Outdoor Movie Night in South Pasadena

Back To the Future, Movie Night in South Pasadena

We watched the 1985 classic Back To the Future on a movie screen tacked to the side of the old historic society building in downtown South Pasadena last night. We camped out with crowds of other movie-goers who trekked here with lawn chairs and blanks and snacks.

The showing was part of South Pasadena’s Outdoor Movie Night series, which plays every Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. on a lawn next to the Mission Street Metro Station.

I was snapping photos left and right, and had the exposure just right when I caught this classic scene of Doc Brown and Marty McFly just after the DeLorean hits 88 mphs in the JC Penny parking lot.

Last night’s blast from the past was the last showing of the 2010 season. Can’t wait till next year!

Just Another Thursday Night in South Pasadena

After a brutal commute home from a long work day, I can’t think of anything more refreshing than stepping off the Metro at the Mission Street station to find myself smack dab in the middle of the South Pasadena Farmer’s Market.

South Pasadena Farmer's Market

balloon manThe event takes over the center of town every Thursday night with vendors hawking locally grown fruits and vegetables, flowers, and other local products like honey, nuts and beans, and organic roaster chickens. And it seems like the whole town comes out to celebrate.

Even better than the groceries are the food vendors who cook up sidewalk cuisine to rival the best of them. I headed straight for the fresh tamale stand and chased one down with a buttery roasted corn on the cob. If you prefer barbeque tri tip or Peruvian or Korean or Greek or Vegan, they have something for you too.

The kids entertained themselves popping bubbles with our new friend, who we still only know as “the bubble man” (you’ll meet him later on Weekndr). He sets up camp in the grass among throngs of kids and creates giant bubbles, tiny bubbles, and everything in between, while the kids stand at attention ready to pop.

The girls topped off this night by convincing us to pony up for a pair of balloon wands, ordering up one with an alien head and the other sporting a picture of Ariel from The Little Mermaid. The five-dollar fee was the well worth the 20 minutes we waited in peace while the girls patiently watched the Balloon Man’s inflatable creations come to life.

Long Lost Cousins

Long Lost Cousins: Ringo and Daisy

As the journey West continues for the Weekndr family, our dog Ringo yesterday was introduced to his toddler cousin, Daisy. As expected, they hit it off swimmingly from the start. In the eight years we’ve known him, Ringo tends to prefer girl dogs and small dogs. So with Daisy, it was love at first sight.

P.S. The people cousins are having as much fun as the dogs.

Oh, Christmas Tree

We went to the a local garden center to buy a fresh-cut Coniferious Christmacus, aka Christmas Tree, yesterday. They were neatly displayed in a unique way I’d never seen before: hung by their tips from the ceiling with rope. Dozens of fresh-cut tree stems hovered 6 in. above ground, a surreal sight when captured with our Canon Rebel T1i.

Once home, the kids quickly trimmed the tree up right.

Happy Thanksgiving! A Day in the Life

7:05 a.m. Thought about tuning in for early TV coverage of the Macy’s T-Day Parade. The crowd started at 6:30 a.m. EST. on and it airs on NBC by 9 a.m. Visit the Web site for some cool games and video and an annoying musical underscore.

macy's thanksgiving day parade

7:18 a.m.: Started baking sweet potatoes for the Obama’s cumin-spiced Sweet Potato Casserole. Recipe from Us Weekly (no link).

7:24 a.m.: Read an article on NYTimes.com about the most-search food terms for Thanksgiving, via our favorite food site, Allrecipes.com. Sweet Potato Casserole  and Tofurky top the list. Read the article…

10:13 a.m.: Finished making replacement scrabble tiles and blogged about it (see next post).

diy scrabble tile

11:45 a.m. Left the house headed for turkey dinner at the Diaz Family Farm!

1 p.m. Watched Sadie the Scottish Terrier win the National Dog Sow. I was rooting for the black lab or the miniature pincher to no avail.

2:00 p.m. Ate the bird. Became too tired to write any more.

3:00 p.m. Went for a walk.

4 p.m. Sat down.

8 p.m. Fell asleep.

Entertaining Kids With Science and Dinosaurs

Anyone with young kids and time to kill in the New Hampshire-Vermont region near Hanover will appreciate the Montshire Museum of Science, a hands-on children’s museum designed for families just like us with preschoolers in need of a good dose of brain stimulation.

The museum is packed with indoor and outdoor activities, and regularly features new exhibits. We were in town for an impressive dinosaur exhibit this past weekend that featured life-size skeletons and other fun stuff. The entry fee is steep — mom and dad are $12 a pop, kids pay $10, and 2 and younger are free — and you can’t leave without dropping at least a twenty at the gift shop, but it goes to a good cause.

Our new camera did a good job with the highlights:


dinosaur bones at the montshire museum

dinosaur bones at the montshire museum

dinosaur backbone at the montshire museum

dinosaur backbone at the montshire museum

honey bees at the montshire museum

honey bees at the montshire museum

stuffed moose at the montshire museum

stuffed moose at the montshire museum

bird's nest at the montshire museum

bird's nest at the montshire museum

candid moment at the montshire museum

candid moment with skeleton at the montshire museum