janetlin: (Miranda)
God is watering my lawn for me right now, isn't that nice of Him? I could sit in front of an open window right now just breathing because it smells so lovely.

On the other hand, sniff, see ya next time, summer.

On Friday night I didn't bother going to bed, because Mom was showing up at five in the morning on Saturday so I could drive her and Rich to the airport 'cause they're going to be in Canada for a week. So I did that, came home, and still didn't bother trying to sleep, because [livejournal.com profile] kiwifruitbat had to be at work at eight in the morning (usually he's an afternoon/evening worker). This change in his schedule was because he, too, had a flight on Saturday and will be gone for a week. His step/adoptive grandfather died at the end of August, and the memorial was today (well, yesterday New Zealand time, now), so he flew home for that. I sort-of napped while he was working (couldn't actually sleep because the kids were awake and playing in the front room and in need of occasional food/drink/diaper changes), picked him up at 4:30 and drove straight down to San Francisco. Made good time, too, despite having to use a new route because the Bay Bridge is closed. We at least knew this ahead of time and mapquested accordingly.

I thought I was done with this bullshit of putting him on a plane and sending him across the ocean. :(

On the upside, in a nice poetic circle-of-life moment, his sister had her baby yesterday, so yay for him being an uncle (by blood this time), _and_ hopefully he'll be able to see/hold his nephew before he comes home.
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Morgan speaks in song lyrics, and doesn't even know it. Over the past few days, she's said things that then get songs stuck in my head. This morning is yicky and overcast and as we were driving her to school she commented that the sky was grey, so now I have California Dreaming firmly stuck and even listening to it twice so far hasn't helped.

She, of course, thinks it's really funny when I start singing something she just said.
janetlin: (Default)
Morgan speaks in song lyrics, and doesn't even know it. Over the past few days, she's said things that then get songs stuck in my head. This morning is yicky and overcast and as we were driving her to school she commented that the sky was grey, so now I have California Dreaming firmly stuck and even listening to it twice so far hasn't helped.

She, of course, thinks it's really funny when I start singing something she just said.
janetlin: (Nature: fall)
It spat on me this morning as I was driving Morgan to school. Yick. Looks like [livejournal.com profile] silverflight will get her fallish weather. The news last night even said there was a possibility of snow in the mountains. WTF?

On the upside, maybe if it gets cold enough, [livejournal.com profile] kiwifruitbat will stop kicking off the blanket.

Went to the "soft opening" at Kohl's and got some crazy sales. We saved more money than we spent, how awesome is that? Got new jeans (what with the skinny jean craze I'd forgotten how nicely bootcut accentuates my hips. The yay of that is mitigated by the fact I had to get them in a "short" length. Boo) and some boots that are steampunky goodness, and random bits of jewelry because I've decided I'm going to get back into wearing it.

Morgan has lost _three_ teeth this month. Her teacher has a special cape one gets to wear when one loses a tooth, and also a chart where she writes the names of the kids who have lost teeth each month, so it's a BIG DEAL. Morgan's grin is so cute and snaggly now. Thank goodness it didn't start until _after_ school photos, though.

She's doing fantastically. We just got her first progress report and the teacher had nothing but glowing things to say about her. She even stays on task when the other kids are trying to distract her. Yay! She's got 100% on all her tests and homework so far (I don't remember having homework in kindergarten, do you?). But at least once a week, sometimes twice, we get an ouch report that she fell during recess or PE. She does run a little wonky. We got her new shoes, proper tennies instead of the sandals or slip-ins she'd been wearing, so hopefully that will help. If not it will definitely be something to bring up with her orthopedist next time we go in. In the meantime she's quite jazzed about her new Skechers (I also don't remember being brand-conscious in kindergarten. What's the world coming to?). She wants me to paint her fingernails dark purple, which I thought would not be okay with her school's dress code but turns out it's fine. Sigh.
janetlin: (Nature: fall)
It spat on me this morning as I was driving Morgan to school. Yick. Looks like [livejournal.com profile] silverflight will get her fallish weather. The news last night even said there was a possibility of snow in the mountains. WTF?

