Tuesday, July 30, 2013
- 1 cup pancake mix prepared as directed (or one cup of your favorite pancake recipe)
- 3 ripe bananas, sliced lengthwise (and again in half to preference)
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil (I like using coconut oil)
- Warm frying pan and oil at low to medium heat
- Dip the bananas pieces into the batter and place in frying pan
- Flip banana when golden brown, fry other side until golden brown as well
- Cool on paper towel to drain excess oil
- Sprinkle sugar on top and ENJOY!
Monday, July 29, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Guest Post by Mikey Cruz @mikeycruz
There were major surprises in this year's Comic Con than in previous years. With those surprises, Comic Con 2013 will be another fantastic event to remember!
The main surprise was that the freebies were at an all-time low this year! In the past, the exhibit hall of the convention center used to be full of long lines of people waiting to get their pop culture themed swag including reusable bags, buttons, sharpies, mugs, pins, posters, post cards, etc.
The lines of hysterical grabby hands has caused major fire hazards during the conventions in the past, so to counteract this problem the networks have invested in the "Walk Through Experience," most of which were outside the convention center and free to the public. Rather than cater to only those who purchased attendee badges, companies like Summit Entertainment joined HGTV to promote their upcoming film with an exclusive Ender's Game fan experience. Visitors are given a tour of the set, pieces, and props of the film. Scenes and trailers of the movie are showcased in the walk through, and fans can Instagram, tweet, or Facebook their time here. In addition, I received a sticker and dog tag from Ender's Game which premieres November 1st. The brilliance of this inclusive experience allows fans to enjoy Comic Con without having to buy tickets.
Other film and tv industries followed suit. NBC promoted their upcoming series The Blacklist staring Emmy award winner James Spader. Legendary pictures showcased their next mega monster hit with the Godzilla Encounter and Disney had Disney Interactive. This was one of my favorite experiences as Disney allowed fans to play a demo version of their game called Infinity. Hors d'oeuvres were served and artists can be observed sketching and drawing favorite Disney characters. Although the line to get in was long, it allowed the venue to be kept to a minimum which made for a serene and gallery-like environment. I enjoyed their swag as not only did I receive a reusable bag but a shirt that actually fits!
A lot of other events took place outside the convention center as well. Black Sails, a new series from Starz had a special screening at Reading Cinemas, a historic movie theater located in the heart of the Gaslamp. The producers and stars of the series came out to greet fans in the theatre. As a bonus, well-known musical composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, Agents of SHIELD) serenaded the audience with a mini-concert of his work from the show.
DC Entertainment and Kia partnered together to show their line of superhero inspired vehicles. Also at this exhibit, there were art pieces, mini statues, and paintings of fan favorite heroes including the New 52 versions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Green Lantern, and the Flash. The event was interactive as you were able to scan the value of the gallery pieces by using your smartphone. Other outside exhibits included Cartoon Network's Regular Show, Mad Max, the Smurfs sequel, Adult Swim Funhouse, and Hello Kitty.
A staple of Comic Con were the long lines and wait time for the panels within the Convention Center (affectionately called "Line Con"). Lines extended as far as the eye can see and beyond, for Hall H and Ballroom 20 were jam packed full of die-hard fans waiting to see Hollywood's finest actors, directors, and producers. On Thursday, at the Indigo Ballroom located at the Hilton Bayview Hotel, I attended FX's Wilfred panel starring Elijah Wood, who appeared via satellite.
On Friday in Ballroom 20, I attended the Writers of the Big Bang Theory Panel (with surprise appearances from actors Johnny Galecki and Melissa Rauch), Nickelodeon's Legend of Korra, Fox series Bones with stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, and Marvel's Agents of SHIELD starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, and produced by my all-time favorite writer/director Joss Whedon! They showed the pilot episode and it got me hooked! Shield premieres on September 24th on ABC.
Later in the evening, I attended the Veronica Mars offsite event at Regal Cinemas in Horton Plaza. The cancelled series is now being turned into a feature film via the Kickstarter Campaign. Fans of the show made donations in excess of two million dollars to make this movie a reality which is a first in television/movie history! Stars of the 2014 movie including Kristen Bell and Enrico Colantoni were there. I got a photo op with actor Percy Daggs who plays Wallace Fennel!
