Archive for the tag "family"

  • The banner-dragging airplanes are back. WaMu will never get my business, not that they’d want it. #
  • Think I’ve finally got a more or less sensible format for my blog-blatherings. RSS people, I am sooo sorry. Please bear with me! Or not. #
  • Dang, I gotta stop listing my tags on my index page if I’m going to use fifty bazillion of ’em! Just moving around the ugly, but still. #
  • My little sister Lilly (@queenlil09) says they opened a Panera in SAN ANTONIO. WTF? They don’t need that soup, WE need that soup! #
  • I was walking and some guys commented in Spanish that it’s a shame I don’t like men. OJO: Hay gente en este mundo que hablan Español! #
  • p.s. It’s the hoodie. #
  • Jodi is so sleepyJodi is so sleepy
  • Blue Angels: They’re Here (via SFist)
  • It’s Daddy’s birthday today, just talked to him on the phone. Off to the Stroll now #
  • At the annual Solano Stroll in Albany CA…
    Goofy robot dancersMore goofy robot dancingKid musiciansYoung guitarist
  • Wil just Craigslisted himself a gorgeous blue Crafter acoustic, and I am so very jealous. I’m the one with the blue guitars in this house!! #

In Yellowstone

Photos from last week, shot by my 11-year old nephew Thomas…

Back (for a bit)

Just got back home to Chicago after spending the whole month of June gallivantin’ around the country.  Spent two weeks in San Francisco, then hopped over to San Antonio to pick up my 11-year old nephew Thomas to take him on a trip to Yellowstone with my dad and his wife Joy.  THAT was so much fun, I’ve never done anything like that in my life.  We spent a week or so in Yellowstone, then I took Thomas back to San Antonio and just flew back to Chicago this evening.  I had a BLAST but I am so so so SO tired of all the running around!  It’s not over either; by the time 2006 is done I reckon I will have spent the better part of this year traveling.  We’re in the process of booking another tour in Europe for later in the fall (a make-up tour for the one that got cancelled in May) and I’ll also be going to Australia, hopefully, before the year is through.

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June vacation(s)

This’ll be a busy month for me traveling-wise.  I’m going out to California for a little visit, that’s coming up real soon here, then later in the month I’m going to Yellowstone!  With my dad and his wife, and one of my nephews, who’s 11 years old.  I’m so excited.  The Cali trip is all about the chillin’ and hanging out with friends, and the Yellowstone trip is about spending time with family, and taking pictures of nature-y things.  I’m such a city gal, it’s pretty crazy to imagine myself out in the middle of all that… just miles and miles of dirt and cactus and stuff.  Hee!!  I have no idea what it’s like, I’ve never done nothin’ like that.  So I’m very psyched.  And rumor has it I’ll have at least some internet access for my laptop.  And another cool thing is that my dad’s gonna loan me his spare digital camera for that trip.  It’s a way WAY better camera than the one I’ve got, and you know I’m a gadget freak so I’m going to want to fiddle with that thing as much as I can.  So you can definitely expect lots of action on my Flickr this summer!

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What’s up with Aunt E-dup

So the other day my 2-year old nephew Clark commands his mother to get me on the phone.  Very earnestly tells me "E-dupt!!  Don’t wanna be a man about it!!!" I’m all … "whaaa?" and start laughing.  "I DON’T WANNA BE A MAN ABOUT IT!!" Lucie takes the phone and explains they’d been listening to my new CD in the car, and I guess Clark got a little upset by that one lyric.  He took it to heart.  How adorable is that?  Sure hate to traumatize him but it was too cute.  :-)

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Uncle Dan’s obit

Published in the Austin American-Statesman on Monday…

Dan ToomeyDan R. Toomey
Dec. 16, 1911 — April 17, 2005

Dan R. Toomey, who died Sunday in Austin at age 93, led a colorful life and leaves as his legacy a grove of pecan trees he helped plant off Barton Springs Road. A jack-of-all-trades, Dan was a machinist, truck driver, shrimp boat captain, dam builder, farmer and newspaper photographer. In World War II, he was a gunnery instructor in the Army Air Corps and recalled that his main task was training recruits to "shoot behind their planes and not in front of them."

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R.I.P. Uncle Dan

My great-uncle Dan Toomey died this morning in Austin.  I think he was 94 years old or thereabouts, and he was feeling real poorly the past few months so I guess it was time.  I’m glad I got to see him when I went down there last month.  He was a real character, we’ll all miss him.

Time flies

To catch up a little with my blogging, here are just a few highlights from the past few weeks:

  • Playing a really fun show with Eric @ Mother Fool’s in Madison
  • Seeing the Wisconsin Dells for the first time driving around at two in the morning during off-season
  • Bottle of wine at the top of the Hyatt in downtown Dallas (the one with the big ball on top)
  • SXSW — seeing Michelle Shocked, Harvey Sid Fisher and the Ditty Bops, among others
  • Seeing Mama, Lucie, Marshall, Lilly, Lindy, Mimo, Uncle Dan, Lee & Lisa… anybody else I forgot?
  • My own SXSW showcase
  • Feasting w/ Eric @ Golden Corral in Texarkana
  • Back in Chicago, seeing Blackbird‘s Patty Red Pants at the Chopin
  • A wonderful lazy Easter weekend with you-know-who, starting with an off-the-cuff dinner at Mi Tierra

Low point of our Austin trip: Taking Eric to the top of Mount Bonnell and finding a BUILDING under construction up there, WTF!?!?

Tonight (=last night) we saw the movie Heat at the Gene Siskel Center. Fuckin’ awesome — almost three hours long but I never thought about the time.

Lucie’s avatar contest!

My sister Lucie is away from the internet until Tuesday but I talked to her on the phone about my search for the perfect avatar for her.  I have her permission to post the ones I’ve gotten so far, and turn it into some kinda contest.  So if anyone else wants to submit more, please do, and when she gets back she’ll pick her favorite.  She says "Lil Sis" is fine, and also consents to some sort of usage of one of her old nicknames, "Lucifer".  Teehee!!  Or, if you have any other bright ideas, go for it!  Post a comment if you have one to submit, and I’ll e-mail you back with my address if you don’t have it already.  It needs to be a 50×50 image, there are no other rules.  Multiple submissions are fine, and Lucie’s decision will be final.  :-)

by Sarah Pop-Tartby MatthewLucie by Sarah 2

Avatar authors L-R: Sarah Pop-Tart; Matthew; Sarah again

Family photos

Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.

Just got off the phone with Uncle Tom Frost in San Antonio – he’s been bugging me intensely to send him some family photos he needs for a genealogy project he’s doing.  He’s making a book about the Frosts and wants to include a bunch of photos I posted to  The photos I scanned aren’t good enough, they want the originals.  John said he can pack them up for me at work, they have all the supplies to mail oddly-shaped photographs.  Still, what a pain.  One of these old photos is huge, around two feet by one foot!  And definitely not rollable, so you couldn’t send it in a poster tube.

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