Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

I started the day off with some chocolate. What is a holiday without chocolate?

I admit, I like receiving gifts. It's very special to be thought of. Ooh, what's inside this box?

New clothes are always great. Amazingly this winter I didn't put on any extra fluff. Still, new clothes are fun.

Now I just need a reason to get dressed up and show off my new fashions.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Sweetest Thing

Powell's Sweet Shoppe is an old-fashioned candy store filled with dreams come true for someone with a sweet tooth. There are two locations in Santa Clara County: on in Los Gatos on Santa Cruz Avenue and one in San Jose in Willow Glen.

Any candy you can want is here. Candy in bulk, individually wrapped, in containers, canisters, boxes, collectible tubes... in the back of the store is a section that looks like a concession stand in a movie theater, complete with movie candy in boxes.

Also in the back of the store are four movie theater chairs facing a screen that is perpetually showing Willy Wonka.

Giant cutouts and replicas of old-fashioned candies adorn the walls, and Candy Land board games from over the years hang on the walls. Swivel stands are full of colorful lollipops and endless buckets of assorted candies tempt anyone walking by.

I made with a pretty good haul: pink popcorn, a lollipop, three Pez dispensers, an Oh Henry bar, and two candy-flavored lip balms, and an Abba Zaba. While there was a good assortment of Harry Potter candy, I passed. I already tried the Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans and they are nasty. I'm sure a chocolate frog tastes okay, but I have had my fill of choclate. And something I have never seen before: a candy cockroach. It gave me the shivers. I'm sure the Blood Pops taste good, but I already picked out a foot-shaped lollipop.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Updating My Wardrobe

Today I was at the mall and made a quick visit to my favorite store, Build-A-Bear Workshop. I found a few new tops, including a layered Hello Kitty shirt. I also found a very sweet pink shirt with a bunny on it. I didn't buy any shoes today, though I did see some beary cute red Beary Janes in red glitter with straps. Maybe on my next trip there.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Hit the Road

Next month I will be driving north up the California coast. I will get to explore cities which I have never visited. I am looking forawrd to visiting Eureka, to see how exciting it... isn't. I already checked - they have three Starbucks shops there. I may also stop in Napa and taste some wine. I plan to take a tour through the Avenue of the Giants - home to the world's tallest redwood trees, and the oldest living thing on Earth - the General Sherman. I will also travel as far north as anyone can in California - Crescent City in Del Norte County. The point of the trip is to visit Portland to tour the vegan district. It will be nice to not have to read labels to see if the foods contain animal products. On the way back, I will be driving inland to see the wonders and beauty of that side of the state. It will be a great experience. I read there may be snow. I have never been in snow so I have to learn how to prepare.
Today I went to get maps of California and the northern part of the state. Time to really plan for the tour.

A Tranquil Morning

Today I went to the Japanese Friendship Garden in Kelley Park, San Jose. It is modeled after the Okayama gardens in Japan. Okayama is one of San Jose's sister cities.

There are bridges, ponds, bonsai trees, and koi fish.

Beautiful waterfalls decorate the serene scenery.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


Voting is not only your right, it's your responsibility.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Rosicrucian Museum

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose is a bizarre, but beautiful place. AMORC itself is not bizarre, but as other have said, seeing an ancient hippo with saggy boobies standing naked in a fountain is not something one sees every day. Unless you live on Park in San Jose.

The gardens are a nice place to explore. There are many sphynx statues and a tranquil Peace Garden.

It is a fun place to explore, the grounds are nice to walk. I would save it for a warmer, sunny day.

Six More Weeks

Punxsatawney the Punk Groundhog saw his shadow today.

Grab your snowboard, crank up the heater. It's going to be a long winter.