Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Farewell, 2013

We were supposed to be on our way to Hillsboro to visit Becky and Matt right now, but I am still home sick, so instead we had Thai Star for dinner and are now watching Times Square on TV.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The second day of Christmas

"Bah," said Scrooge, "Humbug!"

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


In the words of Bilbo Baggins, "time--I need more time!"

Monday, December 23, 2013


A very merry Christmas Eve Eve to all, and to all a good night.

Sunday, December 22, 2013


What a lovely day!

Saturday, December 21, 2013


With the children's Christmas party in the morning, a big wedding in the afternoon, and an early Christmas with mom, J, D, and Z in the evening, it was a pretty quiet day by Advent standards.

Friday, December 20, 2013


Today I got a few more things checked off my list, none of which are illustrated above. In the evening we had the Greening of the Cathedral with about 50 young adults. In the words of T. S. Eliot, "I grow old... I grow old..."

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Six days till Christmas

Pretty soon they are moving to a centralized payroll system for all Archdiocesan employees. We had an all staff meeting to prepare for it this morning. People had sooo many questions. Now we're home waiting for it to start snowing.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

One week till Christmas

I managed to check off a few of the items on my to-do list today. I just hope I will be able to check off the rest of them before Christmas. Then, even if I don't check them off, I can cross them out. I'm always looking on the bright side.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Another important day

Happy birthday, Pope Francis!

Monday, December 16, 2013

An important 238th birthday

We think Jane Austen would have loved an Ovaltine latte if she had had the chance to try one.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A lovely day

Today we went to the annual Santa Lucia day gathering at the Smiths', and stopped by to see J, D, and Z. Then, when we came home we got to have lovely leftovers from last night.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Eve of Gaudete Sunday

Another busy day. My dream is to check off so many things that eventually the only thing left to check off is Christmas.

Friday, December 13, 2013

12 days until Christmas

Some of today's adventures.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The 12th day of Advent

Today got six pictures to make up for yesterday. And yet, as you will see, not much really happened.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A one-page kind of day

Most of today was spent at my computer getting the Christmas books ready. I was lucky to eke out two blogworthy moments.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Yet another busy day

I'm not sure why Advent is so much busier than every other season of the year. It would be really nice if we could get a few of these Advent events done before Thanksgiving.

Monday, December 9, 2013

The 9th day of Advent

We got our tree! I think tree water is Tom and Hairy's favorite treat.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Second Sunday of Advent

Advent is going by too fast. Today we checked off the Advent Bazaar and EM training session #2. In the evening we went to see the new Disney movie, Frozen. We really liked it. By the end we had reluctantly admitted that the little snowman sidekick was pretty funny and cute.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Una dìa occupada

Today we had our annual celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Madre de las Americas. It was the 19th annual and I think it was the best one yet.

The costumes were simply amazing. Last year the giant yellow hats were wrapped in plastic, but this year it was sunny so the hats were more visible.

After Mass, Isaac needed help with the AV in the Hall, so we braved the crowds and went over. A few of the concelebrating priests had not stayed, so we got to sit at the head table where we were served a magnificent lunch and also had front row seats for more dancing and mariachi. Also amazing. And delicious. Click here for M's best Madre album yet.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Today's (non) events

We were delighted to be home before 7pm tonight!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Day five

Today was another busy day. The O'Dea Mass with the Archbishop was nice. So few boys were singing it was as if they had gotten together in advance to plan not to sing. Other than that, though, they were model citizens.

In the evening, we had a lovely visit with Johnny, Dana, and Zizi. She sat at the table in the tiny chair we've had since we were tiny.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

An anniversary

On this day in 1963 the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council approved the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, which is a pretty big deal for everyone and a really big deal for liturgy people. I spent most of the day with my friends Jennifer and Andrew from across the street doing 50th anniversary events.

In the evening my "Happy New Year" banner idea for introducing Advent to the RCIA folks went over quite well.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

On the third day of Advent...

Today's adventures included: a demonstration of Kit's reindeer headband, lunch with Helen on Alki, and the rehearsal for Madre de las Americas. In the afternoon Dana and Zizi were in the neighborhood but we missed their visit because we were still at work. Thus we were reduced to looking at pictures of them on our iPhones.

Monday, December 2, 2013

A busy day

Today began with a funeral for the amazing Jack Harvey. There were 30 priests and about 700 lay folk in attendance. Later there was a meeting to plan Christmas decor and in the evening I gave a lecture on "Sacrosanctum Concilium." I had the idea of combining it with a mini-tour of the Cathedral which is such a perfect emblem of the Council's vision for liturgy. Then we came home to our kitties.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Happy Advent

This year we decided to do something creative each day of Advent. So I am going to draw my adventures instead of photographing them for the next month. So here goes...

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday

We had our day-after-Thanksgiving dinner with J, D, and Z. Zizi showed off her dance moves with a bucket on her head. We think it was the best day-after-Thanksgiving ever.

Thursday, November 28, 2013


This year we had Mom, Becky and Matt, and our uncle and aunt for Thanksgiving. After dinner our uncle played his guitar and sang. He's really good. Now we are wondering why we had Thanksgiving without live music all these years.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Our babysitting gig last night went really well! Zizi never cried once. Her favorite book today is Animals/Les Animaux. Every time we got to le chat, she would give the kitty a kiss! 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

In the kitchen

My iPhone and I didn't quite capture the amazing pink sunset reflected on Mt Rainier.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Back in the bell tower

It's not that I think the bell tower is haunted. It's just that it makes me think of scenes from scary movies.

On the plus side, Andrew successfully passed his trial-by-bell tower this morning.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Christmas shopping

It's never too early to start Christmas shopping for one's niece.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

In Redmond

We paid a surprise visit to our friends in Redmond because tomorrow is a very important occasion. (Happy birthday, Karen!) And then D and Z were just a couple of miles away so we stopped by to say hi. Z has entered a shy phase, but she showed us that she can pick out things that are blue and green. Such a smartie!

Monday, November 18, 2013

At home

We are having a Jane Austen/crafty evening. How do other crafters keep from getting fingerprints on their crafts? Is it possible they are better at crafting? Heh.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Peg's desk

The view would be somewhat distracting... But so worth it.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

At Sophia's spa-raiser

We had a lovely time visiting with half of the Smith Clan and raising money for Sophia by eating spaghetti. If only C and E could have been there, too, it would have been perfect!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

At home

I am working at home today. I found out what Tom and Hairy do all day.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

At the Ministries Fair

There was a little dog that looked like Pokey wearing an argyle sweater. And I think the 3D puzzle of Notre Dame was a hit.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Zizi's latest tricks

J, D, and Z came over to visit. Zizi showed off her latest tricks, including dancing and playing the xylophone. She loved Tommie and Hairy and gave them both the gentlest little hugs and kisses imaginable.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Knitters anonymous

The Cathedral knitters' group has been knitting up a huge number of hats and scarves for homeless people. They filled five baskets! I really wanted one of the hats. Fortunately, they are going to sell a few at the Advent Bazaar so I will have my opportunity later.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Happy Bonfire Night

We didn't have a bonfire or fireworks but we did have a fire in the fireplace.