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much needed update: new job, camera obscura, new place, summer of love 2009 and major changes.
June 9, 2009, 10:48 am
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i've negelected you, pretty things. don't cry -- i'm back and better than ever!

i've negelected you, pretty things. don't cry -- i'm back and better than ever!

hey everyone! i’m pretty sure i’m back. considering that i spend a lot more time at home now [because my roommates are AMAZING!] and the fact that i haven’t got jack shit to do until september, you’ll be hearing from me again.
first of all, my new place is awesome. huge, cozy and beautiful, i’m working on turning my room into a little bungalow. i just got my desk this past weekend, and everything is falling into place. although i may only be here for a year, i want it to feel like my place. my roommates, tom and daniella, are hilarious. i’ve forgotten how nice it is to have friends for roommates and to be able to come home for a long day and just get blitzed.
second, i’m managing editor of the paper next semester! i ended this run of the paper with a bang and i’m ready to work my magic on publication next semester. i’m probably going to be stressed, but i can’t deny what i’m good at, no matter how insane it makes me.
and my new job! i basically sit on my ass and listen to music all day and its amazing. i’m working four days a week, which is going to be the perfect amount for being able to
summer is getting off the ground finally. i have been waiting for it to hurry the fuck up forEVER because of some things that happened in the beginning, but it seems to finally have caught up with my spirit. i’m hanging out with tons of people this week and its already improving my mood.
last night, i went to see camera obscura at the fillmore and it was AMAZING. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. i’m pretty sure we caught most of the set, but we ran in mid-song, so i’m hoping that we caught everything. that girl is fucking adorable. i really want to hang out with her and write songs and drink tea and stay up really late joking about boys. yeah, that kind of adorable.
i was a little drunk, but this is what i can remember of the setlist:

“away with murder”
“my maudlin career”
“french navy”
“lloyd i’m ready to be heartbroken”
“lets get out of this country”
“eighties fan”
“books written for girls”
“i don’t want to see you”

there may be a few that i’ve forgotten, but that was the gist of it, which was great. all the songs i wanted to hear, especially “eighties fan”, are all on there. i just tried to upload some of their tunes for you, but mediafire is being a cuntbag right now. i wish i would have bought a t-shirt or something to wear with my skirt and heels, but you know how the fillmore is when you’re trying to get out — its like trying to fit a fat girl in a smart car.
yesterday was also choice, since i got to go to the uptown AND weird fish, all in the same night. their vegan smorgeshborg of deliciousness is still keeping my belly full the next day. also, my company was extremely enjoyable — i hope i get to go out with him again.
until next time, catch up with me at stu’s site. i’ve written some pretty hilarious shit since we last spoke, and i think it deserves a read. :]

…and, i’m back.
February 8, 2009, 11:54 am
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so after taking a day for myself to go around and run errands, walk around in the sun, smoke a little to relax and going out with a pretty good friend for dinner, i feel immeasurably better. i ate good food and soaked up some carefree-ness that i obviously needed.
since its kind of a crappy day out and the only thing i’m going to be doing today is taking carlos out to lunch [sorry dude, i was just way too tired!], i’m going to spend the day doing homework, drinking coffee, watching movies and

what a beaut!

what a beaut!

relaxing. i just bought funny face and breakfast at tiffany’s, and i’m also considering pineapple express. then again, there is always netflix. [watch helvetica, the documentary. though slightly boring, it will be super interesting if you’re into design even in the least.]
so on thursday night, i went to this amazing indian place in the tenderloin with daniella and jack. it was byob and a lot of fun, but guess what i found on the street? A TYPEWRITER! and not just any typewriter, but a working, italian typewriter from the ’50’s with working ribbon still in it! i’ve been playing with it on and off all weekend and on friday night, i made valentines on it. its a dream. i’ve always wanted one and it was like a sign when i found it. plus, when i googled it, it was known to be the journalist’s typewriter of choice back in the day, so maybe i’m right? :]
last night, i went to the elbo room and [FINALLY!] weird fish with daniella. weird fish is surprisingly super amazing. we got way too much food, but a chance to try everything. both of their soups [spicy tortilla soup and clam chowder] were really good, but i liked the spicy tortilla soup slightly better. the yo-yo’s, which are fried dill pickles served with two different sauces, WERE SO GOOD. seriously, i know you’re thinking, “what the hell?” but they were awesome. and lastly, the fish and chips were to die for. slaw, salty french fries and sweet potato fries as a basket base? call how the newsroom looks all the a fat kid, but i’m sold. and the tilapia and cod were both delicious and flaky. sorry i didn’t take pictures — we were having a pretty serious conversation and the place was cute but no bigger than the size of a cardboard box. check out weird fish! its surprisingly affordable and really delish. i’m still looking to go to msf in the coming weeks.
the other thing that bummed me out was i found a pair of leather ferragamo flats at a thrift store for $14 [i’m pretty sure the girl upcharged me from the original price, but ev.] and they’re like a 1/2 size too big! i want to cry, i loved them a lot. they even had a bow on the toes with a gold ferragamo piece between them. :[ if anything, i might try and sell them on ebay or to someone i know for the same price. i am determined to find a pair and will keep looking on ebay to find one that fits. i also need to repair this amazing vintage dress i picked up last month…there is always so much to do!
expect more frequent updates…since i will be in the newsroom a lot and because of circumstances i will have a bit more time on my hands, i will work to give you guys some more content.
have a lazy sunday.

ps: also, if joaquin phoenix got off the smack and realized he’s a great music video director, maybe he wouldn’t be renouncing his acting career, trying to rap or showing up at san francisco planning commission meetings.

this is my favorite by them. favorite favorite favorite. its as if shoegaze and the smashing pumpkins fucked non-stop for a week and had octuplets. its that good. i can’t wait for the new album, or when they come back to town again. [long story short, carlos’ boss is the aunt of the keyboardist which means FREE TIX.]
but on a side note, who watches music videos anymore anyway?

update, d00d.
February 5, 2009, 8:22 pm
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this week has been hectic. i was putting out fires at the paper all week, not eating and then overeating, not getting any sleep and not seeing any of my friends. i almost broke up with my boyfriend at school yesterday, while sitting two tables away from some really close friends.
i don’t know what is wrong with me. i really need to find a routine that doesn’t stress me out while i’m in production. since the weekends are pretty much the only time that i have any moments to myself, i need to find ways to cope. its not that i don’t want to be there every step of the way with the paper, but i also need to not drive myself to the point of insanity. i was so stressed out last night that i smoked a joint at school. i thought that i would never do that, but i was just so overwhelmed that i did it. and i don’t want to be that kid anymore, the one that gets high before class and makes grades and thinks its fucking hilarious. idk. i want to keep weed out of the picture for the moment.
in other news…
american apparel got stopped! how awesome is that?
anyway, i’m still waiting for my tshirt to come in. c’mon print liberation, don’t let me down!
tomorrow is going to be a much needed day of errands and running around the city. hopefully i’ll run into someone? i’m hoping so.
and i got my financial aid money! YESSS. 😀
expect pictures soon. i’m sorry i haven’t been busting them out as frequently [or posts for that matter], but i’ve been in the newsroom all week and the last thing i need is a gig of pictures from those arrogant assholes.
what did you do this week?

hanging out with holly and kayla’s 22nd birthday.
January 18, 2009, 11:25 am
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yesterday was a bit of madness, which i really do like on days where you do nothing but wait for the night, just like yesterday.
i was bumming around the house, debating on going to the gym and finishing up some last minute touches on kayla’s birthday present when i saw my lovely friend, holly, calling. since i don’t get to hang out with holly often because she is so busy [read: artist trying to make it, three different jobs, boyfriend, friends up the yin yang and more projects you can shake a stick at], so when the moment presents itself its almost near impossible to turn down. after hastily getting ready, i ran out the door with kayla’s present and went to meet her.

