Monday, August 30, 2010


~7:00pm on August 29, 2010 at home.

there's a tradition in Argentina that says you should eat gnocchi on the 29th of each month, and you have to put a dollar bill under your plate so that it brings you good fortune.
i'm still waiting to get rich, but i do love eating gnocchi every chance i get! since my mom's staying with me during her house hunt, she made some sweet potato gnocchi for my friends and i. they were SOOOO good!



late afternoon on August 28, 2010 in (Golden Hill) San Diego, CA

i went to a dual birthday party today in the park. there's nothing like a park, a few beers, and some friends to spend a saturday afternoon!
our time at the park included some bocci ball. i was blue. (insert inappropriate joke here).
i discovered i really do suck at bocci ball, but i had a great time trying!



~2:00pm on August 27, 2010 in San Diego, CA

and my weekend of rest begins.... sorta. i took a trip downtown today that included a stroll through Seaport Village. there was a man there who rescues birds who are mistreated by their owners, and he nurses them back to health. they were beautiful!! these two colorful parrots were more than happy to strike a few poses for me :-)



5:00pm on August 26, 2010 in San Diego, CA

after 4 hours of prep, a couple weeks of planning, and loads of stress.... here's my presentation wall!! it was a great night, lots of fun, lots of friends, and lots of drinks :-)



~11:00pm on August 25, 2010 at home.

tomorrow night i'm showing my photos in an event at Fluxx in downtown San Diego.... big night!!!! so, the important question tonight is - what color polish do i put on my toes and my fingernails??
(by the way, i used the nude color on my finger nails, and the pinkish red on my toes)



12:30pm on August 24, 2010 in Vista, CA

Lola needed a bath again.... the poor girl has to settle for a quick wash during my lunch hour! still, she was shining like new when we pulled out :-)


Tuesday, August 24, 2010


11:30pm on August 23, 2010 at home.

“Just so you know, there's a space that only you can fill. Just so you know, I loved you then, I guess I always will.”

~unknown author



~9:00pm on August 22, 2010 at home.

this is what i looked at all day. matboard. the floor. scraps.
9. solid. hours. of. cutting.
at least i was looking at my pretty area rug :-)


Sunday, August 22, 2010


~7:30pm on August 21, 2010 in San Diego, CA.

my brother popped up in San Diego this weekend, so we got together for a little catch-up session and some food. we went to a sushi place downtown that i'd never been to, but we all really enjoyed it. this is what he got, which was one hell of a sushi sampler! i couldn't resist taking a picture of it since it looked so pretty :-)


Saturday, August 21, 2010


~12:30pm on August 20, 2010 in Vista, CA.

on my quest to find more letters for my little side project, i snapped this picture of the "a". not sure yet if i'll use it, but i liked how the picture turned out regardless.



7:00pm on August 19, 2010 in San Diego, CA.

i've lived in san diego for 7 years now, and tonight was my first time visiting Filippi's in little italy! after years of visiting their market and wondering why the restaurant in the back was always so crowded, i finally got to see it for myself. the pizza was great! the garlic bread was awesome, too. and the atmosphere was totally great and worth the wait. we went early because i'd seen the crowds gather outside this place regularly, and sure enough when we left there was a line out the door and then some!
these jugs were hanging from the ceiling all over the place, as well as hanging down a couple of walls. next time, i'll have to ask about getting one up there for me :-)



~9:00pm on August 18, 2010 in Point Loma (San Diego), CA.

tonight i met with a small group of friends to watch the movie Revenge of the Nerds in the outdoor pool area of a local hotel. it ROCKED! i'd forgotten how great that movie was, and to watch it outside with a beer in my hand was pretty awesome. i'll definitely be back there for other movies!



6:00pm on August 17, 2010 in La Jolla, CA.

i have a mini project going on for an upcoming show i'm participating in ( i need to gather several letters from different places to form a few words. trust me, in my mind it looks amazing!  so this is the first letter i snapped a picture of. i got it off a license plate.... unfortunately, i probably won't use it because it's a capital case letter, and i really would like lower case. not to worry, i've gathered quite a few other letters since this one :-)



mid-afternoon on August 16, 2010 in Vista, CA.

we finally got our sunshine back! the light was streaming in through my window at work all afternoon. heaven! :-)


Monday, August 16, 2010


~7:00pm on August 15, 2010 in San Diego, CA.

so i'm presenting my work at this wonderful event in a couple of weeks, and i need to figure out how i'm going to display my photos. since all i really know right now is that i have a 6'x7' black background to place the work on, i created my own full-size mock-up on my closet doors! thank goodness for construction paper and scotch tape :-)



6:45am on August 14, 2010 in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA.

i didn't sleep well. at all. so.... i was up at 6:30 this morning. trust me, that's not at all like me! but i took advantage of a quiet campground and beautifully chilly beach, and i went for a walk along the water early in the morning. among my sightings was a my old friend, lifeguard tower 16, and a lot of seaweed. since i've already shown tower 16 on here, i present to you.... the seaweed!



wee hours of the night, August 13, 2010 in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA.

tonight i went to the San Elijo campgrounds with some friends to spend the night enjoying the outdoors. despite getting a nasty stomach bug (or some level of food- poisoning??), i had a blast. i could spend hours by the campfire and be perfectly content.
one of the girls there had a fabulous hat, which happened to look extra fabulous by the fire...



