I’ve started working on a Griffith Observatory chapter. No words yet, just collecting the pictures from a few visits.
Back from winter in Minnesota, from minus-7 to 70. Ahhh.
It’s me and my Japanese teacher Hana out for lunch and a stroll on Abbott Kinney. Everyone she knows back home is fine.
When I first heard of the earthquake I had such a concern for Hana, especially as she was so far from her extended family. She and her family lost so much, including loss of life, during the Kobe earthquake in 1995 I knew this news would be particularly hard for her. She said when she first heard there was an earthquake in Japan her mind went white.
Her sons have definitely improved in their correspondence since the earthquake!
The telescope was open for viewing.
Since I was passing right by Ben and Bonnie’s house on the way home I wanted to stop in to make sure Bonnie didn’t have any questions or problems with the bookkeeping system we’ve been organizing.
Who arrived a few minutes after I did? The Boys who had been at the Dodger game. They were quite thrilled. Then they settled in to watch the end of the Laker game on t-vo. Isn’t it nice to know that however much changes some things stay the same?
Carl, Ben, Lew (you go Lew go Dodgers)
In anticipation of being away for 5 weeks, and because Angela changed her school day to accommodate another parent, I was with the kids again today.
Angela sent these two pictures from the classroom. OMG. Kaitlin was doing her daily journal and she wrote that she was going to get to see her Granny again for a second day in a row and drew our picture together. You can’t miss that it’s me for sure, cute as it is.
The other picture is from rest time. Kaitlin and her friends, young girls, so SO adorable.
My plans for today got canceled so I spent 10-12-15 hours reading up for my Africa trip.
I’ve made big progress and have a sample program to send to the advice boards for comment. Waiting now to hear ‘that’s an impossible idea’ or better, ‘that’s a great plan’. We’ll see, probably neither but something in between.
Tonight looking through the living room window at Brigitte’s, we find the neighborhood cat who lives outside and is attended to with great devotion by Knut and Brigitte and probably others too. This is one well-fed well-loved stray cat.
From now Brigitte is traveling until basically June and then in the not too distant future they’ll be moving back to Europe. I am wishing them all the best and already looking forward to a visit.
It’s Opening Night for Dancing With The STARS and we Monday Nighters are Watchin’, cheering our favorites, cringing over the awkward ones and the after-performance interviews and, it’s true, enjoying ourselves entirely.
from the top: Maxine, Marsha, Marija, Becky, Maryanne, Ann, Alicia, Lourdes. missing: me and Ljubica.
Nancy was down from Santa Barbara and I met up with her and Muriel for a lovely ladies lunch in Brentwood, where Ladies Lunch is a full on industry.
I should have gooped my hair so it could have been cute like Muriel’s instead of like ‘when, exactly, did you get out of bed?’. Thank you lovely ladies for coming out!
…and treating all these people to a Happy Birthday luncheon buffet at Shanghai Reds. What excellent fun! Where did the 7 go in the picture? I don’t know! The guy who I got to take the shot probably didn’t know there was supposed to be a 7.
front: Kieran, Kaitlin, Hartley, Lona, Geraldine, Arno, Banu, Bala back: Jeff, Windy, Lilly, Angela, Darryl, Cynthia, Mike, Arjena, me, Vandana
We sisters had a sister-lunch at a Chinese restaurant because Lona was hungry for Chinese food and then Hartley met us at Magicropolis where we enjoyed a lovely entertainment.
Lona has been feeling extremely unwell with bad pain in her neck-back-shoulder, but she said this amusing distraction was just the ticket. Happy Birthday Sister!
I am pathetic, really, that even on her SEVENTIETH birthday I can’t leave my sister alone with her obsession to talk (loudly) (in crowded rooms) on the cellgrrrrphone. A person should not be nagged by their little sister on their SEVENTIETH birthday. But apparently I couldn’t stop myself. Maybe when I’m seventy…
…and are they as cute as EVER?!
Kaitlin won that medal for running a MARATHON! She did the last quarter mile at UCLA. Her school had the kids running about a quarter mile every day at school until they made their total. SO cool.
Lilly loooves to swing. And she can count to three. And there is no doubt she was glad to see her Granny!
Thank you Cynthia and Mike – I had such a wonderful time visiting, and now it’s Home Sweet Home, from minus-7 degrees to 70. Yup.
I’ve done a little of this and that yesterday and today, and will soon have my suitcase unpacked, clothes cleaned and put away, schedule developing. .it takes me daaays to get back in the swing.