Tired.

We are a little bit tired around here. Since Edda is sick and it’s Yvonne’s first week, we are still not working a “regular” work week, Jeremy’s been going in late and I’ve been coming home early. And we’ve been staying up late chatting about various things. I’ve pretty much given up on reading/knitting on the Metro – it’s just for sleeping now, it’s a wonder I haven’t found myself at the end of the green line with a bit of drool sliding down the side of my mouth.

OK, a little catch up here. Here’s an article that Jeremy wrote for work “Land Use Changes and Biofuels“.

I’m putting this out there that tomorrow I’m calling these people:

Cardin, Benjamin L.- (D – MD) Class I
509 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4524
Web Form: cardin.senate.gov/contact/

Mikulski, Barbara A.- (D – MD) Class III
503 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4654
Web Form: mikulski.senate.gov/Contact/contact.cfm

Congressman Van Hollen
Rockville Office
51 Monroe Street, Suite 507
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301) 424-3501
Fax: (301) 424-5992

I’m going to call them about getting the $500,000 earmark for Rett Syndrome advocacy. I’ll let you know how it goes. Do you really think a regular joe-schmoe can get an appointment with a Senator/Congressman just by calling their office? I don’t know, but I guess I’m going to find out.

Silk Road, China

Brief Descriptions of the above pictures:
  • Skyline, Shanghai
  • Chinese Gardens in Su Zhou
  • Muslim Mosque, Chinese Style with Tibetan Decors on Top of the Roof (Fairly Unique)
  • Chin Hay Inland Salt Lake (Former Topedoes Testing Ground for Chinese Navy)
  • Mom on a Yak
  • Tibetan Temple where the Teacher of Dalai Lama & Panchen Lama lived
  • First Bridge on Yellow River at Lan Zhou
  • Jia Yu Guan, Western Starting Point of the Chinese Great Wall
  • Moon Lake in this Vast Desert – Exists since Day One of the Silk Road, the nearby Water Hole is about 400 KM away
  • Mosque and Bagels in Kashi, China

Mom and Dad enjoyed this trip very much. Next time, we plan to go to Tibet from the south from Shangri-La 🙂

Au pair adventure.

Edda’s been sick since Monday, so Yvonne’s introduction to au pair-dom has been taking care of a non-verbal child who is extra cranky and home from school all day. Not the easiest way to start, but she’s (Yvonne, that is) is taking it all in stride.

Yvonne is also quite the sportswoman, last night we played softball together at a pickup game in Silver Spring, we were on opposing teams, she was the catcher and I played right field. I love right field, no one ever hits balls out to right field, I could pick flowers out there and it would not place the game in jeopardy. Never, ever did I think I’d play softball again!

Weekend Update…

Well, I know it’s been awhile since I’ve updated… Honestly, my life is more on facebook these days, but here’s the round up…

1) Wedding weekend. This is the start of my wedding season. 3 in 5 weeks. A two day affair for this one. Saturday was the ceremony/banquet and Sunday was an informal BBQ. Too bad it was a dreary weekend weather wise. But it was really awesome to see a lot of people I haven’t kept in touch with from college. It was pretty much a mini reunion. Fenney was in town, and of course, it was time to gang up on Joy once again. Laff. Good times.

Other randomness from the wedding:

– It’s funny when a wedding registry only has radiology textbook on it. 🙂
– pet peeve: I hate it when the officiant doesn’t ask you to sit down after the bride comes down the isle. We’re all just standing during the ceremony and nobody can see anything. Heck. I’m 6’0″ tall, and I couldn’t see anything from the 7th row. Look up officiants!
– At the banquet they had a camera and a printer setup, with costumes and props. So everyone got up during the wedding to take a funny photo and pasted it in a scrapbook, and signed. Nice touch. 🙂
– Love it when a gay man complements me on my clothing choice. Awesome.

2) Saw Indiana Jones. Spoiler ———————————————–> eh.

3) Swam in the bay on Monday. It was good. Aquatic Park. relatively warm water. My wetsuit. Crap I need to wash it now…

4) Had a semi-date Monday night – went dancing. Kinda unsure how it went… She can definitely move, that’s for sure. hahahah. Well I guess it’s good enough for a second date this weekend. 🙂 So. We’ll see what happens.

That’s it! Goodnight and have a pleasant tomorrow!

I heart Chicago.

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The IRSF conference in Chicago was great! This year was my 2nd conference and a lot of the information was very similar from last year, but it gives you that extra kick in the behind that reinvigorates my optimism and purpose in dealing with the cards that have been dealt Edda. It was great to finally meet in person the folks I’ve been getting to know for years online, the internet is a wonderful thing, but hugging a friend in the flesh is even better.

Sheets.

(I tried to email folks going to the conference, but I don’t have your email address! It’s not that big, we’ll find each other..)

Tomorrow our au pair arrives, so I want to step back and declare victory over the past 4 weeks, we made it through a month without paid childcare. Thank you, gong gong, pua pua, kiki, emy and gene who traveled far and wide to help out. And a special high-5 to gene who got Edda to go #2 in the potty. Woo hoo, lucky guy! Also, heartfelt thanks to the public schools who kept the kids occupied for most of the day and to all the bacterial and viral infections that passed over our house during this month.

I count myself a bargain hunter, I look for quality goods on deep discount. This means that although things in the house are of good quality and nice to use, nothing in the house matches. (As I have been looking at real estate for the past few months, I understand that my non-matching habits do not lead to houses that sell well.) Anyways, after a day and a half of deliberation about what sort of sheets to get for her room, I went and paid full price (shudder) for a “bed in a bag” at Target (granted it wasn’t even that expensive, but man, full price) – everything is so matchy-matchy. I looked into her room longingly last night, so neat, sparse and empty. I have to say I kind of want to move into that room.

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Going to Chicago!

I’ll be heading out Friday afternoon to Chicago to the Rett Syndrome annual conference. I haven’t had much time to think about the agenda and I forgot to send a photo of Edda for the montage – but I just looked at the schedule and it looks great! Last year, I went with Jeremy, Edda and my dad. This year, everyone else is staying home to welcome Yvonne, our au pair, and I’m off to the Windy City.

I am a little nervous going because I’m going by myself and my online persona is a little more confident and outgoing than my “real” self and even though I am fond of all the Rett folks I know (both in real life and online), it’s not like I really know everyone and so I’m nervous. So is anyone doing anything Saturday night? If you don’t have anything planned, I’d love to hang out, maybe dinner and a movie? Should I post my cell phone # on my blog? I was all excited to see Sex and the City on Saturday with someone, but I found out that it isn’t opening until the 30th and that left me with Indiana Jones, which just doesn’t have the right giddy feel to it. (But it doesn’t mean I’m ruling out Indiana Jones, if that is what you want to see).

I had planned not to go this year, as our fixed expenses are going to be quite high once the house is bought. So in order to save some money, we used up some frequent flyer miles and I’m not staying at the hotel, rather I’m staying at the lovely youth hostel a few miles away and I also decided not to go to the tribute dinner, both of which I haven’t yet decided are good decisions on my part or not. It’s pretty much too late to change any plans, so I guess I’m going with the flow!

So if you see me kind of sitting in the back of the room by myself (or if I’m lucky with someone else), come and say hi! I’d love to say “hi!” back. I’m the Asian lady with the short black hair.