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My little girl is three! Wow, that went fast.

My niece (who turned 4 on Tuesday) and mother are visiting for the week, for what is essentially a weeklong birthday party for the two girls ("identical cousins", though they look a little less alike as they get older than they did last year). They arrived last night, and today was an adventure in limitations. The morning had present-opening and breakfast, where we discovered that Cousin Bean found omlettes too adventurous and didn't eat. (She didn't eat dinner last night, either). We only had one errand planned for the day, which was convenient since we don't have a car that fits all five of us (my car won't fit a third carseat between E and J). We took the bus to the party store, but had some trouble getting back because the girls were tired, thirsty (we totally forgot to bring water, despite everyone involved being typically in the habit of carrying reusable water bottles) and hot. (We *really* didn't take the weather change into account.) We *did* have both girls in the Tinkerbell costumes that were birthday gifts from Bean's mommy, complete with fairy wings (but without the kiddy high-heels, we insisted they wear real shoes) which got us a *lot* of big smiles around the city.

We ended up at Wendy's, after I carried E piggyback with J asleep in the wrap. Water and Frosties perked everyone up, and we managed to catch a bus home and get the girls into the little pool in the backyard. Meanwhile, I discovered that it's hard to get dinner ready and bake a cake with a newborn who is hungry and wants to be held *all the time*. Thank God for babywearing, or I have no idea how I would ever get anything done. In fact, I suspect at 6 weeks postpartum with E, I *didn't* get anything done. What a difference necessity makes, I suppose, and an easy birth.

Anyway, after several false starts at dinner, Mom made an awesome salad and the grownups had rice and veggie burgers and salad while E ate her requested "Girl Ravioli" (which come in star and car and rocketship and teddy bear shapes). Bean fell asleep while we were making dinner, and appears to be set to sleep right through the night, poor thing. I managed to make a cake from the Hershey's Recipe Collection cookbook (which I have had for ages but never used before) which turned out delicious:



After dinner, E got to watch Cinderella for the first time. Cinderella is her favorite princess, and we are *seriously* into princesses. Then there was cake, and singing and a candle, which are the Essential Birthday Things according to E. So it was a successful birthday, all the children are asleep, and I think I will go be too.
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I need some new fiction. What do you recommend?
Biographies, interesting histories also welcome!
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My chorus is doing a concert for the Horizon Center for Homeless Children, for their holiday dinner.
I'd like to sing, but it's an afternoon concert and I need someone to watch Emi.
Can any of you watch Emi for a couple hours? It's Tuesday, 21 Dec, 2:45pm-ish to 5:45pm-ish
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My first concert with the Masterworks Chorale is a month away---and I'd love if some of you could come! It's Friday evening, November 5, at 8 PM at the Saunders Theatre at Harvard. It's a gorgeous hall, and the program is Handel's "Alexander's Feast".(1) We have the Treble Chorus of New England (a children's chorus) singing with us for part of the program, which should be fun, and I have been promised that the soloists are excellent.

I get a $3 discount on tickets, making them $17, $27 or $39.(2) You can also buy subscriptions for two or all three of this season's concerts at the webpage

Let me know if you'd like to come(3)! It's going to be a great concert!

(1)If you're not familiar with "Alexander's Feast", and I wasn't, Handel wrote it a few years before the Messiah... and it shows. Lots of very Messiah-like passages, but shorter. wikipedia says "The work describes a banquet held by Alexander the Great and his mistress Thaïs in the captured Persian city of Persepolis, during which the musician Timotheus sings and plays his lyre, arousing various moods in Alexander until he is finally incited to burn the city down in revenge for his dead Greek soldiers." but it is also an ode to Saint Cecelia, the patroness saint of musicians.

(2) I have PDFs of which seats are which prices, if you are interested, but in general the orchestra and mezzanine, and the first 3 rows in the three center sections of the balcony are the expensive tickets, the edges of the mezzanine and most of the balcony are $27 tickets, and the obstructed view and far-edge seats are the cheap ones.

