This week, I was in beautiful San Francisco. It was a nice change from the usual commute between LA and Washington DC. I didn't have much time to leave the hotel, but I managed to make this image from my balcony before the sun rose on Tuesday morning.
Quinn's been showing more interest in coming up with her own hairstyle, but, as you can see, she still needs a little help telling the difference between a necklace and a headband.
A bunch of dinosaurs rolled into the LA Convention Center this past weekend for a dino-extravaganza. Quinn and I popped in early on Saturday morning to check it out, and we found several life-sized dinos striking some fierce poses. There were also a few others that had been outfitted with a saddle--rodeo style--which Quinn immediately decided that she wanted to ride.
Quinn and I went back to the pier last weekend, and this time she drove her bumper car like a real pro. I felt bad watching all of those 5 and 6 years olds getting their butts handed to them by a two year old.
Chicago received a few inches of snow over New Years, and little Quinn spent time tromping around in weather that is very different than what she's used to seeing. As I was hauling her in at 7.30p (after I shoveled the driveway for the third time that day), I asked her, 'Do you like the beach or the snow better?' She said, 'Snow.'
A few nights ago, we took advantage of the warmer temperatures to stake out the entrance to the Chicago Botanic Gardens.
Based on this impressive display, you might be led to the (completely logical) hypothesis that there are plenty of other, equally-impressive light displays inside. You would be wrong. Apparently, the Gardens put every light they own on these two trees, and there wasn't anything left for decorating anywhere else.
We are in Chicago for the holiday, and we took advantage of the warmer weather today to roll out a quick snowperson for Quinn. (She would appear more excited except that she is licking the snow off her glove.)
Q and I went to the Santa Monica Pier last weekend and she tried a new ride for the first time: the bumper cars.
They work a little different today from what I remember. Back in the day, we'd mash down on a gas pedal and turn a steering wheel. These little space age models have different inputs, but the results are the same: one joystick is for acceleration and the other is for steering.
Anyway, Quinn had a nice time scooting about on these little cars--so much fun, in fact, that she did it three times in a row.
We visited the Orange County Zoo over Thanksgiving weekend. The highlight of that trip were the pony rides in adjacent Irvine Park. Quinn's pony was named Dinky, and little Q and Grandma Karen had a nice time doing a few laps around the pony track.
This afternoon I was looking over my images from Thanksgiving weekend, and I realized that I don't have a whole lot of images to share because I was busy in the kitchen for two days.
Except maybe this.
When I lived in New Mexico, I used to make a small order of sautéed Brussels sprouts as a Thanksgiving side dish that only my mom and I would eat. After moving to California, the family's interest in these grew, and I started running out. Since that happened, each year I've made more than the year before.
This year, I am happy to say, we finally reached the saturation point. (Meaning: I had leftover sprouts for the first time in five years.) So the big takeaway this Thanksgiving is that 120 sprouts seems to by the magic number for my family.
It had been a while since we last visited the Huntington Library, so we made a quick trip out there last weekend. Besides going for a turtle ride and spending a lot of time going in and out of a special blue door, Quinn ate some tasty Asian noodles that were surprisingly good.
Incredibly, I was back on Maui for a client meeting one week after we returned from Kauai. When I arrived, I was at the tail end of a 65 hour work week, and I was too tired to get in the car and go exploring. Instead, I set my camera up on the balcony and made this image after the sun set.
Fortunately, I can still crack an unhappy tot. However, I don't expect this to get any easier as she gets older.
I hadn't planned on making this, but Quinn was unhappy yesterday morning and needed a little soothing. I whipped up a quick slideshow to calm her down, and then I figured it could work double-duty here, as well.