January 1, 2010

Things that didn’t suck about 2009

Posted in dieting, health, lovey, nostalgia, self-improvement, travel, veganism, vegetarianism at 12:58 pm by riseyp

Although it has been a trying year, 2009 was also full of some truly memorable events in my life:

  • New Years Eve/Day in Amsterdam, followed by an outstanding week introducing my lovey to Paris
  • Successfully tapering off the evil antidepressant
  • Selling my money pit of a car and “making it work” with public transportation
  • Going back to the gym and attending regularly, then finding joy in bicycling and yoga
  • Giving up (for the most part): meat, sugar, alcohol, dairy, caffeine
  • Losing 30 pounds, and holding steady for 3 months (though it is high time to re-commit now that the holidaze are over!)
  • Getting my finances in much stronger shape during very difficult economic times

Thank you 2009 for all the tough love 🙂 I am more than happy to carry on!

November 30, 2009

bikey/yogi stuff

Posted in body image, family, health, lovey, tales from the gym, weekend at 9:51 pm by riseyp

i have been working out fairly consistently these past few weeks and the things I find myself doing the most are bicycling and yoga. partly because my gym is close to work, offers good (aka easy enough for me) classes at times I can handle — and partly because of the immersive, meditative quality of both activities. i spend so much time in my head that i’m in dire need of classes like these, that force me back into my body *and* leave me feeling relaxed afterwards. hooray!

so J & I went on a jaunt yesterday, drove the car (with our handy-dandy, new hitch-mounted bike rack) over to Canada Road out near the junction of highways 92 and 280, and tried a new route along the Crystal Springs reservoir. The weather was perfect: sparkly bright sun and water, warm, and the route wasn’t too tough, despite the hills being slightly more challenging than promised by reviewers (but then again, what idiot rides a single-speed out in nature? oh yeah, me!) i don’t think J loved it, but he was a good sport and took some cool photos.

note: i’m still not near the point where i like seeing photos of myself in short-sleeved shirts, but i hope to get there sometime in 2010. enjoying the ride nonetheless.

April 3, 2007

last day in amsterdam

Posted in internets, lovey, restaurant review, travel at 12:35 am by riseyp

last day of vacation… and it’s grey and cold after 6 straight days of lovely sun. oh well!

we rented bikes and are thoroughly enjoying our increased range of travel around this thoroughly lovely city. today, we’d planned to go to the botanical gardens and the zoo, but not sure if that’s so practical now, with rain so likely.

last night, we went to a great-looking place in the Jordaan called “restaurant tante agaath” – but the service was deplorable. a party of four blowhards (two tiresome Cockney businessmen and their dull Dutch hosts) sat right next to us, getting louder and louder with each drink and cigarette.

even worse, our entrees took literally an hour to arrive (and we hadn’t ordered appetizers in order to save room for dessert!) needless to say, we didn’t stick around for that, and just got some pastries at a stall closer to the center of town.

we ended the night at “rokerij” coffeshop, probably my favorite establishment of this entire trip so far. great interior design, dark and tribal, comfy wall benches, cool music.

piccies so far are up on flickr.

January 13, 2007

the petting zoo grows…

Posted in lovey, pets, video games, weekend at 8:48 pm by riseyp

i got two russian dwarf hamsters yesterday and have been enjoying their company very much ever since.

their names are Winkle and Abalone, and they are black and grey, respectively. Winkle is a cute little boy who loves to run on his wheel and is quite tame. Abalone is a really pretty pearly color, bigger, a female, and neither tame nor very nice to her cagemate.

of course the cats are very interested in the new arrivals!

i wrote this email to J today in response to his report from the blurb Tahoe Cabin..

Hi lovey,

Thank you for your note and letting me know how your day went so I don’t worry about you too much.

I had a nice and pretty uneventful day, consisting of a drive through Alameda looking at pretty houses with my mother, followed by coffee at Starbucks, then an hour or two of Viva Pinata (which is cute but the tutorial portion interrupts you too much to explain things whether you want them explained or not), topped off with a nice long nap. This was interspersed with looking at the lil guys and feeding them bits and pieces of things the internets say they might like. The food items they’ve enjoyed most so far are little nibbles off my organic brown rice snax, with whole raw pumpkin seeds coming in at a close second.

The kitties had a brief-ish Outdoor Adventure, while I watered the backyard. They aren’t as obsessive about the lil guys today, it seems.

I need to go to the pet store now for a better wheel. Oh, and the little grey girl hamster, Abalone, was the active one in the middle of the night and for part of the morning, while little black-with-white-paws-and-tummy Winkle has been very quiet so far today in comparison. So it looks like they are turn-takers when it comes to bouts of frenzied-but-delicate activity.

Love you honey bunny boo,
M

December 26, 2006

another xmas bites it

Posted in family, home, lovey, weekend at 11:37 am by riseyp

balancing while eating, originally uploaded by RiseyP.

