Nothing Gold

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay. -Robert Frost

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Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

I am a white American middle class suburban housewife trying desperately to tell herself that that is not who she is. One time I was a glowing young ruffian. Oh my God it was a million years ago.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

A Brain Tester

Maybe you've already seen this, but I think it's fun.

So, a deaf, mute man walks into a general store to buy a toothbrush. Through pointing and pantomiming teeth brushing, he gets his point across and the transaction is completed.

If a blind man were to walk into the store next, how would he convey to the clerk that he wants to buy a pair of sunglasses?

I'll put the answer in a comment, come up with your answer before you check.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

How did I get here?

Does anyone else feel like a huge imposter sometimes? Or, not so much an imposter as a child playing at being a grown-up? Sometimes it feels as though I've been plucked up from making mud pies and playing smurfs, and plopped down into having a child and being expected to raise him and cook and clean and recycle and keep appointments and care about the government and be responsible and I wonder how it is possible that anyone expects me to do these things well. I don't mean to complain about the number of things I have to do, I realize that everyone else has as much or more to worry about than I do. It's only that they seem so much more qualified than I, the 9 year old, am.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A Humorous if Inappropriate Story

This post will contain a funny bedroom story (or living room, I guess for those of us who have children in our beds;) ). It may be embarrassing and/or innapropriate. If you are of the mind that people ought to keep such things to themselves, stop reading now. Otherwise, read on and feel free to tease the brickman later.
So my husband and I were, um, canoodling on the couch. He stood up and was, er, removing his clothes. At a very opportune time he stepped on one of Levi's toys which said in a high-pitched singsong voice, "So-o Big". I couldn't stop laughing for an amount of time that was not strictly convenient.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Let's Just Do It Already

There have been a lot of conversations among us about cohousing. About how we should someday get a house together and wouldn't that be cool. Well, I'd like to actually talk about doing it soon. I'd like to guage who's actually interested and if you are thinking along the same lines as me. I'm not thinking about building a huge commune type building with church and gym and theater etc. I'd like to go in with whoever is interested and buy a house that already exists and is perhaps not perfect, but that we can make work. I think making it work will be a great part of the experience. So, if you'd like to eventually cohouse, but are thinking along the lines of "well, we'll need this and that that we have at home now," maybe you should hold off for now. If you would like to join me and just go ahead and jump in let me know. Maybe we can start meeting and talking about where we'd like to be, what we can afford, how much space we'll need, and when we'd like to move.
Ideally, I'd prefer to be in a neighborhood that is older and not extremely safe or white. I'd like to be in the district. I am open to discussion on both of these points.
Practically, I'm thinking that we could list our homes for sale in about June (for those of us who'd want to sell), and buy something sometime during the summer. We may be able to get more for our homes in the summer and there will probably be more on the market for buying.
I'm not sure how it works legally, but we may be able to set up the home as a coop. We'd have to talk to someone who knows about these things. I don't know if we'd cosign on one mortgage or get separate ones.
I know my thoughts here are a little disjointed (I'm tired), but I think you probably get the idea. So let me know what you think and here are a few links to start thinking about. (Not that we would buy one of these, just so we can start to see what might be available in different areas).

house 1
house 2
house 3
house 4

Sunday, January 01, 2006

A Happy Ending

Thank you so much for your prayers. Cadence Noelle was born on Wednesday by scheduled C-section. A healthy 6 lb 6 oz baby girl. She is doing well and in the same room with mom. She is beautiful with a full head of dark hair. Mom is doing well too, although they couldn't give her much for pain because it makes her sick. So, the first day was rough, but she is a tough cookie and she is doing well now.