Lincoln Park Zoo

Dear wonderful people of Chicago who fund the Lincoln Park Zoo, You have our heartfelt gratitude for the daily de-cranking that your wonderful, and FREE, zoo afforded our crankasaurus1. Finlaggan was largely unimpressed by the bear, camels, giraffe, zebra, and other colourful, exotic animals. Not for him, these creatures that populate his books. No, Mr […]

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Mama’s and Dada’s Days

Although Fin isn’t old enough to understand what either day means, we had some fun celebrating both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day this year1. My present from P was a nice big pile of pancakes: And my present from Fin was a nice long lie-in. Until 10am! And some flowers, freshly beheaded from my little […]

A stroll around Lincoln Park

After showing you our West LA / Santa Monica neighbourhood earlier this week, I thought I’d better get a move on and write up a few words about our brief stay in Chicago before the photos become meaningless to us. I know that somewhere, on our back-up HDD and DVDs lie a slew of photos, […]

Beach baby

Come rain or shine, Fin loves the beach! It may be the sand, or the freedom to wander, or maybe it’s just that it’s so different from his daily routine of concrete and roads. Whatever the reason, we’re glad he’s always happy on the beach! Santa Monica Beach, CA Dockweiler Beach, CA Venice Beach, CA […]

Waffling on and on

We have something of a love-hate relationship with our waffle maker. Back in the day of believing that Krups doesn’t make crap, we bought an electric waffle maker. All attempts at waffle-making with the included recipe and several epicurious versions resulted in things which resembled waffles, but were nothing like. Examples: Too dry. Tasted like […]

Spring picnic

In keeping with our resolution no. 1, we had our third monthly party of 2012: a spring-time picnic. There’s a nice park on Pico and Virginia Ave in Santa Monica1 with two, yes two, playgrounds: one for toddlers and one for older, more agile/boisterous kids. And we like going on a Saturday morning when there’s […]