Tuesday, December 28, 2004
This girl I work with got a crockpot for her wedding shower. She said "you know you're really growing up when you get excited about a crock pot." But I think sometimes you just get hungry.
On another note, I think love looks like glitter. I told someone to send me love in a Christmas card and I keep picturing glitter falling out of the opened envelope sort of like fairy dust.
Monday, December 27, 2004
Thursday, December 23, 2004
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
" . . .as I've come to realise, 'rustic' is a useful word for describing something you've done that looks a bit crap." (please see my back patio tile for further examples)
1. I do not know who Boromir, Denethor, Isildor, or Gimli are.
2. I cannot share any type of sentiment such as "of course! the Pool of Mirrors!"
3. If I land on the same space as my boyfriend, I will make our game pieces kiss.
4. I will never guess "oh I don't know, how about Midas Tirith"
Monday, December 20, 2004
Daniel Erenberg lives in a gothic-looking house in a suburb of Long Island shrouded by trees and darkness. His backyard is so overrun with shrubbery that he can't plant flowers in the soil. He's penned articles for numerous magazines (and a couple of websites for free). Currently, he's writing his first novel, entitled People That I've Long Since Forgotten. He's also written two plays, Little Room and Dystopia and a screenplay called Youth Or Consequence. He lives a fairly happy life alone except for the mind-numbing loneliness he feels on occasion. If you’re a beautiful woman that’s fallen in love with Daniel, or you just want to talk Buffy with him, you can contact Daniel at email@example.com.
1. Sleeping in my own bed with my kitties
3. My new lemon verbena and munstead lavender houseplants
4. My abutilon/flowering maple is in crazy bloom
5. Chocolate birthday cake
6. Smoking, oh wait I don't do that anymore, bastards
8. Advanced step class on Christmas Eve
9. Getting back in touch with a Magnificent Bastard
Falling Petals is totally trying to run game on my man!
Friday, December 17, 2004
Thursday, December 16, 2004
I bought something that I want and I don't think anyone else will really like for my office white elephant gift exchange, and I am going to try to "win" it for myself. I'm basically self-gifting through the mechanism of the gift exchange. This could backfire big time. No one ever likes the gifts I bring and I'm always pretty bitter about it (I'm petty like that). Something tells me that since I'm trying to pull this, my gift will be very popular this year.
Found that link via the USA top 100 pop candy list which is very fun.
My boss's sister is Coach Roz of the Sierra College Women's Basketball team. She was very dismayed to see she did not get any hottie points, indicated by a little chili pepper, on the ratemyprofessors.com website. If you go to Sierra College and have had Coach Roz please go and give her some chili peppers.
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Monday, December 13, 2004
Friday, December 10, 2004
Thursday, December 09, 2004
1. When girl bloggers refer to their husbands as "Mr. Theirblogsname." Mine would be called Mr. Lady Candyass Sharkbite, and I'm sure he would love that.
2. Thinking about the names of the children Lady Candyass Sharkbite would have with Rex Venom. Actually I have an exteme internet crush on Rex Venom.
3. old Wilco.
4. The new Gwen Stephani album and my friend Allyn singing along at the top of his voice to the new Gwen Stephani album.
5. Being inside on a clean happy bright snow day like this.
6. Living in Roseville where it is currently 63 degrees Fahrenheit .
7. Cake with plastic rings stuck in the side as decoration.
8. Being called Auntie K-Rock.
Since I feel like some of what I said was taken out of context, I will rectify here in my own little publication:
1. When I said "all bloggers want to make money off their blogs" I meant that anyone would want to get paid to do their hobby. I also mentioned that my friends provide good content which I would pay to see.
2. When I said I was the "granddaddy" of my blogging friends I meant that I've been blogging in a very simple way for a couple of years now and I'm excited to see all the creative new things my friends are doing with their blogs.
You know what I mean right?
Also, I think Chrisanne Beckner has the hots for me.
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Julie: Hey Karin, remember when I called Brian "baby boots" in front of all his work friends and then as Cheng was leaving he poked his head back in the door and said "See you at work on Monday....BABY BOOTS"?
Karin: yeah that was awesome: especially because you said that right after you said YOU wear the pants in the relationship.
Julie: Poor little Brian, good thing he's such a good sport! Whenever he's being cutesy and then the phone rings he answers it like he's all tough-"Hey dude!" Then we laugh about it when he gets off. Does Thad have cool dude tendencies like Brian? Maybe they could have fun playing together. Brian and Justin can put on their camouflage and pretend to be GI Joe while Thad can pretend to be a fantasy dragon and they can hunt each other. Wouldn't that be awesome?
Monday, December 06, 2004
Friday, December 03, 2004
Three of my favorite things in life are as follows: Girl Party, Hot Girl Party, and Girl Crushes (especially when they are on me, but any configuration makes me happy).
That said, last night at the gym I couldn't stop staring at this incredibly fit and beautiful pregnant woman. She's been in my sculpting class all along but in pregnancy she has really blossomed and just glows now. Anyway, I went up to her after class and said "you are the most beautiful pregnant woman I've ever seen*, you look great." By the time I started stuttering the "you look great" part I realized that this interaction was a mistake. I had stumbled on one of the most horrible women there is: the woman who doesn't like compliments from other women. I hate these women. More than anything. The side of the woman's mouth turned up in a polite half smile and she didn't really say anything. She acted like she wanted to ignore the very uncouth thing that had just happenned.
On the flip side, I recently received the most delightful email from my internet (and one time in real life) friend Lori. She had been to see a band and loved the guitar player so much she thought he would be just my type and that I would want to date him. I was so touched that she thought about me in her real life and cared about my dating plight** enough to look for men I would like. I emailed her back and told her so and we both went about our happy ways with extra Girl Love in our hearts. Now that, my friends, is how it's supposed to go down!
So, to my lady readers: You all look very beautiful today!
*This was not actually true. My friend Kim is the most beautiful pregnant woman I have ever seen, but it felt true at the moment.
**I am currently very happily seeing someone but she didn't know that.
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Here are things I love:
1. puppy paws, dog paws, cat paws
2. white wine
3. shaved legs on flannel sheets
4. honeycrisp apples
6. answering the phone when the caller says "hey, gorgeous"
7. burning candles
8. the skyline of my town
9. Tres Chicas
10. finding something I thought I had forgotten
11. seat warmers
it's good to be home . . .
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Monday, November 22, 2004
1. drank a milkshake with a hot boy
2. made horrible waffles verifying that Thad and I are the worst cooks in the world and should not be allowed to make food together
3. planted 2 roses, 8 lillies, and transplanted what I think are about 1,000,000 irises of unknown description
5. danced for roughly 5 hours including at an unidentified after hours bar in the City
6. ate ginger altoids which actually make your mouth feel hotter and dirtier
7. walked for days while ranging from slightly to very hung over and back again to see the installation at the Adobe bookstore, totally worth it! (f0rgot my camera, seriously)
8. embarked on a crochet project, remember when I used to be crafty?
Friday, November 19, 2004
Thursday, November 18, 2004
p.s. fall evenings are the best: fog, apple crisp, hot cocoa, slippers, a mass of yellow leaves on the tree out front and the driveway thick with orange ones.
Why haven't I had a fire yet this year?
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Plus: Jessa is very funny and insightful, and she used to work at Planned Parenthood, my favorite!
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Alberic Barbier for white garden
Veilchenblau blue rose
Max Graff pink and yellow ground cover
I haven't been able to figure out the differences between the types of roses yet, but don't Bourbon roses sound so enchantingly gothic?
link via not martha
p.s. someone has documented the occasion and I am so jealous, but I can't look yet. I'm going this weekend!
Monday, November 15, 2004
French for "dream of gold", this lovely, graceful climber lives up to its name with ease. Nearly thornless it is useful in close quarters. It is especially recommended for use on porch pillars, where the pendulous, globular flowers can be seen and appreciated more easily. Once trained up and established ‘Rêve d’Or’ will display for its admirers a wealth of large, loosely double, buff yellow roses with a rich Noisette perfume. It blooms all season, but we enjoy its fall performance best.
Garden dork is in full effect, Boyeee!
In other news, I saw the Megan Slankard Band on the weekend. Her voice is beautiful and sort of reminded me of both Ani DiFranco and Jewel by turns, if you can believe that. See her live if you can.
p.s. two shrubberies were also removed on the weekend using only my bare hands. Well, and a shovel. And I was wearing gloves.
Friday, November 12, 2004
After reading this entry on Angela's Sacramento Gardening Blog about 8 foot tall Lillies, I decided I needed some too, more than anything. If I got my order in under the deadline, next year I will have these in the flower bed I'm planning near the driveway and these in the back between the pink and yellow garden and the herb garden. It may have been too late, but hopefully they will take pity on me and give me the lillies I so desperately need.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Here's a belated picture from my night of indecency. I'm sitting on the hood of a car in my bathrobe with the Sacramento skyline behind me (which you can't see) and Charr is testing some of her light techniques. It was a very cool experience being outside of what's allowed and yet not evil at all. I guess I don't think nudity should be against the law.
p.s. I don't really have a mullet. Anymore.
p.p.s. In a moment of blog synchronicity, Charr put some of the actual shots up today.
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
p.s. and maybe if I am very lucky my internet connection will work and I can post a photo to this blog, wouldn't that be novel!
p.p.s. now that fall is here and the light is dimmer, thinking about twinkle lights always makes me feel better. It's like hot cocoa. Oh, I can make hot cocoa tonight!
Friday, November 05, 2004
For one amazing week in November, Adobe Bookshop in San Francisco has agreed to allow its estimated 20,000 books to be reclassified by color. Shifting from red to orange to yellow to green, the books will follow the spectrum continuously, changing Adobe from a neighborhood bookshop into a magical library—but only for one week.
All I have to say about that is that I'll be there! Finding a book based on color sounds like fate to me.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
I know they're just people and they deserve my compassion but why do they have to be so very very stupid?
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
I don't suppose it's possible that Kerry will win by such a large margin as to make reality-phobic Bush concede? We can always hope! Like all those Boston folks keep saying: Believe!
Monday, November 01, 2004
1st year changes, chronologically:
1. painted kitchen cabinets and counter
2. painted living areas
3. gussied up light switch plates
4. tiled bathroom, replaced toilet (thanks Paul!)
5. put checkerboard linoleum in kitchen
6. took out three shrubberies
7. tiled back porch
8. planned garden, installation of many key features
9. built new fence for back of backyard (thanks Chris!)
10. painted and installed new light fixture in bathroom
projected 2nd year changes:
1. replant lawn
2. rejuvenate front planter
3. tile kitchen counter and install new sink
4. bust out kitchen and install peninsula cooking station
5. reframe inside doorways between living areas for new traffic pattern
6. redo gutters to match trim and not leak
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Pink Lady apples are my favorites, but I would like to try the Honeycrisp everyone's raving about.
I stabbed myself under my tongue with my ring finger while flossing and there's still a bump two days later.
Never refer to yourself in the third person on a conference call, actually ever.
Don't you think I need pink tennis shoes?
It's nice to hear the rain at night and feel snug in your own little ark, especially if there are two kitties purring in it.
Current favorite song: Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie by Joanna Newsom
My shower is really clean. I would even confidently let my Grandma shower in it.
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
"Bush supporters have numerous misperceptions about Bush’s international policy positions.
Majorities incorrectly assumed that Bush supports multilateral approaches to various international issues—the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (69%), the treaty banning land mines (72%); 51% incorrectly assumed he favors US participation in the Kyoto treaty--the principal international accord on global warming. After he denounced the International Criminal Court in the debates, the perception that he opposed it increased from 24% to 38% among Bush supporters, but a majority of supporters (53%) continued to believe that he favors it. Only 13% of supporters are aware that he opposes labor and environmental standards in trade agreements – 74% incorrectly believe that he favors including labor and environmental standards in agreements on trade.
In all these cases, there is a recurring theme: majorities of Bush supporters favor these positions, and they infer that Bush favors them as well. For example, in PIPA’s September 8 – 12 poll 54% of Bush supporters favored participation in Kyoto, 66% favored participation in the land mines treaty, and 68% favored a treaty prohibiting testing nuclear weapons (CTBT). Apparently in the absence of evidence to the contrary, Bush supporters assume Bush feels as they do."
From the PIPA Report 10/21/2004
via BBC Blogging the US Election
Monday, October 25, 2004
What I think is weird is that my cat always knows when this is happenning before I do and tries to tell me.
What I think is fucked up is that she likes to tell me by going to the bathroom in hierarchically designated non-litter box areas. The pinnacle of these areas is my bed, specifically my down comforter, to be superceded only in extreme cases by the pillow, or when the case is dire indeed directly on me when I am in bed.
p.s. the surprise issue is also a breast cancer awareness issue! These people are obsessed with breasts for health reasons as well as aesthetic ones. Have you checked yourself lately?
indeed. You very much the Charismatic person. You try very hard to
honor those you love. Romantic. Just don't strangle them!
Be a lover, not a hostage taker. That's only because of your deep
passion for life and people,which no one can blame you for.
Now I never post quizzes, actually I rarely take quizzes, but I thought this one was oddly relevant because of how I found it. I also like my result, because I think In Your Eyes, and now Book of Love are the only two Peter Gabriel songs I know. If you are going to define yourself by something random, it may as well be by a list of songs most of which you don't know.
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
What kind of idiot decides to tinker around with the color scheme on her blog and then unintentionally deletes everything after the very first table tags. What kind of idiot would then decide the preview feature had a glitch and SAVE the template of her newly gutted weblog thereby losing every modification she had ever made. Hi, my name is Karin, nice to meet you.
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
In unrelated news I will be installing twinkle lights in my house. If you think that's tacky you should see what I've already done. Mortifying the white carpet world one piece of glitter at a time.
