Sunday, August 31, 2008

New church today

Instead of trekking very far north and going to our usual church, we resigned ourselves to reality and went to an Antiochian church in Dallas. We'd missed a lot of church lately, and it seems a lot of that has to do with getting up at 6:00 AM to be on the road by 8:00. It also occurred to us that if it's hard enough to get two adults up and going in time, imagine trying to do it with two six-year-olds in tow.

The new commute will be about 20 minutes instead of 30 (and that's 30 minutes only on Sunday mornings when there's next to no traffic--allow 45 minutes to an hour on weekdays), we won't have to get on a highway, and Liturgy starts at 10:00 instead of 9:00. We were there at 9:00 anyway for Orthros (if you don't know, it may only confuse you further to ask), but it still afforded us an extra hour of sleep. There will be some stuff for us to get used to: Different demographics (middle class folk instead of college students and pensioners), different music (Arabic instead of Russian), different ethnic minorities (Arabs instead of Russians), the presence of pews (again, don't ask), and all the little things that the Antiochians do different than the Russians. Oh, and after finally figuring out how to phonetically pronounce, "Lord have mercy," in Russian, I now have to learn it in Arabic. But it's a very friendly church, and I look forward to snuggling in there.

We'll still trek up north once a month or so since we still have lots of good friends up there, but the time had arrived to find a closer church. We're fortunate that it's a good one!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Way to waste post #200

Yes, this is the Loquacious Loquat's 200th post! And what better way to celebrate this milestone than with a picture of what my birthday cake will look like in 2009 when I turn 26:

Okay, so on another forum I'm on, a friend posted a link to a great blog, Cake Wrecks. It's definitely worth your time--just be prepared to explain what you're giggling about.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

It's a lovely day here

Just ask los gatos!

Can you believe it? It's August here, and it's only 75 degrees right now! Every last cat is having a wonderful day breathing in all the wonderful smells of outdoors, and the person in charge (me--Chris has gone back to work, poor thing) is enjoying getting the stale, musty smells out of the house.

I love that picture of Owl (top picture, cat on left), by the way. He knows just how to stand to look adorable.

Friday, August 15, 2008


Obviously, that's not vinegar. The CSA has inundated us with hot peppers, so I put my immersion blender to work this evening, combined the peppers with a whole bottle of vinegar, and messed up the reception on the TV by blending away gleefully. (I recommend the use of a regular blender, by the way, and all subsequent batches will be made as soon as I get my hands on one.)

This year, you may be the lucky recipient of Chandler's own hot sauce, especially since I still have about 3-4 bags of peppers to burn through (and that doesn't include the ones I've grown). And this ain't no namby-pamby Tabasco sauce, either--this is eyeball burning, coughing-fit inducing, oops-I-got-some-on-my-arm-and-now-its-inflamed hot sauce. But that's not to be confused with I-added-one-drop-to-my-chili-and-now-I've-killed-my-taste-buds-forever hot sauce. It's spicy, not stupid.

Sorry for the blurriness of the picture. I took one with flash that was clear, but it looked like I had 32 fl oz of blood in a jar instead of hot sauce. This one brings out the lovely orange color.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Do I have a treat for you!!

Why say anything? Pictures are worth a thousand words, after all!

He actually hasn't left yet--he's still hanging out on the fig. But isn't he cute?

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Caterpillars ahoy!

My rue, a lovely aromatic herb that's mostly there to look nice and not be eaten, was eaten indeed this year by a swarm of black swallow-tail caterpillars. When their numbers began to decrease dramatically, I suspected the worst. When only two remained, I prepared an old peanut butter jar for them and took them in. One made a chrysalis the next day, the other the day after that. (We joke that the second one said, "I don't want to grow up! I want to eat!")

This morning, I noticed that the chrysalis the first caterpillar (or capadillar, as they're cutely called in our house) had changed colors. About half an hour later, I found a butterfly in the jar! So outside we ran with a brand new butterfly in hand.

The butterfly was very particular. It knew exactly how it wanted to hang while its wings were drying, and it knew exactly what it wanted to hang on to: me. Did I mention that it was already 90 degrees and I was wearing a cardigan?

Should I spare you the details? Like how caterpillars come out of the chrysalis and have to defecate white liquid everywhere, "everywhere" being my sleeve? Or that the thing at one point decided that the best place to be was on my face? (They have a rather flowery smell, by the way.) Or that it was perfectly capable of flying long before we finally made it? Or that I nearly died of heat stroke before we discovered it could fly?

All that's okay--I can get over it. It was a very cool morning for the two of us.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Today is Olympics

(Sorry, I love nonsense sentences like that.) :)

If you're real nuts like us, click here, scroll down to Countries, and sign yourself up for RSS feed for Colombia's Olympic news. I expect participants from the country to at least finish most events, though I think the bulk of the medalling will go to my own native land.

Also know that, sadly, this is the last year of Olympic baseball. Two doozies of games are going to take place at once, so Chris and I have until Thursday to decide if we want to watch China vs Chinese Taipei or the USA vs Cuba. Both have wonderful political implications, but you know Cuba will put on a fantastic baseball show. Give me Cuba to win the gold, by the way.

Some say the Olympics are lame. To them I say, "I myself am a lame person."

The computer will get quite the workout for the next few weeks.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Feeling generous?

Sure, our teeny-weeny blog lacks in a wide readership, but we still like to do our teeny-weeny part for the world at large. If you're not reading the CF Husband blog, congratulations--you're the only one not reading it. Long story short, the guy writing it has a wife with cystic fibrosis. She had a double lung transplant and has subsequently developed post-transplant lymphoma. On Friday, he set up a fundraiser to raise $3000 in a week for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Two days later, he's lacking less than $600--in fact, they got to half the goal at the end of the first day. Did I mention he'll shave his head? You know I love humiliation. :D

Remember the kid who was asked who should get credit cards, and he responded that you should get one if you're tired of carrying hundreds of dollars around in your pocket? Perhaps that sounds a lot like you! ... Okay, maybe not. But if you're interested in giving, here's the link: