Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year'zzzzzz

Here's my view of the concert.

Getting ready for tonight

M's office is full of stuff for the New Year's Eve concert and gala dinner/lecture/drinks tonight. There's hardly anywhere to sit. I do love Handel, but I think I'd rather zzzzz.....

At that famous fish-throwing place

We came down to the Pike Place Market to get flowers for tonight's New Year's Eve dinner. They were throwing fish, making balloon animals, busking, and selling turquoise jewelry like there was no tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Out for coffee

Beeky stopped by and we took her to coffee at Sugar. She is so pretty, smart, talented, and stylish. In my unbiased opinion.

Monday, December 28, 2009

A tiny angel

Today we got to meet Eliana, David's new granddaughter. She was sleeping like a tiny angel, as mom used to say about Becky. Since Becky is now going to college, you can tell that my experience of babies is pretty dated. Isn't she utterly cute?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Pokey loves it

Pokey got a Snuggie for Christmas. She is so warm and comfy.

Visiting Soph

We stopped by to say Merry Christmas to Stacey and Sophia. Here's Sophia's stocking from Hawaii.

A popular fellow

For the man who has everything... a mountain of presents.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas loot

We really scored on the Christmas gifts this year. I got a new Kindle that will work in Europe, beautiful mitten(s), a great new jacket, a sweatshirt, cozy socks, a cool old Missal from the 1920s, the best Earl Grey tea ever, a Brita water filter system, a polar fleece throw with my name on it, and much, much more. People are so nice.

Merry Christmas, Pokey!

Pokey says hi, everyone.

Christmas is almost done

People have written so many carols about how wonderful Christmas is. Why hasn't anyone written a carol about how wonderful the day after Christmas is?

I guess they did - "Good King Wenceslaus." Merry Christmas afternoon to all and to all a good night.

A peaceful Christmas

It seemed to be a peaceful Christmas Eve. Peace is relative when there are about 5,000 people involved and four TV cameras. Five if you count the Channel 13 camera outside the Marion and Terry door at about 12:30am last night.

Monday, December 21, 2009


We "greened" the door of our apartment, too, with the help of our friend Peggy. It went surprisingly quickly, no one got yelled at, and the results (as you can see) were fab!

An evening to remember

A fun and festive evening of decoration and delight.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tattoo art

The theme of the party is "Princesses." So we got tattoos of tiaras, diamond rings, high-heeled shoes, and purses.

At Sophia's birthday party

Little Miss Sophia turns one on December 23. She's getting big! Her favorite color is definitely pink.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The new marquee

The new marquee at the 5th Avenue is pretty cool.


An important anniversary

Today is Father Ryan's anniversary of ordination - December 17, 1966 at St. Peter's Basilica.  One day not long ago we noticed that there were stacks of old slides gathering dust in one of his cupboards.  They clearly hadn't been looked at since of the days of, well, slide projectors.  Maria tracked down a gadget that allows you to transform these relics of former days into digital images, and voila!  Here he is on board the Leonardo da Vinci on his way to the Pontifical North American College in Rome....

And here he is looking visionary in St. Peter's Square at the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, December 8, 1965.  Ad multos annos, MGR.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A detail

That's the Catherine of Aragon ornament we got at the Tower of London. We have lots of cool ornaments on our tree.


It took less than an hour. We didn't even run out of CDs!


With apologies to Advent purists, we are listening to Christmas music and decorating mom's tree tonight.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Two special friends

After Mass we got to meet our little friend's little friend.

Spoilers alert

At the Advent Assembly they totally gave away the end of the story. I mean, the beginning.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

After Simbang Gabi...

This year, Corinna and Carolyn both got leis... not to mention a round of applause!

Simbang Gabi

This year, a banner of San Lorenzo Ruiz is featured in the entrance procession.

Friday, December 11, 2009

At Barnes and Noble

Almost as inevitable as "Going Rogue"....

It's just not the same without the clip art and word art...

Our retiring leader,
Archbishop Alex Brunett,

is pleased to announce a once-in-a-lifetime bargain bonanza! Yes, he is throwing open the doors to the Holy of Holies, the Sanctus Sanctorum—the GIFT STORAGE ROOM!

Come one--come all for your chance to purchase the coveted
Gifts of Christmas Past!!

Piles of prized possessions!
Gifts and goodies galore!
Boxes of bargains!
Mounds of merchandise!
Stacks of…stuff!

Yes, it is truly…


When: 10:00 A.M., Friday, December 11th
Where: Isaac Orr Conference Room
Proceeds benefiting CCS services to the homeless

Bargains galore!
• Total liquidation!
• Everything must go!
• Bring ca$h!
• All sales final!
• No refunds!
• Exact Change, Please!
• Remain Calm!
• No Pushing!
• No Crowding!

A going-out-of-business sale like no other

Today we all went over to the Isaac Orr Center for the big sale of old Christmas gifts, gadgets, and books which have been given to the Archbishop over the years. He is moving into Skyline in February, and doesn't know when but knows he'll be retiring soon. So he's cleaning house. I'll see if I can post the flyer for this event, which is truly one for the archives.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Overheard on NCR

Comment 1: "And this man is not a bishop. Why?"

Comment 2: "Many of us have asked this question for years."

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Simbang Gabi Rehearsal

Panginoon, maawa ka.

Monday, December 7, 2009

View from Kerry Park

Three other photographers also braved the bitter cold to take pictures tonight. I hope theirs came out better than mine...

A never-before-seen sight

Did you ever think you'd see DAB in front of a computer? Truly, the digital age has arrived.

In Sorrento

Do you suppose they get weather like this in Sorrento?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

At "Equivocation"

We are sharing a glass of mulled wine from a 1594 recipe. 'Tis a strong brew, such as Falstaff, Hal, and Pons must have drunk... Oh, wait, that was sack.

Out and about

I'll give you three guesses where we are this evening...

Another view of Madre de las Americas

At Madre

Our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan Diego have arrived at the Cathedral.

You know it's Madre de las Americas when...

Friday, December 4, 2009

Friend to the famous

Father Ryan is famous!  At least he will be when his feature essay in the next issue of America hits the Catholic newstands next weekVery exciting.  Read it here.  We knew him when...

Thursday, December 3, 2009


We are checking on Pokey. She is basking in front of the fire I built in mom's cute little wood-burning stove.

At the Grand Opening

We're at the Skyline ribbon-cutting, admiring the view of the Cathedral from the 26th floor.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The detritus of the holidays

I believe this is #3 in the series of photos of the "Free Zone" in the basement of our building.

We wish you a merry Advent

Out here in the burbs, people go all out decorating for the holy and joyful season of Advent. This specimen can be found at 1st Ave S and about 132nd. It's quite unique--Santa, lying in a four poster bed, checking his list while his head swivels from side to side.  (FYI, you can't actually see Santa in this particular photo.  He is to the right of the giant luminous M&M's.)

At the SAM

We are having lunch at the SAM. Hammering Man is on strike. Actually, his arm has been removed for repairs. Since 1992, he's put in 90,000 hours of hammering, and he's not even close to finished.