Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Congratulations Maria Rosa Gonzalez

As you know, I like donating to folks through Kiva. Well, I have another success story to share with you!


Congrats to Maria Rosa Gonzalez who works in Mexico City. Five months ago, Maria borrowed $25 from me   (and $500 from other people) to buy wholesale clothing which she resells at a flea market. Lending on Kiva is sort of my what-I-do-on-a-shitty-day-to-make-myself-feel-better-about-the-world thing (yesterday, I used my Kiva credit that Maria paid back to lend to this woman). I originally chose Maria from the list of hundreds of Kiva borrowers because we have the same last name...us Gonzalez women have to look out for each other. :)

You can learn more about Kiva, a micolending organization that changes lives, at Kiva.org.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

That time I was a greedy four year old

My mom has been asking me to make an xmas list. Truman creates an xmas wish list on his blog every year and imitation is the finest form of flattery right?

I'm a little hesitant to make a list this year because, as it turns out, I'm leading a pretty charmed life these days...I can't really think of much that I need (actually, come to think of it we do kind of need a garlic press, my hands have been smelling for 3 days from the last garlic endeavor). But, relatives have asked for a list, so at the risk of sounding like a snotty five year old...here's the list:


This cool LA locket from this Etsy seller


Little Big Town's The Reason Why (we saw them in August and they were awesome!)


The new Rihanna 


62mm graduated filter like this one for taking pretty pictures of the outdoors with my Sony DSLR

Some sort of introductory knitting needle set (I got a book...I'm trying to learn...you will all be getting ugly scarves for xmas next year).


A gift card to amazon so I can watch these crazy people streaming on demand. Seriously, we don't get Bravo and I miss watching the nutty housewives (and it's $26 a season on Amazon). Alternatively, I suppose you could upgrade my cable for me. :)


Simple silver necklace like this one


Cute black or mustard yellow flats, size 7.5


A new DVR remote, I would make Emmy replace it but she's been having trouble finding a paying gig these days. Bad economy I guess.

Gift certificates for hair cuts at Three Birds Salon or brow waxes at Emerald City Brow  or Pilates.

Speaking of gift cards here's where I like to shop: Amazon, TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack,Groupon. 


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Rescued Vintage Dresser

Last month, Truman and I rescued a homeless dresser from my boss's alley. I pulled up to work and found a pretty awesome, if slightly beat up, vintage dresser behind the office. Bill was just going to throw it away! Pssh! When it didn't fit into either of our cars he even dropped it off at my house for me. Sweet!

Some elbow grease, vintage nobs from Etsy, some wood filler, two cans of primer, and two cans of gray spray paint later, it's significantly nicer than the dresser we were previously using. We followed the tips from Centsational Girl's blog to complete the project. We didn't do a coat of Polyurethane but I'm considering going back over it once the weather warms up.

 As found in the alley: a little beat up. 

 The biggest issue was that a few strips of veneer had come off the top. 

 A few blemishes.


 Ok, so the veneer was a little harder to get off than we initially thought it would be. I'm not sure I would have been able to get it all off myself. Here's Truman with our 5-in-1 tool and a hammer, chiseling it off. The interwebs suggested we use a heat gun...which, or course, we didn't have. And by the way, a hair dryer was no help.

 We used Elmer's wood filler to fill in the chipped areas prior to sanding and priming. 

 A coat of primer and roughly two coats of paint. It started to rain as we finished up or I would have gotten a picture in better lighting. It's not nearly as blotchy as these picture would leave you to believe. 

The vintage pulls I ordered and spray painted were only a set of 7 so I picked up these glass knobs from Home Depot for the top drawer. 


Vintage pulls, before they got their face lift. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

1. Yes, I backdated this post...by a day...whatever, it's my blog, I can warp time if I want to.
2. Happy belated Thanksgiving! I'm always so conflicted about this holiday. On one hand, I'm all about practicing gratitude (and lets be honest, I can use some practice). I also love spending time with  friends and family. On the other hand, thanks to the convoluted "pilgrims and Indians" crap I was taught at a fourth grader, I kind of feel like I'm celebrating genocide. It probably doesn't help that I'm finally finishing Lies My Teacher Told Me.
3. Can we all take a moment to pout? I was up at 6a on black Friday...and it wasn't to shop.


Anyhow, we spent the last few days visiting Truman's family in Kingsport, TN. The dog spent the last few days eating both our couches while we were gone...but that's another post. Couch destruction aside, it was nice to go visit with Truman's family for a few days. His brother drove in from DC, the CO contingent flew in and his Aunt drove 900 miles from NY to spend the holiday with Truman's grandparents. We spent the days working (me on my computer and the men-folk helping out with yard work), learning to knit (me) and playing cribbage (everyone else). Sorry to disappoint, but I didn't take a single picture of the goats this year.

This is a playground near his grandparent's house. It's awesome! It was built to be inclusive of differently-abled kids. I'd never seen a playground that was so braille and wheel chair friendly...and it was huge. Pretty cool. 

