Archive for December, 2006

More Climbing

I went climbing on Tuesday with 2 friends and it was pretty amazing that we finished our climbing in about 2 hours. Yay. I did a total of 5 climbs: 5.8, 5.9, 10b, 11a, 10a. Not bad considering some of the climbs were on taller walls. Much better than last Thursday.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Tips on Gown Shopping

I find myself recently repeating myself on emails to various friends of mine who are in the process of planning their wedding. So, I’ve decided to just summarize here so that I can copy and paste my emails to them. hehe.

There are tons of places to shop for a wedding gown in the Bay Area, and their price ranges vary greatly, so here are the things I’ve seen/heard are good to try. *note* this is by no means a conclusive list of places to shop. These are just the ones I know of first hand.

1) David’s Bridal - Good for a first visit so that you can try on dresses to she which cut/style suits you. I tried on 10 dresses in the 1 hour that I was there. Since the salesperson was distracted by another bride, my friends and I just kinda did a rapid fire dress wearing. We also snapped a photo of each dress.

2) Gunne Sax (SF) - Good if you’re looking for a super cheap dress. Possible to get one under $100 (and maybe for $15 for a simple white dress). However, you will have to get it dry cleaned as the dresses tend to get a bit dusty from all the people trying them on. I think you can take pictures here.

3) Glamour Closet (SF) - This is where I got my dress so I’m a bit biased. This is a sample dress store and they carry a variety of dresses at prices that fill the spectrum. The only thing is that sample dresses tend to be bigger, but you can get lucky and find a few in smaller sizes. You can take pictures here.

4) Bridal Image (SF) - This store’s selection is decent although the lighting is a bit on the dim side so it doesn’t feel bright and cheerful. Their prices are average though it depends on the dress. You must make an appointment and they do allow pictures. You should make an appointment here.

5) Elegant Lace (South Bay) - This shop has a lot of dresses for you to choose from. I didn’t shop for a gown here, just bridesmaids dresses. A friend of mine bought her dress here for a really good deal. They don’t let you take pictures there, but maybe you can be sneaky and do so.

6) Trudy’s (South Bay) - I didn’t go here but lots of my friends recommended this place. If you want a more designer dress, this place is supposed to have better deals on that.

7) Craiglist - Yeah, you read right. The benefits of CL is that the dress will already be altered (so you don’t have to pay for alterations) and cleaned. Most brides will take reasonable care of the dress. You can get a tremendous deal and you get to take it home that day!

8) Ebay - Of course. You can get a tremendous deal here too, especially on the designer dresses. Of course, the downside is that you may not be able to try it on beforehand. Although, a friend of mine bought her dress on Ebay and to quote, “It fits like a dream.”

Good luck!
Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Climbing Again

I went climbing yesterday and I must say I wasn’t on top of my game. Somehow, I felt tired and didn’t do great. I ended up climbing 3 top rope routes (5.8, 10a, 10b) and 2 boulder routes (V0, V1). Bouldering was pretty fun but I’ll have to work on it if I want to be decent at it.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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“Tickets Please!”

On my daily train rides, one of the conductors comes down the aisle asking for tickets. On most days, nothing eventful happens, but on several occasions, some unfortunate passenger gets caught with either a non-validated ticket or one that isn’t for the proper zones.

Somehow, the conductor seems to derive an awfully large amount of pleasure berating and scolding these poor unfortunate souls. He also talks in a somewhat loud voice, I suppose primarily to ward off any other folks from trying to “cheat the system.”

Today some poor guy’s ticket wasn’t for the right zones, so the conductor lectured him a bit and then told him he had to get off at the next stop. I don’t remember if the guy did or not as I decided to catch a few zzzs.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Baking Cookies

So I made some white chocolate & macadamia nut cookies yesterday using my airbake pan and also a really thin pan with a Silpat on top. I cooked them for relatively the same amount of time, but the airbake batch turned out much chewier with the bottoms uncooked. The silpat batch turned out small in diameter but more puffed up. Also, the texture was harder/crunchier.

Today, when I ate the cookies, the airbake pan ones had a good crunchy texture with just a tad of chewiness in the center. As for the silpats, they turned out very hard and in a way, crispy and somewhat hard to bite.

Conclusions? Well, I suppose the next time I try this recipe, I’ll bake them with the silpat mat but for a shorter amount of time. Otherwise, I’d bake with the airbake pan for giving out the next day or use the silpat for bringing fresh cookies to a party.

I also used my new Artisan stand mixer and that was the first time I used a mixer to bake cookies. It was awesome! Saved me some time in mixing the dough by hand.
Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Nice White Elephant Games

So I just got back from my trip to New Zealand this afternoon. Since the time change was 21 hours forwards for NZ, it was kinda like going to Hawaii and being 3 hours ahead of somewhere. Therefore, I didn’t really have any jetlag.

Because I still had energy, I went to one of my friend’s xmas parties. They did a white elephant game where for the most part, people brought pretty decent and useful gifts. Isn’t the point of white elephant to give a completely lame and useless gift? I guess people are too nice. hehe.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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A Room With a Mountain Range View

So here I am sitting out on the back deck from our room at a little mountain lodge. In the distance, I can see the mountains and even further in the distance, I see some snow capped mountains. When people say that New Zealand is beautiful, they were not exaggerating.

You don’t have to go far to find lush green grassy hills, forests of trees, or herds of sheep. And boy are there sheep. More sheep than people here! As we drove through the countryside towards different scenic spots, which lasted several hours, we couldn’t quite drive 15-30 minutes without spotting a sheep farm of sorts.

Well, time for me to sign off as I’ll be off soon to taste the local cuisines in the town of Wanaka.

Cheers! Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Greetings from New Zealand!

Yep, I’m off traveling here in “exotic” NZ. Things here are pretty cool so far although the weather has been a bit fickle. Everyone speaks English here which is nice, but doesn’t make me feel as though I’m in some far off world.

I drove on the left hand side of the road today and it’s certainly a weird feeling. You have this desire to start driving on the right side, but you know, you’d probably die in a head on car collision.

The water doesn’t flush clockwise like they do in the northern hemisphere. It doesn’t go counter-clockwise either. It kinda just goes straight down. I’ll have to investigate a bit more to find out. anyways, that’s my report for now. Enjoy

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Off on a Journey

Time for me to finally head out on a much needed adventure. Off to hunt for hobbits in New Zealand! See you in 10 days, though I’ll probably be nerdy and blog from abroad.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Wedding Season 2006 Over

I officially declare my 2006 wedding season to be over. I just attended my 8th wedding this year, not including my own. Whew. What a year. Here they are in order of attendance.

1) May - A&S - Chicago
2) June - E&E - Woodside / Berkeley (Cal)
3) July - C&F - San Francisco
4) July - G&W - Los Gatos
5) August - C&C - Los Altos / Palo Alto
6) August - D&H - Mountain View / Millbrae
7) September - C&T - Yosemite
8) December - R&S - San Francisco

I think I’ve got 4-5 weddings to attend next year… it might increase!
Scarf Girl, signing off.

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