Monday, March 29, 2010


I went to Reno to visit my friend Stephanie for the night during my Spring Break!

First we had pedicures:

 These plastic hands showed us the quality of care we could expect to receive


Steph may have contracted a disease from this hand

Later, we braved the windstorm

 Mary Poppins?

Save yourself!

The day ended with SUSHI PIER 2....and Collin Codega!
Mr. Kim, I cannot eat all my rice!

The CILT sweatshirt adds 40lbs?

Then I had a leisurely drive home:

 Stephanie was lovely. The weather was not.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Bird Man

My father, it appears, has begun collecting birds.  

This all started a couple of years ago when he found an injured black bird in the middle of the road and brought it home to nurse it back to health.  Overtime, he came to love the bird, even buying it its own cage and affectionately naming it "Blackie." (True story).  
(Although black, this is not "Blackie," but the resemblance is uncanny!)
Once Blackie had recovered from her injuries she was set free, and, not wanting to leave his newly purchased bird cage empty, my dad went out and bought two budgies.   Budgies, in case you were wondering, are incredibly cute birds that DO NOT shut up.  

(Standard Budgie.  Picture does not do noise justice.)

It has been several years since the first budgie was purchased (a few have died, so he buys replacement budgies) and it appears that my dad is outgrowing the tedium of budgie care.  He is now in the market for....a macaw.  Yes, a giant parrot that can be trained to speak, often found on the shoulder of pirates.
(Newest member of the McFadden family?) 

He told me a friend of a friend found one in his backyard, and that he is looking for someone who might want it.  My dad's friend promised him she would look into how he could go about acquiring said macaw, but my dad is skeptical because his friend had had a lot of wine before she started making promises concerning exotic birds.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Have you ever been to the Piedmont Boutique on Haight in San Francisco?

These giant fish-netted legs in stilettos jut out right about the entrance

No joke; this is the view from below

Just a small selection of what awaits you inside the Piedmont Boutique

Great for:
Burning Man
Love Fest
A Bass Nectar concert
Summer camp?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Happy Birthday, Erica!

Jared and Erica Stein were staying in San Francisco with their family on for a few days, and they invited a few of us over to celebrate Erica's birthday on Sunday!

Jon took so long to show up that Abby and Charlie were literally HANGING on the gate out front while waiting for him

Evidence of Jon Tracy's tardiness

Sunday, March 21, 2010

I Miss Camp!

Lee and I ate at the Black Bear Diner in Davis on Saturday morning. 
I was hit like a ton of bricks when I first walked in because it smelled EXACTLY like the lodge at camp does during breakfast.  In that instant I missed camp so much that I wanted to cry. :(  I'm so excited we get to be there all summer!

Slightly creepy?

Don't worry; Lee didn't cry over the smells of the Black Bear Diner.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

 And now, for a St. Patrick's Day poem that my grandmother taught me:

Ireland was Ireland when England was a pup
Ireland was Ireland, you Englishmen, shut up
I am a Roman Catholic and I go to Sunday Mass
So all you limey bastards, can kiss me Irish ass!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ladies Who are MUCH Funnier Than Me

I just came across these two girls, who I've decided have made my list of heroes.  They are cute, they are hilarious, and they play many musical instruments.  Rock on, ladies!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Nevada City's Bizarre Attempts at Modernization

Nevada City is trying to get GOOGLE to pilot a new high-speed internet in our tiny little town.  While I applaud the effort, the approach was somewhat...well...Nevada County.

First, we brought out the fire brigade

Next, the cyclists!

Here comes the mob!

Here come the wreaths?

and the giant beach balls?

Oh, clever...CLEVER...

"We're the right fit for Google Bit!"

Nevada County is so great!

Friday, March 12, 2010

It's a Boy! Or...a Girl!

I went to my friend Jaclyn Murray's baby shower on Saturday.  (Jaclyn is Jessica's (my roommate/friend since I was 11) little sister.  I thought it was crazy when my own friends started having babies, but it turns out it is much crazier when their younger siblings start doing it. :)
Gloria and Gina (Jessica's mom and other sister) really outdid themselves. 
The party was so cute and fun.

The Hall Sisters...+1 TBA

 Gloria always has the cutest decorations

Game that will not be played at any shower I may have

My answers

I'm terrible at estimation

One of my answers was "Yar"


I wish I still got this excited about cake

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sorry about the Academy Awards, Avatar...

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned: 
She took it all, INCLUDING your Oscars.

At least you're a kagillionaire.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Dear Weather, F@*& you!

I like warm weather; I don't like rain.  This is a problem because I live in San Francisco.  Last week I noticed the first signs of Spring, and it was BEAUTIFUL in Davis yesterday, but all of that was nothing but a tease, as this is what I found on the steps of my home when I came home from work:
So much hail that it may as well have been snow

WTF, San Francisco?


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Extreme Guess Who

My soul mate, Rusty Pierce, created one of the best games in the entire world:  
Extreme Guess Who
This game is played with regular Guess Who supplies, but instead of asking questions such as, 
"Is your person wearing a hat?" or, "Does your person have a mustache?" players ask questions like,

"Does your person make his/her own jam at home?" 
"Does your person carry an umbrella with him/her at all times, even if it's not raining?" 
"Is your person currently experiencing a bad smell?" 
Players answer yes or no based on the character's appearance, and it essentially boils down to a game that uses stereotypes, which is terrible...but sometimes (usually) funny. 
"Does your person still use VHS?"

Saturday, March 6, 2010

I Love Sacramento?

Lee and I went to look at a potential living arrangement for the end of the summer.  I LOVED the place we saw, and I would have signed any and all paper work placed in front of me if it weren't for the fact that I will be unemployed come June 30th, and making any financial commitments before I find a new job is, well, the worst idea ever.  I told the property manager that I would contact her as soon as I knew about any jobs, and that hopefully the unit would still be available at that time.  :(

Lee could tell that I loved the place, and that I was pissed that I still don't have a job, so he took me to The Tower Cafe in Midtown Sacramento.  It was so cute and so great!  The whole thing is full of flowers and statues and art from all around the world, plus I had the best chai in the world.  I didn't manage to get a picture of the inside of the restaurant, but here is a picture of the tower outside:

He wins at boyfriending
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