Monday, July 28, 2008

not a lot to say right now... just an update.

I just thought I'd write a quick update, since I haven't written in a while. Blake and I went to Dallas for a long weekend. It was jam packed full almost the entire time, so we are happy to have an evening at home tonight. Hopefully it will be an early night for us. Blake is currently playing the xbox. Bo is napping under the table, and I'm doing a bit of typing on the computer... exciting stuff for sure.
We didn't get home till about 1:30 am (pacific time) last night from the airport. Our car was due at the rental at 6 pm yesterday in dallas, and our flight wasn't till 8, so in true "blake" style, we aimed for catching an earlier flight. If you haven't heard his travel stories. Ask him. They make me laugh. (Here's his most recent tales from his travel.)
Back to the current trip though... We returned the rental car at 6 and hopped on the shuttle bus... got off at the airport and got checked in. Since we weren't checking any bags, we thought we might check and see if there happened to be an earlier flight to Denver. There was... and it was scheduled to leave at 6:30. By this time... it was 6:30, but we just so happened to be right in front of the departing gate, so we figured we'd give it a shot. Sure enough, just as Blake always seems to manage, there was room for us... in the reclining exit row, no less.
Awesome, maybe we'll make it home before midnight, we thought. Wrong... we made it to denver and found that there were no connecting flights to San Francisco that left any earlier. We weren't disappointed though, we just decided that this would give us a chance to sit down, eat dinner together, and talk. We did just that. I had Schlotsky's... wow, I love those sandwiches. Come to find out though, our 9:30 flight out of denver was delayed. We now aren't scheduled to leave till 10:15. Long story short, we finally landed, got on our second shuttle bus of the day (this time bound for the parking garage), heard the bus driver's story about how he almost ran over some random girl today. She thought it would be a good idea to lay down in the middle of the road... go figure. We did manage to find our car. It was still parked in the same spot we left it. We started toward home... both too tired to pull out an ipod and plug it into the audio system in the car, so we rode the whole way in silence. Blake checked on me every so often to make sure I wasn't sleeping... isn't he nice? When we got home, we both basically fell into bed and didn't wake until the alarm said it was time. Even then, it took me 30 minutes to decide that I do actually have to get up.
All of this to say, We are glad we got to go and glad to be back home. Now, if only there was a way to magically get all of our stuff unpacked and put away. I'll work on that.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

hide-n-seek

I just got home from taking Blake to work and I was just hanging out reading some email when I realize that bo isn't in sight. I think... "hmmm... this isn't normal... I wonder where he is."

So, I to look in the bed, and he isn't there. I look in the bathroom, under the chairs... We don't really have many places to look in this apartment, so I start calling his name... And then I turn around and see him in the closet. What the heck?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

had to share

This is a photo I posted yesterday in color, but I did a bit of work to it tonight and made it black and white. I thought I'd repost it. I think I like it better this way. What do you think? (for reference see post below.) 

smells like Pine Sol

Blake and I went out to Muir Woods National Park today for a quick trip. It was BEAUTIFUL! It is about 12 miles north of San Francisco, so it is pretty easy to get out there (coming from the person that didn't have to drive on the extremely curvy mountain roads with no guardrail). We ended up having to park .8 miles away from the front gate of the park. We know it's .8 miles because we measured it. Anyway, once we got into the park, we walked about 2.5 miles around the trees... up and down hills and over tree roots. It was fun. I took a lot of pictures and we enjoyed a nice time with nature.
Check out all of the pictures here.

Friday, July 18, 2008

excited about this

We just got our electric bill in the mail. This is the first full month that we've lived in this apartment, so we weren't sure what to expect. Here's what we got! I've never seen a June electric bill so cheap! $25.75!

