Monday, April 22, 2013

Best Smoothie Ever

I just had one of the best smoothies I've ever had, and that includes anything I've gotten from Jamba Juice or other similar smoothie chains.


  • 2 aging, black-speckled bananas. Cut the mushy brown end off the oldest one.
  • 2 handfuls of green but browning grapes.

  • 10 or so slightly shriveling strawberries left over from a birthday party.

  • 1 cup of watermelon that's been sitting in the fridge for a few days.

  • What the heck, throw in a cup of cooked rice left over from dinner.  No one's going to eat it otherwise.
 Blend together. No additional water or other liquid necessary.  Drink.

Best. Smoothie.  Ever.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Owl House

I should have taken more pictures while building it, but I finally finished the owl house that I started on the day Alex was born.  We hung it in a palm tree out back, and now all that's left to do is wait.

The hope is that an owl will move in and wreak havoc among the local ground squirrel and mice/rat population.  If it decides to snack on our neighbor's rooster that starts crowing at 2:30 am, so much the better.

Interior. The half-divider blocking the door is to prevent larger animals from reaching in to the nest.

Getting it up the palm tree was far harder than building the nest itself.

Finally in place.  Availability posted on Craigslist.


One of my younger sisters got married a week ago in the San Diego Temple, an amazingly beautiful building.  We had a reception on the beach afterwards, then transitioned to a pool and hot tub at the hotel where several of the out-of-town visitors were staying.  Following are a handful of pictures from the events.

Kites are always fun, especially on a windy day at the beach.

The chilly ocean water briefly outweighed the social stigma of a pink-accented wetsuit.

The hot tub started out with a reasonable number of people...

And grew...

And grew.  How many people can we fit in at once?  How many are we ALLOWED to fit in?

Amusingly, the old guy at the furthest right of the hot tub wasn't part of our party, but he seemed to enjoy the activity and never left.