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Social Butterfly
Visit with Nomi
Apparently, I'm quite the social butterfly these days. Since I can't walk far, people have been really good about visiting me on Shabbos afternoons so that I don't get too bored. So I've had a steady stream of visitors, which is fantastic. I should have tried this "restricted activity" thing a long time ago. Even cooler than that was that weeks ago I made an off-hand comment to gnomi that she should come down here to re-teach me to knit so that I would have something to do while on weeks of agonizingly boring bed rest. And she did! Conveniently timed with osewalrus and beckyfeld's anniversary shabbos, she came down this past weekend and spent two hours with me Saturday night playing with pointy sticks. She brought me a bib pattern, three balls (? skeins? what do you call them?) of cotton, bamboo needles, and a bag full of random knitting supplies. She rocks!

I have now knitted (knit?) 1.66 bibs. It's pretty nifty. I only need about 30 more. :) Nomi wins the prize for going out of her way to come down for a random visit. Thanks, Nomi! And thanks to Michael for having your HS Reunion so conveniently timed as to free your wife up just at the right time!

Visit with Alexis and Family
However, arosoff wins the prize for number of miles traveled to visit. She and her husband and beautiful, adorable, fantastically cute baby Aliza came from the UK to visit her parents in NY. Since they were planning a weekend trip to DC, they stopped by Silver Spring on their way back up to NY on Sunday to have a nice visit. It was raining, of course, which I figured should make them feel right at home, except it wasn't the lovely drizzle you get in the English countryside, it was pouring buckets, which isn't quite what one would hope for. Thankfully, our roof works quite well. We weren't sure when to expect them exactly, so I figured I'd better make something for lunch that would be easy to accommodate, but easy to act as leftovers if they weren't here for lunch. Conveniently, they arrived just as lunch was coming out of the oven. Fantastic how that works! We had mac n' cheese casserole and salad. Neil, of course, doesn't eat anything green, but we made up for it with cheesecake for dessert. They were absolutely as lovely as I expected them to be and then some and I so hope we get to visit with them again sometime. Alexis' first words when she walked in the house were, "Wow, you really are showing already!" Yep. There's no hiding it. I wasn't kidding. Honest.

I even finally got to learn where I got some of my bridge quirks. I mean, I play American Standard, except I learned from my father. So I play a five-card major, except when I don't. Because, you know, sometimes you can't resist the four-card major. Well, apparently, that's a British thing. My dad did, of course, learn American Standard, but played in the UK for a number of years, and apparently co-opted some habits there. Well, at least now I can justify it to my partners. Not that I ever get to play bridge anymore. I've become embarrassingly unskilled at bridge for lack of opportunities to play. Online bridge just isn't the same.

Visit with Jeanne and Rose and bunches of Kids
Yesterday Julian had a half day at school and I couldn't bear the thought of spending the day in the house with him, particularly in light of the fact that Seth wasn't going to be home in the evening. So I checked in with Jeanne to see what her plans were, knowing full well that asking at 11am what her plans at 3pm were wasn't entirely fair. Still, she was all for some extra company (she already had planned to have Rose come over). So I picked Julian up, ran home to grab something to eat because I was starving, threw together a diaper bag, and jumped back in the car. Julian dozed in the car on the way up (it's an almost-hour drive) but not for too long. We arrived just before three. There were Jeanne's three kids, Rose's two kids, my one kid (who's rambunctious enough to equal 2 or 3 all by himself, but honestly? I think he was the calmest one there, with the exception of Alexander, Jeanne's youngest). Plus, you know, the four on the way (Jeanne's pregnant, too).

I hadn't seen Jeanne in a billion years and I've heard a lot about Rose from Jeanne but had never had the pleasure of meeting her, but I'm so glad I did. She's lovely. We had a wonderful afternoon and the kids played very nicely together. Julian was a bit reserved which I think was largely because he was exhausted from a busy last day of school and no real nap, and partly because there was a lot of activity around him. Jeanne even convinced me to get a belly-shot (on her camera, what in heaven's name was I thinking? Now someone ELSE has the evidence!!), which is quite the accomplishment.

All in all, a lovely afternoon. We packed up around 5:40 and piled into the van and were on the road by 5:50. Poor Julian was so tired, he was asleep within about 10 minutes. When we arrived home he started to cry because he was out of sorts from being woken up. He asked Seth to pick him up and told Seth he wanted to go take a nap in his room, and there he slept until 4am, when he came down and crawled into bed next to me and slept for another 2 1/2 hours. Poor tuckered boy.

