Tuesday, November 25, 2008


we witnessed the most spectacular sunset last night

was lucky enough to find a boarding facility for grainne for thanksgiving and i am super excited that she will get to play with other dogs. she doesnt seem to care.

Monday, November 24, 2008

new new new

new pics added to snapfish... see link in older post

new items added to new etsy shop.. check em out here

new id card this morning with my grover scarf and a stupid half smile makes me look like a marshmellow.

cold and cloudy today. preparing for rain. my feet have been numb all day. gonna be hella cold in sacramento this thanksgiving. not sure if I'm looking forward to that.

the dog is asleep.

a jet flew over a bit ago from the base nearby (in imperial beach - the air station) and holy cow it made the whole neighborhood shake. crazy feeling. like an earthquake that originated in the sky.

so far i've spent all day working on my shop. still have a ton of things to list. not sure i should wait until tomorrow.. cross your fingers and send me some good sales-vibes. :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

what a fine line.

tis almost the end of week four. i cannot believe i have been here so long already. next week is thanksgiving. unbelievable.

still... no job. no leads. no interviews. i'm getting a bit down about it really.

17 days without a cigarette. not so hard. no job, no one to take smoke breaks with.

azreal fell off the balcony the other night. we didnt even know he had gotten outside. just heard a cat screaming, looked outside, and there he was, on the ground, low to the grass with his ears flat and his eyes large and wild. i had to go downstairs (which also means around the whole the building) to get him and carry him back up.

we can see and hear navy seal training from here. sounded like world war three, yet no one was screaming. could see the flares and smoke and everything. really bizarre.

gizmo is getting depressed, i think. since petrie is gone, he hardly swims around anymore. just hangs out in the same spot at the back of the tank.

grainne is good. she got a little overzealous with her toy the other night and somehow got her leg stuck under the ottoman (that we currently use as a coffee table) when she tried to roll over and lifted up one end of the ottoman, sending our drinks to the floor. we kinda laughed but gave her the 'awe..grainne..' sort of sigh. she ran to her box, but didnt quite know if she was in trouble or not, so she stood there, half in and half out... looking at us through the window with her bum hanging out the door waiting for a conviction.

trying to make the best of this situation. its giving me a lot of time at home, but i seem to be incapable of getting anything done. i cant really work on my candle shop because i am out of wax, and without a job cant justify investing $200 into an order. (wax has gone way up with the gas price inflation this year. hoping it will come down really soon...) working on some other things but glass is proving very hard to photograph. saw a woman reccomend that you spray your items with hairspray first so they are not so reflective... gonna give that one a try today i believe.

in fact i should do that now. and i may give in and buy wax too. dont have the money to invest, but cant use it to make money if i dont invest in it.. here's to hoping that shop takes off and i can work from home making candles every day. that would be a dream come true.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

beach dog, take 2

we took Grainne to the beach again saturday morning... oh how funny. she has decided that she doesnt like the edge of the water lapping up onto her feet. she either runs away from it, or jumps over the foamy edge. apparently its not the water she fears, for some reason just the approaching edge of it.

she loves seaweed. It was high tide this weekend, and there were gobs of it washed up all over the beaches. at any given chance she ran right into them:

I cant even begin to tell you how much I love these next two pictures. (for the record, I think I caught her in the middle of a sneeze, she really was not trying to eat me.. hmmm.. "I can haz fotografer?"..haha)

spending the day getting things sorted. trying once and for all to set up a functional craft space. spent a ton of time listing items in my new shop CurioBoudoir.etsy.com .. check it out :)

Friday, November 14, 2008


we walked along the beach right in front of our place. it was foggy. first pic without flash, second pic with flash - looks like two different days. took some pics and a little video:

stupid video wont load. i'll try again tomorrow..

Thursday, November 13, 2008

shamu and some things

I regret to inform you that Sea World seems to have become a victim of shrinkage. It once was a vast land of life size aquariums, sea mammals, humor and shows... now it is a cracker jack box with a handfull of fishes. Alright so maybe I've just gotten older and things seem so much smaller than i remember from my childhood. It could also be that its November and the winter schedule is less active than the schedule i remember from summer vacations.
Shamu appears twice a day. Their 'Believe' show is .. inspiring, I suppose. They failed to introduce the whales, accept for Corky, the mother hen. They failed to really give much information about the whales, except during a silly 'kids ask the darndest questions' sort of video. There were few tricks, a couple of jumps and lots of splashing. Twenty minutes at most, and mostly video, it was really more about driving the 'follow your dreams' message than the whales or even conservataion efforts.
The dolphin show is a few jumps and mostly splashing. all the trainers are, coincidentally, blonde. no idea why that is important, but the hubbs and I both noticed it. I tried to pet the dolphins in the feeding tank, however, some lady pushed her daughter in front of me and wouldnt leave. i wanted to choke her with her chanel purse and string her up for the seagulls to eat her. met a cool bird though.
The sea lion and otter show was actually the best. It was humorous, and full of showmanship. Thats what I was looking for I guess. Except they began to spray water down from the back of the stadium, just to catch those who try to stay dry. Cheating.
We had a characture done, which was a lot of fun. I'll take a picture of it and post it soon. oh and the manatees.. oh that was my favorite.