Monday, July 14, 2008

pointless

Tonight, I saw something that has always puzzled me. Blake and I went out to eat with some of his work friends and as we were leaving, we saw 2 guys out in the parking lot blowing the leaves around.
What we saw wasn't really like what the photo above. The guy in the above photo is blowing the leaves off of the sidewalk and on to the grass. Maybe I can understand that... well, except for the part where the leaves are just going to blow back on to the sidewalk. What we saw tonight was in the middle of a large parking lot. The guys were blowing the leaves from one spot to another... still in the parking lot. So silly. Can anyone shed some light on this for me?

arrrrrrrrr matey and carnivorous plants

Yesterday we went to San Francisco to see my cousin, Travis. He took us to some fun/interesting stores near his apartment, and I thought they warranted a piece of our blog. The first store specialized in random stuffed animals... no not cuddly teddy bears.... remember we are in San Francisco... These were animals of the taxidermy sort. They also had random teeth and other animal oddities. (see what I mean, fun/interesting?) In the back of the store there was a huge selection of exotic plants. My favorite was a venus fly trap. I've always wanted one. I didn't buy one though, because I don't think my thumb is that "green". (PS- if you just clicked on the words "venus fly trap" and spent 2 minutes of your life watching a plant eat a fly, you are a strange as I am.) So, that was the first store. Next on our venture down the street was called "The Pirate Store". I didn't take any pictures, but here's a funny one from their site...
They have these signs EVERYWHERE in the store. All very funny... in a pirate sort of way. On one wall were lots of drawers with random things in them. Things like plastic eyeballs, buttons, never ending scarfs... all sorts of good stuff.
Anyway, fun was had, we got to see some family and an interesting part of a crazy city that we hadn't seen before. We'll have to do it again sometime.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Overnight Sensation!

It is kind of hard to read here, but I have recently become pretty famous overnight. I wrote a review of an app on the iTunes App Store, and mine is the most helpful for this app. Look it up yourself by searching for "Tip Calculator" in iTunes 7.7!

Friday, July 11, 2008

it's going to be a party tonight

ohhhh... look what I got! It's hair color time!
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During:

style alert

I got some new shoes last week, and I think they are REALLY cute. I just couldn't pass them up. So far, I've warn them with jeans, dress pants, and a skirt. love it! I found them cheap at this really cute boutique here in CA... (walmart... haha). I hear they have them all over the country!

look what I did!

Remember those flowers I planted? If not, here's a reminder. That was on June 29th. Check them out today! From zero blooms, to 5 and almost 4 more on top of that! Sweet. I love sunny California.

i was bored...

I'll get right to it... yesterday, I got my hair cut. I've never been a person that was really attached to my hair. In the past, it has gone from long to short, to shorter, to a new color, to yet again another color, only to maybe grow out a bit before I chop it off again. Carrie can vouch for all of this... as many of the times, she was on the other end of the scissors or hair color.
Anyway, that was the past. In the last year, I've been letting my hair grow out a bit and it finally was about shoulder length (which if you know me... that is a major accomplishment.) Also, if you know me, you know that my hair is thick and curly, and I do a lot of work to make it not so much that way. I've had enough of the 30 minute hair dry time plus straightener time. It's just too much work and by the time I'm done, I need another shower after all the heat. The last few days, I've been asking Blake what he thought about me getting a new "do". He said he thought it was a good idea. (read: It doesn't matter in the least bit to me what you do with your hair... after all it was some shade of PINK... accidentally... when I met you.) Ha... love that.
I found a picture online of a cut that I liked, sent it to my iphone, and headed to the beauty shop.
I laid back in the chair to get my hair washed, and the sweet Vietnamese lady said (in her broken english), "Your hair is so thick!" She wresteled with it and finally finished washing it. Then, I showed her the picture of the haircut that I wanted, and she replied... "Oh, it is spiky!"
Great, I'm super excited to get my hair cut by someone who has only described my hair as... "thick", and the haircut I want only as "spiky". Score...
Anyway, I went ahead with the haircut because in the back of my mind, I was thinking... I just hope she can get the cut close... and then I can fix it in my bathroom later.
She went to town cutting off something like 7 or 8 inches in the front and top and less in the back. In the end, I was covered in hair... and I mean it was everywhere.... everywhere. I hate that feeling.
When she finished cutting the hair, she began the styling process which only took 2 minutes (the whole reason for this cut). This is where this really got scary. I ended up with a "beautiful", perfectly combed puff ball. YIKES! I'm not a fan of that. I could see that the cut was pretty much what I wanted, so I told her not to worry to much about the styling... that I was headed straight home to take a shower to get all the hair off of me. I did consider going home, but I didn't have time, so I went to the nearest walgreens to get some hair goo and "mess it all up". By the time I picked Blake up from work, it was looking much better, like the "spiky" hair I was going for in the beginning.
All of this to say, I'm still not sure I'm sold on the back of my hair. It is a bit longer than I was thinking, but I'll try to live with it for a week or so before I "self chop" it off.
Last night, Blake asked me why I decided to get a new cut, and I replied... "I was bored with it."
He said... "You were bored, so you decided to get your hair cut. You need to find a hobby."
He always has a way to twist my words to say exactly what he wants them to say... ahhh... Oh well, he said he likes it.
Today's adventure: hair color. After getting this major cut, all of the blonde from the sun got cut off, so now I'm left with this drab blondish brown color. I'm not a fan. I have learned something from the past though. I will not be going for red... or doing this without a professional's opinion. I texted my amazing hairstylist friend, Christian, and asked her to tell me what color to get at Sally's. She told me what brand and shade to get... along with what developer and all that good stuff. It should be fun, and I promise to share pictures once it is all done. Stay tuned.

