Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Target Practice

Here is Allan after Todd got some target practice with his new Nerf gun. Okay, not really. This shot is totally staged-- but who can resist posting a pic of that totally sad face? ;-)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Garden Frog

A cute garden frog adorns Ron and Debbie's backyard. I like him a lot better than your stereotypical garden gnomes ;-)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nerf gun

Got this for Todd at Ross yesterday. Most of the darts stick to smooth surfaces with their suction tips. The one with the black tip whistles like fireworks-- really cool!

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Play Doh Snowman

Todd created this snowman (including its carrot nose and branch arms) entirely out of Play Doh on a lazy weekend afternoon.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Onion pancakes

Yummy onion pancakes at the Red Pepper in Old Town Goleta :-9

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Thursday, November 25, 2010


This is Winston, Ron and Debbie's Havanese/Shih-Tzu mix. Isn't he cute? We got to visit him while gathering with Allan's family at their house for Thanksgiving today. Arf, arf!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giant Phone

This is the new Samsung Galaxy Tab that Allan got for work. It's like a mini iPad, but it does have telephone capabilities. Still, something tells me that this is not the way to answer it when it rings :-P

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Christmas Playlist

This one I blame on Tabitha, who recently wrote about listening to Christmas tunes. That inspired me to break out my own customized playlist with my favorite renditions of my favorite Christmas songs. Hey-- if stores can put out Christmas merchandise right after Halloween, I can listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving! :-D

Monday, November 22, 2010

Turtwig in the fedora

Just like the turtle pile, we blame this one on Aunt Debbie, too. She and Uncle Ron got Todd the small, adorable Turtwig on the left a few years ago, so when I spied the large Turtwig at Rite Aid last week, I couldn't resist! His name is Olive, as in "Olive the other Turtwig"... get it? ;-) Anyway, here he is trying on the fedora I got last week --fits him perfectly!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

You want YOUR country back!?

Today's picture is a snapshot of Lalo Alcaraz's comic strip, "La Cucaracha", from today's Sunday paper. I thought it was too funny not to share :-)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Wall-E : plush and desktop background

We got this small plush Wall-E from Disneyland this year, and here he is sitting against our desktop computer screen, which, in my account, features a background photo of Wall-E and my favorite character in the movie, MO! No, I haven't seen this movie more than a dozen times this past couple years... who me? Of course not...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Turtle Pile!

Stack of stuffed turtles. We blame this one on Todd's Aunt Debbie. Why? Well, she and Uncle Ron were the ones who came back from Hawaii, bearing Geronimo (the middle turtle) as a gift for Todd. He was so cute that I promptly fell in love with him, and Allan bought me Pistachio (underneath Geronimo) for Christmas that year. During our last trip to Las Vegas, we stopped by a Hawaiian store, where we picked up the two small turtles on top of Geronimo-- they are named Pinto (the smallest) and Cilantro. And the big pillow pet on the bottom? Also a present from Aunt Debbie and Uncle Ron. His name is Cuscino, which is Italian for pillow. Yes, we named the turtles to follow the "ends with O" pattern on purpose, and yes, we actually do have more stuffed turtles in the house-- they just aren't pictured here ;-)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pudding Dessert

Yummy cookies & chocolate pudding dessert at GoToCafe during lunch today-- and at a discounted price, too! :-9

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Android Squishable looks very dapper

App(le) the Android Squishable tries on my new fedora that was featured yesterday. Doesn't he look dapper and even more squishable? I could almost rename him "Dapp" ;-)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Fedora

Here I am, modeling the new hat I got from Payless today. Oh, and Priyanka (and Amir), if you see this, we have to get together some day and get a pic of both of us together in our fedoras :-)

Monday, November 15, 2010


Amusing little typo spotted on a bin in the doctor's office today.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sick boy

Poor little man, curled up on the couch with a fever, watching some TV.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Twilight Sweethearts

I am not a Twilight fan. I am, however, a Sweethearts candy fan. So when I saw these at Ralphs marked at 2 for 75 cents, I grabbed a couple of boxes. After all, who cares what the box says on the outside. It's the good, sweet, sugary confection inside that matters. And what a bargain! :-)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Online Karaoke and Vanilla Cream Soda

The title says it all. About to enjoy a Vanilla Cream soda while previewing my video recording of "Only Prettier" on Myspace karaoke. Fun times!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Democracy Flag

In honor of Veteran's Day, I snapped a pic of one of my favorite posters-- a small version of which is hanging on my cubicle wall. See if you can pick out all the companies represented in this picture (click to enlarge):

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New Bling

Check out the big rock! Okay, fine-- Todd won it at the Zodo's arcade when we went there for dinner to celebrate his book report and spelling bee being done and going well. Still... nice rock! ;-) (captured with my webcam)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Spelling Bee

Today was the annual Christian school spelling bee-- the 4 private Christian schools in Santa Barbara all congregated to compete by grade level. Here is Todd at the end of the 2nd-grade round, with the other finalists.

And an outdoor group picture, by grade level:

Monday, November 8, 2010

Watch Your Step!

Allan slammed his toe right into the edge of the bed the other day, and this is what it looked like at work the next day, where he was actually still *limping* from the pain!

The day after that, it was even more black and blue! Unfortunately I didn't manage to snap a picture that day (mostly because, as you can see above, he was a little overdue for a nail trimming :-P) But I did take one the next day, when it was feeling better and Allan was no longer limping (and clipped his toenails!) Bruise still looks pretty angry, and therefore photo-worthy. Watch your step!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Beware of Spider

Todd's work on his book report poster made me want to use his crayons, so I sketched a picture of my favorite stuffed animal: Sassy Tarantula! Remember the pic of her, guarding the Halloween candy with her sister, Sally Scorpion? :-) Here's the drawing now hanging on my bedroom door:

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Book Report Poster

Todd is doing a book report on Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House in the Big Woods". We worked all week, making a poster showcasing a timeline of events in the book. Here's the finished result, completed this morning:

Friday, November 5, 2010

Happy Diwali

For the 3rd year in a row, my fellow Citrites who hail from India banded together and decorated our largest conference room in celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights/new year. It signifies the triumph of good over evil, and many of us dressed in colorful garb and enjoyed delicious Indian snacks and sweets :-9 Here I am in front of one of the decorations in the front, wearing a borrowed top. Happy Diwali!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Android Squishable

We got this little fellow in the mail yesterday-- a fuzzy, green, cuddly, plush Android! We named him Apple, because he's big and round and green like an apple. Plus we can call him "App" for short-- get it? ;-) See more of him and his cute brethren at http://www.squishable.com

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

At Brummi's with Veronika

Here we are at Brummi's, posing with its delightful owner, Veronika, so we can be immortalized on her wall of regulars. Dig the hat she lent me? :-)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Packed Schedule

A glimpse of Allan's calendar for the week. Note how he is quintuple-booked Tuesday afternoon! I don't envy him all those meetings!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Arachnids guard the candy

Sally the Scorpion and Sassy the Tarantula watch over the bowl that held treats for the kids that came by, trick-or-treating. Beware the scary (okay, fine, the cute and cuddly) arachnids!

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