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From May 25-28, 2012...

Last weekend, Jeff and I took a 4 day trip to the Eastern Sierras. We experienced rain, snow, and sun, plus sub-freezing temps at night. This time, instead of driving straight to Yosemite, we went at a moderate pace, stopping at the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest and even places north of Lee Vining, the town just outside of the park.

La semaine dernière, Jeff et moi, nous allions en voyage à la montagne sierra pour quatre jours. Il y avait la pluie, la neige, et le soleil, en plus de les températures glacials à la nuit. Cette fois, au lieu de conduire à Yosemite, nous sommes allé lentement mais sûrement. Nous avons arrêté la forêt ancienne de bristlecone pine et les endroits qui sont nord de Lee Vining, une petite ville à la éxterieur du parc.

White Mtns

Big Pine campsite

Eric Schat's bakery

June Lake Scenic Loop

Mono Lake Basin

The "Awesome Meadow"

Wooden bridge to "Awesome Meadow"

Jeff in the snow

Tuolumne Meadows

Snow storm in yosemite

Aspen campground

Aspens in the sierra

Lower Cathedral Lake

Jeff took this photo at Cathedral Lake. He set up his camera and took continual shots during sunset. He used his wide angle lens. It was SO COLD!!

Lower Cathedral Lake

Another Jeff photo, facing the opposite way as the above photograph. Beneath the lake is the road into the Valley, just after the Meadow. To the left and down is Tenaya Lake. To the left and many, many miles away is Half Dome.
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From the last two weeks

I didn't mean to go on hiatus! The last several weeks at work have between longer than usual.

The new (ish) instagram app for the Droid is my camera of choice now. Though vignette offers similar editing choices, instagram is easier for me to use.

Wildflowers at Hillcrest

I took a walk on friday, to clear my head in between work and the neverending story performance. The hillside is covered in flowers. Mostly it's the tall yellow ones, but I found orange!

Wildflowers at Hillcrest II

Wildflowers at Hillcrest III

Wildwood Regional Park

Wildwood Regional Park is part of the Conejo Recreation & Park District, where I work. I went to Wildwood for the first time last weekend. It's quite lovely. I found myself a nice rock on a hill to sit, eat my lunch, and read in between neverending story performances.

Pink hair pink dress

Last sunday, I dyed my hair pink.
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From March 2012...

March was a fantastic month for travel. Jeff and I went to Griffith Park, Idyllwild, Joshua Tree, and Mammoth! Enjoy part 1 of my weekend recap.

Joshua tree campground

To me, Joshua Tree is a prettier area than Death Valley. There's less grey-brown dirt, more color. We snagged a great campsite in Jumbo Rocks, near Skull Rock (a point of interest on the road... and yes, the rock looks like a skull. Reminds me of Peter Pan!). I have more photos from J Tree to share, mostly of flowers. They were blooming all over the southern part of the park!

Goa vegetarian vindaloo

A more adventurous dinner- goa vegetarian vindaloo. It's a red Indian curry supposedly influenced by the Portuguese. Either way, it was tasty.

Snow covered patio

It SNOWED in Mammoth! Jeff took all the actual skiing photos. I'll see if I can snag a couple for the blog.


Our condo, just down the street from Canyon Lodge. We had the top floor.

At toomey's

Instead of skiing on Sunday, April 1, Jeff, myself, and two friends went to Toomey's in the village. Pleasant walk/gondola ride. Good food.

Snow drift


On main street

Mountain view from main street in town.

Hwy 203

View off Hwy 203, on the way to Hwy 395.

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From Thursday, March 22...

Farmer's Market strawberries

It's strawberry season in Southern California! One of the cities in my county, Oxnard, grows a lot of strawberries. So much so that they have a festival later this spring.

My berry haul

I would have gotten 3 baskets to make a pie... but decided against it at the last minute. SO BIG!

Orange delight

Re-doing flowers I bought on Sunday at Trader Joes, plus cara cara navel oranges.

Flower/orange bowl

More orange. (plus d'orange!!)
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From Saturday, March 17 & Sunday, March 18

Last weekend was split mostly between Wondercon and baking.

Con lunch

Con lunch. Only had to wait a couple minutes in line to get this fruit pop!

Journal drawing

Ooooh aahhhh drawing from Larry Marder in my journal. I would post Mike Mignola's page... but he just signed it. :/ (Larry Marder is the creator of Beanworld, and a good friend of my con buddy, Ivy)

Orange sherbet

The baking part of my weekend!! Orange sherbet. Possibly the best batch of ice cream I've made yet. Fairly close to the taste of the commercial variety, but with a MUCH shorter ingredient list.

Chocolate eclairs

Baking pt 2- chocolate eclairs from Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table. These were a huge success. There aren't any left!
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From last week...

Santa Ana train station

Santa Ana Train Station.

San diego north coast

Somewhere in Del Mar/Encinitas in San Diego. This part of the train ride goes past several lagoons/wetland areas.

Fairy lights sunset

Work sunset.

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From February 27...

My adventure to San Diego, especially my parents' backyard.

Simi valley train station

Simi Valley train station in the morning.

Train station flowers

Beautiful purple flowers at the Solana Beach train station.

Popular bird feeder

The feeder had at least 6 birds on it before I snapped this photo. It was so cool!

Flowering succulent

My dad has a lot of succulents in pots in the backyard. I've never seen this particular plant get yellow before.

Hanging succulent

Favorite flowering shrub

My favorite flowering shrub. It reminds me of cherry blossoms. It only blooms once a year, in March.

The bird tree

All the birds live in here.


HAIL!! San Diego gets hail just once or twice a year.
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From last Sunday, February, 19...

(I had a packed weekend, between shows and other plans, hence no posting for a few days!)

Little daisies maybe

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From February 21...

I went biking along the arroyo trail yesterday. It was lovely. The trail is never crowded. I enjoy peering into backyards as I go along on my bike.

Arroyo bike path
The only time Southern California gets green is in the winter. We get our rolling green hills in February!

Residential blossoms
These flowers were in a front yard along a main road in my town.

Cast iron skillet pizza
A hybrid recipe inspired by Martha Stewart Living. Pizza in a cast iron skillet tastes much better than just baking it regular like.
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From February 18, in my tiny recovering balcony garden...
(ps- I'm trying the english/french combo today!)

de 18 février, dans mon petit jardin sur le balcon

Inside parsley planter
Cactus and parsley. Since I don't get a lot of sun, flowers don't grow well. So, I've been using succulents to add color to my herbs.

Le cactus et le persil. Depuis que je ne reçois pas beaucoup du soleil sur mon balcon, les fleurs cultivent mal. Je utilise les cactus pour plus de la couleur.

Cactus and parsley
The cactus in the middle is actually very spiky. Not my favorite kind of cactus, but I love the flower at the top!

Le cactus dan le milieu a beaucoup des épines. Ce n'est pas mon préféré, mais j'adore le fleur d'oranger!

New planter
Up until last week, I hadn't bought a store-made planter. I caved.

Store bought and homegrown planters
Store-bought on the left, and homegrown on the right. I should note that the cactus are not grown from seed- but I did plant them in there myself.

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After the show.

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From January 25, 2012... (in honor of potential Baby being born today... or tomorrow)

From Megan and Jim's fantastic baby shower, held by the place where Megan and I work.

Cookie spread
So many delicious cookies and cupcakes!

The Queen!

The theme was superhero Shakespeare.

Victoria's Present
The beginning of the presents. Awww tiny baby things. :D

Megan, Jim, and Baby Othello Hulk
Megan and Jim with baby Othello Hulk, the winner of the "imagine Megan and Jim's baby" contest.


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