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I'm not BAD evil, more like devil's food cake evil.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

mele kalikimaka (merry christmas)!

the battery in my camera is about to run out of juice and i forgot my charger AT HOME. d'oh!

so please go over to kala's honolulu daily photo blog--the shot for sunday dec 24, that's pretty much just up the beach from where we're staying.

hope you are all well and warm, and happy

Honolulu Daily Photo

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Today's highs/lows for Portland, Oregon:

35/34 freezing rain.

Tomorrow's highs/lows for Portland, Oregon:

43/36 showers.

Tomorrow's highs/lows for Haliewa, Hawaii:

81/69 mostly sunny.


Monday, December 18, 2006

Camera Shopping

I actually broke my shopping rule and went out Saturday evening to buy myself a new camera.

I had done a lot of internetting and had decided on two different cameras, both at two big box stores relatively close to each other. Off I went to play with both of them and compare prices.

Even though my favorite big box store, Target, was infested with slow moving, cell phone talking, aisle hogging consumers who were losing it on their kids and generally displaying their amazing lack of intelligence I was in a good mood and didn't even politely yell EXCUSE ME with any attitude. Since I had come with a purpose, I went to task and played with both cameras and asked some questions and pretty much made my decision.

Off I went to big box #2. There weren't as many obstructions to my purchase (aka people) as in Target, but my shopping experience there was considerably less pleasant. And the camera cost more. But I did find a cute camera case. The cases at Target blow chunks.

I returned to Target and made my purchase. Hooray!

I decided to get the little canon elph and methinks he needs a name. Something cute and elf-like and industrious sounding. Not quite sure yet. I'll keep you posted.

Christmas Shopping

During that exciting windstorm last Thursday I decided to do some Christmas shopping. I hate shopping when its crowded; as a rule I do not go anywhere near a grocery store or mall or retail location on the weekends. So when the December crazy starts up, I try to shop during the week and in the late evening. Like around 8 or 9 pm. So shopping during the week late in the evening during a freak windstorm seemed like the perfect time to go downtown.

I decided to just hit one store and get my sister's gift out of the way. Luckily, I found parking practically in front of the store. Woo-hoo!

This store, a large outdoors store, had a good number of shoppers standing in the middle of the aisles on their cell phones completely oblivious to everyone else. I still found it easy to zigzag my way to the proper counter without having to slow down and/or politely yell EXCUSE ME too many times. I was pleased.

I also knew exactly what I was there to buy. I knew the brand, the color, the price, everything. This was a simple matter of getting it and going away. No questions, no browsing, no deciding needed. I did that at home in the comfort of my bed whilst perusing their website.

I did have an advantage: my sister's christmas list. Everyone in my family is extremely picky. We know what we like and how we like it. We are easy to please as long as we don't get crap. And we each have a firm and particular idea of what crap is. My sis is notorious as being the pickiest of the four of us so she started the trend five years ago of sending us her christmas wish list formatted as a catalog. We get the description of the item, the precise color/size/specs, the price, a weblink, and a photo. It is awesome. I can walk into a store, point at the product on her list and ask the greeter, "where can I find this?" In minutes I'm buying the thing and out the door.

So there I was at the large outdoors store, peeking under the arm of the dude in front of me trying to spy my sister's gift. The dude was standing in such a way as to block the entire case so that I had to dance around behind him to get a look, and he was so fixated on grilling the servatron about pedometers and getting him into a conversation about how well did they work, really, and pulling some other servatron into this fascinating conversation that nobody noticed I was obviously wiggling about for a reason. As their discussion droned on, I watched the guy who had been looking at knives get fed up and leave (I was the only one who noticed). I wondered how long I was going to be polite and wait my turn.

The servatron finally distracted the dude with some sort of do-hickey in another case across the aisle, and I quickly stepped in and looked square in the case. There it was. My buried treasure. Right in the front. I just needed someone to get it for me. Anybody? Anybody? Bueller?

Dude came back over to this case with the servatron, and I politely scooted over a bit. I hoped he took notice of my manners, but I was pretty sure he was still too fixated on talking pedometers to even notice I was there. I stared pointedly at the servatron. I willed him to look at me. I hoped this dude would just go away. I just wanted one freaking thing out of the case. Come on!

I finally got the servatron's attention and I got my thing and proceeded to checkout. Servatron called out after me: "do you have a membership?"
me: "No, I don't need one. I don't shop here."
Servatron: "Oh you should get one, what if your thing breaks?"
me: "Its not for me, its a gift."
Servatron: (hesitated, then found a new angle of attack) "You sure you won't shop here again?"
me: (testy) "No, I don't come here EVER."
S: (feigned incredulity) "Really? You NEVER come here?"
me: (totally done) "I NEVER SHOP HERE. DO I LOOK OUTDOORSY TO YOU????"

Friday, December 15, 2006

seriously unhappy.

maui 2004my digital camera has died. and it is only five months old! cheap piece of hoohah!

and the timing couldn't be worse: tomorrow i bake a cake, over the weekend i'm going to two birthday parties, and on thursday i leave for hawaii.


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

jumping off the cliff

well, i finally succumbed to the pressure and switched to beta.

and i decided to go pro with the flickr account. this means that certain fun photos, like the Peeps and Fluff Cake are back!

there is more, but the battery in the computer is about to die, so i will save it for later.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Happy Sweet Foods In Portland

Food stuff that I have recently enjoyed/been obsessed with:

1. Deep fried chocolate pies from Russell St BBQ. I was there Friday with Zetta, lovely lady I might add, and Oh! The deep fried pie! The crispy savory crust! The dark velvety choclate ganache filling! The cold creamy vanilla ice cream! Happiness there was, my friends. Happiness.

2. That damn caramel corn place in the Lloyd mall. That shit is the bomb. Better than Cracker Jax. Better than all the microwave caramel corn. Beter even, than the caramel corn that one of the moms would bring to our 4th grade CCD as our snack. And that stuff was homemade. It is a good thing that the caramel corn place is in the mall, or I might go there more than twice a year.

3. Bluebery tea. Which is really earl grey tea with amaretto and grand marnier. A good winter drink, my Portland friends.

4. Chocolate croissant from St Honore in NW Portland. Listen up people. That sad soggy, often greasy croissant that many places pass off as croissant is WRONG. An insult to the real thing! Croissant should be flaky, buttery (but not greasy), crisp on the outside and soft, tender, and light on the inside. You should not have the gnaw or chomp croissant. You should fall in love with it. Which you will do. At St Honore.

5. St Cupcake makes a pretty tasty cupcake. I mean, I think sometimes I make a way better cupcake, but they do it in such a fun and cute way. I can't help but love them. And they are opening up a new shop on Belmont, across the street from Zupan's. I will be there, eagerly waiting my chance to buy several vanilla dots with hot fudge frosting.