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28 June 2009 - Zara Quote of the Day

Today Zara and Zinny were sitting on Uncle Amir when she turned to him and said "She might have just farted. Dogs fart ya know." Then Amir caught whiff of the creation she was trying to blame on the dog. Only Zara would try to blame her fart on the dog.

27 June 2009

Today Zinny got her lower jaw twisted in Molly's collar as they played in the familyroom and Porter took the opportunity to attack. Such is our hectic lives these days. Last weekend we were at Colleen & Zach's fake wedding and this week Maxwell had chess camp and Amir & Jaime stopped for the week on their way from San Diego to Georgia. Jaime is super preggers and they've taken to calling the baby Gollum, as the ultrasound pics looked somewhere where between Smeagol and Skeletor. This morning we went garage-saling for little Gollum and happened upon quite a number of outfits for her.

20 June 2009

Zach & Colleen's Wedding

14 June 2009 - The life of a bachelor...

12 June 2009

Over time my input pathways have become accustomed to the sensory inputs my family provides to the point where I anticipate them and am cognizant of their absence. It doesn't help that my whole life is work and family. Sunsets just aren't that interesting if there's no one to explain how red light gets bent more in the atmosphere to. Steak dinners are no fun to cook if there's no one to turn their nose at it because it's too spicy. What separates the bed from the couch if there's no one beside you?

When I was younger and took stock in such things, I used to flip open the bible to a random verse and try to draw meaning from it - much like throwing bones on the floor or examining sheeps' livers. One time, however, I happened upon a particular psalm which has always stuck with me: An empty stable stays clean, but there is no income from an empty stable. Our house would win no sanitation awards. Maxwell and Zara spill something at every other meal and believe a room is no a room if it doesn't include legos. Alora and Brittan walk into the most trafficked part of the house and takes off their shoes and socks. Cara is always busy covering every clean surface in the house with papers. And then there's the dogs - if Molly's not filching delicious nasties from the trash Zinny's pooping on the floor.

This week I haven't tripped over any shoes or had tiny legos embedded in my foot when I stepped upon them. I do get to pull "clean" pots out of the cabinet and wash the spinach bits or whatever off them for use courtesy of Alora or Brittan. But the table and counters have stayed clean since I wiped them. No one has left underwear and an unflushed toilet waiting for me in the bathroom. I've done one load of laundry, and there isn't enough yet for a 2nd. Clean, flat surfaces have stood for days without accumulating paper. I never thought I'd find cleanliness so miserable.

6 June 2009

It's been over a year since I was back at my parents' house, an event that is becoming less and less frequent with time as we always seem to be meeting somewhere else. Today I tried to build dad a wine cellar, but the tools didn't cooperate. For lunch we had a party with old friends and in the evening watched Tim wed.

2 June 2009 - Zara Quote of the Day

Oh, it's not dead. It just doesn't wanna move. (referring to the sandy inchworm in her hand.)

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