Monday, October 31, 2005


submitted to Macroday - Theme: Halloween

A Pooped Pup

Trick or treating overload. Poor pup.
submitted to Pxite - Theme: Halloween

This is Halloween

Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn't you like to see something strange?
Come with us and you will see
This, our town of Halloween
This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Pumpkins scream in the dead of night
This is Halloween, everybody make a scene
Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright
It's our town, everybody scream
In this town of Halloween
I am the one hiding under your bed
Teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red
I am the one hiding under your stairs
Fingers like snakes and spiders in my hair
This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song
In this town, don't we love it now?
Everybody's waiting for the next surprise
Round that corner, man hiding in the trash can
Something's waiting now to pounce, and how you'll scream
Scream! This is Halloween
Red 'n' black, slimy green
Aren't you scared?
Well, that's just fine
Say it once, say it twice
Take the chance and roll the dice
Ride with the moon in the dead of night
Everybody scream, everybody scream
In our town of Halloween
I am the clown with the tear-away face
Here in a flash and gone without a trace
I am the "who" when you call, "Who's there?"
I am the wind blowing through you hair
I am the shadow on the moon at night
Filling your dreams to the brim with fright
This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
Halloween! Halloween!
Tender lumplings everywhere
Life's no fun without a good scare
That's our job, but we're not mean
In our town of Halloween
In this town
Don't we love it now?
Everyone's waiting for the next surprise
Skeleton Jack might catch you in the back
And scream like a banshee
Make you jump out of your skin
This is Halloween, everyone scream
Won't ya please make way for a very special guy
Our man Jack is king of the pumpkin patch
Everyone hail to the Pumpkin King now
This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!


Every halloween, my neighborhood throws a family street parade. A local high school band comes and leads the parade down the entire length of the street...a whole 2 blocks. Sounds short, but it's the perfect length for tiny tots who still need to go door to door to gather treats. I just love how everyone gets together and...well, acts neighborly! Pretty cool for a city who's population approaches 1 million.
I overheard that one of the neighbors went through 8 pounds of candy last year. We don't come close to going through that much but I love answering the door to all the ghosts and goblins.

Deserted house in the desert

Moody Monday's theme is deserted - how funny since we just drove through the Mojave desert in S. California. I think this house fits the topic well. More pics of our exploration can be found here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


On our way back from Vegas, we took a side trip to drive through the Mojave National Preserve.
Not far from here is where I grew up. I left 17 years ago and never looked back. In fact, it's taken me this long to actually appreciate the California desert and its unique beauty. This state is amazing - I love California. Where else can you find such extreme geological conditions? Arid deserts, glaciers, dense forests, beaches.
More pics of our little adventure can be found here.


Blue sky, blue house, blue blouse and eyes.
Submitted to Lensday - Theme: Blue

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Glass Beach

Believe it or not, Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, CA used to be a dump. In the 1940's the community threw all of their refuse into the ocean at the location now known as Glass Beach. Thankfully, in 1967 the people realized their mistake and started cleaning up the beach as much as possible, but the polished glass remains.
Submitted to Thursday Challenge - Theme: Glass

Sunday, October 23, 2005

End of the tournament

Well, considering they did sooo well thru the whole weekend, taking 2nd place is great! But of course, after getting to the finals, they all wanted to win it...unfortunately it just wasn't in the cards. They had a lot of fun though and in the end, that's what matters most.

The team pic - players came from San Jose, Los Angeles and Honolulu

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Game 3 score puts them as the top seed in the playoffs

It was sooo worth waking up early on a Saturday morning to freeze my butt off - LOL! The game started at 8:20am but Jimmy's team lead in scoring the whole time.

After the game, we met Lauree and Jim for buffet lunch at the new Wynn hotel. The hotel is pretty cool, reminded me and Jimmy of a more modern Golden Nugget, but we didn't really get the chance to check out the hotel much, just walked from the parking garage to the buffet line. This evening all 6 of us went to watch "Dreamer". Very cute! It's based on a true story.

We're all anxious for the Finals tomorrow morning - 9am! Jimmy's been really amped, but after 3 games of hockey in 2 1/2 days, his body is tired so hopefully he'll get a good nights rest.

They're in the Playoffs!!

They won game 3!! They are the top seed so they automatically qualify for the finals tomorrow morning! Yahooooo!! Go San Jose Points West!!

Stage Fright

Tonight we went to see Penn & Teller. Before the show started, we were asked go on stage and check out a box and sign an envelope. We didn't, but the ones who did, thoroughly checked out the box inside and out, to see if there were any false panels or sliding doors, so we figured that watching all of them check out the box was good enuf.

