Mom pointed out that Darin has been named a regional finalist for the White House Fellow Program! (my Dad was a White House Fellow the year we all lived in DC in 1979-80, so I understand how fantastic this is). Way to go Darin!
Carrie was mentioned in the Feb 8 Campaign Insider about her new Iowa job:
On Feb. 19, Carrie Giddins will start as the communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party. Giddins is the former deputy communications director at EMILY's List and no stranger to the state of Iowa. In 2004, she served as the deputy communications director in Iowa for John Kerry's presidential campaign.
Congrats and best of luck!
Trish, Ben and John came up to MH again for another fun night out. First dinner at the Mongolian BBQ and then off to the bowling alley, which was too crowded to bowl, so we went to their new area that has pool and bocce and played a couple of games of pool and then hit the arcade for air hockey and Dance Dance Revolution. A few camera phone photos -- I love how the first one caught the ball in action:
We had a lovely dinner tonight at Rebecca's house and finally got to meet her goats (and her sons) and have a chance to catch up with her, her husband and Joanne. Thank you for having us over!
And happy 5th night of Hanukkah!
S's dinner club group met tonight with the theme of "A Chili Thanksgiving." I was a bit nervous going in -- those of you who know me probably know my very low tolerance to spicy food, but by avoiding some of the obvious killers (the pickeled pepper appetizers in particular) I managed to try almost everything served. S made a very potent cranberry/habanero chile sauce which was a big hit. Together we made curry and hot pepper sweet potato wedges which everyone thought were mild and which I can still feel burning my tongue. There was wonderful bbq turkey with a mole sauce, stuffing with chile peppers, a potato dish with peppers and, to top it off, a cranberry-apple-pepper pie (which, by picking out a few of the larger pepper pieces) was very enjoyable. Most of the peppers used had been grown in the hosts' greenhouse and it was amazing to go in and look at the jungle of peppers (about 25 varieties) that were growing there.
(I think my cold may also have helped dull my taste buds enough to eat some of the dishes that usually would have killed me :))
The bowling alley near us finally reopened last week, so we invited John, Ben & Trish up to check it out with us tonight (after a nice Thai dinner). The place is great! Very high tech, plus a sports bar with pool tables and an arcade with air hockey! I bowled a 107 and am looking forward to more practice now that its so close by.
I got back to California late last night. Right before I left Westport, Katy, Meagan and their parents stopped by! It was so great to see them all!
2 more paperback books came from the paperback book swap while I was away:
Bandit Queen Boogie by Sparkle Hayter
Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn by Kris Radish
both postmarked from Philadelphia
Best of luck to Jean who departs this week on her new adventures -- first a drive across the country and then a new academic librarian job (we're hoping she'll blog from there, hint hint) Lisa, Jean and I had dinner after her last shift at the library. I already miss our Sundays there together!
In other sad news today, I just learned that a wonderful guy I went to college with and who I worked with in a number of campus organizations died suddenly last week from a heart attack. Mike de Beer was an amazing guy, always working to fight social injustice somewhere in the world. There are postings about him and his work here and here and he leaves a large hole in the world.
I have a framed photo of some of my Amherst friends from 1997 -- he's there in the center back row, always the tallest in any photo.
Heehee. Susan's husband Jamie and his friend made this ebay spoof commercial.
Congratulations to my wonderful office-mate Janete who was sworn in yesterday as a US Citizen! (so of course today we had to have cake!)
Steve and Del are blogging their RV adventures (how cool is that??) and just recently visited Lisa and John in DC so there's a nice sneak peak at some of the very cool Lisa-Type Things on display in their house.
We have our first house guest at the new place -- all the way from Australia! Greg's on an amazing around-the-world trip checking out different zoos and popped up to see Shachar since he had been down in San Diego visiting the researchers at the wild animal park. Here he is showing us some of the amazing photos he's taken along the way (we're both very jealous of his very very snazzy digital camera) I'm letting them catch up while I'm plugging away at my cataloging final (ugh)
Emy, BobbiLynn, Ellen and I took a girl's day out and saw the always awesome Indigo Girls at Montalvo. The photos are a bit goofy since we took them ourselves instead of asking the people in front of us in the shuttle line (which would have been the sensible thing to do).
