Monday, March 17, 2008


So, in 1999 when J and I adopted our first dog, he came with the name Apollo. He was 3 years old, and it seemed rude to rename him at that point, plus we like the name. So, the next year when we adopted a puppy we decided to stick with the Greek theme. Apollo is the god of the sun, of course, and we decided to name our little black mutt Phoebe. Phoebe is the Greek titan of the moon. The names turned out to be appropriate, since Apollo is a sun-worshipper and Phoebe prefers the shade. Of course, their preferences have more to do with the density of their coats than the names they are saddled with.

As J became more talented at making his own wine, and decided to begin creating professional-looking labels for his creations, we realized that we needed to name our production. We came up with Olympus Winery after some discussion, in honor of the dogs.

This is basically a long-winded way of explaining the name of this blog. We heard on Friday morning, March 14th, 2008, that we have been chosen to adopt a baby girl who is due on July 6th. Ever since hearing the news, we have a hard time talking about anything else. For the first couple of days we were referring to the baby as "the baby" or "her" or "she" and doing so helped us adapt to the idea that we are going to become parents. However, we soon felt that it would be more personal and convenient to give her a nickname. We decided that this nickname shouldn't be cutesy (like "peanut" which is used frequently by expecting parents) but also shouldn't be the name we actually want to call her. Reason being, this deal is not 100% reliable. The birth parents could change their minds at the last minute, and if we call the baby by the name we like, it would be even more painful to lose her at the last minute. So...we decided to go back to our Greek theme and settled on Clio, which is the name of the muse of history.

More on Clio to come...

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