Well, about 45 minutes into the show, completely by chance, I was called ON.STAGE. They had just finished a bit about ESP by giving 2 random people joke books and they had to pick a joke out of the book and Penn had to figure out which joke they picked. Of course, he was able to figure out which jokes they picked, but in the meantime, another joke book was being passed around the theatre for everyone to verify that the books were ‘for real’. My father-in-law passed the book to me and w/in a second after I received it, Penn asked “Who has the book?” A spotlight shined on me and I lifted it up. He called me onto the stage - ‘Oh dear lord’ I’m thinking. As I got up on stage, he asked my name and shakes my hand. Very cordial. Had me sit in a chair, big spotlight. I look out into the audience and it’s true…it’s totally black out there except for the 1st 2 rows. But I know that there are hundreds of eyes staring at me…and you all KNOW how much I hate hate hate having attention paid to me (and…I’m thinking…damnit, if this had to happen why couldn’t it have happened 2 years ago when I was skinnier?!?! – LOL! And of course, since it’s not 2 years ago, I’m dressing a lot more like a…eh hem…slob - LOL again!!) Nothing I can do about that now, just try to play it cool. At least I’m wearing one of my awesome “Life is Good” t-shirts. hehe. Anyhoo…bygones.

First thing he did was explain the bit of this ‘act’: that I would randomly pick a joke out of the book and everyone in the audience would know the punchline. Well, he has me pick a page, any page, out of the joke book. Tells me to read the jokes to myself thoroughly on the two facing pages but don’t worry about the picture on it. He asks how many jokes are on the 2 pages – “5” I say. Then he has me make sure that all of the jokes are totally different, he reads out loud over my shoulder, 1st one’s about a prostitute, 2nd one was a classic Buddy Hackett joke, 3rd one was about nuns, 4th one about the stereotypical vegas tourist and the 5th one about a jogger in central park. He told me to pick one and read it aloud. I start reading, apparently too fast: “A jogger in central park…” “Hold on Madeline, go a little slower…but before you start again, did you sign the envelope?” “um. No.” he ribs me a bit about how the pianist was suppose to get everyone in the audience to sign the envelope and since he didn't do his job right his pay would be docked. So he has another audience member verify her signature on the envelope to show that it hasn’t been tampered with. Teller had already ripped open the envelope and once the lady verified her signature, she pulled out another sealed envelope. Then Penn told me to continue reading, “A jogger in Central Park runs up to a man with a dog. He cautiously asks the man “does your dog bite?” the man replies “No, my dog doesn’t bite.” Happily, the jogger continued running past the man, but the dog snarled and bit him. “I thought said your dog doesn’t bite!!”. And the man said…” I pause for the audience to tell me the punchline and they all say “That’s not my dog!”. Penn and Teller had opened the envelope and in it was the punchline to my joke written on a big banner for everyone to read. WOW!!! How’d they do that??? They gave me the banner, thanked me and I went back to my seat.

It was pretty cool actually. I did get very hot up there…nervous and had a hard time paying attention to Penn because so many things were running through my mind “people looking at me. Pick the joke. What did he just say? Dang that spotlight is bright and hot. Don’t make a fool out of yourself. Oh no, you didn’t sign the envelope. Breath. Don’t read too fast this time. Don’t stumble over your words. Everyone’s looking at me.” But in the end, it was totally cool. after the show I got Penn to autograph the big banner that had “That’s not my dog!” written on it.

Of course, Jimmy figured out how they did the bit. Can you figure it out? Lemme know how you think they did it! Comments please…

Friday, October 21, 2005

Tied for 1st place

Jimmy just got back...we came home separate from him...and he said they are tied for first place in the series!!! Yahooo!!! He is AMPED!!!

Game 2

They won!! 4-2! Go San Jose Points West!!! I gotta say, this was the best game I've seen them play at this tournament! They're really playing well. the teams they're playing are well matched, comparable to their own skill levels so neither team has dominated over another. Since they won this game and tied their 1st game, that means they're guaranteed a spot in the semi-finals. Whoo hoo!! Posted by Picasa

Go G

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Jimmy - Game 1

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Vegas Tournament - Game 1

Arrived in Vegas at 1:15. Jimmy's 1st game was at 9:15 and as a spectator, probably the best game I've seen them play at this tournament. Half the team was from San Jose, the other half from Los Angeles. The LA players definitely helped bring the level of the team up a bit, but the San Jose players seemed to be playing better than they had the past 2 years, too. They ended up in a 3-3 tie after OT.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Where What When and How

I love this pic of my dad. I think it was taken in the 1950's. I just have a lot of unanswered questions. Like, where is he? What was he doing for a living? How old is he? Questions that will never be answered.

Flashback 1982

I finally got this on CD. I've missed it!! I have the album, but haven't listened to it in 15+ years. This was their debut album from 1981. I remember the 2 friends who got into Adolescents/Social Distortion/Agent Orange/punk rock music. Michelle and Theresa. I went thru confirmation classes (a Catholic thing) with Theresa - ironic, huh? I never got into the punk rock 'scene' - I was very obedient (daughter of an Asian mother, raised Catholic - you get the picture), but I loved the music.

