Saturday, May 31, 2008


The last time I was in Geneva, I learned how to make pie crust. Now I know some of you have been whipping out pie crusts for years, but this was a major development for me. I recently made my first solo pie--an apple one, which turned out very well. I was especially happy as I got to eat peppermint ice cream with it.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Graduation 2008

BMCC Graduation was today, at Madison Square Garden. There was a surprise visitor, Chuck Schumer. Otherwise the usual combination of speeches and happy graduates.

One of my multimedia students.

The Senator

Sarah Salm is a biologist now at BMCC who also used to work at the Department of Cell Biology at NYU. I printed her pictures then, now we are on committees together.

Did anyone else watch . . .

the Lost season finale last night. Ahhhhh! I won't say much, because I don't want to ruin it. But I was very upset by one development, even though I knew it was coming. I can't imagine what the structure of next season is going to be like.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Anders and the watering can

Beach Time on South Padre Island

and see Flickr for more pictures.

(These are just from my little camera - I have a lot of video clips on the Camcorder which need some editing -- stay tuned)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Wedding Dancing

Molly and Anders Twirl Up a Storm

surfin' usa

The Culkins dance up a storm!


For the few people out there who don't already know this, Eric gave Calvin and me a Wii.

I set it up yesterday after getting all my grades in. Last night we played Wii baseball and Wii bowling (actually, I had obsessively gone through all the games earlier in the day and created many Miis). Calvin was better at baseball, I wasn't a bad bowler.

It was incredibly fun.

Unpacking the Wii.

Here is Calvin (and his Mii) taking a few swings.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Molly's Wedding

Molly and Jerry's wedding was wonderful. Great food, beautiful place, mariachis- what more could you ask for? The whole weekend was fun, marred only by massive sunburns, we all got hit to some degree.

My pictures are a little spotty, I kept forgetting to bring my camera, and I was not exactly thorough when I had it. Here are a few, more on flickr.

The happy couple at the rehearsal dinner.

Anders and Aidan in their outfits.

Matt and Bets walking down the aisle.

Pat in the "lounge". I loved sitting there with my fabulous sisters-in-law.

Molly and Jerry dance.

John at the grill.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Graduation. As If.

Neilson graduated from ITP yesterday. The speaker was Amy Heckerling, of Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless fame. Which meant this was the first time I have ever been excited to hear the speaker at a graduation I attended. Her speech was a little long, but funny. (She has a thick Bronx accent, which surprised me given her two great movies were about Southern California.) She gave some good advice, from don't smoke and don't wear high heels to you don't have to make bad movies just because someone is willing to pay you to do it. (ITP is part of Tisch, which houses NYU's film and drama schools.) After the ceremony, we had a picnic in Central Park. More pictures on Flickr.

Thursday, May 15, 2008


John William as Reverend Mother Sister Mary Regina

A "Superior" job, John! Nice Going!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

What do May Flowers Bring?

Frank's Mother's Day flowers to Trish

Neilson's birthday flowers to Kate

Frank's Mothers Day flowers to GrandMary

One of Geneva's many lilac bushes

Sarah's Mother's Day Flowers to Trish and GrandMary

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Go Speed Racer??

Calvin and I went to see Speed Racer on Friday night. It was one of the silliest movies I have ever seen. Silliness doesn't necessarily put me off, particularly when joined with amazing visual effects and super saturated color. I have never seen anything that looks quite like this, but the really bad dialog (kind of a specialty of the Wachowski brothers) and the bad acting were a little annoying.

It did feature Rain- here is his dance-off with Stephen Colbert.

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Friday, May 09, 2008

No more teachers no more books!

I took my last final yesterday morning! I will know on Wednesday whether I am graduating, so keep your fingers crossed. Although there is no reason why I wouldn't graduate there is just something about seeing my name on the official list.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Happy Birthday, Kate!!!!

A woman of many accomplishments, of whom we are very proud. Click here to see just a few reasons why!

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

How are Molly's last weeks in law school going? How are Kym's last weeks in her beloved Spokane going? How are the spider plants doing?

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

A Room With A View

As some of you know, I made a quick trip to Florence last week. It was a little insane, but I have a friend living there for a year, and I have failed to visit other friends living in fabulous places in the past and always regretted it. I told Hosmer I was thinking of going the last weekend I spent with him, and it was one of the few times he seem really engaged and excited. (Also I remember him talking about visiting Florence with Florence once, and he put his arm around her shoulders and said "It is your city dear." At which she gave her signature eye roll.). The living room in the apartment where I stayed had a view of Duomo. I saw many martyred saints and ate many plates of pasta and cups of gelato. What more can you ask of a trip? Here are some photos; you can see more on flickr.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Yankee Stadium, May 3, 2008

Yesterday, several of my friends from college, their husbands and wives, and their children, and my mom, made a pilgrimage to the "old" Yankee stadium, to say goodbye and watch the Yankees beat the Mariners. Many hot dogs were consumed, and the children (all boys, for some reason) were great--only one two year old left before the end of the game. Later, in one friend's hotel room, things went south when one child bit another one, but by the end of the night everything was smoothed over.

Iron Man!

Calvin and I went to see Iron Man before going out to dinner on our anniversary. Robert Downey Jr. was born to play this role, he is fabulous. How often do you see a Hollywood blockbuster where the hero solders integrated circuits? There are a few unfortunate stereotypical bad Muslim villains, but I guess that's what you get these days.

Here is an article on Wired about the soundtrack.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Happy Anniversary Jody and Calvin

I've been uploading some of my old pictures to Flickr, including some of Jody and Calvin's wedding. You can also re-live Molly's graduation and Christmas in Oswego, 2002.