Saturday, October 31, 2015

More Halloween

Counting her loot. 21 pieces of candy!

The whole clan, including a tiny goldfish!

Just another pic of me and my mushroom.

Zizi wasn't that into wearing my wimple.

Z ended the evening by winning at Uno!

Halloween adventure

Aunties dressed up for the first time in decades in order to trick or treat with Z.

Sister Reen and her favorite mushroom.

Mage and Sage.

Ready to go trick or treating.

Out and about with mama/fairy.

At the Frye

We stopped in to see some of the geniuses currently on view at the Frye.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Self-portrait in hand dryer

The new hand dryers are being installed in the restrooms today. It is a dream come true. They will save us a mountain of trash, money, and germs. I hope you will all like them.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

NPH in Seattle

Today some of the kids from NPH Nicaragua came and performed, bringing lots of color and interest to what is normally not a very scintillating gathering at coffee hour.

They look amazing.

At the end they pulled people from the audience in. They tried to get M to do it but she held out. Fortunately they found some other victims who can actually dance.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Back at the Archives

I am looking at the papal bull which turned us from a diocese to an Archdiocese, just like that.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Revisiting the Papal Visit

Souvenirs of Pope Francis in Washington, courtesy of Jimmy. How do you do it, Jimmy?!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

In Redmond

Zizi in her Christmas tree hat.

Friday, October 16, 2015

In the mail

Two of our books, hot off the press!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Beautiful SFO

We are in San Francisco! For 45 minutes! But long enough to get a sandwich at Boudin's. When we got off the plane we were impressed with the state of the art self-service kiosks for customs. Suddenly they all went out. After about 15 minutes a man brought a stack of CDs and gave one to each officer. "So if they are not on the list, they're OK?" I'm sure it works really well when it works.

Last evening

On our last night we walked past a few more amazingly Baroque churches.

Excellent street names here.

Five pesos If you can identify the story depicted here.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Bell lore at the Catedral

The stories of the bells are simply amazing. The shiny bell is the newest one, named Juan Diego. It hangs next to the biggest bell, named Our Lady of Guadalupe, of course.

Only a few of the bells swing--most are struck like ours. The bell below with the cross is called the "campana castigata." Sometime in the 1940s, the bell ringer did not get out the way in time and was struck by the bell and killed. The bell was "punished" and remained silent for more than fifty years. In the Great Jubilee Year 2000 the bell was "forgiven" and rung again for the first time in more than fifty years.

This is the strepitus which is sounded during the Triduum. There is also a bell which is rung only at the Easter Vigil to announce the Resurrection. SO AMAZING. And actually quite a bit easier to get to than our bells.

Torres y campanas

This afternoon we went on the best bell tour ever at the Catedral Metropolitana. Our guide led us straight over the roof of the cathedral.

Our group included a beautiful young Mexican woman who used to live in Seattle and a priest from Spain who thinks the National Shrine is soooooo beautiful. Whatever.

The tops of the towers are shaped like bells.

More Frida

Frida's kitchen:

Our self portrait at Frida's desk in the studio:

Just a guitar in a net, hanging over Frida's bed.

One of Frida's last paintings and one of her most famous sayings--"Viva la Vida."

Frida's stuff

Frida had an amazing collection of exvotos which were a major source of inspiration. People had them painted to remember a miraculous rescue or other event in their lives attributed to the intercession of Mary or a saint.

Frida was absurdly creative. In addition to painting, she made an amazing puppet theater, for no particular reason. She also had an affair with Trotsky for no particular reason. 

Part of Frida and Diego's library.

Frida's fake leg. She had polio as a child and later survived a horrific tram accident. When she walked around town people would think she was the queen of something or ask her where the circus was. In both instances she would smile serenely and move on. When she had to have a foot amputated, she said, "who needs feet? I have wings."

Frida's sunglasses.

Frida's house

We had a fascinating visit to Frida Kahlo's house. It's called the Blue House and she was both born and died here. It has a gorgeous courtyard full of beautiful plantings. Also a great cafe where we had pan de muerto and cappuccinos.

View from Frida's room.

This kitty lives at Frida's house.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Still more from Teotihuacan

Scattered throughout the ruins are people selling silver, flutes, cloths, whistles, obsidian letter openers shaped like sacrificial knives, and much more. "Señorita, one peso," they say. "Almost free." 

After the pyramids we went to a touristy buffet lunch with not-the-best mariachi and danzantes we have ever seen.

We had lunch with a handsome young Englishman and a handsome young Indian. The Englishman works in China and flew all the way here to be in a wedding. He bragged that he and the groom's father had to carry the groom home after he drank a tequila with each one of his relatives. Ian is from Yorkshire and went to high school in Keighley! He has cousins who live in Haworth!!! He and his siblings grew up running on the moors before breakfast!!!! He couldn't imagine why we would spend three days in Haworth on vacation.

The young Indian is here getting his visa renewed. He is a huge soccer fan and one of the main things he wanted to see in Mexico was the soccer stadium. He lives in San Francisco and works in Cincinnati. (!) He is a devout Muslim and a socialist. 

Here's Ian about to sample the free tequila.

As we returned to Meixco City, we passed the slums which stretch for miles over the hills. A couple of years ago the government offered free paint to the residents to improve the appearance of these neighborhoods. The people here just recently got water and electricity. They still don't have good access to transportation. The guide said many of the people who work in the city spend three hours commuting each way. 

Still in Teotihuacan

A man and a burro and a dusty street. Pretty much exactly what I imagined.

At Teotihuacan

It's simply amazing.