Friday, August 13, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Paper

I have an addiction. Not only do I have an addiction, but it's a bad one.

I love paper.

There, I said it. It probably doesn't sound like a big deal to you. Who cares about collecting a bit of paper you say? Obviously you don't share my affliction. I've been collecting paper for years. It started when I was a teenager, gathering flyers for rock shows, programs from plays and ticket stubs. When I flip through old scraps of paper I can instantly conjure the memories of where I got them.

As I got older my taste in paper matured a bit. I caught the concert poster bug and I was instantly hooked. I could go on and on about concert posters. It's a sub culture unto its own. The important things to know is that gig posters can get expensive and framed posters take up a LOT of space.

R and I live in an extremely small place. 750ish square feet would be a good estimate. Wall space is at a premium to say the least. I've got something hanging on pretty much every inch of available space and drawers, boxes and tubes full of things I would love to add into the mix. What am I getting at here? There is NO more room in my life for more paper.

However, I came across something today that I just have to have. Enter Doghouse Pet Portraits. Kristin's pet portraits are out of this world and I think that we absolutely have to have them.


(via www.dooce.com oh please, oh please let it be okay that I used your image.)

These portraits are fantastic! Not only that, but in the course of writing this post I realized that I can get our animal's portraits done on canvas.

That doesn't really count as more paper, does it?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Pondering...

Would it be wrong to plan our entire wedding around a pair of shoes?



I don't see anything wrong with it at all.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Opening Ceremonies

I'm sorry, but I'm bored out of my mind! Please bring on the snowboarding!!!



Go Shaun, go!

Oh wait, I'd actually rather BE snowboarding than watching it...:( (que sad Price Is Right Music here).

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Getting to Know Me

I don't really do the quizzes and such when tagged on Facebook, but my friend Brandi sent me something fun the other day so I thought I'd respond here.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 4:55am.

2. How do you like your steak? Medium.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? The Blind Side (yes, I cried)

4. What is your favorite TV show? Big Brother!

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I’m happy in Berkeley, but I’d love to be closer to the snow.

6. What did you have for breakfast? Granola bar and peppermint tea.

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Mexican.

8. What foods do you dislike? Peas and water chestnuts.

9. Favorite Place to Eat? On the couch, but sadly it's because we don't have a dining room (or kitchen for that matter) table! Wait, does this mean favorite restaurant? There are so many, but right now I love Five in Berkeley and Memphis Minnies BBQ in San Francisco.

10. Favorite dressing? Ranch.

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix baby!

12. What are your favorite clothes? Jeans and a Tee.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? 1/2 empty, but I'm working on it.

15. Where would you want to retire? Grass Valley.

16. Favorite time of day? Early mornings.

17. Where were you born? Grass Valley, CA.

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? NFL Football!

19. Who do you think will not tag you back? N/A

20. Person you expect to tag you back first? N/A

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? N/A

22. Bird watcher? Surprisingly, yes. Long story though.

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning.

24. Do you have any pets? 2 dogs and 1 cat...and a hawk named Ray.

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? Nada.

26. What did you want to be when you were little? A teacher.

27. What is your best childhood memory? Hanging out with my grandpa.

28. Are you a cat or dog person? Hmmm…even though my dogs rule my life, I still consider myself a cat person.

29. Are you married? Still waiting for the ring.

30. Always wear your seat belt? Yes.

31. Been in a car accident? Nope.

32. Any pet peeves? Where do I start? Bad drivers and people who cut their nails in public are the worst.Oh, and people who say “irregardless”!

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Pretty much any pizza is good pizza in my book.

34. Favorite Flower? Hydrangeas.

35. Favorite ice cream? Mint Chocolate Chip.

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? I’m off the fast food, but it would definitely be Taco Bell.

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? None.

38. From whom did you get your last email? It was probably SPAM.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Probably Pet Co. I lead a sad, sad life.

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Spontaneity isn’t really my thing.

41. Like your job? Love it!

42. Broccoli? Love it!

43. What was your favorite vacation? Netherlands/Belgium/England/Wales, I would love to do it again.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? The BF.

45. What are you listening to right now? A quiet office…oops I suppose I should get back to work.

46. What is your favorite color? Orange and Pink.

47. How many tattoos do you have? 2.

48. How many are you tagging for this quiz? My sister "C" if she reads this!

49. What time did you finish this quiz? 8:47am.

50. Coffee Drinker? Nope.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cindy McCain NOH8 PHOTO: McCain Joins Project Protesting Prop 8

Click here to find out more!

