Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Right before we left for a party on Saturday, we thought to have Mr. P's mom snap a photo of us in our gangster/flapper costume.  We've been together for 9 Halloweens, but this is our first couple's costume.  We had so much fun, we're already brainstorming for next year!

You can't see them in this photo, but I got really fun press on nails at Walgreen's:

They're the imPRESS brand that are peel and stick (no glue!) and they looked awesome.  By day 3 I had replaced two nails and today, a week later, only 4 are still hanging on - but I thought they were a special Halloween treat since I work from home now.

And for a fun comparison, here's Oliver last year in his Halloween costume:

And this year:

He totally fills out tiger hat this year, but it just as grumpy (if not more!) about wearing it.

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2012

View by Night

Tonight the fog has rolled in and city lights are blotted out.  But other nights, looking out over my city, I hear Journey.

To all my friends and family back East, stay safe!

And to San Francisco - GO GIANTS! We are the champions!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Finds - Office Nook Revisited

Since this post, my office nook inspiration has gone through several iterations. After a few test swatches of paint, I got my roll on and finished it in two easy sessions. With the paint on the walls, I knew that a dark desk was not going to work and that the whole room needed some lightening.  I also need some texture and accent color, thus Friday Finds is a collection of items for the office nook that fit this updated scheme.  There are definitely similar pieces - goshdarnit I want a linen chair! - but overall I've pulled in more texture and color. I'm also loving the mashup of vintage elements and modern elements.

Clockwise from Top L:
Overstock - Elements Cross Design Desk
Overstock - Nimes Khaki Grey Linen Tufted Side Chair
Bellacor - Zuegma Imported Pottery Lamp with Linen Shade
Lamps Plus - Succulent Arrangement in Stone Bowl
Pottery Barn - Extra Large Round Beachcomber Basket
Ikea - Sheepskin Rug

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The 24 Hr. Print Center

Oliver has been running a 24 hour print shop in the office nook.  Once he figured out how to turn the printer on and off at will, it was only a matter of minutes before he was running test pages and pulling up previous jobs.  He specializes in late night jobs - 2 am, no problem!

It's totally worth seeing in action  because he not only prints, but provides shredding services as well.

Due to the 24 hour nature of his chosen vocation and the shred specs that jammed the printer, I finally had to pull the plug.  Everyday since then, Oliver has held vigil at the printer until he falls asleep.

Does your cat have an electronic obsession?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


This sweet baby face was the long anticipated girl that inspired Friday Finds earlier this year. Now she's here and I was lucky enough to visit the east coast to eat up those scrumptious cheeks.

As most newborns are, dear Priya was a little sleepy for my visit, but we caught a few pictures when she opened her little eyes.  She's one of my first stops on Facebook now, watching her grow and playing videos of her daddy tickling her.

While Miss Priya is super cute, her mama and I talked about being strong women, kind women, and smart women.  I love how Steph is incorporating affirmation of those qualities in Priya from the very start!

And Steph still knows how to have fun.  She was totally game when I wanted to pose Priya for some 'gator wrasslin' pics.

The best part of the visit was seeing Steph with her daughter.  She's still the same Steph I know and love, but she like Steph+ with lots of joy and no-nonsense mothering.  Love those girls!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Chinatown Outing

Playing tourist in our hometown is a role with which I've become highly accustomed. Movie tours, hikes, museums, etc. I don't discriminate when it comes to gaining fun insights into the city.  Even though I often say I'm previewing it for guests, I'm a huge nerd and love to pick up the historic tidbits along the way. When I saw a Google Offer for a tour in Chinatown to include dim sum tasting, feng shui tips, tea tasting and a temple visit I jumped on it.  My adventuring buddy, Aimee, joined me and we braved Chinatown during the moon festival!

While the streets were quite crowded, our tour guide led us through without losing one tourist.  Hilariously, it seemed as though he knew everyone and we joked he must be the mayor of Chinatown.  He told us he was 3rd generation Chinese American and often negotiated with movie companies to use Chinatown streets since he spoke English and Chinese so well.  Apparently, The Interns had just wrapped shooting in front of The Four Seas where we started the tour with a sampling of dim sum.

After filling our bellies, we wondered through the market and I finally got an education on the variety of produce in the stalls.  We also stopped by the fortune cookie factory which is the teeniest hole in the wall place with just two ladies forming the hot cookies by hand. I grazed on more than a few from the reject pile and had worked up a thirst by the time we arrived for our tea ceremony.

We got our tour tickets through Zozi, but I think you can still get tickets through the Chinatown Ghost Tour company here.  I give the tour itself 3 of 4 stars and the tour guide 4 of 4 stars - he totally reminded me of a grandpa type and had the stories to prove it!

I recently made friends with a woman from my church who was born and raised in Chinatown.  She's promised to take me to her favorite dim sum joint and I can't wait to have another experienced guide.  Pretty soon, I'll be giving the tours :)

Have you taken any cultural tours in your hometown? Are there any others in San Fran tha ti should look out for?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Work, Cults and Cats

I took a blogging nap. Completely unintentional, it lasted over 3 weeks.  I guess I was tired?

Sunrise view at DIA last week

I started a new job last week, so I've been expending a lot of mental energy into saying goodbyes, packing, and focusing on my home office nook renovation.  After 6.5 years, I had a lot of stuff and friends to address.  Funnily enough, I'm moving on to work with a previous coworker of mine.  And so we meet again and I'm very happy about that.

Then there was this in the news:  I don't know if you remember this post from me, but suffice it to say that the plot has thickened. I'm wrapping my head around the idea that I grew up in a highly functioning cult (I say high functioning because it operated in plain daylight, coexisting, however tenuously, with the outside world).  I jokingly had used the word cult previously, but when I consider the evidence and how it has affected my life, I think it just may be true.  Or maybe I've been watching too many Big Love episodes? Whatever the case may be, I want to make it clear that I do nor have any affiliation with Sovereign Grace Ministries (formerly People of Destiny), and highly recommend against their brand of theology.  I left over 10 years ago amid concerns that I wasn't pursuing godly womanhood because I was going out of state to college (which was a relatively easy path of separation compared to what the plaintiffs in the lawsuit dealt with).  I didn't realize the full impact of my departure maybe until this week.  I don't think I was even that purposeful about leaving.  I just sortof went to college and never looked back.  My theological beliefs were rebuilt from the ground up in the meantime.  Now I can see how that one brave decision to remove myself geographically from the hold made all the difference.  I escaped.

And so this autumn has represented a new start for me. I'm moving on and I have some delightful Ollie videos in the queue to help me do it! Check back later this week for some cat youtube goodness!