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Sunday, May 16, 2004

It occurred to me today that despite the beautiful weather here in the North Bay, I hadn't left the house in nearly a week. Strictly speaking that's a lie, but it has felt that way. I've been to the post office and back, but I haven't seen the inside of the grocery store in so long that I'm completely out of staples like baby spinach, peanut butter and coffee filters.

Sitting by the phone has been my main focus for days now, and the news has been kind of repetitious. Tammy is still having contractions, but the doctor still says it could be a week or two. I don't think I can last without goat cheese and bananas that long. (And I know I can't last without coffee filters.)

Since I learned through a reliable source (namely, herself) that Tammy was going to a kids' birthday party and a family barbecue today, I made the decision not to stay home and wait for something to happen. Mom came by and we drove out to the Giraffe Store this afternoon and picked up the baby swing I already told Tammy and David I wanted to get them. (Hence, no surprise to spoil by blabbing here.)

It is so cool! It swings both ways ( side-to-side and back-and-forth, not whatever you were thinking). It plays eight songs and three soothing sounds (and you know how I feel about soothing sounds). It has six speeds and two positions, plus a "water globe with changing lights to soothe and entertain." (That reminds me; I need to get some batteries.)

Why go plain when fancy is so much fun?

The theme of the swing is an aquarium, with fishes and bubbles and stuff, which doesn't exactly fit in with the giraffe-centric (ironically enough) motif of the rest of Aiden's room. But I'm pretty sure they won't be using it in his room so much as all over everywhere else.

Plus, I had a coupon for eight dollars off.

15 May 2004

Sky (detail).

And when I got home there were no new messages on my answering machine, so obviously things haven't progressed enough to activate the phone tree. They won't phone me for every false alarm, so I know when the call does come it's probably going to be the real thing, and I'll be on my way without a second thought.

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I haven't had time to do much reading lately, but a window of opportunity might possibly open after our ASL class ends Tuesday night. It occurred to me today that it's time to reread Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, what with the movie coming out next month. So that's my new reading project: it's easy, it's fun, and it shouldn't take up more time than I have to devote to it. That historical novel will still have to wait.

Recent recommendations can always be found on the links page.

One year ago: Dig It
"During my labors I also managed to dig up some black rubber tubing and a couple of pieces of thin wire. I assume this was part of the nonfunctioning gopher control system. They're not going to know it's gone, because they never knew it was there."

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