Tuesday, January 17, 2012

variety: spice of life ?

  • Kerline and her baby girl got to go home after almost a week in the postpartum recovery room. 
  • Fifi had a quick easy DAYTIME birth. She has our undying gratitude for showing up ready to roll at 9am on a Monday and getting down to business. The quick births make you realize how much the long ones take out of you. They also make you want to jump up and down for joy.
  • Lourdes Milla decided not to return to the Harbor House after Christmas break. We're sad and happy. Sad to lose our comedian at the house, happy she feels good about moving away from Port au Prince and back with family she'd been separated from for a long time. 
  • Thank you Jeff Gacek for the special gift given to our kids! They are enjoying it every day. See photo evidence.


  • We have a guest with us all week. He arrived last Friday loaded down with many things, including but not limited to bacon and coffee.  Not just any bacon. Butcher shop bacon from California. He brought us the most advanced and superior coffee making tools of all time. Should we ever wish to go into business making coffee, we're fully armed and ready to do so. Grinding coffee to the exact coarseness desired is likely to become one of Troy's hobbies. When we were making plans for his visit we sent him an email explaining that we were looking forward to his visit. We shared that hosting him in our home was not stressful at all but having him see the inner workings of our dinner-routine would be an issue and would in fact create great stress. We asked how he would feel about eating at the guest house where they serve real meals geared for grown-ups. The singular human allowed to know what we eat for dinner and see exactly how pathetic and unvaried the rotation can be is Dr. Jen. She has lived with us long enough to stop judging. Rice with beans - bam - two course meal - rice 1 & beans 2 - full meal, no entree or additional side-dish needed.  Spaghetti with sauce - again - two courses.  Bread with Peanut Butter ...  You get the picture. Occasionally we pull out all the stops and host a party with real food, but our nightly dinner routine and menu isn't something we want a lot of people to be exposed to - especially not early in a relationship. If variety really is the spice of life, we're troubled.  We're certain there must be other less-well publicized spices of life. 

  • The list of "social media" sites that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security monitors was recently leaked. We were a nervous combination of perplexed, flattered, and concerned when we saw that pretty much every other site they monitor makes sense. CBS News, Jihad Watch, Drudge Report, Narcotrafico en Mexico, Huffington Post, and Livesay Haiti Weblog. We've determined that Noah is a threat to national security and an early detection system has identified him as such. It is either that, or they just really, really love pregnant ladies in Haiti.  All that to say,  HI (waving) HI HI monitor person at DHS. Nothin much in the way of threats to national security going on here but still - thanks for checkin in!
danger to society or starving child? you decide
  • We have another guest this coming Saturday night and then friends coming for a few days on Tuesday too.  We're still trying to figure out how to break it to them that they cannot stay during dinner time.


20 comments:

Aaron Hendrick said...

I really think you guys need to change the disclaimer above your comment box. Besides not wanting anonymous comments, you need to warn people that anything they say is being monitored by the DHS and may be used as evidence against them in a court of law.

Allison in Kentucky said...

Three cheers for Fifi!
Best wishes to Lourdes Milla.
Shock and awe to Homeland security.
And does this mean there is absolutely no pressure to be Betty Crocker in Haiti? Because I dig less pressure.

Have a great week, Tara!

T & T Livesay said...

Aaron - Troy was leaving for a meeting for the day and said, "I am going to the meeting then to go get Aaron at the airport." I guess he wants to be sure to be on time, so he is going to get there 24 hours early.

Allison - no pressure here. cheaper and easier to stick to three staple meals and rotate them. plus after about a year people don't seem to miss the fancier more varied menus any longer.

Dept of Homeland Security -
Still nothing sketchy going on here.

Angela said...

My boys eat like wolfhounds and are still as skinny as Noah! Oh, to have their metabolism! ;) We miss y'all!

Brazenlilly said...

Homeland security?! [snort] That's one for the baby books.

Lori said...

You mean not everyone considers spaghetti and sauce a two course meal? If that's the case, then my kids are in for a shock someday.

Terri in Colorado said...

Maybe it was the pic of Troy standing next to President Clinton (and perhaps mocking the former pres a bit) that got you on the list?
Otherwise that is really odd...or perhaps they just like Issac's self confidence and Phoebe's singing voice.
Terri in Colorado

Jess said...

I wonder if they like track you guys when you're in the states...creepy.

Although....I'll betcha someone just added you to the "list" so they wouldn't get in trouble for reading your blog at work.

Melissa Mae said...

Jess - I was thinking the same thing!

Kathy C. said...

Home Land security??? They must be concerned about all those gypsy children : )

Echo of Eve said...

As creepy as it is, (and it's creepy.. US Gov, you are creepy, yes YOU) it's probably because the news orgs were quoting you guys during the earth quake and somebody out there noticed that you do a better job than most at keeping in contact with the world during emergencies. If someone in the government were tasked with caring about what goes on in Haiti, you wouldn't be a bad resource to keep tabs on. I doubt it has anything to do with you in particular and everything to do with the instability of the country you live in and the consitency and reliability of your posts and information.

In other news, keep up the good work!! You guys rock!

Laurie said...

Our go-to meal when Daddy is not home for dinner (which is kind of often) is hotdogs and popcorn, served with paper plates and toothpicks so there aren't even any dishes! I'm pretty sure the 3 meals you described beat that for nutrition and can-actually-be-considered-a-meal-ness. :o)

terri said...

thank god someone is keeping an eye on you people. i feel so much better knowing that our government is onto you. ;)

mbs said...

DHS??!!
I believe you can now proudly say:

"We've reached the pinnacle of success. WE'VE MADE IT!"

ROTFLOL

thistlewoodmanor said...

Sigh......I bet the DHS doesn't even know I exist. Or that I make my own soap and write about my chemical experiments on my blog.

Love your blog and pray for you often!

Lorrie Beauchamp Berg said...

I believe any guest who is lucky enough to stay with at your home should have to cook the meals..and give you a well deserved break.. as far as home land security I think they have found your blog and fell in love with reading it like the rest of us ,,,

T & T Livesay said...

HA, ThisleWoodManor ... If DHS is reading comments, they now know all about the soap making and chemical tomfoolery ... *THAT* does sound sketchy. :) Very funny.

Leslie said...

Chris was jealous that you made the list. Seriously. I think all those people that go to blog conferences, and get blog awards have nothing on you. You should have someone make you a button for your blog that says "Department of Homeland Security Internet Watch List 2011/2012" Because why not flaunt it if you've got it?!?!

Brooke said...

Your unnamed guest arrived at our guesthouse yesterday and eventually it hit me: "Wait, you're the guest Tara was talking about!" Shoot, I'd be stressed out too...isn't that what our guesthouses are for- to serve those we don't know how or are too tired to feed?

matt said...

Hey guys! I am just catching up on your blog tonight. If I was the Saturday night guest you were talking about, I just want to say...thank you SO MUCH for allowing me to see the dinner routine :) I have never had such good spaghetti. I needed no side dishes whatsoever. And, I actually thought I was the rude one for going to bed early without even going upstairs to find you to say goodnight! I was talking with Jen at the kitchen table and suddenly realized that I was about to fall asleep.
You guys were amazingly gracious to me. You are wonderful hosts. I feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to meet you and witness a few hours of your life. Please know that there is a busy, crazy family in New Jersey praying for you and ready to host you if you ever find yourself passing this way!
Elizabeth