Democrats Debate on LOGO

History was made last night. The Democratic Candidates running for President were on Logo last night discussing their stance on LGBT issues. My, how things change in three years. In the last Presidential election John Kerry made some half-hearted completely unclear statements about Civil Unions in which he tried to throw a wink at LGBT's to let us know he was secretly with us while attempting to appease the homophobics on the right who were actively legislating against gay marriage. His murky stance on this one LGBT-related issue is pretty much how he treated any issue in his campaign. And yet, he still managed to pull nearly 49% of the popular vote. Isn't that amazing?!?!


the police sing-a-long

We went to see the Police at Dodger stadium on Saturday night...it was SO MUCH FUN! That Sting just looks better and better. He's a walking advertisement for the benefits of yoga. We got amazing seats and were 20th row dead center. It was one giant sing-a-long with 55,000 people. If you click on the title of the blog it'll take you to a YouTube video (not mine) of the opening song - "Message In A Bottle". It's crappy quality but you get a good sense of the sing-a-long aspect.


some stink eye for ya!

Over Memorial Day we went camping at Pismo with a big ole group of peeps. I think there were 40 of us, taking up four campsites. It was a blast. Ella and Zoe (unlike their mothers) are natural campers. These pictures are from the end of the trip. Here's one that Zoe took of Ella and I making our meanest faces...u scared?!?!

Oh, I'm wearing the gangsta looking hoodie b/c it was frickin freezing!! It was in the high 40s at night / high 60s in the day. We were better prepared for the cold this year. Fleece liners for the sleeping bags, warm hats to sleep in, fleece...fleece...and more fleece!!
Zoe's become quite the photographer lately. Her favorite thing is to set up her animals and take still life portraits of them. Here are her "friends" Lambie and Loveheart getting ready to go home.

And, lastly, I took this one of Zoe and Ella -- making some their meanest faces EVER. I'm scared of these kids!!


npr podcasts

I'm always at least three steps behind whatever is hip in technology. Given how quickly it all changes it's probably a good thing. I'll bet that I end up saving myself lots of money by not being an "early adapter".

I've had my ipod for a few years. It's big, it's clunky, it's heavy, I have to strap it to my body like a saggy boob when I work out...but I love it nonetheless. Anyway, I've been in love with the NPR podcasts and stumbled onto a super groovy one. It's called PLAYBACK - it's only for podcast (not broadcast). You won't hear this on the radio. NPR flashes back 25 years and sums up - for example - January 1982. It's amazing to hear this little snippets of both world news and American culture. It's amazing both how much and how little the world has changed in 25 years. You can download it into your computer and listen to it without an ipod. It's worth the time.


winter finally arrives!

thank goodness! we were all getting very worried that winter hadn't arrived here in southern california. as you can see from the photo - it was a blustery day here. poor visibility. warm winter coats. oh, dont you feel sorry for us??

yeah, you can hate us now.


frat house parenting, or how many edamame can you fit in your mouth?

This evening we created a jovial competition of sorts in an effort to get Ella to eat some vegetables. It began with, "I bet you can't fit three edamame beans in your mouth at once..." which Ella increased to 5, 8, 11, and then 14 beans. Well, Zoe loves a good competition and so she matched Ella's 14 and then had Monica stuff one more edamame bean in her mouth. Not to be outdone, Ella asked if she could try for 15 as well. We gently crammed 15 edamame beans in her tiny little bird mouth. We watched her closely to make sure that she wouldn't choke, all the while pleased we stumbled on to this new game - one that might help add a vegetable other than mac & cheese to Ella's diet. Ella stood atop her little table, proudly watching herself chew her edamame, her cute little chipmunk cheeks bulging, thrilled that she'd tied her sister's record....Next thing we know she's spitting up edamame! Literally blowing little green chunks all over the kitchen wall. It was kind of like when, after shotgunning a beer, you intend to have a teeny tiny little burp and end up bringing up half a beer...remember that? We tried to be all nonchalant about it but ended up howling! "We made her barf! Can you believe we made her hurl?!"