Category Uncategorized

Good-bye D.C.; Hello, again, California!

Three years ago, I got an offer I couldn’t refuse — the opportunity to serve in the Obama Administration, helping my education heroes communicate their message. So we loaded our stuff on a moving truck and headed to D.C. In the years since, we’ve done a few things other than just work. Got married. Had a […]

Half a Year of Dalia

Impossibly, our newborn is six months old. The little urchin who snorted like a hedgehog through her first day, who fit on my forearm, who slept in a little basket, who crossed her eyes and spread her arms when I carried her downstairs… She’s really, really a person now. She crawls onto the hardwood, laughs […]

9 pictures.

After the arctic vortex: Ice, fog and monuments on the Potomac

I don’t have the skills for a photo-driven blog (that’d be my multi-talented wife) but today’s scene on the Potomac was too remarkable not to capture. I wasn’t the only one who felt this way — lots of people were pulling their cars over to record and Instagram the moment as rain turned the choppy […]

This is us on the last day of our honeymoon

This song came on Pandora while we were packing to leave: This is us on our honeymoon In our hotel room Sitting by the wishing well Checking out of the love motel Making plans for the sunshine state Waiting at the terminal gate You and me making history This is us Yeah, it’s hard to […]

Most beautiful drive ever: Fox Glacier to Queenstown

We were a little dubious when we saw that this last leg of our trip called for a 5 hour drive… The long last leg of a trip that has taken us down almost all of the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island… But the length of the journey was relieved by a few […]

Traveling NZ? Here are our notes.

You’re traveling to NZ. You don’t need the pictures from our honeymoon, but you could use the travel resources. Here you go. (Much more and better detail on Rachel’s blog in this post and the ones that follow.) We basically made our way from the central north section of the South Island of New Zealand […]

I swear, at the beginning, we were planning a honeymoon on a warm sunny beach…

But somehow, we ended up spending the day on the Fox Glacier. Here’s a panoramic shot that gives you a feel for how amazing it was to be on – and even in – the glacier. Because I am totally fascinated with glaciers, and because Rachel is a really good sport, we spent an amazing […]

Birthday cave, pancake rocks, and more!

For my birthday, we did the usual: floated on an underground river on inner tubes in the dark so we could see a galaxy of glow worms on the ceiling. We looked like this: and the glow worms looked like this* *photo credit to Kit Whelan, not us Like I say, just the usual. Guess […]

If you happen to wake up in New Zealand on your birthday…

It might look like this. There’s a stanza in the song that we woke up to on the day I proposed to Rachel, and that we played at our wedding, that I couldn’t stop thinking about: You will miss sunrise If you close your eyes And that would break My heart in two