Sunday, June 29, 2008

We saw Wall-E and it inspired us...

...to get our own robot to clean up after us. We got a Roomba. I'm not so sure we got the same message that Pixar was expecting us to get, but we were inspired none the less. If you've never seen a roomba in action, it's a real treat to watch it vacuum the entire apartment for us. Blake and I just sat and watched it for a while... amazed. It gets under the chairs, under the dining room table, around the kitchen, bathroom, closet... the whole place! Anyway, that's been our fun today... a vacuum... errrr... I mean... robot. That sounds a little better, I guess. Our next project... make it sing as it works, and apparently it is possible. Blake's suggestion was to make it sing "Whistle While You Work." We'll see if we get that one to work. I'll keep you in the know of all our Roomba happenings.

proof...

Bo asked me to post these as proof that he went out in the boat. One of the Apple guys that went to Monterey Bay with us took these.

Is my thumb green?

Maybe... We'll see in a few weeks. We are the proud owners of some new flowers. I've never tried to grow flowers, but today that has changed. We started small... just one little flower basket on the patio. I'll keep you posted on how they make it. I think most plants around here do really well since the weather is so nice, so if I fail at this... it will be a sad day.I thought it turned out really pretty, so here's a picture.
We've also seen a few humming bird feeders around, so we decided to try our luck with that as well. It isn't as exciting as flowers, but here's a picture.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

But do you really want to do the minimum?

Whitney found this facebook app (or was sent it by my sister and Christian Humble) that she then sent on to me. I say sent on to me, but she bombarded me with buttons (called Flair in homage of Chotchkie's in Office Space) until there was nothing I could do but respond. It is a kind of fun little facebook app, that lets you send and receive "flair" and then organize it on your profile to your liking and present it. It sounds kind of geekish, but it is kind of fun and adds individuality. For example, Whitney went for the generalist approach, while I aimed more for he minimalist look, focusing on what can only be seen as the most true statement on television.
I do want to point out, that while looking at this and adding them to your facebook account may not be too geeky, there is a level of geekdom that has rarely been seen this side of the internet Mississippi. There are actually people who make it their daily goal to make these buttons, and put their mark on your account. Think about that the next time you walk into a Best Buy. That "Where's Waldo" button could have been made by the kid that sells you that microwave that knows just a little too much about the rotation speed of the kenmore versus the sharp.
Blake's Flair:
Whitney's Flair:

Sunday, June 15, 2008

finding out if dogs swim

the answer.... yes, but we didn't test that one today. We did, however take a little kayaking trip down to Monterey Bay with some apple people. We thought it might be fun to take Bo along instead of leaving him home all day alone, so we got him a little life jacket and along he came. It was fun! Blake and I took a 2 person kayak and Bo rode on my lap. He really did great except for the few minutes after he realized how far we were from shore, but he calmed down soon enough. The water was freezing. Both Blake and I were wearing wet-suits and a paddling jacket as you can see in the pictures, so we stayed warm except for walking out into the water to get into the boat and getting out of the boat to come back on shore.
We don't have any way to keep any of our cameras dry, so we just took these few photos on the beach after the trip, but a few of Blake's friends had waterproof cameras, so maybe they will share some of the photos taken while we were paddling and of the wildlife that we saw. There were otters, seals, pelicans, and all sorts of birds that dove under the water. They would swim right up close to the boat just to check the people out. Cool!
Anyway, enjoy a few pictures...These were a few of blake's friends before they came back to shore.

Friday, June 13, 2008

To Steve and Becky

To Steve and Becky, I saw this tonight and it made me think of you guys... and mmmmmmmm it was good too! Miss you guys!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

just wondering...

Just wondering who out there reads this blog thing, so would you do me a favor please? Whoever reads this, would you just click the little comment button and say hi and tell me who you are? Since I spend my time writing it, I just want to know who wastes... I mean invests... their time reading it. haha.
PS- you don't have to have a google/blogger id to comment, just choose the "Name/URL" choice and type your name.
Thanks!

Monday, June 9, 2008

To my Mom...

Dear Mom, We are so glad you got to join us on our road trip and celebrate your birthday with us. I thought I'd share some of our pictures from your little "birthday trip" to San Francisco. We love you! - Whitney and Blake
For my Mom's birthday, we thought it might be fun to take a little drive to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Pier 39. This is a view of the bridge from across the bay.Alcatraz Island... I'd love to get to go out there one day... but we didn't have time.The seals at Pier 39.We had dinner at Bubba Gumps on the end of Pier 39. The view was awesome as we got to look out over the water, boats, and sunset. These first 2 photos were taken while we were waiting to get seated. Those are some NIIIICE shoes! I wish I could have gotten a pair. haha.Blake consulting Zoltar, the fortune teller.Thanks again mom for coming with us, and we hope you had a really
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

the end of a long roadtrip

Well, we finally made it. We reached Sunnyvale (a few days ago). The last day of driving was the most beautiful, so I thought I'd share some pictures of the scenery.
These are the elephant seals that we saw. How cool are they!?! Just a cool rock that was at the same place as the seals. This guy was pretty funny. He would move about 5 feet and decide it was too much work and would stop... rest for a bit... and then start moving again.
The view from a cliff on the side of the road. I think they call them "vista points" around here.Bo's not too sure about this.... but soon he gained his confidence and took in the view.
Here we are... we've reached "the mothership". Blake wouldn't let me take his picture in front of it. This is all he would let me take.How amazing is it all? I'll do my best to keep you up to date on the happenings of California, but until then...

Thursday, June 5, 2008

An Update from the Road... (with pictures this time!)

Some pictures from the road...
The Thing!?!? Blake and I already had the opportunity to see "The Thing" when we were moving to Arizona a few years ago. It was such a memorable experience that we decided to take my mom as we drove through there on our way to California. The billboards for "the thing" start hundreds of miles before you actually reach "the thing", so we got her all excited about seeing "it". Here she is with "The Thing". I won't tell you what is in the box, nor will I show you the picture I took of it. I'd not want to ruin it in case you are driving down I10 through Arizona.

I took the following photos as we drove through California on the 101 and highway 1. They were just taken from the car going 70mph, so if you look carefully, you might see reflections from the car window. I thought it was just too beautiful to pass up.

The ocean near San Simeon where we are staying tonight. Don't let the sun fool you. It is actually around 50 degrees and CRAZY windy.

A little mexican food place where we ate dinner.