Archive for June, 2007

Penguin Love and Abuse

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

At Mom-Mom and Granddaddy’s house, Sam has a giant plushy Penguin which she loves to hug, kiss, throw down the stairs, and generally push around. The other night, though, poor Penguin was falling a lot. Fortunately Sam was there to pet and stroke him. A couple of notes: 1. At the beginning of the clip, […]

Sammy at Bat

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

When I was a kid, my father, brother and I would spend summer evenings playing whiffle ball out in the backyard. Occasionally my mother would join us and we’d play “pitcher, batter, catcher, guts,” rotating positions after each out. Guts was the outfielder. No teams– it was each person for him or herself, and we […]

The latest words

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Environment goes hand in hand with vocabulary. During our sojourn in PA, Sammy is picking up many new words. • Penguin (pronounced like “pigalle”)– she has a giant stuffed penguin at her grandparents house. • Lawnmower (“mow mow”)– she’s been enjoying playing with her Uncle’s old toy lawnmower • Piano (“pee oh”)– we unearthed my […]

Eight Facts

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Bk at lowercaseliberty asked me if I would do this if he tagged me. I said, sure. Eight facts about me. Here are the Rules: 1. Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. 2. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed. 3. At the end of the […]

Philly Girl

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

I guess I should not be surprised at the results of this quiz, given that I am at this very moment, back in the land where I grew up… What American accent do you have? (Best version so far) Mid Atlantic Also known as a “Philadelphia accent” but also heard in south Jersey, Baltimore, and […]


Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

During our visit to Virginia last month, we finally got to meet Benjamin, the 10-month old son of our dear friends. And Sammy got to kiss her first boy, supervised, of course, by her father. *”Bisous” = kisses. Benjamin is growing up in a bilingual French-English household.


Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Friends from the east are often asking me if I’ve seen the famous San Francisco fog roll in off the bay. Other than one jaunt to the Golden Gate Bridge in the fog (described here) the answer was no. Last week, however, Sammy and I went to a playground up in the El Cerrito hills […]

June 1

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Five years ago today, AC and I married each other under the warm Virginia sun in one of Thomas Jefferson’s gardens. Four years ago today, we set off on a 10-day bicycle tour of Western Ireland. Three years ago today, we dined at Molly’s Pub in Lancaster, PA, and then got caught in a rain […]