Archive for June, 2006

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Good genes

June 26, 2006

According to this report, I'm going to be a very old woman someday.

Using U.S. Census data, the Social Security Administration database, and genealogical records, Gavrilov and Gavrilova identified 198 centenarians born in the U.S. from 1890 to 1893. They reconstructed the family histories of these individuals to try to identify possible predictors of longevity.

They found that while being born to a young mother was an important predictor of reaching 100, other factors seem to help someone live an exceptionally long life. These include growing up in the Western part of the U.S., spending part of one's childhood on a farm, and being born first.

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Girls’ Night Out

June 22, 2006

 

It wasn't quite the same as 20 years ago, we had to laugh at ourselves driving in my wagon with Bauhaus blasting and my two little kid seats in the back.  And instead of sneaking vodka in, we had bottled water.

Note the flailing baby next to us in the photo.  Not exactly hip, huh?   

So we knew we are not nearly as cool as we used to be, but we were like silly teenagers watching Peter Murphy and crew on stage.  Amazing music, still as relevant to me now as it was 24 years ago.

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SCD Update

June 20, 2006

Lily is doing awesome on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.  She was weighed today at the doctor's office, and she weighs 40 pounds!  Hard to explain that a kid who doesn't eat grains, lactose, or sugar has gained 3 pounds over the last 2 months. 

She is mature about the whole situation.  Even at birthday parties, she eats her banana/peanut butter/almond flour cake with honey frosting without complaint.  We are facing another pizza party this week, I need to figure out how to creat a decent crust without grains.  

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Unremarkable

June 20, 2006

Lily's PC (that's pediatric cardiologist for the uninitiated, may you never need one) said today that she was "completely unremarkable".

It's the rare occasion that I'm pleased to hear that description of my kid.  Her heart function has not changed, still aortic valve regurg, and still huge, but not in failure and functioning fine.  The tissue close to where her surgery happened appears to be stretched, but they are not concerned. 
Other than a spontaneous healing, I couldn't ask for more. 

Lily is a healthy kid!  Lily is a vibrant kid!  Go Lily, go! 

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Supermodels

June 18, 2006

Lily and I are in July's issue of Prevention Magazine. Last year when we were in The New Yorker, we were informed and sent several copies. This time we found out by accident, my mom's co-worker spotted us in her subscription copy.

If you don't feel like purchasing Prevention, flip through it in the grocery line, or go to WomenHeart and you can see us in poster version in the online store.

The photo was shot almost 2 years ago, I am amazed at how grown up she looks now.

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If I were an artist

June 13, 2006

Oh, how I adore the creepy stuff on Elizabeth McGrath's site.  From the Ouija board theme to the Spanish language influence and the religious icons… You must go look.

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Goth Girl

June 12, 2006

I love music.  All types, really.  Current most played list includes:  Ojos de Brujo, Lila Downs, a bunch of Ethiopian music, Afro-Celt Sound System,   Prince (does he really need a link?)

I'll forever love the music of my youth. The band that first captured me in ninth grade, Bauhaus, has held my attention all of these years.  That's 24 years since ninth grade, by the way. They broke up in the early 80's, and I've been listening to various incarnations of the members since then.  Tones on Tail, Love and Rockets, and my favorite Peter Murphy.  

Well, Bauhaus has reunited, and guess who will  be seeing  them  next week??  Me and Lester.  Break out the black  eyeliner.