Posts Tagged ‘Sunday’

Indian Summer (October Challenge: Day 8)

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

The thing about fall in the Bay Area is that it is incredibly subtle, and it’s taken 15 years for me to develop the sensitivity to notice it. To an East Coaster used to dramatic autumnal color changes and huge temperatures shifts, fall in Northern California is a bit underwhelming. Even though we get most of our warmest days of the year during September and October, the air develops a crispness (particularly at night) and some even trees lose their leaves.

But unlike the east coast, winter here is the greenest season, when the rains feed the plants and major growth happens. Temperatures rarely drop below the mid-fifties during the day and frost only comes a handful of times at most. The most dramatic shift is actually the wintry light – even though it doesn’t feel particularly wintery, the light shifts as the sun sits lower in the sky. Shadows are different. And, even in the greenness of it all, it’s winter-like. Albeit a mild one.

And so this afternoon, we enjoyed a beautiful fall day in Oakland – the sun was warm, but the air was crisp. The light cast it’s autumnal shadows and we enjoyed the season. We had our first rains last week, and the garden is starting to green up. Here are a few snapshots of our day:

Chasing bubbles...


... caught one!

Art - au plein air.

All smiles!

By the power of technology - Grand Dad was able to join our outdoor fun... from Pennsylvania!

Spray bottles make for hours of artistic and watery fun!

It was a lovely afternoon, full of family time and fun. We’re gearing up for a dramatic and stressful few weeks here at THL (more on that later), and so a day of simple fun in the backyard was the absolute PERFECT way to spend the day. It was lovely to just stop and enjoy the fleeting moments of indian summer. Tomorrow the week starts, and we’re off and running again.


Back from the Blackout (October Challenge: Day 3)

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Slowly. slowly I’m emerging from a self-imposed two month news blackout. A professional policy wonk and amateur news junkie, this blackout has been a challenge. But a necessary one. I started waking up at night unable to fall back to sleep, ruminating on the state of the economy, and the tenor of national political discourse. Sleep deprivation and stress – not a great mix. Especially since there isn’t much I can do about it.

So, for the last two months I have actively avoided the news. And I have to say that life has been a lot more pleasant! I highly recommend it. If only for short periods here and there.

But now, I’m starting to check back in. Time to see what’s going on in the world, you know?  So, what do you think I should make of this?

"Pick a subject. Make an offer. Get a poem."


A sluggish economy and economic woes notwithstanding – I applaud her creativity.  Who says there’s no innovation in the liberal arts and humanities??

Things will improve at some point, won’t they?




Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

I’ve been a bit behind with the blog posts lately, so please bear with me as I do a bit of housekeeping (or is it “blogkeeping”?) during the next few weeks. On Memorial Day weekend, Ryan was christened at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church here in lovely Oakland. It was a beautiful day made all the more special, because Father Mauricio agreed to perform the Christening on an odd Sunday while my mom was in town (it was actually the kick-off Sunday of the the Church’s Gay Pride Month). It was really great to have Mom here to celebrate Ryan’s day! They even sang “All Things Bright and Beautiful” my school song when I went to Holy Trinity back in elementary school. Mom and I shared a moment…

(Note: you may recognize the dress from a previous blog post. I’ll link to it if I can figure out how to do it.)

Ryan handled the attention, crowds and general unfamiliarness of the day incredibly well, and barely cried when Fr. Mauricio poured water over her head. Dan and I were very proud of her. Her Godparents are Uncle Adam, Uncle Rich and Auntie Camsie. She is one lucky little lady! We’re so glad they all agreed to be there for her!

Fr. Mauricio presenting Ryan to the congregation during the Peace.

After the service, we all came back to the house for a party (and Ryan desperately needed a nap). It was a really fun day. We were so happy that so many friends and family were able to attend!

Relaxing back at the house post-ceremony. Bill even survived the triple whammy of an early morning, church and a baby. Thanks Bill!

Lucas Belli made his first appearance at a Hartmann party! We love his little blue moon boots that he wore especially for the occasion.

Jan and Herb came down from Petaluma! We were glad they finally got to meet Ryan.

Liz and Judith took a break from househunting to swing by after church!

Mike. Chill. As Always.

Proud Mama!

Daddy and Ryan. All smiles!

After all the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the Christening and party, we took the rest of the weekend easy. On Memorial Day, we went for a walk around Berkeley Marina, checked out some kites, watched the waves and enjoyed the beautiful weather. A great day to end a great weekend!

Mom, Dan and Ryan enjoying the scenery and a laugh.


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