Friday, August 31, 2007


I am in Hollywood! This is the view from my hotel room. It is sooo hot here... I can't stop looking at that pool.

Thursday, August 30, 2007


Before going to LA, I am in San Diego today for a meeting.


Strange thing here... I was going to walk from my hotel, less than a mile to the office building when the hotel staff completely freaked out and insisted on calling the hotel shuttle. They said I simply could not walk all that way. The whole two minute ride to the office the driver kept saying... "Oh yeah... look at this... it's all uphill!"

It really didn't look that far to me... sidewalks the whole way. Kinda funny. But at least I was able to persuade the driver to swing by Jamba Juice and In-n-Out Burger on the way back to the hotel.


Are you going to be in California this weekend? Would you like to go to a NASCAR race? Do you have an old inkjet printer sitting around?

I am going to be at the Hollywood and Highlands Center Awards Walk on Saturday from 11am to 3pm giving away free tickets to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Sharp AQUOS 500 race on Sunday, Sept. 2, at the California Speedway in exchange for old printers. 

The first 75 people that show up with an old printer will get a pair of race tickets. All the printers will be recycled.

I think this is a great deal and I don't want any of the tickets to go to waste! I want to trade them all away! Bring your printer and spread the word! Put it on your blog! Tell your friends and family! 

Kodak Printer/Race Ticket Trade In Event
Saturday, September 1, 2007
11am to 3pm
The Kodak Theatre
Hollywood and Highland Center Awards Walk
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

little food

We bought these mini versions of a loaf of bread and a carton of eggs for our camping trip. I think they are so cute. I love mini stuff.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


The other night Aaron came home with a little container of mini pez with a Norman Rockwell design on it. The US PEZ website is under construction but I think they are for the 80th anniversary of PEZ.


We also found these Jone's Soda Carbonated Candies at a checkout line. They are fizzy... mmmm... I love fizzy candy.

Monday, August 27, 2007

bag mallows

What is camping without toasting marshmallows? In the case of our camping trip, I found StrawberryMallows.

one mallow

They're berry-licious!


I was excited to see on the Kraft website that ChocoMallows are "coming soon"! 

I have uploaded all the pictures from our camping trip to my Gallery. Mostly pictures of Oscar standing around looking pleased with himself.

Sunday, August 26, 2007


We went camping this weekend. Oscar was pretty excited.


We had the best breakfast ever.


And went canoeing. It was a big weekend for Oscar. He is passed out on the couch now.

Saturday, August 25, 2007


I saw these chips in the check out line at Target. I knew Ming Tsai made Blue Ginger gourmet food products for Target, but this was the first I had seen the chips. They didn't have full size bags... just the snack size. The Hot Tamari Rice Corn Chips are de-li-cious! I had to buy five of the little bags. 

Friday, August 24, 2007

ladybug cookie

Wegman's bakery is making these ridiculously cute sugar cookies. Just makes me want to buy one of each. You gotta watch out for that black icing on the ladybug's eyes though... it turns your mouth black!


Do you love Wegmans? Or just wondering what all the hype is? Then maybe you should check out!

Thursday, August 23, 2007


Garden update. We are swimming in tomatoes. Our heirloom Cherokee Chocolates (left) and New Zealand Pink Pears (right) are ripening like crazy. The zukes are pretty much over and there are some straggler cukes. There are several acorn and butternut squash moving right along. I think the real beauties of the garden this year are the striped eggplant.


Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Aaron found this cat tie at Target for 75¢. I think it is hilarious. I can't even look at Stewie when he has it on. He doesn't mind it at all and I swear he struts around when he has it on. (for the commenter who wondered how Oscar is doing, note he is there in the background staring at his empty supper dish)


"Helloooo? Helloooo? Anyone out there? Could you come in and take this silly thing off me?"

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


The last time my parent visited they brought me a cute wood cupboard they got at an auction. I moved all my little knickknacks and dishes over into it and placed some of my favorite vintage Pyrex pieces in the vacated glass cupboard (actually a greenhouse from Ikea)


Mmmm yeah... I got a lotta little dishes.

Monday, August 20, 2007


I have been excitedly sitting on this news for weeks. My friend Sarah has opened a yarn shop! She and her mom bought the Village Yarn Shop and moved it from Midtown to East Rochester. It is now called The Village Yarn and Fiber Shop!

yarn shop

Aaron and I helped out a couple nights before the store opened... inventorying the enormous amount of yarn and stocking shelves. It was all fun and I am so proud of them! It is the cutest, coziest knitters haven. The Sit & Knitters have a new home!

We stopped by on their opening day to pet the yarn and buy a few skeins. It really is fabulous and if you are a Rochester knitter, you gotta go check it out!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

bun warmer

In May I found a cool cake carrier at a yard sale. When I posted the picture to Flickr, someone informed me there was a bun carrier out there too. I didn't find the exact matching one, but I did find this bun warmer for $4. Close enough and who doesn't like warm buns?

Saturday, August 18, 2007

egg nog set

Aaron and I went to some flea markets this weekend with my parents and I had a major score. I found a Fire King Egg Nog set for $12. It is missing two mugs and the ladle but I think I may find those separately later on. 

I have been wanting some Fire King pieces but they are way more expensive than my usual Pyrex pieces. 

Aaron is especially excited because he loves egg nog.

Friday, August 17, 2007

tea leaf

Aprille brought in these delicious pastries from Genesee Bakery called Tea Leaves.

Now I have had elephant ears and beavers tails, and that is what I though these would be like. Oh no. They are a crispy puff pastry with a sugary glaze on top. They are heavenly. 

I have done some extensive googling and I cannot find anything like them online.  I briefly thought they might be like Palm Leaves or Palmiers (also called elephant ears) but I don't think they are. 

I did however stumble upon Fried Coke while I was searching so it was somewhat productive.

(almost simultaneously Aprille emailed me about Deep Fried Pepsi... freaky)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

pear tea

My new tea addiction is Celestial Seasonings Perfectly Pear White Tea. It really is tasty and it isn't just the cute cat in a kimono painting that sucked me in.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

You may have noticed how thrilled I was when Lady M gave me the stuffed jam bun for my cell phone. I was especially excited because my Chocolate phone is the first one I have had that has a spot for attaching something.

Turns out there is a whole world of attachments out there waiting for me.

hello kitty

Hello Kitty dressed as an animal or sitting on a mushroom. Can't - stand - it.


Mini food for on your phone. If you don't mind seeing it all day and getting hungry.


Miffy, close second in cuteness to Hello Kitty. And check out this real live mini plant you can hang on your cellphone!

peep block

They also have these screen shields that I saw in Japantown in San Fran. They are called Peep Blocks and you put them on your cell phone screen so someone looking sideways at your screen can't see what you are texting. I don't think I need that level of secrecy, but they are still cool.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


We grew five pots of herbs this year. Basil, peppermint, sage (thanks to Aprille who gave me the baby plant), rosemary and lavender.

herb keeper

My friend Sarah had a Pampered Chef party and I bought this Herb Keeper. Perfect for keeping snippings of my herb crop in!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Products that have caught my eye.

cupcake t-shirt

I just ordered this t-shirt from Threadless. It's called "skip dessert"... bah-hah! If you aren't familiar with Threadless, it's really cool. [Users (professional illustrators and amateurs alike) may submit t-shirt designs online, which are then put to a public vote. A small percentage of submissions are selected to be printed and sold through the online store. Creators of the winning designs receive a combined cash and store credit prize.]- wikipedia


How cool is this? A dish scrubber that you can blow bubbles with. I saw this and the cupcake shirt on my new favorite site... Sugar.

apple stickers

My friend Joel sent me the link to these cool Apple stickers. They are like window clings that you can put over the glowing apple logo on your Mac. I like the fish bowl one.

To read more about my day at the race, see more pictures and watch videos of the pit crew at work and my pace car ride check out:

You can leave me comments there too.

Sunday, August 12, 2007


We were at the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen today. Go Kodak No.12!


Aaron and I went for a pace car ride, saw the car up close and watched the pit crew during the race.


While the Kodak team is my favorite, me being me... I am attracted to the cute mascots. It cracked me up to see Little Debbie's mug on the hood of a car. The Hamburger Helper hand is awesome. Note they are called The Helping Hand Pit Crew. Also loving Poppin' Fresh the doughboy and Tony the Tiger.

zippo crocs

The cool Zippo car was there and check out these Croc rides!


I saw these UPS trucks out back. A flame painted one, an old one and one the size of a golf cart. Cute!

Here are all 332 pictures (whew!) on my Gallery.

Saturday, August 11, 2007


We got quite the haul today at our CSA farm. Several varities of squash and beans, some cucumbers... and my favorite... sunflowers and zinnias for my dining room table.


We also saw Ginger at the dairy. She is getting even bigger. Must remember to bring her a granola bar next time.

Friday, August 10, 2007


Sometimes you just really need a cupcakes. I am currently intrigued by these root beer float cupcakes.

The root beer float cupcakes led me to the red wine and chocolate cupcakes and the beer cupcakes.

Side note: found these on the yumsugar site which then let me to all the other sugar sites... I am now registered as ljc_sugar and I am quite addicted to the site.

Thursday, August 9, 2007


The smallest, quietest member of our household passed away. Torty died sometime last night.

I don't know what happened... we did notice recently he wasn't eating as much and sleeping more, but it wasn't enough to be alarmed at. It is hard to tell what a tortoise is thinking.

This morning, after giving Ernie some fresh water, I was giving Torty some lettuce when I noticed he was gone.

It wasn't supposed to happen like this... he was twenty years old, tops. Russian Tortoises are said to live to be 100. We used to joke how we would have him when we were old and grey.

I am going through the guilt thing... I should have taken him to the vet when he seemed off, I should have taken him outside more, taken more pictures of him...

Uggh... it's just horrible.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Tuesday, August 7, 2007


Weeks after everyone else got their Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I finally have mine.

I bought my first Harry Potter in London and all my copies after that were the British versions. So even for the last installment, I held back from going out at midnight to get a US copy. Aaron had a hook up for the edition I wanted and he got it today.

It's going to be hard to get stuff done now.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Goodness.... have you heard about the big recall? The recall of '07 Pugs?


I have an earlier model and sometimes I wonder about him.


Honestly... this one might be defective.

Got the link from Rebecca, proud owner of Sally (mycathatesyou cat #5 of 58)