Tuesday, January 20, 2009

It's a New Day

Listen to the first five minutes of this This American Life program on the Inauguration.

It's a pretty good explanation of why I love Obama so much, and why today feels like nonstop celebration. For the first time, all those goals and dreams and hopes I have for the environment, for our society, for the world, no longer seem like hopelessly idealistic musings of someone who will just continue to unproductively struggle against a ridiculously stubborn and misguided government. For the first time since I've been old enough to really care, the head of our country is actually on my side. For the first time, I don't have to hear someone in the White House suggest that climate change is not caused by human action, that drilling in ANWR is a good idea, that people are poor because they simply don't work hard enough. It is, indeed, as will.i.am so poignantly put it, A NEW DAY.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Aunt Anna welcomes Jeremy to the world!

Tomorrow is a new day, but today I have a new nephew! Jeremy Benjamin Zeide was born at 6:16pm on January 19th, 2009. He is 7 lbs 4 oz. and 19.5 inches.

Hooray! My hope for him is that he absorbs the honor of being born on Martin Luther King Jr. day and lives a life in pursuit of justice and goodness. I can't wait to get to work being an aunt...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I want to be like Bob Loblaw

Ok, we'll see how this whole blogging thing goes. Wedding-related coincidences brought me here, diving into this experiment that may or may not be sustainable. First, I came across an awesome wedding blog one day a few weeks ago while I was procrastinating from my prelim reading. This blog got me all jazzed up--both about making a nicer wedding webpage (annazeide.googleplages.com/wedding) and about the power of writing and describing and putting yourself out there in the e-world through written word. Then, when I was tidying up that there webpage of ours, the only way I could first think of creating a comment section for people to coordinate rooming situations on our google page was to start a blog that people could get to by clicking on a link from the website. Thus, Madison in June was born. (Even then, I suspect I had some inner desire to turn this into a regular blog, not just wedding-focused, since I gave it a fairly general name).

So, when I figured out how to insert html code that would allow for a comments section on the google page, I no longer needed this blog for roommate coordination. But, since I can't let anything go to waste, it seemed only right that I should turn this electronic space into the blog I've always intended to have. There you have it.

I think the only way this will work is if I know people are actually reading it and wanting more posts. Although I'm not sure I want to announce it to the world of my friends in any overt way, if you stumble across this, please leave me a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

June is Far Away...

Balaclava is not as tasty as Baklava, but provides a good deal more warmth.
For Madison in January , I'd recommend Balaclava .
For Madison in June, Baklava will do nicely.