(3)Also let me know if you can recommend a babysitter for that Friday night... I doubt Emi is up for a concert that starts at her bedtime.
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  • 11:32 Today's fun game: cry until fed, nurse 5 minutes & fall asleep. Wake if moved, play 5 minutes, repeat. I'm going to need a nap today. #
  • 11:35 @gisellis ugh. I did that yesterday and really regretted it. Hope you feel better soon. #
  • 11:59 Temporary fix: swaddle baby. #
  • 12:58 A short strawberry-brown hair ended up in my juice. <looks pointedly at baby> Wonder where *that* came from? #
  • 12:58 @SaraJoElice hooray! Hope it sticks! #
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  • 11:38 At Arsenal Mall food court, wondering how many windows are open at home as the rain pours down #
  • 12:17 Sitting in the car with Emi, waiting out a microburst. #
  • 18:00 Emi learned a game! It's called "spit out the pacifier and smile so Mommy puts it back in" #
  • 19:15 @stashknitrepeat I hope you feel better soon! #
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  • 13:58 @SaraJoElice It was totally a fluke---last night was back to the 4-2-2 pattern again. But at least it taught me to go to bed when she does. #
  • 14:04 @csoandy I'm glad everyone is ok. #
  • 15:38 @stashknitrepeat thanks for the reminder: I want to bake bread tonight! We've been out for a week because it has been so hot. #
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  • 05:18 Baby slept for 8 hours straight. Guess we tired her out yesterday? #

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  • 19:28 I did not know that grocery shopping alone could be such a luxury. Glad to come home to my awesome family, too. #lovemylife #

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  • 06:19 @erindp Thanks! We haven't used the sling much yet, so we will have to practice. We got her a seat, so we will also have her car-seat. #
  • 15:21 @stashknitrepeat I'm jealous: our farmshare has this week off, so we are almost out of fruit! #
  • 17:40 So glad the library (where I usually feed Emi) is our one room with A/C. She has twice today nursed for over an hour at a stretch. #
  • 17:47 @rivergirldesign She's *huge*!!! And yet somehow still looks skinny everywhere but her adorable chubby thighs. #
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  • 13:01 Trip to Denver booked: July 20-27. This will be exciting. #

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  • 11:13 @KitiaraTomsen Do you have a favorite kind? I have a connection: chocolatesbyariel.com/ #
  • 13:54 The stop sign in front of my house has morphed into a yield. Reasonable, I suppose, given that is what people did anyway... #
  • 14:54 Returned moldy cheese and window handles, ordered tile, lunch with Diane and mailed deposit for deleading. Productive day! #
  • 16:20 Emi seems to have taken a dislike to western Watertown: whenever we get to H20town Sq. she starts to cry. #
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  • 07:56 @raxvulpine I hope she feels better soon! #
  • 10:38 @KitiaraTomsen I am constantly frustrated by the paucity of sundressed. Almost enough to take up sewing seriously. #
  • 12:08 @KitiaraTomsen I have half a dozen unfinished sewing projects in a box. #
  • 15:19 With Emi in the middle of Mem Drive in front of Senior Haus. Join us! yfrog.com/1gef3j #
  • 15:54 Umbrella is spitting up, baby is blowing away... Fun in the sun! #
  • 22:21 @rivergirldesign sounds like fun! Our river has more fireworks, but less rapids #
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  • 14:41 Best response ever: "You're so pale!" "Thanks, I moonbathe" #
  • 19:10 Finally figured out how to adjust this pattern to get an 8" square: yfrog.com/mgsr0j #
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  • 14:32 Rocking the stroller with my foot while holding an ice cream cone and a cappuccino. Why, yes, my name *is* Joe! #talesfrombuttonfactory #
  • 19:30 Baby gardening:
    1st 10 minutes in the yard = ok
    next minute = MURDER! AWFUL!
    10 minutes in the rocking chair later = ok again
    #confused #
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  • 15:42 @saribean You are a goof. #
  • 16:13 Making lemonade. Wish I had brown sugar--- the one I had at @cloverfoodtruck on Monday was disappointing, want to see if I can do better. #
  • 16:17 Lots of good stuff from @BostonOrganics this week. But what do I do with last week's Red Delicious apples? I don't like RDs. #
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  • 11:06 Singing to Emi got my best smiles yet! I need a bigger repetoire. #
  • 15:59 Woburn Radio Shack made my day: after car remote died, they had both the screwdrivers and battery I needed to replace (& not be stranded) #
  • 17:04 Stuck after all: new battery in remote but it still won't talk to the car. Stupid security system #
  • 17:07 @gisellis If you lock w/the remote the ignition is disabled until you unlock w/it. Sadly, new battery reset it, now it has to be programmed #
  • 21:09 Made it home, only 5 hours later than planned, after rescue by @Brian_Sniffen and dinner out. Tomorrow we are having less adventures! #
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  • 11:12 Since when do Alvin & The Chipmunks do covers of alt- and classic- rock? #
  • 12:07 @bohanlon I am so jealous. #
  • 13:30 Taking Emi to the doctor for her 1 month checkup! #
  • 15:41 Emi gets good grades: 93% in both weight and height. (10#15oz---2# since birth and almost 3# from her low!) #
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  • 01:35 @erindp does R not fall asleep in the car? A car ride pretty reliably puts Emi to sleep unless she is really hungry... #

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