Thursday, August 30, 2007

It rained!

The thunder and lightning woke me up at around 4.45 this morning. I didn't think I would actually see it rain, but I heard the rain pattering on the rooftop and went to the window to look out. I hope it helps cool the weather down, or at least reduce the humidity.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

More of Monterey

We had a fun second day in Monterey. The day started off really cool and foggy, but that was such a welcome change from the heat wave we've been having in the Southland. We started off the day at the Aquarium, where we got to see otters up close, and also the huge 1 million gallon Outer Bay tank with two ginormous sunfish and 300+ pound tunas swimming around. We sat through the feeding frenzy, and I wouldn't want to be in the water with the starving tuna. The cafe in the Aquarium had the best french fries I've had in a long time. Mmmmm. The aquarium was built on the grounds of an old sardine cannery, and they kept an exhibit in the middle of the floor with the old boilers and lots of pictures and a description of the canning process. It was fascinating.

We then proceeded to the Fisherman's Wharf. Every food store was selling clam chowder, each claiming they had the best. We got a clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl from the store that has been winning an award for their clam chowder, and they did have good chowder! We then went on a glass-bottom boat ride (we only looked in the glass bottom for about 5 minutes of the trip), but the rest of the time we looked at otters and sea lions.

My sister and her boyfriend joined us later in the afternoon, and she gave me these cute little Somethings she picked up from (they have really neat stuff!), and we had the best dinner at the Sardine Factory (thanks Dad and Elaine!). It was a fantastic day.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2007


I spent a wonderful 4-day weekend in the Bay Area and Monterey this past weekend with Anthony and his folks. My sister and her significant other joined us over the weekend too. It was so much fun. We woke up at the crack of dawn on Friday (even before the sun rose), and caught an early flight to San Jose. We drove to Chinatown and had a wonderful dim sum meal. I even got to buy some of my favorite egg tarts and moon cakes... mmm. We then headed for Pier 39, and just walked around and enjoyed the scenery. We did some shopping and we enjoyed watching the sea lions. I even started barking like one for the heck of it to add to the din :) After that, we drove down the road to the Ferry Building, my latest discovery thanks to my sister. Anthony's parents were so impressed! They wished they had a place like that down here to shop at all the time. Anthony's dad had been craving caviar, and there was a caviar bar in the Ferry Building. We did a little tasting with champagne, and started our trip in style. We left San Francisco with happy tummies and started our trek down to Monterey, after a little fun side trip of trying to find a restroom for me (the champagne went through my system at the most inappropriate time of our drive). We ended the day with dinner at the restaurant Anthony and I last ate at on our previous trip to Monterey a few years ago. I'm happy to report that their calamari is still excellent after all this time.

Sunday, August 19, 2007


I'm finally on there, and I am amazed at how much you can do with it. I have a Myspace page and an account with Friendster, and I'm also on LinkedIn, but so far, I like the interface on Facebook the best. It was a little confusing at first (but all of the other sites were to me), but after a little while I got the hang of it. It's pretty neat because you have groups and stuff you can join (I joined the Tt network there), but I don't remember my old e-mail account from college so I can't join that network. Oh well. I need to try to find some of my classmates from school that I've lost touch with. It was a really good find!

Thursday, August 9, 2007


I love daisies, but I can't seem to keep them alive. I wonder what I'm doing wrong. They are great for a few weeks, and then they just wilt and shrivel up then die. I love the flowers, especially the fuschia pink ones. Instead of killing more daisies, I should probably just enjoy them when they come in bouquets. I can keep pretty much most plants alive and thriving (unless the kitties get to them), but not daisies, unfortunately.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

The Simpsons Movie

After all the hype, the movie really did live up to expectations. It was awesome! Anthony has this theory that if it's overhyped, there is a teensy chance that the movie won't live up to expectations, but it did! It got us from the start, with Ralphie singing the theme for the 20th Century Fox opening. We absolutely love the Spider Pig song... too funny! We even stuck around for the end credits to see if they would do anything more, and they did! Awesome. We're going to get the movie as soon as it comes out on DVD. As Homer would say, WOOHOO!