Swimming pool Q

Posted in Day of Fun, photo, summer by gwen on July 13, 2010

What’s your ideal day?

This is what I like:

A bit of a drive with my favorite songs blasting, a bit of food, time with friends, a nice warm blue pool that matches my months-late pedicure, long summer evenings.

July 10: At Donna's

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Fourth of July friends

Posted in Alameda, Day of Fun, holiday, photo by gwen on July 8, 2010

It is so exciting to see people you know in a parade.

This year, my boyfriend Chad won best male and Jen was best overall in the Alameda Idol contest. They’re singing “Love Shack” here.

July 4: Alameda Idols

Our neighbor Carrie is active with the Alameda Small Dogs organization. They host a doggie costume parade at Halloween that is not to be missed.

Alameda Small Dogs and our neighbor Carrie

The guy who lives down the street is always walking the route with his bagpipe.

Bagpipe neighbor

Gloria and her family own Acapulco restaurant.

Gloria, another Quintero, and Frank

but we really know her and her husband from karaoke at Lemon Tree and Clubhouse. That’s where Chad got started singing.


Rick is in more bands than I can name. You can see the Frisky Frolics, who sing songs from the 1920s-1940s or thereabouts, pretty much every week at Speisekammer or Julie’s.

Rick Quisol / Alameda Theatre / Frisky Frolics

I didn’t know this guy before, but I waited almost the entire parade for someone to come around handing out miniature American flags.

Finally! someone handing out miniature american flags!

Dr. Porter, thanks for the flag. You are my newest friend!

Miniature American flags for all!

Fourth of July bicycles

Posted in Alameda, Day of Fun, holiday, photo by gwen on July 7, 2010

The town I live in has a big 4th of July parade every year. It’s fun to watch all the decked-out two- [and sometimes three-]wheeled contraptions cruise by.

Bike lady

Westside Baptist Church

Temple Israel #2

Girl scout scrapers

Spangly bike girls

Scraper scraper!

Victorian scraper

Bike couple

Bicycle #92

Bike: green

June 22: Souvenirs — I have an excellent memory.

Posted in Day of Fun by gwen on June 22, 2010

June 22: Souvenirs -- I have an excellent memory.

Mysteriously typewritten fortune from Musée Mechanique in SF, one cookie innard from Yan Flower Restaurant in Santa Cruz, and a ticket and photobooth strip from the boardwalk.

I light my torch and wave it for the New Moon at Midnite…

Posted in Day of Fun by gwen on November 16, 2009

I light my torch and wave it for the New Moon at Midnite…

Chad’s DJing at Pop Inn [Churchward] Thursday. He was there last Friday and delighted that he got to play a wide range of stuff he likes [all of which he stole from me!] and doesn’t usually get to play and the crowd was receptive.

So there will be dancing, then we’re walking down the block to the Alameda Theatre* for their own midnight show of TWILIGHT: THE MUSICAL RETURNS.** There might be partaking of food before any of that. Anyone else? You can buy tickets here [the 12:05 a.m. show].

* The 51 drops you right in between the bar and the theater.

** If you’re super into this, I apologize in advance for LMAO. Also, bring earplugs. We were surrounded by hordes of zombie-like teenie screamers last time.

I light my torch and wave it for the New Moon at Midnite...

lovely day, lovely day

Posted in craft, Day of Fun by gwen on October 29, 2009

listening: The Mary Onettes [new album out soon!]
watching: The Doves on BBC [new album out soon!!! finally!!!!!]
going: to find the sea glass in Hayward [who knew?]
reading: Month of the Rosary
asking: the question in the second paragraph.

