Super Productive Night Time!

APC New CuresOn some nights, when I get home from work, I just want to veg out and play video games, or if I’m feeling especially lazy, just watch TV. Tonight was not one of those nights.

I don’t know what got into me. Maybe the rushing “oh crap, gotta finish this up before I leave” half hour before leaving work revitalized me because I got a lot more done when I got home than I expected.

I made pasta from scratch: 1 part unbleached white flour, 1 part semolina flour, a pinch of salt, and enough water to form a dough. I re-potted my newest basil plant into my bigger basil planter. I got 1 hour of SFIV ‘training’ in. Oh yeah, did I mention I’m going to be in a Street Fighter tournament? I’m kind of scared. Maybe it’s not good that I picked such a low HP character, Chun Li.

Then I made corn salad with fresh corn on the cob. And then I swept the floor.

Ridiculous how much I managed to pack into a few hours. It makes me feel better about those nights where I’m just lollygagging the time away.

Hiking @ Sturtevant Falls

Hiking @ Sturtevant Falls

We spent most of the afternoon hiking today. I had meant to get an early start on hiking, but overslept, oops. But I don’t feel too guilty for it because Sundays are for oversleeping and I actually did more today than I usually do on Sundays.

We went up to the Santa Anita range and hiked for a few miles to Sturtevant Falls. It was an overcast and cool day, which for me is the perfect time for hiking. Not too hot, and not too sunny. Other people thought so too because we met tons of people on the trail. We also so a lot of dogs. People are so friendly on the trails. Almost everyone we passed said hi. I was happy to see so many families with small kids walking around; it made me think of when I was younger and my dad used to take my cousins and me hiking in the same mountains.

Hiking @ Sturtevant FallsI hate little yappy dogs, but I’m glad that I did see some yappy dogs walking on a leash on the trail. Even though they’re small and some people get them as accessories, they still deserve to do dog-like things like run around dirt, pee on trees, and go on hikes.

This was the first time I’ve taken my dog on a real hike. He seemed to like it, but he was pooped afterward; he’s not used to so much exercise in one day.

On the way back, we saw several forest ranger trucks drive by as well as a medical helicopter flying above. A hiker got stranded somewhere, so they had to come get him out. I wonder how he got stranded. I assumed that if you were hiking alone and you get stranded, you’re SOL because cell-phone reception is so bad in the mountains, but I guess there are call-boxes scattered everywhere that has a line to 911. That’s what one of the forest rangers said when I asked how they were contacted.

Even though I took my film camera, I didn’t take that many pictures with it. I did snap a couple shots with my d40 though. (pics here)

Hiking @ Sturtevant Falls

Day at the Park

Kiba

My parents haven’t had time to play with the family dog (which stays with them) lately, so the BF and I decided to take him to the playground of my elementary school. When I close the fence, he can’t escape but he can run to his heart’s content all over the the playground — on the grass, on the dirt, on the foamy stuff, by the swings, etc.

Swing up to the sky

While we waited for my dog to tire himself out, we played on the swing for a bit. Maybe my butt got bigger or something, but the swings were really starting to hurt it. When I used to go to school here, instead of the weird foamy stuff on the ground, we had an actual sandbox. But I guess that was too dangerous, so they remodeled the playground and replaced all the sandboxes with the weird foamy things.

Me

Why is it that I can’t keep myself from throwing out the UAV whenever a camera points my way?