Month: October 2019

Halloween 2019

This is the first year we didn’t take our kids out trick-or-treating. Hudson got home at 4:55pm and was in-costume and out the door by 5:05pm to Bowie’s. Eva left soon after to go out with Iris, Ohana, Poppy, etc. And Havana had 6 (?) friends over for pizza before they went out. Havana was Pam from The Office, Hudson was in his green Chubb suit again this year and Eva was a Shark (her current favorite animal).

Gay and I gave out candy and beer until Jon & Megan & Emmarie & Kayak arrived. Then Gay and Megan took Emmarie out trick-or-treating leaving me and Jon to serve candy and beer. Gay got take-and-bake pizza from Zeek’s and Patrick, Deirdre, Finn (their German nephew and Garfield student) came over for pizza and various people were in and out throughout the evening.


After a late-ish night with friends Edie & Zach for dinner last night, I got up at 6:30am to ride Jenn Sherman’s NFL Pregame Ride at 7am and do my 1,000th (“millenniumth”) Peloton ride. It’s fun to get a shout-out during live rides for hitting milestones and I got 3 – one in the first few minutes and two at the end. More threes: I finished 3rd and picked up 3 followers.

Puberty Class

I took Hudson to Part 1 of the Great Conversations’ puberty class at Seattle Children’s Hospital tonight. Beforehand, we had dinner, just the two of us, at Eureka! where we could watch Monday Night Football and eat burgers.

It was good to have someone talk through the process in a way kids can understand it and it makes it a more comfortable conversation to have. One of the questions the presenter asked the adults was how they learned about puberty. Not surprising to me, not a single parent raised their hand when asked if their parents told them anything at all about puberty. Some parents were given a book by their parents and some were told to go talk to someone else. I learned about it in an uninformative week-long course during Health class in 7th grade and for several years after that. I think Hudson already knows more about it at 11 than I did when I was 14.

There was lots of participation from the audience and Hudson raised his hand to answer questions three times. There were maybe one or two other kids who were as active out of about 50. I was proud, when I was his age I never would have done that, certainly not on this subject. Hudson was also more mature than most by not snickering every time “penis” was said.


I disassembled the Nautilus machine on Saturday and the Tonal was installed today in its place!

This is my 50th birthday gift from Gay and the kids and it arrived early. One introductory workout and another first workout of the Building Basics 4-week program done. I think it’ll make weight lifting as much fun and interactive as the Peloton bike.

My mom’s mini-stroke

My 86 year-old mom had a mini-stroke (a TIA) yesterday. She seems to be okay now but it was scary. She had a healthy life so far so I was surprised when my brother texted me with the news.

She spent the night in the hospital for tests and then came home today. She was conscious throughout and even made the 911 call herself, which I feel is a good sign.

Her MRI showed good results. Apparently she stopped taking aspirin a week or so ago because she read an article that aspirin could cause heart attacks, without consulting her doctor. They think this is why she had a blood clot that caused the stroke. She now has to take aspirin everyday again. One article does not make a scientific fact.

Curriculum night

Our third and final curriculum night was tonight; this was for Eva’s school. Havana took the baby-sitting class at Seattle Children’s Hospital and is now a certified baby-sitter. She and Mira babysat the other two kids, her second baby-sitting experience.

After attending curriculum night, Gay and I went to Carrello, the new restaurant by Altura’s restaurateur, for dinner. Wonderful place in only its first week.