Toddler Oliver

Cute as ever, Oliver toddles a lot more and talks a lot more and is even more cute than the last time I saw him. He gives kisses, points out busses and feeds his own little self.

By on July 2, 2009 · Comments ( 6 )

Weekend in Maine

Maine was as grey as Boston has been, but still offered me a good time last weekend.

Luckily, despite the warning, no lives were lost the day we were at Pemaquid Point. Alayne and Katie crept as close as they dared to the spray.

See the whole adventure in my Maine photos.

By on June 23, 2009 · Comments ( 3 )

Visitors

This little toddler ran me into the ground.

From Elliot & Kristen

Elliot and Kristen came all the way from Idaho to dig in the dirt. And pet sheep.

From Elliot & Kristen

To earn her room and board, Elliot showed us how to work the computer.

From Elliot & Kristen

Thanks for coming guys, and thanks for giving us a chance to go to the neighborhood park without looking creepy.

By on June 14, 2009 · Comments ( 6 )

Pie primer from my perspective

Now the birthday countdown sits at exactly one month.  So, if anyone is planning on presenting me with pie (ahem), I thought I might run down some of my favorites.

  • Berry pies – raspberry has traditionally been known as my top favorite, probably because that’s what Mom used to make.  I also like blackberry, marionberry and fresh strawberry.  Or a bumble of berries together.
  • Citrus – lemon meringue is another traditional favorite of mine, but I also enjoy key lime.
  • Other fruit – I definitely like apple pie and I probably like other fruits like peach (note: probably not rhubarb)
  • Custardy or creamy – banana cream pie is delicious and I have enjoyed a slice or two of vanilla custard pie or pecan pie
  • Chocolatey, cookie, candy – I like these too.  Chocolate pudding pie, other pudding pie, cookies in pie, peanut butter or caramel or pie involving ice cream or whipped cream or whatever.  I’ll take them all.

Are there any I’m missing that you know I like?

I most definitely want pie now.  So bring it on.

By on June 9, 2009 · Comments ( 10 )

Really really far in advance

Toy Story 3 is coming your way in June!  2010.  Oh.  Well, the trailer is up now.  I love that it gives nothing away from the movie, yet still manages to entertain.

Plus I can take Oliver next year! Save the date little guy.

By on May 30, 2009 · Comments ( 6 )

Sliders are cute

I know some hardcore food people will say my mini black bean burgers are not actually sliders, but I’m sure you all get the idea. I just took my usual bean burger recipe and made them smaller. Slap them on a tiny bun and they are somehow more delicious.

This picture is also with my new camera. Sorry, it’s all I’ve taken so far for those of you demanding new camera pics.

Black Bean Burgers

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 onion chopped up
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • taco seasoning

I whirl all this in a food processor, form whatever size patties and then bake them in a 400 degree oven for about 10-15 mins a side.

By on May 26, 2009 · Comments ( 5 )

New point and shoot

After a few too many grainy, blurry shots of my little nephew, I realized it was time for a camera upgrade.  Here’s one shot I managed to snag on the new model last night after the battery charged and before the sun set.

Yes, the kitty still loves to camp in his kitty tent.

By on May 20, 2009 · Comments ( 4 )

Two months, two days away

The big birthday is steadily approaching.  Perhaps it’s time to consider a few lifestyle tweaks for my next decade.  You know, to fit in better with the other folks my age.

{democracy:9}

What did everybody else do (or plan to do) when they crossed the 30 line?

By on May 7, 2009 · Comments ( 11 )

Sheep shearing festival

What else to do on a gorgeous spring day but go to the sheep shearing festival!

The shorn sheep were quite soft, as Laura and Katie found out.

The before picture.

I also saw some talented herding dogs and a 9 day old goat.

By on April 25, 2009 · Comments ( 2 )

Faux holidays — the sucking of

Yeah, that’s an official LC Subject Heading.

Just a note on Boston and its fake stupid Patriot’s Day.

Some of us had to work today. MBTA claimed to be running a Saturday schedule, but I waited more than 30 minutes on each end of my commute.

So, Boston, you can take your holiday and shove it.  Those of us north of the river would like to just go about our business if we don’t get to stay home.

Man, I was gonna do dishes tonite in those 30 minutes.

By on April 20, 2009 · Comments ( 2 )