The Nut Graf

Went to the hospital and came out with this little burrito at 8 lbs, 12 oz.:

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which three months later has turned into this big boy at 13.5 lbs:

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Where does the time fly?

On my way

Posted on: May 11, 2009

I am 39 weeks along now and will be checking into the hospital tonight to be induced. Here’s a photo of me at 37 weeks, celebrating the fact that I went full term this time. Yippee!37wks

Ever take any of those Internet personality tests? They’re a great way to waste time. Here are a few I took recently:


You Are 80% A Child of the 80s


Not only did you experience the 80s… you are practically an expert.
You should be totally stoked!

I am Anne Elliot!

Take the Quiz here!

This is the one Jane Austen book I haven’t read or seen the movie, so I don’t know whether this is a true comparison:

:: A N N E ::
You are Anne Elliot of Persuasion! Let’s face it, you’re easily persuaded, especially when faced with choices that are or aren’t ‘the Elliot way.’ But this doesn’t mean that you don’t have conviction. Actually, your sense of duty is overwhelming. And though you won’t stick your neck out too often, you have learned to speak up when it counts. To boot, you know how to handle sticky situations. You love deeply and constantly.

Ahh, this is more like it:

You’re sweet (but not too sweet) and you fill other people’s lives with tasty bits of awesomeness. You’re no perfectionist – in fact, you’re a bit disorganized – but your friends find your easygoing personality irresistible. You’re so popular and loveable that even when you’re having a bad day, people still like having you around.

I disagree that I’m a bit disorganized. I’m actually very organized, especially with things that I care about. I do love chocolate chip cookies though. Hmmm, coooookie!

Just a quick note to tell everyone we are okay here in SD. The fires are far from us, but we can smell the burning and this morning I saw some ashes drifting from the air like snowflakes. The air quality is very poor, so the authorities are telling people to stay indoors. They’re also saying to keep off the roads to clear pathways for emergency vehicles and evacuees. Many people have been affected. I think all of us know at least 5 or 6 families that have needed to evacuate. San Diego public schools have all closed for the week, so my son is staying home with me.
Here is a photo of the mountains from my front door yesterday afternoon:
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You can see the clouds of smoke and the flames reflecting into the sky with a pink glow. Here’s a photo this morning:
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See how the air is completely full of smoke. Last night I could even see some fires burning on the mountains. We hope the fires will be contained soon and feel for all the losses that people have suffered. Thanks for your thoughts.

It’s the new TV season, and I’ve been spending a lot of time in front of the set. This is what I’m watching this season.

SUNDAYS:
7 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) – Still the best news magazine around, though I’m wondering when Andy Rooney will retire
9 p.m. Desperate Housewives (ABC) – There’s a new housewife in town played by Dana Delaney, who used to be on China Beach, another great show years ago. I hope she’ll won’t be stuck with a bad plotline like they did with poor Alfre Woodard last time.
runner up: Cold Case (CBS) – The stories are usually so eerie and sad I can’t turn away. I usually watch this show during summer reruns though.
10 p.m. Brothers & Sisters (ABC) – I love Sally Field and Rachel Griffiths. A strong cast, soapy and fun.

MONDAYS:
This is a strong night. There are a few ways to play it:
Make it a comedy night — At 8 p.m., CBS has How I Met Your Mother, which I watched episodes of over the summer. Neil Patrick Harris is a riot. And CW has Everybody Hates Chris and Aliens in America, both shows about the terrors of public middle/high school. I also like CW’s Girlfriends, which has a strong ensemble cast.
Action night: Start at 8 p.m. on NBC with Chuck, followed by Heroes and Journeyman. I’ve liked Chuck so far. It’s action with a light touch. It reminds me of a cross between 40-Yr-Old Virgin and Alias. Journeyman is like a more serious, updated version of Quantum Leap. I do like time travel shows though, and the writers have written an interesting relationship storyline between the married couple main characters.
Reality show night: ABC’s Dancing with the Stars has been a ratings juggernaut. It’s garish, cheesy and so American — the whole ‘you can win if you try real hard’ ethos. It’s followed by The Bachelor, which I hate, but it’s there if you want to make it a night of schadenfreude.
between commercials: CSI: Miami (CBS) – Worth peeking in just to see David Caruso’s overacting. I like Emily Procter, but do they really have to make you wear tight white jeans when you’re digging for ballistics in the swamp?

