Wednesday | March 29, 2006
I took advantage of this past non-rainy Sunday and planted some
new flowers in the boxes surrounding our porch. Now, I think I might
want to try planting some of these Plant-Me
Pets in the backyard:
When a local home store closed a couple
of years ago, I thought about buying their postcard holder to use
as a photo display, but it just didn’t fit into our space at the
time. But NOW... I love these carousels!
I could imagine filling each slot with a pack of photos from a trip
(i.e., one slot would hold pics from our vacation in Mexico, another
would be a just Tokyo photos, etc.).
Tuesday | March 28, 2006
upon a time, I was obsessed with Tazo's Plum Delicious tea. But
I haven't been able to find it in the local grocery stores or Starbucks
for MONTHS (even though it's still on the Tazo
site). But I'm pleased to report that I have finally found another
beverage to obsess over: Pom
Tea. The drink itself? Delicious. The bottles? Completely cool.
(They're meant to be kept after consumption.) I've only tried the
Pomegranate Black Tea, but plan to pick up the Pomegranate Lychee
Green Tea next time, too.
Oh, and if you haven't already, you should definitely check out
the new Jill
Bliss boutique at fred flare. The necklace note set? Genius!
Also on the fred flare front: The adorable online shop has teamed
up with design*sponge (one of my favorite sites) for a spring
Thursday | March 23, 2006
Wow. Wow. Wow. Texas wins with a three-pointer with EIGHT-TENTH
of a second on the clock. UCLA comes back from a 17-point deficit.
College hoops = crazy drama!
(I feel bad for Adam
Morrison, but that facial hair totally bugs.)
Wednesday | March 22, 2006
After a three-month hiatus, I brought out the old Gocco to make
a new set of cards. These are screenprinted and sewn -- a combination
of two of my favorite crafts right now.
I was JUST saying yesterday that I'm considering
new bedside lamps for our guestroom and wouldn't you know it, West
Elm recently launched its summer collection. There are some lovely
lamps to be had, including the wavy
Tuesday | March 21, 2006
In the picture below, the clock on the right is a $300 clock that
I fell in love with during last fall's trip to Tokyo. But, the thought
of lugging that thing home deterred me from buying it… and did I
mention that it’s $300? The clock on the left is just $14, easy
to find in stores,
and its small size works well for our house. However, the shiny
silver finish isn't so good.
After some deliberation, I opted to buy
the cheapie clock and try to fix it up. With that low price tag,
I could afford to totally screw it up and throw it out without feeling
too bad. BUT, I’m happy to report, I actually like the way it turned
I used a plastic-friendly spray-paint (Krylon
Fusion) to transform it into an un-shiny white cuckoo clock. My
first round of painting taught me that it was impossible to paint
the clock when it’s lying flat on the ground. Things worked out
much better once I hung the clock from the orange tree in the backyard.
(My prep work included wrapping the tree trunk and branches in newspaper.)
The clock will eventually live in the guest bedroom, surrounded
by some small framed prints. The nice thing is, the clock requires
one battery for keeping time and a second for playing songs. I’m
only going to pop in one battery so that our guests won’t have to
deal with unwanted hourly serenades.
Other things I want to do in the guest room: paint the nightstands
(not sure whether to go antique white or black); get new lamps for
the nightstands; and replace the cheapie Home Depot ceiling light
with a chandelier. Anthropologie
has a couple of gorgeous ones right now, but they are more than
I want to spend. Thankfully, so many stores are selling chandeliers
now --even Ikea!
Sunday | March 19, 2006
Since my last post, I:
- Met my friend Adam's French bulldog, Hobbs. (A very cute dog who
got a lot of attention everywhere we went in San Francisco.)
- Had two play-dates with my nephews.
- Wrapped the orange tree in our backyard in newspaper so I could
spray-paint a cuckoo clock. (More on this another day, once I get
- Went to the dentist.
- Went to the optometrist.
- Started on a new batch of jewelry for Adorna Bella boutique in
- Realized that trying to make jewelry right after your eyes were
dilated is a bad idea.
- Spent too much money at Anthropologie.
- Celebrated my niece's seventh birthday.
- Signed up for a golf lesson, and the weather was actually nice
enough this weekend for it to happen.
- Scheduled a maintenance service for my car. Much to my delight,
they will actually come and work on the car in my driveway.
- Saw a bunch of friends whom Jon and I haven't seen/talked to in
far too long.
- Ate too many Girl Scout Cookies.
