Archive for April, 2008

There and back again

Posted by laura on Apr 26 2008 | Travel

Things have been quiet on the blogfront for a while here – I’ve been a little busy. You know, just a little of this and a little of  that:


YEAH, that was me, taking the postcard photo from the guard tower at Machu Picchu. I had a stunning, eye-opening, life changing trip to Peru.

More photos and stories to come, after I take a little nap.


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Posted by laura on Apr 11 2008 | Awesome

We’ve only been living out here for about, oh, 14 years or so, and we’ve never been to Yosemite. No sense rushing into things, is there? So we finally packed up the kids and the camp box and went to check it out.



It’s so hard to put up a photo of it, since no picture can convey the sense of depth and suspended breath you have when you stand in a site like this. Part of you stands on the bridge or trail or precipice looking out, and another part of you just soars out into that incredible space. There was something else about it – when you are in a building or site where thousands of people pass, such as a busy terminal or city corner, it seems you can always feel the movement and footprint of those people, even when it’s a quiet time of day. In Yosemite, I was struck by the knowledge of its thousands upon thousands of visitors, contrasted with the vast untouched feeling it gives. There is a power to the landscape that absorbs all our noise.

Here is where we stayed, in Curry Village:


We traveled with some great friends, and stayed in two of these cabins that had a shared wall. The kids quickly came up with a system of knocks on the wall – three knocks meant “come over for breakfast,” four meant “come over for a story,” and so on. This was no morse code; when they decided that ten knocks would mean “can I come to your cabin?” I started to wonder if they might benefit from some pauses or syncopation. 

The cabins were terrific – we’d gone with a camping mentality, so the fact that they had electricity, heaters and beds with sheets made us feel like we were really living large. Fortunately, the sheets slipped off easily to reveal rubbery mattresses and the heater was like a temperamental dragon, so we had a hint of roughing it. Hotwheels called it the ‘cabinet’ the whole time we were there, and once we’d unloaded every single item from the car (I knew we had to remove all food because of the bears, but I never knew this extended to car seats and wipes and every last movable item in the vehicle), it really did seem like a bit of a cabinet. Each meal we had in there was a choreographed event.

We hiked to waterfalls and biked down long dramatic lanes – it was like living in a storybook for four days.


Of course, no road trip is complete without a little knitting. Here’s Glacier Point meets needle point:


It’s incredible to believe that this wonder has been just four and a half hours away from us all these years, but I’m looking forward to making up for lost time!




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Do you Hulu?

Posted by laura on Apr 04 2008 | Awesome

We’re hooked on You can watch movies and tv shows free, and it’s been fun looking up some old favorites. WKRP anyone? (“On the air? I AM the air! And the wind!… Thanks for the lid, Art.”)

I loved the movie Serenity, but never saw Firefly, which is the series that came first. Well, the episodes are all on hulu, and I am hopelessly addicted. Great sci-fi/action mix and incredibly funny. (Joe – if you read this and haven’t watched the movie or the series – you’re in luck.)

Here’s another random link. I’m most likely the last person to see this, but just in case you haven’t, it’s called

One Semester of Spanish – Love Song

Muy bueno!

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I love ballet!

Posted by laura on Apr 03 2008 | Uncategorized

I started taking ballet classes at 36, because one day last year, I looked in the mirror and realized that if I didn’t get on the stick, my dancing career would be Out The Window. Fortunately, this amazing dance studio in my town offers beginner level dance classes to adults, so I was in luck. The classes are brilliant – invigorating and challenging for both body and mind, and I truly love them.

Today took that love to a whole ‘notha level when my classmate, Blanca (everyone should have a classmate named Blanca), told me that I have beautiful feet.

My family can kindly stop snickering. She told me that they were graceful and beautiful. I might ask her for it in writing, as it must be the first time I’ve ever been told that. Ever. Don’t get me wrong – I can’t complain since my feet work perfectly. (Probably because they’re so enormous that they’re quite stable.) But I still remember trying on boots as a teenager and asking if the store had the next size up. One of the members of my family, who shall remain nameless, asked incredulously, “Do they make them any larger?” Ha ha.

Well, I just lovelovelovelovelove ballet. And now I’m going to dance my beautiful feet off to bed. 

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Posted by laura on Apr 03 2008 | Uncategorized


Last April Fool’s day was on a Sunday. Using our powers for evil, we woke up the kids and went through the morning pretending it was Monday. Our poor daughter kept shaking her head sadly and saying, “I was sure it was still the weekend!” We packed lunches and tried to move with that clipped urgency of a school morning. In the car, about a block from school, we stopped and sprung the old “April Fools!” on them and told them we were heading to Traintown, up in Sonoma. It’s an awesome place to go with small kids. I’ll always remember our daughter’s old-school reaction; she slapped her leg and cried, “You GOT me!” in a way that really ought to have been followed by a “Golly!”

We tried to think of something fun for this year, even though I was sure the kids would be onto us the whole way. I put gummy worms in their snack apples in the morning, but other than that we played it pretty cool. Then after school was out, I told the kids that our car had to go up to the dealership to get a part fixed that evening. I tried to act as though the whole thing was a nuisance but we’d do the best we could. We packed some snacks and books and toys into a bag and set off as soon as their dad got home. 

 A block before the dealership, we turned down a side street and into the parking lot of a bowling alley, where the darndest thing happened – we pulled into a space, and some of our best friends were in the next car over! We hopped out and our friend Amy said, “Hey – what are you guys doing here? Are you going to see your mortgage broker too?”

It took the kids a few minutes to catch up. But when they did, we all went into the bowling alley, pretty excited to be out on a school night. That’s when we ALL got punk’d.

League night.

You’d think I would have thought of that, but no. So, we played some video games and then went out to dinner together. All in all a pretty great start to the month. 

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Upgrading Kleenex

Posted by laura on Apr 01 2008 | Get it?

I had some time on my hands this morning, so I decided to improve our Kleenex situation. It only took a couple of hours to sew up new covers for all the tissue boxes in the house, and make custom 200-count cotton tissues to match the colors in the bathrooms and bedrooms. tissues1.jpg

They look so much nicer than the boxes you get at the store.


Plus, now we can just wash the tissues and reuse. They’re about the size of small handkerchiefs, so they’ll be a snap to wash, press and replace. Don’t you just love it when everything matches? 








Ok everyone, don’t worry. I haven’t turned into an uber-Martha. Happy April first! 

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