Thursday, December 30, 2010

...To OGG!

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

monster (s)mash

yes, this is a preview, but this is the sorriest excuse for a video i've seen. kanye has really outdone himself this time. really? dead women hanging? i suppose that he thrives on controversy and any publicity at all, and even that of the negative variety.

such a shame, cause i dug the song.

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Monday, November 01, 2010



Sunday, October 24, 2010

don't stop believing

i have been living at work the last three weeks. many 19-hour days, mostly 16-hour days, for that period of time.

but i was still able to take off after just 8 hours of work on thursday afternoon to see the giants play in game 5 of the NLCS. it's old news now that they didn't win that day, but it doesn't really matter now that they WON LAST NIGHT and are now GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES for the third time in my lifetime.

my ticket for thursday's game was directly in front of steve perry's, and when they started playing "don't stop believing," he went crazy and encouraged all of us to sing along. i sang at the stop of my lungs and managed only a blurry photo or two of the journey singer. the excitement in the air was unlike anything else i've experienced, likewise the silence when that homely sonofabitch jayson werth hit a homer to provide a solid lead for the phillies to win the game.

NLCS Game 5 001

NLCS Game 5 002

NLCS Game 5 009

not sure if i'll be able to go to a game in this final series, but i'm still believing.

six word sunday: the NLCS champion san francisco giants!

(when they were still one game away, that is. I was fortunate to see them play game 5 at home, hoping they'd win. Torture!)

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

get down boogie

oh, yes. SF Giants baseball is one of my true loves.

dig this video of freddy sanchez gettin' down:

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Six Word Sunday: The culmination of sweat and tears

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Sunday, October 03, 2010

six word sunday: how the west was mightily won!

i wasn't at the game today, but i watched it all! GO GIANTS!

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

six word sunday: more exciting than they ever dreamed

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

six word sunday: who says your luck can't change?

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(sorry for the 2-month absence, but I just haven't been taking any photos lately!)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

ono-ono dressing

i've been trying to be a bit more creative in the kitchen these days. over the last month i've attempted at least one new recipe each week, with varying degrees of success. i find that salad dressing recipes are super easy to make, and usually i'm quite pleased with the result.

tonight, i made the ono-ono salad dressing.

before you accuse me of being pretentious by naming a salad dressing "onolicious," (meaning "good to eat" in hawaiian) i assure you that it really is the name. i don't recall where on the vast internet i discovered this recipe, it's from the royal hawaiian restaurant in laguna beach, california, but i do know it's been languishing in the coffers of my recipe box for at least two years.

1 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Coleman's Dry Mustard
1/2 cup Best Foods mayonnaise
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled, plus additional for garnish
Chilled lettuce, such as Bibb lettuce or Hawaii Manoa lettuce

1. Mix all ingredients except cheese and lettuce in food processor.
Blend thoroughly.
2. Place mixture in bowl and gently add the crumbled cheese. Cover and
chill well.
3. Serve on Bibb lettuce with an extra sprinkle of cheese on top.

i used butter lettuce and tossed in some chicken. i feel that the amount of sugar can easily be reduced without a noticeable difference in flavor, and i added more salt, pepper and garlic to suit my tastes. it makes quite a bit, and i will definitely be making this again.

so it is with little fanfare that i present a crappy cameraphone photo of something that is really quite delicious.

Friday, August 06, 2010

one candle wish

my birthday is next week, and anthropologie got me to celebratin' a little early with this great gift in the mail.

a birthday candle necklace -- very creative, and super adorable

the candle appears to be made of a lightweight resin, and i'm pleased to report it arrived intact, unlike those received by other recipients.

i signed up for their store's loyalty card early in the year, thus putting myself on their mailing list to receive such goodies.

additionally, the card on which the necklace arrived is good for 15% off in-store, certainly a dangerous thought.

