P.S. Alli’s webpage

June 26th, 2008 § 0

Alli’s website

Alli’s desire to create her own website and blog coordinated nicely with my need for some downtime during the summer days to get the work done for my part-time job that I was used to doing while she was in school.  After a teensy bit of instruction to Apple’s iWeb software, she is off and running.   As a precaution, we have password-protected her website.  If you’re interested in access, e-mail Julie.

Long Time No Post

June 26th, 2008 § 0

Now that the end of June is upon us, I have no choice but to embrace that summer is in full swing.  My lack of posting is just one of many byproducts of my attempts to juggle a whole new routine, but since Alli has already professed to me that this is “the best summer ever“, I’m trying to take comfort in that and let some of the stress from so much undone fall off my shoulders a bit.  Emphasis on the trying.  It’s been a bit more of a challenge than I expected adjusting my part-time work to fit into a day without child-is-at-school time, but so far I’m managing.  I’m doing so while also trying very hard to live up to a self-imposed commitment to be as active as I can with Alli, for both of our good.  I’m hoping that I can add in a bit more attention to the job search for a teaching position for next year — that’s one of the balls that I haven’t quite caught yet.  More on that later after some meditative breaths… 🙂

A few photos (and video) from the to-date “best summer ever”:

Lounging on the beach:


“Playing toss” in the park with Harper:

Harper glove

Umm, taking the pretending to be a cat thing a little too far?

Cat carrier

Playing tennis:


Playing softball:


Playing skeeball:
(homey got several in the 10,000 point bin and only 5 or 6 that went across the room…)


Hanging out with Simone:

Simone and Daisy

… a little piano recital at the Custer Street Fair:
(my favorite moment is restarting due to a fly on the nose)

… and running the Youth Mile in the Race Against Hate:

Shakespeare’s Garden

June 7th, 2008 § 0

Last week I went on a photo shoot with Marie, friend and fellow photographer — we met at the Shakespeare Garden on the Northwestern campus. I’ve enjoyed contrasting my shots with hers; it’s so interesting how two different eyes can capture the same subjects with different styles. We’ve been swapping learning and even image editing, and I’m enjoying the inspiration. Some of my shots:

Mass transit no longer vegan?

June 6th, 2008 § 0


As reported in today’s Daily Herald:

Animal fat leak wreaks havoc for commuters

An eastbound Union Pacific freight train carrying a load of animal fat sprung a leak as it passed through DuPage County Friday, dousing intersections between Elmhurst and Lombard with the slippery goo.

Police departments in the area reported numerous crashes that occurred as a result of the substance, also called tallow.

Tallow is the rendered form of beef or lamb fat. It is used for soap, cooking and bird feed.

Hazardous materials teams from various fire departments were sent to numerous sites trying to determine the best method to deal with the spill, said Union Pacific spokeswoman Donna Kush.

“We’re incredibly sorry for the trouble this has caused, but more importantly we’re working on a cleanup solution and we’re working as quickly as we can,” she said. “The hazmat officials are out there to ensure it’s handled correctly.”

What seemed to work the best for roads where the fat had spilled was sand to soak up the goo and provide motorists with traction, said Metra spokeswoman Judy Pardonnet.

Crews continued to add sand to the roads throughout the evening, she said.

Kush said there appeared to be a “heavy concentration” of the spilled fat in the Lombard area. Police officials in Elmhurst said they were working on several accidents as a result of the leak as well. Kush said the leak spanned miles.

Because cars carried the fat over all three sets of tracks, all trains were running at walking speed between Elmhurst and Lombard, Pardonnet said.

Commuter trains were running about 30 minutes late at the start of the evening rush hour.


My thoughts:

  1. Gross.
  2. You can’t make this sh%* up.
  3. I can’t stop thinking about trains and trucks full of animal fat trucking down the highways and railways.
  4. Gross.
  5. OMG, it’s an epidemic. Would you believe this happened in Cincinnati recently too?
  6. I’m about 39% closer to becoming a vegetarian.


June 5th, 2008 § 0

I just kissed my first-grader goodbye for the last school morning. When I pick her up this afternoon, she’ll be a full-fledged 2nd grader. I did my best to hold the tears in until I got home. There’s something about this particular transition that heightens the nostalgia ante for me — both Kindergarten ad 1st grade have a certain “beginning-ness” about them, and I’m finding myself more and more having to acknowledge this new phase in my child’s life — something that’s not quite a beginning anymore, but more like a work in progress.

This past weekend, during her dance recital, I was awestruck by this brilliant, beaming, self-assured, graceful young performer. I was equally awestruck by the chasm now separating her from the teeny tiny beginning dancers that were her only a few short years ago.



and now:


This growing up thing, it’s been happening like lightening right before our eyes. And if I don’t clear the tears that mourn the passage of time, I might miss out on being able to bask in the beauty of the masterpiece in progress.


You go, girl!

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