1. I dropped a class so I now have three uninterrupted hours of internet time in the school library 2. I happened to have a couple of great photos for this week's Theme Thursday I can thank Aunt Andrea (and I suspect Gerry as well) for access to these bottles this weekend.
I've always loved glass bottles. I don't collect them - or at least I haven't ever collected any for myself up to this point. But I've always loved them simply because my dad has a thing for them. It might just be a generational thing - like how veterans of WWII collect Samurai Swords or how my mom loves bowls and cups from when she was a kid. In any case - I've never collected - only admired from afar - and you can blame my dad for all of it!
Last week the Capitola Chamber of Commerce put on a business fair to inform the community about all of our local businesses. A few of us Ihopians spent the night flipping pancakes in the mall for our local residents.
It was a lot of fun. I was lucky enough to ask a photographer if he could e-mail me photos he'd taken of us since I had a feeling they were going to be super cute! And they were... Now that you've seen me at my best I only feel it's fair to show you something a little more gruesome...
I'm going to start this post off by noting that no one would allow me to take photos of them this weekend so I hope you're all happy that this entire post consists of photos of Columbia.
This past weekend we got into the back of the Camello fam's van and drove up to Sonora for Andrea's (Anthony's mom's sister's) birthday weekend. I think she was turning 15 or something because there was a lot of tv watching, game playing and candy eating. But in all honesty - those things did happen even though she's a bit older than that and that my friend is what makes family gatherings so awesome! ok anyway...
We spent a nice long weekend chatting, napping, watching the Olympics, napping some more, eating, eating, and eating. Oh yeah and eating. We also went into Downtown Sonora which was pretty darn cool - if only the rain didn't run us back home. Then came the most photorific (yes I just used that word) part of the trip: the visit to Columbia State Historic Park.
I think we all know I've been dying to go to Columbia for some time now since the last time we were up in Tuolumne county we never got around to actually going there. The place is pretty cool - tons of old buildings and such - but boy was it dead! Literally. Dead. And the "character" people were not up to par. So poo on that! However, I can never resist photo opportunities so here we go:
It all started with "the turkey". Am I right Joe!? It was amazing! Natalie, Jacqueline and Mary Ant and Renee checking out the family history binder Donna put together
And here come the Columbia photos: Greek Theater at Berkeley Candy Shop photo gone wrong - I ruined it by laughing. hahahahahahahhaha. I couldn't resist! Sarah eating her candy. "Dogpile ala Camello"
At the end of the day it doesn't really matter what you did or did not accomplish and the negative things that sometimes obstruct our view of the wonderful people who surround us have to be pushed aside because family is all that matters in the end. No matter what this coming year might bring us I know that I've got two great families who will be there for us no matter what and that is something I will try to keep in mind always.
If anyone would like to know the history of what has been going on with my grandfather or follow along as he continues to struggle with his health at Stanford feel free to follow the blog my mom has created to make communication easier on everyone.