Monday, March 29, 2010

A celebration

Today is an important anniversary so we came to I'll Fornaio for a bit of a celebration. We had the most delicious drinks ever. But they disappeared before I could take a picture so here's a photo of my mint tea instead.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A trivial pursuit

We found a Trivial Pursuit game under the bed. Playing an old version of the game makes it even more trivial. It seems like most of the questions are about has-beens and also-rans.

A visit to Kaufer's

That's a life-size statue of Pope Benedict up there. Close to life-size, anyway.

Friday, March 26, 2010

While Max was buying some new shoes...

...this movie star walked in. Not sure which movie star, but she must be famous.
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At the Local House of Pancakes

We had a lovely dinner at IHOP. I had an omelette and cheesecake pancakes. Oh, my goodness.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Chrism Mass

There's really nothing more fun than adding the balsam essence to the oil for the Sacred Chrism.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

At mom's

Mom made a delicious pot roast and now we are watching a Bogart classic. (Mom insisted.)

Morning in downtown Seattle

We came downtown to get some stamps. We picked out the Anna Julia Cooper stamps. She was an activist and educator of the early 20th century.

On the way we saw a man, in a suit, walking to his office and knitting at the same time. He seemed to be knitting a burgundy scarf. Then, we saw a man in a suit pushing a mega-stroller containing three babies. There seems to be some sort of gender-role-modification going on.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

On Cherry Street

Do you think that's why they called it Cherry Street?

Monday, March 22, 2010

At Daniel Smith

We came to get some supplies for M. Not the most boring field trip we've been on...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The perfect spring day

After a long day of confessions we came to mom's for a cup of tea. It's so peaceful here. We had the window rolled down on the freeway and there was a lovely breeze with the smell of flowers. Ah, springtime.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

At Leontine House

We enjoyed the hospitality of the Holy Names Sisters and meditated on the Gospel accounts of the Samaritan woman. And the raising of Lazarus - but that was an accident.

Marilyn is 90

I hope I celebrate my 90th birthday with my coworkers. Some of my coworkers...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Looking at old magazines

Mom got out some old magazines. This is a page from a sewing magazine called "The Modern Priscilla." We also read some hilarious stories from old Sunday School magazines. I especially recommend "Sunnyface and Scowler."

St Patrick's Eve

Mom made us corned beef and cabbage with potatoes for dinner. We also had green beer. The luck o' the Irish to ye all.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Mother from behind

Did you ever wonder what Mother Cabrini looked like from behind? The statue is down from her perch today to be touched up.

Friday, March 12, 2010

A sophisticated palate

This just arrived in an e-mail. I'm not sure whether it sounds delicious or horrible.

"Inky purple. Deep, smoky, seductively perfumed bouquet of dark berries, macerated cherries, licorice and Indian spice. Powerful blackberry and cassis flavors are surprisingly lively, with notes of black cardamom and candied violet adding complexity. A zesty note of cracked pepper adds snap to the long, spicy, subtly sweet finish."

Thursday, March 11, 2010

You'll find it at Freddy's

It would take the combined efforts of an anthropologist, an archaeologist, an ethnomusicologist, and a theologian to figure out what this has to do with Easter.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

And it's spring

And the world is puddlewonderful, as e e cummings, said. Actually, there aren't even any puddles. We are on our way downtown to deliver a letter to the mayor of Galway. Long story.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The wait is over

And it only took 27 years! The complete first season - 21 unforgettable adventures featuring the irrepressible Amanda and the dashing Lee. You can't even imagine how much we knew about this show back in the day.

Tuesday evening at mom's

We had a lovely evening at mom's. This is an orchid we gave mom years ago. Owing to mom's green thumb, it is blooming again this year. Pokey fans: Pokey is doing well. She had a bath and a haircut.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

At an Oscar Party

I am doing really well. The person who wins has to host next year's party. Kathy promised to help me if it should come to that.

One more blogworthy photo

One for the archives

Dave brought this cool book by. It's a history of the Catholic Church in the US up to about 1885. Notice the decorative illustration featuring a heap of miters and crosiers and a cardinalatial hat.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

In Denver

At the airport in Denver they have stuffed toy hunting trophies. They are really quite adorable with their soulful eyes.

