Category Archives: Random Things

Addicted To Dots

November 7, 2013


So, I just got back from my (very) relaxing vacation to The Berkshires, and while I was there I picked up a really bad habit: computer games! More specifically: Dots.

never engage in these types of games, but once I saw the pretty little graphics I succumbed to my curiosity and gave it a try. I was the last holdout. The others were already dozens of games in at that point and glued to their iPhones. And for the next four days all we could think about was connecting those damn dots with a finger swipe and topping our scores. And it never got old. I don’t know why it’s so addictive, but by the time I got off the plane in SF I knew I had to quit cold turkey—or this thing was gonna interfere with my day job. It’s been 24 hours and so far so good.

Have you guys played? If not, and you’re looking for a fun way to kill some time (like on a delayed cross country flight), go for it. But consider yourself warned.


Stopping To Smell The Roses

October 30, 2013


Wow—so much has happened in the last two weeks: I’ve been completely buried in freelance work, we’ve gone from tropical summer to full-on winter here in SF, visitors have come and gone, and I’ve barely had time to keep up with the blog—let alone carve a pumpkin. And now I’m taking off for the East Coast for a little R&R. I doubt there will be any roses to stop and smell, so maybe more like pine needles and crisp air. I’m hoping to come back refreshed, inspired and a little more balanced than when I left. Enjoy the end of October, and Happy Halloween!

Reaching 100

August 13, 2013


A few weeks ago I went back to Western New York for my usual summer visit with the family. But this year we had an extra special reason to get together: my Grandmother’s 100th birthday celebration! (Coincidentally, as I was preparing this post, I realized it would be my 100th for the blog. I swear I didn’t plan it).

It was truly a special occasion, and a team effort to pull together. People came from near and far (hello Thailand) to celebrate with her. I’m still waiting for all the pics to roll in, but here are some highlights.


Since I’m the designer in the family, I was assigned the invitations. Against my better judgement, I enlarged a tiny old b&w photo of my Gram for the main image—and was relieved that it came out pretty crisp. The flowers on the back are from one of the many, many china paintings she has done over the years.


Some family friends decided the guest of honor needed to arrive in style, so they picked up my Grandma (upper right), her 97-year old sister Min (she got the convertible), my mom and Aunt Carol in a couple of classic cars. Fun, huh?


My Aunt Carol took care of the decorations and the “penny candy bar”: a nod to the grocery store that my Grandma’s family owned—and kept them afloat during the Great Depression.


My cousin Mary Jo spent a few months before the party getting a Memory Book together. She sent note cards to a bunch of family and friends asking everyone to write down their favorite memories of my Grandma. She and a scrapbook pro organized the cards, along with old photos, letters and memorabilia, into a book and displayed it at the party for people to thumb through.


And, of course, the 140 people that came out to celebrate with us all had their own special role: they made our day. I’m so glad my Grandmother was able to witness such an outpouring of love and that we could spend this happy time together.

Hope you take the time to acknowledge the milestones in your life as well, regardless of how big or small.