Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Early Winter

Yesterday, I experienced my first snowfall...ever.  I've been to snowy places, but I've never watched the snow fall from the sky. So pretty!

It started out nice and gentle...

That's my dog, sniffing suspiciously at the white stuff.  He's a Californian like me.  By evening, we had about 3-4 inches of snow, which may not be too bad for other places used to harsh winters, but it's bad for Seattle - when snow falls on an ill-prepared city, you get trouble.

And  it wasn't without its mishaps - I took the bus yesterday because I'm a wimp and can't drive in the snow.  After 2 hours of sitting in traffic, a group of bussers and I decided to walk home...5.5 miles in the wind, chill, and snow.  I bought makeshift winter clothes from Sears, which was the only store close by, and trekked through crazy cold for 4 miles (at one point, we linked arms so we wouldn't get blown down the bridge ramp) before calling my roommate to pick us up.  Even then, the danger wasn't over.  We still slipped and slid all the way home!

I got home at 9:00 pm.  My other roommate, who drove that day, didn't get home till midnight.  And she still had to abandon her car 6 blocks away because it couldn't make it up the hill.

However, today is officially...SNOW DAY!!!  I don't have to go into work!  When I woke up this morning, I immediately got into my new winter kicks and ran outside...  I love snow.  :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Sorry, folks, my internet's been spotty (at best)!  My housemates and I are getting new Internet service on Friday, so once that's all set up, I should be able to post new entries, reply to your comments, and make comments on your entries more consistently.

I keel you, Internet!

Thank you for your patience!!!!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Living in the Emerald City

It's been a month and a couple of weeks since I moved up to Seattle, otherwise known as the Emerald City.

It's green!  But lonely.  It's beautiful!  But cold.  It's friendly!  But confusing.

I'm loving every minute of it.

I haven't taken many pictures of my new home - I started working immediately after moving up here.  However, I did make my first movie ever of my dog and my housemate's dog running around in the local dog park.  (Click on the caption: The Dogs)

The Dogs
It's rough, shoddy, and a little off.  But it captures their spirits well.  So enjoy!

P.s.  New blog to come soon!  It'll be fun and exciting, I promise.  :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Packin' My Bags and A-Leavin'

Hey Folks,

I'm moving.  Packing my bags and a-leaving, finally.  I'm uprooting myself from my native Los Angeles, CA for the wild grey yonder of Seattle, WA.

And knowing me, this will be my fate halfway there:

Avouer qu'on est perdu - Cumulonymbus

In other words, lost as a bat in broad daylight.

So, for about two weeks (give or take), I will probably be missing in action.  Rest assured, I will think about you all every single day.  There will be much weeping and shaking from withdrawal, but I will be brave about this.  It's not like we're breaking up.  It's...it's just a brief, necessary pause to start afresh.  In more ways than one.

When I come back, I promise to shower you with lots and lots of ridiculous attention.  You'll beg me to stop.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Thursday Shorts

His Liquid Grave - Meluseena

Mully was a sailor, born on the high, rough seas.
A scallywag, a pollywog, an unrepentant lout was he.
He drank, he gamed, he lied, he cursed,
He charmed the ladies with words unrehearsed.
All to forget a love he once courted,
To the sewers and seas, he finally consorted,
Young but bitter, he lived on a close shave,
Till alas, he lost his life to a liquid grave.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Inevitable Etsy Cache

It was inevitable.  It's an Etsy world, and we just live in it.  I tried to resist an out-and-out Etsy post, but there are just so many wonderful little finds on that soul-absorbing site that I...I can't resist no mo'.

So, here are some of my top picks of the week!  Remember, my birthday is in March - but I'm not adverse to a little early gift-giving, iffen ye know what I mean.  

Books and air balloons.  I love books.  I love air balloons.
Come on, this is like a honeycomb to a bear!  
Speaking of bears...

A Monocled Bear.  And it's a brooch.
I want this gentlemanly beast climbing on my lapel
every. single. day.

I'm not beyond a little kitsch.  

A watercolor of The Royal Mile in
Edinburgh, Scotland!!  Here's an extra exclamation point
to emphasize my love for this print - !  Brings back memories of
my lovely summer in Scotland. 

