Sunday, December 31, 2006

Jerry Pastorale


Jerry Pastorale
Originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Yesterday Krista took this photo of Jerry in their back yard. I went into photoshop and cut him out and added this background of the Sonoma coastline. I actually did a whole series again and posted them on flickr for him to choose from.
So now it's on his resume! I think it came off pretty well.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Chili and the Tree


Chili and the Tree
Originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Well, we did it. We pulled off another Christmas extravaganza. There are more photos over on my flickr page--check 'em out!
India woke us up at 6am. Ugh. Turns out she'd actually been up at 2am to put out surprises for us.
Chili was perplexed to have us all up so early. I gave her a bowl of fishy glop for a Christmas breakfast treat.

Our Stocking


Our Stocking
Originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

India is such a generous soul. She surprised Krista and I with this stocking she'd sewn at Chops. Notice it's a map of NZ!! She felted me a little red and green airliner too! And bought Krista an expensive capo for her guitar and a little frame for me. What a sweetie.

The New Scooter


The New Scooter
Originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

I got India a scooter for Christmas. Now she can ride with Eden. She was pretty happy about it!

Pink Tutu


Pink Tutu
Originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Eden was enthralled by this gift. She actually hugged it to her breast and sighed.

Conked Out


Conked Out
Originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Zephyr LOVED Christmas this year. He's such a good age for it. But eventually he became overloaded and passed out. I think this was his gift to his folks, because they were able to enjoy a slow peaceful Christmas dinner with us for the first time in many years.

Hanukah and Solstice


Hanukah and Solstice
Originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Our friends Coco and Jeff invited us to their lovely combo party.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Some Holiday Goodies

I just signed up with Carbonfund.org to offset our CO2 emissions for a whole year. It wasn't that expensive either. You can use their calculator to get a pretty good idea of yourCO2 output--especially if you dig out your utility bills and know how many miles you drive and such.
I'm happy to say that our family is well below the American average. But there was that trip to Bali in March and we did get that hot tub from our neighbor (and it seems to be running more in the very cold weather). So I did it!
Carbonfund is a non-profit and is certified by various official sounding groups. It was sponsored by Working Assets, which added to my donation. You can also choose between planting trees, supporting alternative energy or efficiency projects. Or all three. I chose planting trees. You can also give "offsets" as a gift. Way cool.

Jerry recently told us about a groovy web service called Pandora.com which we've really been enjoying. It's basically a free personal radio station, where you pick a group or song and they provide similar music, which you can give the thumbs up or down to, to help refine what you get. You can have up to 100 "stations" and blend them as well. So far it's been great. I've got 'stations' for Brian Eno, Mazzy Star, Iron & Wine, Christmas music, Death Cab for Cutie... Thanks Jerry!!

Finally, I just found out you can sign up for StumbleUpon even if you use Internet Explorer. I thought it was only for Firefox. StumbleUpon is just about the best thing I've ever found on the web. It takes maybe 15 minutes to get it set up (at least on Firefox) and has served up an astonishing array of wonderful information, inspiration and entertainment. They just added Stumble Video, which pulls in YouTube and Google videos (and others I suppose) and plays them in a very attractive format. You can choose subject matter or just go random.
As with all the sites you'll get from Stumble, they've been chosen and rated by other Stumble members--a very democratic way of promoting good stuff. No porn, very few commercial sites. When you set up your account, you choose from a list of maybe 500 topics those which interest you. As many or as few as you like.
The first time I hit the stumble button on my toolbar I got a fantastic site describing a new floating wind turbine technology. I've found great art and photography, animation, history, philosophical sites, etc....
Check it out. And while you're at it, you might as well switch to Firefox. You won't be sorry.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Visitor


Visitor
Originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Last night, right before bed, we heard a strange sound on the front porch. One of those WTF sounds that raise the hair on the back of your neck. When I opened the door to check it out, this bird was sitting on our stump in the glare of the christmas lights.
She kept fluttering up to the ceiling of the porch, trying to fly away. She must have been baffled by the bright lights inside the porch versus the dark night sky. I don't know why on earth she was out so late.
I finally caught her and (after a few quick photos) sent her back up into the dark rain streaked sky.
A most unusual visit.
What might it mean?

Early Morning


Yule
Originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Our living room decked out for Mithras-time.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Beautiful Video

Here's a beautiful and possibly moving video by Sigur Ros, the Icelandic group. I think you may like it.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Psychedelic X-mas


Our House
Originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

India finally flogged me into doing the lights with her. We made a big peace sign out of Krista's hula hoop. We didn't really intend for our house to be hippy. It just sort of happened.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Our Sunday Outing


Photo Op Supreme
Originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

I've been sick for about a week now, with a nasty cold. Today I felt almost well, and since it was a gorgeous day--almost warm even--we decided to bust loose and head out to the coast.
One of our favorite drives is up through the little town of Occidental and out Coleman Valley Road to the ocean. It's a majestic road, hugging the winding tops of ridges, with plunging green valleys and stunning rocky outcroppings.
You drive through old turn of the century ranches, redwood groves, oaks and pastures and then you get to the top of the world and the views open out to the Pacific Ocean and on a clear day (and it's often foggy there) you can see south to Pt. Reyes.
Krista and I used to trespass onto some sheep ranch land and walk about a mile down to this grand overlook. We used to find sheep skulls and once came across an old dump, with antique glass medicine bottles we still have.
We actually thought about getting married out there!
In this photo you can see the ocean on the horizon. All in all a magical place and a very refreshing 'three hour tour'.

Sacred Cow


Sacred Cow
Originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

There is a part of Coleman Valley Road where the cows aren't fenced off from the road. It's sort of a poor man's "Wildlife Safari". Since we don't eat the sweet creatures, we feel free to stop and enjoy their company.

The Four Elements


Radiant Sunset
Originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

We stood fascinated by the shimmering and everchanging palette of the surf and sun. We watched the sun set over the rim of the world and behind us the nearly full moon cresting the hills.

Wild Art Show