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A Little February Update

by tatiana on February 25, 2012

Image Credit: Kelsey Garrity Riley

This last month has flown by. People aren’t lying when they tell you that time flies as you get older. I feel like, because I am constantly either inventing or finding ways to fill my evenings and weekends, I don’t ever really have time to do nothing – which is really important. But I’m not complaining, I have a pretty cool life, and I’m thankful for that. BUT, of course, down time means watching quality (and sometimes poor quality) television. YES, my roomie and I have been addicted to this season of The Bachelor, which is horrifyingly catty and bad for women… but it’s SO ADDICTIVE. Also, I’m still pissed that he didn’t give Kacie B. a rose. What’s up with that, BEN!? In quality news, I just finished Season 2, episode 5 of Downton Abbey. I love this show so much. Lady Mary, just tell Matthew you love him already. I mean, really. Don’t marry that bland millionaire.

I’m visiting home again next month to celebrate my Dad’s birthday… and I guess my birthday too, since we share the same birthday. Kinda cool, right? I’m often told it is. My Dad is pretty rad, so I’m excited to give him his gifts and celebrate his general awesomeness.

This week I was lucky to catch a fun show at Hotel Utah here in San Francisco. Tornado Rider and Lake Street Dive both performed and both were exceptionally talented. I had so much fun, and can’t wait to catch another show.

In geeky news, my friend put together a small business book club, and I’m really excited about it. Although I’m missing the first meeting, the group is full of pretty amazing people… and gives me that mushy “San Francisco is so awesome” feeling.

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Reading Survey Time

by tatiana on December 3, 2010

It’s Friday! That means, we’re all counting down to the weekend. It also means, downtime! (Or, at least we can hope). And in my down time, I like to read. I got “tagged” to fill out this reading survey on Facebook, but I figured it would be more fun to slap it in a blog post. Because I’m crazy violent with words like that. Also, it’s 1:30am right now and I may or may not know what I am typing. I’m somewhere between conscious and subconscious, so let’s see what happens, shall we?

1. What author do you own the most books by? Probably Sohpie Kinsella. Don’t hate.

2. What book do you own the most copies of? I don’t own more than one copy of any book. Although, on my desk right now I have two copies of Prison for Bitches, which is a Lady Gaga fanzine. I bought one copy for myself, and one for my sister who is a HUGE fan. Can’t wait to give it to her for Christmas!

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One of my favorite crafty people, the oh-so-talented Twinkie Chan, will be at Booksmith in San Francisco on Tuesday, November 9th at 7:30pm to talk about her new book Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies.

Here’s a fun video featuring Twinkie making one of her scrumptious cupcake scarves. So cute! I can’t wait to pick up her book and start making yummy things.

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I haven’t visited my fam in four months (which is the longest I’ve been away from home! Ack.) and in that time my Taschen catalogue arrived! I finally got to flip through it while I was waiting (for 3 long hours) to board my flight. But anyway, these images kept me company, as well as the lady next to me who kept glancing over. Sorry I didn’t scan these, but I think the iPhone worked just fine. Enjoy! [click to continue…]

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Etsy Window Shopping: Journals

by tatiana on September 12, 2010

These past few weeks I’ve been house-sitting and I left my moleskine at my apartment, so being the lazy lady I can tend to be, I decided to shop for a temporary new one on Etsy (also because Office Depot sucks and doesn’t carry notebooks with blank pages. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t like to be restricted by lines). Anyway, here are a few of my faves! [click to continue…]

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It's Happening…

by tatiana on July 29, 2010

I just got my Lonely Planet London 2010 guidebook in the mail. I can’t wait for February! I plan to visit my good friend Kendra who is going to King’s College for grad school and studying film (you can check out her amazing labor of love HERE). Next item on my to-do list is to get a copy of my birth certificate and my passport. Baby steps to London…

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Me vs. Book. Also, Youtube is evil.

by tatiana on June 2, 2010

A few months ago my roommate and I joined Book Club. The first rule of Book Club was not to talk about Book Club, but I just think I broke that rule. Mah bad. Our current selection is The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, which is pretty amazing so far (I’m halfway through). The problem is, I opened my laptop to turn on some music. Then I decided to look up an Erykah Badu video “really quick” on Youtube. The next thing you know, it’s 10:30pm and I’m writing a blog entry about it. Anyway, I wanted to share one of my favorite songs/videos and I hope you enjoy the adorable couple that once was, Common and Erykah Badu.

You’re welcome. Happy Wednesday!

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A Movement Begins in a Million Pink Bedrooms

by tatiana on December 17, 2009

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A few weekends ago I ventured out to one of my favorite streets in San Francisco (Valencia St) to visit this amazing zine show that I read about in SF Weekly at Goteblud, You Are Her: Riot Grrrl and Underground Female Zines of the 1990s. I was way too excited about this show. I know I say that a lot, but this time I mean it times 20. To be able to be surrounded by the zines and writings and manifestos that created a small yet extremely significant movement in the world and in my life… I was beside myself. Seriously out of body HOLY SHIT I CAN MAKE COPIES! AND TOUCH EVERYTHING?! experience. [click to continue…]

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I have been meaning to buy a new sketchbook. I always keep one in my purse in the event that I need to jot something down or sketch a quick idea. My current 5.5″ x 8″ Pro Art black spiral sketchbook is slowly running out of pages, so it’s time to move on. (*tear) You’ve treated me well little sketchbook!

So, today I bought this from Jaime’s fabulous Etsy shop Sparkles and Sticks:

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I can’t wait to get it! It’s a nice new blank-paged Molskine notebook perfect for summer doodling. And I love how Jaime’s design was inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett‘s The Secret Garden. I remember reading both The Secret Garden and A Little Princess as a young girl, and I think I might read them again. It’s always neat re-reading the books I’ve read, in this case, over a decade ago. I like finding new ways to appreciate them, and sometimes finding new nuances and underlying meanings.

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So, this weekend I did what every other tween in America probably did: I saw Twilight.
Twilight

Now before the mockery begins, I took my little sisters. That’s my excuse. :o) I did not read any of the books, but after seeing this film, the second book seems to be calling my name. Having not read the books, I thought the writing in the film was borderline poor. The acting was very melodramatic at times, but I really loved the cinematography and the costumes. Particularly the baseball scene. Everything about that scene is great. And I must say, I kind of think Edward is dreamy.

In other book-to-film related news, my sister informed me this morning that she saw a movie poster for none other than the Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Shopaholic

About two years ago I tore through these books. Well, the first two at least. The rest of them were kind of lame. I never read Shopaholic and Baby just because after reading the second book I was a little frustrated by Kinsella’s predictably formulaic style. But I’m thinking this will be one example where the film will be better than the book, which usually does not happen. We’ll see.

Anyway, going with the book theme of this post, I’ve included my latest review on Goodreads. No offense to my super cool friend who recommended this book to me. :o) It just wasn’t my cup of tea. I’m almost to my goal of reading 24 books in a year. It doesn’t seem like much, but it is for me. That’s about 2 books a month. I’m going to try to up my goal next year to 3 books a month.

Weekend in Paris Weekend in Paris by Robyn Sisman


My review

rating: 2 of 5 stars
My good friend recommended this book to me one day when I said I was in the mood for good chick lit. But, you know, opinions are subjective. This book was as another reviewer said, quite predictable. I thought the flow of the story was a bit choppy and not woven together very well. I found the main character Molly to be a little too air-headed for my liking. The book wasn’t horrible; I did find it tolerable enough to finish the whole thing. I wouldn’t recommend it.

View all my reviews.

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