More of the Sea: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge 4

RORO (Roll On, Roll Off) Pier in the Reclamation Area, Bacolod, Negros Occidental

RORO (Roll On, Roll Off) Pier in the Reclamation Area, Bacolod, Negros Occidental

The pier at Siquijor

The pier at Siquijor

Funny:  Upon arrival at Siquijor, they have you fill in a form that asks for your age. Self decided to take 10 years off.  When she scanned the other names on the list, she was still by far the oldest. BWAH. HA. HAAAA!

View from Dorn's, Morro Bay on the Central Coast (One day, maybe later in the year, self swears she'll get back there)

View from Dorn’s, Morro Bay on the Central Coast (Caveat:  Breakfasts are HUGE! Only go if extremely hungry)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways 4

Self is fascinated by how everything seems so sixties and retro in a Best Western hotel.

We stayed in one when we attended son’s graduation with a Masters from Claremont in May.  Dig that striped chenille carpet and the Levolor vertical blinds!  And the cheaper-than-Ikea table and chairs!

Best Western Pine Tree Hotel, Chino, CA

Best Western Pine Tree Hotel, Chino, California

And of course, since self just loooves crawling around on chenille carpets, here’s Shot # 2:

Chenille # 2, Best Western Pine Tree Hotel, Chino, California

Chenille # 2, Best Western Pine Tree Hotel, Chino, California

There were also quite a few honky-tonks near the hotel.  Must be why it was so much cheaper than the Doubletree in Claremont, har har har!  Self wished she could have included a few shots of those burlesque shows.  But she had to be circumspect because we were usually in the presence of Sole Fruit of Her Loins and Jennie.

Is it just self, or are The Daily Post photo challenges becoming more challenging?  The last two, she wasn’t sure she was understanding the theme correctly.  The Weekly Photo Challenge instructions say you can “take your two photographs from the exact same spot” or “you can get more creative with your angle and point-of-view.” Hope these two shots fit the bill!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: In the Background

Book Sale at Public Library, San Carlos, CA

Book Sale at Public Library, San Carlos, CA

Graduation Day, Claremont Graduate University

The lawn in front of the Psychology Building

The lawn in front of the Psychology Building

One of the speakers was a woman born and raised in Scotland, who funded a fellowship called “Believe and Dream.”  She was hilarious.  She had always wanted to get to America, she said, since Scottish boys were none too handsome.  Now she lives in Paris.  She quoted Anatole France and said she loved his wit.

The Table for Goodie Bags (Handed Out to Each Graduate)

The Table for Goodie Bags (Handed Out to Each Graduate)

It was chilly in the shade, but hot in the sun.

The reception included a "Candy Bar"!  These cookies were absolutely scrumptious!

The reception included a “Candy Bar”! These cookies were absolutely scrumptious!

More of that Fabulous Candy Bar --  Self wishes more schools borrowed this idea!

More of that Fabulous Candy Bar — Self wishes more schools borrowed this idea!

Now self, full to bursting with cookies, champagne, a tremendous lunch, and happiness, will rest for a few hours before meeting up again with son to watch the new “Star Trek” movie.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

 

 

On the I-5

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Sky, nothing but blue sky!  (Self took this somewhere near Valencia.  You can just make out the top of the roller coaster of Six Flags/ Magic Mountain, at the extreme lower left.)

And big rigs, plenty of big rigs . . .

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After a good seven hours of driving, we are finally at our destination, the Best Western Pine Tree Motel in Chino (Self had to double-check that there were indeed pine trees, and there were.  Also, there’s an Albertson’s right across the street.  And a gas station on the corner.  And every night, there was at least one police cruiser stationed on Central.  And there’s a nearby restaurant called Avocado House).  The receptionist has a lurid purple streak in her shiny black hair and goes by the name “Imelda.”  Pinay, pinay, self knew right away.

Stay tuned.

Announcing: Launch of the Anthology NEW CALIFORNIA WRITING 2013

Just heard about this from the fabulous Donna Miscolta.  Self is going, for sure!

Come to the launch for the 3rd of the Heyday series on New California Writing, edited by Gayle Wattawa and Kirk Glaser:  New California Writing 2013:  Shifts and Rifts.

When:  Thursday, Apr. 11, 6 to 8:30 pm

Where:  California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco

Tickets:  $5 general admission, $20 book + admission

6 p.m. reception will have free tacos, beer and wine!

Readings begin at 6:30.  Featured readers:  Jodi Angel, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Elizabeth Creely, Chieun “Gloria” Kim, David Mas Masumoto, Zara Raab, Greg Sarris, Stephen Gutierrez, Robert Hass, Kevin Hearle, Sylvia Linsteadt, Donna Miscolta, Juan Velasco Moreno, Keenan Norris

The official announcement is here.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Mendocino Coast Writers Conference

Self was a guest faculty in the 2007 Mendocino Coast Writers Conference and would highly recommend it to aspiring writers.  The conference emphasizes “encouragement, expertise, and inspiration.”

In conjunction with the conference, a writing contest for registered participants offers $200 in prizes in the following categories:  novel excerpt, short fiction, nonfictin, and poetry.  Deadline for entries is May 15.

In addition, the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference makes available five full scholarships in a new program, Five Under-Twenty-Five Program.  All scholarship applications are due by May 1.

Check it out, dear blog readers!

The Cherry Tree

The cherry tree in the backyard started blooming a few days ago.

Started blooming this weekend

Self is preparing for a busy week gardening!

Other beginnings:  Put aside The Black Count without finishing.  Began devouring Anna Karenina.  Took advantage of HBO’s $10/month enrollment offer, just in time to watch the premiere episode of the BBC adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s World War I trilogy, Parade’s End (this Tuesday, 9 p.m. — just before Justified).

Tuesdays will be self’s Red Letter Day for the next five weeks!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

2nd Most Gorgeous Day of 2013

It is such a bee-yoo-ti-ful day!

Self spent all morning in the garden.  She snuck up to her neighbor’s fence and took a picture of his singing parakeets.  He houses them in a shed right next to self’s fence.  When it’s warm, he brings the cages outside.  They are trilling away.  If self could understand parakeet language, they might be saying:  Spring is Coming!  Oh How Good it is to be a Parakeet!  In Northern California!

Stone Bunny on the Deck, Soaking Up the Sun

Stone Bunny on the Deck, Soaking Up the Sun

Her neighbor breeds parakeets like this lovely yellow-orange specimen.

Her neighbor breeds parakeets like this lovely yellow-orange specimen.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Sunday: Walking Around the Neighborhood

The sun is shining here in southern California.  It is such a beautiful day!

After breakfast, Niece Irene and Irene’s husband Zia walked with her around the neighborhood.

The neighbor across the street from Irene and Zia.  Aren't the mountains beautiful?

The neighbor across the street from Irene and Zia. Aren’t the mountains beautiful?

Are these "kangaroo paws"?  Self is so fascinated by other people's gardens.

Are these “kangaroo paws”? Self is so fascinated by other people’s gardens.

At the entrance to Brand Park, where the fantastic library is undergoing some extensive renovation.

At the entrance to Brand Park, where the fantastic library is undergoing some extensive renovation.  Self looked up the location:  the mountains behind are called the Verdugo Mountains.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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