Archive for April, 2007



April 30, 2007

The weekend was great, full of constant reunions, hugs, 2 minute life updates, brew dates, georgia peach ice cream from the chief and even a hamock nap. And the big theme was lots of mini china reunions, seeing people who I spent 3 months with in a foreign country and haven’t seen for the past year.

But there are no pictures and it is over now and I feel like any update I try to do right now will end up being completely lame. So here is a slideshow of pictures from China. I have been meaning to post more about my time spent there in fall of 2005, seeing as while I was there I busy doing a lot of none blogging things. Hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll get some excerpts from my journal here, maybe some scans and some more pictures. But here to start you off with is a China SST slideshow.


what you should do this weekend

April 26, 2007

Tonight I am headed back to G-town for the big GC graduation and to see lots of cool people.  Therefore, I may not be blogging very much for the next few days, so of course I am sure that you all will be very bored and sad.  And because bored and sad is not a very good place to be, here are 3 blogs that I have recently found that you should read.

First: Life and Times of Big Calabaza is a really cool blog by a fellow Chicagoian (what is the name for a resident of chicago?) who I just met recently.  I would have to say this is the first person that I have met in the real world and then started to read their blog, plus she is really cool.  So go read her blog!

Second: Snackie’s World is a blog by a woman on a weight-loss journey.  She is snarky, snacky and rather fun.  I actually stumbled across her after back tracing Steph’s chain of blogging interviews.  I haven’t read Snackie a lot yet, but she seems like a hoot.

Third: In the Air is written by a 9-year old boy who is interested in cats, photography and interviews with other bloggers.  This site is great and he has already interviewed a lot of my favorite bloggers.  Go check him out!

See you all Monday!*

*In all honesty I will probably be poking my head in periodically over the weekend, you know to make sure the place doesn’t burn down (plus I am kinda addicted)


response to photo comments

April 25, 2007

Tim – Yes, several of them turned out. I think these two are my favorites.

tennis ball and gull

tennis ball

although I also like this one

Abby and Tennis Ball

Overstuffedchair – Okay, I would have to say that wordpress is not as great as say, blogger, is at easy image upload. However once you get the hang out of it, it isn’t too bad. First off all, when you go to the write tab to create a new post, you should see a menu bar at the bottom of which the first one is Upload. Pick the photo you want to upload onto your blog, fill in the info and click upload. Now this photo is uploaded onto your wordpress account and it is up to you to put it into a post. The easiest way to do this is to select the (pre-uploaded) picture that you want to post and then choose from the following option. Of the three show options, I always choose full size, because I can always limit its size later. As for the Link to option, you can choose any of the three; file will let someone who clicks on your picture to download it, page will send them to the page where the picture is posted and none will do nothing. Once you have clicked “Send to Editor” the picture should appear in your new post. Now don’t be scared if it takes up a lot of space, you can change that. In order to do so, click on the picture within your post to highlight it and then click on the small green tree icon in your option menu (same place as the bold, italics, etc). This allows you to edit your image. If you want to make the picture smaller you can change the dimensions. This is measured in pixels and your maximum width will differ depending on your blogs’ theme. For example I can’t really post anything larger than 400 pixels in width, or else it will make my blog go all screwy (note my use of technical language here). So you may have to experiment a little to find a good width for yourself. Also I generally don’t fill in both dimension spaces, because I don’t want to risk warping the picture. The Image editor is also where you can mess with spacing, borders and alignment. Although good luck with alignment, I haven’t yet figured out how to get my image to appear centered in the post.

Okay this was probably more information than you wanted to know, but let me know if this helps, or if it just confused you more 🙂

PS. I make the borders on my pictures through an edit to my CSS, however you should be able to get some nice effects using the border function.

PPS.  Tim took all three of these pictures.   And I have to admit when I told him he should take sand level pictures of the tennis ball, I didn’t think about how it would involve him having to lay down in the sand.  So it kinda made sense that Charletta thought I was playing a prank on him. 🙂


assorted leftover pictures from Becca’s camera

April 24, 2007

Abby and Steph

This should probably qualify as reason 194 that I am so cool. (oh and look at Steph’s nose, can anyone see the pretty?)


