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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Natural Bridges

I'm thankful that it's a three day weekend.  Ahhh.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

La La La La!

OMG!

I'm thankful that American Idol starts tonight.  Seriously.

Monday, January 12, 2009

It's a Beautiful Day

SC Harbor

I'm thankful that the weather has been lovely lately.

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

TGIF

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

Gerber

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. 

So...

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.