other recent hijinks

I’m just going to give up on my plan of giving each of these activities their own post. I don’t know what I was thinking.  Even though I haven’t done a speck of work-work since the 15th, somehow mass quantities of blogging time haven’t presented themselves. Probably because we’ve been too busy doing things.  Things like…

Going to the aquarium with Carrie and Syndey:  Carrie and I went to grad school together and then she had to up and move across the country.  But she and her husband have moved back to town and with a bonus — their lovely daughter Sydney.  Sydney is two and it’s so fun to watch her and imagine Josephine being so big and so able in just six months.

Kissing the big otter.

Surfing on the back of an orca whale.

Going on ill-advised outings: A few weeks back, we woke up to a sunny morning.  Ned had the car for the day so I devised a field trip that involved taking the bus to what I thought would be a really fun place to get out some morning energy and prep Josephine for a nice long afternoon nap.  We were fresh from our trip to the Nisqually Refuge and I remembered that there’s a boardwalk in Seattle, just south of the UW campus.  We took the bus to the trailhead and it quickly became apparent that this was not the place to bring a toddler for a walk.  What I remembered as a boardwalk from a visit years ago was really, in most places, a narrow path at water-level with freezing cold swampy water on both sides.  Instead of the high, grate-covered walls like the boardwalk at Nisqually, this path has two-inch-high wood planks separating the (very muddy) path from the aforementioned swampy water.  Not the best blockade for a toddler who isn’t fond of walking in a straight line.  Or of walking particularly quickly.  And who, when a parent gently places a hand on a shoulder to reroute a small body veering dangerously close to water, likes to jerk her body away in a fashion that sometimes nearly lands her in the water. I couldn’t win.  What should have been a fun outing in the sun that wore Josephine out ended up wearing me out.  It’s a lovely place, really, and we’ll be back when she’s a little more able to differentiate between solid ground and not.

This was the first sign of trouble. See the break in the fence in the background? That's where we started our walk. We got this far and the rocks were too difficult to resist.

This was a rare section of the trail where there wasn't water right up at the edge of the path and I could get far enough away to snap a picture of a girl and her stick.

Playing in tunnels at Meera’s house: It took her weeks (maybe months?) to build up the courage to go through the tunnel at Meera’s.  Now she loves it.

Making good burgers: We all thought these were delicious.  They’re black bean burgers and there’s nary an objectionable ingredient in them.  (I got the recipe via Angry Chicken and she read about them in Yoga Journal.)

1 1/2 cups cooked black beans (15 oz. can very well drained)
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, very well drained
1 cup fresh cilantro (you could use parsley)
1 t. ground cumin
1 clove garlic
2 green onions
2/3 cup shredded carrots
1 3/4 cup rolled oats

Put all ingredients in a food processor and turn it on.  When you have pulverized everything, scoop 8 blops of burger onto parchment-lined baking sheets and press them into burger-like shapes.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, flip them over and bake another 15 minutes.  They’re great fresh from the oven and they also freeze well.

Ok!  How’s that for a random all-over-the-map post?  Up next, my parent’s visit, our trip to the Oregon coast, maybe something fun from the video archives… and I know you’d all like to hear about our packing progress for Hawaii, right?


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