Monday, July 7, 2008

my boys...

Just now, bo was craving some attention, so what did Blake do? Well, he went and put on some sweat pants, of course. Why sweat pants, you ask? They have elastic around the ankles. Yes, he is that cool. The real reason for the pants was so that he could hide Bo's favorite toy in the leg and let him search for it. Bo scratches and scratches until he can't anymore and then finds a way to fight on. It's a great game. Just thought I'd share.

One Tasty Taqueria

I haven't blogged much lately about food. It isn't that there isn't good food here... in fact we've enjoyed it a lot. One of our favorites is In-n-Out Burger. We ate it from time to time when we lived in Phoenix. I've also been cooking some... now that I have a real kitchen. that isn't the point of this post, though. The point of this post is to share the experience we had tonight. We went to a place called Garcia's Taqueria. It is a hole-in-the-wall for sure... no question there, but it is authentic mexican food... like so authentic that we were the only people of our ethnicity in the whole place. It is my favorite when I find a place like that.
Blake ordered a "Super Burrito" with Carne al Pastor (we think it was beef and pork). When they said Super, they really meant SUPER. It put every burrito we've ever ordered anywhere to shame size wise. Blake only ate 1/2 of it. I ordered a quesadilla with chile verde pork (spicy pork with green sauce). When the lady asked if I wanted the small or large, I said... "Large, I guess." since that was all I was ordering... and it was only $4 at that. I was surprised when it arrived and the tortilla was 18" in diameter. Wow, I may have eaten 1/3 of it. Needless to say, we have A LOT left over.
We also had a sweet treat from my past... Manzana. It is a yummy apple soda that I had when i was on a mission trip in Mexico during high school. I don't know that Blake had ever had it, so I insisted that he give it a try. His review... "It was alright." If you know Blake, that could either means he loves it or hates it. Who knows. I still don't.
Ok, so all this to say, we really enjoyed Garcia's Taqueria. It was good, cheap, and fast, but you know you aren't in TX when it doesn't have air conditioning in the restaurant. Most days it wouldn't be needed, but we are having a "heat wave", so that made it a little interesting.
Note to self: if it is warm outside, wait till sunset to go. As we were leaving, I think it had cooled of 15 degrees.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Update on Flowers and Hummingbirds

This is an update to the post about green thumbs...
And the answer to if I have one or not is... YES! At least so far, I do. Below, you will see my first flower. There were a few blooms when I got the flowers, but I'm not taking the credit for them, but I will take credit for this one...

We DO have humming birds! I got the hummingbird feeder at the same time I got the flowers, but I hadn't seen any until today. This is the only picture I got before Bo fulfilled his position as watch dog. He didn't even see the bird. He just saw that I was looking out the window and thought there must be something out there for him. I did manage this one "paparazzi like" photo. Yes, those are our bedroom blinds on the side of the picture. I was stalking the hummingbird until my cover was blown by my not-so-stealthlike dog.

Here's another random picture. Bo, the watchdog, thinks there is something in the corner of the patio. Every time we go out there, he sticks his face in it and sniffs like crazy. There isn't any more to this story, just one strange dog.