I was good and didn't take any photos during the show, but it was a gorgeous venue (on the front lawn in front of the Villa)
FYI: Hanna reported in from London and she and John are safe and well (John missed the one at liverpool street by fifteen minutes apparently!)
How utterly terrifying.
Looks like Carrie was in Roll Call this week, according to a comment on a post here:
COLORADO Politics, News and Inside Information: Colorado Statesman ...
Lamm seems to be also attracting a fair share of support, including from EMILY's List, the powerful Washington, D.C.-based organization that raises money for Democratic women candidates who support abortion rights. Although the group hasn't formally endorsed Lamm, EMILY's List Communications Manager Carrie Giddins said, "We are working very closely with Peggy Lamm on a daily basis and we are extremely enthusiastic about her campaign."
The fun bowling alley in Cambrian has glow in the dark bowling on Friday and Saturday nights and it is SO much fun! Unfortunately my camera batteries died, but we all pretty much glowed in the dark.
Brian sent along this clipping of our friend (and babysitter from when we were in elementary school) Bellamy:
Columbia has named its 2005-2006 class of ten Knight-Bagehot Fellows for economics and business journalism. Bellamy Pailthorp of KPLU Public Radio in Seattle is among them!
Check out BobbiLynn's spiffy new online store! http://www.bobbilynndesigns.com
Congratulations to Brett and Merrystar on their new baby boy (with the fabulous 05/05/05 birthday!)
Carrie will be all over the latest Title IX rulings, since that's a pet topic of hers, but it turns out our very own John Cooney was the lawyer involved! What a great win! Congrats -- and thank you!
Supreme Court Ruling Protects Title IX Whistleblowers The Associated Press
A landmark gender-equity law protects whistleblowers who accuse academic institutions of sex discrimination, the Supreme Court said Tuesday, ruling that coaches and teachers may sue for retaliation if they are fired for complaining on behalf of others.
The 5-4 decision sides with Alabama high school coach Roderick Jackson, who said his girls' basketball team received worse treatment than the boys' team. It is a victory for women's advocates who say the legal protection will prompt reports of bias that would otherwise go unsaid or unheeded.
Congress intended to allow whistleblower suits when it passed the Title IX law, justices said.
Supreme Court expands Title IX protections
WASHINGTON - (KRT) - When Roderick Jackson started coaching girls' basketball at his Alabama high school, it didn't take long for him to start complaining about how his players were treated worse than the boys' team.
In letter after letter, he complained. The girls practiced in an old, unheated gymnasium while the boys' teams used a new, heated gym. The girls couldn't take the school bus to games at other schools unless the boys were playing there. Even the equipment - not a great expense in basketball - was inadequate. One year, Jackson said, the school gave the girls' team only two basketballs for its practices and games.
Instead of improving the conditions for the girls, however, the Birmingham Board of Education fired him as coach, Jackson said. When he filed a lawsuit alleging that he was a victim of retaliation, the school board argued he had no case under federal law, and lower courts agreed.
But in a 5-4 decision Tuesday, the Supreme Court came down strongly on Jackson's side, paving the way for his lawsuit against the school board and opening the courthouse door to others who say they see unlawful sex discrimination in schools.
Happy birthday today to Donald!!! (who I just noticed is leaving the UT Dems soon to become President and Chief Operating Officer of Vigilant Worldwide Communications)
Bob, one of my favorite people on the planet, has lived here in the Bay Area for 2 years and we never managed to get together even once. So, when I got invited to his going-away party (he's moving back to DC to work at EMILY's List), I knew I just HAD to be there. Yet another of the many reasons I need to get myself back to DC for a visit! And of course the craziest small world thing is that in the brief time I popped into the party, it turned out I knew the first two people I talked to! One worked at the White House at the same time I did (that's when I had met Bob, so it made sense) and the other had been at the National Partnership for Women and Families and I had done their web site when I was at NMP. Both woman had said I looked familiar, but that usually doesn't lead to actually knowing the person! Good luck to you Bob on your absolutely amazing sounding job, and KEEP IN TOUCH! :*
Aloha today to Shachar who is in Hawaii giving a talk today to the Weed Science Society of America Annual Meeting.
