September 16, 2008: Calm Before the Storm?

66 Days to Baby Day! (30 Weeks and Four Days Pregnant)

I woke up this morning to the sound of the fire alarm.  Fortunately, Dominica had closed the bedroom door and Oreo was under some blankets and was not really disturbed by the alarm.  It turned out later that something in the alarm system had shorted out causing it to go off.  No damage was done.

I worked from home this morning.  Oreo is stuck home all week so we are trying to figure out how to get him through his days without it being a big problem.

It was pretty late by the time that I finally got on my way to Manhattan.  I headed straight down to South William Street and over to Pearl to meet Katie for lunch at Fraunce’s Tavern, an American landmark.  The tavern is famous as the site where Washington officially retired from his post as general and disbanded the young army that had just recently won our freedom from England.  We got to eat in the very room where it had taken place.

The tavern was also the first site of America’s Department of War.  The building was rented by the government as the first capital was just a few blocks away on Wall Street.  Many revolutionary meetings took place here, as well, prior to the outbreak of the wall.  The building itself was a three story mansion dating from the very early eighteenth century.

For lunch I had the lobster roll which was lobster salad on brioche which was excellent.  I am eager to try several different dining options at Fraunce’s.  They have a really great seafood and fish menu.

The day really wasn’t very busy.  Because of the market being the way that it is there is very little to do.  We all are on pins and needles in case something goes wrong but there is no extra work being done for reasons of stability.  It makes for a good week in administration.

It was rather late when I finally got home this evening.  Dominica ordered in from Nino’s while I was on the PATH and we ate while watching some Frasier.  We are now on to the final season.  I am really enjoying the series.  Most of it I have seen over the years but the last few seasons are almost completley new to me, especially the last two.  I am pretty sure that I have never seen a single episode of the final season.

Overall Wall Street was pretty calm today.  We actually made some gains back from the huge losses yesterday.  No one knows if this is all over yet, or not.  It is a good time to be saving for retirement, though, but a horrible time to be burning retirement resources.  Not a really good time to be holding money to buy a house, either.  🙁

Dominica was suffering from insomnia this evening so we ended up staying up until after one in the morning in the hopes that watching some Frasier would tire her out.  Tomorrow is going to be a really long day for her.

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