Knit: The "Filly"- Horseshoe Lace Headband

Knit: The “Filly”- Horseshoe Lace Headband

The thing that I love most about knitting is that out of the same basic stitches you can create so many different and beautiful designs. Colorwork, cables, and my favorite … lace, all come from the same base stitches, with a few tricks thrown in. After plowing away on quite...
Knit: Dexter Fingerless Mitts

Knit: Dexter Fingerless Mitts

I’ve been making fingerless mitts for my Etsy shop with my leftovers from all the hat-making. Finally got around to writing down the pattern. Here are two quick versions, one knit flat, and the other in the round. It’s all “Well duh” knitting for an experienced knitter, but hey, never hurts to...
Knit: House of Cards Hat

Knit: House of Cards Hat

Friends may have heard that I wanted to start an Etsy shop. Basically, I took stock of my skills and what makes me happy, and I realized that this was it. I’m a crafter at heart. I like making lovely, ugly, crazy and colorful things. I can draw and create...
How to Kick Out Your Roommate Like an Adult

How to Kick Out Your Roommate Like an Adult

Just like all relationships in life, sometimes things just don’t work out with roommates, and they gots to go. A couple of months ago I had to kick out a roommate for the first time in my life. Come to think of it, that’s kind of unusual, since I’ve had...

Frugal February: Week 1 Check In

Woo hoo! Week 1 is done. That makes me a fourth of the way through my Frugal February experiment.  I thought I’d do a quick check in. Here’s everything I spent money on this week: Sat 2/1 Whole Foods 52.41 laundry 10.40 coffee for two and one caramel macaron 5.50 bridge toll 5 Sun 2/2 Trader Joe’s 30 ( I didn’t really need more groceries, but I had a car for the day. Normally when I go to TJ’s it’s a 30 minute walk each way.) Mon 2/3 train to work (BART) 3.70 concert cover 6 one terrible cocktail 9 drunken pizza 8 (sigh) drunken Red Bull 3 Tues 2/4 Philz coffee 2.25 (Philz is always worth it) Wed 2/5 BART 3.70 Insanity DVD set 50 (pricey, but I’m counting this towards health) cold medicine 6 (achoo) Thurs 2/6 BART 3.70 crab and tomato noodle soup 9.50 latte 4 Fri...

Experiment: Frugal February

SNL-dont buy stuff you cant afford from Dean Francis on Vimeo. Truth Lately I’ve been feeling a little frustrated with my finances. Normally I run a tight budget ship (I mean, I check Mint.com multiple times a day…), but a series of unexpected healthcare and holiday related expenses have put me behind my savings goals. While I contribute a healthy amount to my retirement accounts, my personal savings has not moved in several months!!! With that in mind I worked extra time this month, had several “No Spend Days” and have sold several hundred dollars worth of goods on eBay, yet still I’m not getting ahead! UGHHH!!!! Drastic measures must be taken, and I love a good experiment. So last year I gave up a lot of things in February- I stopped drinking, I was vegan and sugar free. That was… interesting. Kind of terrible, but I survived. In the...
Miracle on 14th St.

Miracle on 14th St.

A couple of weeks ago I was lying in bed reading the internet on my phone, when I saw that  my friend Michelle had a new post up on her blog about goals and cream puffs. It’s a baking blog, so yeah I suppose that makes sense. The post is your usual...
Recent Knits: Easy Breezy

Recent Knits: Easy Breezy

I don’t know what it was about Thanksgiving, but my knitting mojo is back in a big way since the long holiday weekend. For the cold snap I’ve been turning to simple chunky knits in alpaca and silk blends. I love making and wearing cowls, and yet I didn’t have...
Phnom Penh (Hell)

Phnom Penh (Hell)

 I can’t believe I’ve been back 2 months already. Really need to wrap up these travel posts from my trip to Asia. Only one more after this! After ascending to the heavens at the temples in Siem Reap, it is incredibly sobering to visit Phnom Penh. Most of the tourism focuses...
Selfie Time: November

Selfie Time: November

Stumbled across these W.T. Kirkman oil lanterns the other day while walking to the yarn shop. They were just sitting on the sidewalk. Aren’t they great? I joked to Ryan that I felt like a character in an LL Bean catalogue, living my “rustic” Martha Stewart life (minus a few...
Mood Disorders in the Media: Hyperbole & a Half

Mood Disorders in the Media: Hyperbole & a Half

On Tuesday I got a great surprise- the chick from Hyperbole & A Half was on Fresh Air, promoting her new book.  Well, make that two surprises, because I’d totally forgotten about the book. The book is made up of some original content & some work from the blog. One...
Cambodia: Heaven & Hell

