Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hiking Fall Creek

Today I left my camera behind for a change and Jason and I hiked about 9 miles into Henry Cowell State Park in the Fall Creek Unit. We started at the parking lot on Felton Empire Rd. and went straight up Fall Creek trail. We turned left at Big Ben trail, then descended right down Lost Empire Trail and met back up with Fall Creek/Bennett Creek.

This was by far the most challenging hike I've done in years and I was amazed at how much all my time at the gym has paid off this summer. My foot is almost totally rehabbed, although my ankle is still relatively weaker on the right side and was sore by the end of the trip. My foot didn't hurt but it was relatively swollen. Speaking of swollen, I did get stung by a freak forest bee! Good thing I'm not allergic. I'm stoked to have completed such a (for me) long hike.

I have taken pictures at Fall Creek before, though I'm glad I wasn't lugging my camera this time. It's a gorgeous part of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Fall Creek
Fall Creek

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Spring Cleaning

Golden Gate Park, originally uploaded by sgrace.

This time of the year always gives me the urge to simplify.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Special Place In My Heart For BS

A Special Place In My Heart For BS, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Banana slugs, that is.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Cloudy Daydream

Cloudy Daydream, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter!

Happy Spring!, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Princess Buttercup

Princess Buttercup

That's one of my nicknames for Tiki. This is what I come home to if I don't make the bed in the morning: a princess pitbull with her head on MY pillow. Sheesh.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Tiki Loves Tue

Tiki viciously licks Tue's ear.  I laugh ridiculously at the end because Tiki sneezes.  My morning coffee makes a silent, stoic cameo.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Like a Good Girl

Lee of the Storm

I went to class today, even though I really didn't want to, seeing as I'm on vacation.  But I'm thankful I did because there was an in-class assignment that I forgot about.  Fortunately I had a good group.  Sigh.  I am SO TIRED of being a student.  That's a negative thing to say, but I think it is more the berocracy of the teacher credentialing system than the actual act of learning that is exhausting. 

Monday, February 16, 2009

I Found a Pair

I finally found a pair of shoes that fit my stupid orthodic inserts. Actually they're not stupid, they're awesome and my feet don't hurt anymore, but they are really hard to fit into anything but running shoes.  These are Softspots and I found them for under $40 on clearance at DSW in Santa Clara.  Comfortable heels; I don't believe it!  Next mountain to die on: black knee-high boots.

Deeper and Deeper

I'll Show You Someplace Special

Today we're braving the rain and going over the hill so I can try and find some shoes.  I still have only two pairs that are really work appropriate, and I'm desperate to find a pair of boots.
I'm thankful, though, that I'm on vacation for a week.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

...By Any Other Name, Would Be As Sweet...

Alan Chadwick Garden, UCSC

Yesterday was Valentine's Day.  I made coconut crusted tilapia with wasabi mashed potatoes and baby broccoli with bacon.  It was delicious.  I'm thankful that I can cook.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Back in Business

Shell Perspective

OK, so I'll never be a regular blogger.  Blah.
Today I'm thankful that we got out tax return.  Yay.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Chantrelle Mushroom Pizza

Crimini Mushroom Pizza

On Thursday, Jason was able to go hiking with a friend and harvest some chantrelle mushrooms from among the redwoods. I was skeptical, having never had this kind of mushroom and also having never eaten anything that my husband has picked up off the ground in the woods.

Jason assured me that I would not die of toxic mushroom poisoning, and after a bit of internet research I agreed to try them on our regular Friday pizza night.

I sliced the mushrooms and sauteed them with some garlic and onions in butter to get rid of some of the moisture, then placed them on some Trader Joe's dough with cheese and sauce. The pizza turned out deliciously.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Brown Pelicans

SC Harbor

Last week, I cruised down to the harbor and was suprised to find several pelicans that were not shy at all.  Apparently, the same little shop that sells bait fish and crab also feed the excess supply to the pelicans at night.  No wonder they're hanging around.
Nonetheless, I was thankful to get some excellent shots of the big birds.

Friday, January 9, 2009


Doing the Pigeon

It's Friday, which means thankfully I'll be able to sleep in tomorrow.  It's been a tough grind the first week back.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Drink It Up


Today I actually bought lunch at Togo's.  I had a hummus sandwich and large iced tea, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed.  So I'm thankful for my delicious lunch today.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Zumba Zumba!

Forever Your Girl

Today I went to Zumba class for the fourth time. I'm thankful that my CSUMB classes don't start until the 20th so I can Zumba on Tuesdays for a few weeks.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Saying Thanks, One Day at a Time

Caution: About to Enjoy

I've decided on two daily goals for this blog in 2009.  First, I will post at least one picture a day.  Second, I have to also mention at least one thing I'm thankful for in my life.  I often use that as a trick to fall asleep at night when I'm stressed -- instead of focusing on the negative, I try to list things I'm thankful for until I fall asleep. 


I'll start with an easy and obvious one.  I'm thankful for Jason, my loving and entertaining husband.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Friday, January 2, 2009

Some Resolutions, Sort Of.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Welcome to the new year.  Hope you and your near and dear ones are weathering the storm at least, and prospering at best.

I've done much better on updating this blog in '08.  Since joining facebook recently I know my readership has increased slightly.  It is motivating to know that people consume what you produce, even if you are pretty much doing it for yourself anyway.  I do like to read over what I've written -- I never fail to be suprosed at the fuidity of my own writing.  What felt choppy and rushed at the time often reads very succintly or poetically.  Sometimes it's lame crap, through.

For 2009 I'm staying positive but keeping my expectations low.  Here are the things I'd like to focus on an accomplish this year.  See how your own resolutions compare.
  • Spend less money
  • Work out 3x week
  • Eat mostly local, organic, unprocessed food
  • Maintain positive work/life balance
  • Lose weight
  • Finish this round of grad school
I'm willing to bet that 90% of Americans have at least one similar item on their "list".

Thursday, January 1, 2009

2009: I Hope It's Fine

Jellyfish Series
Have a peaceful New Year.  Jason and I are both under the weather so we're sticking close to home today and sadly have to miss the Corbals' party.  I started some soup in the crock pot and we'll probably watch AMC all day.