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Just got word that "Ingrid and Chris Dick are proud to introduce Veronica Elise Dick (a.k.a. Ronnie) born January 12, 2005" Yay! She's beautiful! Welcome to the newest Tech member!
Geoff and Vicki were in town visiting family and we met up this morning for coffee. It was so great to see them -- and we've promised to exchange tips on teen books. I meant to take a photo but let them leave before I remembered. Off to Los Altos now...
My college roommate (my sophomore year, his junior, in the social dorms at Amherst where we had a suite of tiny rooms and a shared common room along with the wonderful Vanessa) is here visiting! Yay! I can't wait to show him all the fun norcal stuff!
Congratulations to Susan and Jamie on the arrival of their new baby Quinn, born last night.
Bon voyage today to Dad and Jane who are off for a wonderful sounding long trip to Australia and New Zealand! Can't wait to see where they send postcards from!
Speaking of postcards, I really should blog all the cool ones I've been getting recently -- just got Lisa's from Puerto Rico, Amytha's from Hawaii a few weeks back... I'll have to sift through my pile of unopened mail and political fliers to see what else I've missed lately.
Congrats to Meag and Steve who just wrote (with a little help from Maria) to announce that:
Robert Tae Hong Burns-Min (Bertie to his friends) arrived on Thursday, Sept 2nd, 2004 at 12:55 pm. 7lbs, 11oz, and 19 & 1/2 inches long.
More stories of my very talented friends. I stopped by a student pottery show at Blossom Hill Crafts here in Los Gatos to see my friend Laura (pictured here) from The Tech and her pieces. I bought the vase shown here (and it came complete with the flowers, which looked better before I left them in the sun in my car for a few hours).
Then, later this evening, I chaperoned BobbiLynn's very cool (and very successful) audition to be a back-up singer in a band and then had dinner with her and Glen.
And now I really have to stop procrastinating and finish my Earthquake paper and put some energy into my final grant writing project. Eek.
Congratulations today to Ellen & Chris and to Ilona & Kevin -- both couples are getting married today! (one in Pennsylvania and one out here in CA)
Here's a photo of Chris and Ellen from the baseball game we all went to a few months back.
Congrats to all of you!!!
Here I am visiting in Barbara and Richard in Piedmont tonight after the conference. Richard made an incredible Moroccan chicken dinner (and they even sent me home with left overs for tomorrow's dinner!). I'm afraid I did talk their ears off about blogging (all that pent up energy from not networking enough at the conference), and convinced Richard to set up his new digital camera and take a photo of the three of us so I could show them how easy it was to blog it!
BobbiLynn's back from a whirlwind weekend in Hawaii and brought me this lovely shell (which I could resist scanning in). Thanks!
She also gave me some fantastic book-lover magnetic poetry when she was over for craft night, and I keep meaning to write a fun poem and then post a picture, but I haven't been inspired yet...
Here are his picks (republished without permission, but I didn't want to lose them)
Rumor has it that Caroline Stevermer and Patricia Wrede are at work on a
sequel to 'Sorcery and Cecelia', a book I also enjoyed. I liked
Stevermer's 'When the King Comes Home', but my wife wasn't as keen on some
of her other books.
Speaking of other books, I think you might really enjoy Patricia McKilip's
work - I liked 'The Book of Atrix Wolf' quite a bit. Robin McKinley's
'Hero and the Crown'/'The Blue Sword' is one of my wife's favorites (I
think we're up to 4 or 5 editions of each, which isn't that strange given
my 4 editions of 'The Lord of the Rings'). Oh, and don't forget 'A Book
Dragon' by Donn Kushner, no relation to Ellen Kushner of 'Swordspoint',
although that's another excellent tale.