Monday, October 18, 2004
Thursday, October 14, 2004
p.s. he loves it when you correct his grammar and spelling
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Tonight I am going to do something illegal. My friend Charr is a kickass photographer and I've posed for her before a couple of times, nude. Tonight we're taking it to the streets and I will be photographed nude in public. Maybe this is stupid but I'm very excited and I have this crazy vibratey feeling that I only get when taking risks that I'm not sure I'm up to. Examples of situations that have given me this feeling:
1. Getting up on the blocks to start a race when I was on swim team.
2. The time me and Kim won a bunch of money in a bar contest.
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Monday, October 11, 2004
Friday, October 08, 2004
Great moments in paint name history:
1. I made my ex-boyfriend pick up the paint from the counter when they were screaming out "Racy Red" in front of everybody.
2. When I decided I should seriously start dating again I picked out a color called "It's a Boy" for the bathroom. It worked like a charm.
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
p.s. If you would like to pay me $400 per month to live in my house in Roseville, CA I am actually a lovely person and would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
p.p.s. I will now go to step class and ride my instructor's pony
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
Monday, October 04, 2004
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Oh Tashia, how delightful thy are in the workplace. How I love to bother you with pointless questions regarding the scent of my shampoo or possible VPL. You are always so patient with my awkward ass gyrations and so soothing in your promises that no, you cannot see my pantyline. You are a source of inspiration to bleach and cleaning supply manufacturers everywhere. Thank you one thousand times for loaning me your Dave Chappelle dvd and for never failing to keep it real. Your delight in the Panini is a constant source of delight to all, and your disgust with the hair care practices of white women with mixed children will be a source of contemplation for me in the years to come. Let your shoes always match your outfit and may you never fall false victim to the WMDs again!
Monday, September 27, 2004
Friday, September 24, 2004
Thursday, September 23, 2004
1. Till dead lawn.
2. Slay unwanted shrubberies in the front yard. It is only our shrubberies which separate us from the animals. Try going to North Carolina, you'll see what I mean.
3. Seed green manure.
4. Plant verbena and butterfly bushes in the front of the front yard. This may require beauty bark (wood chips to everyone else, my family is weird) which I hate.
5. Plant everything else that's going in the front bed by the house.
6. Finish the blue garden, whatever that may be.
7. Make sure all of the plants I've bought are in their new spots and not still in the nursery pots.
8. Make strides toward not being the neighborhood blight this time next year! I want to be able to say "it's the house with the partying garden," instead of "it's the house with the dead lawn and two dead trees."
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Good morning, and thank you for contacing us.
Your package was returned to us due to an incomplete delivery address.
If you feel this to be in error, you may place a claim with UPS for the amount of your package.
We will be happy to supply you with any information you may need.
Unfortunately, when the plants were returned they had expired.
Our gaurantee does not cover delivery failures due to an incomplete address.
We are sorry there was a problem.
Customer Service Mountain Valley Growers, Inc. The Nation's largest supplier ofcertified organic herb and perennial plants.
What this means is that I am out $50 and all of my faith in local organic businesses offering better service than glossy chains. Actually any service: I paid for something I never received and was never contacted about, but apparently that is my fault. I want to cry.
interest via Largehearted Boy
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Monday, September 20, 2004
p.s. I totally spell checked Quayle, how embarassing would it be to spell that wrong?
Friday, September 17, 2004
Also, I don't consider myself to be someone who really likes musicals, but I bought the CD of Paul Simon's Capeman and listened to it everyday for a year, so I guess I'm kind of into it.
Thursday, September 16, 2004
In other news, Paris Hilton will be Daisy in the Great Gatsby. I am torn between being appalled and thinking it's perfect. Her voice does sound like money, but not in an attractive way. No one ever seems to talk about Nick though, and he is the whole story to me. I once dated a guy who told me he had been Gatsby for Halloween. I said Gatsby is terrible, why not be Nick. He said I'm pretty much Nick every day.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
"But if the bloggers have power, it's because they form a robust intellectual marketplace, in which assertions must prove themselves before a jury of cyber-peers. In the words of James T. Smith, of critical-thinker.blogspot.com, "The blogosphere is the people." To be sure, the marketplace can make mistakes, but on the whole, like democracy itself, the more folks participating, the better the functioning."
Lately I have been considering my responsibility in the upcoming election. I feel pretty strongly about the whole thing but I know I don't like other people dumping their political opinions all over me. (This is also because I usually think they're wrong and I'm right, but that's beside the point) So,I've decided to participate via comments in the side bar and leave the normal content of this site how it is.
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Monday, September 13, 2004
Sunday, September 12, 2004
This is the purse that kicked off my little pursey phase. I wish I would've made the handle holders longer. This purse already looks like crap, apparently I am not the type of person who can carry a white purse without getting it all dirty. I just realized though that I've gotten many more compliments on this purse in the last week or so than I did when it was cleaner. Weird.
Friday, September 10, 2004
Thursday, September 09, 2004
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
p.s. if you are on ebay and you are trying to outbid me on glass towel bars, you are going DOWN!!! I want all the towel bars for me!!
p.p.s. we all have our priorities
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
And on a similar note, here's how Mary Blaire is dealing with the search for a date. She's a bit more goal oriented than I am though.
