Thursday, September 23, 2010
I love OK Go. I love their music, I love their style, and most of all, their videos. This latest one for "White Knuckles" has the group performing with a bunch of trained dogs, it's the coolest. AND they encourage animal rescue throughout and at the end, by listing their website: http://www.okgo.net/dogs. I love the big dog in the middle at the end, who you can tell is trying so hard to get his trick right by looking up at his master for the cues. :)
via Dog Milk
Posted by Liv at 3:27 PM
Friday, September 17, 2010
Because this dress is making me want to. Mmm... swiss dot tulle. The only problem is it's $3000 and that would mean we could only afford to have like 10 guests attend. And Jeff would have to wear his old suit. And we'd have to cater with a taco truck. And no booze. Or at least really cheap booze. I'll start the party planning.
Fun fact: my real wedding dress was also J. Crew but only cost $150 (yay eBay!) plus $100 in alterations and the addition of vintage swiss dot tulle sleeves. That's why you all got to eat yummy food and drink stuff other than PBR at our wedding. Sacrifices. These I make.
J Crew's latest stroke of genius, the Lorna.
Posted by Liv at 3:45 PM
Our poor little Daisy home went unloved for 9 months as it sit on the market waiting, nay, begging, for us to buy her. The weeds went crazy, trees grew huge, lawn died, flowers molted. We've been trying to bring her back to her former glory, trimming the trees (and ripping one out that was growing through a fence), planting a vegetable garden, cleaning up the irises on the side of the house, and now dealing with the lawn.
Jeff did a few rounds of Weed n' Seed in the hopes of killing the weeds that had taken over our lawn and making it green again, but it didn't work. We called in the big guns and they overhauled it all this week. The old lawn was ripped up, the dirt was leveled and fertilized with compost, the sprinklers were tended to, and Marathon 2 sod was put down. Our lawn dude told us to go with the Marathon 2 sod because it's a hearty grass that does well in our climate and requires not as much water as other lawns (believe me, I still feel guilty we put down lawn instead of gravel and California natives. I just think the house looks so cute with little matching lawns in front of it!). He did a great job, you can't even see the seams of the sod strips!
Posted by Liv at 1:28 PM
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Jeff and I signed up this morning for the Be The One Run which is a 5K fundraiser for the Be The Match bone marrow registry that I'm on. It's on November 6th in Long Beach and I'm pretty excited. Jeff has been wanting to start running in races (me, not so much) and this will be one we can both do (hopefully, I might just cough up a lung and walk the rest of the way) and it's special to me.
We also signed up for the Memory Walk 2010 which my research group at UCI does every year to help support Alzheimer's disease research. We work with a lot of AD patients and their families and it's a nice event to get together with other researchers and families and patients affected by cognitive impairment and raise money and awareness. That walk is only 2 miles so it's an easy one. And it's on Jeffy's birthday! We'll do the walk in the morning and his Glam Rock costume party at night (stay tuned for invite details...).
I'm not really doing any fundraising for these events, but if you would like to donate to either cause, I'd really appreciate the support (as would the foundations)!
Here is the link for my fundraising page for the Memory Walk for Alzheimer's disease research: http://memorywalk2010.kintera.org/fullerton/liv
And here is the link for my fundraising page for the Be The Match Be The One Run (there's a link embedded in the post so you'll have to go to the blog instead if you've viewing this on your Reader!):
Posted by Liv at 1:30 PM
Monday, September 13, 2010
A new shelter and lifestyle print magazine!! I so esciiiited! After my rough year of losing Domino, while still reeling from the loss of Budget Living, Blueprint, Gourmet, and Cookie, the news of Anthology's release is SO welcome. I love me some online print mags (Lonny, Rue) but I love curling up in a cozy chair in a sunny room with a cup of coffee and an empty day in front of me with a favorite magazine to flip my fingers through even more.
It's only a quarterly magazine right now (sad face) and it's a bit pricey ($38 for the four issues) but that's what I would have paid for my cancelled subscriptions anyways. Plus it's supporting the movement to bring back the print mag. I'M FOR IT! And hello, it's Anh-Minh Le and Meg Mateo Ilasco behind it. Of course it's going to be good. They are style powerhouses. I can't wait for it to grace my mailbox... the metal one nailed to our porch, not my inbox. Yay!
