Thursday, March 29, 2007

Happy Birthday GG

Although we celebrated last Saturday, today is GG's actual birthday! Sarah wrote a beautiful post on and I echo her sentiments exactly. I feel so blessed that La Luz has the opportunity to know GG and I realize that her life will always be special because of it.

Here is one of my favorite pics of GG and La Luz out at Thibodaux. It was at this very moment that GG introduced La Luz to one of her favorite pastimes, "driving" the golf cart:

La Luz has been singing Happy Birthday Dear GG since Saturday and I am thinking this might go on for a few more days.

So, Happy Birthday GG, with all of our love!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Jump to the Rhythm

La Luz started off the morning listening to some tunes on Christian's prized possession, his Bose headphones. There is no question that this baby loves to rock out.

I took La Luz for her 18 month checkup today (only three months late) and the doctor said she looks great. She is 25.1 lbs and 31 inches, which puts her in the 20th percentile for height and weight. She still has a soft spot though. I thought it had closed up, but it actually just moved a bit further back. The doctor said La Luz seems to be just fine, developmentally speaking, so she is really not concerned, yet. At her next checkup, when she turns 2, we will have to have a CT scan if the soft spot is still present. So, hopefully it will close up sometime in the next few months.

This evening we went to the gelato place on Oak with mom-mom. I am officially, 100% addicted to it and I figure once a week is a reasonable indulgence. Mom-mom and Pop are leaving for NYC tomorrow and will not be back until Sunday. Once again I will have to listen to La Luz ask repeatedly when she can go see mom-mom. It is going to be a long couple of days.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Until I am Blue and Red and Purple in the Face

I had the most horrific lawyering experience this morning. In fact, not only does it qualify as the most horrific lawyering experience, it doubles as the worst encounter I have ever had with another human being. For reasons too ridiculous and boring to even go into detail about I found myself sitting, meekly and politely, listening to an absolute tirade from an older lawyer from a different city and taking the worst criticism I have ever heard in my life. I am the first to admit that I am not great at what I do but I try to do a good job (like I have in every other job I have ever had) and I have never deserved to be talked to/yelled at the way I was today. I am actually not sure any human being has ever done anything bad enough to merit such a tounge-lashing. It came completely out of left field from an attorney that I had what I believed to be was a good relationship with based on prior phone conversations and emails. I was so stunned that I really couldn't even respond. It was sad and pathetic and gut wrenching and would have ruined my day if the guy hadn't seemed so incredibly psychotic.

And then when it seemed like there was nothing I could do to pick myself up, dust myself off, and try to get over it I thought about La Luz and how she played hide and seek underneath my skirt while I tried to dry my hair this morning. Mother's little helper to the rescue again.

The day ended on a beautiful note. We spent the evening at GG and Papa George's where La Luz was indulged just a tiny bit. GG and Papa George gave her french bread and butter and a cup of delicious gumbo. Her favorite part was sitting at the kitchen table on the high red chairs. She was in heaven. When we got home she played more of the - pick the blooms off of the lantana and throw them all over the steps - game. It was very incredibly calming after a rough day.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Makes You More Beautiful

One thing I love about the warmer weather is that I don't have to think about dressing La Luz in the morning because I can close my eyes, stick my hand in her closet (which is very easy, incidentally, since she doesn't have any closet doors- this was not a design choice on our part either), and pull out one of the many wonderful dresses AJ has smocked for her. It is simple and relieves me of any preoccupation with the fear that I am dressing her too much like a miniature version of me (or Christian for that matter).

So, here she is in a lovely, yellow dress, courtesy of AJ:

This evening La Luz spent about an hour in the garden picking the blooms off of the lantana or, as she refers to it, the ham and egg plant, and throwing them on the steps. It is a good thing that both of the lantana plants/bushes/whatever they are have plenty of blooms right now because I have a feeling this game will go on for a while.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Variation On The Same Theme

I guess I blinked and the weekend was over. It always seems to happen that way, even when, and maybe even moreso, when there are less things going on. I guess two days just isn't sufficient after a long week. In my case it is actually more like a day and a half anyway because I spend the last half of Sunday lamenting the fact that the weekend is almost over. As usual, I don't feel well-rested and cannot really believe tomorrow is Monday.

Christian watched basketball with some of his friends on Friday night so La Luz and I spent the evening at mom-mom's house since she had just arrived from South Africa. She had an incredible trip and she took beautiful pictures (I will try to figure out how to post a link to her Ofoto album). La Luz was so happy to see her and wouldn't leave her alone - like she almost didn't really believe she was back.

