Chilly Halloween

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween everyone! It's been a fun evening with the trick-or-treaters coming by. Samuel was sincerely scared at one point because of a scary mask on a young child that came to the door, but the child quickly saw Samuel's reaction & hid his mask. Otherwise, Samuel did great handing out candy to the treaters! It was a fun evening...just the two of us!
Monday, October 30, 2006
McGoldrick and friends!
Free Hugs Campaign. Inspiring Story!
Free Hugs - Juan Mann Interview- You Tube sensation

First Fire

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Tonight, I built a fire in our fireplace--first time since we've moved in! Samuel was fascinated by it, and kept trying to ask questions in a concerned manner in his jibberish languages. It sure warmed up the house & made it nice & cozy in there. It was such a beautiful fall day! Our neighbors have made a teepee of bamboo poles & by perching ladders against one side have made a tall tower of jack-o-lanterns that are burning brightly & add so much festivity to our block. I love our house & our great neighborhood! :) Karli Posted by Picasa

Halloween Hippies

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Tonight we attended a Halloween party through Samuel's playgroup. It was fun--the best part was putting together our outfits. Samuel had so much fun playing with the other toddlers. There were lots of great toys & he loved exploring & playing with them. It's a little disappointing, because Landon won't be here Tuesday for Halloween. I think we'll just stay home, dress up, and have candy awaiting trick-or-treaters. Brongaene is going to come over with Carly, which will keep me company & make the evening more fun since Landon will be away! --Karli Posted by Picasa

Day at Home

Friday, October 27, 2006

Caught up on a fair amount of laundry today--in fact, I actually think I completely made it through the pile, although there are still clothes in the dryer, so does that count, since they aren't folded & put neatly away? By the time they make it out of the dryer, there will a new pile of laundry.

Samuel & I had a lot of fun with Logan this morning! He came over for a couple of hours, and Samuel loved watching him assemble the train tracks. Later, they were chasing each other with popcorn-poppers & laughing & laughing. It's amazing the difference their play has changed even over the past 6 months. It made my day seeing Samuel have so much fun all morning with a playmate!

--Karli
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Barack Obama Will Consider 2008 Presidential Bid

If he runs & is the Democratic Party nominee, I will vote for him in the 2008 Presidential election!
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Michael J. Fox

Balls! Balls! Bonanza!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006
We had fun this morning at Samuel's Balls! Balls! Bonanza! class! He loves the running from one end of the gym to the other, launching forward to the queue of 'run' from the instructor from plastic circles placed in a row. There are ribbons, lots of great world music, and, of course, many balls in all shapes, sizes, colors, & textures! I'd highly recommend this class to anyone! --Karli

Trip to the Zoo with the Two Sams

Monday, October 23, 2006

Samuel & I had a fun morning at the zoo with his great-grandpa Sam & his grandpa Mike. We stayed for a couple of hours, then Sam had to get going to catch a flight. It was a nice visit, but too short! We'll miss seeing them this Thanksgiving down in San Francisco! :) Karli Posted by Picasa

Streetcar & NW

Sunday, October 22, 2006

This morning, Mike & Susan came over w/ Sam, and we left to ride the streetcar downtown & show Sam around Portland a bit. The streetcar is free this weekend to celebrate the opening of the extension to Gibbs/Moody. We parked down off Moody & rode the streetcar all the way to NW 23rd, where we got off & walked around, stopping off at Starbucks for coffee. Landon even treated himself to a decaf grande one-shot soy extra-hot pumpkin spice latte. He hasn't tried decaf in months. We took this picture in front of the Coffee People just across the street from Starbucks on 23rd. Landon propped it up on the garbage can on the corner & put it on timer so we could all be in the picture. After sitting on this bench for about ten minutes, we walked back to the streetcar & rode it to 10th & Morrison, where we stopped off for lunch (treated by Sam) at The Pita Pit. By then, it was already 1pm, so we are now home for nap-time. Landon's off on a bike ride, and Samuel is asleep. Tonight, we're having dinner over at Mike & Susan's, then Sam leaves to head back home to the Bay area tomorrow. Mike is taking the day off work, so Samuel & I might meet them in the morning before Sam has to go to the airport. Sam is 86 now, and it's pretty amazing that Samuel's great-grandpa (and namesake) is still around to do fun things with us like we did today! --Karli

