Monday, March 29, 2010
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
I spent most of Saturday in the Birds Nest working on a couple book orders. I finished one and am gearing up to finish the other two next weekend. I had planned on going there yesterday too, but my allergies got the best of me and I now have a sinus infection or just a really bad cold so I was down for the count yesterday with Vick's and tissues shoved up my nose (which I would like to do right now, but not at my desk!). I may be going home early today, honestly I feel like crap.
Yesterday, I spent a lot of time reading the manual for my new camera and a DSLR Photography magazine which is filled with great tips. This is my first step up from a point and shoot camera and I am super excited, but have been taking most of my practice shots on automatic until I feel confident enough to move on from that. I had been looking at a new camera for a couple years and decided to take the leap since I have some travel coming up in June and would like to take it with me (more on that in another post). So, my test photos have mainly been of Tim and BayLee (poor guys!). Here are a few I took yesterday while laying on the floor waiting for BayLee to yawn (he had just woke up). Still need to work on the focus and what setting works best for the distance I am at, etc. I shot these on auto no flash but wish they were more clear. I think I need to change the shutter speed when shooting BayLee since he moves around so much. I don't know the technical terms, but watch out, I love taking photos so I will be an ace at this camera in a matter of months. Can I just say, it is strange to put a camera up to my face again after using the Canon Powershot Digital Elph for so long (which I will still use, its in my bag right now - as a matter of fact, I still use my 35mm camera I got in 8th grade!).
Almost time for another Photo A Day project as well...
Thursday, March 25, 2010
What was your first car?
PS - That is "Truck Girl" in the photo above (a name my Mom and Dad would occasionally call me after pulling into the driveway after work). The truck was so big, it would be just my head showing as I pulled in. I might have a different car now and my last name may have changed, but I am still "Truck Girl" - Grateful Dead listening, red truck loving, granola munching Truck Girl. Oh...and yes Mom, I still have this shirt sort of in one piece!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I clean up, get in my car and drive down the street and consider myself lucky when I notice two of the neighbors houses have gotten it a lot worse and will need to repaint.
Where do these people come from that think it is alright to tag all over other people's property? Makes me want to stick giant post-it notes all over the neighborhood because apparently there is a paper shortage.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
These photos make me want to go on vacation, get some sun, ride a horse and swim all at the same time. Both the movement and the reflection in the water in both photos is just beautiful. Summer cannot get here soon enough.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
The Mad Hatter - every little detail was taken into account, check out the spools of thread across his chest. There is a part in the movie where he rattles off almost every style of hat under the sun, which I loved since I adore hats! Alice's red and black dress was lovely, my favorite of the entire movie, if I knew how to make clothes I would be tempted to make myself one and wear it who knows where...
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Here they are with the origin next to them:
- Kater (Dad)
- Kaydra (Dad)
- Kate (Mom - I can hear her saying "Hi Kate!" right now)
- Scuttlebutt (my Dad called me this when I was kid)
- M Kat (Angela)
- Malteser (Angela)
- Katia (Wendy)
- Magpie (Wendy)
- Kathy (Emily, calls me this because she knows I hate it, I call her Emma and she hates it!)
- Sally (Jaime)
Do you have any nicknames?
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
PS - Robin, we all had a laugh at my large cross from Ash Wednesday photo - turns out I wasn't the only one who got marked so boldly.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
..."We do not plan on continuing down the Vietnam Adoption path so you can remove us from the list and please send us any information that we may be privy to from our file.
We are going to take a couple years off since this has taken a lot out of us emotionally and may possibly revisit adoption in the future."
..."We were excited at the prospect of the “new country” which was never announced which was a disappointment. It made it very hard for us to keep our paperwork updated with USCIS (171-h) as they would not grant us an extension with Vietnam listed. Not knowing what the “new country” was really got us stuck with nothing to put on our paperwork in order to keep it current as to which country we were adopting from. If I may be honest, I feel that the “new county” option should have never been put out there raising families hopes and then no communication further about it was very disheartening. Sort of chasing a dangling carrot if I may say so myself."
..."I know that none of this is your fault, there are many people that have to work together to make an adoption happen. You have always made time for my questions, phone calls, etc. and I appreciate that. You do very well at your job and this entire situation must be very hard. We are thinking positive about the future and wish you and your agency luck with future adoptions and who knows, you may hear from us in the future."
I guess I was sort of waiting until I absolutely had to send it, it was due yesterday and I sent it today if that says anything - I was holding on, but it felt good to release for sure, even better than holding on. We are both fine, looking forward to the future. Planning a couple trips and hope to travel more and just have fun!
Monday, March 08, 2010
You will need a standard muffin tin for this recipe.
In a medium/large bowl (you will use the same bowl the entire time), dissolve yeast in water.
Makes 12 rolls.
My latest had the following in it:
- Olive Oil (to saute in the beginning)
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 2 Leeks
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- 2 Large Carrots
- 4 Ribs of Celery
- 3 Yellow Potatoes
- 1 Crown of Broccoli
- 1 Bunch of Asparagus
- Veggie - better then broth stock
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Sauteed the first 4 veggies and then added stock, simmered for about an hour, turned on very low and let it go for another hour. An hour before dinner, I turned it back up to a simmer and then added the potatoes and then 30 minutes later I added the broccoli and asparagus and cooked until soft (about 20 more minutes).
