chanaleh: (crow's nest)
President's Day weekend I had the opportunity to go into Chicago twice in three days, which is practically unheard-of.

Saturday night )

Monday afternoon )

18 months!

Thursday, February 9th, 2017 07:15 am
chanaleh: (Default)
A year and a half! It's already mindboggling that two years ago I was pregnant and one year ago we already had a sturdy infant in place of a tiny newborn.

Pediatrician says: height 33" (85th %ile), weight 24lb 14oz (60th %ile), head circumference 90th %ile. Everything looks good.

We are finally seeing that first real blossoming of vocabulary. food, clothes, shapes, and the requisite animal noises )

We really ought to take more video of her at this stage, but it's hard because when I bring in the iPad -- or even the regular camera -- she immediately grabs for it and wails if you hold it out of her reach.

I feel like there were some other developmental things I meant to note, but I can't think of them. She can drink water from an open cup now, when she wants to; but I only give her an ounce at a time because (a) she has trouble regulating how much to tip into her mouth without choking herself, and (b) most of the time she's more interested anyway in dumping out the water and smearing it around her tray, and/or piling bits of her food into the cup. Apparently she's our little raccoon.
chanaleh: (Default)
Apparently it usually does take me 3 weeks to get this posted, but down the line I won't care how belated it was, so here it is. :-)

10 goals from 2016 )

more things that happened in 2016 )

10 goals for 2017 )
chanaleh: Snoopy and Woodstock, celebrating (birthday)
We celebrated Aria's 17-month birthday on Dec. 26 by... getting a babysitter and going to the matinee of Rogue One without her. X-) Oh well! She freaked out for a few minutes when we both went to her room at the same time with our coats on to say goodbye (rookie mistake) but did fine after we left.

Toddler progress report )

She's just about 32" tall now. Still holding to 85%ile height and 65%ile weight. Next update will probably be after her 18-month pediatrician appointment, which is not until Feb 2.

Teleportation

Thursday, December 15th, 2016 07:46 am
chanaleh: (move to nyc)
So, [livejournal.com profile] jessruth and her lovely L are getting married, and the original plan was to have a big formal wedding in central PA (where L is from) in June of 2017. We were planning to roadtrip out there; all was in the works.

However, then the election happened, making things highly uncertain for same-sex couples. And also various medical issues in both their families that are going to make traveling difficult over the next several months. SO, they decided to have a City Hall wedding in NYC on Tuesday, Dec. 20, with assorted celebrations in NYC/PA to follow as planned next June.

So I got an idea, and I looked at tickets, and I emailed JessMom, and I talked to [livejournal.com profile] etrace... and we determined that I could manage coming out by myself on a SAME-DAY flight out and back. 11 hours of travel for 11 hours in NYC, more or less. (This squeaks in under [livejournal.com profile] ablock's rule of not visiting anywhere for less time than it takes to get there and back.)

It's on SpiritAir, which is nervous-making, but hey, I am basically their ideal passenger for this because it's the one day in my life I can get away with NO luggage. I would have taken the United shuttle, but their latest return flight was at 8pm and Spirit's is at 10pm. (If it doesn't get delayed or, chas v'shalom, cancelled. But we'll just have to see.)

The thing about the City Hall wedding is that you can't schedule an appointment, you just have to show up (with your festive wedding party in tow if that's your jam) and wait in line until they call you. They open at 8:30am. But the earliest flight lands at 9am (LGA) and it'll easily be 10am until I can make it all the way downtown. JessMom said, "Look, if we get up to the front, we'll let people ahead of us!" I was thinking at first of trying to make it a surprise for Jess, but decided it's easier on logistics if it's out in the open -- plus then she gets the fun of knowing for the last week and a half that I will be with them.

