father's day is around the corner, so i thought i would start posting some nice things to get your old man.

my dad loves wine. he doesn't have many hobbies, but being a wine connoisseur is one of them, so naturally every gift we give him now involves the theme of alcohol. to an outsider one would probably think he has a serious alcohol problem with a taste for the finer collections of inebriating beverages, of which we, his adoring family fully support. quite the opposite actually...we simply extend his collection due to the fact that we never have any idea what to buy him otherwise.

needless to say, when i came across the munimula wine and glass carrying tray, i thought of my dad. it's sleek, simple and amazingly practical. i think i may need one for myself...
let's go analog.
i {heart} this super old school floppy disk journal.
oregon trail anyone!?

i've been toying with the idea of getting myself a new laptop for awhile now...as if it hasn't become apparent, there is always some new gizmo i want. on the list are a new cell phone (iphone anyone?), some new camera lenses and a new laptop. all things that are significantly over priced, unnecessary, but tremendously fun.

while i know deep down that i really just want a mac book pro, i still like to search around for all the other cool laptops that i would never consider buying. like this one:

this sleek beauty from intel measures 0.7 inches (that's tiny for you non-measurement type folks) and even comes with a leather strap for people like me who can't seem to bring themselves to carry anything the way it should be carried, like in a laptop case.

i love the selection of colors (and yes, i do believe that design sometimes supersedes function) and i'm sure it will be packed full of fun little features all of which will jack up the price, just like getting air conditioning in a car.

via popgadget
back in the city and oh so happy to be home. i missed all my little critters - especially my love monger diego.

puerto vallarta was amazing. my mum and i stayed in an area called nuevo vallarta which is relatively new with beautiful beaches and some of the friendliest people i have ever met.

our first day there we went kayaking which was funnier then i ever could have imagined. karma bit me in the ass for laughing at my mom for getting flipped over by a wave - once we were out at sea a startling yet small fish some how managed to jump right into my kayak. those of you who know me know, i don't do well with fish flopping around me. i like to swim with the
m in their turf, but i don't like them floundering around in mine.

so of course, i can't bring myself to pick him up nor can i bring myself to kill him. so i'm frantically trying to fill my kayak with water so he doesn't die while simultaneously trying to save him with my oar. i was failing miserably. the fish continued to flop around in my kayak no where near the water i was putting in it, but rather closer and closer to me as i was moving further and further out of my sinking ship. lucky for me a local came up in his kayak and plucked the
little guy right out of mine. but unfortunately for the little fish, the guy opted to keep him, for what i think may have been his lunch.

as i said, i prefer to be in the turf of marine animals versus them in mine, so the following day my mum and i went swimming with sea lions. they were awesome. gorda and marina were the two lovely lions we got to play with who subsequently showered us with fishy kisses. i definitely would love to go back and dive with them off the shore of caletas one day...

downtown puerto vallarta was a bit of a tourist trap. best compared to the fisherman's wharf here in s.f., just unbearably hot and humid. they did however have some sculptures along their boardwalk that i thought were stunning. some better shopping was in bucerias, where was also met a badger. yep, you read right - a badger. i wanted to take her home she was so adorable in a badger kind of way...on our last day my mum and i hired a cab driver to be our tour guide and drive us deep into the sierra madres to see the old town of san sebastian. it was breathtaking. i had the best fajitas of my life (because food is a total deal breaker in how much i like a place). antonio, our cab driver, was awesome and did his best to slow down the car so i could attempt to get some shots of the landscape on the way up.
all in all the trip was great. i came back refreshed, relaxed and slightly tanned. i would definitely suggest puerto vallarta to anyone who's interested in going. i'm still uploading all the photos, but i'll post them here soon.


the new generation in computing - i wonder if it will synch with the iphone.
gah, i want a surface!
bay to breakers goodness.
so much to catch up on in so little time! i'm heading off to puerto vallarta this week - so no new posts till next wednesday...but a little update while i have a moment.

this weekend oliver drove up for some early birthday celebrations. we headed out with a group of friends to andalu, my favorite restaurant in the city, where i was lucky enough to get showered with some AMAZING gifts and eat some terrific food.

so what did i get? only the coolest stuff ever (at least in my book...)

a camille rose garcia doll

an unazukin!

a kickass necklace i've been eyeing

and the gift of shopping (one of the greatest gifts you can give a girl)...

thank you ladies for an amazing party - i had a blast!!!

