Monday, December 7

My Dear List

Dear holiday season sales,
It would be really great if you would stop having great deals on cute boots, jackets and scarves! You're basically forcing me into debt and buyers remorse. thanks, me

Dear facebook,
Stop being so goddamn addicting! My life has become a wasteland of bad wedding photos, snarky comments and personality surveys. thanks, me

Dear twilight,
I never meant all those horrible things I said about you. I was a coward and broke under pressure. Please take me back! love, me

Dear friends from out of town,
i love you but i don't think i can aimlessly wander through fisherman's wharf one more time! thanks, me

Thursday, November 19


Sunny + Cold

Wednesday, November 18


Whirling Dervish

Monday, November 16


Sunday in Emeryville

Friday, November 13


Friday the 13th of November

The morning light was bright today.

Saturday, October 17

body as canvas

partially smudged but still awesome vine painting on my arm
genevieve brought her face paints to the expressive arts party on friday
my only instructions were "something pretty, maybe a vine" and i let her use her aesthetic interpretation

Saturday, October 10

Friday, October 2

Return of the Cheese!

Due to popular request I've decided to resurrect the Cheese Blog. Hurrah!

I found my latest decadence in the new Whole Foods Market on 24th Street in Noe Valley.
I nearly had to knock a four year old boy over to grab a sampled bit of Marieke Gouda with Foenegreek Seeds this afternoon. Thankfully his mother was right behind to
intervene before things got ugly. I only intended to eat the sample but once this nutty cheese hit my palette I made an about-face and dutifully purchased a block, hesitation nil.

Let's start with the name. Marieke Gouda is from Holland Family Farms in Wisconsin and made from cow's milk. Ok, and you're wondering what the hell are Foenegreek Seeds and how do you pronounce that?? Apparently, the maple like Foenegreek seeds are native to Holland and they are an ancient cure-all for ailments. Sweet, spongy, yummy, this cheese won 2nd place in the World Cheese Championship (2008). I do pick winners!

This delicate spongy cheese is paired nicely with salty crackers and/o
r a red wine varietal. I recommend Milton's Everything Multi-Grain Crackers and Le Cigare Volant respectively. Pace yourself though, it's easy to overdo it with this one.

Cheese: Marieke Gouda with Foenegreek Seeds
Price: $12.99/lb
Country: USA
Taste: Delicate, nutty, salty-sweet

Thursday, June 11

Death Comes to Violet

Today I watched Violet, my ever faithful 1GB jump drive, disintegrate before my very eyes.
First bits of plastic shards...then the exterior casing fell off and now it seems as even the mini motherboard is hanging on by a mere thread.
Lots of very important things are saved on this jump drive.  I'm such a wandering spirit, portable digital storage is like lifeblood.  
I'm very sad to say goodbye to my first and most cherished.

Friday, June 5

Thursday, June 4

Wednesday, May 6

Cupcake Wednesday

Something cute and sweet for the belly.  
Not from a box.  

     Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes

Basic Lemon Cake Batter

(this is for a layer cake, I halved it to make 12 cupcakes)

2 cups sugar

1 cup butter, softened

3 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp lemon extract

3 cups cake flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup buttermilk

 Preheat oven to 350.

 Beat sugar and butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

 Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until yellow disappears after each addition. Beat in vanilla and almond extracts.

 Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl; add to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat a medium-low speed just until blended after each addition. (batter will be thick)

 For two 9 inch pans, cook for 32-36 minutes.

Strawberry Vanilla Buttercream

 1/2 cup butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp salt

1 (16 oz) package powdered sugar

1/2 cup of fresh strawberries, chopped

Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar alternately with strawberries, beating at low speed until blended and smooth.

Wednesday, April 8

Rumi Poetry

Poems I found today in my wanderings

A thousand half loves must be forsaken
to take one whole heart home

Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absent minded.
Someone sober will worry about things going badly
Let the lover be

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere
They're in each other all along


People want you to be happy
Don't keep serving them your pain

If you could untie your wings 
and free your soul of jealousy
you and everyone around you
would fly up like doves


Speak quietly
and say nothing that is not true

Friday, April 3

Things not found in Oregon

Lemon Trees

Clock Tower at UC Berkeley

Cute Shoes from H&M

Friday, March 27

Tuesday, March 24

Friday, March 13

Life Path Exploration

All roads lead to the same point.
All paths are true.

Tuesday, March 10

Broke and Interesting

So you're broke and living in Portland. That doesn't mean you have to stay home, eating Ramen noodles and watching daytime tele. I'm compiling a list of fun and interesting things to do for less than 7 bucks.

Know of other rad stuff for under $7.00? Add to my list!!

Monday, March 9


A sample of cover shots for our debut album!

Monday, March 2


Cheese: Manchego (Sheep's Milk) Aged 4 months
Origin: La Mancha, Spain
Price: $16.99/ lb

Adrift in the fancy cheese aisle of New Seasons, a young tattooed grocery clerk caught my eye and smiled inquisitively. He must've recognized my hapless expression because he immediately offered his services in cheese identification. Upon further inquisition, I mentioned I had started a cheese blog and was reviewing different cheeses each week. He laughed and asked if I had tried cheese from sheep's milk. He said that it was his favorite. "If you're going to start trying sheep's milk, you have to start with Manchego," he said with confidence.

Manchego is a semi firm cheese made from the milk of Manchego Sheep in the La Mancha region of central Spain (of Don Quixote fame). It's cave aged from 3 to 6 months which determines the robustness of the flavor.

As my new friend Charles was giving me a quick overview of spanish cheeses, another grocery clerk became interested in our jovial discussion. "You have to eat it with quince, it's how the Spanish do it," he interjected. Quince I learned, is a pear like fruit of Asian origin which has a figgy sweetness when made into a paste. "What do you eat Manchego with?" I coyly asked, directing attention back to Charles. "Crackers, bread...?" I trailed off. "Wheat Thins," he quietly admitted. "Wheat Thins? Really?!" I laughed. "My friends make fun of me because of my somewhat white trashy background but I like em," he explained further. "Well, that wouldn't be my first choice but I"ll try anything!" I encouraged. In the end, I purchased both the Quince paste and the Wheat Thins. This is the post modern era after all, the exquisite and the banal can make a happy couple.

Fake Band Covers

Saturday, February 28


His middle name is Star.

Wednesday, February 25

the best thing

the best thing to do during a recession is look really fucking good!

Monday, February 23


"Man shall not be free until the last king is strangled by the entrails of the last priest."
- Denis Diderot

Sunday, February 15

belang III

belang means 'more than two colors' in Indonesian.

Saturday, February 14


i love u, lets do it.

Thursday, February 12

we met an ex-pat biker named leo in sonoyta, mexico.
an american flag wrapped round' his neck
he said he was just as lost as we were. he was lying.
he had the flavor of an outlaw. we didn't ask.
we followed him for awhile down the long empty desert highway.
sun on his back, wind in his face, a lone shadow
we decided he was living the dream,
and katherine fell a little bit in love.