Forget Marley, Meet Charlie.

September 15, 2010

Meet Charlie.

Charlie is our newest addition to the family. Mom & Dad were lucky enough to adopt Charlie this summer after meeting him while my cousin, Alison, was fostering him for ARF. He is now eight months old. They’re not sure if he’s a full black labrador (he’s got a bit of waviness on his back), but he sure is cute. Although having a puppy is a big adjustment, I honestly can’t imagine anyone giving him up. He really is the best puppy. He’s so obedient, quick to learn and best of all – he loves to love and be loved!

For those of you who know me and my family well, you know that my parents have been promising me a dog since I was in the sixth grade. Well, ten years later . . . and look who showed up. It’s okay, though. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

Everything about having a dog excites me. I feel like I’m finally in this dog-owners club. I can talk about my pet and dog toys and the cute little things that Charlie does. Favorite things? The sound of his padded feet as he races up our back porch steps to greet me every morning. The silly yawns. The way he curls up in a ball every day and sleeps on our bark outside for his afternoon nap. The ears! The evening time when he just wants to snuggle. The squeaky toys. The fact that he really thinks he’s a lap dog. Really. I could go on and on . .

To be honest, I used to think dog owners were crazy. They’re obsessed with their pets! And look how they spoil the poor thing. Well, all I have to say about that is that I guess I’ve fallen into the same trap. Charlie has truly won us all over.

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Big News!

May 13, 2010

Well, big news for my little blog!  Back in February, I applied for a visual merchandising internship at Nordstrom in San Francisco. You know the humongous one with seven floors or so? Anyway, fast-forward four interviews and three months later . . I got the job!

I am SO (can’t emphasize that enough!) incredibly excited to join the company and learn so many new things. I love all the people I have met with so far and I know this experience will be amazing!

Yes. I am sad to leave Urban Indigo! I installed my last window installation today and it was definitely bittersweet. I will miss the fun and freedom I experienced there and will never forget the experience.

But as I named my blog, there is always room for change.

I am excited to embrace this new chapter of my life! Starting in June, I’ll be working full time in the city and hopefully I will get lots of opportunities to share a little bit of my new experience with you!

Here are some surrealist-inspired advertisements from Nordstrom’s SP/SU 09 season that I totally love.

More to come!

Returning

March 24, 2010

Hello!

I know it seems (at least to me) that I have been on an eternal hiatus! With the return of school and all kinds of transitions I just haven’t been able to find the time to post. But alas, here I am again! I still don’t have a digital camera of my own, which makes it difficult to conjure up great posts since they are mostly based on visuals, but I’m  planning on returning to Room For Change in the next couple of days.  I hope you look forward to reading again; I always enjoy sharing!

R

Christmas

January 8, 2010

Christmas is always a big ordeal in my family.  This year was exceptionally good considering some difficult circumstances that took place several days before (more on that later).  Things were crazy, noisy, sometimes inappropriate and altogether funny.  Here’s a little peak into why I love my family so much.

Sarah bought Boylan’s for everybody from the market on Estudillo.  Yum!  Their Rootbeer & Lemon flavors are supreme, though Sarah swears by their Birch Beer.

Last year my dad discovered the Christmas markets in Germany and he came home armed with about fifteen mugs for the traditional glüh-wine beverage they make in Germany for the holidays.  This year he came back with more & James tried out the newest addition – the boot mug!

The highlight of this Christmas Eve were the glow sticks everybody got in their stockings.  We all made unique creations and Jesse took a family photo of all of us.  Here are some photographs I took.

This picture of Jesse, Sarah and James is by far my favorite!

Aaron (with food in his mouth?) & Leslie.

Liz & Jesse.

Bag Lady

November 19, 2009

Tonight is the SFSU Student Runway Fashion Show & Showcase in Jack Adams Hall.  Here is a sneak preview :

Four friends & I made a garment completely out of plastic bags for a recyclable, sustainable project.  75% are Safeway bags and the other 25% are from small stores that read “Thank You”.  The top has a braided piece that is attached to the bodice and criss-crosses in the back.  The bodice was fused with eight layers of plastic bags and designed using a repetitive pattern of the Safeway logo.  The skirt is a 45 inch double-circle skirt with an extra layer of pleated bags underneath to add extra pouf.  At the very bottom of the skirt we decided to add a braided hemline.

