Saturday, May 26, 2007

Baseball vs. baking cookies

This summer, Nico has been playing on a teeball team in the Heights Youth Sports League: the Diamondbacks. It's going much better than toddler soccer, so far. Part of it, I think, is that Nico is a bit older now (he'll turn five soon) and that he seems to really enjoy being part of a team. He loves when the coach yells, "D-backs, are you ready?" and the team screams back, "YEAHHH!"

Practices and games are hilarious! Some of the kids are really into it, while others really don't want to be there. At one of the games, one of Nico's teammates crossed home plate and instead of high-fiveing her friends after scoring a run, marched right up to her dad and said, "OK, I did it. Now we'll bake cookies, RIGHT?"

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Nico at Adelbert Hall

Nico at Adelbert Hall
Originally uploaded by Chiubacca
I'm not sure why Nico is so happy whenever he sets foot near Adelbert Hall. I've heard people refer to the building as a "fortress", "dungeon" and "tomb". Yet, Nico seems to love it.

I had a meeting that ran late this afternoon and had to dash off to pick up Nico from preschool before it closed. I then had to bring him back to the office to wrap up some things. Nico was thrilled! He loves coming to my office and writing on the whiteboard. He also loves to climb the stone wall of the porch facing the Case quad.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Cheers to Muses anthology of Asian American women artists

I recently learned some great news: My essay "Pearl Balls of Wisdom" was selected to appear in "Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women,” a forthcoming anthology featuring visual and literary art.

The book features the work of a variety of Asian American women representing a range of ages and backgrounds. Along with the poems, photographs, paintings, essays and stories, each artist includes a tribute to another Asian American woman (muse) who inspired them. For my dedication, I honored Maya Lin, the Ohio-raised artist/architect I've admired since fifth grade. The anthology is expected to launch mid-August 2007.

The anthology is being produced by the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA). If you would like to pre-order a copy of the book at a discounted rate, you can do so on the AAWAA site .

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

It's a...

It's a boy!
Originally uploaded by Chiubacca

Today, Vic and I saw fetal ultrasound photos of our baby. Nico's going to have a brother!

Before I left work for the ultrasound appointment, I told my officemates I'd let them know if I was having a boy or a girl. One of my co-workers, Susan, had given me two pairs of tiny baby shoes, a pink pair and a pair with trains on them. I took photos of both pairs of shoes so I could send the appropriate photo to the crew.

Susan has been a wonderfully calming influence on me during this pregnancy. She has two grown daughters of her own and her advice and wisdom has been really valuable. Early in the pregnancy, she predicted that I was carrying a girl, but recently, she said she was starting to feel that I would have a boy instead. She was right!