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Aug. 15th, 2009 | 09:44 am
location: dining room
mood: happyhappy
music: none

Not too much to report. We had a good week although I'm really starting to run out of stuff to do. Luckily we have the pool to walk to. Yesterday we took the kids to see "Ponyo", which was outstanding. Mike and I are huge Miazaki fans. I wrote a short review on my FaceBook page if anyone is interested.

The day before, the kids and I hiked down to the Potomac River. We had a great time. I've had a work project for most of the week, so other than errands, etc. we didn't go out much. Tonight, we're going out to Gainesville to a friend of Mike's (from high school) for a party. Tomorrow we're having a dinner party with some neighbors. I plan to make a chocolate brownie trifle (with Kaulua) to bring tonight, and I'm making a selection of harvest goodies for tomorrow: tomato/basil/garlic bruscetta on fresh (home made) parmagiano/oregano baguette, tomato, cheese, vilalia onion tart, and fried zucchini fritters with garlic/cucumber (greek) yogurt dressing. Our neighbor is boiling a mess of corn and braising a beef brisket in guinness. Virginia peach cobbler for dessert.
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Moments Before Bedtime...

Aug. 11th, 2009 | 08:54 am
location: dining room
mood: calmcalm
music: Depeche Mode: Black Celebration

...in fact, Katie was on her way to the stairs. She decided to burst into some dervish-like twirls and took a header into the corner of the arch from the kitchen to the dining room. Tears, a bump, and maybe the top layer of skin was broken, (but it didn't bleed) followed. I iced it for 10 minutes and put a topical antibiotic/pain reliever on it with a band-aid. She didn't have any trouble sleeping and seems fine today. We're about to go out on a bike ride.

So Andrew fell off his bike on Friday and Katie got whacked last night. Still, in the grand scheme of things, we seem to boo-boo less than a lot of others we know- so I feel lucky...for now.
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Aug. 10th, 2009 | 08:06 am
location: dining room
mood: calmcalm
music: Natalie MacMaster: Julia's Waltz

I hope everyone had a good weekend. The sewing weekend went well. I made a blue brocade over-skirt, finished the fancy trim on a short linen chemise, finished a pair of long bloomers, and made Andrew a new kilt. I planned to make Katie new garb, but she has to settle on 1 design first! Got to see some old friends and got to know a few new people better.

It's going to be near 100 in DC today, so I plan to get the kids on their bikes in the next 10 minutes. I also need to water the garden. Mike forgot to do that while I was away... I also just downloaded the school supply lists for both kids. We should probably get out there and buy supplies now rather than later. I always wait too long.
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Stitch & Bitch

Aug. 7th, 2009 | 08:06 am
location: dining room
mood: cheerfulcheerful
music: Charles-Auguste de Bériot Violin Concerto #2 in B Minor, Op. 32: III.

OK, that just proves I need a break! I just typed, "Stitch & Birth".
This weekend a friend is hosting a sewing marathon. We usually make garb for all the faires and festivals we attend. I've made pleated kilts for Mike & Drew and highland girl garb for Katie (clickie to see some pictures). So tomorrow is another such weekend and I can't wait. I have a skirt to finish, 2 chemises to finish, and potentially a new kilt for Andrew to cut, pleat, and sew. The last time I went to Beth's to sew I brought Katie along, since she has a good time with my friends, likes "dress up", and always gets new garb out of the deal. This time however, since it's summer break and I've had both kids at home for weeks, I'm thinking of flying solo. She'll be disappointed, but I think I really need a little break from the kiddos.

Sewing, sewing, sewing!

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39 Weeks Later...

Aug. 5th, 2009 | 06:53 pm
location: dining room
mood: calmcalm
music: none

Has it been 39? I blame FaceBook. Tons has been going on, but much is repetitive, so I haven't felt compelled to journal it all.

Now we're in the throes of summer, so I'm trying to keep the kids busy without making myself crazy. We've had lots of bike rides, trips to the pool, farmer, and lots of gardening to keep us busy. The kids (as well as I) are enchanted by our composter.

We are planning on breaking ground on our new addition in the next few weeks. It's exciting and scary. When all is said and done, we will have added over 1000 square feet to the house. It's a three-level addition.  Makes ya dizzy. So many people have asked why don't we just move instead. We really love our house, the land we're on, the neighborhood, our friends, the street, and the schools. Plus in the current market, we would be hard-pressed to sell our house for what we'd need to buy a bigger house. Therefore...we build. We really like our architect and contractor. We all truly seem to see eye-to-eye. So, we're optimistic but know it's going to be a tough next couple of months.

In other news, I just bought the kids new sneakers and made some pumpkin muffins. I'm experimenting with gluten-free products, as my mom was recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease. My parents will be visiting next month (amidst all the construction-staying with my brother instead of us) and I wanted to have a few baked goods that she can eat.

Other than that, all is well. Hope all of you have been ok too.

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Interesting

Nov. 4th, 2008 | 04:20 pm
location: dining room
mood: optimisticoptimistic

I was just remarking to my brother (a financial planner) how were all "election mad" today, since the US, UK & European,and Asian markets all had a rather "up" day (up 500 points for Asia, I think) and I haven't heard anything about it. He remarked that "the market" hates volatility, so "the world" must have a sense of who the next president will be if they're comfortable enough to buy and sell.

hmmm.

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Is it...

Nov. 4th, 2008 | 04:02 pm
location: dining room
mood: hopefulhopeful
music: Coldplay: Viva La Vida

too early to open a beer?

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{pouring coffee}

Nov. 3rd, 2008 | 08:42 am
location: dining room
mood: calmcalm
music: none

ah, that's better. What a weekend! First, Happy Birthday to revelrain  ! From reading Irene's updates, it sounds like you all had an ambitiously busy couple of days too.  For me Friday morning until yesterday afternoon has been a foot race.Read more...Collapse )

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Nice.

Oct. 30th, 2008 | 04:38 pm
location: secret underground bunker
mood: disappointeddisappointed
music: none

Nothing like upholding a fair election: http://www.wtopnews.com/?nid=25&sid=1506811

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Must. Get. In. Zone.

Oct. 30th, 2008 | 09:07 am
location: secret underground bunker
mood: busybusy
music: spooky home made sound effect CD

So Samhain is tomorrow and I feel badly that I plan to use a "canned" ritual. I would have like to put something new together but there's just too much going on. Aside from the election which distracts my every waking moment, I have to get the house cleaned and decorated (pirate skeletons climbing onto front porch with tattered jolly roger flying, sound effect CD), make the chili for tomorrow night (annual post- trick or treating party at our house), sew some velcro onto Drew's jedi costume, get ready for tomorrow morning's field trip (I'm chaperoning). Kate's school party, Drew's school parade, AND then prepare for Saturday morning which will include a cub scout service project (Scouting for Food) AND THEN an overnight campout Saturday afternoon. While the weather will be beautiful, the night will be cold (especially in the hills) and I need to find our winter camping gear. I know the gods will understand that family comes first... Still, bright blessings in advance to everyone. I will connect with my ancestors even if only in dreams for the next few days.

Speaking of dreams, what's with the zombie dreams, irenejericho ?? I had one last night too. Not terribly disturbing, just extremely odd. I think I spent half the dream trying to decide whether they WERE zombies or anamatrons ("it's a small world after all!")

Enjoy, and pace yourself- that supply of candy needs to last through tomorrow night!!! ;-)

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