Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
They basically have no rules. Well I'm sure they have some rules, but they don't follow the 8 second rule. They just try to stay on as long as possible and some of them don't even use their hands to hold on! They also have this huge band playing during the entire thing. I've never heard anything so loud my entire life! And they get so dressed up. Everyone in attendance is dressed to the nines in their fanciest rodeo attire. I highly advise everyone to attend one of these if they ever get the chance. It was amazing.
While we were working the booth a guy that works for Jake came up to make a purchase. Jake yelled his name and the guy got all excited. "That's my boss!" he tells his friends. "Oh my gato!!" Oh my cat? I don't know. They have an odd relationship. Too many hours in the car together.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
The pear festival signifies the end of the pear season. It's a celebration for all the people that work so hard during the harvest and then during the packing process. It's also a celebration for the people that just like pears because you don't have to be a pear worker in order to attend.
The festivities kicked off with a parade and then everyone headed towards the middle of main street where craft booths, food, and music had taken over.
Here are some pictures of the best float in the parade. I'm not sure if they actually won this title or not, but they definitely deserved it.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Friday night was the BIG game of the season for Kelseyville High School because they played their rival, Clearlake High School (which is in Lakeport and not Clearlake by the way). This year they called the game "The Bass Bowl" because somebody had the brilliant idea of carving a big bass trophy to give to the winning team. I'm not completely understanding the concept of giving away a big carved bass as a reward for anything other than a fishing tournament, but since bass fishing is such a popular sport out here I guess they thought it would be applicable to reward a football team with it. Hmmm...yeah...moving on....the game was exciting and Kelseyville took home the "trophy"!
In anticipation for the big game, Jake and I had been discussing high school football traditions and the subject of homecoming came up. I jokingly asked if I could wear his letterman's jacket to the game this year and then declared that I also wanted a mum to go with it. Jake had no idea what I was talking about. "A mum?" "Yeah, you know, the flower with the ribbons attached to it. You give it to the girl you take to the homecoming game and she gives you a smaller version that you wear on your arm." *look of confusion* I was shocked. I spent 4 years of high school hoping and dreaming that a boy would actually ask me to homecoming so that I could wear one of the coveted mums! It never happened. According to Jake, I was too busy reading to get asked out by a boy *rolling my eyes*.
I explained the importance of this, but Jake just thought I was crazy. Here's a picture of one I found online:
So is this only something that is done in Texas? Other states must have these too. I mean I know Texans are a bit crazy, but surely other people have heard of this concept. No? Well I could go on and on about the differences in the football culture that I have witnessed in the past year, but I think I'll save that for another time.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
We discovered this in Chico when we had some extra time before the wedding we were attending. I wanted to ride, but decided it might be a little strange to do so without any kids. How awesome is this though? It's not even on tracks. It just drives around like those little shuttles in the airport. They even have to yell at people to get out of the way!
Monday, September 20, 2010
The wedding was beautiful and we had a great time.
The ceremony and reception were held at a private estate of a guy that's really into hunting. This is a museum that he has on this property!
On Sunday we made our way to downtown Chico. It was kind of sprinkling outside and nothing was open so we were a little disappointed until we stumbled upon this music/craft festival! It was on the Chico State Campus so we took our own little tour of the school and found all sorts of neat things.
Jake did not want to participate and he does not like the way his fan turned out. I thought it was beautiful though.
Then we found this really cool consignment shop. I found 2 more (cheap) blue mason jars to add to my collection!
We had a great time, but the weekend went by way too fast. Next weekend will be equally as exciting though because it's time for the annual Kelseyville Pear Festival!
And in honor of our 1st anniversary I have a couple of short stories to share:
1. A few months ago when we were at Tim and Jill's wedding I was talking to a group of people I'd met the night before at the rehearsal dinner. One of the girls was a bridesmaid and she was talking about how she'd heard the cutest thing that day. She started talking about how on the way to take pictures Tim was saying he felt bad because Jill was going to be all dressed up and beautiful and he just looked like he was going to work for the day. Then Jake chimed in and started talking about the first time he saw me at the wedding and how he thought I was so beautiful and how exciting it was for him. Awww...how sweet, right?
2. At the wedding the other night one of Jake's groomsman was there. During the reception we were talking to him and he said "my favorite part of your wedding was when you sang that song. I got a little choked up."
Me too groomsman, me too...
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I'm not quite sure what I'm supposed to do now
I don't know which way is up n' which way is down
I knew I'd spend my life, everyday
Just trying to catch my breath before you'd take it away
One thing I knew would always be true
You'd love me to the end and I'd love you
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I'm not sure how we got on this topic, but Jacob mentioned something about how I need to get a sugar daddy to buy us things and the conversation went something like this:
Jake: I'm sure you could find one in the city. You could go to...what's that place called? the co...com
Me: The commissary?? That's what they call the grocery stores on military bases.
Jake: Yeah! But no, I meant one of those places where you can get dried goods.
Me: Oh, like on Oregon Trail?!!
Jake: Yeah, what's that called?
Me: I don't know, I think it's just called the General Store.
Jake: No, I think it has another name.
Me: Yeah, maybe.
Jake: Let's call Miltay (aka Mallory, my sister)
Replayed conversation to Miltay
Miltay: Um, I think it's called the General Store
She then promised to do some research and report back if she found anything.
Does anyone have an idea?
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
On a somewhat related note, does anyone else suffer from jalapeno hands? I'm super sensitive to the oils in the peppers and any time I so much as dice up one pepper I'm in pain for the rest of the day. It's always intensified after I take a shower and they burn so bad that I have to hold a bag of frozen vegetables in order to get any type of relief. I've googled remedies to this and I've tried them all. Nothing works. I suppose I could wear gloves when I cut them up, but that's such a hassle.
After we made salsa the other day Jake failed to wash his hands. I didn't realize this until we'd been holding hands and mine began to get the burning sensation. It then got a million times worse after I drove the car home that night with the contaminated steering wheel. Oh the pain! Maybe I'll go ahead and invest in a box of those silly gloves before our next salsa making session.
I was informed the other day that once the habanero peppers are ready (we just discovered that they're growing!) I will be required to eat one. Jake has told his whole family that I will take on this task and apparently it's going to be a big production. I'm scared out of my mind, but will probably do it because I rarely turn down dares that involve eating. Wish me luck!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Our first stop was this cute taffy store.
Then we went to a souvenir shop and asked a store owner for a dinner recommendation. She pointed us towards a restaurant that she claimed had good food, but was less expensive than some of the other places in town. So we went and were severely disappointed. If this place was less expensive than the other places, I can't even imagine how ridiculous they must have been. I was most perturbed that I wasted one of my non vegan meals on salmon that was smothered in a not so great lemon aioli sauce and sat upon a "potato cake". FYI, the potato cake was a fancy name for hash browns. I was starving though so I ate all of it (and some of Jake's). I'd run 8 miles that morning so I was willing to devour anything ;) We had a fun time quietly laughing at a girl seated nearby. She had a glob of butter on her chin during her entire meal, but the people at her table didn't have the nerve to mention it to her. It's the little things in life that we find amusing....
After dinner we headed to the ocean to take in some nice views. Instead we got this:
We couldn't see a thing so we quickly got back into the car (it was freezing) and headed back into town. We stopped here before making our way back home:
These are our "scared" faces.
Despite the bad food and the fog, we had a wonderful time and hope to go back in the near future. It was so fun to spend the day together. We've hardly seen each other at all the past few weeks :( Next weekend we're going to Chico for a friend's wedding and we'll be celebrating our 1st anniversary so I'm sure we'll have some great pictures from that adventure!