Last week Caltech harvested its campus olives and sent them off to be pressed into olive oil.

Olive harvesting

Trees in the lineup

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Under the lily pads

Gena at Out On the Stoop posted video footage from our last Pasadena bloggers’ picnic.

It reminded me of how much fun I had that day — and it also reminded me that the 3rd quarterly picnic is coming up soon. If you are a local blogger and would like to receive information about the next picnic, please leave a message in the comments. All Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley area bloggers are welcome.

Frog in hiding

Frog in hiding

I’ve been playing hooky here for the past month or so, and in the meantime, I’ve been working on something new. I’m a stepmom, and the kids’ mom and I decided to start a blog with stories about our experiences and ideas and tips about raising kids in two houses.

It’s called The Doughtie Houses Exchange, which was originally the name we gave the envelopes we’d give the kids to put in their backpacks and deliver to the other house. (Don’t worry — this wasn’t — and isn’t — our only method of communication. We also talk on the phone and email constantly.) But our kid-mail system was symbolic for both of us of how we try to cooperate between houses — how we make sure the other house has copies of all the important papers, for starters. So we named our blog after it. I’m very excited about where this might go. I hope to see you there: http://thedhx.com.

And now that it’s launched, I promise to be here more, too.

Construction on Mentor and San Pascual

It’s a very deep hole.

Office Hours Today


Boo! This is Gavin posting that we’re having office ours at Wheatberry today from 10:15 or so until noon-ish. They have wireless. I’ll be hacking.