Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dracena my Love

Dracena Park is one of the most beautiful and serene parks in the area. I clearly remember the first day I stumbled upon it. It was gorgeous spring morning and I was just finishing up my jog/walk, when I decided to turn down a road I had not been before. Through the sound of Muse piping into my ears I could faintly hear the sounds of birds. I quickly removed my earphones and absorbed the sounds of nature.
I quickly became envious of those who live on Dracena Rd, to be across from such a gem, I vowed that one day, just maybe, they would let me join their club.
For now it is my reward, to sit and relax with a book or to just pass through, sets all of my senses to bliss.

We did have a minor falling out a while ago. This is where I fell, yes right there on the road. It mocked me, took a piece of me and I took a piece of it (really should have that bump looked at). We have made up however and now it is love all over again.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


For the next little while this is what I will be obsessing about, isn't it so pretty...

Finally I made a decision, largely based on a really great price on Amazon, and bought a new camera. Just in time for my Family Reunion, oh my nieces and nephews are going to hate me by the end.
I am so excited to get to know all of the great things it will do for me. My vocabulary will improve substantially since I will no longer be conduced to swearing fits every time I attempt to take a photo.
For now I patiently wait for the battery to charge and then I get to play.

This is also officially the last photo I will take with my Olympus, it has treated my well until a year ago, which is fine it's about 7 years old. Rest in peace little camera.

Monday, July 27, 2009

**Alert** Vanity Post

"I'm a model you know what I mean
And I do my little turn on the catwalk
Yeah on the catwalk on the catwalk yeah
I do my little turn on the catwalk" I'm Too Sexy, Right Said Fred.

Oh yeah I did bring that jewel of a song to your subconscious and now you will have it on repeat all day. You can thank me later.
A couple of weeks ago my friend Masha needed to take photos of people for her photography class and since I fit in the "people" category I offered to be a "model". Considering that I am not always comfortable in front of the lens it took a while to get me to relax. You can see it in the progression of photos.
She did make me look good and now I have a myriad of profile pictures.
Some of my favorites below.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Mt. View Cemetery

One of my most favorite places to be in Oakland is Mt. View Cemetery. In fact I love it so much that when people come to visit I take them there. It is beautiful and rather large. I can roam around for hours. I usually gravitate to my favorite Angel and then move on from there. I love to read the headstones, peruse the mausoleums, walk the windy roads or just sit and read a book.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Playing Dress Up

The other day the Christensen girls came over to play. When I asked AC what she wanted to do, she promptly and quietly said "I want to dress up like you". I was taken aback a bit, asked "You mean wear my clothes?" and then led her to my closet.
She pulled out her favorite pair of shoes, grabbed a necklace that she noticed I wear a lot, pulled down a scarf and raided the bracelets. KC came in found her favorite pair of shoes, suggested the sunglasses and the look was on.

It kills me that my shoes fit KC...I am going to have to find a lock for my closet.

I have to admit I was touched. I think we all have a sense of style and when a little girl wants to emulate how you dress (hopefully it is appropriate) it is a sincere form of flattery. I was more than happy to throw open my closet door and let them have at it. It certainly was one of the many highlights of what turned out to be a very busy yet fulfilling day.

By the way I think the tie dye shirts add a little something, considering the proximity of Berkeley. They had just made them a few days before.

Oh look a food post...

Granted this may be one of those filler posts and just plain boring to read. I mean come on who wants to read about what I eat or don't?
I have a tendency to think I am not going to eat out as much and stay home and cook. I also think that I will eat just a bit healthier. I buy a lot of produce and I also throw away a lot of produce. I know, a crime, considering that I have access to amazing produce.
As you can see the broccolini below even started to flower a bit, that is when I decided instead of throwing it away to get off my lazy butt and do something about it.
It made a lovely salad that I enjoyed every day for a week. Maybe next time I won't wait until it is almost bad and use the produce immediately.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Baseball and Fireworks

Every year the Oakland A's have a few fireworks games right before the 4th of July. Even though I am not a huge baseball fan I was told that this was a great fireworks show. A-gril and I took the really long way to the game, which was fine by me, and showed up later than expected.
I have this tendency to attract the obnoxious in movie theaters, airplanes and now at baseball games. The theater can be practically empty and someone will inevitably sit right next to me. My friends joke about it and when there is more than one with me they will flank me on both sides. Well this held true at this game. The guy sitting in the seat next to me was drunk, wanted to warn me not to knock down his "talls" that were residing under my seat and thought that a way to impress me was to scream obscenities toward the field so that I would swoon at his general knowledge of baseball. After a few minutes of this I decided it was better to wander around and visit the many friends in attendance.
The A's lost, but because they were playing Colorado I could claim it as a win, having once lived in that great state.
After the game they clear the stands and everyone ques up to sit on the field. We managed to get a great spot thanks to Sam and waited and watched for thousands of people to find a small blanket spot on the grass.

One of the few photos A-gril will let me post.

The show was great and practically on top of us. It was a fun time to share blankets with Sam, Marielle, Erick and Jessica. Hadley surprisingly didn't freak out with the fireworks and rather enjoyed them.
It turned out to be a fun night and maybe next year I will attend again, it was worth the $8.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Like most women...

I have a hard time having photos taken of me (no problem taking photos of others). There is always something to pick apart. The lack of chin to neck ratio which inevitably shows multiple chins. The body image issues, this is to large, this is to small, that is just plain flabby and my favorite that wasn't there before.

This weekend while camping my dear friend Masha pulled out the new camera and was testing several settings, promising that she would not post any of the photos on FB or the like. We all became her subjects.

I am proud of myself because this photo has the 3 things that will make most women run when a camera is presented. We had just returned from swimming in the lake, I have no make up on...that alone makes me shun camera's, lake hair and a Swim Suit.

Thanks to Masha's skill she actually made me look decent. At a time I am not feeling so hot about the shape I am in, something about turning 35 makes you work for it, I needed this for my well being.

Instead of her posting it, I am, if only to start getting over my issues.