On Saturday morning La Luz and I ran in the ASH Fun Run. I don't know if I would necessarily call it fun but it was good exercise. The oak pollen was terrible and it was humid and it had been over a week since I last ran so I felt sluggish. It didn't help that La Luz was preoccupied with a gigantic spacewalk, every swing and slide in the park, and all of the other kids. I basically had to bribe her to keep her in the stroller, which is rare. After the race we went to Ralph's on the Park to celebrate GG's 80th birthday. The brunch was delicious and it was great to have a chance to visit with everyone. It is so hard for me to believe that GG is going to be 80 this week. She is beautiful and energetic and full of grace. I don't think anyone will believe her when she says she is 80! She knows La Luz very well too - she came armed with La Luz's favorite pony and comb and brush set.

Christian spent most of the weekend coaching and doing a bunch of annoying, labor-intensive tasks around the house - mowing the lawn, vacuuming, scrubbing the kitchen floor, gardening, pressure washing the porch. I wasn't nearly as productive. I did managed to sort through the enormous piles of laundry. It is now covering the entire guest bed but is in very neat stacks. The next step is actually getting the clothes into the drawers and closets. I have mentioned this problem before and will likely mention it again in about two months when we have run out of clothes. La Luz and I spent most of the rest of the weekend outside and at the park down the street. Here's a picture of her eating a digustingly-sticky, cinnamon pecan roll she picked out after mass on Sunday:

and playing with her stroller in the backyard:

We had dinner at mom-mom and pop's tonight and, once again, La Luz would not leave mom-mom alone. I think she is going to feel duped later this week when mom-mom and pop leave for NYC.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Counting Blessings And Other Things

So many really wonderful things are happening tomorrow. They are, in no particular order, as follows:

Mom-mom arrives from South Africa. Finally. Now maybe I will not have to hear, "ma wanna' go see mom-mom RIGHT NOW" every day all day.

Baker turns 21! Happy Birthday Baker; I feel old.

Scott lands in San Diego tomorrow night around 9 pm and is, at last, done with his tour of duty in Iraq.

Tomorrow is Friday, which means the start of the weekend, which means hours of uninterrupted time with La Luz. For me, there is just nothing better in the world.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Noses Are Nothing Alike

Today I picked up my new glasses from St. Charles Vision and as the lady was fitting them she kind of chuckled and shrugged and said, "you don't have much space between the front of your face and the back of your ears". It isn't something I had ever thought about, measured, or heard comments about before so I didn't really know how to react. I suppose she is right. My nose is so long and pointy but yet incredibly steep. I guess maybe I have sort of a flat face. Good thing La Luz didn't inherit it.

La Luz spent the afternoon getting spoiled by AJ and this evening we had an excellent dinner with Pop at AJ and Uncle Edward's house. I have to say, we have been very well cared for in mom-mom's absence. La Luz was wired and ran around the house in circles playing with her shopping cart and various other toys. She crashed almost immediately after her bath but not without first running through the litany of things she wants to do tomorrow - go see GG, talk to Baby Edward, play with Ms. Nina, and eat macaroni. Sometimes she makes absolutely no sense but I guess that is one of the entertaining things about babies.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

It's All HERS

I have my very own Veruca Sault. Most of you know that La Luz is in a 'mine' stage but it has transformed over the past few weeks into an out and out "MINE" stage and is totally out of control. We have been reassured by everyone that it is nothing more than a stage but it is so bad lately that we are both at the end of our ropes and are almost ready to start taking suggestions about what we should or shouldn't be doing and/or start reading books about early childhood development. Tonight while I was busy at a client dinner Christian and our neighbors pooled resources for a community dinner, assuming it would be nice for their 2 year old to play with La Luz. Apparently, La Luz had other ideas and instead spent the duration of the eveningstaking claim on whatever our neighbor's child picked up. Lovely. All I know is that something better change quick because these past few weeks have already reformed Christian as he no longer abides by his long-held belief that people are not inherently greedy. Leave it to his own offspring to teach him otherwise.

Here she is on HER sofa all by her lonely self after scaring off the neighbors.

