Monthly Archives: July 2013

Climate Say WHA?!

We just got back from five days in the Central Valley and Reno, where it was anywhere from 95 – 105 every single day. Except for that one day when there was a torrential thunderstorm, some flash flooding, and – yep! – hail on Donner Pass.

We’re now safely back in the 70-degree Easy Pleasey Bay, but I’m noticing all wasn’t quite right while we were gone. Stuff like this:

Our wisteria is blooming... This already happened this year. In March. What the...?

Our wisteria is blooming… This already happened this year. In March. What the…?

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Photobooth

My boss got married last week.

It was a really great time; Trent and I helped out a lot with the whole event (we really wanted to), and I’m super happy for Michelle and Miles. Michelle is more than just my boss – she is definitely my friend, as well. I’m glad the Corona Heights fog parted for her at just the right moment, and the wind didn’t knock down her chuppah, and the music kicked ass and everyone had as much fun as I did.

I’m also glad she had a photobooth, because these are some pretty great shots capturing the spirit of Team Temple: Continue reading

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Oh, Padron!

Garden update!

Climate change is making our fig tree crazy. I need to learn to make fig newtons. And fig jam. And fig+olive tapenade. And figgy pudding. And any other good figgy things that can be given away as gifts because, you know – there’s only so many figs two people can reasonably eat without really, really suffering consequences.

Just a few enormous figs I grabbed off the tree this past weekend. To make room for the 10,000 new green ones already trying to take their places...

Just a few enormous figs I grabbed off the tree this past weekend. To make room for the 10,000 new green ones already trying to take their places…

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Second Time’s The Charm

This weekend, I watched my very oldest friend in the world get married on the most beautiful piece of coastline in Seattle.

Sunset in the Olympic Mountains during Becki and Jason's wedding, July 6, 2013.

Sunset in the Olympic Mountains during Becki and Jason’s wedding, July 6, 2013.

She’s been married once before, and the first time around she chose a pretty great guy. She just didn’t choose the right guy (happens to a lot of us). At the start of this year, I wrote about how everyone deserves a second chance in life. When I wrote those words, I had plenty of people and situations in mind – Becki actually wasn’t one of them. But seeing how happy she is right now reaffirms my not-so-original wisdom. Continue reading

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20

My dad died 20 years ago today. July 1, 1993.

He had been at home on hospice care for a month or so by then. It was around 5:00 AM when my mom woke me to tell me there was an ambulance outside, waiting to take him back to the hospital. I got up only to give her the lucky stuffed parrot I always made sure was in his hospital room with him. Then I went back to sleep; I had pom pon practice at 7:00 AM up at school, and after that, driver’s ed class just down the hall.

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