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Thursday, December 4th, 2003
12:22 am
ok, this is such a cool charity
Heifer International is a charity that supplies animals to needy families all over the world : sheep, goats, pigs, llamas, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, cows, water buffalo, bees. The families use and sell the renewable part of the animal (wool, milk, eggs, honey) and pass along the offspring to other families in their community. They were chosen as one of the US's 100 best charities by Worth Magazine.

from their site:
Heifer animals (and training in their care) offer hungry families around the world a way to feed themselves and become self-reliant. Children receive nutritious milk or eggs; families earn income for school, health care and better housing; communities go beyond meeting immediate needs to fulfilling dreams. Farmers learn sustainable, environmentally sound agricultural techniques.

D's Aunt Lillie is donating an animal for us as our Christmas present and I think I'm going to do the same for my dad's family.

Current Mood: thankful
Monday, December 1st, 2003
1:07 pm
1900 year old Roman 20-sider die
on auction at Christie's - estimated to go for $4000-6000...

Circa 2nd Centruy A.D.
a deep blue-green Roman glass twenty-sided die with incised with a distinct symbol on each of its faces. 2 1/16 in wide.

apparently "several polyhedra in various materials with similar symbols are know from the Roman period. Modern scholarship has not yet establish the game for which these dice were used."

heh... Christians and Coliseums anyone?

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, November 11th, 2003
4:19 pm
From D:
"The kids just went back to take a bath, and I heard the water turn off so I went to make sure the level was ok. When I get back there, Jared is doing his thing where he slings water on the shower curtain from that water bottle. And of course Vanessa is standing up right next to him, with a small cup in both her hands, and she doing the exact same thing. Of course most of the water is just dribbling out of the top of the cup, but she is violently flicking her wrists doing her best."

We're in so much trouble as they get older :)
J's 3 5/6 and 'Nessa is 17 months

Current Mood: happy
Saturday, November 8th, 2003
10:06 pm
Gott Dammit...
ok, lack of brain function while lactating getting really old - this morning I checked to see what time the eclipse was... but come 6:30 did I even think about it? Hell, no. Only when I checked the cnn.com headlines at 10pm did I even remember about it.
That pisses me off because I was looking forward to showing Jared what the moon was like on the night he was born (not that I actually saw it then becuase I was kind of busy being in labor). The next one will probably be at 4am or something. Oh, good, actually it's Oct 28, 2004, total at 9:04 local time. That's not too late past his bedtime. Gonna go mark my calendar now :P

Current Mood: disappointed
Tuesday, November 4th, 2003
12:19 pm
Natural Weaning
here's an article that discusses weaning when compared to length of gestation, etc. as seen in close primates versus humans.
basically it says natural weaning without cultural influence would be a minimum of 2.5 years to a maximum of 7 years.


Current Mood: pleased
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003
2:10 pm
Homeopathy study
The homeopathic antidote reduced the liver toxicity induced by arsenic in mice, where distilled water did nothing, and alcohol actually exacerbated the poison's effects.

As someone with degrees in biology and medical technology Homeopathy has always been one of alternative medications that just doesn't make sense. However after watching the pills have a measurable affect on one of my cats I have no problem stocking my medicine chest with the remedies. In fact we ~finally~ got 'Nessa to sleep last night about 15 minutes after giving her the Teething pills.
Of course co-workers would just think I'm being granola... :)

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, October 21st, 2003
12:32 pm
bubble tea for lunch
malted milk bubble tea with pearls and pudding

not something I'd recommend to everyone but it's a perfect breakfast and good for lunch

I have serious Momoko issues - I think I'm starting to pick doctors and dentists based on their proximity to Momoko just so I'll have an excuse to treat myself after an appointment.
Sunday, September 28th, 2003
11:27 pm
Things I never expected to say...
since I've become a parent I've heard myself say things that I never could have come up with pre-child:

"Please stop riding the cat" to my son when he was about 2.

"Chili is not a finger food" to my daughter tonight (15.5 months).

There have been more - hopefully I'll remember to post them as I remember them or as new ones occur.

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, September 24th, 2003
11:08 pm
my 15 month old daughter is sitting in my lap getting mad at me for not letting her feed herself wasabi peas and I'm apparently feeding her too slowly. she also really wanted my roasted coconut juice but now that she has that in a sippy cup she's having more fun dumping it out.

Current Mood: amused
Friday, August 22nd, 2003
2:18 pm
Monday, August 18th, 2003
12:13 pm
Chakra test
Chakra test

Root: under-active (-13%)
Sacral: open (6%)
Navel: under-active (-6%)
Heart: under-active (-13%)
Throat: open (19%)
Third Eye: under-active (0%)
Crown: open (19%)

Overall I don't really feel that much connection with the whole chakra energy thing (or ayurvedic healing). Something seem to just "make sense" but in this case it's like I'm missing that genetic memory. (but it's not just genetics per se because certain Asian things like acupuncture "make sense")
anyway, I thought I'd put it here just in case to check on later.
Friday, June 6th, 2003
4:06 pm
why to have two kids
Darin just icq'd me and I had to write it down:

J & V were just playing this wonderful game. V was standing in his lap, at the PC, but facing him. J would stand behind his chair, and appear on one side or the other, then disappear again. She would smile and giggle with anticipation, and keep checking both sides until he showed up and then squeal. Of course, J was laughing the whole time.
Thursday, May 1st, 2003
10:51 am
strange dream last night. Salam Pax was there but he was a she.

the feeling of lying in bed holding your infant is indescribable. little girl sleeps in the crook of my arm and is just so sweet and soft. after about 6 hours she'll wake up enough to nurse and then drift back off.

