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12 March 2007 @ 08:22 pm
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I had a Very Good Weekend.

I was getting strangely emo Saturday evening, so Martin and I went to a new Indian restaurant, since Anarbagh has gone so downhill recently. We went out to India Palace and had a pleasant evening of fantastically flavored and fantastically hot food. (postrophe! We still have coupons and must go there together to show off the place!)

I was still feelin' the wanderlust on Sunday, though, so Martin was Adventurous Above and Beyond the Call of Duty and did pretty much everything I wanted to.

After a quick detour to show Martin the College Cows at Pierce, we continued on to one of my favorite ways of relaxing and killing time. We drove up through Topanga Canyon with the radio on and the windows down until we reached my Favorite MiniMall. spazzychic knows what I'm talking about, as well as , I suppose, anyone who remembers the picture post of Spazzychic's last visit.

We started off at the rug and antique store at the end of the row where Martin and I made acquaintance with Ginger, who was very pleased to meet us.

We spent the most time in Homegrown, which is the knickknack store I took the pictures of the metal cat and octopus lamp in last time. This time we got a shot of this awesome wrapping paper.

That's not all we got, though. I ended up spending money I didn't REALLY have on the most beautiful blue quartz cluster that had been slightly bored to turn into a candle holder, as well as an iridescent stained glass heart. Martin was super sweet and also got me some amber perfume (spazzychic! Remember that cool stuff we smelled and wore! It's THAT!). He also got me an indigo stained glass dragonfly!

I have pictures of neither of these. Sorry.

What I DO have pictures of are the little dogs that were outside my favorite coffee shop (once again, a place I need to show to postrophe). Here's one little dog wondering if Mom is getting anything good to share inside the shop.

Next is the Best Picture of the Day. A pomeranian resting outside while Dad finishes his sammich at a nearby table.

After we finished looking through the stores, we continued on through Topanga Canyon and ended up at a beach in Malibu. I expect most of you know how I feel toward beaches. I burned through the rest of my batteries taking pictures there. Such as this one...

Here is a close up of the little guys covering all of the rocks...

And two more shots of Malibu...

As long as I'm posting pictures, I have two more I've been meaning to show around. I took a shot earlier in the month of the view from Art and Music area at the college. You can see the barn area and some of the cows grazing. This section of the campus is quite idyllic, despite the further off skyline of Warner Center. One day I could hear the cattle lowing from the parking lot ^_^

Here's an unexpected picture. Who is THIS Space Vixen?

Here's a hint. This is from the 1954 Worldcon. Give up?

It's Karen Anderson! Poul Anderson's widow and Martin's boss! Isn't that a FANTASTIC photo?

Current Mood: amusedamused
Robyn Goodfellow: yayrobyngoodfellow on March 13th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
Awesome pictures!!! I <3 peng shui
Fritters: California by Frittersfritters on March 13th, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
Martin wants a wallpaper of it. I may get to it at some point in my "copious spare time." I'll probably make a background of the Pom first, though, I love the way that photo came out.
the amazing kitty witchtigerkat on March 13th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
Awww, dog pictures. I like dog pics!

Also, I've always wondered about Indian food, just am not brave enough to try any of the places in my small town that might serve it.
Fritters: WWAC-What Would Alton Cook? by Frittersfritters on March 13th, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
MOST Indian places will have options on their menu that are mild or can be made mild. Our last place did. But this place didn't quite make it there, although Martin thought mine was pretty mild. I, personally, love Indian food. If you want to stay safe, try the Tikka Chicken the first time you're there. If they can make it mild and you like butter, try the Chicken Makhani.
the amazing kitty witchtigerkat on March 13th, 2007 05:39 am (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestions. I will try to look for an Indian place when we go to a slightly bigger city sometime. I also gotta try the sushi place in South Bend (Indiana) one of these times when my husband and I go down there.

Our little town is kind of small for "exotic" food. If they do have ithere it probably isn't very accurate.
Fritters: Sushi by Frittersfritters on March 13th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
That is one of my main arguments against moving to a small town, honestly. That, and my occasional desire for 2am sushi or a latte...
postrophe on March 13th, 2007 08:23 am (UTC)
Shame about Anarbagh. Really that bad? With the same people running it?
(Gosh, I invent them a cool slogan and what do they do? They get all uppity and put on airs and their prices go up and quality and service and caring go down...)

Still haven't been in your Favorite MiniMall (just Hidden Treasures.)

