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Sunday, September 20th, 2009
9:24 pm - *Love*
Joe and I have a little baby girl, Marija Kristina, who turns two weeks old at 4:34 a.m. tomorrow (Monday). Here are several pictures!

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
8:24 am - Woke up this morning and found...
Someone flattened Joe's tires overnight.

I wrote some more here.

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Saturday, June 13th, 2009
6:15 pm - Rounder than ever
Hi, everyone. I know some people wanted to see pictures of me when I'm big and round. For some reason I don't look as round in pictures as in real life, but I posted what I have over here.

Also I put up videos of seals I saw. So if you don't want to see me, go see the seals. They are CUTE.

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
9:26 am - *Waving hi*
I know a lot of you have heard Joe's and my big news... but for those who haven't, you can read about it here, if you like.

Wahaoo!!

(And I am not sure why it took so long to make it known on this part of the internet... maybe it's been all the snacking.)

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Thursday, December 18th, 2008
3:18 pm - My OTHER blog
So I've been scarce around here lately... because I've secretly had another blog going.

I started writing entries on paper shortly after Joe and I got married, and in the few weeks it took us to get back online, I'd started thinking I wanted a fresh start on my blog (in addition to EVERYTHING ELSE IN MY LIFE, phew).

So, if you haven't seen it already, you can find me at http://flowerpicking.blogspot.com.

If you have seen it, I added a few backdated entries, all archived under September (which is when I wrote them). More backdated entries will be added at some point.

Do you Livejournal users want me to make a note here when I have a new entry over there, or would that be annoying?

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Thursday, November 20th, 2008
12:03 pm - Worth reading
Homes for the homeless - a bargain

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Saturday, November 15th, 2008
5:11 pm
This article warms my heart!

I'm annoyed by the lack of stats, true. When it comes to adoption-related issues, I often crave more information than is out there. But it's really interesting anyway, at least to me. The subject is adoption of children with Down Syndrome, and I've been really interested in it since I read Choosing Naia (which was fascinating!) some time ago.

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
7:15 pm - Sparklies - now with the link fixed!
Hello, all.

I am married now! And I have a somewhat spotty internet connection. And I have a number of thank you notes I should finish... I should probably be writing them *right now.* (It has taken me so long in part because I really like doing it, and they end up a little wordy...)

So I will update you all on my life a little later. For now, I'll just tell you that my friend Devvieish has an amazing jewelry site up at www.sparklenspin.com. The pieces are great for people who love COLORS, which includes me.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces!

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Monday, August 25th, 2008
8:37 pm - Yay Isaiah...
Joe and I have been reading through Isaiah, and these parts caught me with their loveliness.

From chapter 61 (The prophet says...):

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners,

To announce a year of favor from the Lord and a day of vindication by our God, to comfort all who mourn;

To place on those who mourn in Zion a diadem instead of ashes, To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning, a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit. They will be called oaks of justice, planted by the Lord to show his glory.


From chapter 62 (spoken of Zion):

You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the Lord, a royal diadem held by your God.

No more shall men call you "Forsaken," or your land "Desolate," But you shall be called "My Delight," and your land "Espoused." For the Lord delights in you, and makes your land his spouse.

As a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; And as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you.

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
4:52 am - Courtesy of one funny columnist and some online wandering
Don't be put off by the link-wall! The first links are quick, and the times linked to get progressively longer.

A GREAT optical illusion! Wow!

A pretty Latvian song and video

Remember that great piece about the secretly-famous Stradivarius-playing busker? It... wow! Read this. :~) (The original, and very long, piece is here.)

False rumors... the BANE OF JOURNALISTS
Related: Flag City responds
Related: More response
Related: They're not the only ones who respond

PUZZLEBOXES!

I leave work late because of the internet.

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Saturday, June 28th, 2008
1:19 am - Wait, bangs are cool?
I had no idea. Must be behind the times.

(This is one of the few entries I'll just have to disagree on.)

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
10:02 pm - FAQ
I've gotten each of these questions more times than I can count, so I'm posting this as a public service. :~)

Q: When's the wedding again?

A: Late August.

Q: Where's it going to be, anyway?

A: The Catholic church where Joe grew up, St. Louis in Clarksville, MD.

Q: Does that mean you're becoming Catholic?

A: No, or at least, no plans for that now.

Q: That's allowed?

A: Yup. We need some sort of permission to get married, but it's one that is readily granted nowadays. We also need to vow to be open to children and to raise them Catholic, requirements Joe takes very seriously.

Q: So, how soon until your parents have grandchildren?

A: We'll see. Maybe soon!

Q: How many?

A: I think Peter and Selin are expecting at least 20. ;~)

Q: Are your children going to eat meat?

A: They'll have the chance if they want to, but they'll always have lots of delicious vegetarian food available, and I suspect they'll imitate their mom instead. :~)

Q: Will you teach your kids Latvian?

A: Of COURSE!

Q: Will you teach JOE Latvian?

A: At least enough to make my grandmother really pleased. I'm actually at that point already. I'm also teaching him to drive stick shift!

Q: Where will you live?

A: La Plata, MD! We're looking for a house!

Q: Wait, where's that?

A: It's in Southern Maryland past Waldorf.

Q: Wait, on the Eastern Shore?

