Saturday, January 29, 2011

SETI's Dr. Seth Shostak




Dr. Seth Shostak on The Colbert Report

Last night we were privileged to hear Dr. Seth Shostak from the SETI Institute in Mountain View. He was the featured speaker at M.A.P.S. Not only did he come prepared to share information about the search for intelligent extra-terrestrial life he was FUNNY! The lecture hall was packed full of people (standing room only) and everyone stayed at the end to hear his answers to audience questions. Mike and I loved it! One of the best we've been to over the years.

A great lecture + mexican food = another fantastic night out!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday Night, Date Night

Friday nights, as you know, are "date nights" and this last Friday Michael took me on an amazing date. We went to a M.A.P.S. presentation of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom presented by Peter Gros. Along with video clips from some of his adventures Peter Gros had lots of animals with him including a beaver (who would JUMP for bread), small and large alligators, many monkeys, a large kangaroo who loved crackers, a huge anaconda, a porcupine from Africa, leaping lemurs and a kimodo dragon who used his tongue to smell the audience. It was hilarious, informative and the animals were showstoppers! Peter ended the presentation with a bit of wisdom for the packed auditorium...he said that our planet is resilient and we shouldn't feel lost when we hear all the news stories about calamities around the world. Basically, that things aren't as bad as the news would have us believe when it comes to our natural world.

We finished up the night by trying out a new BBQ restaurant Buddy's.

It is always so nice to get dressed up and go out on Friday's. I'm so glad I have a husband who realizes how important it is to plan dates for us. Date nights are so wonderful!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy Happy Birthday

Hello 31! This year for my birthday I asked for a kitten but instead I got the stomach flu, which is almost the same amount of mess to clean up. Just kidding - well not about the flu part but I did have a pretty awesome B-day considering. Michael kicked his birthday spoiling into overdrive since my birthday fell on a Monday and he had to work most of the day. I had a hot stone massage in the morning (by "Helga" who was as strong as she sounds) and we went to Outback for dinner (not the best idea, me having the flu and all but on the bright side we hardly ate anything). Michael joyously allowed me to "pull rank" all evening long even watching my new favorite TV show with me Hawaii 5-0! I was so grateful for all the birthday cards, phone calls and well-wishes I received. Thanks to everyone for making my day such a special one! I am looking forward to 2011 hoping it will be the year of the Garietys!! :)

Our Fallow Field

2011 brings with it so many exciting opportunities including what to plant in the garden this spring!

Here is our wish list so far:

Kentucky Blue Pole Beans
Sugar Snap Peas
Pickling Cucumbers
Grape Tomatoes
Beefsteak Tomatoes
Thai Chilies
Zucchini
Banana Peppers
Strawberries

Oh Christmas Tree


Our annual, early morning Christmas Tree photo. Unfortunately our 4 month old camera's flash has stopped working. Maybe Santa will bring us a new camera for Christmas next year...