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Mail Order Bride

I’m happy to report that 1 Daddy Mark, 1 Mommy Maya, 1 Baby Menininho, and 1 Oliver the Cat arrived safely in California yesterday afternoon. The event was commemorated by 1 outing to In and Out Burger.

The weather was a little drizzly and overcast, but in the mid to upper 50s. Everything is green…it looks like spring. Outside our apartment we have the “hills” (I’d call them mountains, but Mark says the mountains are bigger and behind the hills, so whatever) where I guess there are cows…? I have yet to see said cows, but Mark assures me they are there.

I have to say though, I did feel a bit like a mail order bride yesterday. I mean, Mark flew to Ohio to bring me to where he lives across the country. I came into an apartment that was already (albeit sparsely) furnished. I’m a stranger here, but Mark isn’t. The neighbors know him; he can drive from Point A to Point B with ease. It was a very odd feeling coming “home” and I’m still in a state of shock. So, although I’ve been excited about the move (and even more excited that we’re all actually living together in the same place!), I know it’s going to take me a little while to adjust to being here.

One already obvious perk though? When I’m up early feeding Menininho (or trying to feed Menininho, who would rather sleep all night than eat…but that’s another topic entirely) I can call and talk to my brother or mom because they are 3 and 2 hours ahead of me!

Now though, it’s time for me to eat. I’m starving and we’ve got errands to run soon, which I am going to drive to because I want to get used to getting around here right away. 🙂



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A New Home!

Today, Mark signed the lease on a new apartment for us! I am so excited about this apartment. Mark is GREAT at picking out apartments. This one has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a great kitchen, and OUR OWN laundry!!! Yes, that’s right folks: our back patio will have a washer and dryer just for us, in an enclosed space. I also love that there is a park in the complex, one that’s big enough for a baseball diamond, tennis courts, and a playground, so I have somewhere to take the baby to play. There are lots of sidewalks for walks around the complex too. The neighborhood is safe, with stores nearby.

I’m grateful for my husband, who works so hard for our family! I know he put a lot of time researching apartments in many cities, checking the distance from those apartments to his job, to the Marfan clinic, and to the baby’s pediatrician, making sure the apartments were cat friendly, investigating laundry options and the amount of stairs I’d have to climb, and whether there were places for me to take the baby out to during the day while he’s at work. Then, after getting up early to clean the church, he spent 2 Saturdays driving all over the bay area to see these places in person and call me periodically with reports on what he was finding. THANKS HONEY! 🙂


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Here are some pictures of graduation (my brother and in-laws came and then we all had a big dinner at Cheesecake Factory. Yum! Thanks Zimmerman-Fiscos!)

Ellen, Abbie, and me

Belly pic…sort of (it was windy and the robes are big so it’s kind of hard to tell where my belly begins or ends)

And don’t worry about me being bored now that school is OVER! I have a lot of projects to do. I’m currently working on:

  • finding funding sources for the National Marfan Foundation conference and then writing grants for those funds
  • editing some articles for NetWellness
  • finishing an evaluation tool for Columbus Urban League
  • mailing out Christmas cards
  • a baby bib
  • Christmas shopping/wrapping presents

Soon I’ll be starting:

  • the Twilight series (per my promise to Megan)
  • trying out my breadmaker

Of course there are also the more basic tasks of getting ready for the baby, grocery shopping, organizing the apartment for the movers, and eating (yes, some days this seems like a task because I’m not in the mood to cook at ALL).

I am so happy 🙂

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Maya Goes to Mountain View

Finally! My long-awaited trip to visit Mark! We had a great time and I tried to document in photos as many things as I could. (That means this is kind of a long post!) Don’t forget you can make the picture bigger by clicking on it.

Wed. I was met at the airport by Miriam, the sister-in-law of our friends the Stays (small Mormon world that Mark goes from church with Steve & Rachel to church with Steve’s brother and his wife!). Miriam dropped me off at Stanford, where I had my first appointment at their Marfan & Related Disorders Clinic. It’s the largest in the world, but you wouldn’t get that feeling from being there that’s for sure. I was pretty apprehensive about going because of all the complications I had getting this appointment set up, but once I actually found the office I was supposed to go to, everything was great! It’s the first doctor’s office I’ve been to where everyone seemed to genuinely LIKE each other. The nurses, receptionists, and doctors were all smiling and joking around. Sunny, the clinic coordinator, took me to her office to chat while I waited for my appointment. And although the clinic saw 900 patients last year, everyone is family.

Dr. Liang is just great. I didn’t mind waiting past my appointment time because he spends as much time with each patient as that patient needs. He was friendly, explained everything well, and didn’t treat me like some Marfan novice (a relief considering my last new doctor spoke to me in a baby voice and many in the past have gotten annoyed at me asking questions). He also agreed that I should have Lil Z here in Columbus, so that is officially set! My next appt. with him will be in March.

Mark picked me up after work, and I got to see his apartment. Definitely a bachelor pad:

The next day he went to work and I stayed at the apartment doing homework. I did meet him for lunch at his office cafeteria, though.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t take pictures of his office because it’s TOP SECRET!

That night we had dinner at Sarah and Ben’s! I miss them and can’t wait till I live closer.

Friday Mark worked from home. We went to In and Out Burger for lunch. For those of you who have never experienced the joy of that burger joint, that alone is worth coming out to visit us.

We spent Friday evening researching baby things on Consumer Reports (and by we I mean Mark) and then setting up our registries. Baby clothes are SO CUTE! Also, Babies R Us is really crowded at 9 PM on Friday night. Who woulda thought?

Also? Mark does not understand pregnancy cravings. Earlier in the week we grabbed a donut for breakfast. This donut was delicious. On Saturday, I NEEDED another one. Poor Mark thought I was just saying that I was hungry and that I wouldn’t NEED a donut after eating lunch. He was wrong. Luckily, he came to understand the power of cravings and we stopped to get some donuts to have for Sunday morning breakfast. I was so excited I started eating my donut before we even left the store.

We spent Saturday night checking out strollers, bottles, and baby monitors at Target. I think I can now tell you anything you want to know about each brand of baby bottles, both BPA-free and not.

Sunday I got up early to pack. I thought it would be nice to get breakfast in bed for Mark by presenting an array of donuts for him to choose from. In theory, this was a cute idea:

…In reality, he rolled over as soon as my back was turned and knocked donuts all over the bed. Whoops! My bad!

And then, all too soon, time to go to the airport. Only 8 weeks until Thanksgiving!!!

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And We’re Moving To…..


Mark officially accepted his offer today and will be starting work on July 21st. I’ll most likely follow in December, as soon as I’m finished with my MPH. We’re very excited about this new change in our lives. 🙂

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