Tuesday, February 25, 2014

just for fun

Anders heard me telling Sigrid about some math problems that a friend of his wrote out, and how she also wrote that she loved math. He then asked if he could do some math problems—"you know, the ones with a blank." So I came up with these, and look how well he did! (I thought the second-to-last one would be particularly tricky, but he handled it with aplomb.)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Rodeo Beach

We spent the afternoon at Rodeo Beach with Mitch, JoAnne and Dorian. Dorian, Anders and Soren hung out by the lagoon. Anders and Dorian decided they should build a dirt bridge across this little bit of the lagoon.

Mitch kept insisting his legs were not cold. I have my doubts.

Because, you know, it was cold.

At first, Soren thought it was too cold to have fun. Then he recovered. And then he started walk through the edge of the lagoon. And then he fell in. Many times.

I would have been sad to be as cold and wet as Soren was, but he thought it was hilarious.

I had my doubts about the dirt bridge, but they finished it!

(When we were leaving, we noticed some signs that we had missed, which said that wading in the lagoon was not allowed. I'm hoping the feet in the edge—and, ok, Soren's whole body falling in the edge—of the lagoon was ok.)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Valentine's Day (plus/minus a week)

We were en route to Truckee on Valentine's Day, so the dinner was delayed a week. Or, as Sigrid likes to point out, perhaps it was delayed a year and a week; last year I never managed to get around to making a Valentine's Day dinner (we alternate years as chef on Valentine's Day, and last year was supposed to be me), because I was preparing for trial. But, regardless, Valentine's Day came on February 21 this year.

This year, the dinner had a beer theme.


Brouwerij Lindemans
Pêche Lambic

The Pêche Lambic was just right, so long as you didn't think too much about it supposedly being a beer. If you thought about it as a Bellini, that worked better.

The boys joined us for the dinner, and they got milk, sparkling cider (in fancy flutes!) and water.

Beer Puffs with Crab Salad
Vielle Provision Saison Dupont

Each course had beer as an ingredient. For the beer puffs, I used a straightforward lager—Spaten Lager. The puffs were stuffed with crab salad, for us. The boys got puffs stuffed with a simple fruit salad. For the adults, the course was accompanied by a Saison.

Beer Beef Stew
Rewired Brown Ale

The beef was stewed in Tokyo Black Porter, and served over egg noodles. The stew was paired with Rewired Brown Ale. (The boys had buttered egg noodles.)

White Beer Cookies
Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout

We had cookies for dessert. To start, I reduced 24 ounces of Duvel Belgian Golden Ale with 5 tablespoons of honey down to a third of a cup. The cookies were paired with a chocolate stout (which was delish).

Here are the beers we drank.

And here are the beers we ate.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

sleeping angels

This is what they looked like when we checked on them last night before going to bed. They really are adorable.

(...except, of course, when they're not... like, say, at 3 a.m. last night, when "adorable" was not the first word that came to mind.)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Boalt Hall Class of 1998, with kids

Almost the entire crew—Tilden was on the slopes.

Cristina prefers this one, because her hair was behaving.


Sunday in Truckee

By Sunday, we were all great friends.

Magic the Gathering.


Catching up.



Saturday, February 15, 2014

Old friends

After dinner Jason and Tilden played guitar, and various of us sang. Why don't we get together more often?