Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Empire Egg Accent Lamps

Remember I needed your help to pick out my bedside lamps a while back?  It wasn't easy but the decision was finally made.  I picked the Empire Egg Accent Lamps from Restoration Hardware.  There was just a slight problem: they have been discontinued.  I called the 800 number and they said they were completely sold out according to the computers.  As I was about to give up, we walked by our local Restoration Hardware store and I thought, why not?  I entered the store and talked to a sales associate (actually I think she's a team lead), Lauren.  She was extremely helpful!  She typed on her computer, talked to a couple of her fellow sales associates, made numerous phone calls, and told me that there's hope and that she's waiting for a call back from another store.  She took my info and then we said our goodbyes.  That same afternoon, I got a call back and an email from her giving me the good news!!!  A week later, I got my lamps.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fall bags

Fall is here and I'm seeing orange everywhere.  Here are a few handbags in the beautiful hues of orange, red, and brown that I picked out.

Anya Hindmarch

Foley and Corinna
Jet Set in Poppy
On sale $346.50 (originally $495)

Transatlantic Bag in Red (more like a rust orange)

Badgley Mischka Platinum Handbags
On sale $249 (originally $475)

Orla Kiely

BCBGeneration Handbag
Kaira Medium Satchel in Red

On sale $416.50 (originally $595.00)

Bayswater Satchel in Conker High Pebbled Matte

Fox Lock Oversized Bag in Fox Brown Maxi Grain Nubuck

J Crew
Edie Tote in Flame

J Crew
Edie Pursette in Flame

Linea Pelle
Mel Crossbody in Natural

Linea Pelle
Dylan Medium Tote (Fall) in Crimson

Kate Spade New York

Olivia Harris
Bowler in Taupe

Thursday, September 15, 2011


My ex-roommate is a tornado-chaser.  Well, not really, but he does love to watch thunderstorms.  I never understood that.  Being born and raised in a big city, I never learned to appreciate storms.  We could not see the lightning, only the glow.  And then I landed in the midwest where there's no high-rise buildings to block the view.  I remember seeing lightning for the first time from sky to the ground, just like it in the movies.  It was amazing.  Thunderstorms came by quite often in the midwest where we lived.  Just like everything else, when there's an abundance, you just take it for granted.  Here in Cali, at least this part of Cali, there's no storms.  Really, there may be rain, but storms, never.  At least not the midwest definition of storms.

A few nights ago, on our way home from dinner, we saw flashes and thought we heard an airplane.  It wasn't an airplane, it was thunder and the flashes lightning!  Now, what comes next, children?  Rain!  I have never felt this way about rain.  I felt like we were brought back home.  It was such a familiar feeling.  We sat on the porch and watched the rain.

After a few minutes of that, the kids were soaked.  We came inside the house and had to listen to Madonna's Rain.

"Rain... feel it on my fingertips, hear it on my window pane..."

No, we didn't.  What we did do was to google about lightning and here's what we learned.

  • Thunderstorms too have their favorites places
  • Highest lightning flash frequency is 159 flashes per year in Central Africa
  • Florida has the highest flash frequency in the United States
  • Our part of the country is a Tiffany blue (at least we got the pretty color) which means we only get two lightning flashes on average in a year per square kilometer
  • The mid-west gets 30 lightning flashes on average in a year per square kilometer

HRFC (High Resolution Full Climatology) Annual Flash Rate
The color variations in the map display the average annual number of lightning flashes per square kilometer.

To find out more about lightning and thunders, go to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration) website.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Today marks the 10th anniversary of this life-changing tragedy.  Although it didn't personally affect me or any of my travel plans, I vividly remember that day.  I was driving to work as usual and listening to NPR.  They were talking about a plane crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City.  My immediate reaction was that it must be a new plot for a movie.  I turned to a different radio station and sure enough it was talking about the same thing.  When I arrived at the office, the front lobby, the offices and the hallways were empty.  I walked down the hall to the kitchen and everyone was there gathered around the TV.  So it's real.  It really happened.  I stood there with the rest of my coworkers and watched the second plane crashed.  We were speechless.  I couldn't really wrap my head around what just happened and why.

After a while, we walked back into our offices.  After all, there's work to be done.  I sat down and called my boyfriend (now husband) to tell him what happened.  I then started writing an email to my family overseas to tell them how much I missed them.

This morning, I turned on NPR when they were reading the names of the victims.  My kindergartener asked what I was listening to so I googled images of the event and show them to him.  I wasn't sure what was going through his mind but he asked three questions:

"Are they reading the names of the people that died?"
"Do these people have kids?"
"Did the bad guys die too?"

He then looked at the photos some more and went back to his Lego's.  

Growing Mushrooms (in a kit)

My sister got this mushroom kit from a local Whole Foods Market.  It's from a company called Back to the Roots founded by two college kids (sorry, they are kids compared to the old lady me) two years ago.  They reuse coffee grounds from Peet's Coffee to grow mushrooms in these kits.  What a great idea!  This is usually when I ask myself, "why didn't I think of that?"

Day 1

soak in water for 24 hours, spray water daily

Day 7

See the baby mushrooms?  The kit even comes with a spray bottle!

Day 8

Day 10 - Harvest!

No mess, fun, educational, easy, and very tasty!  I'm ordering the refills to grow some more.

To purchase, click here.

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