Sunday, December 21, 2008

Birthday Saturday

Costco was more crowded today than it has been in a while. I got there when they opened so checking out wasn't too bad, with lines averaging about 5-6 shoppers each. The parking lot was pretty full when I left, something I haven't seen in a long time.

Rice has gotten so expensive! A 50 lb. bag of jasmine rice was $26. That's still cheaper than other places but I think the last time I bought the same thing it was around $16, maybe less.


And here's a bag of stocking (and stomach) stuffers.


This afternoon at Keiro they celebrated the ten December birthdays of the residents in the intermediate care facility. My mom's was one of them. They held the festivities in the retirement center dining hall and it was pretty full.

Here we all are in back of the birthday cake.


Entertainment was provided by a ukelele group based in Gardena. Unfortunately even though the leader mentioned their name several times (it started with an "M" I think), I can't remember what it was. Here's a picture of them:


After the concert, which included a couple of hula numbers, cake was served. It was that light kind of yellow cake that Julie likes, which I call "air cake." I much prefer the dense, heavy stuff with lots of frosting like those sheets Costco sells but I guess that's not too healthy, haha.

Here's another picture of us.


It turned out to be a nice celebration. I have to hand it to the staff and the volunteers over there - they take such good care of the residents (and guests, too). I'm still sort of in a daze at all the changes that have taken place this year but I have so much to be thankful for.

It's like Forrest Gump says in the movie (which he never said in the book), that life is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get. Really, that doesn't make too much sense if you think about it but it made people remember the movie.

Christmas once again has sneaked up on us. It's hard to believe it is less than a week away - there's just not enough time to enjoy the season! Nevertheless, I hope that all of you are able to do so.

Here's the reason for the season:




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