20 September 2007

Mom's Words To Live By

Day Five Thought of the Day
"Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered I was not God."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes

19 September 2007

Terry Kiwala Moonie Talks

Moonie Maker Tip No. 2 Create a monthly budget. Figure out where you are spending your money by creating something along the lines of an Excel spreadsheet. By figuring out where you spend your money, you can effectively cut unneccessary expenditures in your life/financial world. And always remember: On payday, pay yourself first. Always.

17 September 2007

Mom's Words To Live By

Day Four Thought of the Day
"Genius is only a superior power of seeing."

13 September 2007

Terry Kiwala Moonie Talks

I have enlisted Terry to give me one "Moonie Tip" a day from here on out. Moonie Maker Tip No. 1 Start a 401K plan NOW! If you cannot, go for a ROTH IRA plan. Apparently you can borrow $$ from your 401K when getting ready to buy a place (tax-free). This is a one-time deal, so Terry says to take caution when making big decisions like that. Lesson learned: You have to put money away to eventually make it. It doesn't come in a day. But, apparently there is a way to take $100 and turn it into $1 billion in 10 years... I am waiting for the lesson on that one. I promise not to hold my breath.

Mom's Words To Live By

Day Three Thought of the Day:
"No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves today." -Brendan Francis ...and apparently Mare claims these are her own words (and if they are, my mama gets another positive notch in the book of creativity...)
"If I have seen farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants."


Saw Wilco last night at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millenium Park... What a great show! It was a benefit show for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Wish I could have put up a pic from last night, but my camera died. I think I have charged the camera 2x since getting it... no problems up until now. Weird. Kind of funny because I believe this picture was taken at Lollapalooza a couple summers back... That or else Jeff Tweedy wears that unbelievable get-up a lot. Who knows?

12 September 2007

Mom's Words To Live By

Day Two Thought of the Day:
Good friendships are fragile things and require as much care as any other fragile and precious things.
-Randolph Bourne

11 September 2007

Mom's Words To Live By

So, out of the blue, my mom emails me last night with her idea of a "Daily Thought." She claims she is going to throw out a thought of the day, every day... We will see if she is going to stick to her words. Anyway, Day One Thought of the Day:
Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.
-Madeline Bridges

New Movie Coming Out

The Darjeeling Limited So... after the devastation of my boyfriend trying to commit suicide came a remarkable discovery. He is in a new Wes Anderson movie... goody! Wonder how it will be?? We will have to wait and see. Out September 29/2007. Click above to watch the trailor!

07 September 2007


I was out to dinner last night at Bob San Sushi in Wicker Park (once again), so I have decided to look up my favorite starter, the Seaweed Salad.
3/4 oz dried wakame seaweed (whole or cut)
3 tablespoons rice vinegar (not seasoned)
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 small tart apple (1/4 lb) such as Granny Smith
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
Soak seaweed in warm water to cover, 5 minutes. Drain, then squeeze out excess water. If wakame is uncut, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips.Stir together vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, ginger, and garlic in a bowl until sugar is dissolved. Cut apple into 1/4-inch dice and add to dressing with seaweed, scallions, and cilantro, tossing to combine well. Sprinkle salad with sesame seeds. Makes 4 servings.


"Lebih gila, lebin biak," which in Indonesian means "the more odd, the better." Love it. Now I just need to learn how to say it.


As I was perusing various architects on Architectural Digest's AD 100, I ran across an architect by the name of Richard Landry, so, naturally, I was intrigued. (A possible long lost relative from Bergerland, L.A.!) Anyway, I looked and I liked and now he is on my blog. If you go to his website though, you see he designs in a way that covers a WIDE SPECTRUM of aesthetics, from modern to classic. I vote modern design through and through. Excerpt from AD: "We ask a lot of questions, and we often challenge our clients to truly pay attention to the way they actually live in their home, the way they entertain, how they see themselves in five, 10 or 15 years,” architect Richard Landry says of his approach to working with a new client. His Los Angeles firm, Landry Design Group, which he established almost 20 years ago, has realized more than 250 residences, many of them large in scale and for high-profile clients. Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Eddie Murphy and Rod Stewart are among the celebrities who have commissioned the architect. Richard Landry310-444-1404www.landrydesigngroup.com “Although we’re known for working on large-scale homes,” says Landry, “our clients are usually concerned with the scale of the rooms, making sure that they’re practical without being oversize. What makes our homes large is the simple fact that they incorporate several bedroom suites and many additional rooms, such as gyms, theaters, playrooms, home offices, project rooms and proper storage.” While some architects pride themselves on having a signature style, Landry has built his practice on “diversity—from modern to classic,” as he says. “What unifies our projects,” he adds, “is the attention to details and responsiveness to our clients’ requirements, regardless of style.” That philosophy, along with the homes that have been born from it, is the subject of a new monograph, Modern to Classic.

06 September 2007

words to live by...

"Unless you're pushing yourself, you're not living to the fullest. You can't be afraid to fail, but unless you fail, you haven't pushed hard enough." -Dean Karnazes

Fun Times in NYC!

Don't worry... not a creepy guy... just our friend, Scott!

05 September 2007

04 September 2007

David Hockney