Thursday, April 30, 2009

I've been gone a while

And have been horribly remiss in my participation in other blogs. Today alone, I took a training call at 7:00 then at 9:00 drove 2 other adults and 5 kids to the San Francisco Symphony, then the same 2 adults, and 4 of the kids to the SF Bay Model in Sausilito (I didn't lose one kid, he's a kindy and needed to go back), then drove them back to school arriving at 4:00 which is an hour and ten minutes past when they actually get out of school. It was a great field trip, but that many kids in the car was too much! At first it was boys in the way back and girls in the middle row, and I switched to one each on the way home, and it was still a loud zoo! I wanted them all to fall asleep, but no such luck! Then it was home, quick snack and off to Tae Kwon Do until 6:00, then cooked a fast dinner of stir fry. The Dude had put on the rice while I was gone. Dinner, reading, relaxing, the boys to bed, and now I get to see what all I missed at work today! ACK! And then I wonder why I have high blood pressure.

I have been continuing to read your blogs, but have found no inspiration to comment, or be remotely witty. I just want to veg, but I will be back at it again tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tableau Tuesday 4/28/09

I know, I know, it's actually Wednesday or even Thursday by now, and I have no excuse, so I will give none. Suffice it to say the The Dude has been on a rampage lately, and his Karma bit him in the ass. He fell through a ceiling, only injuring himself in a minor way (a big scrape, messed up knee, and charley horse). It would have been much worse had the bracing been missing, or non-existent and that would have made the stopping point, his family jewels. Given his size (6'2", eyes of blue - wait, oh wait FOCUS... oh right, weighing in at about 280) he would have truly injured not only his pride, but his pride and joy. Why is it that The Dude works his Little Dude's size into many conversations? I won't thrill, repulse or possibly bore you with the actual measurement, if you've had any conversations with him IRL, you already know anyway.

And now for the photos I've taken recently, many of which have been posted here, and some I played with for different effects just because I can. I am going to try some photos with insane depth of field, though I never have much luck with that for some reason - back to my camera book to see about multiple focal points.....

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday Evening Weekend Wrap Up

This was an incredibly busy weekend with emotional ups and downs. Friday was another Happy Hour Play date, this time with Bellinis and head wounds! The Bellinis were delish - frozen peaches and Proseca, and the head wound was attributed to bouncing off a giant ball and into other kids - this was after human bowling, but before the potential for chainsaw juggling. Of course, I completely forgot about The Youngest's baseball practice, and damned him to the bottom of the roster for Saturday.
He didn't care though, and played his best game yet. He started swinging through the ball, and made 3 plays - 1 at second, and 2 at third base. Cy Young award, here we come ;-) Following that early game, I tried my damnedest to give myself a heart attack by turning over the soil in my two gardens. While the weather was not particularly hot, the work itself sucked immensely. I worked up a sweat, and my hands still ache from the digging - and yes, I did use a shovel! I also was pulling out weed block a fair amount of time. At one point The Dude rushed out to take my blood pressure, and insist I take a break before continuing (how kind). He did go out and buy me some supplies, and I managed to plant zucchini, yellow squash, watermelon, pumpkin, chard, carrots, basil and tomato. I also turned a flower bed and planted wild flowers.

While The Dude napped, I took the boys to watch my nephews' baseball game. They played really well, and my oldest nephew had the save as the closing pitcher! I have no clue how he can handle that kind of pressure, but he did, and very well too! By the end of the game, my sciatic was not happy, and the boys were whinny, so it was back home for dinner.

Sunday was insane. I wanted to strangle The Dude, and we got into a shouting match over some piddly shit, after he decided to try and conduct business calls five minutes before we were all leaving the house - he and the boys to the movies, and I to run some stuff to SF. He got wound up over the fact that none of us could be totally silent while he was on the phone. O RLY? So 5 minutes before leaving the house to go to the movies with their cousin, and after an entire morning of begging to go somewhere, he actually expected the boys to be silent. Now, if you know my family IRL, you know that neither The Dude, nor The Boys are quiet. Not. At. All. I was so stressed out over it, that I'm grateful sis came along for the ride, and I could vent to her. Since Tangobaby blogged about it, I guess I should mention that the trip to SF was to deliver a small refrigerator and some clothes to Kelaya and the kids. Next trip out, I'm bringing the boys and they can all play together. I didn't mention it because I am not one to say when I help people, I just do it. Julie is the one to be grateful for, and I am, she is helping in such a loving way, and I couldn't help but contribute in my own small way.

I came home, grocery shopped, put away the groceries and ran across town to pick up the boys, came home and The Dude said he would cook dinner, so I went outside and played with the boys. The Dude came out and said he wanted leftovers because the chicken wasn't thawed yet. So I went in the house and cooked the chicken, added brown rice and green beans, and we had a healthy dinner. The Dude later said that he didn't know that you could cook chicken breasts that were still frozen. SIGH... I also did the dishes because he was (pick one: Too Tired, Suffering from Allergies, Busy Working, Too Stressed Out). I was so not up for any sort of confrontation due to our earlier row. I was also totally bummed out because Bea Arthur passed away over the weekend. Dorothy Snarker summed it up best this morning with "She gave countless girls permission to be smart and opinionated, funny and brash." She certainly gave me a sense of timing and the rapier sharp wit I have today. Also the sarcasm. the crustybastard had a couple of clips of Bea on his blog, and I'm including these two because I did love that she had such an amazing sense of humor! Neither clip is safe for work, or children - consider yourself warned. The first is from So Graham Norton. Bea shows up at the 5:25 mark, and the joke is at 9:10.

The second clip is what wasn't on TV during the roast of Pam Anderson (my evil twin).
Roast of Pamela Anderson
Bea Arthur Uncensored
Joke of the DayStand-Up ComedyFree Online Games

I'll miss you Bea!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

My Town Shoot Out - BART

So I spent all week racking my brain trying to decide what exactly I would shoot for this week's My Town Shoot Out, because this week had no theme! I am saving a particular subject for the week I get to pick. Tonight I finally figured it out, and the shots were all taken between 8:00 and 9:00 PM on Thursday from the BART Platform at the Dublin/Pleasanton Station. I took some inspiration from Ed who showed some lightning shots this week, and played with darkness and light.

Want to see what everyone is doing for this week? You can find us all in the comments of Patty or Reggie Girl's Blogs, or in the sidebar from Gordon or GingerV.
This first shot was taken looking West after dusk, but you can still see a bit of color in the sky. On the Left side of the photo is Pleasanton, and on the Right side is Dublin. the platform sits between the East and West directions of the 580 Freeway, and was VERY windy and cold!This is looking at Chevy's in Pleasanton, Southwest from where I stood.Oracle has a campus a short walk from the station, looking Southeast.Looking Northeast, the Dublin side houses a Regal IMAX Cinema and large shopping center that looks just like far too many others dotting the highways of America. All of the stores are chains, and it's all very homogenized...The outbound side of the platform, and a train heading to San Francisco. It takes about an hour by train to get to SF.This shot is the inside of a nearly empty train, and I filtered it to make it look more bleak.I altered the lighting on this shot to make it look much grittier than it really is. This is the suburbs, and the station is pretty clean.This is the empty bike rack. It it usually pretty full during the workday, but by the time I got there, everyone was already home from work.The final image is the entrance to the station from the Dublin side - lighted glass brick pillars. I like glass brick, and it is going to be a part of the dream house, where I will live.

Happy Friday all!

We get by with a little help from our friends

I don't normally appeal for help in my blog, and it is not something I will do frequently at all. However, reading Tango Baby's blog the other day left me wondering what I can do to help this family so near to my own home, and really, who of us have not been in need of a little help from friends, or from complete strangers. I have been thinking about this family since Friday, and am working on my own way of helping.

