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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Goodbye, Honda

After serving me so consistently for the past 5 years, I have finally said goodbye to my trusty old Accord. Tito Caloy came by my office to pick up the car, and his in-laws are probably going to buy it. I hope the next owners take care of it.

As for me, I'm on to my next toy! I'll post pictures of it when I can. It's a little bit of a splurge, but I'm lovin' it!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Que Paso?

For a change, Marc and I went up to visit Martin and Amy at their homestead in Paso Robles, in the middle of wine country. We drove to Cambria with them on Saturday, for a quick hike to appreciate the views. Did some windowshopping at an art store there, then went on to a bit of real shopping in the evening. Then it was off to see Casino Royale (which we all enjoyed). Here are some pictures from that weekend.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


Last night I wanted to die. No wait, I wanted to die, get resurrected and then die again, for good measure. I decided to go ahead and book a deep-tissue massage with Charlie for last night. He had warned me that it wasn't the usual relaxing, smell-this-aromatherapy-oil-and-think-dreamy-thoughts kind of massage, but nothing prepared me for what happened. Never have I sworn so much and called out in pain so much in my life. I never thought my muscles were as tight as they were until Charlie worked on me.

The good part is that I can feel the massage working, my body's sore but in a good way, and I feel a little looser. The right side of my back still feels like a b^%ch though, but maybe that's something that can be worked on for next time.

Next time? I must be insane.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Christmas Junkie

I was on my daily walk today, traipsing around Paseo and looking to see if anything was different in the stores (from yesterday haha), and I happened to walk into Bath and Body Works. Now I stopped going there since I was accumulating so many body washes and lotions that I don't really need, so I thought it was going to be a quick visit.

But out of all the stores in Paseo, this was the only one playing Christmas carols. So I just had to stick around, humming along in my head. In the end, I got back smelling like a whole perfume counter, but wonderfully merrier than when I left.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Jack O' Lantern

Have I ever mentioned that I've never carved a pumpkin before? That is, before tonight. Trader Joe's was giving away their leftover pumpkins a couple of days ago, so we grabbed one just so I could see how it was done. And voila! Here is my first Jack O' Lantern.

Mt. Whitney

At Marc's cajoling, I finally gave in and agreed to go on a hike up Mt. Whitney yesterday. I was apprehensive since the people I knew that actually climbed Whitney actually trained for it, so I made sure that expectations were set to the lowest. Tony allayed my worries more when he said all he wanted to do was hike, and it didn't matter how far we went.

So early Sunday morning (and I really do mean early!), we drove the three hours to the base of the mountain. The hike up wasn't so bad, but the altitude really got to me, so much so that when we got to the first campsite, I turned to Marc and whispered, "You guys can go ahead, I'll wait for you here," then proceeded to get sick in the bushes. Whew.

But nevertheless, here are some beautiful pictures from our little adventure.