P.S. Samuel took a bad fall off the curb at the streetcar station, and hit his head on the tracks. He has two large bumps on the back of his head, and I've been really worried about them, but he seems to be acting normally. I don't think he's ever had a fall quite so bad as that one. --KK Posted by Picasa

Special Dinner

Saturday, October 21, 2006

I spent most of today preparing for dinner tonight. Landon's grandpa Sam flew up to spend the weekend with us (and to see Samuel). He is staying with Landon's parents, but tonight they all came over for dinner. I wanted the house to look nice & dinner to be a good one. I don't entertain too much these days, and I had forgotten how much work it is, especially when you have a toddler to take care of on top of all the preparation! I made a vegetarian lasagne, pear & gorgonzola salad with roasted walnuts, & bought two loaves of the Artisan olive bread from New Seasons. Mike & Susan brought dessert (key lime pie from TJ's), wine, & Bailey's Irish Cream. Dinner turned out great, despite my mistake in pre-tossing the salad with the vinegar & olive oil two hours prior to dinner. It turned the salad into the consistency of slime! Luckily, I had purchased more spinach leaves than I needed for the lasagne, so I was able to throw another salad together, but it did cause me undo stress! I learned my lesson, though. Some of this stuff just takes experience. Won't do that one again! Samuel had a lot of fun interacting with his great-grandpa Sam. Here is a picture taken shortly after dinner. --Karli Posted by Picasa

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Friday, October 20, 2006

Samuel & I went down to Moody & Gibbs for the ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of the Portland Streetcar to Moody & Gibbs. Many politicians were represented & Commissioner Sam Adams emceed the event. Free streetcar rides all weekend! --Karli Posted by Picasa

Happy Birthday, Shelly!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

It was my sister Shelly's 25th birthday celebration tonight in McMinnville, so I left at around 3:30 to head down there, as I also wanted to stop at Annie Bloom's to buy her a copy of Jennifer Egan's novel, The Keep. We arrived at about 5pm, and took some pictures of my Mom & Dad before everyone got to the house for their Christmas cards. I'm so not ready to think about Christmas (or Thanksgiving) yet. Some years, I wish I could just skip celebrating the holidays. Other years, I am into it. This year, I'm not so into it. We might have fun, though, since Samuel's a bit older this year. I'm looking forward to getting a tree & decorating it. Then again, it might be a disaster with him pulling decorations off & playing with the lights. I'll have to give it some thought.

Anyway, my Mom made a delicious stew, and Shelly opened up quite a few nice gifts. Happy 25th, Shelly!

Karli Posted by Picasa

Moving Furniture Around

Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Landon left at 5:30am this morning for his trip to San Diego. He comes back tomorrow evening. After taking Samuel to his PTO class, we stayed indoors the rest of the day. It was windy, rainy, & cold out, so there was only so much we could do. I actually ended up moving furniture around in the house, then putting it all back again. I found out that until we get some new furniture, it is currently arranged in the best possible way. I guess moving everything around was a way to kill time, but I was pretty annoyed at myself after having done all that work only to put it all back again.

Karli
P.S. Happy 65th Birthday, Gay!

Fall Classes

Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Samuel had his Balls! Balls! Bonanza! class today at the community center. He really likes this class. At one point, the instructor puts on bonanza music & the kids all stand on plastic circles that she lays on the ground. When she shouts, "Go!", the kids take off running from one end of the gym to the other. Samuel loves this! He usually doesn't wait for the queue, though, so is most always one of the first kids to touch the opposite gym wall. Some of these classes are so much fun for him, and others he doesn't quite seem to get into. This is a class he really enjoys, and it's a lot of fun taking him. He has two other classes he is registered for this fall.
--Karli

Indoors

Monday, October 16, 2006
Went to the indoor play-gym today with Samuel, but seemed to have trouble getting out of the house, so he only had 40 minutes to play instead of the usual hour & a half. He was pretty upset when it was time to go, because he was having so much fun riding around on the tricycles & trucks.

