Year: 2018

Angela took this picture…

Angela took this picture of Gary and Liz and Lilly. Awww. It’s true, I cut my huge looming huge-headed body out of the picture.

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I went into this…

I went into this super-appealing bar/restaurant and asked the bar man what is the national drink of Uruguay and he said Grappamiel. So I said great, thank you, I’ll have one. It was tasty for sure, thick and a little sweet for a daily beverage but excellent for a treat.

Plaza Pública Uruguaya. …

Plaza Pública Uruguaya. According to Belen Uruguay was the only country of the Triple Alliance that came to Paraguay’s aid after the war and hence the great affection for Uruguay as expressed in this park and statue.

“The Greystone Mansion, also…

“The Greystone Mansion, also known as the Doheny Mansion, is a Tudor Revival mansion on a landscaped estate with distinctive formal English gardens, located in Beverly Hills, California. Architect Gordon Kaufmann designed the residence and ancillary structures, and construction was completed in 1928.”

We toured some neighborhoods…

We toured some neighborhoods and heard stories and had a frozen banana treat from one of the thousands of food trucks. The food trucks here don’t travel though, they live permanently in food truck courts.

Another view of the capitol. Up until 1972 no building in Austin was taller than the capitol. Everyone who lived here before 1972 is obsessed with how it’s not like it was in this town. Maybe everyone who lives in Austin is obsessed with how it’s not like it was. It seems Austin is more an idea in people’s mind of what was rather than what is…something like that.

No helper to take…

August 6

No helper to take this picture and unprepared as I was without a tripod, still, everyone was there so we tried for a photo anyway. I went a little old timey on the look because the colors were so uneven.

Happy Birthday Ann and Becky! Maxine, Ann, Becky, Maryanne, Marsha, Ljubica, Marija, Alicia, Lourdes, me

First hair cut in…

July 25

First hair cut in seven months and that time was a trim-up. It’s been more than a year since my hair was short-ish and curly. Now it’s supposed to be long enough for an off-the-face off-the-neck pony and still be curly and cute when it’s down. Not sure yet if this guy is going to be my guy but I can walk there.

Lime, the Bird competitor,…

Lime, the Bird competitor, and a cutie-pie kid rolling by. If you want to get a feeling for the homeless situation in Santa Monica just stroll down Palisades Park at dusk.

Then Sharon and I…

Then Sharon and I did a walking tour of downtown Honolulu and enjoyed many of the historic buildings.

This is the Alexander & Baldwin Building. Beth loaned us a great walking tour booklet with wonderful introductions to the architecture, put out by the Honolulu chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

I’m not going to copy all this excellent information because google will give you more if you ask.

Dev, Gary, and Liz…

March 24

Dev, Gary, and Liz hadn’t been over since I got my stove so I fixed us a late lunch on said stove and we had a lovely time.

I forgot to take a picture(!) so Liz got the gang together for a selfie. Thank you Liz!

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…a mural by José…

…a mural by José Clemente Orozco, ““The People and Its Leaders” mural is found above the main staircase and depicts the revolutionary leader wielding a flaming torch to ignite the independence movement.”

Four dogs ran with…

Four dogs ran with us the entire way, two border collies one of them with three legs, and two mixed breeds. We forded a river twice and they just swam across like it was a normal day, as it was actually.

I didn’t bring my camera on the ride so no pictures of how swell it all was.

The computer was right…

The computer was right regarding the rain.

I had an umbrella and my raincoat and plastic around around my bag which protected my camera well enough but not my body that ended up soaked to the skin anyway including squishy soggy shoes that now, the next day, are still not dry.

As a matter of fact I haven’t stopped sneezing yet and I’m getting a little worried.

To all my family…

September 26

To all my family and friends who worry about my flips, I’ve gone over to my trail runner’s shoes. Why? Because this is a good part of the sidewalk.

Pay Attention! No Falling!

The building itself is…

The building itself is not open to the public and there are ‘no photography’ signs at the entrance to the garden but…

Lill and I walked…

August 5

Lill and I walked down to the pier today and spent a very fine Sunday afternoon despite the summer crowds and low-hanging clouds.

I took the girls…

July 24

I took the girls down to San Pedro to meet up with Liz and Gary and their Tuesday hiking group. Here we are maybe ten minutes in to the bright hot and sometimes steep walk up and down some canyon walls, zig-zagging through the trails around Friendship Park.

The scenery was pretty varied and fun to look at but this was a hiking group and we were On Our Way on top of which it was really really hot so I entirely punked out on trying to get any pictures.

I don’t want to…

I don’t want to go on and on with these huge pictures but I can safely say if you have any affection for street art you would find this exhibit interesting. It’s such a giant collection.

It’s closing July 6 and all the pieces are going where I don’t know.

This is the Aliíolani…

This is the Aliíolani Hale, ‘whose Hawaiian name means ‘House of Heavenly Chiefs’ was renamed the Judiciary Building by US Federal agents after annexation in 1898.’

We also walked around the State Capitol which is an odd duck of a building without a front door or any reception area.

A sign in the…

A sign in the Spice of Life.

We ate at the Paniolo place (Hawaiian cowboy bbq) in Waimea and then puttered around in Hanapepe and then we came home to watch Merrie Monarch on tv. It was a lovely day!

Our first day without…

March 23

Our first day without rain for a few days so Sharon and I went for a walk but wanting to avoid mud we decided to stay on the sidewalks.

And then we had a yummy lunch at El Cholo and I ate the leftovers for a yummy dinner.

You can get a…

You can get a horse for a ride about halfway up and a similar halfway down but there is still a very steep and strenuous climb up into the forest and down again.

We had my favorite…

We had my favorite bean pastry at now my second favorite place, Sushi Gen having risen to #1.

