I hope you all had the most wonderful of Holidays.
I spent some Christmas days at the Pittsburgh home of my mother with my son, Conor, my brother Matt and my sister Virginia. Christmas dinner was back at our home in Ohio with all of Michelle's family.
Here's 12-year-old Conor Redmond O'Riley, who is an avid skateboarder, skiier, chess-player (he beats me!), and unrepentant hater of Radiohead:
There you go, Conor, now all those Radiohead death-squads know your face. I pray for your safety.
Here's Michelle and me in front of her Christmas tree (decorated wholly by herself):
he's too off-the-charts cute to leave out of the gallery. he's the most affectionate kitten ever (and he's only been with us two days!), and he comes from the same breeder we got little baby adeline from (hmmm...a name theme is emerging...), minkitty cattery from around here in cleveland. nancy makes a lovely home for kittens to be born in. i'm enclosing a pic of elliott and adeline's grandma (though our two kittens don't share any parents from minkitty), too, xena:
thanks to michelle for taking such wonderful pictures; all of them.
here's a picture of elliott when we first went to visit him at nancy's house:
he's a three-month old platinum mink tonkinese. michelle had done some research into cat breeds, and neither of us had known about tonkinese cats before. they're basically a burmese/siamese mixture with characteristics we liked, like exeptional playfulness, intelligence and affection toward people and other cats. adeline, who also came from minkitty, is a champagne solid tonkinese. she's presently the most recalcitrant of the four cats toward elliott, but it's only been a couple of days. moochie seems very intent on being friends with elliott, and chiquita has roused herself from her usual flatline demeanor in her fascination with the new baby kitten.
more pictures of the baby kitten, elliott, if you can stand the cuteness overload, follow on the next page:
Michelle and I got back to SoCal for a weekend to hear The Bad Plus play at the Catalina Jazz Club. They're such an incredible band, we wanted to hear them as often as we could, and as they were playing two sets on each of four nights, we got to just about every one of them! They were incredible as always, mixing up new compositions and a great new cover of McCartney's 'Live and Let Die' into their unsurpassed repertoire. Ethan iverson, pianist and racconteur extrordinaire for the band, recently married, and it was great to meet and hang out a bit with his wife, Sarah, for the first time.
After the Saturday show, Ethan and Reid and Sarah came back to the house, and we greeted Daylight Savings Time in real style, Ethan gracing the home Steinway and joining me in a tipsy traversal of Franz Schubert's f minor Fantasy. I'm hoping that becomes a regular occurance.