Cambodia: Heaven & Hell

Part 1: Siem Reap- Heaven There’s no place like Cambodia. If you follow me on Instagram- sorry- you’ll recognize 99% of these photos. It’s a photogenic place. Getting to Cambodia overland from Bangkok used to be a pain, but now there’s a daily government bus that  is fast and scam...
Bangkok Will Break You Down

Bangkok Will Break You Down

About a week or two ago my friend Max asked me when I was going to write something else on this here blog. I’ve been trying to write about my trip chronologically, and to tell you the truth, I wasn’t quite sure what to say about Bangkok. Then today my...
Singapore: Straight Edge Fun

Singapore: Straight Edge Fun

Note: So, I’m back from Asia. I had spotty wi-fi all through out, but managed to write a few posts on my many 6 hour bus rides. I thought I had published this, but oops! It was still in draft form. Well, here we go. I didn’t know what to...
Asia, Again/ The Happy Place

Asia, Again/ The Happy Place

It’s hard to believe, but in less than 48 hours, I’ll be headed off to Southeast Asia again. This is my third time over there, and while I’m visiting a few new spots, I am mostly trodding well loved territory, although this time not with my family, or alone. Ryan...
Selfie Time: J Crew Seahorse Print T Shirt Dress, Online Vs. Reality

Selfie Time: J Crew Seahorse Print T Shirt Dress, Online Vs. Reality

The T-Shirt Dress in Sea Horse Print On the Jcrew model. Impossibly cool and chic with a pair of sneakers and plain old sunnies.  Cute pattern, right? On the petite fashion blogger, worn to work with a blazer in a corporate finance environment. Lovely and appropriate looking.   Casual and chic?...
My First 5k

My First 5k

I forget when it was, maybe two months ago, when Ryan said he felt like running. I’d been running on and off at the gym, or mixing it into my weekly workout schedule here and there. But I never felt like a particularly accomplished runner. Nor did I really enjoy...
Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center

Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center

If you’re ever in Santa Rosa, you’re in for a treat. Santa Rosa is where Charles Schulz (AKA Sparky) spent the last 30 years of his life. This is where he drew Peanuts, y’all! Over the years he became a part of the community there, and you can feel the...
Sunday Symphony in the Park

Sunday Symphony in the Park

Just another Sunday in the park. Made this with Beemo, my new favorite iPhone app. I packed a massive picnic (made my first crab rolls!) and headed to Dolores for the annual free concert in the park from the SF Symphony. The music was nice, but as I lay there...
Kate Spade Saturday Weekender Bag: Itching for a Trip

Kate Spade Saturday Weekender Bag: Itching for a Trip

After about a month of hemming and hawing, I finally took the plunge and bought some luggage. I’m sure it’s no surprise that I got the Saturday Weekender. While I was doing “research”, I could barely find any real life (non sponsored) photos or reviews of this bag. Very curious....
The Road to Taco Bell: My 7.84 Mile Drunken Hike to the Most Beautiful Taco Bell in the World

The Road to Taco Bell: My 7.84 Mile Drunken Hike to the Most Beautiful Taco Bell in the World

Friends who follow me on Instagram may have noticed a few pics from last weekend chronicling my treacherous hike on the Taco Bell Trail. Hold on, let me explain myself. About a month ago I was at a friend’s pool party reading the latest issue of Lucky Peach. The topic...
San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2013

San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2013

Ah, it seems like only yesterday that I was volunteering at the mini silent film festival and starting my new job. The official SF Silent Film Festival felt forever from now. Well, time flies. It’s been about five months, and it’s time for the festival! Thankfully my job is going...
Luggage Lust Part II

Luggage Lust Part II

  Kate Spade vintage trunk suitcase / Filson Small Duffle / Ni Hao Luggage Tag / LL Bean Signature Medium Duffle / Kate Spade Saturday  Small Weekender Bag Yeah, I’m still daydreaming about luggage. We all have to have hobbies. Clockwise, from the top. This Po Campo bag is a really great copycat...
All My Fault

All My Fault

Yesterday was kind of a crap day. I’ve been feeling a bit muddled and isolated, despite the clear weather and the fact that I just got back from a fun camping trip with friends. I wasn’t looking forward to biking home in a foggy state, and the traffic home didn’t...
Spotify Knows Me

Spotify Knows Me

  Since you listened to Bob Dylan, you might like this new release by Cream: Ghetto Famous…
How to Pick an Opera You'll Like

