Wednesday, May 31, 2006


I had such an awesome (long!) weekend!

As usual, pix do a better job of explaining. But! My computer is (once again) in for service, so there'll only be a smattering of pix that I had a chance to upload before the ol' battery died. (Thanks (again) to my sister, I'm cruising along using her laptop.)

Girl's Weekend in the Mountains:

almost there!


red church





And that's it. :(

I'll have to wait until the copy of my hard drive comes back to share the rest.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

match point

67. I've traveled to the following (few) states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Maryland, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii (oh, and D.C., too)
216. I'm too cheap to pay for premium channels, so I download my favorite programs
24. My family was asked to be a Nielsen family when I was a kid but my mother declined
906. My father has seven brothers and sisters -- consequently, I have a very large extended family
999. I used to subscribe to about 10 magazines. Ten! I've since seen the light and now only subscribe to three
227. I still remember some MS-DOS prompts from my earlier computer days
228. I don't set an alarm clock -- I wake up without one
59. I used to ride my bike to school every day in middle school
29. I lock my bedroom door before I go to bed at night
972. One of my earliest memories is being at the park, laying on a blanket while everyone around me played with the ChiPs ride-on motorcycle that belonged to a cousin. My mother insists I was too young to remember this

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

tiny eyes

From Tiny Eyes

Ever wondered how your baby sees the world—or how they see you? Using technology developed at Stanford University, and in complete security, follow the step-by-step instructions to upload your own pictures and see how your child would view them at five different ages.

Interesting stuff, check it out here .

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

hay there

This is my self-devised Rosarch test: what do you think this "hay person" is doing in the picture below?

Stanford, California

Saturday, May 20, 2006


Only the Europeans. ;)

Friday, May 19, 2006

Thursday, May 18, 2006

stop that samba

Second-to-last B-List:

217. I'm most comfortable in a collared shirt
806. I got my first cell phone as a 16th birthday present, way back in 1995
804. I still use the same email address I created in 1995
805. I like to think I'm ahead of the curve sometimes
93. I'm fanatical about organization and clutter control.
12. I only have two items on my computer desktop: recycle bin and a shortcut to an external hard drive
270. My favorite non-alcoholic, non-carbonated drink is limeade.
267. Two years ago I did a self-imposed detox: no refined sugar, no caffeine, no alcohol, no drugs (of the legal and illegal varieties). I did better at it than I thought I would.
214. I always have at least one camera on me when I leave the house
215. I usually have two cameras when I leave the house: one digital, one film

(Lomo LC-A film camera, cross processed film)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

lousy excuse

Nearing the home stretch, folks...

More B-List:

878. I was a vegetarian for 8+ years
320. I don't eat red meat
56. I believe bacon makes everything taste goooood
90. I'm "one of those drivers that thinks they're good drivers, but really aren't." (Right, Tara C.?)
27. I make all kinds of lists; my mother once joked I make lists of my lists
331. I have a black thumb when it comes to gardening
341. I often get really into something, only to abandon it after investing a lot of time and/or money
352. When I was 9, my sister "accidentally" pulled out one of my loose teeth
17. When I was 10, I chipped my tooth "rough housing," as my mother called it, with my sister
19. I speak Spanish semi-fluently

San Antonio, Texas
(Lomo LC-A film camera, cross processed film)

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

star effer

[The B-List] Celebrity edition!

Kinda like "Celebrity Jeopardy!" but without Alex Trebek and all the annoying dumbass celebs.

201. I have a big crush on Pierce Brosnan. Apparently so much so that my friend Matt hunted down an autographed head shot of him in an antique store, just for me.
202. Brandi Chastain ate at one of my restaurants while I was there.
904. Julia and I saw Kirstie Alley and an unidentified male companion dining at a sushi joint in Hollywood. When she was skinny, before she was fat-then-skinny.
878. Chris Issak asked me for directions in a surf shop on Maui.
712. Woody Harrelson gave me the peace sign at LAX.
689. I am two degrees of separation from Margaret Thatcher.
41. I took a class in college taught by a former White House Chief of Staff.
36. As a kid, I was playmates with Debbi Fields' kid.
34. I sat next to Huey Lewis on a plane.
514. I watched Gerry Lopez shape a board.

(I told you it was the "b-list," referring to b-list celebrities!)

Monday, May 15, 2006

future looks bright

More list-y -ness:

213. My first car, a hand-me-down from my parents, was a Jeep Cherokee.
401. My second car, bought new, was VW Jetta. I still drive it.
40. I go to the grocery store once every three weeks. But it's usually more like every five weeks.
424. Currently in my fridge: champagne, vegetarian chili, TaB energy, diet 7Up, and various condiemnts. And that's it.
450. One of my pet peeves is people that don't signal when they change lanes.
711. Another, obviously less serious, peeve is people that don't leave eBay feedback.
710. I still baby-sit. (hey, it's easy money!)
890. I celebrated my 21st birthday in Vegas. Like, the acutal day. Woohoo!
864. I also celebrated my 22nd birthday in Vegas.
800. I celebrated my 25th birthday at a waterpark. (I'm really a 5 year-old trapped in an adult's body)

Sunday, May 14, 2006

and many more

It's hard to believe that a year ago today I was stuffing myself into a pink dress that my bestest friend picked out.

