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Tulip Festival 2008

Jodi, as always, does a much better job of keeping up with periodic blog posts about things going on in our lives. She posted pretty quickly about our trip last weekend up to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, including some adorable pictures of Gabriel. Yes, I’m biased, but I do think the photos are adorable enough to warrant a second post.

See the rest of the photos in this Flickr set.

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Happiness is…

A little boy who’s starting to break his flu/fever/cold cycle and is definitely feeling better this morning!

A 7:15am walk with the boy to Starbucks and then around the neighborhood.

The boy watching the cars and buses pass at the intersections as we waited for the light to change.

A crisp, drizzly Seattle morning… perfect for a walk.

The boy watching the the middle school kids arrive for their school day at Washington Middle School.

Getting back home in time for a great morning nap!

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Partial Credit at the University of Washington

Yesterday, Gabriel and I took a few hours in the afternoon to go walk around the UW campus. Well, actually it was more like 2 hours and 45 mins of this was for the bus-ride up and back.

Yes, that’s right.. the bus ride. I haven’t been taking the bus too much lately given my new work schedule — I keep G in the morning until Rachel arrives and come home later in the evening (making traffic a lot better and buses a lot less frequent). So, feeling a little bit guilty about the change, I decided to make use of the bus to get to the UW.

Riding the 48 bus north to UW on a Saturday wasn’t too bad. I felt a little awkward with him strapped in the stroller taking up part of the aisle, but he kept pretty busy watching the other passengers (particularly one fellow across the bus who was reading with great concentration).

Then we walked all around the UW for an hour or so and had a great time. It was kind of fun to walk around the core of campus with all the students swirling around us. G was enthralled watching the mass of students passing in every direction! I found it sort of funny too that of the only two (totally separate) conversations I was really able to overhear as we walked… both involved the speaker’s relief that they would qualify for “partial credit” on their project. Ah, mediocrity.

In any case, we finished up by hopping the southbound 48 bus from the NW end of campus. Strangely, this bus driver insisted that I take G out of the stroller. It seemed strange to me that he’d somehow be safer squirming around in my arms as I tried to keep the stroller from moving away (vs just remaining strapped into the 5-point restraint in the stroller so I only have to focus on keeping the stroller from moving). But, I’m sure there was some exam at Metro Transit Bus Driver school where you don’t even get partial credit for allowing the first option. πŸ™‚

We made it home safely. Success!

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Caucus Photos

Jodi took some photos of the caucus proceedings, and had some photos taken of her and Gabriel — I’ve posted them to the Flickr:

Here’s Little G at his first caucus!! πŸ™‚


Here’s me leading the start of the caucus:


Also, thanks to Adam Perry who took a bunch of photos and sent me the link to the tagged photos (also at Flickr):

None in that batch with Gabriel, but they give a number of views of the process — especially the delegate selection process toward the end! Here’s one that shows some of the 173 people we crammed into the room and out into the hallway.

 37-1833 Caucus

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I’m here — sort of!

Contrary to my sister’s assertion and (coincidentally, I expect) my father’s admonition over the telephone just hours before C’s post went live, I do still blog. And even more importantly, I read other people’s blogs!

Yes, I realize it’s been since November that I’ve last posted. In fact, when I realized after Christmas that it’d been nearly 2 months, I actively decided to wait until it had actually been 2 full months before posting again (giving myself a bit of a breather). Well, today is the 16th of January, making it 2 months since my Barcelona post. So, with that break, I’ll try to post at least a bit more often. I’ve built up quite a queue of things to post about, and now it’s just about finding time.

So, what have we (or, at least I) been up to since November 16th? Tons!

