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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Working Weekend

So here I am, bright and early on a Saturday morning, pecking away at my keyboard, with six weeks left to finish the project. I go on a break next week, so there's even more pressure. It's a wonder I haven't started dreaming about work yet.

Last weekend was great, albeit not exactly how we had thought it would be. Our main event was to drive up to Keller Peak for some climbing, and we were so close.... and then we found out that Route 330, the only route that would bring us there was closed for construction. Darn it!

So we backtracked a little bit and took a sidetrip out to Lake Arrowhead instead. I know some friends had gone there before so I was still psyched to see what it was all about. Fed some ducks, took the obligatory tour. I might have missed something since the novelty wore off pretty quickly. But I suppose if we had gone there in the middle of summer instead, with concrete plans, it would have been a different story.

We therefore drove back early and did our fallback routine - laid out on the beach for a couple of hours. The water was still relatively warm, so we were able to play in the water a little bit. I felt like a frozen popsicle once we got out though, and started to dry out.

This weekend is probably going to be simlar to last, but I'll definitely have more fun stories just around the corner!

Thursday, September 14, 2006


So the cold's slowly setting in again, fall is almost here. I'm a little sad that I didn't get to spend too much time on the beach as I would have liked, but that's probably a good thing too, because I didn't come out of this season looking like a burned piece of toast. :P My mom would be proud. Haha!

There's two weeks left before I go on vacation, so we're shifting into overdrive here at work. I think I may be working weekends for awhile. Goodbye, social life!

Thursday, September 07, 2006


The morning buzz yesterday here was Suri Cruise, who finally made her magazine debut (and on the cover too!) in Vanity Fair. Maral, Ivette and I pored over the picture, dissecting every little detail, and getting into a debate about who the baby looks like. The opinions are as follows:

Me: I think Suri has Katie's eyes and nose. Lips, I'm not sure. She has Tom's hair and forehead.
Maral: Yeah, she really looks like Katie!
Ivette: You think? I think she has more of Tom in her.... *browsing through rest of pictures, most of which are of Tom* He's so cute! *pause* Oh, look, he's so cute there!
Maral and me: Yuck!
Me: We should get the magazine.
Maral: Yeah, we should. *noticing Ivette's new magazine* Ivette! Why did you buy GQ?! They're in Vanity Fair!

And so went the morning, until it was time to get back to work. Anyway, here's a picture of the infamous Suri. Don't you think she's a little Katie?

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Labor Day Weekend Recap

Taking into account that it was the "Labor" Day weekend, Marc and I slaved away on Saturday to install the new vanity in my new apartment. I was hoping to be able to finish early so that we could kick back and relax, maybe go get a massage or catch a movie, but no such luck. We were so pooped that we simply had a quiet dinner, watched some DVDs and then called it a night.

On Saturday, after doing a little bit of remaining work, we were finally able to lay out for a little while and go bodysurfing. It's such a relief to be able to just slather on sunblock and read a book on the beach. I even took a short nap (thank God for sunblock that prevented my backside from looking like a burnt orange lobster).

We tried to catch The Illusionist which has been out for awhile, but when we got to the theatre, the line was so damn long, and before we got to the window, they called out that the movie was sold out. This is strike 4 or 5 for us - we always seem to have bad luck when we try to see a movie. So we ended up just hanging out at the promenade for a little bit. I was able to get an armband for my new toy, the 4GB iPod nano, Marc's early birthday gift to me (yay! mwah!) and I splurged a little when we discovered that REI was having a sale.

On to Monday. We went down to Venice to have a leisurely breakfast at The Figtree's Cafe, a place that I had always been curious about. The food was great - I had this huge pancake souffle topped with bananas and strawberries. It was so filling that I had to put my foot down and say, "This isn't breakfast, it's brunch."

On the way back, we stopped at a building that Marc's friend Allan was working on. He's a contractor, and the building was absolutely beautiful - sleek, modern lines, great lighting, and so much space. The building actually houses a company that designs movie posters, so I was fascinated with all the pictures and layouts and projects they had laying around.

Since we had eaten all that food, we decided to go for a quick trail run at Sullivan Canyon. But for some reason, my energy went kaput with the heat, so we hiked/ran instead up the hill, then ran back down.

We reconnected with Allan after our run, and went on a quick sail around the marina, cut short because my tummy just could not hold on, with the huge waves. I really have to get those motion sickness bracelets!

No climbing this weekend, but I'm hoping to head out to Tuolomne or Yosemite sometime soon. My hands and arms are aching for some rock! :)