Sierra 10¢

omg i *just* got home. went for café and crafting and chit-chat with j. at 11 a.m. [the patio had sun that kept moving but it was tolerable with a jacket]. i had a creamy vanilla coffee and the tartina and a French macaroon, which is not at all like a macaroon, but rather two meringues with icing inside. i had the chocolate orange, i had one there yesterday, too, they are SO GOOD. then she had to go and i met up with the other j. and headed down to the thrift store and it was suddenly 5 o’clock. we sat on her balcony and watched the clouds turn pink and i finally got home, 7 p.m. so super excellent day all around but i didn’t get anything done. which means i didn’t get any work done, though i did get a bunch of sweaters that i like so i can get rid of the sweaters i don’t like, and that’s something done, right.

i think i am going to be dorothy for halloween, i have this blue gingham apron i got last summer and the perfect small, aged picnic basket i found on the sidewalk recently and i bought a big container of red glitter — i think maybe i can mod podge it onto shoes? anyone? any idea if this will work or if there is a better adhesive? This to That does not have a glitter [metal? glass? plastic?] to pleather shoes [rubber? plastic?] option.

i am chugging ahead on jewelry, this week is pendant danglies on ribbon. very cute and romantic. i talked to julie yesterday about pricing and it sounds like i can charge a little more than i’d thought so that’s a nice surprise. she liked everything i showed her and one of the baristas came over to ooh and ahh, too, which made me feel good. i keep worrying not only will no one want anything but they will loudly say how ridiculous and ugly it is as they’re walking away.

that’s november 13, probably starting at 6 or 7 p.m. brian’s giant retro matchbook cover paintings show is opening there that night, too, and i think they’re still doing the second Friday thing in Alameda and Jingletown so you can make an evening of it.

i leave you with a trivium [just one! i have more but you’ll have to wait!] from the 2010 Trivia calendar that I proofed the other day:

Pistachios are considered flammable solids because they tend to heat spontaneously when stored in large amounts, and can burst into flames under pressure.

and a quote from the 2010 Zen calendar:

When you go to the kitchen to prepare dinner, be born in the kitchen. When you finish there, die. Then be born at the dining table as you eat your dinner and, when you finish eating, die there. Be born in the garden, and sweep with your broom. When you get into bed at night, die there. And when you awaken at daylight, be born anew.
—Soko Morinaga

i would kind of like to beat that into Chad’s head, he has a hard time reveling in the now.

Wednesday linkage

Posted in Day of Fun, photo by gwen on October 21, 2009

Listening: The October Bootie Top 10. I haven’t actually listened yet, but there’s always a good song or two in there.
Reading: Vanilla Bean Marshmallows. I am obviously in love with that blog.

Low-light fall leaves

This guy in [somewhere] made a giant rubber duckie and has a bunch of photos up of it in various exotic locales. My favorite one is Elst — no idea where that is, but they have some lovely summery waterways. Here. Can you imagine floating along in your little rowboat and coming across that thing? Would you not lose your mind shrieking with delight?

This week’s horoscope:

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
The average middle class person alive today has more goodies than the kings and queens of times past. In fact, even during this time of economic retrenchment, most of us have a higher standard of living than 99 percent of all the humans who’ve ever walked the planet. In pointing this out, I don’t mean to discount the suffering of those who’ve lost their jobs and homes. But I think it’s helpful to keep our collective deprivations in perspective. Similarly, I like to remember that no matter how much our personal trials may test us, they are more bearable than, say, the tribulations of the generation that lived through the Great Depression and World War II. Keep this in mind, Sagittarius. As you wander in the limbo between the end of one chapter of your life story and the beginning of the next chapter, it’ll really help to stay conscious of how blessed you are. Halloween costume suggestion: a saint tending to the needs of the dispossessed and underprivileged.

I am woefully unprepared for Halloween, maybe I should look into this.

It rained again Monday, a short but crazy burst [1.5″, according to our Island neighbors over at Casa Decrepit] that made water pour in through a tiny, heretofore-unnoticed gap at the top of our kitchen window — definitely something new and good thing Chad was sitting at the table when it started! Otherwise we might’ve had something like this video Gordon posted of the underground station over in San Francisco:

And I saw a tiny sliver of a rainbow fading away, then went for a walk down along the bay at sunset. Lovely day.

Tuesday was Day of Fun with my friend Jen, which comprised trying out the new Indian restaurant [delicious!] and thrifting [Pauline’s, which is this wild antiques shop that’s two floors packed to the rafters with all kinds of who knows what, was having 30% off and I bought some cute buttons, and acquired a couple sweaters, including one that Jen says makes me look like it’s School Picture Day, so I am really ready for fall now].

One of my drowning succulents

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