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Happy Friday!
February 26, 2010, 9:02 am
Filed under: Nostalgia, Photography

Photo by Richard C. Miller

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Liz has the right idea here, I’m looking forward to a nice Sunday nap.

(Image via Monroe Gallery, James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor take a break from filming “Giant”)

Stainless steel straws
February 26, 2010, 8:38 am
Filed under: Green


Image via Brook Farm General Store

The Robin Hood tax
February 25, 2010, 7:19 am
Filed under: Simply Amazing, Videos

Have you heard of this?  The UK is proposing The Robin Hood Tax,  a .05% tax on international banking transactions that could generate billions of british pounds for poverty, climate change, and public services.


(PS – I love Bill Nighy.)

(via oneplusinfinity)

Tweet, tweet, it’s Conan
February 24, 2010, 10:26 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Looks like Conan’s on Twitter now. Ha! Check out his bio:

I had a show. Then I had a different show. Now I have a Twitter account.

Earlier today there were 400 followers, watch it climb!

(Unverified on Twitter, but confirmed by former Tonight Show blogger Aaron Bleyaert.)

(via The Daily What and ontd)

All this in under 10 seconds?
February 24, 2010, 9:14 pm
Filed under: Food

Awesome! They’ve even got the bacon factor in there.

(via Swiss Miss)

A place for everything
February 24, 2010, 1:59 pm
Filed under: Home, Organization

With spring cleaning season rapidly approaching I’ve been hard at work drooling over other people’s beautifully kept living spaces. It’s been a long, hard road, but I think I might actually be ready to tackle my own place.

Before we moved at the beginning of January I found some amazing organizing blogs that helped prepare me to lose so much space, so with all of the purging and organizing I did before the move the transition went quite well.  But while we’ve done a nice job of getting everything in its place, you can’t help but notice how much “stuff” you have when it’s not sprawled throughout a couple different rooms. Our mission for the spring will be to organize, donate, sell, or recycle all of the extra stuff so that we can thoroughly enjoy our cozy little home and of course, be more efficient while we’re in it.

In order to help get you inspired here’s an amazing little studio I found a few months ago on Apartment Therapy. Laura’s space is a whopping 250 square feet, but it has more charm than most people have in an entire house! Seeing what she has done in such a small space makes me feel like I’m ready to tackle spring cleaning in full force…next weekend.  :)

Check out the comments where she posts her shopping list and notice that she didn’t break the bank.  Bravo!

For more pics click here.

All images via Apartment Therapy

Dirty water
February 24, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Clean, Health

An extreme case of dirty water in LA. Image via New York Times.

Let me start off by saying that this is not about being preachy. This is about knowing and understanding what we are feeding our bodies, giving it what it deserves, and ultimately working to live and stay as healthy as possible. Our water, whether from home or in a bottle, is not the best we can give ourselves, and like our agricultural system our water system is broken and poisoned:

Some water for thought:

–  More than half of the chemicals detected  in our water supplies (we’re talking thousands here) are not subject to health or safety regulations and can legally be present in any amount.

–  Government scientists have evaluated over 800 of the contaminants most often found in water supplies, and have determined that many of them are associated with cancer or other diseases, even at small concentrations.

–  These contaminants are stored in our bodies and affect us in ways that are not clearly understood by scientists or doctors.

–  The Safe Drinking Water act has not been updated since 2000.

The way I see it, there are two schools of thought that come with intense and unsettling information like this. There’s the “Oh, you can’t worry about stuff like that” approach, or the “I’m going to kick-ass, take the reigns and do what I can to fix this” approach. We can all guess where I fall, but the truth is that hearing things like this, and even writing posts about it is not easy for me. It’s frustrating and scary, and if I really let it get to me, infuriating. We shouldn’t have to worry about where our food comes from, or what is lurking in our water, but the fact of the matter is that we do.

I often find that I have to hide my extreme passion for wanting to live a clean and healthy life so I don’t become “that chick,” but it truly is so important for me to share, with whomever will listen, that we cannot rely on anyone but ourselves to look out for our well-being. My goal in all of this is to make it as easy as possible to become educated, and even easier (and maybe even fun) to implement small changes in our lives. No more getting angry and no more wishing these things away–if you’ve hung around this long I hope you’ll join me in looking past the grim and, like anything else that I don’t want to have to do, try to make it into a game.

