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A photo I took when we were visiting Seattle has been included in the Schmap Seattle Guide: Seattle Aquarium.

Had a week off from work so we all went to Westport for a few days to see family and friends.  Clara had a fantastic time and I took a million photos of her playing with her cousin, her grandparents, 2 uncles, 3 aunts, a great-great aunt and some good friends.  We went to the beach, Stepping Stones children museum, the Maritime Center (aquarium), out on a boat, and did a lot of back yard playing.

Here are a couple of my favorite photos from the trip:

Family PhotoDuetDuetClara and HenryClara and HenryThree Generations on the CannonsHenry, Grandma and ClaraSplish SplashStepping Stones Water PlayEmily, Clara, Ann and SusanBoat ride

More photos on Flickr.

Heading off this morning to attend Internet Librarian, one of my favorite conferences and really the best one for the work I do. My colleague Karen and I will be speaking on Tuesday at a session on “Revitalizing Content in the Enterprise” about how our team “promotes research and library resources to audiences around the company through as many channels as [we] can, including blogs, wikis, mailing lists, RSS, surveys, social bookmarking, old-fashioned tabling, and other methods.” We’re also hosting a dine-around for special/corporate librarians (which was one of the first ones to fill up!)

I missed last year’s conference (being busy having a baby and all) and am excited to get to go this year!

The first photos from our trip are now up on Flickr. There will, of course, be many more (we haven’t even gotten to the wedding part of the trip!)

There’s even a little video of her on the airplane (but I’m experimenting with putting it on Flickr instead of YouTube this time, which unfortunately means I can’t embed it here in WordPress… grrr.
Clara\'s first time on an airplane -- San Francisco to Amsterdam

In Israel

Posted on: April 14, 2008

Checking in from our trip to Israel.  We’re taking tons of photos and video of course and will post some the first chance we get to be somewhere with wireless instead of just popping in from other people’s computers.  The flights went remarkably well and we had a fun day touring Amsterdam during our long layover.  The Amsterdam airport has fantastic babycare lounge areas which we took full advantage of.  We arrived at around 3am the night before last (without my luggage unfortunately) and are seeing lots and lots of family here…

Our vacation here in Palm Springs is winding down. We all gathered this morning for the big group shot in our matching Camp Ann shirts. There are many more photos on Flickr. We head home tomorrow.
campann2007Camp Ann 2007 T-Shirt Design

After Betty’s very short visit, S and I drove Mom back down to Pebble Beach where she and Bill are visiting friends and attending the big Concours D’Elegance there. Here are a couple of photos from our visit:
Mom and Bill in front of the J's houseBill and the cool orange carArching SealOut watching the seals

My traveling little brother (apparently going by Aaron these days, but its hard to break old habits) is en route for a month-long program in Sikkim in Northern India.

Map of Eduard's Trip

They’re posting occasional updates on their web site so maybe we’ll learn more along the way. Apparently they’ve safely arrived in Bangkok and fly to Kolkata (aka Calcutta) late this evening.

Sounds like an amazing adventure! Can’t wait to hear all about it when he’s back!

We finally used our fantastic wedding present from Lisa and John for a weekend away at a Gourmet Retreat (B&B and cooking class) in Calistoga at Casa Lana. It was a gorgeous place and lots of fun to get to cook with a fun group of people. We meant to go in March to celebrate our anniversary but used it instead as a “babymoon,” one of our last chances to get away just the two of us.

Here’s us out at the grill making our dish and the final product, a grilled summer squash with a red onion and mint vinaigrette.

At the grillOur dish

More photos here.

The class was on “Lighter, Quicker, Better” and taught by cookbook author Marie Simmons.  The menu included:  Guilt Free Guacamole with Raw Veggies; Mango Salsa in Endive Boats; Grilled Whole Wheat Pita Crisps; Cantaloupe and Cucumber Soup; Sesame Cabbage Salad with Spicy Shrimp; Bulger Salad with Mint, Dill and Parsley and Roasted Mini Bell Peppers; Grilled Summer Squash with Mint and Red Onion Vinaigrette, and Strawberry Granita with Strawberries in Orange Sugar.

Thank you Lisa and John!!

We’re back from our quick trip up to Seattle and Vancouver. We got there in time for dinner at Dad and Jane’s Friday night and got to catch up with them and Brian and Laurel. Saturday morning we were up and on the road towards Vancouver by 9am. A little drama at the border when the border guard chewed out Jane for not bringing along her passport, but otherwise an uneventful trip. We found Yehuda’s cool artist studio apartment and ate and ate a fantastic spread of food, looked at his portfolio of paintings, and just hung out. Then we all went to visit the fantastic Vancouver Library (surprise) and drove around Stanley Park.

According to the architect’s web site (Moshe Safdie, an Israeli), “the library volume is a seven-story rectangular box containing book stacks and services, surrounded by a free-standing, elliptical, colonnaded wall featuring reading and study areas that are accessed by bridges spanning skylit light wells. The library’s internal glass facade overlooks an enclosed concourse formed by a second elliptical wall that defines the east side of the site. This generous, glass-roofed concourse serves as an entry foyer to the library and the more lively pedestrian activities at ground level.” It’s really a spectacular and very well-utilized space.

Vancouver Librarymaytrip 189Vancouver Library

We dropped Dad and Jane off at their hotel and spent the afternoon with Yehuda (I napped, he and Shachar played backgammon) and then we went out to play pool in Yaletown, a trendy neighborhood, and then went out for coffee and dessert.

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Saturday morning we met Yehuda for breakfast, drove around the city (including Gas Town) and then went to the wonderful VanDusen Botanical Gardens and then to the public market on Granville Island for lunch and browsing. When we were parked at the market, S noticed that the front tire of our rental car looked a bit low. After lunch we checked again and it had definitely lost a lot of air. Since it was Sunday, we ended up heading to the Vancouver airport to the only open Hertz office in town and switching for another car (rather than trying to find an open tire shop on Sunday in the two hours we had left in town). We picked Dad and Jane up at their hotel and headed back to Seattle (leaving ourselves extra time in case the border turned into a hassle).

maytrip 020in the Vancouver Botanical GardensVancouver
We had dinner at a restaurant walking distance from Dad and Jane’s (there are a million to choose from since they live in the middle of all the action) and then hung out at their place and watched a DVD of Night in the Museum before crashing.

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This morning we had breakfast at Brian and Laurel’s apartment and then headed off to the airport.

There are a ton of photos (including many of the Vancouver Library and of flowers in the botanical garden) to see if you’re interested.

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