Friday, May 27, 2016

Your Retirement

Happy last day of school ever to our aunt!! We hope your last day goes well, and quickly.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Christmas Card Challenge: Still the Finals

Like a super-boring game of soccer (and/or futbol), our Christmas Card Challenge is creeping toward a conclusion. 

You've been watching this contest from the cheap seats, so I thought for the finals, I'd give you a look at the VIP view. Here's where the contenders stand:

Phil's high school friend.

My sister and her family.
At least we don't do overtime.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Laundry Mountain

I conquered the unconquerable. I summited Laundry Mountain. 

Elevation: Higher than you think, because that pile is dense.

I'll be honest, for a few days there, I didn't think I was going to make it.

On to my next challenge: Sierra Laundry.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sahara Dust

This was Athens four days ago:

Sunny, bright, clear, lovely.
And this was Athens yesterday:

See the city straight ahead? No you can't. All you can see is dust. Dust, dust, dust. 
Every once in a while, dust from the Sahara comes blowing into Athens. It coats the cars, grays out the sky, and gets stuck in your teeth. 

Maybe I just have giant teeth gaps.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Christmas Card Challenge Update: The Finals

So many of you have lost our Christmas Card Challenge in recent days. It's either because we turned on the air conditioner full time, or because masking tape only has a wall-life of 5.5 months.

Either way, we are down to the final two. In one corner, we have my sister and her family. In the other corner, Phil's high school friend and his family. Both are starting to peel away at the edges. There's no telling how this contest will end. I, for one, will be staring at the wall unceasingly until we have a victor.

Oooh, aren't you just dying to see what happens?!

We went from six... three... two, in less than three weeks. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Crochet Update

I did it.


You should read this in a weepy, thankful tone, with a hint of desperate triumph.

Side 1

Side 2

I'm washing it and drying it as we speak. What if it bleeds and/or shrinks? I think I'll have to kill the washer.

Monday, May 16, 2016


Way too soon after I delivered a child, we decided to pop over to Nafplio and Epidavros while my mom was in town. The Nafplio gelato was great, as always. The Epidavros part was not a highlight for me.

The site itself is pretty cool. It's a fabulously-preserved theater, that still plays hosts to theatrical performances during the summer. The acoustics are good enough that if you run all the way up to the top of the theater, you can still plainly hear the person standing in the center. Epidavros was an ancient site of healing, which is ironic because it is also the site where I overdid it, and got very, very sick.

I'm sorry that I didn't pay close enough attention to the signs to be able to describe all of this old crap to you. I did find it within my power to take some photos. You're very welcome. It wasn't worth it.