Is this a new Favorite Coffee Shop?

You feel that way about beaches, but not about the water part of beaches... *boggle*

Holy cow, were they already married? (no wonder...)
I'm reminded of Marjii Ellers' famous pix... and Bjo Trimble's turn as a genie in that early 70's b&w fanflick (and Harold Goldstein's 1st wife, for that matter.)
It's so hard to picture people as that different from what you know now.
Fritters: California by Frittersfritters on March 13th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize until I went somewhere other than Anarbagh how much I always felt like I was intruding every time I had to ask for a refill on my drink or for them to take my order back because it was wrong again. And yeah, the prices have gone up, last time we went there we had to wait about half an hour for a place, our waiters never understand what we say so we have to ask 2-3 people for anything special we want and they forgot our discount last time, too. The food isn't as good either. The food at India Palace was too hot, but even with it too hot it still tasted so good that I finished it. And the prices are way lower and the service is fantastic.

I think Hidden Treasures is in the minimall BEFORE my minimall. You'd like Homegrown, though.

And yeah, new favorite coffee shop. They close Stupid Early and have no real sugar free or decaf options, but it's pretty, low cost, they have food items on my diet and a lovely little iridescent glass mural on the front counter.

I like SOME of the water part of beaches. I like to go up about halfway up my legs, when properly attired, I just get cold too easy.

hackmeister: Martian stromatolite?hackmeister on March 13th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
You make me want to get up to Malibu soon. Haven't been there in years. have always liked Leo Carillo Beach, just up the coast a bit. It has cool rocks that have been in movie after movie. It's where, I believe, Lana Turner and Burt Lancaster did the famous roll-in-the-sand scene in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY. (Martin will know it if you don't.)
Fritters: Ocean by Frittersfritters on March 13th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
Lemme know if you need company, I always love the beach...
hackmeisterhackmeister on March 13th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Weekends at the beach are starting to get real crowded. I always go on weekdays.
Fritters: Jay Nodding by Frittersfritters on March 13th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
Martin hates the weekends, too.
thudpucker: pig writing - by frittersthudpucker on March 13th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)

"It's where, I believe, Lana Turner and Burt Lancaster did the famous roll-in-the-sand scene in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY. (Martin will know it if you don't.)"

Psssssst... it's Deborah Kerr...

And yes, I think the Malibu Chamber of Commerce had her ass-print bronzed after the filming.

hackmeisterhackmeister on March 13th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
I could have sworn it was Turner. But you're right.
hackmeisterhackmeister on March 13th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
This stray bit of dialogue came to me suddenly, a fragment of a Perry Mason episode or something like that:

PROSECUTING ATTORNEY: Lieutenant, did the assprint found on the beach match the ass print taken from a pillow in the defendant's bedroom?


DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Objection! Is the witness a qualified expert in the science of forensic assprints?

That's as far as I want to take it.
thudpucker: pig writing - by frittersthudpucker on March 14th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)

"The good news is we have found a matching assprint at the crime scene. The bad news is that it's on the ceiling."

hackmeisterhackmeister on March 14th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
I predict assprints will be featured on an upcoming episode of CSI.
thudpucker: pig writing - by frittersthudpucker on March 14th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)

The Coen brothers present 'CSI - Fargo'... in unnecessarily full color!"

hackmeisterhackmeister on March 14th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
Take two assprints and call me in the morning.
thudpucker: pig writing - by frittersthudpucker on March 14th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)

Make sure you use baby assprints - they're orange flavored!

hackmeisterhackmeister on March 14th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
Moving right along, folks...
Vocabulary/Back Scritches: fluffy bunnies attackspazzychic on March 13th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)

I am in love with peng Shui and slightly befuddled by Karen Anderson.

I wanna come visit.
Fritters: California by Frittersfritters on March 13th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
I Would Like You to Come Visit.

Any idea when such merriness might occur?

P.S. As far as I can tell, going to the beach right after the canyon is the PERFECT thing to do ^_^ And we found out there's an unexplored minimall right across the street from the uber-minimall!
Vocabulary/Back Scritchesspazzychic on March 13th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)

I have no idea. The work ninjas of Summer just stopped by my desk this afternoon to collect my soul until September. Therefore, I can't vacation until I get my soul back. :/
Fritters: Jay Nodding by Frittersfritters on March 13th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
They like to keep it in a jar on their desk. You can see it if you shake it.