Monday, December 31, 2012

adiós 2012

this was an interesting year
a good year
the first year in my new home
finding a more comfortable place at work
enjoyed spending time, mostly with these 3...
my mom, Herr Gato, and lovely Frau Kitty
reading books, listening to music
and mostly, living life...

i wish you all my blogger friends
the best for this 2013, and always
health, love, warmth of heart
and some little money, why not? too!

love you all who are around this blog!

now the infamous 3 from pictures
from these days...

my mom outside my home

Frau Kitty by the window

Herr Gato helping my mom pack her suitcase

Saturday, December 29, 2012

old year's resolution: 1Q84

back in August, i bought 2 books, that actually came as 4,
Julian Barnes' Sense of an Ending, which i finished 3 days after getting it
and Murakami's 1Q84...
the original hard cover novel is something like 900 pages or more,
very ala Infinite Jest
but the lovely paper back,
is divided into three more manageable books,
with colored graphics by Chip Kidd (i wish i had his job...)

today, as my last old year's resolution,
i finally finished the first book, another 2 to go...
but the 'other' and 'this' reality lived by Tengo and Aomame
is worth getting confused by, and yes,
the 1Q84 is a Japanese word-game, and yes,
it has to do with Orwell's 1984... very recommendable so far!


give it a try! and happy 2013...



Wednesday, December 12, 2012

little Christmas tree

the little Christmas tree and the cats
der Weihnachtsbaum und Katzen
el arbolito de Navidad y los gatos

live Christmas Monterey Pine, so a tree won't die! and Herr Gato's look-alike ornament
Frau Kitty enjoying a peaceful morning by the live Christmas tree

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The Benedictines of Mary "Advent at Ephesus"

truly beautiful and holy music
the best for this Christmas!
the The Benedictines of Mary "Advent at Ephesus"
really sounds like heaven on Earth
if you buy the album from the sisters' web-page
the funds will go directly to them

Monday, December 03, 2012

December 2012 mom visit

my mom is visiting and we are having fun!
thanks to mister Smorg's recommendation
we went on Saturday to the Handel's Messiah
sing-a-long with the San Diego Master Chorale
it was lovely! (mainly 'cause I didn't sing)

and yesterday we went on a 3 hour walk
to Balboa Park, around and back

it's good to have a fun healthy mom
to walk with!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Elections 2012

elections elections elections
all we have talk / read / breath for the past couple of weeks
I am glad I voted already, for Barack Obama, of course
as I did back in 2008
and I can forget, until the polls are closed...

for Barack Obama / Joe Biden

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween

another American Halloween!
I like this dark holiday
I celebrate with my cats, and at work
and even better, this year, I watched
the original Halloween film
from 1978
spooky low budget film!
some pictures to share
Franken-Herr-Gato, grrrrr


Frau Kitty and the Little Witch:
"Please be my black cat tonight!",
"But I am a tuxedo cat, not a black cat!",
"It's OK, a half-black cat will do..."
Halloween at the office

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Herr Gato watches TV

Herr Gato loves watching TV
he is so attentive, he really enjoys

video

who wouldn't? i love the show too!

Monday, October 15, 2012

sunseekers

Frau Kitty and the Basil plant, both love the sun!

Herr Gato and his potted grass, both love the sun!

this little bird, was following the sun too!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Zoro zoro

no, these are not the tree-ified feet of a gigantic alien ostrich
these are the root-feet from the two gigantic guardians
at the entrance of the Zoro garden
the sunken little treasure of our beloved Balboa Park
from a sunny Sunday walk
more photos coming soon... 

Zoro garden guardians

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Loscil - Sketches from New Brighton

a new album from one of my favorite new ambient musicians, Loscil

listen to a couple of samples here
loscil - sketches from new brighton (album preview)

Sketches from New Brighton

Monday, September 24, 2012

Jiro dreams of sushi

very lovely film, not to be missed!
and this documentary is not only about
the seemly delicious sushi that Jiro cooks,
but about his attitude toward work and life,
that makes this documentary and splendid piece

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Big Broadcast - 9/16/2012

wonderful old music from the 20's and 30's
do listen, lovely!
WFUV Media Player The Big Broadcast - 9/16/2012
Frau Kitty listens

Herr Gato listens

they both listen to old music!

