senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
Hope everyone had a Happy 4th (here in the States, that is). Pretty par for the course here. Parade, fireworks. We thought about going to Anime Expo on Sunday, but at least one fry decided they didn't want to go, [ profile] runsamuck pouted about possibly staying home from his friend Jerry's (they have a standing Sunday video game playdate), and most importantly, I neglected to buy tickets ahead of time, not to mention Angus is no longer in the child ticket range, and definitely won't pass for twelve anymore (I think he's as tall as me now, and starting to get acne and a peach fuzz mustache. Pretty sure he's outgrown the Sesshomaru costume I made for him few years ago). It would have been $170 at the door just to get in for one day, which I really can't justify right now. Maybe a smaller convention later, if we can find one nearby. Angus likes to remind me, "I kept telling you!" Yes, dear...

Also, on Saturday up there, there was a bomb scare, but people seem to be less freaked out by hordes of costumed fans descending on downtown Los Angeles. Although I find it a little odd that these articles were all in the OC Register, and I didn't come across any from the LA Times. Oh well.

Aquarium... )

7/4/2011 )
senoritafish: (Not Again...)
I have a number of things I want to post about, but I have a couple of work deadlines I have procrastinated on for way too long and now I feel like Garrison Kiellor's Winged Motivational Products™ are glaring down at me from my cube walls. Gonna have to wait until at least the first one is finished with, but at least need to get something off my mind. To do:

  • Concert.

  • Spokane.

  • Brothers, sheesh.

  • ?

Meanwhile, today is my dad's birthday. I was aware, but [ profile] runsamuck mentioned it to me after dropping the kids off at school as well. Every time I do something for the first time since he died, I remember he was here the last time I did this. Almost every time I take a can out of the cupboard, I remember going with him to Smart & Final and arguing about the checkbook. The frozen burrito I brought for lunch today he was charging around the store pushing the grocery cart for, disdaining his walker. It's Flag Day and I never remember to put the flag out - that was always a good reminder of what day it was.
senoritafish: (fish-tini)
(banner by spraypaint - who also did this nifty FlashFreeze Geocache Event we went to a couple of years ago - small world!)

Really could use one lately... I've been reminded that today is Towel Day, on the day at least and not the day after (when I usually hear about/remember these things). Most of my towels seem to be either in the laundry or otherwise damp, so I quickly grabbed this one at the 99¢ Only store.


It's really more of a cloth than a towel, but hey, it's super-absorbent! It's already come in handy for dusting off my monitor. And I'll have to pull some Douglas Adams off the bookshelf...and remember not to panic.

Had to go back and get a six-month mammogram this morning; there were some elderly men in the waiting room, too. Although I know men are not immune from breast cancer, it turns out they came for bone density scans. Maybe that's why the place is less pink now. All the better.

The tech asked if I'd had any problems since the last one. So I told her that particular side has been feeling kind of tingly and weird lately. However, this started almost immediately after I was told I had to come back for a closer look after the last mammogram. So I was inclined to think it's all in my head, but thought I'd relay it anyway. She raised an eyebrow and asked if I kept my cellphone in my bra - and while there's probably room, I've never really used my bra as a purse. She said her mother used to carry her phone there and complained of the same thing. When she stopped, the feeling went away. Go figure.

But apparently all is well - whatever they noticed last time is completely gone. I still have go back again in October - a follow-up follow-up? - but I guess that can be crossed off the worry list. Although it was pretty far down there to begin with.

(and new icon - borrowed and modified from outside a bar downtown...)
senoritafish: (Currently reading)
Happy Groundhog Day! If we had groundhogs here, they'd fershure be seeing their shadows, as it's sunny but blowing gusty Santa Ana winds (do gophers work instead?). And by the way, Groundhog Day is one of my favorite movies.

