Thursday, April 23, 2009

sidewalk graffiti

On the sidewalk, down the street from a Catholic school.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Buddha Shrine

in our backyard:

Friday, April 17, 2009

Belated gift from the Easter Bunny?

Oh no, this little blue bird's egg must have fallen out of it's nest. We've had some windy days here.

Book Review: Addition

Grace is a 30-something year old woman living in Australia who has obsessive-compulsive disorder. She is obsessed with counting, numbers, and measuring her world. For about two pages it's fascinating to be in the mind of someone with OCD, but by page 3 my own mind was wandering off to daydream about something more interesting. Every paragraph is filled with numbers and counting, and it gets old pretty fast. I admit, I had to skim through the majority of this book. Things get interesting and more readable about halfway through, when Grace enters therapy, but at this point I was pretty checked out.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Book Review: blink

A fun read, and a must-read!

I admit to seeing this book around and purposefully not picking it up. It seemed to be everywhere, and I didn't want to fall prey to the hype.

Blink was referenced in 50 Psychology Classics (still reading and yet to be reviewed...), and I was intrigued.

The premise of the book is that choices that we make in an instant may be more right-on and sophisticated than previously thought. The author provides us with lots of information on the brain, current research, and real-life examples of people who know how to focus on "thin slices" of information when reading a person or a situation.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Book Review: Astrid and Veronika

Not the most uplifting book. (read: depressing).

This book is about the friendship between two women, a young woman in her 30's and an older woman known as the village witch. Although I enjoyed the descriptiveness of the setting (a small village in Sweden), and like how the changing seasons impacted the overall mood, I found the story to be cliched and an overall downer. The author seems to be trying too hard to shock us...gee, what other horrific things can happen to these characters?

I do find myself yearning to travel to a small village in Sweden, however.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

brussel sprouts, part III

As I've said before, I love brussel sprouts.

The boyfriend, however, does not.

The boyfriend is out of town for two weeks.

On the menu: brussel sprouts.

Friday, April 10, 2009

sittin' in the hot tub...

Here's what I see in my backyard:

Friday, April 3, 2009

Academy of Sciences

I finally made it to the Academy, and it's amazing.

My favorite exhibit was the sea dragons. Magical!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Easter Bunny

On Highway 1, Jenner, CA.