Photo Someday: My Spring

April 9, 2007 at 5:25 pm | Posted in Home, Sweet Home?, Photo Friday | 11 Comments

… Or, why you don’t want to move to Upstate NY.

I kept holding out, hoping I’d be able to come up with some nice Spring photos. But Sunday found me outside, in my winter coat, vacuuming out the mouse droppings from the frame of our old garden lattice, which was peeling and disgusting. In the snow.

... in the snow

... in april

This seems to be a trend for me.

On the irony front: After I took all of your wise counsel and accepted that Pili ought to stay on with the Boy, she took a good hard look at her schedule… and decided that she ought to come back with me.

Photo FridaySaturday: My Favorite Place

February 10, 2007 at 12:18 pm | Posted in Home, Sweet Home?, Photo Friday | 6 Comments

The weather around here of late has made me dream lots of warm dreams.

This is one of my favorite summer places – lying in the hammock on the deck off our bedroom, surrounded by trees, the sun on my face and a cat on my lap.

Summer Deck

This is what said deck looks like right now.

Winter Deck

Perhaps it’s a good thing that Guatebaby isn’t coming home anytime soon – can you imagine being four months old and coming from warm humid Guatemala to this? Never mind, I’d still rather have him home.

This is one of my favorite places during the winter. Our bed, flannel sheets, and all four cats.

Four Cats on the Bed

Lazy? Me? Never…

And now for something a little different

February 2, 2007 at 11:36 pm | Posted in Home, Sweet Home?, Photo Friday | 9 Comments

I’ll distract myself from all of the Big Questions and from the lack of updates from Guatemala by catching up on my photo friday topics.

Last week’s topic was “a unique body part.” Anyone who’s ever sparred with me in karate knows that I have unusually, I dare even say, uniquely, sharp elbows. They put umbrella tips to shame, my elbows do. Pili would like to register that she thinks I have other unique body parts. Do I need to go into further detail on that erm, front, erm?


This week’s topic was “show me your sofa and anything on it.” Somewhat sheepishly I do.

our couch

Tonight my sofa was occupied by a snoozing (“just ten minutes, I mean it!” she says) Pili and an ever changing parade of cats, none of whom chose to grace this picture with their presence. The traces of their attentions are, unfortunately, all too visible, especially next to the barely touched scratching post. The soft and colorful afghan is a handmade wedding present and the green sling (just barely visible) is a hopefully-soon-to-be-used hand-me-down from gandksmom.

Foto Faturday: J is for…

January 13, 2007 at 11:28 am | Posted in Photo Friday | 4 Comments

…Japan. Thanks to the beneficence of Pili’s employer, we got to go to Asia a couple of years ago. 

Field Trip!
School girls on a field trip.This one’s for Menita, who knows why.

Gravel Garden Monk
Gravel Garden A monk in motion. This one’s dedicated with love to Carla and the Original Monkster, Miss Gemmie

Fake food
Models of food. This was my salvation, as you could grab your waitress, take her to the display, point, and say I’d like that one, please and have some certainty that you had not just ordered octopus eye sushi

I have more Japan photos on flickr, if you like that sort of thing.

Photo Friday and Some Linky Love

January 5, 2007 at 1:48 pm | Posted in AdoptThis!, Linky Love, Photo Friday | 6 Comments

I am so far behind on the photo friday alphabet project that I am going to do two letters a week until I catch up. I think the rest of the crew is on K or L… I am on H.

H is for Hanukkah at my House

Hanukkah at my House

Take a minute and click through to flick to see all my comments on this warm holiday scene.

Draydelette Close Up

And I? Well, I is for Idli. Idli are yummy rice flour dumplings. Idli is also the name of our white furry dumpling.

Pretty Idli

Very Fat Idli

Finally, I would be remiss not to mention that there have been a plethora of good things happening in my small but very mighty corner of the blogosphere.

