Monthly Archives: January 2010

January 31

I missed taking a photo today, so I decided to pull an old photo from earlier this month that I didn’t end up using. I have been hoping to be able to use this one somehow. It’s a painting that’s hanging in my office and I’d love to photograph this more with a macro lens to really get the textures from the paint…maybe for my birthday in May!


January 30

This is our rotted out front door. There was previous damaged that was apparently repaired with plaster. Well, when it rains as much as it has the past couple weeks, it starts to disintegrate and this is what the door looks like now. While it makes for some pretty cool pictures, I can’t wait for them to replace our door.

January 29

This it the back side of our wall heater…this tiny little vent is supposed to heat the entire back half of our apartment, even though it’s not actually in either of the two bedrooms, including ours that also has a large sliding glass door to our balcony for one of the walls. In other words, it’s pretty much useless!

January 28

I have been looking at the mountains all week – they’re gorgeous because of all the wet weather we had last week. It’s been pretty clear, making the view even more spectacular. Today was a day I wished I had a panoramic setting on my camera!

January 27

Quiznos had this really good Turkey Club sandwich that I decided to try to duplicate. I’ve never been a fan of sandwiches, even when I was little and now, I usually only eat them if the sandwich is on a roll. Since this sandwich was so good, I wanted to try the sandwich on regular bread since I’m trying to stay away from white bread. Well, this sandwich was a no-go. I’m not sure if it’s the texture or what, but I couldn’t even finish it. The search for healthy lunches is still on!

January 26

One of my new projects this year was to complete a 101 in 1001 list. If you want more info about this project and to view my list click here.

One of the items on that list is to make 5 new meals. With John and I trying to lose weight and eating healthier, I’ve been looking through the numerous cooking magazines I’ve collected over the past couple years in search of healthy, but cheap and easy recipes. I came across this tilapia recipe. It’s basically a breaded tilapia fillet with bread crumbs, some herbs and parmesan cheese…yes, cheese with fish. Granted, it probably would have worked out a bit better if I had used GRATED instead of SHREDDED, but it was still pretty good. Plus, the side dish I made with it was so easy and tasted really good! It’s something that’s going in my arsenal, especially for last minute dinners!

January 25

Mondays. It’s always been my least favorite day. Not only is it the day that’s furthest from the weekend, but it’s usually my busiest day at work. The beginning of the week brings several weekly tasks I must complete, but it’s also the day I prepare for Tuesday morning Bible Study, which can sometimes be quite a production. Since my office is across campus and I already have to arrive early on Tuesday to set up, I found this basket that I pack up with all of the photocopies and other supplies I need for the next day and leave it in my car overnight.  Here’s the basket all ready to go at the end of yet another busy Monday.

January 24

This is Sierra, the oldest of our three cats. I got her during my first year in grad school from a neighbor who found a litter of stray kittens on his balcony after returning from vacation. She’s definitely the most attention-demanding of the three and if either of us are sitting on the couch, especially under a blanket, she’s sitting in our lap. This Eagles fleece blanket I made for John for Christmas 2008 is one of her favorites. She knows how to stay warm!

#8 Cook 5 new meals

Growing up, I only remember eating a handful of different types of vegetables – mostly corn, green beans, broccoli, and the occasional brussel sprout, though I don’t like them.  In the past few years, since getting access to cable and the Food Network channel as well as getting married, I have been inspired to cook more often and to try new foods.  Most of what I made on a regular basis was not very healthy (though it was very tasty) and so with the change in the foods John and I are eating, I decided to try making different meals – I think I may hit the 5 meal mark at the end of this week already!

So, the first meal I made was from my Food Network magazine.  As I mentioned, I have only been exposed to a limited number of vegetables, and I discovered this recipe that uses kale that’s actually from the Obama kitchen.  It’s an herb-roasted chicken with braised kale.  It was very good and kale is definitely something I’ll be adding to my arsenal of veggies.

If you want the recipe, it’s available here on the Food Network website.

#22 Visit 5 So Cal Attractions

John and I both had January 15 off and we knew we wanted to do something out of the ordinary…a sort of date day. Since we’re saving for a house, we don’t have dates out very often, but John took care of planning something for us – and everything but parking and our late lunch was free!

Our first stop was downtown Los Angeles. The original plan was to visit Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral and the Disney Concert Hall – both places I’ve wanted to visit and photograph since they’ve been in existence. When we arrived at the Cathedral, we pulled into the parking structure next to the Cathedral and after we took our parking ticket, we saw that this particular structure charged $4 for every 15 minutes!! We decided we’d still go walk around the Cathedral, but walking the short distance to the Concert Hall was out.

I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting at the Cathedral, but I was rather disappointed and unimpressed. I thought it was significantly larger than it is and more ornate. I guess it’s kind of a mix of modern art and architecture with some of the traditional religious elements. I wasn’t too thrilled and didn’t take a lot of photos, but here’s one of the mausoleum below the sanctuary – if I remember correctly, it’s the only place where lay people can be buried within a Catholic church.

As we were leaving, there were these two fountains near the entrance of the plaza area.  I wanted to spend more time playing with my aperture and shutter speed, but we had to get back to the car before we had to pay an additional $4.  So, here’s the best one:

After the Cathedral, we went to a place John used to go in high school called Philippe’s that served French Dip sandwiches.

John’s surprise for me that day was that we were going to see the taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Hollywood.  We got there early to make sure we got in.  It was a lot of fun, even though I’ve never watched Jimmy Kimmel before.  It was the first time I remember going to the filming of a TV show (I think I went to one in junior high, but I don’t remember what it was or anything about it).

The filming finished about 8:30, so we drove up the hill to the Griffith Observatory.  We were a bit bummed because neither of the telescopes were working – one is for the sun and doesn’t work at night and the other is for the moon/stars, but doesn’t work when it’s cloudy.  We definitely want to go back again, but it was still cool to see the amazing views of the city.

When we first arrived, John pointed out to me the orbit of Pluto (I guess it was redone when Pluto was still a planet).  They have a scale version of the orbit of all the planets and the sun…Pluto was WAY out there!

Here’s the front of the building…the architecture of this building is so cool!  Simple, yet traditional.

And this last one is the amazing view of the city with the lit observatory in the foreground.  It’s a close second for my favorite, behind the one of the entrance.

That was the end of our day, and it felt good that I could actually start checking things off my list!  I’m excited to see what other great attractions Southern California has to offer!  I already have some ideas of where to go next, but you’ll have to check back and see where I go!