Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sit and Be Fit?!

Ankle hurt, no chance of any kind of exercise. Please tell me if you have any better alternatives. Though I must admit these old birds seem sassy.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Thanks to Ali, I knew to check out the Springville Art Museum to see a Wayne Thiebaud exhibit on the way back from the family reunion. I love Thiebaud's food art (for which you probably know him best). At this exhibit, what I loved the most was the California-ness of his art. The colors are so pretty and washed out, yet vibrant. You can see the rest of my pix from the show (and the rest of the museum) here.Not to take the surprise away from all of you which will receive this but... my favorite baby gift of late has been this. So adorable.


I am obsessed with convenience stores. Typically ones in other countries have the most mysterious things, but I recently realized that Idaho also has some true gems. I present you with three:

I've actually eaten these. They are chocolate, marshmallow, and coconut, and so are obviously good.
I want to meet the creative GENIUS who had the vision to know that what sunflower seeds lacked was artificial dill pickle flavoring. I did not taste these.

I don't want to get all racialist on you, but, am I allowed to start saying "TJ mama" in lieu of "hot mama"? Again, with the pickling!

All in the Family

Memorial Day was spent in Idaho at a family reunion with my mother's family. We haven't all been together for 15 years. It was a really great time-- so nice to see how you turned out like you did, where your parents came from, and what makes you a family, after all. Oh, and there were so many adorable babies. Chief among them was my nephew Owen.

As you can imagine, there are a lot of great photos of the weekend. My favorite is this one of my sister Jane (age 13), just as she won a backseat battle royale against my sister Mary (age 26) who can be seen in the background. Family + hours in the car = remembering what childhood is all about.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Get Better

I've been loving Mates of State's new album (and get to see them tonight). This video is great-- I think it does a nice job synthesizing a lot of visual trends of the last year- lighting, themes, animals etc. Plus the song is great.


No more. This beauty is mine all mine! I'm so excited for some pretty pictures. Look for them soon.

Indy Rocks

well mostly. Attacking zombie people, monkeys, crystal skulls, aliens, real Russians, fake Russians. Really the new Indiana Jones has it all, except perhaps some sense. None the less it was worth a low sleep night to catch at 12:15 viewing. My costume (lots of safari type stuff w/ eppulets and aviators) was under appreciated. Rebecca's costume was understated but awesome.

'e' is for emily

and that's good enough for me. . . I love letters, especially the little letter e. Stephanie DeArmond's work is amazing, and I'm happy to report that I am now the proud owner of this beauty-- a cursive 'e'.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

All the Pretty Girls

My friend Amanda Michelle Smith had a solo show open at Jack Fischer Gallery on Saturday. Her art is AMAZING (that's a total understatement, but it may have to stand). It's all ceramic, and she does the most amazing miniature details with glazes and under glazes-- and then has to fire, and refire it all. They are absolutely beautiful, and pretty much at the top of my list of stuff I will buy when I begin contributing to society.
Full set of pictures here:

Hope on the Streets

Always see the best things wandering around SF on week nights. This was in the financial district.

Eye of the ...

Love the packaging on this-- especially since the jar is the size of a quarter.

Any guesses what my favorite color is?

As I was driving up to Amanda Smith's opening yesterday I glanced over at the passenger seat, and this is what I saw:

Monday, May 05, 2008

May 5th

Today is an allegedly Mexican holiday which I'm pretty sure only people in the US celebrate. However, since I love all things Mexican (really) I think it's worth celebrating. In addition to gorging myself on some delicious tacos and enchiladas, I made small versions of this lime cream cheese pound cake (citrus = Mexican, sorta, no?). I also recommend this salad-- though it lacks queso, it is truly amazing.
On a recent trip to Mexico, I realized how pathetic my Spanish is (which I feel mainly ok about, since I've never actually taken a class). However, I soon realized, that knowing a few key phrases and adding "corazón" (heart!) to them pretty much got me everything I wanted there. This somewhat novel (controversial?) notion of the Spanish language was re-enforced a few days ago, when I was listening to the radio and hear the greatest song. Imagine a Rod Stewart type voice saying "Donde sta corazón?!!!" with a lot of pain in it. Then children pick up the refrain, back and forth. It pretty much changed my life-- am working on getting a copy of the song, will keep you posted.

My quest to find my corazón led to the discovery of some killer Mexican handicrafts like these. I think I like them because my heart really does spontaneously erupt into flames occasionally. Special thanks to my travel mates who were supportive and patient with the shopping portion of my quest for corazón.
Bottom line, I hope that on this day all of you find your fill of Mexican food and also your own special corazóns.

P.S. This is the best Corazon picture, but I can't seem to get it to post-- do look at it though.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Happy May Day!

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Originally uploaded by yein~
I love the old fashion traditions of giving flowers and having worker's demonstrations on May 1. Hope you're having a good day, with a few flowers in sight.