Wednesday, June 27, 2007
the happiest place on earth...
you like museums? they got museums! you like science? there's a science museum! art?? yepper, got a couple o' those! anthropology? natural history? photography?? check, check & check. you name it, and balboa park probably has a museum devoted to it...maybe even two!
did i mention that it's all contained within gorgeous historic buildings, set amongst palm trees, courtyards and beautifully manicured gardenscapes? uh-huh. even if you never went IN anywhere, you could have a great touristy day just wandering around the grounds.
and if the OUTSIDE doesn't have enough glorious exotic flora for ya, just take a gander inside the botanical building! admission to which is...wait for it...FREE!!! (so are a few of the other museums and galleries; most charge a modest fee.)
if i ever run away from home...this is where you should look first!
( http://community.webshots.com/user/namastekitty has additional pics, should you need them!)
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
i (heart) the specific ocean
i say "swimming" but really, "splashing, jumping and screaming ineffectually at the bigger waves" is probably more accurate...at least on my part. now, miss cassandra is strong, experienced & intrepid when it comes to watersports. she'd have been halfway to singapore, if she hadn't sussed pretty quickly that her companion, despite years of childhood swimming lessons, never quite made it past "minnow" level.
you know, i think if i could spend the whole summer under such expert tutelage, by august i might very nearly be ready for promotion to guppy!
Monday, June 25, 2007
...did i mention the *PRIZE*??!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
what i did on my summer vacation
a very cool, very funky/artsy/friendly beach town near carlsbad. i had an amazing breakfast at a cafe called st. germain (where $10.37 gets you a big omlette, fruit, muffin & coffee!) and then wandered around all the little shops and boutiques.
i discovered soul scape, http://www.soulscapeonline.com/ which was full of indian, asian & new age books, art and gifts. coast highway traders--my favorite from last trip--did not disappoint either. http://www.coasthwytraders.net/ i bagged some cool postcards and little trinkets there.
then barb and i met up for a
PICNIC ON THE BEACH!!!
(life is gooooooood!)
Saturday, June 23, 2007
thank you. i've even started posting pics (can i get another, smaller, woohoo?!) in my webshots "solo" album: http://community.webshots.com/user/namastekitty
yesterday, i had the first batch all ready to go--complete with witty descriptions & repartee--on flickr. then i found out you can only make *3* sets using the free flickr membership. you can post loads more pics, but they just sit there...in a big CLUMP...until you fork over $25.
i spent half an hour deciding whether to be cheap (and re-do the work) or lazy (and commit to $25 a year...or whatever they raise it to). i settled on cheap...with a side order of moral outrage. but it's hard to sustain the "outrage" part when you're surrounded by this:
HE IS THAT GOOD!
...of course he was very touched when i called to thank him. :)
don't hate me b/c i'm beautiful...
on the way to carlsbad we stopped at ocean beach, a funky little surfer town, where we had lunch & dabbled our toes in the water. this pretty church was several blocks inland
...did i mention the WEATHER???!!! well, maybe we should save the weather for next time...
(ok, you can stop the cursing now)
Thursday, June 21, 2007
(no seriously--you should go and see! http://caardvarks.blogspot.com/ )
i have two up, one of which i'm not going to display here, since it's going to be the birthday card of a certain someone later this summer (note: if you're reading this, and your birthday is in august, and you enjoy knitting, DON'T go and see!) (was that subtle, or what?!) :) but here is the other one, plus one i made that didn't get used, and a couple of "bonus" cards, that i had made earlier--not for this challenge--but which work for the theme:
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
let us peruse the pro's and con's.
1. it's $600!!!!!
(& i'm a person who, as a point of pride, has NEVER paid for a cellphone. every two years i go to the verizon store and ask, "what's the nicest phone you will give me for free?" if there is a tie-breaker situation, i choose the one for which my current accessories will work.
2. i DO NOT need it. i only * just barely* need a cellphone, for that matter.
3. it's a first generation product. (which again, on principle, i never,
1. it's very, VERRRRRRRRY cool!
Monday, June 18, 2007
all in favor?!!!!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
...when i grow up, i wanna be heidi swapp!
i stand corrected. this is basically scrapbook porn. every photo is lucious, every concept is liftworthy. generally, my idea books wind up festooned with posties marking the pages i think i will refer back to. this book has NONE of those...b/c frankly, there isn't a page that i don't loooove.
plus it turns out...she don't need no stinkin' text! she don't need nobody else's products! actually, i don't think she needs ANYTHING besides a pen and a few photos. because she's HEIDI!!!
...and i love her!
Saturday, June 16, 2007
...have you practiced your blogging today, young lady??
the challenge was called MIX IT UP & you had to use at least 3 patterned papers from different manufacturers. so i made a birthday card for my sister using junkitz, scenic route & sei...with a bam-pop bird...and some handmade paper in there too:
that'd be the ouside...the inside looks a bit like this:
(...ok the inside looks EXACTLY like that, actually!)
you should see all the amazing ones people made!!!
...no seriously, you should GO THERE and see them! click on this link, then scroll down a post or two, and click on "MIX IT GALLERY". it's worth the trip, trust me!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
...did they pick the right LAUREN???
they selected three of us:
nathalia castellon (http://funkyphreshpapierkreations.blogspot.com/)
beatriz jennings (http://iralamija.blogspot.com/)
just WAIT until you see these girls' work--you will be BLOWN AWAY!!!
(eventually i will figure out how to make people's NAMES just be a hotlink, instead of having their link next to their name...but for the moment, please bear with...)
so now i just need a "headshot"...do you think it has to be of the *FRONT* of my head??? ...yeah, probably... YIKES!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
...is this thing on?
honestly, i actually HAD some coherent thoughts when i started the blog-setting-up process...in the late 14th century...but oof...somehow in the few short MILLENNIA it took me to think up a name... well apparently, they have scurried off to bed and left me here on my own.
...but TOMORROW...me & my brain cells...we're a-coming back to rock this particular casbah, and that's for sure!
...goodnight my little geeks & geekettes...