Dim Sum Diaries
And just where has the summer gone? No bloody idea. Today was the first day of school for the kids (Daughter in 5th grade, Son in 2nd). After fussing over their hair for an unnecessarily long time and repeatedly kissing them goodbye by the door (ok Mom we're going to be late already!!!! enough with the kisses!!), they walked the half block to school with me staring vigilantly at their backs till they were almost by the school gate. Was hoping for that blessed moment of calm and some type of soothing music playing in the background and me sipping a cup of some luxury coffee and smiling with my eyes closed.

Was not to happen as work rudely interrupted that moment (*sigh), and Daughter comes home after school with a huge rash on her back and legs.

I frantically ring the doctor. "Possible chicken pox!!! Need appointment asap!" I cry to the nurse, who of course, wanting to stem a possible chicken pox outbreak in California, graciously gives me a same day appointment. After driving madly to the doc and waiting for an interminable period of time, discovered that Daughter did not in fact have chicken pox (thankfully) but something called Hot Tub something or another which is a bacterial skin infection caused by bad pool/hot tub water. Since she'd gone swimming last weekend and the rash was confined to her bathing suit line, was able to get cream to put on.

Son, not to be outdone, ran into the office after his bath later that evening. "Look Mommy, I have a rash on my butt too! Put cream on it!" he demanded.

"No hon, you scratched your back the other day when you ran into the door remember (backwards apparently per Hubby)?"

Still he insisted on me putting a bandaid on his wound and kissing it (I kissed his back, not his butt) and making it better.

It is days like this that keep my life interesting. :)
I am sooooo totally going to Sor-CON 2008!
Went to the dentist today to have a minor cavity filled, and I'm so happy that I finally found a NORMAL one who doesn't hires psychotic hygenists who put me off from going to the dentist for 4 years. It's only after hearing the horror stories of Mum and Dad's and Sister's recent dental work that motivated me to go back. So after kind dentist jabbed a 2 foot needle (this could be a slight exaggeration) into my gum to numb it, had cavity fixed then proceeded to feel nauseated for the rest of the day, along w/ entire side of right mouth numbed, drooling and me slurring all my words when I got back to work.

Then Hubby decided to take a day off and vanish with the kids for "Day O Tennis", leaving his cell phone in the car and me calling him 50 bijillion times. Finally at 5 pm he calls (I'm driving through a canyon...this call could be dropped..........). Kids have been at it hard all day and they are exhausted though apparently they had fun. Son then proceeds to vomit all over the floor when he gets home, Daughter has a bad headache and Hubby is walking with a suspicious limp.

Have been complaining to B the Boss that flow of work is slowing to a trickle. So then today, two huge projects that are immediately due fall into my lap, one a rather high profile one...and I curse B the Boss for listening to me. ARrghh this is one of those days.......
There is a lot of hype about that new TV show Mad Men, a drama about the the world of advertising in the 50s. I tried to watch an episode, but just couldn't get into it. Maybe I was expecting the dialogue to be something from Aaron Sorkin or something (he sets a high standard, doesn't he). But the set design and costuming is fabulous. I'd dress like a girl from the 50s if I could, but that would mean I have to put on makeup and wear high heels all the time (too lazy).

Anyways, SFgirlbythebay just posted a thingamajig about the Mid-Century decor used in the set design, and how it's a pretty hot design trend right now...

Totally awesome!

Anyways, here are a couple of Etsy items I couldn't resist that seem to be in line with this Mad Men decor craze:

Modern Feline from Rekindle.

David Douglas Glass Carafe from Goodlookin.

Just found this vintage lunch box on Etsy, apparently The Chan Clan was a '70s Scooby-Do-esque (they solved mysteries) tv show starring Asians. Stereotypical? Maybe, but interesting to say the least.

This article sounds great! 50 Ways to Become a Better Designer!
Here's a fun game via Very Good Taste, with the following instructions:

Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it.

1. Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2. Bold all the items you’ve eaten (I've used icons instead, and added an asterisk for the items I'm particularly fond of).
3. Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4. Optional extra: post a comment on Very Good Taste, linking to your results.

Dude, can you tell I'm Asian??? LOL

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich

14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries

23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava

30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl

33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float

36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail

41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin

51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads

63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake

68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab

93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox

97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Taken with the cellphone but I'm tired :p

I realized that I have become a more visual person, that is, more visually stimulated by visual stimulation (did that even make sense?). This could be one of several reasons.... (1) I'm getting older, and old people are more visual, (2) All the people I work with are guys and since guys are obviously more visual beings (porn anyone?), this is rubbing off on me (bad pun I know), (3) I'm getting old or (4) Doing more graphic design work has forced me to look at colors, shapes, lines and stuff in a whole new light thus the resulting shift.

So I finally finished putting together the art montage thingy for the family room wall, I'll take pictures of it tomorrow and post it on here. A big thanks to Hubby, after working all day, was met with "Oh honey I love you so much can you hang these 6 prints and 3 oversized mirrors perfectly on the wall now please) when he got home from work today. And he really delivered, I'm very pleased with the result. Hopefully my camera skills will do justice to its awesomeness.

Meanwhile, in the quest to expose my dear readers to more mid-century ephemera, just found a lovely book called This is London by Miroslav Sasek (via) and he has some lovely illustrations!

Just ordered it from amazon.

And in other news, here are some lovely etsy finds I've purchased recently:

A lovely art deco camera from re*kindle.

Beautiful earrings from leavesofglass.

Will post more later!!!

Just when you thought DIY crafty design shit couldn't get any weirder, I stumble across this on Etsy. Yes, that is a real mouse head. Yes, it's been made into a necklace. You should check out some of the other shit they sell, Squirrel Foot Earrings.