11:30pm on August 12, 2010 in Poway, CA.

there was supposedly a meteor shower tonight... since i seem to pass out pretty early these days, there was no way i was gonna make it till the middle of the night to watch it. i did, however, manage to go out around 11:30 and drive out to where there are less lights to see if i could get a sneak peek. this is my mom in the passenger seat, looking out through the moon roof, keeping an eye out for any shooting starts.
results: we saw no shooting stars. but we did give the local cop a scare when he saw a random car parked in the dark in an industrial park. :-)



~8:30pm on August 11, 2010 in La Jolla, CA.

i love going to the beach at sunset and staying till after dark. it's less crowded, it's cooler, and it's just a bit calmer.



5:30pm on August 10, 2010 in San Diego, CA.

another day of fine california traffic.... this last mile or so of my commute usually takes me 10 minutes to do. today was a little heavier than usual, so i had some spare time on my hands to take a picture :-)



~7:00pm on August 9, 2010 in San Diego, CA.

do you know how many versions of Thomas the Train are in target? a lot. do you know the difference between them? neither do i. but i'm pretty convinced that my 3-yr-old nephew does.


Sunday, August 8, 2010


11:00am on August 8, 2010 in La Jolla, CA.

i stopped at the La Jolla Open Aire Market today, and every time i go there i just drool over all the houses. it's not even about how big they are, because most of them aren't that big. the neighborhood just has such character that i start daydreaming about what life would be in one of those homes. this fence caught my attention.... maybe it made me wonder what was behind it......



5:45pm on August 7, 2010 in San Diego, CA.

the good thing about going to an early bird dinner? no line for the frozen yogurt machine!



12:45pm on August 6, 2010 in Vista, CA.

oh Big Gulp, i've missed you. have you missed me too? i promise to never leave you for so long again!



~10:00pm on August 5, 2010 at home.

tonight i focused on alfajores... a classic! here's my mom's trio of alfajores varieties. this picture doesn't even begin to do them justice!



8:00pm on August 4, 2010 at home.

so we got my mom's cooking supplies out of the storage unit recently, and she's gotten a running start on her baking! tonight she was making pastafrola (strawberry pie/tart). i couldn't resist getting some photos of her in action.



10:00pm on August 3, 2010 at home.

some photographers get fancy and expensive new camera bags... have all sorts of tools and gadgets and accessories....
i'm not quite like that. call me old school, but i think my eyes are my most important tools. 
this bag seems to fit me much better. it's a bit bulky, yes, but it's got personality and looks quite awesome :-)



11:00pm on August 2, 2010 at home.

sometimes all you've got left at the end of the day is a little bit o' change.... gotta save up those nickels and dimes for a rainy day :-)



5:00pm on August 1, 2010 at home.

i got to play supermodel today while i put on my mom's handmade aprons for some photos so we could post them online to sell. granted, i have a long way to go before i reach kate moss status, but it was still fun :-)



all afternoon on July 31, 2010 in Yuma, CA.

this was pretty much my view for five hours as i floated down a river on a tube, clutching my beer(s) and praying my camera didn't get wet. next time, i think i'll just take mental pictures and leave more room for beer on the tube :-)



~7:00pm on July 30, 2010 at home.

so my mom's not too good with directions, and since she just recently moved to the city I drew up a basic map for her to find her favorite stores in my area. it was only a small map, but i gotta say it was kinda fun to just draw something again! maybe it's time to bust out the sketchbooks again...



11:00pm on July 29, 2010 at home.

when in doubt, take a picture of things you're familiar with... this lamp was an unexpected find when i first moved to this apartment 5 years ago. who knew i'd still like it so much after all this time?


Wednesday, August 4, 2010


~10:00pm on July 28, 2010 at home.

and yet i still have nothing to wear.....



~10:00pm on July 27, 2010 at home.

sometimes you just gotta make your furniture smile :-)



11:00pm on July 26, 2010 at home.

and such are my priorities.... my phone, some lotion on hand (gotta keep those hands from crackin'!), and hair bands.



July 25, 2010 post (preview of July 31, 2010 near Yuma, CA)

this picture is actually a preview.... i let the 25th slip by. oops!



~10:00pm in July 24, 2010 in San Diego, CA

for some reason i'd never noticed that the trees along University Ave. are all lit up in different colors at night... made for a fun distraction over a glass (or glasses) of wine.



8:30am on July 23, 2010 in Vista, CA.

we were out of stirrers at the office, so my fork got a bubble bath :-)


Tuesday, August 3, 2010


~9:00pm on July 22, 2010 at home.

here it is! my first photo sale through etsy, ready to go into a mailing envelope and be sent to Illinois :-)



July 21, 2010 at home.

i sold this print today!! now to figure out how i'm going to package it, and hopefully end up with a happy customer :-)



~11:00pm on July 20, 2010 at home.

when i helped my mom with her recent move, we came across a lot of family items that we'd forgotten about. among them was this handkerchief, which was actually in my nightstand for some reason! turns out it belonged to my great-grandmother, on my father's side of the family.
so after the move, my mom gave it to me to keep as a keepsake of that side of the family. it now has a permanent spot on my nightstand :-)



early afternoon on July 19, 2010 in Vista, CA.

i was bored at work. i looked up. i took a picture.
fascinating, i know.



~9:00pm on July 18, 2010 at home.

i took a trip down memory lane tonight with a little bit of El Chavo del 8. of course, i just had to ask my sister to do her dead-on impression of Chico, too! :-)