something to look forward to.


five favorite blogs.
October 27, 2009, 9:02 pm
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I want to start doing installations of blogs I love. One of the things I never get enough of is my Google Reader, and I love catching new blogs. Week to week, I may feature a theme or a topic that all of the blogs may encompass, but for the first installation, I’m just going to do a good mix of new everyday reads and old favorites that I’m a die-hard fan of. Check em out!

from "10 things I adore" VIA bleubird vintage!

    Bleubird Vintage: http://bleubirdvintage.typepad.com/blog/
    I managed to stumble across this the other day by accident, and what a surprise! Though there isn’t much to read here, the thoughts and pictures are wonderful. It IS photo heavy, so if you’re on a slow internet connection, this isn’t the best website to be looking at. You can follow them on twitter: @bleubirdvintage

    Not Cot: http://www.notcot.org
    Though it has multiple components, including sister blog Not Couture, Not Cot still manages to deliver some of the hottest items of news in the design world. Though it is post heavy during the day [somewhere between 20-30 a day], their site interaction makes it easy to navigate and catch up. Whether its the new Shepard Fairey installation or a cool, random, independent online game, Not Cot usually blogs about it first. You can follow them on twitter: @notcot
    California Beat: http://californiabeat.wordpress.com/
    This is a more news-driven site, something that I don’t think I read enough of. This is a great example of a community news blog that does an amazing job of getting transit and regional news out to a large number of people. I really like the way that the reporting is done, and their alerts on twitter are usually some of the first I see. If anything, I would recommend keeping it bookmarked just to check for updates on major news stories that other outlets might fail to discover. You can follow them on twitter: @californiabeat

sadly discontinued vegan burger from mission burger VIA vegansaurus

What are some of your favorite blogs? What would you like featured on the site? Let me know in the comments.
I think its time for a little bit more brainstorming and some Mad Men before bed. Maybe Don will inspire some genius in me. Goodnight!

monica
xoxoxoxoxo

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sunday crafty sunday!
October 25, 2009, 9:32 pm
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this past weekend has been just what i needed! it has cost me a pretty penny, but i needed to pull the trap door loose and just escape. having four jobs that all don’t pay is frustrating, but its nice when i can take a weekend off and just relax.

the indie mart vintage event today at workshop was amazing! a lot of great people came through and it was so positive. the heat was killer, but it was so beautiful out — the perfect kind of day that we needed. kelly taught me how to sew [!!!] and i made flannel and jean beer cozies. she’s going to take in all my old band shirts that i want to save and she’s going to hem my sookie shorts for my costume! i also met a lot of amazing people, finally got in the photo booth and hung out with old friends. i’m so happy to be a part of workshop — it really makes your day to be doing great stuff for amazing people.

last night was awesome — i finally hung out with my friend amanda and we had a blast. i needed some cheap clothes that were going to last me a couple of months, and i didn’t really feel like thrifting, so we hit up forever 21. i got the cutest plaid dress that fits me perfectly! i had so much rich food this weekend that it was a little tight when i changed into my house clothes tonight, but who cares! we also went by the rickshaw stop and watched her friends band, diego’s umbrella. it was good and interesting. i never really go to clubs, so its always funny to see the kinds of crowds that show up.

i’m off to copy-edit and start jotting down ideas for workshop, bas.com and the paper. hope all of you had a stellar weekend!

xoxoxoxoxo
monica

ps: i had an awesome feature post over at bas.com this past weekend…check it out and leave me some love!



Sleepy Sun
October 17, 2009, 11:18 am
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So I stumbled across this band by accident. One of my old co-workers was obsessed with these kids, but I always thought she was a little insane so I never bothered. But they’re insanely good. I just picked up their record last night on our road trip and its awesome. I interviewed them recently for BAS.com, so go check it out! And if you’ll be at Treasure Island this weekend, see them on the Bridge Stage at noon. You’ll seriously be in for a show.

xoxoxoxoxox
monica



news love.
October 17, 2009, 12:14 am
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sad day everywhere for journalists.

sad day everywhere for journalists.