From what I understand La Luz had another fun-filled day. AJ picked her up from daycare and watched her all afternoon. La Luz spent the day playing with all of her toys at AJs and then visiting with GG and Papa George this afternoon. She is very proud of HER adorable cups that AJ made. Okay, she is a little spoiled by her family, but that cannot make her possesive in this manner, can it? Well, I don't know about you but I guess I might not be inclined to share these cups either:

Monday, March 19, 2007

What I Meant To Say Was Something Else

I was dismayed to see the story about Nagin's latest loose-lipped incident in the Times Pic earlier today. Once again he blames the quotes on some 'young' reporter who took everything he said out of context. Does he really expect people to believe that mullarchy? I am almost at the point of saying, "I told you so", but what good would it do. More than anything, I am just sad. He is such a liability and a total impediment to the rebuilding process. Thanks for making us a laughing stock to the rest of the country, again.

On a happier note, mom-mom called from South Africa today and it was so nice to talk to her. I miss her tons and it is especially sad watching La Luz get bummed out when I try to explain that she can't go see mom-mom right now.

Aunt Margot watched La Luz all afternoon and cooked a delicious dinner for us and Pop. Once again La Luz was totally entertained and had a wonderful time visiting GG and Papa George, playing with all of the toys at Aunt Margot's, hanging out with Chloe and the goldfish in the backyard, and walking around the neighborhood. As usual she was particularly entertained by Catherine who had her screaming at the top of her lungs by the end of the night.

Here's a picture of La Luz from the weekend, holding tight to two of her favorite things:

Sunday, March 18, 2007

En Garde

We had another weekend of perfect weather here. It started on Friday evening playing in the front yard, enjoying a few hours of sunlight before an early dinner with Pop at Frankie and Johnny's.

Saturday was St. Patrick's Day so Christian, La Luz, and I headed to Jessie and Beau's house in the Irish Channel to celebrate. La Luz got to hang out with all of her friends and tear up Jessie's living room. I can only imagine what they were thinking later that night when they were trying to clean up. La Luz wasted so much energy running around that she crashed before the parade even started. After a brief nap she spent the remainder of the day playing with a truck I bought her at the Children's Clothing Exchange for $10. It was money very well-spent because I think she would have slept on it if I let her, like a true trucker never leaving the rig.

On Sunday morning, after watching CBS Sunday Morning and a bit of the Food Network, La Luz and I headed to the Hilton to watch Uncle Richmond fence. I admit, I was skepitcal at first, but it was totally entertaining. We made it time to watch one of Richmond's matches and although La Luz was initially completely freaked out by the whole get up she eventually acclimated and even started playing with all of Richmond's gear.

My friend's from my UGA day, Shon and Shelley, were in town with their 2 little girls and we spent the afternoon visiting with them and Shelley's family on the front porch. It was nice to catch up, enjoy the beautiful weather, and watch La Luz exercise control over EVERYTHING. She can be very charming. We drank some of the Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager and it was delicious! Although La Luz is still no good at sharing with other kids, she loved having company and was even sad later on when she realized that Fia (Sophia) and Olivia were gone. Pop and Richmond came over for dinner and by that point La Luz was bouncing off the walls. By 8:00 she was comatose.

Mom-mom called and sent some emails over the weekend. She is having a great time in South Africa. She returns on Friday and I hope that La Luz does not flip out before then - I feel like she is on the verge - like she thinks I am intentionally keeping her from mom-mom as part of some manipulative scheme. Fortunately, the Aunties are taking care of her all week and she will be distracted. I can't imagine what I would do without them!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

When the Soothsayer Speaks

I am wildly superstitious. I walk around ladders, avoid black cats (or at least make sure to have plenty of silver to throw over my left shoulder at all times), try not to spill salt, stay away from the number thirteen, and the list goes on. Today is March 15 - the Ides of March - and I have been anxious all day. For some reason Christian wrote "Ides of March" on the calendar - what's that all about?

Thinking about the Ides of March reminded me of the essay I wrote about Julius Ceasar in 6th, or maybe 7th grade. Richmond had the pleasure of proof-reading it for me. I will never forget the sound of his uncontrollable laughter as he was reading it. I wrote that Ceasar died when, "he was assassinated by a group of angry senior citizens" instead of senators. Easy mistake - liberators for tyrannicide or little old ladies with canes and handbags - who wouldn't have been confused.

I am totally preoccupied with March madness. I have two brackets and am really sucking it up but I guess that is part of the fun. I have Florida winning it all in one bracket and Ohio State winning it all in the other. I am a little envious that Christian is going to try to get some tickets for a game tomorrow. Nevertheless, the alternative - an evening with La Luz - is always totally rewarding. Unless, like last night, she tries to show how prepared she is to be potty trained by using the bathtub as a toilet. I guess it is all part of the process but that and the new slapping trick she learned at daycare I could do without. I hope mom-mom is not reading this from South Africa or she will think I am completely incapable of rearing La Luz without her help. If you are, I promise it is a total coincidence that these two things happened in the same 24 hours.

