Archive for October, 2006

Her Cuteness

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

We entered this picture in the BabyGap Casting Call. The online Sam album is now mostly updated, with pictures from June, July, September, and October (the August pics are mysteriously AWOL, but we are closing in on their whereabouts).


Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Finally! Sam’s month-12 newsletter is up at

Fingertip Walking

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Last Saturday, AC and I walked with Sam in the jogging stroller down the Ohlone Greenway to the El Cerrito Plaza. The walk took us about an hour. After a not-so-quick-trip to Trader Joe’s, we decided to take the BART one stop back to our neighborhood. While we waited on the platform for the next […]

The Berkeley Bowl

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Last Friday I took Sam to the Berkeley Bowl— this is a market that at first reminded me of Whole Foods in Charlottesville. Nice breads, great selection of cheeses, bulk grains and beans, and outstanding produce. I have finally smelled a Meyer lemon. We tried a Persian cucumber. And there were more heirloom tomatoes than […]

Speed Reading

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

Sometimes the joy of reading is all in turning the pages. We’re reading Rainforest Colors by Susan Canizares and Betsey Chessen. This is the book our pediatrician gave Sam at her 12-month checkup. .

Channel Sam

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

For the past year AC and I have been taking short video clips of Sam, but we had not investigated how to make them available for viewing on our blogs. YouTube makes this very easy now. And IMovie makes it fun. VoilĂ ! I give you Channel Sam. This first clip is very rough, as I’m […]

Some Spider

Monday, October 9th, 2006

When I was a kid, I loved Charlotte’s Web. Thinking about Charlotte’s sacrifice for Wilbur still makes me a little teary. And in the past, I have gone to great lengths to avoid breaking an intricate spider web while on hikes in the woods. But not in our back yard. Our little yard in El […]

Our Little Wellbaby

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Sam had her 12 month wellbaby appointment today with our new pediatrician, whom I adore. Really. This new ped was worth the cross-country move ALONE. She’s smart, communicates clearly, doesn’t rush the appointment, and she pronounced Sam both “beautiful” and “perfect.” These are all good ways to earn the trust of the parents. Plus, she […]


Thursday, October 5th, 2006

Well now. I started this blog back in February as a way for me to both update folks on my life and reflect upon my new role as mother-in-academia. Then AC and I decided to uproot our lives, move to California, and switch roles. We went from being a counter-culture family in Altoona (Stay-at-home-Dad and […]

Happy First Birthday to My Beloved Daughter

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

We are back online! And Sam turned one year old a short while ago (East Coast time). Happy Birthday, Sammy!!!!!