R.I.P. ShopNatural

So, I’d heard that my old employer in Tucson, where I’d worked for 5 years (and where, incidentally, I met 

), was having some financial trouble (along with other natural foods retailers, they weren’t having much luck competing with big natural foods wholesalers like UNFI, not to mention the unstoppable retail behemoth that is Wal-Mart — incidentally, now the largest seller of organic foods in the U.S.); I’d even heard that they were going out of business.

Well, now there’s photographic proof.

Ah, well…


Originally uploaded by toohotinwa

Jolie’s begun smiling at us (not just the bubbly, random smiles of a couple of weeks ago) and, like they say, it’s a huge bonding moment. After a month, I’m getting more of a sense of her as a person — what she likes, dislikes — than just a general sense of “baby”.

Plus, we managed to get her (and ourselves, natch) out of the house for a while, now that the thaw’s on. Took a nice little ramble around Roseville’s Central Park, got to reminisce with the wife about the unsafe playground equipment of our childhood (hot metal slides, tractor tires with steel belts exposed…)

Good times.