Happy Father’s Day! Quick shout-out to all the dads out there, including my pop overseas in the Philippines and my father-in-law up in Redding. Hey, dads.
So yesterday, my brother had half jokingly mentioned that I should bring another shirt — for that Korean barbecue place in the city that we went to for his birthday. Because, he said, “after you leave, you smell like ‘the cue!'”
And we did. Yeah, I mean like the grill is right there in the center of the table, and it infused my hair and clothes with eau de cooking meat.
The meat-eaters in the group ate like fiends! Not gonna lie, though, it was a little challenging as a semi/fare-weather vegetarian. I had what’s called a bibimbap, or bee-bim bop, which is basically a big rice bowl filled with different veggies and an egg over easy, and this red sauce that tasted kinda spicy and plummy. Very yummy.
After dinner, we just strolled around Japantown, hung out a little bit more, and got ice cream-filled crepes for desert. I had the green tea flavor.
There was talk of karaoke…but my brother and his girlfriend had gotten massages earlier, so they were really sleepy. That plus the meat = coma.
It’s gonna be another hot one out here in Novato. I think it topped 100 yesterday. Tabs keeps nudging me to take him to the pool…
I think he just wants to show off his Dior sunglasses.
In space, no one can hear you scream…”Happy birthday!”
What?! Get a hold of yourself, Corporal Tabs. You’re aboard the Prometheus now. We have a certain standard of professionalism to uphold.
Aw, but, sir! It’s my friend Karen’s birthday weekend. She just turned 37, and I know that we’re all scientists and whatnot, except for that weird android dude, but I think the crew needs to let off some steam. We’re all pretty wired after that incident with the…well, you know the one.
I get it, Corporal. I do. I understand, but if the corporation finds out that we’re all having a big birthday party up here– Well, let’s just say that I wouldn’t want to be on the other end of that video call.
Understood, sir. I promise we’ll keep it down.
You do that, Corporal Tabs. You do that…
— Prometheus (scene was eventually cut from the film)
Morning! I’ve been having a great birthday weekend so far. Thank you very, very much for your kind words and birthday wishes yesterday.
So, yesterday! We started with brunch with El Hub, my bro and his girlfriend in the city, then stopped to listen to a free concert downtown, and then spent a few minutes by the water at Crissy Field beach park right under the watchful gaze of the Golden Gate Bridge.
It was a beautiful sunny day, which you don’t always get in San Francisco, so it was extra nice.
Today, I really just want to go see Prometheus. That’s the only thing on my Sunday agenda. Aliens.
I hope you’re having a great weekend over there. What’s been the highlight so far?
The following is an excerpt from an interview that did not appear in Cat Fancy magazine:
I can’t take all the credit, but yeah, I think I was the first person to use the term, “cat aquariums,” this way.
Before that, they were just regular fish aquariums for cats, ya know, to give them something interesting to look at, but then I came with the idea of building really big aquariums filled with cats for crazy cat ladies like me.
This one here is our bestseller. It’s called the Tabby 2000. It’s a 2,000-cubic-foot, lightweight plexiglass enclosure, complete with AstroTurf flooring, a 60-foot-long cat run and dual-cedar climbing trees for $390 (cats not included).
Very popular at birthday parties and farmers’ markets this year…
Oh, that one? That one over there is our portable model, the Micro-Mau. It’s designed for home use. As you can see, it’s about the size of a phone booth. Same AstroTurf flooring, a single cedar climbing tree with seven levels and a perch on top. Perfect for households with one or two cats.
If you’re interested, I can give you a great deal on a floor model.
Rise and shine, pal o’ mine. Good morning!
Hope all is well on your end of the keyboard. No complaints from here. I slept in a little, and now I’m just fooling around online (as you can see).
I had so much fun with the girls in the city yesterday. I got a nice medium-pressure massage at Bliss (turned out I wasn’t in the mood for deep-tissue) and then tea and yummy food at Samovar.
