Archive for December, 2009

sometimes u fall down and sometimes u don’t

Best Tevis quote last night!! (kids are soooo cute!)

do you see’s what i see…

A little trip to the See’s Candy store is always a plus.  Dark chocolate is my favorite, carmels too, and covered almond clusters.  Scrumptrulescent 🙂

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you know you come from a small town when…

You see roosters walking around in a random shopping center parking lot as if they live there.

Where did they come from???!! Hahaha

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Because I don’t know what this is called I will call it the “Pinch” because that’s the first thing that comes to mind when I see it.  Mural on the side of a building in San Francisco (next to that Furniture and Carpets building in the previous post.  Fun.  Always enjoy art on buildings.

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bldg_furniture & carpets

Really liked this random building in San Francisco on Market Street.  Just noticed the center pivot windows.  Pretty cool feature.

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One day I’ll own my own piano like this, but for now I’ll admire it from afar and apparently just stare at the insides of them…haha.  Saw some of these Steinways while I was in San Francisco.

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sf federal bldg_morphosis

Had a chance to check out the San Francisco Federal Building by Morphosis recently when I was in SF. Interesting to see it in it’s completed state because the last time I saw it was about 4 years ago (give or take) with Fowler’s class at Poly. There weren’t more than 20 floors of the building finished then, but we were allowed to climb up to the top of what was completed at that time. Pretty cool to see what took shape since then. Some detail shots of the building below.

90 7th Street
San Francisco, California


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jewish museum_sf

A glimpse of the outside of the Contemporary Jewish museum by Daniel Liebskind in San Francisco.  Also located nearby is Yerba Buena Park and the SFMOMA by Mario Botta which you can see in the reflection of the glass door in the last image.  There’s a tasty mexican restaurant, Tropisueno, that I met up with Chris, Melissa, Rachel, Oana, and Justin at for lunch.  Sooo good to see you guys!

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color therapy of perception_chor boogie

Grafitti Artist, Chor Boogie, has covered 1028 Market Street in San Francisco in one of the most amazing murals.  Caught a glimpse of it on my way to check out the Federal Building by Morphosis just down the street.

The mural is called “Color Therapy of Perception” and is part of San Francisco’s “Art in Storefronts” and “Street smARTS” programs.  The mural “explores the healing aspect that colors have on the subconscious and their conscious effects on modern-day society”.

The colors are so vibrant and Chor Boogie skill with spray paint is pretty spectacular.  I could have stared at it all day.  It’s a pretty mesmerizing mural and set of eyes staring back at you.  If you are ever in the area you should check it out because it’s well worth it.

a vision of color…..

The Artist leaves his mark…

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mini project: roger [dog] sweater

My first crochet project looks like a success!  Decided to teach myself how to crochet so I gave myself a little project–a doggie sweater for Roger, Kristin’s dog.  Mostly it was inspired by the fact that the picture of the finished product with the pattern was a boston terrier so it was most appropriate for Roger to be my muse…haha.  I always thought it was slightly strange for pets to wear clothes (dresses specifically), but seeing how cold and wet it is in NYC at times, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to give them a little protection from the elements (wet dog smell is not fun). 

Found the pattern on the Lion Brand Yarn website.  I usually buy their yarn (used for this sweater too) because it’s really affordable and there are lots of colors.  They have TONS of free patterns online for knitting and crochet and they also have a learn to knit/crochet instructions if you want to teach yourself.  I learned the basics from my grandma when I was younger, but this site is really helpful for beginners with no experience or for people who need a little refreshers because they forgot something.

Hopefully Rog enjoys his new sweater and that he’s toasty warm!  Thanks Rog for being such a great model!  And thanks Kristin for humoring my first attempt at a crochet project and promising to have Rog try it on no matter what it looked like–even if it had 3 arm holes.  But Thankfully it had 2 arm holes and fit Roger pretty perfectly!!  Yay…success!  (more pics below of the fitting/modeling session….)

Front view…

Running towards the owner for a treat to keep the model happy…

There’s a perfect “sit”

From the Blooper Reel:  The arms have not quite made it into the armholes so it kinda just looks like a shawl.  I let Kristin handle the getting on of the sweater…haha…she’s a little more experience with getting him into doggie clothing.

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merry xmas everyone!

Hope everyone is having a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  I’m having an excellent time with my family and friends and hope you are too.  Happy Holidays everyone!!!  Hope Santa left everyone something nice.

monday’s desk view: union square snow

View after the weekend snow.  Nice white powder on the ground and as you can see the xmas village/market is still kicking. 

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central park snow walk

Took a walk to Central Park to check out the snow action there.  The Natural History Museum (above) is looking really pretty with the snow cover on the ground.  Any time I see fresh snow I can’t resist putting a nice new footprint in it!

These guys looks like Santa Claus with the snow.

It was cute to watch this little boy get pulled down the hill by his dad.  I wish i had a sled! I just used my butt instead to slide down a few small hills.  Just as enjoyable.

The Gazebo by the lake is looking especially pretty today.

Slid down one face of this giant boulder covered in snow.  Fun stuff.

Thin Ice!  Guess I shouldn’t be Nordic skiing across then.

The ducks and birds decided to do a little ice skating of their own. 

Really fun watching these kids sled down the hillside. Some were better than others at it. haha.

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morning snooowwwww!!!

I’m the proud owner of a giant snow cone now. Woke up this morning and this is what I saw on my little terrace. Beautiful snow outside. Ready for some snowball fights and mini snowmen. Very Nice!