Friday, September 14, 2012

the new possum

tonight i saw a possum at my newer home
for the very first time, there he went
crossing the patio, quiet, stealth

i remember the very first time i saw one
i was petrified
now, i like them...

it was a warm sign to see one tonight

of course i was alerted, not so quietly
by Herr Gato, meowing by the window

loud

'an old friend!?' he thought, 'perhaps...'
'good old possums,' he meowed!
'like those we met, ... back in Normal Heights'

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sunday walkies

Sunday walkies
Sonntag spazieren
caminata de Domingo

 
these two are funny because they are cellphone pictures not iPhone or fancy phone, just regular very old phonesito

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dead Can Dance

thank you Dead Can Dance for a wonderful evening
last night at Humphreys by the Bay, your music is magic!

I saw you at the same venue in 2005,
and I thought such an amazing experience will never repeat and it did,
thank you!!

I truly enjoyed the new album pieces, and the beloved old tunes.
The Arab song from Andalucía, Spain,

and the "roughly translated as I am a Junkie" were a delight too,
we love you in San Diego, please keep coming back!!

Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry
Lisa Gerrard

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

John Stezaker

i didn't know this wonderful conceptual artist
John Steazaker

Untitled (For Angus) Film Still Collage II, 2009
Collage, 22.8x32 cm
I am truly enjoying his work a bit disturbing, but so great!
some links here for your exploration of his art
http://www.theapproach.co.uk/artists/stezaker/
and
http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artists/artpages/john_stezaker_1.htm
and this article at the Guardian UK
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/aug/08/john-stezaker-best-photograph

Friday, July 27, 2012

Pigeon English

i am reading Pigeon English, what a different and great book!
if you are interested on books narrated by unique kids
i recommend you this book, better than my review
here a book trailer (the 1st one i've seen so far)



and a little interview with the author Stephen Kelman

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Gustavo Romero plays Debussy

just got my ticket to see Gustavo Romero playing Debussy this Sunday at the The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, ah, he'll play some Gershwin too, but I really care about Debussy, can't wait! Thanks to Jena and Mike for introducing me to these Summer Festivals!
Will listen to:


Claude Debussy
Suite bergamasque
Images, series 2
----
Claude Debussy
Estampes
George Gershwin
Three Preludes
Claude Debussy
Valse romantique
L’isle joyeuse

http://www.ljathenaeum.org/musicfest.html


and take a look at this vidoe on Vimeo
Gustavo Romero & David Dubal on Debussy

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

busy with photos and work

my poor blog has been so abandoned!
i've been pretty busy at work
attending a conference where i took over 500 photos
here one of the hotel















you can see all the photos I took at the CASAS website here
http://www.casas.org/training-and-support/SI/gallery

and enjoy the video Jared made!
http://www.casas.org/training-and-support/SI
I did some of those interviews and the photos were taken by me
so see? i was just busy working, and sadly not blogging...
but, hey! i am back!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

new casa

i've been living in my new home for about 6 months
but somehow it still feels new
every day that goes by, i am thankful to life and my mom
for being able to live in such a lovely little place

i love art but these days i cannot afford buying a lot of it
so i find comfort on having 'original' art

the idea of having 'original' art started with a gift from my friends
m&m... they enlarged and framed this photo of Herr Gato
as my house warming gift
the picture looked nice but it was missing a companion! so i enlarged a photo of a tree i took in Germany while visiting Herr Thilo
here is a link to the original photograph,

i also try to keep only natural plants in my home
a lovely orchid and some older plants i brought from the older home
and then i have this lovely enlargement that Insky sent me a while ago
both the Insky and the Herr Gato are originals too



for my bedroom these photos i took a while ago from  Julian

Friday, May 11, 2012

tree home

from my courtyard
at the new home, well, not so new by now


Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Smorg Sun

mister Smorg, a San Diego blogger friend
does a wonderful job of documenting the life
in this beautiful city...
you can take a look for yourself at his blog
http://smorgzone.blogspot.com/search/label/san%20diego
so in his honor, this little, or big sun
that saluted me the other day, on my way home
a big ala Smorg Sun!
(paraphrasing this SmorgZone blog)

solesote / large sun / große Sonne

Friday, May 04, 2012

Sherlock 2

I've been waiting since last year for the release of
Season 1 left us on a major cliffhanger!
very ala Conan Doyle...
finally this Sunday

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Zola Jesus

miss Zola Jesus 
and yes! as a comment says on youtube:
play this whole album on repeat for your well being!