It was a rainy, blustery day today. Landon leaves for a trip on Wednesday...we miss him when he's away!

Karli

"Bean Town"

Sunday, October 15, 2006

This is an excellent article written by Zach Dundas of Willamette Week. Lift your morning cups of coffee to the THIRD WAVE!

wweek.com: "Bean Town"
http://wweek.com/editorial/3249/8078/

Wind & Rain


It is a rainy, windy, blustery day. A day for staying indoors & keeping warm. We might venture out later today for groceries & might stop at Red Light to browse for a costume for Landon. I'm drinking a hot cup of coffee right now, and it is raining outside. Lots of leaves are falling to the ground with the wind & rain. We're supposed to get 1/2" of precipitation today!

Pumpkin Patch

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Landon and I spent the morning with my family at the pumpkin patch in Canby, OR. Samuel had a lot of fun, and loved playing in the acorn house, going down the slide, seeing the goats, chickens, & one very large pig, playing in the hay bales, and riding on a small pony. Here is a picture of me & my sisters taken shortly after we all arrived. From left to right is Tracy, who recently finished her nursing degree & is working as a nurse in the ICU, me, Kristi, and Shelly. Thanks, Mom, for organizing this!

Friday the 13th

Friday, October 13, 2006

Tonight I went to a party at my friend Katie's house. I actually had tickets to see Storm tonight, but opted to sell them for double of what I paid on craigslist so I could attend Katie's party. Before I left, I stopped at the park, where Samuel was playing with Landon. I also stopped off at Red Light on Hawthorne on my way to the party to shop around for a Halloween costume. They have such a great selection there--everything from goth to 1970's Disco to uniforms to character costumes. They have all the accessories & wigs you can imagine, too. I ended up picking out a costume from the 1960's hippy, MOD, & flower power section. I got a tie-died skirt & a t-shirt with hanging tassles & a picture of a Native American woman on the front. The guy who checked me out said, "Whoa, this shirt is intense." Now I need to work on finding Landon & Samuel a costume, and still need to find a head-band, bracelets, & beaded necklaces. We're attending a costume party at the end of the month through my playgroup. Should be lots of fun! --Karli

The Sellwood Bridge (1925)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

The planning phase for the rebuilding or redesign of the Sellwood Bridge began in early June of this year. It will continue until May, 2008, at which time a decision & approval will have been reached as to the future of the bridge. I would like to see it rebuilt as a four-lane bridge with ample pedestrian & bicycle access. As is now, there is only a four-foot wide concrete sidewalk that accomodates lamp posts, cyclists, & pedestrians. Currently, there is barely enough room for one-way pedestrian & cycling traffic, as the lamp posts leave less than 3'. Unless you're willing to risk all, most people walk their bikes. Since this bridge is less than 1/2 mile from our house, we are looking forward to being involved in the planning phase & are excited for improvements that are on their way to being made. These changes will create a safe commute for us by bike, foot, or car to the Sellwood neighborhood & east side. Go here to read more about the Sellwood Bridge project, and click on the link "get involved" to have mailers sent to your home address & to find out when open house meetings are schedule. --Karli
P.S. View of our house from southwest corner of Custer.

October Leaves

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Walked around on Hawthorne this morning while Samuel was at his class. There's a Peet's Coffee/Tea across from Starbucks now where the old Blue Butterly store used to be. I love Peet's Coffee! Speaking of which, Brongaene has a pound of Peet's for me that she's bringing over on Friday for watching Carly! --Karli P.S. Here is a picture looking west on Custer. The leaves are from the Linden trees that border the south side of this street.

45th Avenue Twice

Tuesday, October 10, 2006
I drove down 45th Avenue twice today. Once to take Samuel to his Balls! Balls! Bonanza! class at the community center, and the second time to retrieve my Starbuck's coffee mug that I accidently left on the bleachers. This is the same mug that my Dad used for awhile when I left it in McMinnville, and he liked it, so I bought him one for his 61st birthday. My Mom had returned it to me, and this was the first time I had tried to use it. In my attempt to save money by bringing coffee with me instead of buying it out, I ended up spending more money burning up gas driving back to retrieve it. But, when I found it on the bleachers where I left it, my first thought was, "See Karli, it was worth it--you have your $20.00 mug back, and the coffee is still warm." On my way out of the community center, Samuel threw a tantrum because we walked right by the train table in the lobby, and this time I didn't let him stop to play for five minutes. Struggling to carry him & the mug back out to the car, I somehow managed, even though I only have two arms. With Samuel still screaming, I set the mug on the top of my trunk so I could get him in his carseat. Once he was pacified, I jumped behind the wheel so I could go fill Landon's prescription then get home! Just as I hit the gas while in reverse, I saw the mug perched on top of my trunk in my rear-view mirror. As soon as I hit the brakes, even though I tried to do so as gently as possible, the mug toppled over & disappeared from my view. I put the car into park, jumped out to retrieve the mug, and saw it had cracked in two. All that effort and it broke anyway. --Karli

Bee Balm

Monday, October 09, 2006
Samuel went to the indoor play-park this morning, then after his afternoon nap, we ran up to A-boy to get some potting soil & garden mulch. I repotted the salix (willow) shrub Matty & Jody gave to me earlier this summer, and also picked up some Mondarda didyma 'Jacob Cline' (Bee Balm) for my streetside garden. These plants need consistent moisture, so the dry slopes wouldn't have been the right spot for them. It was windy & a warm 70 degrees or so. The leaves fell all day & blew down the street when we had a gust of wind. Samuel would laugh when the leaves went blowing down the street. Now Samuel & Landon are at the park, and I've just come in from spending the past few hours outdoors. Tonight, Landon is going to try out Tuesday night volleyball at the nearby community center! He had a lot of fun playing volleyball down in San Diego, so maybe this will make for a pleasant recreational indoor sport over the fall & winter months!
--Karli

Rainy Day

Sunday, October 08, 2006
This upcoming week is going to be beautiful, but today was overcast, cold, and rainy. We spent the morning running a few errands downtown (Borders, Camera World, Trader Joe's in NW). Afterwards, we drove to New Seasons for another delicious stir-fry lunch, then headed home for Samuel's naptime. He actually didn't take a nap yesterday with the busyness of the funeral, reception, and picking Landon up at the airport. He slept for 4 hours! I watched 3 hours of Desperate Housewives, then read Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt for awhile--what an EXCELLENT book! I can't put it down! It's for November's book-club, and he's actually coming to Portland to speak, so I may attend his talk, but I'm not sure yet. It was a relaxing afternoon, and the rain outside only made me want to curl up on the futon & read. Landon played with Samuel for a couple of hours in the evening. We both had hot soup for dinner.

Then I had the surprise of my life!

At 9:30pm, Landon announced to me that he was running to Fred Meyer--not for toilet paper or shaving cream, not even for alcohol or snack food. He was making an emergency run to Fred Meyer for Green & Black's organic ginger dark chocolate. Now ladies, isn't this a man after any woman's heart?

--Karli

Funeral

Saturday, October 07, 2006
Today was a sad day. I went to the funeral of David Andrew. He will be missed by a lot of people! My thoughts go out his two brothers, Rick & Kevin, his parents, his wife Shanin, and anyone who was close to him. He will be greatly missed! I can only hope that I live a life that positively impacts as many people as David did!

Here is a website that has been set up as a memorial to David:
http://www.davidjandrew.com/index.php

--Karli

Milagros (Spanish for Miracle)

Friday, October 06, 2006
This morning I met April, Olin, Cassie, & Brooke at Milagros Boutique. They have a wonderful play-room that adjoins their boutique called "The Family Room." For $1.50, you get a scone & a cup of drip coffee. There are lots of areas in the room for the kids to play, couches, tables, & chairs for the adults, and lots of flyers & newsletters about what's happening in the community to read. I love this little boutique, and if I ever opened one of my own someday, I'd probably model it after this one. They support community, and their family room enables that, creating a place for playgroups to meet, presentations on breastfeeding, demonstrations on cloth diapering, educational q & a discussions on starting a business, and more! The owners live in the neighborhood, so their business directly improves the neighborhood in which they live! What's more, they carry used & new clothing, toys, and other baby-related items (including books) in their store, so there is something for every price range! :) I LOVE their "C is for Che" and "P is for Pirate" t-shirts! I would encourage anyone to make an effort to support locally-owned baby boutiques before making a trip to Babies R'Us. Fight corporate control & keep money in our own communities!

Still missing Landon!

--Karli

Single Mom

Thursday, October 05, 2006
Landon left on a business trip this afternoon. I read in one of my books that most single moms have back-up support, so for the mom that has a husband away on business, it can be extra difficult, because there is no back-up support. I don't know if this is true or not, but it's definitely more challenging when Landon is away! Our house is out-of-balance. Samuel had a more difficult time getting to sleep, probably because Landon was gone. He was more restless than usual. Before Landon left on his trip, we had a delicious stir-fry lunch at New Seasons, then walked around Riverview Cemetery for awhile before heading home. Samuel & I are going to miss Landon over the next few days! The rain doesn't help pass the time, either!
Karli

Foley Scandal

Schecter Takes GOP Hack To School


What next?

PTO

Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Today when I arrived to pick up Samuel from the PTO class, he was sitting with two other toddlers next to the teacher listening to her read a story! I have a feeling Samuel is going to LOVE school someday! I'm so happy that he's enjoying this 2 hour class away from his mommy! --Karli

Calendar

Tuesday, October 03, 2006
I completely forgot about Samuel's "Balls, Balls, Bonanza" class that started today! I felt like something was going on today, but couldn't recall what it was. Because I spaced it, I realized that I can no longer keep dates in my head & remember the details. There have been too many times the past few months where I've received a call, "Where were you last night?" I missed two doctor's appointments, too! So, Google Calendars is what I am using now. I have the calendar on my google home page, and so far, it's working great! Now, if I can only remember to enter events into the calendar...
Karli

Wishes

Monday, October 02, 2006
I know this is going to sound odd, but I found the best cemetery ever nearby our house called River View Cemetery. This is the most beautiful cemetery I have ever been to. It's not only less than two minutes from our house, but the oldest not-for-profit cemetery in Portland. Many names that mark city streets are buried in this cemetery, including William L. Ladd, Henry Failing, Henry Corbett, Henry Pittock, Harvey W. Scott, Simon Benson, Henry Wienhard, Abigail Scott Duniway, Albertina Kerr and later such people of distinction as Virgil Earp, Lola Baldwin, Dorothy McCullough Lee, Lyle Alzado, Al Rivers III and Pearl Loy Wong.

Since I have not written a will yet, I decided to post my wishes here. I want a ground burial & wish to be buried at River View Cemetery. A simple & affordable casket will do. I plan to start paying on a plot sometime during my thirties so Samuel never has to worry about it someday. The average cost of a funeral, including casket & burial fees was over 5K in 2005. Hopefully, the day I die will be many decades from now, but at least my wishes are written here on this blog wall in etherspace in case I die before my will is written! Also, I am a registered organ donor. I do wish that all my organs (including my skin) be donated to help others that need them.

--Karli

PS. Happy 23rd Birthday, Janssen!

First Day of October

Sunday, October 01, 2006
The sun has not risen yet, and here I am, online & enjoying a hot cup of freshly brewed French-pressed coffee. I woke up at 5:45 this morning, and after a 10 minute attempt to go back to sleep, I got up. I can always take a nap later, right?

Today Landon and I have some chores to do--things like replacing the battery in my SWATCH watch, getting new rechargeable batteries for our camera, picking up a curtain rod from a friend's house, getting a new bath mat, and shopping for a toy box for Samuel.

It should be a nice day just like yesterday. The leaves are so pretty as they are continually falling into the street this time of year! We have maples & oaks. Across the street are Linden & Birch trees.

--Karli
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