Monday, February 28, 2011

A holy mess

Today the sacristans came over to our house to eat lunch and turn palms from last year's Palm Sunday procession into ashes for this year's Ash Wednesday. It's a very messy process. I wouldn't be surprised if we all smelled like burning palms until Palm Sunday at least.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I can't think who to thank

At an Oscar party

There were 200 people fewer than usual at the 5:30 Mass. And they still haven't announced any of the interesting awards.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

At the Moore

People are crowding in to listen to Screwtape's advice. They should have a notice in the program about the use of irony. Could be a problem if people don't realize that.

A Duraflame day

This is the perfect day to sit by the fire with a cup of Kingdom of Heaven Keemun tea and play Cut the Rope on my iPad.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A snowy morning

It finally did snow last night!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


My adorable goddaughter is distracting me from my work.

Lunch in Vietnam

Sister Le took us to lunch at Lemongrass restaurant to celebrate the new year. Then she took us past the Vietnamese Martyrs Church, which is just a few blocks from the Cathedral. They have ambitious plans to build a new church and parish hall.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A morning off

With pancakes. Really, the perfect combination.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

At the OSP

Charlotte's b-day

We had a fun celebration for Charlotte, the cutest baby ever, with lunch at the First Hill Bar and Grill. But, as DAB said, it's the First Hill Cafe until 6pm. Here's David getting a taste of what his future holds.

A new use for the vesting table

Charlotte is even cuter than she looked on Facebook.

Friday, February 18, 2011

A rainy day

It's never a good sign when it rains in your office.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Who needs hot water on a day like this?

The hot water heater in the Rectory failed dramatically. That must be why there's a new hot water heater sitting on the sidewalk.

In the yard

The camelias are starting to bloom! And the yard is mud-luscious, in the words of e e cummings.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

End of retreat

We're here for our second-to-last session on "King Lear." Unfortunately, the schedule changed so that we're now missing Act V because we have to get back for the Noon Mass.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The tide is in

The beach is really small.

Still on retreat

Is that the Palisades down in yonder glade? It's even more rustic than I thought.

Friday, February 11, 2011

On retreat

We are at the Palisades for a retreat on King Lear (of all things). The chapel was suitably gloomy and it's supposed to rain all day tomorrow. "Blow, wind, and crack your cheeks! Rage, blow!"

Thursday, February 10, 2011

At St Benedict's

Tonight I did a presentation on the Liturgy of the Hours at St Benedict's Parish in Wallingford. Then, Brenda spoke about Taize. I thought they did a good job creating a Taize ambience.

A Thai feast

We had orange beef, Hawaiian fried rice, walnut prawns, and sesame duck. And polished it off with fried ice cream. I couldn't eat it all myself, so I shared it with 3 other people.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A trip downtown

I forgot to finish blogging this yesterday. We went to Teavana at lunch to restock our supply of expensive tea. The girl behind the counter talked us into trying the special "Capital of Heaven" blend. I noticed the numerals "18.00" on the side of the canister, but didn't think anything of it till she started measuring out the scoops. That was the price for two (2) ounces. !!! We tried it when we got home and I must say it was delicious. I drank so much of it that I was awake till 1:30am.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Home movies

Our brother's media room complete with movie theater curtains really gives new meaning to the term. We watched Toy Story 3 on the big screen.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

At a concert

We are at the concluding concert for the Youth Choir Festival. I like our choirs best, but the leprechauns from the Lutheran Church were pretty cute.

Friday, February 4, 2011

At the Celebration of Light

There are about 1,500 people here. It sure is noisy.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Chuc mung nam moi

The Lunar New Year Mass was nice. And looooong.

At Ivar's

What a lovely day for pan-seared oysters on the waterfront.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Chuc mung nam moi

Tonight we had the rehearsal for the Lunar New Year Mass tomorrow evening. It will be quite the event, with drums, gongs, incense, and lots of beautiful traditional dress.