You know it's summer when...

Sunday nights are dedicated to these shows...

It's too soon to pick my favorites... but I already know the season is going to be fantastic!

*Cough* and Brad is mighty cute!


Emily and Taylor Visit!

Dear Blogosphere,

My sister Emily and brother-in-law Taylor just left. We had a blast and saw a lot of Northern California while they were here. Here's where we went and what we did!
  • Day 1: Walked around Downtown Davis; went to the amazing Wednesday Farmer's Market -- complete with munching on local, organic cherries, blackberries, and kettle corn; walked through UC Davis' arboretum.
  • Day 2: Wine Country: Drove along the Silverado Trail taking in the gorgeous Napa Valley; stopped in Calistoga to visit Sam Brannan's cottage and learn a bit more about California's first millionaire... and Mormon with a serious sense of humor; had lunch and window shopped in St. Helena; missed the last tour at the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield but bought Belly Flops anyway; returned to little Davis.
  • Day 3: Drove to Sarah Winchester's curious home in San Jose with a brief stop in Fremont to eat at In-n-Out in its home state; stopped at our hotel in Campbell before heading down to Santa Cruz for dinner and beachy fun; returned to Campbell tuckered out!
  • Day 4: Hiked to Sempervirens Falls in Big Basin Redwoods State Park amongst the HUGE redwoods!
  • Day 5: Made our way to Half Moon Bay; drove through the cute little town and hung out on the beach to take some photographs; got stuck in San Francisco traffic for an hour or two due to a Giants game and the Pride Parade; couldn't get to Emily and Taylor's hotel so we took the Bay Bride to Berkeley and did a little shopping; said "sayonara" to Emily and Taylor, and boarded the Amtrak to Davis.
  • Day 7: Emily and Taylor spent their last night in the Golden State.
It was lots of fun to finally have my sister and bro-in-law out to visit! But it's a sad day now that they have left. :-(


Engagement Rings

Dear Blogosphere,

If you know me well, you probably already know this little fact about me: I go a little crazy when it comes to Tiffany's.

Here are my favorite Tiffany engagement rings. The surprising fact is almost all my favorites happen to be under $5K (except for the really flashy one - which is $5.8K). Still a crazy amount of money... but not too terribly outrageous.

Enjoy some lovely eye candy!




Californian Mixtape

Yo 'sphere -

I spent an hour or two making this mix in honor of my sister and brother-in-law who are coming to visit me tomorrow!

Enjoy! Happy summer everyone!


Back to California - Carole King
Catch My Disease - Ben Lee
California - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Hide Another Mistake - The 88
Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys
Heels Over Head - Boys Like Girls
Heads Carolina, Tails California - Jo Dee Messina (I know... country! Sometimes I surprise myself!)
Meet Me in California - Plain White T's
California - Metro Station
Stop in Nevada - Billy Joel
California - The Adicts
Catch a Wave - The Beach Boys
California - The Kooks
California - Lenny Kravitz
California Gurls - Katy Perry and Snoop
California - Rufus Wainwright
California - Wave
Do You Know the Way to San Jose? - Dionne Warwick
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Promised Land - Chuck Berry
Soarin' - from the Soarin' Over California attraction at California Adventure


Pixar Wisdom

"...the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so."
-Anton Ego, Ratatouille