To see this piece and other cool creations, come to the fashion show tonight.  Tickets are only five dollars.  The doors open at six thirty & the show starts at seven.  I will be walking this piece down the runway as well as another piece that is part of a “Reptilia” collection.  More photographs to come later.  Hope to see you there!

Twenty

November 17, 2009

Here’s to a new decade!  Thanks to everyone who made my twentieth extra special!  Here is a visual diary of my weekend including an incredibly romantic date and a Thanksgiving birthday.  I’m quite tired from the weekend events, but it sure was fun while it lasted!  Enjoy . . .


Phenomenal

November 10, 2009

The first experience I had at the symphony was amazing.  I was moved to tears the moment the music began.  Vivaldi & Tchaikovsky were definitely a good introduction.

The second experience I had at the symphony, however, was phenomenal. This past Friday James, Sarah & I all traipsed over to Davies Symphony Hall to hear Semyon Bychkov conduct a piece Rachmaninoff constructed to accompany Edgar Allen Poe’s The Bells.  There was a chorus that sang in Russian and it was all quite dramatic (& Russian, of course).

The second piece was his second symphony in A minor.  The moodiness, the romantic qualities, the crescendos – everything was right on, perfect.  I do admit . . . I was a little let down by the ending to The Bells.  I was expecting that climactic, dramatic ending of Rachmaninoff’s that I had so come to love.  However, the ending of the second number was the cherry on top of an amazing night.  Here are a few photographs from the evening.

The view from the balcony.

James & I.

Sarah & I.

Davies Symphony Hall.

Champagne.  I look so happy.

I was introduced to Rachmaninoff by a college friend and I immediately fell in love with this piece.  Once I get any sort of free time, I’m going to learn it.

Listen to it by clicking here.  My favorite part is around 8:25.  Enjoy!

Spooky

November 2, 2009

Halloween was a lot of fun this year!  For an early Halloween party and for work, I dressed up as a zombie bride.  The dress was my cousin’s that she bought off eBay for a dollar! Can you believe that?

I know it is difficult to see our outfits in this photograph, but Hannah (a friend on Lakeshore) was an awesome cowboy and I was, of course, a zombie bride.

This photograph was taken at Kandance’s house with April and Tara who were so cute dressed up as Thing 1 and Thing 2. What a great costume idea!

On Halloween night I transformed into the bride of Frankenstein’s monster and we put on a whole haunted house for all the kids in the neighborhood.  It was a lot of fun to act and scaring the adults was the best part!  We had a couple hundred people pass through – I would call it a great success!  Here are some of the photographs taken last night :

The long tunnel leading to the backyard.


My darling Grandma.

My brother Aaron played Dr. Frankenstein, of course!  Here are some of the tools he used to create his infamous monster.

We all had very different pumpkins this year!  Mine was the second on the left.  I decided to make a “French” pumpkin and gave my little guy a moustache, as well as a pumpkin beret!

As I said, I arrived as a zombie . . .

. . . but quickly became the bride of Frankestein’s monster!  My mom backcombed my hair for about five minutes straight and the result was quite horrifying.  What was even more horrifying was trying to comb my hair later that night . . .

Overall, it was a very spooky evening.  It was really exciting to be able to be creative and make the night fun for kids.  Many of them had never heard Mary Shelley’s story of Frankenstein.  I hope to upload some more photographs later of my family (my dad as Igor, Sarah & mom as villagers) and James who played the monster ever so well.

My apologies.  I have been on quite the hiatus lately in my blogging.

I have so much to share and tell you!  Since my last post I have :

-Painted my room!

-Installed a new window, which features many books and a Julie & Julia tribute.

-Spent a fantastic day in Monterey with James.

If anyone is reading this . . . photographs and details coming soon!