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You may be wondering where we’ve been for the past few months.  The “What’s Doing” sidebar hasn’t been updated since December.  I do know that and I’m sorry.  You see, we haven’t been upstate very much since the holidays.  We’ve been in the city – busily preparing for our new addition.

Yes, folks, Anuj and I are soon to become a family of three.  We are adopting a little boy from India.  I won’t say too much more because there are still many unknowns, but I can tell you that we’re thrilled, and that we hope he’ll be home by the summertime.  I’m dreaming of taking to him to the beach, to Tanglewood, to the farmer’s market…of showing him everything we love about our life upstate and helping him form his own special attachment to the area.

So you’ll forgive me if my mind isn’t currently here with the blog – it’s completely consumed with pediatricians and cribs and Parenting 101 books.  Wish us luck!


We’re here, just busy with, you know, life stuff.

We’re also in the middle of a mouse infestation.  In November and December, we came home a few Friday nights to a house full of mouse poop and hidden piles of lentils, nuts and other edible items.  They’re eating.  They’re nesting.  They’re running wild throughout our house and all over our furniture.  On our bed.  In our pantry.  There isn’t a room they haven’t touched.  At night, they scramble through the walls.

Apparently we’re not alone.  The guy we called to come help ‘remediate’ (we did trap five ourselves, but soon realized the scope of the situation was way beyond us) said this is the worst fall/early winter he and his colleagues have seen in 40 years.  40 years!  I think this piece from the NYTimes on the dearth of acorns probably has something to do with it.

We haven’t been up in the last two weeks to see how it’s going, but our guy told us that after 8 days of traps (he checks them daily), he’d got 27 mice.


These aren’t little brown field mice, either.  They’re good-sized, whitish/gray suckers.  The numbers have now decreased to only 1 every few days so we think it may be under control.  He’s put foam and steel wool in holes in the walls – we’ll see whether that keeps them from returning.

Anyone else being outnumbered by mice this year?

I’ve been away from the blogosphere for a while.  There are many things consuming my time at the moment, but primary is this.

My childhood friend Jim is a journalist who was captured by Libyan forces loyal to Gaddafi on April 5 while reporting outside the town of Brega.  He’s been detained with 2 other journalists for 33 days.  It’s heart wrenching and surreal, and I’ve been working with some tireless and devoted friends and family around the country to raise awareness on his captivity.  Perhaps you’ve read about it or seen Jim’s parents and brother speaking out on his behalf on the national news.

Obviously, it’s been hard.  It’s hard to define or reconcile or process on a daily basis as I get on the subway or weed the garden or sit with a glass of wine in front of the television.  What does this mean?  How can we stop it?  What is going to happen?  There are moments when I’m overcome with panic or helplessness and moments when I quietly cry and moments when I look at the sky and talk to Jim, hoping he hears it from his North African jail cell thousands of miles away.  The other day I went through years of old emails just to find one from him so I could laugh at the memory of how he talks to me – how we’ve always bantered and teased each other for more than twenty years.

What does this have to do with Mother’s Day?  Only that I can imagine Jim’s mother Diane needs an extra special bit of love today, so please send your good thoughts, and even sign the petition on the website to show your support.

Thanks everyone.

Love, Heather

PS Ann of From a Pebble…I missed the window to join your now-private blog – please contact me so I can continue to follow your journey!

gah!  Why when I change a category or tag or image or ANYTHING on an old post does it republish the post to my feed?


(by the way, I should really revisit that list of to-dos from one year ago.  I bet some are done.  No, really.)

We’re feeling pretty lazy today.  Just stuffed ourselves with eggs, pancakes, bacon and toast at our favorite breakfast spot down the road.

We’re thinking about getting the sled out.  We’ve got about 3 feet of snow.

Then we might go to MassMoCA to see The Felice Brothers.

Tomorrow night is one of my favorite television events of the year: the Golden Globes.  Ricky Gervais is hosting again.  Can’t wait.  I’m hoping the awards don’t all go to The King’s Speech, because we haven’t seen it yet.  I love Colin Firth, but I’m not dying to see him exchange witticisms about the British crown with Geoffrey Rush.  While stuttering.

At work this week I tried to put together a list of my favorite films of 2010, and here’s what I came up with:

  • Black Swan
  • Catfish
  • The Fighter
  • The Kids Are Alright
  • Social Network
  • Tiny Furniture

Toy Story 3 seems to be on everyone’s list, and we liked it, but it wasn’t nearly as good as Up.  Here’s the movies we missed that might have made my top 5 (or top 10) list:

  • Blue Valentine
  • Carlos
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • Fish Tank
  • The Ghost Writer
  • Greenberg
  • Inside Job
  • Please Give (sitting on our DVD player right now)
  • the Mike Leigh movie
  • Winter’s Bone

I guess I better fill up my Netflix queue.

To anyone who subscribes to this blog via Google Reader, etc:

I re-categorized a few posts today and it republished them in the feed.  I’m not sure why – and I’m also not sure why the images are all broken…Either way, disregard!

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