April 11, 2007

something new

Posted in shopping, writing at 1:26 pm by Marise Phillips

a shopping blog, by yours truly!

odes to small things


November 8, 2006

house geek house geek

Posted in home, internets, shopping at 11:57 pm by Marise Phillips

roly poly house geek! (emphasis on the roly poly)

check out my oh-so-obsessive kitchen appliance saga…

—–Original Message—–

Hello again Peter,

Looks like the oven may *just* fit. Fortunately, the space reserved for it is not wedged in between two cabinets/counters, but rather, there will be some free space on the left. However, the left edge of the oven would partially cover a light switch, so I’d need to get the switch moved eventually for it to work out long term.

Also, the depth of the oven may be a bit too much compared to the counter/cabinets immediately to the right of it, so I’m thinking that I (nerd that I am!) should maybe create a “dummy” cardboard box in the approximate shape and size of the oven and try it out in the space before I make a final decision whether to buy it.

Anyway, I understand that you may get other interested buyers in the meantime, but please keep me in mind — I hope to be able to mock up the cardboard box soon enough for your selling timeframe.


—–Original Message—–
On Nov 8, 2006, at 12:49 PM, RiseyP wrote:

Thanks, Peter!

I’m heading over to the house today at 2, and should let you know in a couple hours whether the oven will fit in our new kitchen.

Crossing fingers πŸ˜‰

—–Original Message—–

On Nov 8, 2006, at 12:34 PM, Peter wrote:

Thanks RiseyP. It is in great working order. We just recently
disconnected it as we are doing kitchen remodeling (it is out on on
deck, covered). There are about 8 steps to get it down the deck, then
level to the outside. We have two strong men to assist at this time.
Thanks you, Peter

—–Original Message—–
From: riseyp
Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2006 10:11 PM
Subject: 50s O’Keefe

** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html


I saw your vintage oven on craigslist and wanted to let you know that
I’m interested in learning more about it. From the photo, I assume
that it’s not currently hooked up. Can you tell me if there are there
any mechanical or cosmetic problems with it? Are you storing it at
street level or are there stairs to negotiate? Any idea how heavy it is?

Anyway, I just bought a house in Alameda which i will be taking
possession of in a couple weeks. Tomorrow, I will be there for an
inspection, and can measure the space in my new kitchen to make sure
this oven will fit.

So… would definitely like to chat more with you about it. Feel free
to email or call my cell: xxx-xxx-xxxx



Pictures of oven below:

i love my “girl”friend

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

(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:

September 25, 2006

two cool things about today

Posted in internets, knitting, shopping at 10:24 pm by Marise Phillips

1. my new necklace:

2. this video/song:

watch this

October 22, 2005

pre-trip shopping spree

Posted in shopping, travel at 5:10 pm by Marise Phillips

oh dear. it's happened again.

i have so little control over myself before i go on vacation. strange, that. it tends to put me in a position financially in which i can afford even less while i'm actually traveling…

it must have something to do with the anxiety (however happy it may be) i feel during the last couple weeks before a big trip, particularly if it's somewhere i've never been. and so i tell myself i *need* these things in order to be more comfortable/organized/prepared for the trip.

just for example, the classic rationale, "i *need* good walking shoes, at least 2-3 more pairs."

oddly, only about 1 in 6 pairs of these "good walking shoes" end up being comfortable enough for the miles of walking i've done in places like paris, new york and rome. regardless of my careful advance preparation, i end up with sore feet more often than not — mostly due to the fact that cuteness tends to win over usefulness in riseyp-land πŸ™‚

i wonder how these late-breaking shoe purchases will fare:

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black mary janes by Aldo

and then there are the purchases that have *nothing* to do with the trip. such as… the "photo finish foundation primer" from Smashbox. The breast cancer awareness promotional retractable lip brush from Sephora…

(??!! but cool design nonetheless, check it out:)
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…for all my pots of "glass slicker" from mark. several more wonderful products from Lush. i'm most excited about the solid shampoo called "Godiva" – it smells sooooo good. and I got it for free, just for being a Lush whore and spending over $50! yippee!

but what does any of this have to do with traveling??

well, i did get a little travel kit containing 1 travel toothbrush and 2 different kinds of whitening toothpaste (1 for night and 1 for morning) – and of course j was excited by that, as it hit the sweet spot of being small, silvery and tooth-whitening-related!! πŸ™‚

June 16, 2005

iTunes = Evil

Posted in music, shopping, technology at 8:22 pm by Marise Phillips

It all started with PayPal. They offered me 5 free songs from the iTunes Music Store if I verified my bank account. (Sounds like those famous last words: "The first one's free…" have been hit by inflation!)

I took the bait, verified my account and, a few days later, received my iTunes coupon via e-mail. It sat there for a couple days, beckoning me.

Last Saturday morning from bed, I attempted to cash out.

I went to the iTunes Music Store, created an account, and balked — they asked for my credit card information up front. It's not that I'm at *all* squeamish about that sort of thing, don't get me wrong… but I wanted my free songs NOW, man! Didn't wanna be slowed down by having to hunt down my purse and pull out my card. So I canceled out, a bit miffed by the whole experience.

Yesterday, at work, I decided to try it again. Gave up the card details, picked out my 5 tunes — all the while never realizing I could actually preview songs before buying them. So I ended up with a song I already had (on a different computer, so no way of cross-referencing, boo…)

But, worst of all, I'd caught THE FEVER.

I spent the next hour or so browsing the Music Store, alt-tabbing back and forth between Amazon (for recommendations) and iTunes (for potential downloads), until I settled on an album to buy. Yes, that's right: BUY. Never mind that I'd only signed up in the first place to get my 5 free songs.

But the album only costs $9.99, I reasoned with myself. That's much cheaper than buying the CD online (even with my employee discount), plus tax, plus shipping, and then (worst of all!) waiting for it to arrive.

On top of that, iTunes is sooo easy! And that's *precisely* how they hook you in. One click of the button, and the songs "magically appear" onto your hard drive in a matter of 10 seconds. Instant gratification junkies UNITE!

But I'm proud to say, I stopped after the one CD.

Today (woops) I bought another.

I started to wonder, how much money would I spend in a year if I bought one $9.99 CD every day?

But then I realized, I was never very good at math πŸ™‚

June 1, 2005

Music Quiz

Posted in music, quizzes, shopping at 12:10 pm by Marise Phillips

Total Volume?
On my work machine: 4.35 GB
On my home machine: 11.2 GB
On my Creative Zen jukebox: 2.8 GB

Last CDs Purchased?
I went to Amoeba, the world's best music store, a couple weeks ago and picked up these babies:
Moon Safari – Air
Walkie Talkie – Air
The Virgin Suicides Soundtrack – Air
Some Cities – Doves
Not Going Anywhere – Keren Ann
Nolita – Keren Ann

Playing Right Now?
"In Heaven" – Fatboy Slim – You've Come A Long Way, Baby

Five Favorites?
But this would only make the other songs jealous… Actually, it's just too hard to narrow down. I guess I could instead choose five songs that are in heavy rotation on iTunes right now:
"Surfing on a Rocket" – Air
"Don't Stop" – Brazilian Girls
"Que Onda Guero" – Beck
"Get Your Snack On" – Amon Tobin
"Basmati" – Daniela MοΏ½ller/dZihan & Kamien

Oh, and as a special bonus – I made my very own "song" last night using GarageBand! I am very proud, yes indeed… no matter what J says (that it sounds like the soundtrack to a copsploitation TV show…) πŸ˜‰

And so now, without further ado, for your delight and delectation, I present:

April 28, 2005

Just Go Shopping!

Posted in body image, dieting, self-improvement, shopping at 12:32 pm by Marise Phillips

So… in response to yesterday's question:

What Am I Going To Do? (about being so chubby?)

Patriot that I am, I came up with the same answer that our President (or, as I like to call him, His Accidency) devised right after 9/11: Just Go Shopping!

To that end, I purchased the following items from a well-known low-price online retailer:

Next Avalon 26-inch Comfort Bike
Edge 250 Dual Piston Rower

Dare I recall all the other purchases I've made over the years in my quest to regain the lithe body of my misspent youth?

Here is but a sampling:

  • One (1) TREK Mountain Bike (never a comfortable bike to ride, hence it's sat unused in my garage for 9 years)
  • Two (2) pairs rollerblades (one well-used and eventually dumped, the other gathering dust in my hall closet)
  • Countless mostly-unused gym memberships
  • Four (4) Weight Watchers memberships
  • Several exercise videos, most recently: Bellydance for Beginners
  • Several books, including
    • Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell
    • Susan Powter's Stop the Insanity!
    • Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution
    • The South Beach Diet
    • Bill Phillips' Body for Life
    • The Macrobiotic Path to Total Health

But *this* time, I swear, it'll be different. πŸ˜‰

April 19, 2005

Like I *Need* Another Hobby…

Posted in knitting, self-improvement, shopping, travel, video games, weekend at 2:42 pm by Marise Phillips

But alas, pretty yarn is so impossible to resist!

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That's what I bought today at lunch. Got to take a little jaunt into the city to swing by a beautiful L.Y.S. (local yarn shop) ™ called ImagiKnit. Then I headed across the street and enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the Samovar Tea Lounge.

But with my PSP and the new game J got me this weekend, plus my addiction to the games I already had…

Not to mention my renewed obsession with all things fishy! I found the most beauuuutiful book at the Kinokuniya Bookstore this weekend, called Kingyo: The Artistry of Japanese Goldfish. Now I want fishies again…

And we're talking about visiting Japan this autumn (or next Spring, at the latest). Since we were in Japantown this weekend for the Cherry Blossom Fesitval, we saw all sorts of great display-tables advertising various Japanese things, one of them being very affordable Japanese language lessons. So I have had thoughts about signing up…

Shoot me before I die of self-improvement-overload!!

April 8, 2005


Posted in internets, shopping, toys, video games at 2:08 pm by Marise Phillips

I ordered my new PlayStation Portable on Monday, and it's not due to arrive til next Tuesday!! *crys*

I hate this week. Not just cause I have to wait for the PSP, but also cause it's the first week of Daylight Savings and I'm TIRED!! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Also, I am extremely annoyed with eBay because they suspended my account – someone hacked in and tried to sell a Mazda RX-8 using my account. Fuggers. It's been two-and-a-half days, I've jumped through all the hoops, and still I can't log in and bid, baby, bid! CRAP.

I've contemplated getting a new user ID but I don't wanna… I'm infected with some sort of uncurable eBay snobbery that prevents me from going back to the days of having a "(0) – I'm new!" next to my user ID.