Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
The remainder of the yarn will be paired up with some blue yarn to make the One-Piece Baby Kimono. The theme of the bedroom is Good Night Moon so these should fit in well.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Sweet potato pie I made for dessert on Friday:
Last week at the West End Farmer's Market:
Thursday, October 23, 2008
1) Being a positive influence on friends and co-workers. Today a friend brought her own insulated coffee mug to an all-staff meeting so she wouldn't have to use a disposable cup. As a bonus, it probably stayed warmer than everyone else's. Also, my office is working on getting rid of disposable styrafoam cups. That will totally make my day when that finally happens.
2) Email. What a great way to stay in touch with my family and friends without having to waste paper and postage sending letters, cards and photos in the mail. Which reminds me, I should start putting together my holiday e-newsletter soon.
3) Green Dimes and Catalog Choice. It took some time but I have noticed that the volume of junk mail and catalogs being sent to me has been greatly reduced. And while I love looking through all the holiday themed mailings, it's not such a sacrifice to not receive them. In a few weeks, it will be everywhere anyways and so much to enjoy the Christmas decor in person. And "reduce" is the first of the three R's.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Got up early, even earlier than a regular work day, and took a cab to the airport. Checked in, went through security, found our gate... and then were told that our flight was delayed. Oh well. Checked our email on our phones while we waited and then spent the next 6 hours sitting on a plane (unfortunately in the row in front of the exits so the seat did not recline). I must say though, that was the worst part of the trip. From there it was all uphill. The hotel was in Redondo Beach and we had a view of the ocean from our room. We had a bite to eat at Ruby's and walked around the Redondo Beach Pier, rested and then met up with Brian and Lindsay.
Got up early again, but this time for Disneyland! We were there before the park opened waiting at the gates with the rest of the crowd to be let in. Breakfast in the park with the characters, rides, shopping, and lots of walking until 5:45pm. Dinner at Napa Rose was wonderful and we lingered until 8pm. A little shopping in Downtown Disney and found some cufflinks for Max (that he had forgotten to pack) and then we watched the fireworks from Main Street. It was magical - and I don't care if you think that's cheesy!
Brian and Lindsay's wedding was at La Venta Inn. What a beautiful location! A cliff on a hill overlooking the ocean - I can see why Clark Gable used to go there to retreat. It was a morning wedding and the weather was perfect. I cried during the ceremony. Of course. :) There was a reception and an after party... a whole day wedding as it were. Max and I had fun, talked to many of the Mackey clan and some of the Taylor family as well.
Breakfast at Ruby's, quickly packed our bags, checked out and luckily got to see Brian and Lindsay before we left for the airport.
Monday, October 13, 2008
To all my Canadian friends and family, Happy Thanksgiving!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Here's my question:
Alexandria, Va.: Are you able to do your research in other languages? If not, do you find this to be a barrier?
Philippa Gregory: No, I am so sorry that I can speak French enough to muddle through but I am not good at reading, and I cannot read any other European languages at all.
Fortunately all the Tudor documents are translated into English and published in full by the Victorian historians and I can read them, but it does mean that I don't really dare to work on the history of other countries.
She also answered my friend's question:
Also somewhat related, tonight I'm going to see The Duchess. I can't wait! Not Max though... he has a paper to write.
Waldorf, Md.: Ms. Gregory, I was first introduced to you back in college (2003) and got started on "The Other Boleyn Girl", a fascinating story and so well written! I am also a huge fan of Showtime's series "The Tutors", are you familiar with the series? I know in terms of historical accuracy it falls short, but I think that like you it bring to life the real issues of the time and what women had to endure.
Philippa Gregory: I have only seen a few episodes of the Tudors and I agree with you that it is a lively show - I am troubled by the continuing slimness and good looks of Henry but I think we have to expect television to be entertaining and not necessarily accurate.
p.s. Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Happy Anniversary my love.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
In just five months of use, it has faded and shrunk to this:
Max doesn't like using it because he thinks it's too big to wash dishes with but maybe after a few more trips through the washer and dryer it will be just right. :)
Monday, October 06, 2008
Rainbow chard, eggplant, zucchinis, apples, tomatoes, radishes, garlic, shallots, peppers and of course, eggs. From the farmer's market: concord grapes, red bartlett pears, basil
This weekend was for cooking and baking. I made apple cinnamon steel-cut oats for breakfast (heavy on the cinnamon), chocolate fruitcake (won't know how that tastes until the end of the month), concord grape pie, baked yams, French onion soup, roasted lamb shoulder with gravy, broth, and beet soup for Slavomir.
Fruitcake before and after going into the oven.
The pie was delicious, flavorful and sweet. Worth the effort.
Even Erin enjoyed it!
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Yesterday was the first time out. In an effort to be confident and just go for it, I decided on a route that I had never driven - that even Max had never driven - but on the map it looked straight forward... drive all the way down one not so big road and then there were some turns and a few smaller roads at the end. The map can't show that the road is hilly or that it feels much windier than it looks. Ugh. We made it to our destination but I was completely shaken and I even scared Max. Ha! Still, he said I did fine. Probably drove slower than everyone else on the road liked but I was driving at just above the speed limit, no one beeped or honked or yelled at me. Definitely white knuckle terror.
Today we left the house at 8:30am and the goal was to drive to a friend's house and back, which meant going on the highway for a few exits. Getting there was okay. I did better last time but it was also earlier and there were almost no cars. Today there still wasn't alot of cars but it felt like it by comparison. On the way back, it was the first time I had ever driven it. Again I did fine but I was scared as hell, which made Max really scared as well... he kept saying, "You're doing fine. You're doing fine. You're doing fine." By the time we got back to the house, less than 30 minutes later, I was completed soaked through with sweat. Still, I did it. White knuckle terror and all.
It's Sunday people... stay off the roads because the lady drivers are out! :)