Oh, and there's also P.L. Travers' 'What the Bee Knows', a collection of
her essays about literature.
Going a little further afield from children's literature, you may also
really like Guy Gavriel Kay's work. I would start with either 'Tigana' or
'Lions of Al-Rassan' - both heartbreaking - and if you like them, run,
don't walk, to 'The Fionavar Tapestry'. It's possibly one of the best
fantasy trilogies of all time, praise I don't bestow lightly.
I've recently been trying out some mysteries - Dorothy L. Sayers is
amazing. I started with 'Strong Poison' and am working my way through the
rest of the Lord Peter books. Though it's not exactly a mystery, if you
liked 'The DaVinci Code' you may really enjoy 'Foucalt's Pendulum' by
Umberto Eco. It's a bit denser than Dan Brown's work, but I think you'd
I just finished Stephenson's 'The Confusion' and am eagerly awaiting 'The
System of the World'. I originally was going to wait to start this series
until it was out in paperback, but then I found a copy of 'Quicksilver' in
a Half-Price Books up north of Seattle on a vacation, and got quickly
sucked in. I'm sure you know the feeling!
The best history book I read recently was Jacques Barzun's 'From Dawn To
Decadance: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life.' (His 'House of
Intellect' was also good, but very, very, *very* dry.) I've been taking a
tear around Central Asian history recently; it started with Peter
Hopkirk's 'The Great Game' and branched out from there.
Thanks Brett! These look great! And it was fabulous to hear from you!
A few photos from Katy and Krzys' wedding
Its official! Mom signs the wedding license (with Katy's Mom as witness)
The wedding cake
Katy's Mom with Morgan (aka Mo-Mo)
Meagan on the right
Katy and her father
A perfect spot for a summer wedding
The view from the porch
Yay! Carrie came up from NY to hang out with me today!
Some snapshots from the gathering at Boston Billiards the night before the wedding:
Meag, Steve and Katy
The Groom, Krzysztof
The Bride, Katy
Maria and Steve
Special congrats today to Heather who wrote to report that she has a new job as the Health Educator at the New School University in Greenwich Village in Manhattan! And, she and her husband Jared signed a contract on an old colonial (c.1906) house in Huntington Station, NY - in northwestern Suffolk County, on Long Island (about an hour train ride to/from NYC). Very cool!! Can't wait to go visit! Plus they're hopefully going to be out to visit me sometime this summer!
Had a lovely time visiting friends up in Fremont tonight. Here are photos of Susan reading to Katie, James reading Richard Scary, Brian (who is listening to a CD of Harry Potter while getting ready for bed) and Mike (who's workspace makes mine look neat... well, almost)
Susan (and Mike to a certain extent) were my next door neighbors my junior year (her senior year) at Amherst. We had a great time on the 3rd floor of Moore (the only upper classman dorm at that time to have ethernet, which is why the floor was filled with computer geeks like me, Jamie, Parker, etc.)
I also got Mike signed up for bloglines tonight so he may come and read my blog now :) Hi Mike!
Had dinner out with Emy and Ray at Sweet Tomatoes (which is almost identical to Fresh Choice but apparently fundamentally different in some way). A small bit of confusion when I thought her forensics background would come in handy for us writing murder mysteries (turns out she did the other kind, oops) but a fun dinner -- and I got to have some tapioca. Thanks for inviting me!
And home in time to watch a really scary episode of Queer Eye.
Congratulations to Carrie who -- as I write -- is currently at her graduation from Columbia. I'm here in her apartment watching Staffers on Discovery Times (since I don't get that channel at home) and will be joining her in a bit for the journalism school's ceremony where she'll receive her masters and, since she's president of her class, give her speech.
Update (now that I'm home) -- here are some photos:
Carrie making her speech
With some of her classmates
With her little brother Sam
Plus, a bunch of her friends are on Saturday Night Live tonight and she's posted photos of her tv on her blog.