Friday, September 03, 2004
"milk, a ripe banana, strawberries, maybe some yoghurt and/or honey, whizz it all up and you have the best summer brekky drink."
Note the use of the word "brekky."
I should admit that use of the term "bisky" is very prevalent in my family when discussing a dog biscuit.
Thursday, September 02, 2004
This is the tomato garden a couple of days ago. Tall, huh? They are in a bed that used to be the home of two big shrubs so I filled in the holes with compost and some manure and stuff. I think that is why my tomatoes are taller than I am but not overly productive: too much nitrogen. I'm still hoping for late season development though since I only planted these in May and late May at that.
p.s. I cleaned my kitchen top to bottom last night and it really, really needed it. Now I can't stop daydreaming about going home to be in it. Dirty much?
Monday, August 30, 2004
Sunday, August 29, 2004
Another little purse. This one is based on my sister's purse which has the same basic shape and is also made with vintage fabric. Alright, it's a knockoff. But I used fabric that is much louder than hers. Here's the inside.
p.s. I've been having a lot of trouble with the inline picture feature on blogger lately. They keep leaving?
This is the result, so far, of my experiment with Apartment Therapy's curtain hanging tutorial. I really like how the curtain separates the space. Here's a picture of what it used to look like when I came in the front door. I really like how the curtains hide the view of the crafty crap but still let light into the living room and allow me to watch the living room TV while I'm crafting. Also the living room feels so cozy now that it's the right size. The wire was so easy to hang and all of the hardware and everything only cost me about $10. The only thing I don't like are the curtains themselves. When I was hanging the wire I kept thinking about all the fabric I have, I was sure I would have something that would work. Turns out not.
Friday, August 27, 2004
1. My sister used to read his books when I was becoming the book snob I am today. I was not impressed.
2. My horrible ex-boyfriend used to like to end fights with me by telling me that I wrote like Dean Koontz. I would then promptly throw him out of the house and he would not have to deal with me until at least the next day.
For the record, I have never actually read anything by Mr. Koontz.
Thursday, August 26, 2004
p.s. Will someone please pay my supplemental property taxes?
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
p.s. I certainly have become quite the hater! I should go to Dave Chapelle's Player Hater's Ball!
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
When people call a sandwich a "sammie." I love all other cutsey names for sandwiches including the following: samich, samamich, sandy-wich.
When people say "congrats." Why is it so much extra work to say congratulations. Are you really sincerely congratulating someone if you can't even take the time to say the full word?
Also wanted to point out this post at Keri Smith's site about creating your own special space. Obviously I am obsessed with this notion to the point of creating a whole house in its image.
p.s. has anyone see Love, Actually? It was so good.
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Anyway, for my own future reference or for any fledgling Sacramento gardeners, here is a list of the good plants that are going to town in spite of the heat, and they're only little babies. This may also be a good time to record my theory that no plant* really means "full afternoon sun" in Sacramento.
1. Lamb's ears, seriously, with very little shade
2. Butterfly bush, I plan to fill every space still available with these babies
3. Tomatoes and cucumbers with afternoon shade
4. Rose of Sharon, or hibiscus, or whatever you call it, with afternoon shade. The one out in the open is pathetic
5. Culinary Sage and Oregano, flourishing
6. Peach Trees, these may get a little tiny bit of afternoon shade but I think I planted them in June and they are still lush and green
*Obviously "no plant" does not refer to super plants Lavender and Rosemary. These are partying like rockstars.
Thursday, August 05, 2004
reading my first autopsy and thinking: "If I die and someone writes
'Buttocks of victim are grossly unremarkable,' I will be so pissed!"
Thursday, July 22, 2004
This is the layout view of a quilt I just did for my friend Rachel who's pregnant with Naomi (they are really on the ball with names!). This picture turned out clearer than the ones of the finished quilt, but you can't see how cool the free motion quilting turned out. And since I knew the baby's name I quilted it on there. Lately, every time I make a baby quilt I think "boy this one is turning out really lame, this person is getting crap." And then when it's done I end up loving it and feeling very proud and happy to give it to the person. Now that I know that's the pattern I just ignore it. I hope this won't lead to me making worse and worse quilts!
This is the map of how, basically, I want my garden to look. Of course I did this a few weeks ago and have already departed and enhanced. For instance, when I created the map I was planning to nix the purple garden (located under the white crepe myrtle) so it isn't shown. It is now one of my favorite new spots with Russian Sage, Lamb's Ears, and some other stuff I dont' know the names of, and I even put a little froggy sculpture that came with the house in it. I'm not sure that I want to show a lot of pictures yet. Because, while it looks good to me, I know it looks sort of lame to anyone who doesn't know how much sweat went into it the tiny plantings so far. Just wait till next Spring, then it'll really take off!
