All the emergency vehicles (at least two police cars, a fire truck, an ambulance, and eventually the tow truck to take away the driver's car since he left in other accommodation) had enough flashing colored lights for a Somerville Christmas. We declined the ambulance since we were just a few blocks from the hospital and the paramedics wanted to put us in back and neck braces and that seemed over the top (neither of us had hit our heads or had spine pain). anomie666 walked with us to the hospital.
The ER experience was quite good; everybody was very nice and we were treated very well. We both got lots of X-rays. I got the brunt of the impact, but I'm just banged up a lot and swollen and bruised. plumtreeblossom has a small fracture in her elbow (a radial head fracture), probably from when she landed. (I was thrown over the hood of the car, into plumtreeblossom who was also clipped by the car.) They gave her a splint and a sling, which is going to be a hassle for a while. We're both on industrial-strength ibuprofen and I'll be icing for a while. (Fortunately, plumtreeblossom had some bags of edamame in the freezer. :-)
Well, it wasn't the evening we were expecting, but at least we spent it together. plumtreeblossom, I love you through thick and thin.
They are such adorable, sweet, smart children, and we had a great time with them. Also with S. and bcat1. We got lots of time with lots of various combinations and it was great. Oh, and I got to meet a cousin of mine who was also there visiting, who is a very nifty and interesting person.
The drive back home was quicker and easier and very relaxed. I love travelling with plumtreeblossom; she’s a delightful travelling companion and we always have a lovely time together.
OK, very nearly ready to fall down go boom. I am not caught up on social media and may well not catch up, so let me know if there’s anything important I’ve missed.
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So, busy and happy (and as always, epically in love with my honeywuzzle).
(Oh, we might say hi to their parents, too, if they happen to be around. :-)
I have it on good authority that there is also some Arby’s in our future.
- On Friday, got together with ifuonlyknew, who is at home recuperating from surgery. Was great to hang out with her.
- On Saturday, my beloved plumtreeblossom and I saw the circus and had a wonderful time. This was also my first opportunity to see her awesome new hairdo! Then we went over to surrealestate's and DD's and got to hang out with them and their adorable month-old baby Julian. That was so fabulous!
- On Sunday, after a lovely morning with plumtreeblossom, I got together with eisa for dinner. Our plans were slightly altered by the fact that the Brazilian barbecue place we were aiming for was closed "by order of the court-appointed receiver". Sad! But we found yummy Indian food in Union Square and got to do a lot of catching up. Always great seeing her.
surrealestate, I hope you really enjoyed your birthday present, even though it was about a week early. I bet you will get lots of enjoyment out of him! Properly cared for, he can last a lifetime. :-) And I hear you have a late birthday present coming, too...
Thanks for being a part of my life, surrealestate! You’re a delight, and I hope you’re having a wonderful birthday.
- My beloved honeywuzzle plumtreeblossom is cooking me eggs and ham and toast for breakfast. Om nom nom!
- We saw Despicable Me last night and really enjoyed it.
- I feel like I’m hitting my groove at the new job, and feeling really good about it.
- Talked to bcat1 recently; she and the babies are doing really well. They’ve started rolling over and are just starting the process of learning to crawl. My mother silverlibre is going to visit in August, while papa spacechicken is visiting family in Canada.
- The festival went really really well! We sold out most of the nights, which is unusual. (We usually sell out one or two.) The cast party was lots of fun, but judging by the scandalous things I’ve been hearing, we may have left a bit too early. As I posted earlier, I have photos from the show plumtreeblossom directed up, and hope to get photos of the rest of the shows up soon.
- Oh, speaking of photos, yesterday after going in to work for an upgrade I took a bunch of photos of the building I work in, also to be posted soon. Practical it’s not, but it sure is pretty.
- I love living in Boston. cathijosephine and I have been going to a series of free outdoor classical concerts. Now that she’s done with the semester’s classes, plumtreeblossom can join us for some of them.
- I’m really enjoying the summer, with walks along the river and lots of good outdoor time. plumtreeblossom and I are going to the beach next weekend.
(Sorry for the lack of editing and the somewhat austere captions.)
EDIT: spacechicken pointed out that I had a bunch of the photos miscaptioned as to which gorgeous little love-cupcake they depicted. Fixed now.
Expect pictures later this week.
EDIT: I’m a slacker, but plumtreeblossom and spacechicken have pictures up already.
I had several very social days; got together with a friend on Wednesday, saw surrealestate and a bunch of her friends for games on Thursday (although I conked out kind of early), and had dinner with eisa on Friday.
