Denim Girl

September 14, 2010 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos 254 views

Denim GirlThe mid-September Cantabrian weather is quite annoying. It’s too cold to go out in anything less than long pants and a light jacket until about 11:00, when it becomes too hot to have anything more than shorts and a t-shirt on. For someone who usually spends 10:00 to 12:00 outdoors with his daughter, this is quite problematic. Do you withstand the cold early on or the heat later? Today, Nora tried on some blue jeans for what I believe to be the first time.
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Wedding in Zaragoza

September 13, 2010 By: erik Category: Offspring, Partying, Photos, Spain, Travel, Videos 1,141 views

Nora and Marga, Plaza del Pilar, ZaragozaThis past weekend we went to Zaragoza for a wedding. The groom was Marga’s cousin, Manu, and the bride was named Irene, previously unknown to us. We left on Friday afternoon, stopping at a rest stop just before Haro, Rioja, for a half hour to meet up with my in-laws, so we could make the rest of the journey together. Marga spent five years at the University of Zaragoza, and she was excited to introduce me to the city.
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Monster in the Closet

September 09, 2010 By: erik Category: House, Offspring, Photos 171 views

Monster in the Closet (crop)In just about every room of the house, Nora has a favorite place that she will go to if you carry her in and set her down in that room. In my office, she likes the corner with the guitar; in the kitchen, she likes the spot behind the stools; and in our bedroom, she used to like my bedside table best, but she’s recently discovered the wardrobes, and the fact that she can get inside one and close the door.
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Agriculturally Inclined Neighbors

September 08, 2010 By: erik Category: Complaining, Politics, Religion, Spain, USA 319 views

Agriculturally Inclined Neighbors (crop, no pun intended)Today a neighbor of mine whispered some gossip in my ear about something he’d seen on another neighbor’s balcony. I was surprised that I had not discovered this gossip on my own, since it’s about the balcony that we have the best view of from our own and was the source of my most viewed photo on Flickr. Apparently, in the evenings, our young neighbor can be seen carefully spraying and lovingly caring for a plant on his balcony. I’ve heard that this guy had kind of a wild youth, so his parents must be very proud that he’s working so hard on his gardening project.
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Shrinking Clothes

September 07, 2010 By: erik Category: Complaining, Offspring, Photos 344 views

I support my parents' political beliefsWe’re going to a wedding this weekend, so I had to try on my wedding suit. I found the pants to be a little tighter than they were three years ago at my wedding. Sigh…

Only the very biggest clothes that Nora had last year are going to get any use this year. Today she put on her “I support my parents’ political beliefs”, from The Onion Store. It fit her perfectly.
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The Private Internet

September 06, 2010 By: erik Category: Geeky, Internet, Reviews 351 views

AOLbookRemember back in 1995, when companies didn’t advertise their internet urls so much, but their AOL keywords. “Find us online with AOL keyword ‘fluffy anvils’!” The reason this worked is that so many people connected to the internet via AOL that some people never even ventured out into the world wide web, but kept their entire online experience confined to AOL’s private servers. Corporations had, and I presume paid handsomely for, their own AOL pages.
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The Proper Way To Hold A Baby

September 06, 2010 By: erik Category: Funny, Offspring, Videos 368 views

Nora with baby dollThrough our loving parenting, Nora has developed a natural understanding about how to treat a baby. Since her grandparents bought her a toy stroller and a baby doll to go in it, she has spent much time pushing the baby around the house and feeding it with the toy bottle that came with it and fits into its mouth. I have to wonder if she is modeling her behavior after her parents, and thus understands that she is the baby in normal life, or if she is mimicking how she has seen other parents treat other babies.

Yesterday I set her on her special chair that is still a little too high for her to sit on herself and gave her one of her baby dolls. She immediately began doing cute things with it, so I grabbed a video camera.
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Loitering

September 03, 2010 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos, Videos 107 views

Resting (crop)Yesterday we were running ahead of schedule, so Nora and I took a leisurely stroll to her daycare. She walked about halfway there, which is only about 150 meters. I can see just how slow traveling on foot with a toddler is going to be. Normally when we walk somewhere, she has to run her hand along every filthy surface along the way. Yesterday, she thought it would be a good idea to clean off a dusty ledge with the front of her dress and face.
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iPad Photoshop Fun

September 02, 2010 By: erik Category: Experiments, Geeky, Photos, Photoshop 212 views

Heron iPad FramebreakRecently the iPad has been a source of inspiration for my photoshop creativity. Since it functions so well as a photoframe, it seemed only natural to use it as a frame for frame breaking. I also must admit to being astonished that I seem to be the first person to see its pristine reflective glass as a place to put an ice skater. It seems so natural to me. Here are my first two attempts at iPad photoshoppery.
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Batalla de Flores 2010

August 30, 2010 By: erik Category: Art, Offspring, Photos, Spain, Travel, Videos 354 views

Batalla de Flores 2010Parking in nearby beach tourist town, Laredo, is really a nightmare in July and August, especially for those of us that go there year round. But never is the parking problem worse than on the last Friday of August, when Laredo hosts their famous Batalla de Flores (Flower Battle), a parade of floats with 100% real flowers. So this year we came up with a parking strategy.

I’ve been walking a lot lately, so we decided that I would drive the car to Laredo in the morning, park it as close to the downtown parade site as possible, and then walk back home. I took Nora with me since she isn’t any extra work on walks (when bribed with cookies), but she is a handful to care for around the house. Then, at 17:00, we set out walking to Laredo. Immediately the sky began to look ominous, and about halfway there, it began to rain. We managed to find a little shelter and soon the rain slowed and then stopped. We got there late for the initial lap (for the judges to see the floats), but we caught the entire second lap (for the awards to be given) and a little of the third lap (for the awards to be paraded, literally, around the town).
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