Friday, January 30, 2009

We're Committed Now

Valentines for Conservators These aren't going to make sense to many people, but these are a teaser for our little business venture, creating beautiful and useful products for conservators. It'll be a little bit before Ozge and her sister are ready for us to have our website up, so I made these Valentines for people to print out and give to their friends. I don't know if clicking on it will give the full size page. If it does, and you see these and they make sense to you, please print them and use them and send them to your friends. The captions read: "Valentine, We Oddy Be Friends Forever", "Valentine, You could never brush and vacuum away my love for you", "Valentine, I approve this treatment", "Our love can never be disassembled", "To My Valentine, Label Me Yours".
Most people will be confused, but I can tell you that the fellow conservators I sent these to, love them.
I'm in a panic, but everything's good.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Nebraska Getaway

Window display at a lawyer's office, Omaha
I usually say things like, "I can't believe it's (fill in the month) already!" because it always seems like I'm 8 weeks behind, but right now I can't believe it's still January. Enough already! This month I have been to 4 states, not counting airports, took on a new intern, worked on a business mission statement with Ozge and Rebecca, joined a gym (and went!), Ashley went to San Diego for a consultation, Obama became president, Theron got suspended for getting in a fight over freeze dancing, and I took a 5.5% pay cut. It just seems like shouldn't it be February now?

Last weekend, as I mentioned, I went to visit Rebecca in Omaha. I couldn't believe I actually found 4 pairs of matching socks and my good coat and gloves, so I was ready for snow. When I got there it just looked brown all over, but we headed toward Lincoln to visit the lab and drove into a storm. I was so delighted I didn't really notice that Rebecca was becoming more and more silent, and finally we abandoned that idea and turned around to go back to Omaha. We stopped at a super fun truckstop for snacks and browsing. I bought a really cute jackalope magnet that I can't find now. You can also buy sheets there for your truck cab and take a shower. And buy hunting supplies and romantic stimulants.

More from the lawyer's office. I don't know what kind of lawyer.


In the conservation lab at the Ford Center

Rebecca is my muse and she helped me flesh out some ideas for our infant business. She showed me what she's working on - so inspiring!

We ate delicious healthy food at the vegetarian restaurant a block away from her apartment. I ate a portabello mushroom lovingly massaged with garlic butter. We ate there Sunday, too, and I decided to order something that had been given accupuncture. Saturday night I had an Omaha steak and oh, boy, they're not famous for nothing.

Doorbell intercom in Rebecca's apartment

Stamp on the back of Rebecca's toilet

Sunday the city was covered with a powdery white blanket. We drove to Iowa (!) to visit the little museum at the DeSoto Wildlife Refuge. The museum houses the recovered goods from the Steamboat Bertrand that sank in the Missouri River in 1865.

Matches tipped with such potent sulphur they lit a man's pants on fire, and spontaneously ignited in the conservation lab

Frozen lake at the DeSoto Refuge

Whose tracks are these?

Rebecca is the perfect hostess - we had a grand time. I'm so grateful for the good friends that I have.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Fabulous Travels

Too tired for much writing tonight. Spent the weekend in Omaha with Rebecca enjoying the great company and the SNOW!
Blythe J.C. and Akemi
The perfect and beautiful sky over Hwy 2 tonight
I know it's terrible to complain that things are too perfect, but it's been TOO hot here lately. Snow was such a welcome change. When I got back to Burbank people were in shorts.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Theron and I watched today. I teared up but only a little. It's hard to have a moment when the person sitting in your lap is saying things like Aretha sure yells a lot or wouldn't it be funny if that person fell off the balcony. Still sweet anyway. Pretty wonderful day.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Today's Special

Things we found on the land, including pieces of armadillo armor, armadillo hip bone, skunk skull, rodent-gnawed cow bone

Me: What did you have for lunch today?
Theron: We had pizza and burgers.
Me: You had pizza AND a burger?
Theron: Yes. Well, it was just some meat in a bun so I added pickle and Voila!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

More From Oklahoma

Ashley, Theron, and Grandma Dorothy
At the diner with Bob
Theron in the tree


Sunday, January 04, 2009

The New Year

We met the new year in Oklahoma. Pictures for now...

The cows gather to hear what Ashley has to tell them.

Theron's hair matches the grass

The property adjacent - Theron says 'you can tell a rich person lives there because of the yellow grasses'.

Carpet of moss on carpet

Former armadillo