Exotic Beasts and Birds

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Bird of Paradise from our garden

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Pelican from Mother's Day brunch with Vickie

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This 4" Grasshopper has taken a liking to our backyard

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The First Two Week Round-up, give or take…

1/1/10

Beautiful day!– Even more fun than our fantastic new years eve!– Drinking mimosa’s and creating the Nameless Decade Deathpool
Creators: James, Sarah, Tanya, Troy.
While this sounds morbid, it was tons of fun – We even got the pizza guy in on it!*

New Years Resolution: Enjoy every minute!
Revel in each days awsomness
Remember everyday as if it was the most adventurous day of your life.

I was so inspired by how the characters “wrote” Dracula. Each strove to remember, verbatim, every moment and conversation. The years seem to get away from me, and bleed into each other. I want this year to be full, and I want to remember what happened or what I was thinking! That’s the inspiration of this blog.

*New Years Eve was spent with James (my Pi ), Robert, Tanya, Matt & Kim, Troy and Texan at Tikki Ti and Good Luck; then we cruised over to Jen & Justin’s house party for the Big Countdown (we went with the Dick Clark Clock) and James dipped me and gave me a passionate drunken kiss; and we put hats and masks on in all the wrong places and danced the night away!

1/10/10

Made it safely from behind the orange curtain.
Watched a lot of Satellite.
Terminator Salvation was pretty darn good! Sam Worthington is my new favorite action star.

What a GORGEOUS DAY!
Like Springtime, perfect and fresh. Lemony sun, delightfully warm, wind nuzzling like a lamb, flowers and branches bobbing, curtseying in the breeze.
There have been so many lovely Springtime days in the past few weeks. It’s only January, but my favorite season can’t come too early!

1/11/10

In the high middle ages, knights would gather at tournaments, dress up like Lancelot, Arthur and other chivalric romance characters and go about acting out those adventures.

*It’s amazing how similar human beings are to today’s human beings. Adventurous, playful and romantic.

Love the word: PROWESS

Christianity and Europe.

While listening to the early middle ages lectures, and currently the high middle ages I wonder how the world would be if Constantine had not converted to Christianity and thrust it onto the world stage as the primary European religion. Would our culture have been vastly different? Would The Western world be so poweful? Would I be happy? And would I realize that happiness is attainable?

1/12/10

The boug is flowering mightily! So beautiful and wintery with just bark and flowers.

A night of Assasin’s Creed II.
I love these nights of adventuring! This is one of the best games I have ever played!

The historical research that went into this game is remarkable! I’m learning all about the Italian renaissance: architecture, art and city planning to politics and religion, society and families of it’s time.

Courtesans and theives are my allys along with, most impressively, Leonardo Da Vinci.

The game developers did not stop at the citys for historical accuracy. My lectures on the middle ages describe EXACTLY what I am seeing in the country side: little fiefs with farms and manors dotting the countryside around fortified cities.

I love the broad scope of game play: both RPG and Action Adventure in one.
I build up my town and villa by investing in its businesses, people, infrastructure, etc and by purchasing works of art, weapons, armor. As the town does better, it makes more money and bankrolls my adventuring!

The training, tutorials and homebase of the game are very intuitive. I didn’t even realize that I had a home base or had been trained on something until the story mode craftily revealed it to me in the missions.

I am constantly being thrilled by the new missions, the places they take me, the spookiness, the variety of ways I can accomplish them. And of course the weaponry and wicked kill moves!

The mystery of the story is compelling as well. What is the “apple” of Eden?

How do the templar’s use it to gain power, what is their plan?

They must have built on top of the “weapon” motif of assasin’s creed I.

Whatever the case, just keep giving me more puzzles! More history! More art! More adventure!

Yes, I think this is my favorite game. (Zelda has always in the top spot, but Assasin’s creed II is actually almost there)

**Top Games!
Legend of Zelda: Ocorina of Time a
Assasin’s Creed II
Super Mario Bros Sunshine b
Little Big Planet
Oblivion: Elder Scrolls
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Tomb Raider
a. subset legend of zelda’s in order
b. subset of mario bros’ in order

1/13/10

A mob of teens in the starbucks this morning.
A quick investigation revealed that school was starting late. For a second, I wanted to experience teen-dom again, almost… But the idea of facing an intense and brutal social hierarchy again was sobering.

Getting excited about finances again. Woo-hoo finally!
Next week Thursday: find a good Roth IRA

Sugar-pusher goes Down! cookies and skittles? Oh come on!
We’ve got a bonafide sugar pusher in these parts.
Today I make my stand.
No. More. Candy.!!