Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 08, 2009

be back soon.

This weekend was a crap-shoot.  So I will be updating what we did later.  peace.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Home Alone

It had felt like such a long week this past work week. I haven't had to work a full 5 days in quite some time- so I was pooped to say the least. After being exhausted, we decided friday night would be Home Alone night. Mainly because it was on FX- perfect!




Once the movie started, Ryan was cracking up with every other line. It was funny because he thought this movie was pure genius. I'll admit it was funny- but Ryan was having the time of his life. Good for him!

Part way through we paused the movie for ice cream and m&m's. It was festive because we had Christmas colored ones.



Then we finished off the movie and went to bed.  It was a nice way to unwind after a long week.

However, as we were watching the movie, I was reminded of a childhood memory.  When Home Alone came out, my dad was working for Pepsi.  We thought we were the coolest because we had been given a  complementary copy from his work.  It was also accompanied by a small cardboard cutout of Kevin himself- after he put on the aftershave.



My guess is it still resides in our basement.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

San Ramon Tree Lighting

Today we embarked on local fun.  Bishop Ranch 1 was transformed into a magical wonderland this evening.  Well, not quite- but they tried.  Ryan said all day today people were scurrying around trying to setup for this evening.  Apparently for the last eight years, San Ramon has had a ceremony to light the fancy tree of BR1.  Who knew.

I arrived at Ryan's office at 5:30 sharp only to find him hard at work.  I brought him a surprise mocha, like a good wife, and waited for him to finish up.



Here is Ryan in his office.  It is bare because he is supposed to be moving soon.  Note his red stapler.




We then walked outside to join in on the fun.  All it really was, was food vendors, and nothing was free. Somewhat lame-sauce.  Plus, they had an odd assortment of child entertainment- ranging from clowns, to cinderella, the mad hater and a weird snow angel/goddess.  Don't quite get how they all relate to the holidays- but we'll go with it.







Then the mayor and owner of something to do with Bishop Ranch spoke.  They were handing out money for a few San Ramon schools.  One teacher from Neil Armstrong took the stage, and Ryan was quite upset.  Apparently this was his 4th grade teacher of which he did not like.  Legend has it, that Ryan was in Monterey and saw an Octopus.  He reported the news back to the 4th grade.  His teacher said he was lying.  Thus he has an eternal demise for her.  Nonetheless, she was there, and we snapped a picture.



Looks evil to me : )

Then, the San Ramon Valley HS choir took the stage.  I called them the glee club- because it is way cooler.  But, they were good, and very animated.  Plus, with their attire, they looked like they were fresh out of a Gap commercial.




Then, at 6:30 sharp the tree was lit.  We ran up as close as we could to see- but was yelled at by the horse carriage attendee.






Then the fun was over, and a children's choir started.  I don't like little kids singing, so we hit the road.  Overall- good attempt at trying to create a magical downtown feeling in a business park- but fell a bit short.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Our tree has been accessorized

Once Ryan got home from work, we began today's festivities of completing the tree decorations.  Our tree can be described as green and aqua with bits of memories.  That is, we have colored balls, green apples and silver pinecones all over the tree.  Then, our ornaments that we have picked up from various locations are intermixed.  

Ryan had to tell me that I was ruining the fun by dictating where a better location for each ornament would be.  So I bit my tongue and let the random placement pursue.



I think it turned out quite nicely.


Here are some of our favorite ornaments:







We also bought a pickle ornament, which I was so so so excited about.




There is a "german pickle legend".


The pickle ornament was considered a very special tree decoration by many families in Germany. There, the fir tree was traditionally decorated on Christmas Eve. For good luck, the pickle always was the last ornament to be hung on the tree with mother and father hiding it in the green boughs among the other ornaments. When the children were allowed to view the splendor of the decorated tree on Christmas morning they would gleefully begin searching for the pickle ornament. They knew that whoever found that special ornament first, would receive an extra little gift left by St. Nicholas for the most eager child.


Now, since Ryan and I put up the pickle, there is no surprise.  But- maybe a fun thing to do with our kids someday.


Lastly, I put up a few decorations:




This little guy was only $3 at Target.

 
Cool reindeer.




Ornaments in my Tiffany bowl.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

On the second day of Christmas...

