Wednesday, October 27, 2010

White House Diary

We were wandering around San Francisco yesterday when we stumbled upon a huge crowd of people. When we asked what was going on, someone let us know that Jimmy Carter, aka former US President was inside doing a book signing for his new book "White House Diary". Naturally, we got in line and waited our turn to meet our first President! Please excuse my finger in the way of the picture and pay attention to the important things, how old Jimmy Carter looks and the crazy lady to his right.

Also, I wasn't about to go a single day more without visiting the Full House houses. So we went there too. Between seeing where Michelle Tanner grew up and meeting the man who solved the Iranian Hostage Crisis, I'd say it was a pretty full day.

Monday, October 25, 2010

If Everybody Had An Ocean...

Earlier in the week, me and some friends watched the 1987 cult classic "North Shore"
(check it out: I had never seen it before and it was love at first viewing. You could imagine our excitement later in the week when we found out that Santa Cruz's annual pro surf competition, The Coldwater Classic, was happening this weekend. With the countless viewings of Blue Crush in my lifetime and having lived on Oahu's North Shore, I couldn't believe this the first time I'd been to a real life competition. It was awesome.

Watching the pros got us pumped up and we put on wet suits and caught a few waves of our own. The boys go surfing pretty much every weekend, but since this was my first time they were nice enough to give me some pointers and take turns babysitting me. After a lot of paddling I finally was able to stand up, here's a picture of me hanging ten! Ok, just kidding this is one of the good guys... but I really did stand! I can't wait to get back out there soon!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Don't Be Evil

The Church of Self-Actualization is laying the smack-down. Since my brother in law works at Google, I thought I should warn him and his fellow Googlers about the slanderous advertising that is occurring right down the road on El Camino Real*.

*The opinions expressed by the Ananda Congregation do not represent the views of this particular blogger and have merely been posted for informational purposes.

Friday, October 15, 2010

My Life Is Average

If you haven't already checked out, please do so. Here's a recent favorite of mine.

"My sister asked me to keep my nephew busy while she went to the store. We played hide and seek. An hour later, my sister came home and saw me running in and out of bedrooms. She asked what I was doing. I said that Zach disappeared. She didn't believe me so she started dinner. She opened up the pots and pans cabinet and found Zach. Sitting there patiently, he asked "On a scale of one to Osama Bin Laden, how good was my hiding spot?" Zach's five."

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

I've realized that I have the potential to start my very own non-mom, mom-blog with all the pictures and stories I have accumulated hanging out with my 2 1/2 year old nephew. Since his mom does a pretty good job on the mom blog front, I've decided to go in another direction. You guessed it! Today I will tell you about my adventures with Percy Jackson*.

This week we visited Mt. Tamalpais, home to the Titans: enemies of the Greek gods, mortal threat to human kind, pretty much all around bad guys. They live on Mt. Tam and are led by the Atlas, who is forced to hold up the world on his shoulders. Here are some highlights from our quest**.

We wandered the Muirwoods forest looking for tree nymphs to aid us on our quest.

We traveled through secret tree tunnels in order to enter the Titan's secret lair undetected

Finally, once we reached their lair, Percy's dad Poseidon (god of the Sea) helped us to destroy them by channeling the power of the ocean.

Then we had a victory meal back at Camp Half-Blood. Hurray!

* I realize that 9 out of 10 of you have no idea what I'm talking about. Feel free to ignore this post.
** I also realize that those of you who do know what I'm talking about probably still want to ignore this post. Feel free to do so. Sometimes unemployment gets really boring and I'm forced to think about things like this to entertain myself.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

It's A Hard Knock Life

This is what unemployment looks like...

What's My Age Again?

You may be asking what all these fabulous people have in common? Then again, you might not be. It all depends on how smart you are or how well you know me. Yesterday I turned 23 years old, I have been waiting for this year my whole life. For one whole year, no matter what, I will be #23. This year I'm out to prove Blink 182 wrong (I'll let you figure this one out). Let the year of Jessie commence!

Friday, October 1, 2010

I Love You Spot Conlon

Recently I added a Newsies Radio Station to the ranks of my Pandora playlists. For those of you who have never watched this glorious Disney-based-on-a-true-story-musical, I say shame on you. Me and my brother spent a good part of our childhood watching Newsies. And by watching I mean rehearsing the dance moves and acting out the fight scenes. Pay close attention at 3:58 for our favorite move.

I rediscovered this movie with some friends back in high school one rainy Saturday afternoon. Just as this scene in the movie began playing on the screen, I told my friends about how me and my brother used to practice the dancing (specifically the pelvic thrust part) all the time when we were younger. At this moment, my college age brother ran into the room, proceeded to reenact the dance and then ran out without saying a word. Dear Scott, Newsies screening/rehearsal and perhaps a few rounds of DDR sometime soon?