Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day

The whole gang met a a park for a cookout. There was lots of food, Ultimate Frisbee, a guitar sing-along, and fun relay races. Scott and I made a strawberry-rhubarb pie to bring. It was a big hit. The weather was sunny and warm, but not too hot, just right. We all had a great time.

Happy Anniversary

Scott and I spent a night at the Mill Rose Inn, a beautiful bed and breakfast in Half Moon Bay, to celebrate our 15th anniversary. We had a nice time. We did not take photos.

De Young Museum

The Knights went to the De Young Museum in San Francisco and had a private tour with a museum curator. They saw shiny things and some other neat stuff.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Knights meet the Governator

Today Scott and the gang went on a bus trip to Sacramento, where they met with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. They also had a meeting with the CEO of McClatchy newspaper group. The last time the Knights got a private meeting with a California governor, it was when Ronald Reagan was in office.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Knight Softball

Today was the annual softball game between the Knights and the Stanford Daily staff. At least, it was supposed to be between the two groups. There were so many Knights and so few Daily staffers that we just picked teams and had both on each team. Scott and I both played better than we expected to. Scott hit a triple one time, and I got on base two out of three times at bat, once with the bases loaded! Everybody had a good time, especially the international Fellows who had never played softball before. The whole group took an unplanned lunch break in the middle of the sixth inning. Surprisingly, almost everyone came back to finish the game.

The kids had a great time. There was a stage set up for some kind of performance, so they played on the stage. There was also a small tent building, like a banquet tent, only smaller, so they had fun playing in there. The a capella singers came by to take some publicity photos, so they sang for the kids inside the tent.

The tent was the best place to be. It was sunny, but the breeze made it a chilly day. We had to wrap beach towels around ourselves to keep warm.

Mom H. arrived Thursday night. She enjoyed a campus tour (guided by Scott) on Friday, with lunch and a tour at the Cantor Art Museum. After I left to pick up the kids from school, she and Scott saw the crazy Stanford band performing. The band played some songs around, on and in one of the fountains, so Scott and Mom stopped to listen. Then they went over to Hoover Tower, and soon the band came running up to perform on, around, and in the fountain by the Tower. One trombone player even escorted them up in the elevator to the top of the Tower. Mom is enjoying her visit so far.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Horseback Riding

Today I took Mary and her friend Sydney horseback riding at Webb Ranch. We started out with a short lesson on how to control a horse, and a little practice in the covered lesson ring. Then the instructor and a helper took us out on a one-hour trail ride. We rode past crop fields, where we saw a heron. The trail went up a little hill, and we had to stand up in our stirrups. I don't know the name of that move, but Mary probably remembers it, so I'll have to ask her tomorrow. We got to ride across a little wooden bridge. After the ride, the instructors let the girls feed the horses. They had a great time.

UPDATE: I remembered the standing-up thing is called "two point", I guess because the third point, your rear end, is not touching the saddle. And doesn't Mary look like such a little tiny kid on that horse? It was a pretty small horse, too.

A Little Explanation

Yesterday's post refers to the time, once a century, when the time is 02:03:04 05/06/07. It happened just after 2 in the morning. You could say it also happened just after 2 this afternoon, but if you go by the 24-hour clock, it was 14:03 etc. Not as exciting as Halley's comet, but, hey, it helped me remember the date all day today.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Did you sleep through it?

2:03:04 5/6/07

Film Noir Night

Good food, a house full of friends, and a classic murder movie made for a fun evening. The film was Double Indemnity from 1944.