Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Home Sweet Home, part 1

Yeah we closed. I am soooo stoked I can barely contain myself. I have been totally giddy since we signed the papers yesterday. I will post pictures asap. Right now we are still packing up the apartment, tearing off wall paper and dealing with the move. I am so thankful for my in-laws who are letting us stay with them.
All right - off to pack - and do a happy home-owner dance. (WILD! Still can't believe it. At all! :) Aaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Optimism is Overrated! AKA Bah Humbug!

Highly, even! I confess, I am a pessimist - although I prefer the more politically correct "realist" because I don't necessarily think everything will always go terribly wrong, I just like to figure in the realistic outcomes of events, both positive and negative. For years, I believed it was just a personality thing, but last year, I read a study about Danes and learned that it is a cultural thing - I guess as a nation, we don't count our chickens until they're hatched - or as we say, sell the skins before we shoot the bear. The study also found that as a result of their low expectations, Danes are generally happier than other peoples, because they are often pleasantly surprised about what happens to them. Against my better judgement, I have still tried to adopt the American way of constant optimism. I guess i got tired of hearing people tell me I was too pessimistic and thought maybe I really was broken. Here's how that experiment was finally (thankfully) abandoned today:
As most of you know, we finally (a year's searching later) found a house that both Evan and I liked.(I know!! The same house- I never thought that would happen.) We went through the negotiations for price (got a great one worked out - is it bad to be happy about a recession?), went through inspections and finally settled on a closing date - February 22. The entire time I am trying my best to be oh so optimistic (read: cautiously optimistic) and believe that everything will be fine. See the thing is, I have tried this before and every time I do, something inevitably happens that counteracts my hard earned optimistic attempts, but I figured I better do it anyway, because optimists always sound like the grass is so much greener on their side of the fence. Well, we did the walk-through today fully expecting we'd be homeowners around noon and moving in this weekend. As it turned out, the seller somehow managed to get he heat turned off on the 19th, freezing up the pipes in the kitchen....Sooooo now we are waiting for the pipes to unfreeze and are praying that there will be no busting pipes and no water damage. And I have realized that I like it much better when I figure in any negatives outcomes, I am not as devastated when they happen - and totally excited and surprised when everything goes well. I am truly not a pessimist - I am just a little Danish.

Oh and by the way - happy birthday to me :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

In Awesome Wonder

Not of my pictures mind you, but for the incredible wonders of this world. My friend Ashley and I braved the cold and watched the lunar eclipse tonight and it just took my breath away. I can't believe how beautiful the world we live in is! I tried to get some shots of it and didn't really succeed, but I'll post them anyway - maybe someone can tell me what I am doing wrong?! Meanwhile for an actual good shot, check Ashley's blog.



And one more for good measure:

Monday, February 18, 2008

Ha Ha Ha...

Parenting can be difficult and it's usually challenging but thankfully it comes with built-in stress relief in the form of humor. (Which can also be a great ab-exercise, as you try not to laugh over something that is beyond funny!) A couple of the past weeks' gems:

- I asked S to clean out all the little toys and puzzle pieces under his bed and as he is doing this, he sticks his hand out and hands me something, saying "mami, heres something you've been missing." It was a screw...Which I seem to have been missing lately, so he was absolutely, albeit unwittingly right.

- A few weeks ago, the boys and I were playing and it became time for bed. I told L "It's time for night-nights." The child who had been perfectly happy until that moment looks at me and says "Cry." I asked him, "are you going to cry?" "Yeah." Which he did. At least I was forewarned!

I'll post more as they happen.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Tags

I've been dodging the tagging bullet for a while and suddenly find myself with two different tags, so I'll play... Let me do Bonnie's first -

All about my Hubby......

What is his name? Sorry, can't tell you that. Well, I guess I could, but then you might be able to stalk us...(Is that convoluted enough for my stalker-fearing relatives? :)

How long have you been married? Almost seven years

How long did you date? Around three and a half weeks in the same city, interspersed with 9 months of internet/ phone dating.

