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BBC News - Africa
Fri, Apr. 18th, 2014 09:48 pm

South Sudan's government has sent troops to provide security at a United Nations base where at least 48 people were killed in an attack.

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BBC News - Africa
Sat, Apr. 19th, 2014 01:35 am

The UN expresses outrage at a deadly attack on one of its bases in South Sudan, saying it could "constitute a war crime".

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Fri, Apr. 18th, 2014 08:05 pm

*Salo DC dinner
I went by myself since half the dishes were pork, so MoBob elected to stay home with Baby Z. It was really fun – I’d never attended a pop-up dinner before. Definitely not Mom’s Filipino food but it wasn’t meant to be, not really. I bumped into one of my favorite work friends and her husband, who was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines, so I had good company in addition to the good food.

*Baby Z’s first visit to the dentist
I don’t remember where I read that your child should go to the dentist at the age of one, but since I had to go anyway, I made an appointment for Baby Z at the same time. He wasn’t happy but got through the cleaning and the examination. We went to the pediatric dentist who’s in the same practice as my dentist, and she was fully equipped to handle little ones, even with special equipment in bright colors and animal motifs designed to entertain.

*Baby Z’s one year appointment
It’s hard to believe that Baby Z first saw Dr. S when he was only a few days old. He’s healthy and on track with all the first year milestones; our appointment was extra long because of his upcoming surgery and our travel to the Philippines. We made an appointment at the travel clinic on the same floor. Baby Z didn’t need any additional shots but the nurse suggested we bring Pedialyte and use baby sunscreen and bug repellant.

*the ethereal cherry blossom season
Really, there was only one good weekend, and that’s the weekend everyone went. We attended the “petites chansons” session at the Takoma Park library in the morning, where Madame was definitely more “dynamique” and interactive. Then in the afternoon MB took Baby Z to brave the crowds at the Tidal Basin. The following day we made a mellower visit to the National Arboretum to see the blooms there, though Baby Z did not cooperate for the photos.

*Tribute to Marian Anderson
Sometimes I forget that MB doesn’t always know every facet of American history and culture, so it was fun for both of us to attend the concert commemorating Marian Anderson’s performance in front of the Lincoln Memorial. I didn’t know that that was the first event held in that sacred space. It was a treat to see so many luminaries, and everyone clapped and cheered when a photo of Mrs. Roosevelt appeared. Amazingly the tickets were only $5 apiece; and when else would you see Jessye Norman and Dionne Warwick perform spirituals on the same stage?

*Under the knife
Baby Z had tubes inserted in his ears and his adenoids removed. He’d had double ear infections nearly every month since he’s been born, so after discussion with Dr. S we decided to go with the surgery. It’s a straightforward, out-patient procedure, but still a Big Deal. Thankfully Children’s has a nice set-up for families. In a way I’m glad Baby Z can’t talk yet, because it was hard to listen to the little girl next door in the recovery unit, who kept complaining about the pain. Lucky Baby Z got a liquid Xanax before he went under. Mommy and Babba DID NOT.

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BBC News - Africa
Fri, Apr. 18th, 2014 05:36 pm

Manchester City's Yaya Toure thinks he is not regarded as one of the best players on the planet because he is from Africa.

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Fear of a Female Planet
Fri, Apr. 18th, 2014 05:07 pm

Reading: Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending for book club. A very approachable and interesting combination of psychology and business expertise on what really makes us happy. Some of it is very unsurprising (spend money on experiences, not things), but some of it is counterintuitive (that spending money on time-saving devices or services may not actually give you more time or happiness).

Wearing: My new favorite bright pink pants, a white button down top, white converse low tops, and my favorite pair of sunglasses - found in a restroom at the Great Dane after a frisbee game.

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Planning: It's Nick's birthday today, although he skipped playing golf to celebrate because he hurt his ribs last night playing Ultimate. Since I have the Half Marathon tomorrow he is going out with friends and I'm calling it an early night (the race starts at 7AM). Next weekend we will celebrate with a trip to Arches and Canyonlands - first camping trip of the year!


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Current Location: The Most Beautiful House in the World
Current Mood: excited excited
Current Music: The Thermals

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BBC News - Africa
Tue, Apr. 15th, 2014 06:03 pm

The Oscar Pistorius murder trial has seen a Valentine's card which his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp had intended to give him before he shot her dead.

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BBC News - Africa
Thu, Apr. 17th, 2014 05:33 pm

Forensic tests carried out by an expert for Oscar Pistorius' murder trial have been rigorously challenged by the state prosecutor in South Africa.

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BBC News - Africa
Fri, Apr. 18th, 2014 04:18 pm

The Nigerian military has admitted that most of the 129 girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists from their school in the north-eastern state of Borno are still missing.

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BBC News - Africa
Fri, Apr. 18th, 2014 04:54 pm

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, wins a fourth term in office taking more than 81% of the vote.

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BBC News - Africa
Fri, Apr. 18th, 2014 08:53 pm

Nigeria's military rows back on an earlier statement that most of the teenage girls abducted by suspected Islamist militants had been freed.

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