Tuesday, July 31, 2007

chicago

One last picture of the Windy City.

lush

There were a couple of questions in my comments I wanted to answer. HappyKatie wondered what I got at Lush.

Well, I got totally sucked in by their newest product, Shower Jellies. They are slabs of jiggly... well... jello like stuff that you can freeze, smoosh or cut out with cookie cutters then use as a shower gel. I got the The Big Calm... coconut and pineapple scent that is calming.

The soap in the upper right hand corner is Sandstone Soap. It actually has sand embedded on one end for exfoilation. I am always very smooth after a week at the beach so I have big hopes for this soap.

I also got a Magic Muscles Massage Bar. It has cinnamon, spice oils and aduki beans that will help relax sore muscles. Oh and I got a little tin to put it in.

I also got goodies for friends at home, but I can't remember what they were. I pretty much based all those purchases on how good stuff smelled.

Lady S wanted to know what Amy Sedaris was doing with the wand in the multi picture I posted.

She was demonstrating how you can use a wand to make guests think you use magic in the kitchen. You can see it here in the this video clip. (the video is cropped funny because a certain someone was holding the camera vertically for the video.... I'm not gonna name names, but let's just say HE feels a little silly now. I was able to rotate it with an iMovie plugin I downloaded. )

Monday, July 30, 2007

More around Chicago


orange

We went for breakfast at Orange... I have wanted to eat there ever since Giada went for Giada's Weekend Getaway.

Aaron got the french toast kabobs and I got Popeye's eggs. The frushi wasn't ready yet and I was bitterly disapointed. 


boat

We went on the OFFICIAL Chicago Architecture Society's boat tour. The whole time the line "A three hour tourrrrrr" was going through my head. 


popcorn

Chicago's famous Garrett Popcorn. The cheese popcorn is good. The caramel popcorn is good. Combine them together and they are fannn-tastic!


katie and jenny

Katie from happykatie.com caught me taking a picture of a bus stop on the street. She is just about the nicest person I have ever met. And she directed me to Filenes Basement


piglet

Piglet enjoyed shopping on the Magnificent Mile. Piglet spent way too much at Lush


 
 trolley

I find myself attracted to this trolley. Must be the name.


bean

Would someone drag me away from this bean?!

Other notes and observations

My hair, albeit short, doesn't do well in humidity

I am going to have some shoulder issues this week after carring my laptop everywhere this weekend.

Stuffed pizza is good. 

I need to order more moo cards.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

BlogHer Closing Party

tshirt

The party was hosted by Dove. As part of their freedom to go sleeveless campaign, they had t-shirts and supplies, so you could cut them up and make your own funky t-shirt.


elizabeth edwards

Elizabeth Edwards was the closing speaker and she attended the party too.

I have to say that BlogHer was a super experience. Hearing panelists talk about a topic that I enjoy so much was a treat. I also loved meeting other bloggers and readers of my own blog. I had a great time!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Art of Crafting

amy

Amy Sedaris and Piglet

Really... need I say anything?

When I apologized for how grubby Piglet she said... "Oh that's okay... he's a dirty toy"


crafters

Amy was on a panel with Kristen of Craft Leftovers, Natalie of coquette.blogs.com and Crafty Chica... Kathy Cano Murillo who I was thrilled to meet in person. I think this was my favorite session of the conference.
multi amy
Excellent.


lunch

BlogHerers at lunch
piglet

Piglet came to Chicago too.


ice cream

Woah... Edy's parked outside of Haagen-Daz... there is going to be an ice cream rumble.


shortTall

at the Navy Pier... the short get shorter and the tall get taller

Friday, July 27, 2007

Pictures from BlogHer

blogHer

sessions

I am liking the Art of Life Sessions


room

Full room! Note the guy right smack in the middle.


four

I am meeting so many cool people... long time readers and even someone from Rochester that lives a few blocks from me!

Starting in the upper left and moving clockwise...Tricia at cheekyattitude.com, Jenn from jenandtonic.ca, Donna from donnadeclemente.typepad.com and Monica from nupboard.blogspot.com.

Monica (Lady M) even brought me a gifty! Too cute!

softie

Pics from around Chicago

water

bean

Okay... so I am a wee bit obsessed with THE BEAN.
The Hotel

piillow

There was a big plum pillow on my bed.


tp

Remember those crocheted doll cozies your grandma had on her extra roll of tp?

This is the upscale version.


mirror

These mirrors are evil. I thought... oh I just take a little look see. Yowza! I do not need to see my pores that close!


prop

They are filming the next Batman movie outside my hotel! Nothing like hearing gunshots and seeing a helicopter fly down the street at traffic light level!

me

I made it to Chicago in one piece and am at the BlogHer Conference. Currently waiting for The Art of Storytelling session to start.

Already collected my goodie bag and met a few readers! Too cool.

Aaron gets here this evening and is going to attend the conference tomorrow... which I am quite pleased about.

I left my camera cable in the hotel room, so no pictures til tonight.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

books

Now it must be obvious that I am pretty busy most of the time. And when you are busy all the time, things fall through the cracks. 

I was reading through the sessions that are going to be at BlogHer and I noticed that Kathy Cano Murillo was going to be there. Then it hit me. Over a year ago Crafty Chica sent me a copy of her book Art de la Soul so I could read it and blog about what I thought. Ewwww yeah... never got around to that. Goodness knows what happened... but how horrible that I forgot. 

