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Roadside attraction: SLO gum wall

Posted in summer, travel by gwen on July 15, 2010

I put up a few more photos from our anniversary trip [here!] and wanted to share one of my favorite attractions anywhere, which is also by far the most disgusting attraction I know of — the San Luis Obispo gum wall. It’s a little walkway between two buildings, the walls of which are completely covered by ABC gum. It’s very cool but very gross.

The gum wall #1

Poo!

The gum wall #2

Apparently there are other gum walls around the world.

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.

Frank!

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

Recommendation: Genevieve Motley jewelry

Posted in elsewhere, etsy, fashion, wishlist by gwen on July 6, 2010

South African jewelry designer Genevieve Motley makes the most lovely, unique pieces you can imagine. Very economically priced, too. I won this fantastic necklace and have received many compliments on it over the past few days.

June 30: Genevieve Motley necklace

Head on over to her shop at genmotley.etsy.com.

Happy Canada Day!

Posted in meme, photo by gwen on July 1, 2010

Summer Colour Week on poppytalk — today is red + white for Canada Day — have a cupcake!

Red velvet cupcakes at Santoro's
D'arby & Lily & red #2
Canal Street - Cemeteries
Feel Better
Local artist
April 14: Waiting for Wizard of Oz to start
Driving While Sleeping
December 2: My birthday!
Esther vs. the Tomatoes

It’s Green day!

Posted in meme, photo by gwen on July 1, 2010

Summer Colour Week on poppytalk

I finally found my pluots at the farmers market yesterday! I have been waiting for so, so long for them to show up.

Pluots! [green]

[For the unacquainted: pluots are a DELICIOUS plum-apricot hybrid. Try them. You will love them.]

Green sea glass in Rome #2

… some souvenirs from recent trips — sea glass from various locales, pebbles from Moonstone Beach …

Souvenir sand dollars

… bitty sand dollars from Morro Bay …

Gwen in the elephant

… a thrifted green elephant …

How much is that me in the window

… and my reflection in the window of the cutest cabin ever in Carmel.

[that last one was a Green Wednesday highlight]

pink! [belated for Monday]

Posted in meme, photo by gwen on June 29, 2010

Summer Colour Week on poppytalk

Pink at Lily's in Cambria

Tea tree #1

Pink flower’s at Lily’s Café in Cambria, California. There is a whole little row of very cute shops there.

Tea tree lives down the street. they’re Australian natives but do wonderfully here in the Bay Area. So do the eucalyptus.

Cutest shoes ever, too small!

Posted in love this by gwen on June 29, 2010

If you’re a 7 1/2, they’re for sale over at Allen Company Inc..

these shoes

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Yellow!

Posted in meme, photo by gwen on June 29, 2010