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Christmas is Over

For us, Christmas is over already. Tomorrow there will be stockings even though Kate knows the whole secret to Santa this year and we’ll go over to Ray and Christine’s tomorrow afternoon for a while. Low key and laid back, nothing too different from how we’d spend a typical Sunday with the crew. The big [...]

Where did the weekend go?

I find myself looking around on this dark, rainy night and wondering where the weekend went!

Talked to my brother for about half an hour this afternoon. Looks like Chris and I are going to be staying very close to where he and his wife are living while he goes to med school at OHSU [...]

Travel Garbage

I don’t react well to uncertainty. I don’t “transition” well: I want to be HERE or THERE but I hate the in-between stuff. When planning events (travel, a dinner party, our convention presence) I prefer to do it far in advance and in as much detail as I can manage. I like things to be [...]

Aunt Connie

Got word that Chris’s elderly aunt Connie died last night. Chris is scrambling to see if it’s at all possible for him to make a trip out to Boston for the funeral on short notice. Unfortunately, I’m scheduled to go up to Vancouver this weekend to see Miss Kate perform in Twelfth Night for Shakespeare [...]

Another Weekend Gone

Friday night Chris, Kate, and I had the honor of attending an otherwise family-only gathering to celebrate our young friend Emily’s Bat Mitzvah. I met extended family including aunts, uncles, little cousins, grandparents, great-aunts and great-grandparents. Much food and drink and socializing, a lot of good humor, and a happy girl. As a child [...]

Pretending I was in A Galaxie 500 video

As we moved out of the farmlands into the grid The plan of a city was all that you saw And all of these people sitting totally still As the ground raced beneath them, thirty-thousand feet down – Liz Phair, Stratford-On-Guy

Flying into the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport through clear skies I was struck by how [...]

Grandma Update

Have received news that’s 100% better than I expected. Grandma is conscious, can move her left side a bit (originally they’d thought it was paralyzed), can respond to commands (“Squeeze my hand.”), understands she’s in the hospital. She asked for her glasses, but hasn’t yet asked for her teeth. When she asks for her teeth, [...]

My grandma

I wrote about my grandmother’s state of health in January. Yesterday she had the second of her scheduled surgeries for her clogged carotid arteries. She came out of the surgery much better this time around, but began complaining of a headache soon after. Her headache grew worse and worse, and shortly after it became apparent [...]

The Last Grandma

My mom just returned from Arizona. The word on my grandma is that she is “doing well considering her age, etc. They’ve determined that she had congestive heart failure.” My mom is talking as if she “had” congestive heart failure, as if that’s something that just goes away. A small amount of Googling brings up [...]

Winter Break

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I’ve posted some photos of my family and what we did on our winter break in Minnesota and Massachusetts.

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