Sunday, July 31, 2005

A Day in the Life of the D-O-G

Willow is sound asleep on the deck after an eventful afternoon with best buddy Lily. There was swimming, lots of chasing, then more running after bees and large dogs while the ears flap in the wind, and even some doggie bridge crossing. She is ridiculously cute.

Saturday, July 30, 2005


Heard from the kitchen: "Is it OK to go outside with blank feet?"

Back to the accident

Yes, still obsessing about the accident. After some investigation, it appears to have been a mechanical failure in the braking system of the dump truck that caused an accident involving 20 cars and 5 fatalities a little too close to my house. The company's vehicles have failed 10 of the 16 most recent inspections. This particular truck had a long history of failed inspections. My hub works in construction, and had a scary experience with that same company that owns the dump truck in question. He was working on a job site and had rented vehicles from David Wilcox, the owner of American Crushing and Recycling. John was videotaping the work one morning when he noticed one of his workers motioning frantically in his direction. John continued to document the job, and commented on "crazy Bob" showing off for the camera. Then you hear the sound of air brakes, and the tape cuts off. John was inches from being crushed by a dump truck without a back-up signal, but crazy Bob managed to stop the driver. John had a rather heated conversation with David Wilcox about sending out malfunctioning equipment. Sounds like Mr. Wilcox could be in some trouble. Hartford Courant articles and more unbelievable photos.

Went to the Pillow last night

Image hosted by I saw the Mark Morris Dance Group last night at Jacob's Pillow. They had live music! It's a small theater out in the middle of the Berkshires, so it's about an hour from here. It was a lovely drive with a good friend and we were able to get caught up on each other's lives. What a fabulous evening!

Friday, July 29, 2005

Can't stop watching local news

Image hosted by This is an intersection that I cross daily. Some days several times. The accident site is so close that we heard all the sirens. A fully-loaded dump truck lost control coming down the mountain (really, a big hill) and hit a bus head on at the intersection located at the bottom of the mountain. A total of 20 vehicles are involved, 4 fatalities confirmed now. Several cars are burned beyond recognition. Link to local news with updates and more photos. Close up of above photo. You're looking at the front of the tourist bus and several burnt cars: Image hosted by


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On Cat Blogging Friday, I present our no-eyes black kitty named Wednesday (do-do-do-do *snap,snap*)

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Now this is fun

An entertaining way to deter junk mail. Jason Bell offers a step-by-step instructions with photos to get you on your way. Via Ghost of a Flea

Monday, July 25, 2005

Food gone wrong

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Sunday, July 24, 2005


Maggots used to clean wound in diabetic woman's foot. My husband is not happy that I read this article to him before bed.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Let me off the rollercoaster

No twins for us. Glad to have a resolution, because this limbo is not an easy place to be. Now we'll continue with plan A. I called my mom, and in her typical bizarre way of "comforting" my disappointment says, "well, frankly I was worried how you'd handle twins, anyway." I should know better. Shortly after this came, "well, happy birthday, I'm sorry I didn't get a card off to you." My husband also announced that he hadn't managed to do anything for me either. (and therefore my daughter) Hey, maybe this means that they are actually planning a super-fabulous birthday surprise! He's bluffing! A girl can dream, right? The upside is, my friend in Japan (who obviously has it all together) sent a birthday card which arrived today. Thank you, Miko!!! You made my day! Happy 37th birthday to me tomorrow!

Monday, July 18, 2005


The latest phrase she uses when frustrated: "Hey, this is cutting my butt off!" I have no idea where this came from...there are plenty of phrases she could have picked up at home, but not this one.
We are waiting to hear if we are the chosen family. Most domestic adoptions these days are open to varying degrees. In this case, the woman giving birth is looking at profiles of hopeful adoptive parents. She has ours, which includes a 3-page description about who we are and how we parent as well as 20 photos of us and our home. She also has several other profiles, so we wait for her decision. She doesn't want contact with the boys, but she would like letters and photos occasionally describing how they are. Twins. It's still hard to imagine. I hope I'll have an answer in a week or so, because there are so many preparations. No matter what, we are making our way closer to a baby. If this situation doesn't work out, we'll start planning our trip to China. Hey, we haven't had open-heart surgery or a transplant around here in a few years, or even a helicopter medical transport. We're due for some drama.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Now for today's freaky happening

In a strange twist of fate, we've been selected as possible parents to twin bi-racial boys in a domestic adoption. Hold on to your hats.

Monday, July 11, 2005

A well-known character in Hartford has passed. Jen was the very definition of free spirit: a great defender of the disempowered, a gifted artist, and vocal about her beliefs. (which occasionally got her into trouble) She had a mischiveous sense of humor and was a devoted mother to two daughters. Once upon a time we were sisters-in-law. She taught me to paint with watercolors, and didn't laugh the result. My favorite painting was done by Jen many moons ago, and still hangs in my bedroom. I'm thinking about her family today, still in shock from this sudden loss. The whole Hartford art community has suffered a great loss.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Cause for nightmares

The story of the Idaho family torn apart by a sexual predator is so disturbing. This man had such a violent history...and a blog. It seems it was formerly connected to a site titled The Fifth Nail, no longer online. He was advocating for the rights of convicted sex offenders, and his blog speaks of his frustrations of being just that. Can't wait to hash this one out with Kate.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005


Camping adventure: The tent by the ocean and the dreaded marshmallow (too bad there's no sound) Boating: The Posslq crew . Those of you who know me a bit better will appreciate the entertainment value of me in a red polo on a yacht. On Block Island. How I spent the 4th: Hideout in the backyard, with the fluffy one and the best friends.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Happy 4th!

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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Outside the box

So, it appears that I'm meeting the challenge of expanding my horizons this month. Below is a list of things that I've done (or will do tomorrow) that I wouldn't normally do: 1. Sleep in a tent 2. Eat a marshmallow 3. Play cards (Set Back was the game) 4. Go to a butterfly garden. Enclosed with many, many butterflies 5. Hang on a yacht wearing a shirt emboidered with the name of the boat (not sure I'll survive this's taking place tomorrow...both husband and kid have matching shirts too....ewww, I may talk myself out of this yet) The whole boating culture is lost on me, but I'll do my best to have fun. Really.