Pencil vs Pegged

March 30, 2011

So I learned a whole lot of fantastic tips and tricks in Pencil Skirt class in the last three weeks.

But the most interesting thing I learned is that a Pencil Skirt is fitted to the hips and then falls straight from the widest part of the hips.

If the skirt tapers around the curve of the hips then it’s actually called a Pegged Skirt.

I always thought that all pencil skirts were pegged but they are not.  Pegged skirts are a subset of pencil skirts.

Oh the vocabulary.  So many terms to learn.

Once I catch up on my sleep I’m going to make a dozen pencil skirts … pegged and not pegged.



once more with feeling

March 29, 2011

When I got dressed this morning I pulled on a very large, dark brown blazer that I bought in college.

It’s been a VERY long time since college.  DECADES!  And yet I find myself wearing the same clothes I wore back then.

Not just the actual clothes from then but … well some clothes I bought then but also new clothes that are just like the ones that I had before.

I’m not sure this is a good thing.  Just because I think I look good in the clothes of my youth doesn’t mean that I should be wearing them.

At some point I’m going to start wearing the hiking boots again and the transformation will be complete.

I just hope I don’t end up with a second set of student loans.

Although I will tell the truth.  As long as I don’t end up layering three pairs of lace trimmed and / or neon socks like the 80’s then I’m okay with all of this regression.


to go or not to go

March 29, 2011

I was so looking forward to Sucker Punch in that “I like set piece movies” kind of way.

And then I read the blogs and looked at the reviews.

Even though Ally gave me a gift card to AMC so that I could see it without cost to myself… I just don’t know if I really want to see it on the big screen if it’s going to disappoint me… so I might not go.

On the one hand, I can blame my indecision on the internet comments and reviews but is that fair?  I read spoilers.  I hate surprises.  I don’t want to be shocked in the theater.  I want to know what’s going to happen so I don’t feel the need to figure it out while enjoying the pretty moving pictures.

Not the way everyone watches movies but it works for me.  For the most part.

But between the reviews and the spoilers and my own personal thoughts on endings etc… I think I’ll wait for Netflix, thanks all the same.


It’s been a crazy few weeks for me.  And I FULLY blame the Ides of March.  I swear Brutus is out there with a knife and while I am no Caesar… I also don’t want to get caught in that particular cross fire.

So yeah – it’s been wacky for a lot longer than I’m comfortable with but what are you going to do?  You simply buck up and carry on.  No use whining about it all.  Just do what must be done.

Curse my parents for instilling that stiff upper lip philosophy of life in me… is there even any English anywhere in our bloodline?  I think not.

Anyway – I finally got a day to just be home and deal with a ton of small (minuscule even) projects around the homestead that require attention if not a great deal of time.

Things like resorting my blank cards and clearing out the space behind my headboard, and even sewing a black fleece version of the boat-neck shirt pattern I got online.  I even managed to head out into the rainy morning and pick up a set of generic invisible zipper feet so I can finish my pencil skirt in class on Tuesday.

I also picked up the pattern for the wrap dress class I’m taking in May.

And I finally bought some of the fantastic imported wool in a textured chocolate-brown… because I can just SEE the pencil skirt when I look at that bolt of fabric.

All in all … a fantastic day of productiveness.


So a few days ago LifeHacker sent me over to Serious Eat with the temptation of the perfect steak.

And then yesterday I got that stunning steak from Prather Ranch while I was at the Ferry Building.

Put the two together and you have dinner!

Step one – get a fantastic cut of meat.

Step two – salt it and put it in the fridge for at least 40 minutes but as long as overnight.  (I went with about 6 hours.)

Take salted, rested beef out of the fridge and get it ready for the pan… preferably cast iron, with just barely smoking olive oil coating the bottom.

Sear on both sides and then throw it in a heated oven to finish it off.

Why yes, I did eat it right off the cutting board… why do you ask?


Today was a TOTAL food day.  I landed in Cole Valley for a while and was sent in search of a cheese shop called Say Cheese.  Cole and Carl if you were wondering.  They had a cheese called Famoso from the Azores in Portugal that tasted like a blend between cheddar and Parmesan.  So I got some of that.  Then I got some bread from La Boulange Bakery.

Instead of taking the N Judah back to BART I took the 6 Parnassus to the Ferry Building.  This lead to the shopping trip that showcased my desire to shop like a French person what with the meat and the cheese and wine… with a little bit of honey and cake…. notice the lack of vegetables.

Even when I ended up in Rockridge at Market Hall, I still didn’t get any veggies.  Bacon, sausage, tuna salad, more cheese, past and that wonderful, wonderful cake…

Seriously – Market Hall Bakery sells slices of Princess Cake.  Who does that?  I was so thrilled to see a slice of the stuff that I had to have it.  And isn’t it pretty?  The guy told me that they were usually sold out by that time of day but just my luck they sliced up an extra one today.  I smiled so much I made all the people around me smile too.

By this point I had salmon and tuna salad made with amazing quality fish, steak, corned beef / cabbage / potato sausage, garlic sausage, bacon, 3 kinds of cheese, chai spice honey (to put in steamed soy milk before bed), pasta, bread

and … oh yeah, it’s Thursday so one the way home I went to a wine tasting and brought home three bottles of red wine.

Only thing missing?

Leafy, green vegetables.

I should probably do something about that.


why so many?

March 23, 2011

I need more purple in my home.  So while at IKEA with Ally I got this beautiful plum / lilac bed set.

It’s even machine wash and dry.  How wonderful is that?

But the question I have is why did the bedspread and both shams need all these tags telling me it’s machine wash and dry and made of polyester?

Seriously, these huge annoying tags need to be on all three items?  They couldn’t have combined things a bit and just had one tag?

Just saying.