Spring, Frey, and Fry

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Starting off on an exciting note, spring is just around the corner folks! Granted, these are potted bulbs (daffodils & crocuses) which I purchased from Trader Joe's that had a jump-start in a nursery. For $5.99, I feel happy every time I walk by them in my living room window, because these blooming flowers are a promise that spring is coming, even though the unrelentless rain keeps the outdoors damp, cold, and grey.

So, remember this week when you feel sad about the grey skies and Oregon winter-rain that spring is coming, and the sun will return! The garden might look dismal and resemble a mud pit by this point, but the perennials are there, and your garden will look beautiful very soon!

Now, onto Frey.

He seems to be paying a higher price than being shamed on national television by Oprah. Lawyers have now begun filing consumer-fraud lawsuits against Random House--one in the amount of 10 million. Random House has said they will offer refunds to readers who are dissatisfied with the book, as is their policy. Washington attorney Michael David Myers, however, wants to file a civil suit against Random House asking that they pay Washington consumers not only for the cost of the book, but for the time they spent reading the book. This would include every consumer who purchased the book on Amazon.com as well, since the company is based in Seattle.

Talese, who is Senior VP of Doubleday and Publisher and Editorial Director of Nan A. Talese/Doubleday still asserts that publishing is based on trust-relationship with the author, and that no publisher has the time to fact-check everything in non-fictional manuscripts. My opinion on her comment is that the standards of the publishing of non-fiction need to be raised. The trust-relationship doesn't work anymore. There should be fact-checkers within the publishing industry. Frey's lies could have been verified by police reports & medical records. Easy facts to check. Hopefully, the Frey example will encourage the publishing industry to raise the standards.

Now, onto the other fry: our clown loaches had two more fry, bringing the total in our aquarium to six! They're so cute!

Looks like Brokeback Mountain is up for 8 Oscar nominations. Pretty disappointing--I think there are a lot of other movies that deserve more Oscar attention. I'm just not a Heath Ledger fan, personally, or a fan of dramatic westerns.

Lastly, but most importantly, I want to remember Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King, JR., who died in her sleep last night. What a leader she was in the civil rights movement. The legacy of the Kings will not be soon forgotten!

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Monday, January 30, 2006

What a dreary Monday morning. Landon is right about having fresh produce in our house every week--it certainly beautifies the kitchen, not to mention makes for a healthy diet!

Later today, I'm going to cash in on a free 8x10 portrait of Samuel. I've received two postcards from two different photography businesses offering a free 8x10 for his birthday. I have to be strong, however, because they always want to sell me about 100 dollars worth of photos, but I just politely say, "No thanks, I'll just take the free 8x10."

I've been thinking about this time last year again, and I remember that I really thought there was a good possibility that I would have a January baby...little did I know, I still had 12 days to go!

By the way, WHY is James Frey's fictional memoir #2 on the NY Times best-seller list for paperback non-fiction? As a lying con-artist, I really don't think he deserves to be any richer than he already is. He should not be #2 (does America care that he passed off fiction as non-fiction?), and his fictional memoir should not be on the Times list of non-fiction bestsellers--it's fiction!!

Stop rewarding a con-artist--don't buy his book!

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Sunday, January 29, 2006
We went to McMinnville today to celebrate Mike & Haelie's birthdays. We'll miss Haelie! Her Mom is moving down to CA, so I'm not quite sure how much we will see her in the future. She will be able to make Samuel's birthday party in two weeks, though--and, by the way, I'm really looking forward to celebrating Samuel's first birthday & the achievement of Landon & I making it successfully through the first year of parenthood!

Another RAINY day! It poured really hard during the drive down to McMinnville, and there was lots of noticeable flooding. One jerk in a Mustang passed us at 80mph. I was going about 60mph in the slow lane. There was lots of standing water & high winds. Unfortunately, by the time that guy in the Mustang learns his lesson some day, it will be too late.

I took Cindy out for her 31st birthday tonight! She was sick (poor thing) on her birthday, so didn't get to do very much this year. I'm proud of her--she's going to be finished with her masters degree very soon and will be the best art teacher around!


