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Sneaking in the recliner

10 Jan

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Kerry has been wanting a recliner for months and after a suggestion from his physical therapist, he decided that the nursery would be a perfect spot for one. The logic was that if Baby V was having a bad night, ‘we’ could rock her in the recliner and also comfortably fall asleep in the chair if needed. After looking at gliders and rocking chairs for a nursery, I agreed to the recliner plan as long as the recliner did not look like a ‘typical’ recliner. No ugly tweedy fabric or strangely puffed up back allowed. Kerry was on a mission and when we joined Jorge and Gina furniture shopping today, he found the recliner. (This was the only link I could find to the recliner- we purchased at Belfort Furniture). We bought one and Jorge and Gina purchased two. It rocks, reclines, looks really nice and will be arriving at the beginning of February. And, now that the recliner has been strategically snuck into the house- I am assuming Kerry is volunteering for the middle of the night ‘comforting’ sessions with Baby V. Here is a preview:

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We had fun furniture shopping today and Gina and I quickly noticed a trend with Jorge and Kerry since they went to every reclining piece of furniture in all the stores.

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Kerry found the over-sized dining room chair for all of us to model in:

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tandk09I guess the above qualifies as our 28 week picture (28 weeks and 2 days to be exact). Now, we are back at home with a nice fire and watching the football playoffs.

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January 20th, 2009

10 Jan

Inauguration Day is quickly approaching in the nation’s capital and while it is very fun to be in the center of all the excitement- we have realized that it will be like having a major snowstorm in the area without the snow and whole lot more people. We have no plans to leave our little neighborhood that weekend and know that we must do all our grocery shopping several days before. Bridges will be closed, offices closed, major roadways closed, major delays on the Metro system, hotel rooms are sold out in every direction and forecasts of ‘millions’ of visitors. If you are attending the event- you can’t bring bags, backpacks, camera bags, umbrellas, chairs, strollers, bicycles, coolers or tripods. Since my office is right near the Capitol building and within a zone of streets that will not be accessible, we are closed. Also, my doctor offered a note just in case to excuse me from being at work that day (we have joked that this has been the first use of the very official ‘pregnancy card’). Kerry will be working out in Ashburn, Virginia for part of the weekend and Inauguration Day. Most likely, I will be watching the festivities from the comfort of our living room.

All the bridges from Virginia into the District will be closed and there have been so funny ‘conspiracy theories’ about keeping Virginians out of the party, an old battle of the North and South and just general annoyance since they are being blocked. Funny article here from the Washington Post. Even if the bridges were open, I just wonder where people think they would park or go?

Here are a few photos of the preparation going on around the Capitol:

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inaug09And, they are expecting people to be jammed into from the Capitol Building to the Washington Monument (fun fact: 1.1 miles in length and around 400 feet in width) and also along the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route.

Here is a view from the Capitol to the Washington Monument on a very quiet afternoon:

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WTOP has an article that talks about the Inauguration by the numbers and we found these the most interesting since the the crowd estimate is around 2 million people:

Metro trains can carry 120,000 passengers per hour on Inauguration Day.

10,000 charter buses expected to descend on the city.

4,100 is the minimum number of portable toilets available to the public. (GROSS!)

– There are 58 law-enforcement and other agencies working on security.