- Got up early
- Took a shower
- Went to the laundromat at 7 AM - loaded all of my clothes in one of those jumbo washers
- Went to the gas station and filled up the Jeep with gas for Tim while I am away
- Went to Safeway (instead of Target and Kiehls) and got what I needed
- Went back to laundromat and loaded clothes into dryer
- Took non-dryer clothes home and hung them on the line outside
- Kissed and pet BayLee
- Went to the bank to deposit a check
- Back to the laundromat and there was two minutes left on the dryer
- Took and couple deep breaths and closed my eyes
- Removed clothes from the dryer
- Folded aforementioned clothes in record time and put them in the basket
- Loaded basket into my backseat
- Drove to work
- Checked in online for my flights to London
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
- Decide what books to take
- Pedicure (optional, if I have time to do them and still go to bed at a decent time without ruining them. Mom said to bring my polish with me and do them there, I may do that.)
- Go to Target - need a couple things
- Go to Kiehls for leave on conditioner, no water pressure in the apartment in Malta so shampoo only over there
- Go to Whole Foods and get snacks for the plane
- Check in for my flight online - may just wait and do it at the airport, no biggie
- Double check address book I am taking
- Charge my camera
- Kiss Tim and BayLee as much as I can before I leave
- Oh, and I have to work tomorrow from 8-5
- Better go to bed now, looks like I have a huge day tomorrow - I am going to need a double shot in my soy latte!
Seriously, how great is this photo - I super love it.
It all started when I got home, I was so hungry. I had a HUGE latte and one little snack bag of sweet potato baked chip things and that was it, so my stomach wanted something more substantial before turning in for the night.
We decided to go to Emmy's Spaghetti Shack, right around the corner from my house. We have gone here quite a bit since it opened years ago, but it had been a while.
I love the vibe in this place, indie/punk music, handwritten menus, wine and beer on the chalkboards. Simple menu and so yummy!
I started with a drink called a Tulip Julep (with a 70/30 pour, mostly bourbon)so I was buzzed before the food got to the table. Funny, I sort of want one of those drinks right now at my desk. Ok, back to dinner...we split the "bigger" size Cesar Salad - so much garlic it was insane! We each ordered spaghetti, mine without meat balls, his with. He ordered wine, I stuck with the Tulip Julep. The portions here are insane and the booth benches are a little low so you actually feel like a little kid sitting in front of a huge bowl of spaghetti. I love that. We ate spaghetti while oooeing and ahhhing at each other across the table, biting pieces of garlic bread in between lovingly twisting pasta around our forks lining up our next bites. It was so delicious! The service here is awesome too, very cute indie girls with streaked hair dressed in black with their vintage glasses on but not the kind of place where it feels forced like some hipster places here in the city where guys were skinny jeans (EWE!).
Anyway, after dinner was done (we saved half of our entrees for lunch today, I forgot mine of course, boooo), we decided to take a look at the dessert menu. They had something called Peanut Butter Bar, served with Mitchell's Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce. Well, for those of you in the know, Mitchell's is the best local ice cream around my part of town so I was sold and I love peanut butter anything. The peanut butter "bar" was salty and peanut buttery with a large baseball size ball of ice cream on top and coated in chocolate sauce. I am not a huge fan of the chocolate, but this combo is a do not miss if you go to Emmy's. Sweet, salt, rich, cold, creamy, ohmygoodness!!! The dessert with a glass of muscat put me over the edge. I was drunk. Walked the three blocks home, worked on my journal a little - made a little collage in it while singing Cat Stevens songs with Tim and went to bed. I woke up this morning face planted into the bed, no pillow and covered over my head in blankets. A good night in deed.
2 days until Malta!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Well, the story continues...when I was in Malta in 2006 while buying my groceries I noticed something on the shelf called Kellogg's Crunchy Nut. Could this be it? I had to buy it and try it and guess what? It was IT! The cereal I remembered as a child, ohh, so good I ate two bowls the first go round. I ate it for dinner. I ate it almost every day I was there. I think I went through two boxes by myself. Then, I saw it again in Greece in May and remembered I could get it over in Europe - why is that? Do Americans not crave what Europe considers "ludicrously tasty"? Why don't they sell this in the states any more? Anyway, just this morning while in the "think tank" (aka the shower) I was thinking about grocery shopping in Malta and I remembered my favorite breakfast cereal! I called my Mom to tell her about it, she remembered it too when we were kids and how good it was. Needless to say, I can't wait to go to the Tower Grocery Store when we arrive in Malta and enjoy some "ludicrously tasty" cereal of my youth. It may be made in the UK now but as long as it still exists, that is OK with me.
Just putting the final touches on the journal I made for this trip.
I found an old 1965 small size Maltese Dictionary at the rummage sale a couple weekends ago, took the pages out and sewed some of the original pages back in mixed with blank pages for me to write on. I added an elastic band to keep it all together for those days when I just have time to shove things in it and also affixed a pocket to the inside of the back cover to collect things in.
