Monday, December 28, 2009

Mammoth Pictures

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Mammoth was amazing-- it was my first time up there and the town looks like a postcard-- the views are amazing! I also went ice skating in an outdoor rink...so much fun!

Below are some pictures from the trip.









Jasmin

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Hello Everyone! I'm back from Mammoth and will post pictures next week. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...may 2010 bring us all great things, and may we remember the true reason for the season!

I leave you with a cute picture one of my friends sent me; it's her dog dressed as a reindeer...too cute, though the dog doesn't seem to think so from her expression, ha.



Jasmin

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Snow bunny I be

THE GOOD
  • I am DONE with my first quarter of grad school and finals! What a relief...I have looked forward to this day since I started. Only 6 more quarters to go!
  • I will be away this weekend at Mammoth...I've never gone and I'm quite excited. I bought plenty of snow gear today. Can I just say, snow gear is ridiculously expensive! Thank goodness for Christmas sales.

THE BAD
  • I have yet to do any Christmas shopping, apart from one gift which I purchased online (thank you Amazon).
  • I have yet to write and mail out any Christmas cards.
  • I have yet to make my yearly Christmas fudge to give to friends and family.
THE UGLY
  • I can't remember the last time I saw a gym or worked out. Can you say hello automatic 5 lb Christmas/grad-school/stress/no sleep weight gain? So not fun! Thank goodness I will be hitting the gym ala Rocky Balboa in January.
  • It's 20 degrees right now in Mammoth...this California girl is going to freeeeeeeeeeeeeze. I foresee lots of hot coco over the course of the weekend.
Have a great weekend everyone!

Jasmin

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Is there no originality left?

Has anyone else noticed the sudden sprout of anything and everything vampire-related? It's quite annoying. This, I'm sure, stems from the popularity of the Twilight book series and movies.

Granted
, there's nothing wrong with a book series, but now everywhere I look, there's something vampire-related: Vampire Diaries, HBO's True Blood, some Cirque de Soleil vampire movie, various books, and who knows what else will pop up next.

My point is, there's a limit for everything...and the vampire obsession is getting a bit old. It's time to move on, Hollywood.

Jasmin

Monday, December 7, 2009

The most wonderful time of year

I love this time of year for so many reasons! Today I got to experience two of them:

Lovely snow-covered mountains on the way to work this morning
:


Yummy gingerbread cookies from Panera Bread:
This little dude is so cute that I almost didn't want to eat him, but the m&m buttons were taunting me and my sweet tooth got the best of me. Even sweeter: a portion of the proceeds from purchasing a gingerbread man goes towards charity.



On another note, I have yet to do any Christmas shopping or buy appropriate winter wear for my upcoming snow trip. Online Christmas shopping is starting to look really tempting since my life has been consumed with finals. I officially finish my first quarter of grad school on Monday night! :)

Jasmin

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Darling December

Oh my goodness, how is it DECEMBER already? That means 22 days left until Christmas. The year has flown! Other random thoughts:

*I finish my 1st quarter of grad school in 13 days! Whoo hoo! My sanity has survived.

*The Josh Groban Christmas CD 'Noel' is amazing. Go buy it pronto!

*Christmas-time means limited coffee drinks at certain places-- my favorite during this time of year is Coffee Bean's peppermint mocha ice blended.

*I just finished reading Andre Agassi's autobiography, Open. I highly recommend it for tennis fans and non-tennis fans alike. It's one of the best autobiographies I've read in a long time, and reinforced how public perception of a sports' star is rarely ever accurate.

*I'm going to Mammoth in a couple of weeks-- anyone have any suggestions of where I can find cute snow boots? They must be waterproof and lined. All the ones I've seen are "snow boots" only in the fashion sense.

*I have 21 days of work left until a week-and-a-half long Christmas break, where I plan to do nothing but exercise, sleep, and sleep some more.

And last but not least:

*Tiger Woods, sadly, is now just another Kobe and Jeter. How is it that fidelity and honor no longer have a place in the world for athletes?

Jasmin
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