Friday Morning Drive

October 31, 2008
I just love the roll in the picture above. You get a good mix of dark and light, and it's all completely natural.

Yes, I sometimes take pictures when I drive. With my camera, not my cameraphone. I love things I can operate with one hand.

I also love clouds, and cloud formations. This is what L.A. (really Long Beach) looks like in Autumn when it is trying to decide if it will rain or not. Lovely clouds...
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Endless Possibilities

October 29, 2008

Simple Salmon

My sister has been asking for this recipe for 10 years. What's the big deal you ask? My sister doesn't eat fish. But after having this a few months before I moved to Oregon, she was hooked. I'd like to think it's the only fish she eats. It can't be that bad, right? My son at the time was 4 was has liked this recipe since he was 2.

DISCLAIMER: I am one of those cooks who after a while does things from memory and to taste. So there are no measurements in this one. I am also a huge fan of one pan cooking.


  • Salmon fillet (enough to feed you and yours)
  • Olive Oil or butter
  • carrots (baby to sprinkle around the salmon)
  • tomato (sliced)
  • Onion (chopped)
  • Lemon Pepper
  • 13x9 pan

Grease your pan with some of the butter or oil, heat the oven to 350°F. Place salmon in middle of pan. Spread a little butter/oil over the top, sprinkle with lemon pepper. Cover with tomato and onion. Place carrots around salmon. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until salmon is flaky.

Serve with rice.

Baked Salmon

Help Breast Cancer Awareness

October 28, 2008
One of the gals I follow on twitter, @ShannonNelson, has a week to raise $995 for Breast Cancer Awareness. You can donate on her site using the PayPal button. In her own words:
As I mentioned in an earlier post, this month my focus is on raising money for the Breast Cancer Research Fund through the Total Beauty-Total Cure campaign. I’ve now included a Paypal button in my sidebar where you can make a direct donation into the Total Cure pool that in the first week of November will be compiled and sent to BCRF.

I would truly love to raise $1000 this month. I plan to do this between auctioning off some awesome beauty products and asking you, my readers, for donations. Even if you can only give $1, it is $1 closer to a cure. If you know someone who has been touched by breast cancer–you know that no amount is too small to contribute to the cause. Of course, I also plan to make a donation as well.

So donate $1. It truly will help.

What are Six Little Known Things About You?

October 27, 2008

I've been tagged by Sugar over at Living - In Theory
so I guess I will fill y'all in on six things that you never knew and probably never wanted to know.

  1. I used to hate country music, but now I like it. A lot. Ok, not all country. Rascal Flatts, I <3 them. And when I am feeling goofy or needing a pick me up, Big and Rich. I love their philosophy of MuzikMafia. And one of my girlfriends introduced me to Gretchen Wilson. I <3 her too. So, a girl from the ghetto gets down to country. Go figure.
  2. In person, I'm naturally quiet, subdued, and introverted. A lot of my RL friends are, shall we say, overwhelmed by how much output I have online considering I let other people carry the conversation in person. Go figure.
  3. I really do know how to clean house. No, really, I do. Quit laughing. In fact, I am so good that for a couple of terms in college I was a housekeeper for this little old lady out in Imperial Beach. But I'm not sure what's happened the last few years. I have noticed that the more depressed I get the worse my house looks. I guess I've been depressed lately. I have Flylady C.H.A.O.S. But I'll get it clean again someday.
  4. Smart-aleck that I am, I don't have my college degree. Been working 14 years on getting it. Will probably be another 14 before I do get it.
  5. I'm addicted to chocolate ... oh wait, you already knew that. How about that I'm allergic to pork. I thought it was just intolerance since I was raised S.D.A but it turns out my dad is allergic and my kids are showing a sensitivity to it too. You really shouldn't eat meat from an animal that doesn't have functional sweat glands.
  6. I love to dance. I haven't been able to go out and do it since my grandmother died (that's a whole 'nother story) and dancing at home seems to embarrass the bejeebus out of my son. Not to mention in the car. Yeah, I dance a lot in the car. Especially on my commute home from NoHo. I make sure my alignment is always correct so that I *can* dance in the car. More than just bopping my head, my whole upper body is involved and depending on traffic conditions, yes my hands come off the wheel. So, the next time you see someone just groovin' her heart out in her Honda Fit it might just be me.

And now I tag Jes, Daphne, Douglas, Jyl, Thea, and Kitrona

AAA to the Rescue - Again

October 23, 2008
Here are the dogs waiting patiently with me as I wait for AAA, again.


