Thursday, September 26, 2013


Big milestone for me yesterday.  My 1999 Corolla, which I've had since the year I started working for Intel, hit 100K on the odometer.  I wonder if I'll get to 200K?

Monday, September 23, 2013

My Pride and Joy

Is it possible that laundry preferences are hereditary?

My mother has always been slightly obsessed with doing laundry at Baekeland Camp, and then hanging the wash out to dry on the clotheslines attached to large trees.

On an August weekend this year, my husband surprised me with a clothesline from the door outside our laundry room out across the back woods.  The first time I hung clothes out to dry, the long clothesline hung dangerously low, almost touching the underbrush.  We were able to tighten it up some, and then I pictured in my mind this ingenious device that would attach the lower line to the upper line, maybe with wheels, or, oh, ok, this already exists and it's called a clothesline spreader.  I bought a couple of these, and now my clothesline is working great.

Apparently some people like to dry their clothes outside for the fresh scent (I'm looking at you, Terry) but for me it's all about the energy savings.  Too bad the dry season is almost over in Oregon.  I guess I'm going to have to wait until next summer to really put this through its paces.

Thursday, September 19, 2013


On the wall as you walk in our house, we've got the classic growth chart, updated once a year, on the first day of school.  The thing that shocks me this year is that, while Jude (who seems huge) grew three inches, Ada (who seems tiny in comparison) grew over five inches.  That little girl surprises us every day...

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mind: Blown

A conversation with Ada, this morning at breakfast:

Ada:  How does all the food I eat fit inside my body?
Me: When you eat and drink, your stomach digests the food and sends all of the parts it can use to the rest of your body.  Everything that your body can't use comes out as pee and poop.
--long pause--
Ada: That's incredible.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Zero to Kindergarten...

Today was Jude's first day of Kindergarten.  The morning went according to The Schedule.  Jude and Dad took the long way around the neighborhood on the scooter, and still got to school first!  What a big day for our boy.

The Schedule

Scootering to School