 Not super inclusive of the six foot tall set, however. 

 Marta forgot to bring her puppets. Tragic. 

 We all kind of match, how Fly Girls of us. 

 Walker: 1, Geese: 0

 Race along the fence posts, my dad would have rocked at this. 

 We went down to Ashville, NC on Friday afternoon. Super cute town with possibly the best use book store (slash wine bar!) I've every been in. 

 On a little hike on the Appalachian Trail on our way back from Ashville. 


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

So...We Lost...

Thank you so much to everyone who voted in the Chase Community Giving event that I blogged about. We came so close! Ms. JD finished in position 113 with over 1200 votes. Sadly, only the top 100 got the $25,000 grant, but it was still a great turn out...maybe next year.

Speaking of Ms. JD....I apologize for the lack of blogging. I've been up to my ears in work. :(

In case you've missed me, here's a picture of Truman and I losing at drag queen bingo a few weeks ago.



Sunday, November 13, 2011

Want me to adore you forever?

Then sign on to facebook and vote for Ms. JD, the non-profit I work for, to win $25,000. Here's all you have to do:

1. Visit the Chase Community Giving App.
2. Vote for Ms. JD by clicking the "vote and share" button.
3. Tell all your friends!

Click here to get the process started. If the link doesn't work you can paste this into your browser: https://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/205112363-ms-jd


I really would think that you were super duper awesome if you voted for us. If my adoration isn't enough the mission of the organization should be. Here's our mission statement:

Ms. JD seeks to support and improve the experiences of women law students and lawyers. Obstacles to equal participation hinder not only women in the law but also their colleagues, clients, children, and communities. Ms. JD consequently strives to give voice to why it matters that women continue to overcome barriers to achieve gender parity in the profession. In doing so, Ms. JD spreads the word: women’s victories are everyone’s victories.


We also have tons of great programs that include mentorship program, an online library, a blog, a national program for law students, and a scholarship for women in Uganda who would not otherwise be able to go to law school.  So, in a nut shell: Awesome cause, cool friend of yours who will adore you forever, you were going to be on facebook any way. 


Go vote. Do it now. 



Monday, November 7, 2011

(House)Plant

Truman and I are both really really terrible at keeping house plants alive. We do OK with bamboo but that's about it.

So, when this little guy started growing through the window I kind of appreciated him. I also appreciated the tenacity, it seems like a good example to have in one's office.



Truman pointed out that the ivy (which is probably crushing our landlord's underground plumbing and creating all manor of havoc) was actually forcing the window open and keeping my office super cold.



So my one surviving house plant got evicted today. Sad for him, good for warmth and our heating bill.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Bowser

This is Bowser.He's awesome. He snores and chases tennis balls and LOVES the century city mall. His favorite shop is the apple store because it has cool floors. He lives with Matt who we stayed with in LA and I wanted to dognap him.

That is all.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Shake it, girl!

Olivia learned to shake a while back, but I forgot to post about it. Isn't she cute? Number 27, officially off the list! As for list item number 1, Emmy shows no sign of learning to walk nicely on a leash. Good times. 

video

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ghouls, Ghosts, and Gays

I had a board meeting for work that just happened to fall on Halloween weekend...in Southern California. What luck! I worked all weekend in San Diego and then drove up to LA to meet up with Truman who was hanging out with one of his college roomies. The work stuff was less than ideal but West Hollywood on Halloween was fantastic. Really, WeHo is always fantastic. If I die tomorrow, my loyal readers should really consider the gayborhood as a viable option for a place to spread my ashes. 

If you've never been to West Hollywood on Halloween you really should go at least once. It's like New Years in New York except warmer and more man cheeks. Also, thanks to a little pre-planning getting there was totally painless. Shannon and I learned from our mistake in 2005 and decided not to try to drive into WeHo at 9p, sit in traffic for 2.5 hours and then go home without ever getting out of the car. Instead, Truman and I stashed a car close to the action at 3p. Then we met Shannon and Truman's friend Jess at Shannon's work at 6:30. We took a cab until we were within walking distance of WeHo, got some dinner at a sandwich shop and then strolled over to where the streets were shut down. When we wanted to leave, our car was waiting for us just beyond the end of the traffic jam. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how it's done. 

 Truman and his college roommate, Matt. Mustache is real, matching outfits unplanned. 

 Fun bonus: free Robyn concert! If you're not singing Show Me Love right now you really should be. No, she didn't perform it circa 1997, but I'm a big fan of her new stuff so it's cool. 

Drag queens are just plain awesome.  Ooo! Maybe this is who should sprinkle my ashes! 

 It was great to see Shannon, my bff from college. We don't know this guy, but cowpoke unite right?

 The costumes are unparalleled. Also, can we talk about the contrast in this picture? Why is grandpa there? No one knows. 

 Fake legs!!

 Pan Am costumes were almost as popular as black swan costumes. 

 Total cost for both costumes: $19. I heart goodwill, Joanne's, and a little creativity. 

My prince charming.