My Third Grade Journal

June 01, 2010 By: erik Category: Funny, Nostalgia, USA 539 views

Third Grade JournalMy third grade teacher, Mrs. Black, made us keep a journal throughout the entire school year. It was yet another part of my education that I absolutely despised the teacher for making me do, but that I am immensely grateful for her making me do it. As anyone who has attempted NaBloPoMo will tell you, some days you just don’t have anything to say, but darned if forcing yourself to do it doesn’t make some interesting things come out.

As an eight-year-old, school activities and cub scouts dominated my routine, and girls were clearly opponents considered to be “on the other team”. I particularly like the references to people and big events that I still remember. Many of the people mentioned are still my friends 23 years later.
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Nora's favorite word

May 28, 2010 By: erik Category: Funny, Geeky, Offspring 101 views

I came up with this silly little wordplay joke the other day. It’s kind of like those goofy jokes from children’s joke books about a dog saying that sandpaper is “Ruff!” Okay, have I lowered your expectations enough? Here we go:

Q: What is Nora’s favorite word?

A: Panorama.

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Off-Camera Flash, Part 2

May 28, 2010 By: erik Category: Experiments, Offspring, Photography, Photos 148 views

Ooh, what's in here?It’s been just over a year since my last experiments with taking off-camera flash shots of my daughter. All yesterday she was reminding me, both in looks and behavior, of the title character of that 1993 Dennis the Menace movie, so I decided to take some photos of her during her playtime before bed. Recently, when my flash is on my camera, I can’t get her to look at anything besides the flash, so in all of my photos of her, she’s looking just above the camera. This problem is what gave me the idea to try my off-camera flash transmitter to see if I could capture her looking more at the camera or at least not looking almost into the camera.
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Visiting Colindres in May

May 26, 2010 By: erik Category: Family, Photos, Spain, Travel 331 views

The following is a document written by my father, Paul Rasmussen, about his recent trip to visit us in May 2010.

At the top of the slideWe just returned from our seventh vacation in Spain. Some of them, like Erik and Marga’s wedding, or Nora’s baptism, were centered on events. One of them – Extremadura in August – was centered on learning the Spanish vacation lifestyle. Sometimes Betsy and I spent a few days in Madrid or Barcelona along the way, working on our Spanish, and on our ability to enjoy Spain without a guide. This time, however, we traveled directly to Colindres to visit our son and his family on May 11 and 12, and directly home on May 21. More than any other trip, this was purely a vacation. Well, there was the occasion of my birthday on May 19, but I’ll get to that later. Read the rest of this entry →

Parents' Visit – May 2010

May 25, 2010 By: erik Category: Family, Photos, Spain 200 views

In the park with DaddyMy father has sent me some photos he took during his recent visit. They provide a pretty good snapshot of our daily routines, from the playground to the local grocery store, to evening bath time. It seems amazing to me that just ten days ago we had Nora in her winter coat and today she’s sweating in the lightest white linen suit. Read the rest of this entry →

Nora's First Haircut

May 24, 2010 By: erik Category: News, Offspring, Photos 271 views

First HaircutAfter a few dozen “You should cut her hair!” comments from friends, we finally broke down and cut Nora’s hair on her 14-month birthday today. I didn’t get a chance to take a “before” picture, but, let’s face it, she was pretty scruffy-looking. Neither Marga nor I have never really understood the point of keeping the first locks cut off a baby, so we passed on that.

Shortly after her daycare pickup time, a huge (for us) storm rolled in and it started pouring rain. I called up Marga and she said she was in a peluquerí­a getting Nora’s hair cut. A few minutes later, I got a call requesting that I go down to the local peluquerí­a and bring an umbrella and the plastic bubble to put on the stroller. When I arrived, I found little Nora sporting a nice new do (and some doodoo, too).
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Nora at the beach

May 24, 2010 By: erik Category: Beach, Offspring, Photos 161 views

Nora's first trip to the beachWe live about an eight minute car ride from one of the nicest beaches on the northern coast of Spain. Last year, shackled to an infant, we never went once. But this year we’re looking forward to many more trips, maybe even a sand castle or two, and seeing just how much sand a baby can ingest. The weather on Sunday was gorgeous, so we had to go. First we walked several kilometers up and down the walkway that follows the curve of the beach, and then we put the stroller in the car and took Nora for her first time walking on the beach and having her feet in the surf. If we had realized just what a wonderful day it was going to be, we might have taken bathing suits and a better camera.
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Taking A Stand

May 22, 2010 By: erik Category: Uncategorized 104 views

thumbToday, Nora and her mother were playing the cutest game, with Nora, who already understands about telephones, “dialing” the phone and handing it to her mother, who would pretend to talk for a bit and then hand it back. I said, “Keep doing that, I’m going to get the camera!” And when I got back, they were still at it. Adorable footage captured. Yay.

But what no one was expecting was what came next!
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Weekend Flowers

May 21, 2010 By: erik Category: Photos 169 views

FlowersThis morning I got up at 4:45 to take my parents to the Bilbao airport. I was back home by 6:45, just in time for Marga to go off to work. I snuck in an hour of sleep until Nora woke up at 8:00 wanting breakfast. Her snot-encrusted philtrum was a pitiful sight. She’s been suffering from a sniffly mucusfest of a cold for the past two days, the poor thing.

About mid-morning, I put her in her crib for a few minutes (she immediately stood up) while I ran around the house doing some errands, and when I came back, she had taken her pants off. Today was hotter than it has been recently, so I understood her motivation. Still, it’s shocking when she accomplishes things like that. Oh, and she also turned over a chair in the dining room today while in her walker.

To help begin a relaxing weekend, I thought I’d share some flower photos I took a few weeks ago. Enjoy… Read the rest of this entry →

Birthday Mariscada

May 20, 2010 By: erik Category: Family, Food, Photos, Spain 685 views

Paul with his Crab FeastYesterday was my father’s 61st birthday. Ever since we celebrated his sixtieth birthday last May by eating a mariscada at a local restaurant, he has been planning on/hoping for/not-so-subtly requesting a repeat celebration this year. A mariscada is a platter of marisco, which generally translates to “seafood” in English, but usually specifically refers only to shellfish. The region of Galicia is very famous for its marisco, but the mariscada we had in Vigo was a big let down after that of our local restaurant, El Guti, which is where we dined last night. The restaurant is owned by a friend of ours, José Luis. Now, on to the photos… Read the rest of this entry →