Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Lights

While in Northern California we went looking at Christmas lights, there was one well known house that is decorated every year, this year was the 25th year. Notice the line to go in.

It is a pastors house and there is a whole team of workers who put the thing together, there are lights every where.

This years light count was 278600.

It was a beautiful sight, one like I have never seen before.

And then across the street there was another display...

... ah yes the display of one light.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

We spent the evening in San Francisco, altogether about a six mile walk. We took BART to the Powell station and walked to Union Square.

The Christmas tree was huge and the stores all around were lit up for Christmas too.

Next we walked down to the Embarcadero.
Then we walked down to Pier 39 in the very light rain. Next we walked back up Powell Street back to Union Square, stopping for pizza at a yummy little place along the way. It was a fun and peaceful night in San Francisco.

Monday, December 10, 2007


November, where did you go, I hardly remember you! I have covered a few of November’s book so let finish them off. Prom Nights From Hell is a compilation of short stories from Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Myrade. Each story had something to do with prom, from vampires, to demons, and much more. It was a fun book. Guyaholic by Carolyn Mackler, this is the story of V, who lives with her Grandparents while her flaky mom continues to be flaky. V has some issues from living her Mom’s lifestyle for too long. When she meet the good guy, she makes mistakes and tries to deal with it, on a long road trip to see her Mom she works on figuring things out. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter is the sequel to I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You. The Gallagher Girls is a private girls school which is educating and training top spies. There is a change at school this year though…boys. It seems that there is a school similar to theirs for boys and some of the boys are going to spend some time with the Gallagher girls. Cammie and her friends have to deal with this change as well as her heartbreak and putting their spy skills to use to figure out who is trying to infiltrate the school.

I also managed to read two adult level books in November as well. The first was Loverboy by Michele Jaffe, I have read her teen books but this was the first adult one. As with her other books this one was set primarily in Las Vegas. It deals with FBI agent Imogen Page and her search for the Loverboy serial killer. The second book was Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. This book has been pretty popular and received a lot of press, there is even a movie coming out soon based on the book but from the preview it looks like they may have changed a lot of it. The story takes place in Afghanistan and a young boy Amir and his best friend Hassan. There were parts of this book that shocked me, parts that were sad and parts that were happy. Its sort of a rollercoaster of a book. It is a good book but I probably would not read it for fun again.

Saturday, December 01, 2007


So last weekend (Thanksgiving) we went to Nor Cal for the holiday, while there we also went skydiving in Cloverdale, about an hour and a half north of San Francisco. It was a 10,000 ft jump. Mike went up with me and was the first to jump out of the plane. Here are the pictures and enjoy the video!