cappuccino and latte

cappuccino and latte

the mission was perfect on a day like yesterday, so i’m hoping my holga shots actually came out. we had lunch at ti couz — they have such good crepes! i had the pleasure of having the ratatouille and it was to die for. since mistral in the ferry building closed, i have been craving it nonsensically for the past month, so it filled the void. if you have never had ratatouille, let me know. you are truly missing out and we might be able to make it from an awesome recipe i have!
we headed to clothes contact after catching up and, though i shouldn’t have, i got this awesome black victorian/sexy secretary/slightly gothy dress that is super super amazing. i’m losing more and more weight and it was a little big on me, but nothing a waist belt can’t fix. i’m in love with it — its one of those things that i want to wear all the time, no matter how inappropriate. i also got two lovely scarves. pictures soon to come!
after that, we headed to four barrel coffee, which was so wonderful. i had walked by a few times before on my way to little star, but had never been in. the space is super well designed and filled with ridiculously expensive espresso machinery. but its so rustic — think lots of imperfect, but finished wood, taxidermy, chandeliers and crazy period-referencing wallpaper. they have their own roasting machine in the back, which was quite epic to watch. the tables were perfect and tiny, like little school desks. the coffee was also amazing — not too much bite, but strong and full of great aromatic tones. the only thing i don’t like is they only offer whole milk and soy — something i’m going to have to either make room in my diet for [whole] or get used to [soy — yuck.]
after dropping by miette and getting kayla an amazing last minute gift [with a great wrap job by holly], i headed to north beach to meet the gang at rogue ale.
now, don’t get me wrong, my best friend has impeccable taste, but i don’t get the lure of rogue. sure they have good beers, but you can buy them in the store. their food didn’t look that great — i had one french fry so i
birthday girl.

birthday girl.

couldn’t really judge, but for what people paid for it did not look up-to-par. the waitress was super nice and she gave pretty good service to a big group of people, but the ambiance was horrible. as i said, the chairs were those horrible foldups with cushion that you find at PTA meetings. when they’re charging $6 a beer, nicer chairs and a bit better atmosphere would probably have been better.
i gave her the loot, which she was pretty jazzed over. i was surprised, since i didn’t think the journal was really my best work and i thought it was a little cheesy, but she had everyone sign it and she liked it a whole lot. the winner of the night though was the chocolate mustache on a stick, which everyone had a ride on….multiple times. towards the end of the night, people were on the verge of dirty sanchez’es due to the amount of heat and upper lip coming into contact with the tiny piece of cellophane wrapped around it. the mustache voices that accompanied said rides were even better.
we headed to specs after that, which was still expensive [FOUR DOLLARS FOR A BUD, SERIOUSLY?], but super fun. being drunk in that place must be a trip cause there is so much to look at. i had a few more drinks and wished the birthday troupe goodbye, as i was out of monies and getting really tired at this point from walking to the mission, to hayes valley, through downtown and up into north beach. i’m getting really good at walking the city on foot. its so much more fun than muni, too.

humphry slocombe — a mouthful of twisted goodness!
January 16, 2009, 2:38 pm
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if you live in the mission or are there a lot, you know 24th street is the next big spot. first it was divis, then polk and now 24th street is getting a gentrified, hipster makeover. phat philly has found a great home near mission street, and i hear their sandwiches are to die for [despite the fact that cheese whiz is not used on them! i’m sure philly is outraged, but all in the name of great food, right?]. george’s on 24th already has an avid fan base for their delicious roasted potatoes and tender, juicy meats. but the best one to move in so far? humphry slocombe.
though the ice cream shop is hard to miss with this blue awning, chances are you’ll spot the huge line outside the door first. the hot weather in january has made the perfect atmosphere for an opening — almost to the point where you’d think they’d planned it. but its their great customer service, warm smiles and very unusual flavors that make this place a must visit next time you’re thinking of taking the 14 or the 49.
for just $4.50, you can get three scoops to share with all your friends and, let me assure you, there is something for everyone. we tried the:

  • valrhona fudgesicle. [extremely rich — for serious chocolate lovers only!]
  • guinness gingerbread. [with real chunks! delicious and somewhat savory.]
  • balsamic caramel. [the real winner. so tangy and amazing. if you doubt it even for a second, just dive straight in. you won’t forget it.]

they offer free tastes of everything, just in case you’re a little unsure about the salt and pepper or foie gras. [yes, they really have foie gras ice cream!] and though they are looking to produce the 20-30 or so flavors on the back of their postcards, they are producing small batches for now to ease into the demand. soon they will be offering sundaes and cones as well — i can’t wait!
the ice cream is rich and creamy and is not for the faint of heart. trust me, you’ll want to try them all, but if you’re alone, one scoop will definitely do you. go support some awesome local frozen goodness!

humphry slocombe.