Sunday, November 30, 2008


so the blog is called "trying to grab some happy" and lately it seems that the posts are less than positive. what's up with that? carrying on in the same vein...

it hasn't been a stellar Thanksgiving holiday what with the funeral, car accident and subsequent painintheass car repairs to look forward to, sore back, missed get-togethers (I am so not flaky, I point to the muscle relaxers!), rude dinner hosts, self-centered "friends." I've been feeling quite un-grateful.

however setting all that aside, Lush's Honey I Washed the Kids soap, quality time spent with my girl Sis, hard core muscle relaxers, Starbucks, quick chat with the lovely Madame Cupcake, good food, San Jose Harvest Festival, nice weather, talking at length with my BFF Karen, invitation to lunch from Kath, Bazaar Bizarre SF with Mary, and completing the homework for my art class (portfolios due tomorrow!), have almost made up for the rest. I'm definitely ending the weekend on an upswing.

gotta have balance in all things, right???

Above is my composition on a diagonal, one of the final pieces for my art class. It feels unfinished and underdeveloped, but deadlines loom and I still have one project left!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

You must go look at this...

Because its just so darn cute!!!

Elly, Milksop and me

Happy Tuesday!!! : .)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Vertical was not good...

Horizontal was better.

It was also the position I found myself in, covered with sweat and passed out on the floor in the bathroom. Fud poisoning, FUN.

BEWARE of the pre-roasted chickens you can buy at your local grocery stores. Oh, and maybe stroganoff mix. But probably the chicken. Or maybe the milk, but it has a December expiration date. I thot I was so clever with my almost homemade cooking.

It all started at 3 am. Screaming daisies and other gasterointestinal distress. ick. I haven't been that miserable in a really long time. Like my guts were gonna come out, one way or another!

I think I'm ok now. Weak and exhausted. Sore (?) Hungry, oddly enough. I hope I have some bananas.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


got rid of some heavy baggage the other day.

I feel happily unburdened.

no more judgments, no more recriminations, no more feeling unvalidated.

so good to finally have resolution.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Tagged by the Cupcake!

tagged by lovely Ms. Lisa. while you're visiting her blog, check out her etsy!

its a new meme...

1. go to your pictures
2. upload 4th picture of 4th folder
3. post
4. tag 4 of your friends

are you ready for it?!

so this is me, goofing off in Waikiki July 2005. the Japanese often have their pixs taken flashing the peace sign (or victory sign according to some sources) and since I'm 1/2 Japanese, I flash the happa haole peace sign (get it, 1/2 a peace sign, or the stealth bird, LOL!!!)

I tag...

my Linda

and whom ever else wants to play!!! : .)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

level of frustration increasing...

I'm in IL. Deerfield, IL to be exact. Earlier, it was snowing. Its cold. I'm trying to access my company's network and I can't connect. Frustrated. Need chocolate. I'm in my pjs tho' and the "gift shop" in the hotel in in the MAIN LOBBY and is a section off the check-in desk. ergph! About ready to order room service, but then my dessert will probably get here around midnight. To add insult to injury, the San Jose Sharks are playing the Chicago, in town and its not broadcast on any of the hotel channels.

The flight was good. I guess I'm asking for too much huh? To be able to watch hockey and have my internet access work too?


Saturday, November 15, 2008

oh the thinks you can think!

OK, its not even close to Christmas and TBS is showing the
Grinch Who Stole Christmas!
The concept is incongruous with the fact that it was about 80 degrees today
and practically everyone in my neighborhood is having a bbq
b/c it feels like summer.
(I went running, I could smell the charcoal burning during my entire run!)
Can we please celebrate Thanksgiving, enjoy the start of fall, b/4 we get to Christmas?
Do I write my congressman to get things changed???

For Estor

When you come to the end of all the light you know,
and its time to step into the darkness of the unknown.
Faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen.
Either you will be given something solid to stand on, or
you will be taught to FLY!

(what happened to wysiwyg? this looks much better in person. here, its just a big ole mess! sheesh!)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Wishful Thinking

Bubble nest construction = Hopefulness
(Or territoriality : .)
I so get how Eddie feels.
(Do fish have feelings?)

Other cool things about today...

First cycle class since August. Boy, did I sweat!
I did not perspire, I did not glow,
I sweat!
& I got to see my gym peeps for
the first time in 2 months

Emerald Dry Roasted Almonds
I knew they tasted good for a reason...
MSG & Autolyzed Yeast Extract, oh yum!!!

dub-Ya's design on a tote!!! I want!!!
You can customize your own!!!

Brisk fall weather

Phone call from my Linda

Conversation with Jorge


Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla White Chai

Lastly, a tiny bit of art for today...

"Pour vous" card for mi amiga.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Sometimes you just have to say...

giggle, giggle, snort!!! a little cheeky art this weekend!

lil bun-bun is soooo shocked!!!

occasions such as this, justify the frivolous craft purchases!
who knew this kawaii stationery would provide the perfect embellishment to this photo!!!
(I do not know what is written in the heart. I hope I don't offend anyone Japanese.)
(laughs to herself...obnoxious!)

since I took my art journal to my collage teacher to critique, I've been a bit gun shy, intimidated, and feeling that any artistic talent I had previously thought I had was nothing. I haven't really been able to do anything new, for fear all of my past art was maudlin, sentimental, sophomoric.

so I'm thinkin' that may be the reason the bunny piece materialized ; .)

I did this surface treatment first, just to get started. its fun to mindlessly put something on paper without direction and attachment to outcome.

not sure what I'm gonna do with it...

I accomplished a lot this, exercise, grocery shopping, laundry, blog post (hi Lisa!), my first chai latte from Starbuxs in a month, scrap supply organization, cleaning out the heater (the collected dust always sets off the smoke alarms the first time I turn it on in the cold season). its the simple things that make me happy : .)

anywhoo...a new week starts tomorrow. I'm off to Chicago next Sunday for work, so I need to prepare myself for that, grrr... one of my co-workers told me to pack my long underwear! brrr! I'm a Cali Girl!!! I don't have long underwear!

I leave you with my 5 good things from today...

1) candy cane kisses!!! oh yum!!! Hershey's rocks!!!
2) salt carmels at Starbuxs (nope, haven't tried any yet! may not be as good as Fran's)
do you say car-mul or care-a-mel?
3) 4 miles of trail running @ Rancho! YIPEE!!!
my first outdoor run since the end of August.
4) funny pictures from the Disneyland weekend!
*see below
5) a clean fish bowl for Eddie

*ok, here's one of my favs from the DL weekend!

this is the kind of happiness and joy you expect from the happiest place on earth!
so tickled I caught this! lol!!!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Its All About Choices

We chose wisely, America.