Wood Duck at Crystal Springs

Saturday, January 28, 2006

This rain is driving me crazy! I am seriously suffering from cabin-fever and a deficiency of Vitamin D. I need to feel the sun once in awhile! God, please make the rain go away!
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The First Year of Parenthood is Nearing an End

Friday, January 27, 2006
Flashback a year ago--I am 9 months pregnant, and wondering if this will be a January or a February baby. I am uncomfortable and the futon is the only place I can catch a few hours of sleep between back pains, baby movements, hunger cravings. I can only eat certain foods or I suffer from acid reflux for hours on end. I am stressed about how I'm going to get my toenails painted for labor & delivery & my legs shaved as well, because I can't see my legs, for my huge belly, and I can't reach my toes. The nursery is ready, my suitcase is packed. I still don't know if I am having a girl or a boy. A fill-in OB told me earlier in the week that there was an 80% chance I would deliver last weekend, but here I still am.

Flashforward a year. I am a mother, and have lost the 60 pounds I gained during pregnancy, plus 10 more, making me 70 pounds lighter than I was at this time last year. My stretchmarks have faded, and my body has recovered & healed from delivering a 9lb. 14 oz. baby boy. This year has transformed me to the point that I can hardly remember who I was and what I was up to before I gave birth and became a mother if it weren't for the archives on this blog. Samuel has been walking for two months now, and is an inquisitive, expressive, and curious boy. The changes he and I (and Landon) have undergone this past year really amaze me. Everyone knows that most babies go from helpless infants to walking and independent walkers within the first year, but watching this process unfold is nonetheless amazing!

Having almost made it through the first year, I don't understand how so many people are already thinking or pregnant with baby #2. When I got pregnant with Samuel, I had been thinking about having a baby for a couple of years. It was a constant desire of mine to have a baby. Even though Samuel was a surprise, and it was a little stressful that first week after discovering I was pregnant, I was so happy, because it was something that I had wanted for a long time. But, to be honest, I haven't thought hardly at all about baby #2. Sometimes I wonder if those feelings I had before getting pregnant with Samuel (some call it a ticking biological clock) will ever surface again. I'm happy with having one child. I wonder if I will ever have two. Regardless, it will be a few more years before we'll be ready to have another baby. For me, pregnancy and childbirth were such a challenge--it took all the strength in me to get through pregnancy, surgery, and childbirth (I had gallbladder surgery when I was 21 weeks pregnant, which was the scariest experience of my life). So, I'm not the type of person that will just get pregnant because having two children is the way to go. I have to REALLY want it, and be ready & willing to put 100% of my strength and will into the process. I still have 15 years of fertility ahead of me, so I have lots of time to let this happen if it is meant to be.

I found an interesting article on the Oprah interview yesterday with James Frey. Is his career over? Yes, I think it is--at least he can keep the millions he made.

Au revoir--Karli
Thursday, January 26, 2006

James Frey

A couple of weeks ago, I came out and said on my blog that I was still supportive of James Frey's memoir, A Million Little Pieces, because at the time, I thought his work was only slightly embellished, but now I realize after seeing his interview today on Oprah, that much of his work was a lie. There is a big difference!

The standard of truth must be upheld in non-fiction. Of course, one person's truth is different from that of the next person, because we are all affected by experiences differently, and so remember incidents differently. However, in Frey's case, it is not even HIS truth--he knowingly altered his book so it would sell--so he would appear as more of a bad ass.

I've often wished my life was just a little more dramatic--a little more interesting. Amazing and out-of-the-ordinary happenings rarely take place in my life. Yeah, it would have made for a more interesting retelling of my first ultrasound with Samuel had I gone in there and they said, "Mr. and Mrs. Kuhn, we aren't showing one, but two fetuses. You're going to have twins." Then, maybe a few weeks later, an ultrasound shows that one of the fetus' did not make it. We're back to one baby. But, now I've added more pain and more drama to my life. Altering and lying about even that one detail in the sonographer's office changes the perception of a reader's impression of my life story, because now they'll always think of me as a woman who has lost one of her two babies. Definitely makes that first ultrasound incident in my life sound more interesting, and more readers are going to like it, and more copies are going to sell. So, changing even that ONE incident in my life changes a reader's perception of my life. AT this point, who cares about the underlying truth of my book, because the truth has been slighted--so, there is no truth at all.

James Frey compromised his truth, making his truth fictional. He didn't have root canals without novacaine (apparently his editor did, though, which is why she accepted his story without checking facts). Lily did not hang herself--she slit her wrists. He did not leave the treatment center with two people--there were only one. He was not in prison for 87 days--it was only a few hours.

