Mall photo with the Easter Bunny

Saturday, April 20, 2019

If your holiday photo booth at the mall allows for scheduling your session in advance, I highly recommend it. We hopped in front of a very long line of families and though it filled me with guilt, we were in and out of there in no time and didn’t cry once. Though my fist is apparently balled up because the bunny wouldn’t share the bench.

Nick Offerman

Friday, April 19, 2019

Nick Offerman telling stories at the Taft Theatre. He had some fun insights, but my favorite part was his laugh—a sort of inward chuckle that is a mix between diabolical and adorable.

Oh, thanks internet. Here’s a compilation of him laughing:

Double birthdays

Thursday, April 18, 2019

My niece Gabrielle and her fella David have birthdays very close to each other. With the weather being all nice of late, we had a grill out to celebrate.

My nephews manned the grilling duties and I explored the area a bit with Livia. I bruised myself stepping into the shower this morning so I did not join her in rolling down the hill—that would have surely resulted in stitches.

More of this

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

I was just about to walk around the block to a particular flowering tree (that I can’t identify, help! Redbud! Thanks Sarah!), when I heard a whistle from my neighbor Joe.

He asked what I was doing. “Taking photos of spring blooms with colored paper as a backdrop.” I replied. And so he joined.

It’s nice to have an extra set of hands for these sorts of things. And always nice to catch up with a friend. Bonus for the fine weather.

Phoropter

Phoropter. That’s what this instrument is called.

My optometrist told me this as I photographed it. She was relieved I didn’t ask her to be in the picture because that’s what most people ask. In fact, no one ever had taken a photo of _just_ the device before.

She once informed a young patient that it was called a phoropter and he thought that sounded cool like a dinosaur.

As for me? Still near-sighted. I have at least a year before needing bifocals, but my distance vision got worse. New specs soon.

Dinopole

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Dunno what this dinosaur is all about, but it was either this or a picture of burgers on a grill, which I do believe I’m getting good at making.

(I tip my hat to Erik who helped me diagnose how to make a gas grill work from 2300 miles away.)

Another flight

Monday, April 15, 2019

Another flight with Sophia. So much had happened since we last bent elbows in September, it was time to fill in the gaps. The beers were again, superb. Current favorite that I would end up taking home? Kaleidoscope, a pineapple, orange, guava midwest fruit tart.

In other news, my taxes had been done for almost a week and I was so overly gratuitous with quarterly tax payments that I would be getting a little refund. Another reason to raise a glass.

Dust cookies

Sunday, April 14, 2019

When you clean out your pantry because permanent shelves are being installed and realize the almond flour is just barely expired…

I made some “healthy” peanut butter cookies with almond flour and coconut oil and they turned out horribly. Each cookie, a delicate collection of peanut flavored dust barely held together.

Someone mentioned eating one was like taking the cinnamon challenge.

Lesson learned.

Oh, the pantry ended up looking like this: DON’T JUDGE ME.