(the image above is from another blogger, i couldn't be bothered to photograph it before ripping it open and putting it on.)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wednesday, July 07, 2010


i get on these music buying and listening jags. here's what's new:

i got the latest release from the new pornographers. at first listen, it sounds a lot like their last album. but i like it nonetheless!

my guilty music pleasure for a few weeks was cranking up katy perry's "california gurls" when it came on the radio. but now that it's been overplayed, i'm sick of it.

i got the first few songs from drake's latest album when they were leaked. now that i have the whole album, it's...okay. i think i like him best as a guest on other people's work. but he is nice to look at!

i got two new releases from arcade fire. sweet stuff! i like the sounds of "the suburbs."

it's trendy to hate on vampire weekend, but (without sounding like a snob) i've been digging them for a few years. "cape cod kwassa kwassa" has been my ringtone for ages now. the first few bars are so mellow, i don't jump when it rings. and i like that. but i did have a laugh when made fun of liking it.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

six word sunday: tiny hands make playthings from everything

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

the fast lane

now this would be rad.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

six word sunday: watching the professionals hard at work

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

pebble beach

I am kind-of an idiot sometimes. I went to the practice round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach yesterday, and I wore shoes that I'd only worn once before. So of course they weren't broken in, but they sure looked super cute! By about an hour in, I wanted to cry, the blisters on my heels were so painful. I tried to put on a brave face, but of course my dad saw through that and insisted on going to the first-aid station for Band-Aids. That helped, and so did the beer at 10:30a.

On the plus side, photography is only allowed at the practice rounds, so I got to really put one of my new lenses to the test.

KJ Choi

Monday, May 31, 2010

media update: may

this, of course, is more for my own remembrance than anything else. asterisks denote something i particularly enjoyed. follow this advice at your own risk.

Radio Bikini
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Old Joy
Fletch (r)
Three Days of the Condor
The Last Word
Phoebe in Wonderland
Diminished Capacity
Sex and the City 2
Frozen River

Anita Shreve, "Testimony"
Amy Bloom, "Where the God of Love Hangs Out"
Lisa Kogan, "Someone Will Be With You Shortly"

The New Pornographers, "Together" *
Drake, "Thank Me Later" (selected leaked tracks)
Arcade Fire (selected leaked tracks)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

digital nation

i'm just coming down off of a bit of a freak-out where tears were involved. what's got me all anxious? work, for one. and, well, me. i haven't felt like myself lately. maybe it's because i haven't been taking care of myself, the cold i'm trying to get over being a prime example of this. i'm working long hours, and still have lots of work to do even when i go home at a reasonable hour. i've always been a worrier, and when things are out of my control, my worrying escalates. i'm feeling better now.

other things:
i bought myself flowers today, a huge orchid stem with 10 or so blossoms. it looks so tropical in the tall clear cylindrical vase, and almost artificial. i gasped when i went to pay for the stupid thing. apparently orchids are not in season.

i have a crush on dr. house.

sometimes i worry that i leave unintentionally trite comments for other bloggers.

might be going to new orleans for business next month. told the ol' boss-dad that it's not cool to dangle travel of any kind in front of me, then quickly take it away after realizing dates conflict or whatever. i likened it to telling my sister's dog that he's going for a walk, then not taking him.

going to see the giants play in oakland this weekend. maybe they can stop their away-game skid.

gotta take the boss-dad to the airport early early tomorrow morning, he's off to maui. it's like a rotation, i was there, then my sister + hovito got back yesterday, then my dad goes tomorrow. mom's not going this round, and it's a shame we rarely vacation as a family.

my new couch, the one that was delivered, like, 2 months ago? the cushions are sagging. yes, i have a fat ass, but really. i keep meaning to call macy's and have them do something about it.

saturday as i was leaving my house to go babysit for sophie, i smelled something burning. turns out it was a nightlight in the hallway entering my bedroom (you enter my bedroom, the bathroom is immediately to the right, then you go down a short hallway before actually getting to the bedroom part). yes, i'm 30 and still have a hallway/nightlight. anyway, it came with the place and isn't too gaudy, so i left it. so it looked like it had burned out, but it was extremely hot to the touch and the plastic was a bit melted. i just figured its useful life had been exhausted. so i plugged another nightlight into it, only to have the same result two days later. erm. i'm glad i haven't burned down the whole building, and i must get that looked at asap. in the meantime, i hope the monsters don't come out at night, because my room is tomb-dark without a light there.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Six Word Sunday: Lovely Mother's Day at the Olympic

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Friday, May 07, 2010

things i love: John Frieda Wind Down Relaxing Creme

the latest in an occasional series about things i love. some are products, some are people, some are places.

behold, the wonder, the glory:

the product pictured above is nothing short of a miracle.

