Month: June 2017

May 2017

May 2017

We forgot to bring something to school for Chilkoot’s “show and share,” so Chilkoot successfully improvised.

We dropped the kids off at school and day care so we could once again go to Sourfest at Brouwers. It was fun. And delicious. But no Cantillon. I think we were especially impressed with some Trinity beers.

We visited my mom, and using an Amazon cardboard box, the salvaged motor from Chilkoot’s deceased vacuum, a battery I actually paid for, and various sundries, we made a terrible little car that could almost move by itself (except that the battery weights 1400 pounds). We’ve made one or two upgrades since then, but it’s still not quite self-powered.

We of course celebrated Mothers Day. The kids made their mom breakfast in bed (meaning, I made it). I think it turned out OK, but ask KrisDi. She also got mimosas, which might have sweetened her impression a little.

Chilkat decided to make her mom a 3D paper dalmatian (in honor of Molly), and she had grand plans and no concept of how to achieve them. I actually had a lot of fun helping her out with realizing her vision. She started out by drawing on paper and cutting parts out — two sheets of paper for head, two circles for body, four tiny little rectangles for legs, a tiny squiggle for a tail… I’m not sure why, but she cut the ears out of the two head parts and made me cover the holes with paper towels and then tape the cut-out ears on so they could flap around. Anyway, the head was about 1000x too large to match anything else. I started to wrap the head-pieces around into a cylinder, and she was like, “Yeah, that’s good! But how do we make it round the other way?” Clearly not understanding that you can easily fold or wrap sheets of paper into a head-like shape. After the head was built (which required a third sheet to make it so the ears were actually opposing instead of on the back of the head), Chilkat realized that everything else was too tiny — I convinced her to use an Amazon cardboard box as a body, she made new legs, we worked out a scheme so the tongue could move in and out. I’m excited to help her actually improvise and build things.

The White Sox were in town. Mom came down to watch the kids so KrisDi and I could go with P-Dubs and his girlfriend to a night game. We ate some grasshoppers.

The next day, Mom took care of the kids while KrisDi and I had a grownup day, going out with P-Dubs and his girlfriend again for food and beer and general walking around downtown without children. It was nice.

The next day we took Mom and the kids to the Zoo, which Mom has been subtly hinting that she wanted to do. Then, we took Mom to her very first professional baseball game! This was a day game, so we took the kids, too. It was fun.

Chilkat set up a play date with L, one of her classmates. Apparently she has set up more than one with more than one other child, but this was the first time the other child talked to her parent and got them to call us to set it up. So, we met them at a park, played, and ate tacos. Since then, we met them at another park and hosted them at our house. They seem like nice people.

KrisDi ordered a new piece of furniture for our front entry to try to slightly reduce the chaos we have there. I expect no one but me to be excited about it, but Chilkat decided to craft a boat out of its box, and an ocean out of the styrofoam packing material, which I thought was awesome.

I have earned a reputation at work as the beer guide. I took two Japanese guys and a Chicagoan out on brewery tours. It turned out to be a beautiful day, and our first stop unexpectedly gave us the best brewery tour I’ve ever had. Just after we ordered beer, the founder of Hi-Fi came out and started to talk to us, then dragged us into the back where all the brewing occurs and talked us (in detail) through all their brewing process. Interestingly, they heat with a steam boiler (and they attached an antique train whistle to the boiler), and they grind their own malt and built an interesting auger/tube contraption to deliver it directly to the mash tun. We also went to Black Raven, Redhook, Fremont, and Holy Mountain. I think they were exhausted; one of the Japanese guys jokingly said he was done with beer, but would drink whiskey, but when I pointed out that we were literally in the same building as a distillery, he decided he meant he was actually done drinking. The Chicagoan and I dropped them off and then went to Malt and Vine to finish the evening off.

Unusually, we had a fire in the backyard, and cooked smokies and marshmallows and had a good time. I took a bunch of the scrap wood that has been floating around the backyard and started actually getting rid of it, which is nice.

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April 2017 (minus Japan)

April 2017 (excluding Japan)

I previously posted all my words and pictures about my trip to Japan, but there are other words and other pictures for things that happened in April, but not in Japan.

KrisDi saw Cirque du Soleil with T. KrisDi says those people were amazing, except the contortionist who was freaky.

The Pope and I went to the Scotch and Beer Festival, as we usually do — but, this time we took one of my Japanese colleagues with us. H-san was here to work at my company for three months or so, and I promised to take him out to try different beers, and this ended up being what worked best. Unfortunately, I think the quantity of beer and whiskey was a little too much for him — we sampled beers for a while, then we went for the Scotch flight, at which he said, “This whiskey kills me!” I think overall, he had a good time. I have an increasing reputation as the company beer guide.

