Sock Monkey Reindeer

After dinner with friends tonight Lori and I swung over to the bookstore.  On our way by we stopped into Pier One just to look around.I saw this basket of sock monkeys with reindeer antlers.  It reminded me of my old friend Charla because she loved some sock monkeys.  Also her birthday is this coming Tuesday and if you know me, I remember so many birthdays its crazy.

This will end up being my 365 photo for today as well, as I’ve seemed to have fallen off of this project lately.



Sun and Surf

I went to class with Lori yesterday morning.  I studied my PMP book while she lectured and helped her students for the four and a half hour class.  We then headed over to the Solar Decathlon.

Here is the blurb from the websiteThe U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

The micro houses were quite something else.  All built on site and demonstrated by the students who both designed and built the houses.  It was quite busy and we didn’t go into each house but it was very inspiring and also the focus on affordability was wonderful.  It is great to think, hope perhaps that we are moving away from McMansions and back to smaller compact homes.

Our plan was to then go to the beach for a  walk and connect with the ocean but we ran out of daylight.  Instead we got up early this morning and headed to Seal Beach for breakfast and a walk on the beach.  We strolled in the water for a few hours and still were home before noon to watch football (or rather, watch twitter and get texts about football)

The walk on the beach, in the ocean was so wonderful and needed.  It was pretty empty at that hour, die-hard surfers out there but not a lot of other people just some pelicans, sand pipers and seagulls.  Great was to start the week.

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Catalina Island

We were up at 4:30 this morning to be in line thirty minutes before the first boat to the island this morning.  A friend of Lori’s works for the Catalina conservancy and lives there.

We watched the sun rise on the boat and lots of dolphins on the way.  We had a yummy breakfast in a little cafe and then were able take a car (work car) over to Little Harbor on the island.  This was quite a privilege as not everyone has a key card to get through the gate or work car to borrow.

We got a lovely guided tour, albeit it brief as we were on the 7:30 pm boat back out of Catalina tonight and are just getting home.  Work is in a mere nine hours from now so here are some pictures of the day…..good night.

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Some things

Saturday while Lori was in class I dug out a line along the curb and put in a boarder with some of the left over bricks we had stacked up.


Saturday evening and early Sunday we moved the tools and supplies from the garage into the new shed and organized it so we can start working on finishing the garage.

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Sunday morning I noticed one of our cactus in the front yard had bloomed, I got a few pictures because it only lasts a day.  The petals were so papery.  Quite beautiful.

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The front has been fully planted for about a month now.  Things are more established and starting to fill in.  The chocolate mimosa tree has re-leafed out as it had dropped everything in transporting and transplanting.

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If I had a Liiizzzzard….

We were up early on Saturday and drove up to the Huntington Library and Garden.  A professor from one of Lori’s schools was giving a tour.  We got into the garden several hours before it was open to the public.  We mostly walked through the cactus and succulent garden as that was the focus for the class but the entire place was just amazing.  I took so many photos that when I uploaded them today I plugged all of the holes in my 365 project from the last month.

Once the garden started filling up with people and it was clear I had worn the wrong shoes for anymore than a few hours of walking (albeit cute heals) we grabbed some lunch and headed home for a few hours.  This turned out to be the comedic part of our day.  Lori cut up an apple as a snack and was eating that while working on papers or lesson plans or something and all of a sudden asked if her tongue should be tingling and then urgently asked for me to get the Benadryl (For a little history she is very allergic to things like chocolate and her throat closes up.)  I acted fast in barely any time at all she had swallowed one and there was a half in the box so she took that too.  She felt like her throat was closing.

In just a little bit, maybe a minute when we calmed down, granted my heart was racing, we started talking about it.  Her lips and tongue were “on fire” it was at this point that we realized she cut up the apple on the cutting board I cut up a jalapeno on the day before for stir fry……

I wish I could convey the laughter, just how funny this was and now the never-ending joke of my trying to poison her and my proof she should stay out of my kitchen!!

So I worked on my homework while she napped due to the Benadryl before we headed up to Monterey Park for a party given by all the students in her Ikebana class for the sensei who has retired.

Sunday I made breakfast while Lori ran to Starbucks for tea, brought me back a New York Times and the day was spent reading the paper.  Well I read the paper, Lori got ready for finals for a couple of classes this week while I interrupted her with things out of the paper. With that and grading papers and preparing lectures and assignments for the next few weeks I was shocked when her computer rang out 8pm and the weekend was over!

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Here are just a few of the many lizards I photographed on Saturday.  The first photo was for fun, then it was just a “thing” I took them in groups, in the sun, on rocks, digging in the ground, darting from all the wild parrots who wanted them for lunch.  It became funny, even though that does not transfer here.


My Neighborhood

I went to the bank this afternoon after work. The sun was going down it was very cool, but not windy or raining.  When I left the parking lot I took a left into the marina and took a little walk.  Watching the seagulls, two herons and peering over the dock to see all the starfish along the marina wall in what was very clear water.

There were a few people walking along, but it was pretty much empty.  I got to the trail that I used to walk Missy before turning back.  It was a lovely walk and I got a 365 capture for today.