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blue lights

Pretty blue xmas lights @ Columbus Circle.

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cookie towers @ birdbath

Yummiest cookie towers ever.  Was out and about today and had a white chocolate chip chocolate cookie today at Birdbath, a green bakery, in Soho that just opened.  It was delicious!  You can see a tower of it in the far back there next to the Statue of Liberty figure.  Definitely recommend the cookies there.

160 Prince Street (Soho)
New York, NY

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today’s giant dunny

Pretty cool dunny I saw at the Kidrobot store today.

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giant omelette??

$40 for an ostrich egg?  That’s one expensive omelette.

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holiday decos

Stars at Columbus Circle

Glowing globes at Uniqlo

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Drawings I found in the snow today…

Today’s snow is sticking. Fun to finally have snow. It been freezing lately but no snow till now. Will it be enough for a snowball fight tomorrow?

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2am miffy

When you turn on the TV at 2am this is apparently what can show up–Miffy goes to Africa.  Pretty sure there are no little kids up to watch this…lol…except probably myself who admits I watched it for 5 mins.  Cuteness factor.


Thanks Santa Jeff!  Adding it to the collection!

snowflakin’ it

Nothing puts you in the xmas spirit like some snowflakes!!  Excellent snowflake skills team-Alison, Jon, and me!

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2 of my loves in one: Dunny’s & Architecture/Art

Danish firm, BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), created a piece for a Dunny Show Exhibition in Copenhagen.  Very cool.  I’d live in a Dunny-shaped building.  Awesome.

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move like a penguin…

the best advice I heard on the ice today.  Some guy told his friend that to skate she had to glide and “move your feet like a penguin”.  hahaha.

cloisters_the walk

The Cloisters are part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  They are located in Fort Tyron park and overlook the Hudson River.  The Cloisters house a large collection of Medieval European Art intermingled with gardens and the architecture of French Cloisters.  To get there you take the A,C,E subway to the 190th street stop and follow the signs towards the Cloisters.  It’s about a 10 min walk from the subway.  I really liked the walk up to the Cloisters as well as the descent (yes there’s a descent, the Cloisters are located on a pretty high hill relative to the street level below).  It was a peaceful and nice park area.  Also got a glimpse of the density of the Northern tip of Manhattan which was pretty incredible.


The river.

The Cloisters in the distance.

Almost there…going around the side

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Headed up to 190th street station in Manahattan to check out the Cloisters last weekend.  Pretty cool station.  Nice park land to walk through if you make the trek up there.

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sharpening truck

Saw this truck last week while walking to the subway.  It’s like the ice cream truck only they sharpen your blades for you??  Looks like they’ve been around for awhile and sharpen pretty much anything including your lawnmower.

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ice skating_bryant park

Ice skating in Bryant Park was crazy as ever today with the crowds, but still fun. Free ice skating is definitely a plus if you have your own skates. Open until January 24 so enjoy it while you can!

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this week’s desk view: roger + xmas hoodie

Rog  is lookin a little gangsta in his xmas tree hoodie.  Just another day in the life of a dog.

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this week’s desk view_blue skies w/ cloud sprinkles

blue blue sky the other day in union square during our one random day when it reached 64 degrees.  Now it may snow today.  What a change.  Is winter finally here???  Xmas market is in full bloom as well. 

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top of central park_ice skating

View of the lake next to Lasker Rink.  Mini iceberg in the foreground!!

Last week I went up to the top of Central Park for the first time to go ice skating at Lasker Rink.  Typically I go to Bryant Park to ice skate because it is free if you have ice skates (which I do), but the line is always so long on the weekends with the Times Square/Holiday Market crowds.  Especially since last weekend was a holiday weekend it was worse.  Decided to try Lasker Rink instead.  It’s one of the 2 outdoor ice rinks in Central Park–the other being the more famous Wollman rink that you see in movies all the time.  Lasker is cheaper than Wollman and definitely less crowded than Bryant Park.  Definitely a lot more fun to skate when you don’t feel like you are trapped in a sardine can.  Now that I’ve tried ice skating at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, and Lasker Rink, I guess Wollman is the last one I need to try of outdoor ice rinks in Manhattan.

Lasker is right off the 110st stop on the 1,2,3 train

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street sighting_tim burton artwork

Thought this was a cute drawing.  Took a picture of this ad for the Tim Burton MOMA exhibit.  Not sure if it’s a cow or a dog or something else, but I like it!  A taste of things to come at the Tim Burton exhibit at the MOMA on show from November 22, 2009 to April 26, 2010.  Can’t wait to go.

subway sighting_uniqlo (S) train

The S-train that goes back and forth between Times Square and Grand Central Station got a facelift I guess.  Uniqlo apparently thought it was a good place for advertising.  I think it’s kinda fun.  Definitely grabs your attention.

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turkey day feast night

Made deviled eggs for appetizers.  It was so hard not to eat them all before heading over to Jeff and Laura’s for Thanksgiving feast.

There’s Justin carving the turkey and the delicious mulled cider is in the foreground that Ben made.


Dig in everyone!!  I think that might be Dave’s plate in the foreground.  Good job on utilizing all of your plate!

Thanks Jeff and Laura (w/ Dave and Hannah) for hosting out 3rd Thanksgiving Feast in NYC.  My mouth is still watering thinking about all the good food we had.  Thanks everyone for bringing all the delicious food and a great game of telephone pictionary!  Can’t wait until next year… 🙂

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