Monday, January 26, 2015

Sunny California

For Emil's birthday in September, I bought him tickets to see The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. The closest location to see them was Arcata, CA, so I've been saving money ever since to fund our quick trip there. The concert was this past Wednesday evening at Humboldt State University. What a fantastic concert and two day vacation (18 hours in the car).

Here's a youtube video of them:

A few pics:

Nice sign

Pizza in Medford. The place is just like the one in Alaska.

Best toppings and crust ever

The ocean!

One of these people is Paul Bunyan

Huge geese following us around

The gorgeous coast

The concert
Our friends, Marlys and Dale, came to the concert as well. We gushed about the music, warm weather, and more during intermission.

So glad we were able to go. Finances are tight, so we are being quite frugal. It gave us something to look forward to all these months!

Uke on!

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Christmas Fun

I've been slammed with fun, work, and time with friends. How about y'all? 'Tis the season, so I was ready.

My Christmas shopping was done fairly early in November. I only had to pick up a few gifts in December. Every year, I have one gift I'm super excited to give someone in my family. This year, I bought my brother, Ted, the perfect t-shirt. It was a tree, shaped like a guitar head. It also said Bend, Oregon on it. He loved visiting Bend this summer, so I knew he would like the shirt.

Our tradition is spending Christmas Eve with neighbors and catching up with them, laughing, and eating delicious food. The food theme this year was Mexican, and the neighbors asked me to bring flan. I've never made flan before. Both turned out fairly well ... traditional creme caramel and coconut.

We worked on Christmas, but enjoyed a special meal once we got home and cleaned up. Fried rice and potstickers. One of our favorite meals. Way better than take-out! Plus, we were blessed with many wonderful gifts from my family and our friends.

Here's a pic of Yam with a few of our gifts:

Now it's time to think about resolutions and goals. I generally don't make resolutions, but my friend, Tom, keeps nudging me to do it. My first goal is to learn picking on the ukulele. A few uke friends and I are working on this song right now.

Banks of Ohio

I'll work on some other goals and keep you posted. Happy New Year!!