Sunday, July 31, 2011

Todd's Woodworking

After building a bench, a stool and a letter "A", Todd proudly displays his handiwork on Oma and Opa's porch. Handy little helper!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Turtle Jewelry

My turtle mood ring and turtle bracelet. Favorite animals on jewelry? Yes, please! :-D

Friday, July 29, 2011

Bar Snacks and Drinks

Walked to the B'ak D'or (a little dive bar behind Sizzler) from home, where we were served bar snacks while we sat at a booth and relaxed with our drinks.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Angry Todd

I have no idea why he's making such a face in this picture, but it sure is hilarious! Impatience, maybe? "Stop taking photos already, let's go!"

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mo Sketch

Old whiteboard drawing of Mo, my favorite Wall-E character. As you can tell, I needed a break while outlining some work-related problems on my board, and drew a quick Mo from an image I had on my computer.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Grammostola Rosea

This gorgeous, fuzzy beauty actually moved from the window towards the middle of the enclosure so I could get a better shot. I swear she was posing for the camera. Lovely creature, aka Chilean Rose or rose hair tarantula!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Seaweed Snack

From Trader Joe's. It's divine! Perfect amount of crispness and light saltiness. I always thought the seaweed was the best part of sushi-- now I can enjoy it in its pure, delicious goodness :-9

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Couch Bricks

Trailer park living, part 3: sets of bricks support the middle of our sagging couch. Great stopgap measure to tide us over until our new couch arrives!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Itchy Dog

This golden retriever, who belongs to the Breaktime bar, kept rubbing his butt against the corner of my heel, using it as a scratching post. Ahhhh... relief, says doggie! :-)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fire Truck

No smoke, no fire, no sirens? Turns out it was checking/servicing a fire hydrant across the way. They were there for a good long while!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lego Sydney Opera House

This is one of my favorite sights in the Miniland part of Legoland (where world-wide historical sights are recreated entirely out of Legos). A bird alighted, providing a handy scale reference!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Less than 100 posts!

With yesterday's post, I've officially crossed over into double-digits: only 99 more entries (well, 98 after this one) until Project 365 is complete! Thought I'd commemorate the milestone with a photo of the blog itself-- a little meta, if you will ;-)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Big People, Little People

Allan stoops down to hold Charlotte's hand at Goleta Beach. Been a long time since he's had to hunch down that low to hold such a little person's hand!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Monkey Sings

After our karaoke party at our house last night, we discovered that little Charlotte had left her stuffed animals behind-- here are Monkey and Beanie Baby Bear, getting ready to sing!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Fridge Fan

Trailer park living, part 2: The fan motor in our fridge broke, so while we wait for the new part to arrive, this ordinary fan on the floor helps keep the condenser cool.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Postcards from around the world

A month ago, we had a happy hour to celebrate how global the company was growing. Part of the activities involved writing postcards to our various global offices. Here are some of the ones our worldwide colleagues sent to us in the SB office.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

You Park Like A...

Spied this gem of a parking job at Trader Joe's tonight. Reminded me of the website-- too funny! Yet very frustrating to encounter in real life, especially when parking is scarce.

Monday, July 11, 2011

More Rubber Duckies

Quack! A variety of themed rubber duckies enjoy the warm sunshine on a bandanna picnic blanket on the grass.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Giant Quad Chair

Spied this gigantic quad chair at Big 5. Allan sits in it to model exactly how big this thing is! It engulfs him and makes him look like a little boy! Well, aside from the gray hair and all... ;-)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Garden: After

Now that the gardeners have come through, pulled tons of weeds, and trimmed the plants, the yard looks much cleaner! I can actually walk through it to water all the individual plants!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Garden: Before

Here's a shot of some of the foliage outside our house, neglected for over a year, overgrown, filled with weeds, and long overdue for some TLC from a gardener:

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cotton Candy

... dessert of champions! This fluffy, sugary confection is just what I needed to sweeten up the afternoon at work a bit :-9

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Naked Computer

Out of its case, a Mac mini adorns a spot by our TV, which it's plugged into. So immodest! ;-P

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Free ice cold lemonade at the concert, courtesy of Noozhawk. Really hit the spot on such a warm, sunny summer day! :-9

Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July Flag

A huge flag is lowered at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens while an ensemble of patriots dressed in different period costumes-- Davy Crockett, Civil War soldier, Revolutionary War soldier-- pay tribute below it.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Karaoke Mixer

Set up my new little mixer that will allow me to connect microphones, a computer, and our stereo system for home karaoke. Output the computer to our big screen TV, and the setup for a home karaoke party is complete! Who's in? :-)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

High-Tech Picnic

Allan's idea of lounging on the grass for a picnic includes watching Netflix on his phone, complete with earbuds!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Bazooka Gum

This bubble gum brings back memories, doesn't it! They've apparently expanded to different flavors. But they all still come with the little comic strip!