August 31, 2004
introductions

Meet Gyre, the newest 4-wheeled addition to our household.....
(He's an awful lot of fun to drive!)


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Weekend summary: truly lovely. Two "Sundays" with my Leckmans. Annika sleeping on my chest, and climbing 'round my shoulder to hang off my arm. So sweet. She's growing so much! A drive to Half Moon Bay, and lunch with Robert, Laureen & Dave Sanner. Met up later with the Stellanovae, saw Tammy's studio, hugged Forrest, and went out for a beer with Todd after driving 'round the city. What more could a girl ask for?

Posted by shock at 08:23 AM
August 26, 2004
leather anniversary

The Best Quote, pre-painting last night:
meriko to Russell: "You got four hundred dollar leather pants today. I can have a fifteen dollar drink."

Unpurchased, but photographed for your pleasure:
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(Yes, I'll get you a photo of him in the pants soon. I promise.)

Posted by shock at 12:29 PM
August 25, 2004
Rock

Don't usually post quiz results, but....
20 questions to a better relationship

eXpressive: 5/10
Practical: 6/10
Physical: 5/10
Giver: 6/10

You are a RPIG--Reserved Practical Intellectual Giver. This makes you a Rock of Gibraltar.

You are loyal, kind, thoughtful and conscientious. You're a good person. You make everyone around you happier and better, even if you yourself are not at your happiest or best. You just care so much about your friends and loved ones that you can't help giving them everything of yourself. It can wear you out, but you'd never let on.

You're successful, smart and fun to be with, but your self-esteem could use some boosting. You don't like conflict, and you don't like demanding things for yourself, so you can feel unappreciated. But then you wonder if you don't deserve to be appreciated. You do!

You have many small crushes, but it takes you ages to get to a serious stage with someone. You get so caught up second-guessing yourself and worrying if the other person really *likes* likes you that you never dare to make the first move. Generally you end up with another clever RPIG who knows one when s/he sees one. This adds up to one long courtship. Fortunately this also adds up to one long marriage.

You would never cheat. You would never hurt anyone's feelings. You are so sympathetic and give so many second chances that it takes a lo-o-ong time for anyone to get on your bad side.

Your only problem is you can be *too* thoughtful -- you can end up worrying and getting hung up over nothing.

You may be a boy scout.

Of the 4162 people who have taken this quiz, 4.9 % are this type.

Posted by shock at 06:18 PM
potential

A whole day off, in the middle of the week, to spend with Russell. Potential activities....

Bill's noon yoga class.
Prowl bookstores. Think about Amsterdam.
Lunch at Tartine.
Spending some wedding presents at Stormy. (It is our 'leather' anniversary, after all.)
Shop for tiny speakers for the bedroom. (Hurrah for AirTunes!)
Take a long meander around the city.
Go to the movies.
Finalize everything to pick up the mini soon (which is in SF now!)
Sit in a cafe, reading books and doodling.
Visiting the Leckmans.
Dinner at Boulevard.

Not bad anniversary plans, eh? Other ideas for a lazy Wednesday around the city?

Posted by shock at 10:25 AM
August 24, 2004
presents

It was Russell's 35th birthday yesterday, but this weekend we picked up a present for Miss Goblin - a rug for the living room. I told her she has to share it with Annika, when the time comes. She seems mostly ambivalent. We'll see, when the time comes.

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Posted by shock at 09:59 PM
August 20, 2004
salve

Things that have made this week worth the trouble
A perfect picnic, a great play, and some time with a dear friend.
The San Francisco fog.
Beca, Annika & Tad.
Panties that fit. (Don't laugh. It's important.)
Strong coffee.
My boss.
A potential trip to Amsterdam.
My Mini is in San Diego. She creeps ever closer.
Airport Express wireless music station in the kitchen.
The promise of afternoon girlcocktails in the garden at Wild Side West.
Planning Russell's birthday.
Good wine.
An unexpected compliment.
Guinness-ginger spice cake. With apricot glaze.
Key people being back at work.
The bartender having my drink ready at my seat as I sat down. Is there anything that makes a girl feel more loved?
Finishing design and production of some wedding invitations.
The right rug has reappeared and is available again.
Leather covers for my work notebook, at 80% discount.
My dahlias. And fuschias. The whole garden, really.
The new laptop: almost config's and ready to use, after 3 weeks.

Posted by shock at 08:46 AM
August 06, 2004
overheard

Earlier this week, driving down Bayshore very late at night (coming from the Oakland airport) we pass the 24 hour dougnut shop, restaurant and bar. From the passenger seat, a grizzled voice quips "I'll have three old fashioneds... and a cruller."

Someday (next time you visit, my grizzle-voiced friend?) I'll post an actualization tale.

Posted by shock at 04:27 PM
August 01, 2004
signals

Ways I know it's summer in San Francisco, by meriko borogove, age 30.

1. I cook fresh stone-fruit & blueberry pie. In flannel pjs and a sweatshirt.

2. Even at 3:30pm, my commute home from work starts with the air conditioner going full blast, and ends with the heater on.

3. Walking down Valencia street at noon, wearing my heavy leather jacket is comforting and necessary.

I love living here. 8)

Posted by shock at 11:00 AM