Feb 26 2013

learning about diversity

josephine: mama? dada told me that little boys and girls in france drink coffee.

me: hm. how did that make you feel?

josephine: it felt really confusing because i don’t drink coffee but kids in france do.

Feb 25 2013

dose of cute

Feb 24 2013

a few thoughts on the oscars

i used to watch all the movies nominated for best picture before the oscars. this year, i was really proud of myself for having seen two of them. but then realized there were nine nominated.  (back in my day, they only nominated five.)


pre-child, i’d host oscar parties with my roommates and then with my husband. we’d make ballots and everyone would vote.  in DC, we’d stay up way too late to watch the final awards get handed out. we’d encourage people to bring food related to one of the best picture nominees.  one year, someone (ned?) brought “crouching tofu, hidden broccoli.”


i felt incredibly old when i wasn’t quite sure who the guy hosting the oscars was this year. there was even a commercial: “i’m seth macfarlane (ask your kids) and i’m hosting the oscars (ask your parents).”  my (much younger) sister had to fill me in.


the last episode of “downton abbey,” which i’d already seen, was on at the same time as the oscars tonight and i kept flipping to that during commercials and then forgetting to change the channel back to the awards.


overheard at our house at about 5:30 this evening:

me: i’m going to watch the opening thing.

ned: as in, billy crystal? or magic carpet?

Feb 23 2013


here’s what we’ve been doing for the past week. a good enough excuse for blog silence?  more soon…

Feb 14 2013

from joey, to you

Feb 10 2013

last friday, in bellevue

the friday before last, josephine and i drove across lake washington to bellevue. works by one of my favorite artists, nikki mcclure, were on display at the bellevue art museum and it was first friday (read: free museum) and so we made a morning of it. we went for a walk at mercer slough, a place i have fond memories of walking after we took josephine for her first swim. we could see the blueberry bushes that we’ve picked berries from in the summer and learned that in the winter the bushes are leafless and red.

after our “nature” walk (in quotes because you can hear the roar of traffic and see downtown bellevue from the boardwalk), we continued on to the museum.  i was charmed. i hadn’t been there before and was impressed by the space and by all the opportunities josephine had to touch and do things.  they had a woman teaching people how to make flowers out of coffee filters at a table in the lobby. we made several. josephine also got to wrap string and yarn around nails in the wall outside an exhibit of fiber arts. and in the nikki mcclure exhibit, she got to snip her own designs into black paper.  throughout the fiber arts exhibit, artists were demonstrating how they did their work, creating art right in front of us. [sidenote: josephine and i had just that morning had a conversation at breakfast about dying hair. i have no idea how it started, but i told her that when she was older she could dye her hair if she wanted to. she decided she’d dye it pink. and there was one of the artists, felting wool, with bright pink hair.]  the nikki mcclure exhibit was wonderful.  i’ve seen a lot of her work reproduced, but loving seeing the originals — she cuts designs into a single piece of black paper with an exacto knife.

after the museum, we had our first picnic of 2013 — leftover pesto pasta that we ate sitting on a random bench in downtown bellevue.

oh, and i took a lot of pictures. (josephine’s outfit cracks me up. she really wanted to wear her “laura dress” which is getting way too small, but needed to be warm for our walk.  hence the layered look that did not at all help us blend in on the suburban streets of bellevue.)

Feb 6 2013

just what i needed to hear

josephine: what are you doing?

me: clipping my toenails.

josephine: mama, you’re cuter than ever.

Feb 5 2013

well, *i* think he’s funny

josephine and ned are sitting together, reading the tale of peter rabbit. josephine examines a picture of a woman serving a pie.

josephine: who’s that woman?

ned: that’s mrs. mcgregor.

josephine: what is that she has?

ned: that’s the pie that peter’s father was put into.

josephine: oh. and who’s that little boy?

ned: that’s ewan.

Feb 3 2013

sometimes we just smile and nod

“Did you know that Paddington is the same age as Rose’s sister Caroline? One day she took us to a museum called the Navigator and we saw an art that Rose said was beautiful.”

[Rose is Josephine’s doll.]