Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Present to the internet

from us.

(credit where credit is due: thank you Luke for having this video on your g-chat status, and thank you Harry for showing it to your wife who subsequently blogged it.)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010, Eatonian Style

Thanksgiving was a revelation. We went to my parents' house and had a blasty blast. We left Tuesday afternoon and came back Sunday morning—both times bypassing all of the holiday traffic. Harry is a ninja driver with wicked skills.

We listened to a really entertaining book tape. I’d recommend it to anyone.

This year, there were no little kids at Thanksgiving. I can’t remember the last time that happened! It was a little too quiet. We tempered that with the knowledge that next year there will be two more babies in our midst, both chubby roly poly 10 month old boys, so it wasn’t too bad.

We all divvied up the cooking this year, and Harry and I got my Mom’s orange rolls. We were totally intimidated—these rolls are basically a family institution. We enlisted her help a few times, just to make sure things were going smoothly. In the end I think they turned out really well! I can’t wait to make them again. Wish I'd thought to take a picture.

Cam and I ran the Dana Point Turkey Trot.

This is something we swore we would do again after his mission, and I think I literally mentioned it to him in every email I wrote to him while he was in Ecuador. There’s just something really fun about running on the coast with a thousand other people the morning of Thanksgiving. And you burn calories that you will undoubtedly pack on only a few hours later.

We made t-shirts. E’10. Get it? Eatons? 2010? I thought it was funny. We looked up the font that they used for “Bladerunner” for the front.

I ran into one of my all time favorite people—Jenna! She made her aunt pull over and chased us down the sidewalk to say hello, and I am thrilled to my fingertips that she did! This is a girl I've known since 1st grade, who has always looked out for me. I still wish I were in elementary school when her birthday rolls around because she threw awesome b-day sleepover parties.

And we walked down to the ocean afterwards for some typical Eaton-mid-air-pictures and a shot of me with my main loving man.

Other Thanksgiving notables:

My Mom gave me a sewing and knitting lesson, and sent us home with two more pillows that she made for our sad sad couch. I am now one step closer to knitting Harry a real Christmas stocking, but I am certain the whole thing will take me years.

I did Harry’s hair. It is so long I started claiming I could make cornrows out of it (he recently buzzed it, now resembling a really handsome shorn sheep). This is what happened.

We went to Roger’s Gardens and Fashion Island in Newport beach (a long standing Eaton tradition) and snapped some photos.

This one I call: "Rubber Eaton Soul."

Now I'm attempting to figure out what Harry would really love for Christmas-- no easy task.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Music, lately.

Some of our all time favorite musicians have graced the Bay Area with their presence lately. We saw Brandon Flowers (lead singer of the Killers) and his opening act, Fran Healy (lead singer of Travis) at the Oakland Fox Theater a few weeks ago.

Highlight: The two headliners came out and sang “The Grass is Always Greener” together. Pictured below is Fran.

Fran Healy told about how Paul McCartney(!) agreed to play bass on one of his songs. To return the favor, Fran decided to become a vegetarian, like Paul is, as a grand gesture of gratitude. In return, Paul sent him four of his late wife Linda’s vegetarian cook books. I came THIS CLOSE to buying a Linda McCartney vegetarian cookbook myself when I got home… and then I realized, “Oh wait. I LOOOVE me some meat.”

Brandon’s moves during “Only the Young” are not to be trifled with.

But this is the picture I took.

Something we are extra excited about is Imagine Dragons.

They are honestly our favorite band to see live these days. We got to see them twice, because they were on tour going up the California coast (stopping in SF to play at the enormous Apple store downtown) into Oregon and Washington, and when they came back down they stopped in San Francisco again to perform at Café du Nord.

I’ve never met a single person who doesn’t like Imagine Dragons. All of their songs carry the perfect blend of Las Vegas synth and rock, creating a dance-inducing addictive sound. Their set is always over way before I want it to be.

We’ve seen them many times, and we can’t get enough. If you’re curious you can stream songs from their two EPs (and find out when they are coming to a venue near your house) at

This is one of my favorites.

As is this.

We also got to see two more bands perform with Imagine Dragons that were really great live-- St. Motel and Nico Vega. I would wish this music on anyone. They can be checked out here (Nico Vega) and here (St. Motel).

Here they are at Cafe du Nord.

Nico Vega:

St. Motel:

Imagine Dragons:

I'm stopping now. Because we're watching "Lost," and we're on Season 5, and things are getting cray-zay.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sometimes I'm struck

by the expression of the woman on the back of the box of Nestle hot chocolate packets I bought recently.

It really just screams (mutters?) holiday delight.