Anywhooo, I did read it and it is awesome. I even made my friend Kenn from Mexico City read it and he oohed and ahhed over it. It made me want to do some sort of crafts that reflect my half Korean heritage. It's hard not to get excited over her vibrant and colorful craft ideas. 

Now that I am on a roll... here is a shout out to Threadbared. I read Mary's blog for quite awhile and she sent me a copy of her book when it came out too. It is hilarious and now I can't throw out any of the old knitting and sewing magazines I have sitting around.

There... I feel so much better now.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

vw art

My bug turned over 50,000 miles and I totally missed it. I meant to pull over and take a picture of the speedometer, but I somehow missed it. 

Maybe I should get it some of these VW decals to celebrate.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

ladybug cupcake

Aaron brought me home this ladybug cupcake. It was so cute and tasty... but the icing turned my mouth black. Not. Good.

Monday, July 23, 2007

BlogHer '07 I'm
Speaking BlogHer '07 Conference Theme

I really should have posted this sooner, but I am going to be at BlogHer in Chicago this weekend! (look down at the "C's"... it's me!) I am not exactly speaking, I am going to be working at the Taking Your Blog to the Next Level Lab segment. I will be there to help anyone that wants to learn how to start their blog on Blogger.

Sooooo...

#1 Is there anyone out there that plans on going?

#2 What are some of the must visits for Chicago? I have never been to Chicago before. I know I want to go to Minnies. Minnies serves itty bitty food. Hee heee!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

bikes

One of the great things about living near the Erie Canal is biking on the canal path.

biking

Saturday, July 21, 2007

new scooter

Today we went to pick up MY NEW SCOOTER! It took us awhile to find one that was small enough for me and we decided on a Buddy. And I got it in pink! I can hardly stand it.

sold

I have to get my insurance and registration and then Aaron is taking me out to practice riding. I am guessing that since I now have it... it will rain the rest of the week... I'm pretty sure.

moosewood

We picked up my scooter from a shop by Ithaca, so we spent the afternoon there and had dinner at Moosewood to celebrate the new the new scooter.

Pictures of the new scooter and our afternoon in Ithaca are on My Gallery.

Friday, July 20, 2007

earrings

I happened to be near the Art-O-Mat at the RoCo recently so I thought I see what I would get. This time I got a pair of glass bead earrings. What a surprise. I love them! I love Art-O-Mat.

artomat

Thursday, July 19, 2007

watermelon

Our CSA farmer told us he dehydrated watermelon and it turned out like delicious fruit leather. We have successfully dried bananas and apples in our food dehydrator so we were pretty excited. Aaron sliced up half a watermelon and it sat in the hydrator for 24 hours.

It tasted horrible. It tasted like rotten watermelon. Anyone out there ever dehydrate watermelon with better results? Or have other good dehydrating ideas/recipes? 

Bleah.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

sigg

When we went to see Guster, they made a point of showing that they no longer drank from plastic bottles, but they all used recyclable aluminum water bottles. I meant to look into them but forgot about it until I saw these Sigg bottles at Wegmans. 

I have read things about plastic water bottles like they are made from PET (petroleum based plastic) and only 14% of them end up being recycled. Of the ones that are recycled they are just reduced to a lower level plastic that is then not recycled. 30 million PET water bottles go into US landfills EVERYDAY. 

Reusable water bottles sense. Especially the fact that bottled water isn't any different than tap water. Why pay for it?

I used to have a Nalgene bottle at work... but someone TOOK it! Yuck! Who does that? Well, it is gone now and I am looking at these cool Sigg bottles. I had a few questions like, is the aluminum harmful? The website fact page says that the bottles have liners that ensure 0% leaching.

Now I just have to decide what design I want.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

tubtrugs

We have been getting a lot done outside lately. Working outside involves a lot of carrying piles of dirt, weeds and plants from one place to the next. I am currently drooling over these Tubtrugs I saw on NotMartha and Da*xiang.

I love the different sizes, the colors and the flexibilty. The website says they are frost and UV proof, superstrong yet flexible. I can think of a hundred things we could have used one for... building our patio, planting our front garden, cleaning out the garage...

Monday, July 16, 2007

popcorn

Remember the strawberry popcorn I planted in my garden last year? Well, we were sitting around the firepit when I got the bright idea to pop it in our outdoor popcorn popper. 

It popped... quietly and without much gusto. Look at the tiny little kernels we ended up with. 

We won't be putting Orville Redenbacher out of business anytime soon. (check out Orville's gourmet recipes!)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Today we went to Homearama. There were only 5 houses instead of the usual 10 and they were smaller, but I still saw some neat stuff...

shower floor

I loved the floor of this walk in shower. It is made up of lots of little pebbles.

italian table

One house was decorated in an Italian theme. I loved this table in the kitchen set up as though someones grandma had been making Sunday dinner.

monopoly room

This was the best kid's room... decorated all in a Monopoly theme! So cool.

sand room

This was such a nice room. The jars on the shelves all have sand in them with labels like "Nantucket", "Cape Cod" and other beaches. A beach collection!

I took lots of pictures...  you can see more of Homearama in my Gallery.