BobbiLynn hosted a Party Lites party tonight -- her first official party in the new house!
Here's our hostess with the mostest serving lemonade from her snazzy new summer set, and Ellen with her door prize (a book of course! how appropriate!)
Today was also the last day of my Online Searching Class -- one more assignment left for it, one more Reference Class and one more group project for that, and then it's on to summer classes.
Congratulations to my dear friend Heather who is receiving her masters today in public health from Emory University. She's also been the Residence Life Educator there for the Office of University Housing. Now's she moving up to New York state somewhere to join her husband who's running the Suffolk NYCLU (ACLU Chapter).
Congratulations and best of luck! Love you!!!
My super-cool officemate from my days at NMP (1997-1999) was in San Fran this week for an accessibility conference so I drove up there and had dinner with her at Antica Trattoria (2400 Polk Street). Here we are riding the cable car on the way back from dinner -- I don't think I've ever actually been on the cable cars before, despite living out here for four years now!
It was so much fun to catch up on what happened to everyone we knew over the past few years (lots of marriages, babies, and divorces, as well as a lot of spin-off companies since everyone got laid off from Commerce One which had bought Appnet which had bought NMP) Janine's now has a cool sounding job at Easter Seals, which uses Convio for their site (the folks that did Gov Dean's site.) She seems to be enjoying life out in Manhattan, Kansas and is deep into a series of books by Anthony Trollope.
BobbiLynn and I had girls day out today, got all dressed up and -- after a tour of her now-furnished new house -- stopped by the Art Museum (to see the fabulous Liza Lou kitchen again), had a very civilized lunch in the museum cafe, and then saw the matinee of Thoroughly Modern Millie at the American Musical Theatre of San Jose in the Center for the Performing Arts downtown.
The performance was great fun -- a real old-fashioned musical with a fabulous type-writing/tap-dancing scene, fun 20s costumes, intrigue, surprise twists, and lots of falling in love.
Congrats to Paul, Aimee and Seth on their fabulous looking new house! Fingers crossed that all the closing things go well!
It looks gorgeous! I can't wait to come visit!!
Mike and Jen sent along this adorable photo of their son Arden. When I stopped by on Thursday, I brought some little stuffed animals that I had bought for him about a year before, and Mike wrote that, "He's really enjoying playing with them and as you can see, he doesn't want to put them down, even when it's mealtime."
Got a chance to see a few of my DC friends -- here's Jen (unfortunately Arden was already asleep and Mike was at fencing practice) and Greg (straight from work looking very grownup in suit and tie...)
Hi Greg! :)
I'm very sad to report that one of my high school teachers, Mr. Mott, has passed away. I just saw it posted on Westport Now. I don't think I ever had a class with him, but worked with him closely at our radio station WWPT and at our television studio (where I would spend hours each day sitting around with him, Mr. Green, Mark and Evan.)
Remembering him today - and sending thoughts out to all who knew him.
I got a sneak peak at BobbiLynn and Glen's brand new house today before BobbiLynn and I tried out her new neighborhood diner and took a field trip over to the Saratoga knitting store where we stocked up on materials to make ribbon ladder scarfs (and I bought circular needles that I can hopefully take on the plane tomorrow). The house is absolutely adorable! So exciting!!
One of the best parts is this adorable little craft room off the deck!
And I finally got to see the source of all the rooster-talk that's been going on -- this lamp in their new kitchen! Thank you to Mom who sent along some rooster-themed house warming gifts to go with the theme!
Glen even spotted Emy (who he had only seen in photos on our blogs!) through the window and we rushed out and talked to her for a while. I'm going to be a charter member of the Emy Fan Club (and BobbiLynn is the sergeant-at-arms).
Check out BobbiLynn's fabulous new knit ribbon scarf (thank you to Emy for the pattern). I can't wait to try making one too.
Tina and I met up this morning to go for a walk and check out the farmers' market (where I bought a ton of strawberries to bring to Seder tomorrow for a dessert). We walked a beautiful section of the Los Gatos Creek Trail which turned out to be more of a hike than I had expected (next time we'll probably choose the flatter bike path since I'm such a wimp!)