While in Oregon, we found a killer deal on a real wreath at Costco.  We jumped on it- and have hung it on our door.  Since we have a fake tree, it is nice to have some real evergreen in our home.

We bought silver ribbon and crafted a bow last night.



I also put up our new tree.  It was hard to get the stand together, but with Ryan's strength, and my shoes, we were able to get it up.  So far, all that it has is lights and a garland.  We will be decorating later.



I love, love, love our new star.  It is green, and sparkly.  Oh so fantastic.



Today after work, to Christmas tunes on Comcast, I hung lights in two of our windows.  Just because we don't have a house, doesn't mean we can't have lights.





Also, today I was stoked to find the ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas schedule.  Tonight:  Santa Clause 3.  (Who knew!?)

Lastly, check out our sweet sweet cat.





Monday, November 30, 2009

25 Days of Christmas

Since this is our first Christmas season together, married and all, we decided to celebrate the season to its fullest.  We are going to try and do something "Christmas-sy" every day.  Then, over the years, we can see what traditions will stick.

So I am glad to report that between now and Christmas, we are officially busy.  We've got a laundry list of guaranteed holiday cheer to conquer.  If you don't hear from us, assume we are caroling or ice skating.

Our other goal is to blog about each event- since we are 99% of the time M.I.A. on the morblog.

Last night was supposed to have been the official holiday kick-off with a seasonal movie "The Holiday".  




However, Ryan hated it, and I decided that we needed to start the holiday cheer with a bang, not a bust.  So last night didn't count.  And, the beauty of Mordoff Christmas is we can decide if it counts or not.  


Since we haven't planned out a guaranteed calendar of events for each day, I won't list what we are doing yet.  Each day shall be a surprise to all of you.  


So we wish you a merry holiday season- and we look forward to sharing our fun!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

bored at the Mord's

Since I lack a job at the moment, I have taken to decorating our apartment. (Much to Ryan's demise.) I figure I am here all day long, so it might as well be a nice place.

Today I purchased two euro shams which have done wonders to our bed. It looks comfy and cozy, and very "adult-like".

We also bought a ladder shelf from Target, on clearance I might add, a few weeks back.



Cute right? But, it is in brown and needs to be black- so I will have to paint it.

Last thing we need for our living room is a side chair. We didn't have room for our 2nd couch, and my ikea chair isn't cutting it.

I found this today, but Ryan thinks it hurts his eye's. (And costs too much, but little does he know what a steal it is!)






Anyway, that is all. Off to read in my new bedding! I am learning HTML/XHTML/CSS- gotta keep up with the smart kids!

Friday, August 14, 2009

More Wedding Vids

Just a quick post of some raw videos from the wedding.... Hope to get an edited version up when I get some time. But for now, enjoy!





Saturday, July 04, 2009

Rome!

The last couple of days Chris and I have been in Rome, I absolutely love it! We hit up the colloseo today, on a great tour we booked awhile back. We got to walk through the ruins of the Palantine and look down on the forums. Yesterday we walked over to the Vacticin, which was amazing. There was so much detail on the walls and floors inside, it was so much to take in.

I have to say my favorite parts so far are the night walks. Last night we walked around the Travestre, up a hill to a beautiful fountain, which overlooked the city. The first night here we strolled past the Pantheon, over to the Trevi fountain and tossed in a coin for good luck.

This is our last night here, and tomorrow we are off to Cinque Terre, we cant wait. I wish I could upload some pics but we forgot the card reader :(
Anyway, ciao!

-Ryan

Monday, June 29, 2009

Our Wedding

I can't believe the wedding has already come and gone! It was such a perfect day, Christina did a fantastic job with all of the planning. I always hear from everyone that their wedding day was the best day of their life, and I never really thought about it too much. But now that I have lived it, it has certainly blew every other day out of the water. Everything turned out even better than I imagined it to.

I would write some more but I'm exausted and leaving for the plane to Italy in about 5 hours, I need some sleep. Spent most of the day packing and booking some last minute reservations. Thanks to everyone who came to the wedding and everyone that helped, you made the day everything we dreamed it to be.

Here is just a preview of some of the video footage we got (Thanks Sonny!), hope to add more when we get back.