Nothing new happening on the Guatebaby Front. It’s just too depressing to think about, so I try not to and then come back to it like a scab that I cannot stop picking at. Do you think that emailing GAL 2x a week asking for updates is too much? 1x a week? Daily? One woman whose blog I read is going to pick her baby up on Monday. Her child is only five weeks older than our Guatebaby(!) Yes, they got through DNA, Pre-Approval, Family Court, PGN, and PINK in only a month or so more than it has taken us to not even get our DNA done yet.  It’s just so confusing and I don’t know who to trust or what to believe.  I do know that everything slows down in Guatemala from November to January, and I am hoping and praying in my own quirky way that once January 15 rolls around the wheels will start turning faster again.

My first post on lesbian family goes up on Sunday. I will attempt to avoid snarky comments about how long it will actually be before we are a family of more than two…

One Post, Many Topics

December 3, 2006 at 10:26 am | Posted in Photo Friday | 14 Comments

First of all, I am so honored to learn that I have been nominated for not one, but two, diabetes OC awards. Some fabulous person (I swear it wasn’t me!) nominated me for Best Adult with Type I and Best Female Blogger. I am up against some pretty stiff competition and I’m honestly not sure that I will vote for myself over these folks. But hey, I’m not going to stop you from voting for me…

I also got asked to contribute to a site which I really value, and that’s a big honor. More details once it’s official with a capital O.

And now, only two days late: Photo Friday – G is for… Grandparents

G is for Grandparents

Grandma Grandpa Hands Closeup

Grandma & Grandpa Hands

My grandma and grandpa (ages 91 & 92) holding hands shortly before my grandpa passed away. Guatebaby will be named for him.

Finally, I may be a little scarce in the blogosphere over the next two weeks. I have a Set In Stone Thesis Deadline of December 18, so…. expect little from me until then, unless of course we get new Guatebaby pictures.

In which I gaze at my widening virtual navel (& photo friday on sunday)

November 26, 2006 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Blogging about Blogging, mishpocheh, Photo Friday, Ya Gotta Eat | 10 Comments

For me thanksgiving is all about the Food and the Family (F is for… ) We go to my cousin’s house, have a delicious meal (eat way too much – I wish I could do a 48 hour square bolus for thanksgiving) and enjoy seeing relatives I don’t get to see often enough. When I was younger, I found the whole family thing overwhelming and stifling, but I think I’ve mellowed and my family has mellowed as well.

Baked Brie

I made a baked brie (world’s simplest appetizer: take frozen puff pastry sheets, defrost. I was supposed to roll them out but I forgot and it turned out fine. Place wheel of brie in center of frozen puff pastry sheet. Top with canned organic whole berry cranberry sauce or the preserves of your choice. Fold puff pastry sheet around brie. Top with second puff pastry sheet. Brush with egg yolk and milk. Bake on cookie sheet at 400 for 10 minutes and 350 for 30-40 minutes until brown. Listen to your family admire you.)

I also baked two really kick ass pies, which I forgot to photograph before my family demolished them. The pecan pie recipe in particular is mind-blowing. I upped the pecans a bit (two cups) and toasted them lightly. Oh, and I used the Pâte brisée recipe from Joy of Cooking for the crust. Make sure to freeze the butter beforehand, and use ice water and crust-making is Not That Hard.

The F is for Family pictures are friends-only on flickr. Make me a flickr-friend and I will surely reciprocate, unless you’re George Bush.

I hope everyone who celebrates it had a lovely thanksgiving. I enjoy the idea of a holiday for giving thanks. I try to avoid thinking about its nasty imperialist origins and stay away from the pilgrim hats and cartoon native americans. I’m thankful for Pili and for the family we are making together. I’m thankful for my family of origin, who love and support us, and for my family of choice, who sustain us. And, I’m thankful for the internet and for the virtual communities I’ve found on it. Which brings me to my virtual navel gazing (widening thanks to those thanksgiving pies)…

When I first started my blogroll, I thought a fair bit about how I was going to set it up. I deliberately didn’t want to differentiate between people who were coming to parenting through adoption and people who were trying to get pregnant, or who were pregnant.