And I promise that she is still perfect in every way.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Everything It Seems I Like Is A Little Bit Sweeter

With the exception of my annoying cough, today was lovely. The best part of the day was when we finally heard from mom-mom. Apparently she is having an incredible time in South Africa. Now that I know she is okay I will get some sleep tonight. The anxiety was really getting to me. I am a chronic worrier. It is a wonder that I am not medicated.

I had a doctor's appointment this afternoon and by the time I finished with the lab work and waited for what seemed like an eternity at the pharmacy it was too late to go back to the office, so I went home. I spent the remainder of the afternoon hanging out with Christian, La Luz, and Loki.

We had dinner together at Babylon where La Luz proceeded to eat the hummus with her hands - why spoil the delicate flavor with bread - followed by gelato (yea, I know, I am addicted) at La Divina Gelateria on Magazine Street. The gelato is delicious and there are many interesting flavors. The place itself is minimally decorated on the inside but there is plenty of space for kids to play and there are even blocks and children's tables and chairs. The wildest thing about the place is the chairs for the kids. They are total Nooni chairs and I can't wait to bring Marty and Susan when they are in town for Jazz Fest.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Daisy Girl

When I got home from work La Luz was running around the house in her shirt and a diaper and was, frankly, sweaty. It was hot inside of our house. According to the thermostat, it is currently 77 degrees. One house project we need to tackle is putting up screens and chipping away at the windows that are painted shut. This house was designed before air conditioning and the layout is perfect for creating good air flow with open windows so we should be taking advantage of it. Unfortunately, years of lazy painters now makes this impossible, at least for now.

Here are two pictures of La Luz helping herself to my chips and salsa earlier tonight. The most disgusting part is that she doesn't understand the concept of double dipping and why it is unacceptable.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Go Fish, Or Something Like That

I left work while it was still bright outside and it felt strange, like I was sneaking out early or something. I headed straight to Aunt Margot's because, in addition to watching La Luz this afternoon, she also prepared dinner for us and Pop. It was such a nice treat to not have to worry about dinner and the jambalaya was delicious. The bonus was that Catherine and GG both came over while we were there so La Luz got to spend time with all of her favorite people. La Luz had a blast playing at Aunt Margot's with all of the toys and couldn't wait to show me the bed she now claims as her own. One of her favorite activities was playing with the magnet, go-fish puzzle Aunt Margot got for her. Interestingly enough, in a short period of time Aunt Margot got La Luz to learn most of her colors by playing with the go fish puzzle. My jaw dropped when she identified the fish by color. That's some puzzle...

Here's a picture of La Luz from this morning right before we left the house. She is making a weird face in it but it is the only one I have and I promised mom I would try to post a picture every day while she is in South Africa.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Oh Well, Okay

I hate daylight savings. I know I am in the minority on this one but it is true. Granted, I appreciate the longer evenings but, generally speaking, they don't do me much good at this point because I work late and La Luz goes to sleep early. I think the root of why I hate it is all tied into the loss of one hour, like the one I lost last night, when we set the clocks forward. It feels so unfair to me. I need every bit of every hour that I have to sleep. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth until I get the hour back. I never 'adjust' to it.

With the exception of losing sleep this morning it was an excellent weekend overall. On Friday night Christian and I went to a shower for some friends and Christina babysat for La Luz. Although she wasn't thrilled when we left her she had a great time and woke up Saturday morning saying "where'd Tina go?"

Saturday was a beautiful day so La Luz, Loki and I went for a run while Christian caught up on some much-needed rest. It was so nice outside that we took a mid-morning stroll to PJs and checked out some of the shops on Magazine Street. La Luz somehow conned me into buying her a hideous, plastic, toy bull at one of the stores and she played with it all weekend, $3.50 well spent.

We went to dinner with Mike and Kelli and the kids in Metairie and, since we were out there, went to Toys R Us so Christian could pick up a new Playstation controller since La Luz has pretty much destroyed his old one. We stopped off at mom-mom and pop's on the way home to tell mom-mom bye. She left this morning for South Africa and will not be back for 2 weeks. It is going to be tough on La Luz not having her sidekick around. Fortunately, AJ and Aunt Margot are going to fill-in while mom-mom is out of the country.

