Thursday, January 19, 2017

left hand

(BTW, the headphones are just there because Soren likes to wear them.)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

MLK Day weekend

Our annual trip to Tahoe for the extended MLK Day weekend.

Games were played.

On Sunday (and Monday), the big kids took ski lessons and then went skiing with Sigrid and Jean.

Soren continues to refuse to try skiing (but eventually promised he'd try it next year). Cari and I took him sledding.

(Ok, maybe not on that sled.)

We started off by queuing up to take a tube ride. This was a very, very long wait, but Soren weathered it well enough.

It's hard to tell what the tube ride was like from this video, but Soren and I rode down in side-by-side tubes connected with a tether.

Tubing was fun, but not worth the wait. So Soren switched to the sled hill, which didn't require any waiting.

I might have bundled him up too much. By the end, he had taken his mittens and jacket off.

Afterward, Soren and I soaked in the hot tub. This involved me walking barefoot in the snow to get the top off of the tub, and then the tub itself was really more of a warm tub, because the heater couldn't keep the water above 98°F. But the lower temp made it easy to stay in the tub a long time.

The next day, Sigrid stayed with Soren while the big kids skied, and I went cross-country skiing (my first ever time) with Cari.

On Tuesday morning, the kids went sledding next to the house. Sigrid joined in, too.

Late morning, Sigrid, Jean and the big kids went skiing for a few runs. With most everyone else gone already, the slopes were blissfully free of crowds...

...and the weather was gorgeous.

Here's one of Anders's runs down the mountain. In the first half of this video, he's the tiny, bottom dot, which veers off to the right and waits. In the second half, you see him finish the run, and then Sigrid brings up the rear.

Until 2018!

Saturday, January 07, 2017

fun with a hair dryer

Endless loop version.

Friday, January 06, 2017

it's alive!

Sigrid's strandbeest.

morning sun

Wednesday, January 04, 2017


Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee ice cream by Humphry Slocombe. Espresso by Michael, using home-roasted Sweet Maria's Altiplano Blend coffee beans.

Monday, January 02, 2017

musical exploration

This bench, at the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium, plays music if two people each touch an arm of the bench and then touch each other. My arms are too short to manage this on my own...

...but with a little help from Soren...

...we can make music.

(The pitch of the tones varies based on the electrical resistance between the bench arms. The Exploratorium website has an explanation, including a link to instructions to build your own musical bench.)

We stayed at the Exploratorium for about four hours. The sun was low when we left.

Saturday, December 31, 2016


For the second year running, we had our early New Year's Eve dinner with the boys.

This year, Soren tried a (caffeine-free) cola. Anders stuck with orange soda.

Stealth shot.

The waitress wasn't quite sure what we meant when we asked if Anders could have some raw brussels sprouts. After reassuring her that we really meant raw, that's what he got.

The bathroom had this curious wall-mounted speaker...

...and this curious display above the sink.

Geeky Santa toys to keep the boys occupied while we waited for dessert.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Elephant Seals at Año Nuevo State Park

This year, we figured that Soren was old enough to manage the hike at Año Nuevo State Park, so we signed up for a guided walk. When you arrive, you first walk down on your own to the staging area.

Current seal count.

Our walk was led by a volunteer docent named Louie. Early on, we could hear an elephant seal barking off in the distance. Here's the first one that we saw.

But soon we made it to our first group.

There was also a lone male off by the water.

The main group was at Año Nuevo Point.

Lolling about.

This big guy was right below us.

Watching the watchers.

Inland from our vantage point, you could see a lone male or two, like this guy.

And from the high point in our spot, you could spy these juveniles. It's hard to tell from this pic, but the one in front was looking right at me.

On our way back, we saw this huge male.

When the rangers find interesting bones, they gather them along the path the docents take, so that visitors can check them out.

After our guided walk wrapped up, we stuck around for the sunset.

One last shot of the sunset before heading back to the car.

Walking back.

At the nature center, I took this pic while facing east. There's still enough light so that the sky is blue, but if you look at the windows you can see the reflection of the sunset.

On our way home, we stopped at Duarte's in Pescadero for dinner.

Here's the Christmas tree, made of broken bottle glass, on the wall.