Sunday, January 29, 2017

slippery slope

At the slippery slope at Pump It Up, if at first you don't succeed, try...




I sat poolside while Anders and Soren swam.

Soren, like his older brother, loves diving for treasure.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Vivaldi Club

Vivaldi Club this morning...

...had an extra violinist (me).

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Anders has moved up a cello size.


Just as we got home from Tahoe and I was lifting the suitcase out of the back of the car, the cleat that holds one end of the handle on the top of the suitcase broke.

I could find no sign of official parts for this old Samsonite suitcase, but there are a variety of similar looking generic parts on Amazon and eBay. Many of them looked similar, but had the wrong spacing on the screw holes. Some of them lacked clear information on the precise measurements. I bought one that, frankly, looked like it probably was slightly off in terms of size, but which cost less than $10. And the spacing indeed was a millimeter or two off. Close enough, though, or so it seems.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

San Francisco Women's March

The boys and I joined Sigrid for the Women's March in San Francisco. Wow, what crowds! We had a hard time navigating in the vicinity of City Hall, but eventually found a spot where we could hear the speakers, though we couldn't really see them. As it got darker, the pink lighting at City Hall looked better and better.

But let's start at the beginning. Here we are on the 35 heading off to the Castro station. The 35 usually isn't this crowded on a Saturday afternoon.

The crowds at Civic Center station, waiting to get onto the escalator.

We eventually moved north to McAllister Street, where things were still crowded, but where it was a bit easier to navigate.

When we got to the northwest corner of the Asian Art Museum we found Maggie Weiss (standing to Anders's left), the head of the lower school at the San Francisco School! (Later, we ran into Anders's second grade teacher Maggie Day, and I"m sure many of the other SFS teachers were out there somewhere, too.)

We eventually settled on a spot on the southwest side of the Asian Art Museum, where rumor had it some classmates might be found, but we didn't find them. We could hear the speakers (who I think were under the white banner that you can see to the left of the orange building in this pic).

The rains did not deter the crowds!

We started moving toward City Hall, and then south to Market Street at about 5 p.m. It look a long time to make it to Market Street. Here's a picture at close to 6 p.m.

Shortly after that picture, we split off to try to find a way home. Here are our young protestors.

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.