Monthly Archives: October 2010

Spider Cupcakes

As Bella’s birthday is November 1st, she pretty much gets a Halloween-themed birthday cake every single year. This year she got spider cupcakes delivered to her sushi dinner in Laguna Beach. They were a hit. I made the devil’s food … Continue reading

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Good Reads

I’m blessed to have extremely literate, well-read friends who share their favorite books with me. This comes in handy, because I don’t have much time, but I LOVE TO READ. I’d like to figure out which social networking site works … Continue reading

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Stealth Visit to Disneyland

I took Christian to Disneyland for the first time this afternoon. It was a very different experience than I imagined after hearing all about Minne’s house from my 3 1/2 old niece who visited for the first time this summer. … Continue reading

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Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed

is not what you want to be at almost midnight on a random Tuesday evening. So, I’ve been trying to prove my non-addiction to caffeine, by not having any. The result? Predictably, my first day I had a major headache … Continue reading

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I’m looking forward to celebrating Martinmas next month with another campout and soup and bread potluck. According to French lore, St. Martin was a soldier passing into the city of Amiens, when he passed a shivering beggar. He stopped, took … Continue reading

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Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC)

I’d never heard of this program before, but it works for me! Basically, high-achieving kids at the high school are offered a guaranteed admission to a UC school just based on grade-point average. This is an excerpt from the letter … Continue reading

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Carmen Argote

Whether it is the neutrality of the painted white on brown or the simplicity of the large geometric shapes of the cut carpet hanging from the back of the gallery g727– it is difficult to comprehend that one is looking … Continue reading

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Letter to Christian at 2 years, 6 months

Dear Baby, If anything, living you with you is MORE fun than before! You are such a communicator – and a real crack-up. You delight in singing the lyrics of your dad’s favorite songs, like “Vitamin C” by Can (Krautrock … Continue reading

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Four Ways to be Closer to Your Siblings

I’m pleasantly working my way through a stack of Real Simple magazine back issues. Let me know if you would like me to pass them on to you next. I enjoyed family-relationship expert Jane Isay’s “10 ways to be closer … Continue reading

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Under the Oaks

This sounds like a perfect place for somebody I might know. It’s a guest house on the property of a woman I like very much. There are chickens. It feels like it’s in the woods. It’s the kind of place … Continue reading

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