Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Happy Birthday Nicko!








Monday, March 29, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The 37th Annual San Diego Crew Classic
"America's Premier Spring Regatta"

Awaiting the start - Saturday Morning

Kendall on the Jumbotron at the start

Almost there - PULL, PULL

The Finish - We win! On to the Finals on Sunday

I just got back from a great forty two hours in beautiful San Diego attending the 37th Annual San Diego Crew Classic. What made it really special was this was the first time I had the opportunity to see my grandson race in person. It was a great weekend, weather was just about perfect; warm but not hot, the racing conditions were great, no wind or water chop in the morning, almost like rowing on glass.

The team did well, winning easily on Saturday and you can see above. In the finals on Sunday OCC finished six seconds behind Stanford who placed second and ten seconds behind first place Cal, winner of this year's Derek Guelker Memorial Cup

Congratulations Team!

My Daughter in law, Julie and Grandson Oliver drove down Saturday after his Yankee team finished their game. Oliver was able to enjoy a nice swim and some football catching in the pool before we packed him off to a dinner by the sea. Remind me sometime to tell you about Larry Boy of Veggie Tales and his encounter with the Navigator Lady in Dad's car. You might have had to been there to appreciate it fully but it was funny. I will say this though, Navigator Lady not only can give driving directions, she can find lost hair brushes as well.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Grant Imahara - Mythbuster Extraordinaire

Mythbuster Grant Imahara

Need help here hoping to go viral with this: contact your Twitter friends and have them follow @grantimahara he's the guy from Mythbusters that is building Craig Ferguson's Robot Skeleton Sidekick due to debut on Craig's April 5th show.

Craig Ferguson showing his roots

Friday, March 19, 2010

Happy Equinox

Full disclosure - this photo is from Spring 2009

March 20, 1:32 PM EDT, Spring begins – it's all about time and not about temperatures! But when we think of Spring we think of warming air, sunshine, melting snow and blooming buds. This too shall come to pass. Today was delightful here in this part of the mid-west; I put the top down on my little car and tootled about with the radio blaring. Humming a happy tune and ignoring that the weatherman said it may snow this weekend. Come on, you've got to be kidding. Snow belongs to the W-season, not the S-season.
I have polished up my white shoes and I warn you I will wear them. I am going to braid my hair with ribbons and dance gaily around the May pole, all of this is celebration of a new season: a rebirth and renewal – Rejoice!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Enjoy my little Leprechaun, isn't he cute. He came up with that idea on his own to the surprise and delight of his mother who was browsing in the stationery store.

And for all of my blog friends I share a couple Friendship Poems on this day of wearing the green.

An Irish Friendship Wish

May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your window pane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
                                                                   --Author Unknown

A Wish for a Friend

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers –
Miles and Miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours –
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too.
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!
                                    --Author Unknown

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pi Day and More

Thank goodness for Twitter or this day - 3.14 - would have slipped by my sharing fingers and gone unnoticed. But not only is it the birth of the mathematical constant Pi, it is also (hold on to your bonnets) Albert Einstein's birthday! Happy Birthday Al - you done good. And for those of you, who want to know more about Pi Day or the constant Pi, get out your Google.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Better Hurry

Just a little heads up to the time change this weekend (unless you are in Arizona or Hawaii), remember -- "Spring Forward", giving us more daylight but one less hour this Saturday. So it's time to rush, hurry and scurry to get all that stuff done in 23 hours that we never get done when we have 24 hours. Or you can just sit back and chill, my personal favorite, and catch up in the Fall when we get that lost hour back.

Monday, March 8, 2010

2010 Academy Awards

If I had written a review of last night's Academy Awards show this is what I would have said:

But I will say everyone, men included, looked so nice all dressed up in their Sunday best. So grown up, nice. All the Mom's would have been very proud.

I think what the Academy Awards production needs is a really good editor. Each year they should leave us wanting more, not sighing in relief that it's over. This coming from me, who thought it wasn't bad just a little too long and with some spots that deserved being left on the cutting room floor.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Come, meet Rima

More than one way to make beautiful music.

Today I bid homage to a fellow blogger, Rima Staines, who over the past several months has become a stranger-friend (as she puts it) like so many of you who read my own blog on a regular basis. Rima lists her talents as Illustrator, Painter, Maker of Things and Teller of Tales. I was introduced to her when her blog The Hermitage was selected as a Blog of Note.

At that time Rima was living in and traveling the UK countryside in this wonderful wheeled home, a true gypsy wagon, my eyes lit up in delight when I first saw the picture of Rima's home. There was my soul mate not quite half a world away living the life I had dreamed of for myself but never had the courage to take that path which really only required that first step.

Remi's wheeled home

Rima is a very multi-talented person, her art, in all its form is so intriguing and beautiful. I would love to own one of her unique clocks that she designs. But her talent doesn't end there. The words she weaves and lays down on her blog-paper become spellbinding at times. I want to curl up by a warm fireplace and listen to these tales until dawn breaks over the nearby hill.

She brings us to her world through her wonderful photographs, giving us glimpses of the life in which our stranger-friend lives. Rima is too good not to share with you. I hope you will take time to click on her blog, The Hermitage, I know you won't be disappointed.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Flashback to February 23, 2009

This is what I wrote about last year's Academy Awards show:

And the Oscar goes to ... the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences! Wow, what a great show last night. And to think it took a tanking economy to have them get it right. I guess just spending tons of money doesn't necessary guarantee success. I loved the way former recipients honored each individual nominee, instead of just reading from a list. It was a class act. And who knew that Hugh Jackman was so talented, singing and dancing his way through hosting the show like a true professional. The dresses were beautiful and the acceptance speeches didn't drone on and on. Really a very enjoyable evening, I never changed channels once. Now back to real life.

I wonder what kind of comments tomorrow night's show will elicit?  I always watch but I don't always stay put so stay tuned for my comments on Monday.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


I watched the movie Tombstone the other night. This 1993 movie starred Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp and Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday. Fairly often after watching a fictionalized drama I get the urge to Google to get more information. When I checked out Doc Holliday I was struck by his list of occupations: Dentist, Professional Gambler, and Gunfighter! I guess that about says it all. My own list pales in comparison.