Dad update... )

He's also finally expressed a bit more interest in reading - so far, he hasn't wanted to, but did like it when Doug and I read short stories to him. My brothers and I had talked about going in together on a Kindle for him since he's been complaining that books, especially hardbacks, just start getting too heavy to hold up and start hurting his hands. I decided to go with a Kindle rather than a Nook because of its text-to-speech feature. If he gets tired of holding it, it can read to him. We got our tax refund recently, so I went to Staples at lunch yesterday and grabbed one for him. This is actually a really nifty gadget! Does all kinds of things besides e books! If he decides he doesn't like it, I'll keep it myself. Man, the accessories are where they get ya, though. It doesn't have a backlight, so if you want to read where it's dim, you need a light for it and also a cover to keep it from getting wrecked. It was about the same price for all of them separately or a nice leather cover with an integrated light that actually runs off the Kindle battery ($60). And I suckered for the extended warranty, too. John always tells me they're not worth it, but we're hard on batteries and we're hard on gadgets.

I played around last night, looking for some free James Fenimore Cooper to put on it for him, and also found I could forward Word and PDF documents to it, so I tested that out with the thresher sampling plan proposal I need to make comments on. Pretty cool!

Apropos maybe: Seven Ways Electronic Books Can Make Us Better Readers. by the CEO of Levenger (I like to drool over their pens). I seem to be what he calls a preservationist - but I don't write in my books so much because I can't bear them being marked up, but more because when I'm reading, I'm in an absorbent mode. I might think of questions or notes later, but not usually during.
senoritafish: (Dethklok holidays)

Rainbow Harbor - Squid boat and "trees." Hey, I've sampled this one!

When we got a little closer there were black-crowned night herons perched on top of the "trees."

Hmm, may have brightened this too much...the original was pretty dark.
senoritafish: (holiday jubjub)
On the last of school before Winter Break, Angus's core special ed class will be sharing family traditions and having a "Cultural Feast," for which each child is encouraged to bring some type of food, whether from a family tradition or cultural background. Huh. About the only traditional thing I make every year is clam chowder on Xmas Eve - which I actually changed from my mom making oyster stew (I like the flavor of oysters but not necessarily the texture). Last year when we went up to my brother's in his new place in LA, it morphed again into clam dip; he'd made something else, and had us make something my grandparents used to traditionally put out at family gatherings (that and celery sticks with Lawry's Seasoned Salt). I'm not sure how a bunch of seventh graders, some with allergies, and probably others with texture/sensory issues, are going to feel about clams, much less soup that might get kind of messy. Angus suggested calimari - ha! Even better! I can just see some kid's reaction to tentacles.

As far cultural, haggis? Irish whiskey ([ profile] runsamuck's suggestion)? Can't see those going over real well either. ;p

He did also bring up Hoppin' John, more of a New Year's thing. We've made it a few times, but I wouldn't quite say it's a tradition (and no one in either of our families is even Southern) - we could always make it one though.
senoritafish: (Dia de Los Muertos)
Wow. From oppressive heat to pouring down rain; weather is bouncing like a rubber band...*

Well, I had been putting up [ profile] mylife_onceaday photos that I'd posted to the community here, but then I got sidetracked by the scavenger hunts they started doing, and Sackboy Travels and other things. I still carry my camera around everywhere, but I guess I haven't been inspired to use it all that often, unless something really special or different happens. I feel like I seldom go anywhere new, and I'm constantly taking pictures of the same things, maybe just a different sky or another angle.

Anyway, the last non-themed thing I posted (here and in the community) was this, so I thought maybe I'd start catching up from there. And in a timely enough fashion, the next chronological photos are apropos for the month (and show I'm almost exactly a year behind - typical)...

2009 Dia de Los Muertos

LA Dia de Los Muertos.. warning - photo heavy )

Fantastic show. Great fun, the music was great and all the creations wonderful. I'm agnostic leaning toward atheistic, but if there is an afterlife, this is the way to celebrate it.

By the way, today is my mom's birthday. I think she might have liked this.

Link to all photos in this set. This year's Dia de Los Muertos at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is on October 30. You might see another post like this after that date.

*this damn post started on 10/5 when the weather was being really record-breakingly weird. Need to get 'puters fixed...
senoritafish: (starry night)

Watching the July 4th parade, which goes down the street a block from my house. The city has a contest for people who live along the parade route to decorate their houses; I've no doubt this was an entry.

Independence Day Parade
Huntington Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
4 July 2010

Sackboy's parade experience )

04. Stars &/or Stripes [Independence Day - USA]
senoritafish: (starry night)
Well. I've already screwed up the July meme, because I forgot to write yesterday. Maybe there will be two today.

