Archive for April, 2010

Good Dog!

Grazing on samples of kettle corn and bacon onion dip.
Sipping pints of Shock Top.
Watching people tee-off into Webber Point.

This weekend, we made it back to Stockton for the “Best Food Fest in the West”: the Stockton Asparagus Festival. This year, I finally saw one of the star attractions: Tyson, the skateboarding bulldog.

Tyson, the skateboarding bulldog
Before this weekend, the only time I saw Tyson ride was from the control room as I counted down my live crews to their next hit.

It rocked to be out of the newsroom. I loved being able to cop a squat and watch Tyson wow the crowd with his boarding skills.

Tyson, the skateboarding bull dog from Kris Vera-Phillips on Vimeo.

Now, I wonder if I could get Daisy on a skateboard….

Hello Dino

Hello Dino
Despite chilly weather, I enjoyed walking around Sacramento for Second Saturday. There were great deals from outdoor vendors (Check out the adorable Hello Kitty earrings that my hubby picked up for me!). Also, we browsed by some whimsical pieces by up-and-coming artists and rubbed shoulders with some outrageous characters.

Hey Facebook peeps! Check out the spiffy photo slideshow on my blog page.

Aural Exam

So – I’m trying to raise the bar on my social media videos.
My New Favorite Toy

Over the weekend, I’ve invested in a new tripod. Since I’ve been use a lav mic that I’ve had since my college radio days at Cal, I’m now checking out new microphones.

Here’s one that popped on my radar: Sony ECM-DS70P Electret Condenser Stereo Microphone. Amazon is selling them at cheap prices.

I also learned about a trend of selling fake versions from audiophiles’ comments and videos.

So here’s my question – can you hear the difference between the real mic and the fake one?

So Blocky

3D Dot Hame Heroes

Mark introduced me to this dazzling trailer for a new PS3 Game: 3D Dot Game Heroes.
From the synth pop soundtrack to killer animation, cubic warriors rocked the Zelda-like domain. Freakin’ adorable!

More 3D Dot Game Heroes News & Previews

Surf and Turf

We spent a wet Easter Sunday in San Francisco with our friends. Because of my spiffy work schedule, my hubby suggested driving down to LA and spending the holiday weekend with family. But I didn’t like the idea of driving back home after Mass.

So, it was a pleasure to eat good food and chill with Susan and Tom. Over the last two years, we put a lot of miles on Mark’s Corolla, crossing the Carquinez and Bay Bridges. I think it’s totally worth the mileage to spend time with people I consider I close enough to be family.

This is the third year that we’ve done something special for Easter Sunday in SF, growing into a lovely tradition.

Easter Dinner at the Waterbar
We followed Susan’s suggestion of Easter dinner at the Waterbar on the Embarcadero. The stormy weather offered a romantic backdrop to our classy feast of seafood, wine and other gourmet treats.

Steak on the grill
Before the weather turned stormy, we marked the end of Lent with steaks on the grill. When I smelled the savory, rich aroma of meat sizzling over hot flames, I nearly melted.
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Sans Meat

As a woman of leisure, I spent a lot of time challenging myself in the kitchen.

Bacon and Cheddar Puffs

I enjoyed cooking dinner and catching up with my hubby over a hot meal. I got over my hesitation/fear over baking and produced some tasty cheddar gougeres. I bonded with my hubby over rolling pizza dough and cutting up pasta noodles. On dry days, we fired up the grill for fresh fish and sausages. All the culinary activity, from chopping vegetables to studying recipes, helped me cope with being out of work.
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Just Kidding

I got tapped to work an early morning shift on April Fool’s Day. So, I didn’t have the energy to pull off a decent prank.

This year, I kept it simple.

Dreamy Puppy

Before bedtime, I burrowed under the covers and called for my Daisy. I made sure I didn’t have any limbs or toes sticking out under the blankets.

“Where’s Mommy?!?! Mommy disappeared!”

The dog kept sniffing until she burrowed under the covers next to me.

When she pushed her muzzle into my face, I said: “April Fools!”