Once I booked the ticket, I noticed a surprising depth of feels around this... I think I'm perfectly calm but it's really more like paralyzing excitement. :-} I'm nervous about the travel logistics (and about being on the run for most of 22 hours), but not as much as I would be if, say, I were trying to bring the fam along. And, while I don't normally think that I miss being in NYC, the prospect of actually walking on its streets for a few hours is mindblowing. But then, it's not like I will be there to Do Things, or see any people other than the JessClan. (Though anyone who's down around City Hall midmorning on Tuesday, you can find me there. ;-)

Plus, I've never used a teleporter before!

Plus, [livejournal.com profile] jessruth IS GETTING MARRIED OMG OMG!
chanaleh: EVERYTHING WILL BE AMAZING (amazing)
Aria turned 16 months yesterday!

New words: Besides "Hi!" and "Bye!", "baw" (ball) and "baba" (banana), she now sometimes says "haaa" (hat), "cah" (car), "kaka" (cracker), and "Tsuts" (Church, the cat). In the last day or two we suddenly started hearing "Uh-oh!" and "Go-ga" (Coco, Grandma's goofball German shepherd who lives downstairs but bursts in up here all the time).

New skills: Besides getting better with the fork and spoon, she suddenly resists having any grooming tools used on her -- comb, toothbrush, nail clippers -- because she wants to grab them and "do" everything herself!

I am way behind on pictures, but maybe I'll try to download some stuff off the camera this afternoon.
chanaleh: (scream)
I duly wore my pantsuit on Tuesday, and I voted around 7:30am CST, before work. #pantsuitnation

At lunchtime I said to Etrace, "I think there needs to be heavy drinking tonight." "By you?!" he said. "Are you really that concerned about the outcome?" "Hell yes I am concerned," I said. But nailbiting notwithstanding, deep down I never really doubted that Hillary would get the landslide she deserved.

Well, it turns out we all got a surprise. :-/

Between dinner (Taco Tuesday!) and baby bedtime, I didn't really see any election results in progress until about 10pm Central. By which time the map had tipped heavily Trump. And then I would have liked to start drinking heavily, but I also felt too nauseated to start. I got into bed and sat with my iPad obsessively refreshing Facebook until well after midnight.

Maybe it will come around overnight, I thought. They're still tallying.

But no. Wednesday morning I woke up to our national nightmare. I felt numb. I actually cried on my drive to work.

If I haven't said it here before, my mom (who lives in northern CA) has been a big Trump supporter, and in fact so rabidly anti-Clinton in her Facebook comments and reposts that I've begun to wonder of late if she's actually coming a bit unhinged. We have basically agreed not to speak of the election.

Her younger sister though (who seems to show some distaste for Trump, but has been rabidly anti-Obama, so it's all of a piece) commented on Wednesday "I survived 8 years of Obama, you'll survive 4 years of Trump." I wanted to say "Yes, but FYI, not everyone will." But I didn't know how to get into it without spiraling off into futility.

I have many, many thoughts, but a week later here's what seems to have shaken out:

(1) No one actually knows what Trump himself is going to do while in office. He's talked big, but that was on the campaign trail. We all know the guy's full of nothing but hot air, and changes his stance to whatever his audience wants to hear. In a way, that's almost comforting.
(2) However, the people he's surrounding himself with (you know, to DO HIS ACTUAL WORK while in office)... scare the everloving shit out of me. Starting with Mike Pence, who is if possible the one person I would less like to see in the presidency than Trump.
(3) The "anti-PC" climate that says "This is Trump's America now, so we can be as hateful as we've always secretly wanted"... ditto.

I would add corroborating links to the above, but it's too depressing. :-/

So, what to do? For starters, I will keep supporting my top causes: reproductive rights (Planned Parenthood of course, Medical Students for Choice, and the Center for Reproductive Rights) and civil liberties (the ACLU). (Amazon shoppers, remember that if you shop via smile.amazon.com you can designate a charity to receive a percentage of your sales. I chose Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.)

