Archive for January, 2006

Back to basics…

Friday, January 6th, 2006

Like hard work…  lots of it.


I’m all unpacked, my photos have been blogged (there’re more on my Flickr stream, just click on any of the pictures), and I’m ready to start on the scary first task of writing a couple of credible French papers.  Eek.

Blue Skies (24 Dec 2005)

Friday, January 6th, 2006



Blue Skies (24 Dec 2005), originally uploaded by J Y.

A rare sight during my time in California, given that it rained almost non-stop for two weeks.

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The Road Home (24 Dec 2005)

Friday, January 6th, 2006

 
The Road Home (24 Dec 2005), originally uploaded by J Y.

 

Shades of John Constable, I think.

Here we go a-rambling (23 Dec 2005)

Friday, January 6th, 2006



Here we go a-rambling (23 Dec 2005), originally uploaded by J Y.

This was taken during the three hours or so of sunshine that I got during my two week visit to California. We took the opportunity to walk around a bit and see the lovely countryside

From left: Jenevieve, me, Aunt Jennifer

She’s gonna blow! (2 Jan 2006)

Friday, January 6th, 2006



She’s gonna blow! (2 Jan 2006), originally uploaded by J Y.

The boys play with one of their new toys – a “volcano” powered by vinegar and baking soda.

From left: Malcolm, Jesse, Forrest

‘Tis the Season for Giving… (21 Dec 2005)

Friday, January 6th, 2006


‘Tis the Season for Giving… (21 Dec 2005), originally uploaded by J Y.
A small fraction of the Christmas haul for my cousins Malcolm (age 8 1/2) and Forrest (age 5 1/2). I think the bulk of my mother’s luggage was literally giftwrapped presents for these two 🙂  It was so great to see Forrest for the first time and Malcolm for the first time in six (?) years.

from left: Forrest, me, Malcolm

Jump! (4 Jan 2005)

Friday, January 6th, 2006



Jump! (4 Jan 2005), originally uploaded by J Y.

Taken just before I had to leave Nevada City, CA for the long, overnight journey back to Boston. I’d *always* wanted to play on one of these big trampolines when I was younger but we only had a small one at home.

From left: Malcolm, me

The Simple Life (4 Jan 2006)

Friday, January 6th, 2006



The Simple Life (4 Jan 2006), originally uploaded by J Y.

A view of the Sierra Friends Center, the focal point of the local Quaker community.

and a Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

I just finished replacing all those
calories I burnt during five hours of dancing last night by eating a
wonderfully satisfying Thai green curry with chicken.  And of
course this is addition to the stuff I ate before my aunt brought lunch
home – the handful of grapes, serving of yoghurt, glass of milk,
leftover Singapore-style noodles (from dinner last night) and fragment
of a chocolate chip cookie.  This vacation has been a dietary
disaster (but a gastronomic fantasy) which will have to be
damaged-controlled for the next couple of weeks, no doubt.

Last night when the clock struck
twelve and passing cars started honking their horns, I was standing at
a random street corner in the SoMa district (6th and Bryant, I believe)
where I got a pretty good view of the fireworks (probably near the
Golden Gate bridge).  The area was deserted since most
people were indoors celebrating, but I liked being all alone and quite
quiet.  It reminded me of my other nocturnal walks, and I thought
about the last couple of New Year’s eves, which I’ve spent in quiet
rooms and hallways, always just away from the big throbbing
parties.  Like the
Sea of Dreams
event that my uncle was working at last night.  That was a pretty
crazy event.  Literally thousands of revelers, all dressed in
feathers, bodypaint and faux fur.  As I’ve said a couple of times,
it was like Halloween, Mardi Gras and the backlot of a major Hollywood
studio all rolled into one crazy, pot-smelling, intoxicatingly happy
mess.  I didn’t have my camera with me so you’ll just have to take
my word for it.  After the novelty had worn off, I chose to walk
over to
some nearby club, where I satisfied my club craving till five in the
morning, when it was time for my uncle to pack up and leave (the club
where I went was open till noon today).

That was a really fun night, not least because I finally got to wear my Marc Jacobs shirt in pintucked, striped silk 🙂

Soon we will leave this beautiful
house (with its black slate tile and Grohe fixtures in the bathroom) in the
Laurel Hill district of San Francisco (a breezy area with lovely views)
to head back to the Sierra foothills, where hopefully I’ll get to see a
little more sunshine before I fly back to Boston in a couple of days.

Happy New Year!