13 January 2008
Do you make New Year's Resolutions? What are some of them?
For curiousity's sake:
Resolution: a resolve or determination, to make a firm resolution to do something.
Goal: the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
12 January 2008
Looking out across the valley
I call this Gold Hill because the dirt is completely orange and gold colored. There are only two visible sections of land that I have seen in Camel's Back that have this color, and this one is definitely darker. Not sure which mineral it is.
It's an intriguing post on how the proof of the non-existence of vampires can be used accentuate the ridiculousness of some arguments used by agnostics, by application of the anthropic principle in negative form.
Joe Carter: "As I have stated ad nauseam, the uses of such an argument are not to prove that God exists but to highlight the metaphysical and illogical knots that the agnostically inclined will twist themselves into in order to deny the obvious. The fact that vampires don’t exist doesn't prove that God does -- but it does make that inference more reasonable and probable than its alternative."
Too few are told that--even those brought up "in the Church." Those outside seem seldom to have heard it. When the glamour wears off, or merely works a bit thin, they think they have made a mistake, and that the real soul-mate is still to find. The real soul-mate too often proves to be the next sexually attractive person that come along. Someone whom they might indeed very profitably have married, if only---. Hence divorce, to provide the "if only."
And of course they are as a rule quite right: they did make a mistake. Only a very wise man at the end of his life could make a sound judgment concerning whom, amongst the total possible chances, he ought most profitably to have married! Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this imperfect one) both partners might have found more suitable mates. But the "real soul-mate" is the one you are actually married to.
....I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament .... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires.
Her post is not entirely about her niece's stuffed bear, but ultimately about the choices people make when determining whom and in what way they will love: "Keeping your options open won't necessarily make you happier, and the things you fear are not as bad as you think."
See the whole article here .
09 January 2008
We met a young couple at the party, and the wife's parents were visiting from China. They didn't speak any English but Anya still found a way to communicate! :-) The father actually had taken Russian in school when he was young and he remembered some of it, so he and Anya went back and forth for a while (Anya speaks Ukrainian and Russian). He was hilarious, perhaps *especially* because he couldn't speak English...
One last picture with Grandma...
And one of the best parts was this amazing little sushi joint called Yoshino's in Fresno. A.MA.ZING. Seriously, folks, I about died. And not from the raw fish, so wipe the smirk off your face.
This is some sort of caterpillar roll I think, with shimp tempura in the middle. Lovin' that shrimp.
And the best--this one was almost like dessert because it had cream cheese in it. The Snow White Roll.
We'll be back!
I love lighthouses. Some day I'll stand at the very top of one.
Except it wasn't. It really seemed like some sort of petrified sand... it had a sandy texture, but was hard as a... Ok I won't go there.
We never did figure out what it was. I had never seen anything like it, and nothing grew on it.
But it sure was beautiful.
But they were less than stellar. Where were the breakers we had heard about? I think they knew we were coming and they went and hid...
So we didn't see huge crashers, but we did have a fun time driving Highway 1 and stopping at all the little beaches between HMB and Santa Cruz.
Dad and I always take a bike ride when I'm in CA. This time we took 132 by the river, then north and east through Ripon. Perfect weather...
We got to visit Grandma several times:
Anya came by on her way south on Christmas. Anya and I met several years ago when she was rooming with my sister-in-law Bernice and she and Bernice came to visit me at school. I don't know anyone more friendly than Anya!
Leitha and I are old friends who met when we were about 10... our families went camping together by the ocean and we were little buddies for a week. After that, I don't think we ever talked again until we ran into each other at Modesto Junior College. What a coincidence! *Not really* :-) We lost touch again the next year when she and I went to the same college in southern California, but I was on campus and she was in Israel. A few months ago we found each other on facebook, called a truce on our wandering ways and have been friends ever since. Yes, in real life as well as facebook.
We got to hang out for a while, but unfortunately I didn't get pictures of our crazy antics when we went ice-skating. You should have seen us, we were true professionals, doing twirls and jumps! Well Leitha was anyway... :-) This picture was in the State Theater after we saw Bella. A great movie, by the way.
This is how we prepare the banket. The rolled-out pastry is laid across the baking sheet and a line of filling is spread down the middle. Typically in Holland the sticks are made into your first initial, but it can be really time consuming, especially if you have a curved initial. I have only tried to do it once, and they all broke. Pastry is a finicky beast. Which explains why this picture looks so good--my mom made this batch. She is the pastry pro.
It is so good when it's done! I can't count the number of times I've burned my tongue on fresh banket. Put a hot cup of coffee with it and you have bliss... and no taste buds the next day. Totally worth it.