting to feel more ready.

- Setting up my aunt's printer and back-up drive.

- Making apple butter (which was a failure, turned out like tar but I don't like apple butter anyway), applesauce (both of these from windfall apples), a big batch of tomato sauce, zucchini bread and banana chocolate-chip bread. Posted recipes to the alt-wiki.

- Steam cleaning all the rugs and stairs in the house. General cleaning and neatening (still lots to do though. I mean it.)

- Transferring all my music from my laptop to the server.

- Getting a great start of sorting the photos from my mom's.

- Attending great parties and an alt-get-together.

- Filling out forms and getting the teens ready for school.

- Getting the new car to work (entailed expensive new battery and lots of other excitement).

Let's hope the rest of September is equally productive!