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
of an estate. It is only now becoming anything worth naming through
living in it. (Somehow I am not impressed with the prior owner's skill
in this area and have felt I am the one who needs to breathe life into
the place.) I stumbled upon this entry* which mentioned naming the
garden only. Perhaps I will consider this since I plan for the front
garden to be rather masculine in nature now that the back yard has
turned into such a girly party.
p.s. I started the Lolita socks and am now solidly into the arch of the
foot. This could take a while. But the pattern is really easy to
follow (I've never done lace before) and quick.
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
I love this idea. Makes me wonder if you could acheive a similar
effect at home perhaps using glass marbles as the aggregate?
Monday, July 12, 2004
delightful! So many things and I have no time. What a wonderful
weekend, I went dancing with the sexy boys at Faces, Second Saturdayed,
planted in the purple garden, made some squares for another baby quilt,
ate quesadillas on my couch.
p.s. Best friends should never be allowed to move far away. Especially
not to anywhere as lame sounding as Watertown. Doesn't every town have
Thursday, July 08, 2004
1. I wore a bikini two out of three days and managed to drive in it both times. Ever wonder why I live in California? That's why.
2. Went swimming twice and finagled my way into plant watering for a friend with a pool who will be gone in August.
3. Got a bear hug from a homeless man who got high fives from everyone else in the room.
4. Bought peaches from a roadside stand in the middle of orchards.
5. Drank honey wine by candle light.
6. Bought a new belly button ring from a guy who said I looked "breaded." (I think that meant wealthy?)
7. Planted two peach trees and a plumbago.
One thing I can't stop thinking about is these lolita socks from knitty. I know I've said it before and I'll probably say it again: I am definitely making these as soon as fall hits. Or late summer. Usually in late August/early September the frenzied summer starts to wear and I like a good reason to park it on the couch in the air conditioning. I just wonder what shoes I would wear them with? I am too wimpy for any type of heel so it's tricky.
Here's hoping you're enjoying your summer as well!
Friday, July 02, 2004
Since I'm too lame to provide a real post, I would like to tell you what happenned on my boss's rece
happenned on my boss's recent business trip, as explained by her. And
since this trip reminded me of something that would happen on Dave
Chapelle's "When Keepin' It Real Goes Bad" sketch, I will report it as
A man woman and child board a flight to Minneapolis. The family seems
normal enough with the exception of the man wearing his jacket on his
shoulders like a cape. The child is about six years old. After they
are seated, the flight attendant asks them to please leave the plane for
reasons unknown to onlookers. The woman and husband decide they should
be on the flight and that this is a good time to keep it real. "No,
this is our flight, we're not getting off. We're keepin' it real."
The flight attendant explains that she will call security if they do
not deboard immediately. At this time the family could have deboarded
the flight and could possibly have received a free upgrade of some type.
But instead they said: "No, this is our flight, we're not getting off.
We'll stand up if we have to." So the security staff comes, and in turn
the Air Marshalls. The man and woman are asked to leave the plane. At
this point the family probably could have deboarded the flight and been
detained for a short time only. But the man and woman decide to keep it
real. They refuse to leave the plane. The Air Marshalls cuff the man
and woman and the child follows his cuffed parents off of the plane.
Apparently the Air Marshalls were keepin' it realer.
Sunday, June 27, 2004
This is a super cool picture taken by Philippe of his wife Soojin taking a picture of me. I don't know why but I love this picture. Together Philippe and Soojin comprise Jade Studio Photography and were such a pleasure to sit for: so nice, and so professional. If you are ever getting married in the Bay Area you should definitely try to get them to shoot your wedding, and they do portraits too. How often can you hang out naked with people you've never met before and feel totally comfortable?
Well, I've been doing a buttload of gardening/swinging a pick ax. The top picture is my inspiration for the leftover cut and broken tiles from the patio, mainly because they were already stacked there. So here's a couple pictures of what I have planted so far: plants & more plants. These plants include but are not limited to honeysuckle, hydrangea, rose of sharon, hibiscus, 3 Meyer lemon trees, mint (well controlled I hope), oregano, delphineum, butterfly bush. More to come. I also pulled a scraggly rose from the side of the house and plopped it in the middle of the herb garden because roses are herbs, right? I also picked up some extra delightful crap from garage sales to turn into garden art. And just in case you've started thinking I'm really as cute as I think I am in my cute pictures, here's one for the "oh, that's why," files.
