Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Scrabble skills

I couldn't win at Scrabble but I thought I could stack the Scrabble letters higher than anyone else. But it turned out Maria beat us at that too.

At Joannamauselina's

We are having a lovely dinner with Joanna. Since her kitchen light went out and requires a special bulb (cf. my post of the other day) we dined in the library. In "Easy Steps for Little Feet," I found this representation of today's first reading.

Monday, January 30, 2012

What's wrong with this picture?

The first flowers

This pansy (? Never very confident in my botanical abilities) was the first flower last year, too. We are excited to see what, if anything, happens with all the bulbs we planted.

Addendum: The multi-talented Joannamauselina tells me it is a primrose, a favored flower of Her Majesty Queen Victoria.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dinner by candlelight

The kitchen light went out. The bulb turned out to be a large round fluorescent bulb which will require a trip to Home Depot. So we had to cook dinner by candlelight. It made me wonder how the people of previous centuries a) knew when their food was ready, b) knew what they were eating, or c) knew what it looked like.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tomato sandwich

Yesterday there was a reception at which the best bacon-and-tomato sandwich in the world was served. We tried to recreate it for dinner tonight, but it wasn't the same. That sandwich will probably be like the white whale that we search for years and years. (I still haven't read Moby-Dick but I am familiar with that part of the story.)

Friday, January 27, 2012

At the Seattle Rep

We are going to see "How to Write a New Book for the Bible" by Bill Cain, who is a Jesuit priest (!). Those Jesuits can do anything - write plays, run universities, paint trompe l'oeil domes in churches, you name it.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Meteorological phenomenon

The weather today is even stranger than last week.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Singing Hun

Attila starts out by capturing the Roman maiden Odabella, making her his slave, and then giving her a sword which had been handed down in her family for generations. It's sure to end badly.

In Olympia via the Internet

Today Father Ryan went to Olympia to testify in favor of repealing the death penalty. He sure gets around.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Only at First AME

Father Ryan is preaching tonight at the Christian Unity prayer. It's the first church I've been in where they have Obama fans in all the pews.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

B and Bebe

I can't believe our little sister is 26. We had her birthday party today along with her kitty Bebe who lives at mom's house.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Another view

Here's a close up of the shield. Pretty awesome.

At the MLK Mass

The Swahili community from Kent stole the show when they honored Archbishop Sartain as their elder, presenting him with traditional signs of leadership from Kenya: a shield, spear, cowskin garment, hat, and stool. Come to think of it, they are not that different from the symbols he usually wears: pallium, crosier, chasuble, miter, and cathedra.

Friday, January 20, 2012

The thaw

He's melting, melting. Oh, what a world, what a world!

An intruder

There is some clear evidence that our yard was broken into last night by a large hairy creature with four hands.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Snowman

It was so icy out front that it took us until the end of the day to find the Cathedral snowman.

A melting world

The weather

According to the iPhone, we are in for flying blobs of liquid. At least, I think that's what the graphic means.


We went out this morning to wait for the bus again. After 20 minutes, a car pulled up in the ice and dirty snow: it was a lady who works at Bartell's and who knew us from the Cathedral. She (that is, her brother, who was driving) got us here in no time. They asked for some prayers in exchange for the ride.

Now that I'm here, I realize I finished most of my work via remote desktop yesterday. But I'm sure I'll think of something to keep me busy.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Time warp

I simply can't believe it's only 6:00pm. This day has been at least 32 hours long.

Art project

On one of these snow days (they are starting to blend into each other) we decided to do an art project. I was inspired by an artist on the "20x200" website who paints portraits of people's bookcases. So I did a portrait some of my favorite books.

Escape attempt

We tried to bust out of here and catch the bus downtown. But the bus never came, except the one going in the other direction. Then we came home and I thought I'd do some snow shoveling. But I couldn't get the garage door open because of the snow drifts. I guess the meteorologists were right about the great storm of '12 after all.

More of the same

The first snow day is lovely, delightful and exciting. Everything is an adventure. The third snow day is dull and tedious. Hairy is going stir-crazy, and he's never even been outside.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hairy and the snowflakes

He's never seen anything quite like it before.

