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Nadia's piano lesson with Mr. Edwin. Usually her lessons are on Saturdays, but due to the holiday, we moved it to Friday this week. 2010 signifies the year during which both my girls started taking some kind of instrument lessons. Nadia is learning the piano while Maya is learning the drums. It gives me great pleasure to listen to them practice. It also makes me sit down at my childhood piano, which I had shipped down from Seattle for Nadia. I love having it in my house again.

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Nadia lost the left tooth on Tuesday and then lost the right one on Wednesday!

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Once again it has been a while since I posted. I've been thinking about it often, but just haven't had the energy to do it. It isn't even not having the time - it really has been not having the energy. Lately, I've been feeling very tired and falling asleep between 10pm and 11pm. That's very early for me - usually I'm up until midnight. I think that part of it is not drinking enough water. And yet, I'm not working at it to fix that. I think about it, I have an alarm on my phone to remind me to drink water, but I'm not doing it. I need some real motivation. You would think that my health and well-being would be motivation enough, but apparently, it's not.

This is not to say that I'm not enjoying my life right now. We had an AMAZING trip to Washington DC for Spring Break. We went with another playgroup family and met up with meowmeowbutt and filled the week up with sightseeing, fun, and wonderful memories. Unfortunately we didn't get to meet up with other friends in the area, hopefully next time. We rented a house about 3 miles from the National Mall with the other family and it was a great way to do this trip. All the kids hung out together, they slept in the basement of this 3 story house. The main level was the living room and kitchen and the top floor had the bedrooms. It was a lot of fun doing it this way and the other family was great to travel with too.

Both Maya and Nadia had their own cameras and between the three of us, we took over 2000 pictures! Ah, the glory of digital cameras. I uploaded just a few of those pictures each day to my Facebook page.

Saturday, March 27th
Sunday, March 28th
Monday, March 29th
Tuesday, March 30th
Wednesday, March 31st
Thursday, April 1st
Friday, April 2nd

Here are just a few of my absolute favorite pictures from the trip:

The girls had a wonderful time and Maya learned a lot from the trip. It was the best combination of a fun and educational trip. Both girls had assignments from school to present to their class about their trip. Nadia had a journal that she wrote in and we printed out pictures to show what we did each day. Maya had to do a PowerPoint presentation about her trip. Her teacher gave her specific instructions, so it wasn't a free-form journal like Nadia's. Both girls did amazing jobs. I'll share those at some point too...both of them have been carrying their projects with them to show off to various friends and to others at school. They are so proud of themselves and I'm thrilled that they have this chance to show off a bit. It is doing wonders for their self-esteem. Plus, they are more likely to remember this trip for a very long time.

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  • 10:10 the free @digg app comes to your iphone! they're giving out 1 custom #ipad each day for 2 weeks to celebrate! bit.ly/diggapp

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I just finished reading Cormac McCarthy's The Road and wow. What a powerful book. Scary, endearing, and utterly sad. But with hope too. I cried a few times while reading it and it left me...well, I don't know what it left me, actually. I guess confused would be a good word, but that barely scrapes the surface of what I'm feeling. I read it because the trailer of the movie with Viggo Mortensen made me want to see the movie, (I'll be honest - it was mainly Viggo who made me want to see this movie) but Chris said "But you hated No Country for Old Men." And yes, I hated that movie with a passion, but this movie doesn't seem like it is about violence for violence's sake. And so I figured I'd read the book first. And now, I'm scared to see the movie. Not because of the violence, but because of how much I will cry. I know I will. But I'm also scared that the movie won't show the depth of the book - the love, the sadness, the hope. All it will show is the violence because that is what people want to see (at least that's what Hollywood seems to think). I guess though, I did see something in the trailers that moved me enough to go out and get this book and read it. That means something.

I wonder now if there is much in the book No Country for Old Men that was left out of the movie. Maybe, maybe not. I think that the basis of that movie, a drug deal gone bad, doesn't leave much room for decency. And the hitman, the scary creepy one, was an executioner. If you met him, you were meant to die. At least, according to him. Didn't matter if you were a good guy or a bad guy.

I will say that though I hated No Country for Old Men for the themes, I will acknowledge that it was a powerful movie. And whether I hate it or love it, it is the powerful movies that I remember. That's got to count for something.

I wish it wasn't raining today. What a dreary day. I recommend reading The Road but not on a dreary day. Although, it might have made the book even more real. I don't know.

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The tree is bare again...

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  • 15:08 @cknobloch how do I get the past emails about Mom v. Email? I just joined and got part 4, but want the other ones I missed! Thanks.

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Nadia loves her ballet class...and she is good too!

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From http://www.gwenbell.com/blog/2009/11/30/the-best-of-2009-blog-challenge.html

December 2: Share the best restaurant experience you had this year. Who was there? What made it amazing? What taste stands out in your mind?

The best restaurant experience, or at least the first one that popped into my mind, was at Arigato Sushi in Santa Barbara. Again, from our anniversary trip in October (which was my most memorable trip of 2009). Chris was there, of course, and it was the food that made it simply amazing. One dish in particular, seared Kobe beef, was just delightful. Melt in your mouth, so good we ordered it twice! So good, I took a picture.



Not the greatest picture, but if you like sushi, Kobe beef, and are in Santa Barbara, go to Arigato Sushi and order this! Talk about a mouthgasm...

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So, in my random surfing of the internet this morning I found this blog:

http://www.gwenbell.com/blog/2009/11/30/the-best-of-2009-blog-challenge.html

and I want to do it. So, here we go, starting from December 1st's prompt.

December 1: What was your best trip in 2009?

