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Archive for September, 2009

Lazy day

Mom and dad are in Amsterdam, so Loki, Huckle, Erik and I are spending some quality time in Santa Ynez.

Huckle beating the 100 plus heat under the lawnchairs. Well, we don't have a lawn anymore, so maybe they're gravelchairs.

Huckle beating the 100 plus heat under the lawnchairs. Well, we don't have a lawn anymore, so maybe they're gravelchairs.

Huckle is named after Hucklecat the policeman from the Richard Scarry children's books.

Huckle is named after Hucklecat the policeman from the Richard Scarry children's books.

Loki likes to sit under my feet while I am working on the computer downstairs.

Loki likes to sit under my feet while I am working on the computer downstairs.

Rincon with Will and Snickers

Yesterday I got to go to the beach with my brother and his dog, Snickers. Snickers and I hung out on the beach while Will surfed. We all had a swell (ha ha, actually the waves were tiny) time.

My brother got a whoop of approval from the lineup on one of his waves.

My brother got a whoop of approval from the lineup on one of his waves.

Snickers! Best behaved dog I have ever met.

Snickers! Best behaved dog I have ever met.

New Murals in SB

If you have been following this blog all summer, you know already that I am a big mural fan.

Today I happen upon some great new murals in SB and took their photos for Edhat. They are really cool! Here are a few shots of the murals and their artists’ signatures.

State and Mason No. 1, for Michael Jackson.

State and Mason No. 1, for Michael Jackson.

State and Mason No. 2, also for Michael Jackson.

State and Mason No. 2, also for Michael Jackson.

Honest Abe, State and Mason No. 3, my favorite.

Honest Abe, State and Mason No. 3, my favorite.

State and Mason No. 4, no signature.

State and Mason No. 4, no signature.

Cute SB dogs

I was out walking around on Labor Day for work. Cuteness from canines!

Does this define adorable or what?

Does this define adorable or what?

I had a Radio Flyer just like this when I was a kid.. but no dogs in it.

I had a Radio Flyer just like this when I was a kid.. but no dogs in it.

Don’t fence me in

Why did Bridlewood Winery cut the top rail off of their fence?

To better see the grapes, of course!

To better see the grapes, of course!

BBQ time

Erik made a delicious marinade for these shrimp. Yum!

Erik made a delicious marinade for these shrimp. Yum!

Running around

Since we’ve been home I’ve been bouncing around a lot.  But,  we’ve been here just over a week and things are stabilizing nicely.

I’m focusing most of my energy on full time work at Edhat.com, Santa Barbara’s uniquely local community website.  It’s a great place to get free community news and information, as well as original content. We’ll be ramping that up in the months to come.

Also, I’m also training to run in the inaugural Santa Barbara International Marathon in December. The running I did while we were traveling was mainly base mileage. Now I’m ready to stretch out my long run in preparation for race day. Tomorrow I’ll do a long run of about 1 hour and 45 minutes. That will go up incrementally, 15 minutes added each week, from here on out.

It’s great to be eating a lot of late summer vegetables, fish and high-protein meats. The weather here has been hot all week, but it seems like we’re going to have a nice Labor Day weekend.

We miss being in the van, even though it’s parked in the driveway. Yesterday I woke up and wished I was under some big trees next to a river. But there are so many great memories to reflect on!

Thursday night I went for a hike up the Jesusita Trail, which is part of the area that burned during the Jesusita Fire in May, right before we left town. It is very crispy up there. 

Near full moon coming up over Cater Reservoir.

Near full moon coming up over Cater Reservoir.

Trash collected from the trail at the trailhead.

Trash collected from the trail at the trailhead.