– Anthony’s position was eliminated and he will be laid off in June. The wave of uncertainly we’ve been riding the past few months has finally broke, and I see nothing but larger, scarier waves in our future.
– Isobel and I have been working in the garden nonstop. She loves it and each morning she begs to go outside all throughout breakfast. Last Sunday we stayed in the garden almost all day and the two of us planted tomatoes under the fat disk of a spring moon. I’ve taught her all the names of all the plants in the garden, including the weeds. I remember my parents teaching me plant names and though it didn’t help me get into college it did impress upon me the belief that nature is important and wonderful.
– While we were working outside I noticed Isobel tying two buckets together and arranging them carefully on some lawn furniture. When I asked her what she was doing she replied that she was making a trap for mice, a la Survivor Man.
– Last weekend we visited the Pacific Pinball Museum in honor of my friend Scott’s birthday. It was awesome. Anthony and I were hoping to find a Star Trek machine, but instead we found an old school vintage Doctor Who one that shouted EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! in the final round. When Stefanie heard that noise she turned to me and said, “Why is Doctor Who making that noise?!”
Poppies: A Home Remedy. Anthony’s position was affected by layoffs.
Scrapbook: The Streets of San Francisco. Photos from wandering around SF after Jose’s art show.
Scrapbook: Jose’s Art Show. Mexican culture meets nature meets Japanese comic-book style.
Recipe: Easy Cheddar WTF Biscuits. Try not to swear with pleasure.
And the award for Most Inexplicable Name on a Portable Toilet goes to… My friend Laurel is on a an extended road trip of sorts with her husband. Oh, the things she has seen. Via @LaurelKS
Science Rules! The educational propaganda of nerd hero, Bill Nye.
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