Puppy-Sitting!!! Thursday, Apr 30 2009 

lilyThis weekend we’re puppy-sitting this adorable little doggy who is the new addition to Da Bartender and Mr. Da Bartender’s family. Her name is Lilly and she’s all spunk and love. It should be a lot of fun to actually take care of this rambunctious puppy, taking her on walks and just being around to give her attention that’s so definitely necessary! it’s the first time her parents are leaving her at home so we’ll see how she handles it.

Work work work all the time! It’s really good to know you’re headed into a weekend full of work that’s going to pay off in the end.

That’s pretty much it for now, not too much to say really… but again, sometimes it’s best to just stay quiet.

The Woodward Shakespeare Festival needs YOU! Wednesday, Apr 29 2009 

Call to Artists– Male Actors!
WSF is holding a second round of auditions for Richard III. Male actors of all ages are needed to fill several pivotal roles and a few ensemble roles.

The auditions are scheduled for Thursday evening, May 14th at 6:30 p.m. Location TBA.

Specific roles to be filled:

Richard, Duke of Glaucester (later Richard III)
Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham
William, Lord Hastings
George, Duke of Clarence
James Tyrrel
Sir Robert Brakenbury

various soldiers, messengers, and other ensemble roles (all of which are speaking roles).

Submit digital photo and resume/experience to Artistic Director Heather Parish at heather.parish@yahoo.com. The auditions will be one night only and will consist of reading sides and monologues from the script.

If you, or anyone you know, might be interested– feel free to contact me at heather.parish@yahoo.com.

Thank you,
Heather Parish
WSF Artistic Director

I’m doing it again… Tuesday, Apr 28 2009 

Edit #3: Finished Eclipse just now (5/7) and starting Breaking Dawn 🙂 I think it’ll be done early next week.

Edit #2: Finished reading New Moon yesterday, 5/4 and I’ll start Eclipse today.

Edit: I finished reading Twilight on Thursday 4/30 and now I’m on to New Moon!!! 🙂

twilight…and I’m loving it.

If you drive about 2 hours… Monday, Apr 27 2009 

…on the 180 headed East you’ll run into the Sequoia and Kings National Parks. Two parks that are butted up next to one another and absolutely stunning! This weekend Halo and I took a trip to the mountains for a hike. Our final destination was Zumwalt Trail which is a 1.5 hike around the Zumwalt Meadow. There’s an amazing waterfall along the trail that was going to be roaring with the recent snow melt. We were also wanting to scope out a campsite for Da Mommy when she comes in town and we go camping.

We hit the beginning of the park and stopped to look at the South Fork of the Kings River. h5It was definitely full from the spring snow melt. The Sequoia and Kings National Parks is located at about 6,500 ft above sea level and it’s really accessible. Geological side note: Halo explained the creation of these two national parks happened when a glacier came barrelling through leaving moraines in its wake and creating a “U” shaped valley until the glacier melted thus allowing the Kings River to etch out the rest of the parks in what you see as a “V” shape. This picture is from a “V” shape valley, thus was carved from the river. We were about an hour into out trip and Halo was pointing out the different granite and marble rock faces. It’s pretty interesting to actually see millions of years in geological evidence just on the side of the road! Here’s some pictures of the rocks we encountered:

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This is a pure marble rock face that’s just on the side of the road and a cause of many rock slides.

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This is a granite rock face with a cool geological formation. The white speck is actually a clump of marble. Geological side note: water erodes granite slower than it erodes marble. Marble and water interact with a chemical reaction. The water bores out the marble creating caves. Therefore it is likely this speck of marble on this granite rock face contains a cave somewhere within its depths. 

h-14The Giant Sentinel from a distance.

h-31The Giant Sentinel from Muir Rock.

We travelled along the road and stopped to get out and take pictures. There was so much to see! We stopped by Grizzly Falls which was amazingly beautiful! h232The Park Ranger at the entrance told us to stop by there on our way to Zumwalt because of the snow melt. It’s just off to the left side of the road and really spectacular to look at!

After we visited the Falls we headed down to the Boyden Cavern. We didn’t go into the cave, but we will in the near future! It was awesome to stop by the entrance of the cave and see the Kings River flowing so hard it was white water all the way down! There were a bunch of signs warning visitors of the slippery rocks and that the river current was so strong you’d be fatally injured if you attempt to go in. It was highly recommended all stay on dry land! Boyden Cavern is one of four caves that are in the Parks, there’s only one other cave that is open to the public though, Chrystal Cavern (I believe). Here’s the Kings right outside Boyden Cavern:

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After that we traveled along looking at the different campsites to scope them out. They are all closed until May 1st so we could only trek through them on foot. We have some ideas of good spots, but there aren’t any sites close to the river. We love car camping by the river so… we’ll see where we decide to take Da Mommy in June.

Back on the road took us to Roaring River Falls, the Zumwalt Trails and Road’s End. We were running short on time so instead of doing the Zumwalt hike we just stopped by all the spots and drove the rest of the way. At Road’s End we went out to Muir Rock and looked at the Kings, the river was a lot calmer here.

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We past Zumwalt on the way back and drove to Roaring River Falls. It’s a little bit of a walk to get there, but on a nice day it’s really a great walk. I don’t say hike because the parks service has done a really good job paving the path and maintaining the area. And like Grizzly Falls, Roaring River Falls was absolutely full and beautiful! h-323

After that we packed up and headed home. We were barbecuing some chicken that was marinating in a 10 clove garlic marinade and it was DELICIOUS!!