It's a novel based on true events. Frey committed a crime against literature--to make some money, he compromised his authority and integrity. His novel was so much more powerful as a memoir. People loved that it was true. But, it wasn't.

You know, the recent film Munich had quite an impact on me, and the film stated at the beginning that it was based on true events. Because Spielberg did not try to pass off the entire film as true, I was able to sit back and let the power of the film have its effect on me. A Million Little Pieces did not make that claim. It was passed off as truth. And that is why readers feel betrayed.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Happy 80th Birthday, Grandma Gilliam!
I hope I make it to 80.
I just watched a few episodes of Six Feet Under. I really relate to Lisa's character. She has a baby about Samuel's age, and her parenting style is so similar to mine. Not only that, but she is relationally similar to myself. Anyway, she went missing on the show, then they found her car, then they found her body. I could hardly stop myself from crying! But, I looked at Samuel, and he made me smile, so I didn't cry. It's SO difficult for me to think about dying and leaving Samuel all alone. I hope that never happens. Watching it happen to a fictional character was hard enough.

Another day at home, other than running Samuel to the pediatrician's office. No ear infection--just a bad cough/cold & a sore on the tip of his tongue from falling & biting it. I hope we're all better by the weekend. I ran to Fred Meyer afterwards to get him some medicine, and it seems to be helping him feel better. He is sound asleep at the moment. Landon is off playing music--he'll be home shortly. Better go to bed... Karli Posted by Picasa
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
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I caught Samuel's cold, and my throat hurts & I feel pretty low today! However, I've been working on finishing up the bathroom, and I'm almost done. I have about another 30 minutes of work left, but Samuel just woke up from his nap, and the paint is out, and I really need to just finish it, but it's pretty hard when you have a baby running around!

Today is another beautiful day, and after I finish up with the paint, I'm thinking about taking Samuel outdoors for a walk.

Ciao for now!
Monday, January 23, 2006
Oprah sure is depressing today! I wish I didn't live in a country that most of the world hates. Sometimes I really wish I were Canadian. The experts on the show are saying that another attack is in the works by al-Queda--maybe next year, maybe in twenty years. Sigh! I wish we were doing more to get Osama bin Laden! But, we're stuck in Iraq for now, so I don't see that happening any time soon. Now that I have Samuel, the thought of another attack is really upsetting!

I think the last 36 out of 37 days have been rain, but today was blue skies & sunny! I was so much happier! I didn't work outside today, because I've been working a lot on the bathroom getting it painted, but by maybe Wednesday, I'm hoping to get out there and do some work. By then, hopefully the ground will have dried out a little more. Samuel wants to go outside so bad! I let him go out for a few minutes today, and he was having fun running around, but when I started to carry him back indoors, he threw himself on the floor and started screaming. Sigh! Maybe tomorrow he can play out there a little more!

The bathroom is looking really good! Once I get it finished, and the pictures hung, I'll post a picture or two!

Until tomorrow--Karli
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Mike & Susan dropped off some plants that they didn't want anymore that we are going to put in our yard, as well as the wagon they bought for Samuel for Christmas. When the weather gets nice, I'm hoping we can start taking him for walks in the wagon!

Other than that, I made steamed chicken with lemon rice tonight, but it didn't turn out! Guess I'll try again sometime. The aluminum foil wasn't wrapped tightly enough, so the chicken had a hard time getting enough heat, then when it was 'done' it was too dry. Oh, well.

Landon and I watched a couple of Lost episodes, then called it a night.

Samuel has a cold AGAIN! I don't think I'm going to go to the play-gyms at the community center anymore. He's been getting sick every time we go! Karli
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Landon worked most of the morning on the trim in our living room. There are still parts that need to be painted. Hopefully, by next weekend, we'll have the living room complete so we can move onto the hallway, then our bedroom.

Things are moving along for us to consider putting our house on the market this summer. I'm excited and sad about that all at the same time. Overall, it will be really great to move to more of a neighborhood, as where we are now, there are no sidewalks! Plus, I'm not really too happy here in Tigard. I'd like to be closer to Portland.

This afternoon, Samuel went to a birthday party for a little girl in his playgroup. It was fun! He even had some party favors, which included bubbles--one of his favorite things!

Friday, January 20, 2006
Friday! It's been another week of rain. I'm hoping we'll have a sunny day soon! I am eager to get out and work in the garden.

