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In the background of history

This is neat-my Grandma was 16 in 1945.  On VJ Day she skipped school and took the train down to Times Square to celebrate.  This picture ended up being in the paper the next day.  You can see her in the space under the horn.

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Kenyon Pride

I know someone famous!  I was watching the Oscars last night, and when they announced the winner for best live-action short film, I realized it was my classmate from Kenyon, Oorlagh George!  She's definitely the most famous person from the class of '03 now.  I remember she was trying to get into my History of Ireland seminar when we were freshman, and Professor Browning said it was too full and wouldn't let her in, even though two of her Dad's films were on the assigned watching list.  They were serious about keeping those seminars small enough to be around a table, man.  One of my friends was on the waitlist for Intro to Creative Writing, and on the first day Professor Kluge told him, "I think 12 is the perfect number for a writing class, and you #13, so get out."

So happy for her!  And also a little jealous, but more so about the fact that according to IMDb her day job is being an assistant to Clive Owen.

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I got my wish for a child who's a late-night owl like me. Unfortunately, I still have the early bird too. While Greg and I are blissfully sleeping, Biggie brings me my glasses and says with hope "Bo? Elmo?" I don't remember if I wrote about The Bo before. As soon as we moved here he started calling the basement where he has his playroom Bo, maybe from "Below"? He also calls playgrounds Bos too, so who knows.

Then at night when Biggie is ready to sleep, Greg is ready to party! I can't complain too much, there's still a six hour overlap when they're both sleeping.

Trivia Finals were today, and we won! We won $1200, split 10 ways. A nice bonus at Christmas. And I helped lead us to the right answer for the final question. It was "What is the largest country (by population) whose capital is the largest city?" I'll put the answer in comments. There was also a neat bit of trivia I hadn't heard of before-Sylvester Stallone is the only actor to have been in a #1 movie in every decade since the 70s, including this one. How is it that we're already in the second decade of this century? I feel like I missed a few years there.
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All I've wanted to do in the last few days is sit around being sad for no reason and eat junk food.  Its quite boring.

I did put pants on today, so that was better than yesterday, and went to the trivia semifinals for my team.  I put Greg in the Ergo and took him with me, because he was just miserable when I left him home last time.  He was so good!  I only missed two questions when I took him out to the car for a break and he spent most of the 3 hours either sleeping or staring at the red tinsel on the ceiling.  My team, BAM (because everyone on it has been on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) tied for fourth, so we just made it to the finals next year.  Hopefully we can do better next week.  The final question (which we got wrong) was "What meat is eaten the most in the world by pounds consumed?  Chicken, beef, or pork?"

Brendan has finally noticed he has a baby brother.  I wish he still was ignoring his existence, because now he wants to hug him and hold him all the time.  The only problem is he likes to hug him around the neck.

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Then yesterday I had Gregory on the couch next to me. I look away for a second and when I look back Brendan is holding Greg's nose shut. He got sent to his room for the first time for that one (for two minutes). Now I have the baby trying to kill himself as all babies do, plus his brother trying to help him along. How does anyone make it to adulthood?

*answer to the trivia question: Its pork, by a lot. We said chicken, because we figured chickens are everywhere and no major religions forbid eating them. But I guess the fatness of hogs makes up for that.
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Two months-Gregory

Greg went for his checkup yesterday, and we found out that he is the 1%.  Well, 5% anyway.  He's in the 95th percentile for height and weight, 25 and a quarter inches, and 14 lbs. 11 oz.  He weighs a pound more than Biggie did at this age, and I thought he was a chubber.

He likes the mobile in his bassinet but hardly ever sleeps in it. And now he's almost too big! One one hand I'm proud of how big my babies are, because it means they're getting plenty enough breastmilk,  but on the other I wish they could stay little forever. And I don't even get as long as most mothers do.

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I gave my dollhouse away this week. Making it with my Mom is one of my fondest memories from childhood. But we just didn't have the storage space for it here, so I gave it to a woman with two daughters. The memories I kept.

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When we came back from lunch yesterday, a squirrel had knocked over our pumpkin and was eating it.

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Cookie Monster, I left you in charge. You really fell down on the job with this one.

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The sweetest gift a mother could ask for, two babies napping at the same time.

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My Dad came yesterday. He's staying for two weeks, and Matthew is still on vacation this upcoming week, so I'll have a lot of help for a little while.

I can't get over how light Gregory is. I know he's big for a newborn, but compared to carrying Brendan around its like holding a bag of cotton candy.