  • G’s 4 month checkup in November
  • BG (MIL) and Tim visit for Thanksgiving
  • Went to an informational thing about the new penguin exhibit to be built at the zoo
  • Lots of holiday parties (MS-Exchange, Neurology, 37Dems, probably others I’m forgetting)
  • We had Neuro applicants (and a bunch of residents) over for an applicant dinner in December
  • Spent Xmas week in Texas: some in Houston, some in Austin — G got to meet lots of family
  • Went to “Caucus Training” to learn how to run my precinct caucus on Feb 9th
  • Filed our state and city Excise/B&O taxes for Rockhopper Papers
  • Prepared the W2/W3 year-end stuff for our nanny, Rachel
  • Spent just about every waking (and some non-waking) minute with G and J

So, as you can I’ve had lots of time for blogging and I’m just a lazy slacker. Catherine. Sheesh! πŸ™‚

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Leaving Barcelona

Well, my time in Barcelona is drawing to a close. “Time in Barcelona?!”, you may be thinking. And you should be! Because I have done a lousy, unreliable job of keeping my public up to date on what’s going on.

Well, since going back to work at the end of October, things have been pretty level. But then BAM all of a sudden I’m in Barcelona presenting at the IT Forum TechEd conference for a week. Not entirely unexpected (I’d bought my ticket back in September), but it still came up quite fast. So now I’ve spent nearly the week out of the country and away from J and the boy. It’ll be good to be back!

Sessions all went well, and I was able to do quite a bit of touring later in the week. Barcelona is a great city, and I’m really excited to bring J back here at some point!

Here are a couple of photos of things I saw, and the whole Barcelona 2007 Flickr set is public visibility so feel free to have a look at the rest of the photos as well.

 PB130024 PB140073 PB140068 PB140002

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End of an Era

Well, my month at home with “the Boy” (aka Little G) is rapidly drawing to a close. Tomorrow I go back to work.

Today is also my birthday, so it’s a little bittersweet that my “present” is being done with my month. πŸ™

I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed and cherished this month even more than I expected. I knew it would be “fun” and “wonderful”, blah blah blah… I didn’t realize how much I’d really enjoy spending all day every day with my little guy.

He’s grown and changed so incredibly much just in this month, it’s hard to believe. We started out the month targeting a couple of things for our time:

  • Solidifying the scheduling Jodi had started — getting him to sleep and eat and play at the right times during the day and sleeping (give or take) regularly through the night.
  • Increased acceptance and success with “tummy-time”

Well, we knocked both of those out of the park — Little G now sleeps regularly through the night (Thanks BabyWise!), and we’re doing great with tummy-time too!




Tummy Time!  






   The Dodds  




Yesterday we ran in the Pumpkin Push 5k (our 3rd time with this race and Gabriel’s 2nd… sort of). We convinced MIL to run the race with us as well, and we got a couple of great photos! My camera was acting up, so good thing MIL had hers along!



Four Runners
(ok, 3 plus one pumpkin being pushed) 





 We’ll take that friendly-looking pumpkin there in the middle. πŸ™‚



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Rosie the Roomba

We picked out Rosie (our Roomba) a few weeks ago and brought her home.


(*for her privacy, this is not actually our Rosie)

So far she’s been a great addition to the family, and she’s done a spot better keeping the floors clean than we ever did previously. πŸ™‚

The other day in the newspaper there was a fun article about how, um, dedicated some Roomba owners/parents can be. Although we’ve not dressed Rosie up in a little maid uniform, we’ve actually considered dressing her up as a pumpkin for Halloween. Ok, I have considered this. I think Jodi’s still sane.

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Parental Leave

Well, September just flew by. I didn’t do much blog posting, if for no other reason than because Jodi+Gabriel+I spent so much of my “time I might normally be blogging during” time doing fun mommy+daddy+baby stuff instead. πŸ™‚

But now September is effectively over. Which leads us into October… and a month of me taking parental leave from work!

It officially starts Monday, but I’m thinking of this morning (Saturday) as the first day of my leave. We’ve (roughly) got Gabriel on a schedule now, which in some respects limits how much fun we can have — no all day activities (like we’d be able to do that anyway!), but also helps us all to get better sleep at night.

This should be an illuminating month. A month to remember.


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Adam and Martha Visit us in Seattle

On their way back from the honeymoon cruise in Alaska we got to spend Sunday morning with Adam and Martha and then deposit them at the airport for their flight home. We got some breakfast and then did an hour or two of driving tour around Seattle to a handful of the easy places to visit (Pikes Market, Kerry Park, UW, etc).

See the Flickr set here.

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