Christian and I watched Babel last night. I really enjoyed it though I wouldn't go so far as to say it was excellent. Christian was not impressed. I still don't really understand what the overall message was but I liked it all the same. The stories are all interesting and, though not original necessarily, they are engaging. I think the most troubling part of the movie (and I felt the same way about Crash) is stomaching the sadness. As Christian said in the middle of the movie, "[t]hese people are all having the worst day ever".

Sunday morning came too soon as I explained above. It seemed like I was rushing around whereas Sunday mornings are usually the slowest, most relaxing part of my weekend. La Luz and I went to mass and then the playground for some sliding. We spent the afternoon at Barbara and Geoffrey's party celebrating Friendship Day at Algiers Point. I had never actually been to the point for Friendship Day for the celebration but had heard good things about it. It is essentially a big block party outside of Old Point Bar. It was another beautiful day and it was a perfect way to spend the afternoon. La Luz had a blast playing t-ball and hanging out with Barbara and Geoffrey's dogs - a pug named Webster and a bloodhound named Winston (La Luz thought it was Copper from Fox and the Hound and kept calling him Copper).

After a visit at the Auntie's houses this afternoon, which resulted in tears when we finally had to go home, we spent the rest of the evening outside (okay, so I occasionally take advantage of the extra sunlight) hanging out with Pop who joined us for a delicious dinner that Christian prepared. It was a very peaceful night but La Luz was a basket case by about 7:30 since she didn't have much of a nap. I think I am going to crash soon too - try to recoup that hour that was stolen from me this morning.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

What It Was Like On The Inside Is The Same On The Outside

Today Susan and Marty had the twenty-week ultrasound of the new baby and they found out that they are having another boy. From a logistical standpoint it is great that they are having another boy for a variety of different reasons. I was kind of looking forward to sending her a bunch of La Luz's hand-me-downs if she was having a girl but I am perfectly content to shop for more boy clothes since I never get to. More important than the fact that it is a boy is the fact that he looks perfect and was apparently clapping, which stands to reason considering the musical genes from Marty's family. Thinking about the new baby clapping in utero made me think back to La Luz's ultrasound and how what stood out most about it was her button nose. In two years her profile has not changed. You have to see it to believe it:

La Luz, ultrasound in January, 2005:

La Luz, in the kitchen, March, 2007

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Spooning Good Singing Gum

Here is a picture from a batch that Josh sent from the recent telefon tel aviv show in Prague which, by all accounts, went swimmingly. He has kind of been all over lately and we miss him - Istanbul, Prague, and now back in Chicago.

I have to say, I am not sure what is going on with the hair, but from what I understand it has something to do with a joke he has with Erika - pretty serious joke I guess. I still feel responsible for the shearing of the dreadlocks since it happened after he spent a day bleaching the basement of the old, flooded house on State Street Drive with Christian. So, I will reserve judgment.

La Luz had a wonderful day roaming the halls of Sacred Heart with Nina and the rest of the Ashfin gang. After daycare she spent the afternoon at mom-mom and pop's where she sat on the swing, had a picnic, and scored new clothes and shoes. Mom-mom gave La Luz her first pair of crocs today and La Luz is in heaven because now she and mom-mom are twins.

Here she is, enthralled:

I had a stressful day at work today and am glad that we are now entering the end of the week but there is no real relief ahead - just the weekend which is nothing more than a two day long illusion that work doesn't suck that much, but at least it is something.

After work I met up with Gerrish and Catherine for dinner while Christian took care of La Luz and everything else around the house which is no small task. I don't devote enough time to my friendships these days because I figure that I need to spend any time that I am not at work with La Luz. I realize that I have to be better about finding a healthy balance. We had a leisurely and delicious dinner at Ninja followed by some gelato at the gelato place on Oak Street near Carollton. The gelato was incredible and, let me tell you, gelato is much better for you than ice cream (at least that is what the chart on the wall said) and, therefore, very easy to justify eating on a regular basis. I don't know or care to learn the science behind it but it is apparently approximately half the calories and maybe one quarter of the fat and very few carbs, like two grams. At any rate, good or bad, the gelato is delicious and the place itself is very cute and very kid friendly (they have these crazy cups for kids that have arms and legs - I can't wait to take La Luz) so please support it.

Monday, March 05, 2007

When I Get Older...

Tomorrow Papa T celebrates his birthday. In honor of the special occasion, and only because Papa T not only has no shame and appreciates a good joke but because I think it is possibly the most adorable thing I have ever seen, I am posting this picture of him with Uncle Geddy that was probably taken when they lived in South America many years ago, but not too many.

