Monday, August 30, 2010

Life is hard. Take naps.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Museum Day 2010 |

Mark this date on your calendar! Museum Day is great! You can look up the participating museums in your area here and print out a free admission pass for you and a guest for Sept. 25th The kids and I went to the Queen Emma Summer Palace a few years ago on Museum Day. At that time, there was a royal quilts exhibition and I was mesmerized by the gorgeous (and fragile) textiles. In particular, I was fascinated with a piece of kapa that Mary Kawena Pukui dated as pre Captain Cook (that's pre-1770s, people!).

This year, we want to go to 'Iolani Palace. I've been wanting to see the palace for years but there was always one thing or another to keep me from going. I can't wait!

Museum Day 2010 |

So I didn't get to BlogHer10 . . .

But I have the aspirations and the frequent flyer miles to get to BlogHer11.  That's right, I'm setting a goal and sending out there into the bloggerverse like a message in a bottle. But I digress . . .

Check out Robyn's BlogHer10 Swag Bag giveaway on her blog.  With how companies are recognizing the power of women's blogs and word-of-mouth advertising, you can be sure there will be some cool swag in Robyn's bag (hey! it rhymed!):

Robyn's Online World

Friday, August 27, 2010

Weekend Menu Planning: No-Cook Pasta Sauce for Nights When It's Too Hot to Cook | BlogHer

This is a fabulous article about a summer staple for us: pasta!  Except am I the only one who knows that cooking pasta heats up the house as much as a cooked sauce can?  

Weekend Menu Planning: No-Cook Pasta Sauce for Nights When It's Too Hot to Cook | BlogHer

25 Random Facts about Me

Borrowing a worn-out meme that made the rounds at Facebook a few years ago, here are some things you probably don't know about me:
  1. Until I was 11 or 12, I wouldn’t eat white food: no potatoes, cheeses, etc.  I did drink milk, though.
  2. I was born in Australia (g’day, mate!)
  3. When I was in 6th grade, I missed a day of school to attend the naturalization ceremony in court for my mother and me to become U.S. citizens.
  4. After my undergrad graduation, I’ve really only had two jobs.  One for two years and the other for 15+ years (same position in more than one place).
  5. I won a poetry contest when I was 19 years old and it literally changed the direction of my life.
  6. I love cilantro.
  7. I love sriracha red chili paste/sauce.
  8. As a baby and toddler, Italian was my first language.
  9. I am double-jointed in all of my fingers and toes.
  10. I am an oldest daughter married to an oldest son.
  11. My favorite shows to watch usually have English subtitles.
  12. I love to read.
  13. Bargain-hunting is my version of hunting/gathering.
  14. I chose English as my undergraduate major because it had the least number of math classes.
  15. I love mangoes.
  16. I get pretty competitive when I play games.
  17. My favorite color is red.
  18. I’ve only recently learned to use chopsticks.
  19. I’m left-handed (like Obama).
  20. I’ve never learned to knit or crochet with sticks.  My left-handedness always got in the way.
  21. I have lens implants in my eyes because my corneas are too thin for LASIK.
  22. I won the school spelling bee in the fourth grade.
  23. I love Thai and Indian food (Indian is a lot easier to make at home).
  24. The only desserts worth eating are the ones with chocolate in them.
  25. My favorite writers are Toni Morrison and Patricia Grace.
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