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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother\'s Day!
Happy Mother’s Day Mamasita!
Happy Mother’s Day Darling!
You guys are both fabulous mom’s! I was so lucky to have one growing up, and the boys are so lucky to have one now. Hat’s off to the endless patience, and everlasting smilies you bring to your kids. None of us deserve you πŸ˜‰

Planting the Seeds of Compassion

Seeds of Compassion Conference SeattleThe Seeds of Compassion is “An unprecedented gathering to engage the hearts and minds of our community by highlighting the vision, science, and programs of early social, emotional, and cognitive learning.”

We were able to take in one of the events at Qwest field on Saturday, with the key presenter being his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. It really could not have been a more beautiful day in Seattle, 79 and sunny, not a cloud in the sky. For about an hour the Dalai Lami spoke of how we can each add more compassion in our own hearts and minds, and that by feeling this and promoting it, we could begin a global change.

Hong and I were both very enraptured in what he was saying (not to mention I think he is the funniest darn spiritual leader in the world, cracking jokes at every opportunity). The boys were perhaps a little less interested, but I think seeing how many people (50,000 or so at this one event) came to listen to his holiness gave Marcos an appreciation for what was being talked about … and Aidan … well … he really enjoyed his hot dog. Perhaps compassion is so ingrained in a four year old, that he has no need to hear about it.

Two wheels, no gas.

I ended up having to part with my bike at the end of last year, and it really made me sad. I spent most of the winter longing for a new ride. I think it shows how much I really miss motorcycling, and before you go on about how “dangerous” it is, I obviously know that, which is why I am lusting after a bike … sans motor.

Anyway, though, a series of failed yard sale attempts, botched craigslist connects, and various other “find cheap bike” methods; I have finally come upon a very nice new ride. New to me anyway. Precisley 24 years new. It’s a 1984 Centurion, and perhaps the best looking bike that I have ever laid eyes on. Classic Japanese lugged steel, by no means light, but oh so smooth. It of course came with some slightly beat up (keep in mind the 24 year old thing) parts, but thanks to my good friend who works for an un-named bicycle company (tip of the old hat to him, for setting me up) I was able to address the safety bits, and now have a really ridable, lovely, NEW bike!

So, last week, with my new trusty steed under my but, I ventured out with the commuting bikers of Seattle. Leaving the house at about 7:15 on a very chilly Thursday morning for my first commute to our Wallingford office. 11 miles one way. It was awesome! The ride home left my back side a little sore, but I can’t wait to be doing it every day. I save $2.48 per day in gas, and nearly 14lbs of CO2 won’t be emitted by my car. (You can look up your savings here.)

Love all. D. πŸ˜‰

Big Ol Bunny

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Seems like the Easter Bunny found his way to our location. It was really super swell of him to bring a whole big heaping bunch of sugar to two boy who were virtually trapped in an 8×10 foot sound enhancing chamber. Other than the side effects of a ten our sugar high, everyone seems to be doing quite well.

Love all -D πŸ˜‰

Thanks to all …

Those who know us, know that Marcos under went some pretty serious surgery today. I, we, all wanted to say thank you so much for all of your warm thoughts and well wishes.

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(That is his “fake” smile, by the way.)

Love all, seriously -D πŸ˜‰

A weekend respite

The family, and I mean nearly the whole family piled into there respective cars and headed south to Seaside, OR. We were joined by Hong’s sisters Anh, and Thuha, and their significant others; Dung and Justin, and the cousins David, Sara, and Dylan. We needed a little mini break holiday.

Click here, or on the image for the gallery.

Love All -D πŸ™‚

Political Prisoner

At the close of today’s much contested debates in OH, RI, TX, and VT, I thought that I would share some pictures from Aidan’s first rally. I am sure that he felt a lot more like a prisoner than a supporter, but what can I say, he’s four … Barack was here on February 8th, the day after Hillary. Our political ad siege here in Washington was all of about 36 hours long.

In addition I would like to say congrats to my grandfather for getting his TV back, now that the ads are off the air. I guess that means he’s no longer a prisoner either …

-Love All -D πŸ˜‰

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Frozen @ Grand Central Station

I am usually not one for performance art. I usually prefer art that I can take in on my own time, but this is just really cool.

On a cold Saturday in New York City, the world’s largest train station came to a sudden halt. Over 200 Improv Everywhere Agents froze in place at the exact same second for five minutes in the Main Concourse of Grand Central Station. Over 500,000 people rush through Grand Central every day, but today, things slowed down just a bit as commuters and tourists alike stopped to notice what was happening around them. Enjoy the video first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos.

Via ImprovEverywhere