Saturday, June 30, 2012


Queztalcoatl exhibit:
Penetrable, aka Noodle Rain:

Trash Trucks!!!

Suffice it to say, the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation Open House 2012 was a huge hit. Food, trash trucks and treats like his very own yellow hardhat were a lot of fun for everybody. More pics on Flickr for interested grandparents, and we'll definitely do this again next year!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Park Day: UCLA Sculpture Garden

Things are looking up, said the toddler. (Jackson explores the inside of Richard Serra's gargantuan TEUCLA steel sculpture.)

Jackson insisted this was a waterfall not a fountain, and he thought it was fantastic.

This sculpture made of steel girders serves as a fine bench and it was Jackson's favorite sculpture by far. (No one seemed to mind if people touched the art!)

More climbing fun.

Bye mom!

Bonus funtimes: One of the groundskeepers let Jackson help rake up some leaves! 
Overall this was a beautiful spot with lots to see and do (plus some great birds for me!), it was easy to get to from UCLA's P3 pay-by-spot parking structure, and we'll definitely be back in the future.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Raspberry Jamble

"I can make jam and drive carpool and have play groups. Maybe that's enough." -Meredith Grey, Grey's Anatomy

I doubt Meredith Grey was saying anything nice about SAHMs when she voiced the above, but whatever, lady. I made jam. I have a lot of berries I need to do something with, so gimme a break! This was fun, and I need to do another jar soon, since the berries are ripening faster than we can eat them off the vines. (P.S. Do you think I can freeze these since I don't know how to do the boiling water bath thing?)

Pairs well with English muffins and the book Jamberry, by Bruce Degen.

Park Day: Ken Molloy Harbor Regional Park

This was our park day two weeks ago, but my camera batteries died so just posting this now. Sorry for the delay, grandparents! :)

This is the park where Reggie the Alligator lived his renegade lifestyle for a year or so. His owner-abandoner picked a wonderful place to dump him--the park proper is a vast wetland, and there's a wildlife sanctuary on the far side. Large swaths of this park are quite inaccessible (at least as far as urban parks go), and it's apparently a great spot for birdwatching, but I don't think we'll travel down here again for kiddie times. They have good play equipment and the ducks and geese are a nice bonus, but the driving distance and the scattered trash were a turnoff.

In grand Los Angeles tradition, a scenic view...of the oil refinery. Heh.

Race ya!

Duck duck geese.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Garden Documentaries for Happy Hippies

When my last kid goes off to college, I would like to go off and be an intern at Geoff Lawton's Zaytuna Farm in New Zealand. Amazing.

And while it's irritatingly not embeddable, this Back To Eden documentary about a charming Christian crackpot in Washington state teaches about the benefits of using shredded tree mulch in the garden and is decidedly worth a click when you have a little time.