Went to another job fair today - got lost, damn this city. streets are not straight, nor flat, so you cant even try to see whats coming ahead. sometimes the street exits are on the right, sometimes on the left. you never know with enough time to get over. you cannot get on the freeway at the same place you get off, in most cases. half of the damn onramps are in residentional neighborhoods and you have to know where to find a sign in order to get there. and dont even mention the bumpity bumpity of the roads. i accidentally found ikea, so i guess its not all lost.
signs here are weird. jack in the box is touting anew look, i'll get picture as soon as i can find another location. and some shops just leave no room for confusion:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

note 1

well, yesterday was a day of firsts:
  • i met with a staffing agency and may be a temp for the first time in my life. i drove thirty miles to get there, north to La Jolla, that was a first.
  • i went to ross to try to find something nice to wear for an interview and couldnt even find one single thing to buy - definately a first.
  • tried making curry using only the can of the madras curry powder and directions on the can... didnt turn out so great. (but we tried to turn pita bread into garlic naan, it wasn't so bad)

in my head it seemed like more firsts...

anyway, the hubbs is off today for some goverment holiday that never meant anything to me before now, cuz i've never had those random days off. he promised we could go to sea world, he says we get in free for being military. WOO HOO the perks are finally coming in! haha. so excited i feel like i'm six. pics will be posted later.

Monday, November 10, 2008



Sunday, November 9, 2008

loverly weekend

yesterday was a beautiful day. the hubbs had muster at 715, so he left early. grainne started whining at 730 so i got up to take her out. the details of the morning are a little fuzzy. i know there was coffee involved. i had been trying to photograph some of my new goodies, but its proven difficult to photograph glass without getting too much glare. (tips are greatly appreciated)

the hubbs came home and we decided to walk the dog, since the morning was so beautiful. it was warm and sunny, a perfect day. so we grabbed the dog, some coffee, and out the door we went. decided to walk to the end of Seacoast drive that we had not yet explored... apparently there is a children's Camp Surf at the end of the block, fenced off, with brightly painted beachy bungalows scattered on the beach. very cute, but we couldn't see much.

so we turned around and headed down an alley that headed west. the alleyway went straight to the beach, and also branched off to the left between two rows of homes/apartments/condos. the hubbs noticed on the sign before the beach entrance that 'dogs allowed on leash only' .. sweet!

so we rolled up our pants, threw off our shoes, and took the barka to the beach for the very first time. she was hilarious. at first, she didn't quite know what that sand-stuff was.. and it took her a minute to get her bearings walking through it. once we hit the harder, wet sand she went a little crazy, running in circles, back and forth.. smelling all the seaweed that had washed up on shore. it was like someone had lit a firecracker in her bum.

then we got closer to the water line, and she was OK, until the waves lapped up onto the sand, and then like a little kid she ran backwards as fast as she could to get away from the water. if you know dogs, they dint maneuver backwards very well ,so that in itself was a sight.

i finally had to hold onto her collar and trick her into the water. which was...ok.. for a bit. then i realized that if i ran toward the water, she would run with me. so i hiked up my pant rolls above my knees, and charging into the water we went. once she got out to about her chest-high in the water she just kind of stood there with a look of terror on her face. my only thought is that she had flashbacks to the bathtub where i keep telling her to stand still... it was like she bounded out there and then as soon as she realized she was wet she frozen solid.

anyway, we played for quite a while there. then we took her down the street to the park area where there are beach showers and we washed her off. and since i don't enjoy wet dog, we walked for a little while longer to give her time to air dry. it was a good walk for her, a couple hours at the very least, a busy busy morning. and we were home by 1030...

so, we potted the plants we bought last weekend and swept the porch. noon came and we got hungry so we walked next door to Thai food restaurant and had lunch. the hubbs had to go back to base for muster at 3 so we went home for a quick nap. he woke and left about 230 and i slept for an hour longer. the afternoon is after-nap fuzzy, but i think i watched some tv. tried photographing my goodies again.

the hubbs came home and convinced me to go for a walk again. we walked across the street to the coffee shop and got mochas, then walked to the end of the pier to watch the sunset. there were pelicans dive-bombing the waters all around us and a few otters swimming below us. the horizon was cloudy so the sunset wasn't spectacular but the reflection on the waters and the silhouettes of the birds in the rust colored sky was beautiful.

on our way home we walked through the shell shop that is down the street - disappointing. it is small, dirty, smelly, and jumbled. its like a head shop without any paraphernalia. mixes of shells, fairies, dragons, tiki masks, little ugly things from china... i was sad. the guy who owns it looks like a .. well, he was creepy, lets leave it at that. no use in calling people names.

then we walked through the little gift shop that the real estate lady owns... she's the main real estate lady (and her husband too i guess) in Imperial Beach. If you want to live here, you better talk to them, kinda thing. talked to the gal working there about the potential of putting candles there. could be good. we'll see. apparently the lady that runs that place is obsessed with primary colors - everything she owns, including the building, is red blue and yellow. gross. like preschool threw up all over this town.

then we went into the surf shop across the street. the building is misleading, that store is F'ing huge. cute dresses :) lots of surfboards, wet suits, skateboards, etc etc etc...

then came home. walked the dog a bit more, and by that time it was getting late. ate some leftovers, watched a movie or two, searched for a new wax supplier and to bed we went.

today we are supposed to be cleaning, but the hubbs is upstairs reading LOLs and i'm here blogging... so you can tell how this day is going... haha.

will put up pictures soon.


