Firefly on Castle

My first post in over a year, and I’m posting a YouTube video.

Brilliant. ಠ_ಠ

Nevertheless, I have to say that I’m rather fond of in-jokes and callback references.  So seeing this clip from Castle made me pretty happy:

Crystal Cove

A picture of a cliff by a beach with seagulls

Yesterday, MB and I decided to take advantage of the football-related lack of traffic and go somewhere for the day.  The somewhere we decided on was Crystal Cove State Park.

We spent a couple hours walking the 6 miles down the far end of the beach and back.  It was really gorgeous.  Along the beach you can enjoy the sound of waves and seabirds, and take in the smell of the ocean spray.  On the cliffs overlooking the beach are a lot of smaller birds, and tons of bunnies. (Cute!) The view everywhere was lovely, and it was a nice flat yet intense walk.  (Intense because you’re walking on sand for most of the hike!)

Overall, it was a really great day.  The beach was gorgeous.  If we’d planned things better, we probably would have packed a picnic to enjoy while we were there.  I’m pretty sure we’ll go back again sometime in the (relatively) near future to spend more time, and will likely bring such with us.

TL;DR: A++, would hike again.

Music Geekery

I’ve been taking voice lessons for about a month. That in and of itself is pretty exciting for me, but today I realized that, technically, I have the range to sing “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” aka, The Queen of the Night’s Aria from Mozart’s The Magic Flute. This might not seem like a big deal to most people but it’s something that I’ve wanted to be able to sing for years. Probably because it’s incredibly high and artistically challenging, but also because it’s beautiful. If you’ve never heard it before, I commend it to your attention. In fact, you can listen to it just by hitting “play” below: