Sorry for the radio silence (or, would that be blog silence?), but I'm sick. I've been sick since Thursday when I woke up with the beginnings of a cold. This weekend it's been cold and rainy outside which just makes me feel worse. Still I managed to go through the remainder of my rubber stamps yesterday, and have another box to put up for sale. Then I went through my unread books, and have a list of 30 books to read this year, which includes the L&J Classic Books Club selections (I'm starting Mrs. Dalloway this week, which along with Grapes of Wrath are leftover from last year, then we're adding Lolita, The Wizard of Oz, and one or two other one I can't remember now. Oh, and I'd like to re-read The Little Prince sometime this year, but I'm not sure it'll be an L&JCBC selection.) and some old autographed young adult books I've had for years and years and just never got around to reading. If I'm really good I won't buy any more books this year. (It's not likely, but still, it's good to have a dream.) Anyway, that's it. Cheers!
One of my New Year's Resolutions this year was to spend more time outdoors. Well, I'm doing pretty good so far this year, thanks to Flat Stanely. Rather than sit at my desk and read CNN.com, I went out three days last week to take Flat Stanley to the Mission, Bubblegum Alley and out for sushi. And, this past Saturday, mom and I took Flat Stanley to Avila Beach (one of the places I had on my Thursday Thirteen list which I actually managed to accomplish).
It was a beautiful day - sunny and kinda warm! I got pictures of Flat Stanley at the beach, on Avila Pier, in front of "Beach Regulation" and "Shark Warning" signs, and at the newly opened Avila Beach Marine Institute. They actually had quite a bit of exhibits up already including a touch pool, small aquariums with fish, an octopus, starfish, and a sea cucumber in them, and true-to-life tide measure. The main lobby had information on abalone fishing, sharks, displays of vintage diving equipment, and a table with microscopes where you could look at what micro organisms live in the water. It was really very fascinating!
After walking around and getting pictures, mom and I had lunch at The Custom House. I had the Sunburst sandwich (Turkey, Avocado, Apple wood Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Melted Jack Cheese) with cottage cheese, and mom had the French dip sandwich and a salad. Both meals were really good, but huge, and we ended up taking half our sandwiches home for dinner. After lunch, we sat on the concrete steps by the pier and watched the waves rolling in, then, when we'd had our fill, we came back home.
Yesterday I printed Flat Stanley's pictures and put together a box with the pictures, some postcards, news papers from Avila Beach and Atascadero (I didn't include SLO's paper because they tend to print articles/opinion letters with profanity in them), a bottle of sand and some shells and a few other little knick-knacks. I mailed him out this evening, and he should arrive back home soon. I really hope the kids enjoy Flat Stanley's adventure at the beach!
I begin this post by assuming y'all know who (or what) Flat Stanley is. If not, here's a quick explanation:
Flat Stanely is a series of kids books about a boy named Stanely who gets flattened when a bulletin board falls on him (he is otherwise unharmed). His parents take advantage of his peculiar condition and mail him off to visit relatives in California where he has adventures. Kinda creepy, if you ask me, but kids seem to really dig it. In fact, many schools have started Flat Stanely Projects where kids make a Flat Stanely doll and mail it off to relative or friends. My original BFF's son is doing such a project, and mailed his "Flat Stanley" doll to me. I'm not sure how adventures his stay will be, but so far I've taken him to some fun places: my work (okay, not so fun, but I have to go, so he might as well come with me!), the SLO Mission, Bubblegum Alley, Atascadero Lake and plan to hit a beach or two this weekend before sending him back home. However, there are many other places I wish I could take Flat Stanley if I had the time, in fact, there's 13:
- Hearst Castle - One of the most famous landmarks in California.
- Cambria/Moonstone Beach - Sometimes seals and sea lions lounge on the rocks just offshore.
- SLO Farmer's Market - Lots of great produce (though maybe not right at the moment) and entertainment.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium - One of my favourite places ever!
- 17 Mile Drive - Beautiful scenery, fun, twisty curves, famous people golfing.
