Saturday, November 27, 2010


Nothing beats a Thanksgiving with friends!  

This Thanksgiving, Asuman, a professor in my department had myself and two other families over to her house for a great turkey dinner.  With eleven people involved, this is more like a day long party than anything else.  After polishing off a variety of tasty dishes and desserts, we went up to Mt. Baldy for a hike afterwards.  Then those with the skills hit the Backgammon boards, while the more stuffed people like myself just chatted away the afternoon and evening.  I know what I'm thankful for:  wonderful friends that make life that much sweeter.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Here comes the rain again

This past week was a beautiful:  the sun was shining, the temperature was in the mid 70's, and all seemed right with the world.  This morning, it's raining.

Yes it does rain in California.

And when it does rain, it tends not to mess around.  The forecast shows rain this morning, this afternoon, this evening, and tomorrow.  There's even a flash flood alert on top of that for areas of L.A. County that have been recently burned.

I do love watching the rain though.  Maybe it goes back to childhood memories of Corvallis where it seemed like it rained every day, or maybe it's just the randomness of the drops, the way it throws light in all directions.  Especially on a Saturday, where I don't have anywhere to go and can just relax and watch the water pouring down through my window.