Friday, December 31, 2010

Holiday Floormat

Festive and cute little floormat at the entrance to the GoToCafe. 'Tis the season... Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Energy Efficiency Kit

Got this package in the mail from SCE: various energy-efficient light bulbs, low-flow showerhead, and faucet aerators. I remembered I took a survey from SCE a while back, and this was my "reward". Nice way to go green and save some energy around the house!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

G-Man at Old Town Tavern

Karaoke Wednesday again! Unusually large crowds considering it's the holidays. Ah well-- got some good songs in, and got a picture with Gary, aka G-Man, the DJ. Photo taken with Kartik's iPhone.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Allan in a German Hat

Took a couple friends to Brummi's for dinner tonight. Veronika put one of her hats on Allan's head, where it stayed the entire night. A bit too small, as you can see:

And this is what he looked like after he took it off and she rumpled his hair:

Yes, I lent him my comb when he went to the bathroom! :-)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Quick Snooze

First day back at work after over a week off. After lunch, this is what I *wish* I could've really been doing! :-P

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Movie Day

Lazy Sunday today, spent vegging out on the couch and watching some of our favorite movies: "Liar Liar", "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" and "Hitch". Love Jim Carrey, Will Smith and Kevin James!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Todd wears Grandpa's Santa hat while posing in front of the North Pole decorations that adorn the lawn of Ron and Debbie's house. Merry Christmas!

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Fashion Scarves

Scarf bonanza at the 99-cent store! Been searching for ages for a light, thin scarf-- everything I find is always too big and bulky. When I spied these, I grabbed as large a variety of colors as I could-- and the total price is still cheaper than ONE big/bulky scarf from K-Mart! :-)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

White Elephant Gifts

Had a party for the Sunday morning crew at church today, which included a White Elephant gift exchange. This is what we wound up with: several scented lotions and a packets of spiced drink mixes: creamy eggnog and hot butter rum. Yum! :-9

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Clouds at Eye Level

View of the clouds as we emerged from the Cajon summit on our way back from Vegas today. Notice the rain clouds (with breaks) above us, and more clouds covering the mountaintops-- eye level from where we were!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Jacuzzi in the cold

Nothing quite like enjoying a bubbling, hot jacuzzi when it's 50 degrees out and drizzling. You can make out the H2O bar in the background, too.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Shark Tank

Sharks and their fishy friends swim in the pool at the Golden Nugget. Note the plastic "tube" running through the middle of the tank-- that's the slide. You can swim with sharks! :-)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

View from the Firefly

View of Fremont Street in downtown Vegas, from the Firefly tapas restaurant in the Plaza hotel. Photo snapped right from our booth!

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Happy Hour at home

Who wants to go out in this rain? Perfect weather to stay home, warm and cozy. So we made our own happy hour (appetizers already eaten and not pictured). Watch those Trader Joe's PB cups, though... they are addictive!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Snowman Decoration at GoToCafe

We took my parents and Todd to GoToCafe today. It was decked out in festive holiday decorations. In addition to the Christmas tree, this snowman on the utensils/spices table ranked among my favorite decorations:

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Concert

Todd and some of his classmates perform some keyboard, recorder and choral pieces at their school's Christmas concert tonight. Here they are on the recorder.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Whiteboard Drawing

Todd doodled this on Allan's whiteboard while waiting for us to finish work and go home. It started out as a drawing of the sun, and evolved to a drawing of Allan, complete with detailed labels so there's no question what this drawing is about ;-)  

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Paper Poinsettia

Todd made this in school today. Perfect little bit of festivity with which to decorate the house. And made of sturdy, lifeless construction paper so our black thumbs won't kill any innocent plants ;-)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Chocolate Fountain

Remember the invitation to the Chocolate Cocktail Party at our apartment's clubhouse? Here's the chocolate fountain, ready to be used to coat all kinds of things: cake, strawberries, marshmallows... yum! :-9

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Fiery Face Paint

Todd opted to have hot flames painted on his face during the Chocolate Holiday Party our apartment complex hosted on Friday. Hot stuff!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mackenzie!

Our friends' little girl Mackenzie turned 1 this week, and we celebrated this weekend. The house was full of babies! :-) Here she is enjoying a cupcake and being especially neat about it :-)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Model Trains

Huge, fancy model train set with all kinds of trains for the kids to play with and enjoy watching-- see how fast the big ones go, they are a blur in the pic. It's at the Goleta Library all weekend!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

New Sweaters

New green short-sleeve sweater from JC Penney + red turtleneck discovered in a box of clothes at my parents' house = festive colors for a holiday dinner, and warmth against the cold wind!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

GoToCafe Christmas Tree

A tall, festive tree and some poinsettias decorate the GoToCafe, our company cafeteria. 'Tis the season!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hair Products Galore

Can you say experiment much? The various leave-in products I've experimented with (missing is a big bottle of Garnier Fructis, which smelled wonderful but didn't work so well-- gave it to a friend). The aerosol can on the far right is my favorite-- but it's only sold in Germany :-(

Monday, December 6, 2010


I managed to find a nice recorder at Michael's for $3 (the orange one on the right). It's as nice and sturdy as Todd's recorder from school (left), and now I have my own to use when I help Todd practice his school music pieces at home!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Snow Day at the Zoo

Annual snow and sledding event at the SB Zoo today! Fun with "imported" snow and sledding down a makeshift hill. Here's Todd taking aim with a snowball. Good times!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Company Holiday Party at the Granada

Our annual company holiday party was held at the Granada Theater in downtown SB this year, with an old-fashioned Hollywood theme. Here's a view of part of it-- a band, buffets, and lounge area (complete with professional dancers-- you can see "Marilyn Monroe" twirling) on the first floor.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Cheese and Crackers

Crackers, cheeses (Gouda, Swiss, Pepper Jack), grapes, strawberries and tapenade. They make a yummy addition to lunch at the GoToCafe :-9

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Chocolate Cocktail Party Invitation

Got this in the door of our apartment today. Our apartment complex is pretty cool-- they frequently organize fun little events with free food and drink and fun for the residents. A chocolate cocktail party sounds delightful! Can't wait to go :-)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Watch your head!

More testament to the fact that Allan is a tall freak. Here he is carrying Todd on his shoulders. I can't imagine why he's having trouble going through that doorway!