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project 365 – day 134 to 158: my respite

7 August 2010

It’s been a while.  A lot of things has happened.  Life goes on.  But no matter how crazy my life gets, I will always, always make the time to escape into a book.

I borrowed this stack from the library this past Thursday.  I am already finished with one book, The Nobodies Album, which I highly recommend.  It’s written by Carolyn Parkhurst who wrote the awesome “The Dogs of Babel.”

All in all it’ll probably take me 2 weeks to finish this pile.

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project 365 – day 130 to 133: check out etsy

15 July 2010

I heart Etsy.  If you haven’t seen what Etsy has to offer, you are missing out.

Esty offers such cool, unique, handmade, and vintage stuff.  So far, I’ve only bought a couple of shirts from etsy, but they have everything from jewelry to handmade clothes, to personalized stationary, iPod/mac cases, purses, artwork, etc.  You name it and they will probably have it or can make it for you! 

disc necklace & photo by missashleylu

I am buying some jewerly at some point from Lu’s Boutique.  The jewelry here is just exquisite, simple, and elegant.  S0me of it is definitely my style.  I am currently lusting after this disc necklace seen here on the left.  I think it’s so pretty.  But all her other pieces are pretty darn spectacular as well!  Like her wishbone necklace and sterling spikes necklace.

I also like checking out children’s wear on Etsy.  This shop has a cute cupcake dress that I want to get for Lil C.  I know she’ll love it because she loves cupcakes and dresses.  Maybe next payday?

dress & photo by Sew Posh Baby

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project 365 – day 119 to 122: summer jams

2 July 2010

Last night was the first ‘practice’ session I had with my new band.  We were almost complete.  The only person missing was my new bassist.  Funny story I have about this bassist… So I put an ad out on Craigslist looking for a bassist.  Here’s my ad here, actually.  This guy responds; let’s call him “D.”  So D and I exchange several emails.  We had lots in common –including the fact that we had stable jobs, and that we both were married, have 2 kids, the mortgage, etc.

So we try to set up times to meet.  Then lo and behold, I meet him purely by accident while at work.  He came up to me asking “are you Kat?  Do you like music?”  In my head, I was already on guard, thinking “Okaaay…? Am I being punked?”  Turns out, he was the same dude I’ve been emailing!    Such a small world.  So not only do we have similar backgrounds, we also work in the same field!

I have yet to hear him play, but he’s already in the band.

Speaking of bands and music, I’d like to leave you with some cool summer jams that I think should be on your playlist this summer.  It’s an ecclectic mix, but I think you’ll enjoy it!


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project 365 – day 118?: the creator’s project (or how I saw Interpol for free)

28 June 2010

Once in a while, I still get to do cool things!  Like getting into a free show-art exhibit-launch party for free!  This past Saturday, I attended the Creators Project Launch Party in NYC.  Earlier in the month, I entered a lottery where lucky winners get to attend this event.  I did not get a ticket.  I was really disappointed because I wanted to see Interpol, one of my favorite bands.  But!  I got a hook-up from my uber-cool cousin Jessica (who is a music journalist!); she won a spot, but couldn’t go. So through an elaborate pick-up plan, she was able to give me her wristband; she had to pick it up (since it was under her name), wiggle out of the wristband, and then I picked up the wristband from her.  I got in without a single snag.  And I was able to get in another friend into the show as well!

So this event was held at Milk Studios in the Meat Packing District.  There were several bands and DJ’s scheduled to play.  When I got there, I realized Interpol was playing in the loading dock on the building –which is street level.  Moveable metal fences were the only things separating the cool people who got in, from the non-cool people who didn’t get in =).  I told my friend, just meet me outside and I’ll give you my wrist band –and TA DA!  Instant access!

Interpol was amazing.  They played 2 new songs and did a full hour set!  It was the first live performance for their new bassist and new keyboardist Brandon Curtis. New bassist Pajo tried to look the part too with the hair and all, but Carlos D. will definitely be missed.

The downside? Since it was an outdoor show, it was fucking hot.  I didn’t even dare go near the stage because I knew it would hot-as-balls over there, so I had to stay back towards the street.  It was great because it was such a small show and the acoustics were quite excellent!

The rest of the Creators Project was amazing.  I checked Gang Gang Dance, and this DJ (whose name I forgot) who did his set using beats from from Gameboys.  There was FREE open bar and free food (though I was too late to partake of the food), and we’re talking good liquor and wine.  M.I.A. was also a surprise guest;  I tried to watch but it was too packed and I was too darn sweaty to try to get through the crowd,  Supposedly, she rocked it, but alas, I could only hear it and not see it.  The art and exhibits was quite cool as well.  I definitely had fun.

Here’s a great article about the event.

Some pics of the installations and art:

Cool night.

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project 365 – day 103: if it doesn’t fit…

16 June 2010

You must acquit!

Okay, this is not a post about O.J. Simpson, or the law for that matter.