It was a surprise anniversary trip to Santa Barbara. I already blogged about it back in October.

"The best part of the weekend for me was spending the one-on-one time with Chris. With the hustle and bustle of daily life as parents, I think we lost touch with each other for a bit. The weekend helped me remember the man I fell in love with. Funny, sweet, loving, sexy, fun. Just being us again was good for me."

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  • 12:33 USC Trojans, you just won the Victory Bell again! What are you going to do now? We're going to Disneyland!

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  • 19:05 It's on! Fight on #USC Trojans!
  • 20:40 Fight on #USC Trojans!
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  • 22:30 "It's a big messy world. Work it out." -Jack McCoy

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  • 13:59 On the enemy campus to go to the #TMBG family concert. Wearing my USC jacket though!

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October - our month for wedding anniversaries, birthdays, and of course Halloween.

This year, since our family has rediscovered Disneyland, I decided that we'd take the kids out of school and go to Disneyland for Nadia's birthday (October 14th, which is also our wedding anniversary - she couldn't wait 1/2 hour to be born on the 15th instead!). All this year, you get in free on your birthday at DL. Well, we have the annual pass, so it wasn't that big of a deal, but the fact that you get a birthday pin and everyone wishes you on your birthday made it pretty neat. Also, if you have the annual pass, they give you the cost of a one-day ticket as a gift card to spend in the park! Nadia got $62 to spend that day!

So the plan was to spend the night at a hotel down by DL and go in on the 14th early to spend the day there. We'd leave between 7-8 pm to get back home so the girls can go to school the next day. Since it was also our wedding anniversary, I had asked Chris to take the day off to go with us. It was our 15th anniversary, after all, so he could take a day to celebrate, right? Well, the day before I find out he didn't take the day off. I found out from a friend, Chris didn't tell me directly...made me livid. I skyped him asking him if this was true and he said yes, he couldn't take the day off and time just got away from him which is why he didn't tell me. ARGH! I was so mad at him the entire rest of the afternoon and evening. He came to the hotel after work and we went out to dinner and I was still mad. I hadn't planned anything else to celebrate and that was gone too.

We had dinner and got back to the hotel and got the kids ready for bed. When I went into our bedroom, there was a note on my pillow. It was a beautiful letter from Chris, about the ups and downs in our past 15 years and what the next 15 years will bring (like Maya being 24 and Nadia being 21!) and it was just beautifully touching. But I was still mad. Then, I read this:

"PS - This card is also to inform you that you will be going away this weekend. Please be ready on Friday afternoon with a bag packed for 2 nights away from home."

He couldn't take Wednesday (our actual anniversary) off because he took Friday off to take me away on a surprise trip.

I felt like a dope. I think he enjoyed it.

It was a wonderful weekend. He took me to a B&B in Santa Barbara. Friday night we got a bottle of wine and enjoyed the private hot tub in our patio. :-) Saturday we got up and spent the day window and actual shopping. We spent a while in an antique mall and I found a circa 1910 camera which I fell in love with and picked up. Chris found an old lithograph copy of the famous 1896 Absinthe poster. We found a great game store and picked up a few new board games. We had a truly delicious dinner that night at a sushi restaurant. After that, we headed back to the B&B and played some games with a couple of glasses of wine. Sunday, on our way back to LA, we stopped at a few more antique shops (Chris even looked them up!).

Here are pictures from the weekend: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2426125&id=3433212&l=1f68d479f9

The best part of the weekend for me was spending the one-on-one time with Chris. With the hustle and bustle of daily life as parents, I think we lost touch with each other for a bit. The weekend helped me remember the man I fell in love with. Funny, sweet, loving, sexy, fun. Just being us again was good for me.

Happy anniversary, darling. Here's to the next 15!

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  • 18:30 Fight on, USC Trojans! *#$& the bears!
  • 18:34 Trivia ?: who was the last team to win the outright Pac 10 title other than USC? Answer: who cares?
  • 19:05 RT @woohit42: @Socaltrojan Me 3!! SHUTOUT! SHUTOUT! SHUTOUT! Fight On!! #USC
  • 19:32 @Surabufix who is your team? Oregon State?
  • 19:37 Maya at a sleepover and Chris just took Nadia to see "Cloudy w/ chance of meatballs" leaving me to watch USC game in peace. Thank you Chris!
  • 19:51 Going on 4th and 9???? WTF USC?
  • 19:53 @USCFootballNews definitely a huge difference that they didn't play in the Wash game
  • 20:02 Damn I hate that Cal fight song... #USC
  • 20:06 Still, good job #USC defense preventing Cal from turning that INT into 7 points.
  • 20:11 @Jdphil07 Stefon Johnson @stefon13 I think
  • 20:15 @Jdphil07 oops it's @stafon13
  • 20:28 #USC wins over Cal, 30-3! So awesome that you can hear @usctmb so clearly at the away games! Fight on, Trojans!
  • 20:37 Gonna root for #4 #LSU against #1 #Florida next week!
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  • 10:17 Jury duty...they've called my name, butchered it actually. Good thing my last name is easy or I wouldn't have recognized my name at all!
  • 12:16 This is nice...2 hour lunch for jurors. Glad that Costco is nearby.
  • 08:57 9am...court is back in session.
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  • 09:54 The sense of possibility so necessary for success comes not just from inside us or from our parents. It comes from our time...
  • 09:55 ...from the particular opportunities that our particular place in history presents us with.
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  • 22:27 Corp fumbles on his first possession...feeling sorry for the kid cause he got boo'd off the field. We're winning or I'd be pissed too. #USC

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  • 12:45 Special election for LA City Council today. Vote by mail is great for these smaller elections! Sent mine in last week.

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