Posted by Liv at 10:20 PM
Sunday, September 12, 2010
This macaque monkey found a kitten in the Balinese forest and adopted it. I can't tell if the kitten likes it's new mother, but the monkey is totally into her. The photographer said that the monkey didn't like pictures being taken of them and was trying to shield the kitten in this picture.
Posted by Liv at 10:34 AM
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
This may shock you, but I didn't not buy anything on the trip. Well, sort of. A couple souvenirs and two cheap H&M shirts mostly because I was running out of clean ones in my suitcase, but that was it! We were pretty frugal on this trip which is why I feel a bit justified going crazy on a J Crew sale. It's an extra 30% off sale items AND free shipping! I need some new fall fashions for work and got some great deals. Here are my scores:
Posted by Liv at 8:26 AM
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Back to the squash- CRAZY!! I was expecting the cute little pattypans that you buy at Trader Joe's, not these behemoths! Jeff is cutting one up as I type to saute and see if they're as tasty as they are pretty. I love how pure white they are. And our jalapenos, bell peppers, lettuces, and basil are all progressing nicely too. We're excited to eat all this. Except for our dinners at Jon and Hanna's, the Folkman's, and Britt and Rui's, we weren't eating too many veggies and healthy meals on our trip. It will be nice to get back into our usual cuisine.
If anyone that lives in the area wants any squash, you let us know. We got you covered.
Posted by Liv at 8:20 PM
BUH-BYE Windy City!
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
It's actually Stockholm Day 4 right now (just woke up) and I realized I didn't post any pictures last night (sorry Dad!). We came home from a fantastic fish soup dinner (10 out of 10 stars!) with Britt and Rui, and Johanna and Jonathan, and got to see Brendan and Evah who had just arrived from gay Paris. We stayed up late chatting and playing with Jalapeno, so we all slept in late too.
We're going out on the town today to check out some stores and a few more sights, and then once again we're all invited to Britt and Rui's for dinner. Another day of good weather so it looks like the last day of our Scandinavian super tour will be a great one!
Yesterday, Britt and Rui took us out on their boat for a water tour of what we saw the previous day. It was warm and lovely on the way out, and started to look threatening and cold on the way back so we kicked the boat into high gear to jam on in.
We met at the boat harbor, look how pretty the morning was!
More pictures here!
Posted by Liv at 2:39 AM
Saturday, September 4, 2010
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Friday, September 3, 2010
We had a long but good day. We woke up early to travel to Mora, in the Swedish countryside, which involved a walk to the metro station (about 5 minutes usually, unless you think you left your Eurail passes in the apartment and make your husband run back only to find them at the bottom of the backpack you're carrying), a 10 minute ride to the central station, a 4 and half hour long train ride (supposed to be 2.5 hours but riddled with delays), a 1.5 hour taxi ride from our train's connecting stop to Mora (the delays made us miss the connecting train, but the Swedish railway arranged for a taxi to take us and 7 other people to Mora free of charge- nice!), and a 15 minute walk from the train station to the Anders Zorn Museum. And then back.
It was totally worth it. We met up with our friends Sean, Gretchen, baby Gunnar, and Gretchen's mom and uncle who were coming from Ostersund, up in the north. Totally weird timing that they too were visiting Sweden, so we thought we'd meet in the middle, at a museum Jeff was dying to see. It was an incredible show. The museum was celebrating 150 years since Zorn's birth with a big retrospective of his work. So amazing. All the pics I took are on flickr (or will be, they're taking forever to load. Just check back to my flickr site from a past album and click on sets to see when it goes up), and I'll post my favorites.
This first one he did at 18 years old, and really launched him. It's a watercolor, and it's fantastic.
We're exhausted (again) but looking forward to sleeping in and then seeing my aunt and uncle and cousins tomorrow! Let's hope for good weather so we can walk around the water and enjoy some sights...
Posted by Liv at 1:39 PM