Tuesday, July 31, 2012

❁ ❁ ❁


going from rosy alameda to the city of roses—portland (and seattle and the pickathon!). i'll be reading gone girl on the plane. i'm not a big mystery reader, but i heard this is a good one, and so far i'm really liking it. i need to be as distracted as possible on the plane.

some assorted links:

i would like to see jared flesher's documentaries: the farmer and the horse and sourlands.

this film, toxic profits—about how pesticides banned in the US are still exported to other countries—looks like a good one to me to fund via kickstarter.

beautiful photos on the blog dear leila

i like to look at mieke's photos of people's apartments.

see you in a little bit.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

key lime


with regular limes. for some belated birthday celebrating

Thursday, July 26, 2012

lettuce+kale+fake stars


j and d are growing lots of good foodstuffs in the backyard: lettuce, kale, corn, strawberries, various beans, carrots, many herbs, melons, tomatoes, and more. the corn and kale have shot up  over the last week.

i am very ready for vacation, some good cheer and live music. finally, next week up to seattle and portland and the pickathon. will be good to see my dear friend liz and meet her dog chico. 

here is a funny dog.  
and a cute one.

Monday, July 23, 2012



blackberries and peaches, clear blue sky and an open window

more tart

Saturday, July 21, 2012

morning pinky


i had my own personal cute overload this morning. this one cracks me up.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

❤ ❤ ❤

an oldie i've probably posted before: me, my cousin daniel and my aunt katarina having a fika at vallsta, my mormor and morfar's old summer house in hälsingland, sweden. (sidenote: a girl whose uncle now owns my grandparents' old house contacted me a while ago after finding my photos of the house on flickr, and we are now FB friends! how rad is that. the internet gets a lot of points for that one.)

it's a bold statement, but sweden in the summer (a warm summer anyway) is my idea of heaven. 

some swedish summer flickr faves of late:

by lawa: 1, 2, 3
by juliasvardag: 1 

when tomorrow comes: erika spring covers eurythmics. been listening on repeat to her album since kate miss posted about it. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

native plants


at the regional parks botanic garden in tilden park, where stony paths swirl and disappear into trees and flowers and bushes (all natives of california). 

here you can find a brook, a small sandy swath, bumble bees and flowers that look like eggs, sunny side up. the garden is home to over 200 rare and endangered plants.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

sweet peas | luktärter

crazy how yummy these smell. instagram version

my mom is visiting. she told me that in google translate you can use a listen feature to hear swedish words and that the robot translator's accent is pretty accurate. we decided to test it. we tried my name (quite good) and some swedish tongue twisters. there is one tongue twister that is particularly difficult for non-swedes because it has tons of this sort of german sch sound. in the google robot translation it sounds like whipping, the sounds are said so strong/clear. we were very amused by it. 

to hear it, copy the following into the translate field and click on the megaphone/listen icon: seven beautiful nurses took care of seven seasick seamen onboard a sinking ship. 

or click here and click the listen button.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

eskimo prints


the flight of the shaman and the owl and the woman who lives in the sun. aren't they nice? more here, from the book arts of the eskimo: prints

ibland kan det vara skönt att fly in i svenska. tänka på ett annat språk. hemligt o mjukt. undrar om det känns mjukt pga ljuden eller minnen eller båda. är nog båda. idag är det svenska som gäller. som en famn. o bra övning inför besök av mamma som kommer imorgon. 

lyssnar fortfarande på jonathan johansson: under sjukhusen
tyst nu

Sunday, July 08, 2012



definitely need the stop thinking advice. 
from this show at ybca. very amusing show.

Friday, July 06, 2012

green | pink | green

back yard 


Wednesday, July 04, 2012

happy fourth of july

i rode in the alameda bicycle coalition contingent of our fourth of july parade. alameda's parade is just the right size and length (3 miles), everyone greeting one another. very sweet. i'm a little sad to have missed seeing all of the other groups in the parade. i hear there was a beautiful mexican cowboy contingent with horses and riders decked out in their finery. but i did get some good bicycle bell ringing out of my system. though now i want more and other bells. a horn too.