Abigail Blakeway Edelman and Benjamin Blakeway Edelman

My friend David Louis Edelman and his wife just welcomed their first borns. Abigail Blakeway Edelman and Benjamin Blakeway Edelman were born on Halloween. You know they are going to have some rocking birthday parties growing up. Swing by to congratulate them.

Will you try my sausage?

See who I had breakfast with this morning? Scalzi was in town for a quick trip on his way to Viable Paradise. By happy chance, Diana Rowland was also visiting, to talk to her editor and agent. It was like a mini-con of fun!

I’m on…vacation?

I just realized it last night. That I don’t actually have to meet any deadlines right now or do anything except sleep in and hang out with friends. I think this is what a vacation is, right? Yesterday -e- and I went out to Sauvie’s Island, picked blueberries, ate a peach straight from the tree, …

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Visited Powell’s yesterday

I took Sean Markey and Beth Wodzinski over to Powell’s before their flight out yesterday. I love Powell’s, City of Books. It’s one of the major draws to Portland — not just that we’ve got a giant bookstore, but that we’ve got the sort of literate culture that requires the giant store. In the science-fiction …

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Menu tonight

We had our friends Sam and Jodi up for dinner tonight. The Menu Napa Cabbage Slaw with Buttermilk Dressing Rice, Beans, and Corn Salad Grilled Fish Tacos Key Lime Pie — made by Rob from fresh Key Limes and sooooo tasty

Missing Iceland

After having Icelandic visitors for the last week, I’m missing the place even more. Daddi and Friða left last night, safely, and our apartment seems empty. As much as anything else, I miss the sound of the language when they would quickly chat with one another. I made a few abortive attempts to use my …

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Earthquake in Iceland

A 6.1 earthquake hit Southern Iceland today. We’ve talked with some of our friends and everyone seems to be fine. Since Iceland is a geologically unstable island, they tend to be more architecturally prepared than we do. Even so, all the residents in Hveragerdi ((Hveragerdi has the hot river where we spent summer solstice.)) and …

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Friends from Portland

Our friend -e- has come into town with her daughter -r-. I must say that eight year old -r- is all that is delightful in a child. She is charming, well-mannered and can amuse herself. I met them on Thursday at the Natural History museum which was, oddly, the first time I’d been in. Though …

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Oscar night

We just got home from the Oscar party at Jodi and Sam’s. It’s an annual affair with them and quite the soirée. This year was a little odd for me. Somehow, I managed to miss seeing all but two of the films on the awards tonight. I saw Golden Compass and Sweeney Todd. That’s it. …

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Some time ago, Rob and I made the decision not to have children. I am blogging about it now because, having just had my thirty-ninth birthday, I was chided by people saying some variant on, “You’d better get busy.” Honestly, the pressure to have children from friends and family gets quite wearing. These are people …

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Dinner with David Autrey

Our friend David Autrey, of Westrey Wine, was in town selling his wares for the past week. I had not realized exactly how much I missed the wine geek conversations that were so much a part of our life in Portland. David is what we call a serious techno-wine geek. He can not only tell …

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