This was read to us by the mother of a child with Down's Syndrome. I thought it was so touching, I wanted to pass it on.
WELCOME TO HOLLAND
Emily Perl Kingsley.
c1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......
When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."
"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."
But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."
And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.
But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.
Not that any of us are really that interested in research, but I thought this was funny anyway. My bro sent it to me. As you know, he's getting his degree in biostatistics, so this may be his future.
Also, if any of you have time and an idea, try making a fun little movie on that web site :-P Looks pretty easy!
I got a pretty little pumpkin named Georgina who is soon to be carved, so I'll post some pics when that gets done. I want to see your pumpkin friends and Halloween costumes, too! And, since I have a test the day after Halloween, I would love it if those of you who are going out could take pictures of the best costumes you see and post them! If you want to, of course.
In keeping with the whole wishing for Autumn (it's freaking 90 degrees outside!) thing I've got gonig, here are the artsy thingies I got and made for my Autumn-themed artist trading card swap.
The ATC I recieved is the card on the far left with the word "Fall" across it. The rest of the stuff is just extras that people sometimes send out of the goodness of their arts and craft-y little hearts! I ended up using some of the papers she sent to make my own ATC's.
Here're the ones I made. The one on the left, "Fall is Here" is cut paper spray painted gold then placed over a red painted background. The one on the right is painted pieces of paper cut into leaf shapes and glued onto a background to create a sort of green man mask. Not very impressive, but done the night before the deadline and mailed off the very next day. :D
Sara Bareilles - Kaleidoscope Heart Florence and the Machine - Dog Days Are Over Feist - Brandy Alexander Karen O and the Kids - Rumpus Reprise Nickel Creek - Reasons Why Joanna Newsom-Autumn Rosi Golan - C'est L'amour Ane Bruin -Such a Common Bird Fiona Apple - Pale September City and Colour - Waiting Ingrid Michaelson - Lady in Spain Iron & Wine - Boy with a Coin Erik Hassle - Nothing Can Change This Love Modest Mouse - Autumn Beds Sea Wolf - Leaves in the River Gregory and the Hawk - The People Who Raised Me God Help the Girl - Hiding 'neath My Umbrella
Mirah - The Garden Emmy the Great - Two Steps Forward Autumn Defense - You Know Where I Live Great Lake Myth Society - Days of Apple Pie Nina Nastasia - You Can Take Your Time Great Lake Swimmers - This Is Not Like Home Regina Spektor - A Canon Page France - Junkyard Thao Nguyen & the Get Down Stay Down - Feet Asleep Jenny Wilson - String of Grass Melissa Laveaux - Crazy in Love Tori Amos - Devils and Gods Joni Mitchell - A Case of You Nina Simone - Wild is the Wind PJ Harvey - When Under Ether Paper Route - The Music Rachel Portman - Ashes to the Wind Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young - Our House The Morning Benders - Excuses The Jealous Girlfriends - Mother May I
For those of you who have seen A Very Potter Musical, Darren Criss is Harry Potter. He's also the one who writes a lot of the songs. These songs are part of his non-Potter repertoire. But here's a video of the musical, anyways, just in case you haven't seen it. :D
I was listening to my Bollywood mix, and my favorite soundtrack came up for Fanaa. The movie is about a blind Kashmiri girl who falls in love with someone who she thinks is a Indian tourist guide. He turns out to be a Kashmiri nationalist part of a larger terrorist plan. It gets even more star-crossed when she has one night with him, conceives a child, finds out he mysteriously disappeared, gets a revolutionary vision-gifting surgery, then gets a visit from her lover whom she doesn't know because she never saw his face. O__o
It's the only Bollywood movie I've ever seen in theaters, and while the ending leaves much to be desired, the cinematography and songs totally stole my heart.
Anyways, got me craving Indian food, but I'm stuck at home, and I don't really feel like calling for it (if any place around here delivers). So I made some. Chicken Tikka Masala using this recipe. It turned out uber spicy and really good, even if did I cheat with some subs.
My friend Sunyia always taught me to start with a minced ginger/garlic paste, then add sliced onions to create a fragrant base. So I did that. Plus, I didn't have tomato in a can, so I used V8. :D
I've joined this thing called Swapbot. It's an online forum where you can sign up for various crafting swaps where you draw, color, paint, knit, crochet, collect, design, bake, write, embroider or otherwise craft something, send it off to a swapping partner, and get the same type of craft in return.
I've completed a couple so far involving postcards and writing letters, made friends with some peeps in New York and Naples, and gotten some really fun stuff in the mail.
Anyways, here're some pictures of some stuff I made for my latest swap where we trade handmade bookmarks.
Lately I've been on a quest to make the pefect s'mores cupcake...
My first attempt was very pretty, but the cake was heavy and dense, and the marshmallow frosting hardened quickly, which gave it the wrong consistency. My second attempt was way more successful though!
Instead of baking the graham cracker into the cupcake, I made a separate crust!
Milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet made it more s'mores like.
TONS of cocoa powder in the cake batter
Extra graham cracker crumbs on top
The frosting was much lighter and easier to work with this time (cream of tartar based instead of gelatin) and it stayed gooey instead of hardening up!
Toasting the marshmallow tops made a BIG difference! (I couldn't find a torch the first time)
Here they are, all ready to go in my new cupcake carrier :D Next time I'm going to add milk chocolate ganache (either as icing or as a filling), will make the crust on the bottom a little thicker, and I think that will pretty much do it. Hooray for cupcakes!
And speaking of cupcakes, meet my new bike... Cupcake!
Ryan and I went to a Rodrigo y Gabriela concert at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley this past weekend... and it was AMAZING! Gabriela's fingers go so fast that sometimes I can't even see them anymore! And just in case being super talented wasn't enough, they're both gorgeous (SERIOUSLY) and have fantastic accents. Yep, I'm in love :)
I have three of their albums so far and will definitely be getting their new one soon! Esther, if you can send me some directions for setting up the downloadable file like you did for Summer Notes, I would be happy to share :)
"Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior.
Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits.
Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny."
— Mahatma Gandhi
My mother sent me this quote today. With the start of medical school, I want to take it to heart and try to keep as positive as I can. . . . Though I will still be complaining to you guys every now and then. :P