April 9, 2007

Between yesterday’s endless drive home from Oregon and today’s all-day meeting at Workplace (with, if you’ll pardon the random geeky name dropping, Merlin of 43Folders.com, who after being trapped in a room all day together I’m afraid may now consider me about on par with a yapping Pomeranian in terms of overall usefulness. I will attempt to win him over tomorrow by spinning in manaical circles, barking at his pantleg, and crapping all over the floor) my brain feels battered and toasted, with a gooey center.

Mmmmm, neural Twinkie.

Anyway, in lieu of words, let me subject you to a boring slideshow from the weekend. OH YOU ARE WELCOME.

The Umpqua River, from JB’s family cabin.

JB’s dad, shaking down petals for Riley.

We went to a park on Saturday, to Riley’s unending delight.

Catching the boy, who would otherwise go shooting happily off the end of the slide TO HIS DOOM.

Oh man did he love this slide.


A fungus is among us.

Some purty flar we saw while hiking near the beach in Coos Bay.

ORP ORP ORP ORP! Seal lions are so very cool.

Shaggy cows.

Container ship gliding by our spot on the coast.

View of the Coos Bay bridge.

Easter morning.

You should have seen how suspicious he was of some egg hiding locations.


Spelling out something in blocks. A cuss word? Maybe.


46 Responses to “Pictorial update”

  1. Jennifer on April 9th, 2007 9:06 pm

    Love that fungus shot!

  2. Colleen on April 9th, 2007 9:13 pm

    Swinger. Hahahahaha! Love it.

  3. renovatingme on April 9th, 2007 9:42 pm

    I can’t get over how big he’s getting. Where does the time fly?

  4. Kristin on April 9th, 2007 10:22 pm

    I would just like to say how noticeably skinny you are in those photos. That crazy-disciplined diet thing is obviously working — you look amazing.

    Also, thank you for the pictures of spring. It is still tundra brown here, with a snowfall warning in effect tonight. Sigh.

  5. Schnozz on April 9th, 2007 10:58 pm

    My first thought on the slide picture was “Wow, she looks skinny!” I figured you would want to know. Partly because you have been working on that and partly because you have always held my own personal opinion of your thighs in high regard. I’m sure of it.

  6. Michelle on April 10th, 2007 12:21 am

    Geez you’ve lost some weight you lucky girl! Well done! Great pics too! XXX

  7. Jennifer on April 10th, 2007 12:58 am


    I need to move to the Pacific Northwest if it increases my chances of running into the odd sea lion. Oh, and it’s awfully pretty too!

  8. Serror on April 10th, 2007 1:10 am

    You are so skinny! I mean, you can see that you have been working hard and it shows! Your dedication (and results) inspire me! :)

    And the boy is just too cute. Heart the easter eggs in the back pockets.

  9. Liz in Australia, the driest continent on April 10th, 2007 1:26 am

    So green! So much water! I spent Easter weekend camping in a dusty paddock with 1000 other crazy mediaevalists. The site had actually gotten more rain this year than it’s had for the five years we’ve been going to Festivals there, although it’s still drought-declared, and it was still most notable for the sheer ubiquity of the dust. There was a sprinkling of green, but mostly it was golden-brown. And dusty.

    Erm. That picture of Riley on the twisty slide made me laugh. Oh boy, was he ever having fun!

  10. thejunebug on April 10th, 2007 1:43 am

    But is he STACKING the blocks, Linda? Huh?? :)

    I can’t believe Riley is big enough to go on a slide. Jeez.

  11. andrea on April 10th, 2007 4:22 am

    Your ass looks GREAT in those jeans. ;) Keep being the big loser that you are! :-D [No. I don’t swing “that way” but you really do deserve cheers for all that weight you are dropping! ]

  12. Bunny on April 10th, 2007 5:14 am

    Beautiful pictures! It looks so serene and relaxing…but then you did have a toddler with you.