You know how I told you about making baozi, here’s proof. Plus I threw in a fabulous french woman, aren’t you all so glad you read this blog.

Meryl and Abby

The Meryl and me in Seattle, reunited at last.

And finally the cat, in its native environment. Yes she is that fat and yes our living room is that color.



post weekend sunniness

April 23, 2007

This weekend was a lovely preview of what summers in Chicago can be (minus bugs, humidity and 90 degree temperatures); sunny, breezy and full of things to do.  I kicked off the weekend by seeing Andrew Bird perform live at the Riviera Theatre with my cousin Emily.  It was a lot of fun, both to catch up with her and to hear some amazing live music.  Although once again I was struck my how much I don’t fit the norms of most twenty-somethings.  First of all by the end of the over 3 hours of music I listened too, I was ready to have my ribs stop vibrating.  I was also ready to stop standing and I was also ready to go to bed.  I wasn’t in the mood to continue the evening at a club with some dancing and I also wasn’t interested in grabbing a drink.  What can I say, I really am a complete old foggie.

Me and Charletta down at the beach

Then on Saturday I hung with the T & C, walked down to the lake, told Tim to take some pictures of an old tennis ball, and went to the local Co-Op to get some dry goods.  Then Becca and I did some long over due clothes washing and all 4 of us went out to eat at a local Thai resturant.  But the best part of the day was a pre-wedding shower thing thrown by T & C for the lovely J & C down in Roger’s Park.  There was wine, there was cheese, there was hummus and did I mention there was cheese?  Um just in case you don’t know cheese is pretty much my favorite food and I think it’s genetic, cause Tim likes cheese even more than he likes mustard.  Anyways the event was a lot of fun:Phil and David were both there, Anna G from China SST, and another GC grad Matt B.  So it was a lot of fun to catch up with people.  Oh and apparently it was news for some of them that Tim and I are siblings.  I never really figured out how it was that some people just seemed to know that and others didn’t at all.  I mean we did only overlap for 1 year at GC, so its very understandable that people didn’t know.  I guess I always find the whole thing amusing.

Following inevitably after Saturday came Sunday which was another day of pseudo summer weather.  So in order to celebrate, my roomies and I went to church (which was a really wonderful service, for a variety of reasons) and then went up to Chicago Botanic Garden.  Unfortunately the whole little trick that also finally allowed Becca’s pictures to get uploaded onto a computer, also lead to the forgetting to replace the memory card.  So there will be no pictures from this weekend’s trip.  Obviously this was also beautiful and helped wrap up my lovely, sunny weekend.

PS. Maybe tonight after potluck I will post a few pictures here from all the things I haven’t been able to post for a while (i.e. Seattle, walk to lake, apartment weirdness)


Supernanny Lands Exclusive Interview with Mennogirl

April 19, 2007

In an astonishing turn of events, local blogger, Supernanny (former known as Lady in Green) bags an interview with the famous recluse blogger, Mennogirl. Known for keeping a tight lip and rarely agreeing to talk about herself, Mennogirl has been a widely sought after interview subject for many years. Turning down Barbara Walters, Rosie O’Donnell, Anderson Cooper and even Oprah, Mennogirl has finally agreed to let the world in on just a tiny bit of her amazing, fascinating and completely intriguing life. Thanks to Supernanny’s persistence, here now is the exciting results:

1. If you had to pick a favorite blog of someone you do not personally know, which would it be and why?

I love to read lots of different blogs, I like humor blogs, religious blogs, parenting blogs, political blogs, etc. However I would have to say the blog that I most often love every entry and has both made me choke up a little, laugh (out loud mind you) and even buy some cds is Sweet Juniper. This is a tag team blog by a husband and wife team who talk about various subjects, but mainly their daughter, Juniper. Dutch (the husband) just finished writing up the second part to a great story of traveling in Greece. Read this post first, but then read the exciting conclusion.