On the upside, maybe if it gets cold enough, [livejournal.com profile] kiwifruitbat will stop kicking off the blanket.

Went to the "soft opening" at Kohl's and got some crazy sales. We saved more money than we spent, how awesome is that? Got new jeans (what with the skinny jean craze I'd forgotten how nicely bootcut accentuates my hips. The yay of that is mitigated by the fact I had to get them in a "short" length. Boo) and some boots that are steampunky goodness, and random bits of jewelry because I've decided I'm going to get back into wearing it.

Morgan has lost _three_ teeth this month. Her teacher has a special cape one gets to wear when one loses a tooth, and also a chart where she writes the names of the kids who have lost teeth each month, so it's a BIG DEAL. Morgan's grin is so cute and snaggly now. Thank goodness it didn't start until _after_ school photos, though.

She's doing fantastically. We just got her first progress report and the teacher had nothing but glowing things to say about her. She even stays on task when the other kids are trying to distract her. Yay! She's got 100% on all her tests and homework so far (I don't remember having homework in kindergarten, do you?). But at least once a week, sometimes twice, we get an ouch report that she fell during recess or PE. She does run a little wonky. We got her new shoes, proper tennies instead of the sandals or slip-ins she'd been wearing, so hopefully that will help. If not it will definitely be something to bring up with her orthopedist next time we go in. In the meantime she's quite jazzed about her new Skechers (I also don't remember being brand-conscious in kindergarten. What's the world coming to?). She wants me to paint her fingernails dark purple, which I thought would not be okay with her school's dress code but turns out it's fine. Sigh.
janetlin: (Gonna be awesome)
The most awesome thunderstorm is going on right now. I've been seeing lightning for about the past five hours but the rain has only just started coming down. My morning glories and daisies and parsley should be happy. Not hard enough that it isn't enjoyable to stand outside to watch the show. I've never seen so many strikes so frequently before. This is so fucking rad. It's so not fair that you can't shouldn't sit on the roof to watch lightning. Stupid buildings and trees in the way of the view. It's hard to count how far away they are because they keep on coming so you don't know which strike pertains to which peal of thunder. Anyway it's awesome.

One particularly good rumble just set off a car alarm in the parking lot.

God I wish I had chairs on my patio.

I've never been into rainstorms (I hate being wet) - aside from that one time at Cottey we ran outside to watch the storm and Karen yelled at us to get the hell back inside - but for some reason I just want to be out _in_ this one.
janetlin: (Gonna be awesome)
The most awesome thunderstorm is going on right now. I've been seeing lightning for about the past five hours but the rain has only just started coming down. My morning glories and daisies and parsley should be happy. Not hard enough that it isn't enjoyable to stand outside to watch the show. I've never seen so many strikes so frequently before. This is so fucking rad. It's so not fair that you can't shouldn't sit on the roof to watch lightning. Stupid buildings and trees in the way of the view. It's hard to count how far away they are because they keep on coming so you don't know which strike pertains to which peal of thunder. Anyway it's awesome.

One particularly good rumble just set off a car alarm in the parking lot.

God I wish I had chairs on my patio.

I've never been into rainstorms (I hate being wet) - aside from that one time at Cottey we ran outside to watch the storm and Karen yelled at us to get the hell back inside - but for some reason I just want to be out _in_ this one.
janetlin: (Baals)
It's damn cold today. And rainy. I hate the rain. Especially when it's cold. And windy so that the frakking cold rain gets blown at me even under my umbrella. Alan took the car today, and my driving gloves - which are the only gloves I own other than my ski gear, which lives at Dad's house - are in the glove box (yes, I actually keep gloves in my glove box). Holding an umbrella means I can't stick my hands into my pockets to keep them warm, and it's DAMN COLD TODAY!

I walked into History of English in time to hear two of my classmates talking about the "schönes Wetter" and how the rain was wundervoll and I looked at them like they were crazy. Because they are. This Wetter is schlechtes like a schlechty thing.

