27 June 2006

hello again... naturally

So I haven't written in a while. I could blame it on having 2 babies. But we all know that they are not the real reason...

Reason number 1: I am addicted ADDICTED to the World Cup! If you put your ear up against our (recently painted a fabulous shade of purple) front door, you would hear the sound of cheering. It's surprising to me how loud I am while watching these games. I shouldn't be surprised--my dad and my brothers are very animated while they watch football. But I didn't know I had it in me. Jonathan has to keep popping his head out of his office from time to time to either tell me to keep it down or to ask what the hell just happened. The recent match-up of England versus Ecuador was crazy! The gorgeous Mr. Beckham did his thing and bent the ball and then proceeded to puke on the field a little later in the game. Awesome. (They say it was because it was so hot in Stuttgart. I think it was the excitement.)

Reason number 2: In between games, I have been painting. I painted our bedroom a gorgeous taupe color last weekend. This weekend I painted our front hallway. Nothing crazy, just cream. But it looks super. It's funny. My friend, Elisa, was sitting in my living room a couple of weeks ago and she was like, "Are you guys going to paint in here?" And I'm like, "We did." True, the cream isn't very exciting, and I guess it definitely is a departure from our last house which was soooo colorful, but it sure would be nice if people even noticed all my hard work. Sigh.

Reason number 3: would have to be having 2 babies. Although their cousin, Emily, was over every day last week and she was such a big help! She thinks it's so much fun to feed the Lion and change his diapers, so I let her. Who am I to deprive the girl of some fun?

My Lion is so cute. He loves to chew on his fat, little hands. And Blue says "please" now. We ask her, "What do you say?" And she chirps out, "Peas!" It was cute, the other night during a soccer match (what else?) I missed something the sportscaster said and I asked Jonathan, "What did he say?" And Blue, right on cue, yelled, "Peas!" from behind the couch. What a doll...

This morning Jonathan was leaving for work and as he was grabbing his bag, she said "Purse." Then she followed him to the door waving and saying, "Bye! Bye! Bye!" When he got to the door, she said, "I love you!" Jonathan and I were so surprised. We looked at each other and said, "Did she just say I love you?" at the same time. So of course he had to come back and pick her up and hold her for a little while before leaving and of course I had to cry.

22 June 2006

The U.S. has left the building!

We are officially out of the World Cup. Ghana beat us 2-to-1 today.

It is so incredible that Ghana is moving on to the next round. This is their first World Cup! As cool as it would have been for the US to advance, I can't help feeling really excited for Ghana. I'll have to root for them now in Round 2.

14 June 2006


I'm so excited! England is playing tomorrow! Rule, Britannia!

I have this group of friends. We call ourselves the DWAFS. That stands for the Dead Women Authors Film Society. We've been meeting for ... seven years? six years? ... to watch movies based on books written by women who are dead. And to gossip and pig out. We've watched all of the Jane Austen adaptations we can find, Little Women, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Rebecca, Cold Comfort Farm, The Secret Garden, The Lady Vanishes, Wuthering Heights, etc. etc. We also have watched some great foreign films--like Eight Women, Run Lola Run, Bend It Like Beckham (is foreign, no?) and our beloved Amelie to name a few--and the occasional black and white classic, just to deviate from the usual DWA. Wow, I really should try and put together a definitive list of titles we have screened over the years...

Anyway, I just love these girls! Through the years we've gone through lots of life changes--a college degree, a marriage, an admission to grad school, three babies, a few new careers, a few trips to Europe, and a few moves cross-country (and back, thank goodness!)... The latest great news is my friend, Elisa's engagement! It's so wonderful having this group of girls that lead such diverse lives, yet share such a passion for all things English and of course all things Jane Austen!

A few of them (those of us that don't have your typical 9-to-5 jobs) are coming over tomorrow at 11:30 to watch England kick some Trinidad & Tobago ass and to eat cucumber sandwiches and scones. Cheerio!

12 June 2006

US vs. Czech Republic

Man, we just got smoked by the Czech Republic, 3 to zip. We suck. It's sad because this is supposed to be the strongest World Cup team the US has ever had.

Oh, well...

Go England!

06 June 2006

Poor Little Lion

He had a rough day today. This morning Blue smacked him in the head with a wooden spoon. It wasn't her fault. She was vigorously stirring invisible eggs with the spoon in a big bowl beside the Lion and me while I was changing his diaper on the living room floor. It could have happened to anyone.

Then, later in the day, Dance & Shout Elmo fell on top of him. Right before Blue fell on top of him, too. There was a lot of crying in our house today.