ditch day! (just kidding)

i’ll post about the real ditch day later. for now, here are our fakes:

1. clue: for this we just made one big stack with all the seniors who could work on it. my awesome idea of having the murder weapon be paper that caused a fatal death to someone with hemophilia was sadly rejected by special k. 🙁

2. the dating stack: lena and i made this stack that coined the phrase, “herpes slurpees.”

3. peeps: cameron and i took the easter theme and bought lots of half-price peeps. the highlight (?): the peep peep show. not suitable for children.

4. parodius: random things ending in dodgeball!

parodius

5. gummi bears: happy druggy bears!

gummi bears

6. chuck norris karate kommandos: IT’S REAL! hands-down, the best thing ever created on television. watch the opening sequence at http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1642842

chuck norris karate kommandos

i think this was probably our best fake. we just struck gold. cameron found this show when researching for the real stack, and we knew it had to be done. we made them do karate exercises like in the karate kid (wax on wax off!), roundhouse kick ninjas, and play pictionary/charades with chuck norris facts. Did you know that Chuck Norris has to maintain a concealed weapon license in all 50 states in order to legally wear pants?

7. captain planet: this was our all-campus fake. i screwed up the first clue so things got mixed up, but then the stackers kept calling me and saying, “hi, gaia?,” which was funny. thankfully, we had a good ending where their ring-pop’s combined and out came bing dressed as captain planet! then they ran to millikan pond to play there and “remove all the water to save the beavers.” too bad bing didn’t paint himself silver.

captain planet

my beautiful wallboard took a while, so i sacrificed sleeping that night for captain planet.

Corfu

corfu restaurant
Corfu is a small Greek restaurant in (my hometown) Sierra Madre that serves excellent breakfast and lunch (I’ve never tried their dinner). Sierra Madre is next to some bigger cities like Arcadia and Pasadena, but it’s kept things really local and friendly. There are no traffic lights anywhere in the city, and there is one main street where mostly independent small businesses and restaurants keep shop. The library, city hall, fire station, police station, and park are all within a couple blocks of each other on this street too. We have one tiny KFC and a Domino’s, but I think that’s all in terms of the big franchises. It’s a nice neighborhood – the houses are all not too big and not too new, but people keep up their gardens and it’s very pleasant. I think a lot of retired people live here so that keeps things at a slower pace.

Anyway, Corfu is on the main street (Sierra Madre Blvd.), and it has some nice outdoor seating in front or comfortable indoor seating with a great view of the mountains and the street. Their food is always fresh and delicious. For breakfast, they have a bunch of yummy choices, and almost all come with some really excellent fresh bread they toast and their tasty tasty flavorful hearty home potatoes. I REALLY like the sandwiches they serve at lunch too. The tuna melt is unbeatable. They have that delicious toasty fresh sourdough with melted cheese and a really good tuna mixture that has capers, onions, and some other additions. It’s a really nice-sized sandwich too, and it comes with a nice simple lettuce and tomato salad. I think they must soak the tomatoes or something, because they always are a little softened and juicy with some kind of vinaigrette I think. The Brie Chicken (with BACON, onions, and brie cheese) and Grilled Chicken are my two other favorites.

The prices have gone up a little in the past few years so I haven’t been there much recently, but the food is still great and it’s not unreasonably priced so I still go once in a while with my mom. I took Cameron there for breakfast the other day. mmm… it was so good.

I had the country style eggs (two eggs over-easy, topped with three strips of bacon, basil, tomatoes, scallions, and swiss cheese).

country style eggs

I usually get one of the omelettes, so this was my first time trying this. It was intense but seriously delicious. The bacon and cheese were pretty strong elements, but the tomatoes and basil helped lighten them up, so along with the juicy yolk, it was so tasty. Runny yolks make me so happy.

country style eggs close-up

I think the portion size was just right too. If there were any more, it might have become nasty. Of course, the fresh and toasty sourdough and the home potatoes were great too!

Cameron had the Mountain Trail Omelette (three eggs, bell peppers, onions, diced ham, bacon, and cheddar cheese).

mountain trail omelette

Their omelettes have the egg over the rest of the stuff (not enclosed like some other places make them):

mountain trail omelette close-up

mmm… These photos are making me hungry. Next time I gotta go get some of their sandwiches!

48 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
(626) 355-5993

art class final project

art class is over 🙁

but everyone did awesome self-portraits for our final projects! too bad i didn’t take pictures of everyone’s work. they were all amazing! some people did paintings, someone did one with ink and brush, someone did color pencil, a couple of us did charcoal. we had complete freedom in doing this so it was really neat to see what everyone created.

i had a lot of trouble narrowing down my ideas for this. plus the piece of paper was very large. finally, on the night before it was due, i took a couple pictures of myself to try to decide what kind of expression i should have. i liked the one where i was pretending to think deeply, so i chose it as the inspiration for my portrait. since the expression had to be just right and the paper was so large, i drew a grid (i was not super hardcore… didn’t have enough time!) to help me get it right. it turned out pretty well. i also cut out pictures of food from rachael ray’s magazine 🙂 the thought dots with glare are cream puffs and cookies 🙂

self-portrait

the people in my class really liked it 🙂 i told them how i am always thinking about my next meal(s) and food in general. i think everyone did a great job, and it was really fun to share this project with each other. BEST CLASS EVER.