Serve with bread, biscuits or your favorite rolls (recipe in next post)
We kept walking to North Lake and I swear, in each tree around the lake there was a cute little squirrel. They all were posing for photos as well, like they knew we wanted to get them on film. We watched them jump from tree to tree as if they were primates. When we were finished walking around North Lake we went back to the car and decided we would go out to eat in the Inner Sunset somewhere on Irving Street. We ate at Darla's Restaurant and it was deeelish. After lunch we walked around some cute little shops, one of them sold vintage candy and Kenny bought some Zots (remember Zots?), they were soo good, a blast from the past for sure. Cherry, Orange, Grape - so good all of them, I tore up the roof of my mouth eating them! Then we went on a book hunt since Robin and I had spotted 2 used book stores while we were looking for parking. I showed Robin and Kenny what I looked for in a book (in order to turn it into a journal) and they were on the job, I walked out with 4 really cool old books, one of them is French and has some great illustrations (the book is about the United States). Since we took so long in the book store, they guys then wanted to go into a store of their choice....a comic book store, my worst nightmare, I waited outside - Robin joined me not too long after entering the store. We decided we all needed to wash our hands after flipping threw so many dusty old books, but we took a scenic route home and looked at all the huge houses in St. Francis Woods. We ended the evening at our house, just hanging out and laughing super hard at some of the photos in my iphone.
It was a great day! Thanks Robin and Kenny for coming up to the city and for spending the day with us, it was super fun. Shabba!
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Monday, March 01, 2010
Friday night Tim and I hit the ice from 9-11 PM and each got pretty good workouts in. I have to say only in San Francisco would there be a group of people (men and women) who show up at the rink at about 9:45 PM dressed in costumes like figure skaters would wear, but they obviously were not figure skaters. Once they hit the ice, Tim and I realized that "Blades of Glory" was on that night so maybe that inspired their crazy costumes and attempt at pairs ice skating. Some of them could skate, one was in goalie skates (funny looking skates), silver spandex pants with a speedo over top and a beaded top with one sleeve removed. It was crazy and you should have seen their skate moves - one guy in front would lift his leg up and the guy behind would grab his skate blade and lift his leg up too. There were a lot of wipe outs, Hilarious! It was hard to concentrate on my own skating because of the circus that surrounded us but I still got some good cardio in. For the first time since we have been skating the last couple months, they stopped everyone at 10PM and asked that we go the other way around. It was so weird because I can't do crossovers the other way around, but figured it out pretty fast. It was a fun night out with Tim, getting exercise and laughing so hard.
Saturday, we just hung out at home for the most part. I took a nap from 3:30-6:00 PM which is totally unlike me, I don't nap well, I sleep at night and that is about it, but I must have needed it. If you must know, I went into my bedroom to watch my new BBC series (you may know from past posts, that I am moving through a lot of them and have loved each one I have made my way through). The one I am watching now is "Monarch of the Glen" and I super love the main charactor, Archie McDonald, he is so cute. The series takes place in the Scottish Highlands (a place where Tim would like to vacation) and the terrain is really breathtaking. I fell asleep while watching it, when I woke up I had a hankering for Mexican food so we went out for dinner and a walk around Target before going home. A pretty uneventful day, but so nice.
Sunday, I had planned on going to my studio to work on some books, but woke up super late and realized the USA - Canada Hockey game was on at Noon and not 2 PM like I had thought. So, I was strapped to the couch from 12-3 watching the game. It was incredible USA didn't win, but it was really close, and my stomach was in knots. When the game was over (ended in sudden death overtime), I wanted to skate. So, we went skating during the 4-5:30 session. There were so many kids on the ice after their skating lessons, it was a bit like dodging bullets. Still fun, but we had to be super careful, I think since kids don't drive, they don't think about what may be going on beside them or behind them so you have to be ready for sudden moves. Tim got knocked down by a lady who couldn't stop, which totally made me mad. We were both standing along the side of the ice and I was showing him something on my skate when all of the sudden this lady is coming towards us (probably hoping to stop herself on the boards) I look at her arms flopping around and she is saying "sorry, sorry, sorry...." and before I know it she has grabbed onto Tim's jacket and taken him down in her attempt to stop. No, she did not fall, but I shot some serious poison arrows at her with my eyes - she knew I was mad. We steered clear of her the rest of the session. Afterwards we went to Whole Foods Market to make salads at the salad bar and took them home to eat. I went to bed early because today was the first day of Yoga @ Work. Yes, you heard that right, my boss is having a Yoga instructor come to the office every Monday from 7:30 - 8:45 to teach Yoga to whoever wants to take class. I have not taken a Yoga class in forever so was a bit nervous, but did well. My shoulders will be sore tomorrow though for sure.
Hopefully, I am back to posting more often, not sure what came over me there, but think I am over it.
I hope I still have readers and hope you all had a nice weekend and have a lovely week ahead.