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December 22, 2007

Green Flash

George's at the Cove in La Jolla was the first place that I saw the green flash. This is a light phenomenon that occurs just after the last part of the sun disappears from the horizon. It was a very hot day and clear clear clear. The traffic going north was backed up because of a cement truck turnover on I-5 and we decided to eat in La Jolla after work. While we were waiting for a table in the upstairs bistro we saw the sunset and the green flash. We didn't end up eating there that night. Last night my in-laws babysat and my husband I went to dine at the downstairs newly remodeled fine dining restaurant. Here's my review:


  • Architecture/decorating: ++ extremely modern
  • Table assignment: ++ocean view
  • Cocktails: -- too sweet margaritas
  • Bread: ++ I like my bread plain so was not bothered by the hard plain unsalted butter with optional seasoned sea salt.
  • Soup: sweet potato with ginger curry coconut crème, yum ++ Minestrone with super high quality chino farm veggies -- Tasted like one too many cubes of bullion were added and then not cooked enough (they gave us a refund)
  • Entree: Scottish Salmon Fillet and belly with lentils and diced veggies and chino farms cauliflower + Ingredients were prepared very plain with sauces in dollops on the side. Cooked to perfection however I think the chief should have done the seasoning because we are paying for his experience and taste. Duck with gnocchi +- duck was tough and with not a lot of flavor. We expected to get a tender marinated selection of duck.
  • Wine: +++ 2005 Brandborg Umpqua Valley, Pinot Noir by the glass from Oregon. The best I have tasted. I want to buy this to drink at home.
  • Dessert: + We almost didn't order this and if it hadn't been a bday dinner we would have skipped. The menu descriptions were vague and lacking. Their most popular dessert is a chocolate tart with peanut butter crunch etc. Except when I asked the waiter he said it wasn't really a tart but more of a cake. ??? We got the pot du crème with Kuhlua and donut holes. You were supposed to dunk the donut holes in the Kuhlua. It was better than expected but I would have preferred an Extraordinary Dessert

December 21, 2007

A Big One

Today I'm 40. wow. Time got away from us and we didn't make big special plans. At the last minute the in-laws said they will come and watch XY while we go out alone for the first time in about a year. I want to eat cake and dinner with out policing the banging that toddlers like to do and are so good at.

Interesting fact, the only temperature where farenheit equals celsius is -40. -40 F equals -40 C.

Here I will do my first meme:

Taken from: http://bollewangenhaptoet.blogspot.com/

These are the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicise that you started but couldn’t finish, and strike through what you couldn’t stand. Add an asterisk* to those you’ve read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and punishment

One hundred years of solitude**
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi: a novel
The name of the rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice *
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair*
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha*
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West like it but didn't finish
The Canterbury tales
The historian : a novel
A portrait of the artist as a young man
Love in the time of cholera*
Brave new world
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo*
A clockwork orange
Anansi boys
The once and future king
The grapes of wrath*
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & demons

The inferno
The satanic verses
Sense and sensibility
The picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest
To the lighthouse I am trying to read this right now but I don't know what all the fuss is about.
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist

Gulliver's travels
Les misérables
The corrections
The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
The prince*
The sound and the fury
Angela’s ashes : a memoir
The god of small things
A people’s history of the United States : 1492-present
A confederacy of dunces
A short history of nearly everything
The unbearable lightness of being
The Scarlet Letter*
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Persuasion *
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame**
Freakonomics : a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an Inquiry into Values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The three musketeers
I like to read!

December 20, 2007

Raw Materials


Raw Materials for some project in the future. I have been stocking up on a lot of number and letter fabric that I hope to use sometime. Thinking of a bag for library books as the number one choice or a quilt for naps. Today was my last day at work for the year. I won't go back for two weeks! ok maybe for 10 minutes to check on some equipment. But it is doubtful I will be doing a lot of crafting with the munchkin running around. Maybe some knitting, organizing, cleaning and for sure some cooking.

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