On Saturday, I attended a Marvel Gaming Entertainment Panel where different games (video and board) were discussed. Not only was there a surprise appearance from Stan Lee himself but an impromptu wedding proposal by one of the panelists to his now fiancé. The audience cheered with excitement!
Later that day, I got to see the panel for HBO's True Blood in Ballroom 20. The stars including Anna Paquin and Joe Manganiello and producers talked about the direction of the series. Here, tickets were handed out for the coveted "fulfillment room" located at the Marriot Marquis and Marina Hotel adjacent to the convention center. With this exclusive ticket to the "fulfillment room," I received HBO's swag including a cinch bag, sunglasses, journal, T-shirt, and xbox live gold membership, all with True Blood as a theme among these exclusive and promotional items.
Hall H houses the largest room at the convention center allowing for more than 6,000 attendees at one time. So on Sunday I was able to attend the CW's Supernatural panel staring Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. But what was most exciting of all, was the next panel featuring the creator and cast of AMC's Breaking Bad! Actor Bryan Cranston came out wearing a life-like mask of his character, Walter White. It was marvelous to see these fine actors discuss their work as their series comes to an end later this summer! Breaking Bad's latest season premieres on August 11th on AMC. Cult favorite Dr. Who made an appearance and the stars discussed 50 years of this long running series. Members of the audience flashed their sonic screwdrivers in unison! Though not an avid fan of Dr. Who myself, I might just have to check it out on BBC America (see local listings for time and details).
Overall, I highly enjoyed my four back-to-back days at Comic Con 2013! I was able to visit the exhibit hall, snag some swag, meet and interact with some fellow fans, visit with old friends, take pictures of people in Cosplay, and see celebrities here and there! With so much to do, there were other events I wasn't able to attend including the Masquerade Ball, the Walking Dead Escape, and the Eisner Awards. And for fans who didn't get tickets to Comic Con, they were able to experience the events surrounding the Gaslamp area. Knowing that there's so much to look forward to and do inside and outside the convention center, I can't wait for next year!
What was your favorite aspect of this year's convention? Will you be attending San Diego Comic Con in 2014?
Sunday, July 21, 2013
|Rutina Wesley, Tara on True Blood|
|Deborah All Woll, Jessica on True Blood|
|Sam Tramwell, Sam of True Blood|
|Ana Camp, Sarah Newlin on True Blood|
|Ryan Kwantin, Jason Stackhouse on True Blood|
|Michael McMillian, Steve Newlin on True Blood|
Friday, July 19, 2013
Address: 7250 Convoy Ct, San Diego, CA 92111
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Guest Post: by Mikey Cruz
It's that time of year again where fans of every genre under the sun and from every continent flock to San Diego to enjoy a little bit of Hollywood and more!
10) Understand that people from all over the world are traveling to this epic event. They spend tons of money on flight, hotel, food, and souvenirs (which is great for San Diego's economy!) all to see their favorite celebrity, find that exclusive collectible, or meet others with similar interests (tv, film, comics, anime, anything pop culture). Being friendly and positive to our visiting tourists goes a long way. So help them out whenever possible.
9) Comic-Con is an event that will be incredibly crowded. So patience and flexibility are virtues. I try to plan events or meet celebrities that I'd like to meet in advance. The Comic-Con website will have info on programming leading up to the events of your interests. Your event that you're looking forward to may not happen (due to long lines or cancellation) so it's a good idea to have a back-up plan. If I get that one celeb photo opportunity or autograph, I'm a happy camper!
8) In this era of technology, social media, using smartphones and tablets, be sure to bring an external battery. Getting in line for a TV or movie panel means you ought to get here early. This means you will be here for awhile. If you're using your smartphone or tablet for pics of celebrity sightings and forward texting, you can't do so with a dead battery. The outlets at the convention center are hit or miss. Also, bring a camera.
7) The volunteers who try to help with crowd control or work at the booths throughout the convention are probably doing so just to experience Comic-Con with limited means. However, they may have inside info on signings, parties, and swag. So treat them with respect and they'll reciprocate. Then you'll get that autograph or photo op that you've travelled so far for!
