Saturday, March 12, 2005


Hello Cellphone! Hello Pink iPod Mini!

I am the Luckiest Daughter-in-Law in the World. Not only did my inlaws produce Justin, but they have bedecked me with amazing technology for my birthday (not today, don't worry).

Thanks to my mother-in-law, Carol, and Bob, I am now the proud owner of the just released Hello Kitty Nokia cellphone with Cingular service. It has HK wallpaper, ring and signal tones, and even a Hello Kitty game. Jum-pa Jum-pa is like Donkey Kong's Japanese cousin. There are other games, applications, and features besides, most of which I have yet to discover. I promise I will turn the sound off when I play Jum-pa Jum-pa on the trainride home. And when the phone number is operational, I will let you know.

To match the phone, I used my Amazon gift certificate from Justin's dad to buy a pink iPod Mini. Even as I type, Justin is loading it up.

Thank you thank you thank you, inlaws! You are the best.

Friday, December 31, 2004


Tsunami Aid, the American Institute of Philanthropy's website, has this page on recommended aid organizations (listed in alphabetical order). They are listed here too:

Americares (A)1-800-486-HELP
American Friends Service Committee (A-)1-888-588-2372
American Jewish World Service (A)1-800-889-7146
American Red Cross (A+)1-800-HELP-NOW
Brother's Brother Foundation (B)1-412-321-3160
CARE (A-)1-800-521-CARE, ext. 999
Catholic Relief Services (A-)1-410-625-2220
Children Incorporated (A-)1-800-538-5381
Christian Children's Fund (A)1-800-776-6767
Church World Service (A-)1-800-297-1516
Direct Relief International (B)1-805-964-4767
Doctors Without Borders (A)1-888-392-0392
International Rescue Committee (A)1-877-REFUGEE
Lutheran World Relief (A+)1-800-597-5972
MAP International (B)1-800-225-8550
Mennonite Central Committee (A)1-888-563-4676
Mercy Corps International (B+)1-800-292-3355, ext. 250
Oxfam-America (A-)1-800-77-OXFAM
Project Hope/People to People Health Foundation (B+)1-800-544-HOPE
Samaritan's Purse (B)1-828-262-1980
Save the Children (A-) 1-800-728-3843
World Concern (B)1-800-755-5022
World Vision (B+)1-888-511-6589

If you are thinking of making a donation, you may want to check with your company to see if they will match your contribution.

You can also email President Bush and urge him to increase the amount of U.S. aid by clicking on this ActForChange link.

Friday, December 24, 2004


Hello Holidays

Sorry that I've neglected you, blog audience. I confess that I have been feeling the holiday blues. Just not into it this year. But I do want to wish you all a happy holiday season, and all the best wishes for 2005.


Friday, December 10, 2004


Hello Skeleton!

I think it is a sign when three of my close associates (thank you Justin, David Z., and Heather H.!) email me within a 24-hour period to find out if I have seen a piece of Hello Kitty art. It is either a sign that I am crazy and everybody knows it, or that there is a particularly stunning piece of art that I need to see in order to complete the circle of my existence. In this case, the answer is (c) both of the above.

The artwork in question is Michael Paulus's Skeletal Series Hello Kitty Skeleton. Do you even need to ask whether this is on the Official 2004 Holiday Wish List? Do you? No, you do not. The only question is whether you will be the one to make my dream come true.

To help you out, I emailed Michael Paulus ( to see if his Hello Kitty Skeleton pieces were for sale. Here's what he said:

"Yes, the Skeletal Systems series is currently for sale (as is some of the other artwork on the site) at a gallery/coffee shop in Portland, OR, but few are left from the show. I am producing more, which are the same as the ones listed on the site. Each is built and rendered from scratch, the same as the ones currently on display. A note: These are full, two-part pieces, not just drawings. The photos of Hello Kitty on the site give an accurate idea of what the actual, assembled pieces look like---with the hinged translucent cover both closed and open. The rest of the characters shown on the site are approximations of what the transparency overlay looks like since I don't have actual photographs of all of them. All of the pieces are identical in construction and size and each is numbered above the skeleton. For instance: Blossom has "fig.5" above her head and the word "Blossom" below her--both in script. Each is hand-drawn with archival ink onto vellum on wood panel. There is a brass-hinged acrylic transparency hinged to the top with a translucent image of the character covering the skeleton, which can be lifted to reveal. Each panel is 7.5 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide and 1 inch deep. There is also a small, metal hanger recessed into the back of each panel, the top of which is exposed about 1/2 inch above the piece for hanging. I am offering online sales through Paypal for $210.00 each, which includes priority shipping, insurance, packing, etc. International orders are welcome but we would need to discuss extra costs before paying."

He also mentions that at this point he cannot guarantee delivery in time for Christmas. Do not let this deter you from what you know you must do. For me. Do it for me.

Sunday, December 05, 2004


Hello Bhangra!

Justin, Bill, Jennifer, and I attended our friend Reg's 34th birthday party last night, hosted by Reg's girlfriend, the lovely Gabrielle. A grand time was had by all, particularly when we started to get our bhangra on later in the evening. Bhangra is traditional Punjabi music and dance that has gained popularity around the world and fused with house, trance, and hip hop. Mad props to Chris who showed us a few moves. Definitely want to learn more. Fun workout. They even have bhangra aerobics videos that you can add to the Official 2004 Holiday Wishlist.

Saturday, December 04, 2004


Hello News Flash... MY CHOCOCAT WATCH IS HERE!!!!! =^..^=!

It's here.
It's cute.
I love it.

Never mind that it was sitting in our mailbox for x number of hours before I asked Justin to see if we got any mail today.

The only gravelly part is the little winder knob. The rim of which is somewhat sharp. Oh well. I am sure I will develop a callous in just the right spot. Still totally worth it.

Friday, December 03, 2004


Chococat Watch Update #3

One of the webstores listed in the Google search mentioned below has Chococat Watches in all three colors. Sign of the Cat is selling them for only $14 each, with $5 added for standard shipping. That's cheaper than what is currently on eBay and is a few bucks cheaper than what I paid for mine.

As Justin would say, finding out that I overpaid for my watch was like "finding gravel in my Sno*Cone." I'll just be happy when my watch arrives. I'm sure you will hear all about it. At least I'm guaranteed that it will work for 180 days by the manufacturer. Hmm. I wonder if that includes the days that have already passed since the watch came off the assembly line. Could this be more gravel? Probably best not to think about it.

Still no sign of the watches at the official Sanrio online store.

On a more positive note, I did spy these little ceramic treats: Chococat Salt and Pepper Shakers.

As you may have guessed, my order was placed faster than you could say "Official 2004 Holiday Wish List!!"

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