We had so much fun and talked and talked and brainstormed all sorts of cool business ideas over coffee!
Mom made me promise to take a photo of my friend Bryan and post it -- but he was about as excited to get his picture taken as Eduard was all week. It was great to see him though -- its hard to believe we've known each other for about 16 years! I had seen him briefly two years back at our 10th reunion, but not for years before that. He just got back from his sister's wedding and is off again later this week to London.
Carrie spent the morning here before she goes up to San Fran to see her friends there. We had breakfast at Gilly's and are about to stop by the Apple store before she leaves. Here we are blogging on our matching laptops :)
Carrie's here visiting from NYC (where it is 36 degrees, in the 70s here). We've done some shopping (I showed her the yarn store) and are heading out to downtown Los Gatos for dinner!
Mom passed along the news that John and JR (see Thanksgiving in Palm Springs) were able to get married in San Francisco (just in time before the courts made the city stop issuing licenses).
Congratulations to them!!!! (And hopefully Mom and Bill will get to come out for the party so I can see them!)
Congrats to BobbiLynn and Glen on their new HOUSE!
I drove up and met Carrie for dim sum (at Yank Sing) and some shopping in San Francisco today. She just has four months left until she finishes her journalism program at Columbia.
She took me to a fabulous used bookstore called Green Apple Books where we both did quite well... and to Cheap Pete's Frame Factory where she got photo mattings and I got some new frames.
BobbiLynn and I made cookies today to enter into the Tech Volunteers' Holiday Party Cookie Contest! Its actually our second annual holiday cookie baking get-together, since last year the very first thing we did to hang out besides work at the Tech together was to bake cookies along with Brenda!
We made these adorable (if we do say so ourselves) holiday mice and tried out the cookie-press (with mixed success) that Brian and Karen had given me last year for my birthday.
Met Paul, Aimee and Seth at the Palm Springs Museum before I flew back. There was a great exhibit that I'd love to see done up here somewhere where people got to make their own containers which were added to the exhibit. We didn't have time to make any, but it was neat to look at. It was quite a cute museum -- though I think I could do without visiting the snakes again any time soon.
As hoped, it turned out to be quite an adventure!
(BobbiLynn is being nice and not towering over us in the first picture -- the real difference shows in the next two)
It may have at times seemed impossible - but after 18 months REBUILDING THE PAST is finally finished. And we are very proud of how it turned out too. Turn on the Discovery Channel (europe only) this Monday for the first of ten programmes following the team at Butser Ancient Farm as they struggle to build as the Romans did in an attempt to construct the first Roman Villa in Britain in 1600 years.
SKY Magazine call it "Fascinating and Entertaining in equal measure"
Radio Times say "immense value to archaeologists and historians...mere viewers, meanwhile, can marvel"
TV & Satellite Weekly say "Time Team meets Grand Designs"
Over 100 people are participating in the surprise virtual babyshower we're throwing for my Group Jazz colleagues Amy and Peter!!!
There are discussions, suggestions for baby names, photos of friends and family (including embarassing picts of the parents-to-be), guest profiles, a chance to guess the birth date and weight, and a growing list of favorite kids books!
Had dinner with Brenda at 2wenty-9ine East Main Café. Made all sorts of plans for dinner parties, book clubs and field trips! Plus I have left over salad pizza for dinner tomorrow!
Another fun Friday with a Michael's shopping trip, a Power Puff Girls birthday cake, Krispie Kremes, and Ellen on TV. BobbiLynn even tried to teach me to crochet (though I was so awful I may go back to trying to knit instead).
My oh-so-glamourous friends are now TV stars (at least in the Bay Area TV market). You can download the clip from their web site.
Ellen showed up at class tonight engaged!
Carrie on the water in San Fran before she moved away to NYC this fall.
|Super congrats to Carrie who was just elected (the first woman ever) class president/president of their chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) at the Columbia School of Journalism!|