Thursday, December 6, 2018

Ethiopian Dinner

When I was working on my bachelor's degree and beginning to focus on 20th century African history, I had a professor who ended each course with a potluck.  But not just any food - she knew that food is a reflection of culture and history and so we'd get in groups and learn to make traditional African dishes.  My Dad saw my interest and heard my stories.  He worked near City Hall and invited me to go with him to a nearby Ethiopian restaurant.  It was a special treat to go out to lunch with him, plus the first time I'd ever had Ethiopian food.  The restaurant had a vegetarian buffet lunch and years later, when I also worked near City Hall, I'd go back to the same restaurant with colleagues or with my Dad (still working then).  Good memories...

This wasn't the same restaurant, but we were with my parents and it was the first time the girls had had Ethiopian, so it brought back my own memories.  Yum!

Monday, December 3, 2018

End of Soccer Season Party

Great time, made it through the playoffs into the championships and played really well, coming in second place in the league. 

Love her coach, who cried while saying something nice about each kid.

2018 Raptors

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Saints Festival

We stepped it up this year with a full-on festival:  the kids worked on "Facebook" style posters for Saints they chose.  We banned the most common ones and so learned a ton about little-known Saints.  We had a scavenger hunt (with a prize!) for the kids who could find the right info from each poster.  We had visits from the younger grades.  The kids voted on 'best in' categories for more prizes and G won in two:  third-best poster and "best comments" as well.  Then the food:  root beer for the Patron Saint of brewers (St Arnold), St. Honore cake for the Patron Saint of bakers, Swedish fish for the Patron Saint of swimmers (St. Adjuctor), and more... we even had poprocks for the Patron Saint of explosions (St. Barbara) and (veggie) hot dogs for the Patron Saint of dogs (St. Rocco). 

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Design Final Presentation

G presented a detailed PPT to her Design class - for a tiny-but-luxurious van big enough to sleep all of us, including the dog and the cat, and store everything we need, but small enough to drive (and park) around town (with low gas mileage).  Most existing models that she found only sleep/seat two, so she implemented original designs for her presentation and added both fun twists and beauty. The class and teacher loved it!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Ice Cream Walking Tour of SF

Our premise was an ice cream walking tour of SF - a long walk in which we travel from one ice cream shop to another.  We only actually hit three, but the concept was enough to make the day perfect and to keep the kids engaged and uncomplaining about a longish walk.  Gorgeous weather, clear skies, good company, and a stop at a fun playground.  Needed a group picture but never got one, unfortunately.  Our group consisted of the girls and I, Eliz and her whole family, and my mom.  The most interesting stop was at an ice cream shop with a "cheese and toasted bread" flavor.  Glad I tried it, though I wouldn't want a whole scoop.  Now the kids want to do this monthly.  If we do, I'm trying the rye and chocolate flavor next time!..

From the top of the crooked section of Lombard Street

Cousins at Aquatic Park, GG Bridge in background

Funny shot K caught of a man sitting in a bus juxtaposed above an ad so that he looks like he's part of the ad....

Fun selfie of the girls and my niece at a playground.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Rainy Day in the City

Bday wishes from Captain Underpants.  :-)

K loves Abuela

The rain was right in our faces.  This at Aquatic Park in SF

Fake snow at Ghirardelli Square

Meeting up with some favorite old friends

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Prep

Thanksgiving just isn't hard anymore, not with help from this one. We made three pies - apple, pumpkin, and this beautiful berry one with blackberries that we picked in Gualala in September and then froze. We also prepared a surprisingly awesome tofu loaf, "quattro formaggio" (fancy mac and cheese), an arrugula salad, and some gluten-free cauliflower stuffing with vegan sausage. Oh! And G topped it all off with a really wonderful chocolate souffle - all her idea. Working with her really makes everything so much easier and its nice to get to the holiday itself and not feel exhausted. Awesome kid - a hard worker with great ideas.