Happy thanksgiving

November 27th, 2008

Happy thanksgiving to everybody stateside. We’ll be doing our expats’ Thanksgiving on Saturday because so many of us – most importantly our friend who scored the turkey – are working.

Administrative placeholder *updated*

November 13th, 2008

Something’s gone wonky with my sidebar and it’s slipped all the way to the bottom of the page. I think I know what the problem is but have neither the energy or the time to fix it until…hm, until my husband/tech support gets back.

I could write about the melt-down Small Boy had this afternoon or how early Boychen woke or how, without fail, twelve minutes after pancakes Small Boy is running around the apartment all hopped up on maple syrup but I’m tired. Really really tired.

One week down , one to go.

And on that note, the most pathetic post ever to keep my NaBloPoMo hopes alive.

UPDATED on Friday night to add: Ohmygod I fixed my sidebar problem myself. It involved code. Wow.


November 11th, 2008

Every now and then I’m going to put up a password protected post. If I know you and you know me and you’re interested in what’s behind the curtain (it’s poetry that has advanced beyond the thinking out-loud stage and is approaching the Hey, I should find a market for this stage) you can click the “contact me” link at the top of the page and send me an email asking for the password.

I voted. Again.

November 3rd, 2008

After having already voted by Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot, I received my official ballot from the District of Columbia. Some quick research at the Federal Voting Assistance Program website indicates that I should go ahead and vote my official ballot even if I have already voted the write-in ballot; my “local election official will ensure that only one of the ballots is counted.” Okay, if you say so. Here’s hoping my second ballot won’t invalidate the first. Though I have to say, I vote in the District of Columbia which is as safely Democratic as it’s possible to get (if you don’t want to read the whole article, the take-away is that out of 399,127 registered voters in the District, a mere 29,622 of them are registered Republican), so Barack Obama doesn’t really need my vote to get those three Electoral votes.

I’m also assuming that by following the directions on the VFAP website I am not committing voter fraud by sending in two ballots.

Totally unrelated PS: Best Halloween picture ever.


September 7th, 2008

I’m headed off today for a week in my favorite part of Switzerland, the Graubünden (also called the Grissons). We’ll be staying here. Pictures and stories when I’m back. Have a good week!

Teething in the age of globalization

July 17th, 2008

Some time ago, Australian Friend gave me a box of Heinz Teething Rusks. Her youngest didn’t need them anymore, but at the time Little Boy C wasn’t ready for them. He wasn’t teething yet, and then his first two teeth came in quite early and he didn’t quite have a handle on holding on to the rusk and getting it into his mouth. By the time the next four teeth came in – and yes, the poor guy did get four top teeth all at once – he had pretty good aim and we handed him a rusk now and then. And then and now. And now. And again.

They. are. incredible.

They are as hard as a rock. Seriously. As a rock. LBC can gnaw away on one of those things for twenty minutes without breaking off anything he could possibly choke on. When he’s done chewing, I can put it in a baggie and give it to him again the next day. I love them. I cannot live without them. How did I possibly get Little Boy A through a whole set of baby teeth without knowing about these? I must have them.

I must have them so badly that we just ordered half-a-dozen boxes from Australia because we have not been able to find them anywhere else, including in the US (R looked when he was there on his trip). The postage doubles the cost of the order and I don’t care. We must have rusks in the house before the next teeth start moving.

I love the internet.