Simultaneously, kids at the zoo with the other Popes. A good time was had by all, as usual. But, nothing particularly special.

Easter, as usual, was at E-Dubs’. Les got to come out and spend it with us. The kids got shit-tons of candy, lots of eggs to find. Chilkat was really good about helping/letting the other littler kids find the easy eggs first, and only finding as many as she was supposed to, and then helping the other kids.

G False Alarm took me out for my birthday. We started at The Whiskey Bar, visited Cloudburst, then lunch at the Grill From Ipanema, then back to Cloudburst (to retrieve G’s card, which he left there), then the Old Stove, then things got a little fuzzy…but I had a good time.

Mommy Son Day. Elliot Bay for breakfast, then a nearby park, bowling, to the mall, Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch, then Chilkoot wanted to just go home and hang out. Chilkoot was really cute — he wanted to “look handsome” for Mom, so he chose to wear a tie. He got a couple Lego sets. He also got an autograph book from the Disney store.

Daddy Daughter Day. We started out at Top Pot, then Target for candy and a toy. We saw The Boss Baby (Chilkat’s second time, my first). We went to some indoor play place in Factoria (but it had a super long wait to get in). Then Chilkat got a cardboard horse to draw on, followed by dinner at Red Robin and dessert at Baskin Robbins. It was a generally good day.

KrisDi went to Chicago for her cousin’s wedding shower, leaving me with the kids. She says it was nice to relax a bit and see her family, too short of a visit. Amazingly, she made it on both standby flights she tried.

While she was in Illinois, I had the kids for the weekend. We’re starting to have a tradition of eating a picnic in the back of the truck, now dubbed “trucknic.” We also made KrisDi’s birthday present (which was quickly transformed into a Mother’s Day present because Chilkat couldn’t wait that long). We went to the park and had a picnic there, too. After the park, we visited T-Bone, and set up his tent for the kids to play in. They also played on his hammock and with his XBox. The morning after, strangely enough, Chilkoot got sick. It was really weird. He was totally normal when he work up around seven, then started to slow down when he came downstairs about 8:00, and then started to puke frequently, lost his appetite completely, and became lethargic (no fever, no other symptoms that I could tell). At one point, I set him down on the couch in an awkward position, and he laid there without moving (or sleeping) for 30 minutes. When he did finally move again, it was to puke. Around 12:30, he asked for yogurt, and by 1, he was completely fine. Chilkat was extremely helpful (for real), and Chilkoot was actually really good about puking only in proper receptacles. Poor kid.

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May Food

May Food

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March 2017

March Photos

I had a birthday. It was about three months ago now. As mentioned in a previous food post, I’m a little bit behind. What do I still remember from around that timeframe? I remember dragging the family to a bunch of breweries with the kids (I think we went to PostDoc, Mac & Jack’s, Four Generals in one day), which was fun. KrisDi gave me an awesome pen. I took a detailed composite picture of the damascus steel finial with a $50k machine at work (actually, I don’t remember the options on that machine, it could be closer to $150k). Mom also came down and watched the kids while KrisDi and I went to breweries — Standard, Cloudburst, Holy Mountain (and Windy City Pie), Stoup, Reuben’s, and Peddler. It was a good day.

My colleague from Japan gave the kids a mini donut kit, which they immediately used and completely devoured. They appeared to enjoy it.

Chilkat’s class had an author day. Chilkat had three how-to books: How to Get a Butterfly Into Your House (the trick is to turn the house into a flower), How To Ride the Bus Home, and How To Make Chocolate Chip Cookies. I’m so impressed with these books — I guarantee I wasn’t capable of it at a comparable age. Also, it was gratifying to see how far from sensible some of the other kids’ books were compared to my singularly superior child.

KrisDi still has every other Friday off. On those days, we usually let Chilkat sleep in and ride the bus, instead of waking her up at 5:30 so I can take her to before-school care at 6:30. On those days, I can take Chilkoot earlier — I started taking him to breakfast. The first time, we went to a Shari’s and had pancakes. Since then, it’s been donuts, and I’m really tired of donuts. I like spending those mornings with Chilkoot before breakfast, though.

We drove all the way down to Medford for our friend Ava Nichol’s birthday party. It was a long drive, but a nice weekend. We hit Screen Door (our favorite breakfast in Portland) on the way down, and a couple breweries (Falling Sky and Three Magnets) on the way back.

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April Food

April 2017 Food

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