Thursday, January 31, 2008

jaloux!

I can't help but be a little bit jealous of this flickr member. I've neglected my own photography skills for so long that it hurts a little bit when I am reminded that some people are taking & posting new photos every day. Besides her obvious talent for still, interior compositions she's always sneaking in a clever self-portrait. She has the work ethic of a 3rd year photo student, which is to say quite prolific! Oh well, here are my blueberries from last week.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

inspiration from strange places

Recently inspired by a couple of flickr pages and design blogs I decided to make my own. My favorite so far is a celebrity real estate blog. I came across it by way of a Gwyneth Paltrow reference. BTW, have you seen these photos? more here. I love all the pink and the cute little A for Apple on the pillow cases! Can't believe it's just in the Hamptons - it doesn't seem like a northerly beach retreat.
I've realized recently that my taste has gone from subdued earthy tones to more happy colors. I haven't been able to implement yet. Next house... I'm thinking. In the meantime I'm hoping this will help me keep track of all the things that I like.

Stroller Theory

During a supposedly quick trip to the baby store I was reacquainted with just some of the reasons why I love this place. For starters they have a huge selection of things like designer strollers, car seats, and high chairs. Unfortunately the Comfort First showroom didn't exist when I was pregnant a year ago - so I came to them late, after having made several regrettable selections on my own. At times I have refused their helpful comments preferring as I do to make choices based on aesthetics or enticing magazine profiles. On more than one occasion they pushed the sunshine kids car seat on me. Some of my resistance was due to the rather spartan design. After the third visit comparing the ultra-stylish and colorful Maxi Cosi Priori (didn't like the clasp) with the ever-popular Britax Marathon monster I accepted their advice and the Sunshine Kids radian 80 Manhattan was ordered. Apparently it took a long time to come in because production & crash tests were delayed due to the unavailability of an 80 pound crash test dummy (usually it's 65 or so). However it's here now and so far so good! We did have one issue with the strap that was corrected on the spot by their on site certified car seat installer, Kitty.
The actual purpose for my shopping trip was baby gates. I do so wish someone makes a mass-market modern gate soon. My favorite so far is something spotted while searching for "modern baby gate," sadly my husband vetoed this DIY idea. Since he's the one with the saw I have been forced into more ugly, plastic purchases to keep miss mira safe from harm.
The photo above is Mira in the phil & teds stroller as recommended by the staff when I complained about the defects relative to the Mia Moda Cielo (for travel - on our 2nd, first did not survive an airplane trip) & Peg Perego Aria (cup holder broke!) that we have. Apparently this brightly colored thing is not made of plastic and will jog up to 10 miles to your hearts content. It also has room for a future baby by way of attachment. It's pretty stylish I guess and perhaps half as much as a bugaboo.
My actual theory on strollers is that it may be better to pony up and get the nice one since we're on our third, maybe fourth stroller. All these stroller dollars could have just bought the ol' bugaboo.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Book Report: What is the What


Recently I had the pleasure of finishing What is the What, as written by David Eggars. It took me nearly a year to finish it (not for lack of interest, just focus!). For as long as I can remember I have had a special longing for Africa. Sierra Leone, Kenya, South Africa, and now with this book - Sudan. The story tells of a different conflict than the current Darfur emergency and is set in the southern Sudan region as well as parts of Ethiopia and Kenya. There is a slight mention in the book of the role the elder George Bush played with the Sudan oil industry early in his career. The story of Valentino Deng is peppered with his insights on the bombings of the US Embassies in Kenya, September 11, emergency room care in the US, and the media attention given to the death of Di relative to the deaths of the individuals he traveled with. Perhaps the saddest details of his story are those which take place in Atlanta - where he and some of the other Lost Boys had come to escape the refugee camps in hope of opportunity and education. Quite heart-wrenching, reading the tale of young Valentino becoming a man is not to be missed. You can catch up with Valentino here.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Asian Persuasion

Last month I had the pleasure of waiting for carry-out from our local PF Changs. With the fella and baby waiting in the car I took the opportunity to order a cocktail at the bar. Generally I'm not the sort that drinks solo (and certainly not at a chain restaurant) but the allure of 5 minutes to myself in a social environment was too much temptation to bear! I ordered up and drank up in record time.

I was able to find a recipe for the illustrious martini at Charbay Vodka's website. I tried making it at home but sadly it was not the same. Since then I've come up with my own concoction and it is even better! I think I'll call it the great Greenteani.

"The Great Greenteani"
equal parts of Oregon Chai Matcha Green Tea & Charbay Green Tea Vodka; give it the ol' martini shake, strain and pour. yum!
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