Saturday, September 24, 2005

Charity Case

Uh-oh. I'm about to go to bed, but I am getting all excited about tomorrow's fundraiser and I'm afraid I won't be able to fall asleep. I think we'll be all ready. Two wonderful local companies were kind enough to provide the wine and beer. Tonight we went to Costco and bought a bunch of hot dogs and plastic utensils. Other people are bringing the cups and plates. I made a pan of brownies last night that I was going to bring to work to promote the event, but I undercooked them, then left them sitting out all night, and ended up having to throw them away rather than risk giving all my coworkers salmonella. Because if they all had salmonella, they coudln't come to the fundraiser. Actually only a couple of coworkers will be able to make it, but three of them gave me donations anyway and another told me he had gone to my brother's Web site to donate. People rock!

Did I tell you that Nutmeg has been making out with her BFF, Eliot? The Nanny -- whose last day was today -- had them in the double stroller yesterday and she said they hugged and kissed each other all the way on a 20-minute walk. People couldn't believe their eyes. I also had them in the double stroller on Tuesday and I got the "Are they twins?" question. I will post a photo of them together momentarily so you can see how ridiculous that question is.

When I saw how much attention they get in the double stroller though, I realized that if I want to help my brother raise more money, there is a much easier way than hosting a second event. All I have to do is Leukemia and Lymphoma Society T-shirts made for the babies, take them to Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square, and let them hold the money jar. I bet we would take in hundreds of dollars in just a few hours.

However I kind of want to put together another party later on in the fall, mainly because now that I stumbled my way through this one, now I know how to do it. I could get all the stuff for free. The main thing is to get your requests in a month or more in advance. Hey, I started asking a week in advance and still got most of the stuff for free. But I could have gotten more if I'd done it right.

OK, OK, you came to read about the Nut, I know. So here's a milestone: Nutmeg looked for something for the first time yesterday. I was looking for my slippers, and I brought her with me. "Are they under the bed?" I asked, and we looked there. "No."

Then she said, "Under crib?" and looked under the crib. She thought of that all by herself. Suddenly, my icy toes no longer existed, because all I could feel was the hugging, the hugging, the hugging. Man! I just can't tell you how awesome this kid is.

Just so the Macarthur grant folks can take note, here are a few of the things she's said lately:

"Wait a moment."
(In Chinese) "The Nanny is here."

Yes, she said a full sentence in Chinese. So yeah, I'm a little bummed that today was her last day with the Chinese nanny, despite all our frustrations with her. At the same time, the Sharebear's mom tells me La Nannita will compulsively do things like scrub out my refrigerator while she's babysitting, so I can't say that I'm totally heartbroken. If you saw the inside of my refrigerator, if you understood that it has not been cleaned since my mother visited 17 months ago for the birth of my child, you would understand.

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