Class lets out at 1:15. I usually catch the 1:40 Shuttle and am home by 2 on days I don't have the car. So I go to wait for the Shuttle in the... pavilion thing at the bus stop. It is covered but only has two solid walls, and along each of these walls is a bench. But one of the benches is broken, and the other is occupied - not by people, of course, but by WET UMBRELLAS. WTF why are you two racial descriptor deleted girls taking up sitting space with your wet umbrellas? Set them on the ground or just hold them since they're the little ones that can hang from your wrist.

This was a mild annoyance, until my bus didn't show up. So I'm cold and wet, my feet hurt from standing and waiting, and I'm getting hungry because I'm supposed to be home eating lunch right now and the frakking bus isn't even here yet. Finally I decide to screw it and catch one of the city buses, even though that means I have to transfer which means _more_ standing around in the cold rain waiting for the second bus. 'Cause who knows when the stupid uni shuttle will deign to show up?

I opted _not_ to stand around and wait for my transfer, though, and instead just walked home, since it's like, just under a mile and walking is slightly better than standing (still, though, I am a lazy bastard so this should be read as a big indicator of how pissed off I was). Turns out that was a good idea because by the time I walked into my apartment complex twenty minutes later, my transfer bus hadn't yet passed me.

Pls can we have sunshiny springtime now?
janetlin: (Baals)
It's damn cold today. And rainy. I hate the rain. Especially when it's cold. And windy so that the frakking cold rain gets blown at me even under my umbrella. Alan took the car today, and my driving gloves - which are the only gloves I own other than my ski gear, which lives at Dad's house - are in the glove box (yes, I actually keep gloves in my glove box). Holding an umbrella means I can't stick my hands into my pockets to keep them warm, and it's DAMN COLD TODAY!

I walked into History of English in time to hear two of my classmates talking about the "schönes Wetter" and how the rain was wundervoll and I looked at them like they were crazy. Because they are. This Wetter is schlechtes like a schlechty thing.

Class lets out at 1:15. I usually catch the 1:40 Shuttle and am home by 2 on days I don't have the car. So I go to wait for the Shuttle in the... pavilion thing at the bus stop. It is covered but only has two solid walls, and along each of these walls is a bench. But one of the benches is broken, and the other is occupied - not by people, of course, but by WET UMBRELLAS. WTF why are you two racial descriptor deleted girls taking up sitting space with your wet umbrellas? Set them on the ground or just hold them since they're the little ones that can hang from your wrist.

This was a mild annoyance, until my bus didn't show up. So I'm cold and wet, my feet hurt from standing and waiting, and I'm getting hungry because I'm supposed to be home eating lunch right now and the frakking bus isn't even here yet. Finally I decide to screw it and catch one of the city buses, even though that means I have to transfer which means _more_ standing around in the cold rain waiting for the second bus. 'Cause who knows when the stupid uni shuttle will deign to show up?

I opted _not_ to stand around and wait for my transfer, though, and instead just walked home, since it's like, just under a mile and walking is slightly better than standing (still, though, I am a lazy bastard so this should be read as a big indicator of how pissed off I was). Turns out that was a good idea because by the time I walked into my apartment complex twenty minutes later, my transfer bus hadn't yet passed me.

Pls can we have sunshiny springtime now?
janetlin: (Nature: fall)
So the nice late summer I was hoping for never really materialized. Boo. I know fall is on time but it feels early this year, despite all of the hullabaloo about climate change. Now, remember, I'm a Californian, so my perception of the seasons might not mesh with anyone else's, but to me it feels like fall now. I've cranked the heater up a few times in the past couple days, and have been schmoozing around the house in sheepskin slippers, and finally folded away the light afghan I'd been sleeping under and have brought my fluffy comforter out from storage in my hope chest.

