Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy 2012!

Happy 2012!, originally uploaded by dumpstar_drummer.


After, originally uploaded by dumpstar_drummer.


Before, originally uploaded by dumpstar_drummer.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Five Star Day

I am not known for my good mood during the holiday season. All the happy people tend to bum me out and then in recent years I've worked for a client that shuts down between Christmas and New Years, which means that I end up with a lot of time on my hands, which is also never a good thing for me.

Wah wah, my life is so hard, I am on vacation, blah blah blah.

I know.

But for reals, the holiday season is not a good one for me.

THIS holiday season, I'm pleased to report, has been really good though!


Take my Monday, for example:

I spent the morning going to my Dailey Method class with Morven, our Australian exchange student's wife (they're in town for Christmas). Quality sweating time with one of my favorite people, with bonus baby squeezing (her baby and my miracle niece) when I went to pick her up.

Then I went to San Francisco to brunch and museum with my friend Christopher. He has a membership to the Cal Academy of Sciences and I don't know how we got to discussing that we'd go, but we did, so we went. It's a really cool museum that opened up while I still lived in SF, but I never got around to going despite it being RIGHT THERE in my backyard AND on my life list.

We got the last two passes for the 3:30 planetarium show (and were very proud of ourselves for our good fortune) and wandered around looking at stuff for like 15 minutes before the fire alarm went off and the whole place was evacuated. Okay, fine, we'll evacuate, but let's go to the bathroom first! OOH! GOOD IDEA!! NO LINES, HOLLER!

So we took our sweet time evacuating, but when we finally did, we found a park bench and Christopher produced two Tootsie Pops from his murse and HOT DOG, I LOVE TOOTSIE POPS! So while everyone else was crowded around waiting for the "emergency" to be resolved, we relaxed, enjoyed our suckers and did some people watching.

We were let back in at the EXACT RIGHT TIME for us to make the 3:30 planetarium show (again, very proud of ourselves for our good fortune) and after a quick trip around the universe, we saw the rest of the museum.

When I dropped Christopher off back at his apartment I had the thought that OOH! Maybe I'll see if Cousin Kristina is available for a drink! It was an idea suggested in a Facebook thread the week before so I sent her a "What are the chances you're sitting around right now wishing you were drinking champagne, because I'm in the city and could either go home or have champagne with you" text.

And magically, not only was she available for champagne, but she was with Cousin Eleanor and they were about to go to dinner and would I like to join them?


So I met them at the proposed restaurant and I'm not sure why there was a last minute change of heart re: Papalote, but that's fine because plan B was a restaurant that has been on my To Try list for a while. YAY!

So my totally serendipitous day suddenly not only included champagne with Cousin Kristina and Cousin Eleanor, but we were able to try TWO items on the list of 100 Things to Try in San Francisco Before You Die (the eggplant from the 2009 list and a cocktail from the 2010 list), which all translated into a lovely, lovely evening with my people.

I would like more days like that please, Universe.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


HXRGPOTD, originally uploaded by dumpstar_drummer.

Title credit goes to David: Hospital X-Ray Gown Photo of the Day.

Finally went to the doctor for the hip pain I've been having six months and they suspect I have hip/pelvis arthritis.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Miracle Baby on Christmas


LABLPOTD, originally uploaded by dumpstar_drummer.

Leslie's apartment building lobby photo of the day.

Saturday, December 24, 2011


BPPOTD, originally uploaded by dumpstar_drummer.

On my way to Christmas eve dinner at Becky and Henry's!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Ooh, originally uploaded by dumpstar_drummer.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

On my way to Cassie's birthday dinner


So, I'm going to Guam in a month (!) and because I am obsessed with packing appropriately so that I don't sweat my ass off (even though I probably will anyway because I am used to dry heat and the wet heat of Guam will kill me), I looked up the average and record weather stats and I think it's FASCINATING that the weather is pretty much the same every day. Even the record temps aren't really that much different:

But before I can even put too much thought into OMG I'M GOING TO GUAM, I need to get through Christmas, NYE and the week of vacation in between.

And I haven't baked a single damn thing yet.

Or been grocery shopping.

And I'm not finished Christmas shopping.


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Glass Blowing: CHECK!

Here's what I know about glass blowing:

1. You can do it at BAGI.

2. It is very hot.

3. Sanitation of the blowy stick thing is not a concern (apparently).

4. It is wildly unflattering:

5. There glory holes involved:

6. Your glass ball might come out looking more like a fading bruise than something you'd want to display in your home:

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My Dad is FAMOUS!

My eagle-eyed brother noticed that not only has the Google Maps street view image of our childhood home been updated, but if you zoom in on the driveway, YOU CAN SEE MY DAD!!!!

You can't tell from the cropped view, but based on the leaf-less trees, this picture was taken in the winter...which you wouldn't initially guess based on my dad's shorts and Hawaiian shirt, but that's his uniform.

Why bundle up when you can just turn the heat in the house up to 75?!

Also note the signature white sneakers. He doesn't like sneakers with color. He's all white, all the time.

And for the record, I didn't blur him -- Google did...but they weren't that on-target.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Miracle Niece

Miracle Niece, originally uploaded by dumpstar_drummer.

My hood

My hood, originally uploaded by dumpstar_drummer.

Grabby Girl!

Grabby Girl!, originally uploaded by dumpstar_drummer.

I'm too old for this, but I like it.

Saturday, December 10, 2011


TDRPOTD, originally uploaded by dumpstar_drummer.

Tailor's Dressing Room Photo of the Day

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse, originally uploaded by dumpstar_drummer.

I was watching from the freezing ass front porch until my mom pointed out that I can see the same thing from the living room.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

As I was walking out to my car this morning...

...a lady commented that OH! YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL! (And for the haters, she was a regular, normal looking lady...not at all a nutter, I SWEAR!)

I probably won't be getting that comment now.

Monday, December 5, 2011

I am dining at the fast food restaurant of my precious darling's people

Jollibee = Monkfish, fried chicken, Spam and spaghetti on the same menu

This killed me dead

This killed me dead, originally uploaded by dumpstar_drummer.


BPPOTD, originally uploaded by dumpstar_drummer.

Sunday, December 4, 2011


OALPOTD, originally uploaded by dumpstar_drummer.

Look where I am!

I ran into my tenant when I was there and she showed me everything she has done with the place and OH MY GOSH IT'S GORGEOUS! I love it. It's no surprise because she IS an interior designer, but you guys, she even made my awful kitchen cabinets chic!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

This picture doesn't even do his hair justice...'s a beautiful mahogany color that usually only comes in bottle. I adore my little red headed Filipino.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Recent Searches That Have Brought People Here:

* Moose crotch
* Large fiberglass lips
* Glass of blood
* Pack of poo tickets
* Welcome Jesus

And then four different searches for John Deere pajamas (SIL Who Does Not Wear John Deere Pajamas, HOLLER!), FIVE searches for vaginas marching through mud, and TWENTY FIVE searches for Julia Roberts' first husband.

Plus the steady favorite, "Nutella baklava," that CONTINUES to be a hot search term a couple years after I wrote about it. (Which, btw, I wrote about because I didn't like it.)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Leslie and I are spending money like it's water today

...But if all goes as planned, we'll have a cool mystery hipster dinner in a couple weeks and black tie plans for New Years Eve!

Because we're ballers. Doi.

Unrelated: This wind is BANANAS.

Also unrelated: I will be attending my precious darling nephew's "school"
Christmas singing performance next weekend. I've never heard him sing before and since he's only TWO, I'm not expecting much other than a painfully adorable boy standing on stage and staring while Grandma takes a video.

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