Please read the posts here and here, and help in any way you are able, even just sending positive vibes their way.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Swear Words

So last week, The Youngest was cuddling on my lap during mommy TV time. They usually go and play or read after dinner, and I watch The Daily Show or The Colbert Report. I usually wait until after they go to bed, but I hadn't watched any all week and was behind on my DVR. And they had been fighting all day. So I banished them and sat down for Jon Stewart. I really do not remember what he was talking about, but there was quite a bit of swearing, which was bleeped out. The Youngest turns his innocent looking face to me and says, "Mommy, he said 'fuck'". Just like that. I had to not laugh, and explain that we don't use that word. "But Mom, we know the word fuck." I insisted that it was not a nice word, which is why they bleep it from TV, and I don't like hearing that word, and he needed to stop saying it. "But Mom, (name of boys' BFF) said 'What the fuck' when we were having a play date." I told him I didn't care WHAT word other people used, he and his brother are not to use that word. "Mom, I heard The Oldest whisper 'what the fuck' too." I told him that sometimes people slip up and in anger or frustration use words they should not use, this includes mommy and daddy, and he still should not be using that word. I also asked him if he understood that he was not to use that word. He said, "OK Mom", but I wasn't convinced.

Blogger's Community Photo Challenge - The Great Outdoors

This week's challenge is great for me, as I prefer taking outdoor shots to nearly any other photos. To see the other entries and vote, please click on the link above!

I chose this image to reflect my love of the beach. The crashing waves, the salty air, the sand between my toes. I love it all!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tableau Tuesday 4/21/09

This is Tableau Tuesday, and I have photos of my trip to The Jungle last Friday and tonight's sunset - it was magnificent! None of these photos were altered in any way - this is DOOCThe tubes, Not the tubes!Now I know how a fish feels after being caught in a net!Happy Tuesday all!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Monday Evening Weekend Wrap Up

Last week was the boys' Spring Break and I felt bad for having to work and them being stuck at home all day every day, so on Friday when my meetings ended, I took them to The Jungle. I even climbed through the habitrail-like structure for about an hour, until my body just couldn't take it anymore. I admit it would be fun without all the yelling and screaming kids trampling you. The boys had a blast and crashed out in the backseat on the way home.

Saturday was a warm and sunny one and the Youngest had an 11:30 baseball game, I had a baby shower to attend, and worked the snack bar for 3 hours. By the end of the day I was pooped! After the ball game, the boys turned on the hose out back and played until they almost collapsed, and we went to 31 flavors for dessert.

Sunday was pretty mellow, although it was the only day I had for laundry, grocery shopping and cleaning (which didn't really get done). Sp I have a messy house, but clean clothes and food.

Today I went to the office so that I didn't have to sit at home in 95 degree weather with no AC. Plus, I miss the office. Had a great visit with a co-worker and got some things done, but not as much as I'd hoped.

Sunday Stills - Religion

So I had no clue what to post for this, as I am not a particularly religious person. I did a my town shoot out a few weeks ago on churches, but somehow that just seems like cheating... I could put up images that aren't my own and claim a membership to the Church of Buffett Orthodox, but again, that's a bit like cheating. I could revel in tales of the followers of Bacchus, but I think the statute of limitations has yet to run out.

As I said, I am not particularly religious. I have found that many evils in this world are veiled behind the label of religion, and I think that is wrong, but as such it has turned me off of organized belief systems. I have studied many world religions, monotheistic as well as polytheistic and pantheistic. I have read the major religious texts, and they have many commonalities. I have toyed with labeling myself as Unitarian, Buddhist and secular humanist, but ultimately decided to just take it one day at a time. I do believe in a power greater than that of human kind, and whether that is one single being or many is not for me to decide, nor what form that takes. I also am very spiritual an live my life with a code of ethics and morality to harm no others.

So, what image would I choose to represent my spirituality? The very same one that graces my header, in it's original size. I love this image. It represents everything amazing about the world, and it centers me like no other.
Happy Sunday all!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