(Courtesy of the Huffington Post)

On Wednesday, the NOH8 campaign protesting California's Proposition 8 announced a new high-profile Republican supporter: John McCain's wife, Cindy McCain. NOH8 is a photo project in which subjects are photographed wearing white, against a white background, with their mouths taped shut and "NOH8" painted on their faces.

McCain's daughter Meghan McCain -- a vocal proponent of marriage equality -- posed for NOH8 last summer. (Her Daily Beast piece explaining why she posed can be found here.)

The NOH8 website posted the following note, along with McCain's photo, expressing the campaign's surprise and appreciation that she decided to join the cause.

Redefining Republican:

In the year since we've started the NOH8 Campaign, we've been surprised at some of the different individuals who have approached us showing their support. Few, though, have surprised us more than Cindy McCain--the wife of Senator John McCain and mother to vocal marriage equality advocate Meghan McCain. The McCains are one of the most well-known Republican families in recent history, and for Mrs. McCain to have reached out to us to offer her support truly means a lot. Although we had worked with Meghan McCain before and we were aware of her own position, we'd never really thought the cause might be something her mother could get behind.


Aligning yourself with the platform of gay marriage as a Republican still tends to be very stigmatic, but Cindy McCain wanted to participate in the campaign to show people that party doesn't matter - marriage equality isn't a Republican issue any more than it is a Democratic issue. It's about human rights, and everybody being treated equally in the eyes of the law that runs and protects this country.

Both McCains' NOH8 photos are below. (h/t advocate.com)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Flea Makes The RHCP a Bit Cooler in My Book

It's all because of this...

(From www.perezhilton.com)

Flea Makes Rocking Out Affordable

Filed under: Music Minute

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In an effort to get more instruments into the hands of kids, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has launched a line of affordable bass guitars.

The inspiration for the line came from his students at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, where he teaches classes for kids who can't afford a decent instrument. Flea explains:

"I found that a lot of the kids I was teaching were coming in with inexpensive basses, which were pieces of shit. The necks were warped and were falling apart. They were like toys. I wanted to make something that kids could afford but were quality, play well and last a long time…I had been adding my name to established bass models for many years, but I thought, 'Fuck it, I'll make my own bass! I'll make it bitching and it'll be cool!' I just want the kids to rock!"

And so they shall, thanks to you!

Very cool!

[Image via WENN.]


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Monday, November 30, 2009

New Family Members



This is Ray. He's a hawk that's taken up residence in our back yard. He showed up about a month ago and I remember the first time I saw him I thought it was odd, but this is Northern California. Hawks are no big deal here. It was only after the third or fourth siting that I decided I might like him to become part of our family. Well, there was that and the added bonus that I figured I could put Ray to work.

See, we have a rodent problem. Luckily this is strictly an outdoor problem, but a nuisance nonetheless. We live in an extremely lush area with an underwater creek running down the property line. The place attracts critters. The raccoons are cute, and mildly amusing as long as I don't think about the potential harm they could cause the these guys. The birds and butterflies are nice and the squirrels are HIGHlarious. The opossum just plain freaks me out, but ultimately I'm glad he's there and he's not nearly as freaky as the skunks in our yard when we lived in the city. The neighborhood tom cats made me happy, but sadly they've disappeared. I'm guessing it's because of these. With the disappearance of the cats, I've noticed an increase in the amount of (ahem) mice in our back yard.

I don't have a problem with mice per se, but I do have a problem with them tormenting my dogs, eating my blackberries, and pooping in my laundry room. Plus, they move really fast and that always startles me. Do you see where this is going?

Enter Ray.

I decided that if only R would let me name the hawk, then he would eventually grow attached to it and let me keep it. A couple weeks went by and I called the hawk by a few different names. None of them stuck. This past Sunday I decided to give the name "Bubbles" a whirl. I mean, if it was good enough for a chimp then why not my hawk? R would have none of this. Fearful that our new pet would be forever be known as Bubbles he took matters into his own hands and suggested that we try out Ray.

Ray stuck. And Ray's been in our back yard every day for weeks.

I don't know how long Ray will stay with us. I hope he makes our big redwood tree his home. I hope he finds a mate and that they hatch their babies in our yard. I hope he never leaves. But regardless of how much time we have together before he moves on to greener pastures so to speak, Ray will always be part of our family.