Landon and I ate out tonight at the Lucky Lab in Mult. Village. The food was okay. Samuel was playing upstairs with some other kids, and one boy hit him, and he fell apart. It's hard to see your little boy's feelings get hurt!

Thursday, January 19, 2006
One thing I like about myself is that I am spontaneous, but make good decisions in a spontaneous moment. I decided just this morning that I wanted to start painting today, because we want to get the inside of the house finished to possibly put our house on the market this year. I was at Sherwin Williams looking at the beautiful color swatches by Martha Stewart when I came across a beautiful blue color that I just had to have somewhere in our house. So, lo and behold, by the time Landon came home from work today--our half-bath had undergone a color change.

A bathroom should be a restful, peaceful place. It shouldn't be boring and dull. It should have special things in it--including really nice lotion & hand soaps. If it is big enough, it should have a nice case for linens. A bathroom should be a restroom--a place of rest for a weary party guest. A bathroom should ellicit a feeling of wanting to stay awhile. People do use bathrooms as escape rooms from others--so, it should be a nice place to visit. I have a lot of opinions about how a bathroom should be and how a bathroom should look. Having said that, I have been completely dissatisfied with both of our bathrooms, and I dislike having to visit both of them! One mistake I made late last year was painting our half-bath a dull earth tone. We had some drywall repair in there recently which meant we needed to do some touch-up work in there, so today I decided to hell with the earth tone (even though it was just put on in early September)--time for a new color to brighten things up in there!

So, my goal is to make the half-bath, which is what our guests use when they visit, a nicer place to visit. The blue will be bright & cheery, but restful at the same time. With some tasteful art, some nice lotion, and a scented hand soap, our half-bath will hopefully help our guests to feel better for having visited it. :) Karli
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Things I remember from today...
grey skies
baby onesies at Polliwog
Samuel walking on the sidewalk
Toney Bento
caramel machiato
visiting with friends
holding a newborn
talking to my Mom
having soup with Landon
watching Sopranos
several night wakings
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Spring will be here soon!

According to French legend, if a ladybug lands on you, whatever problems or sickness you may have will fly away with the ladybug. In Brittany, a region in northwestern France, people say the arrival of ladybugs in spring means good weather is coming soon! (CD jacket of Putumayo Kids Presents French Playground)

En France, la legende dit que si une coccinelle vient se poser sur vous, tous vos chagrins et vos problemes s'envoleront avec elle. En Bretagne, dans le nord-ouest de la France, on dit que la venue des coccinelles au printemps annonce l'arrivee des beaux jours!

This week, I am focusing on getting the cats updated on their vaccines & groomed. Each day, I take care of one cat, which means four days total, because one day for each cat for their vet care, then one day each for grooming. I only have so many hands! So, as of today, Felix has been vaccinated!

Spring will be here soon!

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Monday, January 16, 2006
Okay, what's up with Brokeback Mountain winning like every category tonight? Geez! Spielberg totally deserved best director. At least Reese Witherspoon & Joaquin Phoenix each took home a Golden Globe for Walk the Line. I was sorry to see Desperate Housewives, which is totally lame, win another category for the second year in a row. Aside from Felicity Huffman, I don't know that those women really do have it going on. Especially not Nicolette Sheridan for going back to Michael Bolton!


I drove all the way to get my car smog-checked today (these DEQ places are always in the middle of nowhere!), and the sign says Closed Mondays. WHY? Why would they be closed Mondays? That's really lame! After I drove away, I realized it would have been closed today anyway seeing as it's Dr. King's observed birthday and all, but this sign says they are closed every Monday.

It's so lame how much rain we've had!

It's also lame that I'm up at 1am blogging when I should be sleeping. Insomnia, insomnia...

I did get a lot accomplished this morning around the house. I even organized the utility closet! I put all the pledge bottles together, the windex together, the simple green, etc. We seem to have collected two or three bottles of each cleaner, so I organized them by cleaner & by how often I use them. Cleaners I don't use very often went to the far right, and cleaners I use all the time go on the far left. So, Landon, please remember!

Samuel was SUCH a good boy today! He didn't cry, went down for his naps, and played happily all day. He must be as glad as Landon and I are to be feeling well again!

