More than luck

»  mark    28 Nov 2007 @ 21:38    

After we confirmed my wallet was missing Wednesday night, Olya and I did a quick search in the most common spots. We came up empty-handed, but that would not deter us from heading to Grandma’s house the next day. Still this weighed heavy on my mind. When we returned home after Thanksgiving Friday night, I again looked. Nothing.

Saturday I looked some more. I cleaned out the basement, hoping to run into it, but still no sign of it. On Sunday, Olya and I concluded that I would have to contact Public Transit, the bank, and the post office to see if anyone turned it in. We discussed the possibility of calling the credit card companies to have them cancel our cards. I felt sick just thinking of all the important identification that would take some time (and money) to replace.

Monday night, I was really down, because Tuesday mornings I go to the temple and I knew my recommend was of course lost in the wallet. Desperate, I went back to the drawer where I always keep my wallet. I pulled it out to look behind it, and finding nothing, was putting the drawer back in when my hand felt the wallet right in the drawer. I looked in and it was right there! I just stared at it for a minute, speechless. Then I called Olya over, who also could not believe my discovery.

Some might suggest we just did not look hard enough, but I know that is not the case. I looked through that drawer no less than three times, once even taking out receipts and other bits of paper one at a time. Olya looked in that drawer more times than I did. I cannot draw any conclusion other than that the wallet miraculously ended up there. How? I do not know. But it was an answer to prayer.

Pictures at last :)

»  olya    27 Nov 2007 @ 02:00    

As you may have noticed, I’ve been taking a break from taking pictures. I think I needed that… It was fun to learn some new things during that time! I made Maya a hat last night and today was finally the day when I felt like picking up the camera and photographing Maya modeling her new hat (which she loves, btw)

Pure luck

»  mark    23 Nov 2007 @ 22:19    

Ever seen the movie Pure Luck? How about The Out of Towners (the old one with Jack Lemmon)? The day before Thanksgiving seemed to come right out of either of these two movies, a day where things just did not go right.

It started about lunchtime, when Olya went to a little cafe just a couple blocks from our house for her favorite hummus sandwich. Her anticipation was dashed as the new employee working at the cafe brought her something she could scarcely recognize. The bread was soggy, the hummus was almost non-existent, and the vegetables looked like “leftovers.” Usually, the sandwich is so thick, that parts of it fall out as you eat. And normally, after eating just half of the sandwich, Olya is filled, but this time she was still hungry after eating the whole thing.

I stopped by the bank to deposit a check and to pay our rent via account transfer. The deposit worked fine, but the computer system hung up while transferring my money, so I had to move to a different teller to complete the transaction. Thankfully it did not make two transfers.

When I got home, Olya asked me to go to our post office to inquire about a package she was expecting. The Postal Service web site showed that the package had arrived, but it hadn’t been delivered. So I took Maya and we went to investigate only to be told that the tracking numbers indicate when the package arrives at the sorting center, not the post office. So given the holiday, we shouldn’t expect anything earlier than Friday.

Later that evening we went to the store. Or rather I took Elijah to the store with a list and Olya took Maya to Barnes and Noble to try to replace a book she had just bought for something better. Elijah and I were having a tough time, as over half of the things on our list were not on the shelves. We’d forgotten how many people buy groceries the day before the holiday. But to top that off, while I was taking a package of orzo off the shelf, Elijah (who had squirmed around until he was sitting sideways in the top of the cart) leaned over the handle and dove out head first!

I turned around just as it happened. Somehow, his legs caught enough that he did not land on his head, but rather somersaulted and landed flat on his back. As I thought about it later, this was probably the best way a 19 month old child could have landed as the fall might have broken bones if he had landed on his tummy, his feet, his arms, or his head. He of course screamed for a bit, but just five minutes later, you would not have known anything had happened.

While trying to comfort the poor thing, I finished getting what I needed and proceeded to the checkout line, where I discovered I did not have my wallet. So I told the checker I would go look in the car. The wallet wasn’t there, so after about 5 minutes, thinking my wife would be coming back from the bookstore at any moment, we went to find her.

Olya was looking through the section of knitting books while Maya had a dozen comic books scattered around on the floor. Fortunately, she had a debit card with her, so I took it and headed back to the store. Turns out after over an hour looking through some 200 books on knitting, she couldn’t find a single one that she liked!

When I returned to the grocery store, I learned that the checker had taken all my food back to the respective shelves. So I got to start over. We went to another store after that to pick up a few more things, one of which was eggs, and as I put them in the trunk of the car, they fell out on the ground on the end of the carton. After all we had been through, we were not about to give up on that minor technicality. We placed what was left of the carton carefully on some plastic that was in the trunk and made an omelet for dinner. Out of 18 eggs, 7 survived the crash, 5 slightly cracked ones were dinner, and 6 are still in the store parking lot.

It wasn’t until later that night that I realized that I had lost my wallet sometime after visiting the bank.

First pair finished :)

»  olya    15 Nov 2007 @ 18:14    

I didn’t dye this yarn but I did do the knitting (which is not perfect, but I blame it all on ‘uneven’ yarn, hehe ;)

New yarn :)

»  olya    13 Nov 2007 @ 16:21    

I know, it’s not as fun as photos of the kids, but this is what I’ve been doing lately…

New venture

»  olya    8 Nov 2007 @ 13:01    

Last post for today (yet again, I had a lot of catching up to do…)

Decided to get myself addicted to something new, so here’s my first dyed wool yarn :)

Here we are, 18 weeks

»  olya    8 Nov 2007 @ 12:59    

Don’t let this ‘sweet sleeping baby’ face fool ya…

»  olya    8 Nov 2007 @ 12:58    

This last week and a half have been pretty much a nightmare for us when it comes to Elijah’s sleeping. He was a wonderful sleeper from about 11 months, would go down without fuss, slept through the night and didn’t fight his naps…

Well, one night he just decided to scream at bed time for 2 hours. Well, actually he’d scream as soon as we put him in his crib, so we had to take turns and stay with him in the room. As soon as one of us leaves due to exhaustion, he’s back to screaming… I think his ‘shortest’ fight so far has been a little over an hour, his longest – close to 2.5 hours.

And don’t forget the night wakings. He used to wake up sometimes, we’d go and rub his back for a few seconds and he’d go back to sleep. Not any more. He tries really hard to stay awake at night, and as soon as we start doing army crawl out of his room, he starts screaming… His shortest middle-of-the-night fight has been a bit over an hour (on the nights when he woke up twice), his longest – 4.5 hours.

And he fights nap times too, but not as much compared to the above mentioned…

Last minute ideas…

»  olya    8 Nov 2007 @ 12:49    

Of course, being the great Halloween ‘fans’ as we are, we waited till the last minute to get ready for trick-or-treating :) So I made Maya’s dress in the afternoon, and Mark got this cool idea of turning Elijah into a tree, so we rushed to Michael’s and bought some felt. Got home, cut out the leaves, pinned them on Elijah’s clothes within minutes and off we went!

Our next adventure

»  mark    2 Nov 2007 @ 00:28    

We had a visit with our midwife today and were surprised to hear from her that none other than The Herald Journal had done a full write-up on her and one of the families she has worked with over the years. She said the article was quite positive including the comments, so I know you will all want to go learn more about our next adventure.

Stay at home birth by Jen Beasley, 30 October 2007.

PS> What’s funnier is that I met Beate (pronounced: bay-AH-tuh) years ago when I studied Russian at Utah State. She was one of the German tutors in the language lab.

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