Saturday, July 24, 2010


It's been a busy week of birthday fun ... delicious dinners, lovely gifts, cocktail parties, and smooth sailing on the Potomac. Life is good. Back to blogging soon.

Saturday, July 10, 2010


After several days of temperatures over 100 degrees, we finally got some rain today ... my little niece Asia had surgery this morning and when it was over, we were waiting outside for the car to come around. Maya took a moment to walk off into the rain. If you remember from your studies, the Nile River used to rise up and saturate the fields allowing for the seasonal growth of papyrus. It rarely rains in Egypt so while visiting DC the opportunity for Maya to experience rainfall is precious to her, just like knowing her little sister is going to be okay. This is one of those times when something we are grateful for means just a little bit more to someone else.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Before Facebook

The beginning ... before facebook, there was classmates and the first email Eric sent me (although I didn't see it until after we had started chatting on facebook). Makes me smile and forgive all of the snoring that is going on next to me.

From:Eric (view profile)
Sent:March 08, 2009 04:57:46 PM
Subject:Hi, from Eric!

Hi Leslie! Do you remember me? I saw your name on the classmates website and was reminded of some good times with you. (kissing in the stairwell?)

Friday, July 2, 2010

(Another) Friday Night at Jaleo

My very best friend in the 9th and 10th grade ... reunited with our families after a great big number of years through facebook.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Today is Oscar's 12th birthday. These photos were taken yesterday when the afternoon sun was pouring into the apartment and Oscar was purring like mad. He's a big Bengal-looking cat, friendly, affectionate, and easy going. In the third pic, I think he resembles one of those blue aliens in the movie avatar. He's scary intelligent and I'm sure has cause-and-effect awareness. Around this time last year, when Eric first moved in, there was an alpha-male war going on. Oscar eventually accepted compromise but even now he'll push the limits whenever he can and look up as if to say, "go ahead, humanoid, make my day." To see his cohort in action, click here.