Sunday, February 28, 2010

Slumber party!!!

Becky is staying overnight because we have to leave at 4:30am tomorrow. We finished our packing and now M is reading us a Choose Your Own Adventure novel which I downloaded onto my Kindle. It's called, "Forecast at Stonehenge." Right now, I am faced with the decision whether to take a picture of the druid's golden sickle now or wait until morning. What to do, what to do???

A game of Bananagrams

Peggy gave us a game called "Bananagrams" for those long Lenten afternoons. It's quite fun. You get to yell things like "split," "peel," and "bananas." And the bag the letters come in is really cute.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Aerial view of dessert

This is going to be SO good.

At Foss Home

We stopped by to visit Woody. The little old ladies down the hall finally finished that 5,000 piece puzzle.  The amazing thing is that they were still willing to put the puzzle together, knowing, from the front of the box, that this was what it would look like when finished.

Not pictured:  the fattest cat in the world, who lives behind the reception desk on the second floor of Foss.  The cat looked like she had slimmed down a bit since the last time we saw her.

Friday, February 26, 2010

At Applebee's

We are out to dinner with Bryan and Maggie the Magnificent. I ordered the Kiwi-Melon Sangria. Bryan is trying to decide whether he wants one, too.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A prayer gathering

We joined some Holy Names sisters, associates, and friends for a prayer gathering tonight. Someone brought Girl Scout cookies! These are the best cookies ever.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mom's lace collection

Mom has a collection of lace from various decades. This is part of a handmade lace collar, thought to be of Bradford origin. It is just what Miss Bronte would wear. It is insanely detailed and fine. We got to try on lappets. Lappet is the name for the flaps that hang off a bonnet. Or miter.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Spring Day

Well, it appears that Pawnxatawney Phil made a mistake this year. We didn't get six more weeks of winter, after all. Extra, extra, read all about it.

The eco-monster

This is a giant made out of perfectly recyclable green wine bottles. It echoes a work of Millet, "The Sower." Perhaps (the explanatory museum panel reads) he is sowing the seeds of ecological awareness.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Magnolia Squares

We are playing a life-size version of Hollywood Squares with the McDonell clan.

At 2809

Now that's a lovely view.

El Rito de Eleccion

Y en Espanol.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Rite of Election

We're getting ready for the first of four (4/four?/four!) Rites of Election in the Cathedral this year. The Rite of Election is part liturgy, part reception. Not the most prayerful evening lies ahead, but it's kind of fun.

At staff meeting

We looked out the window this morning, and this is what we saw. I think it's a giant bag full of the stuff they were scraping off the roof of Cathedral Place.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Lenten drink

We are drinking mugs of Ovaltine - one of our Lenten traditions. It's actually very tasty. Relatively speaking, of course - kind of the poor man's latte.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Giving it up

Giving up my Nintendo DSi is going to be even harder than giving up Hot Dog Bush last year. It's going to be a long Lent. But I'm planning to fill some of the hours by reading the Barsetshire Chronicles of Anthony Trollope. He is one of my favorites.

The baby

The King Cake has been eaten. Look who found the baby! According to the flyer that came with the cake, that means M is King for today, and has to host next year's party.

I don't know if she's officially King or not. Really, she's more like regent, since she didn't actually get the piece with the baby; she just saw his foot sticking out of an adjacent uneaten piece. I guess we'll have to call New Orleans to find out what to do in questionable cases.

Mardi gras

Marilyn's daughter lives in Louisiana, where Mardi Gras is a big deal.  Each year, she sends Marilyn a King Cake.  It arrived right on schedule. The Mardi gras colors are green, gold, and purple. Not the most appetizing colors in the world, but the cake still looks pretty good. It's jam-filled.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Putting together the album

We're getting the Great Music album ready for the website. Stay tuned...

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Why is there a dead alien/green skeleton right outside the elevator in our building???

The University Club

The art in the room is redolent of the days when this club was the preserve of wealthy men. Notice the "art" and the duck. The painting is entitled "The Hottest Day in Seattle."

Friday, February 12, 2010

The long-awaited Great Music blog post

We are in the midst of the annual (at least, it used to be annual) GREAT MUSIC FOR GREAT CATHEDRALS.  It's the only time of year I get to dress up as a monk/Sith Lord.  One of the dressers told us that the servers have the most fun at Great Music, though, judging by the pictures M got, the Youth Music Kids have a good time, too.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

At Tamarind Tree

It gets more elaborately elegant every time we come.

View from the rectory

Father Q-T invited us for an early breakfast at the Rectory. The view is not bad at all.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

In Exile

This is where Msgr Stafford was exiled to after putting the Cathedral on the map - Assumption Parish. Really, it's not that bad.

Scenic Boulevard Park

This park is called "Boulevard Park," not to be confused with Boulevard Park in the south end. It's lovely. You walk, jog, or ride right out over the Sound.

In Olde Fairhaven

We are spending the afternoon in Bellingham. Tonight I'm giving a presentation at Sacred Heart Parish (pictured here). We crept in as quietly as possible because adoration was underway. On our way out I forgot about the stairs. Oops. All the little old ladies came running out to see what had happened. So much for keeping a low profile.

Monday, February 8, 2010

At Michael's

Ash Wednesday is more than a week away, but the Easter bunny is already here.

Getting ready for GMGC

This part looks pretty cool.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

A goodbye party

Today our wonderful 12 o'clock EM's hosted a farewell party for one of our youth EM's who is moving to Saipan. (!) He is a quiet youth. I was quiet when I was 16, too, but not to compare with Chad.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

At Young Victoria

We are finally seeing "Young Victoria." We always predict the first scene in the film. M's prediction: Queen Victoria, slightly overweight, sitting in widow's weeds beside the window of one of her palaces. A maid enters with a cup of tea. C's prediction: Hampton or Kensington or some other royal residence. The cry of a newborn child is heard. We see a well-bundled baby passed from hand to hand by efficient maidservants. "Take care of that child. She will be queen one day. Queen... Victoria."

Palm burning day

This is the day we burn the palms to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday. It's a very messy process, so we do it all in Stephen's backyard. Then we have lunch. Fun! (Hope there's no burning ban on in West Seattle...)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Father Ryan finally spoke

He was excellent, as usual.

The invocation

Archbishop is giving a talk at this point in the program.

Sunflowers at Fulcrum

We are at the annual Celebration of Light. This year's theme is sunflowers, writ large.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

At Sugar... again

We're waiting for our lattes, and staring fixedly at the cookies, truffles, and cheesecake bites. They didn't have Valentine's Day messages like this when I was young...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A peaceful evening at home

We are at home watching "South Pacific" and looking at cool old scrapbooks grandma brought over. This is a page from my grandpa's scrapbook. He served on board the USS Black Hawk. This is the program for Christmas dinner off Manila, 1935.

Grandma's scrapbook

Grandma's collection is a little different. Here's the menu for a San Francisco restaurant where you could get grilled filet of barricuda with lemon butter for 65 cents.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Dinner at the Five Spot

We just finished dinner at the Five Spot on Queen Anne hill. They have the most delicious squash ravioli you ever tasted. You only get two of them, but since they are about 6 inches across, it works out fine. At the Five Spot they change the decor periodically. Right now the theme is Mississippi Delta. That means sweet potato pie for dessert. Yum...
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