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Mom visited! We ate Mexican food! I walked the dogs!




(We also did some yardwork, but I’ll wait until some things start blooming before subjecting you to dirt photos. Until then just dogs and food probably.)

Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having a great week so far. I just learned I get a 3 day weekend so I’m planning all sorts of ways to spend it. Ideas so far include sleeping, dog walking, catching up on past newspapers and snacking. Maybe I’ll catch up on fashion week from the comfort of my couch. I can feel your jealousy through the internet.

Go team Human Rights. Sam and I got to pump our fists for a rally downtown. Now everybody cross your fingers for the next two courts

Sorry about the double whammy but hey, two more quick intelligence failures.

One, a quickie, from the Clearly Let Down By My Local School District Department, everybody’s favorite crying idiot, Glenn Beck:

[Our] country is economically on fire, and I think we have Julius Caesar in the White House.

I guess we should take it easy on him; he Nero-ly got it right!

Two, I was delighted to wake up to the media storm around the Paul-Maddow showdown. I heard Rand Paul on All Things Considered yesterday and nearly went apoplectic at his artless dodging of whether or not he would have voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Coupled with Palin-esque stinkers like this one explicating his dislike of the Americans with Disabilities Act,

I think if you have a two-story office and you hire someone who’s handicapped, it might be reasonable to let him have an office on the first floor rather than the government saying you have to have a $100,000 elevator. And I think when you get to the solutions like that, the more local the better, and the more common sense the decisions are, rather than having a federal government make those decisions.

I was struck with both horror and the deep sadness that the Venn diagram of “people who may vote for Rand Paul” and “people listening to NPR” might not have a huge overlap. Thank God he had the chance to implode on the TV!

You should go to Teddy Bear Cove and gaze upon the water and chase lizards and find purple starfish the size of your head and hunt for crabs that turn out to be dead and squeeze between big rocks. At least that’s what we did today, here’s proof!

(if you click on the pictures, it makes them bigger)

On the way to Teddy Bear Cove.

Into a magical forest filled with horses.

This one and I had a moment.

Teddy Bear Cove view.


See, we’re not vampires.

Dead crap. RIP.



Another view.

I swear there is a lizard in this picture somewhere.

The Professor.

Arroyo Park.

Boy and big fallen tree.

After our big day of outside fun, we ventured to the Food Pavilion which I had never before had the pleasure of shopping in since their big remodel a while back. It being Saturday and all, we were bombarded by delicious samples on all fronts- the bakery, specialty cheese section, random chips and candies, and dairy. I thoroughly enjoyed our experience but this is no surprise considering my love for grocery stores. Devin successfully made it an entire lap PLUS a double back through produce which is a huge deal because of his disdain for long, dawdling store trips. We’re a pretty good team since I could seriously spend hours going around and around making sure I didn’t miss anything, he helps keep me in check. Overall analysis of today’s events: Very, very good.

A few weeks ago we were very, very fortunate and got to visit O’Brien family in San Diego and Coronado. Here are some snapshots from our trip. (They are mostly from Balboa Park- the day I remembered my camera.)

Devin and the Segways (!!!)


Pretty Tree


Near the fake Globe Theatre

Adorable baby ducks at the San Diego Zoo

Bun I chased down on the lawn bowling field.

Don’t hold it against me that of all the amazing and beautiful wild creatures at the zoo, I took a picture of baby mallard ducks scrambling about on the sidewalk. It was just too cute. Devin got some good ones of the chimps and more extraordinary creatures, we even got a short movie of a chimp teenager running around with popcorn in his whiskers. I leave all that extra technical stuff up to him to post. Overall, our trip to SD was so much more than a trip to the zoo. We had days filled with adventures and got to spend time with relatives we see too rarely. I just can’t seem to remember to take pictures all the time. I will learn, promise.