Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fish Museum

Here are a few pictures from our trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium! We had a wonderful time, and saw all the fishies!

In front of the Kelp Forest tank. We saw a scuba diver feed all the fish!

Look at this turtle!
I love jellyfish. They are incredibly graceful for creatures who poop out their mouths.

Beautiful and stingy

Tiny stingies.

So cool.

Mushroom cloud of a jellyfish
Squid! The Tentacles exhibit was awesome. I love cephalopods.
Big sleepy octopus.
We got to draw our own jellyfishes that swam across the screen. We only had to fight a few children to get a turn.
Greg really liked the Nautilus.


We attempted to imitate our squid friends.

More squids.

More jellies!
After the Aquarium, we walked around Monterey, had lunch at Bubba Gump's Shrimp Co. and had a lovely day.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

On the road again

Hello there friends and family! The little Bowden family has some exciting news (not the baby-kind of news; sorry, Cindy).

The California Bowdens are becoming Washington Bowdens!

That's right, people. We're moving. Again.

As you all know, we moved to Davis, California, last year so Greg could start his Ph.D in Microbiology at UC Davis. Well, his mentor, Heather, has just scored a directorship at Washington State and has offered Greg three years of funding if he tags along. So, to make a long story short, Greg is going to give up being an Aggie to (once again) become a Cougar.

Now, moving to Pullman, WA, was not something I wanted to do, so Greg did what any loving husband would: he bribed me. Here's the trade: Washington for a puppy. Yes, dear readers, I get a puppy. The promise of a tiny dog baby to love made me more than willing to give up my new friends, pack everything I own into boxes, drive a gas-guzzling U-haul truck 14 hours north, and brave snow every winter for the next three years. Because who needs to live in a place for more than a year, anyway?

Our housing contract here in Davis ends late August, so that's probably when we will be packing up our stuff and making the great trek north. We plan on becoming super-duper-outdoors-y and mega-adventurous during our time in Washington, or watch a Netflix a lot. Maybe a little bit of both. Either way, we are excited for the next step in our lives and ready for a little bit of unemployment, a fur-baby, and a whole lot of adventure.

Okay, now that the big, scary news is out of the way, let's get an update on what the Bowdens have been up to the last few weeks (or months), shall we?

1. I found a wasp in my house and violently beat it to death with my swiffer mop.

This is my dangerous face.
2. I met my parents in Virginia to attend the wedding of my cousin Kevin and his adorable little wife Meredith. It was basically the cutest. While in VA, I also got to spend some time with the Burnett side of the fam. They are also basically the cutest.

Look at those cherry blossoms.

My pretty cousins.

Adorable bride. Handsome groom. Beautiful wedding.
PopPop had never eaten yogurt. Now he has. Victory.

You can see where I get my good looks from.

3.  Greg and I drove to Portland to celebrate the graduation of Greg's older brother, Nick. It was great to spend time with the Bowdens, stay up waaaay past my bedtime, and celebrate one of life's biggest accomplishments with wonderful people.


The Bowden family.

The graduate and his more attractive half.

4. My sister came to visit! Emily flew out here so I could be her chauffeur and take her to her best friend's wedding. We drove from Davis to Reno, Reno to Carson City, Carson City to Davis, all in one day. We also did other fun stuff. Here is photographic evidence of that.

Emily loves cows. Cows love Emily, too.

So much science.
More science.

Sister, and thai food.
Overall, we are doing wonderfully. We love our life, we are working hard, and enjoying it. :)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Birthdays, prison, and dark chocolate.

 Having a January birthday is both awesome and not awesome. Awesome: presents two months in a row! Not awesome: not getting presents for 10 months afterward.
Awesome: Greg and I both have January birthdays. Double awesome: combined birthday outings!
This year for our combined birthday weekend, we went to San Francisco. I had only been once before, and Greg had never been. We walked for miles (and miles and miles), saw Alcatraz (Azkaban, anyone?) and ate fish and chips.
On the ferry to Alcatraz after Greg got checked out by a gay couple. He's taken, dudes.
Look at this guy. So 25.

Golden Gate Bridge

Exercise yard. Apparently inmates like baseball, handball and cigarettes.

I did not like the cell blocks. Claustrophobia and dirty toilets.

Prison life did not suit Greg.

The audio tour was super cool. We saw where and how escape attempts happened, what daily life in Alcatraz looked like, and why we never want to go to prison.

We like outside.

We kept an eye out for Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and missiles.

After Alcatraz, we went for a walk along the Embarcadero. We stopped into the Musee Mechanique to see the old arcade games and machines.

Greg arm-wrestled the creepy machine

Dat concentration


Ghirardelli and an espresso dark chocolate sundae. I think this is what heaven looks like.

After a long day of walking, audio tours, contemplating prison escape attempts, arm-wrestling, walking, fish and chips, sourdough bread, seagulls, walking, and fun, we went home. We said we shouldn't lay down, but we did anyway. We promptly fell asleep for 2 hours and missed dinner. That is what real adventure looks like.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Greg has been hating his hair for quite some time now. Today, he was weighing the various pros and cons to getting a haircut, versus taking matters into his own hands. After much deliberation, and a trip to another town to go to wal-mart, I shaved Greg's head.


This is the clipper kit we got at Wal-Mart for $15. Effective and cheap.


Used the #4 guard, so his hair is about 1/2 an inch long. Not short enough for Gregory.

Intermediate Mohawk.

He needed the attitude to go with the hair.

Aaaaaannnnddddd.... Here he is! Bald and beautiful!

Isn't he a cutie?

This is the hair that came off of that shaved noggin. See the long parts? Yeah, they're like 3 inches long...

I thought it kind of looked like a Guinea pig.