Beyond that: Be strong. Support education and social programs closer to home. Show compassion. Stand up for truth and justice (and, not for nothing, the real American Way).

Fifteen months old

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 09:17 am
chanaleh: (sleeping)
I've backed off the monthly updates because Aria's baby book only has month-by-month pages for the first year! but I really should try to keep some notes here.

We now have a toddler rather than an infant )

Of course, now that I'm writing, there are a hundred things that I want to note. I need to make shorter and more frequent entries. :-}

Birthday!

Sunday, October 16th, 2016 09:11 am
chanaleh: Snoopy and Woodstock, celebrating (birthday)
My birthday was October 6, so I'm 44 now. It sounds a lot older than 43.

In mid-September, [livejournal.com profile] etrace said, "My mom wants to know what to get you for your birthday. We looked at your Amazon list, but she doesn't like it." "She doesn't like it?" "Yes -- nothing on it is anything she wants to get you."

We've had this discussion before, and part of it is that she has this notion that anything that's been on the list for more than a few months is Not Interesting. (For me, the fact that I've wanted something for over a year without getting it might make me MORE excited about getting it, not less. But whatever.)

So I looked at my list, and... huh, there was not much on there that I would be excited about getting for someone, either. Except for the Hamilton soundtrack, which I still had never even heard but was dying to. I promoted that back to the top of the list. Everything else... enh. So I spent a few minutes looking for things that were more fun/indulgent, and put those on the list. Only, then, [livejournal.com profile] etrace and [livejournal.com profile] jessruth got me all the new fun things, and my gift from MomTrace ended up being... a renewed subscription to the New York Times crossword app! This was genius because I really did enjoy doing it every day until they doubled the subscription price in early 2015 and I gave it up.

My dad, meanwhile, gave me some cash for my birthday -- also a couple weeks early, because he was having retina surgery in the meantime (oy!) and was not going to be able to visit for most/all of the month of October. I ended up spending ALL OF IT on clothes, because I've replaced most of my pants by now but I have still been trying to squeeze into my old shirts, and it's exhausting. But more on that topic in a later post.

I get my birthday as a paid holiday off work (yay!), but since that Monday and Tuesday were Rosh Hashanah, and then my birthday was on Thursday, I thought it would be better to take the Friday instead. Oh yeah, and SisTrace and her younger son (now age 20) happened to be coming up from Louisville from Thursday to Sunday, since she had a long weekend. So I worked that Thursday and then we all went out for deep-dish pizza; came home, put tired baby to bed, and had birthday cake and presents. And then on Friday I got to go out for a WHOLE AFTERNOON by myself. I got a pedicure (the first since Aria was born) and a haircut; and I went to Starbucks and got my free birthday PSL; and then I went to Kohl's and had the luxury of puttering around trying on clothes for like 2 hours. It was delightful. The only problem is that now I want to do it again. :-}

And now I have listened to Hamilton a couple times, and while I wouldn't say the appeal stems from the music per se, I can begin to see how people get obsessed with it and how transformative it is.

Also in there, there were holidays and tonight is Sukkot, and those all merit a separate post too probably. One of these years I would like to start building our own sukkah, but this is not that year.

Curses!

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 08:25 am
chanaleh: Muffin the Vampire Baker: "It's him, Muffin! You have to protect him at all costs!" "I'M ON IT!" (i'm on it!)
My work IT department has apparently been doing some review of employee network use recently, because yesterday while I was meeting with one of my close coworkers, they came to his desk to "uninstall some unauthorized software" -- Spotify. Ooh, he was pissed.

And today I discover that they have blocked LiveJournal categorically on the grounds of "Adult Content" (apparently "Time-Wasters" is not a category in Barracuda). Bah.

... But not Dreamwidth. >:-)

Does this mean I will have to post more often instead of reading? Time will tell, true believers! (It certainly means my DW reading page will get more traction, since I've been using LJ exclusively up til now for reading.)

Shabbat shalom!

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