The bigger map shows…

October 19

The bigger map shows the relationship between Montevideo and Buenos Aires while the inset is my homestay, the school, and the two big outings, to the Parliament building and to the Fort.

I see now this is not too useful, too small to read…I might do it again…but when do I ever do things again?

The work can be…

The work can be fun for the kids for a while but overall don’t take kids and hope to enjoy it yourself. It’s too big, too many, too much for the young’uns.

Kawaiahoa Church, ‘the most…

Kawaiahoa Church, ‘the most important building of the Missionary Period.’

I also particularly wanted to visit the Mission Houses preserved nearby with a highly regarded library that features prominently in Sarah Vowel’s Unfamiliar Fishes that, yes, I am reading again this year because I can’t not.

Today’s Farmers Market was…

April 6

Today’s Farmers Market was a new project, open six months, of mostly small craft stalls inside an old warehouse, called Warehouse 3540 (because the address is 3540 Koloa Road) and a few times a week they advertise a Farmers Market which is…

Ken and I got…

March 22

Ken and I got the only rain-free two hours during the day on Wednesday for our tour of Paramount Studios. The idea was to get into Hollywood before the traffic and it worked out very well, and it was fun.

I’ve spent a lot…

February 1-2

I’ve spent a lot of the last several days with my older sister Lona because of an unexpected hospital stay for her husband Hartley. Hartley’s condition seems back to normal with his infection under control so they’re going home tomorrow. Now everyone needs to SLEEP.

(internet pic UCLA-Santa Monica)

Below are some pictures I’ve been collecting.

The we went to…

The we went to the Japanese American Museum to see their Pacific Standard Time show. They displayed the work of many Japanese artists who had emigrated to Latin America and it was both interesting and good.

There was live gaucho…

There was live gaucho music and dancing here, and food and drink too. I stood around at the very very back for a little while because it was LOUD, SO LOUD. I wasn’t crazy about loud music even when I was young so this is Not one of the many ways I am showing my age.

And then the skies…

And then the skies darkened, the clouds opened with thunder and lightening storming upon us, and there was no more going out for me. I stayed in by the fire, watching telenovelas, there’s no internet btw, and doing puzzles on my phone. It was lovely.

Too bad about the stars though. It would have been dazzling.

Begun in 1809 the…

Begun in 1809 the Fortaleza del Cerro was completed in 1839 and was the last Spanish fort built in Uruguay. The Military Museum has been here since 1916.

The flag is the first flag of Uruguay, of Artigas, the national hero of independence.

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Mall of America. …

Mall of America.

“Mall of America® is more than a shopping mall near the Twin Cities. It’s over 520 shops full of tax-free shopping and 50 restaurants full of delicious food. It’s Nickelodeon Universe, SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, FlyOver America, Crayola Experience, and more – all under one roof.”

There’s a lot to do when in the midst of a big remodel.

Tour over, we went…

Tour over, we went by Darnelle’s house and then walked down the block for another delicious southern diner meal. Darnelle pointed out a man and said ‘I think that’s Mr Hoover over there’. So I asked the server, and yes it was, and so I asked him if I could take his picture.

Of course, I’d be delighted he replied, so we went to the sign and here he is Mr Hoover himself.

…and to have lunch…

…and to have lunch at Marisol where we got my totally favorite table, in the front corner of the back patio.

Then we decided to check the line at the Ferris Wheel. No problem, easy-peasy, I never would have guessed it possible.

Then Lilly and Angela…

Then Lilly and Angela went to jazz class while Kaitlin and I took my car to the car wash followed by dinner with the fam at the local sushi place. We had a good time!

Bonnie and I had…

June 20

Bonnie and I had a Beverly Hills day, eating of course, wandering around ‘the village’ (I couldn’t imagine getting this shot without cars, wow)…

Marsha is RETIRING next…

May 19

Marsha is RETIRING next week after 43 years with the Auto Club! Her sisters put on a fabulous party in honor of all that is Marsha. Everyone had a fabulous time.

After the walk-about I…

After the walk-about I went to T&B’s house to admire the remodel that is in progress and Sharon went shopping.

In the late afternoon Sharon and I stopped by the O Bar at the Alohilani Resort. All that blue is indeed the front glass of a giant aquarium (or multiple aquariums?) with so many fish but unfortunately there was also live entertainment that was so loud. So so loud. It’s definitely worth a look though!

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…this one guy. …

…this one guy. Yup, one guy so Farmer Market might be a more descriptive name. It was sweet inside and I wish them good luck.

Then we had dinner,…

Then we had dinner, and then we went to see The Groundlings which was plenty entertaining too.

Nice day Ken, thanks for coming out!

I met Bill, Cheryl,…

January 17

I met Bill, Cheryl, Kim, and sweet Addie Rose for lunch last week and I’ve been waiting patiently for these awesome photos. Thanks Kimmy!

From top left, that’s Addie at our lunch. She ran up to me with a big hug and a ‘Hi Miss Penny’ when I arrived. Awwww.

Then that’s Bill and Cheryl with Addie on her oh-so-delightful Little Mermaid birthday. Ross, Addie, and Kim again at the party. And Addie doing a twirl. She asked me ‘do you want to watch me twirl?’ Of course!

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We rode the city…

We rode the city bus for 40+ minutes and then we set off to walk up a crazy high hill. I walked halfway up. I could have done it if I had my own time but those kids were trotting along. And then I thumbed a ride! I got in a strangers car and asked him to please drive me ‘up there’. What a relief.

It seemed the guy was pleased about speaking English and he drove me around the whole fort pointing out this building and that, the ‘real Montevideo’ meaning the poor area, parts of the port, and more. Thanks car guy!

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