Monday, June 21, 2004
Keri's summer plans
because she in turn found:
So here is what I will do:
1. Tend my garden all summer. Just watch me!
2. Pretend I live in Tuscany. I have already planted 3 lemon trees.
3. I will leave doors and windows open all night and take cool baths.
4. Drink beer and eat olives and spanish sardines.
5. Take time off to be with Julie while I can.
6. Eat peaches.
7. Work on quilts when it's too hot outside in hippy summer dresses.
8. Plant honeysuckle and mint.
9. Stay up late when it's hot.
10. Be with my favorite people at Lake Berryessa.
11. Eat tomatoes with olive oil and basil.
12. Enjoy the patio at night.
13. Drink herbal iced tea out of glasses with ice in them.
14. Swim in everyone's pool who invites me.
15. Learn to make pie crust with my grandma.
16. Skinny dip. I have only done this once and I loved it. I hope I will have the nerve to do it again this summer.
My favorite is probably the "Don't drink and Vote," just because I like booze based humor. My serious favorite is probably the "If George Bush doesn't scare you..." one. I will definitely be buying one as soon as the finalists are chosen. Can't wait to wear it to my workplace full of conservatives on casual Friday!
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Did you ever wonder what I would look like as a sci-fi diva? Well here you go. I was trying to take another self portrait for my "look how hot I am" series but it turned out more grainy/too much flash. But I think I look pretty cool in molten metal or whatever. And, speaking of how hot we all are, I really liked this article from The Morning News about being confident with your natural assets.
Monday, June 14, 2004
This is a picture of the barren wasteland I call a backyard, and my newest canvas for self expression/backbreaking work. I have been a bit stalled creatively lately since I have several projects bouncing around and only one budget for them all and I just couldn't decide which was the most important. So I put it to a group of friends and they sagely decided that I should garden first so the plants could get to growing while I worked on other things in the future. And they're right: if I put up a wall in my house it will be exactly the same in 2-10 years, but trees and shrubs will awesome by then (I hope). So another post with no point since even when I put everything I have planned in it won't look like much. Mainly we will use today's post as a comparison to posts I will make in the future i.e. year's down the line. Next year I hope to point to this archive with satisfaction!
And for something actually entertaining to likeminded people, well at least the really dorky ones: here is the first installment of what I plan to be another recurring feature: Kitty Porn (worksafe).
Thursday, June 10, 2004
only I could get to New York . . .
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Can you believe that if I bought everything on my Amazon wish list, it
would only cost me $205.26? Plus shipping and handling of course, but
still. That really makes me think that I should just try to buy all of
it the next time I have some extra cash to spare. I wonder what this
means? Should I wish for more things or should I be happy that I
already have everything I want except for what I could get with an extra
$205.26? Of course if I had real wishes I would probably never use one
for anything on my Amazon wishlist no matter how much I want that book
about jam or Weekend Knitting.
p.s. Last night I unearthed a seriously fuzzy and thick spider (like a baby tarantula with a giant body and stubby little legs) about the size of a ping pong ball hiding halfway down in my pile of steer manure bags. It was something I never would've imagined living in North America and I really wish I hadn't seen it.
Monday, June 07, 2004
At a party this weekend I met the nephew of this woman who is a Spy. He in turn is some kind of crazy theoretical scientist and he brought his granddaughter who is a ballerina and totally looks it (I made her eat one of my cupcakes). Here's what he said about me in his thank you note: "Julie, I enjoyed talking with your friend from Sacramento(?)-the one who made the cupcakes. She looks like a Pre Raphaelite painting."
There is actually no point to this post except that I was tickled that this cool old guy with the fascinating stories liked me!
5/31/04 - yogurt cake (I know it's supposed to be French but how long can I really be expected to remember all of those vowels?),
6/4/04 - rather pretty little cupcakes made from boxed yellow cake and topped with preprepared cream cheese frosting and coconut. Perhaps not the most homemade but they were very tasty and I was on a deadline. I guess I should've taken a picture, they were awfully pretty.
p.s. If you are going to take cupcakes to a party instead of strawberry delight, you should first ask the following:
a) will any of the hosts be providing a gigantic wedding cake sized cake with three layers;
b) will a renowned pastry chef be bringing or sending with her husband a cake which everyone will know to be extra delicious.
If the answer to either or these questions is "yes" you may want to reconsider bringing your rather pretty little cupcakes.
Cookie recipe via Chocolate and Zucchini.
Friday, June 04, 2004
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
"Do you really want to limit the enjoyment of your fine dining years so
you can extend the duration of your baby food years? Let's hope not."
Wimpy eaters are a serious pet peeve of mine. It's just food, it's
not going to kill you. Thank you Amateur Gourmet
1. Any opportunity for anyone to sing "Livin on a Prayer" out loud. I
got to last weekend.
2. The first day the tomatoes turn from green to kind of yellow and
3. Singing Air Supply and playing air guitar while driving the Bay
Bridge. (This is actually the only good reason to ever drive into San
4. Washing my hands in cold water when it's hot.
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
J: Would you like to hear a passage from my thesis?