This is a lot like the Greek travel journal I made - I am super excited to fill it with our travel adventures.
At this point, I have been in contact with the extended family over in Malta and everyone is ready for us. We will probably see them a few days after we arrive so we have time to rest and get acclimated to the time change. I am getting really excited and trying not to think about the flight (I have control issues and don't like the anxious feeling I get while flying, but can psych myself out pretty good unless it gets bumpy). Once I get to Chicago I will be with my Mom who is pretty mellow on the plane so that will be good.
4 days until Malta!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Here is one more, I have been asked to describe myself in 25 words.
This was harder than I thought it was going to be - here is my first stab.
Crafty, passionate, loyal, Midwestern, adventurer, classic rock listening, animal loving, goal setting, list making, red truck dreaming, writer, entertainer, vegetable eating, optimistic, unique, laughing girl.
Where is your cell phone? Bag
Your hair? Hippy
Your sister? Emily
Your favorite thing? Travel
Your dream last night? Hazey
Your favorite drink? Water
Your dream car? Sierra
The room you’re in? Office
Your shoes? Off
Your fears? Snakes
What do you want to be in 10 years? Writer
Who did you hang out with this weekend? Friends
What are you not good at? Math
One of your wish list items? House
Where you grew up? Michigan
Last thing you did? Classified
What are you wearing? Rings
What aren’t you wearing? Socks
Your pet? BayLee
Your computer? Black
Your life? Awesome
Your mood? Grateful
What are you thinking about right now? Mom
Your car? Jeep
Your kitchen? Small
Your summer? Fabulous
Your favorite color? Pink
Last time you laughed? Today
Last time you cried? Sunday
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
heat awaits me
naked foot to baked yellow limestone means I have arrived
I am here
outstretched blue arms of the sea as wide as the sky
expecting my arrival
wrapping its salty robe around me
inviting me to float in silence
8 days until Malta!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Grace is the Creative Director of Vogue magazine and is so passionate about her work. She was commenting on how she still dresses the models and was on the floor buckling a shoe on a model, she likes to have total control over the shoot and the proves successful as all the spreads I have seen directed by her are amazing. We didn't see too much into Anna's life outside of Vogue, a couple scenes with her daughter and her alone traveling from place to place. She is pretty quiet (or was in the movie) but definitely opinionated and will step on any one's toes to make sure "her" magazine is the best.
I respect them both, they were both models in the UK when they were younger. Grace was forced to retire from modeling due to a car accident, she was an Assistant at British Vogue and moved her way up the ladder. You have to read Anna's bio to believe it, she was a firecracker - I love that she once met Bob Marley and then disappeared with him for a week! They didn't dig too deep into Anna, she spoke at times, but was very icy.
I could go on forever, but don't want to bore anyone.
To sum it up, if you like Vogue and are interested in the behind the scenes look - check this movie out! I loved it. It is a documentary so don't expect grand pans across the Vogue offices, the transitions are a little shaky, but I liked it, it was like someone just came in with a camcorder and did their job, no fancy director of photography needed.
I don't usually wear a winter jacket/coat - I don't even own one. The last two winter's I got by with a Patagonia fleece vest and assume that will come out of the closet soon and be worn daily.
Anyway, while looking for something at Anthropologie the other day I found this lovely pink coat. If I lived somewhere cold enough, I would really want it (albeit way too expensive). It would look so cute with a little black beret and some gloves. Ooo La La!
9 days until Malta!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
13 days until Malta!
- Protein Powder (one chocolate, one vanilla)
- Crumbled Feta
I love getting things for free or at a deep discount.
Anyone else get "perks" at their job?
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
PS - I hate youtube ads popping up just x them off.
- I only get up in the morning on minutes divisible by 8. (6:08, 6:16, 6:24, 6:32, 6:48) not 6:40 though, there are just numbers I know I am more comfortable. I also prefer getting up on the hour of 6 or 8 when I have a choice.
- I eat in even numbers (only counts for small items) - cookies, if it is big, I will break it in 2. M&M's, Jelly Bellies, bite size items; 2, 4 or 8 at a time.
- If I really like a book and don't want it to end, I will slip it under the mattress until I am ready to finish it. I just pulled two out of there, one I had nearly forgotten about.
- Same as above but with movies/tv shows I rent on DVD that I love. I get near the end and fall asleep even if I am not tired, I just don't want it to end. After 32 hours of "The Duchess of Duke Street" series, I fell asleep the last 10 minutes of the last episode 4 nights in a row, even when I started it where I fell asleep the night before.
- Since we are on the issue of sleep, I have self diagnosed, "scary movie narcolepsy". If we are watching a scary movie at home (very rare these days, I try to view positive things for the most part), when it gets to a really scary part, I fall asleep. Tim and I came up with this about 10 years ago when it started.
- When I at my parents house, I still rush up the basement stairs because I think the washing machine is going to come alive and grab my feet as I am going up the stairs. If you could see the visual in my head, pretty scary!