A Fiddlin' Kitty.  My dog would protest,
but I'm the Master of my own Universe!  

And some girlie vintage frames to match.

If you have any favorite sellers or items, let me know!  I'm always up for a little wallet-torture!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Lost Children of the City

Do you know where your children are?

The school bell chimes

But the yard is empty

Where have the children gone?

Hidden within the forest deep
Far beyond society's rubbish heap, 
Its burns, its fire
Its callous revelry, 
That leaves behind the wooded scar

Lies a marvel
Of dancing bears and
Balancing tumblers

Mighty buckets and
Tutu'd divers

Maidens fair and
Poisonous creatures

Cycling lions and
Lions cycling

Bull-headed men and
Balls of string

Men of steel and
Their companion true

They all await
To awe and amaze you
So don't delay
Your visit, if you may

Friday, July 23, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

Birds of One Feather

Artist Unknown

Phineas woke up one Fall morning
To find the leaves turned brown and withered
He donned a sweater and a scarf
And human hands to keep him warm

At the wharf, he met a sage
Handless, hairless, and lined with age
"Fortune, fortune, will I read,"
Cried the sage, to mislead

Chirping and whirring with delight
Phineas agreed to pay any price
The sage raised his stumps, a dark, dark blight
And looked askance at Phineas, twice

"Fortune, fortune will I read,
For your warm mittens and a bead,"
The sage was sly, and Phineas simple
A devil's deal...if 'twere not for Kimpel

 Kimpel the Fisherman, young and wise
Had made a pledge to his mother dear
To protect the innocent from false scries
For to one, she lost her heart sincere

Throwing aside his fisher's creel,
A strong, firm hand did Kimpel use
To halt the lies, the steal, the deal
And stop a most unfortunate ruse

Cries and howls, unholy to hear
The sage let loose with a single tear
Phineas, simple and kind at heart
With his mittens did he gladly part

Alarmed by kindness, the sage did pause
As the cold shriveled the boy's poor claws
"Ye are good," the sage did say,
"I am changed, from this 'ere day."

Kimpel assessed and judged and nodded
Truth was told, redemption awarded
So the boy, the sage, and the fisherman together
Became fast friends, Birds of One Feather

Friday, February 26, 2010


Sorry, folks.  Just going through some personal trials right now.  Need to go on a little break to take care of some things.

 The Return of Vacation by Cetrobo

I promise to be back soon...energized, refreshed, and full of monstrous activity (raaawr).  When I come back, I shall eat you all!  Nom nom nom!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Introducing Cole + Josephine

No need for introductions, really.  The art speaks for itself.  However, since I'm gregarious, allow me to expound:  Cole + Josephine is the brainchild of Nicole Sharp.  She's a self-taught artist, and her work is both visceral and intelligent, with a hint of "Wordsworthian" whimsy.  Every piece is like a stream-of-consciousness, as if a floating thought was captured mid-flight, which is manifested in the title of her works.  I've included some of my favorite pieces below, but you can see more of her wondrous artwork on her blog or in her shop.

A Piece of Fried Gold


Here I am just trying to relax and you 
just tear through here and destroy my calm 

We can sit in our modern chairs and 
have long, philosophical discussions

The Frequency of Direction

Trompe L'oil Pears

Terrarium: Bringing the Outdoors In. 
Oh, and Making It Better. 

I'm just going to throw this out there... 
the Beatles do nothing for me

Owls plus Bird Claw Talismans 
equal Incompatible Etsy Trends

Friday, February 19, 2010

Picture Books

People have different motivations for reading and writing books.  Mine was always, always about the story.  Love of words?  A close second. 

I see stories in everything:  books, pictures, music, dreams, moments, even scents.  This morning, I stumbled across a treasure trove of stories...in a series of fashion photographs.  I normally don't pay attention to fashion, but the rich and compelling story found in each frame, the lush and vivid colors, the hint of history and the mystic... it was all too fantastic to ignore. Enjoy.






Thursday, February 18, 2010

Out Sick

I was out sick yesterday.  


I went to the ER and found out I had a tummy virus.

I took medicine and am a bit better now.


I wish you all a safe and healthy mid-week!