August 26, 2013

27th birthday

Twenty-six has come and gone, and I'm moving on to twenty-seven! For my birthday, I celebrated with a family lunch and an evening under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl. Kristin Chenoweth performed with the L.A Philharmonic. It was my first time at the Hollywood Bowl, and I didn't know what to expect. Thankfully, I was warned ahead of time to bring snacks and a blanket. People take picnicking really serious at the Bowl. The concert was fantastic. Kristin Chenoweth was charming, funny and entertained the crowed with her witty comments and amazing vocals. I had a great birthday, and I'm thankful for all the people involved with making the day extra special.  

waiting for the concert to start

Fireworks @ the end of the show

Fireworks @ the end of the show

August 22, 2013

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Book No. 1) by Brandon Sanderson

"Mistborn: The Final Empire" by Brandon Sanderson is the first book of the Mistborn series. I haven't finished reading the series, and will be withholding any final judgments regarding the plot, characters etc. until I complete all four books.

On the surface, the "Mistborn" story may seem predictable - A group of highly trained thieves rally behind their fearless leader as they strive to pull off the biggest heist of the century - but its not.

Sanderson weaves an action packed tale filled with unexpected twists.  The pacing is quick, with only a few slow spots. The characters are interesting and well thought out.

The magic system in "Mistborn" is its most fascinating quality.  Allomancy is a magic system based on ingesting and then "burning" metals. The "burning" of metals is what gives an Allomancer their special powers. The powers vary by the metal ingested, and not every Allomancer has the ability to burn every metal. Most Allomancers can burn one and maybe two metals. Allomancers who can burn all metals are referred to as Mistborn. Allomancy isn't something learned, its inherited genetically.

I think Vin and Arya Stark would be friends.

While reading this book, I was asked to compare Martin's "Game of Thrones" to Sanderson's "Mistborn". In "Game of Thrones" the content is clearly very adult. With death and destruction, crude language, more sex...oh.. and graphic rape and torture scenes - at times I feel like the content gets in the way of an amazing story. In "Mistborn" there is violence, rape and torture (Steel Inquisitors),  however the content does not get in the way of the story.

August 13, 2013

Pictures from our anniversary weekend. 

Koalas chilling @ the San Diego Zoo 

Giraffes @ the San Diego Zoo 

Gazelle Sunbathing @ the San Diego Zoo 

Bears @ San Diego Zoo 
(Husband's favorite exhibit) 

Balboa Park, San Diego CA 

It was a beautiful day in San Diego. 

August 12, 2013

second year anniversary

My husband and I celebrated our second year anniversary this weekend. It was nice to get away, and to be able to focus on us for a change. I didn't realize how much I needed a mini-vacation until we were out the door and driving down the road. What started as a high school romance, slowly over a period of eleven years blossomed into a deeply committed relationship between two people. It hasn't always been easy, but it has been worth it every step of the way. I am thankful for my husband, he is my teammate and my best friend.

Here's to a great second year of marriage...may we be blessed with many more happy and healthy years to come.