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7.05.2012

Driving....

We left our beautiful little cabin to return to San Francisco. We stopped at Ikeda's to let the dogs out for a second and buy some amazing fresh produce for the drive home.

After driving for 2 hours and trying desperately to find good music on the radio, we realized we were listening to hip hop that sampled some Native American music. It was terrible.

Upon returning to San Fran, I proceeded to rush to Alexander's Book Company to buy some more Neil Gaiman. I grabbed a copy of "The Graveyard Book" and read 2/3 in the Starbucks next door.

I fried some cod in butter and Heidi made zucchini bread with strawberries.


Lemon Garlic Alaska Cod

2 tablespoons butter*
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
2 6 ounces each Alaska cod fillets, thawed if necessary
lemon wedges

Melt butter in large skillet over medium high heat. Stir in garlic. Season cod fillets on both sides with lemon pepper.
Place fillets in pan and cook for 10 minutes per inch of thickness, measured at thickest part, or until fish flakes when tested with a fork.
Flip fillets halfway through cooking to brown on both sides. Sprinkle with lemon juice before serving.
Makes 2 servings. Recipe may easily be doubled.
 
*If desired, olive oil may be substituted for butter. 

MMM DEAD FISH
Mmm. Yummy. And I finished the Neil Gaiman book... I should probably find a library instead of continuously buying new books.

Love,
Henna

7.04.2012

Happy Independence Day, Y'all!

Today was relaxing. Very relaxing. I woke up at nine to Heidi and Sharon leaving for rock climbing and Stella passed out on my feet. 

I, again, cooked myself some breakfast, turned on my relaxing playlist (first track is "Moonlight Serenade") and brought everything to the patio. I hooked the dogs up to some rope, dragged out the doggie beds and finished my book, "Anansi's Boys" by Neil Gaiman.

I had to investigate to find the other books in the house. I eventually settled on "Maskerade"by Terry Pratchett. So I lounged in the sun and read for 5 1/2 hours. And of course, walked the dogs every now and then. It was quite peaceful.
View on the Patio
Mmm, breakfast. Had to sweeten my coffee with honey.
Tilly being all shy and stuff. 
"Oh, don't look at me!" 
Stella trying to bake herself in the morning sun. 
Didn't even want to consider moving to the shade.

After reading my books and walking the dogs, the lovely rock climbing ladies returned home and we all climbed in the hot tub to relax and wait for our dinner reservations. We were going to a place that charged just one price for the meal (multiple courses), overlooked the lake and provided an excellent place to see the fireworks. Oh, and the waiter was very nice... and pretty. He was very pretty.

Our view... which conveniently includes a mini flag.
Starting the show. Ooooh. Ahhhh.
This one made a HUGE bang.

SMOKE EVERYWHERE.

Finale! 
FINALE ON BOAT!
Boom!
During our meal, there was a beautiful great dane who was sitting on the lawn outside the porch. He was a blue-gray color... which is probably why his name was "Blue". We fed him some scraps from our steak, which he veryyyy happily chomped away on. He was a familiar at the restaurant (Dockside 700), known for licking the waiters' faces off.

The fireworks were gorgeous and all in all, another successful 4th of July. Tahoe's been lovely. 

Tomorrow: Return to San Francisco!

Love,
Henna

Oh. And this, you might enjoy this.



7.03.2012

Kayaaaaak

I went KAYAKING todaaay! For an hour! My arms are gonna hurt tomorrow but whoooo cares? NOT ME.
Before Kayaking -- Drinking Coffee

The View Before We Went Out

UCDavis Fish Hatchery Research Center

YEA. HONEY BADGER DON'T CARE

Beaaautiful Poppies

It was so blue. This picture doesn't do it justice.

Again, No Justice is Done

Love,
Henna

Pardon My French... Eh Heh.


Pfft.. This little clip looks terrible. Whatever.

Love,
Henna

Ferry Adventure Time!

I worked from 11:40 to 3:00 so I could run to the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero!

This is what I saw on my adventures:

The Bay Bridge Going to Treasure Island

Sculpture: Cupid's Bow (I Think)

Cast of Dead Animal Fossils -- San Fran is Weird

ROCKET SHIP ROCKET SHIP
As you can see, this part of San Fran is sunny and different from the other parts. It was a fun walk. And when I got over to buy my ferry ticket, I realized that I could still pay the CHILD FEE! (10-18 I think) It was 4.50 instead of the 6.00 of just using my clipper card. SCOREEEE.

When I got off at Larkspur Landing, I realized I didn't know/remember what Heidi's friend, Sharon, looked like. But suddenly someone was yelling "HANNAH" and I figured it out quickly.

It took us four hours to drive to Lake Tahoe. But on the way, we got cheese and crackers, Starbucks, and a California MEGA MILLIONS TICKETS! Maybe I'll be able to pay for college, yea?

We got to the cabin at 10:30, ate our cheese and crackers and then decided that the hot tub out back was an excellent idea. And maaan, it was. There was a full moon and everything.

Love,
Henna

7.02.2012

CHALLAW

I slept kind of badly Saturday night. I kept on having dreams that I was late for rolling burritos and it would wake me up every half hour. BUT GOOD NEWS, I wasn't late for work! Yayyy.

It was a long day because there was a baseball game. Giants won! But when Heidi and I got out of work, it was time to cross the bridge to the outside world. That's right, gang, I left San Francisco for an night.

And I have absolutely no idea where we went. The only thing I could tell is that it wasn't foggy.
We ate Afghani foooood. It was very good. I ate beef and eggplant and it came with challaw.




Fine. Challaw is basmati rice. Not nearly as exciting as challaw.

Love,
Henna