My Town Shoot Out - Local Foods, Restaurants and Watering Holes

This Week's My Town Shoot Out is all about Local Food. Since America is a melting Pot, and really our native food could be considered fast food, AND since I covered plenty of fast food last week, I decided to go with the no franchise rule for this week (even though there are no rules). You can find listings of participants in the comments sections of Patty, and Reggie Girl's Blogs, as well as the side Bar on Gordon's blog. Let's start with Breakfast, shall we? The first stop on our partial culinary tour of West Dublin starts at Johnny's Donuts. Johnny's has been around for decades, and this is where The Dude used to go after middle school got out for the day. You can still find kids there after school as well as the early morning construction/contractor crowd, and many retirees.
Next up is my favorite breakfast place in Dublin. Zac's Cafe has a home cooked meal and good, old fashioned brewed coffee waiting every morning. They are usually quite crowded with long time Dublin families.Denica's is a bakery and pastry shop. I have never eaten here, but The Dude's step dad works nearby and has said the pastries are very good.Moving on to Lunch and Dinner, there is an abundance of restaurants, however most are franchises that you could find nearly anywhere else. Los Pericos is the taqueria near the boys' Tae Kwon Do studio, and the food there is fairly good, and really reasonably priced.For upscale Mexican cuisine, you need to try Casa Orozco. There are only two of these restaurants, both in the tri-valley area. It is family owned and operated by the Orozco family. When they first opened, Mom and Dad would come out of the kitchen on your birthday and sing to you, then pour you a tequila shot! It made for many happy birthdays! Way before I was vegetarian, I would eat the Chile Colorado, and as far as I know, it is still the best around! the Dublin location used to share a building with a Foster's Freeze, but in recent years took over the entire building and renovated beautifully!There is a host of Asian Food here as well, with two Asian specific markets. My favorite Chinese restaurant in the world was Great Szechuan in Livermore, and I would kill for their dry fried string beans. Alas, the family sold Great Szechuan, and I have not been able to find the same beans, nor recreate it on my own. They were spicy and salty, and had no meat! That having been said, I do like China Village. I've been going here since I was a child and first learned how to use chopsticks. I do not have a favorite Sushi place, as a vegetarian, I can find good veggie sushi almost anywhere, and we are so near the coast (though certainly a drive), that fresh sushi is not a problem. Amakara is new in town - this building was once a Sizzler, then a pasta place. It seems like a very popular restaurant, the parking lot was crowded at about 7:30 Thursday night.Athens Burgers hosts many after ball game dinners and end of season parties. As far as I can remember this spot has been a sports bar of some sort for decades. they used to have fine Greek dinning in the back, but now have changed to banquet facilities.Finally, we have McNamara's, the upscale Steak and Chop House. This is where people go for anniversary dinners and marriage proposals. It has an intimate atmosphere, and very good food.I hope you enjoyed the mini tour of West Dublin's unique eating establishments. I can personally vouch for most of these places, and if you want to know about any others, drop me a line and I'll give you the scoop!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Karma and Gratitude

Last week a friend of mine told me I have good karma. We were with another friend who also agreed. I tend to agree with that. I almost always find a really good parking space, I've survived two rollover accidents, and several poor decisions made after too much to drink. I found another job at the same company that was laying me off, and certainly most importantly, my boys, The Dude and I are relatively healthy. We even have a healthier than he should be 15 year old dog. We were able to restructure our mortgage after The Dude not holding a steady job for over 3 years, and the boys' school and especially the program they attend is well suited to my philosophy of learning and life. I have very good friends I've known forever, some newer friends who are becoming closer, and I consider them to all be my extended family. I know all of this to be true, and I am grateful for everything and everyone I have in my life. If you know me IRL, then you know I always land on my feet, I work hard for what I want, and lead a fairly charmed life. I have had my own struggles, but they are really small in the larger scheme of life.

I love my life, my family, my friends. I am grateful for all that life has taught me so far, and look forward to the lessons I have yet to learn.

I have seen the following performer live, in a small theater, and when he did this song, it was so beautiful I cried.

Go look him up. His name is Jake Shimabukuro, and he is an amazing Ukelele Artist.

A Change

So this is the mood I'm in today:

I was looking for a wider format for the blog, changed it up a bit. Not sure if I'm happy with it yet.

Wider is better...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Tableau Tuesday 4/14/09

This week I've been shooting very little (except for the My town shoot out!), and this is what I've come up with for the week:

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Hey crustbastard!

