Friday, May 29, 2015

Week 20 : May 14 - 20

 May 14 - bucket of "flowers"

 May 15 - bottle of champagne (Mumm)

 May 16 - Mixer and cookie jar

May 17 - baby's first bottle (w/great grandma)


May 18 - surprise mail!!

 May 20 - phone at the hotel

Thursday, May 21, 2015

First finish for 2015??

If this is my first finish, and I think it is, I am really slacking on the quilting this year.  I made this quilt/wall hanging for my YD's cohort of MPH* students.  Each of the students made a block and I put them together.  I tied the quilt because I was worried about puckering since it wasn't going to be washed and made all crinkly.  I also put a pocket on the back for hanging.


I think it turned out pretty nice.  the blocks are all very different.

*Masters of Public Health

Working in SF

I have been working up in San Francisco this week assisting with a trial.  Sounds a lot more fun and exciting than it is.  Mostly I've been in a hotel room making copies and assembling binders into the wee hours of the morning, sleeping and then doing it all over again.


I walked to the bank yesterday.  Here's a picture of one of the trolley cars.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bread #3 - Focaccia Bread

I'm a little behind in the bread making (soup making too).



This week, I finally made another bread.  One of my favorites focaccia bread -- recipe from here.
  • olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 pkg yeast

basically you mix the dough together and then put it in the pan to rise for an hour, then bake it for 30 minutes.  It smelled divine and was really yummy with oil and vinegar.

I think if I make it again, I'll try a different recipe.





Week 19 : May 7 - 13

 May 7 - Dress shopping (again)

 May 8 - cookies (the bandage on his arm is just for show)

 May 9 - baby face

 May 10 - Mother's Day Flowers

 May 11 - foccacia bread

 May 12 - very handsome

May 13 - wine at work

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Week 18 : April 30 - May 6

 April 30 - Dress shopping
 May 1 - Big brother

 May 3 - Quilt for YD - almost done

May 5 - on the way to work

Week 17 : April 23 - 29


April 23 - Accidental picture of my iphone


April 24 - BOM blocks
 April 25 - quilt for YD's class

April 26 - time for some bubbly!

April 27 - 28

 April 29 - Hello Nathaniel Simon!!


Week 16 : April 16 - 22

 April 19 - wine label

 April 21 - yum
April 22 - badminton??

Where did the rest of the week go???

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Week 15 : April 9 - 15

 April 9 - highest game to date ..

 April 10 - piece of the Berlin wall in Mountain View

 April 11 -- anniversary beer (35 years!)

 April 12 - Devil cat sleeping

 April 13 - cute shoe pattern
 April 15 - cat in a bag

Week 14 : April 2 - 8

 April 2 - The Shard

 April 3 - the flight home

 April 4 - Birthday cheese cake

April 5 - Easter egg hunting (California style)

 April 6 - YD engaged!

April 7 - the drive to work

Weeks 12-13 : March 19 - April 1

March 20 - dessert


March 21 - faces

the missing days

 March 26 -first French wine in France

 March 27 - soup

March 28 - the Eiffel Tower from Montparnasse Tower

 March 29 - steak frites

 March 30 - in London .. resting

 March 31

April 1 - instructions for the underground

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The List #1 - DONE!

So, on March 24, my husband and I got on a plane and flew to London.  My first trip ever out of the US.  Going to England to visit my OD was #1 on my list this year.  I'm planning on doing a day-by-day breakdown of the trip, but I'll post that on my other blog so you won't be bogged down with a bazillion pictures here -- I'll post links as soon as the posts are written.

I accidentally reformatted the memory card on my camera about 5 days in and lost 300 pictures.  That makes it a lot harder to remember what we did when.  We tried to eat authentic French and English food and see as much as possible in the short time we had.  We walked 8-10 miles just about every day.

In Paris, we went to the Louvre, the Musee D'Orsay, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Sacre-Coeur, Montparnasse Tower, the Catacombs of Paris, and Pere Lachaise Cemetary. There are probably other places in Paris that I've forgotten.


This is the one picture I took on my phone -- it was a beautiful day.  We bought a baguette, cheese, and salami from small markets and ate the sandwich here, in view of the Eiffel Tower. 

This was taken at Pere Lachaise Cemetary, where Jim Morrison of the Doors, Chopin, Oscar Wilde, and Edith Piaf are buried (to name a few).

 On the same day, we walked back to the Eiffel Tower for me to get more pictures since I had deleted all the others.  Not quite as nice of a day. :(

I had also taken a bunch of pictures of doors in Paris (my daughter's suggestion).  Again, most were deleted, but this one remains.

We then went back to London, and went to a bunch of places there as well.  It seemed we were always going to the museums.  We tried to do a self guided Jack the Ripper tour, which would have been super cool if I had known more about the murders -- should have done my homework.  There was a free or relatively cheap tour but we didn't get to the starting point in time for that.

The Tate Modern museum.  Kind of an ugly building, but interesting, just the same.  I'm not a huge modern art fan it turns out.

Reminders on the street that they drive on the wrong side of the street there.  Fortunately, we didn't get hit by any vehicles while there.


We went to see a ballet at the Royal Opera House.  It was a beautiful, old building, and surprisingly, I enjoyed the ballet.  We saw "The Four Temperaments/Untouchable/Song of the Earth".  The middle one, was the best.


Walked down Drury Lane -- didn't see the muffin man though...

Another beautiful day, walking across the Thames toward Parliament.  We passed on going in, but got some great pictures from the outside.

 Artsy picture of Paul with Big Ben in the background.

Buckingham Palace.  I guess we got there right before the changing of the guard so that was kind of cool but we were too far away to really see anything.

 Tower Bridge from inside the Tower of London (where we saw the crown jewels).

Platform 9 3/4.

 Abbey Road.

 A blue police box.

 And a red phone booth.

 OD and husband at St. Paul's Cathedral.

 Notting Hill.

 The Shard.

The flight home .. over lots of ice and ocean (and 11.5 hours, ugh!!).