Happy Easter ’22

Hey everyone—Happy Easter! We had low-key but fun celebrations here, hunting for & then cracking some beloved confetti-filled “rompecabeza” eggs on one another’s heads.

These things—which I discovered through cousin Alicia in Texas years ago—are really called “cascarones,” but we insist on calling them “rompecabezas” (literally “head breakers”), which is the word for puzzle. In any case, we had a smashing good time with the kinetic redistribution of their contents, and Seamus enjoyed trying to eat their colorful shells.

Later in the day we revived the new tradition we started in 2020—that of each person making an egg for each other person, filling it with a custom message & promise of a little gift (e.g. Hen promising Mom unlimited hugs anytime, now & forever).

Here’s a very small gallery showing the day’s events.


🦚 Peacocks, Painting, and Pooch

With Finn off touring DC with his class, the rest of us decided to make a quick overnight jaunt down to Monterey & Carmel.

First up, we swung by Henry’s favorite antique store, where we were delighted to find a toy BMW Isetta. Years ago, when I first met Margot & asked what kind of car she’d be, she immediately replied, “Ooh, I’d be one of those little three-wheeled jobs that Audrey Hepburn drove in Roman Holiday.” Thus we loved finding this one, and then introducing it to its real-life, not-so-big brother.

Our overnight accommodations (waaaaaay out in Carmel Valley) were delightfully bizarre. A couple of old coots run a little campground that’s replete with some 90 peacocks and peahens (!).

Besides constantly strutting their stuff, these flashy little guys kept warbling like crazy little dinosaurs. Following our cold evening in the van, Henry observed, “Those chatty guys were going off all night!”

Seamus was of course fascinated & tried his hand (er, mouth), at devouring their feathers. 😛

The campground features all matter of decrepit old equipment (including a couple of glass insulators that Henry was all too happy to accept), and our hosts encouraged us to add our artwork to their dump truck:

Later in the day we headed back to Monterey with an eye to visiting the aquarium & kayaking around the bay. It was too cold for the latter, but Seamus kept warm gallivanting with his new friend Orca.

Check out our gallery to see the full set of photos.


Fly Me To The Goon

Somehow we hadn’t been to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in what feels like ages, so last week we welcomed the occasion our friends’ B’nei Mitzvah celebration provided to get back in the literal swing of things. Here Henry & I take a quick sunset flight over & around the joint:

And just for tangential fun, here’s a video I set to the same music thirteen years ago, showing Finn’s very first train ride. 😌