Friday, December 31, 2010

A dinner in Lynnwood

Last night we went to Father Roger's Lynnwood apartment for dinner. It was nice to see his tasteful place where everything is just so.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

It will send you into orbit

Today some cool friends took us to the Harry Potter exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. It was really pretty neat. Oddly, it seemed geared to children. They didn't offer to let any grownups try on the sorting hat. We got to see everything from Professor Slughorn's sluglike wand to Harry's formal robes from the Yule Ball scene in Book IV. We were most impressed by the printed materials - wanted posters, books, newspapers. It would be a very fun job to design the covers for "Through the Year with the Chudley Cannons" and "Advanced Potion Making."

I hope I'm not the only one who remembers "The Pacific Science Center, it will send you into orbit" theme song.

Spotlight on the shepherds

When we were in the attic making travel arrangements for the three kings, we ran across the shepherds.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The cutest baby in the world

Our friends Jason and Bethie are the parents of the cutest baby in the world: Charlotte. I love her already, don't you?

The ultimate boy game

The boys are playing Stratego. It's one of those games with a million rules.

In the Christmas village

As if the MacDuff's house didn't look enough like a Christmas card on the outside, there's a whole Christmas village inside.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

There's an app for that

Have you ever wanted to make one of your photos black and white except for one little section in color? There is actually an app for that.

On Marilyn's desk

Marilyn's desk is right by the copier, so I couldn't help but notice the Christmas moose.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Boxing Day party

We went to a party at the cool architectural home of an architect. It was fun and the kids (twins) are really talented, as evidenced by the photo.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A merry Christmas

It was a lovely Christmas. Incense, light and rain on Friday night made the servers glow.

Friday, December 24, 2010

At the annual shin-dig

Every Christmas Eve, Larry invites the staff up to his luxurious midtown office for hot buttered rum, goose sausage, and cheese.

Making an ordo, and checking it twice

Or even three times, because sometimes twice is not enough. The line about the donkey's ears is a Christmas tradition. Typically, if anything is in bold, caps, or italics in the ordo, it means it went wrong at some point. You get the picture...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday cookies

It's a lot harder to decorate cookies than it appears. However, they taste better than they look.

At the Market

We went down to the Market to look for more presents. We were moderately successful. Have you seen the new lampposts? They depict small young people in modern dress holding light bulbs. But other than that they are pretty much like any other lampposts.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A game of Scrabble

We decided to allow words from Dickens. Then we added Shakespeare. We came up with some good ones.

A preview

They were there... And then they weren't!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Rectory Tree

It's one of those timeless traditions of Christmas...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A visit from Noodle

The cat who used to live in our house is staying with the neighbors for Christmas, so she came over to visit her old haunts. I'm not sure she approved of what we've done with the place.

Friday, December 17, 2010

A couple of grinches

More people had their picture taken with the grinch than with the snowman, the gingerbread man, the polar bear, the reindeer, the Santa, or the other Santa.

In Candy Cane Lane

We went on a light-seeing tour of Seattle with mom. It must be rather annoying to live on Candy Cane Lane, with crowds of people, traffic, and screaming children for 25 days every December.

Our Christmas house

Christmas is even better when you have a house of your own to decorate.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Find and replace

I always imagined the time would come when I would be doing this, but it still seems a little odd.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The latest from Kit's desk

This one is fairly self-explanatory.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

At 4th and Union

I guess this is the famous Lake Union people talk about.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

At the Swedish Cultural Center

Happy birthday, Ruben!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tree in progress

At the Tree Farm

We went to a tree farm in Wedgewood. Here's the perfect noble fir going through the baler. They not only wrapped the tree for us, they carried it to the car, put it in the trunk, and secured it with bungee cords.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

At Sugar

I know the place is called Sugar, but putting marshmallows on top of cupcakes is going too far, don't you think?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A smoking toy

The little man smokes when you burn incense inside of him. Don't we all? One of many treasures at the Ungerhorton's elegant West Seattle abode.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A grand opening

We went to the opening of Kan Orchids on 12th and Madison. Quite tasteful and elegant.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Because of the snow, grandma not only missed Thanksgiving, she missed her birthday! We made up for it tonight. Grandma says she doesn't feel any different than she did at 57.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Archbishop Sartain - it's official!

Monday, November 29, 2010

You know it's time for an installation when... see the Liturgy Office staff pushing a rack of 60 vestments down Columbia Street.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Shades of Norman Rockwell

The untold story of the great storm of 2010

In all the news reporting they never once mentioned the impact of the storm on mom's gopher tenants. They suffered serious cabin fever and then their homes flooded.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sketching on the I-Pad

I downloaded a sketching app. I thought adding Picasso's signature to this picture really finished it off and made it much more interesting than it would otherwise have been.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Santa and helpers

Santa has a big job, I know, but starting to make the list before Thanksgiving is a bit much, don't you think? Here M is advising him on a few names.

A chilly font

As the psalmist said, "cold and chill, bless the Lord. Frost and chill, bless the Lord."

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Adverse weather conditions

We finally made it home. Our average rate of speed was 4mph.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Stopping at home on a snowy evening

This is the perfect night for a cozy fire and movie. The movie is Harry Potter 6. Dumbledore and Harry are recruiting Horace Slughorn. So you see, we are at the beginning of the movie.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Au revoir to Father Steve

We bid farewell to Father Steve tonight - he has an official assignment at St Philomena in Des Moines. To quote Fr Steve, "champagne to our real friends, and real pain to our sham friends."

At La Belle Epicurean

The best croques this side of the Atlantic.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thirteen years and counting

M took this cool photo of the retiring Archbishop at the Mass on Friday.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

At the Chancery

I am at the Chancery this morning for a meeting. Kit always has something interesting on her desk. Once it was a statuette that she thought looked just like Father Ryan. another time it was a fairy wand. This was today's offering.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cathedral afternoons

As Emily Dickinson said, "There's a certain slant of light, / Winter afternoons, / That oppresses, like the heft / Of cathedral tunes." Though this afternoon was lovely, not oppressive.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Mom's Beat Generation Vacation

Mom actually met Ebbe Borregard, a Beat poet she used to quote all the time: "Each found himself at the end of / a tremendous age."

At the Ministries Fair

Everyone liked the Last Supper set at the liturgy tableM

Friday, November 5, 2010

Those extraordinary twins

Here's a fairly recent photo of the Woodland boys... But which is which?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

My 5 kilobytes of fame

This just goes to show that there's an I Phone app for everything.