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Day of the Dead

In Kimberly, Washington DC on October 31, 2009 at 11:58 pm

 

Witches' brew

Halloween this year has been amazing. From brunch this morning to three (four?) great house parties tonight. I snapped this shot with my point and shoot at our friend Jason’s party. They weren’t shy with the dry ice in the punch bowl, as well they shouldn’t be. It’s Halloween, throw the whole block in.

 

Correction: It’s a food coma

In Anna, Washington DC on October 31, 2009 at 2:38 pm

K-squared

I’m home!! Reuniting with the people I love is an indescribable feeling; I haven’t felt this happy, relaxed and well-rested in ages (funny, considering I have been running on zero sleep).

Kimberly just hosted a phenomenal Boo Brunch. Only thing is, we are now all in a food coma. Seriously. 7 of us piled into a 2-door coup, which seemed like an already terrible idea heading to Kimberly’s…but damn near impossible on the way back. The food was delicious. And by “delicious”, I mean “absolutely amazingly goooood”.

I snapped the above while we sat around post-feast, chatting and admiring Kanye (who, by the way, is a rockstar. I was really looking forward to meeting her and I was not in the least disappointed – she’s awesome). Now I just need to nap and recharge my batteries in preparation for tonight’s festivities.

Boo! It’s brunch

In Kimberly, Washington DC on October 30, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Halloween brunch

Tomorrow I’m having a bunch of friends – two tables full! – over for Halloween brunch. Shush. It’s as much of a thing as a purple rhinestone skull is. Anyway, I set the table and decorated tonight, because tomorrow morning is all about baking caramel apple cinnamon rolls, stuffed apple french toast, Santa Fe eggs and breakfast sausages.

Jetsetter

In Anna, San Francisco on October 30, 2009 at 12:01 am

iPhone: UW Forever

Do you see that? Yeah, that’s a purple and gold sparkly skull. What can I say? UW fans die hard.

Kimberly’s post yesterday about her new nightly routines had me once again wishing I had a little ball of love to come home to. I have been toying with the idea of getting a dog for the past few years now. But I’m a big dog type of person (I’m talking giant dogs that will tackle you over and stand much taller than my 5′ 2″ frame) and I’m not yet at the point in my life where I’m willing to give up my much-beloved social life or my scrumptious city apartment with its “no pets” policy.

While I’m very flattered by Kimberly’s compliments of my post-work productivity, I like to think I’m not all work and no play. Tomorrow morning, I set out to make my triumphant return to DC (i.e. my first trip back since moving to SF two months ago). I’m looking forward to a weekend full of friends, costumes and foolish mayhem. Pues, feliz Dia de los Muertos a todo. You’ll next hear from me back on the East Coast; the best coast.

A new good night

In Kimberly, Washington DC on October 29, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Good night

Anna’s productivity after work – and her running schedule – puts me to shame. She spends her evenings running through parks and appreciating stone statues, while I spend them socializing, listening to music or working on projects intended primarily for personal amusement.

As of this week, I find myself bolting out of work at the end of the day to head home to this sweet face. I was more than a little surprised to find how content blissful I am to come home to her, and how little (i.e. not at all, not in the least) I dislike having to give up my usual after work plans to do so.

Channeling Hepburn

In Anna, San Francisco on October 29, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Hello lover

Kimberly’s photo yesterday had a very Doris Day feel to it. Tonight, my new friend Lindsay and I headed to the SF Fashion Bash at Cathedral Hill Hotel after work to partake of some amazing designer sales. I scored big by finding these gorgeous Valentino’s for a steal.

And, as Lindsay pointed out, they are very Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Yes, they have Swarovski crystals and are unnecessarily over-the-top. But that’s the beauty of being a young singleton: I get to partake of life’s little indulgences.

Here’s to you

In Kimberly, Washington DC on October 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Meaningful labor

Yesterday Anna expressed her gratitude to the first responders who serve and protect us. I share her appreciation for and thankfulness of their service. I would also like to express my appreciation for those who serve in jobs that are far less celebrated.

I grew up in Texas, where hard work is considered worthy for its own sake and country music is a blood-borne love. I loved the song 40 Hour Week by Alabama when I was growing up in Texas. The lyrics celebrate the hard work so many do for precious little thanks:

There are people in this country who work hard every day
Not for fame or fortune do they strive
But the fruits of their labor are worth more than their pay
And it’s time a few of them were recognized

To the people I interact with every day whose jobs are not properly compensated – to the lady at the Philip’s next door to my office who makes the world’s best egg bagel breakfast sandwiches, to the cleaning crew who fed our office fish while we were away last Christmas, to the bus driver who every-single-morning grins at me like I’m his own flesh and blood when I get on the bus – I am saying thank you, again.

My photo is a tribute to those people I know who are working hard to make my life more comfortable, but who I rarely see and as a result do not get to thank, such as the guys who maintain the grounds my apartment building is on and the hotel cleaning staff when I am traveling for work.

Word of the day: Stoic

In Anna, San Francisco on October 28, 2009 at 12:39 am

Fort Mason

I ran across this statue on a late night run through Fort Mason. Well, to be accurate, I nearly ran into it. It’s a giant piece of stone to be sure, but there are a total of zero lights in that park and I had all of 6 inches of visibility. Probably not the best decision to run there at night…

Anyway, Kimberly’s awesome photo of her new feline friend had me hustling back to the park (in the daylight this time). I really enjoyed how poised Kanye was; you would swear both subjects were statues. So I tried to replicate that feeling with the above. The statue is actually pretty cool; it has a very interesting tile mosaic of a little girl’s face at the base (I’ve posted some photos of it on Flickr).

To the rescue

In Anna, San Francisco on October 27, 2009 at 8:50 pm

 

Berkeley Fire Dept.

Kimberly’s very thoughtful post yesterday had me thinking about support systems. Not being particularly close to my parents, I consider my siblings and best friends my family. Which got me thinking on the subject of those who take care of us.

I snapped this photo of the Berkeley Fire Department racing off to rescue a cat/house/who-knows-what. I chose to focus on first responders because my brother is one: he is an officer with the Dallas PD. John risks his life and sees some pretty horrific stuff every day in order to protect Dallas residents. So thanks to our caretakers, who we sometimes forget about and take for granted.

Brand new addition

In Kimberly, Washington DC on October 27, 2009 at 12:00 am

Good vs. Evil

As of about two hours ago, I am the proud caretaker of that adorable girl above. She is 10 years old and comes from a very loved home. They would have loved to have kept her but unfortunate circumstances prevented it. I am so glad she is here though, and she seems to feel the same as she has settled right in. Her name is Kat, but I’m going to try and talk her into going by Kanye. I very quickly discovered that she thinks the camera is awesome and the flash does not phase her at all; I think you can see that us finding each other was kismet.

Yesterday Anna talked about her faith, and how important it is to her and her ongoing struggle to be a better Christian. I’m similar in that my faith is a huge part of who I am and I am challenged every day to be a better believer. Gorgeous, white Kat standing next to my sculpture of a black sheep is, to me, a great illustration of that struggle between good and evil, right and wrong, cute and cuter (oops, got a little off message there).