Props to Stacey for hooking me up with one of my favorite pictures and by that I mean, Papa-T get mad at Stacey, not me.

In stark contrast to the above picture I am including the following picture because I also think it is a great picture and is the perfect picture to clarify for everyone that Papa-T does not make a habit of running around in dresses, quite the contrary.

But, the sweetest picture of all, and one that I think best captures the essence of Papa-T, is this one taken just over a year ago on the day that La Luz was baptized.

Happy Birthday to Papa-T with love from us to you!

Lucy Bug

It was a normal Monday night in the Vaicius house. Christian and I had a shift change around 6:45 p.m. when I returned from work and I could tell immediately that La Luz was not thrilled that I was taking over. When it was time to eat dinner she threw an absolute fit when I refused to allow her to eat in the den while watching Care Bears. She wailed and coughed and screamed and choked and threw herself on the floor and tried to knock over her high chair and begged me to take her to mom-mom's and AJ's and it was all I could do to keep from pulling my hair out and then laughing. After twenty minutes she was subdued (exhausted from the theatrics more likely) and asked to get into her high chair and eat her dinner and we had a lovely time together. I think we let her eat dinner in front of the tv once when she was sick and then occasionally when we were being lazy and after just a few times she thought it was acceptable. I recognize that it was a mistake on our part and I felt bad for her for being confused and angry but that's how it goes. I won't make that mistake again.

She spent the remainder of the evening walking around in her new ladybug shoes from Kelsea. They are the coolest and I practically had to cut her foot off when it was bath time. She even tried to bring them in the bed.

They are made by a company called Pedoodles and are somewhat like Robeez but have much thicker, less slippery soles.

You can check them out at

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Round, Round, Round

It was overall an uneventful and very pleasant weekend. I still managed to avoid all of the work I brought home with me. One day I will learn how to spend the three hours while La Luz is napping doing something more productive than whatever it was I did Saturday and Sunday. I think I spent the time sitting on the porch watching Loki play in the yard. I guess there is something to be said for that activity; I felt peaceful.
On Saturday La Luz and I went to the Hilton to watch one of the volleyball games. She had a great time once she got over the idea of running across the court to sit with Christian. When the game was over we went to PJs, walked around the Farmer's Market, and then spent some time in the French Quarter where La Luz tasted her first muffelatta and loved it. The weather was perfect and it was nice to see the Quarter packed with tourists.

Christian and I watched The Departed on Saturday night. I had mixed expectations going into it. It won best picture and best director at the Oscars so I figured that had to mean something, but it also seemed to be one of that genre of movies that confuses me after five minutes. It is a source of endless frustration for Christian because I am constantly asking who people are and why someone acted in a certain way. I don't necessarily think it is because I am dumb. I think it is maybe that I just don't pay close attention. At any rate, the movie was very good and it had a few twists but not enough to fully confuse me. I think I paused the movie once just for a point of clarification - not even a question. The biggest surprise for me was Leonardo DiCaprio. I couldn't even watch the preview for Blood Diamond without cringing each time he spoke with the ridiculous, fake accent. I figured he must just not be any good at acting anymore. I was wrong. He was great in the movie.

Christian watched La Luz on Sunday morning so Loki and I could run for a decent distance for a change. It was a chilly but beautiful morning so we ran to Coliseum Square and then back up Magazine. On the way back we passed a new deli on Magazine very close to Jackson called Stein's. It looks very authentic so I am curious. I will have to check it out this week. La Luz and I went to mass and she talked the entire time, loud. It was entertaining for some and annoying to others. As usual, she kept calling to the baby Jesus in the stained glass window.
Tonight we had pizza at mom-mom and pop's with Uncle Richmond and two of mom-mom's students from Costa Rica. It was a nice end to the weekend.

The remainder of the weekend was spent figuring out how to operate my totally awesome Canon printer and watching La Luz sing and dance. Her favorite song on the February 2007 mix is the third track. Fortunately, she thinks the name of the song is Jackie Baked It.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Ready for the Weekend

Tonight was another one of those nights that make me hate the work week. I got home late and Christian left almost immediately for volleyball practice. I am really looking forward to a mellow weekend.

It is very humid and warm here today. La Luz's hair was totally out of control. She definitely inherited my unruly hair genes. I don't mind the warm weather but I hate humidity and I could stand a few more weeks of winter.