Tuesday, February 28, 2006


my new office buddy... SpeakerMan. also known as, jenky speakers for my ipod.

Monday, February 27, 2006

I joined!

so, i can't publish how i did it... but i finally joined the RSF at UC Berkeley at a discounted semester rate.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

more wonderful singing!

and again, jess blows us away with her vocal talents! oh, and btw, nice purple shirt! :)

Friday, February 24, 2006

24 on the 24th!

happy birthday Brother!!! :)

(oh, and happy bday to the irish twin too)

Thursday, February 23, 2006

blog, B-L-O-G, blog

my friend Jess invited me to go see Spelling Bee the musical at the Post Street Theater downtown tonight. It was so good!

Starburst Mosaics (not really mosaics)

i was inspired to use Starbursts as art... ENJOY my creations! :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

War!!! (Please read) (Even you, Noah)

I was too entertained by this witty email (regarding the mouse problem at Dave's house) not to share it with you all. Enjoy! :)


We, the mild-mannered and peace-loving residents of Ellsworth House,
have been beset by a reprehensible foe. This foe has no regard for
our dignity nor our standard of living. We ask only to be left
alone, but it does not heed our request. It comes into our humble
abode uninvited, wreaks its havoc, and disappears again -- leaving
behind a few "souvenirs" as if to mock us. The foe is wily, bold,
and treacherous -- as well as far more numerous than we -- and it
will do everything in its power to break us down.

Our enemy is mice.

The enemy had already made a beachhead in Commodore Kolstad's food
cabinet, and was planning to use this fortified position as a
springboard for domination of the Kitchen, if not the Entire House.
Lieutenant Ueng reported numerous enemy sorties over the weekend;
these reports were verified by Special Agent Mandell on Monday night.

General Pierce decided to take preemptive action. He laid out his
decoys in the evening and quietly slipped away; Tuesday morning there
were two enemy casualties. Clearly shaken, the enemy has withdrawn
to regroup and plan new tactics.

But the fight is not over! We must press our advantage while we have
it. This afternoon I suited up for battle and, armed with a bottle
of Fantastik, attempted to make the terrain inhospitable to the
enemy. In the process, I discovered just to what extent the enemy
had made our beloved Kitchen its own. A solid trail of droppings
extended all the way from Kitchen Sink Crossroads, through Microwave
Marsh, and to the far reaches of Fruity Flats. The enemy had
appropriated much food, the prize being an eggplant with a two-inch
hole gnawed out of it.

I wiped down and disinfected the entire occupied territory. But
after an hour I began to tire; the Bronchitis I've had since Saturday
was wearing me down. Perhaps the enemy is waging biological warfare!
In any case, we cannot let down our guard. Thus I propose our


Everything that was on the counters in now on the center island;
hopefully that territory is still safe. Before it goes back from
whence it came, it needs to be washed with soap and hot water. All
the bottles, all the cutting boards, everything. Basically, you can
safely assume that anything in the middle has been sitting in mouse
poo. (I got a turd in my tea this morning because it had been stuck
to the honey bottle and came loose.) If everyone spends a few
minutes doing this when they get home tonight, it won't take very

All food stored on the counter has to be in closed bottles or sealed
containers. This means that, at least for now, we need to find
somewhere new to store fruit. Can people keep their fruit in their
cupboards or the fridge?

If you find new poo on the counter or in a cabinet, (a) report it,
and (b) clean it up! It got to be as bad as it was in part because
we never did anything to discourage it.

We need to keep setting traps. McLean, do you still have the ones
from the other night? Or do we need to get more?

Other suggestions?

Respectfully Yours,
Sergeant Freeman

Art at SFSU

steph and i decided to check this art exhibit out. it was... weird.

ps. Mon, do you see my little tribute in the guestbook to my Scandinavian connection? :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

it's cold here!

so, you didn't think it could get so cold in the bay area? well, it did! i came out to my car this morning and it was covered in frost! yikes!

the ellsworth mouse

last night we saw the ellsworth house mouse running around in the kitchen while we were cleaning up from dinner. it was decided that this little "stove runner" had gotten too bold and needed to go. we weren't sure how to do this, because the humane traps weren't doing the trick... so we opted for a traditional mouse trap. when i awoke in the morning, this little bold fellow was snapped in the trap. it made me more sad than i was expecting... so here is a little tribute to him. he was ever so bold.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Quote of the day - Sunday

"that Tiger didn't go crazy, that Tiger went TIGER!"

Who is 25?