- Just like with books, when I really love a piece of jewelry, I will "accidentally" hide it on myself so I can't wear it for a while. This happens more than I would like, I am starting to think that at this point it I am doing it unconsciously.
- With the above stated, I am always on a "hunt" for something. I will literally be sitting on the couch in the middle of something and think of something I have not seen in a while and then go on a mad tear "hunt" through the house. Right now there are two things I am "hunting" for, both jewelry and yes, they are things I super love a lot and wanted to give a break to I guess. I will even think of something I used to have and think it is at my parent's house and call my Mom and ask her to look for it (Mom, mustard seed necklace in white envelope, ha ha). It was bad for a while, I could imagine my Mom cringing when I would call and say..."Mom, remember that...(fill in item here)."
- I have a process to cereal and milk. If Tim tries to help me and pour the milk I have a fit! Don't even ask about this one, I don't know.
- When I cross the street, I have to use a cross walk and stay in the white lines - if there aren't any (Vietnam, Greece, Malta) then I am ok.
What are some of your quirks?
Monday, September 14, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
We had a nice dinner, chicken cordon bleu, mashed potatoes, green beans, Cesar salad and garlic bread. I had all of the veggies, they were delicious!
November's meeting will be hosted by me. I am planning a potluck dinner so it should be cool to try every one's cooking. I will miss the October meeting as I will be in Malta - maybe I will have to act out a meeting for my Mom's entertainment.
Anyway, I am advertising it here but this weekend, the entire city of South San Francisco is having a city wide garage sale and the Maltese Club is having a rummage sale which I will be working at Saturday and Sunday. It is also posted here on Craigslist.
Hope you had a great Friday!
The Babe had the day off and came with us, it was awesome! I love a day where you can take public transit, can eat a brat (and beer) for lunch, an ice cream sundae (split with the babe) for dessert and have a stop for $1 tacos on the way home for dinner!
Photos by phone, so they are not that great, but I had to document everything.
Monday, September 07, 2009
- I am addicted to the BBC series called "Jam and Jerusalem" - also known as "Clatterford" on Netflix. I have been inspired to enjoy a spot of tea and biscuits more often than not (hence the photo taken this morning).
- Gearing up for my trip to Malta - picking outings, places to eat, walk, etc.
- I have been erupting creatively since Friday, writing a lot, coming up with ideas for things to make. This doesn't happen often so I am trying to embrace it while I can.
- Constantly thinking about the vegan donut I ate on Friday at Whole Foods Market.
- Praying Emily has a good move and settle in in Chicago. She moved this past weekend and is alone in the big city before Mat joins her next week (he has one more week at his job).
*Bonus - not by choice, but have watched a LOT (too much really) of the US Open this weekend.
Friday, September 04, 2009
I have been running all week nonstop and am just sort of getting a chance to catch my breath. Work has sort of taken over, but I have let it and that is ok for now, I am planning on working as much as I can before I leave for Malta next month. This week we had a big off site meeting, that I plan 5 times a year. This time we met at the Headlands Institute out on the coast and it was amazing and beautiful, the weather could not have been better, it was sunny and HOT. After the meeting I planned a wine/appetizer party at my bosses' house. So Wednesday, I woke up at the crack of dawn, went and picked up the wine glasses from the rental place, dropped them off at my bosses house and then went to the meeting location - had to be there by 9 to make sure set up was correct, etc. I took notes at the meeting from 10-4 and then headed back to my bosses house to help set up, drink wine and eat some yummy appetizers, cheese, fruit, etc. I was beat when I got home on Wednesday. Yesterday once I got home, Tim whisked me off to run errands with him and took me out for a fast food dinner (which, I had to admit, was really good).
Today, ugh, I had to drop my car off at the shop - really. My breaks are squeaking so bad, I am embarrassed when I have to stop. I just recently got my rears done, so it may be the front needed, I am keeping my fingers crossed that it just needs lubricated or something and wont cost me anything - please God. With that said, I am working from one of our stores, which is pretty sweet. Close to home, close to the auto shop and my boss is coming in today too, so I will be able to touch base with him, which will be nice to do out of the office. I have a little mobile office set up, which I actually love, all I need is a little portable printer. Check me out...
By the way, donuts are new in the Potrero Hill store and are 100% Vegan and 200% delicious! I can't even stand it, I want to go back down to the cafe and get another one! I tried the apple cinnamon but there are like 5 other flavors. Maybe I will take one home for Tim if I can resist not eating it on the way. No weird mouth coating or after taste like some other vegan donuts either! Yesssss.
OK, back to work, I have a lot to do, but haven't posted in a while and felt the need. No big plans for the Labor Day weekend, just relaxing, I have one "must do" on my list (Stern Grove), but that is it. I am reading a great book right now so, reading, laying around and watching my final disc of "The Duchess of Duke Street" sounds wonderful. Maybe a yoga class, but I don't want to push it - I like my time at home, I have to admit, once I am there it is hard to pry me away some times.