Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
We enjoyed a soup course for one simple reason: we have a lot of soup bowls. I have inherited two sets of china - one from my great aunt Eno and another from my grandmother. Both sets include soup bowls, plus a set of crystal soup bowls from my grandmother's collection. This really left me no choice but to start with the soup course while the turkey finished in the oven.Matt took charge of the turkey this year. Not only did he carve the bird, as you see above, but he made arrangements to have it deep fried. After a night spent in a brine, the bird had a 6:45 am appointment at a bar in Potrero Hill to meet some hot oil. It was quite delicious and took away much of the Thanksgiving dinner stress. How else could we keep painting until 3 pm?
Every few years, Thanksgiving shares the spotlight with my mom's birthday, as it did again this year. To commemorate, her pie earned a candle. Happy Birthday Mom!
Just like last year, my parents are on an eleven day California vacation. They started in San Francisco Monday night and drove to SoCal Friday. Also just like last year and as well as Dad's trip in May, Matt and I put them to work. After plying Mom with a spa trip and Dad with a racquetball game, both were assigned tasks. Mom and I went to work refinishing our el cheapo Ikea dining table before painting trim (she the windows installed in March and me the front door).
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I love spending time with this family as Jennifer and Dean are such great parents (and the kids are pretty awesome, too). We try to make note of some of their strategies for the future.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Sunapee has survived the big surgery. He lost some, he gained some (a microchip). Most of all, he's confused and tired! The biggest two challenges he's facing with the lampshade are 1) running into things (like the walls, doorways, stairs, coffee table) and 2) limited accessibility of his toys.
The vet visit did confirm that he is, indeed, 60 pounds! And still all-puppy.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Always carry an umbrella. If you don't have it, it will rain.
Good advice and I usually followed it. Too bad this site didn't exist when I was in college (ok, yes, I would have also needed a cell phone and no one had texting yet):
You type in your zip code and it says YES (as in yes, you need an umbrella) or NO (you do not need an umbrella). If you want, you can sign up for it to send you a text message on days when you need an umbrella.
I love it!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Why am I writing about this? Well, because weather forecasts on Bay Area stations are so very odd. Rather than showing expected highs and lows for the next 7 days in a graphic like the rest of the country, they show coastal and inland temperatures. Today's temperature range was 55-92 (give or take a degree). Yes, that's a nearly 40 degree range. So, if you're watching this channel, you have to take an educated guess of your actual temperature.
Further, given the size of the region, they will show a map with expected temperatures in the different cities and towns. This is all well and good except San Francisco gets one number. The challenge is to guess if this one number is an average? for the bay side? ocean side? middle? in the heights? in a valley? It's a wonder I don't carry an extra large bag to hold all the layers I might need in a day.
That said, I'm happy to live here with its weather oddities any day.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
As my mom pointed out, picking blueberries in early August can be overwhelming and even anxiety-inducing. There are just so many to pick. How could anyone possibly pick them all? Even when you spend an hour filling up several vessels (including one's mouth), the bushes still look full of berries. You go back a day later and there are more that have grown and ripened. It's never ending. But it's ok. Blueberry everything (i.e. pie, coffee cake, salsa, sauce, butter, jam, soup, margaritas, muffins - yes, she has a cookbook devoted entirely to blueberries) is worth the stress.
Did I mention the blueberry margaritas and salsa? Yum.
We spent Sunday night at the Lake Sunapee Yacht Club. It rained but we didn't care because we sat overlooking the water from under the overhang.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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Monday, August 25, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
What: See how many of the most frequently used words you can think of in five minutes.
Where: Online at codebox.no-ip.net.
I pretty much blanked, or just haven't had enough coffee for an 8am quiz, but I'm sure anyone will beat my score of 38.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The plan is to use three different color tiles, all hand made in Texas or Tennessee or somewhere, to coordinate with blue/red pendant lights. Unfortunately, being handmade, none of them are exactly 2"x4" as advertised. Mostly, they're 1 7/8" x 3 3/4" which leaves us with a bit of extra cutting & filling to do. Oh, well.
Last night we decided to determine the pattern & see how random we could make the color scheme. Here is the winner:
This is an earlier variation, before some Rummikub-like moves.
And our first attempt - tried a basket weave pattern to be different, but it looked too American flag / quilt-like.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I'll upload and post the vacation photos soon - including some great pics of my adorable little second cousin Lilly.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
First order of business (well, second after lunch and a beer), was to bring the dogs to the river for a swim. Then we enjoyed the day setting up camp, cooking some steak, chicken, corn on the cob, playing cards and enjoying each other's company around the fire.
Sunapee is very confident with the river and had more success than he normally does in the ocean.
The hike to the river and the swimming definitely tired out Sunapee.
Kevin cooked and ate with what Heather calls his Crocodile Dundee knife.