While I do not agree with everything the crustybastard writes about, there is one commonality we share:

I STILL do not understand how people who preach love, can act so hatefully and deceptively in trying to oppress another group of people. If you see me driving around town, you will see I am still sporting a No on 8 sticker and another that is the motto of Key West: One Human Family. I truly believe that if we were to ACTUALLY treat each other with respect, and sometimes agree to disagree, as long as you aren't harming me and my family, I'm good. You can believe what you will as long as that belief doesn't infringe upon my activities either in public, or in my own home. Doesn't mean I agree with you, because I may not, but I do respect our differences.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Monday Morning Weekend Wrap Up

On Friday, the boys had a minimum day prior to Spring Break, so I invited a couple of friends and their kids over for a play date. The moms had margaritas and Tortola rum cake, and a good visit while the kids ran around like maniacs. Saw this at Deb's blog and it seemed appropriate for Friday:
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Saturday was the Easter Egg hunt at The Dude's mom's cabana club, and the boys had fun, even though it's really geared toward a younger crowd. I also visited my uncle Paul at the hospital. Paul is married to my Aunt and he was a body builder in his younger days, and lifted with the Raider players of the 70s and even the now Governor of CA.
Uncle Paul stopped lifting quite a while ago and gained a bunch of weight. He recently had gastric bypass, and lost a bunch of weight, and ended up in the hospital because his meds were off, and ibuprofen was doing in his kidneys. He used to fancy himself a sort of "Uncle Buck" of the family, and had a difficult time when my sister and I started dating. I don't agree with their politics, but they are still part of my family, so I wanted to see how they both were doing. He'll be out possibly this week, and seemed to be in pretty good spirits. My aunt seems to be OK too, even though she recently ended chemo for breast cancer, and has started radiation. In fact Uncle Paul shaved his head in support of my aunt losing hers during chemo, which I thought was pretty cool. Saturday was also main laundry day and grocery shopping day. By the evening I was done in. Then the Easter Bunny came, leaving his traditional treasure hunt for the boys. This years clues were:

1. The first clue is in front of your face,
For your baskets you'll have to pace,
The prize is worth the wait,
Now look underneath The Oldest's plate.
2. Use your head and look at your Goped.
3. The next one couldn't be easier, look in the freezer.
4. This one's up to you, Spngebob holds your clue.
5. This is the popcorn fave, look in the microwave.
6. This next clue will fill you, look under The Youngest's Pillow.
7. This is the last clue for what you seek, look inside where the dog used to sleep.

Sunday was lunch with my folks, sis and nephews. The boys had a blast and my dad is no longer allowed to hide eggs as he couldn't' remember where that last egg was for a nephew. So The Dude feeling bad ended up giving each nephew some money, because he thought the didn't find their money eggs, which they had. We had a quiet dinner at home, which consisted of spaghetti tacos for the boys, and spaghetti and Mary bread for The Dude and me.
Today is The Dude and my 18th anniversary. He has class tonight, and we'll celebrate another time.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sunday Stills - The Color Red

This week's Sunday Stills Challenge is Red. I'll hope it's the color red, and not the slur used to describe communists during the cold war, and I've never been to Russia, so we'll just go with what I do have pictures of. For additional interpretations of Red please visit the comments here.This first image is a flower. I shot it following an early morning rain over this past winter. If you know what kind of flower this is, please let me know, as I'm completely clueless about them! The next image is a pomegranate that was smashed open on the walkway to school. I liked the randomness of it, paired with the order of the seeds themselves.
Enjoy your holiday all!

Friday, April 10, 2009

OMFG - I'm on this like stink on shit!

OK, I confess (nearly daily at this point) that I ADORE drag queens. I also happen to love The Weather Girls. did you know that It's Raining Men was written by Paul Schaffer (of SNL the early years and The CBS Orchestra lately and other awesome musical fame)? Speaking of, The Dude found my Culture Club Color By Numbers Picture LP in the attic yesterday (along with all of out other LPs), and I looked it up on eBay, it's worth about $30 mint, and I've never even opened the sleeve of it. I'll hold out for a while though. Found this on the crustybastard, and I think I'm in love with it. If you don't know, I am an advocate for equal rights for everyone, and that includes the right for adults to marry. I don't give a rat's ass if you want to marry who you love, and why should any of us want to deny that to anyone? And so, I am pleased to present the following rebuttal to the recent spate of NOM ads. Please to enjoy, and be forwarned, there is swearing in type, so if you are offended by that sort of thing, you may want to skip this part.