And in other News...
In other news, I learned today that my client loves me and that I have the power to effect change at my job. But I'll post more on that in a non-public post later.

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warriorinside From: warriorinside Date: June 7th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are they bidding Acol or something different? I thought Acol still used a five-card major? I could be wrong. The thing that throws me about Acol is the weak 1N, although frankly it makes more sense to me than the strong 1N dictated by SAYC. There's a gap on SAYC bidding, where you've got 12-14 HCP and two four-card majors and nothing to write home about in the minors -- that'd be a 1N in Acol, but in SAYC it usually dictates a convenient minor (which sometimes stink).

My usual bridge opponents refuse to use four-card minors on the grounds that you have to take just as many tricks in a minor contract as you do in a major. *shrug* They don't use conventions at all, though, not even transfers, so they're a little weird.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 7th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure of the specifics. N said that he bids a four card major, which I'll do if I feel like I've got sufficient point strength. I believe he also said he bids a weak NT, which I was also taught I could do, but I always cleared that with my partner. To be honest, it's been so long since I've played at this point, that I'd have to do a serious review of my bidding before I sat down for a hand with a serious player. (I think, by the way, that my father refuses to play a four card minor also)
warriorinside From: warriorinside Date: June 7th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
*nods* I'd clear a weak 1N with your partner, especially in the US where it's not all that common. Does N play MP, IMP, or rubber?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 7th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always clear the weak NT, though honestly, it's not something I do often... my regular college bridge partners MOSTLY cured me of it. I don't know about N with MP, IMP or rubber... we didn't get into too long a conversation about it.
warriorinside From: warriorinside Date: June 7th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
*nods* Well, watch my LJ. I have a friend on my LJ who bids Acol consistently and knows whether the four-card major is part of Acol or not. I know they use strong 2's instead of weak, and unusual NT (which I'm still trying to figure out).
kressel From: kressel Date: June 7th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)



So you're on bedrest but still working? Are you working from home?

I hope you have lots of good books and tapes.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 7th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not on bed rest yet. I do a bit of work from home, but I'm mostly in the office still. I'm not sure how long that will last.
gnomi From: gnomi Date: June 7th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had a blast, so I'm very glad your offhand remark made me think I should come visit.

And I had no idea you played bridge. I dabbled in college but haven't played seriously in a while.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 7th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love bridge, but I haven't been able to play seriously since college.
malkaesther From: malkaesther Date: June 7th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, you sure are a social butterfly. How great to have friends visit.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 7th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not normally a social butterfly, but the fact that I'm already so restricted, even though I'm not on bed rest yet, has sort of got me in this panic that I'll be abandoned, so I'm making more of a concerted effort than usual.
jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: June 7th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
We had a great time yesterday! I'm SO glad you and Julian were able to visit. It's been way too long since we got to spend time together (even if it *was* punctuated by the stomping and tromping of little feet) :-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 7th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
More dramarama ensued with the crazy-lady, by the way. She's seriously insane. I'm very glad we made it up there as well. Thanks for letting us come up on such short notice.
kitsunebeast From: kitsunebeast Date: June 7th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your kids? They need this!

Rock Paper Scissors Triplet Shirts.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 7th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good one!
debsters1101 From: debsters1101 Date: June 8th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
wow julian finished school already? what is he going to do all summer, especially with you going on bedrest?
and also- we want belly pics! belly pics!!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 8th, 2007 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Julian's school has a summer program with the same hours as the rest of the year, so he'll be going all summer as well.

As for the belly pics, first of all, the answer is an emphatic no, as I've stated on a number of occasions. Second of all, you have no cause for complaint as I don't recall you having posted a single belly picture yourself.
arosoff From: arosoff Date: June 8th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
it was fab to see you both as well--Neil really enjoyed himself :) although I realised I forgot to pass you Aliza for a cuddle when you were sitting down.. I was worried about you lifting her.

We will definitely have to make another trip down when we're over again!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 8th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad Neil had a good time. I mean, I'm glad you had a good time, too, but I was less worried about entertaining you since I knew I had things in common with you. It's always more worrisome to think about whether it will be possible to entertain the unknown spouse. We enjoyed seeing all three of you. Not to worry about not passing me Aliza. She was quite content with her Daddy, and I'll definitely have babies to cuddle real soon now.
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