Today I introduced Alan (and Morgan) to fifteen-bean soup. Mmmm. Turkey ham isn't _quite_ the same (not as salty), but it was still quite good. Morgan even enjoyed it, though she ate hers with shredded cheddar like Alan. He puts cheese on _everything_. I'm not even joking. Anyone who has ever razzed me about overusing Ranch dressing needs to watch this guy with cheese. Good lord.

I wonder if the trees up Dad's way are turning yet, particularly Morgan's dogwood in his front yard. It hasn't yet blossomed in the spring, though this year it at least had little buds, so here's hoping for next year. We're pretty sure it will be flowering by the time she's old enough to actually remember it.
janetlin: (Nature: fall)
So the nice late summer I was hoping for never really materialized. Boo. I know fall is on time but it feels early this year, despite all of the hullabaloo about climate change. Now, remember, I'm a Californian, so my perception of the seasons might not mesh with anyone else's, but to me it feels like fall now. I've cranked the heater up a few times in the past couple days, and have been schmoozing around the house in sheepskin slippers, and finally folded away the light afghan I'd been sleeping under and have brought my fluffy comforter out from storage in my hope chest.

Today I introduced Alan (and Morgan) to fifteen-bean soup. Mmmm. Turkey ham isn't _quite_ the same (not as salty), but it was still quite good. Morgan even enjoyed it, though she ate hers with shredded cheddar like Alan. He puts cheese on _everything_. I'm not even joking. Anyone who has ever razzed me about overusing Ranch dressing needs to watch this guy with cheese. Good lord.

I wonder if the trees up Dad's way are turning yet, particularly Morgan's dogwood in his front yard. It hasn't yet blossomed in the spring, though this year it at least had little buds, so here's hoping for next year. We're pretty sure it will be flowering by the time she's old enough to actually remember it.
janetlin: (Nature: summer)
... I was just about to comment on how hazy and bleh it was today and wonder if there were some fire somewhere. Yipes. Earthquakes in China, flooding in the midwest, fires here... Mother Nature better be done being a bitch by the time I take my baby onto an airplane to spend thirteen hours flying over the ocean.
janetlin: (Nature: summer)
... I was just about to comment on how hazy and bleh it was today and wonder if there were some fire somewhere. Yipes. Earthquakes in China, flooding in the midwest, fires here... Mother Nature better be done being a bitch by the time I take my baby onto an airplane to spend thirteen hours flying over the ocean.
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Six more weeks of winter. Yarg. Judging just by today, though, I totally believe it.

In nicer news, last night I and Morgan and Rew had dinner with fruitbat_folks, and today we met with both sets of parents for lunch so they could meet each other, and that seemed to go well. Morgan has been absolutely lovely with them. I worried for a while that she might be shy and awkward about meeting them, as small children generally are when faced with new people. Not my girl. They came with me to pick her up from school yesterday, and Morgan walked right up to fruitbat_mum and showed off the picture of a shadow puppet she'd been working on, and chattered with her in the backseat of my car all the way home. I really am unaccountably blessed to have such a good-natured child.

Tomorrow we're going to the zoo, since thus far what we've been doing together have been grownup things, so now we'll do a Morgan thing. Hopefully the weather will stay agreeable.
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Six more weeks of winter. Yarg. Judging just by today, though, I totally believe it.

In nicer news, last night I and Morgan and Rew had dinner with fruitbat_folks, and today we met with both sets of parents for lunch so they could meet each other, and that seemed to go well. Morgan has been absolutely lovely with them. I worried for a while that she might be shy and awkward about meeting them, as small children generally are when faced with new people. Not my girl. They came with me to pick her up from school yesterday, and Morgan walked right up to fruitbat_mum and showed off the picture of a shadow puppet she'd been working on, and chattered with her in the backseat of my car all the way home. I really am unaccountably blessed to have such a good-natured child.

Tomorrow we're going to the zoo, since thus far what we've been doing together have been grownup things, so now we'll do a Morgan thing. Hopefully the weather will stay agreeable.
janetlin: (Nature: winter)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080104/ap_on_re_us/winter_storm

We're okay. Spent most of the day without power, but that means I got a lot of reading done. My grandmother is pretty shaken up (she has trees in her backyard), my uncle had to leave because the dock where his boat is tied broke loose, Mom and Rich are somewhere out on the Pacific driving the cat up the coast and I'm not sure the status of their houseboat.

