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Tahoe bliss

In Anna, San Francisco on January 31, 2010 at 12:53 pm

R & R

This was the most skin I exposed yesterday. After a few years off the slopes (not wanting to kill my skis on the East Coast ice hills), I spent the day bundled up in Tahoe. I was jittery with excitement and having such high expectations can easily lead to disappointment. Though I’m happy to report there was none of that yesterday!

I took the Bay Area Ski Bus, which was pretty freaking awesome. For $105, we got a ride up and back from SF to Kirkwood, full breakfast served on the bus (they even had blueberry bagels! The key to my heart), lift tickets, and an après-ski party! Needless to say, I will be partaking of this bus multiple times before the season is over.

Kirkwood was nothing short of spectacular. It was peculiarly empty. I’m not sure if it was because there are so many runs and lifts that there was plenty of space for everyone, or if it was just a quiet Saturday. Either way, we never had to wait in line for lifts and didn’t have to dodge any ski school kids. It was perfect. The powder was like butter, it wasn’t too cold, and the runs were perfectly groomed. You couldn’t have asked for better ski conditions. Oh, and I’m happy to say that yours truly didn’t fall down once! And trust me, we traversed some challenging trails.


Sunday at the office

In Kimberly, Washington DC on January 31, 2010 at 12:35 pm

The Washington Monument

My job has some great perks, including working with outstanding people towards a worthy goal. One thing I love about our work is that it stays interesting; this is the view from my office today. More specifically, this is the view from the balcony at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University, where we’re holding a summit this weekend with more than 100 of the top student activists from colleges across the U.S.

For the past three years, we’ve flown students in to D.C. to learn from the best policy leaders, activists and development experts so they are better poverty-fighting activists when they return to their campuses. It’s one of the most energizing and inspiring 3 days we have all year.

Artists Ink

In Kimberly, Washington DC on January 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Paul Roe tattoing a client

Not so much en pointe as on point; Paul Roe with a needle full of crimson ink tattooing a client. There were a lot of artists in Roe’s British Ink studio today — the tattoo artist (Roe) was inking a musician (John Thayer) with an image created and drawn by a painter (Matt Sesow) and a photographer (me) documented the experience.

Fully operational

In Anna, San Francisco on January 30, 2010 at 12:01 am

iPhone: scientist humor

Not the most artistic photo, I grant you. But this exchange between two scientists about their newly-functioning machine was too adorable not to be posted. I love workspaces with personality.

Inside an artist’s studio

In Kimberly, Washington DC on January 29, 2010 at 11:03 am

Matt Sesow's studio

The bright lights and colors – in this case many and varied – of creating captivating art are captured in the studio space of Matt Sesow, a painter living and working in Washington, DC. I shot Matt’s studio space last night as part of  a year-long series BYT is doing on how artists in Washington, DC, live and work. It’s been a really cool project to be a part of, allowing me a new perspective and many insights I wouldn’t otherwise have on the artistic process.

Swan Lake

In Anna, San Francisco on January 29, 2010 at 12:01 am

iPhone: War Memorial Opera House

The proscenium arch is my window to another world. Last night, I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream: see Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake performed by a renowned ballet company. Well, sitting front row orchestra at the SF Ballet definitely exceeded my expectations!

I am an avid patron of the arts. I can’t even tell you how many plays, operas, and symphonies I’ve attended. When I studied in London, I enrolled in a theater course that allowed me to see two plays a week (in addition to the musicals and Shakespeare productions I’d see on my own time). While living in DC, I expanded my appreciation of the arts to opera and joined Washington National Opera’s Generation O.

One of my most memorable moments was seeing Renee Fleming in La Traviata* at the Metropolitan Opera. I bought a $20 Orchestra standing room ticket. Unsurprisingly, after an hour or so, my back and legs were aching. I was sitting on the floor, in my full-skirted dress during intermission when a woman (decked out in fur and the biggest pearls I’ve ever seen) walked up to me. She handed me her ticket and asked “Do you want to sit in my seat? I’ve seen this so many times and it’s past my bedtime.” It is one of the most generous things anyone has ever done for me to this day. I was so elated, I didn’t know how to respond, especially when I looked at the ticket and realized her seat was 3rd row, Orchestra center.

*For those of you who aren’t opera geeks, La Traviata is the opera they see in Pretty Woman!

Window to another world

In Kimberly, Washington DC on January 28, 2010 at 12:01 am

Catching comets

The little girl in the window, inspired me to try and create an image of a girl in the window to another world. Or the street in front of her apartment. Could go either way.


In Anna, San Francisco on January 28, 2010 at 12:01 am


The only thing bathed in red last night was the stage at the Fillmore. As I said in yesterday’s post, Phoenix is one of my favorite bands ever. Last night was my first time seeing them live and I was not disappointed. They played all of my favorites and were absolutely phenomenal. Hopefully I’ll get to see them again when they play at Coachella!


In Kimberly, Washington DC on January 27, 2010 at 12:01 am

Bathtub massacre

Anna’s disturbing bathroom activities with her ‘gator friend got my creative sparks jumping. (Speaking of ‘gators, Anna, I’ve been to that bar. This awesomeness happened. You can even see the big fish bowl on our table. The ‘gator from that night was on my desk at work for years.)

This bathroom horror scene is meant to be reminiscent of horror films from the ’60s. Did I hit the mark?

On a tangential note, I think I’m gonna be a rad mom to boys, or girls like me. You want to make some fake blood for your zombie costume, theatrical production premiering in the garage or the music video you’re filming in the basement, honey? Mama’s got you covered.

Twinkle twinkle

In Anna, San Francisco on January 27, 2010 at 12:01 am

Miel's Pastillerie

I cut this character out from a box of pastillas de leche that the Madre brought back from the Philippines. Have you ever had pastillas de leche? Well, unless you’re equipped with an evolved sweet tooth, you probably won’t like them. Why do you think Miel has such shiny eyes? She is on a major sugar high, folks.

Relatedly, that’s an accurate portrayal of how I look at the moment. All bright eyed after a few too many pastillas and a sh*t eating grin because I’m off to see Phoenix (one of my favorite bands ever) at the Fillmore!