i'll upload photos from the bay to breakers debauchery hopefully later tonight or sometime next week.


finally ecards are funny again. check out someecards.com.
i have been so in love with this little bird vase for so long now. he's like a little ceramic cartoon friend who belongs with me...
hello seattle readers...

got any plans this friday night? hmmm. i suggest you cancel.
this friday, the war room is having an art opening featuring new obey goodness...

feel like you should donate towards a worthy cause? well you should, so while you're there grab the hope print, where 100% of your hard earned dollars will go to the hope campaign.

what's the hope campaign? learn more here.
i think i'm going to be ill...
i'm constantly finding new blogs to read and add them to the growing list right over there to the right of this post. but i know a lot of you don't really have the time to click through all the people i have over there to find what you like, or even to discern who is new. minus my few stalkers (you know who are).

so i'll be doing a bit of a blog-roll from now on - you may already know of some, but well, i didn't and i'm excited i've found them. enjoy.

hoping for happy accidents.
coming to us from brooklyn, ny - kelly just eloped in canada and has some great taste if you ask me. we listen to the same music and like the same art. it was destiny that i found her blog. destiny i tell you...

spray glue.
gary is in south africa - one of the many places i'm dying to visit. we both like ugly dolls and good design - how could you go wrong? you couldn't.

happy cavalier.
i of course love anything with my old moniker cavalier in it (oh, i'm so cavalier - i miss you)...karen is in seattle and has cute dogs. the fastest way into my heart is with a cute dog (hint, hint oliver!). no really, it's true. but that's not the only reason i like karen's blog - check out her cool design finds and super cute logo...
i {heart} him.
things to be grateful for:
friends who always have great advice and remember things about you that even you forgot about...

today's advice:
'keep your fists up and fender-nads in your heart
learn the art of the middle finger and become a purveyor of all the colorful words that you know
most importantly show no fear in your eyes
practice makes perfect'
omg. i want one now!
if i had a thousand dollars...to be spent without a care...i would buy:
an orla keily stem sling bag.

an ipod nano with the nike sport kit.

an under water camera case for the summer. or the dishwasher...

a new camera lens.

plus a new bed quilt from anthropologie.

and a new bathing suit which i'm yet to find...

i love working out at the ymca, but i would love it even more if they had a picture frame rock climbing wall like the one at illoiha gym.
i'll be sticking with my german heritage instead of my national citizenship on this one...which is funny seeing as i always perceived germans to be little dumplings.
wellington grey)
dVider has added some awesome wall stickers for just about any decor. they can go on walls, windows, furniture - hell, you could even put them on the ceiling or your floors. each decal design is available in an assortment of colors. i think i may finally give in and buy myself some decals...

wish there were more of me for you to enjoy?

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oh how i love orla kiely...
some of you have asked where little vincents name came from...vincent black shadow was a hand built motorcycle from the late 40's early 50's. they were entirely black and fiercely fast for their time, albeit also fiercely unsafe.

the vincent black shadow was a favorite of hunter s. thompson, mentioned in numerous of his writings - most notably in fear and loathing in las vegas. as many of you know, hunter s. thompson is hands down my favorite author of all time and the single reason i decided to stay/stray on the path i am on now.

my first chinchilla joined the family just a few days after hunter s. thompson passed, so he was named hunter s. in fond memory. he's a hell of a little guy and absolutely neurotic in the most lovable of ways.

for years i had wanted to get a small black dog and name him vincent black shadow, but upon meeting vincent, i knew he was the one to take the name. and let me tell you, that little devil is fast...

here's a little excerpt from the book for reference
"Well," he said, "as your attorney I advise you to buy a motorcycle. How else can you cover a thing like this righteously?"

"No way," I said. "Where can we get hold of a Vincent Black Shadow?"

"Whats that?"

"A fantastic bike," I said. "The new model is something like two thousand cubic inches, developing two hundred brake-horsepower at four thousand revolutions per minute on a magnesium frame with two styrofoam seats and a total curb weight of exactly two hundred pounds."

"That sounds about right for this gig," he said.

"It is," I assured him. "The fucker's not much for turning, but it's pure hell on the straightaway. It'll outrun the F-111 until takeoff."

"Takeoff?" he said. "Can we handle that much torque?"

"Absolutely," I said. "I'll call New York for some cash."

(hunter s. thompson, fear and loathing in las vegas: a savage journey to the heart of the american dream)
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