It's an absolute mess around my apartment. I walked outside during a lull in the rain and the sidewalks are absolutely covered with tree branches (thankfully rather small ones) and roof material. The area in front of the mailboxes is rather flooded so I'll have to send Alan out (since he has boots) if and when we get another break in the rain.

It's selfish of me to be excited about the volumes of snow falling in the mountains and what that means for possibilities of skiing next week, but I have to admit that was my first reaction. Purely impersonally, though, we do actually desperately need a good snowpack. This winter has been far too dry. Last winter was dry and look at the fires that resulted. So for that I'm glad. But it's horrible for it to fall all at once and perhaps be trapping people.
janetlin: (Nature: winter)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080104/ap_on_re_us/winter_storm

We're okay. Spent most of the day without power, but that means I got a lot of reading done. My grandmother is pretty shaken up (she has trees in her backyard), my uncle had to leave because the dock where his boat is tied broke loose, Mom and Rich are somewhere out on the Pacific driving the cat up the coast and I'm not sure the status of their houseboat.

It's an absolute mess around my apartment. I walked outside during a lull in the rain and the sidewalks are absolutely covered with tree branches (thankfully rather small ones) and roof material. The area in front of the mailboxes is rather flooded so I'll have to send Alan out (since he has boots) if and when we get another break in the rain.

It's selfish of me to be excited about the volumes of snow falling in the mountains and what that means for possibilities of skiing next week, but I have to admit that was my first reaction. Purely impersonally, though, we do actually desperately need a good snowpack. This winter has been far too dry. Last winter was dry and look at the fires that resulted. So for that I'm glad. But it's horrible for it to fall all at once and perhaps be trapping people.
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I am not _quite_ so delighted with the first rain of the season today as [livejournal.com profile] silverflight. I suppose we need it, though, and I do hope that this is foreshadowing a long and wet winter (seeing as it is getting started so relatively early). Morgan and I were on the lookout for rainbows on the way home this evening, as there were occasional holes in the clouds that some blue sky was peeking through, but we didn't find any. Did get some lightning, though, which is always cool. Morgan learns little bits of Spanish at school, which I quiz her while we're driving ("What color is that car in Spanish?" "The white car is blanco!"), so I thought I'd mix things up and teach her that lightning is "blitzen" (largely because I don't think I know what lightning is in Spanish. Nor Russian, come to think...) Oh, and I must make a point to teach her about butterflies when the season comes again. I can just hear her little voice saying "schmetterling." So cute!
janetlin: (Default)
I am not _quite_ so delighted with the first rain of the season today as [livejournal.com profile] silverflight. I suppose we need it, though, and I do hope that this is foreshadowing a long and wet winter (seeing as it is getting started so relatively early). Morgan and I were on the lookout for rainbows on the way home this evening, as there were occasional holes in the clouds that some blue sky was peeking through, but we didn't find any. Did get some lightning, though, which is always cool. Morgan learns little bits of Spanish at school, which I quiz her while we're driving ("What color is that car in Spanish?" "The white car is blanco!"), so I thought I'd mix things up and teach her that lightning is "blitzen" (largely because I don't think I know what lightning is in Spanish. Nor Russian, come to think...) Oh, and I must make a point to teach her about butterflies when the season comes again. I can just hear her little voice saying "schmetterling." So cute!
janetlin: (Nature: aspen road)
The implications of our very dry winter start sinking in: Fire in Tahoe. I'm fine; I'm far enough away that we probably won't even get any of the ash in the air. My dad lives a bit closer and might get some smoke, but isn't in any danger of the fire itself. I worried when I realized that we hadn't got enough snowfall this past winter, but figured that would likely manifest as a drought this summer. I hadn't even thought about forest fires.

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