Life has taken on a new pattern, a new meaning. I’m suddenly dedicated to my work, and I don’t think its a bad thing. It’s certainly producing results, and I don’t think I should complain. I’m starting to realize the price of hard work, and the pay off is always an immensely satisfying high that I’m not sure I can describe.
This past Monday, I had a job consultation/advising session with a representative of NPR. I put together my best clips, wore a really amazing blouse and somehow nailed it. The representative, though not offering a job immediately, told me I should apply for the Summer 2010 cycle and to list her as one of my fans in my cover letter. Exciting.
Next Monday, I am interviewing in a similar style as a contender for the Hearst Fellowship. Though this is a fantastic opportunity and I will actually get paid more than a stipend, I’m somehow less excited and more nervous. I know that many student journalists would dream of this chance, but I more or less think that NPR is going more towards the future. In terms of Hearst, we’re not entirely sure how long the Chronicle will be holding on, or any other paper on their roster for that matter. Though I will take anything that I can get, I will say that Hearst would have sealed the deal with me if the Seattle Post-Intelligencer was still in print.
This past week was crazy news week. The storm that flew in from the Pacific rocked our campus like no other, and I was able to get a breaking news clip underneath my belt for the first time this semester. I managed my team extremely well and put everyone in the right places, and I’m proud of myself for handling a news event in such a calm and intelligent way. I’m proud of my work thus far with [X]press, and I think it’s only going to get better.
The Bay Area edition of the New York Times premiered today, and I gotta say I love it. I also love that its only 2 days a week, since I will totally be able to afford it every week. It’s going to be great — I already really like the wine article and the article on the new police chief in Oakland. I’m aiming high, but I’ve got my eyes on the prize as far as that paper is concerned. Hopefully I’ll get my foot in the door someday.
I also just discovered the New York Times Reader. I’m kind of amazed that this hasn’t been talked about more. It backs up the latest 7 days of news content — including photo slideshows and videos — and you don’t have to be connected to the internet to use it. Its $14.95/month for the whole version, and I think I want to subscribe. This thing is blowing my mind right now!
On a rather solemn ending note, Tom showed me this photographer’s photos of what the albatross actually survives on. Frightening, but sobering. If you have a weak stomach, exercise caution before clicking ahead. You’ve been warned.

xoxoxo
monica.



which one do i buy?
February 21, 2009, 11:39 am
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there is too much to catch up on, i know, but which one do i buy?


they’re all the same price, so that’s not even a factor. i just need a nice black bag because i need it to match my outfits better. love my brown one, but i’m anal about black and brown pairings.
i’ve also discovered this week that i can have an insane amazing crush on monday and have it fizzle by friday. how fickle my heart is.



its like, the rarest.
February 13, 2009, 8:49 pm
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i’ve had a lazy day and a great week. first of all, lets get started with ootrff:

  • since i started wearing sneaks again after acquring my court forces, i’m all about them now. i’m thinking about buying more and more pairs everyday. the special coraline dunks are super pretty [doesn’t that movie look adorable?] and these married to the mob tributes to chanel are gorg. i want em all right now
  • this is pretty old but this photo set is still creepy as fuck.
  • the indie mart is back! i’m thinking about doing a preview in the paper for it. i’m pretty stoked, since i missed the christmas one. i’m hoping to save a little cash so i can maybe go shopping — they always have pretty cool vendors.
  • going out to eat. dammit, it will be the best of me, but i don’t care. i love trying new places and i’m determined more and more to try different types of food. i’m still wanting to go to mission street food hardcore.


i think i’m staying in tonight. after getting baked today and going to stuart’s house and eating way too much [fuck dude, i realized how much i ate after i left and its a little worrisome. it could be because i didn’t eat anything but an apple in the morning but shit. hahaha.], i’m pretty tired, sleepy, full and happy. i want to go out, but a lot of my friends are hanging with people i don’t want to hang with or they already have plans with others. plus, its fucking storming out and its been scattered showers all day, which sucks. i feel like i have been wearing the same outfit for the last month because its the only thing that i can wear in layers and i look semi decent. on top of that, i’m flat broke and still trying to go to the grocery store. [though i seem to be avoiding it like crazy.]
this week’s issue was awesome, if you go to state and you get a chance to pick it up, do so. my section looked really good and had little errors in it. a lot of the stuff in the news section ended up looking horrible, but that’s alright. the only thing going in my portfolio is my page.
i need to meet new dudes and people, its one of those feelings coming up again. it happens every time i go through a breakup, i think. which is good, that should be the rule for everyone. i’m just so bad at going out and talking to random people by myself. and i’m convinced that i don’t really look approachable. i’m trying to work on it, but i think a lot of people get intimidated, which i hate.
also, i’m selling tickets for noisepop on craigslist! help a girl out and get cheaper tickets! i’m willing to negotiate.



off on the right foot friday
January 30, 2009, 10:46 am
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things that i am loving/talking about/needing to list at the moment:
–first of all, the lineup for coachella is amazing. i want to go this year really badly — i want to get a group of people together to go. its totally do-able and we’ll be exhausted but it will totally be worth it. who’s with me?!
–i bought this shirt a couple of nights ago and i’m in LOVE. i cannot wait until it gets here. i’m trying not to tell too many people cause i know its that amazing. print liberation, i love you.
–i really want this tote or this t-shirt. i love the print.
–i had one of my kids write about it in the first issue, but i’m currently loving the castro theatre more then normal. i think i’m going to one of the last film noir showings this weekend with doug [and hopefully emma and morgaaaan] and i can’t wait!
–i just realized i still haven’t ordered this. what the fuck!
–i’m realizing i’m on a tshirt kick right now. i really need more skirts though.
–i’ve gotten into packing my lunch again, and i’m really glad. its allowed me to track what i’m eating but also control my portions, since most of my bento cases are small.

i’m also thinking of getting a zipcar membership, or finding someone to split it with. i really just want to drive sometimes.