Archive for September 2009

First day of School

I took these pictures a long time ago but am barely writing about them. This year my youngest started kindergarten. She has been excitedly looking forward to the day when she could get on the school bus with her older siblings and finally the day was here. Usually on the first day I like to take my kindergartener to school myself and take pictures there, but Diana wouldn’t have it she wanted to take the bus. So here are the pictures of my three little elementary school kids on their first day of school.




More canning news

I got a call from my aunt Kathy on Monday inviting me to go with her and her daughter to Brigham City to go get some peaches for canning. Unlucky for me is that all my kids are in school and there is no good time for me to go except for weekends. I was in luck though because she told me that they would get a half bushel for me and all I had to do was go to her house(which is really close by) and pick them up. I have the nicest relatives in the world. So on Thursday night I went over and picked them up and spent a good half hour or so catching up with my aunt Kathy.

On Friday I decided that I would can the peaches before they started going bad. I thought I might only get one batch out of them but I lucked out again and got two full batches of peaches. They were pretty big peaches so I had to quarter them instead of halving them. I think they turned out great. Now I have to go pick some tomatoes out of my own garden and then I will have to can some more this next week. We should be stocked up on peaches and tomatoes for the whole winter and then some.



Clearly, One of Us Doesn’t Have Any Fashion Sense

While stumbling around the Internet today I bumped into this article [via Newser] on a new line of preppy menswear that Harvard is endorsing.

Photo: Robert Mitra/WWD via New York Fashion

Photo: Robert Mitra/WWD via New York Fashion

Some interesting bits:

Harvard Yard — a lawn we imagine makes a nice resting ground for Harvard students to repair glasses, wipe down their pocket protectors, and memorize an extra few digits of pi — inspired the spring collection.

The author’s imagination about Harvard types sounds more fitting of Harvard’s crosstown academics from MIT. It’s probably not too far off from what Nancy thought of me and my fellow geeks at school a few weeks ago. No worries. I wear my geekdom proudly. I would rather wear a pocket protector than be caught wearing the outfits modeled in the photo – penny loafers without socks? Gak! – so clearly, either I or the designer doesn’t have any fashion sense. Given the amount of scoffing about the clothing line already out there on the web, I’m thinking I’m not the culprit in this instance.

The next bit is what really got me:

The clothes won’t be very Harvard-y in the literal sense. “Harvard” only appears on the labels inside the garments, while the university’s signature crimson only appears in buttonholes, zipper pulls, and other trimmings. Prices range from $165 for pants to $495 for sport coats.

$165 for a pair of pants with a Harvard label inside? Are you kidding me?! Oh, the snappy remarks one could make about the price one pays for the Harvard label on either clothing or diplomas. Of course, given the cost of the label on the diploma I’m currently pursuing, I think I’ll refrain from making those remarks.