Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Top 5 Favorite Holiday Movies

Happy Holidays!  My husband and I started a family tradition of having Dungeness crab on Christmas Eve.  Dungeness crab and a nice loaf of crusty french bread yum! That is the perfect Christmas Eve dinner. After dinner we always watch a Holiday movie.

This year the Dungeness crab season is delayed due to large Algal blooms in the water.  It is probably due to the warmer ocean waters and the El Nino event. So now we need to think of something else for tomorrow night.  I think we will make homemade tempura shrimp and vegetables. At bed time we read "Twas The Night Before Christmas". My son is a teen now so he reads the story to us.

My top 5 favorite Holiday movies are:

1. Elf
2. Miracle on 34th Street -- 1947
3. The homecoming: A Christmas Story
4. A Christmas Carol -- 1951
5. The Santa Clause

What are your favorite Holiday Movies?

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

Tonight was the “Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse”.  That is a mouthful to say! This is a rare astronomical phenomenon when a total lunar eclipse combined with a super moon.  I read that the last time this happened it was in 1982. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to see it because there were some clouds and since we are on the West Coast, the lunar eclipse would be in progress as the moon rose.  We kept going outside to check on the moon.  It finally came up over the hill and the clouds. At first it was barely visible then it became more visible as it rose above the clouds.  It was way cool to see.  Some of my friends on facebook didn’t get to see it because of the cloud cover.  I shot some awesome pictures of it. So the next one won’t be until 2033 so I’m glad I got a good view of this one.
Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Ballad of Hua Mulan Dance Performance

For the last 3 weeks my son has been attending a theatrical dance camp through our local performing arts school.  In the camp the dancer’s focus on their artistic expression with theater and dance.  They are learning storytelling through dance.  How cool is that? They learn the choreography in three weeks and at the end of the three weeks they have a performance.  The first week of camp they audition and are casted for various roles. The boy was cast as Mulan’s father, a Soldier and Turkish Emperor.

This year they presented “The Wood Orchid: The Ballad of Hua Mulan”.  It is based on the legend of Mulan but not completely.

The dancing, the costumes and the lighting was gorgeous.  They all did such an amazing job bringing Mulan to life through dance.  It is amazing how they can put together a dance performance in three short weeks.  The dancers, the choreographers and lighting techs all did an amazing job! Bravo!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015


Hubby and I went for a run yesterday evening.  It was a warm day so there were quite a few people out walking the path at twilight. The path we like to run is near the ocean and a creek so there are some wild life animals there like wild rabbits, birds and skunks.  So we ran up the path and turned around at the other end. We were running back down the hill when a baby skunk with its tail up came onto the path and sauntered over to the bushes on the other side of the path.  Hubby and I stopped dead in our tracks.  We didn't want to go anywhere near the skunk so we made a wide berth around it onto the dirt path that runs along the paved path.  Then we booked it the rest of the way down the hill. That was a lot faster then I wanted to run. My heart was pounding.  Hubby was right behind me!  I had a nice cadence going before we saw the skunk.  It messed up my running rhythm.  I was out of sync for the rest of our run. We made it past the skunk without getting sprayed.  Not sure if it had just sprayed something or it just likes walking with it's tail up. We didn't want to stick around to find out.