Picasa for the win!

I think I found an awesome way to put up grids of photos- Picasa! Guys, blogger is the WORST for trying to format pictures. The. Worst. So I went a-looking online to see if people had found any workarounds, other than our default of creating a grid in Photoshop. And Picasa scores big. I did this collage in like two seconds. 
Love love love.
(Please don’t judge that I take disgustingly cutesy pictures with my kittens. I’ve just discovered Mac’s Photobooth program, and my husband doesn’t want to sit still for pictures. These are my only semi-willing victims.)

Five on Friday

1) I finally, finally, finally got my 2006 taxes refiled. Turns out the government still owed me $490. Take that, IRS! Note to college kids: If your parents aren’t claiming you, make sure you get the form from your college that reports how much you paid in tuition that year, including what your loan company pays for you. You’ll get waaaaay more back.

2) My sore throat is finally, finally, finally better. The turn came on Wednesday, when I was able to get through the day without pain killers and manage to eat full meals. Last night I yawned for the first time in over a week. Let me tell you something: not being able to yawn, when you really need to yawn, is not a fun predicament. Try it right now. Try thinking about yawning without actually doing it. Don’t you want to yawn really badly now? Now imagine giving in to the need and getting shooting pain through your throat and ear when you try. 
I’m really happy that I can yawn again. In fact, I’m yawning right now.
3) On the way back from picking up my newly refiled taxes earlier, I stopped to treat myself to a 79 cent (86 cents with tax) coke at McDonald’s. The line was longer than usual, so decided to see if I could come up with the total using just change I had in my purse. I had to count out 36 pennies, but by the time I’d picked out all the change, I had exactly 86 cents. Not one cent over or under. And yes, I apologized to the cashier when I dumped a pile of coins into his hands. He didn’t mind. (He also didn’t bother counting; good thing I’m honest.)
4) The OSF and I are going camping tomorrow with some of his friends. Should be fun, and a great time for a photo op. Note to self: Charge camera battery.

5) The OSF tried to help me crash the Coldplay concert last night, but they were sadly sold out of tickets by the time we got there. Big bummer, since he already had a ticket, and our other friends were already inside Cricket waiting for us. After conversing with some shady scalpers and putting on our best ‘we need a ticket’ face, Chris ended up giving his ticket to a pair of girls who also only needed one, and we went up to the overlooking park to listen to the concert from there. Poor OSF! He flew home from his vacation early just for this concert. 😦 At least the sound reaching the park was better than the Rascal Flatt’s concert from March. 


Ryan’s Lost surprise extravaganza turned out to be a big hit. Chris and Andy really worked to pull off the perfect Lost party, complete with posters of Ryan as a cast member of Lost, Quarantine signs, Dharma labels on the sodas and beers, and a great photo booth backdrop. That OSF is so talented, I tell you.

Jenna doesn’t know what to do on the island!

Ryan’s just happy he’s got Sarah to keep him company on the island.

Sorry, Ben, no cell phone reception on the island.

Two TGO’s stuck on the island! Track 15 for sure!

We even managed to keep it a surprise, so Ryan was a little dumbfounded when he opened the door to find his friends and family waiting for him in what looked like the Lost wilderness island. Of course, it helped that he was just a wee bit tipsy from the fake out bar trip that Beth took him on. 

Read Ryan’s thoughts on his surprise party here!

Have you ever

Have you ever(Edited version, because Jessica found the missing #100.)

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band

Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8.. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea (from the beach)
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
Grown your own vegetables
19.Seen the Mona Lisa in France
Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
Been to Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
Been stung by a bee
100. Been in love


The OSF and I embarked on a geocache adventure Tuesday night after Coffee Shop Tuesday. We made two stops, both of which Chris and Ryan had found before. One was hidden in a fake sprinkler in an island in the middle of the street, and the other was an Altoid box stuck to the bottom of the Cutter’s Point mailboxes.
I’ve decided geocaching is muy fun.
And Sonia was telling me she and Paul wanted to start going on adventures too, so we decided we should go out and explore around camp some weekend over the summer, since no one will be out there to see a group of us searching around anyway. Definitely looking forward to spending some summery days treasure hunting out in the hot dust of Jamul. 🙂

Happy Friendiversary!

Happy friendiversary to Ryan!
Today marks the beginning of our third year of friendship. It’s crazy to think I’ve only known him for two years, because most of my closest friends have been around for at least ten years. That Ryan. He’s just able to sneak in like that and make you forget you haven’t even known him that long.
To commemorate the second friendiversary, we took pictures of ourselves looking at pictures of ourselves.
Sounds confusing, doesn’t it?
And, I guess technically we didn’t take the pictures; that shady-looking guy in yesterday’s picture of the day did.

He looks very pleased with the pictures he’s taken, doesn’t he?
Here are some pictures of our momentous first meeting, which just so happened to take place at (where else) Disneyland:

(This is the picture in the frame we were looking at it.)
Not only is Ryan the most awesome host of TV Thursdays, he is always a willing subject for pictures, has great taste in musical theater, is always up for a last minute movie night, and gets really funny when he’s had a couple drinks.
Happy friendiversary, Ryan Prades!