Annette’s Birthday

Annette's Birthday Cake

That is the birthday cake I made for Annette, my boss at The Knitting Tree, L A. We celebrated her birthday today, as the store is closed on Sundays. Happy birthday Annette!

By the way, I forgot to post a picture of my first flan I made for Dorothy’s – my Japanese Grandmother – birthday. It was yummy.


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Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura

This instrument was originally located on the North Beach and was donated to the City of Santa Monica by Robert F. Jones. It was first opened to the public on April 22, 1899. Due to inclement weather, the instrument was moved to Palisades Park in the early 1900s. It has resided in it’s current location since 1955.

The inventor is unknown, but Aristotle first conceived of the idea. The first clear description of the Camera Obsura appears in the great optical treatise, “Optical Thesaurus: by the Islamic scientist Alhanzen who dies in Cairo, Egypt in 1038. Johan Kepler, the first German mathematician and astronomer, was the first to name the effect as camera obscura in 1600.

In te 19th century, from the principal of Camera Obscura, the first photography was produced. The Camera Obscura consisted of a revolving metal turret over a hole in the roof of the building where the camera is located. There is an opening in the side of this turret through which the scene can be observed. Inside the turret and opposite the opening is a mirror placed at a 45-degree angle on which the scene is reflected down through a convex lens. In the darkened room below is a circular table screen which is placed at the proper focal length to pick up the scene coming through the lens. The turret can be revolved for a complete circular, thereby showing an image of the scenery outside the building onto the screen below. the camera obscura depends entirely on the sunlight for this effect.

Viewing of the Camera Obsucra is open and free to the public at the Senior Services Department, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, and Saturdays 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Santa Monica Senior Recreation Center
1450 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, California 90401
T: 310 458 8644

Camera Obscura

What I Saw

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Yarn Crawl L.A.: My First Yarn Crawl: Day 4

I made it! And I must ad that it was not as bad as I expected from the horror stories I had heard prior to the event. I even volunteered to straighten yarn yesterday, which was not bad at all, probably more a result of my anal rentention. :D ha ha ha ha ha!

The slide show below is comprised of images taken by my boss on Day 1 because I didn’t remember I had/had not connected up my phone/social media, images from some friends and images I took.

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I Am Blessed

New Beginnings


I just had to take a moment and express my gratitude for being back in the workplace, in a job centered around a craft I love, despite the aches and pains that are a result of standing during the majority of my work shift.

Yesterday was the first day of the Los Angeles Yarn Crawl and marked my first yarn crawl, as well as the stores. Being at the center of a new beginning, from a spirituality aspect, is so nurturing to me. Is it a coincidence that this happens near Easter, Spring, etc.

Funny thing: Yesterday at the store, I need more comfortable shoes – my dress shoes weren’t the right choice for my first full shift – and mom brought them to me with my nephew’s assistance. I was at the register with a line of people when I saw these two hot guys standing in line. Of course, I was mentally prepping myself to talk – flirt – with these guys, when I realized it was my nephew and his friend Robert. :D Ha ha ha ha ha!

Well, I still reserve my lust for my nephews friend. ;)

In related news, a school friend of mine posted a picture of Jesus on his Facebook wall, calling people that believe in the Easter Bunny silly. I think it’s silly to judge people based on their beliefs, as long as they are working towards the greater good. While I don’t believe the hype of religion, I never question the existence of God, who has repeatedly shown ME proof of his existence.

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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Saving Mr. Banks


SYNOPSIS: Official Movie Website
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film that reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins. Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for 20 years to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, they set Mary Poppins free!

It’s a cryin’ shame when one thinks how long it took me to write a review of a movie that brought me so much enjoyment. Being a big fan of Mary Poppins, I could not wait to see this movie when I first heard of it. Then I discovered the yummy handsomeness of B. J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman…mmm, mmm, mmm!

I enjoyed this movie so much that I am now on a quest to read the book. What I really found impressive is how the both movies convey a certain message related to the story that is being told. This movie, at least to me, was like an inside look into creativity and how challenging it can be at times. The characters were superb. Of note: B. J. Novak as Robert Sherman, who surprised me with his outright indignation with P. L. Travers. Well played! I must also commend Mr. Colin Farrell performance as Travers Goff, which was so outside the stereotypical character which I had begun to associate with him.

Nostalgic. Fun. Insightful.

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The Secret Life of Superheroes

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I came across these on StumbleUpon today. There are many more; I simple picked out the more provocative ones that appealed to me.

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ABC Television Issues



I do not believe in paying for television. Over the past two years, I was able to watch Once Upon A Time on Mondays because it conflicts with The Amazing Race.

Now I have to verify my television subscription service? WTF???

After my initial disgust with ABC, I returned to their website and discovered an application that is only a for iphone/ipad. What about my computer???

Are you seriously excluding broadcast viewers from the ability to watch a television program that is available on a free broadcast television channel? If not, please to explain how I can watch my favorite ABC television shows. I was so eager to watch Resurrection, and now I have missed the premier episodes of that as well as Once Upon A Time.

Capitalism sucks!

Snap! I just looked for the URL for Resurrection and I am about to watch the season premier…woohoo!

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In Los Angeles We Call Them “Free”ways

In the Kingdom of Leo, everyone is of equal rank. When you travel, you travel equally on the roads provided by the kingdom. In Los Angeles, it’s a different story. Below is my complaint, emailed to Mayor Garcetti:

I don’t care who you are, much less a visiting dignitary from another country; as an Angeleno I pay taxes to use the highways and I am expressly disgusted that Netanyahu drives down the Santa Monica “free”way, with an escort, unhindered by traffic.

Did he pay for that privilege? I doubt it.

If he did pay for this extravagance, please provide proof and I will retract my complaint.

Los Angeles Netanyahu Escort


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Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Thor: The Dark World


SYNOPSIS: Official Movie Website
Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Te defeat an enemy that even Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves…but our universe itself.

I liked Thor, but this sequel paled in comparison; the only saving grace being the revealing of Chris Hemsworth’s beautiful body. There is something kind of lustable about Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Is it the evilness? The thinness?

The story was not original, the scenery seen before in previous movie, and to make things worse, Kat Dennings (the girl with the most annoying voice) from Two Broke Girls (the stupidest show on television) was in this movie. I don’t remember her from the first one, but apparently she was in that one as well.


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Chris Hemsworth: Thor: The Dark World

Need I say more? This was within the first half hour or so.

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