Another Baby Shower!

My lovely co-workers also gave me a baby shower! They surprised me with this incredible custom cake that was just perfect. Desiree, one of our photographers, designed it. She even got Willow in there. The theme was, yep, Beatles. Seriously – Halloween and The Beatles! Could there be more “me” baby shower themes? Since I didn’t want a super-baby or … Continue Reading →


Butterfly Garden

We only got to the Butterfly garden once this fall, but we did make it there. We managed to do the small trail loop, which, considering I was like 7 months pregnant, was an accomplishment. I had good and bad days with walking, depending where the baby was sitting on my bladder, but this was a good day, and it … Continue Reading →


Baby Shower!

I have awesome friends, who threw me this awesome baby shower! I was kind of a pain about it because I didn’t tell anyone I was pregnant for a very long time, for a multitude of reasons. So my friends couldn’t send out invites until I did. I didn’t want anything super gendered, I didn’t want baby games, I didn’t … Continue Reading →


What I was up to – August 2017

August! The big things we did in August were the lantern festival and the solar eclipse and a beach trip! Total Solar Eclipse The Lantern Festival New Smyrna Beach 2017 Willow enjoying the sunlight in the new baby room: Goose crossing at work: Bambi sighting at the local pond: My friend Joe saw this bird feeder that makes squirrels look … Continue Reading →


What I Was Up To – July 2017

July 1st, we did our annual Laurel fireworks with our friends. They always have a nice display and it’s almost never the same day as the DC ones. Kitty toes. She has red nails because we’ve had to put nail covers on her to keep her from scratching her ears. For the 4th we met Sean and Ed in DC. … Continue Reading →


What I was up to – June 2017

At the beginning of June, we hit the Annapolis Greek Festival and got our gyro on: Baklava sundae: Willow sleeping on my bag. As I write this, she is asleep on my scarf in the same location. This friend of a friend got a nice review for her book in Entertainment Weekly! We had dinner with her and my friend … Continue Reading →


Total Solar Eclipse

I’ve seen two annular solar eclipses before, but I’ve never seen a total one. And I am told that they don’t compare and that total eclipses are spectacular, and there are are people that devote themselves to chasing them all over the planet. They can’t be that great, right? They are. Total eclipses have not been overblown. It was one … Continue Reading →


2016 Year in Review – costume events

Yeah, I got literally nothing done this year. In my defense, I was still suffering from my general costuming malaise and then I actually had a successful pregancy, so between changing sizes and being dead tired, I didn’t really do any sewing. I started a waistcoat for Doug when Gloria and I had a sewing day, but it’s still sitting … Continue Reading →


The Lantern Festival

I have always wanted to go to a Lantern Festival, and by always, I mean, ever since I read Neverending Footstep’s blog about going to one in Chiang Mai, earlier this year. (https://www.neverendingfootsteps.com/2012/11/27/the-yi-peng-lantern-release-in-photos/) It looked amazing, but when was I going to be in Thailand? I mean, sure, I’d love to visit, but realistically?? My niece posted about going to … Continue Reading →


New Smyrna Beach 2017

Our yearly family Florida vacation took place in August this year! And though we had a bad time here two years ago, we were returning successfully pregnant. We were a little nervous but I was pretty far along, so we hoped all would be well and we’d have a good family vacation this time. It did not start well. We … Continue Reading →


Williamsburg

Since I’d been unable to go on the variety of other Williamsburg trips (IVF can really limit your travel), Gloria proposed we go this summer for a weekend. So we did in July! I wasn’t super pregnant so I was ambulatory if a little slow, and we had a really nice time. Thanks, Gloria, for doing the organizing! We first … Continue Reading →


AwesomeCon – June 2017

AwesomeCon was in June this year. Despite being about 5 months pregnant, I was able to fit into my League of Their Own costumes so Gloria and I could be twinsies. I also was a part of a JWST panel on how we combine Art and Science to tell the story of the mission. Had a great weekend! Here’s pics! … Continue Reading →


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