Friday, February 27, 2015


I am currently reading The Archivist by Martha Cooley which I am enjoying quite a bit.

I love books, bookstores and especially libraries.

So in honor of all mousy librarians out there in the world, I decided to replicate their style this Friday.

Today I have on my sensible heels:

and somewhat frumpy ponytail:

Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

On My To Do List

I'm not going to make any big promises, like go for a run after work or bake vegan/organic/fairtrade cookies after dinner. Who has the time or energy for that?

Nah, here's what I'm hoping to do by EOD:

1. Use "wombat" as a verb. "I was wombatting with my husband in front of the TV when my cell phone rang."

2. Find a penny and NOT pick it up.

3. Re-enact the "Safety Dance" in front of the kids during dinner.

4. Curse the broken dishwasher.

5. Read at least one chapter of my book on my train ride home.

6. Stretch as if I was a supple jaguar!

Those don't sound too challenging. I've got to keep things small and easy and work up to bigger challenges once I master the remedial stuff. 

The big stuff is like crossfit challenges and other barf inducing exercises. I'm in no rush.

This is Larry, the world's biggest wombat!

What Your Mama Never Taught You

I'm laying down some golden rules. So take notes!

Women: Unless you have a skin pigmentation disorder or some terrible burn marks or rabid acne, no regular  woman should coat her face with foundation (aka liquid evil). It just looks awful and heavy and thick, and frankly so...unkissable! Yuck. The occasional splotch, freckle and random line happens. It's just natural ladies. Wearing a layer of creamy house paint on your face is not.
It's plain icky.

Men: Don't stare. Let me say that to you again. DO NOT STARE. Take a look at that woman- her face, her chest, her ass or whatever else interested you, enjoy that for a brief moment, even smile at her if you like and then move on. Staring just makes women feel uncomfortable and you end up looking very desperate and pervy. Do you want women to start wearing masks and shapeless muu-muus to avoid all that creepy attention? Do you?

Please don't make it unpleasant for women to look attractive. Do yourself a favor- look, blink and look away now and then.

People: When entering a train, just get in and move the F in!

Don't hover close to the door just because your station is coming up. You won't miss your stop dumb dumb, but you will cause unnecessary congestion and delays. Don't be an a-hole. Just please get in ("step lively" as they say in New York) and move in so that everyone can comfortably get on and the train can get moving already!

Men: Nothing says FOB more than white tube socks paired with dark colored shoes.  Invest in some nice dark colored socks and don't look so shlumppy.

Keep the white tube socks for the gym or sock puppets.

Women: Wear a little make-up. I'm not saying slather it on (see the very top) but a little eyeliner and lip gloss never hurt anyone. Take five minutes from your morning and make yourself look prettier. Even Cindy Crawford puts on her face, and you baby you should too.

Men: Be considerate about the amount of space you take up. If you've got a booming loud voice, try to tone it down a notch when you're in a confined space. If you're sharing an adjoining space (like on a bus) don't spread your legs and have your knees touching someone else. Don't be a inconsiderate spatial hog. No one will like you, especially attractive women.

Okay this is me at the end of the day. I'm not my perkiest best, but I still have on a little eyeliner and a smudge of lipstick. Nothing crazy. It's not that hard gals. Just make a little effort. Beautification- it's one of the perks of being an XX chromosome. Try it sometimes.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Time to fall in love

Hellboy loves kittens.
I love Hellboy.


Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom.

This bathroom is crazy cool.
Would love to soak there.


Crazy sexy.
Would love to wear these.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

That Sweet Spot

In search of that sweet spot in life.

When things click and life is effortless.

When I'm comfortable, confident and my hair looks great.

When a cup of coffee and a handful of almonds keeps me content for breakfast and lunch.

When the house is clean and dinner is nutritious and delicious LEFTOVERS.

When you recall a funny memory and laugh aloud.

Hope you find your sweet spot today.

This morning with questionable hair

Monday, February 23, 2015

Slow but steady

Hey I went running with my son on Saturday! 

I wouldn't call it fun, but it was a good start. 

It sorta went like this:

jog, jog, stop, jog, grumble, grumble, jog, stop, walk, walk, sprint to catch up, moan and groan, walk, 

 and then on the return---SPRINTING MY ASS OFF

until I realized dang

we have one more long block to go


then it went back to jog/walk/sprint.

(I need way more practice. Can never get the breathing thing down right. Damn breathing!)

Oh, I started jumping rope again.

That I can do without too much fuss.

Maybe about 80 jumps until I start getting sloppy or bored.

It's not that fun either.

Getting old for sure.

Went to a UC Berkeley Women's Lacrosse game--UC vs. Notre Dame on Sunday.

The fighting Irish won by 10 points.


Still--it was a beautiful day to be out.

Maybe one day Malia will be down on that field-on the winning team I hope.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Would love to own

A large freestanding wooden old school library card catalog
A vintage apothecary cabinet
A large prop from The Grand Budapest Hotel and any of the Harry Potter movies
A clawfoot tub
A large plastic Pillsbury Dough Boy doll (for my kitchen of course)
Something from John Water's home (like an ashtray)
A photo of me and Steve Buscemi (ideally holding matching balloons)
An old school photo booth
An indoor zipline (weeeeeee!!!!!)
An old barber shop sign
A large dining room farm table
Brass knuckles
A SMEG refrigerator in baby blue
An authentic Chewbacca costume