Not sure what I’m gonna do today. I cleaned the house yesterday before leaving, so I did most of my chores. I might try to go see Snow White and the Huntsman, but it’s such a nice day outside; I’d rather not spend it indoors.
We’ll see. Right now I’m going to take Tabs out for a quick walk. Be back soon.
Surf’s up! Or, where I’ve been, what I’ve watched and what I’ve been lemming lately
Tut-tut, sailor! Time to swab the deck, etc. our starboard bow! And haul in the sails and whatnot, and so forth!
Yeah…I don’t know a lot about sailing.
Rise and shine, morning glory! I hope you’re having a good weekend so far.
I’m quite proud of myself. I did a lot of much-needed housecleaning yesterday, and I’m starting to feel better about the condition of the house. Still have an unfurnished dining room filled with cardboard boxes from the move here three years ago, but every little bit helps (keep me from completely losing my sh*t).
I’m not sure what’s on my agenda today… Maybe a drive up to wine country around lunchtime, just to get out of Dodge for a while.
What have you been up to? I hope there’s been some room for fun.
Surf’s up! Or, where I’ve been, what I’ve read and what I’ve been lemming lately
Just a quick note to say hi. Hopefully, I’m on the last leg of the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco right now (I wrote this last night) and not still sleeping at home or passed out on a city sidewalk from fatigue.
(I better not still be asleep… If I am, I’m very sorry, Marisol!)
Bit o’ beauty from around the way…
One of my favorite superheroes is getting the boot! — the re-boot. I hope the filmmakers nail it, and speaking of nails, OPI obviously had fun naming the colors in their new Amazing Spider-Man Collection — Nails and Noms
And for anyone who needs/wants to work from the road (i.e. a road warrior)…
When the power went out on Thursday, I was up in my office at home uploading pictures for a post, and I’d just finished the pics when the whole place went dark, lights, computer, every clock in the house. I hadn’t written anything yet, but I noticed that my phone still had power…
I remembered seeing someone at a coffee shop use a regular Apple iMac wireless keyboard to type directly into their iPhone. Since both have Bluetooth, you can pair the keyboard to the phone (or an iPad). For bloggers, or anyone who needs/wants to take notes or write lengthy emails, it’s a good travel combination. Any Bluetooth keyboard should work. Just slip the keyboard, if it’s small enough, into a big purse or your book bag when you hit the road.
Another road warrior tip for people who need access to the Net while they travel, or in my case, want a fallback Internet connection for power outages at home, there’s the Verizon MiFi Jetpack 4G Wireless Hotspot. They’re about the size of a cellphone and work like your wireless router at home, letting you surf the Net on your phone or computer over a Wifi connection, except using a carrier like Verizon, Sprint or AT&T.
With the prepaid ones, you aren’t under a contract, and you only pay for the months you use. Oh, and the connection is more secure than free Wifi hotspots in public places like coffee shops and bookstores, where it’s possible to steal your passwords over the air.
Just some of my favorite iPhone apps lately, and I hope you share your favorites too (please do!): the iOS Kindle app (FREE; Amazon.com just makes it so easy to buy books and get them on my phone), Dictionary (FREE; by FAR my favorite dictionary/thesaurus app on the iPhone), AP Stylebook (it’s expensive at $24.99, but if you’re familiar with the print AP Stylebook and like to write, it’s an invaluable tool), WordPress for iOS (the app I use to remotely blog) and the Netflix app (FREE; also available for Android phones; requires a $7.99/month Netflix subscription).
About the Netflix app, don’t tell anyone I told you :), but it’s possible to share a single subscription between two different households, as long as they use the same Netflix login account (shh…).
Hey, sweets! Take out your palettes and your brushes, and let's do some makeup. :) It's not gonna be hard (I promise). All you need is some patience, some practice and a little guidance. I've got a couple of tutorials here that will help you along, like this one for a pretty cocktail party look, a shimmery mermaid, or this one here I like for picture occasions.