Thursday, May 26, 2011

San Diego

As I mentioned in my last post, Mr. Frisby and I went down to SD last weekend. It was a good little trip and we had lots of fun. Here's a rundown of our adventures. We drove down on Thursday. It took most of the day and included a number of pee stops because I do a lot of that these days. Awesome. We stayed with my good friend Amy who, conveniently, lives about 10 or 15 minutes away from everything there is to do in SD. On Friday, we started the day off by going to the San Diego Temple. It was lovely. The sister missionaries there were very nice and looked like they needed something to do, so we asked them to take a picture for us.

After taking our picture, the sisters suggested we visit the Mormon Battalion Visitors' Center. We told them that was already our plan, so they were kind enough to give us directions. The Visitors' Center was cool. We had a tour, Mr. Frisby panned for gold, and we got to take this sweet souvenir photo:

And the best part was that it was all free. Mormons are awesome! After we finished at the Visitors' Center, we walked down to Old Town San Diego to check it out. No pictures as neither of us was in a very photographic mood, but it was pretty cool. After we finished in Old Town, we picked Amy up and met up with the Fosters for dinner on Coronado Island. It was good times. It was fun to see the Fosters and meet their son and we had a good time checking out the Hotel Del Coronado. Here we are outside the Hotel:

Saturday, we spent the day at the zoo. The San Diego zoo is huge and awesome. But it was a lot of walking. We saw the awesome meerkats, among other things. And Amy coerced me into climbing into this little photo set-up to take a picture with this mean-looking seal. Incidentally, we saw no live seals during our whole day at the zoo. But, it was good times.

After our trip to the zoo, we were pretty beat down from all of the walking in the hot sunshine. Plus, Mr. Frisby and I had to get up very early the next day for his graduation ceremony. So, that night we just grabbed some dinner, followed it up with Yogurtland, and then relaxed at Amy's house. Sunday, of course, was graduation day which I talked about in my last post. After the graduation ceremony and a reception at one of his professors' houses, we hit the road to come home. Again, it was a long drive with many pee stops. But, we made it back safe and sound, had a lovely little trip, and were greeted by a very happy and excited puppy when we got back. Good times!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Shout Out

I don't usually do posts about other people on my blog, but I'm going to take some liberties today and talk about Mr. Frisby. This last weekend, Mr. Frisby and I drove down to San Diego. More on our trip adventures later. The purpose of our excursion was to attend Mr. Frisby's graduation from San Diego State. For the last 2.5 years or so, Mr. Frisby has been working on his Master's degree. He's been enrolled in San Diego State's Distance Learning Educational Technology program (I hope I got that right). I know from experience that Master's Degrees are a LOT of work. And it's not everyday you get hooded. So, we thought it would be good to go down to SD for his graduation ceremony.

Aside from having to be there at 7 am on Sunday morning, the ceremony went well. SDSU does their commencement ceremonies by college as opposed to the entire university, so they actually read everyone's names and had them go on stage to get their degrees. All of the Master's candidates were hooded on stage as well. I wanted to get good pictures, but the ceremony was held in the Arena and the lighting was atrocious for any decent photography, at least from my vantage point.

That blurry mass is Mr. Frisby being hooded. As they were trying to move quickly, they had quite the system down for hooding them. It reminded me a bit of the scene in A Christmas Story when the kids go to sit on Santa's lap and the system they had for moving the kids through quickly.

Surprisingly, I was able to get a decent shot of Mr. Frisby walking out during the recessional.

After the ceremony, we met back up and took a few pictures on campus. Here's Master Frisby:

with his pregnant wife:

Anyway, I just have to say how proud I am of Mr. Frisby. He's worked very hard and given up a lot of time and energy and ended up being one of the top students in his program. Congratulations, Mr. Frisby!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Great Armoire Project

Awhile ago, I mentioned a project that wasn't coming along very quickly. After many months, I have finally finished and I now give you The Great Armoire Project. Really, it's just some before and after pictures. I had a hard enough time motivating myself to get it done. I wasn't about to take detailed pictures of the process.

It all started back in December with this old armoire that we acquired from some friends who never wanted to have to move the beast again:

Unfortunately, I didn't think to take any pictures until I had removed the old hardware and started priming. But, I think you get the idea. A decent piece of furniture, but not really my style in its current state.

Fast forward several months, several coats of paint, some distressing, and some new knobs from Anthropologie and here's our new again armoire:

As this was my first attempt at refinishing furniture, I had no idea what I was doing. But, there are some very good instructions/tutorials online and I took full advantage of them. And I'm super pleased with how it turned out. It looks great in our Master Bedroom with our Crate and Barrel bed. I totally think I am justified in tooting my own horn on this one. Toot, Toot!