Saturday, July 30, 2011

Day 19.1 - Santa Cruz Farmers Market

A great way to start your day is to visit one of Santa Cruz's many
farmers markets. And being Santa Cruz they won't let you down. Great
food to snack on there and once you're at home. And of course it
wouldn't be Santa Cruz without some crazy guy dressed up as you can
see! More to come later from Gilroy!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Day 18 - Santa Cruz

My gram and I drove out to Santa Cruz today for her birthday and to
visit my aunt. Tomorrow we're headed to the Gilroy Garlic Festival for
some stinky fun! Here's a picture of the great view from my aunt's
place. G'nite!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day 17 - Camping Prep

Today is a good day.  Things have started well and I got to have fun starting some camping prep.  I finally found and dug out my tent and am letting it air out.  I was really surprised by the amount of space in the tent.  I've had it for ages and yet it's still big enough to fit me.  Thanks mom and dad!

More after the jump

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Day 16 - What happened to my hair?

I got a haircut yesterday. I'm not happy. First it looks like a high
top out of the 80s or 90s. Second, it cost double what the nice
Vietnamese ladies on Alpine and Pacific charged with tip. Stupid
SuperCuts. Argh...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Day 15 - Lame sauce

Things have been lame and not really happening.  I haven't left town or seen anything worthy of photographing lately.  I should be headed to Santa Cruz this weekend and hitting up the Garlic Festival so things should pick up again.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Hey everyone!  I just wanted to let you know that for each post I typically have taken more photos than just what is in the posts themselves.  If you want to see more you can find me on G+ where I've hosted the rest of my pictures.  Enjoy!  Again hit this for a link.

Day 13 - Churros... Or somethin fishy

Yesterday was a failed venture in cooking. After lounging around all day Brianna and I decided to try our hands at making Churros. Didn't work.  We had fun but they weren't light and fluffy. Also we didn't have a piping tube so we made pancakes. The oil we fried with also left a fishy after taste. Oh well. It was still fun! 

Attempting to use a slotted spoon
More after the jump!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Day 12 - The King and his Kingdom

Today Brianna and I drove down to Los Gatos to hang out with Tom and
Doug and had the pleasant surprise of Curtis and his girlfriend Alyssa
joining us. Sadly I didn't capture our epic game of putt-putt in
photos but I did get this picture of Doug pre-devining his win on the
course. I held him off until hole 17 where he tied me and went on to
shoot a hole in one on the 18th. All in all. Good friends, good booze,
good competition.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Day 11 - A Day in San Francisco

Hey everyone!  I actually have some good pictures for you!  Brianna and I went to San Fran for a date so I got a chance to get great pictures.  We first hit up the Bay Aquarium, then grab some lunch, and ended things up at Coit Tower.  Here's a bunch of pictures that I took.  I really can't wait for iOS 5 to come out so that I can control picture quality.

Brianna and I at the Bay Aquarium

More after the jump

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Day 9 - Bike Ride to Ophir

Yesterday I went on a killer ride out to Ophir (Ophir Ride) and back.  The ride was about 25 miles long with 3 categorized climbs (I know that means nothing to most of you, its a Tour de France/cycling thing.)  Most of the ride was climbing the foothills into Auburn/Ophir.  Overall it was nice ride though.  Great scenery as I rode through the trees and ranches.  I also found a lot of really nice houses that I wasn't expecting, I posted a couple below.

Really nice big ranch house

Quaint little home with an X5 in the garage

Last but not least a 3D Flyover from Google.

At the end of the day I rounded everything off with a very tasty calzone at Old Tavern Pizza in Lincoln and two new tasty beers (Kona Wailua Wheat and Knee Deep in Surf).  I pretty much passed out at 7 last night which is the reason for the delay.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Day 8 - An on time post!!

Yes!  I made it today!  Then again I have decent material today.  I was hoping to post some pictures clipped from the video of my bike ride today but I don't have time too.  I was a fun ride too since I've got my bike working again!  The highlight for me was going 40 mph down the back hill.  That's a new record for me!

On to today's pictures though.  Yesterday at the water park with my little cousins I lost my sunglasses that I had pocketed so we could go down a slide.  Of course after the ride when we went to meet up with my aunt the glasses were gone.  So today I went out to buy some nice cheapies.  Tell me what you think...

Totally vintage hipster 

So, do the sunglasses make me a hipster?  Or just a variety of words starting with a capital 'D'?  Lol

Thanks to all who are following me! (Kat)

Day 7 - Another late post!

