Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mockingjay review

So I finished "Mockingjay" this weekend.  I read the ending standing in line to pay for the book and then started from the beginning. While I did like it tremendously, I did have some problems. If I was ranking the three books, Mockingjay comes in #2.   


The book certainly ties up all the loose ends, but a lot of times, it is by killing people off.  In fact, this is my major problem with this book, so bloody violent.  The descriptions are the stuff nightmares are made of.

Second problem, so little of the book is devoted to relationships.  There are some really nice plot twists but they are at the expense of relationships.  I'd rather the author devote more pages to characters than to battle scenes. 

Oh well, I'm sure the author is making millions, regardless of my humble thoughts.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Summer several years ago, we went to the island of Santorini on a day trip.  Santorini is known for their famous blue grotto.  We paid our fare of 13 euro and climbed about our sightseeing boat. 
Unfortunately, due to the rough seas, we weren't able to go into the blue grotto.  Instead, we got the turquois grotto, or whatever this one was called.  Still, a pretty color of water.


On our way, the tour guide pointed out Bill Gates' yacht.  If you can call this thing a yacht.  And of course, it could have been anybody's boat, we would/will never know.  It may have been true though.  I mean, if I were the tour guide, I would have called it Barry Manilow's yacht, or Hugh Jackman's yacht.  Who would have known the difference?  Certainly not anybody taking the 13 euro tour...

Outdoor Nameplates

I went riding with an outdoor rep and we stopped at one of their offices to pick something up.  This is all the other names the company has gone by.  Pretty funny.  Especially the OMG.  Can you imagine?

I work at OMG outdoor! (you'd have to say it with a dated valley-girl accent)

Can you guess what this company is called now?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Towel Animals

Here are some towel animals from my Mexican Riviera cruise.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto

Dog Days of summer are here.  Makes me want to go on vacation.  That is why I'm posting photos of vacations past.  Here is a shrine we visited in Kyoto.

One of Kyoto's oldest and most revered Shinto shrines, Fushimi Inari serves as the headquarters for all the 40,000 shrines dedicated to Inari across Japan.

Fushimi Inari is noted for its remarkable sight of some 10,000 small torii (shrine gates) that arch over a long path up the hill behind the shrine. It takes about two hours to walk along the whole trail, and there are nice views of Kyoto from the top.

Friday, August 20, 2010


Just a picture from my stop at Matzatlan.  I thought the colors were nice.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pirate's earrings.

How much does a pirate's earrings cost?

A buck an ear!

Sorry - somebody just told me that and I had to share it.  And this one he says nobody gets.

This buddhist priest walks down a sidewalk in Manhattan and decides he must experience the taste of a hot dog.  He stops at a cart vendor. 
"I'll have a hot dog," he says.
"What do you want on it?" the vendor asks.
"One with everything. . . " 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Just for the heck of it, here is a photo of the lovely castle at Ischia.  Would love to go there again.

Eat Pray Love

The Julia Roberts Movie "Eat, Pray, Love" reminds me that my sister and I went to Ischia for a week.  We did a day trip to Naples to see Pompei and then I made everybody look for the dang Eat,Pray,Love restaurant.  It wasn't easy to find.  We found it using fancy new GPS device sister brought along.

We endured an hour long wait in hot hot 95-96 degree weather outside (restaurant too small to fit everybody waiting)

But, once inside, OMG, so delicious.  My mouth waters just thinking about the delicate crust and the perfect combination of buffalo mozarella, basil and tomato sauce, washed down with a diet coke.

I have never had a pizza so good before or since.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gaja Restaurant

Last weekend went to GaJa restaurant in Torrance.  We went because they specialize in Okonomiyaki.  What is Okonomiyaki?  Some translate it as a Japanese Pancake.  It is not sweet though, it is filled with meats or seafood and other things.  And you have the option of cooking it yourself or having it made for you.
I realized that is why you had to travel all the way down to Torrance to find an Okonomiyaki place.  The liabilities involved with having an open grill at each table... Hey, we live in litigious times. 

We opted to order one cooked in the back and then cook one ourselves. We opted to cook a combo one so there were a lot of steps involved, and in the end, the chef took over.  Here is what it looked like partially done.
This is what it is supposed to look like.  Anyway, in Japan this is like bar food and people spend hours at Okonomiyaki places, drinking, making their pancakes and then drinking some more.  I guess it is easier in Japan because afterwards, you hop on the train or the subway to go home instead of trying to drive home.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

His Mortal Instruments

Here is another series of YA books I like, the Mortal Instruments series.  I love Clary and Jace.  Anyway, I thought this was a 3 book series, City of Glass was the last one, tied everything up.  But I think there are 3 more books coming!  Yay!

-- Sunny


Can't wait for the new Suzanne Collins book "Mockingjay". 

Yes it is a 'Young Adult' novel, just like "Twilight."  Hey, I was reading that "To Kill A Mockingbird" would have been classified as YA fiction had it been released in modern day.

Yes, it is the third in a series (the others were "Hunger Games" and "Catching Fire"). 

 Yes, I'm just as obsessed with Katniss and Peeta as I was about Bella and Edward

I'll be first in line come August 25th!


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Neighborhood Vineyard

One of my neighbors has turned his lawn into a vineyard.  Look at these grapes!  He seems pretty enterprising.  He has rasberries and blackberries and mint growing as well.  And he has a fake waterfall running in his front yard.