 

but at least it didn’t bite.

xmas was fairly relaxing and nice this year. spent 6 hours at Kaiser ER the day before, so got that out of the way. j’s hurty tummy was getting worse, so we decided to try & get to the bottom of it. unfortunately the docs had no clue… but at least there’s nothing sharp and operable in there. we celebrated by dining at Tsuru Kushi in Japan Town.

so by the time monday rolled around, we were a bit more rested and relieved. i’d done most of the box-clearing before heading to the ER, so cooking was my my task for xmas day.

i made stuffing with sage sausage, leeks, onions, celery, mushrooms, and bread, of course 😉 i also did a winter vegetable au gratin: sweet potatoes, fingerlings, acorn squash with herbes de provence and some kind of yummy cheese that w & c gave me the other nite. since safeway had run out of cranberries the day before, i was reduced to preparing a can of cranberry sauce, adding slices apples and clementines, ground cloves and cinnamon. still tasted pretty good. i popped some pillsbury crescent rolls in the oven for good measure.

can you say carb-attack? mmmm!

mom, dad and john came over at about 5ish and brought the turkey, green beans w/bacon, carrots and a vintage “applesauce bread” (recipe from john’s great-grandmother). everything tasted yummy and we enjoyed razzing each other soundly.

then we opened prezzies. we weren’t supposed to buy each other anything this year but jason totally ignored that rule. i was also somewhat naughty as well by giving everyone 2-3 DVDs. woops.

November 21, 2006

why it so hard

Posted in aging, depression, family, home, lovey, work at 11:38 pm by riseyp

  • to write well?
  • to concentrate on how I’m feeling and reacting, as opposed to obsessing about how everyone else is doing?
  • to react “appropriately” when others around me lose their shit?
  • to see my laptop’s screen?
  • (oh, did I mention that i wear BIFOCALS now? once again: OLD)

ugh. i think i just need to vent a bit.

yesterday, I had to deal with my anxiety-attack-tastic mother who was having a freakout over a plumber being “rude” to her. all i could think was “oh fuck. this is only going to get worse until the move. no, wait a minute, this is only going to get worse until she dies. fucking great.”

my dad didn’t help, either, of course. both of them are completely useless at dealing with the world most of the time. yesterday their helplessness irritated me so much, it was all I could do not to scream “shutthefuckupdontyourealizeiamsavingyoufromcertaindestitution sowhycantyoujustbereasonableandsaneforonceinyourlives andmakesomethingeasyformejustonceforfuckssake?”

which is always fun.

work and home life are also a real joy. not only is my job continuing not to live up to the title i’ve been given (my fault, i suppose) — it’s quite clear that my boyfriend is mourning the impending loss of his beloved city. i noticed a marked silence tonight as he slowly, dolefully wrapped each of his (vast collection of) plastic aliens in a paper towel, filling and stacking a pile of precisely-labeled, neat banker’s boxes in the long hallway near our door.

i suppose, however, it’s worth it because the house we are moving to is beautiful, peaceful, well-situated, graced with a fabulous garden, and a provides a palatable way to care for my crumbling parents.

oh, and we will be removing all contingencies first thing tomorrow. woo! hoo!

November 15, 2006

it ain’t over til it’s over

Posted in family, home, lovey, writing at 11:25 pm by riseyp

November 15, 2006

Dear Mr. L and Ms. P,

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. My partner J and I, along with my parents, have grown quite fond of the home you are selling, and are eager to move forward with the deal. Since the price we settled on is more than its fair market value, my hope is that you will take the following considerations into account when reviewing our request for repairs.

After touring several other multi-unit properties in the East Bay, and weighing the pros and cons of each, we selected this property for two specific reasons: the separation between the two structures, and the apparent soundness of their respective foundations. Because of the relatively small size of the cottage compared to my parents’ current home, however, J and I went into this transaction fully prepared to invest time and money to make it as comfortable as possible for them. Meanwhile, we looked forward to the prospect of a turnkey situation with the main house.

Upon review of the second round of inspection and pest reports, however, we have some apprehension about the number of repairs needed to bring the property up to the condition we originally expected to find it in, based on the disclosures and reports we reviewed before making the offer.

Therefore, in order to address our key safety concerns, there are two items which we would especially appreciate you taking care of: the roof certification and inspection of the fireplace and wood-burning stoves. Your attention to these matters before close of escrow would go a very long way in mitigating our hesitation in proceeding with this purchase transaction.

Thank you again for your consideration in this matter.

Very sincerely yours,
RiseyP

November 8, 2006

i love my “girl”friend

Posted in home, internets, lovey, shopping, technology, toys at 8:10 pm by riseyp

(s)he’s letting me get this fridge for us:

we found it on eBay available from a seller in Italy. i always assumed SMEG (shutup) was a British company, but nooo… somehow it’s Italian! How the hell did this horrid, cacophonous-looking word pass the otherwise oh-so-fabulous Italian vocabulary police??

well, at least the design MORE than makes up for it.

check out this cute-enough-for-cuteoverload.com confection:

October 27, 2006

crossing fingers!!

Posted in family, lovey, self-improvement at 11:07 pm by riseyp

still life with stick balls, originally uploaded by RiseyP.

my parents’ place officially went under contract today, and by monday, we may make an offer on a beautiful craftsman bungalow and cottage in alameda.

jason still hasn’t seen it yet; but the parents are all for the idea.

the gardens are heavenly.

check out the pix i took!

July 30, 2006

kites!

Posted in lovey, pets, weekend at 5:43 pm by riseyp

Berkeley Kite Fest – 27, originally uploaded by RiseyP.

i got one! i flew one! i took pictures of much bigger, higher and more impressive ones!

it was fun 🙂

earlier this morning, a little fluffy sparrow was being fed by his dad on the perch of our birdfeeder. j took a movie of it.

at the end of the video, you can hear SweetBoy pouncing on the blinds, which is what makes the birdies fly away. bad SB!!

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