Archive for December, 2009

Power Break

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Southern California Edison finally managed to do their repairs, which meant that we actually had a power failure this morning for three hours. We lost our ‘N’ wireless router when the power started up again (I neglected to unplug it), but it was quickly replaced with last years ‘G’ wireless router. If you are reading this now, then you know it works, since it is also the router for our webserver.

We have another Christmas party to go to today, then we will be nesting at home until after Christmas. Additional posts will be coming in the next few days …

NFL Week 15

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

NFL_week_15Ashley is sure to win, unless Minnesota loses to Carolina and the New York Giants win tomorrow, making Rich the winner. A lot of upsets today.

Camilla’s Stocking, from Grandma Gene

Saturday, December 19th, 2009
Camilla's Stocking from Grandma Gene

Camilla's Stocking from Grandma Gene

I got this from Grandma Gene while I was in Indianapolis. A mostly complete stocking for Camilla, hand stitched by Gene! It was two years in the making. Gabi says she’ll complete it, maybe even for this Christmas.

Thanks, Grandma Gene!

Camilla's Stocking, from Grandma Gene

Saturday, December 19th, 2009
Camilla's Stocking from Grandma Gene

Camilla's Stocking from Grandma Gene

I got this from Grandma Gene while I was in Indianapolis. A mostly complete stocking for Camilla, hand stitched by Gene! It was two years in the making. Gabi says she’ll complete it, maybe even for this Christmas.

Thanks, Grandma Gene!

Tom Rebuilds His House

Friday, December 18th, 2009
Entrance to House from Garage

Entrance to House from Garage

Tom is amazing. Not only was he johnny-on-the-spot for Mom’s adventures yesterday (problem with dialysis, all cleared up now), but he has rebuilt parts of the first floor of his home to accommodate Mom and Dad.

Above is the handhold that he added to the entrance, so they would have something to hold onto going up steps (essential!).

Below is the renovated toilet downstairs, again obviously done with the parents in mind. Way to go, Tom!

This toilet was not renovated with the college kids in mind.

This toilet was not renovated with the college kids in mind.

Daniel and Camilla’s Christmas Show

Thursday, December 17th, 2009
Emma and Camilla Dance!

Emma and Camilla Dance!

This one is purely for parents – Dan-dan and Camilla dancing and singing at the Temecula Montessori Christmas Festival 2009. Five short videos. See them below the fold!

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Daniel and Camilla's Christmas Show

Thursday, December 17th, 2009
Emma and Camilla Dance!

Emma and Camilla Dance!

This one is purely for parents – Dan-dan and Camilla dancing and singing at the Temecula Montessori Christmas Festival 2009. Five short videos. See them below the fold!

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Mom’s Physical Therapy

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
Nina and Mom on the practice stairs

Nina and Mom on the practice stairs

Mom has physical and occupational therapy five days a week now. There is absolutely no doubt that she is far more agile and pain-free than any time that I have seen her in two years. Note the photo above. If you look at her ankles, she is wearing four pound weights on each leg. This is not just trying to go up stairs, but doing so with lots of resistance.

Mom's Physical Therapy

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
Nina and Mom on the practice stairs

Nina and Mom on the practice stairs

Mom has physical and occupational therapy five days a week now. There is absolutely no doubt that she is far more agile and pain-free than any time that I have seen her in two years. Note the photo above. If you look at her ankles, she is wearing four pound weights on each leg. This is not just trying to go up stairs, but doing so with lots of resistance.

Biking in India 1987

Monday, December 14th, 2009
October 1987. Edwin Steussy, 24, traveling India by bicycle.

October 1987. Edwin Steussy, 24, traveling India by bicycle.

Alone, in the middle of India, I stand by my bike. It is October 1987. I am twenty-four years old. There is nothing digital in my pockets or sparse backpack. No cellphone, no iPod, no GPS, no laptop. There is no Internet, no Skype, no email; Ronald Reagan is president, the Cold War still rages and Wall Street is days away from a major meltdown.

I stand by my bike. I have a paper map in my pocket, a passport, cash and travelers’ checks in a bag hanging from my neck. No one knows that I am here. There is no way for them to know.

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