Thursday, June 26, 2008
This morning I have also heard on XRT: CCR's "Green River," The Stones' "Brown Sugar," Weezer's new song "Troublemaker," that song by Snow Patrol that was used so liberally on Grey's Anatomy a couple seasons back ("if I just liiiie here, would you lie wiiiith me...."), Death Cab for Cutie, and Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing."
I guess what I'm saying is, this radio station rawks my wrrrld, yo. Since rediscovering it online a couple of weeks ago, I fully recognize why my radio knob NEVER MOVED from the 93 frequency during our entire stay in Chicago in our newlywed days.
Thank goodness for Internet radio. Check it ouuuuut!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Originally uploaded by UI News Services
See that white building at the very top of this photo, left of center? That's the Levitt Center for University Advancement, where I work. Our building did not flood, but we are running on generator power and ours is the only building in our vicinity that is open and functioning. There is only one road we can use to access the building, and sadly, it runs through hospital and residential areas. I will probably irritate many of my coworkers during the commute this week by ACTUALLY DRIVING THE SPEED LIMIT (or slower) through these areas. People you might as well stop tailgating me, because it is not going to make me go faster. In fact, if you are following me too closely I might .. just ... slow ... down.
At this point, she's not actually pushing herself along or riding it, per se... but she really enjoyed sitting on it and bouncing. And I'm sure she'll be walking along behind it sooner than we can imagine. She has just entered the age when all she wants to do is be walked around the house, so she can practice her mad skills.
She is only nine months old (today!) but seems to be right on schedule for walking at ten months, just like Arlo did. God help us.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Our house is high and dry, far enough from the swollen river that we are not worried about our own home. Neither Ted nor I are able to go to work now, so we have been glued to reports on T.V., radio, and the Web all day long. It's surreal to be watching our own city on national reports of the disaster--but we are heeding city officials' admonitions to stay off the roads.
One of us will probably head out this evening to one of the volunteer sites to throw our backs into the effort... to save something, anything. The water is expected to rise five more feet before it crests on Tuesday, and we are already above the level of the "100-Year Flood" of 1993.
I'm feeling powerless and awed by this massive outpouring. Water, sweat, blood, and tears.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Originally uploaded by knights_writes
Nothing says summer like laying back in the green grass watching the clouds go by overhead.
By the way, when did my baby boy get so BIG? Why didn't anybody tell me this was happening?
Oh, but wait. You did.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Friday night: Took the whole fam damily downtown for the Friday Night Concert Series, and this week it was also the kick-off of Arts Fest. Mae took a nap on my shoulder for the first time since she was a newborn. I enjoyed people-watching while she snoozed.
Saturday morning: Arlo took his very first bus ride! Mae was napping, so Ted took Arlo downtown on the city bus (free for Arts Fest!) and I caught up with them after she woke up.
Saturday afternoon: Mara and I took the "Mae Dress" workshop at Home Ec, and produced two very adorable reversible baby dresses for the wee lasses. The Mae Dress is named after my Mae, since I pestered Codi and Alisa (co-owners of the Home Ec Workshop) to make up a class to teach me how to make this very garment.
Here we are with our finished (Mara's) and nearly-finished (mine) Mae Dresses.
We rounded out the weekend by attending the ICARE benefit pancake breakfast (the best pancake breakfast in town, hands down), stuffing ourselves with whole grain pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, real maple syrup and fresh whipped cream, along with Starbucks coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice. We barely finished our feasting when it started to rain (the breakfast is held outdoors, on the ped mall), so our timing couldn't have been better.
We also went bargain-hunting on Sunday, since Houseworks and Kidworks are having a big flood sale (everything is HALF OFF) in anticipation of the rising waters. If it ever stops raining, we will bust out the new badminton set I got for the back yard.
All in all, I'd say we did pretty well considering that rain was in the forecast all weekend. Now if we could just do as well for the rest of this week...
At least this looks better now than it did at the end of last week, when there was rain in the forecast for every single day of the next ten. Things are looking up!
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
Saturday was my birthday, and I have to say (in spite of the fact that I am still waiting for the most important birthday gift--and I am holding out hope), it was one of my happiest birthdays yet. I feel good about being 32. In some ways, I feel younger than I did at 30 or 31... and I am at peace with this whole "getting older" thing. Well, except for when I catch sight of my forehead in the rearview mirror--the furrow between my eyebrows is my most troublesome wrinkle. But really. I'm okay with that.
I'm posting pics of the angora scarf that T knitted and gave me for my birthday. I love the bright teal color, and cannot get over how soft it is. Like wrapping a bunny around my neck. You know, a boneless, unconscious bunny. I look forward to wearing this when the weather gets cooler.
Most of my favorite people celebrated my birthday with me this year, from the coworkers who brought treats to the office on Friday to the gal pals I had lunch with Friday, to the local farmers who sold me veggies at the farmers' market on Saturday morning and the friends and families that attended a potluck birthday party at our house Saturday night. We even played hooky from church on Sunday, making for one of the most relaxed weekends in recent memory.
Thanks, everyone. 32 is going to be a good year.