Wednesday, September 30, 2009

At the Church Council Dinner

This is the 90th anniversary of the Church Council of Greater Seattle and we are at the celebratory banquet. The Council was established by a woman, the Rev. Gertrude Apel.

Monday, September 28, 2009

In the dining room

This brass hound on the fire screen has a unique history. When they were creating the course, one of the workmen found a root in the distinct shape of a hound. It was taken as a good omen, varnished, and hung in the ballroom. Tragically, the hound-shaped-root was destroyed in the 1925 fire that also destroyed lots of loving cups and other paraphernalia. Someone recreated the lost hound in brass on the fire screen. Poetic, is it not?

Registration time

At Inglewood Golf and Country Club

The best thing about today will be riding in a golf cart.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

In Wallingford

We had a delicious dinner at a Walllingford restaurant called the "Rusty Pelican." On our way in a kid with a clipboard asked if we were sisters. "That's cool that you still hang out," he said. "I hope I still hang out with my brothers when..." His voice trailed off. Had he been going to say "when I'm as old as you," and caught himself in time? Then we came into the restaurant and were asked for our ID when we ordered drinks. Ironic, is it not?

Now we're heading across the street to see "Bright Star," a new film about the life of Keats. Hopefully it will be as good as the reviews!

Reen making a speech

In front of a huge crowd of E.M.s, etc.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Tales from the crypt

This is the day of the annual opening of the Cathedral crypt. It's actually really nice down there.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

At mom's

After yet another trip to Costco we came to mom's to watch "The Office." It's a new season. Not that great so far.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Giving Blood

We gave blood this afternoon. Afterwards, cool volunteers from the Health and Healing Committee kept us company in the canteen.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

At Town Hall

We are going to see "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" next month, so tonight we are attending "The Lincoln-Douglas Debates" at Town Hall. The two actors who are playing Lincoln and Douglas in the play are "performing" passages from the debates tonight (Erik Lochtefeld is Lincoln and R. Hamilton Wright is Douglas - he's not nearly fat enough for Douglas). Should be interesting. A Jesuit from Seattle U is doing the introduction.

The only problem is... We haven't had dinner yet!

The house cup? (Spoilers alert)

Lakeside is another world: a world of dignity and privilege, with spacious art studios and science labs. Not unlike Hogwarts. But wait a minute, the Triwizard Cup turned out to be a portkey to almost certain death....

At Lakeside School

We are on a field trip to Lakeside, where Jackie is working now. Here's the chapel. Isn't it ridiculously New England?

Monday, September 21, 2009


Some lamebrain pulled the fire alarm in the west vestibule of the Cathedral. The fire department came in record time and turned the alarm off.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

At the Center House

There's always something happening at the Center House... At least, most of the time. These colorful hangings have something to do with an exhibit of art on the second floor. We shall see.

Happy new year 5770

Here's Jon, the shofar blower at Temple de Hirsch, pictured with a statue of Abraham blowing the shofar. The service was short (only about 30 minutes) and designed especially for families. It was very interesting. The rabbi opens the ark and takes out the Torah, which is carried through the assembly. Everyone reaches out to touch it with their hand, prayer shawl, or book. Rabbi Weiner then had two of the kids hold the ends of the scroll while he read the first verses from the book of Genesis in Hebrew. At the adult service this morning, the story of the sacrifice of Isaac was also read. It's connected because of the ram caught in the thicket - hence the ram's horn that is sounded at the service.

After the prayer, everyone eats apples with honey, signifying starting the new year with sweetness. Cool, huh?

At Temple de Hirsch Sinai again

I'm here in the chapel for Rosh Hashana.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Mile high pie

The end of a lovely dinner at Red Robin.

Maggie the Magnificent

We are out celebrating with Maggie the Magnificent. Bryan made us special party placemats and since we're at Red Robin we can actually use them.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Avant garde... Or is it?

My heartiest congratulations if you can figure out what this is a picture of....

Newcomers' reception

Tonight at 7 - about 50 new parishioners are coming for a few Costco hors d'oeuvres and a tour. I'll be pouring wine. It's a spectacle of incompetence.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

In the land of giant food

We are at Costco getting goodies for the newcomers' reception on Thursday night. We save a fortune by getting stuff here instead of hiring a caterer to come here to get stuff. And the best thing is that since it's a newcomers' reception, nobody there knows that we used to serve chocolate-dipped strawberries because they are all newcomers!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

In Edmonds

We're visiting Becky in Edmonds. Right now we're at Starbucks, waiting for our Thai food to be ready. Johnny ordered a not-too-hot one pump mocha.

