Saturday, December 26
The confused house in my neighborhood from my November 1 post that included Christmas decorations under their Halloween cobwebs got their holidays right this time. As I walked by, I saw lots of twinkly lights and no bats, candy corn, or other October 31 paraphernalia.
One of my absolute favorite restaurants in DC is the Amsterdam Falafel Shop in Adams Morgan (http://www.falafelshop.com/). They had the inspired idea to install a do-it-yourself garnish bar with over 20 options -- from the traditional hummus, cucumbers and tomatoes, to the less traditional baba ghanoush and roasted cauliflower. Gone are the days of dry, tasteless falafel. If yours ends up that way, you only have yourself to blame. Genius! Not to mention delicious. I was a little out of practice, but the one pictured was pretty good all the same.
Inspired by unbelievably low fares a few weeks earlier, I made the somewhat impulsive decision to spend the weekend in Washington, DC. And I mean weekend -- total time on the ground came to about 30 hours. When I bought the tickets, I thought that it would be nice to catch up with friends and enjoy the chilly late-fall air. I ended up getting more than I bargained for, arriving just in time for the first snowfall of the season.
Thursday, December 24
All Stanford Product Design Masters Program 2nd year students are given two weeks to design and create a personal statement for exhibition at an event held early every December. My friend Danika is a 2nd year, and this is her project -- a multi-level community garden completely constructed and planted by her. Each plot represents another student in the program.
Jerry models the latest in bear fashion at Etsy's Handmade Ho Down in San Francisco, a collection of craft artists selling their wares for the evening in a multi-level nightclub. I try to ignore the fact that he plans to wear it to Cal football games.
Sunday, December 13
The latest in my apartment decorations -- magnetic photo ropes from Photojojo. They do a great job filling empty space, and they're so easy to update that I'm hoping to change the images on them frequently, kind of like a rotating exhibit at a museum. This first installment is of postcards sent to me from around the world.
Doing something active outdoors during the long weekend has become a Thanksgiving tradition. This year I hiked down to Stinson Beach from Mt. Tam State Park. The beach was crowded with people enjoying the beautiful weather. I chose this photo as my favorite because I like the color and the clarity of the ripply reflections. More photos from the hike and the beach can be seen here.