Sunday, May 31, 2009

new Seaside t-shirt

Antioch, CA
I can't remember the last time I bought a t-shirt for myself. For the past 10 years I've gotten all of my new shirts for free (from BORP, BYUI, the school district, and, most often, from conferences my father attends). Even most of my tech theatre shirts were gifts. However, I really wanted to get a t-shirt from Seaside while I was there and I really didn't want Nina buying it for me. (I had her by me a piece of art work that I really like). I spent all of ten minutes picking out a sweatshirt for the niece. I spent at least 30 minutes trying to find a shirt that fit my style, fit me (I'm large), had "Seaside" written on it, and, lastly, reminded me of Seaside. Nina and I "cruised" (albeit in my truck) all around the area taking pictures and just enjoying each other's company. So this shirt fit all of my wants. Plus it looks really cool.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

More from the farm

On top of the silo

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Patterson, CA

I wanted to take Katie hiking today, but instead she invited me to go to Patterson with the young single adult ward and help paint the top of a 135 foot high grain silo (This grain silo). It was a great experince. I have never done a whole lot of farm work and I loved every moment of this experience. I only wish we would have had time to do more.

(BTC - For Katie)

(BTC - more from the farm)

Katie's little Island

Grain Silo

Friday, May 29, 2009

book deal

Antioch, CA

Nina has been actively attempting to get me to read the book on the right. I have actively been telling her heck no. Well, during the past weekend to visit her we were at her place, I was massaging her shoulders (I love giving massages. It relaxes me so much as it relaxes my victim...I mean friend) when she again mentioned my "need" to read a book about vampires. She said "Just like before [September of 2007], I'll read something of yours in exchange." I did not realize at the time that Twilight was 498 bloody freaking pages long(!), and so I suggested a book I really enjoyed called A Walk in the Woods (which is only 274 pages). So tonight I went to Half Price Books and bought me a copy of Twilight and Nina a copy of A Walk in the Woods. I'll start reading the vampire book as soon as I'm done with my current read - Testimony by Anita Shreve which is actually keeping my attention - unlike the 4 other books sitting on my night stand.

Homesick for Vallejo

I was eating Chocolate in my room while Nina was at work. I saw this and instantly thought of all the nice people I eat Chocolate with in Vallejo.

Ecola State Park, Oregon

More Sunsets

In Seaside

second round of crabs

More of Hay Stack

first round of crabs

Sea Enemies

Pisaster Ochraceous

Or Sea Star if you aren't into the scientific name. However - what ever you do - don't call it a Star Fish.

High lights from Astoria

The Astoria Column

From Oregon to Washington

From near the column

From near the column

The Bridge to Washington I was really hoping to get good shots of.

Boats in a row

One of the ugliest boats I have ever seen

Seaside Sunset

rail lines

Astoria OR

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tidbits from Saturday

I was in an evacuation zone most of the weekend. Ever time we went some where new, I felt like sitting in my chair and waiting for a stewardess to come to the front and tell me where the exits were. You know - just in case.
I thought this was an ingenious idea. Of course we bought one and I'll be giving it to the the niece. But how smart is that - to collect sand dollars, paint them and put them out for sell. Smart.
We saw this tree on our walk. Nina and I both thought it looked like a great climbing tree.
I can't even begin to tell you how nice it was to hang this on my door. I need one of these for my room here in Antioch.


Okay, so she said I couldn't post these on Facebook. She didn't say anything about posting them on BTC.

To be fair - there are pictures of me that Nina posted on her blog.