And the winner is….!

28 12 2011

I’m honestly a little astonished that I’m remembering to do this in a timely fashion. Go, me! Remember that contest last week? The winner is Becca! She asked me if I wore the mustache out in her comment and you know what? I didn’t. It was confiscated from me by a kid and that kid (whichever one it was, I didn’t notice) wore it outside. Does that count? Becca, send me your address, please, to zebrabelly at

And now hopefully I can catch up to some of these Reverb Broads posts.


7 Days: Day 7 (It’s Too Early)

27 12 2011

7 Days: Day 7 (It's Too Early)

I mean. It IS almost nine, but my brain isn’t awake yet. So we decided to play with Photo Booth’s mirror effect. It was more fun than I expected. And I expected fun. The best part? Two coffees in every picture. Even if I don’t always have a head to drink it with.

7 Days: Day 6 (That *is* a Doctor in my pocket, but I’m still happy to see you.)

26 12 2011

7 Days: Day 6 (That *is* a Doctor in my pocket, but I'm still happy to see you.)

So my son got these toys for Christmas yesterday. And I has a jealus. I’ve seen them before, but I had no idea I NEEDED them until now. Back in 97 or so I used to carry a Jeff Goldblum around with me wherever I went. And for awhile I spent time driving with a John Cusack in my car. (He was bored…. CARDboard! Har!) I think I need need a Doctor to keep with me at all times now.


Notice how I shoved Eight back in the back there? I still haven’t forgiven him for that heart attack where I leaned without warning about the 13 lives rule.

the boy who made these photos possible

And since iTunes or the BBC or someone is trying to ruin my life and the Christmas Special isn’t yet available to download (CRY) I shall have to find something ELSE to do tonight. Curse BBC America for not running directly into the TV in my house like all the other channels. *exasperated sigh*

7 Days: Day 5 (Happy Place)

25 12 2011

7 Days: Day 5 (My Happy Place)

Uh. Was I supposed to do vanilla? I don’t think I had any vanilla today. Although we felt my shirt was fairly vanilla-colored.

Anyway, today I went to my happy place (Torrey Pines) with Summer and Claire for a hike and a picnic on the beach. And it was perfect. The sky was clear, the air was warm but not hot, the waves roared. Perfect.

Before we hit this quiet spot, I tried to get a photo of us standing in front of the ocean, but a crowd was forming and was threatening to, like, view scenes in MY photo spot. So my friends saved me a spot. I love those people.

i love these people

I mostly forgot that today was Christmas which was just fine. I had my holiday earlier this week and it was fulfilling and magical and perfect. I felt no loss at not being with my kids today. Although I miss them when they aren’t here, I was glad they got to spend the day with their Daddy.

torrey pine


Since Claire is Jewish and Summer had no Christmas plans until evening we decided to meet for a hike. The last time Summer and I hiked Torrey Pines on a major holiday there was an earthquake. Luckily we avoided that this time. I’m glad. I don’t want to be responsible for earthquakes.

lacy ocean foam


After a fancy picnic on the beach (of soy sauce eggs, dates stuffed with goat cheese, baba ghanoush, sugar plums, tangerines, and coffee) Claire and I went to see Breaking Dawn (Summer wanted no part of that for some probably highly intelligent reason). The movie was slow and honestly boring, but it had its moments. And by “moments” I mean “hilariously terrible moments“. I completely lost control at the styrofoam cup of blood. Styrofoam cup of blood. With a straw. The juxtaposition had me laughing so hard I was surely pissing off all the tweenagers in earshot. It was fabulous.

wind worn rocks

two-headed friend

All in all it was a pretty lovely day. Good friends, Torrey Pines, laughing so hard I nearly peed. Happy.

7 Days: Day 4 (Chocolate)

24 12 2011

7 Days: Day 4 (Chocolate)

What? At least I did the theme from two days ago. Also, you have to find at least two kinds of chocolate on your own. It’s like Where’s Waldo, but with chocolate! What could be better?

You can see the evolution of my living room. I took a picture like this last winter run, and another in the spring. I’ve since inherited lots of stuff I had to find places for so it looks even more different. But I love my home. I feel happy just sitting here in this room.

Tonight I’m cuddling up with my chocolate (and maybe I’ll get around to dinner at some point) and watching either Twin Peaks, Portlandia, or one of the movies on my queue I never get to. Right after I finish listening to the newest Nerdist podcast with David Tennant.

7 Days: Day 3 (The Tamales are Tamales!)

23 12 2011

7 days: Day 3 (The Tamales are Tamales!)

I decided to make tamales for Yule this year, but during the process I became quite worried as to how they’d turn out. The husks didn’t cooperate at all, I think they needed to soak longer maybe. The process required a lot more cuss words than I’d been prepared for. But when it came time to eat them they were not bad at all. They aren’t the prettiest tamales ever, and some on the edges of the crock pot got crispy (mmmm…. crispy…) but they generally resembled tamales and were declared to be delicious by everyone, even my picky six year old.

I found the recipe here and it was fairly easy except for the part which was difficult (the assembly).

On a side note, I took this photo, was disappointed that my hand didn’t make it in the shot, and then realized that my torso totally also counts as me. And then I realized that my other hand actually did make it in the shot. Thank god I’m cute.

7 Days, Day 2 (Yule Morning)

23 12 2011

Every Yule we wake to watch the sunrise. In recent years we’ve been going to Balboa Park, but this year we decided to try Bethany’s Snail Mountain. I’d been told it would be too crowded there, that everyone goes there to watch the sunrise on Yule, but it wasn’t bad at all. In fact when we arrived we were the only ones there. And the view was completely worth it.

city lights


7 Days: Day 2 (Yule Morning)

I packed a breakfast of things I could cook in the oven really easily (bacon, hash brown patties, warmed-up muffins) which we ate in the frosty air. Bacon outdoors on cold mornings smells like camping. Lovely.



Our friends arrived and suddenly my kids who’d been so cold they wanted to leave or hide in the car were too warm to wear jackets (too bad for them, the jackets stayed on).

And then the sun rose.

sun rise

And it was holy.

If you want to see more of the kids and/or our nerdy holiday celebrations, click here to go to the homeschool blog.