Snow day

It's lovely to wake up in Narnia.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The great snow of '12

On the fifteenth day of the first month of the year, snow fell, causing universal consternation throughout the city and surrounding region.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Picture at an Exhibition

Last night we had the opening of the art show in the Chapel during the intermission. It was actually quite fun.

Friday, January 13, 2012


I guess good things can happen even on Friday the 13th.

A comfortable scene

"Grace of three odalisques on a divan," to adapt W. S. Gilbert ever so slightly.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Still in the Chapel

We finished hanging the art today between rehearsals for tonight's concert. Never a dull moment.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Putting it together

Today we hung an art show in the Chapel. It was surprisingly exhausting, considering Brenda was the one on the ladder.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


The Greening of the Cathedral is a festive occasion with lots of volunteers, pizza, and cider. The de-Greening is less interesting but also less time-consuming. When I was taking down the red banners on the pilasters, I found this grafitti left by one of the workers at the renovation time, dated 11/11/94.

Salt Lake Bulletin #5

Another image from the Cathedral of the Madeleine. Not the most ecumenical passage to paint on a wall in the heart of Mormondom. Those Catholics of yesteryear weren't afraid to pick a fight.

Bulletin from Salt Lake City #4

Towards the end of Day 2, they finally get into the Cathedral! Lovely.

The Ninos are coming

Who says Christmas is over? Getting ready for the Santo Nino celebration this Sunday.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Bulletin from Salt Lake City #3

M gave me a virtual tour of her room via Face Time, including the chocolate-dipped strawberries which are one of the hotel amenities. Nice. Most of the hotels we stay in have amenities like hot water and a private bathroom.

Salt Lake bulletin #2

From M. This is a sculpture of Joseph Smith with Peter, James, and John. It is entitled "The restoration of the priesthood of Mechisedek." Not a subject I've ever seen represented in art before.

In Salt Lake City

Maria is in Salt Lake City today to help plan the next Cathedral Ministry Conference. She sent me this photo from her hotel room. Note characteristic mountains in the distance.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Gift for the kitties

Tom and Hairy got all kinds of presents from their friends this Christmas. They got toys from the famous bloggers Lady Alice and Cecil, tasty treats from their friend Breton the yellow lab, and a book from their pen pal Patches O'Houlahan. They loved them all.

Happy Epiphany (observed)

The Kings arrived this morning at home. I have a feeling they may have arrived at the Cathedral, too.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

At the staff Christmas party

The best part is the Christmas crackers. Q: What do you call a multistory pig pen? A: A styscraper.

Wise men

Father Brant was in the sacristy putting the finishing touches on the Kings in preparation for their big audience tomorrow.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

An anniversary

2012 is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, so my office is full of Vatican II paraphernalia. It's nice to know they had a coffee bar in the sacristy. They probably wouldn't have accomplished nearly as much without it.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Bargain gooseberries

Today we went to IKEA to get some frames for the art show that is being installed in the Chapel next week. It was amazing. We got two lattes and two breakfasts with bacon, eggs, and fried potatoes for $4.00. Then we found some gooseberry jam which we have always wanted to try.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Spoils of Christmas

Someone gave us a bottle of "Frangelico," which is a hazelnut liqueur supposedly invented by a friar named Angelico. That's why the bottle is wearing a cincture. We are going to try it out in a couple of decaf lattes.

New Year's Resolutions

This year, I'm trying to set easy-to-achieve goals, because my main goal is to end 2012 feeling like I accomplished something.

1. Read some of the books I should have read a long time ago, namely, "Vanity Fair," "Moby Dick," "North and South," and "A Tale of Two Cities."

2. Be more disciplined and productive and watch fewer DVDs.

3. Take a morning off or even a day off once a week.

Now I must return to "Vanity Fair." I have a feeling George Osborne is going to be a bitter disappointment to Miss Amelia Sedley.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A New Year's walk

It was so nice after Mass that we went downtown to spend gift cards. I think this display is intended to convey the message that Louis Vuitton handbags are circus-like but heavy. Or that you need to have a lot of money in your handbag to buy one.