Current Mood: melancholy
Friday, January 24th, 2003
2:19 pm
Jared names
Jace, J, son (I use that one a LOT), buddy (by his dad), leaf-eater, moth-boy (those last two have been passed on to his sister)

there were probably more but those are the ones I remember

For the longest time Jared would call me "Buddy". D thought it was the coolest thing. Then we figured out that that was just the way he said "Mommy". He was over 2 before he really made the 'mmm' sound - so an 'm' at the start of the word became 'b' and in the middle became 'd' (he would say "bilk" for "milk" and "sudder" for "summer")

He also has this way of saying "oh, right" when you tell him something new - like he knew it the whole time.
"Jared, 2 + 2 is 4."
"Oh, right...."

Soon after Vanessa was born he had his Baby Sister Litany. In the teeniest tiniest high voice he'd say:
"Baby sister, so little, so tiny"
with the "so tiny" part getting even higher.
Hmm, that doesn't write down so well but believe me, it was the cutest thing ever heard :)

Current Mood: pleased
2:15 pm
Historic dates
First & second teeth:
Jared : 5.5 months, 6 months
Vanessa : 7 months, 7.5 months

Commando crawling / Full crawling
Jared : ~7 months / ~10? months
Vanessa : ~5.5? months / ~6 months

Walking (full time)
Jared : 14 months
Vanessa : will see

First word
Jared : "cat" (no idea when)
Vanessa : will see

Current Mood: pleased
Tuesday, January 21st, 2003
2:52 pm
'Nessa names
'Nessa, 'Ness, mess, 'Nessa my messa, Little Miss Bobble-head, leafeater (also her brother's call name), moth-girl (for staring at lights), sugar, sugar-sugar, sweetie, little luv, Sampras (because she keeps sticking her tongue out)

babies are so freakin' soft! I rub my cheek against hers and it's just so sweet.

Current Mood: enthralled
Tuesday, January 7th, 2003
12:42 pm
New Year's Resolutions
At work there is a daily Top 5 list. Yesterday it was "Top 5 New Year's Resolutions". Here are mine.

1. exercise / eat healthy
2. be more loving
3. improve work skills (care about my job)
4. help keep the house cleaner
5. read the classics
Thursday, November 21st, 2002
12:34 pm
English version of Rêve de Dragon now available
From: François Lévy [mailto:francois@studiomosaic.com]
Subject: English version of Rêve de Dragon now available

after years of translation, editing, web site development, and anticipation, i'm very pleased to announce that Rêve: the Dream Ouroboros is now available online for download. Book 1: Journeyers (all you need to play a non-magician or True Dreamer) along with game aids are available as a free download:


for a MERE $13, you can also get Books 2 and 3 (In the Dreamtime and Worlds), which include the magic system and world material--supplemental rules, cosmology, flora, fauna, and dream entities.

please consider buying the game--our continued ability to keep the game available in English will depend on the game's success and the sales we can generate. i have a license to publish the game online for a limited time, and would like to spread the word about Rêve in the next year. most of all, though, i'd like more people to know and play this terrific game. tell your friends.


françois lévy
publisher and translator
Wednesday, November 13th, 2002
2:42 pm
Little girl loves to grin
and she does it with her whole being. It starts with her mouth, then her eyes and face, then sometimes her body just starts shaking. When it's really good she'll often get so excited that she'll shove one or both fists into her mouth.

Definitely the cutest thing ever.

Current Mood: loved
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2002
10:42 pm
Goodbye Lit'l-un
my cat Lit'l-un was killed tonight. I guess I should use the term euthanize but that's just candy-coating it. I'd sworn I'd never do that but when it came down to it I was too chicken shit to deal with it so D took her in to the vet and it was decided it was the best thing to do. She was 13.5 years old, recently diagnosed with severe hyperthyroidism with heart and other organ failures and recently got a severe respiratory infection that perfectly healthy cats are succumbing to. She'd stopped eating and drinking and was having a hard time just breathing.
For someone who believes in an afterlife and reincarnation I really have a hard time with death. I don't want to have my last memory of someone being one of the dead body. In thinking about her tonight I was feeling bad that I don't have the nerve to be there when they did it and wondered if she was feeling betrayed and I got a distinct feeling of that instead she was feeling relief as she was released from this life.

My favorite memory of her was when she was, oh, one or two years old (she was always the most kittenish cat I've known - I swear if she was human she'd have been blonde). We were living at Aspenwood Apartments at 46th and Guadalupe. They're built all connected together facing an inner courtyard with open grillwork balcony railings. She and I were playing tag - I was chasing her around the walkway on the second floor. At one point she passed the stairs down and turned the corner then as soon as I passed the stairway opening she quickly shot through the railing of the balcony onto the stairs. I thought that was quite clever of her and decided at that point that whenever she did something ditzy it was because she had decided that it was fun to play dumb.

May the air carry your spirit gently
May the fire release your soul
May the water wash you clean of pain and suffering and sorrow
May the earth receive you
May the wheel turn again and bring you to rebirth

Thank you Lit'l-un for choosing me to be with for the last 13+ years - through/with two boyfriends, two husbands, two children and two other cats.

Current Mood: grieving
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