Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Keggy the Keg
Number of Living Alumni
University of Michigan: 420,000
Endowment (Per Student)
University of Michigan: $172k
Business School Class Size
University of Michigan: 427
Year Business School Established
University of Michigan: 1924
Miles to Closest LDS Temple
University of Michigan: 43
Number of Dunkin Donuts Locations
Hanover (Dartmouth): 1
Ann Arbor (University of Michigan): 0
Miles to Closest Target Store
Hanover (Dartmouth): 67
Ann Arbor (University of Michigan): 0 (Ann Arbor has two)
Number of Movie Theaters
Hanover (Dartmouth): 1 (Only has four screens)
Ann Arbor (University of Michigan): 4
State's Largest Employer
New Hampshire (Dartmouth): Dartmouth Medical Center
Michigan (University of Michigan): General Motors
Alumni You May Know
Dartmouth: Henry Paulson, Robert Frost, Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., Jeffrey R. Immelt, Fred Rogers, Michael Corleone
University of Michigan: Gerald Ford, Arthur Miller, James Earl Jones, Mike Wallace, Larry Page, Theodore Kaczynski, Tom Brady
Fictional Films Based on the University
Dartmouth: Animal House
University of Michigan: American Pie Presents: Beta House
First Year University Admitted Women
University of Michigan: 1870
What a US President Had to Say About the University
Dartmouth: This is what a college is supposed to look like. — Dwight D. Eisenhower
University of Michigan: I am a graduate of the Michigan of the East, Harvard University. - John F. Kennedy
We are currently leaning toward Tuck (Dartmouth). We really liked it when we went up there, even if the College began with the somewhat unique purpose of providing,"... for the Christianization, instruction, and education of youth of the Indian Tribes."(I am not kidding. That is directly from the College's original charter). As you can gather from the snapshot above, Dartmouth and Hanover are small, tight-knit communities. Love what Daniel Webster said about Dartmouth in defending the College against the state of New Hampshire's attempts to make it a public institution in 1819: "It is, Sir, as I have said, a small college. And yet there are those who love it." Too early to tell but I expect we'll be among them.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I am disappointed. I really didn't want to have surgery again, and deal with the recovery afterwards, especially with an active 40-pound toddler to take care of too. But of course I will do anything and everything to make sure she is healthy.
So please say a little prayer for us on Monday morning that Sadie and I will be okay and all will go well with the surgery. All you local types better come visit us! : )
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Oslo, Norway's capital, is opening a new opera house next month. I am sure it was meant - in part - to provide a distinct architectural landmark, like Sydney's Opera House. The new building is very sweet looking but think Oslo is kidding itself if its is angling for some type of comparison between cities. Sydney is associated with a pleasant climate, Norway with a harsh one. In addition, the city of Sydney's population is on par with that of the whole country of Norway. The buildings, on the other hand, may be more evenly matched. Judge for yourself.
So if you see me during the day looking completely zombie-fied, now you know why.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I think today was the last of our jaunts into DC. At least ones that include me. We started out at the National Building Museum (yes, you read that correctly- didn't know we had one of those, did you?), and on the way there from the car we passed through the Law Enforcement Memorial, where Ethan liked playing with the big lion statues.
This is the inside of the building museum- a very cool building. It obviously used to be used for some other purpose but neither of us knows what exactly. It's huge and open, and there's even a big fountain in the lobby! Ethan loved that!
After the building museum, we drove over to the White House and walked around the park on the north side. There were two people standing in front of the gates protesting- one was dressed as the Devil with a Dubya mask on, and the other as the Grim Reaper, with a sign that said something like "Thanks Mr. President for all the overtime." Classic. We took pictures in front of the Old Executive Office Building (below) and the White House itself.
This is St. John's church, just across the street from the aforementioned park. It is very old but very nice inside. We just meandered through very quickly, but it is quite impressive!
Ford's Theater is currently closed for renovations but we stopped illegally to take this picture anyway. The best part? The DC Hard Rock Cafe is right next door. What better way to commemorate the assassination of President Lincoln than overpriced hamburgers and Freddie Mercury's sweaty spandex.
I just like this picture of Paul with Ethan on his shoulders. Unfortunately for Paul this was the arrangement of choice for most of the trip.
After posing in front of the White House we went to the Renwick Gallery, which is right across from the Old Executive Office Building. It was really HOT in there! Ethan liked the big round couches in the main hall. Even Paul found a new object of his affection in this bizzare fish sculpture (pictured below). Can anyone figure out why??? (here's a hint- look closely at the close-up picture and you'll see something only Paul or Ethan could appreciate)
Next we hit up the DAR building/Constitution Hall. Neither of us really knew what was inside but it was kinda cool- about 15 or so rooms scattered throughout the building, each one representing a different state and outfitted with antiques. In the center is the library, where they have a ton of geneology stuff.
Last and definitely least, we went to the Corcoran Gallery. Don't waste your time or money. It was small and (gasp!) cost money to get in. We only paid for the general admission and there wasn't a lot to see. Then again, it's hard to appreciate art when you've got a 40-pound toddler on your shoulders or a huge pregnant gut and swollen ankles. Live and learn.
Monday, March 10, 2008
We initially were planning on going to see LeBron this Thursday but it now looks like we'll be attending the game vs. the Hawks next Monday for Family Home Evening.
If Red Vines + Mr. Pibb = Crazy Delicious, what does Agent Zero + Chinese Food for FHE equal?
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Sunday, March 09, 2008
It was so fun to have everyone together and the food was awesome. I loved those little cupcakes with the mint chocolate on top- mmm... thanks, Melanie!! Paul loved them too.
Everyone was so generous and gave us the cutest things for Sadie. She will be all decked out all the time! I can't wait to see her in all of her new adorable outfits! We got some other great things too, like diapers, burp cloths, cute socks, and even a scrapbooking kit. Again, my friends are amazing!
Here are a few pictures of the (many) highlights:
Andrea made these *super cute* baby leg warmers- aren't they awesome?!
And for good measure, here I am as of yesterday, at 38 weeks. Come out, come out wherever you are Miss Sadie Rose!!!
As you are all acutely aware, I am nearing the end of this pregnancy. Twelve days to go. I am desperate to get her out. I am exhausted. I can't sleep at night. My legs feel like they have Mexican jumping beans implanted in them. I can't walk for long distances because the ligament pain is a killer. Basically I'm just miserable and want her out. NOW.
So in the interest of maintaining my own sanity, I have begun researching natural techniques for inducing labor. There is some crazy stuff out there, but these are the methods that seem to pop up most frequently.
1. Relaxation techniques
4. Nipple stimulation
7. A bumpy car ride
9. Cumin Tea
10. Blue Cohosh (alone or in combination with other herbs such as Black Cohosh)
11. Castor Oil
My FIL insists that spicy Mexican food is what forced Paul out of the womb. I've been sitting on an exercise ball to try to get her to descend. I'm too chicken to try the castor oil (intestinal upset sounds like a bad companion to labor). Anyone have any other ideas? Anyone? Like I said, I am desperate.
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Tudor Place Front Gate - Washington, DC - March 2008
Tudor Place Main House - Washington, DC - March 2008
Tudor Place Garage House - Washington, DC - March 2008
Ethan in the Tudor Place gardens - Washington, DC - March 2008
We also visited the National Aquarium located in the Department of Commerce building.
Ethan with a crocodile at the National Aquarium - Washington, DC - March 2008
Ethan at a park on Embassy Row (all the buildings in the background are embassies) - Washington, DC - March 2008
Ethan at the Myanmar Embassy - Washington, DC - March 2008
The Old Post Office Building - Washington, DC - March 2008