- Gilroy - The Garlic Capitol of the World! Garlic flavoured ice cream, anyone?
- Santa Barbara/State Street - A major shopping area where the occasional street performer makes balloon animals and sings or dances, and the last time I was there, a representative from the Reptile House at the zoo was showing off some really cool snakes!
- Santa Barbara Waterfront - A fun pier to walk along, funky shops to explore, seagulls and waves.
- Santa Barbara Zoo - What kid doesn't like a zoo?
- Solvang - A touristy Scandinavian-themed town.
Avila Beach - Best beach on the Central Coast (imho).Actually made it there last weekend!
- Charles Paddock Zoo - Our very own Zoo in Atascadero. I just don't think I have enough time to go through it with FS.
- Morro Bay Natural History Museum - Gotta have a little education with your adventures, right?
This pretty little yellow canary just lit in my neighbour's tree after he and his buddies finished munching on something in my rosemary bush. It's one of my Fave Five Photos for January 2007; the other four can be seen here. Enjoy!!
It has been unusually cold around here lately. We've been letting the faucets drip overnight, and we've insulated our outdoor pipes. We've been running the heat more in the past few days than we have since we moved down here. The bill is going to be outrageous! Today I'm making a nice, thick chili and baking some cornbread because it's really about the only thing that sounds good right now.
It's supposed to get back to our normal temperatures soon, but it can't be soon enough for me!
When I put my first name as "Lisa-Marie" - which is basically what I go by now - plus my surname that's what came up: no other people in the country have that same name. However, when I just plugged in my given name "Lisa" (Marie is my grandmother's name; my parents thought they went well together as a first name/middle name combination, but I hyphenated them on my own) plus my surname I got this:
It's De-Lurking Week again! Time for all of you who read blogs but don't comment on them to pop in and say "hello!" to your favourite bloggers! Go now, and share the love!
I know I didn't blog about this, but for my birthday, the whole gang at work bought me a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. I took them home, and this morning one of the larger buds opened up displaying a beautiful bloom. Naturally, I took pictures.
As a thank you to everyone at work, I printed out one of the close-up shots of the new blossom,and pasted it on a blank card. I'm taking it in tomorrow morning, and posting it on the bulletin board so everyone can see it, but right now, I'm posting it here for your enjoyment. Cheers!
Since I used up all my Thank You cards for the Christmas gifts I recieved from folks at work, I needed to make a few new ones for all the birthday stuff I got. I used the Thank You with a heart by Annette Allen Watkins for all four of the cards I stamped.
This first card is the one I plan to send to my friend Jewel, and is actually a thank you for the Sephora gift certificate she gave me for Christmas. I thanked her via e-mail, but wanted to send an offical thank you card, as well. The kitty on the chair stamp is by Paula Best.
Card number three is going to my "Sissy", a co-worker with whom I've formed a sisterly bond. The bouquet of roses is by Hero Arts.
And, finally this last card, which was technically the first one I stamped, is going to PixieChick in honour of our Day of Glory, i.e., the day we go get coffee! She's my caffiene pal, and so I figured this coffee mug by JudiKins would be perfect!
I feel kinda bad that I'm not making a card for my cousin's graduation tomorrow, especially since I'm not able to make it there personally. Hopefully she won't notice or care. I do have a card planned for her upcoming birthday; not to give it away or anything, but it's going to kinda go along with a theme I've been into lately. I think it's going to be very cool!
So. The "suspicious package" that sent us all scurrying away from the courthouse yesterday? And kept us out for two-and-a-half hours? Was full of shit.
No, I'm not kidding. The police blocked off the building, the bomb squad was called, lengthy and careful procedures were followed, and in the end it was a bag filled with several other bags, each of those bags were tightly wrapped and dated (??), and filled with human feces.
Poop! Someone dropped their poop off in the courthouse!
Now, I don't know if it was someone's idea of a political statement or if the poor sod just doesn't have a working toilet, but I do know it was strange. The whole damn week was strange, and I suppose finding a bag of poop in the courthouse was the fitting ending to it.
Must've been that full moon, that's all I can say.