Archive for October, 2009

oh no! our bridge broke!

October 28th, 2009

Drats! I’m sure you’ve heard that my lifeline to the city fell apart under minor winds last night. And I’m sure you know that those of us who work in the city (all of us) are stuck packed into the Swine Flu party on the Bart or sitting at home, alone, communicating over Instant Messenger. […]

sylvie’s mad science party

October 24th, 2009

In celebration of Sylvie’s birthday, we had the neighbors over for some mad science. The kids made glow in the dark slime and screaming balloons while the adults ate quince liver, deviled eyes and mummies. Yes, those are real meat. We had the requisite ear (grow your own) and eyes (olives) in a jar. As […]

kensington regatta

October 24th, 2009

It is rainy season, here. I embraced the puddle time last week by using it as an excuse to teach a little science. (I’m thoroughly enjoying having a 5 year old!!) First we tested potential vessels for their ability to float and then their weight capacity. I brought out a bowl, cup, lego raft, inverted […]

halloween preparations

October 20th, 2009

hee-hee-ha-ha! presidential election affected testosterone

October 20th, 2009

Chalk this up in the list of topics I can’t believe people spent time researching, but this is amusing – apparently, males who voted for John McCain showed a drop in their testosterone levels after the election. Read all about it.

my son, the don diego

October 17th, 2009

Perhaps Don Juan could have learned a thing or two from my 5 year old who this weekend told my cousin, 20 years his senior and his interest du jour, “I want you for Halloween. I want to eat you up. You are sweet like candy.” I’m afraid that the 10,000 hours of hitting on […]

it didn’t pan out

October 17th, 2009

We spent the weekend in Auburn, Ca learning about gold country history and trying our hand at prospecting. We had our best luck with the guaranteed gold-flecked bags of sand that we bought for $2 a piece at the gold museum, but the goldless shores of the American River brought us great amusement. Enough amusement […]

your daughter…

October 15th, 2009

Apparently my children are outgoing, as parents at the preschool go out of their way to introduce themselves to us and (usually) explain how they share a special friendship with our children. I hear all the time, “Sylvie likes to hold my hand.” “Will is so cuddly.” “Sylvie and I are buddies.” I just smile […]

worth the scroll

October 14th, 2009

It appears Will’s latest plan to pay for college is to secure a defense grant to build flying cars. The world needs great minds like his. The car proposal, as translated by his after-school teacher, follows: My dilemma – do we send the original so that he gets the thrill of a return letter from […]

if it is fun…

October 9th, 2009

I find humans really interesting, enjoy a good social experiment and have a weakness for the advertising that delights (it is, afterall, at its best well endowed art). Here is a Volkswagen ad that for all of those reasons gets to me. Enjoy.

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