Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Finds - Mindy in Pink

My first name, Melinda, is one of those that isn't always on tourist mugs, license plates, or Christmas angels.  Neither is my nickname, Mindy.  Except for a the off chance Mork and Mindy references from baby boomers, I rarely heard by name in the media.  Then all of the sudden, Mindy Kaling debuted on the Office and Woody Allen directed Melinda & Melinda.  Not that either are household names (yet), but it went a long way in validating what I thought to be cool, but not overused names.

This week, I'm entertaining myself on my little commute with Mindy Kaling's recent book, "Is Everybody Hanging out without Me."  It extra fun because I can hear her actual voice in my head with a slight tinge of Kelly Kapoor on the side.  The more I thought about it, the more it seemed the perfect inspiration for Friday Finds.  I have the e-version, but I think the cover is really cute.  The wallpaper also reminds me of another coming of age, New York, female written comedy - "I was Told there'd be Cake." Almost makes me want to move to NYC.  Almost.

Clockwise from Top L:
Southern Dropout - 70s Vintage Pink Dress

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ollie Goes on an Outing

He loved it, but he was mainly petrified.  Then we came home and he acted as though nothing had ever happened.  Next step, wandering off the blanket!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Is Klout losing clout?

I follow Adria Richards' excellent blog about women and technology.  She recently wrote about Klout scores and the way the company has changed in a way that helped me to understand the issues surrounding it better.  Read her post here.  I took stock of my Klout opinion and decided to follow-up with a few of my own thoughts about it.

When Klout first started, I was hesitant.  I'm still hesitant about joining more social networks because I can barely keep up with the ones I have.  I saw lots of people handing out K's and nothing about it really struck me as valuable for the time/effort put into it.  In fact, I laughed about this meme when it came out because I thought it hit the nail on the sarcastic head:

Then, over a Hanukkah dinner at a Jewish Soul Food Pop-up restaurant, I met a guy who worked for Klout.  I asked him some tough questions and came out of the conversation wondering if I had made my judgment too quickly.  So I went home and signed up.

In the first 30 seconds of being signed up, I was sorely disappointed.  A measly score of 32! I consider myself fairly active in the social media world compared to most people and I was barely showing up on the radar. Then I found out that I was above average, most people are in the 20s.  On a scale of 0-100, that wasn't so intuitive and was even distressing at first.

The second alarm or red flag I saw were my influential topics.  Mine were Nordstroms, Sarah Palin and my company.  Interestingly enough, I don't remember ever mentioning these things in my social network.  I write about cats once or twice a week.  I write about San Francisco, moving, and adjusting to small spaces.  What algorithm didn't pick up on these things?  Especially cats! If I've turned into a crazy cat lady, I at least want credit for it.

The last little bit of hope for making me a Klout convert were the perks.  I qualified for only one perk, $25 for  I've never heard of the company, couldn't figure out at first what they sell, once I figured it out there was nothing I wanted, not to mention the $25 didn't even cover one ticket.  Boo on them and boo on Klout for calling it a perk.  For me, it was just a waste of 15 minutes I could have spent looking at cute cat videos on Youtube.

The bottom line for me is that I still don't "get Klout." I love the statisistics side, but I think I can get those stats other ways. The way it's run now is more of a connection between marketers and bloggers - and I've tried several versions of that to no avail.

Am I off base? Are you happy with Klout or avoiding it?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Finds - Peachy Edwardian

I'm a bit obsessed with Edwardian style things these days.  In a city full of amazing turn of the century architecture, I see Edwardian buildings every day.  So this collection showcases a few items I love either to wear or decorate those spaces.

Clockwise from Top L:
The Millinery Shop - Cloche Straw Hat
Antique Treasure Chest - Rose Brooch
The Brilliant Magpie - Mina
Vintage Brocare - Patchwork Lace Pillow

Thursday, March 15, 2012

She was a Very Good Dog

It feels surreal to be writing my third memorial post since my last birthday.  Obviously one post was harder than the others, but Sammie's, and now Sage's, have been the bookends of death on my 27th year.  Ever since we adopted Sage from the rescue group, she paid for her keep with lots of kisses, frisbee catches and well timed rolling of her eyes.  She's the only dog I've known in real life that fetched the newspaper and slippers.  She was a very good dog.
Sagebrush Ellie July 3, 1997-March 15, 2012

Breading Fail

My friend Maggie told me about this crazy internet meme where cats were wearing pieces of bread on their heads.  I may be late to the craze, but something about dressing Oliver in a piece of bread spoke to my cat lady humor.  Last night I fixed to bread my wild man and it didn't go so well.  It was a breading fail!