-Ryan

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Note To Self - Power Strips

Keep power strip out of reach of legs when stretching, in case of accidental hit of reset button :/

-Ryan

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Holy Cow, I'm a Vegetarian!

I have been a vegetarian for 2 whole weeks now, and I couldn't feel better about it. Well, that's kind of a lie... The day after we decided our new venture it was cinco de mayo and we ate at a friends. We had beef- I guess it can be considered one last hurrah. We decided to at least be vegetarians at home, but if we are out and don't have much of a choice we aren't going to go starving.

The change of diet hasn't been too much a shock to the system. Chris and I already didn't eat much meat, but now we are trying to cut it all out. She also wants to go vegan, I'm at least going to try and cut out dairy and eggs. I even started eating cereal with rice milk, it's not too bad after a you use it a week or so. You kind of have to get used to the texture, it's a bit grainy.

So go ahead and take your bets on how long it will last.... I'm enjoying it so far. Maybe it's just a mental thing but I already feel like I've got more energy, so hopefully this will all last.

-Ryan

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Big Love fest and hiking.

We are addicted to Big Love. Addicted. In the last 24 hours we have watched six episodes. We are so obsessed we are beginning to look into a second wife. If you know anyone interested, please call Ryan's phone (because mine is still m.i.a.)

Tomorrow we are going hiking. We didn't go today as planned (you can ask Ryan all about it). We are going to Feather Falls. It is a 7 mile hike. This is big for us, considering we drive to the Safeway across from our apartment. Wish us luck- we hear rattlesnakes are out now...

New Spread

How do you like our new layout?

-Christina

ps.  there is a lot going on in this blog

Sunday, March 15, 2009

My First Album.

So it's been about 3 years since I have recorded any of my own music.  I didn't even realize it but after I picked up the computer science degree, music took a backseat and I wasn't writing music for over a year, crazy how time flies.  

About a year ago I started to realize how much I was missing it, so once again I have gotten much more into it since.  I have been writing new material constantly over the last year, and to my surprise I actually have enough to record an album, something I never really thought too much about doing before.  

It's now becoming reality.  A month or so ago Scott and I started it up again, laying down tracks for 2 new songs.  He is coming up to Chico this coming weekend and we are starting on 2 more.  I was hoping to get most of it done before the wedding, but things have been a bit more hectic than I thought with school and work.  I can't wait though, I forgot how much I love writing and recording music.  We hope to record around 13 songs.  Here is a rough demo I threw up on youtube of a song we are starting this weekend.



-Ryan

Friday, February 20, 2009

My Sexy New Instrument.

This past week we (Christina, Scott and I) went and saw Lisa Hannigan at The Independent.  It was an awesome show.  She sounded great live and it was the perfect venue, it was a small place which created an intimate feel.  Anyway, the trumpet player had this awesome instrument he was playing, it was a cross between a flute and a piano.  It sounded a bit like a harmonica or a accordion.  I had to have one!

I did some digging and found out this wacky instrument is called a melodica, originating from Germany.  Look how fun these people are having playing them.....  This could be me.



And soon enough it will be.... Heading to guitar center on Sunday to pick one up.  All I need now is that slick turquoise hat.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

The Begininng of the Last Semester

Ok, so I'm finally going to be graduating this coming May. It's been a long road here and it's strange to think that I have spent (as of now) a 1/4 of my life in Chico. It should be a good semester, only 4 classes. Two are music (which are fairly boring) and the other are oracle databases and my senior project. Now, the senior project is what I'm most looking forward to.

The students in the senior project class all get to pick some project they want to do for the semester, something we will have to present and defend at the end. While some are doing video games (big surprise there) or boring projects the Chair has thought of, I have decided to make an Audio Unit (AU) plugin for recording software. I figured since I'm also getting a Recording Arts degree, I really wanted to incorporate that into my project.

So what is an AU? It's a plug-in that needs a host application to run, such as Logic, Garageband, etc. The point of it is to alter the sound signal in real time. There are many types of effect plugins out there, such as reverbs, flanger, compression, limiting, etc. I have decided to make a spectral sound plugin (I was inspired by Michael Norris, check out his spectral plugins, they sound amazing). Spectral effects are still in it's infancy and they have lots of room for creativity. But the trade off is, there is a lot less information I can find about them.

