Monday, February 28, 2011

oscar pizza

we joined some friends for an oscar party and chose to partake in one of mamma's brick oven pizzas.

the BIG one.

it was awesome!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

what is this?

we have lived in southern california for three and a half years.  i've often wondered what this downtown building is.

some kind of abstract art?
a water slide?
a loading ramp for when the aliens arrive?

so locals - help me out.  what are we looking at here?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

kogi bbq truck

any good visit from friends requires sampling the local cuisine.  one of my college roommates was in town and wanted to try and hit up the korean taco truck that started the gourmet food truck revolution.  the last time he was here we missed a truck on the night he was leaving town.  this time we were able to track one down that was parked just up lake avenue at the coffee gallery.

as usual, the food was great.  and because the fad has faded a bit, it no longer takes hours to receive some of their tasty food - only 10-15 minutes now.

Friday, February 25, 2011

skywatching at watts towers

one of my good friends from college has been in town this week, so we've been taking a few excursions around southern california.  one of them was south to the neighborhood of watts to check out these incredible towers. 

i can't explain just how cool this was, but if you get a chance, check out the wikipedia page, and visit the site if you are in the area.

more skywatch friday can be found right here.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

grand central market

i'm ashamed it took almost four years for me to visit los angeles' grand central market.  if ever there was a place calling my name, it would have to be something like this.  fast food and produce from a variety of cultural backgrounds, all at affordable prices in one convenient location. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

guest photographer #2

i'm excited to show you some photography from the second special guest photographer, mr. timmy morgan.  the guy can do comedy, acting, voice over work, and apparently can take great photos too!  tim shot this image on sunday morning after a night of very cold temperatures, and precipitation.

check out that so-cal snow!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

rainy days

we've been getting some seasonal gray weather and rain this weekend - even some thunder and lightning yesterday!  here is a picture of our soggy city hall. you can't even see the san gabriel mountains because of the hanging cloud cover.

a bit late for this week, but we'll consider this skywatch friday on a sunday.  you can see more at the skywatch website right here.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

another cell phone photo...

this one is from my good friend dave cho.  we ventured out to t. boyle's tavern to listen to our friend austin play a set of music.

good times.

Friday, February 18, 2011

stanley hauerwas

renowned theologian and christian ethicist, stanley hauerwas, has been at fuller this week speaking to students and faculty.  i was able to hear him speak last night as part of this series.  i have appreciated his writing for a few years, and it was good to be able to experience his message in person.

this photo of the event (which was held at first united methodist church) was unfortunately taken on my cell phone - hence the poor quality.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

better late...

than never?

sorry about the late nature of this post of a corner of fuller's campus.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


the fuller seminary post office has these classy old mailboxes.  this photo was taken a few years ago, and i recently found it while browsing my old photos.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

camping in february

i mentioned on sunday that we were out of town for the weekend - a camping retreat with our church family at leo carrillo state park.  it was a fabulous way to relax with our friends, and introduce our baby girl to the whole camping experience (see her little face in the tent?).

and i gotta admit - there is something special about being able to camp in the warmth and sunshine in february!

Monday, February 14, 2011

city hall construction

busy times around city hall as renovations are being made to the existing traffic system.  brigham yen has plenty of details on his blog if you want to learn more.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

blogger picnic!

check it out!  if you are a blogger, or just a local fan, please join us for the upcoming san gabriel valley blogger picnic!

sorry for mailing in this post (no photos of my own today), but we are out of town.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

library fountain

our local public library has this quaint little bubbling fountain outside.  i'm not sure i've captured it perfectly, but i like the way the water ripples on the top.

Friday, February 11, 2011

palmed sky

every once in a while i have to pinch myself.

this is where we live? 

more skywatch friday photography from across the blogosphere can be found, right here.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


i thought it might be fun to go back and re-photograph some of my earlier photo subjects.  i've posted two images of this building.  one way back in january of 2008, and the other in march of that same year.

both of those images are quite different - the sky, the lighting, the perspective, etc.  but i also noticed that the 'farmers' sign has come down.

i'm going to keep browsing through my old photos to see if there are others that i could revisit.  let me know if you have any suggestions.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

orean the health express

i've often wondered about this place.  their website claims to be the first vegetarian fast food take out restaurant.  i really should give it a shot sometime.

have any locals tried it out?

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

guest photography #1

last thursday i mentioned that i would be accepting photo submissions from readers of this blog.  i'm happy to report that my good friend lois sent me this photo to share with you all.

from lois - "this one is from huntington library in the desert gardens taken on march 4, 2010."

awesome!  really a brilliant photo.  if anyone else has a photo they would like me to post, please pass it on!  i'd love to make it a regular feature at the sky is big in pasadena.

Monday, February 07, 2011

super spread

while i'll admit, this year was a pretty entertaining football game, the thing i usually look the most forward to at a super bowl party is the food.  this year our spread included chris' chicken wings (just like last year), assorted veggies, this amazing antipasto squares from the noble pig, a giant bowl of guacamole, an amazing salad, artichoke dip, and homemade cookies for dessert.


Sunday, February 06, 2011

familiar faces

a familiar face on this blog is the face of the clock on the st. andrews tower.  this pasadena landmark has been featured dozens of times through the past few years.  you can see them all, right here.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Friday, February 04, 2011

happy friday

as usual, here is a bit of pasadena sky for your friday skywatch pleasure. 

local blog readers will note that pasadena, 91105 and beyond posted about this very building earlier this week!  that post is worth reading as it gives a great bit of info about the building use - both past and present.

more skies from around the blogosphere can be found, right here.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

first congregational profile

this isn't the first time this church has been featured on this blog.  i guess it is inevitable as it is located on the corner of fuller theological seminary's campus, and i pass by it most days.

on a different note -- would anyone like to have their pasadena photo posted on this blog?  i've been thinking for a while that it would be fun to get a few guest photographers featured from time to time.  send me a note or comment with your contact info if you are interested.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

new soccer field at villa parke

the closest of pasadena's many parks to my home is villa parke.  thus, i've been watching with some interest as construction workers have gone through the process of installing a new synthetic turf field.  it looks pretty sharp from a distance.  Sadly, i couldn't get up high enough to get a good photo of the logo in the center of the field.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

february theme day: fountains

can you see the otters playing in the water? 

hundreds of other daily photo bloggers are working with today's fountain theme.  fountains from all over the world.  check them out!

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