Actually it’s the calm before the storm as I may be moving in August back to the state where I was born. Guess where that is? Hint: It is across the river from the Washington Times building. No, it’s not New Mexico unfortunately. I spent all Saturday afternoon putting together an offer for a house. Haven’t heard back on that yet. About my current abode, had the house inspection today. I hope the inspector saw all that expensive insulation 4 of us homeowners put in the crawl space two years ago. Am starting to schedule visits for moving estimates. Everything must move quickly as my vacation starts July 16 so all must be done before then.
If any of you want to read my stuff on the Washington Times web site, go to the main page and in the search space, put in my name in quotes, ie “Julia Duin.” For some weird html reason, that’s the only way to call up all my bylines. I’ve had one story after another; black pro-lifers demonstrating on Capitol Hill, the latest Pew Forum survey on the religious views of Americans, a court ruling by a Fairfax County judge on an Anglican/Episcopal church split and today, a story about a Catholic bishop in Richmond who allowed a poor immigrant girl who was a ward of Catholic Charities (which operates under the aegis of the diocese) to get an abortion. That was in just one week. Then I had 2 columns and a blog to do – well, 7 article-like things; eight if you count the sidebar I wrote for our web site on what the pro-lifers said. Yes, that’s like eight articles in a week. My brother Stephen does 3 columns a week and a blog for the Oregonian and calls THAT a full-time job. And gets paid a lot more than do I.
The photo is of Veeka in a cute little Chinese dress “riding” the duckies outside a Baltimore restaurant. The Little Darling does love to pose. It’s been in he 90s here so we just go to a water park and I find a lawn chair by the wading pool and just let her splash about. She’s becoming a little fish and sort of gets the concept of kicking. Afterwards we had a favorite: Pizza. She is a bit slow on the speech end but she can pronounce that.
There’s so much you have to teach kids. Like how to eat a popsicle. They don’t come into the world knowing that so you have to show them how to hold the thing, lick it just so and gobble it fast so it won’t drip. Let’s just say we go through lots of dish towels here. And thanks to Uncle Rob, she has a CD player and little earphones with which she likes to fall asleep. I gave her some New Age music tonight but it was not bouncy enough so I found a CD of Keith Green (contemporary Christian rock and folk) which she loved. I could hear her giggling as she fell asleep.