6) Hydrate! Bring a water bottle. Throughout the convention center there are water coolers and water fountains. Bring snacks. The food inside the convention center are expensive and not that great. Or if you're so inclined and have time to kill, eat at one of San Diego's finest restaurants in the Gaslamp! But plan accordingly. You don't want to miss that celebrity sighting, signing, or panel.
5) Take the time to visit a booth that you may not be familiar with. Whether its visiting a comic book artist or talking with a young adult author, you may meet someone who'll end up being the next big thing. As this is Comic-con, buy a Comic Book!
4) When attending a TV, movie, industry or how-to panel, there are opportunities to ask questions of featured guests and celebrities. I asked Jim Parsons of the Big Bang Theory where he would put his Emmy Award were he to win. The audience went wild with glee and lo and behold, Jim has won two Emmy awards since. A memory forever captured on YouTube!
3) There's the Swag. The pop culture industries (Hollywood or otherwise) want to promote their business (new tv show, upcoming blockbuster movies, etc.) Posters, buttons, lanyards, bags, pens, autographed photos, magazines, toys, cinch bags, books are free! And people like free stuff. They make excellent stocking stuffers for Christmas, birthday goodies, or souvenir gifts for your friends and family. They also make great keepsakes of fond memories at Comic-Con! I got a Wonder Woman iPhone 5 Case case for my iPhone and an Angry Birds Plush plush toy! For free!
2) Comic Con is a five day event including a Wednesday preview night that runs through Sunday in July. People love to get dressed up as their favorite hero, villain, or pop culture figure. Some are risqué while others are creative and fun. Children get in on the act too! There's nothing cuter than a 5 year-old dressed as Spider-man. Yes, it's Halloween (also known as Cosplay) for the kid in all of us. Also, there are events surrounding the Gaslamp area for kids and adults who can't get into the convention center. Be sure to check those as well!
1) Most importantly, have fun! Take the Comic-Con experience in. The massive crowd can be difficult to navigate at times but a positive and friendly attitude makes a huge difference in enriching your time at Comic-Con. This is the only time Hollywood comes to San Diego. People from all over the world come to vacation in America's finest city. So enjoy! You never know who you'll meet or what might happen. And that can be just as exciting!
Mikey Cruz is an avid runner, elementary school teacher and curriculum author, and a pop culture/technology enthusiast. Follow him on twitter @MikeyCruz for updates on all things Comic Con this weekend!
- Academic grade point average in all completed "a-g" courses, including additional points for completed UC-certified honors courses.
|Here is a visual representation of the average GPA and SAT/ACT scores for students who apply to UCSD. |
More can be found at www.cappex.com
- Number of, content of and performance in academic courses beyond the minimum "a-g" requirements.
|A-G Course Listing|
- Number of and performance in UC-approved honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate Higher Level and transferable college courses.
- Identification by UC as being ranked in the top 9 percent of your high school class at the end of your junior year (Eligible in the Local Context, or ELC).
- Quality of your senior-year program as measured by the type and number of academic courses in progress or planned.
- Quality of your academic performance relative to the educational opportunities available in your high school.
- Outstanding performance in one or more specific subject areas.
- Outstanding work in one or more special projects in any academic field of study.
- Recent, marked improvement in academic performance as demonstrated by academic GPA and the quality of coursework completed or in progress.
- Special talents, achievements and awards in a particular field, such as visual and performing arts, communication or athletic endeavors; special skills, such as demonstrated written and oral proficiency in other languages; special interests, such as intensive study and exploration of other cultures; experiences that demonstrate unusual promise for leadership, such as significant community service or significant participation in student government; or other significant experiences or achievements that demonstrate the student's promise for contributing to the intellectual vitality of a campus.
- Completion of special projects undertaken in the context of your high school curriculum or in conjunction with special school events, projects or programs.
- Academic accomplishments in light of your life experiences and special circumstances, including but not limited to: disabilities, low family income, first generation to attend college, need to work, disadvantaged social or educational environment, difficult personal and family situations or circumstances, refugee status or veteran status.
