Friday, March 31, 2017


Faces exhibit bilateral symmetry, in the sense that we have two eyes, two ears, and centrally placed nose and mouth. But that symmetry is imperfect. Here are a few examples of my own face, mirrored through a central vertical line. On the left, are mirrored versions of my left side; on the right, mirrored versions of my right side. Google Photos recognizes the bottom-left one as me, but not the rest.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

San Bruno Mountain

We had an entire Sunday with nothing scheduled, so we went on a family hike at San Bruno Mountain State & County Park.

We decided to try the Saddle Loop Trail this time.

Soren chose the route, and was in charge of the map.

And, really, he was able to figure out where we were on the map pretty accurately!

We saw lots of spring flowers.

And some Blue Mission butterflies.

This crow seemed to follow us around.

We took in some nature views.

We took in some city views, too, including the neighborhood in Brisbane near the Blue Mission Center...

...Cow Palace (along with my "proof of life" selfie)...

...Sutro Tower off in the distance, pointing the way back home...

...and, in the center of this pic, a house at the end of Oakridge Drive in Daly City that has a huge windowless wall (well, there are some windows way up at the top). Is there some plan to build another house next to it? But where? There doesn't seem to be room for another house.

On our way back to the parking lot, we happened across what seemed to be a tightrope walking training course amidst the trees. If you look closely, you'll see cables about a foot or two off of the ground.

Sigrid lasted a second or so.

Soren found some sticks to use as canes.

Here the boys are, in action.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

MacGyvered dinner

The supplies in the fridge seemed low, but we had nearly a pound of two-week old kimchi (i.e., it was getting strongly fermented). That's a great base for kimchi jjigae, and we also had a bunch of sliced pork belly in the freezer. So I made some stock by boiling 7 dried anchovies and some green onion roots in 2 cups of chicken stock for 20 minutes. I strained the roots and the anchovies out, and added water to top the stock back up to 2 cups.

Then I added the kimchi (chopped), including the juice; 8 ounces of pork belly (sliced into bite sized bits); 3 green onions (sliced on the bias); 1 tsp. salt; 2 tsp. sugar; 2 tsp. gochugaru (Korean crushed red pepper—more bright red but less spicy than the crushed red pepper you'll find in an American grocery store); 1 Tbsp. gochujang (Korean red pepper paste); and 1 tsp. sesame oil.

I brought this all to a boil, and let it go for 10 minutes.

Next, I added half a package of firm tofu, in 1/2 inch slices that I then cut into 1x2inch rectangles, and let it all simmer for 15 minutes.

Served with rice.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Recipes from the North Class

In the North Class, when you're in kindergarten, you learn to cook. You and a cooking partner learn to make oatmeal cookies, then corn bread, hurry up cake, and—the pièce de résistance—brownies. You also get a commemorative cookbook to take home. Having now had two boys go through this experience, we are the proud owners of the 2017 and 2014 editions of the cookbook.

The back of each cookbook is emblazoned with a group picture of the kids.

Here Soren is with the brownies he and I made from the cookbook.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Just a little something that happened.

Saturday, March 11, 2017


Haraboji actually turned 88 a few days ago, but we had the birthday party today. We had our now-traditional samgyeopsal dinner, and then had a coffee crunch cake that Clara brought. Soren helped blow out the candles.

(Apparently this is a famed San Francisco cake, but that was news to me. But it is tasty.)

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

North class visit

I visited Soren's classroom this morning. Soren worked on all sorts of stuff while I was there. He and Cora visited the kitchen to find out what was for lunch and wrote up the menu. He did some work on "ch" and "sh" sounds with Henry. All the dolphins (kindergartners) worked on the letter Z. After all that writing, he turned to his first try at constructing a Roman arch. I could tell this was a big deal, because lots of his classmates dropped by to see his progress.

After that, he and Ariana made cornbread. As a bit of a failsafe, in addition to the etched markings on the measuring cups and spoons, each has a unique tag attached to it, and the recipe reflects this. For example, the recipe calls for 1 cup of flour, and next to this there is a picture of a measuring cup with a red tag attached.

And then I was also there for snack time activities. But wait—there's more! We had a fire drill while I was there. Action packed morning!

Sunday, March 05, 2017


Sigrid's been making baked apples for the boys lately.

Saturday, March 04, 2017


Soren's class worked on fish paintings. By which I mean paint was applied to an actual fish (by an adult) and the kids then pressed paper against it. Soren produced this rather amazing fish print!

I don't know if this project was inspired by it, but apparently there is a 19th century Japanese art form called gyotaku ("魚拓," fish + rubbing) in which fishermen would use an edible, non-toxic calligraphy ink and rice paper to make prints to memorialize their best catches.

boys' afternoon

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Glen Canyon walk

What a difference some rain makes!