Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Month in Review

It's been a while since we've posted, mainly because things have been pretty crazy at work. So, here is a rather random collection of pictures, dating back to the end of June.

Chris and I have been taking nice little bike rides on the weekend. By the way, congratulations to Cherie, for completing her fabulous bike ride. She's putting us all to shame. Our ride yesterday was on a (much) smaller scale; we rode around Newport Bay, which is quite a lovely trail, albeit busy. Today, Chris did the Santiago Canyon loop while Bailey and I did our cell phone tower hike (below).
We spotted a variety of critters, including this guy (Click on photo to enlarge, it's worth seeing his pollen-dusted shell):
He wasn't too thrilled to have been disturbed

And quickly retreated...
It looks like fall here, doesn't it? Rain would be helpful...

Hey, you're blocking my shot.

Our beloved mud hole has disappeared.

But it's pretty clear which areas the water last inhabited. It feels rather strange to walk on a dried lake bottom. Like the natural order of things is out of whack.

Fuzzy, un-identified plant.

Poor Chris is having back troubles at night. He tried sleeping on a camp mattress on the floor, just to see if the hard surface would be more comfortable. Bailey was thrilled with the floor-level company and squeezed himself between Chris and the bed. Either the floor was too hard or Bailey snored too loudly because Chris fled the arrangement for the relative comfort of the bed partway through the night. We've slowly been shopping around for a new mattress.
Have you guys been seeing more smart cars on the road these days? A former coworker of mine just purchased one and I've spotted them on the freeway (a death wish, in my opinion) a few times.

My worms are currently in heaven. I picked up all the fallen apricots after the harvest and deposited them in the wormbin. It's the best smelling compost I've ever made.

Chris and I headed north for the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, sponsored by Rock Racing. It made for a fun afternoon.
In other exciting news, Chris got a new bike! He is thrilled. We've taken a couple shake-down rides and have had a lovely time.
Clearly, this bike needs a name; it's got character. Any suggestions? How about the aqua-marine rocket or the Bianchi torpedo? Awesome Aquamobile?

Getting it out of the box.

We had our second garden harvest this weekend (rosemary was the first): Lettuce! The tomatoes are almost ripe too. Hooray for the moveable veggie garden.
The parrots have been driving me nuts lately. They seem to be particularly noisy in the mornings. I love birds, but I will never get a talkative parrot.
Well, that wraps up our month. Hope you are having a warm and relaxing summer.


  1. Anonymous8:57 PM

    Tom had me blow up the picture of Chris' bike to inspect the equipment. It looked just like one of Gary's shots (autistic Gary), with most of the person cut out of the photo.
    I really enjoyed the photos of your Holy Jim hike, especially Bailey's one eye.
    Thank you for callin our attention to the pollen on the little guy in the flower--a very nice series of shots.

  2. Good close ups of the insect. :)

    Looks like y'all have been very busy and always active. :) You put us to shame. ;)

    Oh and thanks for the baby shout out. I have an appointment on Wed. so think happy baby thoughts that everything will go beautifully.

  3. Get Chris a body pillow! Those things help you out tons, I have one and my back doesn't hurt so bad in the mornings now (of course it would help if the kids walked too!). Plus sit ups help strengthen the lower back too.

  4. Thanks for the comments, mom! So far, Chris has been pretty happy with the new bicycle. We had to work out a few tweaks but it's running pretty smoothly at this point.

    A body pillow, eh? We should give that a try. I used to have one but I rarely used it so we finally gave it to goodwill. Maybe we should give it another go.

    Hope everything goes well with the appointment tomorrow. We're sending happy baby thoughts your way!!