comfortably uncool since 1979



the whitneymoon

a little bit of kauai exploration, from the air, sea ... and of course the jeep.  then, some slightly more adventurous and touristy time on maui (when the car changes from jeep to red mustang, we're on maui).  all in all, a major relaxation and celebration success!

weber photo booth fun!

camera and tripod + homemade backdrop = wedding photo booth hilarity.  click on any of the photos below to launch the gallery.

obsessed with his ‘lil nose

i confess, i could not stop photographing it.  and so, editing fail.

brewmasters (3 of 3): people liked it!

our mad madam mim brew was a hit* at the 4 and 1/2th annual kenan-flagler case competition. this year, the homebrew fest coincided with another competition, of the flavor savor variety: the movember moustache competition/prostate cancer fundraiser.  brew teams got extra points for moustaches, so meng made us a few.  my favorite was the tom selleck. This particular photo courtesy of →

birthday roller derby

jsabs' birthday just happened to coincide with a roller derby double header, so of course we had to go.  the names alone were worth the $6 entry fee.  the frosty beverages, caramel apples and cotton candy?  just frosting on the jsabs birthday cake ...

brewmasters (2 of 3): you gotta trust your yeast

because, really ... what other choice was there but to wait and see?  before the cover was even closed on the big bucket of wort, we had decided that our oktoberfest lager would, in fact, be brewed as an ale because it was less temperature sensitive and generally easier for our severe brew newbie-ness. after some weeks of wondering →

brewmasters (1 of 3): is it wort it?

we had zero real idea of what we were doing, but drinking while brewing definitely helps with the creative process.  it's not supposed to be creative?  oh ...

umass invades chapel hill: the crafty vintage-ness

i couldn't have planned the timing of the crafty, downtown festifall better myself. and of course there was vintage and consignment shopping - woot!

umass invades chapel hill: the tailgate

a cooke and kelley visit mandates as big a tailgate as possible.  and so it was done:

umass invades chapel hill

cooke and kelley came for one of the best fall weekends i've had in awhile ... the toughest decision on day one was deciding which of cooke's magical musical mixes we should listen to while waiting for kelley. the answer? the "waiting for kelley" mix, a'course!  once she arrived, we tried to stay up and chat, but older and tired-er →

making creativity look easy

inspired by an earring she saw at the vintage street fair the weekend before, cooke gets to hammerin' - always love to see her create.

vintage, vino, and a pregnant rockstar

pretty much my favorite day in and around san fran with cooke, wine ... and some of her closest west coast buds.  a definite highlight was her 9ish month pregnant friend who was filling in as lead singer for her friend's band - "just crossing something off my bucket list, so be kind."  this. momma. rocked!

worlds collide: shabnam at the hub!

shabnam (of DDD and cambodia fame) was in SF at the hub to participate in the unreasonable institute's west coast pitch fest.  and she rocked it.  she's now traveling on the teach tour. what is it, you ask?  i'm so glad you did.  from the mouth of shabnam herself: The purpose of the tour is to both explore education at the →

weekend vintage pursuits, now with more hugs

a typical day in contocooke land - at a downtown SF vintage/craft/cupcake market ...

all fun and games …

because a trip to a beer festival to raise money for breast cancer research is always more fun with popsicles (until you get the sticks stuck up your nose) ... yup.

old odds & ends

the best recipes are hand written, fact. i also washed the last copy of a 10 year old workout plan (thanks to amanda for finding the newer modified version so i didn't cry). i also recently found this ring my sister and i bought (yes, together, we had to pool our money to get it) back when i was approximately →

amanda’s ovation

it is also the same guitar that charlie played on lost.  and the same brand that melissa etheridge and kaki king use.  i will do it zero justice, but will fiddle around with it while home.  oh, and a pic of my favorite coffee shop - a regular reading/writing hangout.

no cavities

most likely, the lack of cavities is due to the fact that i've got a mouth full of metal already - but hey, i'll take it.  finding a dentist under my new health insurance was quite a trip.  the closest 10 dentists were all in this office - in the mall. something about sitting in the "waiting room" while staring out →