How old is he? 29

Who said "I love you first"? Is it awful that I don't remember?! I just asked my dear husband who said "You can't remember?!" in the most accusatory voice - and then he confessed that he doesn't either.

Who is taller? He is - I gotta be able to wear my 5 inch heels :)

Who eats more sweets? Bwahaha - one of the things that drives him crazy is that I can easily eat sweets in the morning (and any other time of day!)

Who can sing better? Hands down him!

Who is smarter? Hmmmm....That would be a toss-up albeit in different areas of intelligence. If we are talking long, wordy law books, he is, no contest.

Who does the laundry? Usually me - although he did a bunch of loads today - maybe to make this look better :)

Who pays the bills? That would be me - he gave it a good faith effort for a couple of months, but it wore of quickly. Except for the credit card bills - he has been taking care of those for a few months.

Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Me - I am superstitious and have to get my right foot on the floor first in the morning...

Who mows the lawn? we've never had one, so we'll see this summer.

Who cooks dinner? I do unless we're having omelets - he can do a mean omelet.

Who drives? He does - I think my driving scares him.

Who is more stubborn? I'm afraid that's me.

Who kissed who first? He kissed me. But there's more to this story and if you want all the details, you'll have to invite us over for dinner and ask him about kissing people on their foreheads!!

Who asked who out first? He asked me - by inviting himself to Denmark...

Who proposed? He did, even though he claims I did first. (Which I didn't!)

Who has more siblings? He does - he is the second of four.


OK, there it is. I now tag Sally, Sarah and Tisha. Let's hear them!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Brave New World

You'd think having one boy would have prepared me for what the next one might do, but no such luck. About a week and a half ago, Lucas taught me (again) that each child can be very different from his sibling(s). I guess, I should have been forewarned by his propensity for climbing on the table, but I was still surprised by the sight that met me when I turned around and looked at my kitchen counter...



Welcome to the new world order!

100.000 pairs of shoes...

I learned today that Saks 5th Ave in NYC has 100.000 pairs of shoes. In one store. That's a curious thing worth seeing, no? They really shouldn't share things like this on public television - people with shoe addictions can get seriously disturbed by such information. 100000 pairs. Seriously! The conscientious side of me realizes how absurd and completely ridiculous that is - I mean, there are hungry children in the world and we are wasting our resources on shoes. And then a part of me just loves shoes...

Aaaah - is it possible to be caring, green and humane and yet still want to go to Saks? I'm just wondering.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

An Irresponsible Adult...

That would be me. During this time of endless political ads on television, debates that drone on and on for hours and the constant campaigning by all the candidates, I find myself relieved that I can't vote. How awful is that?! I am so tired and stressed these days that I am not sure what my own opinions are, let alone some politician's opinions, and I simply can't find the energy to seek out the information on which candidate is truly the best person for the job. If I could vote, I would have to do the foot work but I can't. Phew. I guess, it's one less thing for me to agonize over. There, I confessed. I am irresponsible. And now I actually feel guilty. Great - maybe I'll go research politicians now.

Friday, February 1, 2008

A Prophet's Passing

It is truly a bittersweet thing to say goodbye to President Hinckley, the prophet and leader of the Church of Latter-day Saints, who passed away this past Sunday evening. He was 97 and lived a very busy, inspiring and good life, so it's probably fair to say that he had a full life. His wife of many years died in 2004 and he made it clear that he missed her very much - so I would imagine it was a great joy for them both to be reunited.
On the other hand, he was a very beloved prophet, who with his kindness and fabulous sense of humor was an inspiring example of what it means to be a Christian and I will miss hearing his words at conference time. I heard him speak at conference in 1995 and felt the Lord speak to me through his words - telling me I had to get baptized into the church. I remember seeing him at a meeting in Denmark and again at conferences when I was a missionary on Temple Square - he had this air of kindness about him and you just couldn't doubt that here was a man of God. It will be strange to have a new prophet - and at the same time a little exciting to enter a new era. Beginnings are an adventure in themselves aren't they. besides, it's comforting to know that the Lord's work goes on no matter what. So here's to adventure and to a great man passing on to his next great adventure!

Here's the NY Times article on the prophet.