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…and this is why I lost faith…

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It was an extremely hot day in the Bay Area, which made for a perfect beach day in Northern California. 100+ degrees inland = approximately 80 degrees on the beach.

PERFECT.

Poplar Beach, Half Moon Bay, CA

One of those Cool Beach Bluffs, Usually Shrouded in Fog, Perfectly Clear on Tuesday

A Little Bit of Laying Out, A Little Bit of Football, A Little Bit of Awesome

Running Up to Meet the Waves!

Running Away from the Cold Water!

Check out the Detail in the Jean Shorts...Wrong Use of the Camera Focus

My Favorite Picture for all the Little Details

These Two Were Fun to Watch: Humphrey and Herschel

Gorgeous Beach Day

Crab Cakes and Chowder for Lunch, Fun Beach Day, Capped off with a Beer from the Brewery...Now, we can go Home.

I’m beginning to really like this camera.

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For someone unemployed, I seem to have even less time on my hands than when I was employed, or attending law school, or studying for the bar.

How is that possible?

Well, here’s what I’ve done so far:

Week 1 after the bar:

(1) Party

(2) Vegas

(3) More Vegas

(4) Pack Up

(5) Move back to NorCal

Week 2:

(1) Unpack

(2) Hang out with Handsome H

(3) Hang out with Diggles

(4) Hang out with the entire Pagan Fam (minus the Youngest ‘Un, I never see him).

(5) Unpack

(6) Hang out with Golds, Chewie & Celim

On the side:

I’ve applied to a bunch of jobs, finished two books (I’ve started on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, though in the back of my mind, I keep thinking I should finish the Harry Potter series), and watched three full seasons of the X-Files (am now on Episode 1 of S4).

Yes, I am a nerd.

In addition:

I’ve even taken up gardening…somewhat. If lopping off tree branches and shaping hedges count as gardening. I’ve gotten the sprinkler system in the backyard to work, and I’m contemplating on what to do with the apples on the apple tree. Eating them sounds like a good idea, though I’ve never picked an apple off a tree before and then just eating it. I mean, what if there’s a worm in there?!? But it’s just sitting there in our backyard, taunting me with its abundance. It will happen one of these days. I’ve also managed to wrangle with the rose bushes in the backyard. I fell on it and got my ass pricked. Hey, those thorns…they’re kind of substantial. Almost as funny as the time I fell and sat on an upside down pin cushion in Home Ec class. Thank Kolleen, my then-bestfriend- for shoving me. Her punishment? She had to go to the girls restroom with me and pull needles and pins out of my ass. Damn right. True friendship.

Carpentry is on the list as well, as I’ve modified a bunch of Ikea products to fit certain household needs. Did you know that it’s ridiculously hard to saw through wood? Or maybe I’m just doing it wrong. I’ve put up a couple of crooked shelves, too. But if you put a bunch of stuff on it, you’d never know it was crooked. I’m not that bad.

Interior Design might also be an added skill, seeing as I’ve remodeled my room three times in one week trying to decide what I like best. I think I’m done for now.

Home Economics have also made a come back. I’ve sewn and hemmed my mother’s curtains and cooked several meals. I might take up cross-stitch, too. *Rolls eyes*

Plus:

I look forward to doing:

1. finish reading The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (then watch the movie)

2. finish reading Books 5, 6, and 7 of HP series

3. finish my writing sample so I can possibly get a “writing” position (yeah, pipe dream, but so what?)

4. of course, get a job, DUH.

and  yeah, there’s that tiny little thing called Passing the Bar. I can’t decide if I want November to be here sooner or never.

And that is all the time I have for now. Back to doing stuff. Here’s to Week 3 of Post-Bar unemployment.

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To be heard.  To be understood.  To be loved even when she may not have it all figured out or together in the moment.  That is what creates the love that no man can come between and will give you a lifetime of happiness. Remember, listening is her air.

(from dad-isms)

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I’m back in the Bay Area and moved in (I use the term to loosely mean all my stuff is in boxes in the garage) to the new house my family has moved into. They moved in before I saw the place, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

The house is old, but I can already see my mom’s touches all over the place. She clearly adores the house. The kitchen is super bright and airy. It’s the place to be in this house. Oh, wait…no…we have a backyard.

A REAL backyard.

We have never had a real backyard. By that, I mean with grass and trees and all. The largest house we had lived in here in CA had a big backyard completely cemented over. Obviously the previous owners did not like mowing the yard or gardening.

At this new place, it’s the complete opposite. There’s a back porch and the side of the house has a deck. It’s so awesome!

And like I had already excitedly texted @Sigh, there’s a cherry tree, an apple tree, a lemon tree and an orange tree. There are roses (which some have already pricked my butt as I backed against them carrying furniture)! Thus, I do believe my Sunflower would be completely at home if I plant it outside.

Aside from that, there is a whole heck of a lot of work still to do. I haven’t decided yet how I feel about living at home. I think for the next week or so, I am in hermit status as I unpack and make my place here.

After that…I’ll figure it out.

For now, I’ve got some busy work to keep my mind off of things.

Now, off to unpacking!

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You tried to make cranberry sauce.

This was one of those lines from a story that I read that really just stayed with me. I read it sometime in 2006 and I come back to that story every now and then for something to make me smile.

It’s a short story written for a Thanksgiving Day writing challenge. It’s the last line in the story and it’s the answer the girl gives the guy when he asks her why she just hugged him. Their relationship had always been somewhat antagonistic, but in this little scene, there was tenderness, understanding, and a hug. Because he tried to make cranberry sauce.

I don’t expect you all to get the story, just the message behind the story. It reminds me all the time that it’s really the small things in life that add up to make you love someone. It’s the small things in life that make up a larger whole. It’s the little effort that matters. It’s the trying that counts.

Many times you will fail. But it also reminds me that it’s good to have people in your life who won’t just see your failure, but be able to look around at the disaster in the kitchen and realize that you tried your darnedest to make cranberry sauce. And then be able to give you a hug and appreciate it.

I go back to this story at least once or twice a year and every time it makes me smile. I hope I never get to a point where I have become so jaded that someone’s effort–though disastrous–no longer matters.  Everything is made up of the little things. I notice the little things, and yes, they do count.

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Cal 2010 Schedule

2010 SCHEDULE
( Click on an event for complete event information )
Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
09/04/10 vs. UC Davis TV Memorial Stadium 1:00 p.m. PT
09/11/10 vs. Colorado TV Memorial Stadium 12:30 p.m. PT
09/17/10 at Nevada TV Reno, Nev. 7:00 p.m. PT
09/25/10 at Arizona Tucson, Ariz. TBA
10/09/10 vs. UCLA Memorial Stadium TBA
10/16/10 at USC TV Los Angeles, Calif. 12:30 p.m. PT
10/23/10 vs. Arizona State Memorial Stadium TBA
10/30/10 at Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. TBA
11/06/10 at Washington State Pullman, Wash. TBA
11/13/10 vs. Oregon Memorial Stadium TBA
11/20/10 vs. Stanford TV Memorial Stadium 12:30 p.m. PT
11/27/10 vs. Washington Memorial Stadium TBA

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