A Slice of My Life – Week 31

August 6, 2012

My life is a little weird right now.  I’m in a lull.  Randy has started his job in San Francisco and is down there Monday – Thursday each week.  We plan to pile into our black car and drive south in just about 2 ½ weeks.  A company is going to swoop down on our house three days prior to that and they will pack and load us.  I’m spending my days trying to figure out where we are going to stay for the first few weeks we are in Oakland (we can’t get in to our house until early September – wait did I tell you we bought a house?  We bought a house!), trying to figure out where the kids are going to go to school, purging us of excess stuff, seeing as many friends as possible, and doing a lot of cooking.  And doing my best not to freak out.

Monday night my kids slept at my brother’s house.  The boys never used to fall asleep in the car.  They are terrific sleepers but only in a bed.  After traveling to France, where they were tired enough to fall asleep airplanes, rental cars, cabs, and trains, they have relaxed on bed-only sleep.  On just a short drive across a bridge, both of them passed out.

Blackberry Cake

Smoked Blue Cheese Dip

Israeli Couscous and Tomato Salad with Arugula Pesto

Peach Cake

Scallion-Cilantro Bread Things.  Can’t remember the name offhand.  Recipes coming your way soon.

Graphic t’s.  On the way to day camp.

My garden is peaking.  I am going to miss this garden a lot.  It is a never ending source of delight for me.

Graham built the Eiffel Tower with pretzels.

Some friends, who have the most amazing house and amazing view, invited us for dinner.  It was a very warm night and sitting out on their deck was heavenly.

The boys and I did a massive toy purge.  We went through our large rec room and ruthlessly sorted things into three piles.  Garbage, giveaway, and keep.  The keep pile was very small and they did not fight me or whine as we got rid of ¾ of their toys.  Their reward was to pick out some new Legos at Target.  Randy was very excited about that reward.

Even though our house is only about 7 years old, there is a problem with the roof and some of the shingles have to be replaced.  This roofer came over with a VERY tall ladder.  I’m fine with heights but ladders terrify me.  I couldn’t watch him climb up or down.

Finally.  It’s hot here.  Fountains are fun.


  1. Can’t wait to hear all about the new house! So exciting :) And well done for getting the boys to purge their toys- my mum is still trying to get us to do that every time we go home!

    I’m about to make your Israeli Couscous and Tomato Salad with Arugula Pesto for dinner.

    Comment by Ele — August 6, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

  2. Ha – I love the picture with Randy and the lego set. I think my boy might get rid of some of his toys if he got to pick a new Lego set but then again – maybe not. I do a smallish purge once a year so things don’t build up too much but he hangs on to more than I’d like. Blackberry cake looks yummy – as does the smoked blue cheese dip. Good luck with the move.

    Comment by Charlotte — August 6, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

  3. Is it weird that I remember those scallion cilantro things? Or at least they’re jogging my memory about something similar that I saw in Bon Appetit at some point in my life that I meant to make.

    I’m so excited for you guys! I know it must be crazy right now…but you’ll get through it!

    Comment by Joanne — August 7, 2012 @ 12:59 am

  4. Exciting times ahead! Have you found a place for the in-between time yet? Airbnb might have some possibilities – some lovely homes to rent in that part of the woods.
    Good luck with everything!

    Comment by Lynn — August 7, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

  5. Love Spencer’s Tshirt!!! Randy and Lego – classic. Love your garden! :)

    Comment by Aunt Susie — August 15, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

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