Category: Friends

Brenda Calling

I had a really nice Google+ Hangout with my bestie, Brenda, this evening. It was filled with fun, frustration, frivolity, and even a bit of the usual disbelief at some things said. During the chat she shared her screen with me so I could watch a cute, little video she made about her dogs, Lucy …

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Promotional Webinar For Sandra

I watched a live webinar by renowned color-pencil artist and fellow San Diego Zoo member/photographer and friend, Sandra Angelo, to promote her new online drawing course. The presentation lasted about forty-five minutes and was followed by a fifteen minute Q&A session. In the presentation she used a photograph by our mutual friend and fellow Zoo …

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We Met The Robinsons At The Tapias

Had a great turnout at Sylvia and Rodrigo’s for a movie night with friends while my brother Tom and his family were visiting from that large, newish, pseudo-Mexican, rectangular area between Arizona and Texas. Even my mom joined us. The movie de la nuit was “Meet the Robinsons”, a cute animated film that most of …

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Visitors!

We had a couple visit us this evening, something of a rarity these days. We had never met them before today, but Joseph and Eileen are friends of a friend of my mom’s whom she helped facilitate adoptions for of three siblings from Hungary a few years back. They both had interesting stories of their …

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Virtually Hanging Out With Rodrigo

Had a brief Google Hangout today with Rodrigo and his two fur-babies. Ten years ago this would have been considered impossibly expensive science fiction. Now, thanks to Google (and others) we can video chat with friends almost any time we want to for free. This was double cool because he was video chatting with his …

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Galley Lunch With Bryan

After this morning’s Flamingo Fest photo group meet-up at the San Diego Zoo, I got together with my friend Bryan (who was also at the meet-up) to enjoy a Father’s Day lunch at The Galley at the Marina in Chula Vista. Since his family was out of town and my father stopped being a few …

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Birthday Dinner With Comic Fest Friends

A group of us Comic Fest committee members along with spouses/significant others met for a birthday dinner for Fest organizer and Comic-Con co-founder, Mike Towry and his son, Ryan, at Filippi’s Pizza Grotto in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego. After more than a dozen of us (which eventually grew to nineteen) nudged our …

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Hangin’ With The Tapias

Had a much-needed afternoon of distractions with the four Tapias in Chula Vista. It began with a great lunch from Los Panchos followed by a Starbucks run for my usual tall, decaf, Caramel Macchiato with extra caramel. We stopped to briefly harass the Vander Schuurs before taking a leisurely drive along by the South Bay …

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A Tapia Kind Of Day

After my morning RV adventure in Poway, I drove down to Chula Vista to spend some quality time with Rodrigo, Sylvia, Stitch and Lilo. Our hanging out involved a Starbucks run to try their annual holiday-time drinks, enjoying some fantastic stew that Sylvia crock-potted for lunch, a shopping trip to Sam’s Club, and ordering amazing …

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Jeff’s Secret Mission

Picked up my ol’ Disney pal, Jeff, who was in town visiting from Austin on business, from a discreet location to begin our evening of reminiscing, eating, drinking and merriment. We began in La Jolla and ended up in Old Town where we had a wonderful Mexican dinner and talked about how good life is. …

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Video Chat with B – Halloween Style

My latest video chat (through Google hangouts) with Princess Brenda. She wanted to show me the costume that she wore while teaching her class on their dress-up day. She went as a vampire. A happy, friendly vampire. Cool costume. Crazy red glowiness to her ginormous eyelashes. She also had a spooky collar for Musi so …

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Breakfast With Harriet

Met my long-time friend and one-time client, Harriet, for breakfast at the Encinitas Cafe in, of all places, Encinitas. She had chosen the restaurant because it had been a few years since she’d been there and she remembered it fondly. I liked the history behind the place. From their website: “The Encinitas Cafe has been …

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Surprise Guests During Lunch At The Village Grill

After finishing going through “The Horse” exhibit at the Natural History Museum my mom and I decided to walk across the way to sit and have a nice al fresco sandwich lunch at The Village Grill. I had tried their tuna melt before and liked it quite a bit. Unfortunately they didn’t have it any …

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Cucumbers Corralled and Tomatoes Tied

Helped my friends, Sylvia and Rodrigo, tidy up some of the more aggressively growing vegetable plants in their garden. We started by added a plastic mesh to a portion of fence to coax a fast-spreading cucumber to grow upwards instead of outwards, some more mesh to surround another cucumber plant, and some clothes-line rope to …

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Tapia House-Sitting: Day Three

My day started off with a fantastic blueberry muffin for breakfast. (For what happened after that please see my other blog posts about going to the Zoo with Heather (work in progress), lunch at Phil’s and the Venus Transit.) The evening brought a nice surprise in the form of a video chat with Sylvia and …

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