Sunday, November 30, 2008

Quotations - Charlie Brown

"Peppermint Patty: What do you think love is, Chuck?

Charlie Brown: Well, years ago, my dad owned a black 1934 two-door sedan.

Peppermint Patty: What's that got to do with love?

Charlie Brown: Well, this is what he told me: there was this really cute girl, see? She used to go for rides with him in his car. And whenever he'd call for her, he would always hold open the car door for her. After she got in and he had closed the door, he'd walk around the back of the car to the driver's side, but before he could get there, she would reach over and press the button, locking him out. Then she'd just sit there and wrinkle her nose and grin at him. That's what I think love is."

Monday, November 24, 2008

Feliz CompleaƱos!!

Happy Birthday to you!!! May you have a wonderful day in Quito and drink lots of conelazo and Pilseners until you dance atop the bar at Hot n' Sweaty and end the night in a furry!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Turkey Day Sushi???

On the front of Budget Travel's webpage, they had a story about a restaurant in LA that is serving Thanksgiving sushi:

(Budget Travel Photo)

I kind of want to try it... Tamaki anyone?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

Quotation, music


life knocked me off my platforms
so i pulled out my first pair of boots
bought on the street at astor place
before new york was run by suits
and i suited up for the long walk
back to myself
closer to the ground now
with sorrow
and stealth"

~ ani difranco, 'educated guess'

(photo borrowed from westcoast flotation)

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Interesting Facts About Recycling

Did you know....

this article contains 20 things you didn't know about recycling. Enlightening in a different way.

Friday, November 07, 2008


"I think you can also escape suffering When you really love someone and they really love you, you have desire, but not in the sense of wanting things that you can't get or shouldn't want in the first place. It's not even that your desire has been satisfied. It's not satiety. You lie in that person's arms and you aren't thinking about what's next or what's wrong or what you want. You aren't trying to get someplace. Rather than doing or proving or striving for something, you just sort of are, as a lyric poem or work of art is supposed to be, or like a big boulder that's really just there. And again, it's not that you've gotten what you desire and so are satisfied; it's that there is no doingness or provingness or strivingness. To my mind, this sounds a little like nirvana and I'd say you are emptied of your self. The difference, maybe, is that in my scheme you aren't just emptied, you are also filled- but filled with one big thing that replaces all the ten million nettlesome, egotistical things that are inside you as a rule. And with that one thing comes a feeling of joy - not no feeling. You're like a big boulder that somehow has levitated six feet off the ground. Then there is one more thing, which is wanting to make the person you love happy, to give yourself to him or her, but this wanting is not a feeling external to love or the result of any incompleteness; it is one component of that big single thing. And serving the person you love isn't something you 'do'. It is entirely natural. It's guided by the same part of your brain, whatever it is, that controls your heartbeat and your-oh-kidney function or whatever. If you love someone, then you feel about them the way I've described, and if that person shares that feeling and you are together, then that is the highest state of being, and the happiest."

Holly Speedwell, Beginner's Greek

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Out Walking

There isn't any part of your streets I do not know. Everything from the smell of the ocean to the sights, sounds, and happenings is always in my mind sitting smugly next to Quito.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Monday, November 03, 2008

Quality Entertainment

I spent some time with BigStar recently, which resulted in quality time with the muchachos. Emily was sitting at her table and putting stickers from the fire department from preschool on her dolls. I wasn't sure exactly what she was doing or why.

Each doll had her own sticker.

When I asked what was going on, she told me very matter of factly that she was giving her dolls 'pirate patches'.

Ryan and I stared at her in disbelief.

How does a four year old go from "stop-drop-and-roll" to pirate patches?

Sunday, November 02, 2008

As Is

One reason why I adore Mr. Brownie Sundae is because he enjoys me just as I am and never tries to curtail my silliness. We went to the mall on Sunday to pick his pants up at Nordstrom and to use some of his (OLLLLDDDDD) gift cards. While perusing Restoration Hardware, I came across this glorious headband:

which I wore while we shopped. He ended up buying it for me, and he would have let me wear it all around the mall without judging or shaking his head but I refrained from embarrassing him. And when we got home, he made no negative comments when I put the headband on-lights and all (it lights up!)-and ironed the clothes while we played a game of Scrabble. I could wear the thing the entire year inside or outside the house and he wouldn't make fun of or laugh at me nor would he make me put it away. This is why I keep him around because he's pretty awesome like that.

I look forward to this holiday season.

(I will also think fondly of Ashleycita and the days we paraded around the streets of Ecuador in sparkly Christmas ball headbands Mrs. B sent me.)

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Leftover Pumpkins

I made this arrangement for P's mom for her birthday. If you have leftover pumpkins, just put a small plastic container full of water in the bottom of the pumpkin, then fill it will flowers. The vase is super easy to make and looks nice. No need to let them go to waste!