Sunday, January 15, 2006
Still feeling a bit under the weather, but each day we feel a little better. Stayed in most of the morning, then went to get groceries. Samuel has been such a good boy this whole week, despite the fact that he has been sick along with Landon and I.

I found a new artist I think I'm going to like--Kathleen Edwards (folk).

I plan to stay in all week! I just need a break from the flu & cold germs that are out there! It seems like every time we've gone out the past few weeks, we've contracted whatever random virus is floating around that day.

I guess since this is my first year around other kids, I'm getting sick as often as Samuel. Will it always be this way? I have a feeling I'm in for a lot more illnesses & colds than I've ever had so far in adulthood. The last nausea/vomiting flu I had was when I was 18--that was 11 years ago. Other than that, I tend to get one or two colds at the most per year. So far, I've had two flu viruses & three or four colds in the past few months, and Samuel has had five colds & one flu virus since he has been seven months old.

Here's to wellness this week!

Saturday, January 14, 2006
We had a fifteen minute time-period today in which the sun was shining! It felt great after 27 out of the past 28 days that have been cold, dank, and rainy. January 4th was the exception! I got out and pruned my hydrangeas, which were in desparate need of pruning. I really should have pruned them months ago, but some gardening chores have been sorely delayed this year due to having a baby around the house!

I'm really looking forward to brighter & sunnier days ahead!

Last year, when I gave birth to Samuel, it was bright & sunny all of February and most of March. It was amazing. I certainly can't hope for the same luck this year--2006--but, please, God, can we at least have a few!?? :)


P.S. See http://www.samuelkuhn.blogspot.com/ for a picture of Samuel outdoors today--his very first walk outside!
Friday, January 13, 2006
Today was so much better than the past three days have been! I still feel weak and light-headed, along with Landon, but Samuel seems to be almost back to normal, although he isn't wanting to eat solids quite yet. He had lots of fluids today. Landon missed the past four days of work, and his trip to Vegas had to be cancelled as well, since he is still pretty under-the-weather. Remember, I am about two days ahead of Landon & Samuel with the course of this virus. Anyway, hopefully the worst of it is over, and by Monday, we'll all three be good as new.

Since I've been sick, I haven't been able to take pictures, but I'll start that up again tomorrow.

Oh, and by the way, I wish the critics would stop complaining about James Frey's book A Million Little Pieces. In the genre of the memoir, if he wants to take liberties with parts of his book, that is his choice, and it is an acceptable act on his part within the realm of the memoir. People remember their stories the way they remember them--not necessarily the way they really happen (opening line of Great Expectations starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke is, "I'm not going to tell the story the way it happened. I'm going to tell it the way I remember it." ). Facts are relative. The truth is, Frey's story has helped lots of recovering addicts while moving and inspiring countless others with his story. So what if some of it was embelished? It wasn't an autobiography--it was a memoir, after all. It is a work of art! Who really cares if he intentionally or unintentionally remembered his story inaccurately? I don't. The point is--does the story work? Does it move the reader? Is it believeable? The answers are yes to all of those questions for the majority of readers. Following the genre of memoir, Frey's work fits just right in my opinion.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
That is what came out of my mouth, then Landon's mouth, when Samuel started throwing up in the wee hours of the morning--probably around 3am. He threw up over and over again all morning long. After a call to his pediatrician's office, it was determined that he needed to have liquids all day in the form of Pedialyte. If after two hours, he did not seem better, then we were going to have to take him to the ER for fluids.

Meanwhile, Landon started saying he didn't feel good, and the next thing I know, he was running for the toilet, only didn't make it, and then there was a huge mess to clean up! I was still feeling nauseated, so cleaning that up was really hard for me! I was dry-heaving, trying to manage Samuel, and Landon was on the futon as sick as I had been in the ER two days before.

As for Samuel, luckily it did not get to the point where we had to take him to the ER. He threw up a little more in the late morning, and it WAS hard to keep liquids down, but we managed somehow. He didn't throw up during the afternoon, but he did again in the evening, and that time, it went all over the futon, the pillows, the rug, and the floor. He was crying, "Mamamama." It was really sad! I wanted to cry right along with him, but I didn't. Everything went into the washing machine, and I gave Samuel and myself a quick bath (I was covered with vomit, too!), and the evening went on uneventfully after that--thank goodness.

