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Keep Moving

8 Apr

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

― Albert Einstein

She Shook Me Cold

12 Feb

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We met upon a hill, the night was cool and still
She sucked my dormant will
Mother, she blew my brain, I will go back again
My God, she shook me cold

Song She Shook Me Cold by David Bowie

Do Your Life

30 Jan

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“Nobody’s going to do your life for you. You have to do it yourself, whether you’re rich or poor, out of money or raking it in, the beneficiary of ridiculous fortune or terrible injustice. And you have to do it no matter what is true. No matter what is hard. No matter what unjust, sad, sucky things befall you. Self-pity is a dead-end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It’s up to you to decide to stay parked there or to turn around and drive out.”  

― Cheryl Strayed

  • Creator(s): Barribal, William H., 1873-1956, artist—London
  • Date Created/Published: New York : Published by Puck Publishing Corporation, 295-309 Lafayette Street, 1914 November 14.
  • Public domain illustration from the Library of Congress.

I Slipped Beneath The Surface #annpatchett

2 Aug

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“The absolute truth…I did not forget it.  It worked its way into my brain and then stuck its foot in the door so that other bits of wisdom might follow, while back in present time, I slipped beneath the surface of the water and swam away.”

— Ann Patchett, This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage

p.s.  The illustration was drawn by me when I was 10-years-young.

Pool #pool

7 Jul

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“I went to the swimming pool often, as swimming pools solve a lot of problems if you never sob but just can’t stop the constant leaking of tears.”

— Ann Patchett, This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage

 

Faux Hunting #deerhunting

1 Dec

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When in Wisconsin, do as other Wisconsiner’s do!  

Would we have done this when we lived in New Jersey?  NO!  Anyway, we “faux” hunt.  The gun and jacket are borrowed.  The first and last time we will do this.  We like being in nature.

We are not fond of deer – they are very dangerous.  Have you ever hit one with your car?  And they are full of tics.  Have you ever gotten lyme disease?  They are very pretty and everything, but add extra stress to our lives.

p.s.  Jasmine, this is my backyard.  See how good that green picnic table would look?

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House of Testosterone #testosterone

4 Oct

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Oceana Santa Barbara #santabarbara

7 Sep

hotel203 blogMany years ago, when my husband and I were dating, we stayed at the Ambassador By The Sea Motel in Santa Barbara, California.  I just came across these matches that I took from the hotel as a souvenir.   Since then, of course, they have remodeled and it’s now called Oceana Santa Barbara.  It’s across the street from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara.  It’s on prime Santa Barbara land and in a very touristy area.  On Sundays there is the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Festival, which has fabulous items, all handmade in Santa Barbara.  The hotel still looks like a cute place to stay.

I would like to be in Santa Barbara right now!  Don’t tell me you are going there!  But please tell me if you have been there!

Oceana Santa Barbara
202 W. Cabrillo Boulevard Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone:  805.965.4577

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Fair #8585

17 Jun

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Swimming Pool

18 May

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Title: [“Arcady,” George Owen Knapp house, Sycamore Canyon Road, Montecito, California. Lower garden, indoor swimming pool at pool house] Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer Date Created/Published: [1917 spring]

“Somebody said to me, ‘But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.’ That’s a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, ‘Now, let’s write a swimming pool.’ “

—Paul McCartney

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Target Activities

8 May

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Courtyard Marriott in Marina Del Rey, California

2 Mar

It was interesting to stay in my favorite Courtyard Marriott in Marina Del Rey, California for the first time in two years.   It’s off of Lincoln Blvd and Maxella.

So much has changed in that neighborhood in two years.  I could no longer see the hotel from the intersection of Lincoln and Maxella.  There is a trendy-looking condo building called The Stella on the corner that blocks the view of the Marriott.

My son and I walked over to see the movie Skyfall at the AMC Loews Marina 6 Theatre.

Turns out they serve alcohol there and because of that don’t allow people under the age of 21!!!  WE WERE SO DISAPPOINTED and…pissed off and inconvenienced, might I add!!!

So we walked over to the Marina Del Rey United Artists movie theater and it’s been CLOSED down!!!  Basically, there is nowhere within walking distance to see a movie in that neighborhood anymore if you are under 21 years young.  That sucked!

They do have a Fatburger close by though, and I always love going there.  But I didn’t take a photo of my Fatburger burger because sometimes with food I chow it down before I remember to take the picture!

Back to the Courtyard Marriott…The rooms had been remodeled and I always feel at home there.  And they have a pool that I can swim laps in.

The BEST THING is eating their cooked-in-front-of-you breakfast omelettes in their restaurant.  They are DELICIOUS and the salsa they serve is home made.  The potatoes and bacon are excellent too!!!  The cooks and food servers are friendly and I love eating there every morning when I’m at the Courtyard Marriott.

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Courtyard Los Angeles Marina Del Rey

13480 Maxella Avenue

Marina Del Rey, California 90292 USA

888-236-2427

http://www.marriott.com  (Sorry I didn’t link this…it keeps posting my personal account!  Oy!!!)

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Number 8 Billiard Ball #billiard

20 Feb

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Golf

31 Jan

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