Mindless escapism

I'm not sure what's buzzing through my head lately. I've been watching waaaay too much TV. At least there's a positive outcome to this mindless escapism - I've been creating scrapbook pages like a fiend - 25 pages in a week.
I finished watching all of last season's Lost. Its a fantastic series!! One of the best shows I've seen in a long time. Lessee, what else have I been watching? Commander in Chief, West Wing, Gilmore Girls, Law and Order, Surface, House, The Daily Show and premiering yesterday: the Colbert Report. Oh, can't forget Malcom in the Middle, Simpsons, South Park, America's Funniest Videos, What Not to Wear and misc food network shows. I attempted to watch Supernatural but it freaked me out too much. I wonder if Joan of Arcadia will be back this season? Or American Dreams? I suppose I could look it up. Geez - seriously...that is WAY too much tv.
Also watched a couple of movies last week. 2 of 'em at the theatre: "Proof" and "In Her Shoes". Both were excellent! On tivo, watched "Charade", an Audrey Hepburn/Cary Grant movie, "Gidget" with Sandra Dee and "Move Over Darling" with Doris Day.
No wonder I haven't been sleeping much lately.

Saturday, October 15, 2005


I started this collage last winter using cutting instructions from Dave's Snowflake Page and finished it with the poem tonight.

Like snowflakes floating gently,
unexpectedly to earth,
small kindnesses touch our lives.
First one,
and then another and another,
until at last the world
is bright and shining
with goodwill.

Submitted to Illustration Friday - Theme: Cold

Gazing Ball

Buchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia
submitted to Photo Tuesday - Theme: Balls

Snail trail

It's supposed to rain in the morning. I suspect we'll see a few more of these little creatures.
submitted to Thursday Challenge - Theme: Small

Half Dome

submitted to Photo Friday - Theme: Conspicuous

Monday, October 10, 2005

Friday, October 07, 2005


I don't feel like this very often, but when I do,'s a doozy.
Submitted to Illustration Friday - Theme: Lost

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Five Turtles Sunning

Hakone Gardens, Saratoga
Submitted to Photo Friday - Theme: Five

Tea for me

Tonight was one of those 'perfect evenings'. Jimmy and I went to Berkeley for an unforgettable dinner at the world famous Chez Panisse. The night air was crisp, the food was simply delicious and the company and conversation was thought provoking and a lot of laughs at the same time.
And I got a cool little tin of tea called "Melange De Madeline". How cool is that?? I love the graphic on this tin. I even love the tape used to seal it. I can't wait to try it in the morning.

My Inner Child

I stumbled upon this website with cute little tests. This one was cool, maybe because I liked the results! :) If you take this, share with me what your inner child is.

Your Inner Child Is Happy

You see life as simple, and simple is a very good thing.
You're cheerful and upbeat, taking everything as it comes.
And you decide not to worry, even when things look bad.
You figure there's just so many great things to look forward to.


Love Mosaic on the Stanford Memorial Church.
More pics in this series can be found here.
submitted to Thursday Challenge: Theme: Golden

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Native American Mosaic

I created this using regular office supply labels. Detailed instructions can be found here.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Farmer's Market Fresh

Campbell Farmer's Market, Sunday's from 9-1.
I don't know why I waited so long to start going. I used to go to the one in Mountain View all the time but for some reason, I had it in my head that the Campbell one would be janky. I couldn't have been more wrong, it's awesome! So whenever we're home on a Sunday morning, you'll find me there, around 11am. Love the fall colors of all the fruits and veggies. I bought tomatoes, an orange bell pepper, squash and sunflowers for my M-I-L.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

gooey, cheesey, yummy goodness

I had this long IM conversation with my cousin on Friday regarding what we were gonna have for dinner. I told her I had a lasagna in the oven and suddenly she had this ravenous craving for it. She jokingly said she'd be over in 3 hours, but alas, she lives far, far away. For some reason, I had never made it for her while she lived nearby - yup, I was holding out on her - "No lasagna for you!"

No Boiling Lasagna
2 containers (15 oz ea) ricotta cheese (I use nonfat or lowfat)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (I try to find 2% milkfat)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 eggs (egg substitute works great, too)
2 jars of pasta sauce
12 uncooked lasagna noodles
Preheat oven 375*. Combine ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and eggs.
In 13x9-inch baking dish, spread 1 cup pasta sauce. Layer 4 uncooked noodles, then 1 cup sauce and 1/2 of the ricotta mixture; repeat. Top with ramaining 4 uncooked noodles and 2 cups of sauce. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake 1 hour.
Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake uncovered an additional 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

What a Character

You all know how I love Disney (it's the most magical place on earth!) so when I found out that the Mickey's were in DC the same time I was gonna be there - well - how could i miss 'em?? The great thing was that they were all in one central location, at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center. It would have been weird (and probably inappropriate) to have Mickey scattered throughout the city...on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial or at the base of the Washington Monument for instance. But having them all in one place guaranteed that I would see all 75 of them! The rest of my favorites can be seen here, I took multiple shots of all 75 of them (a total of 123 Mickey pics) - but I suspect you're not quite as obsessive as I am and wouldn't be all that interested in seeing If you are, then I recommend visiting Disney's website on the 75 InspEARation tour.
Submitted to Pixite - Theme: Character