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March 8, 2005

What is up with the weather lately? We have had almost no rain since the beginning of the year. Since Sunday we have had 70 degree sunny weather. Last night we had the windows open til 9:30. This is not March weather for Oregon. This is not even typical weather for May for Oregon. It is supposed to stay this way for the rest of the week. It is very nice, but you can’t have such a huge shift without consequences. I guess we can count of lots of fires this summer.

I finished the baby blanket I started last July. It didn’t get done in time for the birth of my friend’s baby last Monday (if you recall, I originally started it for a baby due in Sept, but seriously didn’t get it finished in time), but I did get it done by Friday and drop it off to her. They had a little girl, too. I forgot to take a picture of the finished blankie, though, and that sucks, because it is my biggest effort so far. I will have to get one in the future. I like to keep a photo of all the work I complete.

Then also on Friday, Maddy got her first promotion in taekwondo. She went from a white belt, to a white belt with a yellow stripe. It was a hellish experience for us though. Everybody is crammed into this tiny room with benches on either side of the room and the students in the middle. It started at 5:30. Isabel was getting hungry and tired and even the promise of going to a buffet restaurant after it was over was not enough to stop a breakdown. At about 6:30, she had enough. She started screaming/crying. I tried to get her out of there as fast as I could because, as I said, it is a small room and everyone was fairly quiet. Well, in my haste to get her out, I forgot my purse, which had my keys in it. At this point I should mention, that we were sitting on the end of the bench farthest away from the door and we weren’t allowed to wear shoes into the room, so everyone had to leave their shoes outside the door in the stairwell, because the room is in the basement. So, we leave and as I get to the shoes, I realize that I don’t have my keys, but don’t want to turn around and go back mid-screaming. We manage to get our shoes on, quite a task. Then we have to hang out in the parking lot for about an hour, maybe a little longer, because she is still too cranky to go in. Finally, it was getting too chilly, Isabel was too wet (due to her reluctance to pee in the toilet and a useless pair of “waterproof” training pants) so I don’t want her to get cold and am tired of getting wet marks on my shirt every time I pick her up. Not to mention my back is starting to resent carry the weight of a toddler and an 8 month old fetus. I cajole Isabel into calming down enough to go back in and try to get Lawrence’s attention to bring my purse to me, so I don’t have to remove my shoes and pick my way to the other side of the room. I guess he was very into the taekwondo forms, because it took almost ten minutes to get his attention. Finally, we made it to the van, got changed and had a little snack. Then waited until 8:30 when they eventually finished. Apparently Master Kim insisted on giving a lengthy speech after handing out the belts and stripes, despite the fact that maybe half or more of his speech was not understandable, even though he has been in the US for more than 30 years! Needless to say, Lawrence will be taking Maddy to her next promotion by herself.

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