"The signal reaches a constant level, shown in hot pink... that's right, hot pink!" It's actually magenta but if I have the chance to put "hot pink" in my thesis, I'm not passing that up! I had to add the last part because Janette just challenged our whole lab to put hot pink in their thesis and
I decided it wouldn't be rebellious enough to just put hot pink anymore.
K: You are crazy! Yesterday one of our brokers dropped by unexpectedly to talk to me and I was wearing so much pink, inlcuding my new pink birkenstocks and my hair was in braided pig tails. I sort of wished I had worn something more businessy, but then I thought, "I underwrite in pink all the time, he'll just have to deal with it."
J: I really like this line, I think I'll use it:
"I do science in lipstick all the time, they'll just have to deal with it." Yeah!
And now you know what big dorks we are!
Monday, May 31, 2004
This morning I made the wonderfully simple yogurt cake created by Chocolate and Zucchini and further popularized by Super Eggplant. It was very tasty and seasonal since I picked up the raspberries at the farmer's market yesterday. Of course I didn't do any of the foo foo things the girls did since I was a bit hungover today but it turned out quite nice. In the future I will put in more raspberries (how much is 300 grams?) and keep powdered sugar on hand for Mariko's topping.
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Some are a little crazy (see Raising Catfish in a Barrel) but the Make your own Garden Bench and Build a Pond for under $4 ones are really cool. This is the type of stuff I'm into lately and I think there are probably a lot of people out there like me who want to do different stuff and are way beyond the glue gun stage.
This is my favorite:
Make a Ferro Cement Garden Bench
Monday, May 24, 2004
I took this picture to show off how cool my room looks with my new lamp from Urban Outfitters. But looking at the picture all I can think is how noticeable it is that I don't have a bedskirt. Which is so crazy because when I had that photo shoot last year with the photographer from the Bee, the only problem he mentioned (because he was super nice and understanding) was that I didn't have a bedskirt. Apparently bedskirts are more important than I thought.
Friday, May 21, 2004
at least deserved top 5 status: a plain old fashioned with so much
chocolate icing on top it looked like it had been double-dipped, still
slightly warm inside. What a way to celebrate National Carb Awareness
Day even if it was technically yesterday.
I'm getting ready for a party at my house tomorrow! My best friend is
getting her PhD in Chemistry. Oh, I just realized the theme of the
party should've been "Smarty had a Party!" I've been looking up mojito
recipes and methods for making simple sugar. Yum yum!
Thursday, May 20, 2004
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
There's a guy in my old neighborhood who grows tomatoes, peppers, and
some herbs from seed and sells them from a stand set up on the road in
front of his house. The plants are sold in little red plastic cups and
cost $.50 each. The tomato man is very knowledgeable but I think better
at talking to plants than humans. I have been buying from him for years
now and have yet to get a straight answer from him. If you ask what
heirlooms he would reccomend he will explain the differing degrees of
newness and efficiency of the hybrids. I spent $7 and got 6 tomato
plants, some cucumbers, basil and a French Thyme. Check him out if you
are in Orangevale on Walnut about halfway between Orangevale Avenue and
Saturday, May 15, 2004
My little tomato plants are growing up so big! I bought 25 bags of steer manure for the back bed this week so I am hoping to get the tomatoes and herbs in this week. Next year I won't have to deal with the patio so I'll be a lot more on the ball. What's this Permaculture I keep hearing about? I think it may be for me, I'll have to do a bit of research.
I think I looked damned fine if I do say so myself.
That's right, he was 40! Unfortunately I will be continueing this line of blogging for the forseeable. You've been warned.
Thursday, May 13, 2004
"Take earth for your own large room
and the floor of earth
carpeted with sunlight
and hung round with silver wind
for your dancing place"
Published today on the Writer's Almanac:
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
in Roseville, CA. I would pick to live in New York City. In this
alternate reality I would be some type of computer designer or
programmer and would listen to an iPod on the subway. I would have to
visit the office weekly for creative meetings but otherwise I would work
from home with a mug of tea next to the computer. I would silk screen
my own indie t-shirts and have a balcony or rooftop garden stuffed with
tons of geraniums.
I've been reading this blog for a few weeks or maybe a month now.
While it is written to a NYC audience, I am finding that a lot of the
themes speak to me practically directly. I am interested in home as an
extension of self, a place where you can be calmed and thrilled and
rejuvenated. I am not interested in "matching" or doing anything the
subscribed way. The place where I live should be harmonious with the
earth and art should be a focus. Now I am struggling with killing my
lawn (the old fashioned way via hot Sacramento sun and no water). I
feel horrible that the neighbors must think I am a blight on their
neighborhood, but I don't believe in water sucking lawns in this climate
or in maintaining them for show.
alright I'm done with my meandering rant, go look at: