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Dirty jobs

I’m going to take a few minutes today and write in praise of lawyers and CPAs. These are certainly professions that are oft maligned. Who hasn’t heard CPA’s pejoratively called “bean counters?” And I know that I’ve laughed at my share of lawyer jokes; the most recent one had to [...]

By | February 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Now showing on Netflix

When Steve and I come to the last episode of a Netflix series that we’ve gotten immersed in, I always feel a sense of loss. It’s embarrassing to admit mourning the end of a TV show – the judgmental side of me says that grieving should be kept to real-life [...]

By | February 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Lagunitas on Tap

So I’m standing at the corner, waiting to cross the street at East Washington and Petaluma Blvd. N. when a millennial on a bike pulls up next to me and breathlessly asks for directions to Lagunitas. I’m not sure if he was having a beer emergency or if he just [...]

By | February 7th, 2016|0 Comments

The force is in Petaluma…at Rancho Obi-Wan

You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to be transported to the awe-inspiring world of Star Wars. Who would have thought that in rural west Petaluma, about 10 minutes from downtown, on property that once housed a chicken ranch, you would find Rancho Obi-Wan, a museum housing the [...]

By | January 31st, 2016|0 Comments

On the cat walk

It was about a year ago that we noticed a very fluffy gray cat hanging around our house. If we approached her, she would chirp and scurry right over on her stubby little legs to be petted. After a few minutes of stroking her head and cheeks, she would flop [...]

By | January 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Winter break in Southeast Asia

Steve and I were very relieved when we got the text from Jennifer that she was safely back in the Jia (dorm) in Shanghai after spending four weeks traveling through Southeast Asia with two classmates. Our prayers were answered because – amazingly to me – they never got on the wrong [...]

By | January 17th, 2016|0 Comments

The parent trap

With the holidays fast receding the rear view mirror Steve and I looking at the New Year with mixed emotions. This last Christmas, the first without all three kids around the tree on Christmas morning opening presents, seemed to herald a future where Steve and I are finally done with [...]

By | January 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Rising to the occasion

It was a rainy Sunday on the last day of Christmas vacation and I was feeling pretty gloomy after dropping our daughter off at the airport. What tasks did I have to look forward to for the rest of the afternoon? A stack of bills, bank statements and invoicing. Yuck. [...]

By | January 4th, 2016|0 Comments

News from afar

If you’ve had a child go away to college, then you’re familiar with what happens during the break between fall and spring semesters: the school basically kicks the kids out of the dorm for three to four weeks from mid-December to mid-January and sends them back to their parents' house [...]

By | December 27th, 2015|0 Comments

2015 Family Wrap Up

If you follow my blog, thank you for the time you haven taken to read my ramblings and hear about the happenings in our household. I wish you and those dear to you a very Merry Christmas.  If I was to come up with a theme for our family for [...]

By | December 20th, 2015|0 Comments