Right now, I’m in the midst of packing for a trip to Seattle.  The kids and I (together with my immediate family, sans the hubs) are flying out to Seattle tomorrow for a wedding.  This will be their first flight! (Not counting their plane trips when they were wee infants).

So I’m scrambling to get stuff together.  I don’t even know what to wear to my cousin’s outdoor wedding.  The one dress I really wanted to wear no longer fits me!  And of course, I just found out that fact about 30 minutes ago.

I really like this dress.  It’s from J.Crew and I bought it a looong time ago.  It’s also a size Petite 2 which should’ve really tipped me off.  The funny thing was, the last time I wore it was for a wedding that occurred a few months after I gave birth to Rockstar Boy!  If it fit me then, why couldn’t it fit me now?!  And to top it all off, I even wore one of those girdle/Spanx things to suck in the gut.  I was able to zip it up after a lot of finagling (did I spell that right?).  End result?

I. Could. Not. Breathe. At all.

So I guess I have to give up that dress!

I’m going with my 2nd and 3rd choice dresses…sheesh….

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project 365 – day 3: the everyday latte

9 January 2010

For Christmas, the hubs gave me a Tassimo beverage-maker.  It was one of the 3 things I asked him for Christmas (if I didn’t ask him, I’m not sure what he would’ve given me –I’ll never know!). 

I totally heart it!  Because of my Tassimo, I now wake up an extra fifteen minutes early to ensure that I have enough time to make my morning latte.  It feels so decadent to drive to work sipping a delicious latte during the week.  Before Tassimo, my lattes/mochas were restricted to weekends only (where I actually go to Starbucks) since I can’t drop $3+ everyday on java.   I would just have regular coffee during the week (which I can never make properly on my coffeemaker).

After Tassimo, I can have a latte or mocha everyday!

By the way, check out that awesome mug that my friend Patricia sent me for Christmas!

Tassimo, you should sponsor me to be your poster child!

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project 365 – day 2: best books of 2009

8 January 2010

I read an average of 3 books of month –sometimes more, sometimes less.  So I approximate that to about 36 books a year.  I’ve read so many books that I really don’t remember some of the titles of what I’ve read; I have sometimes re-read something by accident.  I realize by the 3rd or 4th page that I’ve already read a story before! 

I do, however, remember books that have struck a chord in me one way or another.  I remember books that were just fun to read, books that were beautifully written, or books that had such an engrossing story that to this day I wonder what happened to the characters (as if they were real people).  Here’s a handful of memorable books I read in 2009 (not in any particular order) that I highly recommend reading.  The synopsis will be brief, but I will tell you why I liked it. 

  1. In a Perfect World by Laura Kasische: this book is certainly thought-provoking, engrossing, and beautifully written.  It’s about a woman dealing with a new marriage, stepchildren, and the influx of the “Phoenix Flu” that is slowly changing the world around her. 
  2. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist:  Oskar, a lonely, bullied boy finally makes a friend –but Eli only comes out at night, and needs a bit of blood to feed on!  There is a lot of suspense in this one (think film noir); but what makes it so poignant is the focus on the friendship between Oskar and Eli.
  3. The Pretend Bride by Bridget Asher: I liked this story because you can totally relate to it.  In a nutshell, it’s about a married woman who wonders about what her life could-have-been.  It’s not a literary classic by any means, but it’s a fun and quick read.
  4. Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz:  Oh no! Not another vampire series…ah but yes!  And totally different than Twilight, etc.  de la Cruz has an awesome fresh take on the vampire mythology, and her vampires are young and gorgeous.  Think vampires-meets-Gossip Girl and Sex in the City.  Witty writing, stylish settings, and a cool story all wrapped up into one.
  5. The Blue Notebook by James Levine: this novel is written from the point of view of Batuk, a 15-year old Indian girl whose parents have sold her into sexual slavery.  Levine captures her thoughts perfectly;  you’ll be instantly transported into her sad, sad, world.  The story is obviously depressing (really, it’ll break your heart), but it’s still a wonderful read. 
  6. American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld: I was wary about reading another Sittenfeld novel since her protagonist in “Prep” annoyed me to hell.  This book is wholly different.  It’s a fictionalized life story of a very familiar first wife.  Very entertaining.  Read it!
  7. Lonely Werewolf Girl by Martin Millar: I’m cheating since this is actually a book I read in late 2008, but it’s so darn cool that I’m recommending it to everyone!  It’s about Kalix, a teenage werewolf princess who is outcast from her home and ends up living with two teens in London.  This story comes complete with fairies, demons, punk bands, oh my!  A description can’t do it justice, so read it for yourself!

I’ll leave you with a notable “Don’t” read:  I was sorely disappointed by Audrey Niffenegger’s latest novel Her Fearful Symmetry.  It was so promising but left me just scratching my head.  I’m usually fond of ghosts and reincarnation and all that, but this novel was sooooo slow and it lead to absolutely nothing!  Well, nothing meaning the end was written pretty much non-descriptly (is that even a word?) that you miss the “splash!” it was supposed to create.  It’s definitely a library book, not a book to own.