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June 28, 2006 08:56 PM Travel  |   Link
The Only UC in the OC

Sounds pretty cheesy but heck it's true. I guess they are piggy backing off the popularity of "The OC." We took a stroll down memory walking around campus. As usual UCI, was under construction indefinitely. They were literally ripping out the student center when we drove up the street. I was hoping to hit up the cafe for ice cream or iced tea since it must have been in the 90s that day. We walked around and just hung out, saw a kettle corn vender and of course hit up the bookstore to stock up on UCI gear. J couldn't help but get the shirt that had the above "tagline" on the shirt. The most fun we had was bumping into SKS and catching up. We had not seen her for a good 10 years. And then a really fun coincidence was seeing AT teaching ICS 23 for summer session. Wow to see him in action was giving me flasbacks to my own days in the 20 series. And to see the kids are sitting in nice comfy movie theatre style captain seats...I was soooo jealous.

We had such a wonderful visit with friends and family. We missed a few but it's ok maybe next time we'll just have to extend it to a whole week. Gosh it makes us wonder if we should live in LA for 6 months and SF for 6 months. It's quite difficult to try to keep track of everyone.

Some notable places to eat:
California Pizza Kitchen
We actually haven't been there in years and actually enjoyed some of the salads and the pizza with a salad on top. We ended up going there twice but in those cases it really was about hanging out and not so much about the food.

The Original Pancake House (San Diego/Encintas/Vista)
Awesome German Pancake...a pie pastry thing that you douse with lemon juice, powedered sugar, and lots of butter. Truly amazing, J's cousin took us after service at _The Rock_ and then we headed there again Monday morning after we left M&M's house.

Capital Seafood, Monterey Park, CA (located at the 99 Ranch Market square)
Awesome dim sum. It opened in December and everything about it looks new. It's more traditional with ladies wandering around the restaurant with their carts trying to "sell" their tasty goodies. We had some great desserts as well. We went on a Tuesday before lunch time and the place was packed. I always though these places were only buzzing on Sunday mornings. Great food and even with just one bite of a few items, I was very stuffed. Definitely "hou sikh."

And last but not least...our favorite chicken place has gone a little more upscale
Charro Chicken, many locations (our favorite in Seal Beach)
Some would compare it to El Pollo Loco, but it's not! The last time we were there was probably 10 years ago but it looks as though they have definitely gone more commercial and no longer your typical mom/pop restaurant.

Thanks again for friends and family who let us stay in their homes. I promise next time to take more photos.

June 17, 2006 06:05 PM Business & Finance  |   Link
Work at SBUX = Gain Weight

Interesting article regarding high transfats in Starbucks food and beverages. Sounds like a consumer watch group is going to sue Starbucks about the unhealthy qualities of their drinks and especially their snacks.

Starbucks targeted over high-fat products
I remember writing about this a while ago regarding the high calorie and high fat contents.

June 16, 2006 07:20 AM Information Architecture  |   Link
Home = Shipping Container

This isn't so much exactly about information architecture except conceptually as a new industry one of the quotes reminded me of the IA field several years ago.

'Jennifer Kretschmer, an architect based in San Jose, who is designing her first shipping-container home for a client in Healdsburg, said that she hopes the designers who are interested in this form can come together and develop standards. "We are all in an experimental field," she said, "with each of us inventing the wheel on our own. It would be good to share our failures and successes."'

Innovative architects turne dused shipping containers into homes Carol Lloyd, SF Gate

June 14, 2006 08:23 PM Just Because  |   Link
Librarian Comics

The Unshelved Library

I went through the archive laughing my head off. Now a new series of comics to enjoy in the middle of the day.

However it doesn't replace Ok/Cancel.

Ok, now I need someone to meld the two themes of these comics :)

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Now Online...16F9: J's debut on silver screen

This is an independent art film that J's friend did a few years ago. He recently posted it online. This film should not be viewed at work or in the area where children may see it because of nudity.

Stefano is a multi-talented creative genius: a great industrial designer, film producer, artist, fashion and amazing athlete. This particular film even got shown at Sundance Film Festival a few years ago.

16F9 by Stefano Moris

June 12, 2006 10:04 AM Just Because  |   Link
Hoike: Presidio June 2006

J and I are just so proud of J's sister. She just completed her 2 year committment and dedication learning the tradition Hawaiian dance of hula. A wonderful display of culture from old to new. I can't wait to learn more about the movements and stories behind the dances she learned.

Leslie's Hoike Photos

If you're in SF, you can take lessons.

Congratulations Leslie!

June 02, 2006 05:26 PM Just Because  |   Link
Good Busy

I'm back into the IA saddle. It's pretty exciting. I've been at it for about 2 weeks now and life is quite fun. I'm consulting for a company up in SF while also continuing projects for a friend's site in NYC. This summer is going to be busy with that and completing my certificate in business with the last class, managerial accounting...I've been dragging my feet on this class and for a good reason. I'll tell you if you ask. I've gotten heavily involved with BSF and will be in a leadership next fall so I'm quite excited to be able to serve and to go deeper into scripture. On the side continuing my knitting and scrapping, hopefully I'll have the time to do both this summer ;)

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Uber cute chinese zodiac cards

This was passed to me from a colleague. New Year Designs creates cards with the chinese zodiac characters as the theme. Are you tired of those ornate red and gold decorated cards? Here's a great alternative.

They are just so cute. I'm hoping to get some to add to my stationary collection.