Friday, May 28, 2010


I just had a weird moment.

As I was walking into Trader Joes this somewhat strung out looking dude asked me for money for food.  I was annoyed and stressed and ready to blow him off, but I stopped and asked him if I could buy him a sandwich.  He hesitated for a moment like he was going to blow me off then said yes.  I asked him what kind of sandwich he liked and he seemed amazed that I would ask.  He asked for salame sandwich and chips.

I got him a whole package of salame, a loaf of bread, a big bag of chips and I even threw in some cliff bars and a chocolate bar, so he could eat a couple meals. When I handed him the bag of goodies he had a big grin on his face and dashed off away from Trader Joes.

It felt good and it reminded me of my prejudice in assuming he just wanted drugs and wasn't hungry  (maybe he did want drugs I don't know) but today he was getting food. It also reminded me how rare the kindness of others must be to him.

And in the end as I took home the makings of Coq au Vin worrying about signing papers on my first home.  I realized how blessed I was.  Although he might have benefitted, the gift was to me.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New House

Well I think we have gone and done it. We've accepted an offer on a house. We did inspections yesterday and discovered nothing too surprising. We also got our appraisal yesterday and it appraised at $10,000 over what we will be purchasing it for, which I gather is a good thing.

The house is on top of a hill with views of El Cerrito. It was raining yesterday when I took photos but when I went back today the views were even better. It has a great kitchen. And best of all is the yard. There are 3 Koi ponds that cascade down into each other. It looks like a tropical jungle with tons of palms and other exotics.

Oh and did I mention there is a large inlaw unit that will be my felt studio. Yay, I'm about splitting at the seams in this house.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Gnome pest management

Beware this invasive species!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Wanna look like a freak well get a TV Hat


I stumbled across this ridiculous product and had to share.  It's called the As seen on TV hat It's a device that allows you to watch your iphone hands free.  It comes in both a visor or a hat.  It also has this magical device (read magnifying glass) that enhances the picture.  But wait there's more if you order now they will throw in the amazing neck protector (which you will need after wearing a hat with a foot long brim).

So if you really want to look like a droid, this is the hat for you.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Excercise Ice Cream In Perspective

Oh I only wish I thought of it this way. Life would be easy.