Choral Lattes

This morning Clint and I made lattes for the choir. They are coming back this weekend. The machine gave us some trouble but once we got going we were pretty good at it. The choristers ordered lattes, mochas, and a soy steamer. We also made one americano. We weren't that good with the foam so we didn't do cappuccinos.

Friday, September 11, 2009


Wow, Brenda!

Happy feast of St. Guy of Anderlecht

Tonight, we are having the first ever St Guy of Anderlecht party at Brenda's. Tonight is actually the vigil of his feast, which falls on the 12th. As Bryan pointed out, he's also the patron saint of horned animals. We can't figure out if there is a connection.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Window Shopping


At the choir dinner

The choir is back tonight for their first rehearsal. Michelle attended "Burning Man," an art/music experience in the desert of Nevada where people create installations and then burn them at the end of the week. Some people go around naked all week. Others wear clothes.

Fire Drill

This is the view from Room 1. O'Dea is having a fire drill. They told Father Ryan that it is just a practice fire drill. The real fire drill will take place later on.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thank you,

Here in the U.S. readers have to wait till October to find out what happens to Peter, Kate, Gideon, and the known universe, but in England the conclusion of the trilogy is already out! We have really enjoyed the whole series (by Linda Buckley-Archer). Two kids get transported back into 1763, one of my favorite years, and lots of Back-to-the-Future-style adventures ensue. Very interesting for fans of time travel and the 18th century.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Dejeuner a Paris

We had lunch at Le Pichet, a quite authentic French cafe near the Market. It was pouring rain. There was no smell of cigarettes, but the coffee tasted almost like Paris.

I'm sure Hemingway and Stein would have had something to say about the young women at the next table. One had pink hair and the other had multiple piercings in an otherwise lovely face. Interestingly, the pink-haired girl had no piercings and the pierced girl had normal hair. I guess they figured enough was enough.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Kathy and Julia

Tonight, Kathy is making a complete Julia Child dinner, inspired by "Julie and Julia." The book became a blog became a book became a movie became a dinner became a blog.

An historic moment

This is an historic moment. Stu finally got a new garment bag after nine years. Here he is, pictured with the shredded old bag for the very last time.

What's wrong with this picture?

Some dolt forced the Ceremonial Doors open for a wedding and broke off the weather guard. Now a shaft of light is coming through even when the doors are closed. Grrr...

Making up for lost rain

Not that I was planning to go to Bumbershoot, but... You can see the buildings reflected in the street. That's why we're watching DVDs instead of walking around outside.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Moonshine over Lake Benson

Scenic Lake Benson

We came out to see Mimi's cabin on scenic Lake Benson near Allyn, Washington. She has a paddleboat, the WaterWheeler MKV. Our goal is to paddle all the way to the end of the lake and then come back for pie.

At Corner Cafe

We went to Starbucks first. When we arrived two drug addicts were having a screaming argument outside the store. She had told him to wait for her outside the Starbucks but instead he went in and got in line. How could he do such a thing? She demanded her "stuff" and when he wouldn't give it to her she began hitting him. When their fellow addicts saw her getting the best of him, one of them rushed outside and pinned her arms behind her back. He'd obviously done it before. Come to think of it, in movies there's always one big thug who holds the guy's arms back so the other guy can punch him.

Anyway, the baristas were all watching the action and the other drug addicts who had already gotten their drinks were cheering them on, so we gave up and came to Corner Cafe instead.

Ah, the sights and sounds of the city...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

An evening with Piper

We visited Piper (and Elise) at her cool modern home in Ravenna. Piper graciously allowed Elise to speak to her guests between stories.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

September 2nd

Today is our dad's birthday - and it's a big one, 60! Here's a self-portrait he did when he was a lot younger than we are now, reflected in a VW hubcap.

Joanna came over for dinner and we forgot about dessert! How gauche of us. Apologies to our fellow blogger.

Field trip to Inglewood

We are at Inglewood getting ready for the golf tournament. This year I'm helping with AV stuff.