Saturday, October 30, 2010


today has been a fun day. brian came home early and we headed up to the mountains to enjoy a nice walk along a river. it was a bit chilly, but pretty soon we all had our coats off. brian didn't want to carry his--so he stuffed his inside his mock turtleneck shirt. willy liked that idea and copied him.

we then went bowling. brian had an excellent showing with a score of 145 (he had several strikes and spares), i had a good showing for me with a score of 89 (i had one strike a couple spares), and w did a good job. it's hard to bowl without the bumpers, but that's what william chose. the bowling alley had a halloween motif and they were playing really good music. too bad it wasn't dance-bowling.

then we went to the thrift store and found some good treasures--some good books and a funky little end table. next, we came home and i made, if not a halloweeny meal at least a festive meal. i made green eggs and yellow, red, green, and blue biscuits. i wanted the biscuits to be orange (like little pumpkins), but that didn't work. so they were sort-of tye-dyed looking.

william then got dressed up in his knight costume to go out trick-or-treating with b.

b and w are still out trick-or-treating. hopefully they'll be back soon since i still need to go to the grocery store tonight. tomorrow i'm going to try my hand at a pumpkin bread pudding with a marscapone topping. it sounds great to me--hopefully it turns out as good as i imagine it will.

ps--w and i started watching the charlie brown halloween movie on hulu today. for any who haven't seen it lately, i'd recommend it. it had been a long time for me, but the dialogue is great. fun for kids and funny for adults too.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

the falltime

brian with some of his birthday presents.

so, we celebrated brian's birthday awhile ago. it was a good birthday. he opened presents and cards, we went out to our favorite mexican place for burritos (and my mom had her first chile relleno), and then my mom stayed home with william so we could go out to fork fest. it may be difficult to guess what that is, so i'll just say: a concert with lots of local bands playing. it was very akin to the sego fest we enjoyed so much a few years ago. we luckily found out about it the night before and then everything fell into place so we could go for a few hours. the music was good, and we got to dance. and then on top of that it was a beautiful (birthday) night. we weren't even in jackets. ah, so nice!

since then things have been going at a break-neck speed it seems like. we've had a lot going in, in addition to just having a lot going on at work. things have been extra busy for both me and b at work. but i can see a light at the end of the tunnel. i will get to take off time at thanksgiving and christmas, and that will be nice.

as a final parting note tonight, we had our first snow down here in the valley. it was just a light sprinking of snow. nothing stuck, but it was fun to see a little coming down. of course by the time january rolls around i'll be tired of winter, but for now it seems fun.

Friday, October 15, 2010

things are happening

it's been a long time since i've posted anything--so i'll try to hit some of our recent highlights.

awhile ago brian and i went out to a new neveria (mexican ice cream shop) and had the most delicious ice cream i've had in a long time. they have the best flavors, and it's all made right there in the shop. brian had mamey (yes, zapote) and rose petal, and i had mamey and coconut. the place is called la michoacana. if you're a local reading this, we'd highly recommend it.

william got to go to his first byu football game last weekend. they actually won, which i guess is quite a feat this year. he had a good time, of course. while he was there (he got invited to attend with a friend), brian and i discovered a new hawaiian foodery that had super good kailuah pork (it's called pounders and is close to la michoacana)and went out for a very filling shrimp dinner. lest you think we're gluttons, we just had a sample of the pork.

brian's birthday is tomorrow. we don't know exactly what all we'll be doing, but it seems like it will involve presents, cards, mexican food, and figs and cheese for dessert. i love birthdays, and i love celebrating brian's birthday--so i'm excited about tomorrow.

i just found out that i will get to go to london and berlin this spring for work. my boss gave approval for that a few days ago. of course that's a long way off and it is a work trip (not just pure pleasure), but i am excited. it's been a long time since i've dusted off my passport.

william received his halloween costume from his grandma roberts in the mail this week. he is going to be a knight. the costume is fun, and he's really excited about it. i was a little worried about halloween being on sunday this year, but it turns out that kids in our neighborhood at least just go out on saturday. so, halloween is saved! funny, by the next time halloween is on sunday, willy will be a teenager.

my younger brother kyle and his wife just had their first baby. his middle name is lanny (named after my dad). i had a call with my german client jana the day he was born, and told her his name. i explained that lanny is quite a strange name so that she wouldn't be confused by the name. she responded by saying it's not weird at all--she's heard of lenny kravitz. i thought that was pretty funny.

that's all i can think of right now. i'll try to post some pictures soon, which i know are more fun than just words.