I didn’t want to differentiate between queer families trying to conceive and non-queer folks who were also trying to get themselves knocked up. I didn’t want to draw a line between new moms (plural) getting frustrated that their kid wasn’t interested in the boob and new moms (singular) getting similarly frustrated. I wanted you to click on a link and maybe have it take you somewhere you wouldn’t go intentionally – but where you might discover an ally you wouldn’t have expected to have. Along the same lines, I haven’t separated out people with type 1 vs. people with type 2 vs. parents of kids with diabetes. By not putting people in boxes, I hoped, as grandiose as it sounds, and it sounds plenty grandiose to me, to help break down the edges of some of those boxes a bit. I’m not sure if that’s worked.

On the other hand, sharing categories has helped me to see what I share with people whom I might otherwise, honestly, have a) never gotten to know, and b) never given a chance, without the shared fact of diabetes or adoption or both to bring us together. And I am (once again) thankful for that.

Oh, and by the way, Andrea has had a bunch of really interesting posts about breaking down boundaries in the blogworld. Read them and realize that she is a far more thoughtful human being and a better writer than I am. Also, I’m linking to every single post because, there doesn’t seem to be a category for these posts. And there should be!

Right now I have blogs on my blogroll that are marked private. This is not because I am deliberately keeping things from you, but mostly because listing them as public would make my blogroll very long and unwieldy – whenever I find a blog that looks interesting, that I might someday want to come back to, I try to subscribe to it. And I also have a number of blogs that I don’t know how to categorize – firstmoms writing about their experiences, friends in real life, cooking blogs, etc. etc. There are um, over 500 blogs on my bloglines account. And no, I don’t read them all every day. I just collect blogs the way some people collect pets or precious moments figurines or shot glasses… Yes, I feel a little sheepish about this.

And by the way, if your blog gives you the option to publish an rss feed – please, please do it. I am just too damn lazy to go in and update my html every time I find a new blog. Much easier to let bloglines do it for me. This is why the wonderful ladies at babycakes are not on my blogroll, damnit.

So the question: should I reorganize? do you want more categories? fewer categories? what do I do with people who fall into multiple categories?

We now return you…

November 17, 2006 at 11:28 am | Posted in AdoptThis!, Meows, Photo Friday | 13 Comments

to your regular photo friday edition. But not without first saying Thank You Thank You Thank You for all your wonderful Guatebaby comments. We are definitely saving those for the baby book. “Look sweetie chubbycheeks, lots of people in the internet love you. And we do too. night-night”

On that note. E is for…

E is for...

Early Morning. Actually, I was just going to bed.

Those of you who are already parents, please resist the urge to tell me how much my life is going to change in a few months, okay?

After a night of intense conversations about work-life-family-choices coming down the pike, and a stupid fight over baby names that really had more to do with the fact that we are both E for Exhausted, this is how I felt.

And how I felt

(I just have to note that viewed large in flickr these actually look kind of interesting. Even though they look like crap here.)

But I can’t leave you without a little cuteness. So, behold the cats.

Kitty Headlock

Photo Friday: D is for…

November 11, 2006 at 11:15 am | Posted in Photo Friday, The Sweet Life | 8 Comments

Diabetes Scars

Testing 1, 2

… Diabetes.

Photo Friday: C is for…

November 3, 2006 at 10:55 am | Posted in Meows, Photo Friday, The Sweet Life | 14 Comments

C is for...

C is for CHOCOLATE. Also for carton, almost empty. And carbs. The horrible thing about eating ice cream is that when the carton gets most of the way empty, it’s more embarrassing to put it back in the freezer and have Pili say, with raised eyebrow, where did all the ice cream go? when she looks in the half almost empty container then it is to just finish it off and have the container go in the trash unnoticed.

In which case, B must be for bolus. (And in this case, alas, B is also for Breakfast.)

I think I want to do a project of a diabetes alphabet in pictures.

A = alcohol swabs
B = bolus, blood
C = carbs
D = diabetes (how to photograph that? Or perhaps D = depression?)
E = exercise
F = fat (? again how to photograph – a stick of butter?)
G = glucose tabs
H = hate it (!) HBA1C
I = insulin, injection, infusion site

To be continued… your suggestions welcome.

And just because I know you knew I couldn’t resist:

C is also for…

C is for...

Cat. Close-up. Cute. Cuddly.

All Four, II

Cats. All four of them. On the bed. At one time.

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