The land of Oz

...Sausage-rolls with tomato sauce, farmers union iced coffee and coconut covered lamingtons (without jam ... of course)....

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Leaving on a jet plane

...wonderful friends will stay at our house & keep Nick company. Aside from the cat-love, their obligations are small. To complement Nick’s auto-poop-disposal robot, we bought him an auto-food-dispensing robot...Read More...

Happy birthday to mum

... it was feedin’ time so Zoe ducked out to the car to satisfy the little munchkin while I perused the dessert menu inside.
Peppermint tea, espresso, warm persimmon cake with caramel sauce and a creamy pomegranate buttermilk panna cotta ...Read More...

International woman of mystery

...Pickles (aka: Nick the truant bengal) has turned to a delinquent life of drugs....

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Hallowe'en approacheth

...new stimulus would be greeted with a six-second delay as her sensory & cognitive systems processed the information, formulated a response and finally acted through muted motor skills...Read More...

Anathem

...Not only does this make my ride seem to zoom by quickly, but I often end up thinking deep thoughts & learning numerous significant concepts in the process...Read More...

sweet things

...The deck was one of the “big ticket” items we’d budgeted for major renovations when we decided to purchase the house last year....Read More...

Angel Island is on fire

...the view tonight from our house...


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sociable baby @ 3 months

...Zara celebrated her third-month birthday yesterday. I was keen to get her a cake, but instead we ended up at a Sichuan restaurant in the city for some tasty hot-pot with our new neighbours...Read More...

tree huggers

...We are lucky enough to have access to Berkeley’s tool lending library, and the sabre saw certainly made light work of the 65mm thick roof...Read More...

toes @ 2 months

...She’ll stare at & twiddle her toes for long stretches of time, often appearing perplexed that these newly discovered, mildly-distant objects can be moved by mere thought alone...Read More...

what to do with a fallen tree?

...They smiled at the large pile of greenery lying prone on the hillside, and commented how wonderful it was to locate fresh acacia trunks, especially with the bushy green foliage attached, and in significant lengths that would keep their picky clients happy....Read More...

2 months old

...We’ve taken to strapping Milly to the overhead handle of Zara’s car capsule when we venture out of the house...Read More...

perambulatin'

...Nick will be thankful for the company too, but there’ll be an abundance in short order with holidaying cousins from both Sydney & Stuttgart due to bunk with us in Berkeley in the weeks that follow....Read More...

3 weeks old

...cherish every sleepless night, every bout of spit up, every wail & scream, every nappy change, every moment holding & rocking Zara to sleep at 3 o’clock in the morning...Read More...

the cutest things

...Uber friends from Oakland (Paulana) executed an impressive “pie drive-by” last weekend, briefly dropping in just long enough to throw a scrumptious apple & blackberry pie through the door & gawk at our new arrival...Read More...

hot summer days

... piglet is now 10 days old & I’ve had a glorious week at home with the girls. I’m heading back to work tomorrow ... which seems like an impossible challenge right now ...Read More...

coming home

...she was conscious but strapped down & whimpering quietly, her abdomen was shielded from view by a small curtain on a frame attached to the operating table ...

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she's here

...Zara Eloise Glynn was welcomed into the world this morning after 26hrs labour...

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waiting for the call

...I keep my phone close to me at work. I’m waiting for the call from Zoe, the call which means I’ll sprint out of my office, jump on my bike & pedal hard, really hard ...
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anticipation

...the nurse deposited a giant bucket-o'-babies out front of the classroom & everyone was asked to pick one to play with one all day, lots of origami (swaddling) & various football poses/holds. Party packs of nappies, thermometers, beanies, cloth nappy covers & fake boobs were distributed amongst the rows of diligent students...Read More...

getting schooled

...we’ve entered an age when we can not only transmit tomes of knowledge between continents in mere fractions of a second, manipulate the very genetic codes that embody our individuality and transport people into space & back with some semblance of control, but perhaps even more importantly it’s now feasible to design & manufacture rechargeable, battery powered chainsaws...Read More...

keys, wallet, phone, tickets....

...It’s a rare occasion of late when we have an excuse to dress up & hit the town, however exclusive invitations to a Pixar “wrap party” make for compelling inspiration...Read More...

the home "stretch"

...the Eucalypts & Acacias seem to get on well, collectively killing almost any other species that attempts to set down roots in the vicinity...Read More...

Summer is coming (Z@34wks)

...all manner of cutsie clothing for newborns ... and a fab alphabet book, some wash cloths, flannel blankies & even a pair of chopsticks for tiny people...Read More...

good friends, good food, good times.

...The last couple of weeks have been consumed with the comparing of BTU output, the clanging of metal doors, the twisting of shiny knobs and the repeated opening & closing, opening & closing, opening & closing of rotisserie hoods...Read More...

bulletproof

...originally convinced myself I'd be capable of performing the deed solo, looking forward to an opportunity to crank my shiny new chainsaw (which had been sitting idle in our garden shed since Kim's visit in February) but sanity soon reigned...Read More...

robo-poop: It's the future!

...buildings so varied in scale & architecture as to immediately convey the complexity, magnitude & significance of the ambitious work NASA has accomplished during its short history. The facility was a perfect venue for the thousands of "space hippies" that decend on Silicon Valley for this annual event....Read More...

the everyday

...Now we have somewhere to hide our shoes, a place for guests to sit while de-shoeing and munchie (the robot vacuum cleaner) can easily scoot underneath to clean while we're out of the house....Read More...

super-commuter

...& uber-coder Drew who, with the aid of a digital micrometer, a metal lathe & a reasonable supply of raw aluminium has built me some custom bike components...Read More...

cook with me ... eat with me ....

...a salty dark think paste which looks like molasses but is made from ... well ... there's no easy way to say this .... rotten shrimp. When mixed with kumquats and fresh chillies, it forms the basis of one of our favourite fresh salads called rojak. I first tasted this dish in Singapore...Read More...

this ol' house

...we're stocked with rechargeable drills, rivet guns, hacksaws and a powerful gas chainsaw .... when the zombie invasion starts, know that you can safely camp-out at our place ... and always remember zombie survival lesson #4 "blades don't need reloading"...Read More...

sometimes beautiful things fall from the sky

...It goes without saying that I heartily endorse Nick's play, interaction, paw-eye coordination development & exercise afforded by small radio controlled flying devices & will endeavour to meet _his_ very necessary requirement by undertaking further research & acquisition of said devices...Read More...

Christmas in our new home

...we're particularly looking forward to having our (Berkeley residential code-compliant) spark arrester installed on the chimney cap in the coming days so we can crank up the imposing fireplace that dominates the living room. Yippee, my pyro desires will be fulfilled...Read More...