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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

July in Rhode Island

I don't know what happened to July, but it is almost over already. Well, I do know what happened. I started work on July 2nd -- albeit part-time (as the Librarian at the Law firm of Partridge Snow and Hahn LLP), but it has taken up a lot of my mental attention. I am settling in there pretty well -- though it is quite different in many ways. I am the only Librarian, but at least I have a part-time assistant who is really a professional colleague as well since she is a part-time Library School student. Aside from her my other regular contact is with the Administration folks -- IT, accounting, billing and HR -- we all work in the same area. I do see attorneys and paralegals and secretaries as well when they come down for materials, or call with questions. In my limited experience so far the attorneys have been more pleasant than the Law Professors I've worked with in the past!

So other than work what's been going on. Well Emma has spent the first two weeks of the month at a day camp at the YMCA here in Barrington mostly swimming and doing art projects. We got the house in order enough to have our friends Drew and Ann and their boys over for dinner. (Jim lived with them for the (10 weeks he was here without Emma and I so we owe them big time). We also heard one of our favorite folk groups -- Atwater Donnelly -- from when we lived in Rhode Island 10 years ago. They played on the lawn outside the Barrington Town Hall and gave their usual entertaining performance. On the 20th Emma and I drove down to Stone Harbor, NJ to my Mom's beach house. I stayed for the weekend and she stayed on an extra week. Then Mom took her across to Lewes, Delaware on the ferry across the Delaware Bay where my Dad met her and she is now spending the week with my Dad and step-Mom Hazel. Jim and I are headed down to pick her up on Thursday evening. I am sure she has been being spoiled rotten, but then what are Grandparents for. So, how did Jim and I spent our child free time? Well, we did tons of work in the house unpacking and catching up on bill paying and paperwork. We also enjoyed a Thai meal at a great place right around the corner from our house -- Siam Square. We've both been biking on the wonderful East Bay Bike Path too. It runs along the Narragansett Bay for most of it's 14 miles. I've also been lying around on the couch reading after work instead of tending to Emma or playing with Emma. I am missing her though and will be glad when she'd back.

Jim's in Summer mode at the War College and has been doing lots of research, reading and writing. All of us got to go along with Jim on a cruise around the Newport Harbor and out into the Bay. Jim was the featured speaker at a meeting of the Naval War College Foundation book club which was held on the Admirals Barge -- really a very very nice power boat belonging to the Navy and used by the Commander of the War College -- who is an Admiral (I think). Mostly it was a cocktail party for donors to the Foundation, but Jim also spoke for about 20 minutes on Zheng He a Chinese naval commander from the 15th century who supposedly discovered American before Columbus. The book being discussed was 1421 by Gavin Menzies. I managed to read the first chapter and may go back and finish since it was very interesting -- though as Jim says not backed up by solid research, but fun to think about.

That's about it -- we haven't been taking pictures so stay tuned for some later.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

June in Rhode Island

So we've been in New England almost the whole month of June (well Jim was here the whole month). We've owned our house for a month too -- so what else has been going on?

Mid-June brought the Naval War College graduation and here are Jim, Drew and Toshi all decked out in their academic regalia.

This is the building Jim works in. His office right now is the one with the three windows in a row on the third floor all the way to the right hand side of the photo.

Here's the Newport Bridge across the Narragansett Bay from Jamestown to Newport which Jim can see from his office. The two guys are extra security for War College graduation.

Meanwhile back at home on Milton Road -- here is Maggie enjoying the cooler weather in our yard.

There are lots of kids on our dead end street and here are some of them with Emma. Elizabeth is the cutie on the tricycle and her sister Kayla is standing next to Emma. I can't remember the boys name. They are standing in the driveway across the street from us where Earl the pug dog lives.

We also have a canine visitor -- my Dad and Hazel's seven month old West Highland Terrier named Pumpkin. Here she is enjoying our fenced in back yard.

This is a view of our house from the back of the back yard. Emma's bedroom is the window on the far right and our bedroom is next to it. The sliding doors go into the Sunroom.

Our back yard has lots of shade and lots of perennials especially lilies.

I have to wrap this up now since we are off to Newport to watch the parade of Tall Ships from the lawn at the War College pictured above. We spent most of yesterday working around the house and have started to paint Emma's bedroom so she has moved to the Guest room for a few days. This morning I went for my first solo bike ride. I rode the bike path up to Providence which is about 14 miles round trip. The weather was fabulous -- actually a bit chilli when I started out. I get to ride by a light house and along the water (the Providence River) most of the time. It took me about an hour and I felt the work out. Well, talk to you all later.