I’m going to have Halo give me more info on the geology of these two parks, the geological side notes were from what I remembered him telling me.

Da Count: Opening Night! Friday, Apr 24 2009 

anastasiaTheatre Ventoux,  a wonderful cutting edge theatre group that’s taken a bit of a break but is back on track with this hard hitting courtroom drama.

There are many talented women in this cast and I can’t wait to see this show! Break Legs Ladies!!!

A description of the show from the Company:

The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women makes theatre history with
an interactive courtroom drama that engages the audience to serve as
both judge and jury. The play is shaped by the audience decisions to
overrule or sustain the attorneys? motions, and every night?s audience
sees a different play.

The Anastasia Trials is a farcical, but profoundly engaging excursion
into the hidden world of ethics for women who are both survivors and
perpetrators of abuse toward women. The format is a play-within-a-
play, where a radical feminist theatre company comes together in order
to perform a courtroom drama.

In presenting the play, the Emma Goldman Theatre Brigade has
instituted a new system to insure equal opportunity for the actors: a
lottery. As the women assemble to draw their roles from the hat for
the evening?s performance, sisterhood is put to the test. The
performance itself is a conspiracy trial against five women accused of
denying a woman her identity. The plaintiff is none other than
Anastasia Romanov, sole survivor of the massacre of the Russian
imperial family in 1918. The audience is required to serve as judge
and jury for the case, providing both rulings on the motions and the
final verdict.

The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women requires intense audience
participation, and the question of women betraying women is called for
every member of the audience.

 

Viva le Bullshit!!!  Happy Friday and I hope to see you out and about!

Have I told you… Thursday, Apr 23 2009 

…how much I love me some All Recipies?? ar_logoI mean there’s so much you can do with this website. You can plan your next meal or share reviews and even substitutions to a recipe. Halo and I have been avid users of this website since we decided to forego fried food and look for healthier options.

This weekend we’re trying a Ten Clove Garlic Marinade with some side fixings. There’s so much out there and why keep it all to yourself?? Share it and find new things to try, even those things you never thought you’d like.

Check it out and tell me what you think! 🙂

Earth Day! Wednesday, Apr 22 2009 

earthIt’s Earth Day and as I’m not the most Eco-conscious person, I do value the planet I live on. It’s interesting because it’s been in my relationship with Halo that I’ve really found a love for things in nature. He shows me rocks I would have never looked at and explains how they formed, we spend a lot of time outside (this weekend we’re planning on hiking in Hetch Hetchy, or fondly called Hiccup Packapy), watching Planet Earth was an amazing eye opener to how diverse everything is on this planet, and the unfortunate disintegration of our natural environment.

We both were watching Discovery Channel’s How the Earth Was Madeand saw a preview for the new Disney and Planet Earth movie that follows 3 families of animals, it’s definitely a must see. And if you go opening weekend, Disney will plant a tree for every ticket sold. I think that’s a very cool thing. It makes me remember how as a child we used to collect and save our pennies for my Grandma, Grandpa died of cancer when I was young and in his honor Grandma was a part of the “Pennies for Pines”, a company that allowed you to collect pennies and would donate acreage to the memory of a lost loved one and save the pines planted and growing on that land. I haven’t thought about that in a while and I should check and see where Grandpa’s trees are.

So, what are your Earth Day plans? Are you thinking about what you can do to help out the environment?

Today is also Administrative Professionals Day, so thank your local Secretary Administrative Professional!

Dr. Dave sent me this yesterday and Marcel, it made me think of you:

May 3rd… SAVE THE DATE!!!! Tuesday, Apr 21 2009 

Wanna go to Prom?? That’s right, get out your Aquanet, the frills and side pony tails! It’s Circa’s 80’s Prom!!!!

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Who’s gonna go??

Karsh’s Grill & Catering Tuesday, Apr 21 2009 

Sunday Halo and I tried Karsh’s because every Sunday they do Chicken & waffles. Yup you heard me correctly! klogoChicken and Waffles. It’s a way of cooking that started in Louisiana and then moved to Mississippi, then to New York and finally made its way over to California. Karsh’s is located in the Tower District and there are separate menus for the dinner crown during the week. Only Sunday is chicken and waffle day!  

Chicken and Waffles are the epitome of drunk food. Imean it’s bready and there are a ton of flavors possible. I had a grilled chicken caesar salad and the croutons were a garlic waffle. It was BOMB! Halo had a spicy waffle with a pork & rice sausage and gravy on the side. It was also very tasty. So many different choices and very reasonably priced!

Karsh’s is open from 10-10 on Sunday and they really have a great spread of different waffles and chicken wings. Drew was there to totally hook us up  with the great service and they played the Laker’s game (if you’re into that kind of thing). Go try them out!

You should probably get your tickets! Monday, Apr 20 2009 

Black Light Poetry is coming out in full force to promote this event:

spokenfunkHalo and I already have tickets! I can’t wait! It’s going to be a great night! I hope to see you out there!

This weekend was quite productive. I surpassed the amount I needed in order to pay bills through this month, YAY! And now I’m going to actually save some money and try not to be so screwed next month.

I was cranky this weekend, and I’m sorry.

Circa was a blast! It was good to see the newly weds! I had a great time chillin with Da Bartender and Mr. Da Bartender, back yard BBQ YUM!

Halo, Dr. Dave and I marinated chicken in a Creamy Garlic Italian homemade sauce with mashed potatoes and sweet corn… YUM. I love my allrecipies.com!

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