diego discovers hail for the first time.

one of my more awesome gifts for christmas was a fish tank decorated to look like an office cubicle - so much better then a pirate themed tank if you ask me. after a few months i finally wound up in a pet store that sold fish and purchased boris - a generic goldfish with a tiny black moustache.

unfortunately boris didn't last even 24 hours under my supervision. the reasons for his passing are limitless - from bad water to stress from diego attempting to smell him and subsequently repeatedly snorting water up his nose and sneezing it back out. if the stress of that alone didn't kill him, maybe diego's germs did.

needless to say, it was a sad day when i saw boris no longer dodging about his cube (could the fear of forever living in a cubicle have killed him?).

we grieved. we contemplated if boris would ever be replaced. we researched how not to kill goldfish. and this weekend, we bought a new friend.

fishie now lives with us and of course, is too big for the office cubicle tank. for a few days he lived in my glass juice pitcher, and last night he was transplanted to a generic glass fish bowl. yet, it's still not the right fit for little fishie.

so i'm on the hunt for the perfect fish tank. oliver has insisted i purchase a tank with a water filtration system, which in all cases are horrifically ugly and expensive. if it were up to me, he would live in a glass bowl of grandeur. or something fun like any of these:

i sent this one around the office a couple weeks ago and it still cracks me up. i'm not a big fan of bacon, but if i was, i would potentially buy something like this, because well, i love to eat. i would probably eat in my sleep if i could.

here's a little breakdown on how this fella works (from
mathlete) :

WHAT: An alarm clock that wakes you up with the smell and sizzle of cooking bacon.

WHY: No one likes to wake up, especially by an alarm. This clock gently wakes you up with the mouthwatering aroma of bacon, just like waking up on a Sunday morning to the smell of Mom cooking breakfast. Unless you're Jewish.

HOW: A frozen strip of bacon is placed in Wake n' Bacon the night before. Because there is a 10 minute cooking time, the clock is set to go off 10 minutes before the desired waking time. Once the alarm goes off, the clock it sends a signal to a small speaker to generate the alarm sound. We hacked the clock so that the signal is re-routed by a microchip that in responds by sending a signal to a relay that throws the switch to power two halogen lamps that slow-cook the bacon in about 10 minutes.

i'm not even sure how i came across
alberto cerriteno - but talk about stunning design. his site includes both his artwork and design work (aren't they essentially one in the same?) and it's all pretty damn amazing.

happy friday!

i am absolutely in love with mark bodnar right now. i think i may need a few of these for around the house.

i've been on the hunt for some nice wine glasses for awhile now. we have stemless reidels at olivers house, but i would like a nice stemmed glass on occassion. maybe it's the purist in me.
i came across
these 'essense' red wine glasses on fosters and really want them. the only problem is, they're $20 per glass. i may as well save the money for good wine and drink straight from the bottle.

i just realized i never wrote about valentines day. apparently my snail paced life is moving far too fast for me to keep up with. so let's just rewind a week...

valentines day was awesome. lindsay handed out my little pony valentine cards with miniture containers of play-doh. let me just say, play-doh is like all your childhood memories smooshed in a can. one whiff and you remember all that was great about being 5 years old. now all i need is a mr potato head and my life will be complete.

after work we headed over to justin herman plaza for a pillow fight. yes, a pillow fight. it was amazing. head count was at just under 500 people for what was the largest pillow fight i have ever seen. i was armed with nothing more then my camera and captured the mayhem as it ensued. i really think it should be a bi-annual event - and next time i'm definitely bringing a pillow (or two).

pillow fight mania was followed by a valentines dinner with some work mates and a gift exchange that included a season of friends, a pocket vibe, the perfect man, a dental dam and a ninja clock (with swinging ninjitsu action!). i'll just leave it at that.

okay - enough about me...back to things we all should own.

this last weekend marty and i took a walk from my place out to ocean beach. what we thought would be a 3 mile walk turned out to be a 5 mile walk - but damn was it fun. we saw model boats racing, bison (yes, there really are bison in the park damnit), the giant windmill and more. i'm rather tempted to do it all again this weekend - just this time with a stop at stow lake for some peddle boating. or maybe some kite flying on the beach...ah, i love this city.
sometimes i wish i had the naive mind of a child and could look up to you adoringly. (sometimes...) instead i just look at you thinking you've got a lot of explaining to do.
i came across these adorable bird houses by j schatz on design sponge today. hopefully one day i'll have a small yard i can hang these lovely little eggs in.

happy valentines day!

i'm in love.

seeing as i make my own ipod cases, i never really buy anything for my ipod. but i may have to buy a few of these. gelaskins are protective sheets that are applied directly to your ipod - but instead of being lame tie-dye patterns, they actually feature artwork by artists i happen to love - ralph steadman, audrey kawasaki and others. check them out here. at 15 bucks a pop you can't go wrong...
lindsay just informed me that the pantone dinnerware set is now on sale at the boston mfa shop online. maybe we're just uber nerds and love all things pantone - or maybe they really are cool dishes. either way - i want them.

despite the rain, i finally made it out to miette with oliver this weekend. miette confiserie in hayes valley is to die for - subtle mint green walls, white trim and floral wallpaper are just the icing on the cake at this adorable shop.

vintage apothecary jars line the walls in colorful jubilation. gumdrop topiaries stand alongside imported and organic chocolates, licorice pipes and maltballs galore.

it's like a little piece of heaven...

heather b. armstrong is hilarious. hopefully you love her blog dooce as much as i do. no really, read it. daily. i'm serious. miss the link? here it is again: dooce.
i recently broke one of my dinner plates and thus no longer have a complete set. how could i possibly live without a complete set of plates? the fact that it's only me most the time in no way shape or form negates the fact that one night i may have more people over to eat then i have seats. a girl must always be prepared. always.

so i'm on a quest for new plates. i'd like something with a white background and perhaps a cute graphic. i'm absolutely in love with this plate from
urban outfitters but of course they are on back order till the 11th of may.

as i've stated before, i have no patience whatsoever in life, so the hunt is on for an alternative. any suggestions on a place to find cute plates that don't cost way too much?
i'm not sure how many of you read ready made - a magazine focusing on DIY projects. it's a real hit or miss publication if you ask me. some ideas seem fun and practical, others are well, moderately lame. nonetheless, ready made has a fun blog that lists some pretty cool projects for the hardcore diy type.

now that the rains are back i've been digging for some new projects, and god knows diy sites are the place to find new tasks to pass the hours by. i personally liked the
wrist warmer pattern generator. those of you in moderately cold climates will understand the need of a psuedo glove that doesn't cover your whole hand. i'll keep you posted on how it actually comes out.

i openly admit to not being a fan of valentines. not that i'm one of those embittered, i've never had a valentine type people. i actually would have fared well in the valentine dept if i chose to partake in it.

the fact of the matter is, it's too contrived to feel genuine and sweet. it was awesome when we were kids and would scour store shelves for the best valentine box set. and in class we would make valentine mail boxes to hang off the back of our chairs and nothing was better then taking them all home and reading them after school. that was genuinely fun. but roses and chocolates and tiffany's just aren't for me. seriously.

nonetheless, some of you out there actually really like the holiday (is it actually a holiday?)...so i've decided to post my favorite valentine findings this season...order quick - the big day is just around the corner.

cass is one of my favorite gals from college. somehow through the graces of the internet we've managed to stay in touch for (what i was recently informed of) the last seven years. to my delight, cass recently became a momma. little samantha is a peach and i'm dying to meet her. there's so many things to make her...where to begin?
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