Saturday, January 29, 2005
Friday, January 28, 2005
This week I started Finnish classes. Two of the three other students speak better Finnish than I do, which is a definite plus. That way I can steal vocabulary from their brains. This week I learned the word "halla" which is Finnish for "summer night frost", which has been known to ruin a crop of grain, or two.
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Monday, January 24, 2005
Friday, January 21, 2005
Maria and Hector, when choosing the baby's name, should consider several things. The name should:
- sound good with their last name, Romero
- not 'clash' with the name of their first born, Aila (Layla, for example, would not be a wise choice.)
- reflect the baby's American/Finnish/Mexican heritage
- look good on a business card (in case the baby turns out to be Executive Material)
- honour as many relatives as possible
Of course the last point leads to the most hilarity. (See title.) This baby is related to people named: Ritva Maija-Liisa, Halsey Peter Pleasant, Nettie, Olavi Mattias, Selia, Poulette, Sarafia, to name just a few. We've had a good time coming up with combinations thereof. My favourite so far is Peter-Marie. My sister likes Peter Rose. (After my dad and his sister Rose Marie.)
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
These are some of the English words/phrases he knows:
Good thing he brought a Polish/English dictionary and a phrasebook with him.
He is going back to Poland in May 2006 for his daughter's First Communion. That's a long time to be away from your kids.
Monday, January 17, 2005
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Apparently cousin Lynnette, if I can call her that (or cousin Squeaky, which is more fun), is due to be released this coming September. At least that's the impression I got from the inmate fact sheet listing her vitals (her middle name is Alice), which gave 09/05/2005 as her 'Projected Release Date.' Hopefully Squeaky's not reading the date by the European method which would lead her to think that she were going to be released on May 9, 2005. Either way, she'll be out in time to attend the next Family Reunion. (It's scheduled for Hood River, July 2006. At the fairgrounds. Turn right if you're headed East on I-84 from Portland. If you turn left you'll be in the Columbia River!) Squeaky could donate some of her unique, acid-trip inspired embroidery to the auction at the Family Reunion. (All proceeds go towards paying for the next reunion.)