Sunday, October 31, 2010

What Does Your Garden Grow?

Apparently ours grows French Bulldogs

Dagny had the cute idea of dressing the dogs up for Halloween as a flower garden, complete with a bumble bee.  How could I resist an idea like that?  The dogs were good sports about wearing the costumes, posing for pictures, and sacrificing their doggy dignity.  I think that secretly they liked being so impossibly cute.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Happy Birthday Dane!

Turning 13 is a big deal.  

Becoming an official teenager should be accompanied by much fanfare and maybe even some hoopla.    

The annual trip to Dave & Buster's
(this year made more fun by the attendance of a very cool Grandpa)

some hoopla

Thursday, October 21, 2010


This is how Gavin likes to start his day

Gavin has always been a baseball fan, but he's been rooting for the Giants ever since he found out that their ace pitcher, Tim Lincecum, has a French bulldog.  Gavin is all about solidarity.  

It's Orange October in the Bay Area, the Giants are having an amazing post-season and everyone is caught up in it.  They are one win away from the World Series, it's very exciting.  Our family is having a great time watching the games together.  Have you ever seen a 4 person wave?  It's quite a sight.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

We Protest!

International Protest - Save Japan's Dolphins
October 14, 2010

Why is Dane standing standing on a street corner in San Francisco next to a giant inflatable dolphin?   

The answer is simple, we wanted to add our voices to the millions of other people around the world who oppose the slaughter of dolphins in Japan.  We both felt very strongly that we wanted to take part in the International Protest so we made some signs and joined the other protesters in front of the Japanese Consulate. 

We held up our signs and handed out information to the passers-by who were really friendly and receptive.  I think Dane was expecting more hostility, but this is San Francisco.  At one point a guy from the consulate came out and the protest organizer presented him with a petition, it was done with a great deal of civility and graciousness.  

The funny/cute story of the day is that Dane was given the job of standing behind the inflatable dolphin to keep it from flipping over so Dane actually got to "protect a dolphin". 

If you want to know more about what's going on with the dolphins in Japan, watch the movie The Cove, and check out our friend Elora's blog.  She and her father (who is a member of Sea Shepherd) are in Taiji right now acting as "cove guardians".   Part of our reason for participating in the protest was to show our support for what she, and her family, are doing. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Look what appeared on my doorstep just in time to decorate for Halloween

Thank you Sabrina, I love it.

Monday, October 11, 2010


What happens when you combine the perfect dress, the perfect date, and the perfect shoes?  

The best Homecoming Dance ever. 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Sweet Treats

We all know that I'm not much of a cook, but it turns out that I'm a heckuva baker. 

I have been making lots of treats recently and having a great time doing it. Baking feels frivolous and fun, I think I like it because I don't have to do it.  

Thanks to Dagny I have a constant stream of teenagers coming to my house so I have a repository for all the goodies.  If it weren't for all the hungry adolescents Dane and I would end up eating everything ourselves.  That would not be a good thing, it would be delicious, but bad. 

Yep, I made them

Monday, October 4, 2010

I'm A Mac

I am not a happy camper this week. I am computer-less and that makes me grumpy.

On Friday I noticed a yellow line on my monitor. (the line wasn't interfering with the computer working, it was just annoying. Who wants a line running down their screen?) After some reasearch I found out it's a hardware problem, I called the Apple support line and they hooked me up with an appointment to fix it free of charge. (I love Apple, I really, really do) Leaving my computer with them was like leaving a sick child with a stranger, I did not enjoy doing it.

The good - getting my computer fixed for free
The bad - not having my computer for a week

When I say I am computer-less, I mean I am without my own personal computer. Our house is full of computers, they're just not mine. The kids, and Steve, are very propriatary about their computers, they don't like anyone else touching them. (I don't really want to use them anyway, they're all PC's and I'm a Mac, but desperate times call for desperate measures) I had to wait until Dagny went to school to sneak in some blogging time.

What have I learned from this situation?

  • I'm far too dependent on technology
  • my kids need to learn how to share
  • Mac's are better than PC's (actually, I already knew that)