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Reviews:
The Altman Code by Gayle Lynds
The Art World Dream by Eric Rudd
The Autobiography of Malcolm X retold by Alex Haley
Bare by Elisabeth Eaves
Being Committed by Anna Maxted
Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly
A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd
Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K Dick
Giorgio by Anita Benarde
GIS: Socioeconimic Applications by David Martin
Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood
Headache Relief for Women by Alan M. Rapoport and Fred D. Sheftell
Housekeeping by Marilynn Robinson
In the Beginning... Was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson
The Last Camel Died at Noon by Elizabeth Peters
The Mother's Recompense by Edith Wharton
Mario and the Magician by Thomas Mann
Mrs. P's Journey by Sarah Hartley
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Puckoon by Spike Milligan
Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
Sacred Flowers by Roni Jay
Sacred Symbols: Ancient Egypt by Thames & Hudson
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
Spooky California by S. E. Schlosser
Trapped in Death Cave by Bill Wallace
The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier
Ward No. Six by Anton Chekov

Miscellaneous
Baby Teeth and Eating
Dinner with Sean
Eight Facts About Me
Eight Months Old
Happy Monkey's Day
Harriet at 8 1/2 Months
Heat Wave
Ian's Teeth
Maxine Runs Cold
Maxine Runs Hot
New Jeans
New Postal Rates
No Swimming and Other Stuff
Swimming
Swimming Again
Toast
The Wooden Spoon

Vacation
Traffic
South Pasadena

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CV FogNo Swimming and Other Stuff: 05/19/07

Our plans to go swimming were thwarted by a thick and cold on shore fog. We did however accomplish all our other goals today so we are now set for Friday's trip down to San Diego by way South Pasadena.

Today was the opening of the 2007 Farmers' Market in Castro Valley. We made sure to go to stock up on some delicious locally grown honey. At another stall we bought most beautiful cherries, enough to use in a pie with leftover fruit for eating. Mostly though we stocked up on vegetables: spinach, radishes, artichokes, zucchinis (courgettes), asparagus, summer squash, and purple potatoes.

Afterwards we popped over to Dublin to Target to get the last remaining items for next week's trip. I had promised Sean a sand toy for the beach and he wanted one with a yellow bucket. He found exactly what he wanted and was very pleased. For Harriet we needed some swimming diapers. We also found some other essentials for her on sale and stocked up for net month. Finally for all four of us, we got a bottle of SPF 45 sun screen.

The rest of the day we spent at home doing chores. I caught up on laundry and Ian caught up on dishes. Then we collaborated to cook one of our best meals ever. Ian barbecued a chicken, cooked up the asparagus and made purple mashed potatoes. Meanwhile, I pitted two cups of cherries (is there an efficient way to do this?) and rendered them down in water, sugar and cornstarch to make the best tasting cherry pie filling ever. Put that together with an excellent homemade crust and I ended up baking one of my best pies (the plum and cherry pie still wins).

It was a good day, even though we didn't go swimming.

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