In this respect I may be screwing myself over. I already don't know a thing about digital signal processing (DSP), the whole idea behind these plugins. On top of that I'm doing something the Chair has told us exactly not what to do, which is do a project that involves technology we aren't familiar with and have to spend time to learn. Well, I have three and a half months left, I'll let you know then if I have indeed gotten in over my head!

-Ryan

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Texts From the Vegas Airport

Date: Feb 04, 09:42 am
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Maqualcuno ha fatto una scoreggia
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From Christina


Date: Feb 04, 09:44 am 
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That is italian for did someone fart
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From Christina


-Ryan

Friday, January 30, 2009

Planning the Italy Trip

These past couple of weeks I have been looking into getting everything figured out for our honeymoon coming up this July. The more research I do the more excited I get (I have been constantly bugging Christina every couple of minutes with all the things stuff I keep learning). We have finally got things pretty much figured out; what cities we are hitting, how long we are staying, hotels, etc.

After doing lots of searching around for hotels and B&B's, I've found they are a bit different in Italy than in the U.S. They definitely seem to have some more character, the rooms are much smaller, and the beds situation is a bit comical. When it's a 2 person room and a queen bed is requested, you instead get 2 twin beds pushed together, leaving a huge crack in between. But, I can't complain, we are going to Italy, and I can't wait.

We are going to be flying in and out of Rome. We found a bed and breakfast, Pettinary Villiage, situated in the heart of Rome. We are staying for 4 nights, and planning on taking a day trip down to Pompeii and Naples (known for their great pizza).
After Rome, we head off to Cinque Terre, 5 villages sitting right on the coast. We are staying at Albergo Barbara, a small B&B, looking over water. From there we are off to Venice for 4 nights, where we found a nice place that looks over the canal. Lastly, we head for Florence, where we have already booked a tour for a bike ride through the Tuscany hills accompanied by some wine tasting!

-Ryan

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Update: How We Pass Gas

So, after further research into the highly educational book "How we Pass Gas" by Shinta Cho, I have discovered that it is part of a series.... The complete My Body Science. Check them out for yourself.
-Ryan

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Academy of Science and the Attack of the Giant Bubble

Today my parents, Christina and I went to the Academy of Science in San Francisco. I remember going there as a kid, the huge alligator pit and the circular aquarium with the fish swimming in a circle all around you. It has been closed down for the last 10 years or so for renovation and just opened up a couple months back. They made some really nice updates to it; its a green building (not color, eco-friendly) with an awesome design. There are two huge spheres inside, one being a 4 story rainforest and the other a planetarium. The roof is living, with soil and grass on top, good for insulation.

Once we made our way through the 4-story rainforest (the best part), we took the elevator down below and explored the aquarium. This can get kinda crazy on weekends, it was really crowded with little kids running and screaming everywhere. We walked along the different tanks and got to an underwater cave exhibit. Looking through the glass it looked like it went on forever. Christina wanted to get a better look into the depths of the caves, she stepped forward towards the glass and slammed her face right into a giant glass bubble! We were both standing straight towards it and didn't notice the glass was rounded like a bubble and stuck out of the wall about 6 inches. It looked like it hurt :(

After that little debacle, we continued on and found the library section of the museum. It had dead birds, animal skeletons, and the works. We were tired from walking around most of the morning so we sat down and browsed through the books at one of the tables. Of course we would be the ones to be drawn to a book of this caliber. Definitely going to purchase this when I get kids.

When elephants fart, the farts are really big.

-Ryan


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A time for Change- Welcome to our new (and only) blog!

Welcome! Ryan and I wanted to start a blog. We figure we have a lot of fun and exciting things coming up over the next year, so we should blog. We both came up with the name "MorBlog" yesterday- so we hope you enjoy it.

Today was Obama's Inauguration. Due to my lack of employment, I was able to stay home and watch all the events. Ryan sat in the work lounge for a bit and was able to see it too. What a day- something we will truly remember forever. I loved Michelle's outfit!

This weekend Ryan and I went to San Francisco and then to Sausalito. Ryan was in an artsy mood this weekend, and took hostage of our camera. Below are some of his award winning pieces:
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