Monday, August 31, 2009

At the Game

The Mariners are playing the gray-uniform-with-red-trim guys. It's the top of the third and the score is 0/0. We have fantastic seats. This photo is only slightly zoomed in.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Mediterranean lunch

We had gyros at a place on Broadway. Not like Paris, where we always have at least one gyro platter in the Rue de la Harpe, but not bad at all...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Mii on Wii

Here's my Mii on Wii-Golf. Doesn't Mii look exactly like me? I won the golf game but I'm not doing so well on bowling.

At Becky's

We invited ourselves to Edmonds to visit Becky and Justin. She made us chocolate-covered strawberries.

Friday, August 28, 2009

And on Channel 13, too!

He's famous!

Father Ryan offered Mass for Senator Kennedy at 5:30pm.  It seemed appropriate, since there were Masses in the Cathedral for two of his brothers, in 1962 and 1968.  But it's controversial these days even to pray for people who don't toe the line on every issue....  Fortunately, the threatened protesters did not materialize.


Tonight we went to Temple de Hirsch Sinai at the invitation of Jon, our shofar blower from the Yom HaShoah service back in April. It was very interesting. We walked through the party scene of Capitol Hill to the garden behind the Temple, where people were singing in Aramaic and Hebrew to the accompaniment of a guitar. Jon invited us back for Rosh Hashanah, which marks the beginning of the new year (5770). The young rabbi (he looked about 18, but Jon says he's probably in his late twenties) explained that at Yom Kippur, only your sins against God are forgiven.  For sins against other people, you have to ask them for forgiveness.

In White Center

This morning we went to the funeral Mass for Father Ramon Velasco, a very kind priest from the Philippines who died suddenly at the age of 50. Holy Family is a really nice church. I like the windows.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

In scenic Madison Park

Ah, dinner at Sostanza... Molto bene, molto bene.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Victorian tourists

I thought this cartoon of Victorians touring European churches during Mass was so funny I ordered the book in which it appears, which is called "The Smell of the Continent: The British Discover Europe." Did you know that some Victorians actually brought their toilets along? The "Inodorous Standard Pail" would fit in a spare hatbox.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

In the sacristy

Sometimes Sunday feels more like the end of the week than the beginning...

Mom's fig tree

Mom has a fig tree in her yard that is going crazy this year. We are actually going to eat the figs!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Flying Bonsai

They blocked our garage for a whole day for this?!

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Melina made an amazing crossword puzzle with post-it letters. We finished all but one clue.

Helen's tattoo

Helen promised herself she'd get an orca tattoo on her 50th birthday if she still wanted one! She said it only took 20 minutes.

The tiebreaker

This was the tie-breaking drawing for our team pictionary tournament, drawn by Sara MacDuff. Can you guess what it represents?

Staff Picnic

Today is the day of the Staff Picnic. They took a survey of what people wanted to do and I guess the wine-tasting got the most votes. My palate is uneducated but opinionated. I guess I prefer white to red. I know that much, anyway.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Another hot day

The only thing that could make me feel hotter is seeing someone carrying a huge fan down the street.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

At Drumheller Fountain

I'm reading a book about the Alaska-Yukon Exposition, which was held at the UW campus. The fountain (off tonight) was built for that event. Some of the layout of the UW campus can be traced to the AYP as well. Even when the fountain is off, it's pretty nice-looking.

Lunch at Tamarind Tree

Sister Ly took us to lunch at the best Vietnamese restaurant ever to thank "us" (really M does all the work) for our help with her Call to Vietnam project. I ordered deep fried lemongrass chicken. Sister Ly says it's good but not authentically Vietnamese - more like half American, half Chinese.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


We are going to see "Julie and Julia" tonight with mom and Becky at Southcenter. We stopped for a bubble tea (?) and noticed this immense ad for Guess jeans. I guess they had to sleep on the park bench because the jeans were so tight they couldn't get them off???

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The buskin'd stage

Scott's shoes got wet so he had to read in socks. Since he was a professional actor for many years, the buskins are especially appropriate for him.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


We visited our mom in Burien and then went to the Barnes and Noble at Wedgwood Village. On the way we took a detour down memory lane; that is, 116th Ave S. We graduated from Evergreen just over 20 years ago this year. It was redecorated in the early 90s so it really doesn't bring back that many memories.

Didn't find anything thrilling to read at the bookstore, but we did get a book about the Alaska-Yukon Exposition that looks interesting.

