Mrs. Mike


Mrs. Mike Mrs. Mike by Benedict Freedman

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
I probably only enjoyed this book two stars, but I recognize that most of that is due to my personal taste and not the actual writing so I'll give it a three. I'm not much a one for frontier novels but this one had some nice moments. The characters were sweet but not sticky. The stories were interesting but I would have appreciated more of an overarching plot rather than several episodes.

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My baby don't need no cake


Tessa's not a big fan of cake, so we went with ice cream sundaes for the birthday treat. It was really just an excuse for her to eat maraschino cherries, which she adores. I think she ate 12! Mint chocolate chip was her choice with candy bits piled on top. Just CHOCOLATE for my Sylvie.

Happy Birthday to my first baby

Eight years! That is certainly not how long it feels. I'm sure you all understand when I say that it has felt like eternity and also just a flash since that day when I became a mother. My Tessa is a beautiful girl - friendly, smart, happy, helpful, inquisitive, (mostly) obedient, and a general joy to be around. I am overwhelmed with her in a fantastic way and mostly just try to stay out of her way as I watch her become a fantastic young woman.

For all her wonderfulness, Tessa is not terribly keen on taking pictures right now (or brushing her hair as you can clearly see). Meanwhile, Sylvie's sitting on the side, "Take a picture of me Mom, take a picture of me!"

Build a Birthday

Tessa chose Build-A-Bear for her birthday party this year. It was a great time for the birthday girl and her guests. I was just thrilled to turn the festivities over to someone other than myself (a party planner I am not).

This is my five minute break for today


Am I the crazy one?


Sylvie makes me smile so big (when she's not making me pull my hair out). Here's a conversation we had today after I picked her up from pre-school:

Sylvie: Mom! So-and-so is coming to my house today! And I'm going to her house too! (Trust me, the exclamation points are warranted.)

Me: That's great. But we don't know where she lives.

S: (Pause) Then she'll come to my house and pick me up.

M: But she doesn't know where we live.

S: Then we can go pick her up.

M: Honey, we don't know where she lives.

S: Mom! (big exasperation) Look on your map!

At which point I break into hilarious laughter because for all intents and purposes she has won the argument.



A great race with a strong finish for both Dave and Jacob. They each came in just after four hours. There will be some definite convalescing today, but no injuries or major bodily trauma to report. So proud.

Sugar Smile

We love our local businesses here in Austin. Would you believe that this airstream trailer always has a huge line waiting for their delicious cupcakes? I'm not a crazy huge cupcake fan, but trust me, they're worth it.

Best Friend for Hire

We went to Mount Bonnell yesterday. It doesn't really qualify as a hike, but it does afford a nice view of Lake Austin and the insanely huge houses that are built on its shores.

I couldn't resist taking pictures of some of the mansions. They are truly amazing and I'm sure one or more of these people must be in need of a new best friend, right?

Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth


Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth A Novel Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth A Novel by Naguib Mahfouz

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
A lovely little novel. I devoured it in just about a day. The multiple point of view concept was just perfect. And so true of just about any story. Truth doesn't ever reside in just one perspective. The setting was very interesting for me too. Just a gem.

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Marathon Man


Our friend Jacob is in town this weekend to run the Austin marathon with Dave. This will be his 8th state, 10th marathon. His goal is to hit all 50 states before he's 50. Run Jacob, run!



Just in case you were wondering... I am insanely busy with work and settling back in home. Have a headache today too. But soooo glad to be done living out of a suitcase for a while.

Home again

Our travel day was pretty smooth (if long). Peachy girls, yummy snacks, and a tail wind that set us down early. People in the airport always seem to be amazed to see two young girls happy and content on an airplane. As if perhaps I have magical powers. I would never expect anything else from my beauties (hardee har har).

Miss you Koa! (And the rest of the Vegasites of course. All that is except Rusty. Rusty, you really need to chill.)

Pics from Saturday


We went to the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay (super cool) on Saturday and hung out at home too.

At the Bellagio

We went to the strip yesterday to see the Bellagio and over to Cesar's Palace. Lots of stuff for Chinese New Year. Vegas is crazy big. Or maybe just crazy.


FAO Schwartz has big toys to match their (ridiculously) big prices. We left only buying $12/lb candy and I felt like I had gotten out relatively unscathed.

Sunday morning


This is what happens on a Sunday morning when church isn't until afternoon and there's time to kill...

Pipe cleaners will save the world


Tessa has been playing a lot of PS2 the past two days and she decided the controller wasn't "comfy" enough. Enter pipe cleaners.

Is this a girl thing? :-)

Brain bookmark


My friend Jackie had a great post with this quote:

When we are fully present,
we not only live well,
we live well for others.

~ Terry Tempest Williams

I'm kinda of blown away by it right now and just wanted to put it here for a placeholder of sorts so I can ponder it more and more. Living mindfully is something I strive for and always need inspirational nudges in that direction.

Girls R Us

We went to the park today to have lunch and lots of fun. My girls are always happy to have their aunties' attention. Nothing better in the world.

The instant I got here in Vegas I started getting my daughters' and my sisters' names mixed up. Yes, I am a sad old woman. But also it's just unique to have such young sisters that bridge the gap between me and my daughters. They are great girls and I love them much.

Tunes for Traveling vol. 3


I'm sure a lot of you are getting sick of these posts. Well, I'm getting sick of traveling. So there!
  • Aimee Mann
  • The Beatles
  • Ben Harper
  • Bon Iver
  • Elbow
  • Emmylou Harris
  • The Greencards
  • Iron & Wine
  • Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Kasey Chambers
  • Laura Veirs
  • LCD Soundsystem
  • Lisa Hannigan
  • Neko Case
  • Old 97's
  • Patty Griffin
  • Pink Floyd
  • R.E.M.
  • Radiohead
  • The Shins
  • Sigur Ros
  • Spoon
  • Steve Earle
  • Sufjan Stevens
  • TV on the Radio
  • The Vines
  • Weezer