A: Nope, west of the Chesapeake.

Q: How close to the bay will you be ?

A: Just one county away, but it takes an hour to drive there.

Q: How will you work everything out with the move?

A: Joe's moving down to temporary housing in just a few days. Once there's a house, he'll move in. I'll join him after the wedding.

Q: What's he do again?

A: He's an engineer and has taken a job at a power plant in Charles County.

Q: So what about your job?

A: I've given notice and am looking for a new one, preferably near where we'll be living. Freelancing is also a possibility.

Q: Is the planning keeping you busy?

A: Yes, but house buying keeps me busier!

Did I miss any questions?

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Monday, June 9th, 2008
6:35 am - Weekend
Joe and I went house-hunting in La Plata. Now we have to make decisions. It's kind of scary!

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Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
4:20 am - Mail call
My youngest sister is studying abroad and sent me a postcard:

Hey D! So I've been in Spain for about 12 days and I love it. Today I went to the central market, which is a very crazy place because you can buy there live eels, huge octopus and tons of fresh fruits & veggies! Live is so different here, I could def. live here one day (as long as the USD gets better so I can actually go shopping!) Hope you & Joe are well! Miss you!

I wonder how one would go about buying a live eel.

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Friday, May 9th, 2008
2:54 am - Friday I'm in Love
Going to sleep and getting up is a lot more exciting when you know you have the day off. I took off just so Joe and I could go together to see this man in concert:

Had to put this behind a cut because it was too scary for me.Collapse )

(For those of you who don't know, that's Robert Smith from The Cure. The rest of the band is supposed to be with him as well.)

Joe's a huge Cure fan, which makes sense if you've seen his hair, heard his music, etc.

I like some Cure songs but Robert Smith really creeps me out. Luckily we will be pretty far from the stage. ^.^

Here's a video for those of you who want to experience Robert Smith a bit more fully.

Here's a more recent video. I actually like this one quite a bit. And those couple seconds with a bicycle are nice. :~)

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Saturday, April 19th, 2008
3:30 pm - Says she who overslept... by a lot.
Last evening there was a free baroque music concert in town. I knew I would really enjoy the lute music and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the baroque violin and viola, the viola da gamba and the theorbo! (The more dramatic theorbo picture here gives a better sense of scale. This one is just a bit bigger, maybe, than the one I saw.)

It was a good end to the workweek, and near the end, the singer sang something I feel could be my song, except for the original German and the complex melody. Perhaps I will have to adapt it so I can sing it all the time.


O dear Lord God, wake us up,
so that we will be ready when Your Son comes,
so that we may receive Him with joy, and serve You with a pure heart.
Through Yourself, who is Your dear Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.



There were also sad and beautiful songs about girls who were cloistered in convents against their will, along with other melancholy tunes and happy ones about gardens.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2008
10:34 am - Maternity clothes are so pretty...
Pregnant defense minister a first in Spain

I was talking with my grandmother about what she'd think about a woman president, and she mentioned in the course of conversation that it meant we could end up with a pregnant president. With Hillarly Clinton that is unlikely, but I found the image unexpectedly shocking. It's so different than what we've known. (My grandmother mused whether we'd have less wars with a woman president but ultimately decided against the idea. For those of you who don't know, my grandmother is 96; she is all for women working, but she finds the idea of women in "men's jobs" sort of strange.)

The article above really bothers me, though. A woman appointed to be defense minister though she has ZERO military experience? Erm... how is that supposed to demonstrate gender equality? Will she be dependent on male advisers to help her get used to a ministry she has no familiarity with? If she's relying on female advisers, shouldn't one of them have been appointed instead?

It's also strange to see her in front of the military when she does not look crisp herself, since "crisp" seems like the definition of military clothing culture. There's only so much you can do about clothes so late in your pregnancy, when you're liable to expand rapidly, and the wind that's blowing hurts as well. Still, it seems like a clash. Spain must be very different than here, if so many people are thrilled.

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Sunday, April 13th, 2008
6:42 am - Schedules
I was driving from York to Rockville to make it to Latvian school by 7, and was well into Maryland by the time I realized that Latvian school only starts at 9. So I went home to my parents. My mom, who is usually up early anyway, was surprised to see me, and surprised at my explanation. I blame this on some sort of day-long mental disconnect.

I overslept by two hours yesterday and wished for the time back. I suppose that's what I have now.

My mom is making us both breakfast. ^.^

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Thursday, April 10th, 2008
5:00 am - This video is my coffee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG96cJoGn2I

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
2:51 am - Another great article
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/03/30/ST2008033001014.html

"By constantly reminding us to be on the lookout for illness, doctors and the media have made many Americans feel more anxious. I'm not so sure their warnings have made us any healthier, but they have decidedly eroded our sense of well-being.

We worry about every ache and pain; we fret that the least little sign of sadness in a teenager is a symptom of clinical depression. But in viewing so many aspects of ordinary human experience as treatable diseases, we may have granted medicine more power than it deserves - or is good for us."

The article and a related chat touch on a lot of things: a push from pharmacy companies and often doctors to order as many tests as possible and prescribe medicine as soon as there's a perceived need for treatment, regardless of costs or side effects. I think the article is a bit exaggerated but rings true.

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