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Christmas presents!

December 28, 2006 By: nooccar Category: Uncategorized


101_0372, originally uploaded by nooccar.

Claire at my parent’s house Christmas morning. My dad has been an avid skiier for almost a half a century, and I was almost surprised not to see the skis beneath the tree. Next time, perhaps.

Yeah, that wasn’t worth it…

December 27, 2006 By: nooccar Category: holidays, Pittsburgh, Reviews

Below you will see that we watched Superman Returns the other night, and you know what… IT SUCKED. I just wasn’t it to it, and yes, I did fall asleep. And yes, when I asked my dad if he liked it, he said "it sucked. I fell asleep after 20 minutes." Other than that it was horrible.

Now onto other stuff. Look for my post on dadbloggers in a few days here. It’s about Claire who is talking more and more in complete sentences (albeit incomprehensible sentences).

As for me, I’ve been sitting at this table for two days now on my laptop. Danny and Donna want to exchange music for Christmas, and we’ve been working on that. I am done, though. I am finished. Stick a fork in me. When I important a couple hundred songs, after a while my computer cries. So now I am working on my English 102 class that I am teaching online. I have several pages of developed curriculum to modify, so here I sit. I made a few new accounts recently on sites like pageflakes, del.icio.us and furl. Web2.0 sites are fun.

Hohoho

December 25, 2006 By: nooccar Category: holidays

Merry Christmas everyone. The 25th is almost over. We have another hour left before we move on into the middle of another last holiday week of the year. It’s been a good one, but it’s uneventful. We spent yesterday over at Grandma Adams’ house eating Babalki and other yummy Slovak foods. And Sean came with Aunt Nancy, Uncle Ernie and Daniel this year. It’s so good to see him after 4 years. He looks so much like his father, too! He’s really talented and will go far. He just needs to work at it and keep the dream alive. He has written a book and I asked him to send it to me so I can edit his book.

Claire saw a picture of Great Grandpap Adams who died in October and she looked up at it, and she said "Bye bye, Pap pap." Wow. Kids really know what’s up, eh?

We spent Christmas morning at my parent’s house and Claire had fun opening presents. She got a few dolls including a Dora and a Cabbage Patch. I got Greatest American Hero on DVD from my mum! Donna got a cool dust buster, and we also got several other thoughtful gifts.

In true technophile fashion, I texted a "Merry Christmas" to about 30 people all at once today! Very cool.

Ok, we’re going to watch Superman Returns now!

Saturday night lights

December 18, 2006 By: nooccar Category: Claire, holidays


Claire – Dec 15, originally uploaded by nooccar.

This weekend we hit several Christmas parties and also fought illnesses the entire time. Claire enjoyed the lights Saturday night at the same party where Julie and Patrick announced their engagement! We are thrilled.

Time

December 15, 2006 By: turtlegirl Category: Miscelany

Time is so strange.  Can you believe that another year has gone by?  I can’t.  It has been fast and furious and I have not had enough down time to catch up on life.  So much of our routine is predetermined that it is hard to figure out when to start a project – like renewing my passport or updating Claire’s memory book (both of which have been on my "todos" list for over a year). 

Working in education, life is broken down into semesters.  Devon’s work calendar is similar, and we tend to schedule our "real lives" around the high school and college timeline.  That means no traveling in August, mid-January, or mid-May through June.  It means no extended weekends over the holidays because that is not permitted at Devon’s school.  On the modified year-round schedule, Devon gets a two-week break in October and March, so he normally tries to travel or invite visitors to keep himself occupied.  This has all become part of the routine for which we have become accustomed.

I frequently look at the "todos" list that Devon and I keep to remember all the things we need to do.  So many of those items have been there for too long.  It is amazing to me how quickly time flies.  I prioritize everything I can that relates to Claire and her needs, and I’ve put off a lot of other important things.  At times I’m amazed that I remember to pay bills.

As the last day of the year approaches, my internal fire to complete every insane project deepens.  I feel obligated to clean the entire house, organize every nook and cranny, finish laundry, heck even arrange the junk drawer.  I’m not sure why I do this to myself, and those around me, but would they ever get done if these feelings didn’t surface every now and then?

Right now I’m just pleased that we have a two week break to look forward to so that I can attempt to finish these crazy tasks and possibly take a few minutes to relax and watch a movie.

Secret Pals

December 13, 2006 By: nooccar Category: Work

I don’t typically blog about work, because I don’t want to be dooced. But I gotta tell you. My secret pal rocks! So I actually have two secret pals. The first one is one for work and the other is just for the holiday and is only in my department. The overall secret pal sucks. Last year I had a crappy secret pal who never did anything and was bad about it. This year it’s been worse! I didn’t even get anything for my birthday!

So then I get this English secret pal and that person rocks. I got a little thing and then I check my mailbox. In it is a Best Buy gift card for $50.00! I mean that’s totally wild! And the same day I get a Steelers XL DVD on my desk. Whoever I have is awesome!

I am always cool with my secret people, and I do what I can. Although next year I am not doing the overall secret pal. The first year was very cool and I’ve been burned since. I hope this year the person has a damn good excuse. I think they decided to drop out and someone else has felt sorry for me, and bought me stuff. I don’t even think I have an overall secret pal anymore. Err…

De ja Me

December 11, 2006 By: nooccar Category: Claire

Sunday morning we went to Mimi’s Café in Chandler for breakfast, and since we’d gotten moving late we hit the church traffic. We go to breakfast every Sunday, and we have it down to a science. Get there by 9:45AM and don’t wait long. We also know that you can call ahead to Mimi’s but not to Cracker’s. We also know that Cracker Barrel has the longest lines and IHOP has the worst food. Yesterday we didn’t get out of the house until almost 10AM because of a phone call, and so we waited. He said 15 minutes, but Donna thought it would be about 10. Claire and I both wore our Steelers jerseys and jeans, and she had just showered. Her sweet smelling hair came down across her eyebrows in the front and hung low off her collar in the back. It’s light blonde now, and she has beautiful blue eyes (is there really any other way to describe blue eyes?). She’s running around the sitting area in Mimi’s while we’re trying to juggle our Sunday newspaper/coffee ritual, and suddenly Claire runs toward me. All of a sudden I had the oddest sense of déjà vu. The oddest. Running towards me was not my daughter, Claire, but it was me. 30 years ago. Me.

When we were in Pittsburgh in October we sat around looking at old photo albums, and I had found a picture of me when I was 2 taken with my dog, Jake. It was one of those posed portrait studio pictures, with me in my patchwork shirt and Osh Kosh overalls. And my shaggy blonde hair and bright blue eyes. When I showed that picture to Donna she was taken aback. I know people say Claire looks like me, but here was shocking proof.

When she ran towards me in Mimi’s, it was as if hundreds of baby pictures that I’ve looked at over the years suddenly became incarnate and ran right towards me. It was the surrealist feeling.

Portland rains

December 10, 2006 By: nooccar Category: Miscelany

It rained in Portland today and Emma got to play in the puddles. When we called tonight she told us that she’d see us next week at our house. 🙁 She’s almost three, and it’ll take some time before she realizes she moved far far away. And this weekend we were going to see Claire’s friend Eli, and I asked her if she wanted to see Eli, and she thought about it for two minutes and then screamed "EMMA!" at the top of her lungs.

I wish our friends the best of luck up there, and even asked about James Kim. Turns out it’s a HUGE story there. And BOL didn’t even have a podcast yet. Just played some old James Kim stuff. I am half curious to jump ahead and check things out.

Today’s breakfast was a triple loaner. Just me, Claire and Donna at Mimi’s cafe. I had a student get food poisoning from there, but hey, their muffins rock!

We also had a holiday soiree Friday and Liliane now rolls and crawls. Wow! Dan and I played with out iPods and Jim just watched. The food was good, the company was good, and now another weekend ends.

James Kim

December 06, 2006 By: nooccar Category: Miscelany

I just don’t know where to begin. I just don’t know. Ok so
as I’ve said elsewhere, I listen to CNET
podcasts pretty much everyday. My
favorite one is Buzz Out Loud, where I listen to Tom, Molly and Veronica. Veronica
has also been part of a MP3 Insider and CRAVE with James Kim.

Yesterday Donna came home from work and said she had been
reading the news online and something made her cry at her desk, and it wasn’t even
anyone at work. I had things to do and was moving about, then came in and
checked my news. CNN. And I saw an article about some lost person in the woods.
The title caught my attention because (as a Language teacher) it felt
syntactically incorrect to me. I opened the article and it caught her eye.

That’s him! She
said. And began telling me about this guy lost in Oregon, and how his family was stuck in the snow along some highway that was covered in the weather.

James eventually went
for help. By the time I read the article, they’d found his wife, Kati, and
their two daughters. They were alive and well, and Donna reminded me the
importance of breast milk, which Kati fed to her daughters for like 9 days in
the wilderness.

I got to the bottom of the article and it said James Kim was
a senior editor for CNET and I was shocked. I spend so much time listening to
CNET and being jealous that they all get to live in San Francisco, and I read blogs and go to the CNET forums all of the time. It almost felt like a friend was missing.

And I knew then that today we’d get the final word on if
James Kim was alive or dead, but I still wasn’t prepared when I opened CNN
after 3pm today. I typed in the web address with dread, and I was correct. They
found James three hours ago. This good natured man was dead, and his daughters
will never know their father. And these people who I imagine being part of are
in mourning for the loss of their friend. And I don’t know about Donna, but
today I cried at work.

To donate to the Kim family, please go here.

poo-poo

December 04, 2006 By: turtlegirl Category: Claire

Claire pooped on the potty at daycare today! Woo-hoo!


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