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[livejournal.com profile] galagan had the day off today, and Elena went to school - so the two of us had a day to ourselves. That never happens, and it was so nice! I had been planning on going to a yoga class - my first time in FOREVER - so he came with me, even though yoga is very much not his thing. It was fun, and I got a month-long unlimited pass at a super-special discount rate. Which - whee! yoga! This makes me happy.

Then [livejournal.com profile] galagan decided that all those Buddha images and namastes made him want Indian food, so we went out to lunch. Did a little errand-running too. Nothing special - just a chance to wander around and hang out together, which was really nice.

Someone at the yoga class had a cute bag for her yoga mat, and I totally decided I needed one (how hard could it be to sew a cylinder with a strap??). So I made one this afternoon. Google brought me this video for a no-pattern method. And it totally worked. It would have taken me about an hour, except I messed up the last step (I have issues with straps) and had to rip out the last seam and do it over. But - all done, and it's bootiful, and I totally want to make another one, now that I know what I'm doing. So I'm haranguing my sister via email to let me make one for her. Yay for making stuff!


Nov. 21st, 2007 03:46 pm
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--I looooove food catalogs. I love browsing through them, in a window-shopping kind of way. I never buy anything from them. We had a Harry & David catalog the other day; today's mail brought a Wolferman's catalog. I used to be on Dean and Deluca's mailing list - all those cured meats and fancy cheeses! Yum, food porn. I find myself especially drawn to the basket o' varied goodies that these places do. Those things just look like yummy fun.

--I am having great difficulties with automated systems this week, but I think I finally got everything straightened out. I hope.

--I am recuperating from my admittedly minor cold, but everyone else in the house is coughing a lot now. Elena is majorly crabby. [livejournal.com profile] galagan is running a *marathon* in less than a week, and needs his health and his full lung capacity, please.

--Yes, a marathon. A full bloody 26 miles. In Seattle on Sunday. Is he crazy? You decide.

--I am finally learning how to knit, and am doing enough to make it stick in my brain. I like to learn by doing, and I have to figure it out myself (who's stubborn? whatever do you mean?). Because I'm stoopid, I'm using sub-par yarn with too-big needles, but I like the way it looks, and so I'll tell everyone that I meant for that to happen. :) Sub-par yarn is because it's recycled from an ugly child's sweater vest that I didn't want to put on Elena - so I unraveled it. Because it's unraveled, the plies are all coming untwisted and all that. Whatever. Like I said, I like the way it looks, so that's okay. And I'm just making a simple scarf, because I figured that if I knitted a million rows over and over that would be good practice for the general form. I've got knitting down, but haven't figured out how to hold the needles and the yarn and do everything at once while I'm purling, without a handy-dandy third hand. I can never hold things the way books tell you to. :)

--I have cubes of bread drying in the kitchen. I'm making stuffing from *scratch* this year! Woohoo!

--I will also be making green bean casserole, because that is our do-or-die Thanksgiving dish here. Tomorrow happens to be the.... 11th anniversary of our first date, which in 1996 was a Friday. Thanksgiving was the following Thursday, and [livejournal.com profile] galagan showed up at our door with a green bean casserole. He and I have had it every year since. :)
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Today is a lovely day, tinged with an edge of bittersweet - it's my wedding anniversary! (4 years! Love you, hon!) It's also the summer solstice! I told my father we were going to celebrate our anniversary by building a bonfire and dancing around it naked, because really, wasn't that the *point* of getting married on the solstice? I think I rendered him speechless for a second - he never knows what to say when I come up with stuff like that.

Anyway, the bittersweet part is that it's also the birthday of our friend who was killed by lightning strike, and well, she's not here. I didn't realize till my wedding day that it was also her birthday, but now the two are inextricably linked in my mind.

Anyway. That's longer than I meant to linger on that small moment.

We went to the playground today, and that was fun - but before we got out the door and after we came back, Elena was an absolute hell-beast, and I've never been so *happy* to put her down for a nap. I hope she's feeling better when she wakes up, because earlier, *nothing* was good.