- Location of your secondary school and residence.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
He loves to play with Google Drive and Google Calendar creating pretend notes, essays, and schedules.
|Jelo's Google Drive|
|Jelo's Email Sent Folder|
|Jelo's YouTube History|
He's recently learned how to use Instagram and is having fun taking videos and pictures of his brother playing. Everything Jelo does online is closely monitored by my hubby or me. He's never on the computer alone. He's always in the company of either my hubby or me.
I have a previous blog post about an "oops" my son had while playing with Google+. He asks every so often if he can have his Google+ back, each time I've said no and he replies, "ooooooh kay mom..."
When I asked him about the drawings on my phone, he grabbed my phone and simply said "It's easy Mom! See you press this, then you press that, choose a color, use your finger, and draw!" Wow, simply explained by a five year old!
Chicken wings with a sweet and spicy glaze, Beef Bulgogi which is marinated strips of beef- not spicy and a bit sweet, Kimchi pancake is a savory pancake with bits of Kimchi inside, Soju (a vodka-ish rice liquor) served inside a watermelon, and my awesome Korean friend Joyce who helps explain the yummy goodness.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
The little lights on my Fitbit Flex wrist band tell me how much of my daily goal of 5 miles I've reached which is motivation for me to park a little further, chase my kids around a little bit more as they play outside, and engage in more activities that get me walking.
My total miles so far for the 100 Mile Summer Challenge is:
Week One: June 21 to 27 = 7.78 miles
Week Two: June 28 to July 4 = 18.96 miles
Week Three: July 5 to July 11 = 21.44 miles
Total: 48.18 miles
This past week, I've also started the The Omni Diet. I've read the book, The Omni Diet, by Tana Amen, and thought I'd give it a try. If you've read my previous posts, I've had a hard time with my weight all my life. I've lost weight and gained it back too many times. I'm ready, again, to make some lifestyle changes. I'm hoping the Omni Diet will help me get there.
The last few days I've started the diet with the morning smoothies to start my day. At first, the green smoothies were a bit scary to drink. Yet, they were much more tasty than they look! A trip to the grocery store focused more on veggies, nuts, and grains. I'm slowly cutting away sugar from my diet too. This will be the hardest part as I love cupcakes!
Here's a little bit about The Omni Diet from their website:
The Omni Diet bridges the gap between meat eaters and vegetarians; health and weight-loss; to restore energy, slash the risk of disease, optimize brain and hormone function, produce dramatic weight loss, and make the body healthy from the inside out. The Omni Diet is about abundance not deprivation! This revolutionary diet offers three, two-week phases, followed by a maintenance plan, including delicious recipes and important advice, such as how to mimic longevity-inducing calorie restriction without drastically cutting calories.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
With two more days left of my summer vacation from work, our family spent today at Disneyland!
Disneyland is Garcia Family's "happiest place on earth". We love it there! Thank goodness for our annual passes, we're able to visit a few times a year!
Our highlights today:
*"DJ's Dance N' Drive" show at Carsland. Our DJ is a big fan of "Cars" and he loves the character "DJ".
Here's a video:
*"Radiator Springs Racers" was a first for us today! So much fun!
*Visit with Mickey Mouse on the set of "Steamboat Willie"
*Cool sounds of the All American College Band. Check them out here:
How are you spending the rest of your summer?
Monday, July 8, 2013
A family friend with kids of their own asked if they could come over and do a backyard campout. Their son has never been camping either so we figured a backyard campout would be a nice "trial" to see if the boys would like it.
The daddies set up two tents and the boys enjoyed filling their tents with their pillows and blankets. My kids can't do without their iPads so of course those were placed in the tents too! We had to explain in "real camping" there is no Wi-Fi and no plugs to recharge. I'm not quite sure they understood.
Grilled hotdogs and s'mores were on the menu.
Once the sun started to set, the boys took to their tents, set up their LCD lanterns and fell asleep quickly and without second thoughts about sleeping outside. The daddies slept with the boys in their respective tents and the mommies slept in the warmth and comfort of the indoors.
Around 7AM the boys, kids and daddies, awoke with the sun. When I asked the boys, "So, do you like camping?" the dreaded shouts of "YES!!!" meant a real camping trip was in my near future.
I must admit the backyard campout was a success!
Do you have any suggestions for my "glam-ping" self to survive a real camping trip?