Thursday, May 24, 2007


Following the "news"

Sexual orientation affects how we recall "lost objects" and other funny cognitive tasks

Infants can discern a language change at 4 months from just facial expressions (by 8 months the babies from monolingual homes have lost this skill)

And oh yeah, Mary Cheney had her baby. Gramma and, well, I guess he is Grandpa, look nearly cute and cuddly with the new tot with two moms. I wonder if Mary will start blogging for Lesbian Families... What do you think Liza?

Tuesday, May 15, 2007



Oh yeah. Here's one more fabulous picture. My gramma (the one who beat the beast! and is not related the the famous Jewish Gangster Lepke!) and her red hat friends. She's all the way on the right in the foreground. Cuuuuute!


Undepressing myself (DC, S and an odd branch of my family tree)

Ok. So. I just totally depressed myself and N is still at work and will be until the wee hours of the morning so... I need an activity to take my mind off of ucky thoughts...

How about DC in the rain (thanks

And a picture ofmy best buddy S and I last year (no, you don't get a cookie if you know where we are. too obvious!). S just graduated from AU's Grad program in International Communication. She's fabulous. I got to go to her graduation because she was the student speaker. I wished that K could have been there, she would have loved S's talk on dialogue.

She's cute AND looking, ladies! Line on up!

After the graduation I spent the afternoon at S and her sister's apartment at a lunch with her grandparents, an uncle, an aunt and a cousin. I felt like I'd spent the day with my family. Just as fun, just as exausting, just as glad when I got to go home : ) S's granddad did some family geneology and encouraged me to do more, even though it's "thankless." He's even heard of my most famous relative, Lepke "Lucky" Buchalter. He was a cousin of my mom's mom. In this picture (from his FBI file- whoa I still can't believe that this is public!) they described him as having "shifty eyes" What do you think?

And as a bonus... Lepke going the court house!

Yay for undepressing myself with oddities of my own family tree! Yippee!!


Saving the Cookie! and thinking about R's Brain and some beasts

Sign the petition to help Midwest Airlines from a hostile takeover! A very good airline with the added bonus of the wafting odor of chocolate chip cookies mid-flight. It's enough to take N's mind off of her,uh, dislike of flying.

So... Coworker A is impressed that I update this blog at all but she still sounded a bit disapointed. And no one wants to disapoint their favorite first grade teacher. She's helping out the cause by lending me The Other Mother (the book, not Robin the blogger who's blog I have listed here, though she does have an essay in the book). Look out for a special blog on this for Blogging for LGBT Families Day (June 1).

A little bit of sad news, but my dear friend and former coworker Rae is ill again from the same cancer she was just recovering from when I first met her 3 and a half years ago. Other than being a rockin' gal, her major claim to fame is that Dar Williams wrote the song "Iowa" when she (Dar) was driving to visit her (my friend). Dude. That's just awesome. : ) She also gets major points for being the hotline director for a large, well-known, prochoice organization. Big healthy happy, anti-cancer thoughts go out to R.

Cancer sucks folk, cancer sucks. Did you know my mom is a two time survivor of B*east Cancer? (oooh, I like that! Beast Cancer!) First time I was a little one (4th grade) and second time I was in college. I can repeat. Cancer sucks. Whenever someone is sick I think of my mom, I think of her mom (who died of Ovar*an Cancer), my other grandmother (B*east Cancer once again) my mom's cousin M (B*easts). And then of course I think about my own set. And N's. And I worry. I nag at her to check, check, check all the time. Now that the Genetic Discrimination Bill has passed congress I'm considering the test for "The Gene" Has anyone done this? Why did you choose (or not choose) to. I've got to go with Emilin from Name that Mama and assume that I'm going to get it sometime. Isn't that the safest way? Or is it just weird and depressing? For me, I guess, it's more like reality. It's not dark or morose, just probable. If you think this is a little weird, join my girlfriend. But between my mom and my brother's longterm illness I have a better sense of mortality, sickness and genetics than I should. It sucks when people you love are sick. End of story on that one.

I guess I did have a lot to say. And it wasn't all about the cookie...

More lighthearted garden pictures to come : )

Tuesday, May 01, 2007



The tree has bloomed!

Poppy Anemones

Hedge of Irises

By the time we got to see the Cherry Blossoms there weren't many left- it was a rough spring for flowering trees. Still, we caught a glimpse of some pretty ones one cold, cold, cold April afternoon. No snow on my birthday, but some on the day after (!)

Sorry I've been so absent, I'll update soon. As you can see, we've been busy in the garden!


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