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25 random things about me.

Happy Friday and Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. I’m looking forward to a beautiful weekend of weather and family and I just can’t wait.

In the meantime, here are twenty five random things about me:

1. I’m left-handed.
2. I was almost kidnapped when I was younger but I talked the guy out of it.
3. My eyes are hazel — but some days they look green and some days they look brown — usually depends on what I’m wearing.
4. If I could wear flip-flops every day, I would.
5. I’ve never been able to stand canned tuna fish sandwiches…the smell repulses me …but I love fresh tuna steaks. Go figure!
6. I went to college in Hawaii (for part, at least)…and everyone thought I was going there to major in volleyball and sunbathing but I found my interest in photography there.
7. I love anything and everything Pixar. I have all the movies on DVD and one summer, I went to McDonald’s to get all the Finding Nemo Happy Meal toys.
8. I have a tattoo of Dr. Seuss’ “…red fish, blue fish” on my ankle. Partially because I’m a pisces and partially because I’m a kid at heart.
9. My gall bladder is no more. I also have a couple of scars on my belly from the laproscopic surgery.
10. I love my sleep. Don’t bother me or you will be injured.
11. My nickname, Smilez, came about in a southbound car going to San Jose on Highway 101 in the pouring rain. My friend Jeff said, “Your nickname should be Smiley since you smile so much.” It was shortened to Smilez a couple days later.
12. I think wearing makeup is nice but it takes a lot of effort to do so I end up only wearing it once in awhile.
13. When I was younger, I wanted braces so bad, I would fashion a retainer out of a paperclip. It, of course, was worthless….
14. I’m really anal when it comes to my magazines. I need to read them before anyone else does. I think this stems from when my sisters would steal my YMs and Sassys and do the quizzes in them before I got to them.
15. I have two favorite kinds of apples: Braeburn and Honeycrisp. They are always crunchy and crispy.
16. I didn’t like tomatoes until college and recently, I’m starting to not like them again.
17. My all-time favorite vegetable is artichokes. Yum, yum, yum.
18. I miss the days in the darkroom putting the prints through the developer, stop and fixer. The smells, the dark room with just barely enough light to work in…you could’ve left me there all weekend long.
19. I have always wanted to open a bakery with my cupcakes and sour cream twists…
20. I like flying in airplanes — it’s always exciting.
21. I love the aftertaste you get when you eat pickles.
22. I am certified to scuba dive but at this point would have to refresh my memory since it’s been awhile since I’ve gone.
23. I could stare at maps all day long.
24. I was named after a James Taylor song — “Sarah Maria” –but my parents changed the middle name to something different because they didn’t want their friends realizing they named me after a song.
25. I love See’s Candies.

Any fun plans this weekend?

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freezing winter or warmer summer surf?


photograph by Emlyn Stokes

Even with this cold, blustery weather bearing down on us, I want to get in the water. Yes, I know I’m crazy but I’m thinking about one of my things to do before my next birthday…I want to not only learn how to surf but go to a surf camp.

My fascination with surfing started back in high school. I’m not sure if there was one moment more than another but I remember subscribing to Surfing and Surfer. I thought that Rob Machado and Kelly Slater were hotties! I had this dream of being one of those surfers that finishes a session and come back to the VW bus and put on a pair of Uggs to keep my feet warm (Mind you, this was before the explosion of regular Joes like you and me wearing them.)

Then I headed to Hawaii for college. Logical place to learn how to surf, right? In my two years of living there, I got on a board ONCE. I tried some baby waves at Waikiki on a long board. It was pretty lame plus I got wax all over my bathing suit. What a mess.

Luckily, I live nearby that BIG, blue thing called the Pacific Ocean so I probably have many surf camps to choose from up and down the coastline. I’ve got to start looking at the options for the summer nearby. Otherwise, I fear, they’ll all be booked up and I won’t have anywhere to go…except maybe Hawaii!

34 things to do before I turn 35

Yes, it’s that day. The last day in February…when I was born so many years ago…but today starts a new tradition. Coming up with a list of thirty-four things to do before I turn thirty-five a la hula seventy.

1. Learn how to surf.
2. Work through The Artist’s Way.
3. Find a beautiful new apartment.
4. Explore Bodie in the summer and take lots of photos.
5. Learn how to cook eggplant parmesan.
6. Make a couple photography books I’ve been meaning to make.
7. Visit NYC in May and find something new and something old.
8. Participate in a photo walk.
9. Go to Pinecrest and enjoy the lake.
10. Give many kisses to my hubby.
11. Troll thrift shops and find treasures.
12. Go to a concert.
13. Ride a rollercoaster.
14. Take an online photography class to learn, share, and critique.
15. Plant some flowers.
16. Go to the library and read a LOT!
17. Bake some cookies and give ’em away to friends.
18. Go explore a cave.
19. Put art {photos, prints, cards} up on the walls of our new apartment.
20. Make a bouquet and put it on my desk at work.
21. Discover manual mode on my camera again.
22. Do more art.
23. Tend to a vegetable garden this spring/summer.
24. Take more Zumba classes because they are FUN.
25. Go to the SF MoMA.
26. Do a 5K run.
27. Make the ultimate 2011 iPod mix.
28. Go swimming – pool, lake, or ocean.
29. Journal more.
30. Experience some of my favorites in NYC – Kee’s Chocolates, Levain Bakery cookies, Dinosaur BBQ, Celeste cheese plate and some Tea & Sympathy.
31. Go to a baseball game.
32. Go camping and get back to nature!
33. Explore Washington, D.C. in May.
34. Fly a kite in Foothills Park.

My husband and I…the first day we met.

I wish I had a picture of this day to share but it just resides in my head for the memory banks.

The setup: I had been working at this advertising agency in New York City for a little over three years. It was a relatively small agency (maybe 40 people) and we had an office assistant (like the mail room and supply closet maintenance plus all the other a/v related things that could be fixed by the flick of a switch, usually.) It turned out our current office assistant was going to school and found another job that was better suited for his future career so he was leaving.

Sometime in late October 2004, the guy who was leaving was bringing around the new guy to introduce him to everyone. I was in my office with a couple other of my co-workers. It might have been a not-work moment. He came in and introduced this dreamy guy, {future} hubby, to all of us. I told {future} hubby that if he had any questions, he could ask me…since I had been there for a few years and knew everyone. He smiled and got introduced to the rest of my co-workers in my office and then they moved onto the next office.

Pretty much the second he left, I was so smitten. He was cute, had a great smile and smelled really good. I definitely was interested…and only time would tell what the future held.


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