Sources & links:

Please read more about this important topic.  The NY Times article is amazing, and the Environmental Working Group is great resource for information on toxins in the things we depend on every day.

–  NY Times Toxic Water

–  EWG’s full report

–  Tips for finding a water filter

–  How does your cities water rank?

–  Bottled water scorecard

Good Hair
February 23, 2010, 9:58 am
Filed under: Beauty, Movies

Image via Sundance.org

I’ve always thought I was missing that gene most girls have that enable them to style their hair. I don’t hate my hair, I just don’t know what to do with it most of the time; and to be fair, I probably wish for different hair more often than I should. Well, that all changed after watching Good Hair.

When Chris Rock’s daughter came home upset that she didn’t have “good hair” his mission became clear, and he set out to investigate how this notion had entered her young mind. The result is a brilliant documentary that is hilariously funny, honest, and just plain astonishing. (With a 94% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes!)

I loved watching Chris go from a hair show in Atlanta, to barbershops and salons across the country, and even to an Indian temple half-way around the world. His candid conversations throughout the movie are  interesting and entertaining, and when you’re not laughing out loud you’ll be shaking your head in disbelief. I walked away with a whole new appreciate for what women all over the world will do with and for their hair.

Check out the trailer.

A funny thing happened on the way to the market…
February 22, 2010, 6:01 pm
Filed under: Food, Restaurants, San Francisco

In short: we were on our way to pick up ingredients for Zuni chicken, passed by Zuni Cafe on the way, took an unexpected detour and ended up with a lovely table in the cafe sipping cocktails, downing oysters, and patiently waiting for our chicken.

Fresh squeezed orange juice mimosa, and a spicy bloody mary

Washington Kumamoto oysters

Caesar salad for two

Roasted chicken for two with warm Tuscan-style bread salad

So there, that’s the truth. Now, I realize that my point that anyone can and should try this at home will totally be negated by this admission, but I promise that this was just a nice moment of spontaneity that was seized, and has nothing to do with the fact that Zuni chicken at home takes hours…nothing at all.

So here’s the background. If you haven’t yet heard of Zuni’s famous chicken, just know that it takes about an hour from the time you place your order, and some would argue a fairly sizable chunk out of your wallet (considering it’s chicken), but to me it is worth every second of the wait and every penny charged.

My first Zuni Cafe experience was when I moved down last year. I’d heard of the chicken, but was skeptical since chicken isn’t typically at the top of my list of things to order when dining out. The funny part about our first chicken venture was that we really liked it, but for some reason it went from a strong like to an obsession over the course of the next few weeks. (I wonder if there’s a clinical term for this?)

The chicken is amazingly tender and juicy, and the skin is crisp and salty with a wonderful smokey flavor from the wood fired oven. And then there’s the bread salad. Oh my gosh, the bread salad…a mixture of fire roasted and lightly charred pieces with others perfectly damp from the light vinaigrette and chicken juices.

It’s because of this obsession that I needed to learn to make it myself, and thanks to the extremely detailed recipe I’ve had wonderful success each time.  It is an amazing labor of love and yumminess, and my point here (yes, I’m finally getting to it) is that while I love to stop by the cafe every now and then, taking the time to plan and make this meal at home is one of my all-time favorite ways to celebrate a special occasion (even if there’s nothing to celebrate).  This meal has so much love wrapped in every step, there’s no reason to be scared away if your heart so desires to try this at home.

Christopher Lee Illustrations
February 22, 2010, 1:45 pm
Filed under: Art and Design

Now you know what happens when children get lost during field trips to the aquarium.

This One Is Mine – print

When the reporters asked me if I saw anything unusual in the park that afternoon, I told them “No. Nothing out of the oridinary”.  But we all know the truth.

Wherever I Go, He Goes Too – print

I love these illustrations (and clever captions!) by Christopher Lee.  Some of them remind me of my favorite Bill Peet books when I was a kid.

(via Everything All The Time)

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