Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Party prep the rest of the morning. Mom and I cooked and cleaned the house while dad and Rob worked in the yard. We hit two dozen eggs and other treats in the yard just in time for Rob's sister's family to arrive. After our hunt for the kids, they hid a bunch more eggs for Rob and I to find. Then, time to eat Easter supper. The table was decorated with bunches of carrots and we shared a buffet of ham, twice baked potatoes, dilled squash, fruit salad and bunny biscuits.
After dessert (strawberry shortcake), the boys ran about in the yard trying to find any forgotten eggs. The family dog loved having four boys to play with.
We hit the road at 5:30 and got back to San Francisco before 9. Put away all our goodies from the weekend and called it a night.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Guests arrived at 7:00, complete with dogs, babies and dates in tow. The evening started with drinks (red wine and Anchor Steam beer) and a local cheese plate. Lots of talk about the 3.4 earthquake that happened earlier in the day. Everyone divided into to teams for the start of the earthquake pub quiz.
As it got dark, Rob and I lit more and more candles. We all sat down to eat cioppino with long pieces of toasted garlicy sourdough bread by candlelight. I had enough on hand for plenty of seconds. The Tadich Grill recipe turned out just perfectly!
Those plates were cleared and glassed were refilled as we tackled the final part of the pub quiz. At the same time, I plated angel food cake with fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream for dessert. Another round of seconds for dessert. We tallied up the points for the quiz and gave out prizes to the winning (and losing) teams.
Everyone bundled up and headed home around 10. Rob and I loaded up the dishwasher with about half our plates and silverware and turned in to bed.
Monday, April 18, 2011
I've been so inspired by this video of the The Walker Library of Human Imagination in Connecticut. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a big library like this, full of books, models and curiosities? Reminds me of the atlas scene with Hugh Grant from Sense and Sensibility.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Thursday, April 07, 2011
I've got a "small" problem, perhaps you can help. I'm invited to a big wedding in June in Berlin. This will be a very elegant affair with the reception being held at the famous historic Hotel Adlon (where the guests are staying as well), after a formal church ceremony. I've just been told that I will need two dresses, one for church and one for the black tie reception in the evening. For church I will also need a hat (this is Europe after all) and my shoulders and upper arms will need to be covered.The wedding guests will be coming from all over Europe and the Middle East (expats primarily). These will be a mix of business and personal relations, so I will really need to look the part.Here's the kicker: By then, I will be six and half months pregnant.I've already done a thorough scan of the sources I know over here for maternity clothes and what I have found (or not) so far worries me. The 'evening wear' I've seen are either black and/or made of jersey fabric. Also, empire-waisted gowns and kaftans were other options I considered, but they don't appear to be so available right now. I will however be flying home to the Bay Area for one last visit before the wedding (and before the baby) and hope to be able to tackle some of the items on this list while I'm there. Oh, and I look terrible in red or purple, but most other colors (green, blue, brown, grey) are fine. Budget is around $800 for the whole deal.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Rob and I celebrated last night with my sister at Prospect. And I'm planning to sleep for about 20 hours straight tonight.