Roos’ Birthday Party

It was a busy weekend. On Saturday night we had tickets for the Night of Destruction in Irwindale.  It was our 4th race at the Irwindale track. The destruction derby was a lot fun and so was the airplane engine truck.  Traffic in LA was bad though This weekend and we only got home after 11pm. On Sunday, Roos met up with her friends and had a good time. It was a bit of a belated birthday party. 

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Roos’ 15th birthday

Today Roos-Marion turned 15 years old. She was very adamant about the cake she was going to get and it is with mixed emotions that I realized the last Dutch had gone out of her. I tried to convince her to get a “real” cake from the bakery but she wanted an Oreo cookie cake from the frozen section in the supermarket. I have to say that it tasted pretty good though !

Tonight all of us also had dinner together at a Chinese restaurant. Gary’s dad and uncle where there as well and Alex and mom brought the presents. Roos got a tablet that allows her to draw on her computer.

Remodel aftermath

Last summer I remodeled my bathroom. It was a quite the disaster. What was supposed to last only 3 weeks, turned into a 3 month ordeal. The first contractor gave up about 7 weeks in. There were problems ranging from small to large. Drain hoses that weren’t properly capped, damaged walls and inches of dust blowing through the house are just a few examples. After more than 3 months, when it was finally done, the result was OK but not great in terms of quality. A few weeks after being able to use the bathroom however, the floor started showing signs of trouble. This had to be fixed but I didn’t want to do it over the holiday season. Last week a new contractor came in and the entire shower had to be removed. Turns out that it wasn’t properly designed causing water issues. This is almost a new remodel again… I hope this is over soon !

Biking to school

Roos has started biking to school this week. This had been discussed for a while. It gives Roos a bit more freedom to chat after school with her friends but it also gives mom and dad a bit more flexibility. The trip is quite hilly though and the 3 gears on the Dutch Gazelle bike imported into the US in 2004 aren’t really up for the job. Roos is getting an electrical bike this weekend. They are becoming quite popular and they allow her to zip up the hills. 

 Here she is today on Mom’s old Gazelle on her way to school. 

First business trip of the year 

At City of Hope I don’t travel as much as I did at Mars. However the business trips are often much closer and not international. These flights get delayed at lot more. It seems I hit the jackpot on the first one for the year. 


 The good news is that I’m departing from John Wayne Airport which is very close to my house. After the second delay I decided to go to airport however. Better safe than sorry and I needed to get lunch.