Edited to Add:
My blogging friend Morgan was inspired and successful in her effort to bread her kitty!  I love how she caught the snapshot mid-tongue lick!
Link to your breading effort in the comments and I'll add ya to the post!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Winter Pinterest Challenge

I was simultaneously excited and frustrated that the winter pinterest (I've typed winterest three times now!) challenge was this week.  Excited because I had so much fun doing the last one and frustrated because it seems to have hit during a super stressful time.  I looked through my pins and found zero inspiration (stress tends to swallow inspiration).  So instead, I looked around my apartment.  

I had a broken shelving unit fail, two unplanted succulents, a large glass jar, several ball jars, and other randoms.  I came back to Pinterest and reverse searched for my supplies.  Bada bing bada boom.
Originally from Decor8, pinned by Eva Harrison

I wanted some decorative rocks, but that's the only item I bought for the project.  Mr. Palindrome insists I spent $5.68 on the project, but since I only used 1/5 of the rocks, I say that I spent $1 on it.  :)

Here's how I did it (with Olliver's help):


Don't forget to check out the hosts,' Erin, KatieSherry, and Cassie’s, projects as well as other challengers in the links up sections on each hosts' page!  Thanks gals!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Finds - Blue Venetian

A quick look behind the curtain of curating Friday Finds:

Step 1: Something pops into my head.
Step 2: I type something very literal into the Etsy search bar.
Step 3: I scan for aesthetically pleasing photos.
Step 4: I get frustrated and change directions.
Step 5: I finally get 4 items I like with a spectrum of uses (art, houseware, jewelry etc.)

This week, step one was, "I feel lazy."  Then I typed, "lazy weekend" into the search bar.  I immediately found this lazy weekend photograph of a shocking blue home in Venice.  Bingo.  Then the results for lazy weekend yielded nothing else.  Sigh.  Lazy Sunday.  No.  Lazy Saturday. No.  Grrr.  Now I'm feeling too lazy to change directions.  I want to use the blue house photograph goshdarnit.  Then it dawns on me.  And I search, "Blue Venetian" and "Cobalt Venice" and variations.  Ta da!

TGIF! Hope you have a relaxing (maybe even lazy) weekend!

Clockwise from Top L:
Foulard Fantastique - Vintage Venice Souvenir Scarf
Rebecca Plotnik Photograph - Lazy Weekend in Venice
Dian's Earrings - Cobalt Blue Venetian Earrings
AnimaLunga Vintage - Vintage Italian Candy Dish

Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Two Boys

My aunt came for a visit and snapped this shot of my two boys.  Mr. Palindrome has since had a haircut and Olliver has since learned to sit like a gentleman (right after his exorcism), but I love these handsome guys so much, I couldn't help but share.
Whenever I see Mr. P interact with animals, I know that he'll be a good father someday too.  He's so inventive with the games he plays and attentive to Ollie's needs.  I'm such a cheese-ball.  But seriously, these two are my favorites.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Finds - Butterfly Baby

Today I learned that one of my dearest friends is having a little girl.  Since I can't be with her to celebrate, we'll have a little virtual celebration for Friday Finds.  When I saw these darling felt shoes over on Duet Letterpress, I couldn't get them out of my mind.  I know they're a bit spendy, but what are Aunties for but introducing a girl to shoes early? They really inspired the rest of the collection.  It's a bit girly and my inner feminist doesn't want to pigeon hole the unborn into a gender trap so early, but something about the butterflies are calling to me as a symbol of new life beginning.  Besides, a little pink and purple never hurt anybody. :)

Congrats Steph and Chad! TGIF!
Clockwise from Top L:
Southern Pearl Designs - Butterfly Mobile
The Paper Shamrock - Baby Onesie Month Stickers
Mint Monkey Design - Baby Buggy and Butterfly DIY Printable Invitations
La La Shoes - Baby Ballet Flats

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Somebody Needs a Brother

Namely this one:
I'm 100% certain that Oliver would LOVE a permanent playmate. But Mr. Palindrome is not.

Besides, it's more litter.

It's more food.

It's more mess.

It's more claw clipping and nail capping.

It's more money for pet sitters.

It's more vet bills and visits.

But isn't it also more love?


So I've been doing some homework and the general consensus seems to be that getting the same gender, around the same age is a good way to introduce a new cat into the house.  For my blog friends with multiple cat households, did you follow that advice? What did you do and how did it work?