Sunday, May 24, 2015

Steamed Eggs

Wow. It has been such a long time since I last posted on my blog. I have missed it a lot. I am committed to posting at least twice a week.

I am now a creative (trainer) at Apple. Recently one of my customers and I got into a conversation about chickens. (No I do not remember how that subject came up when I was helping her with the Numbers Application.) I mentioned that I love having fresh eggs, but find them hard to peel. She said she steams them instead of hard boiling them. So I decided to give it a try.

I put them in my little vegetable steamer, then put steamer and eggs into a pot of water. (I kept the water below the steamer.) I put the lid on the pan and steamed them for 12 minutes. Then let them sit another 10 minutes. They were perfect. So easy to peel and super yummy. I get to meet the nicest people at work. Thanks Anne.

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Year's Reading List - Non Fiction

Here are a few books on my non-fiction reading list for 2015. What's on your list?

I am obsessed with books on creativity. This book is about creative genius. It had me hooked with a quote in the introduction...

"Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see." Arthur Schopenhauer

Schopenhauer was a philosopher who died in 1860 and yet, this quote seems more relevant today than ever. It makes me think of Steve Jobs.

I am a big fan of TED Talks. I can't wait to get into this book. I give workshops at Apple and want to learn from some of today's best presenters. 

Anne LaMott is one of my favorite writers. I follow her on FaceBook and have been waiting for this to be published.

Lodro Rinser writes about bringing Buddhist ideas into our everyday world and problems. He's also written The Buddha Walks Into A Bar and Walk Like a Buddha.

Guy Kawasaki was the chief evangelist at Apple in the early 1980s. He's smart. He's funny and whatever he publishes, I read. 

I figure my analogies can use a little tune-up. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

What Christmas Songs Are You Rockin' This Year?

'Tis the season and you know what that means... Christmas music!!! Here are some of the  toe tappin', dance around the tree, songs on my playlist this year...

1.   Ain't Nothin' Like Christmas - Shelby Lynne  
2.   Cool Yule - Louis Armstrong  
3.   Gotta Be Good - Chris Isaak  
4.   I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas - Gretchen Wilson  
5.   Louisiana Christmas - Aaron Neville  
6.   Merry Christmas Baby - Bruce Springsteen  
7.   Red-Suited Super Man - Rod Stewart  
8.   Santa Do Right - Frankie J  
9.   SeƱor Santa - Y La Bamba  
10. Such a Night - Aaron Neville

Monday, December 1, 2014

Top Ten Tips From My Favorite Magazines

1.    Found these ID Beads in this month's O Magazine. Wow do I need these. Great way to keep others from walking away with your cables. $14.95
2.    Not sure why I like these so much. They just seem so cool sitting on a desk. These feather pens were featured in Dec's Real Simple and are from ZGallerie. $9.95
3.    Also saw this in Real Simple. Love it! I want a Christmas Eve picnic under the Christmas tree!
4.    Are you an Instagram fan? I discovered Prinstagram in Real Simple. You can print your Instagram photos on all sorts of things including these Photo Booth looking series. $10
5.    Saw these cool little lights in this month's Fast Company. $119
6.    Love this cute Ginger Bread Truck featured in Country Living. Step-by-step instructions are here.
7.    Saw the instructions for these holiday cookies in Chatelaine. Recipe is here.
8.     Love these round ornaments. When I saw the instructions in Chatelaine, it dawned on me that I already knew how to make these. I am quite sure I made a less sophisticated version of this in elementary school. They are made with balloons, string and glue... bring back any memories?
9.    Speaking of memories...this red VW cookie jar reminds me of the little bug I had in the 70s. It was featured by HGTV designer Vern Yip in Dec's issue of HGTV. And... the good news is it is on sale for $9.99
10.   Also in HGTV. DIY vases. Liquid Guilding is from Martha Stewart.

Note: I read every magazine on my iPad using the Next Issue app. No more old magazines stashed away in closets. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thank You

I have the greatest friends. They make me laugh, share so many fun times and always reach out a hand to steady me when I need it.  Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

iOS 8 - My Favorite Features

I have been studying the new mobile operating system coming out this fall for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. And boy is it fantastic! This is the biggest iOS release ever. It's loaded with features we have been wanting. Here are my ten favorites...

Sunday, March 30, 2014

This Month's Top Ten Tips From My Favorite Magazines - March

1.  I found this Parrot Sommelier Corkscrew in this month's issue of Coastal Living. It kind of hurts thinking of spending $63 for a corkscrew, but I am sure it would make me smile every time I use it.

2.  Also from this month's Coastal Living is this very cool Cupcake Corer. How fun this will be for easter. 

3. This is my idea of riding a bicycle. I found it in LivingEtc (I always find the most interesting things in that magazine.) It's called a Copenhagen Wheel. The unit attaches to almost any bike, turning it into an electric hybrid bike. I like!!!

4.  Doesn't this skirt just say - doing the salsa on a summer after? It comes with a "bralette". I think my "bralette" days are over, but I would most definitely wear this with a cute little summer blouse or top. It is by Milly and I found it in Lucky Magazine.

5.  Now this is just plain cool. Sunset Magazine featured the Wag Brigade in its Best of the West section. The San Francisco International Airport has brought in a group of wonderful dogs to help tame passengers' travel jitters. Be sure to click on the Wag Brigade link to see all the dogs. Next time I am flying out of the Bay Area I am definitely going to look for them.

