Driving more than 1400 miles

May 30th, 2010

When you get older, leave your ordinary life behind and hit the open road.

Highway 1D in Mexico
I’m trying to get used to the fact that I’m officially in my 30s: married, working, domesticated and totally reliable. We have a good life in Cow Town and we have stable jobs. After a few bumps in the road, I am happy to be working as a journalist.

So when May rolled around and we stared at the reality of turning a year older, we decided to celebrate with a couple of weekend getaways.

In fact, it took us two weekends and 1,000+ miles on my hubby’s Corolla to celebrate our birthdays in May.

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At the beginning of the month, we took advantage of my 3-day weekend (a prelude to my 10-day work week in the newsroom) and drove to Lake Tahoe. We left the chains behind and looked forward to hiking on the cliffs next to the lake, all under sunny skies.

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Paint it all silver

May 29th, 2010

My birthday gift from my hubby: Flight of the Conchord tickets. Joy!

Waiting for Jermaine and Bret at the Greek Theater at Cal
Last night, we sat in the same seats I had for graduation at the Greek Theater and watch the New Zealand duo rock my world. Sure, most concerts at the Greek are about the music. Last night, it was all about entertaining the Cal crowd.

Binary Solo! from Kris Vera-Phillips on Vimeo.

Susan and Tom introduced us to this band via their self-titled HBO series. I remember listening to the soundtrack as we drove home from Vegas a few years ago. Either way, they were funny and I enjoyed their homages to all genres of music; from 70s space rock ala David Bowie to boomin’ raaga beats for the dance floor.

After opening up their show with “The Humans are Dead,” Bret and Jermaine tangled with classic tunes like “Beautiful Girl” and “Too Many Dicks (on the Dance Floor).” They also hit up some new tunes as well.

My favorite part of the evening: an encore with “Business Time.” You know what it means when Jermaine’s down to his socks….it’s Business Time. Ah yeah.

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Ordering seafood in Baja

May 24th, 2010

COVINA,CA – Move over, Rachel Ray and forget about $40-a-day.

My hubby and I enjoyed fresh fish, beer and beautiful beach views in Ensenada for $20.
God bless the 12 pesos-1 dollar exchange rate.
Ceviches de Camaron from Los Primos #fb
As part of my birthday weekend, I wanted to make this picture a reality: watching the waves crash as I enjoyed fresh fish on a Mexican beach.

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To the most beautiful woman in the world

May 9th, 2010

Mom,

Until I can’t squeeze into my jeans…
Until I crave pickles and ice cream…
Until I go through caffeine withdrawal…
Until I feel a double Axel tumbling in my womb…

Together again

Until all those things happen, I’m happy to simply be your daughter…

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Frodo, get on the dance floor

May 4th, 2010

After work, I’m often bopping down I-80 with new music thanks to the “All Songs Considered” podcast.

Screen Capture: Apples in Stereo
[From http://stepthroughtheportal.com/]

The last episode reminded me of my college radio DJ days at Cal with a new track by Apples in Stereo, “Dance Floor.” Solid, glitchy riffs paired with sweet lyrics add up to a dance party in my little Corolla.

Let’s get this party start. Quickly. Right!

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Stalking chicks and teeing off in Cow Town

May 2nd, 2010

Move over Ultimate Frisbee.

Frisbee Golf
Last month, Scott and Catalina introduced us to Frisbee Golf. We played part of a round at Lagoon Valley in Vacaville.

It’s a relaxing, challenging game of skill and chance. Mother Nature was another player on the green by blowing strong wind gusts into the mix.

Like the game of golf, players attempt to fling their frisbees into a caged “hole”. In addition to trying gain enough air and distance on my disc fling, I’m also trying to aim the disc at the hole standing about 350-400 yards away.

Frisbee Golf Hole

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