Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Recent adventure

I just got back from a trip to Tel Aviv. While in Israel I took a bus to Jerusalem and took a hop on-hop off bus tour through the city. It was very surreal to be walking around Jerusalem where Jesus walked. The bus tour identified important sites such as where Jesus ascended into heaven, the temple where he hid with his disciples from the Romans, the Mount of Olives, and where King David is buried. I hopped off the bus to walk around the Old City for a few hours, looking fairly Biblical (I was wearing a scarf over my head) and evidently fairly local because different people approached me for directions while I was there. I asked a colleague if I looked Israeli and he said, "You could pass for Ashkenazi."
Strangers: Excuse me, can you tell me where is the Garden of Gethsemane?
Me (in my head): Um, I think in Matthew?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Conversation with my niece

Audrey: Ears are gross.
Sarah: Why?
Audrey: Because of ear whack. [sic] Ear whack is the color of Pluto.
Sarah: Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mardi Gras

I flew into Lafayette for the Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Mardi Gras Ball on January 9 with my friends Brett and Ameara. This year's theme was Motown, and Ameara's aunt was part of the royal party (dressed as Patti Labelle for a Motown theme). The ball was super fun and we danced the whole night.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Molly put me in my place for calling her Don King with a chic new haircut. Such a cutie.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The time I went outside this winter.

Crystal and I decided to make a snowman after the blizzard in December. The middle ball (pretty much exactly the same size as the bottom ball) was too heavy for us, so our friend Jay came outside in shorts and a t-shirt to help us assemble our snowman. The snowman had no forethought, hence the lack of arms, a carrot nose, etc. The weather warmed up pretty dramatically the next week, so he was short-lived:

Sunday, January 10, 2010

An aunt again

Congratulations to Joey, Brigid, and Molly Pitts on the newest member of their family, Charlie, who looks freakishly like his father. I can't wait to meet him next weekend in Texas.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I was very excited to learn that my dear friends Shannon and Roddy are getting married this summer in Austin at the Salt Lick, where I shared Easter lunch with them in 2006. Shannon and I worked together one summer at the Mustang Island Family Camp. Her full name is Shannon Eileen Kelly, like each of my three sisters (Shannon, Brigid Eileen, and Kelly), so naturally my parents liked her instantly.
She is one of the brightest, funniest women I know and her fiancee is altogether too much fun for a professor. I had the opportunity to have dinner with them last year in York and am looking forward to toasting this great couple in Austin, perhaps with a warm Busch tall boy in Shannon's honor.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Crafty like a fox

When I was a little girl my FAVORITE movie was The Frog Prince starring Aileen Quinn (Little Orphan Annie). My sister's child loves the film with a similar fervor. I always liked Princess Zora's blanket, and decided to make one for my niece for Christmas.

Fur helped me with the pinning and sewing of more than forty yards of red satin ribbon. We made the blanket slightly more fabulous than Zora's, with wider, shinier ribbon and bigger bows:

Don King does not appear overly impressed with her blanket in this picture, but Brigid says she loves it.