Sunday, March 29, 2015

Palm Sunday

Another Palm Sunday has come and gone!

Preparing for the procession amid the athletic triumphs of O'Dea...

The procession, photographed by M.... 

And finishing it off with a lovely brunch in Pioneer Square. 

I just pray the rest of the week will be as prayerful and peaceful. Happy Holy Week!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

At the Sorrento Garage Sale

This garage sale is the height of elegance with live DJs and wine bar.

Friday, March 27, 2015

A visit downtown

Zizi's mom and dad brought her downtown to the aquarium. She was happy about the whole adventure.

Auntie Reen met them on the waterfront which is completely torn up and under construction. Zizi enjoyed pointing to the big boats and the water.

On the way home they stopped by the Cathedral so we could meet Zizi's new friend Chippy the salmon.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Merry Christmas

We are at a concert of Iranian music, our Christmas present from M and K.

Old friends

Look who stopped by for a visit!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A fun day off

Today was my day off! In the morning we visited grandma with mom. In the afternoon, in an interval when it wasn't raining, I took a garden tour. I thought this planter looked like we had planted it on purpose. We didn't.

In the evening we had dinner with the fantastic Smith clan. Here E is explaining one of the simplest concepts from her most recent math class. I know it involved vectors, sine, and cosine. 

A rose between two thorns. E is headed back to Santa Clara on Saturday. Have a great Spring Quarter, E!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A visit to Redmond

Tonight we had book group at Dana's. Zizi didn't actually read the book but she looked really smart in M's new reading glasses.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


After nearly five years in our house M finally realized what I have known all along: it's even cozier upstairs. So she moved her bedroom upstairs and we turned her old room into a new study for both of us. As an added bonus, because we moved some books in here, there is now room to walk around the dining room table without knocking something over.

Unfortunately the kitties think M's new room is cozy, too, but soon they'll remember that my room is even cozier. I hope.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A modern-day sacristy

Before they saw me taking their picture:

And after:

Sunday, March 15, 2015

In Redmond

Just scrolling through Google images of Eggman with Z. (Also known as Humpty Dumpty.)

Peggy's tulip tree

At least, I think that's what it's called. It's weird how light it is at 7:00pm these days.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tour for 2nd graders

I got a packet of thank you pictures from the 2nd graders at St Anne's. Their favorite parts: visiting the west gallery and seeing the Mary shrine. Also, "I loved how you speak relly lowdy." ?!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Lancashire Tea

We are big drinkers of Yorkshire Gold tea, but I recently read that Lancashire Tea is J K Rowling's favorite so I am now drinking lots of it.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Scavenger hunt

Today the middle schoolers of the Archdiocese are gathering at St James and O'Dea for their annual rally. Brenda led them on a tour/scavenger hunt.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

At Stanford

The bookshelf of a mediaevalist.

Poster girl for the arts at Stanford!

Stanford is pretty amazing.

Last stop: Rodin. Farewell, California!

Beautiful Santa Clara

We spent our last morning on a quick tour of notable institutions of higher education in the Bay Area.

With our mutual friend Junipero Serra.

A tour of the old Mission. (There's one on campus.)

View book photo.

Santa Clara:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The trailer

A vacation this epic requires a movie trailer. See you tomorrow, Seattle.

From Nob Hill to Pacific Heights

We walked to St Mary's for the 12:10 Mass. It's so cosmic.

Mythological creatures on the door handles:

After Mass we had lunch at Tommy's Joynt, as recommended by David. It was quite delicious but by chance (?) we were the only women in the entire place.

Note that the word "Joynt" is normally spelled with a martini glass instead of a Y. It's a Sam Spade kind of eatery.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

At City Lights

We walked down to the famous City Lights bookstore. They have a large Ferlinghetti selection.

Propaganda on the walls:

The view from the upstairs window probably hasn't changed much since the days of Kerouac and Ginsberg:

It is very hard to impress her:

More from the Legion of Honor

They have three pieces by Bicci di Lorenzo--father of our own Neri di Bicci!

Note St Stephen with rocks on his head.

A beautiful Mother and Child, also by Bicci di Lorenzo. Looks a little like ours!

The woman in the portrait looks like she is scheming something worthy of a Henry Fielding novel: 

There is even a painting by John Martin (Charlotte Brontë's favorite artist):

At the Museum of the Legion of Honor

We are visiting the Museum of the Legion of Honor today. It is in a spectacular setting overlooking the water and the collection is pretty amazing, too.

Mary Magdalene weeping:

A group of tiny nuns in the bottom corner of another painting:

Monday, March 2, 2015

Out for dinner

I have never been to a restaurant that suggests cigar pairings with dessert.

In wine country

We decided it was about time we visited the far famed Napa Valley. I searched online for inexpensive wine tours (turns out they aren't free down here) and I found one that includes a ride in an aerial gondola plus wine tasting! Win-win!

M was especially excited about the gondola ride.

Pretending to spot the fruity flavors with touches of cinnamon, melted butter, and the like.

It's definitely off season but still beautiful with wildflowers everywhere.