Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Journey to Boston

Here's my three girls at Boston Harbor! For some reason they were acting really silly when the camera was pointed at them.

When I woke up last Saturday (the day of the trip), I couldn't move and my throat was on fire... I told Mike to forget it. Forget all the snacks we packed, forget the tickets we prepaid. I'm not moving. Then about ten minutes later I changed my mind and we raced out the door to meet the bus.

The trip was great, I loved not having to drive. The kids behaved well and seem to really like the Boston Aquarium. Naomi, my three year old, had an annoying habit of dropping to her knees every few feet to play with broken glass, or peer down manhole covers trying to see the sewer. I guess she's just a country kid, ... that'll change.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Just one extra day....

Well, it happened again... A Nor'easter hits on the last day of my kids' eternal school break, and they're still home. At least they're not trying to kill each other today, and I did actually made some significant progress on plotting and illustrating my graphic novel this week.
I walked down to the end of my driveway this morning to get the paper. Really I should say I waded down, through a foot of really wet slush that was up to my shins in some places. It's such a disgusting mess outside. I had to change my clothes when I got back... The paper wasn't even worth it.
Mike's birth certificate has come and he applied for his passport on Friday. I think I'll be holding my breath, though, till I have all five passports in hand.
One of the goldfish already died this week (I think it was Goldie). I went out and bought them a big fish bowl with a filter so of course one of them immediately kills itself by swimming in the filter and getting stuck. The kids were sad but got over it quickly...
We're going on the Boston bus trip with the Girl Scouts next week. First stop is the Boston aquarium and then to Quincy Market. I've lived in the northeast my whole life and have never been to Boston (except to drop off Mike's mother at the airport). Anyway we're pretty excited. I'm glad we'll see some of the city before we leave for Curitiba.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Simple Things

When you're planning an overseas move the simplest things can stress you out. Our portable dishwasher is making strange noises, and leaving grimy dishes, but we can't buy a new one for just seven months. In fact buying anything is an issue. I want a second electric pencil sharpener for the studio, but even the one we have can't come to Curitiba, the voltage is different over there.

This weekend my daughters went to a "Finding Nemo" birthday party. They had a blast and were so-o excited when the little boy's mom gave them a bowl with three goldfish on the way out the door. By the time I pulled the car into our driveway, they were official members of our family, and newly named "Sparkles", "Goldie", and "Bubbles".
"People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians, or painters, and because of them, we have a culture. If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it--people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh or Mozart."-Kurt Vonnegut

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