Friday, November 30, 2012

An evening with Tolstoy

We went to see Anna Karenina with M and K. We all give it a thumbs-up.

DIYing again

Step #1: Buy book of DIY projects.

Step #2: Cut very carefully.

Step #3: Ta-da! Pseudo-beadboard backsplash in kitchen. Looks especially good in extreme close ups that don't show any edges.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

At the Convention Center

I copied this photo op from M.

An evening walk

We went for a walk downtown. I have to give you a picture of lights because I didn't dare to take a picture of Santa and Mrs Claus waiting to have their picture taken at Nordstrom. It's the first time for Mrs Claus, I think.

Free sample

This morning we got a free juice sample from Amazon Fresh. It tasted like celery and parsley, chopped in an industrial-strength blender until it turned to a liquid form. Then, when you read the label, you discovered that that's what it actually was.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Experiment Français

A few weeks ago, wandering through the Rue de la Harpe, we were inspired to order a crêpe avec chocolat et banane from a street vendor. He made it with a graceful flick of the wrist, seemingly quite indifferent to how it turned out. It was perfect and delicious, of course. Tonight we tried to recreate the experience with some premade crêpes and Nutella. It wasn't quite the same. I watched the pan anxiously. The crêpes fell apart. However, I scooped the resulting unsightly mess onto two plates and covered it completely with whipped cream. It was delicious. I highly recommend it.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

On our bookcase

M organized the bookcase a bit and came across an old book called Living by God's Law. It's full of illustrations like this one. It's not nearly as big as What God Wishes Us To Do or we would certainly not have been able to lose it.

A morning walk

It was nice out (i.e. it wasn't raining) so we went for a long walk. Is this what people do with days off? Interesting.

Hairy again

She sure loves that kitty.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Lots to celebrate

Today we had our annual day-after-Thanksgiving leftovers party. Everyone came, even Zizi. It also happens to be grandma's 89th birthday. Zizi won't turn 89 until 2101.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hairy's Thanksgiving

Tom and Hairy already had their delicious Thanksgiving dinner of pâté, but Hairy is still lying in wait under the table, even though the turkey and the guests aren't here yet.

Happy Thanksgiving, blog-readers

I hate to say it, but we put up some of our Christmas lights already and it's not even Christ the King. But then, the garden is already partly decorated for Christmas, too.

Monday, November 19, 2012

In Seattle

"She did not delay an instant in beginning her work, though the rain falls continuously for months in Seattle." From an old biography of Mother Cabrini.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Stanford in Seattle

We were just sitting behind our booths at the Ministries Fair, wondering if anything blog worthy would ever happen again, when a glamorous college girl stopped by. It was so great to see you, Christina! Happy Thanksgiving to the clan (and get well soon, K!)!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Saint Kateri

We have a gigantic icon of Saint Kateri on loan from the Chancery. By gigantic, I mean about 8 feet tall. But quite beautiful.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

At Sugar

We stopped by Sugar for a delicious pumpkin spice latté. It was as beautiful as it was delicious.

A wedding photo

Becky finally got her wedding photos. Considering that it was taken in front of our untrimmed hedge and our neighbor's chimney, it turned out really nice. Congrats, Mrs B!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A feast day

Today is the feast of Mother Cabrini and the 108th anniversary of the founding of the Cathedral parish. Happy birth-feast-day.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Ministries Fair

I spent much of today behind a table at the Ministries Fair. At least the Last Supper from Mexico is always a big hit. (M took the cool photo.)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

With Zizi

She opened her eyes!

Autumnal tasks

It's really a good thing we kind of enjoy raking up leaves.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A retirement party

If there's one thing Marianne hates, it's fuss and bother. That's why when she decided to retire, there was a Mass, a reception, a letter in the bulletin, and a staff luncheon.


It is a beautiful, sunny morning. Today I learned that Americans call it "fall," but the British say "autumn." "Fall" was the more ancient expression, actually, and the early settlers brought it here with them and kept it when the British moved on to "autumn." Only now, under the influence of Americans, the British are starting to say "fall" again. Plus ça change...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Hope Poster app

Hairy won by a landslide.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

On election night

He is smiling so much you would think he was giving an acceptance speech. But it is a concession speech. Heh heh.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Bonfire Night

Joanna came over for a 5th of November dinner with pasties, peas, and chips for dinner and custard pies for dessert (we didn't make them, of course). Then she beat us at Clue 2.0. It was fun.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

At a baptism

All the babies cried. Except for Julia. She's such a good little girl.  She wore the same baptismal garment worn by her sister, her dad, and her aunt, made from her mother's wedding dress. So lovely.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

In the garden

There's lots of color and even some flowers!

In Federal Way

This morning I'm at Liturgy Day, St Vincent de Paul style.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

All Saints

Happy feast day (from M's office).