Monday, January 28, 2008


Nothing is going on... nothing at all. We were supposed to go bowling last weekend. Well, we decided to get our house choirs done on Saturday, including whole lot of going through store to store looking for curtains and pillows and nice things for our office. Oh yeah, it's looking really great now. We installed new wall-to-wall bookcases that look totally like built-ins. The design is mine; execution - by a local carpenter, Patty. And Chris is almost done converting a closet into a built-in crafts area for me. And so I stay busy trying to make it all look pretty on a pretty limited budget.

Anyway, we decided to go bowling on Sunday when the alley is open (11am to 1pm). But Mark came up with a better plan - he fell asleep right after his morning snack and stayed asleep pretty much through our projected bowling time. Why oh why aren't there any drive-through bowling alleys? We would put him in the car; he'd sleep; we'd drive up to the lane, open the doors and bowl to our hearts' content! Alas... Instead, we ended up waiting for Mark to wake up and then doing the reverse lunch thing - first, ice-cream and then - a gourmet pizza and a root beer from a local micro-brewery.

This week we probably won't go bowling either. I tutor Russian for 1 hour on Monday nights now. And then tomorrow and Thursday I have a Translation Memory and Machine Translation class (working on a Localization Generalist certification). Then this weekend is Chris's drill. Oh well, will have to wait another week.

What's new with Mark? He talks a lot - baby talk and all sorts of funny noises. He started saying "ma" again. He walks when supported. He learned to play "catch" and scoots merrily on his butt down the hallway when we pretend to be chasing him. He pays attention to other little kids - looks at them and tries to touch them. Chris and I took him to a couple of story-times at the local libraries. At home, he plays with all his toys, but prefers regular objects such as tapperware and kitchen utencils and old magazines. He's very good at taking toys out of boxes and drawers, but lately he's been trying to put them back in. And he's staying busy developing his personality - for now it chiefly consists of loud objections while being diapered and dressed or when being seated in the car seat.