Sunday, June 29, 2008

Marky comes to visit Part I: Boba & Sushi

On his first day in L.A. we thought we should force Marky to experience a little bit of California with some tasty Asian treats: boba and sushi. "What in the world is boba?" you ask.

Well... boba is a little brown ball of tapioca derived from the starch of the cassava root. It's sweet, it's slimy, it's chewy and it's very delicious!

In West LA you can find little tiny boba shops all over the place. They put boba in coffee and tea mostly, BUT... they also put it in these milky, creamy, unbelievably good fruit smoothies... and if there's something milky and creamy and unbelievably good, you better believe that this dairy farmer's daughter has discovered it.

So, anyway, the friendly people mix up your drink, the boba sinks to the bottom, after which you grab a special extra-wide boba straw and immediately begin to slurp (some people think they are too good to "slurp"... eh hem, Brian). Sometimes, I even forget to chew those little bobas because the slurpie is so tasty! Brian likes to chew every single one until it's completely disintegrated. It takes him hours to finish... unless I get my hands on it, which I usually manage to do.

So, here's a little diagram for your information.

And here is Marky slurping it down. It took a little coaxing... but I think he liked it!

This is Brian not slurping...

And here's the sushi... unfortunately, it wasn't as well recieved by Marky. Oh well, B and I liked it!


Friday, June 20, 2008

A Surprise Party

My birthday was pretty special this year. First of all, I turned 29, the same age my Grandma Shirley has been for the past 52 years. I received calls or cards from all of my 7 siblings and chocolate from Brian. But most special of all, was a surprise party thrown by a handful of my sweet and adorable students. Here are a few pictures.

La comida: arroz, churasco, ensalada rusa, tacos de pollo, flan y birthday cake!

I know I'm not supposed to have a favorite... so I'm just saying that if I did, it would be Victor. Isn't he cute?

Monday, June 16, 2008

Happy Birthday to Caroline...Today!

Yay again! It's Caroline's Birthday today. She is a lovely 29 years of age.

Please send her all of the happiest wishes you can think of.

She has some pictures that she is going to cyber-send to me of her students throwing her a party.

Caroline Graduated from UCLA


Caroline is now officially the smartest person in the whole family and maybe universe. My wife is so brilliant and I love her. Look for pictures of graduation in the near future.

p.s. she got a Master's Degree in Bilingual Education

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Thesis Alert!

This just in...breaking news. Caroline just let me know that she is headed to Kinko's to have her 80 page thesis printed, bound, and then published for all of posterity.

Kung Fu Panda

Fun movie? Yes!

Caroline liked the part where Po (aka Kung Fu Panda) inadvertently smashed the bad guys head with his rear slow motion. It was pretty awesome.

Matinee in Culver City for two adults...only $17.50. What a deal!