lost and found

April 30, 2011

I should be spending this time to tell you about the amazing time I had wine tasting in Alameda and Oakland.  But instead I’m going to tell you a story that will inspire you.

After spending a fantastic wine tasting that I will tell you all about on Monday I was rushing from one bus to another and in the process I lost my phone.

I rushed back to try and find it but it wasn’t anywhere on the street and no one had turned it in to any shops along the route where I lost it.

So I went home.  I was just going to call my cell phone company and report it missing but first I thought I would call my phone.

When I did, someone picked up.  He told me he found my phone on the bus.  That he was at 11th and Broadway and could I come get it from him because he didn’t have the bus fair to get back if he brought it to me.

I was about to head out for a bus when I thought about asking Will to drive me.  He was home and not busy so he acted as my chauffeur to get my phone.

We drove to 11th and Broadway but he had moved on to 18th and Foothill because his friend needed him.  He told me just what bus to take.  But I had Will so we got there and managed to meet up.  He handed me my phone and I gave him $20 because crime pays and I think honesty should pay too.

I looked at the phone log.  He made three phone calls…. 2 to people I don’t take to anymore and one to a close friend.  When I called her to see what he said she told me he was trying to get a hold of me.

The only times he used my phone where to try to find me.  No pictures taken, not personal phone calls made.

This right here is why we should continue to have faith in humanity.

Because it’s out there where we least expect it.

And I have my phone again.



So today Clara commented on my recipe round-up post from last night with the fact that Oakland has a Mac and Cheese Restaurant.

I’ll let that sink in.

A restaurant that serves only variations on mac and cheese as main courses.  They have veggies and desserts and drinks but for mains… just macaroni and cheese.

I don’t know that I can get over there on Sunday but I might try.

I need to go with Clara and with Rosie and maybe a few other people.

This is an important place and it needs to stay open.

Mmmmmmm mac and cheese!


I have recently found some fantastic recipes from the Guardian UK Life and Style Section: HOW TO COOK.  Some amazing photo series with recipes for things like Gala Pie

and how much do you want to make this Shooter’s Sandwich?

Really fantastic stuff that  I really want to try out.

And now the bad…. well not bad but addictive…  what has become known in my circle as “spackle”.

Smitten Kitchen created the most unreal recipe that I had to try… like a moral imperative.  It took over my life.  I mean how do you resist a chocolate peanut spread?

This addiction is going to be very VERY hard to shake.  At least I gave away 2/3rds of the batch.  I’m already planning making another.

Seriously – I eat mine with a spoon and I know it’s not good for me.  It’s evil.  Bad, bad stuff.

And now the unusual.  This recipe was in the last Williams Sonoma catalog I received in the mail.

Mac and Cheese Frittata… I really don’t know what to say to that.  On the one hand I’m intrigued and on the other I’m horrified.

That’s all I’ve got.


My first pencil skirt

April 27, 2011

and this will DEFINITELY not be my last!

After class I took it in a bit more before finishing it.  And it’s great.  I can’t wait to make a bunch of them.  Fit is key and when you make your own clothes you can get the fit just right.  The length is up to you, the side seams can be taken in or let out.

I need to work on my zippers but my darts are really good.

Practice makes perfect.  And I can’t wait to make another pencil skirt!


Following closely on the heels of “Dear God I should not have eaten that”; I have a question…

Why was it so hard to find Cadbury Creme Eggs in the stores this Easter?

There were lots of Russell Stover eggs and mini Reese’s peanut butter cup eggs… but the classic Cadbury Creme Egg?  Not that many of them on the shelves.


You only get seasonal candy once a year… it should be plentiful.

Maybe next year.  Although if I’m lucky I’ll just be sick of them and not want them ever again.

A girl can dream.


subtitle: When did junk food become the devil?

The cup of coffee and the yogurt were good and normal this morning.  The big slice of pumpkin bread was more than I usually eat but not too out of scope.

Then there was the huge doughy cinnamon roll with cream cheese frosting and the Pringles craving

(which sucks because even when they don’t taste so good you still can’t stop eating them) and a soda  – too much sugar and caffeine in the afternoon is not a great thing.

I used to eat junk food all the time.  Fast food, salty food, high fat food… I just ate and ate and ate.

And now even when I crave it… if I give in or give in too much I feel ILL.

Part of me knows this… really knows this but there are times when I just don’t care enough about the consequences.

I think this means I’m not a grown up as I sometimes feel like.


Let’s get one thing very, VERY clear… I hate cleaning.  I do enough of it because I’m too cheap to hire someone else to do it.  But over all I’m a bit of a mess.

Despite all of this, yesterday my brain decided that it was time to do a hardcore spring clean.  Maybe it started with the epic laundry on Thursday but Friday…. Friday started a bizarre desire to move things and clean under them.  And from that came today’s buying frenzy.  I mean when you’re brain says clean and Target puts Method cleaning supplies on sale… you’re wallet just doesn’t stand a chance.

The really messed up thing is that I already have tons of cleaning supplies but every time I embark on a mass clean I feel like I need to buy new cleaning supplies.  It’s like I forget I have the supplies from last time.

Maybe this year I’ll clean all year round and use up some of the supplies.

Stop laughing.

It could happen.