1. My friend J.J. sent me a completely addicting little website to find out how many people there are in the U.S. with your first and last name (20). Of course, then I had to check Matt (14), Madeline (1), Grace (4, but there would DEFINITELY only be one if I had been able to include her middle name), and Bridget (1). Then my mom (224) and my dad (1443), and Marie (1798, sorry) and Katherine, (>1). What?? I don't know who runs this little operation, but I can assure them that there is at least one Katherine Pershey. I never would have guessed that Pershey is a less common name than Dillow, though.
2. My class at Big Picture begins this week! There is still time to register. It will be fun : )
3. We love these star flowers. I'm afraid i've passed on my natural talent for navigating by landmarks instead of by appropriate directional terms to the girls, because if you asked them how to get places, they'd say things like "pass the star flowers, on your right is the perfect picnic spot, then you'll see the robots, over there is the dog park" and so on.
4. My Sweetwater House rundown is slated for another post, but there was an especially funny thing that happened that can't wait until then. One of the attendees, Tara, an Ohio friend of Marie's (and fellow Goodreads user) told me that every time she heard me talking somewhere in the house, she had a momentary sense of confusion about why she kept hearing Marie's voice. The answer, of course, is that Marie and I are voice twins. Haven't I been saying this for years? It isn't just babies who notice this particular feature!
5. Speaking of Marie, she granted me a retroactive Crazy Pass this week for all the times I've been crazy before a move. Her packers and movers come this week to whisk away all her possessions and transplant them to Pennsylvania. She is feeling a little crazy.
6. Bridget is climbing on everything all of a sudden, but without the necessary awareness of edges. The couch, the ottoman, playground equipment, you name it. GREAT. There is nothing I like better than having giant falling hazards in my living room. Well, I don't actually have playground equipment in my living room, but you know what I meant.
7. Speaking of Bridget, this is what she ate for dinner: an entire orange, a piece of zwieback toast, a handful of puffs, two Maddie-sized helpings of roast turkey, and all of her broccoli (baby serving size) PLUS all of my broccoli (grown up serving size). Just like Cookie Monster eats cookies. She was jamming it into her mouth as fast as I could cut it, giggling the whole time. This wouldn't be so noteworthy if it wasn't the first time she didn't throw it on the floor with total disdain. As Maddie noted, she got a new taste bud.
10. Coming soon: stories about Australians in America, the Sweetwater House, the GENIUS that is the new iTunes Genius, and the particular special interest lobby you need to be most worried about in the U.S. (hint: it's not what you think).