TUESDAYS:
Mystery night
8 p.m. Bones (FOX)
9 p.m. House (FOX)
between commericals: Dancing with the Stars (ABC) results show
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – still the best L&O franchise – loved it when Richard Belzer’s character became captain for a day

WEDNESDAYS:
8 p.m. Pushing Daisies (ABC) – The critics are all loving this one. It’s quirky and sweet.
between commercials (or Tivo and watch when nothing else is on): America’s Next Top Model (CW)
9 p.m. Bionic Woman (NBC) – I grew up with the Lindsay Wagner version, so I wasn’t sure I’d like this one. But it’s pretty good – a cross between Alias and Le Femme Nikita. And I’ve got to support a show that has an Asian male recurring character.
10 p.m. Dirty Sexy Money (ABC) – Peter Krause is back on TV! His character is similar to Nate on Six Feet Under, trying hard to be a family man but a bit confused.
and Life (NBC) – Another cop drama, but well done

THURSDAYS:
8 p.m. (ABC): Ugly Betty – Campy fun. Vanessa Williams’ Wilhemmina Slater is the best villan on TV right now.
NBC’s comedy slate of My Name is Earl, 30 Rock, The Office: I like the Office the best, but 30 Rock is getting better each time. It just won the Emmy.
9 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – I didn’t like last season, but I’m hoping this season will be better.
or CSI (CBS)
10 p.m. ER (NBC)
Watch in between commercials: Big Shots (ABC) – some good-looking guys kevetching like a bunch of women
Catch during summer reruns: Without a Trace (CBS)

FRIDAYS:
looks like ABC is repeating Pushing Daisies at 8 p.m. so a good chance to catch it if you didn’t see it earlier this week.
9 p.m. Friday Night Lights (NBC) – I’m trying to get into this one, especially now that they’ve moved it to a night where there aren’t many good shows.
10 p.m. NUMB3RS (CBS) – I love nerdy guys, especially when they like to explain simple things using complex terms

SATURDAYS:
If you don’t have Tivo and don’t have a date, NBC is repeating episodes of Heroes, Bionic Woman and L&O SVU

That’s all folks. A lot of shows, which means a lot of knitting for me. (See my crafting blog.) Tell me what you’re watching!

We’ve finally moved to our new house on the hill. In keeping with my view theme, here’s what it looks like out our front living room. If you look really close you might be able to make out the downtown skyline:
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and from our back deck:
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See that gray roof to the left? That’s our neighbors’ garage. They say they want to build up on it, which means we would lose much of our view. But we do have a recourse: build a rooftop deck. It’ll cost quite a bit and be a big pain, but we think it’ll be worth it.
So, what comes with owning a home? Spending money. Here’s one of my new purchases for the house, a pair of Mexican handpainted bar stools for our kitchen counter.
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I love how they look against the white of the counter. The little paintings are based on the Mexican game of Loteria, a card-matching game much like our game of Memory. There are also little cherubs and flowers painted all over, such a great example of Mexican handicraft.
So folks, here’s your chance to put in your two cents. We’re trying to decide on new wood flooring. It’s between Brazilian Oak (Amendoim) or Santos Mahogany. Keep in mind we’re trying to cover 950 square feet of space (dining room, living room and a very bright kitchen). Also, we have some big, dark red hand-molded tiles that make up a hallway and fireplace. Here’s a photo of the tiles (piano in the background was left to us by the previous owners – a great bonus!):
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Here is a photo of Mr. Nut Graf having drinks at the balcony at Bertrand’s at Mr. A’s, which has sweeping views of San Diego’s downtown and the bay. I’m trying to use this to entice those of you who live elsewhere to come visit us. Wouldn’t you like to have drinks here in the 70-80 degree weather, watching the planes glide into the city? A pretty remarkable sight.
Speaking of views, on a recent trip to Mexico City (pop. 20 million!), I was reminded of how beautiful parts of it are. Here’s a section of the Centro Historico (the historical downtown):
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That’s Alameda Park and the gorgeous Palacio de Bellas Artes (an art nouveau-style theater) in back of the park.
And here’s Boston Harbor (We just returned from there, although this particular photo was taken a few years ago):
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What is it about looking at bodies of water and trees that’s so relaxing?

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