Landon woke up later in the night with a lot of back pain, and during that time, I had tried to move Samuel and myself from the living room floor to the bedroom because I thought we'd sleep better. Landon, in his foggy medicated state said, "I don't think you want to be in here--it's nothing but a fun-house in here." It wasn't funny at the time, but later, I thought it was. So, Samuel and I went back out to the living room and slept on the futon mattress on the living room floor and left Landon to have the whole bed to himself. When you are sick, you need all the room you can get!
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
I honestly do not remember hardly anything from today, and what I do remember is cloudy. I was on anti-nausea medication all day. I pretty much was asleep for the whole day, and when I stood up, I felt dizzy and light-headed. Maybe I will feel better tomorrow. I don't know what I would have done without Landon to help take care of me & Samuel the past two days.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006

I bought fresh flowers for the house yesterday at Wild Oats, but little did I know yesterday how nice it would be to have flowers around this week! At about 3:45am this morning, I woke up with extreme nausea, and made a mad dash for the bathroom. After vomiting every 40 minutes or so until about 11am, I finally decided I needed to go to urgent care, because I wasn't even able to hold down sips of water, and I was afraid I would become very dehyrdated! After waiting for 30 minutes to be seen at the urgent care office, we were sent to the ER so I could be put on intravenous fluids for dehydration. We had to wait for 3 hours in the ER, and I felt like I wanted to die, I was that sick! I laid on the couch counting every minute. It truly was the longest 3 hours of my entire life.

Finally, some medical assistant guy called my name "Kari." I was like, "It's Karli." He just ignored me and kept walking. He was very rude! He dumped us off in a room and said he'd be right back, and never came back.

Then, a woman from registration came by and for the third time that day tried to register me and collect our insurance information. After registering me while I was laying on the bed ready to vomit at any moment, she said something like, "Do you have a fever?" I said, "It is elevated, but I don't have a fever." She said, "I need to know if you have a fever or not, because if you have a fever, then I can't give you a blanket, but if you don't have a fever, then I can give you a blanket--do you want a blanket?" I said, "Yes, I want a blanket, I'm freezing!" She said, "But, I can't give you one unless I know for sure that you don't have a fever." I felt like screaming at her, "Why don't you check my damn chart, lady!?" My temperature had been taken about three times already that day and was recorded in my chart notes. I finally looked at her and said, "I don't have a fever. I am freezing. Yes, I want a blanket." I was so sick, and by now it was nearly 3:30pm, and I still had not been given any fluids, was sicker than a dog, and had no patience for her annoying line of correspondance!

Shortly after this, a man walked in and I could have sworn his badge said "John/Registration." He was looking at me and asking how I was, and I was peering at his badge. Finally, I saw that it did not say "John/Registration" but "John/Physician." I said to him, "Sorry, but I thought you were someone from registration again and I was about to get really angry." He laughed and patted my leg, then got a nurse to start an IV. I was given 3 bags of intravenous fluids as well as a dose of anti-nausea medication. Finally, by 7pm, we were discharged. I was feeling only slightly better. We were given a prescription, which meant at least another hour, so Landon took me home.

Landon had struggled for 8 hours with Samuel, who was a very good boy, in the urgent care offices as well as the ER. We hadn't realized it was going to be an all-day event. Samuel and Landon went to Walgreen's to get me my prescription for anti-nausea tablets, and I slept the whole time.

Landon got up again at 3am to give me another dose of my anti-nausea medication. At least I wasn't throwing up anymore! However, the side-effect to this medication was that it completely knocks you out! I also had crazy dreams all night long and bordered on hallucinations. That part I did not like at all, but I didn't mind sleeping. I still nursed Samuel off and on all night long, and he slept with me, while Landon slept out in the living room on the futon.

Today was such a long and painful day. A day I hope not to repeat any time soon.

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Monday, January 09, 2006

Here's my bouncing baby boy--the joy of my life! He is modeling his new overalls, which we got for about $3.00 on Sunday when we went consignment shopping. I love them!

I'm feeling great today! This year, 2006, has gotten off to a GREAT start! Landon and I are discovering all sorts of new bands, which is adding more spice to our lives. I'll credit the purchases of our ipods to this newly developed interested in music. Of course, we have always been interested in music--heck, Landon's a musician, after all--but, I think both Landon and I were stuck in a rut. We're out of the rut now!

