Thursday, May 31, 2007

Thursday, 31 May -- Fireman Todd

Here's Todd at the 99-Cent Only store, trying on a fireman's helmet as we shopped for miscellaneous items:

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Wednesday, 30 May -- Easy Street

Street sign on the way home, in Simi Valley (where I got off the freeway to do some shopping and get some gas at a newly-opened Exxon station). Easy life, anyone? ;-)

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tuesday, 29 May -- Baby Blues

I love this Baby Blues comic strip from February this year. Gotta love the great divide between parents and non-parents! :-D

Might have to click on it to view the larger image.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Monday, 28 May -- Baseball in the backyard

Todd and Daddy play baseball in the backyard. Here's Todd running to catch the ball that Daddy will hit-- this photo was snapped just a fraction of a second before he took a tumble onto the grass-- you can see the beginnings of his fall in this shot.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Saturday, 26 May -- Todd's birthday party

Todd and his birthday cake at the restaurant after the park festivities. Who could resist that face!?

Friday, May 25, 2007

Friday, 25 May -- Shopping car(t)

Todd "drives" the shopping cart at Ralph's, where we were looking for some birthday party items.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Thursday, 24 May -- Army recruiting car

Spied this car in the parking lot of the Rite Aid where we went to get ice cream. All the "U.S. Army" logos stood out, and then the government license plate caught my eye. Looks like it's the car used by the local Army recruiters! Recognize the brown star logo from the T-shirt Todd was wearing when throwing up a "gang symbol"?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wednesday, 23 May -- Inside Chili's restaurant

No, we didn't park illegally. Here we are seated at our table at Chili's. Me, Todd-- and the infamous plush turtle again! :-D And of course, Todd's wearing one of his cheesiest big grins ever!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Tuesday, 22 May -- Chili's No Parking

Sign inside the waiting area of Chili's restaurant in Goleta. I can think of a few public places where it would be quite appropriate in actual parking spots!!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Monday, 21 May -- Chili Cookoff ACHN team

More from the Chili Cookoff-- the College Hire Network had a booth, and the theme was "Bubba Gump Chili"-- as you can see, some of them dressed up as characters from Forrest Gump-- here I am with Lt. Dan (AJ), Forrest (Kevin) and Jenny (Piper).

Second pic is a closeup of the funny haircut that Kevin obtained in order to properly play Forrest Gump.



Sunday, May 20, 2007

Sunday, 20 May -- Happy Birthday, Todd!

Happy 3rd Birthday, Todd! Here's a shot of Mommy and her newly-turned-3-year-old with his cache of presents and his little birthday cake. Fun little family celebration in the back patio!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Saturday, 19 May -- Gas prices

A tribute to the wonderfully high cost of living here in Santa Barbara-- gas is no exception. Here's the filling station down the road from our apartment displaying today's sky-high prices.

EDIT: LOL, I just noticed that the dollar portion of bottom price (for the super unleaded gas) looks a little different from the rest. Do you see it? Someone put the "3" on backwards and upside-down, tee hee!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Friday, 18 May -- Jester CEO

Chili cookoff at work today. This year's theme was Cajun (last year was Cinco de Mayo). Here I am with a statue of the company's original founder and CEO-- dressed in colorful jester garb.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Thursday, 17 May -- Turtle

Todd's stuffed sea turtle (aka honu) from Hawaii, a present from his aunt and uncle who vacation there regularly. Here he is, peeking out at the viewer from inside the laundry basket I pack with clothes and other essentials every weekend for our stay in SB.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Wednesday, 16 May -- SUV parking

A glowing example of why I loathe SUVs, and even more than that-- drivers who don't know how to park properly. Kudos to this guy for lining up the parking spot divider exactly underneath the middle of his SUV :-P

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Tuesday, 15 May -- Sprawl-Mart

This person is obviously against Super Wal-Mart. I can't say I agree with some of their labor practices, but man, you can't beat the great prices you find on everyday items there. I'm not sure I'm ready to thin out my wallet just to make a political statement...

Monday, May 14, 2007

Monday, 14 May -- Digital Camera

This is our new camera (well, sort of new-- it's about a month old now), a Fuji FinePix A360. We're happy with it so far. It's a bit of a battery hog, but it isn't too bad. It's been quite useful in taking a lot of the pictures that have been posted on this blog so far. And just as I posted a photo of my phone, snapped with the camera, I snapped this picture of the camera, using my phone :-) Turnabout? Meta-photography?

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Sunday, 13 May -- Mother's Day

Me and Todd outside of Zaffiro's after we finished a nice Mother's Day lunch there. It was sunny and warm, so I could dress up a little :-)

Friday, May 11, 2007

Friday, 11 May -- Retro-spam

This was one of Allan's purchases after today's weekly grocery shopping trip. We love Spam. So it was natural to restock our shelves of it when we ran out, and when it's on sale. But this was no ordinary Spam can-- this can was adorned with the retro design in honor of Spam's anniversary. Blast from the past!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Thursday, 10 May -- Plastic or glass?

Continuing on with the bachelor weekend theme-- this was one of the few remaining bottles (I grabbed it out of the fridge) from the big box. The guy that brought them over is from Reno, Nevada, where apparently they aren't allowed to have glass beer bottles. So plastic it is (the label itself reads: "insulating plastic bottle"). I kinda liked it, actually-- the resealable screw-top cap was a BIG plus!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Wednesday, 9 May -- Empty beer box

This empty box is part of the remnants of Allan's bachelor weekend. He had some former students over, and as you can see, the box was promptly emptied. I'm sure its contents are no mystery ;-)

Monday, May 7, 2007

Monday, 7 May -- Chocolate face

This is what happens when Todd grabs a hold of one of his chocolate Easter Eggs when you have your back turned. There was more where he ate it-- on the walls, on his pillow, on his stuffed toy...

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Sunday, 6 May -- Washing Windows

This weekend was spent doing some spring cleaning. The most time-consuming chore? Washing windows. When Todd spied what Mommy was up to, he clamored to help, as little kids always do. Here he is, wiping a sponge on one of the glass doors of the sunroom. That's not so much a grimace as squinting in the sun-- he really DID enjoy helping wash windows!

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Saturday, 5 May -- Yummy dessert

Decadent desserts: an Apple Chimi from Acapulco's in Orange, CA. Sliced apples cooked with a cinnamon-sprinkled tortilla, topped with a pecan-coated scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, and caramel-Kahlua sauce. And the bubbles? That's the effects of the continued sizzling after it arrived at our table. Are you drooling yet? I sure am... :-9

Friday, May 4, 2007

Friday, 4 May -- Ferris Wheel

The view from inside our cage atop the Ferris Wheel at California Adventure Park. Any guesses as to what the object circled in pink is?
Yup, that's right-- it's a barf bag :-D

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Thursday, 3 May -- California Adventure

Greetings from California Adventure Park, home of everything California! Don't you just love basking in that warm California sun?

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Wednesday, 2 May -- Birthday presents

Happy Birthday! Here are presents from my British friends. Mostly Tatty Teddy stuff, as we don't get the little guy here in the US. And of course, Helly's favorite animal-- froggies! :-D

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Tuesday, 1 May -- Kissing Koi

Continuing on with the sea-life theme, here's some real fish-- koi at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino, CA. I love the timing of the photo snap-- looks like these 2 fishes are kissing! :-*