Today we have been married for two years, together for seven, and Alice is exactly three months old. She’s very excited about it all…
Our “cotton” anniversary included our traditions of hiking (this year to Aztec Caves in Franklin Mts. State Park), lighting sparklers in the yard, and having something delicious (french onion soup, pecan-crusted chicken, and chocolate tart with salted caramel gelatto - omg). We both went crafty for gifts: he gave me an embroidered art piece and I made him a small pillow with a cephalopod applique.
Alice now spends her days laughing, gnawing on everything, shrieking, and rolling from back to side. She looks more like a chubby version of her dad every day!
My little helper and some rainbow chard, the only thing from our garden (besides jalapenos) worth a damn this year.
I read an article a few nights ago that described the high-activity-level infant, and Alice fit that description. Since I don’t have another baby to compare her to, I was surprised, but I guess because she was so active in utero, I shouldn’t have been. Anyway, this doesn’t really mean much, but it might explain why it’s so hard to get her to take naps and nearly impossible to get anything done during the day!! (Though I bet all new moms complain of this.)
Yesterday, Javi & Selina brought over falafel, and it seriously took me six hours to pull together the most basic apple tart for dessert. Food prep with a baby is just a whole ‘nother thing: this has become a major running theme in my life.
I would refer him to the Bob Dylan song ‘How Does It Feel?’ ” He has been whacking us along the border for a long time because it’s been politically expedient to do so. — U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas
I’m an El Pasoan before I’m a Republican. We don’t need the inference of what could be construed as negative comments about El Paso and the violence because it’s not happening. — State Rep. Dee Margo
These types of comments are why El Paso suffers from perceived image problems. It’s unfortunate that they continue to come from people in major leadership roles who should be concerned about the economy of the city and its importance to the state and nation. — El Paso City Manager Joyce Wilson
We don’t want to compare crime statistics — we always wish that crime statistics were lower in every city — but we’re safer than the city where the governor lives.” — El Paso lobbyist Hector Gutierrez, former senior adviser to then Lieutenant Governor Perry
It’s incredibly frustrating to have the governor of our state use the national stage to denigrate our community,” Escobar later told the Times. “We are not unsafe. Every time he says that, it hurts us. — El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar
El Paso, which shares a border with Juárez, currently holds the ranking as the safest large city in America, according to CQ Press, an independent research company in Washington D.C. With five homicides last year, El Paso had the lowest crime rate among cities with a population of more than 500,000 people.
The Associated Press last year also reported that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection study “shows that Border Patrol agents face far less danger than street cops in most U.S. cities.”
And an analysis by USA Today offered similar findings. The newspaper reported in an article published two months ago that the “murder rate for cities within 50 miles of the border was lower in nearly every year from 1998 to 2009, compared with the respective state average.”
One of the many idiocies voiced by Rick Perry last night.
Truth: El Paso is super sheltered. Most of the kids I meet here are so naive compared to kids growing up in any other city in America.
Mike and I talk often about being somehow guilty for feeling so secure here when such atrocities are happening a few miles away. Where there was once one fluid border community, there are really two separate worlds here now.