In addition, this is the year we'll most likely be moving, which is exciting and sad all at the same time. Both of us will have a difficult time leaving this property, and it will always hold special memories for us. I always remind myself that the memory makers are us--and, we'll be taking ourselves when we move. But, there is something about a place independent of the memory-makers that makes that place forever special. So, it will be a bittersweet departure from this property, and I will grieve over my special plants that will remain in the garden, and hope that the new owners will love our garden like we do.

Another thing I'm super happy about is that I'm 7lbs. less than my pre-pregnancy weight! What a great way to start the new year! I'm wearing jeans that I haven't been able to wear for five years! I'm super proud of myself for losing the baby weight (I gained over 55lbs. during my pregnancy with Samuel). Just before delivering Samuel I weighed in at about 195 lbs. I'm now about 133lbs and wearing a size 8. Okay, enough bragging! Did I say I was just a wee bit proud? I guess it shows...

Lastly, I'm just so happy with my life. Landon and Samuel make me very happy, and somehow amidst this crazy world, I am finding inner peace, joy, and contentment, and that makes me the happiest of all!


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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Forward facing at last! Samuel loved riding in the car today, because he could see where we were going as well as see what Mommy & Daddy were up to in the front seat. Technically, we should have waited another four weeks before switching his seat, but he is such a big boy, that his feet were starting to get scrunched up against the back of the rear seat, and that was a safety issue, so we went ahead and switched his seat to forward facing a month early. He loves it!

Today, we celebrated my 29th birthday a couple of days late in McMinnville with my family. It was a lot of fun, and I received a lot of nice gifts, including a $20 gift card to Starbucks! I got lots of blouses, sweaters, a necklace, earrings. It was a really nice birthday party! My Mom had balloons & a cake as well, and it was a nice time with my family.

Samuel is tugging on his ears again, and was a little fussy in McMinnville, so I'm going to take him to the doctor tomorrow to have his ears checked once again. He just got over an cold/cough, so he very well may have developed an ear infection.

Another comment about Munich, which I absolutely love, if you didn't see my posting from yesterday:

Ebert writes in his review, "As a thriller, Munich is efficient, absorbing, effective. As an ethical argument, it is haunting. And its questions are not only for Israel but for any nation that believes it must compromise its values to defend them."

Ebert couldn't have summed up the film any better. I'm still thinking about the ethical arguments posited in the film. I'd love to see it again!

Aside from the ethical arguments and superb acting (Eric Bana is not only incredibly attractive--okay, hot--but an extremely talented actor, not to mention the rest of the cast, which is top-notch), the entire film was shot in the most amazing way. The shot angles, backgrounds, settings, fade-in/fade-out techniques, and overall editing was nothing short of the best.

If I didn't say so before, Munich is the best film I've seen since LOR--maybe even the best film of 2005! We'll see what happens at the Oscars, but I think it is going to be Munich this and Munich that! Well done, Spielberg!

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Saturday, January 07, 2006

What a rainy day in Portland! Today, Landon and I went clothes shopping around Portland today for Samuel, who just went through a growth spurt! We stopped at a fancy boutique in the Sellwood neighborhood called Spoiled Rotten, and got one pajama outfit & two toys for a total of $32.00, which was not a bargain! Then, we went to Children's Exchange, where we got four pairs of paints, 3 onesie-shirts, and 3 overalls all for 29.50!! What a bargain! With the rate this guy is growing, it pays to bargain shop--plus, it's more fun because there is more of a selection, and vintage clothes can be much cuter than brand-new. Hey, the way I see it, as long as it is functional & in good condition, I don't care what the brand is! Samuel is usually in and out of his clothes within about 8 weeks--he is a growing boy!

After our shopping trip, we dropped Samuel off at Mike & Susan's so we could go see a movie. After going out to dinner last night while Mike & Tracy babysat, we realized that we have not had enough time one-on-one since Samuel's birth! We saw Munich tonight, which was excellent, but very violent, realistic, and intense. The film was based on the book,Vengeance, by George Jonas (a Canadian journalist), which was in turn based on a narrative by self-described Mossad agent, Juval Aviv, that was never proven to be true by outside sources. The movie was inspired by true events, but some of the facts & character-names are incorrect. The basic premise, however, is true & this movie is definitely worth watching. Seeing this movie inspired me to brush up on my history, so I plan to read Massacre in Munich: The Manhunt for the Killers Behind the 1972 Olympics Massacre by Michael Bar Bar-Zohar.

