Sweet(er) in Redwood City, California

After years of hectic traveling, it is sweet indeed to be back in Redwood City:

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Even sweeter: having The Alienist to look forward to every week.

New episodes air every Monday night on TNT.

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Dakota Fanning is just killing it in the role of Sara Howard, secretary to Teddy Roosevelt. In this incarnation, Roosevelt is the New York City Police Commissioner (circa 1896).

It is also grrrreat to see Brian Geraghty in the cast. Self lost track of him after The Hurt Locker.

Also great are Daniel Bruhl (who self hasn’t seen on the big screen since Inglorious Basterds) and Luke Evans (who self has seen in the Lord of the Rings movies and in Immortals)

Stay tuned.

SWEET: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 14 February 2018

  • This week, show us something (or someone) sweet. — Cheri Lucas Rowlands, The Daily Post

Self thinks this picture of Dearest Mum and Dear Departed Dad qualifies. She found it today when she was browsing through some old photo albums.

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

More Tour Guide: Cloverdale, CA

On self’s way home to Redwood City today (She’s participating in a reading in Oakland tonight to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of CLEAVE, the Bay Area Women Writers collective), she decided to stop and grab coffee in the small town of Cloverdale.

Cloverdale is where self picks up Route 128 to Mendocino, so she passes through every single time she goes to and from Mendocino.

Today, she decided to look around. Right on N. Cloverdale Blvd. was a line of wash (lol).

It turned out to be an art installation by Allegra Burke and Beth Hartmann. The name of the work is “Hung Up.” It’s right next to Plank Coffee.

Self doubts she would have decided to shoot the picture if she hadn’t specifically been looking for pictures that fit this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge: TOUR GUIDE.

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N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, CA: Friday, 9 February 2018

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Tour Guide: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 7 February 2018

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge asks us to show “what we love” about where we live. Self lives in Redwood City, California but is spending the next few months in Mendocino, as the 2018 Writer in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center.

Her unit faces a forge/woodsmithing shop, and a local high school. At the end of the day, she can walk to the street and always manage to catch a spectacular sunset.

Today, the sunset was so alluring that self got into her car and chased it down as far as the Mendocino Headlands. She kept her car headlights on while taking this shot.

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Beloved 4: So Woke

Redwood City, California is where self has her house. She’s lived there for almost 30 years.

But she’s been doing so much traveling, especially in the last four or five years, she’s barely been in Redwood City.

Today, self went to the last remaining local nursery in Redwood City, Wegman’s. And bought a bunch of plants. “Welcome back,” the staff person said.

Feels good, you know?

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Monday after Superbowl LII: February 5, 2018

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Beloved 3: The Garden in Redwood City

Which is to say, the garden at home.

Self has spent much time in it, the past few days. Here are pictures of two of her ‘most-grown.’

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Superbowl Sunday 2018: Her First at Home in Three Years

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Side Yard: This Viburnum was barely two feet high in 2015. Now, it’s almost as tall as the eaves.

Going to see Hostiles (Christian Bale! Rosamund Pike!) in a few.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Beloved 2: From Self’s Recent Trip to Manila, January 2018

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First cousin on mother’s side: Maitoni Cu-Unjieng

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Home-Cooked Food, with Lots of Fried Garlic

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Self is named after this iconic Filipino soup from the central Philippine islands: Batchoy

Beloved: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 31 January 2018

Can you believe January 2018 is over? Self can’t.

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is BELOVED.

We’re asked to “share a photo of something that is dearly loved.”

Here are a couple:

Museums. Self loves museums. This one is a picture of the last museum she visited, in the University of Santo Tomas, the oldest university in Manila (founded 1611):

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The Art and Natural History Museum, University of Santo Tomas

Another thing self loves is history. And the University of Santo Tomas having been founded in 1611, there’s a lot of history there. Here’s the Main Building:

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Main Building, University of Santo Tomas

Last but not least, she loves her son. Here she is with him, in a picture taken about 10 years ago. He lives in southern California and last October married a wonderful girl, Jennie, who hails from New Mexico:

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Andrew and Self at the Beach Chalet off the Great Highway, in San Francisco. The picture was taken approximately 10 years ago.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Variations on a Theme 4: More Mendocino

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Variations on a Theme 3: Mendocino

Self has arrived. She even managed to secure rock star parking right in front of the Mendocino Art Center! She’s teaching a weekend workshop on Landscapes of the Mind.

Just south of Mendocino are the giant redwoods. Self pulled over to take a couple of shots for this year’s Daily Post Photo Challenge: VARIATIONS ON A THEME.

And there was this vine-draped house, just south of the Village of Mendocino. Greenery and redwoods, that’s what Mendocino is all about.

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Private residence, just south of Mendocino, CA

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Mid-Afternoon in the Redwood Forest near Mendocino, CA

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It’s been a while since self has experienced the majesty of a redwood forest. Thankful these made it through the Northern California Wildfires, last October.

There was hardly any traffic, until the last 10 miles or so. That’s where you get the heartstopping views, but the narrow twists and turns demand maximum concentration (plus she is annoyed by the tailgaters, SUVs and jeeps mostly).

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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