Friday, February 5, 2016

Superbowl in the City by the Bay

Superbowl 50 is in the Bay Area and it's like knowing we have company coming over so had to clean up. The homeless have been relocated out of San Francisco and sent to Oakland. The pot holes the size of craters have been filled in, AND, it has been reported the Oscar Meyer Weiner mobile is in town!

Let the games begin!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Kid Comparisons at 7 Months

I get a kick out of looking back at what was going on with the Grandson vs what is going on with the Granddaughter at around the same age.  The one on the left shows the boy with his mom when he was 7 months old and the one on the right is the girl with her mom at about 7 months.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Vietnam here I come!

Soon I'll be in Vietnam for an adventure.
I took my team out for Vietnamese food so they could experience the wonder of Vietnamese cuisine and in a way, remotely participate in my journey. But NOBODY liked lunch, and what is worse, they wanted to stop by Costco on the way back to the office to get a hot dog.  Geeze.

I then started to wonder what the heck I was doing by signing up for an adventure halfway around the world, in a place where I don't speak the language and food is mostly vegetables? THEN, a friend of mine contacted me to tell me about her Vietnam adventure. I was hoping I would be carried away with anticipation, but her advice was to "take LOTS of toilet paper, diarrhea pills, and be prepared to be run over when you cross the street!"

YIKES! She even shared a photo from her trip showing rush hour. I thought, "Oh no, I'm going to DIE in a bicycle accident!" But then I thought, "hell, in Oakland I could get shot by the gangs!" So being run over by a bicycle in Vietnam is probably a much better way to die than in California. My bravery index then went back to normal.

Vietnam Rush Hour
I read about pirates and kidnappings in that corner of the planet and started to wonder if the yacht I will be staying on could be overcome by pirates! I then wondered about being sold as a sex slave, and then my bravery barometer kicked in and I thought, "Hey, that would give me lots of stories to tell so my life doesn't seem so boring, so maybe that's ok."

I mentioned to my team I MAY be kidnapped on this trip, and if so, would they help buy my freedom? They opened their wallets and all together had $16.32. I am hoping the US dollar stretches a LOT more on the day of that kidnap negotiation. But on the flip side, I learned my team will be there for me if I really, really, really need them (those cheap bastards)!

We will soon be having my FINAL American meal lunch. I told the team we need to eat french fries at this celebration, but then I realized, FRENCH fries is probably not American at all, but probably FRENCH. I then couldn't think of one ORIGINAL American food that was not imported from somewhere. (Well, maybe Jello, but that is hardly considered something you can sink your teeth in and use as a final meal.)

So, soon I'll be off to Vietnam to save the world!  YAY!  I can HARDLY wait!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Everything nice

"Why yes I AM sugar and spice and everything nice. Can't you tell?"

The Siblings at About the Same Age

I hate to admit it, but I sometimes look at the photos of these two grandkids and can't tell them apart. But when the photo captures their personality, well, then it is easy to see who is who.

I think this photo of the two kiddos with their mom (at about the same age), has captured some of their budding personalities.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Handling adversity

This is how I visualize the grandkid handling adversity after he gets a dose of grandma time... 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Then and Now Hair Couture

This is how we did hair couture in the 60's.
This is how hair couture is done now.

Much better. Much cuter.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

We are not Tongue Tied

Choose the Left

Ya know, it IS possible to "Choose the Left" (CTL) instead of feeling like you must choose the right (CTR).

You have options. 
There is more than just one way to get to the same destination.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Dealing with Snot

My mom grew up in the hankie era. A mom was SUPPOSED to have a hankie (handkerchief) on her at all times. I assume it was in the mom playbook because every mother in the neighborhood did the same thing. The hankie would often be in her apron, but most the time it was safely squished between her boobs. (Most women didn't wear pants and dresses didn't usually have pockets).

Hankies were a big deal back then. At Christmas time, mom would carefully select a new hankie to place in a dear friend's Christmas card. In fact, when I got married, mom's special gift to me was a white hankie with personally embroidered lace around the edges; kind of like this one. I had finally been hankied!

But in MY era, we replaced the hankie with tissues. We were all about being sanitary and germ free. As a result, I have a box of tissues in every corner of the house, the car, in my purse - everywhere. I am prepared to rescue anyone from snot at all times. I have become my mom, just with tissues.

But the millennials don't use tissues or hankies to manage their snot. I guess it's because they want to be environmentally friendly, and are probably waiting for an app to tell them where to go to blow their nose. I noticed they currently either suck the snot back in their head (and hope it doesn't explode), or use their fingers to retrieve the dripping sticky fluid and then wipe it on their clothes. [I thought the cave man dealt with their snot in a similar fashion?  But maybe not.]

