Saturday, June 28, 2008

Busy week - and Matthew's crawling now!

Breaking news! Matthew has his first tooth and is now really crawling!! He started scooting himself around the room about 2 weeks ago, but just this weekend he can get on all fours and motor around. As Joe says in the video, we actually have to watch him now (especially since he fell off the bed last Thursday). He also likes to pull himself up on things, mama will have to go on meds if he starts walking too soon.

Here's a video of some of his first moves...

Here is a close up of the two teeth breaking through. Kinda hard to see.

Last week was a really busy one for me as I was out of the office attending the annual conference for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), of which I am a member. It was a great conference, very positive and I really learned a lot. It was nice to be in a learning environment again. My boss also treated us to some great meals (I am still full!)

Here are some photos from the week.

View from the lounge at the Signature room, about 96 floors above Chicago.

The Heavens treated us to a beautiful rainbow. A few minutes later there were two rainbows, side-by-side. So cool.

There were spiders on the outside of the windows.

Yours truly with boss, Leslie. Can you see that I cut about 4 inches off my hair last week!

Braised Helix Snails in buttery herb sauce with black rice. There were a few garlic chips on top, yum!

Grilled Prosciutto and Buffalo Mozzarella. What can I say? Bacon and cheese, two of my favorite things.

Pan seared salmon with bok choy chai and fingerling potatoes. The sake brown butter sauce on this was out of this world good.

At Gibson's. 
Small (!) New  York strip with sauteed garlic spinach and mushrooms.  The steak was like butter, seriously tender and buttery.

Gibson's desserts are insanely big. This is a typical size serving of Haagen Das ice cream with macadamia nuts and chocolate fudge sauce. The steak knife takes the idea of "death by chocolate" to a whole new level. We ate every last bit of this, it took 7 of us!

On Friday, I attended a seminar by Edward Tufte a master of visual quantitative design. It was so hip and cool and I am really glad that I went.  This graphic depicting Napoleon's March is genius. And if you can find the graph of the development of rock/pop music, it is a fun one to checkout too.

I was wiped out Friday night.

Now you may return to reading the last entry of Father's Day Weekend (below). Joe did a great job didn't he!?


Anonymous said...

Yea for Matthew!!!

P.S. That dessert from Gibson's is my favorite. I was sooo bummed I didn't get to have any when we were in Chicago. It was on my to-do list. Next time.


Lisa said...

Wow! I'm reading this post at almost 10 p.m. and even though I've tried not to eat after 7 p.m. every night, suddenly I feel hungry! Looks awesome!

jen said...

I find it humorous that you thought to photograph each food dish before you ate it. Wasn't it Socrates that said the unphotographed dish is not worth eating? No wait, I think that's unexamined life is not worth living...Anyway, thanks for the tip on where to go if I ever need to do myself in with some serious chocolate and ice cream.
You and Leslie are both so beautiful and photogenic. Love the haircut- very cute!

Elizabeth said...

How wonderful to see Matthew learning to crawl. I will know these boys when I finally meet them, ...and then can we make a date to dine at Gibsons?