Oh, and my Drag Queen Name according to the name generator in facebook, is Holly Goheavily. I LOVE IT!

My Town Shoot Out - Downtown (Part Two)

So, this is my post on Downtown Pleasanton which at one time had moonshine running under the streets! I chose to concentrate on Main Street between West Angela and St John Streets. This is a four block length and contains many of the older and newer Main Street businesses. Most of the businesses you will see (especially the older ones) have an apartment or two above.
This is C.R. Doodlebug, a very cool toy store, and above is the new location of Gary Patrick Salon. Gary cut my hair for a while, until he snipped the top of my mom's ear.This is Murphy's Paw, a dog toy and accessory store, and the dog bowls outside the door.
This is the post outside of Casa Madrid, a GREAT Spanish restaurant with excellent Paella.
Next up is a long brick building housing several businesses, including The Passionate Athlete, where we all get our swimwear for swim team.
This is the barber pole without a barber, and on the opposite corner is Baci a good restaurant according to my mom.
The view around the corner includes Hap's which used to be a dive diner, and is now an upscale Steak and Chop house with ala carte prices.
The next corner brings a view of Downtown Yoga. I have several freinds who come here for yoga and love it!
Cross the street and we have what was Kolln Hardware for as long as I can remember, and it was so much more. You could buy a yo-yo or a lamp with a stained glass shade.
The next block contains some vacant store fronts and then there's Round Table Pizza. I've eaten here countless times, and it's a popular after game hang out for teens.
This next place really takes me back. This is Dean's Cafe. This is a breakfast restaurant serving three pages of omlets. You can see their menu in the second shot. This place has been around forever, and used to only occupy the area under the first two awnings. The third awning used to be home to a sub sandwich shop. This was before Subway, before Togo's, before Quizno's.
This sushi place used to be my favorite restaurant, Cabana Dave's. Cabana Dave still caters and enters BBQ contests. It's too bad though because he had an AWESOME bread pudding recipe! Before Cabana Dave's, it was called The Outback Pub and Grill, that is until the Outback chain of restaurants opened and sent the owner a letter. Across the street is The Rose Hotel. On this site used to stand a St. Vincent DePaul. Now it is an upscale hotel, and the only one in downtown.
This is a sampling of the traffic at lunch hour downtown. Past the bank and yet another brick building is this cute little gift shop. It's been a gift or card shop since I was small.
Next is this tiny gas station, which has always been here on the corner.
Across this street, is another brick building, housing a pasta restaurant, and what used to be The Roxy Theater, which is now The Wine Steward.
This is next to teh Wine Steward, and is our Tack Room and Western Wear Shop. Yes, this used to be a ranching and farming community.
With the hats on the shelves.
This next place is now Blue Agave, a mexican restaurant and tequila tasting bar. I worked here as a bartender and cocktail waitress when I turned twenty-one, and it was called Hacienda Del Sol. The basement of this house has an entrance to the tunnels under the town. Originally, this was a hotel and brothel and also a moonshine running station.
This is the museum, and used to be the police station when I was a kid.
Towne Center Books is independently owned, and a great place to browse and buy books. The owner is very nice, and they love people coming in to shop!
This is a day spa, and relatively new.
And the bicycle shop, that has been a bike shop for a very long time.
Another vacant business, and this one specialized in some very cool and tropical home decor.
Pleasanton Jewlers is where I got my class ring in High School, and it still is selling them, along with other fine jewelry.
Pastime Pool is the dive bar. When I was younger, you could find the jockeys from the nearby racetrack hanging out.
In this building is Victoria's Salon, where I used to get my hair done. They are very nice, but my hair guy moved, so I did too.This is a new restaurant I want to try. The menu looks good, and I like Mediterranean food.
Mahalo Grille has Hawaiian cuisine and excellent cocktails. Main Sushi has very good food, and the main entrance is fancier, but I like this door better!