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### grateful for mommy-time

about a month ago, i had a "mommy getaway" to the bay area - a whole weekend away from 6 AM responsibility and reading Richard Scarry's Cars, Trucks and Things that Go. a belated birthday blessing from john & what a treat! lots of time with girlfriends, yummy california produce, burritos, cheeseboard pizza, and a tea party at the sweetest tea house in lafayette.

tea time!

fun treats for new baby

cheeseboard

yum!

supper club ladies (less mckay)
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keeping with the tea party theme, the mom's group that i'm a part of hosted a "mom's day out" yesterday to honor those of us with little ones on the way. we went to the historic moana surfrider hotel (can you say "schmancy"?!?!) in waikiki and enjoyed high tea on the veranda. a super excuse to get dressed up and eat petit fores!

the three of us with leis are expecting (all boys!)

wanee at 8 mos. & me at 7 mos. pregnant
(next door neighbor & mom of owen's buddy, noe)

### Comments

mama mia said…
Erin, you look mah-velous!
blissful_e said…
Oooh la la! That little boy nestled inside is certainly eating well! :) You look great and I'm so glad you're enjoying some pampering as you prep for motherhood x2.
karinms said…
I love your dress! Also, I love that picture of the supper club reunion...what a great pose by Allegra :-D
Anonymous said…
was the surfrider where we had that awesome calamari for my birthday lunch. if i remember right, we sat in the non-schmancy section. ;)
martha said…
I loved all the Owen vidoes.
martha said…
I loved all the owen videos.
martha said…
I really loved that Owen knows his planets.

### On the Height of J.J. Barea

Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea standing between two very tall people (from: Picassa user photoasisphoto).

Congrats to the Dallas Mavericks, who beat the Miami Heat tonight in game six to win the NBA championship.

Okay, with that out of the way, just how tall is the busy-footed Maverick point guard J.J. Barea? He's listed as 6-foot on NBA.com, but no one, not even the sports casters, believes that he can possibly be that tall. He looks like a super-fast Hobbit out there. But could that just be relative scaling, with him standing next to a bunch of extremely tall people? People on Yahoo! Answers think so---I know because I've been Google searching "J.J. Barea Height" for the past 15 minutes.

So I decided to find a photo and settle the issue once and for all.

I started by downloading a stock photo of J.J. from NBA.com, which I then loaded into OpenOffice Draw:

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As I've said before, I use this space to work out the truths in my life. Writing is a valuable way of taking the non-linear jumble of thoughts in my head and linearizing them by putting them down on the page. In short, writing helps me figure things out. However, logical thinking is not the only way of knowing the world. Another way is to recognize, listen to, and trust one's emotions. Yes, emotions are important for figuring things out.
Back in April, when I last posted here, my emotions were largely characterized by fear, sadness, anger, frustration, confusion and despair. I say largely, because this is what I was feeling on large scales; the world outside of my immediate influence. On smaller scales, where my wife, children and friends reside, I…

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Last night we were reviewing multiplication tables with Owen. The family fired off doublets of numbers and Owen confidently multiplied away. In the middle of the review Owen stopped and said, "I noticed something. 2 times 2 is 4. If you subtract 1 it's 3. That's equal to taking 2 and adding 1, and then taking 2 and subtracting 1, and multiplying. So 1 times 3 is 2 times 2 minus 1."

I have to admit, that I didn't quite get it at first. I asked him to repeat with another number and he did with six: "6 times 6 is 36. 36 minus 1 is 35. That's the same as 6-1 times 6+1, which is 35."

Ummmmm....wait. Huh? Lemme see...oh. OH! WOW! Owen figured out

x^2 - 1 = (x - 1) (x +1)

So $6 \times 8 = 7 \times 7 - 1 = (7-1) (7+1) = 48$. That's actually pretty handy!

You can see it in the image above. Look at the elements perpendicular to the diagonal. There's 48 bracketing 49, 35 bracketing 36, etc... After a bit more thought we…