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Our Day Home

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

A little while back I had the pleasure of spending the day at home with Ryan. She wasn’t able to go to daycare and Susan still had to go to work, so I took the day off and got to hang-out with my little girl. I thought I’d share some of the day with you.

First thing we did was get up and get dressed and head into the living room to play after we got Susan off to work.

What do you mean you need to watch over me? I've got everything I need here. See.

After rolling around and playing with toys and listening to glow worm we decided to read.

Some people have a thinking cap, Ryan has a reading cap.

All that fun was a lot of work as so it was time for a nap. I was able to catch a little shut-eye myself, which was rather nice.

Her Holiness the Dali Napa says that all life is grumpiness unless one awakens from their nap.

After our nap and lunch we went back to playing, and we had a surprise guest join us.

What? A surprise play guest? And me caught with this cup my my mouth. What can I say, I'm speechless.

That’s right, it was Bella. She came down from her nap spot and got really interested in Ryan’s toys. Bella was so interested in fact I had to take the a couple of toys away from the cat several times. Of course it didn’t help that Ryan kept giving her toys to Bella. She thought Bella was the most interesting thing, and couldn’t get enough of the cat. It was really cute to watch.

Ryan says, "Here Bella you have this toy. Don't let that Daddy person stop us from doing what we want, and I want you to have it."

Shortly after all this fun Susan got home from work and we all fell into our regular afternoon/early evening routines.

With that said, I must say this was one of the most exciting and fun days I’ve ever had in my life. It was so great to be able to spend time with Ryan, just the two of us. It was a real bonding moment for both of us and made me realize on a gut level, and not just an intellectual level, how important it is to the adults, not just the kids, for parents and their children to spend time together. That’s all for now, as I’m off to spend time with my wonderful family.

-Dan

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The Mushroom Fairy

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

So, the other day I stepped out onto my porch on the way out to walk with Ryan. And there, on the doorstep, was a magnificent, unmarked grocery bag full of chanterelle mushrooms. Freshly foraged. Ready to eat… Amazing. At $20 per pound in the local stores (and significantly more at the farmers’ market), these babies are like mushroom gold.

I call this "Still Life with Mushroom Goodness".

So, who is the Mushroom Fairy you ask? A smallish, nordic-looking gnome? A local do-gooder seeking an invite to dinner? Santa’s elves picking up side gigs during the off season??? Nope. It’s our friend Blake. A fabulous forager of the local hills and a very generous man indeed. And we will definitely have him over to dinner very soon.

~ Susan

PS – The menu for the night included a great grilled porterhouse, saffron wild rice, fresh salad and, of course, sauteed chanterelles in a butter and wine sauce. Yum.

A Perfect Sunday

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

A quiet Sunday at home. Much needed by all.

We spent time together.

We played.

We took naps.

Really, what more could a girl ask for?

~ Susan

What’s on your iPod Playlist?

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

I was just listening to one of the playlists in my iPod and I noticed something that I wanted to get your feed back on.

Do you have any songs, that if someone told you to listen to these two songs right in a row, you would just think, “what are you talking about?” I’d rather mix orange juice and milk before I listen to those two song next to each other! But, and here is where we really come to where I’m looking for your feed back, after giving it a try (perhaps with a little bit of green eggs and ham prodding by your friend) you find that you actually like hearing these songs one right after the other? Almost like when you try a really nice bottle of wine (I mean really good bottle of special occasion wine) with pizza or so-so chinese take out. Or maybe, it becomes like wearing a paisley tie with a horizontal stripped shirt? Something that most people most of the time shouldn’t try, but a select few people under the right circumstances can pull off.

Why even bother asking this sort of question? Well I think I just might have that sort of song combo on my iPod (as if you didn’t see that one coming). Now before I tell you what this combination is, let me lay down some ground rules. I don’t want this to become all about bashing peoples (mine or anyone else’s) tastes in music or whether these songs have any artistic merit in and of themselves. I want to this be about how you mixed classical music and hip-hop, Eighties-synthesizers-pop with folk, or disco and country and were successful.

So without any further stalling on my part, my two songs are: Abba’s Money, Money, Money and ‘Til Tuesday’s Voices Carry. Two songs, that I happen to enjoy on my work day commute, but never thought they would sound good next to each other. I have no idea what liking these songs says about me, and I’m sure I don’t want to know. What I do want to know is what two songs have you put together in some sort of playlist that you we pleasantly surprised they worked together, or maybe you don’t think it could ever happen and you have always known what sounds good together before you tried it. Either way, let me know your experiences.

-Dan