  13. ShannonJ on April 10th, 2007 5:15 am

    It’s been said already multiple times, but you definitely look skinny. And the pictures are great; especially the view from the cabin – kind of makes me wish we lived on the west coast. That view alone would ALMOST make the bad car ride worth the trip. :)

  14. Haley on April 10th, 2007 5:23 am

    Beautiful photos, as always

  15. Sadie on April 10th, 2007 5:54 am

    Echoing the legions before me: you totally look skinnier. And great!

    I loooooooove the picture of Riley with the egg in his back pocket. Squee!

  16. Joanne on April 10th, 2007 5:58 am

    Dude, you look fantastic. Everyone else looks cute too but wow do you look skinny!

  17. Ang on April 10th, 2007 6:31 am

    As always, your pictures rock!

  18. Ang on April 10th, 2007 6:31 am

    As always, your pictures rock!

  19. Amy on April 10th, 2007 7:02 am

    For what it’s worth, you look as skinny as a rail!! :)

    Love your website!

  20. Diana on April 10th, 2007 7:07 am

    Nice legs!!!

  21. Amy M. on April 10th, 2007 7:25 am

    *wolf whistle* You look great!

    Riley is getting so tall! I’m jealous of your weather. I must live in the same area as Kristin – we’re supposed to get 4-7″ of snow in the next couple of days. My poor daffodils have bloomed on the freak 80 degree day & are now shrinking back in horror at frost & snow.

    My toddler hasn’t figured out his pockets yet, so I love that picture with eggs in Riley’s back pocket!

  22. justmouse on April 10th, 2007 7:29 am

    seriously. you are so CUTE i could just about DIE. come move to Calgary, ok? i know it’s far…but on the bright side, we don’t have 8 months of unending RAIN like you guys do (shhh….no one tell her about the 7 months of winter we get instead).

  23. Craig on April 10th, 2007 7:45 am


  24. yams on April 10th, 2007 7:48 am

    Lovely pictures. You are too skinny and Riley is too cute!! Maybe I should take up some yoga considering I grew up where it all started. Hmm, next time I go to India I’m signing up for a yoga retreat instead of just eating a ton of curry and coming back 10 pounds heavier.

  25. katie on April 10th, 2007 7:50 am

    it looks beautiful where you live. it’s weird to see flowers on trees and people in shorts… we might get 5 inches of snow today in minnesota. if you love amy winehouse, or even if you don’t, you need to get the cd by sharon jones and the dap-kings, “naturally”. promise.

  26. warcrygirl on April 10th, 2007 8:07 am

    Oh my is it beautiful up your way. My best friend’s sister moved to Coos Bay after she got married (her inlaws gave them a Mexican restaurant as a wedding gift, must be nice) but I’ve never actually been there. Just beautiful. I fell off the WW wagon over Easter, Hubby was out of town all week so I blame him.

  27. Karen on April 10th, 2007 8:17 am

    I love love love the picture of him with the egg in his back pocket. That is so cute!!! Happy Easter!

  28. Brooke on April 10th, 2007 8:45 am

    *jealous* Gorgeous area!

    My daughter’s class musical this year is called the Garden Show, and they have a whole song about Fungus Among Us.


  29. Paige on April 10th, 2007 9:02 am

    Wow. I can’t even believe how beautiful it is there. And that there are sea lions just sitting there! Not in a zoo! I am in desperate need of some nature. Chicago has not recognized that it is spring yet.

    And Riley is as adorable as ever.

  30. jonniker on April 10th, 2007 9:12 am

    Jesus gay, Linda, you look superhot there, and very, very thin in that picture with Riley on the slide. Awesome. AWESOME.

    I love that he was suspicious of the egg-hiding. OF COURSE he was suspicious, OF COURSE. I mean, GOD, the eggs, they were HIDDEN. And for what? FOR WHAT? WHY WERE THEY HIDDEN?

    Oh Riley. I love him.

  31. velocibadgergirl on April 10th, 2007 9:30 am

    Hey, thanks for the slideshow! I especially like the fungus one :D

  32. pam on April 10th, 2007 9:58 am

    DAMN! I have got to get a camera like yours (and your photography skills)! Gorgeous pictures. Riley is sooo big!!