Anyway, yesterday was the 4th. And while I'm not overly patriotic, I do kind of like the holiday. My neighborhood completely changes; there is a huge influx of people who come to see the parade and many of them stay until the fireworks show in the evening off the pier. It's really better not to drive anywhere downtown (as I was reminded when I dropped off Gareth at his friend Connor's house), because the streets are crowded while huge numbers of bicycles - more than any other day of the year - and those who are driving seem to forget all the rules. Everyone is having parties that overflow into front yards.

[ profile] runsamuck hates parades, so he escaped to his friend Jerry's for awhile. Gareth really wanted to see the NASA float in the parade, but despite getting an earlier start than usual, we still missed it. We never bother with staking out a sitting area for the route a block away from our house. Instead, we just walk down the sidewalk and occasionally stop to watch something - it's usually me who stops, because I want to take pictures, and then I get prodded to continue by Angus, who prefers to be in motion.

It's usually the same groups of people every year. The Pearl Harbor Survivors are becoming a tinier group every year, and now WWII is becoming a another war for the re-enactors, although as the wars become more recent, the reeneactors need bigger equipment and more technology. Maybe it becomes more an excerise in costuming than actually recreating the battles. The Shriners are taking the "old men in fezzes driving tiny cars" to new limits. I don't think they can make them much smaller. And I always like watching the horses; although,seriously, DON'T let your toddler come up behind the miniature horse to pet it.

And then the group Military Families Speak Out walked by. To complete silence; no one gave them encouragement (well, I whistled and gave them a thumbs up), no one cheered. And I puzzled over the next in line - the Orange County Chapter of the NRA. To be fair, they didn't get much applause either. It was near the end of the parade and maybe people were getting tired. Honestly, who scheduled that line-up?

We didn't do much the rest of the day - [ profile] runsamuck BBQed, then walked up to the school to watch fireworks. Avalon amused herself by rolling down the hill we were sitting on. I was tempted to but, thought the wallet and keys in my pocket might hurt. By the time we got home, I was rather glad I didn't. I think all the walking we did the last couple of days has made me a bit sore.
senoritafish: (holiday jubjub)

Abstract Tree by *senoritafish on deviantART

Happy Holidays and Best of New Years, folks. Peace to you.

(I'm kind of late, but if I can mail you a print of this, message me your address - thought I had some of your addresses, but then I realized some of you have moved and some I never had. New Years Wishes still count, right?)
senoritafish: (Default)

This may not look too far out of date. However, you might want to check the date below. For people who like to start celebrating really early, I guess. Had to be sneaky with the phone camera as there is a fairly obvious sign about no photography in the grocery store. I don't think this is giving away any trade secrets though. This just had to be documented. I mean, yes I see decorations and ornaments for sale starting about August, but perishable food items?

Slightly out-of-season bakery goods
Huntington Beach CA
Kyocera Switchback phone camera
2 October 2009
senoritafish: (Not Again...)
Well, I'm glad I didn't buy tickets for Anime Expo ahead of time. I've been pretty much out of commision since Wednesday with an ear infection. Any Fourth activities were right out as well, although John did have some friends and his mom over to BBQ. Felt bad I couldn't take the kids over to the parade, but they at least got to walk over to school to watch the fireworks from the hill in front of Dwyer. They were supposed to have been extra special as Huntington Beach is 100 years old this year.

I went to the doctor Wednesday and the nurse practitioner who saw me prescribed some antibiotic ear drops, but nothing else-seemed odd, as when my kids have gotten them they get an oral antibiotic as well. They seem to be taking forever to work. I'm laying off on the ibuprofen today to see if anything has actually improved. It still hurts and the left side of my face is still swollen (making it difficult to chew), but I don't think I'm getting the stabbing pains quite as often. It's still all clogged up though; the only thing I can hear though it is the whooshing of my own pulse. I've already missed three days of work, and I have an assignment that's pretty urgent to do, dammit. I don't think I can take any more time off.

I will later in the month though - we got word last week we get to take another furlough day a month. Whee.