How to Pick an Opera You’ll Like

  Normally I don’t think too much about which operas to see. I just see something that looks interesting enough and I’ll buy a ticket. Often the opera is an adaptation of something that I’m already interested in (The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Moby Dick), or is a classic that I feel...
Summer Fridays

Summer Fridays

Sitting in the shade and eating Thai ice tea sorbet with condensed milk drizzle from Garden Creamery. Wearing my new cheap dress and reading up on eastern Cambodia. It feels like summer.
So Excited for I'm So Excited

So Excited for I’m So Excited

May I have your attention please? There is a new Almodovar film coming out. THAT IS ALL.  
What Does Depression Feel Like?

What Does Depression Feel Like?

I go in and out of waves of low level depression. Not suicidal style, but just general humphiness and a flatline of emotion, accompanied by the usual “what’s the point of life” questions.  Over the years I’ve gotten my coping strategies together, and mostly just soldier through when the “dog...
How to Find a Good Therapist: Ten Things to Consider

How to Find a Good Therapist: Ten Things to Consider

Dr. Weston would be my first choice… What makes a good therapist or counselor? Over the years I’ve seen a handful of therapists in short spurts to help get me through tough times, and I think I’m starting to get a better idea of what traits to look for in...
Not Quite Block Printed Napkins

Not Quite Block Printed Napkins

A little background About a year ago I got into linoleum block printing. As a result of seeing my card posts, my friend Michelle from Hummingbird On High fame asked me if I could decorate a couple of napkins for her. After investigating the technique on Etsy, and seeing the...
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Ninjas in Rosemead

My mom’s restaurant got broken into. I’ve been meaning to write a post on it, but the thoughts have swirled around in my mind, with no particularly insightful outcomes. Anyways, I might as well share. I heard about it all when my mom gave me a call a month or two ago. To be honest,...

Frugal February: Week 4, The End!!!

February is over! Let’s get on with it! Saturday 2/22 Whole Foods 20 Yarn 25 Sunday 2/23 Coconut water 3 Brunch 22 Golden Produce 20 Safeway 47 Monday 2/24 Coffee 2.95 Tuesday 2/25 Chipotle 7.00 Wednesday 2/26 BART 3.70 Super Duper 10 Thursday 2/27 Soap 2.5 Pizza slice 2.99 Groceries- 13 Dinner- 25 Laundry –...

Frugal February: Week 3

Last week was tough. Mostly because I blew out my budget by going to Santa Cruz. Saturday 2/15 BiRite Supermarket- 15 on kimchi and tiramisu. Indulgent! I know Drinks at the Page- 13 Sunday 2/16 Hotel room split 3 ways- 45 bucks Brunch at Harbor Cafe – 20 Red Bull-2.5 Drinks-20 Roller coaster ride –...
Spring ish

Spring ish

Can I just stay here and drink coffee all day please?

Frugal February: Week 2 Check In

Week 2! Here we go! Saturday 2/8 Brunch @ Pork Store -15 Golden Produce-12.00 Safeway-22.61 Whole Foods-14.85 BART 3.70 Clothes shopping-41.00 Cab to house party (heavily raining that night)-13 Sunday 2/9 Cab to Chinatown 5K race (still heavily raining…)-15 MUNI-2 Safeway-9 (I really really wanted salmon for dinner) Monday 2/10 BART-3.70 Tuesday 2/11 BART-3.70 Chipotle-7.00...

Relationships/Separation/Identity and Dogs

I’m currently reading This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, Ann Patchett’s latest essay collection. So fucking good. Here’s a passage that really resonated with me as I was reading at the laundromat today. It’s from a piece about the passing of her dog Rose. I want to tell you that Rose was an...
Knit: In Progress: Top Down Biggo Sweater

Knit: In Progress: Top Down Biggo Sweater

I’m chugging away on the Top Down Cozy Weekend Sweater in KnitPicks Biggo, and it’s been fun. Progress, glorious progress. Check out that 8 inches of hot cowl action. Boring to knit! But necessary. And here it is on. I have a bit more done but the needles weren’t long enough to wrap around my...
Knit: KnitPicks Holiday Sale Haul

Knit: KnitPicks Holiday Sale Haul

I think I may title all of my knitting related posts from now on “knit: blah blah blah” so that non-knitters can totally ignore the posts. It’s okay. I know it’s incredibly boring to read these posts when you aren’t part of the Wooly Coven. SO! Remember when I said I had fallen back into...
Ugh

Ugh