So beautiful but still so treacherous

We’ve really gotten into the hiking thing so we went to Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve in Los Altos. It was absolutely breathtaking but I was kinda nervous ’cause I’d read that there could be coyotes, rattlesnakes, tarantulas and mountain lions in the woods. Most of my nervousness was based on the fact that I saw this little gif yesterday:


What one drop of snake poison does to a small amount of blood.

So naturally we bid all nearby hikers on quite a show when one of us accidentally stepped on an actual snake. We leapt like screaming gazelles.

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Your choice


It’s time to get started on the next site in the My Corner Shops project and I’d be delighted if you’d like to help me decide which one I’ll do next.

I’m currently choosing between these five:

The post office 

The broker company

The video store

The library

The travel agency

Which one should I do next?

Stuff I like: Bookstores


When we’d spent enough time listening to and dipping our feet into the ocean we strolled the streets of Mendocino looking for ice cream but instead encountered a small bookstore. I love bookstores even though I also love my Kindle. Mostly I like the Kindle because it makes reading so easily accessible. If I hear about a book I want to read I can buy it and send it to my Kindle in minutes. It also makes buying an actual book feel much more luxurious.

I’ve just finished John Greens The Fault In Our Stars. I liked it a lot but I definitely liked Paper Towns best amongst his books. It’s actually one of the best books I’ve ever read in my entire life. Read it.

Anyway. I was on a hunt for something new and bought Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. The back sounds promising and I’ll get back to you about if it’s good or not.

I also saw this beautiful piece of art about Victoria and her pet octopus Otto in that bookstore:


Brian Kesinger is the artist and if my airline company would allow me some more pounds of luggage I’d buy this book and give it to everyone I know back home for their birthdays. Thank goodness for worldwide shipping.



We went to Mendocino

After a brief stop at Muir Woods our little roadtrip this weekend took us to a small coastal village north of San Francisco called Mendocino.

It was this nice:

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On sibling day I got a fitting story that generated the picture above.

I myself have three siblings and about zero good pictures of all of us together. One of the few I have is of us four in a Lucia procession just when I had turned into a stubborn teenager. My sister is Lucia with curly angel hair and by brothers are elves, and me? Well, I’m the grumpiest and grungiest teen on the block. Agreeing to play the guitar but refusing to sing and dress up (even though I do look kinda dressed up but in a different, not so suitable for the occasion, kind of way). And I DO have glitter in my hair!