Friday, November 7, 2008

hungry hungry hamster houdini

i've been spending my last couple of days in the second bedroom trying to sort out all of my candle and craft stuff and set up a decent workspace. this room will double as the guest room so i'm trying to make it 'pretty' as well as functional. well you know me, this has proven to be quite the task, taking a long time.

anyway, yesterday i noticed that harvey had created a stuffing bowl on the bottom level of his pink castle next to the tube that leads to his tower. last week jm had taken the tape off of his wheel so he's been keeping us up at night while he runs... i figured he just decided to make his bed elsewhere so he could run at will. i peeked in on him and noticed that his wheel now also doubles as his potty spot and the damn thing was disgusting. so i pulled his wheel off and washed it. snce this place is so humid i set it out on the balcony to dry, and put the little pink stopper in place of the wheel hole... and then forgot to put his wheel back on.

this morning i go in to work some more and realize the stopper is gone and so is harvey. i start calling for him, looking for the stopper.. neither could be found. i figured he was under the couch, which is beside the table where he escaped. no biggie, i'll clean the room and he'll come out when he's hungry. so about my business i go. eventually i found the stopper in a box beside the tabe where his castle is... but no harvey.

a couple hours later, on the other side of the room i stood still for a few minutes trying to figure out where to put the clock. i heard crunching coming from the boxes below the clock. lo and behold, i had put all of his food in that box. there are holes in the side of the box for handles and he must have climbed in. so i took the lid off the box expecting to see him there munching away on something. no harvey.

i took everything out of the box. no harvey. i put everything back in the box. still no harvey. so i picked everything up and shook it. no harvey. so i started looking in every bag... and i found him inside the tall box of peanut butter dog biscuits, curled up in a ball, sleeping. so he had crawled all the way across the room, hopped into the big food box, and then into the biscuit box, munched on a biscuit and went to sleep. it was the cutest f'ing thing.

Monday, November 3, 2008

the move... a recap.

friday 10/24: well, the truck wasnt big enough. packed to the brim, but still missing furntiture and oddities. thanks to everyone who stopped by to help. i fell asleep on the floor. begging to leave by 1130. begging him not to put the car onto the trailer yet...

saturday 10/25: couldnt sleep with 2 adults on a twin bed. i kept falling off. me and the dog woke early and walked to the apt to start loading the car. which was put on the trailer. whose doors wouldnt open... loaded everything through the hatchback. fishies in a bucket... lets leave the cats behind. i'll come home tuesday to get the rest... the drive wasnt bad, made good time. hit downtown san diego by accdent, got lost. petrie doesnt look good... home at 7, set up fishtank, petrie really doesnt look good... dont feel like unloading the truck. hungry. get thai food and walk dog. cold. really tired..

sunday 10/26: woke early. walked dog in fog to coffee shop across the street. got coffee and muffins for the biscuit. 2 friends come to help. they kicked ass. pizza. nap. gizmo is pushing petrie around trying to get him to swim. very sad.

monday - dont remember. unpacking the kitchen mostly. oh- i drove to coronado island base to get decals and smog check. had lunch, killed my stomach. went shopping at commissary for the first time.

tuesday - drove to phoenix. got everything out of the apt. thanks again to mom tiff and shane for lots of help. to aunt doris' for bday cake. said farewells to family.

wednesday - finally got the drill. drove home to IB. finaly got to say goodbye to that godaweful city in the desert. petrie didnt make it.

thursday 10/30: more unpacking. evening - we took petrie in a bucket out onto the pier and dropped him into the ocean. bye bye petrie. i'm sorry you didnt make it. gizmo misses you.

friday 10/31: dinner at applebees for cheeseburger and spinach dip. got coffee. walked. pushed candy on kids that were walking the street.

saturday 11/1: early turnover. went with biscuit to base. had breakfast. went to home depot. got plants. got ouce cream.

sunday 11/2: chorizo. dont remember anything else.

monday 11/3: a day of unpacking, then in the evening the hubbs and i went to the beach for the first time. my feet got so cold my legs went numb to my knees, and it actually hurt to walk. it was the weirdest senstation the water wasnt even that cold! lots of seashells to hunt here. lots of ideas floating in my head about making sand candles. cant wait for the sand castle contest in the summer time.

tuesday 11/4: unpacking.

wednesday 11/5: job fair. bust. got ran over by someone in parking lot of wallys. breakdown. discouraged. biscuit smiles.

thursday and friday - more unpacking. movie watching. cooking. i made banana bread frm scratch at some point this week. it was good. i am super suzy homemaker.

pictures to come...