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Archive for February, 2010

At home with Snailhouse

February 7th, 2010

Last night, I was among a houseful of lucky folks who were treated to an intimate show with Snailhouse (aka Mike Feuerstack). You could hear a pin drop in the room, which allowed us to enjoy all the subtleties in the music — the quirky lyrics and the little details in the guitar he played.

I’m quite bummed to have missed recording a video of the title track to his upcoming album, ‘Sentimental Gentleman’… I missed a gem! Still, I did manage to catch a few others:

You can hear more Snailhouse here.

Thanks, as always, to the ever-hospitable Amanda and birthday boy Tim for hosting, and also for the delish b-day goodies! Great sounds AND tastes… make for a wonderful and memorable evening.

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Valentine’s Day — the mooshier side

February 5th, 2010

Ok, so I did a Bah, humbug Valentine’s post last week, and I may have issue with how Hallmarkish the holiday has become… but the softie part of me does like the sentiment of the day. If someone puts thought and care into a gift or gesture, how can that not be a good thing? Here are some fun Valentine things I found on etsy — much cooler than the typical box of chocolates!

  1. Lovestruck print by HidenSeek
  2. Pink cinnamon marshmallow hearts by whimsyandspice
  3. Valentine’s panties by birdapparel
  4. French Bulldog says Je t’aime by sycamorestreetpress
  5. My patchwork heart – one of a kind stained glass by PamelaAngus
  6. Flora Earrings – Vintage Cloisonné Charms on Brass by PoleStar
  7. Bear in Briefs by MinnieMiller

These kick a dozen roses in the butt, in my humble opinion! On the off chance you like any of these, I thought I’d post them now so that you might be able to order them in time for the 14th.


p.s. Thanks to the folks who played the naughty name game with me last month. Congrats to Jen Blattman, whose name I drew — I’ll be sending her a bunch of my greeting cards!

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Moon of the honey

February 2nd, 2010

Back from Mexico, tanned, well-rested, and already in major withdrawal from the unlimited salsa and guac. We had a terrific week away, saw lots, ate too much, and I knit up a storm. You can see some of the gorgeous sights/sites that we did by googling images of ‘Playa del Carmen’, ‘Tulum’ and ‘Ek Balam’… and below are images that are perhaps less likely to be found on your typical postcard.

Our resort’s beach was undergoing major reconstruction — they were bringing in tonnes of sand from Cozumel and piping it in off a huge ship; luckily, we had access to another nearby beach. John was fascinated by the reconstruction project and took dozens of photos and vids of it… Romantic, huh?

We made the half-hour’s walk to Playa del Carmen a few times during the week. The best meal of the holiday, hands down, were arracheras at a joint called “Super Carnes” (Super Meat!).

There are these hollowed-out stones along the paths at Tulum, used for lighting. They were just asking to be mimicked…

I fell in love with all of the fauna we spotted, but this dude was my fav: an agouti. Isn’t he cute!??

Besides basic words, food dishes and Arriba arriba, my knowledge of Spanish is pretty limited. I was charmed to find out that “honeymoon” translates to “luna de miel”. Who knew?

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