Go wish them a happy first year anniversary!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

detailed description

Pics from Wednesday's game .

Driving to the game took me for-EVER! I met my dad at the office and it took me an HOUR to get there. Unthinkable! Thus, this sign lies!

Boredom in the car, sitting in traffic

Inside the suite

Views from the suite:


The B-List, continued:
935. My teeth are pretty much perfect straight, yet I've never had braces.
867. I'm extremely brand-loyal.
23. If I had to do it all over again, I'd be in the tech industry.
47. I wish I was better at math.
210. Baseball is my favorite spectator sport. (Go Giants!)
551. 14 is my favorite number -- it's my birthdate.
385. I'm allergic to dogs, cats, all kinds of trees, mold, and pollen. To name a few.
17. I toured Washington, D.C. by myself when I was 18.
406. Socks are a tool of the devil. I only wear them for work and the gym
808. I used to be really into fragrances, but now just let them sit for the most part. I like RL Blue, Armani Her, Bobbi Brown Beach

Friday, May 12, 2006

Thursday, May 11, 2006

it's all about me

continuing The List:

76. I have a fascination with etymologies.
15. I'm a jeans and flip-flops kinda girl.
873. One of my all-time favorite shows, "Knots Landing," premiered the year I was born.
900. I also enjoy "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under" and pretty much any other pay-cable show that has been/is about to end.
649. One of my favorite stores is Cost Plus World Market. I could literally spend hours in there.
646. Ain't nothin' better than a pair of Pumas. Uh huh.
714. I wear my sunglasses at night. No, not really, but I'm never without a pair.
52. I purchased my own home at the age of 24 without any financial assistance from anyone.
55. I prefer Pepsi to Coke.
752. I tend to have crushes on older (and I mean older ) men.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

sweet spot

My father called me today, early afternoon, wanting to know if I wanted Giants tickets for this evening. Giants fan that I am, I rarely pass up an opportunity like this one, but I already had plans to see Augusten Burroughs in the City and thus declined. Dad said, "But it's a suite!"

Count me in, Pops. Plus, there's the potential that Barry might do his thang this evening. So Dad says, "Who will you take with you?" with a hint of something in his voice. I hesitated before asking if he wanted to join me.

You would have thought I asked him if he wanted another Rolex, he was so excited. If he wanted to go that badly, why did he even offer the tix to begin with? Perhaps, as Jewels pointed out, he was delighted that I wanted to go with him.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

along the way

Words are failing me right now, but as I always say, pix tell the story better than my words ever could. The lowdown: T and I did a road trip from Dallas to Austin, then from Austin to San Antonio and back over four days.

Lots of miles driven, lots of Sonic slushes consumed (although not enough, in my opinion, it's never enough), lots of stops along the way, lots of laughs. Lots of good memories to carry with me for years to come.

One of the highlights of the trip, because I am a 5 year-old trapped in a (nearly) 27 year-old's body, was our stop at Schlitterbahn water park. Best.time.ever. And it was located in the most adorable little town. If it were a person, I'd pinch its cheeks and pat it on the head.

I also wish that we had more time to spend in San Antonio -- the weather, after enduring two of the most breathtaking thunderstorms I've ever seen -- was warm and made me want to stay out enjoying the crowds.

The following are a mere glimpse of the pix I took, it'd take me too long to upload them all. That, and everyone would be bored to tears after looking at so many.

At any rate, click to see the images larger, as always.

San Antonio:




Looks like Lex Luthor might take up residence here.
Gruesome, but this is the spot where President Kennedy was fatally shot.
The "grassy knoll."

The former Texas School Book Depository
Lake Carolyn, Irving, Texas

Monday, May 08, 2006

ax to grind

Back from Tejas.

Will write about the trip when I get a chance.

In a word, though, the trip was fabulous.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

so THAT'S what they're saying!


Off to Texas at the crack of dawn tomorrow, see ya'll on the flip side.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Sunday Lisa and I saw one of my favorite authors in person, David Sedaris .

There isn't much I can say to describe the reading, especially if one is not familiar with Sedaris' work. Suffice to say, I laughed and laughed at his unreleased stories, and am hoping he'll release something new, pronto. His story (link to the "New Yorker" story that was released the next day) about a human skeleton he bought as a gift for his boyfriend was hysterical -- he talks about how the skeleton taunts him with a constant reminder that death is eminent by chanting, "You Are Going to Die" as it hangs from (get this) their bedroom ceiling. Stange? You betcha. Funny as hell? Oh yeah.

Lis and I were about fourth in line for the signing after the reading, and Sedaris had a bag of taffy on the signing table and was offering it to his fans. I offered up a meager crack about taking candy from strangers, really only funny if you know that his sister, Amy, was on the tv show "Strangers With Candy."

And even then it wasn't all that funny.

Up next: reading/signing with Augusten Burroughs in SF next week.

A personalized copy, just for me! (It has my name right above the title)

They said no pix, thus the semi-stealth crappy shots at the post-reading book signing.

Monday, May 01, 2006

bartender, please

When I was young, I didn’t think about it
Now I just can’t get it off my mind