Saturday, July 31, 2010

Things That I'm Into: Watching Baseball Games While Sitting In Grass

All baseball stadiums should have lawns to watch the game! Petco Stadium FTW. 

Friday, July 30, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Things That I'm Into: Ugly but Delicious Food

Ugliest quiche I've ever made.

Still delicious though. (Mark Bittman's Cheese Quiche + Garden Pesto).

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Things That I'm Into: Let the Right One In

I really dislike horror movies. A lot. Especially serial killer/slasher/gory ones... if there are ghosts, then I might be okay, but if there are serial killer ghosts then I am NOT okay.

Since my home movie viewing has pretty much been limited to Netflix Watch Instantly movies these days, I decided to watch "Let the Right One In," a swedish vampire movie.* I highly recommend it. Even though it's in Swedish.

Watch it, and then remember NEVER TO INVITE THEM IN.... bum bum bum.

*NOTE: I am not yet a subscriber to the vampire craze, not for any real reason except that I didn't get on board and now it seems late/unnecessary. Are crazes ever necessary? Unclear. Either way it seems like it would be weird and late and it would make me super old if I got into it now.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Things That I'm Into: Chicago Skyline at Night

I know it's kind of cheesy but I can't help staring at the Bean whenever I go by it, especially at night. 

Monday, July 26, 2010

Things That I'm Into: A Space Invader in San Diego

Space Invader piece (or copycat) spotted in La Jolla, San Diego.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Things That I'm Into: (Balcony) Farm to Table

Salsa w/ Serrano Peppers from Garden:

Hummus w/ Thai Basil Pesto from Garden:

Salad w/ Lettuce from Garden:


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Things That I'm Into: Balcony Garden, Week 6-7

So we ran away to the west coast for two weeks and left our garden. Pretty much worst garden parents ever. Friends stopped by and watered every once and a while, which meant our plants stayed alive (hooray!), but since it was chicago and summer and they were very thirsty they were a little worse for the wear when we returned.

Thus, our tomatoes developed (dum dum dum) BLOSSOM END ROT. (Obviously I had to google the symptoms to find out the disease. I am not a plant doctor.)

Pictorial evidence of the plague:

So sad, right?!?! But don't worry, there are a gazillion more tomatoes in line to take those rotten tomatoes' (ha!) place.  AS WELL AS delicious serrano peppers, which we have been eating a bunch of lately:

So all is not lost in the garden. We've been eating peppers and lettuce and basil and chives and waiting patiently for tomatoes. On the next edition of Balcony Garden (you can think of your own theme music), I'll share how our upside down planter was a total bust and how we're going attempt to salvage that tomato. I'm giving it a 20% chance, but we'll see.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Things That I'm Into: Scenes from a Rodeo

Some sweet T-shirts:

Terrifying horse riding:

Home town pride:

And, of course, an erection specialist:

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Things That I'm Into: Ken Griffey Jr's Nike Ad

For Mariners fans, and/or Ken Griffey Junior fans, and/or baseball fans in general.

I'm into it.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Things That I'm Into: Yosemite

I go to Yosemite every year, but the epic vistas never get old. These photos courtesy of the Polly Dome Lakes trail (6 miles, trailhead near Tenaya Lake) and Cloud's Rest trail (15 miles, trailhead also near Tenaya Lake). Kind of wish I was there now. 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Things That I'm Into: Celebrating 10 Months of Not Working

So today marks my last and final day as an unemployed. I'm really excited to start my Next Big Thing- my new job is totally and completely different than anything I've done before.  And, like I always do, I am getting really sad to transition out of this last period of my life which has been pretty sweet. I've always been kinda bad with transitions, since (like many people) I dread the unknown. For example, I was absolutely sure I would make no friends in college. I thought 90% of law school classes would be uninteresting. I thought my job at my law firm would make me work 100 hrs a week and that I wouldn't connect with anyone there. And I swore that getting married would make me boring. BUT most of those turned out to be totally untrue (jury's still out on the last one).

SO. Instead of being anxious, I'm been trying to enter this transition by CELEBRATING the last 10 months since I had a job. During the last ten months I've gone backpacking on part of the high sierra trail in yosemite, got married, went on a honeymoon to egypt, moved to turkey for six months, finished nanowrimo, spent three weeks travelling in asia, moved back to to the US, seen five of my friends get married (one more this weekend!), visited palm springs, bay area, london, oregon, wisconsin, memphis, and dallas, decided I wanted to become a government lawyer, cooked a lot, napped a lot, watched all of friday night lights, weeds, and arrested development, visited museums, decorated our new apartment, dwindled my savings account, planted a garden, started a blog, got a job, and generally had a really good time.  Not bad for less than a year.

I highly recommend a life sabbatical if anyone is considering one. Hopefully I can still try and have fun now that I'm a working girl.

Image via Etsy Seller 3Lambs Graphic (w/ a Diane Arbus Quote. Love her.)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Things That I'm Into: Family Pictures

This is what happens when you leave your camera on a table in a cabin filled with almost thirty-year-old dudes.

There were approximately twenty more of these pictures. The hat switch in the last one is a classy touch. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Things That I'm Into: Bi-Rite Creamery

Yes, along with all the other hipsters/yuppies/humans in San Francisco, I'm pretty into Bi-Rite Ice Cream. Even though we had to wait ten minutes in line. Totally worth it. LOOK at these flavor choices:

I had Brown Sugar Ginger and Cookies and Cream (which Bay Area resident Laura assured me was the best).

Dining companions:

Now if it was only warm enough in San Francisco that you didn't have to wear sweatshirts and scarfs while eating your ice cream....

Things That I'm Into: Vacation

Sorry for the blogging hiatus, I was taking a vacation from my otherwise pretty much vacation filled life. Sometimes you need a vacation from vacation, right? I was westcoasting it up and it was rad. Now I am back in Chicago and have three more days until I join the ranks of the employed...  eeek.  I'll just look at my sunburn and mosquito bites and teleport back to hiking and swimming and drinking on patios and seeing old friends.

(print via Etsy seller edart)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Things That I'm Into: Backyard Parties

Our downstairs neighbor throws a HUGE pride party every year in our backyard.  It was great hanging out, meeting some cool peeps, looking at awesome outfits, and occasionally escaping to our air conditioned apartment to survey the scene from above.  There are five units in our building, and I think all of our building mates are really chill and interesting people.