A little over a month ago I had to call AAA to come unlock my car. Last night was a little more dramatic. I thought I was being a good doggie mommy when I got home and it was about 90 degrees in the house. HOT! I changed as quickly as possible into a T-shirt, board shorts and Teva's (love my Teva's, but that's another story), grabbed leashes and away we went. The dogs get so excited when I grab the leashes. And even more so when I told them to go to the car instead of "Front" (front means you have to pee and poop out front and just get a walk. Car means "Yay! We're going somewhere and get to SMELL things!")

So, we head out to the beach. I chose the board shorts because they have a pocket I can keep my keys and phone in. Apparently about 5 minutes in, or sometime after I locked my car (this time I clearly remember having keys in hand!) my keys fell out into the soft sand from a hole in my pocket. I never realized because my phone was still in my pocket. Not that you can hear a whole bunch over the crashing of waves and such.

We enjoyed a good walk between the two life-guard stations that mark the boundaries of Dog Beach. I walked them back and forth four times, Zoe romping into the water and trying to get Buddy to chase her. It wasn't happening. My old man was fine just walking with me and wandering over to people silly enough to be on the beach at that late hour (BTW, I don't care how secluded you think it is, trying to make it on a lifeguard tower is stupid. People can still see you. You're better off using a blanket in the sand).

Where was I? Oh yes, it was calming and mind-relaxing for me, which I needed, and the hyper-psycho dogs became calm and well-behaved once again. I even got Zoe to stand under the shower (boy was that water cold!) and rinse off. We walked some more so I could get her a little more dry and then headed to the car. I reached into my pocket and ...

NO KEYS! Now I keep my keys on a carbiner and hoped on the off chance ... nope, not on my waist since board shorts don't have belt loops. And then I felt the hole. The hole that my phone had not managed to fall out of, but my keys did. I think I would have been less upset if I had lost my phone. I have insurance on it. The phone is replaceable. My keys, not so much so.

A little panic and self-pity set in. Ok, a lot. I cried from the stress and the patheticness of the situation, I tweeted for help (hey, it worked for that one guy). I would have called, but it was close to 10 and I had no idea who was still up. I tried using my phone as a flashlight and retracing my steps. That didn't work either. I finally called AAA. It took them almost an hour to get there and get me home, but I made it home safe and sound. And no longer centered.

On the bright side, I'm glad I had a spare car and house key at home. Now I just have to get replacements for everything else that was on my keychain.

Let the phone calls begin!

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GNO Follow up Blog on Traveling

October 22, 2008
Ok, so I'm going to be lame and just link some of my more interesting travel posts here :) You can also search for more stories.
  1. Roadtrip with Jes. Phase 1 this was a roadtrip with a girlfriend, her three kids, and not the best planning :) The photos from the trip can be seen on photobucket. We got some truly amazing sunrise photos coming up through the Grapevine. Oh yeah, the trip was from Portland to SoCal and a week later we did the return trip
  2. Photo Friday - ok, not really a blog post, but the topic was travel. This was taken on a roadtrip to Las Vegas with 2 kids. 
  3. SoCal to Grand Junction
  4. Last year's trip to Vegas

And this little exercise has made me realize that though I love to blog, and I love to travel, I haven't blogged much about travelling!! Either that or I need to go back and really do my labels.

But if you want to take a look at the photos of all the places I have been recently:

Thanks for reading. 

I think this one was pithy

October 20, 2008

Ok, this is a bit narcissistic, but for off the cuff, pretty darn good. Especially considering the reply.


full moon over L.A.

October 14, 2008

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The Pitcher's Pendant

October 7, 2008
by Tee Morris

Love mystery? Fantasy? Film noir? How about Philip Marlowe or David Eddings? If you can say yes to any of these questions, run, don't walk, to get a copy of The Case of the Pitcher's Pendant: A Billibub Baddings Mystery. It's the perfect mix of all the above.

Tee Morris flows in his use of metaphor and imagery of the 1920's. If you have listened to the podcast of The Case of the Singing Sword you can almost hear Tee narrating his latest Billibub offering.

Enjoy the mix of baseball and fantasy metaphors that flow together seamlessly.

Billi's character development, as well as that of the supporting cast is credible. No need to suspend (much) belief when reading. I could go on, but I'm afraid of giving out spoilers.

If you don't mind mixing your genres, this is an enchanting and entertaining read.

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Official Gmail Blog: New in Labs: Stop sending mail you later regret
Too funny. And it's not even an April Fool's thing.

how i spent my friday night

October 4, 2008

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miss america bus. 8th & termino

October 2, 2008

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