Thursday night (after games, which she couldn’t make it to) I stayed at plumtreeblossom’s, and then last night she cooked dinner for me — a wonderful meal in the crockpot — before we went to a delightful and colourful birthday party where there was much dancing to ’80s music. (And I again conked out early, but I am told I was very cute snoozing in the dance hall.)
Today we slept late, and the weather was so warm, sunny, and delightful that we walked to Davis Square and shared an ice cream sundae sitting outside and listening to a (quite good) busker.
Got to talk to my sister and brother-in-law yesterday. She’s home from the hospital, as is one of the twins, and the other one is expected to come home on Monday. Our mother’s flying out there on Thursday.
And I got my formal official paper offer letter from MIT in the mail today.
It’s sure feeling like spring!
Rider was born at about 11:50 today at 4lbs. 12oz., and Genesis was born around noon at 4lbs. 5oz. (I don’t know whether she was named after the book of the Bible or the rock group.) Mother and babies are recovering apace, and as you would expect bcat1 is wiped out. She’s still in the hospital, and is likely to be for a few days; Rider and Genesis will probably be there for a bit longer.
I got the news in a phone call just now from my mother silverlibre; she and ka9sqb are very excited about being grandparents. She’s probably going to fly out to North Carolina soon to spend some time helping, with ka9sqb following. (I wish I were in a position to be able to travel, but hopefully later in the sprint or summer. plumtreeblossom and I can’t wait to meet the babies!)
Well, I had a lovely day at the water park, although I quite finished the job of getting sunburnt. (I have a phobia of getting anything oily on me, especially when I'm wearing contact lenses as I was yesterday, so I'd planned on wearing my nice new wide-brimmed hat, but we decided that wouldn't make sense since I couldn't take it on the rides. So I knew going in that I was going to get sunburnt. And my hair is short enough at the moment that I got sunburnt on the top of my head, too. :-)
We hung out with a woman Tom and Tigris know from Pali Paths (the Honolulu poly group) and her 6-year-old daughter who is quite a charmer. My favourite ride was one where you climb up to one edge of a tall parabolic trough and are released down the edge (very steep at the top), and you swing back up almost to the edge on the other side, and oscillate back and forth a few times before coming to rest at the bottom. I'm not describing it very well, but think of it as a giant U. You start at the top on one side of the U, and fall down to the bottom and continue back up almost to the other end, and then down again and so on, losing a little momentum on each pass. Lots of fun, although the second or third time I went on it I banged my lower back up a bit. (Also scraped my knee in the wave pool. The wave pool is not normally one of the more dangerous attractions, but I seem to have been using this trip as an opportunity to display my utter uncoordination.)
It was nice to get a little child-time, especially with such a pleasant-tempered, friendly child as this one.
For dinner, Tigris had originally wanted to go to an Indian restaurant. But we selected one and drove there and discovered that it was one she and Tom were familiar with and didn't like much, so we set out to find something else. Our next attempt was closed, but we ended up at a WONDERFUL Mediterranean place called Marbella (808/943-4353, 1680 Kapiolani Blvd.). The food and the atmosphere and the service were all spectacular. It was more expensive than we would have expected to pay for mediocre Indian food (entrees from $16-$20), but for the outstanding quality of the food it was quite inexpensive. For appetisers, we had falafel stuffed with buffalo mozzarella with spiced creme fraiche (which also formed part of the presentation of our entrees), served with balsamic vinaigrette and a touch of olive oil in a presentation that looked like the fanciest of desserts. And that was typical of the evening. The food was exceedingly good -- I had grilled filet of beef with potatoes au gratin and green beans with creme fraiche and lemon butter and some other sauces I couldn't quite identify. And we had a coupon for free desserts, which was actually what had led us to think of this restaurant in the first place, so we got to try some heavenly desserts. Tigris got a "chocolate ganache stuffed beignet"; I have no idea what ganache and beignet are, but it was very very yummy; it was a fried triangular pastry filled with chocolate sauce, served with ice cream and espresso. You pour the espresso over the ice cream to melt it, and then dip pieces of the chocolate-filled pastry into the espresso/ice cream mixture. I think the Pope issued an encyclical against this dessert once. Tom got an amazing chocolate-hazelnut gelato which he aptly described as "frozen Nutella", and I (who was pretty full by this time of the evening) got a rose sorbet, which would have been better about half as sweet but which had a lovely delicate flavour. Another amazing meal in Paradise.
This afternoon we're going to go sailing with a friend of Tigris' and Tom's who has his own catamaran. That should be wonderful! I've only been sailing once, and that was just on the Charles River in Boston. If I end up moving here (not going to happen soon, but still under consideration), I'd love to learn to sail.
Off now for a dip in the pool. Maybe Hamlet will come race me around the edge.