Monday, January 4, 2016


Finishing this up today since I fell asleep yesterday while writing it. 

Woke up at 5am after a frustrating dream about moving into an (already run down) apartment and discovering the previous tenants had left all of their stuff behind. Not just furniture, but the closets were full of clothes and the kitchen cabinets packed solid with all sorts of Tupperware and storage containers. I was furious with the dream apartment manager who was trying to brush me off so he could go to dinner. I gave him a severe dressing-down as I pounded my fist on the table for emphasis.

After waking up and cooling down a little, I lay in bed watching This Must Be The Place on the iPad.  What a great movie with Sean Penn and Frances McDormand.

Had an exhausting day at work, then stopped by the store on the way home for dinner fixins'.  Turned this:

Into a yummy fried rice:

Got to try out the new knife and sauté pan I got for Christmas, as well as a bottle of Pinot Grigio I received - loved all three.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

Todd's sick and I'm exhausted, so saving the champagne for another day. For tonight I'll just stick with this Crispin pear cider.  It's delicious. 
Happy New a Year everybody!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas.

A Currier and Ives Christmas greeting

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Busy Sunday

Put in 4 hours at the office,

It helps that it's a winter wonderland - thanks to Kylee!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Movie Day At Home

I made a big batch of homemade Texas Trash (spicy chex mix; recipe below) and we just let whatever came on tv flow through us:  Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, St. Vincent, It's a Wonderful Life, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. It was a good day. 

Texas Trash

6 cups corn Chex
6 cups rice Chex
4 cups wheat Chex
3 cups pretzel sticks (preferably broken in half, but not necessary)
2 1/2 cups peanuts
2 cups Cheerios
3/4 cup butter - melted
5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 - 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Combine cereal, pretzels and peanuts in a large roasting pan.
Melt the butter, then add the spices to the butter. Mix well.
Drizzle the butter mixture over the dry ingredients, then toss to coat evenly - best if done by hand.

Bake for 1 hour, stirring thoroughly every 15 minutes. Enjoy while it's warm if you like, but allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.  Enjoy!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Lightning Cloud

Looks ominous

The storm passed us by, but gave a show as it went:

Thursday, October 15, 2015

L.A. Trip - Day 8: E.T. And The L.A. Philharmonic At The Hollywood Bowl

Just like everything else in L.A., there's extremely limited parking for the Hollywood Bowl.  So we headed back to Hollywood & Highland again to catch a shuttle - for $6 each round trip, it was definitely the way to go (because parking at the Bowl was a nightmare).  We got parked and it took us a minute to find the shuttle pick-up area.  When we did find it there was already a shuttle bus waiting which quickly filled.

This is the scene outside the Bowl.  Yes, that is someone just getting out of the car in the middle of the intersection as two officers "direct" traffic.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

L.A. Trip - Day 8: Coco's and Venice Beach

I got up at 6:30am, and Todd finally got up at 10:30.  We got going around noon and drove to Coco's Bakery, a chain restaurant sort of like Denny's that someone had recommended to Todd because of their pies.  I had a turkey burger (which was actually really good) with fries, and for dessert I had coconut cream pie and decaf coffee.  The pie was also good, but then so is almost all pie.

Just driving down the road and, oh look, there's a movie studio.
The food was good, but I'm not sure I would go out of the way (again) for it

Sunday, October 11, 2015

L.A. Trip - Day 7

It's Thursday and today we leave the Disneyland Resort and drive back to L.A.

I woke up at 6:30 and read/surfed on the iPad until 8:30 or so, then showered and dressed.  I headed out at 9am while Todd slept.  I walked around the hotel and through some of the shops at Downtown Disney, but didn't buy anything; was just killing time.

I spy a hidden gazebo
I'm guessing they hold weddings at this one

Monday, October 5, 2015

L.A. Trip - Day 6: Disney California Adventure, P.M.

Ok, this is a long post with lots of photos.

After lunch we went back to Cars Land and used our FastPasses for Radiator Springs Racers.  We also took our time and looked around a bit.

The detail is incredible.
Blue is in the lead

Friday, October 2, 2015

L.A. Trip - Day 6: Disney California Adventure, A.M.

Woke up this morning at 5:30am.  Apparently it doesn't seem to matter what time I go to bed or how tired I am; I'm waking up early.  I went back to sleep from 6:00 to 6:30, then got out of bed at 7:00.

Morning view

Saturday, September 26, 2015

L.A. Trip - Day 5: Disneyland, P.M., Part 2

Since the Haunted Mansion was closed and we were near a train station, we decided to ride the train all the way around the park - not something we would have done had the park been crowded.  It was great though - we got to relax and see the Grand Canyon diorama and Primeval World; two displays that don't exist at Walt Disney World.

The French Market across from the depot.  We'll come back here.

L.A. Trip - Day 5: Disneyland, P.M., Part 1

After lunch we headed over to Adventureland and the Enchanted Tiki Room.

Adventure awaits!
All the birds sing words and the flowers croon in the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room

Saturday, September 19, 2015

L.A. Trip - Day 4: Disneyland Resort

I woke up this morning at 6:30am, threw on some clothes and walked down to the corner Starbucks.
Pooped a short while later - hooray!

VMAs are over - looks like they're taking Miley down
The Walk of Fame stars are everywhere.  They're over here by our hotel...

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

L.A. Trip - Day 3: Universal Studios Hollywood, Part 3

After our snack stop we headed over to the Waterworld stunt show.  It's a little strange that USH has a stunt show that's now based on a 20 year old movie flop, but the show was really good with a strong stunt cast.

Ignore the partial-people - there was a lot of movement while I was taking the panoramic