6.  Yay. It's nearly sandal season. Saw these sandal pumps in Real Simple. The heels are chunky enough to actually be wearable. 

7.  Read this brief article in a magazine I've never read before - All You. It inspired me to purchase an Up24 band to measure my steps and am trying to increase the number each week. 

8.  Domino Magazine featured my all time favorite pen - Le Pen. I buy the brown ones by the box from Amazon.

9.  Great idea for those times when your glasses come apart (from This Old House article about Ten Uses for Toothpicks) - temporarily stick the arm back on by putting a toothpick through the hole. 

10. Do you use your iPad in the kitchen? I saw this iPad Cutting Board in Real Simple. $74.95 is a bit pricey for a cutting board, but still kind of cool.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Love This

Saw this graph on Fast CompanyLove seeing the silhouettes of all these dresses. My favorites are Halle Berry's from 2002 and Sandra Bullock's from 2010. Who are your favorites? 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

iOS 7

I just downloaded the new Apple operating system for my iPhone - iOS 7. Wow. I really like the new look. Everything is so bright and easy to read. Seems quite a bit faster too. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Japanese Friendship Garden

Fun day out photographing with my friend Krissy. We went to the Japanese Friendship Garden. I photographed with my iPhone camera. Then took the images into Oggl and edited the images using the  John S lens with the Blanko film. Finally I did my favorite nine image collage with the Diptic app

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Apple's New iPhone Event

The Highlights

iTunes Festival in London - 30 days of free music

Next month Apple will ship 700 million mobile devices 

IOS7 - amazing new features including improved Siri, design, iTunes radio. Available for free on September 18th. iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later and 5th generation iPod touch.

Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto and iMovie mobile apps are now free on any new mobile devices


iPhone 5C in 5 colors, white, pink, yellow, blue and green

iPhone 5C - five colors - Green, white, blue, red, yellow.

iPhone 5S - Available in silver, "space gray" and gold. There's a "big leap" in performance. NEW CAMERA!!! (doing the happy dance). Rumors were correct - fingerprint Touch ID on the home button. Touch to unlock phone. Touch to authenticate Apple ID. Cool. New leather cases in 6 colors. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Instant Polaroid Lab for iPhone

I can't wait until this is for sale. Combines my two favorite kinds of photography... polaroids and iPhone.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Santa Cruz Pop Up Breakfast and Farmers' Market

9 pictures in Diptic collage of food from Pop Up breakfast, sugar, biscuits, ice cream
Went to the Pop Up breakfast at the Santa Cruz Farmers' Market. Gorgeous day and fabulous food and wine. Started with homemade yogurt and granola with peach jam. (Served in cute little jam jars.) Then homemade biscuits (with pepper jam), hash and eggs. Finally a custard filled tart with the most yummy blackberry ice cream. I love how they painted jam jars with chalkboard paint and then wrote "sugar" in chalk on them. 
Colorful Dahlias photographed with iPhone and Hipstamatic app
We then walked around the Farmers' Market. Such beautiful end of the summer produce and bucket after bucket of flowers, especially Dahlias.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

This Month's Top Ten Tips From My Favorite Magazines

Woman in jeans wearing iPhone case/purse
1.    I found this iPhone case that's part case and part purse in this month's InStyle magazine. It has a leather case and straps, plus two slits in the back for a credit card and driver's license - from Bandolier

info graphic chart with questions to help clean out clothes closet
2.   Time to go through your closet and get rid of some of the clothes you never wear? This month's InStyle magazine has some great tips including this chart to guide you.

Picture of blues singer Valerie June
3.   I read about singer Valerie June in this month's O magazine and what a fascinating country/blues voice. I especially like Workin' Woman Blues, You Can't Be Told and The Hour.

4.   How can you not love this red bicycle (also found in O) from Martone Cycling?

Pouch/purse from Terrestra with 3 zipper compartments and 7 slots for credit cards
5.   Love this travel organizer from Terrestra. It has 3 zipper compartments and 7 slots for credit cards and ID. 

6.  I so agree with this quote from chef Michael Symon. We use capers in just about everything but chocolate!!!

7.   From Real Simple magazine - Cord Tacos.  Boy can I use these. You get 5 for $24.99. They are from This Is Ground.

Green blue and purple hourglass pieces from Anthropologie
8.   I always find so many treasures in the English magazine LivingEtc. These gorgeous HourGlass pieces are from Anthropologie.

9.   I posted these hat pendant lights once before (from Graham and Green). I never thought of putting them in a bathroom. Love love love them.

a high gloss pink picnic table for inside the house
10.  Living Etc has the most wonderful decorating ideas. Isn't this great - painting a picnic table and benches a fun glossy color and putting them inside the house instead of outside! I definitely want to do this. Pink is not my favorite color but I would love to paint a set a high gloss black, red or purple.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

iPhone Painting with the PhotoViva App

I love painting on my photos. I recently discovered the PhotoViva app. It's an easy painting app that has a nice selection of brushes.

After opening the app, you have a choice of selecting a photo from the camera roll, or take a picture with the app's camera. 

You can choose to paint with a solid color, or paint using the photo as your source. You also can choose from different style brushes, brush angles and brush sizes.

You can pinch and spread the image to enlarge it for easier painting.

I brought both images into the Triply app.

I then cropped the image from three panels to two panels in the camera roll editing screen.