Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap Day!

I have had this blog since 2004. How is it possible that, up to now, I have never managed to get around to putting up a post on a Leap Day? For shame!

Well no more.

For all that it's a special, bonus day of the year, I wouldn't say we did anything especially noteworthy today. Eleri had her 6-year doctor checkup (63rd %ile for height, 61st for weight, 20/20 vision, all good things). For lunch after, we had Baja Fresh (with churros as a treat), and then she went back to school, and I went to the gym. I did a 5k run with my friend yesterday morning, the longest run I've been on since probably before Thanksgiving, so I was pleased to not have completely dead legs today.

Tomorrow, the schools are closed for Super Tuesday. I hope they actually do get the record turnouts they're predicting; otherwise, I'll be pretty annoyed. ;) It's been quite warm the past couple of days, so if that trend continues, the kids and I will see about walking to the library tomorrow and enjoying the nice day.

Friday, February 12, 2016

TV Day

So, my mom's in town, as I might have mentioned. The kids had to go to school today, and it was too cold to go wander around the city, so Mom and I spent basically all day watching various TV shows. A lot of the things I've been enjoying recently, my mom hadn't seen (or hadn't seen much of), so we watched an episode each of Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, Master of None, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She recently started It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which I hadn't seen, so we watched an episode of that. Then I put on Sense8 and we ended up watching 2 episodes. Sure, maybe it wasn't the most active day, but you can't deny we had a nice variety of entertainment. ;)

Thursday, February 11, 2016


When we moved here (which, as of next month will have been seven years ago, holy crap), we were lucky enough to have quite a few friends of ours from California move out here right around the same time. For all intents and purposes, we imported a ready-made social circle, and I have to say, it was pretty great. I don't know how many times in our lives we'll have the opportunity to do that, but it worked out really well.

Unfortunately, seven years on, most of them have moved/are moving away. The bad thing about DC is that it is fairly transient; people spend a few years here and move on, whether because they've been able to springboard from their government (or government-related) jobs into something better, or because (as is the case of many of the friends we've made since moving here) they're in the military and end up getting assigned elsewhere. The good thing about DC is that it brings a lot of people back for work-related meetings and conferences and such, so folks still have excuses and opportunities to visit.

This past weekend, we had our good buddy from Wisconsin, a friend from California, and two friends (plus their kids) who live here now but are moving away in the next month or so, over at our house. These were all people we hung out with frequently in Pasadena. I don't know what it is about having kids and then seeing your kids interact with your friends and your friends' kids; it's just neat. I wish we lived closer to family, and that Soren & Eleri could see their cousins more than once every few years, but living close to friends (or having them around) is pretty good, too.

But yes, hooray for visitors in general. This evening we pick up my mom at the airport; she's staying with us for a few nights. :) And then at the end of the month, our friend from Arizona will be here, and next month we're meeting up with friends from Kentucky who are coming to DC for spring break. Much though I long for teleportation and access to instant travel, I do have to admit that we're pretty fortunate to live in an era when long distance travel is fairly easy to come by.

All right, this post has been a little bit all over the place, and I'm not sure that I actually had a point beyond simply chronicling our recent and upcoming visitors, so I'm going to go ahead and wrap this up and finish tidying the house in preparation for Mom's arrival. :)