Happy Birthday Lindsay!!!! :)

Thursday, February 16, 2006

click if you are in need of some Hermit Crab info

The Crab Street Journal : Hermit Crab Magazine

a new addition to the hermit crab family

i got a new little hermit crab last night. since my other little one (Chocolate Chip) died last week, my remaining hermit crab (Phoenix) has been depressed. since i am not around enough to pay attention to him, i decided i would need to buy him a friend. the smallest crab they had at petco was one in a little pink shell. since she had flowers painted on her (and since i was just on the phone with my brother cracking up about it) i named her Flor... and i roll the "r" at the end a lot. like this... flor rrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Chef Torrey

ok, so now that i have made something other than chili, i consider myself a real chef! last night for dinner with my girls i made a Kugel. it's Jewish food and i borrowed the recipe from my aunt. her Kugel has always been my favorite so i decided to give it a try. it came out PERFECT and was so so so yummy!

Mon, this might be another one for your recipe box!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

valentine's surprise

does my boyfriend know me, or what?

so, we had decided to celebrate valentine's day tomorrow instead of today (for various reasons) and tonight i had two of my bestest single girlfriends over to cook dinner and hang out together. at a quarter to 10pm there is a knock on my door... it's my wonderful boyfriend surprising me!!! and he brought flowers and cupcakes with him. a very sure way to a girl's (well, maybe specifically my) heart.

Happy Valentine's Day Blog Readers!

yes, i handed out little cards to everyone at my office... and even some students who came in for advising. well, sheesh, i found a dum dum pops valentine kit at rite aid. i couldn't resist!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Quote of the day - Sunday

"using leaves instead of charmin is ok if you're a..."

Brokeback Mountain parody videos

We all know of the Brokeback Mountain phenomenon sweeping the nation... of course this means that short parody videos are popping up everywhere. So far I have found these:

Brokeback to the Future


Broke Mac Mountain

Saturday, February 11, 2006

a day on the slopes

for all of you real estate buffs out there...

so i was reading this blog and linked to a very cool site called zillow.com. i thought i should share it with you guys. check it out and look up the house where you live or used to live. it's very interesting... and addicting. you can get sucked in for hours!

Friday, February 10, 2006

Joke of the day - Friday

Recently while going through an airport on one of his many trips, President Bush encountered a man with long gray hair, wearing a white robe and sandals, holding a staff. President Bush went up to the man and said, "Has anyone told you that you look like Moses?"

The man never answered. He just kept staring straight ahead. The President said, "Moses!" in a loud voice. The man just stared ahead, never acknowledging the President.

Bush pulled a Secret Service agent aside and, pointing to the robed man, asked him, "Am I crazy, or does that man not look like Moses to you?"

The Secret Service agent looked at the man carefully and then agreed.

"Well," said the President, "Every time I say his name he ignores me and stares straight ahead refusing to speak. Watch!" Again the President yelled, "Moses!" and again the man ignored him.

The Secret Service agent went up to the man in the white robe and whispered, "You look just like Moses. Are you Moses?"

The man leaned over and whispered back, "Yes, I am Moses. However, the last time I talked to a bush I spent 40 years wandering in the desert and ended up leading my people to the only spot in the entire Middle East where there is no oil.

Thursday, February 09, 2006


why did my little snack have to get stuck?

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Picture of the day - SUPERKITTY!

cats are the best! i want one... or two... ok, two. twins to be exact. i want twin kitties! :)

Monday, February 06, 2006

birthdays to note

i just wanted to make a little shout out happy birthday to my aunt and my gramps. i don't think either of them read this blog, but hey, it's their birthday so here goes.


Sunday, February 05, 2006

R.I.P. little Herm

when we got home late last night we noticed a small tragedy. one of my little hermit crabs died. there was definitely a moment of sadness (mostly for the one left because now he's all alone) but to be honest, i was surprised they survived up here in SF for so long. they made the journey from San Diego last summer... and i knew the winter would be a long and challenging one.

can you tell we watched the march of the penguins last night?

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Adriana visits!

Monica's sister, Adriana, and her friend Eliana visited San Francisco this weekend. We all went out to dinner with Amy in the Marina district and had tea and hot chocolate at The Grove. In the picture above Adriana is "getting" something Amy had been explaining.

And, yes Mon, she told Dave the "thank you, no, thank you!" story. Gotta break him in, right!? :)


Friday, February 03, 2006

Word of the day - Friday

since i still consider myself a whippersnapper, i decided i liked the urbandictionary.com's definition the best.

Nigiri it is then!

of course a sushi-making party must follow a visit to the tokyo fish market... duh!

Mon, this one is special for you...

just when you thought we weren't in a tokyo fish market... we actually were!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

why are there wind chimes everywhere?

so, i was walking around campus today... it was rainy and stormy and i was hearing wind chimes... i looked up and they were hanging all around on lamp posts. hmmmm.... "weird sorts of pranks kids are up to these days," i thought. turns out they are up for a brilliant reason!

A new month, a new furniture arrangement

for those of you who have been to my apartment, check out these pictures! i decided i needed a fresh arrangement of my furniture. i'm not sure if it's as cute of a layout, but it's more spacious, and it feels more like a bedroom now.