Archive for August, 2008


August 14, 2008

In preparation for my move this Saturday, I’m now surrounded by an apartment that looks like this:

To my surprise, the kitties are mostly just having lots of fun with the new piles of boxes everywhere.  Hudson has co-opted this one in particular:


Watch out.  His new favorite game involves sneaking around ( in/with the box in tow) and swiping at unsuspecting ankles:


Its very hard work, but the holes provide a perfect kitty nose-rest.

I’m still off to get Rescue Remedy to help smooth over the upcoming, unprecedented, car ride. Not too mention a whole new home.

The other day they both decided to pack themselves:


Thanks guys, very helpful.

Letters and Gardens

August 7, 2008


I got a letter from my grandmother today.  I love letters! I always forget how fun it is to get one in the mail, until I actually do. And its so nice.  She told me about working in her garden (apparently she uses a tabasco recipe to keep the deer away!) and the painting classes she’s going to start.  She’s a master gardener.  For real.  People used to tour her garden at her old house– the rose garden, the sunken garden, the front yard.  It was huge and had all these different parts.  Now she lives in a retirement community, and does most of her gardening in her plot of a shared garden.  I told her how our new neighborhood has a community garden across the street from us, and she wrote back saying that community gardens are so fun because of all the people you meet and all the new things you learn.

Pretty soon, the cats and I will have to say goodbye to our little roof garden.  It turned out to be a nice little spot…Do you see that one red tomato in the photo below? I got to pick it yesterday!

Illustration Friday: Poof

August 6, 2008

So I was at the gym listening to Jay-Z…

And came up with this, instead of the fashion-y, poofy dress idea I had sketched out earlier.  Which is good, as I think part of the fun of Illustration Friday is to do something unexpected with the subject.

I like how a lot of parts of this came out, but now that I’m looking at it– his eyes should be looking at us. Not off to the side. darn.

Regardless, its nice to just bang something out and not be too neurotic about it. You know?

Nest Update

August 5, 2008

I think I’ve redeemed my Nest project.  It wasn’t going so well.  But I found this pattern on, which I love.  And its actually looking good.  Its basically a paper chain you used to make when you were a kid, but with yarn.  And because I’m using such bulky yarn, it looks more like a braid than a chain.  I love that.  I’m really excited about it.

Whoops! I wrote that in the middle of July and thought I posted it.  I was probably waiting until I had some images to go along with it.  And now I do!

Anyhow.  I finished it:


And I think it looks great.  Its too short to tie, ( its a scarf-lette after all,) but you just take one end and tuck it through one of the loops and you’re all set to go.  Actually I think its nice its not too long– this way it keeps you warm without getting in the way.  I hope it makes someone happy.  I’m going to try my hand at a cowl hood again and then send them off to Nest.

The pattern is by torirot design.  Besides this one, she has lots of other great patterns on Ralvery— check out those lizard mittens!

Sunday Brunch

August 3, 2008

Fresh peaches and blueberries from the farmer’s market, mint from the garden and French Toast.  


new camera.  perfect.

Best Vegan Magician

August 1, 2008


Hey look!  My cousin Jesse got a great write up in the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s “Best of the Bay” guide.  As a personal chef, he’s listed as the “Best Vegan Magician”!  

…Enter Jesse Miner, a personal chef who, for about the price of a meal at a fancy restaurant, will make meat-, egg-, and dairy-free meals for families and groups. With 15 years of experience, a degree in natural foods from Bauman College, and an internship at Millennium under his belt, he’s also adept at adjusting menus for other food restrictions, including wheat intolerance, diabetes, and raw food diets. And by the way, don’t miss his peanut butter squares and ginger snaps…

So if you’re in the area, and you and your family need some yummy dinners pronto– or if you’re looking for a lesson or two– you should definitely check him out! You won’t be disappointed.   

Family lore has it he sends his awesome wife Erin off to work every day with a hand packed lunch! Some girls have all the luck…

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