Thursday, February 27, 2014


The best kind of art is the kind you can run around in.

and run and run.

Or play hide and seek . .

while following the spirals around . . .

and locating one's brother and cousin.

It was fun to climb up the museum balcony to see what the sculpture looks like from up top too!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dark Like the Night

We stopped at McDonald's for a quick breakfast on our drive to the slopes last week and noted that the LEGO movie has conquered the known world.

I like that the Batman franchise is willing to poke fun it's self-seriousness now and again.  Batman likes his milk "dark, like the night."  (Chocolate milk!)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Olympic Reflections

A few favorite quotes and moments, now that the 2014 Winter Olympics are over.

The fabulously attired Norwegian curling team lost their match, leading to the headline that "The team and their pants have left Sochi."

(Getty Images)

During the closing ceremony, two proscenium arches were presented with a giant chandelier in between. They didn't match (one red and one blue), so I wondered, could it be?  Yes, indeed!  The Bolshoi Ballet lined up in front of one, and the Mariinsky Ballet lined up in front of the other.  The legendary rival ballet companies!

SwingDaddy and immediately wondered if they would stage a fight, or at least a dance-off, West Side Story-style. Sadly, no, but the dancing was beautiful.

(Getty Images/Adrian Dennis)

(Getty Images/Matthew Stockman)

The best sense of humor award goes to the moment when the bespangled dancers on the stadium floor made a formation of four rings and a snowflake, before opening up into the five Olympic rings, making light of the malfunction in the opening ceremony.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Rubber Band Man

When I got home on Friday, Buster came running with his pant legs tucked up.  Look!

That's a lot of Rainbow Loom gear, dude.  Kinda like tribal tattoos for the kindergarten set.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

More on the Slopes


We had perfect weather.  Gorgeous sunshine, warm enough to be comfortable.  It's crazy beautiful, compared to the icy night conditions in which I learned to ski.  The snow wasn't great, with that icy crunchiness that makes me think of "home" ski conditions from NY, but the easy slopes were in pretty good shape for the boys.

My favorite quote of the trip, as both boys take off down the hill for the last run of the day:

Q-ster: Buster! Look at me, look at me!

Me: Buster! Look where you're going!  Look where you're going!

Fortunately, everyone zipped down the hill safely.

And the we had milkshakes.  Yum!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Going Downhill Fast, but in a Good Way

We had a great couple of days on the slopes, and the boys are turning into quite competent little skiers. Q-ster asks after each run whether he qualifies as intermediate yet.  Soon, my child, soon!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Purposeless Upgrade

Facilities managers of the world: I would like to point out that there is no sanitary benefit to upgrading the bathroom to have an automatic soap dispenser unless you also automate the water faucet and paper towel dispenser.

Monday, February 17, 2014


Somebody is pretty pleased with his implementation of a game from the Lego Ideas Book.

Plus, we went to see the Lego Movie, which was, of course, "AWESOME."  Now that darn song (Everything is Awesome) is stuck in my head permanently.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sugar, Food Coloring, More Sugar

Q-ster's third grade teacher doesn't need as much in-class help, so I haven't been in his classroom that often, not like last year when I popped in almost once a week to file papers.  So, last week I volunteered to help with the Valentine's Day party, and got to enjoy the vivid food dyes and watch the kids get hopped up on treats.  Immediately afterwards, the teacher sent them outside to run around for an extra PE session - super, super smart.

And it was fun to see my boy in class.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

120 Hearts Later

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Food and Friends, the Return of

When I wrote yesterday's post about our annual holiday dinner, I searched for last year's dinner story about couldn't find it.  It turns out that I never got around to writing about it!  So here it is, 13 months late.  Last year's theme was the 1950's.

We all contributed dishes from a 1950's cookbook assigned by our hostess.  We brought bacon-wrapped SPAM hors d'oeurves. The SPAM was mandatory as a classic 1950's item, and we chose bacon, because who doesn't love bacon?

Yep, they pretty much tasted like bacon, so it worked out fine.

Our hostess in a picture-perfect 50's pose.

A few gift highlights: I received a charming mini-hat.

While dressed as the Yellow Peril, our friend received the perfect cartoon complement.

The boys were thrilled with the rainbow jello.

From one century to another!

Food and Friends

We hosted an annual dinner gathering of friends in January, and it was delightful to see everyone. We last hosted five years ago, just a year after we'd moved into the house, so there was essentially no furniture. That's quite excusable, right after a move, but five years later . . .

That gave us a little motivation to finally pick out furniture.  We got a great new dining room table and ordered a sofa for the living room that will arrive in a few months.  It's great to fit a big party comfortably at the table!

There was the usual exchange of crazy gifts, like steampunk goggles.

And very authentic replica light sabers (from our pal who now works at ILM.)

The children have all gotten so big.  The first dinner was 18 years ago, 8 years preceding the birth of the eldest.

The theme this year was China and the Chinese abroad, with various interpretations in costuming.

I ordered cute little Chinese zodiac magnets (the round disc on the left, not the clay figurine) from etsy and made table decorations with everyone's symbol at their place setting.

A fine time was had by all!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Hello World

And so it begins. #GeekFamily

Sunday, February 09, 2014

The Jellyfish of Peace

We enjoyed watching the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony and were impressed with the projection system they had on the stadium floor.  Wow, a technical and artistic success.  The War and Peace ballet was beautiful, and we noticed that the prima ballerina looked distinctly like Audrey Hephburn.

The commentators got a bit repetitive, harping at how the ceremony was clearly only highlighting the good stuff about Russian history and brushing over all the people who died in regime brutality.  Of course it's propaganda!  What do you expect?  Did anyone really think that Putin was going to have them stage a scene where a thousand extras run onstage and collapse to the ground, representing the 20 million people killed by Stalin?  Every country shows off what they want to show off, especially the one in question.

Someone on Twitter made a similar comment and received a flood of replies from Canadians who pointed out that they were quite modest in their claims at the Vancouver Games, as is their way.

Another element from the opening ceremony that I have to highlight is the "Doves of Peace" dance, which was performed to gorgeous music of Swan Lake.  It was even more cross-species confused when it really looked like Jellyfish of Peace.

Later, when the camera panned out more, you could see the dancers spin, and the strands of their costumes made the shape of doves - ah, I get it now.

But Jellyfish of Peace are kind of nice too.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

100 Days of K

Friday was the 100th day of school.  I don't remember it being a big deal when I was growing up, but here in kindergarten, it's a big deal. The kids drew pictures and made medallions.

Counted up 100 Froot Loops and made necklaces.

And filled a baggie with 100 things from home.  Legos were pretty popular among the other kids too.

I happened to be in class volunteering that day, so I got to see some of the Froot Looping.  Very diligent counting by small people.

My task was to cut construction paper into the right sizes for their projects next week.  140 white squares, 2.5x2.5"; 140 lavender rectangles, 7x5" and so forth.  Weirdly, I find it kind of fun to work out what layout will get me the maximum number of shapes per page.