Wednesday, August 19, 2009

LLS Fundraising through Twisted Limb Paperworks


Do you remember that fabulous eco-friendly paper I used for my wedding invitations and other such accoutrements?

Well you can get some of your very own, and support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the same time!

Check out this webpage.

Twisted Limb is a fantastic company that I can't say enough good things about, and they will donate 25% of the purchase price of items bought from this webpage to my TNT campaign. Or if you order directly from me, 40% of the purchase price goes to LLS through my TNT campaign.

And you get something fabulous for gifts, thoughtful notes, or art projects! These products are well worth it.

Please forward this link to all your friends and family as well!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Day Trippin' Down the Coast

I have been reading some books by Rachel Carson lately - you know, the author of Silent Spring. As it turns out, she also wrote some phenomenal books about the ocean and the shore. So I've been bugging Matt to take me to some tide pools so I could exclaim over what I'd been reading. Then a facebook friend posted about the many star fish and anemones at Natural Bridge State Park in Santa Cruz.

So we headed down Highway One toward Santa Cruz yesterday, only to realize that we would soon run up against smoke from the fire in the Santa Cruz mountains. Instead of keeping on, we decided to stop and check out one of the cards from our Bay Area Back Roads deck - the sequel to City Walks, which we are almost finished with.

First we pulled over at a random coastal access point to have lunch. As luck would have it, there were a few tide pools there, although the tide was coming in. However, we still saw 2 starfish, several anemones, and many many sea urchins. There were also crabs scrambling for cover. And there was no one else there for a long time - fabulous!

We then checked out Pigeon Point lighthouse and headed into the town of Pescadero which was having an Arts and Fun Festival. What a cute little town! I got some fabulous new bags from a vendor called JaJaJa purses. I felt guilty walking away from her stand only having parted with $8. The purses are all "green" because they are made from old material like 1960s drapes or sheets. Loved it!

(Yes the little red bag is attached to a bangle - so I can't lose it!)

We also went to a grocery store that sold awesome artichoke-related products, hot bread, and fresh goat cheese. Both the local grocery stores had outdoor picnic areas as well. And we grabbed a beer at a bar called Duarte's that has been in existence in the same family since the 1800s. Definitely a place we'll go back to.

As we were driving back through Half Moon Bay, we spotted a huge amount of sea creatures frolikcing and pulled over. Awesome!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Just Watched: Into the Wild

Interesting movie. Beautiful scenery. Nice to see Slab City and Salvation Mountain - I'd only read about them before - the strange alter-economy by the Salton Sea.

Also, the movie's ending was a complete surprise to me!

Has anyone else seen this? What did you think?

Team in Training

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Because I look silly running.