Kids are a little disappointed about Anime Expo; we could only afford to go for one day, but I'll have to see if there are any other local cons we can go to later in the year.
senoritafish: (fisheries observer by ray troll)

Did my once-a-month dock stint this morning. I always want to capture the pelicans in their breeding colors (totally white/yellow head) but I always seem to get there when their brown summer neck feathers are growing back in. This guy at least still had his (or her, they look the same) yellow head feathers and red beak/gular pouch colors.

Municipal (Fish) Markets
San Pedro CA
Casio Exilim EX-Z80A
13 February 2009

a couple more, and other kid's parents put me to shame... )
senoritafish: (pensive)

My family has had these since I was a child. They were always my favorites, like pink soap bubbles with snow on them, and I loved finding them as we opened the ornament boxes every year. It used to be a set of three or four, but gradually over the years, they succumbed to dropping, kittens, and other hazards. This one survived my kids' babyhood, but not something falling from an upper shelf onto the box of ornaments. Bye-bye, pink soap bubble. *sniff*

Putting away the decorations
Huntington Beach CA
Sharp VE-CG30
07 January 2009
senoritafish: (bugged)

Another tear-down/rebuild in my neighborhood (used to be this house). The construction guys made their own tree, but haven't taken it down yet.

Interesting - the colors on the new LED lights show up much better in pictures than incandescent bulbs.

Main Street
Huntington Beach CA
30 December 2008

also... )
senoritafish: (holiday jubjub)

Finally getting a tree. This is not late - [ profile] runsamuck actually prefers to get them on Xmas Eve - sometimes you can get one for free!

Home Depot
Huntington Beach CA
Sharp VE-CG30
22 December 2008
senoritafish: (holiday jubjub)
Happy Yule and Happy Hanukkah!

John spent the day helping Jerry and Dale fix a leak in the roof of their mobile home since there's a storm on the way tomorrow, and by the time he was done, it was time to light the first candle on the menorah, so Dale made him stay for that. They were both here Friday night when I got home from work; I joined everyone on the patio while I opened a package I'd gotten of some holiday ornaments I was planning to give to people at work. Some of them were these here 25540.gif and John said show those to Dale, she's a cat person (they say "Love Me, Love My Cat"). When I did, she started gushing and thanking me, so oops, I guess I need to order another. They're welcome to put it on their tree/Hanukkah bush (yes, they have both - Dale is Jewish and Jerry is a non-praticing Mormon - I don't think I've ever seen him playing darts here without a can of Bud).

Kids are off starting tomorrow; I didn't really ask for time off, but my boss was cool with my working half days while they're on vacation. I figure I can go in and be back before anyone's really up and doing anything and we'll have the afternoons free, at least.
senoritafish: (so tired...)

Toy I bought to donate to an office charity where all these are given to seniors in nursing homes so they have something to hug over the holidays. I liked this one because it was a lioness, and how often do you see them? Although now that I think about it, my grandmother would have loved to receive one of these (she had a pretty large collection of stuffed animals for a 100 year old woman), but I can't really see my 83-year old dad being into them.

Los Alamitos CA
Sharp VE-CG30
18 December 2008
senoritafish: (merry chris-moose!)

There's a neighborhood the next city over where nearly all the houses massively decorate their lawns for the holidays; we hadn't been in a couple of years so when Beth and her grandneice came in from Riverside, we thought we'd check it out. I swear it's like Disneyland - in previous years they had to close off the neighborhood to outside traffic and you could only walk in. This year, you could drive through but there was no parking unless you had a permit. We parked in a nearby shopping center and walked. Angus like this house because of all the Pokemon figures. Note: that is not snow - people actually put quilt batting over their grass to look like it. This has probably been going on for a good 20 years, and I notice that a lot of the original houses have stopped, but more houses in other parts of the neighborhood have joined in.

Fountain Valley CA
Sharp VE-CG30
13 December 2008

moar.. )
senoritafish: (holiday jubjub)

At our White Elephant Holiday Party for work, which we have at a nearby restaurant. Someone actually got a white elephant. Also included is the horrible ugly golf ball figure that seems to have been appearing at these parties for a good four years now. And I actually won the basket in the background as a door prize. Yay! I'm thinking we'll use all the stuff in it on New Year's Eve.

Garden Grove CA
Sharp VE-CG30
12 December 2008


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