January 31, 2012

The Overnight Walk

Twelve years ago, one of my best friends Amaya lost her father to suicide.  I didn't meet her until years later, but I saw how much her loss affected her, and what a struggle it is to cope with the suicide of a loved one. 

This year on June 9th - 10th, I am joining Amaya, her mother, and more of her friends in the Overnight Walk in memory of her father and those lost to suicide. It's 18 miles, overnight, through the street of San Francisco -- all to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

Amaya participated in this walk in New York City last year and was shocked to receive as many emails as she did from friends who also lost loved ones to suicide and who battled depression and suicidal thoughts themselves. While I hope I don't get the same responses, if you have lost a loved one or struggle yourself and you're comfortable sharing your stories with me, I'd be honored to hear them. Additionally, the Overnight Walk lines a pathway after the finish line with luminary bags with names/pictures/quotes/drawings of those lost. I'd be happy to give/send you a bag that I can place along the pathway.  

If you would like to learn more about the organization, please visit the ASFP website.

Donations and well wishes are greatly appreciated (especially suggestions about good walking shoes)! If you are able to donate, please visit my DonorDrive page at here. 

January 11, 2012

Fan Appreciation

Here is my gorgeous cousin showing off her scarf I gave her for Christmas. You might recognize it from this post... I made it over a year ago but couldn't decide who to give it to. I see it pop up in her photos on facebook, and it makes me happy it went to the right person.

January 9, 2012


Since my lovely friend Danu got engaged, we have spent several weekends at local antique stores looking for fun things for her wedding. Unfortunately for my wallet, it almost always turns out that I end up finding things I can't live without. This past weekend was no different.
We wandered into an antique store a few blocks away from my house and I stumbled across the most  amazing pair of blue corner shelves. I bought them without any idea of where to put them, but luckily I found the perfect spot in my kitchen!

I love them so much I spent most of last night sitting in my kitchen admiring them. I think the blue contrasts perfectly with my yellow walls. Granted, they don't match my clock, but I can live with that for now.

Danu and I had wandered into another neighborhood antique store earlier that day (there is an abnormally large number of antique stores in my neighborhood. I have no idea how they all manage to compete with each other!) and I found a treasure trove of gorgeous old windows. I have always wanted to re-paint an old window to use as a wall decoration, but I couldn't rationalize spending $100 on one. After hanging up my shelves and cleaning up my kitchen, I took my trash out and found the most amazing window casually leaning against the dumpster. It is identical to a window in my living room, so I assume that another apartment in my complex got new windows (I'm a little jealous since my single-paned windows do little to keep my house warm, but that's besides the point). I had wanted a window, and lo and behold one appeared!

It's a little bigger than I would like, and the top right-hand corner has lots of wood damage, but I am going to sand and paint it a nice, bright color. It is really heavy and my walls are made of plaster, so it's going to take some planning in regards to hanging it, but I am excited.