i bought the relaxing creme at big lots on a whim several months ago for a mere $2. i thought, for $2, it's worth giving it a shot. turns out, it's worth more than what i paid for it. it is literally the only styling product that i have used that really does do what it says, which is straighten and relax hair. after using this product for a few days, i knew i had a winner on my hands and returned to big lots to buy s'more. no dice. i checked a second big lots store and came up empty-handed before checking online: my newly discovered miracle product has been discontinued! i raced to target to see if by chance they still had some in stock, which they didn't. i purchased the recommended replacement product by john frieda, the straight fixation creme, and i'm sad to report that it doesn't work as well.

by the end of the weekend, i will have used up the supply of my favorite product. good bye, friend. we hardly knew ye.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

six word sunday: in a word, it was paradise.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

dreamboat time capsule

i had to go to the ABC today and pick up our posting for one of the 2 new locations. what a joyous crowd there. i stopped into a market afterward, where to my surprise, green seedless grapes rung up as $7.14 for a pound-and a-half. um, no thanks. then i hit up target and browsed for too long, meaning i spent too much. i tried on a dress that was pretty flattering, but the lining was visible at the seams. what do you want for $24.99, i guess. i got a couple of "boyfriend tees" instead.

i've had a stiff neck since monday. i went to this cheap little asian massage place (not THAT kind) yesterday afternoon where i was kneaded and prodded within and inch of my life. it's better, but still not 100%.

the last few days i spent on maui were peaceful and relaxing. i was able to make my rounds, as it were, of the things i like to see when i'm there for the most part, and i really feel like i was able to decompress. not something i do easily, and my brain is still on vacation. seriously, if you've seen my brain around, ask it to get down to business.

Not a bad view while stuck in traffic
this is the view of lana'i as seen from the pali, stuck in traffic

stopped in for a cocktail before dinner

opah for dinner at kimo's

until recently, there was pineapple grown here

i'm trying to focus on eating well. i was doing so well for a year or so, and now it feels like some old habits are slowly taking over. i'm trying to shut these down, with some success. little victories every day.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


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six word sunday: suddenly, traffic doesn't seem so bad.

Not a bad view while stuck in traffic

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

exciting new concept

here's a funny story: when i got back from the gym yesterday, i took off my shirt in the living room on the way to the bathroom. of course i still had my sports bra on, but that didn't stop the dude on his lanai in the next building over staring, hardcore. i got a laugh out of it, after being mortified, because i didn't realize just how far one can see in here.

still haven't busted out anything other than my cameraphone. it's the lazy person's best friend.

sugar beach, where i've been walking in the mornings:

sugar beach
Morning walk at the pond
kealia pond

i went out sunday night to a tiki bar and drank tiki cocktails like so:

At a tiki bar drinking tiki cocktails

the beautiful holy rosary church in pa'ia on the way to makawao:
Taking a drive upcountry. This church has always been a favorite.

it's hard to gauge just how immense this, this, compound is from this photo, mostly because i took it while driving around wailea and cut off a great portion of it on the right. frankly, it is downright disgusting how excessive it is.
the compound

the abc store is offering a variety of obama "dashboard dolls":

abc store

one reason i love maui:
one reason I love Maui

there are only 2 grades of gas currently available at this station. they're out of the other two, and offer no apologies because of it. also of note, $3.93 for regular. i'm fascinated by the variance in gas prices across the country. what are gas prices in your area?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

adventures in retail therapy

i wanted this jacket

and have hemmed and hawed for literally months about buying it. it wasn't an issue of price, it's just that i'm not sure if it makes me look like linda cardellini circa "freaks and geeks."


and now it appears to be sold out. which is probably a good thing, because the last thing i want to look like is a freak.

or a geek.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

six word sunday: as heart-stopping as it looks

fried chicken and waffles

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Thursday, April 15, 2010


SJC to...

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

that's what friends are for

Jewels: You're not *that* much of a train wreck.

Me: I prefer to think of myself as a fender-bender.

Jewels: Maybe like a scratch on the car?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

six word sunday: you know what? sometimes i do.

R1- 8A

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

happy april, fools.

happy april, fools. baseball season is here!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

ten things that make me happy.

gotta focus on the happy, folks. here's the list, in no particular order.

cupcakes (with LOTS of frosting)




Giants baseball

5-9-09 11
Polaroid film

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

the color blue


friends and family