Ok another late post.  I tend to be busy at night making it difficult to post before time runs out.  I need to work on more daytime posts.  Alas, here is what I've got - my cute little cousins sitting like princesses in grandmas little  Japanese Tea garden.

Princess 1

Princess 2

The HDR function of the iPhone is really nice for getting good pictures.  However, lately I've been getting some interesting photos from it.  If you look at her eyes in the picture below she looks demonic!  Still love her though.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Day 6 - Late Again!

Alright this is late again but I haven't picked up the habit of taking
pics when I'm out and about yet.

My aunt and cousins came up yesterday so I spent the whole night
hanging out with them. With the older one I was playing Lego Racing!
This was a lot of fun although very complex for a kids game.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Day 5 - Crummy Day

So today has been a bit of a crummy day.  All started well and I made a plan to go a on good bike ride.  I got everything ready, swapped pedals on my bike and tightened the but on my crank-arm.  Or so I thought.  I started riding and just like all the other days my crank-arm came loose, in less than half a mile.  Turns out my junkie old bike with junkie old components was broken-ish.  Since my bike is old none of the new stuff will work on it and anything new would simply cost more than the bike itself.  
To remedy this it was suggested I visit a place called the Bike Kitchen.  They have tons of old junk and will help you fix whatever you need on your bike.  Kinda of the Pick'n'Pull of the bike world plus some moderately experienced volunteer help.  Of course by the time I get there at 2:30 they've closed.  I now have to wait til noon tomorrow to try and fix my bike.  
Also, since when does Roseville have LA traffic at 3!  I-80 was in gridlock for no good reason!  Really aggravating day running around trying to fix a piece of junk and going no where.

All in all a waste of a day.  Maybe tomorrow will be better.  I can only hope so.  Good thing I have a 12 pack of Red Hook.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Day 4 - Late but here

Yes it's late with 3 minutes to go but here's my photo for the day!
Today was slow and lame. No one is around and I was too dead to do
anything. Tomorrow shall improve! (Also those of you saying he can
drink more than that you're right. It just didn't happen.)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Day 3

Went for another ride, I swear I'll get out somewhere else for photos soon.  I rode up the steep difficult side of the hill today and got some picks of Roseville and the casino across the highway.

That's the casino in the background.  Have yet to try my odds, maybe one day when things start looking up again!

Again like I said earlier I'll try and get some better pictures.  Thanks again for following.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Day 2.2 - The Links

As I mentioned earlier I'm living with gram which turns out to be in a
retirement area with a golf course. So went out for some dusk-ish
photos. I did a little tweaking of them also with the Adobe iPhone

Day 2.1 - Cramped Space

Two updates to my approach to this challenge: a) at least one photo has to deal with my life; and b) all my photos will be taken using my iPhone.  I'll make a few tweeks here and there with Picasa but otherwise I'll do all my editing on my iPhone with whatever applications I have.

This first post is really just about what life is like right now.  I'm still unemployed as most of you know so I'm living a life my little cousins envy and that I would really like to change - living at home with grandma.  Having a free place to stay is great but after living in your own place for 2 years and without adult supervision for 4 (I count living in dorms as adult supervision) you start living your own way.  Going back to someone else's roof is a game changer.

Anyways here is my 'room'

Granted I don't sleep out here like I did last year (additions such as the futon made it difficult to add a bed to the mix) this is where I spend most of my time.

Later today I'll try for a good outside shot.  Later

Monday, July 11, 2011

Day 1 Bike Ride from American River Park to Folsom

So this is a late photo and could have been a lot better but I forgot to take one on the way to Folsom and on the way back my phone died.  So here is what I've got

That's my nice new Mirror Pond riding jersey; always good to support a favorite brewer!   Hopefully I'll take a better set of photos tomorrow!

Link to my ride:

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Plan

Today I saw an interesting and inspiring TED video.  Matt Cutts suggested that everyone in the audience (including those viewing at home) try something new, something they hadn't tried before.  I figured my empty summer of job searching would give me plenty of time to experiment with this idea.

I figured I'd start with a simple and fun exercise or task.  So I've chosen one he suggested - take a photo everyday.  I've always wanted to do photography and I think this will be a great opportunity to experiment.

If you have any other ideas for 30 day challenges feel free to send them to me.  I have a few others in mind but will eventually need ideas!  Thanks for your support.