Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tea and croquet

Joanna came for dinner, which was delicious because she brought it along with her: an amazing Middle Eastern salad. After dinner we had tea and croquet in the garden. I forgot to put on the Vivaldi, but it was still quite elegant. Also, it would have been nice to have a butler to carry the tea from wicket to wicket for us.

At Archie McPhee's

We visited Archie McPhee's to get gag prizes for the staff picnic. It was even weirder than I remembered. We did find a "#1 Mom" compact mirror that didn't sparkle, squirt water or make a noise when you opened it. It seemed to be without humor or irony of any kind.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

At the parish picnic

Today was the parish picnic on the feast of St James. There were balloon toys and a clown whose jokes were last heard on the vaudeville circuit. There were hand-painted blue unicorns... a ladder track from the fire department... and two piƱata with enough candy for everyone... And more than enough (too much?) for a few resourceful kids.

Saturday, July 27, 2013


We walked over to Seattle U where we saw some huge plants. I think they may be squash from the Jurassic period. Also, our long-awaited collection of Bishop Blanchet's letters arrived. It includes this amazing map of the diocese on which Seattle is called "New York." Really it should have been "New New York," which is maybe why they ended up going with "Seattle."

Friday, July 26, 2013


We played croquet in the backyard. M won. She is really good at it. Suspiciously good. Maybe she goes out there every night at midnight to practice.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ice cream social

Today we had an "ice cream social" in the parlors (planned by Jane, of course - she loves parties). Tang brought his family, especially Lam, his 4-month old daughter. I'm sure she loved Sister Anne, deep down... And can you believe how tall Father Ryan is?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


We are toasting St James with our friend Peg tonight. She has quite the view of the Cathedral.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Feast of St James preparations

We went over to help decorate for the Feast of St James. Edward was helping Joseph tune a few pipes in the Rosales, but when Elizabeth started ironing the banners he came over to investigate.

Monday, July 22, 2013

On Camino

Tonight Father Scott Connolly gave a talk about walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela. He brought all kinds of cool souvenirs, like his Jesus bandaids, his map, and of course his compostela.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

On the rosary walk

M got the cool photo of our group praying decade #3 in the lovely garden of Holy Names Academy. David took the photo of us with the famous blogger Joannamauselina. Somehow he made us all look a lot less tired than we were. (Thanks, David!)

On 520

We are on our way to see J, D, and Z and the bridge is up for up to half an hour??!!?? At least the view is nice.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Very literary

We had two literary gatherings in a row. On Friday night Chris and Rebecca came over to celebrate Emily Brontë's 195th birthday. (It's not until July 30, but this was when we were all free.) Then tonight we had a lovely tea with our friend Scott. After dessert he read some Shakespeare sonnets. It's been a classical weekend.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Seen on Capitol Hill

We went to get some art supplies at Blick on Capitol Hill at lunchtime and saw a mini-library, Jimi Hendrix, and some really unimaginative graffiti.

Big vegetables

Our neighbor gave us some of his enormous squash. These squash are so big that they would really squash your toe if you dropped them. Maybe that's why they are called squash.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

In today's mail

It's not Pride and Prejudice, but still--it has a front cover, a back cover, and lots of pages in between. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Caminoing again

Tonight we tried out the rosary walk we are leading on Sunday. It was a great evening for a walk. I do wish it were about two miles shorter but I guess you can't have everything.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


We had our Chief-Sealth-Trail- Jefferson-Park- Food-Forest walk tonight. It was the perfect night for a walk.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Camino walk #14

After Mass we walked to the Elliott Bay Book Co. and then to Volunteer Park. We saw amazing screens and an 8th century polo player at the SAAM.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Dinner with A, D, E, and J

The fabulous Ungerhortons came for dinner. Julia can't wait till she's big enough to play croquet. Ella loves chocolate ice cream more than I've ever seen anyone love it before. We decided that Lewis Carroll must have come up with the scene in Alice in Wonderland after playing croquet with a two-year old. It was a lot like playing with hedgehogs and flamingoes.

In the front yard

There was a butterfly on our butterfly bush!

Our DIY day

Yesterday we made some home improvements. We put together new bookcases from IKEA for the living room. And we painted the guest room. We couldn't think of a color so we decided to go with the favorite color of the home improvement blog we follow, "Young House Love," which is called "Rockport Gray." It's so... neutral. But I think I like it better than the green.

Friday, July 12, 2013

By Elliott Bay

Last night we went down to the Olympic Sculpture Park with Joanna for a walk to be followed by dinner at the Pike Place Market. The former was insanely crowded. Our rate of speed through the park was about 1.3 mph. People were especially obsessed with the new installation, which is called "Western Oracle" and which represents a roof poking out of the grass. You would think climbing around on the roof of a house was the most fun thing ever from the number of people doing it. At dinner, Maria's Trappist ale overflowed dramatically.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Today we went down to the SAM to have lunch with the girls. (I love saying "the girls." I can see why people say that about us all the time.) Christina is interning there this summer. It's great having friends in high places.

Of course, both Maria and I got our our cameras at the same time, hence the photo. It's still adorable, though.