Should I start to change how I deal with snot, give up my tissues, and take the path of the millennials? After all, I have changed how I deal with life's shit, so how about learn to deal with snot differently?

Well, after much contemplation, I've decided to continue to use tissues for snot removal. I realized I feel a sense of accomplishment when I capture snot, and dare I say, VICTORY! After all, I captured and removed an unwanted enemy combatant from my turf, annihilated it, and then threw it into never, never land with no one getting injured. Hey, I think I may even deserve a parade!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

First bite

"Hooray! I finally get to try solid food!" exclaims the grandkid.

"Wow! That was amazing!"

"There is a whole new world of possibilities that just opened up to me."

Monday, January 4, 2016

New Do for You Know Who

"Now that I made it to 6 months, I get to try out new hairstyles. What do you think of my new do?" asks the Grandkid.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Importance of Female Friendship

In a raw, tender and wide-ranging conversation hosted by Pat Mitchell, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin discuss longevity, feminism, the differences between male and female friendship, what it means to live well and women's role in future of our planet.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Chill in the air by Amos Lee

This is a great break-up song; deep, dark, and moving.
A chill in the air, by Amos Lee. 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

North Pole Dancin' Shoes

"Look! I have some new dancin' shoes!" declares the Bambina.

"They will be perfect for my new adventure at the North Pole with Santa. Or did he say Kansas? I just know it was somewhere that has snow.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Not under construction

"YAY!  It's time to build the Gingerbread House!" shouts the Bambino.

"First, we need to make sure we have all the pieces and everything can fit" remarks daddy. 

"You missed a spot, daddy!" reports the Bambino.

"Then we have to do a taste test to make sure it is worthy of all this time and attention."
"That's not what the instructions say" reports the Bambino.

"Yuk!  This is pretty awful", says dad.

"Let me try" says the Bambino.

The gingerbread house failed the taste test.
Construction was canceled.
Taste is a bit of a deal breaker when it comes to house building.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

My Boogie Shoes

Girl, to be with you is my favorite thing
I can't wait till I see you again
I want to put on my my my my my boogie shoes
Just to boogie with you

Boogie Shoes

Monday, December 7, 2015

The air in Beijing

This artist vacumned the air in Beijing for 4 hours each day for 100 days and created a brick.

When I was in Beijing, I was shocked at the pollution. I had never seen such thick gray air. We all wore face masks, coughed, and became rather sluggish. But finally, the winds came and blew the polluted air away. The city was then transformed, and so were we. Clean air makes a big difference to how you feel about a place. It also is vital for your health and wellness. 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Bambina's 5 Month Photo Shoot

"Come on people! I'm WAITING!" declares the Princess.
"I'm ready for my 5 month photoshoot. Hurry it up, gang. I don't have all day."

"Oh, hold on. I'm not quite ready. I dropped something important."

"OK, Cheez!"

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Sharing the wonder of a moment...

I love how those moments of wonder are captured and shared. It warms my heart....

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


"Gramz, WHAT are you wearing?" asks the Bambina.
"You REALLY need my stylist!"

Making Christmas Cookies

I'm not an Elf!

"You call me an Elf one more time and I'm going to punch you right in the kisser!" declares the Bambina. "I'm sweet; more like a candy cane."

Monday, November 30, 2015

Dressing for a California Winter with Baby Uggs

"Gramz, look at my new outfit! I am wearing layers, which is what everyone has to do when they live in California. And look at these new shoes! Baby Uggs!" says Ms Bambina.

"How do I look in profile? Kind of Angelic, huh? Or at least, of Swedish and German descent. "

Limitless- it's like working with Qi

I'm fascinated with this tv series called "Limitless." The story is about gaining mental expansion and clarity when you take a pill. BUT, for those who work with Qi, you already know you get similar results from just working and cultivating Qi (aka Life Force Energy) - and without pills, so no side effects! Needless to say, I'm finding the tv series rather fun to watch. I like seeing their interpretation of mental clarity, problem solving, insight, and awareness. It's so minute compared to what's really possible, but still a kick to watch.

Trains for the tree

This warms my heart.
When our kids were little, they chose a Christmas tree ornament each year and many of JRQ's ornaments were trains. Now he has his own kids and has passed on those trains to his son, who is absolutely delighted to have a grundel of Hallmark trains to hang on the tree.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

Bambina's new animal

"What is this?" asks the Bambina. "My brother gets a Monkey and I get a COW? What are they trying to tell me?"

Saturday, November 21, 2015