So, that's about it for today, January 7th. Landon and I went out on a date for the 3rd time in 11 months! Samuel is doing GREAT at this time with being babysat. He even did great last night with Mike for awhile, which he isn't super familiar with. It is a good feeling to get out every once in awhile, and now that Samuel is ready to be separated from us, I'm hoping we'll get the chance to do it a little more often!

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Friday, January 06, 2006

Today was my 29th birthday. Here is a picture taken just before we went out to dinner. We went to a wonderful Peruvian restaurant in the Pearl called Andina Restaurant. It was delicious! Best steak I ever had! We had appetizers, cocktails, entrees, and dessert. I was so stuffed by the time we left!

Landon gave me a CD & a nice card. I'm hoping tomorrow to get a couple of things at Ann Taylor as well.

I really can't believe that this is the last birthday of my twenties. Hopefully, I will have many more birthdays to come, and in a way, I'm ready to start a new decade. My twenties have been very full & rich years of my life, and I learned a lot about myself during that period of time. Let's see...I finished my B.A. in English at PSU, met Landon, got engaged, then married, and gave birth to my son Samuel! I'd say I accomplished a lot in the past 10 years. That's just the milestones--that isn't to mention all the personal growth I endured!

So, here's to my twenties--I'm proud to say that if I had to do it over, I wouldn't have changed a thing! Now how many people can say that! I have a lot to be thankful & happy about!

Happy 29th birthday to me!
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Thursday, January 05, 2006

There was a terrible crash tonight--here is a view of I-5 from our driveway. All we could do was stand there, and hope there wasn't anyone in the burning car. I'm really afraid there was, though, because I heard the firemen yelling if anyone had seen the driver. I will update on this tomorrow. It will probably be on the 11 o'clock news. How scary for us to witness this! Our neighbors heard the explosion and came and got us.

Earlier today, Samuel and I spent about three hours at Allie & Ava's house for playgroup. It was fun!

Tomorrow, I turn 29.
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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

We had a 'winter blast.' Not even an inch...this snow fell about a week before Christmas and was taken from our back porch.

It's back to Gymboree today (winter session). I'm just hoping Samuel stays well, but with all his new exposures to playgroups, open play-gyms and Gymboree sessions, I wouldn't be surprised if we have another cold/cough coming our way soon. Meanwhile, I'll keep my fingers crossed! Posted by Picasa
Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Dreaming Baby...

Well, I had a terrible time getting to sleep last night, so I only had about four hours of sleep in all. I had to get out of the house early this morning to meet a couple of moms at Grand Central before heading to the open play-gym, which Samuel loves. He tries to play with the 'big kids' that are about four and five years old. He runs through the whole gym, and only references me every so often. He is very well-adjusted, and I'm starting to see the benefits of attachment parenting. You can tell he trusts that I will respond if there is a problem, which is why he is so comfortable going so far away from me. That, and he has a very inquisitive and adventurous personality-type.

When Samuel got home, he took a nap, and I caught up on some things around here.

Landon made dinner once again!

I tried out a book-club through a Mom I met, and loved it! So, I'm now a member of a book-club. I think this will be a nice outlet for me as a stay-at-home Mom, as well as keep me reading! Posted by Picasa
Monday, January 02, 2006

Another picture from that November day on the pier.

Today was a slow day at home with Samuel and Landon. Mike, Susan, Janssen & his new girlfriend Molly came over for dinner. Landon made a pasta dish that was really good. Janssen & Molly are heading back down to Oakland this week, so since everyone except Mike had the day off, we planned a dinner at our house. Other than that, not much going on today! Posted by Picasa
Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year! Okay, I've made a resolution today to try to pick this blog back up again. I seem to be an all or nothing type of personality, so here I go to my day-to-day blogging.

Above is a photo of Alcatraz in San Francisco. We were there over Thanksgiving weekend, and spent a day walking around in San Francisco on the pier. It was a bright and Sunny late November day.

New Year's Eve this year was super low-key having a 10 month-old and all. I wanted to be home before all the drunks hit the road. So, we watched the ball drop (boring) on TV, then went to bed. New Year's Eve I finished reading Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan for the January book-club I am joining. Not a great book, although some parts were interesting.

Tomorrow will be Landon's last day of vacation (he had 9 days off in all). His vacation went by so quickly! I'll miss his help (not to mention his company!). Posted by Picasa
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