Thursday, November 17, 2011
We've had our beautiful new couch for a couple weeks now, so I thought it might be time for an introduction here...
A big improvement from our old one, which had broken supports, mouse-chewed holes, pen decorations, and on top of that- was way too big for the space. Yeah, I'm not missing this old one much...
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
It's been a really warm November so far. Yesterday, it got up to about 80 degrees! I could live with Winter if it stayed like this. But for the past two days, I didn't get to enjoy the weather. Instead I was downtown, fulfilling my civic responsibilities as a juror. It was a really interesting, frustrating, tiring, and rewarding experience. I originally was scheduled for jury duty last month while Paul was out of the country, but I got it moved so he could stay home. Paul played the part of Mr. Mom perfectly. Seriously, kids were fed, bathed, taken to and from school, dishes were washed, laundry was done, groceries were bought, dinner was ready at the end of the day, and the house was even in decent order when I got home. He's a star.
I went in yesterday morning, armed with a few books. I was sure I'd be sitting in that giant room with 500+ other people for two days. After a few hours, things finally got moving, and they called the first round of jurors- 36 people, and I very relieved to be among that group. We moved slowly up to our room, where we found out that we were on a civil case and the attorneys asked us different questions. Being the boring stay-at-home-mom that I am, I was pretty quiet through all of this. No, I did not have any experience driving a truck, no I did not have any real legal knowledge, no I never had business dealings with these particular companies...and so forth. And so I was picked to be on that particular jury. Also a relief, since those who were not picked had to go back to that giant room and go through the long process all over again.
Our case was pretty boring, although I feel some surge of excitement that I now have permission to talk (and even blog!) about it. :) We watched the same clip of surveillance footage and google map images and heard the same story over and over for two days. Basically, a company was trying to get actual and punitive damages from some FedEx driver for "knowingly" damaging a communication line that ran over a parking lot. Besides the footage, there wasn't much to go on to determine motive other than the guy's testimony that it was an honest mistake- that he wasn't even aware of causing any damage until he was later shown the tape.
Being in the same room with a bunch of strangers for a few days was the most interesting part though. Since we couldn't discuss the case, we talked about all sorts of other things. I had lunch with another young mom, who I never would have otherwise met. I got to hear all sorts of fascinating stories and open up a little about some of my beliefs. When we finally got to deliberate, it was as if the floodgates opened, and what was really on our minds all spilled out. It was a pretty clear consensus among us, which I thought was interesting. I wondered if it would be when during the closing statements I found myself waffling. Anyways, it's over. I'm glad it's over, but I'm also glad I got to have the experience. Maybe I'll even look forward to it the next time I'm called in for jury duty.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
We're back! We drove out to Virginia last week for Paul's brother's wedding, and took a little extra time off to visit our old stomping grounds. We had a wonderful time, and have a lot of great pictures to show for it. Although I'm still baffled as to how I never got a decent picture of the bride and groom, or any of our day with my parents and Bryan and Jeni and their kids. Whatever. We'll just use our imaginations. :)
|The first few days we spent with Paul's brother's family near DC. Here's Peter at Cox's Farms. We went there on Halloween, with Alexandra and two of her boys.|
|Lunch at Cox's. Peter, me, Will, (Porter in the stroller), Alexandra and Benjamin,|
|Cousin bath time! There are FIVE boys in there! Nora didn't join them, which was probably for the best.|
|Porter is such a sweet, affectionate little guy. He gives kisses on demand, and Nora was always willing to offer a cheek.|
|Trick-or-treating! There's Brigham with Porter the dragonfly, Benjamin the ninja, WIll and Andrew the soldiers, Peter the Robin, and Nora the duck. It was a chilly night, so everyone had lots of layers underneath.|
|Nora at the Natural History Smithsonian.|
|The Air and Space Museum was a favorite. The space ice cream remains one of the big things they still talk about from the trip.|
|Benjamin touching the moon rock.|
|We both love the Air and Space Museum and have lots of great childhood memories from there.|
|There's the Capitol building.|
|And the Washington Monument.|
|And it of course made Paul feel all sorts of manly, manning those sails. :)|
|Katie brought her boyfriend Eric along too, so we finally got a chance to get to know him a little better.|
|It's sad but this is the best shot I got of the beautiful bride, with little Nora looking on. I guess weddings are totally different once you have three little kids to keep track of.|
|Benjamin getting chummy with his fellow red-headed Aunt Katie at the reception. He told me today that if things don't work out between Katie and Eric, then he (Benjamin) will marry Katie.|
|Here's one of Kat dancing with her father, and Mike dancing with his mother. There was lots of good music and good dancing, especially by the kids.|