Monthly Archives: January 2010

Weekend gone in flash after an up and down week

PoppiesIt’s been a week of ups (wonderful celebration for our new rector, dinner with good friends, some fun InMenlo assignments) and downs. “A bad cancer” week is how the male DG would describe it, mainly due his left leg being somewhat more uncooperative than usual. It’s easy to start the mind spirally with “what ifs” and “oh mys.” To his credit, instead he decided to test the leg on a two-mile walk this afternoon. News was good – left leg behaved a tad bit better. And the first poppies of the season were open, thanks to the sunshine.

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First Blush: life goes by in a blur

Most often the female DG (aka the Dawn Jogger) can’t get her small digital camera out of the pocket of her jacket in time. Time usually equates to seconds. This morning as she stood in the dark waiting to cross Sand Hill Road, she managed to get her trusty Lumio out just in time. Two seconds after the cyclists moved before her, she crossed the road. Yes, she thought, life goes by in a blur.

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First Blush: Chasing wispy red clouds

The female DG experienced an equipment malfunction yesterday morning. She took what she thought was going to be a really pretty photo of wispy red clouds in the otherwise clear sky (that in itself unusual) but got home to find no images on the chip. The male DG didn’t have a clue – sometimes stuff just happens. The same wispy clouds were around this morning, this time reflected on Lake Lagunita.

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First Blush: Really just a pond

The torrential rain occurred last Tuesday and Wednesday and that’s given Lake Lagunita time to settle down to see what it really is, at least at the moment. The current level is all due to run off when precipitation was at its heaviest. Net result is more a pond than a lake. More rain – and Stanford opening up its higher reservoirs – will be needed to ensure a lively display of ducklings.

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First Blush: Rows of roses for life


Some people have asked the female DG if she’s going to start First Blush again, her blog about jogging a dawn. For now she thinks she’ll handle it this way, tagging relevant posts First Blush and putting it in the Dawn Patrol category. (There are only so many blogs she can handle – and this one has moved beyond her early morning ventures out.)

One of the fun things about doing First Blush was coming upon the unexpected. Such was the case today. Jogging across the Stanford campus she came upon a group of students setting up rows of white roses on the White Plaza lawn. An inquiry revealed that they were part to Stanford Students for Life. Their work was undoubtedly completed by the time of the rest of the student body arose.

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Quick reflection on “life’s too short”

Two things that are somewhat related – an yet another full day of activities – has put the female DG in a reflective mood. The almost always “good girl,” meaning doing the right thing and being polite and all the other things her mother taught her, felt little guilt when she and the male DG left their church’s annual meeting before it was complete this evening. There was an extending circumstance – a medical emergency had delayed the start of the evening’s already full agenda. But as it dragged on, and the male DG grew both restless and, of all things, giggly, it became clear it was time to go. As the now too familiar saying – and excuse for everything – goes, “life’s too short.” She came home and dug into today’s New York Times which featured a story on an actress she’s long admired, Laura Linney. Reflecting on her role in an upcoming Showtime series where she plays a woman who has been diagnosed with cancer, Linney asks: “What would you do if you know you were going to die? Is it a curse or a privilege?” As she thinks about the DG’s life together – and the knowledge that it will most likely be shorter than they once thought – the female DG votes “privilege.”

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The gimps call it a day – a full day

Call it a blog race to the finish. That’s the current state of the DGs as they rush to finish some kind of posts on their respective soap boxes. Today was non-stop action, beginning with an hour jog  (female DG)/walk (male DG) up Alpine Road and back, followed by breakfast at Mike’s and then a stop at a friend’s house that happens to be planted almost on top of San Francisquito Creek, which at the worst of the Bay Area’s series of recent rains didn’t quite lap  the foundation. As noted earlier, creek watching is a DG perennial. Add to this, more InMenlo assignments and a dinner party.  Just color them exhausted. Not to mention in a major the whine competition.

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