Last view of Manhattan

We are in our taxi on our way to LaGuardia Airport. They have TV in the taxis now, so we're watching a commercial for some expensive New Jersey highrise on the way.

We found the dinosaurs.

In the Scales of the Universe

First it makes you feel very, very small. Then it makes you feel very, very, big.

Last day in NYC

We are spending our last couple of hours at the Nuseum of Natural History. We've already been to Africa, North America, and the farthest reaches of the galaxy. Now we're looking for the dinosaurs.

Friday, March 5, 2010

The red stairs

Since the last time we were here they have really changed Times Square. Some of it is closed to traffic now, and where there used to be honking taxis there are now little chairs and tables. The TKTS booth which used to operate out of a temporary pavilion is now housed under these cool red stairs. It's not as noisy as it used to be, maybe because of the anti-honking ordinance. And there are absolutely no pirated CDs or stolen watches being sold.

The center of the universe

At least, they want us to think so.

The Hershey Store

I don't know why we stopped in here. We did find some Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Lip Balm.

Dinner in Times Square

Have you ever seen such a thing?!

Looking at a Mark Rothko

The word of the artist: "If you only see the color relationships you've missed the whole point. I'm interested in the big emotions - tragedy, ecstasy, doom."

At the Museum of Modern Art

Today, IKEA. Tomorrow, MoMA.

We just realized that we ate pepperoni pizza on a Friday of Lent. Aaargh.

Another NYC view

We moved to a different room for our last night at the Leo House. It's a two-room suite. Kind of nice. Plus, we have our own shower.

A New York slice

We had lunch at a hole-in-the-wall kind of place near the World Trade Center site. It seems they've finally decided what to do with it. It's going to have a huge office tower and a memorial garden with a waterfall. But for now it's a construction zone with nowhere for the milling tourists to congregate. I can't imagine why it's taken them so long.

Ellis Island

This is the view of NYC from Ellis Island. We're not getting off here. It's so cold. Besides, it's a wee bit boring. Our ancestors arrived before the intake center on Ellis Island was built.

On Liberty Island

On the ferry the family behind us had a very inquisitive little boy. He asked: "Why is it called Liberty Island?" "What does liberty mean?" "Why is there a statue there?" "Why is she holding the torch?" And "How did they get the statue here?" The mother started out very patiently, explaining that "libery" meant "we run ourselves, we have a president, a congress, and all that." But by the end, she was just saying, "I don't know."

Where all the trouble started...

On the Lower East Side

We made a pilgrimage to Babycakes, the vegan bakery of NYC. Becky has their cookbook because she is gluten and dairy intolerant. It is a tiny shop, about 1/3 the size of Sugar. That's only fitting because you only get 1/3 the calories. I got the biscuit and jam and I must say it was delicious.

I should tell you what we did yesterday after Mme Tussaud's. We came back to the hotel, took a nap, then went out to dinner with Peter, a parishioner and EM who moved to New York to work for Macy's some years ago. He still misses the Cathedral. There just aren't any parishes like it in NYC, he says. There are some parishes with good choirs and preaching, he says, but what's missing is all the volunteer opportunities.

After a wonderful dinner at a place called Cookshop, we went back to our hotel and watched cable TV.

Now we're off to the Statue of Liberty.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


Look who we saw coming out of Madame Tussaud's!!!

Times Square

They seem to be dazzled by the flashing lights.

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Van Gogh in close proximity

A mighty thurible

On to the Middle Ages.


She is carrying offerings to the temple. Notice the hoof sticking out of the basket. It's interesting but exhausting to look at 4,000 year old works. Now we're restoring our energy with some terrible lattes at the American Wing cafe.

At the Temple of Dendur

In Wonderland

We've always identified with Tweedledum and Tweedledee. I don't know why, really...

At Trump Tower

We lunched amid the overstated opulence of Trump Tower. There are many options - the Trump Bar , the Trump Grille, the Trump Cafe, the Trump Ice Cream Parlor, and Starbucks. We picked the Trump Cafe. Now we are drinking sodas and looking at the three-story waterfall dribbling down one wall. I think maybe it symbolizes the trickle-down economics of the era in which the Trump Tower was built. The whole place reeks of the 1980s. Next on the itinerary: Central Park.