In other news, I made some phone calls that I have been putting off for two months. I left voice mail for every single one. I put things off until they loom huge and feel like a big fucking deal - and then when I actually DO it, I feel so victorious. And like an idiot, because why did I procrastinate so long? So anyway, I rode on that wave of victory by taking care of a few other things (involving phone calls, partly), and now I *could* clean out the veggie drawer in the refrigerator that's gotten nasty. Or I could read a bit. Hmmmm.

I feel a little..... inexplicably giddy right now (it's the successful phone calls and leaving-of-voice-mail - I told you I'm an idiot). Sorry that the resulting stream of babble makes such little sense. :)
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So, not to turn into a total cliche of a stay at home mom already, but Oprah had a really good show today. )
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I've had a mental list of things I was going to post, but of course, my sleep-deprived brain is more addled and sieve-like than usual. But there are a few key points.

* We went back to weigh the EB on Friday and she had gained 7 ounces overnight, from our new feeding regimen. (That's something like 7% of her total body weight in 24 hours.) It was amazing. We're still supplementing, and now I've started pumping as well. I was scared of the pump at first - but once I actually started doing it, I like it, and am so pleased and happy with it now. We'll go back to weigh her Monday and meet with the consultant again, though [livejournal.com profile] galagan was talking about sneaking into the Family Birth Center at the hospital where EB was born (just down the street, actually) to weigh her today, and make sure she's still doing okay.

* I've said it before and I'll say it again. [livejournal.com profile] galagan is a prince among men. I know so many women whose partners are barely involved with baby-raising, or not around because they couldn't get the time off work, or whatever. I CANNOT imagine doing this all by myself. With him around, we can at least take turns: one person freaks out and the other is the rational one. :) Feeding is a job requiring at least 4 arms right now - sometimes a few extra arms above and beyond that would even be useful. Thank the gods he insisted on his full leave (under the FMLA) and his employer complied.

* At some point in my rants about the gender-separatist baby clothes out there, [livejournal.com profile] galagan came up with the idea of marketing blue clothes for baby girls with the slogan "I can wear blue if I want to!" Well. I had mentioned this to my sister at some point, and so last week, her boyfriend (whom I haven't even met yet, but is clearly a pretty fine guy) spent his whole afternoon silk-screening his design of this onto a couple of blue onesies. The aforementioned slogan, with a fist holding a rattle aloft in the female power symbol. They so totally rock - it's just beyond belief. Amazing, and so cute. I owe this guy big time.

* It's all still pretty overwhelming. It's amazing how the hours can fly past. Everything takes longer. :) She's sleeping more now (now that she has actually been eating) and that helps: we can grab little moments here and there to do things - like LJ or email, or washing dishes that had been the sink since I went into labor, or reading.... We got about 5 or 6 hours of sleep each of the past 2 nights - and that was keeping to a fairly rigid feeding schedule. As she gains and eats more, we're getting less rigid. (Also, 5 or 6 hours is not as effective when it's broken up into blocks of an hour to an hour and a half.) I keep repeating, this will get better. And it will.

* She's still awfully cute. I can't quite believe she's mine, though. :)
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Today is my eighth anniversary with [livejournal.com profile] galagan.

We had been friends for a few months - he was hanging out a lot with me, [livejournal.com profile] megastoat and [livejournal.com profile] sanj. But eight years ago today we went on a Date. Out to dinner (can't really remember the place now), where I talked way too much (hmmm, nerves?), and then to a performance of Blue Man Group (back in the days before they sold out and were regularly spotted in TV ads). I'd had a rough week at work, and was very tired, so he took me home.

But the next night, he called me up and said "you know, everybody we know went to the Star Trek movie last night" (on its opening night) "so we should go together, since we're the only people we know who haven't seen it." So our second date was watching Star Trek: First Contact. I still have memories of watching Data with the Borg Queen, and him holding my hand. :)

Eeeeee. It's almost weird to look back at that first weekend and realize that I married him and am having a child with him.

Happy eight years, sweetie. Many many more to come.


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