Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Turkey Day!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Food, family, not having to worry about getting/giving presents and of course black Friday!!!!! My Family takes this holiday really seriously.

However….this year is going to be a little bit unusual. I have to work in the morning for a few hours. Dedication right? The media needs their story and I’m happy to give it to them. Christoph and I are still planning to fly down to So. Cal to have din din with my family. But…….then we are hopping on a red eye and headed to Mexico for a destination wedding!

So I’m basically packing it in: work, food, family and then vacation.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Image From: HERE

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Let me tell you what makes a good burrito:

Last week, 7x7 Magazine opened a call for nominations looking for a “burritophile” for a “burrito-off and photo shoot” for their February food issue. I love burritos. I really do. You may have seen me tweet, write, eat or talk about burritos. So I was thrilled about the opportunity to potentially put my love of a good burrito to good use.

The bottom line...I wasn’t picked to be a burrito judge but I couldn’t resist sharing my nomination since it really is funny.

FYI: THIS is who 7x7 deemed competent to judge a burrito competition

My thoughts: Anyone who lists Chipotle as their favorite burrito in San Francisco deserves to be disqualified. Seriously. Chipotle?!

The Nomination came from my friend Elizabeth:
Stacy is the quintessential burritophile. Whenever I want to get her to do something all I have to do is bring up the possibility of a burrito.

The first day I met her we went to lunch and had burritos. I was literally shocked at seeing such a little lady, eat such a big burrito with such abandon. The girl can put away a burrito like no one else I’ve met before. She originally hales from Southern California and once believed Chipotle to be the epitome of a good burrito. Now Stacy won’t go near the foil wrapped burrito facade. She has come to realize the true makeup of a good burrito: The correct ratio of refried beans to rice.

Stacy knows what she’s looking for in a good burrito and when she finds herself unwrapping unknown burrito foil she tends to be a bit skeptical but optimistic and hopeful that she will be swept away in a sea of pico de gallo.

Her favorite places to consume burritos from are:
1.) Los Compadres Taco Truck (Civic Center)
2.) El Metate (Mission)
3.) Taqueira La Laguna (Bayview/Hunters Point)

Friday, November 19, 2010

50 Sales Later!

On December 24, 2008 I opened my Etsy Shop
I didn’t really have a plan. I knew that I liked making cards and wanted to try my hand at actually selling them.

On December 29, 2008 I listed my very first item
404 Views later and its never sold!

On January 29, 2009 I made my very first sale!!!!!
The set of stationery was being sent to Washington. It was a scramble to figure out what to do next. How do I pack it, ship it….make it look as professional as possible.

Everything went smoothly and my very first buyer feedback was “Lovely item, thank you!”.

On November 15, 2010 I sold my 50th item!
For some Etsy sellers, this is probably not a big deal, they do this in a week. For me…monumental!

I’m really excited that I’ve made it to 50 sales and I’m really looking forward to my next 50! Thank you to EVERYONE who has supported, encouraged and bought along the way! It really means a lot to me.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Say, Repeat and Do It

I’m really trying to live by these wise words from my Mom with regards to the wedding. After all, I am having a garden party right? Anyone get this? Seriously, if you know where this is from, we should be BFF’s.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Up and Comer

A few weeks ago I had the chance to meet Stephen Curry from the Golden State Warriors on a work project. Christoph was super excited about it. I guess he is really up and coming. Sometimes I think it works to my advantage when I meet people who are famous but I don’t really know who they are. I’m less likely to act nerdy or nervous…..or usually a combination of the two.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

8 More Months to Go

That’s 242 days until we get married! I feel like I have so much to do but when I look back at what I’ve done so far, I feel good about it. For example…….Engagement pictures.

Our photographer sent over a few sneak peaks from our engagement shoot. I’m dying to see the rest!Picture Shot by Jessamyn Harris in Sutro Heights Park

Remember a few weeks back when I was a major stress case over planning for the engagement shoot? All in all I think it went well!

- First our photographer is amazing. We felt comfortable with her instantly and she’s creative. Just my type!
- I got my makeup done for the shoot. I felt like I was channeling Kim Kardashian with all that make up. But I think it makes a difference in the final outcome.
- We shot in two places instead of three (apartment and sutro park). I’m ok with that.
- I made a cake to use for shooting at the apartment. That turned out fun. Our photographer loved it.
- We shot in sutro park at dusk and I got more bug bites than I can count. Lesson: Wear bug spray when shooting at dusk in a park!!!!

All in all, I’m really happy with how it went and I can’t wait to see the full results!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Dun Dun...Dun Dun

Happy Halloween!

Errr…well, yesterday anyway.

This year for Halloween, I decided I would make all of our costumes. Knowing that one of the small joys in life is seeing an animal dressed up as another animal I thought it fitting that Ginger and family go as a “school of sharks”.
I would love to offer a tutorial for this but in my usual fashion; I didn’t follow a guide, pattern or plan. I just made it up as I went along and there was a lot of pull and sew, and turn it inside out and sew, and line up here and sew. Crazy process does not = fun project for others to try and follow. Sorry.
A few tips in case you want to give it a whirl next year:
- I used around 2 yards of the gray and 1 yard of the red fabric (it’s a jersey material like a sweatshirt)
- I used white felt for the teeth
- Button eyes
- I made the head first then attached to the body
- I modified a dress pattern for my shark body
- Ginger’s shark body is basically a cape with a fit between her front paws to keep it in place
- I used recycled cardboard for the fin

The best part about all of this is that Ginger and I entered into a costume contest and won! It was a contest for the local animal shelter in partnership with the Kimpton line of hotels. There were around 30 dogs that entered the contest.We won “scariest” or “most likely to make your hair stand on end” if you want to be exact.We won a two night stay to a Kimpton Hotel and $100 to a restaurant. Amazing!!!!

FYI: My original goal was to make a costume for Christoph, Ginger and myself but I ended up quitting early and only making the head for Christoph’s costume. C'est la vie. And a little known fact. Our beta fish is named “Shark Week”.