At Choir Camp

Stacey's back! Jim says she has worked wonders with the kids in just two days and I believe it. All she has to do is look at the kids and they start singing. Or so it seems.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A high powered attorney

We took a field trip to Celeste's office in the Rainier Tower.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Choir Camp Week

The kids are in the courtyard playing a game called "find the leader," I think.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

At the Sign of the Brown Bear

Our car desperately needed to be washed so we finally took it to the Brown Bear on 15th Ave W. We got the "Beary Best" wash, complete with rainbow suds. We also vacuumed the inside for about three minutes. That's all you get for four quarters. In addtion to the accumulation of dirt, dust, and pebbles the powerful mechanism sucked up one of M's hair scrunchies.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

At the Center

We are going to "Othello" at the Intiman, but it's not till 8 so we stopped by the rides. The few people who are here are having a grand time on the rusty old rides...

I've created a monster

Maria now has a Blackberry too, and she's even more addicted than I am.... What have I done?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

B and Bebe

This is our little sis Becky with her cat Bebe. Though Bebe is Becky's cat, mom feeds her, gives her water, pets her, plays with her, etc.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


We are heading out. It's lovely here in Leavenworth and it was fun to hang out with this Bavarian family. But I think (hope) our destiny lies elsewhere, in the big city over the mountains.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Das Dinner Deutsche

My apologies to those who understand German case endings, but I just can't help myself!

We had a German dinner and while it was tasty, I can see why the cuisine hasn't caught on like Mexican, Italian, French, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine.

Das Main Strasse

I have to admit it's pretty cute!

Eine kleine goatlein

We are spending the night in Bavaria - that is, Leavenworth. We passed an Alpine goat on our way into town. M is threatening to impose a moratorium on all use of a German accent.

Grand Coulee Dam

We are heading back via Highway 2 and decided to stop and see the Grand Coulee Dam. It's the second largest concrete structure in... the world, I think. One of FDR's many good ideas. In a few minutes we're going to see the film about the construction of the dam. I used to think stuff like this was boring but now I find it very interesting. One of the advantages of getting old, I guess.

Dedication of the dam

At the dedication in 1950, beautiful girls poured water from every state in the nation over the edge of the dam. It made for a great photo-op.

20th High School Reunion

We celebrated a mini-high school reunion. Mrs Ladich was our high school English teacher and was/is our ideal of culture and sophistication. She's the only person from Evergreen with whom we've stayed in touch. We had a lovely visit and a delightful lunch. Her husband Mike took this picture of the three of us.

Now we're on our way to Grand Coulee Dam... Should be fun (?).

Savonarola on the pulpit


Embroidered kneelers

I wonder why embroidered kneelers have never caught on in Catholic circles.

Rose window by Connick

Many of the windows are by our own Charles Connick. They have windows of Father de Smet, Marcus Whitman, and other Spokane worthies. They also have a window of the baptism of Spokane Garry, not unlike the windows of the baptism of Clovis all over France. The borders have details of covered wagons, pickaxes, and the like. Lovely!

At St John's

We stopped to visit the Episcopal Cathedral of St John, a grand Gothic building perched on a high hill overlooking Spokane.

Monday, August 3, 2009

At the Regis Community

There are 7 huge armchairs in front of the TV. In the armchairs are 6 retired Jesuits who are listening to the news in religious silence. They stop serving dinner at 6:15. (!)

View from the top of Spokane

We checked the temp - it only feels like it's hotter than it was in Seattle last week. It's actually a few degrees cooler.

Riverside Park

I suppose the Seattle Center might be this fun if we ever went. This is a 1909 carrousel. Father Williams observes that it goes counter-clockwise. He's probably the first person ever to notice that. Everyone reaches up to grab a ring and then they toss it at something, but I guess you have to ride to see what it is.

Scenic Spokane

We couldn't take the Skyride over Spokane Falls because it was 108 degrees in the skypods.

Mother Cabrini

This is a nice depiction of Mother Cabrini in the vestibule, a new addition. The other windows depict other American saints - St Elizabeth Ann Seton, Blessed Kateri. Quite nice!

The Spokane Cathedral

This is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. It was a parish church that became the cathedral when the diocese of Spokane was carved out.

St Al's on the outside

The church was built exactly 100 years ago. Since Spokane was part of the Archdiocese at that time, Bishop O'Dea must have dedicated it. The cornerstone is clearly visible on the front right corner. Father Williams lives right across the street in the Regis Community. They never say that a Jesuit is "retired." Instead, his work will be listed as "praying for the community."