  33. Leah on April 10th, 2007 10:19 am

    Why hello, thin lady at the foot of the slide!

  34. McWriter on April 10th, 2007 10:33 am

    For the eleveny jillionth time – although we all know you can’t hear this enough – you look pheNOM. All that self-deprivation has paid off – BIG TIME – or … little time! Get it? Weight loss? Thin? Little? Little time? Come on, people!

  35. ginger on April 10th, 2007 11:08 am

    Crystal Blue Persuasion? Really? Wow.

    That shelf fungus is really beautiful. We’ll use that shot as the cover for Neural Twinkie’s first album, Shaggy Cows.

  36. Lawyerish on April 10th, 2007 11:42 am

    So yeah. You are ROCKING those jeans in the slide photo. HOTT.

    I am so packing my bags tonight and moving to the Pacific Northwest. Hot damn, it’s pretty out there!

  37. Josh on April 10th, 2007 12:35 pm

    I don’t want to rain on your successful diet/exercise combo parade which everyone is raving about, but I thought you’ve always looked hot. (despite living in the rainiest place ever. Seriously, does the sun shine there?) Actually I can tell a difference in your pictures, so way to go! Reward yourself with a deep fried cheese wheel topped with meat gravy. Or whatever chicks like to eat, I don’t know. Perhaps a bubble bath and a romantic comedy or some new shoes or something.

    I sincerely hope I have a child as cute as Riley. Everyone thinks their child will be cute, and is cute, but in reality, many just don’t cut it. Nobody likes an ugly baby, cuteness is their only upside. Not to fear though, Riley is the Don of cute and if anyone disagrees I’ll see that they’re sleeping with the fishes. (which is not a euphemish for my high school years) And if Merlin doesn’t like you, tell him I said he should get a real name and stop being such a faggy internet magic loving freak. Not that I have a problem with fags, or the internet, or magic, or freaks, and especially not loving. But combined they equal one dose of Merlin shutting TFU. And there’s nothing wrong with Pomeranians Linda. Without them we wouldn’t have grenadine.

    Also, a big ol’ DANG!!!!! for the north east coast. It’s way different there than here. For instance, you have hills. And you don’t have to shovel the pollen off your driveway every day to get you car out of the garage. (this is a hard time of year for us) But on the upside, we do have sunlight from morning to night, so that’s cool. Also, tanning is pretty easy in this heat. (ie: burning and staying inside for another year)

  38. kendra! on April 10th, 2007 1:02 pm

    I spy two fungiiiiii in this post :) Or maybe four.

    It’s really all about pretty flars and lean mamas in jeans.

  39. Jem on April 10th, 2007 2:44 pm

    You’re so skinny!

  40. kj on April 10th, 2007 3:25 pm

    All skinniness aside – you look so spectacularly happy in that slide picture!

  41. sarah on April 10th, 2007 4:52 pm

    You are looking fabulous in those photos! Riley stashing easter eggs in his back pocket is too funny.

  42. Eclecta on April 10th, 2007 5:38 pm

    Totally unoriginal by now but Wow! Lookit the hot mama in those pictures! Congratulations – all your hard work has very obviously paid off. :)

  43. Melanie on April 10th, 2007 7:39 pm

    I want to see sea lions up close like that! The coolness!!!

  44. Ben on April 11th, 2007 11:54 am

    Beautiful pictures. Makes me wish I lived in Oregon. But I don’t own any flannel. : (

  45. Stacy on April 11th, 2007 11:50 pm

    I guess I’m the only one impressed that you spent time with Merlin! I listen to his podcast and pretend someday I’ll be organized. It’s the geek equivalent of watching Martha Stewart and imagining making pie from scratch but hell if I even know how to roll out dough!

  46. fellowmom on April 12th, 2007 11:12 am

    I am with you and Stacy. I would be all kinds of star struck to be in the same room with Merlin. I have gotten to many great ideas from him. He’s the best organizer ever. So many others who purport to be seem to make more work than they eliminate.

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