Thursday, July 24, 2014

the good, the bad, the ugly

the good

  • summertime: bbqs, beeday parties, picnics, beachytimez, day trips. 
the bad
  • summer colds, a lot of work, no real vacay
the ugly
  • seriously - the world. i cant get over this crazy conflict in gaza. i'm not going to say anything here, this is, after all, a place to relax on the web, but come on you guys. it's really, really bad. ugh. i feel like so many bad things are happening around the world all at the same time and there is just not one thing i can do about it. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Buy local

When I was reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, Babe kind of wanted to murder me. It's all about trying to minimize the amount of travel your food has to do to get to you by eating local.

Right? Because if your peach is flying from Ecuador, it's probably not very fresh anyways. Also think of the jet fuel and pollution.

Anyways, I live in California so a lot of this is somewhat moot because our food doesn't have to travel very far in most cases. Except for bananas, but I digress.

I laid off the local thing a bit (I was becoming a little psycho), but I do have a farmers market a five minute walk from my house every Saturday morning. With all the fruit we consume in my little family, it makes good sense to make the trip.

Like this past Saturday, when me and Buddy walked over and purchased our strawberries, peaches, zucchini, grapes and onions.

How self congratulatory was I, then, when peaches from Trader Joe's, Costco, Ralph's and Food 4 Less were all recalled this week because of possible Lysteria contamination. Gross dude. Peaches! UGH is nothing sacred?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Swim Lessons!

Dude, so the public pool by my house has swim lessons for "Tiny Tots" from 4 - 6 years old. A half hour, every day for two weeks. Only $40! So cheap! 

Buddy had her first one yesterday. 

Parents have to stay out of the way. I had to hold on to the bars of the fence (this picture is taken through the fence) so as not to FREAK OUT AND GO GET MY BABY OUT OF THE POOL. She was fine. She was having so much fun! She's the tiniest tot on the far right. 

After swim warm up hug. 

Friday, July 18, 2014


I don't have the pic of me and FLOTUS (it will probably be awhile) but I did snap this pic of her doing her speech:

haiku friday

restful day today
just like my day yesterday.
well, we did a lot.

but, we didn't rush.
we cleaned the house and ate snacks.
went to target, played.

made some food and crafts.
did some thank you notes and played.
took a nap and read.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What all the fuss was about

Here's a nice story from USC News about the conference yesterday featuring FLOTUS:


Bonus that you can see her dress!

I got to shake the first lady's hand and take a picture with her! This conference was super hard to put together so I'm glad I got to meet her, it made it all worthwhile. I think it was a win for my school, too, and for veterans in Los Angeles.

She was so nice, by the way. She is a very warm person and looks right in your eyes when she meets you. She is tall and beautiful and gracious. And her speech was terrific.

In any case, I'm taking a couple of days off work to bum around. Me and Buddy are watching cartoons today and may go to a park later. Or not, we'll see.