2. If you have kids would you rather have a boy or girl first?

Hmmm, I think this is a pretty hard one, considering I would probably want to have only two children. Taking into account sibling relations there is the older brother factor vs. older sister, younger brother vs. younger sister, the two girls dynamic, etc., but really when in it comes down to it, I don’t think I would care too much. I think there would be too many other factors, pregnancy, health of the baby, mircle of life kinda things that in the end I would just be happy to have the baby, regardless of gender.

3. If you had to change all but one thing about your physique except your gender, what trait would you keep?

Ring and thumbAnother tricky one, I think this would have to be a three way tie between my height, my thumbs and my hair. First off, I like my height, I am tall, but not too tall, essentially nice and average. Second I may sound just a wee bit odd but I really like my thumbs, I think they are pretty sexy. While this picture may not show them off fully, here is my one picture of my thumb.

4. What are five qualities a person would have to possess in order to be a suitable life partner (for you of course)?

Gee, I am beginning to see why people don’t agree to these interview things, they are not so easy on the brain. Okay five qualities….obviously a big one is shared sense of humor. I could not imagine spending my life with anyone who didn’t make me laugh/find my oddball sense of humor amusing. Wit and humor are big part of who I am and I also have a lot to do with who I find attractive, therefore they are definitely key. Another trait that would be important would be respect, for me, for himself and for others. Oh and along with respect, he would have to be perceptive. This is partially because I have a tendency to hold my hurts and emotions close to the chest, but also because I want to be with someone who is aware of how he effects those around him. Okay so that is 3. He would also need to have an interest in life and specifically travel. I love to travel and one of the things I am most looking forward to about having a partner/husband/best friend/etc is traveling together. Last, I think he would have to have a similar world view, a belief in justice, simplicity, faith and community.

So um, anyone know someone who fits that description? 🙂

5. What is your favorite flower?

Easy, Lilly of the Valley

P.S. To play along…
1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”

2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.

3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.

4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.


css question

April 18, 2007

So does anyone know how I can hide my blog title? I would prefer that it not appear on my site because I have it incorporated with my header. However when I remove it from the options, my page is without an easily read titles. Any ideas Internet people? (um and yes maybe I mean you David)

Oh and I still haven’t figured out which class/id/indicator thing I need to change to effect my font colors.  Ideally I would like them to echo the colors I use in my header, but again I only enough css to scratch the surface of a pinhead.


update: Books I have read/bought/been given recently

April 18, 2007

Around a month ago, I wrote this post about books I wanted to read. So I figured I should do an update on my literary pursuits:

The Girls by Lori LansensThe Girls by Lori Lansens was in my list of books to read and wow am I ever glad I did. A fascinating premise: conjoined twins who live to adulthood and then write their autobiographies. I knew the book was going to be great when I read the opening paragraph:

“I have never looked into my sister’s eyes. I have never bathed alone. I have never stood in the grass at night and raised my arms to a beguiling moon. I’ve never used an airplane bathroom. Or worn a hat. Or been kissed like that. I’ve never driven a car. Or slept through the night. Never a private talk. Or solo walk. I’ve never climbed a tree. Or faded into a crowd. So many things I’ve never done, but oh, how I’ve been loved. And, if such things were to be, I’d live a thousand lives as me, to be loved so exponentially.”

If you aren’t hooked now, I don’t know what your problem is 🙂

The Eyre Affair

I also read The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde which was recommended to me countless times (mainly by one Glick family, cough, cough). This was a delightful book to read, combining the literary world, time travel, a detective named Thursday Next and alternate British history. So obviously this is a great read and I also ended up checking all of its sequels out of the library and am currently reading Something Rotten.

Oh I should also thank the older brother Tim for this one, because I think it was Charletta and him who got me this book for Christmas.


Today I just finished the young adult book Peeps by Scott Westerfeld, which essentially recasts the vampire story in terms of a parasitical disease. Essentially, vampires aren’t really the blood thirsty immortal types portrayed in countless books and films, but instead humans carrying a parasite that controls their brains. First off this book is incredibly fast paced and a lot of fun, I found myself getting quite caught up in it and I can understand why Westerfeld is becoming such a popular young adult writer. Plus any book that intersperses its chapters with true stories of the real parasites in our world, has to be a winner.

The Year of Magical ThinkingWhile in Seattle, visiting the lovely Meryl and Katie, I was able to do a little catch-up reading and so I also read The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. In the space of one year, Didion experienced the sudden extreme illness and hospitalization of her only daughter, followed a few days later by the sudden death of her husband of 40 years. The book is her raw recount of her time spent coming out of and dealing with the insanity that grief causes. Beautiful, terse and sad, Didion’s writing is quite amazing and I really loved this book. I think in some ways I am one of those people who spend good portions of their lives wondering what I would do if something unspeakable happened to me. When I was younger this involved me spending hours working through various what-ifs based on my parents sudden death or the destruction of our home, or some other horrible thing. Maybe reading books like this is a way for me to prepare myself for the tragedies I hope so much to avoid.

The Book ThiefMy last book for this post is one that I actually read quite a while ago, last fall I believe, but the reason it is included in this list is that it was given to me today. I have been becoming friends with one of the more regular subs at our high school, we often get lunch together when she is there for the day. Anyways she loves to buy books and doesn’t always get around to reading/loving every book that she buys. So today she gave me 3 of her rejects. Despite that, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak came highly recommended and that is the way I will pass it on to you. A beautiful book about an ordinary German village (that happens to take place during World War II), a young orphan who steals books to teach herself to read and narrated by the character of Death, this book will wow you. I have to admit it took my a little bit to get into the book, but quickly I began to really care about each of the characters and even though the inevitability of that time period grinds closer, you find yourself hoping for a different kind of ending. Zusak is also fascinating in how he began writing novels at a young age and remains a young writer considering his levels of success.

So get out there and read a good book (and then of course come back here and tell me about it).


blank, fill in the

April 17, 2007

Have you ever had those experiences when your brain seems to be in a weird loop?  First you’ll think about next year, wonder about grad school, which will make you think about money and how you don’t have much these days.  That will make you think about your summer plans and how it really is so ridiculous to spend so much money all in a 2 month shot.  Then that will have you thinking about sun and how that is one that that you will have plenty of this summer and then you will think about the Lake and how you love water.  Water leads to swimming and how you really want to go swimming more, and then about how you really should get more exercise.  Wait, you walked to work this morning (2 miles), so you pat yourself on the back for that one.  Then you notice that the sun is still shining but you are working, so you can’t be outside and then you think about how you really just want to get a part-time job so you can do other things than work.  Then you think about babies and wondering if you really want some, which of course leads to marriage, which leads to lack of dates in ones life, which makes you think about the Andrew Bird concert you won 2 free tickets to on Friday and how you kinda wanted to go with someone (i.e. male and romantically interested in), but how that didn’t really work out and how yesterday you wrote someone up for completely disregarding your request for them to work quietly, then you look up at the clock and realize it will be over 3 hours until you get home.  Which makes you think about being a librarian and what you are going to do next year….rinse and repeat.


it’s friday the 13th so I can post as many times as I want, plus really long obnoxious titles are cool!

April 13, 2007

I recently discovered these old assignments for my web-design class I took my last semester at GC. This was the class that made me wonder if I should have major in Graphic Design instead of History (not because I was good at it, but because I liked it so much). Anyways I thought you might enjoy some of these, they make me laugh at least.

GG Coffeeshop
Creating a complete website was our final project and I really went to town on this one, taking pictures of coffee beans and the shop, etc. Probably the most fun I had on any college project, period.

Final Exam
This one was a site we had to put together during the timed final, I have to say I had some fun with it. My favorite part is the robot eating the button.

This one is especially fitting because I put together a bibliography for blogging. I link to a lot of bloggers that I still read on a regular basis and I think it is probably my favorite thing I did for that class.

PS. Some of the roommates and I just got back from seeing Blades of Glory, I have to say I about busted a rib laughing so hard.