Sunday, May 31, 2009

Stupid Facebook...

My computer is fighting with facebook and I'm boycotting facebook until they get their issues resolved. So if I'm not updating there, that would be why. For now, here is the link to the salsa recipe I chose:

Sorry for any inconvenience


Monday, May 25, 2009

Beach, Beer, Man and His Dog...

We rode bikes down to the beach today. There are three beaches (in order from South to North): Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. We live in Redondo (which is the least cool of the three). Hermosa Beach is known as a 'party town' (which is where we rode bikes to yesterday). Finally, Manhattan Beach is the nicer of the three and usually has better waves for surfing.

Since it's memorial day weekend there were a lot of fun tents and activities set up on the pier. There were people selling art, people selling clothes, people selling Cutco knives, people selling food, rides... And then there were people... tons and TONS of people. Here's one of my favorites (and his dog).

We also had some really good food. We bought some good walnut, chocolate chip, butterscotch cookies, some guacamole nachos (best guacamole I've ever had!! I guess it's all in the avacado), we sampled some weird kind of popcorn that was delicious, had the biggest most tasty shrimp I've ever had, a plate of nachos and a few beers.

Here are the cajun shrimp (you could have about 4 and be full):

Something about the sunshine made me want a nice, light summery beer. So we set out in search of a beer. We walked about 50 ft. and came across a "Beer and Wine Garden". How perfect.

Finally, we wound down in a sports bar, Sharkeez. This is where we had the nachos, a mint mojito and jello 'shots'.

Who would have ever thought to put your jello shot in a syringe?! That was so cool.

Well. Today looks like a normal day. I think we're all just going to wind down and enjoy our third day off. Happy Memorial Day!

I have my car and have been driving it! Boy. What a fun little car...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Lessons to be Learned.

Lesson 1: How to Surf

Lesson 2: How to drive a manual transmission.


Because soon I'll be driving this:


Because I read this ConsumerReports magazine from 'a certain person who shall go unnamed' and learned:

  • The Mazda3 is one of their best used cars under $20,000 at $17140
  • Mazda scored 4th to Honda, Subaru and Toyota in their Automaker Reports with a recommendation of 86% of the tested vehicles (Mercedes was the next lowest at 67%)
  • The Mazda3 scored a 78 on its overall road-test score with high predicted reliability
  • It gets 30 mpg
  • Handling is precise and responsive
  • Curtain airbags
  • It scored great in accident avoidance
  • It ended up in my price range for 'models to look for'
  • It made its way on to the list of 'best of the best - small cars' in most reliable used cars to buy
  • Scored much better than average in 'reliability' in all but electrical, brakes, audio system and power equipment
So... Thanks for the magazine! (Even though I'm sure that certain unnamed person wouldn't approve of this car)...

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sand, Sunshine, Twilight...


It was good. The first book was captivating. I hated a majority of the second book. I liked a lot of the last book the same way as the first. I think I was drawn to the happy moments. The sad ones just kind of bummed me out. As far as the character, Bella, I didn't approve. Not necessarily because she was whiny, but because she was quick-tempered and stubborn. In my opinion, I would have never been friends with her (she seemed very annoying). I can't imagine why the 'perfect' boy would fall for someone so less than ordinary. Which brings me to another peeve I had, I didn't appreciate Bella's lack of confidence/self-esteem. She isn't a very good role model. Overall, the books were entertaining at least. I found myself annoyed at times but I still was able to read through them (and found myself wanting to read more). I wasn't attached to the characters at the end like I thought I'd be though. Many times I cry at the end of books only because it's the end of the character. Sometimes a book is just as bad as a funeral to me. But these ones weren't emotional to let go of.


I love my job! More to come on that subject later.

I had my first lesson in surfing today and came back with some of these:

I know you can't see the one on my leg very well but I have a feeling it'll get worse. I have a lot going on but hopefully I can get more pictures soon. I'm supposed to be going hiking later today and I'll take my camera along. Last Tuesday I went to the Angels vs. Red Sox game in Anaheim and had a BLAST. We had excellent seats right behind home plate and everything was free (the guy who gave us the tickets treated us).

I hope you all are ready... I have a lot to say about a lot that's out here.