With the start of the new season -- finally! -- our "Sopranos"
addiction has kicked in again. So there's that to look forward to
on Sunday nights now. Yesss!
Friday | March 10, 2006
It is HAILING! Driving home from Stanford just now, it was pouring
down. I know, I know; a lot of you are probably dealing with much
colder temps and snow even. But it doesn't get chilly enough for
hail THAT often around here, so when it happens, it's blog-worthy
That there is a pile of hail/ice on my
windshield. As freaky as it seemed to me sitting inside my car --
which was set at a toasty 74-degrees -- I could not imagine biking
in this weather. But sure enough, on Sand Hill and Alameda, there
were several hard-core cyclists.
Okay, I need Jon to get home from work pronto. Because Jon recently
celebrated a birthday. And it was decided that he is now old/wise/mature
enough to handle his first real espresso machine. While I was pushing
for one of those uber-cute FrancisFrancis! machines, he was looking
for more of a starter one. After consulting with our pal Phill,
we went with the Gaggia
Carezza. With just a couple of weeks under his barista belt,
Jon has actually gotten quite good at making me lattes. And I could
really use one right about now...
Wednesday | March 8, 2006
Last week’s definition of happiness: eating churros dipped in chocolate
while lounging by the pool.
This week’s definition of happiness: eating bacon straight-up while
catching up on Oprah.
I don’t know why people were surprised when “Crash” won the Oscar
for best picture. On last Friday’s episode, Oprah clearly said she
wanted “Crash” to win. And haven’t we all learned by now that Oprah
P.S. Happy birthday wishes go out to our good pal, Kim-Anh! The
next time she comes to town, we owe her a belated birthday slice
of banana cream pie from Tartine.
Monday | March 6, 2006
hangers! Such a simple solution to a common clutter problem.
Since it's vertical rather than horizontal, it works even in the
smallest spaces. Right now, I store my handbags in canvas bins waaaay
up high in a closet. So one of these hangers would be perfect for
keeping bags currently in heavy rotation easily accessible yet organized.
(Simply Sarah also has some super-cute laptop bags.)
And how awesome is this couch?
The seat cushion folds up to reveal extra storage; and the back
folds down for a comfortable sleeping spot.
Sunday | March 5, 2006
As usual, the in-law’s visit was great. We went to several places
for the first time: The
Hiller Aviation Museum (very cool -- I had no idea the Bay Area
has such a big aviation history); Alice’s
Restaurant in Woodside; and Evvia
in Palo Alto. (My write-ups on both eateries can be read here.)
Tonight, Jon and I were watching the Oscars (I love that it was
over so early on the West Coast!). Towards the end, as they showed
the nominees for the best adapted screenplay, we both did a double-take.
You see, Dan
Futterman is better known (okay, before the awards show, ONLY
KNOWN) to us as Danny on “Related.”
What the heck is he doing on a WB show about four sisters in NYC
-- playing a marginal character -- if he frickin’ wrote the script
Okay, so yeah, “Related” is now on my Season Pass (or whatever the
Comcast DVR equivalent is). I’m still trying to figure out why they
Caplan, the adorable actress who plays Marjee, have such bad
hair on the show.
Friday | March 3, 2006
Returning to work after a relaxing vacation would be SO much easier
if my cubicle was tricked-out with one of these "Pimp
My Cubicle" kits.
While perusing Craigslist today, I came across a posting about Modern
Economy -- which hosts sample sales featuring great design companies
like Dwell, Amenity, Inhabit, Illico, Salvor, etc. They’re holding
a sale this May in the Bay Area. Yay!
Want a piece of The Plaza? Christie's
will be auctioning off all sorts of goods from the 100-year-old
NYC hotel, which is being renovated and turned into a hotel/condo/retail
space. You can pick up chandeliers, murals, stained glass, a brass
Oyster Bar sign, maids uniforms, a baby grand piano, brass doorknobs,
30 squares of oak parquet dance floor from the grand ballroom, and
even a pair of Eloise's slippers.
Thursday | March 2, 2006
This was the view from our hotel
room in Mexico...
We miss it already! While in Los Cabos,
we lay out in the sun, consumed fresh churros poolside, saw a lot
of whales, relaxed in hammocks on the beach, ate THE best fish tacos,
walked around town, lay out in the sun some more, enjoyed fresh-squeezed
juices of some sort every morning, did some reading, napped on the
daybed on our terrace, got a little sunburned, drank margaritas,
and celebrated Jon's birthday.
Now we're busy busy getting ready for a quick visit from the in-laws!
(They're stopping by on the way to their own beach-y vacation in