Archive for March, 2009

Snow flurries

March 29, 2009

It was colder than usual here yesterday, but not really cold enough to create these drifts in the backyard:


These were the result not of a freak weather pattern hitting the Houston metropolitan area but rather of Micah going after Snow with the Furminator.  You probably think now we have a dog resembling a chihuahua (seriously, how much could possibly be left?), but we really still have a beautiful, happy Eskie.



St. Patrick’s Day outtakes

March 27, 2009

Available here.

Saddle up!

March 27, 2009

Last weekend we took our Minnesota visitors to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.  It was quite an authentic Houston experience, complete with serious traffic jams and miserable parking.  Still, the show itself was a lot of fun, and Patrick seemed to enjoy it.  Although the crowds kept us out of the petting zoo, he still managed to see a few little critters up close:


The best discovery we made was the Ranch Rodeo, a fast-paced competition among cowboys on horseback carrying out various kinds of real-life cattle-related tasks.  Having gone to the BP Super Series rodeo (the big one, in the football stadium) last year, I was so happy to find a smaller, less overwhelming version.  At the Ranch Rodeo, you can actually see the events without a Jumbotron, and since it’s not very well publicized, the crowds are much more tolerable.  Micah said it’s kind of like going to a college baseball game instead of an Astros game.


Livin’ the dream

March 20, 2009

As reported earlier, Micah put up a backyard swing for Patrick.  Unfortunately, the only available tree branch was not at all level, so the swinging was often off-kilter.  Micah’s solution was to re-engineer the tree.


Now you can sit out in the yard, margarita in one hand, nephew in the swing, and enjoy a beautiful spring evening.


Company’s here!

March 19, 2009

After a week with Auntie Esba, Patrick welcomed another group of visitors today.  His Uncle Brendan, Aunt Sara, and Grandpa Paul arrived from Minnesota late last night and will be here through the weekend.  I’m glad he’s finally getting to meet more of my family, even if this will just give him one more reason to wear his bib that says, “Are these people really my relatives???”


Duck soup

March 17, 2009

Today’s achievement was moving into the deep end of the bathtub.  Patrick was excited to be sitting up in the water, and he finally got to have all his duckies swimming with him.


Sleepful in Seattle

March 16, 2009

I’m just back from four days in Seattle for the Association of College & Research Libraries national meeting.  It was a good conference, and I really liked my first visit to Seattle, but I sure missed my boys.  Patrick’s riotous laughter at Snow just isn’t the same over the phone.  Of course, I have to admit it was pretty nice to get some uninterrupted sleep for the first time in many months.


Thanks to the poor economy, the vendors at ACRL weren’t offering very interesting goodies, but I did trade my contact info for this stuffed duck from McGraw-Hill.

Patrick’s first action figure

March 10, 2009


Sittin’ pretty

March 10, 2009

Patrick is really getting the hang of sitting up.  He can wave his arms and play with toys without falling over, and he seems to enjoy seeing the world from this new vantage point.

This sure is a weird-looking dog

March 8, 2009