 

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Walden

"As if you could kill time without injuring eternity."
~Walden, Henry David Thoreau

i just don't like knowing that i have to go to sleep
quitting reading these pages of Walden
because responsibility will call tomorrow
'cause my face has sagged from not sleeping much
not great pains or mild victories
just indulging on tv, books, late nights
yes, if i don't, then yes, the eternity
http://thoreau.eserver.org/walden00.html

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Karina y Mariano

Karina is one of my best friends from my adolescence
We lived so many things together!
This past weekend I finally saw her again after 15 years or so
and she came with company!
her adorable son Mariano, who kept on singing, dancing,
and sharing the joy of being a healthy boy!
I loved spending time with them!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Herr Gato

my beloved cat Herr Gato is having dental surgery today
this is a full anesthesia procedure
I am a little nervous but hopeful that all will come out OK
I am picking him up from the vet later today
Please say a little cat prayer for him...

here he is on his favorite lounger scratcher
he broke it, but he still loves it
he's such a fun cat to be around!
always doing clownish things
always chasing his sister Frau Kitty
always meowing for food, pets, and be let out
always such a sweet guy

Saturday, April 14, 2012

43

4/14 yes 43!
celebrated my birthday today
a lovely peaceful lazy day
latte and breakfast burrito in the morning
many wonderful phone calls, family & friends
a twisty moody weather day, but pretty
at the end...
the sun showed for a little through fluffy clouds
to say hello, so the day was complete
fine fine and thankful to make it to this day
can't wait for many more to come
















i am just saying... [smile smile]

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Frau Kitty and The Squirrel


as posted on Facebook today:
"Frau Kitty and the Squirrel, that squirrel comes to the tree outside every morning, she's teasing the cats, I only hope they don't go out and chase her one day... — with Frau Kitty in San Diego, California."

Monday, April 02, 2012

Bill Cunningham New York

i watched this documentary on Friday night
Bill Cunningham New York



Saturday morning i was out taking photos again!
really inspiring!
what a story!

if you like:
fashion
photography
New York City
interesting people
or just cool stuff and life
do watch!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

tea Tee té

this is a close close up
of one of my favorite teas
the Copper Knot Hongcha Black Tea
from Teavana.com
a bit pricey but worth it


Copper Knot Hongcha Black Tea


my little Tea corner at work

"The heaven of modern humanity is indeed shattered in the Cyclopean struggle for wealth and power. The world is groping in the shadow of egotism and vulgarity. Knowledge is bought through a bad conscience, benevolence practiced for the sake of utility. The East and the West, like two dragons tossed in a sea of ferment, in vain strive to regain the jewel of life. We need a Niuka again to repair the grand devastation; we await the great Avatar. Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things." ~The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

Friday, March 23, 2012

Something's Turning Over

on March 20th i was driving home after work
the spring Sun saluted me
after a weekend storm, the sun is shinning on
and as with everything in life
as Low sings, Something's Turning Over


driving the California freeways

enjoy!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Art of Photography Show 2011

beautiful collection from the Art of Photography Show 2011

call for 2012 show entries is open
http://www.artofphotographyshow.com/index.html

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Julian Omar Chavez-Abraham

i found out a couple of days ago
that my very first boyfriend passed away in 2009
not a pretty story, that one of his adulthood
but pretty indeed was discovering the first love
the first kiss, by his side
we met in high-school
i was 18 and he was 17
i was his first girlfriend too

we were so nerdy!
in Mexico, the last year of high-school
you have to choose the 'area' of career
you want to follow on college
we both followed physics mathematics
he wanted to be an engineer
i wanted to be an architect
so we chose the same classes

some years later he actually became an architect
and i became an industrial designer

and so calculus became our pass-time
i remember talking to him for hours
on the phone, even after spending
the entire morning with him at school
we called each other with the excuse of the
calculus homework and then end-up sighing
together over the phone 'cause we couldn't see
each other in the evenings
feeling that life was so unfair 'cause we had
to wait another 12 hours to hold hands again
hiding from professors and other students
just to hold hand, because we were that shy...

the charm of first love
i will never forget you, Julian Chavez
or Juliancito as my mom used to call him
and for you i say a little prayer
and post this old photo full of sunlight
i bet where you are now, you are smiling
and getting the sun strokes even closer

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

not Tea for Two for Two Teas for One

ah what a week!
a molar less, plenty of lost time recovering
streaming Dark Shadows TV 60's series
reading, and mostly sulking around

but Sunday, i had not a Tea for Two
but Two Teas for One



and here a lovely old version
of the popular song...