Friday, November 20, 2009

janine in feathers

Below are the feathers that dangled in front of Janine's portrait from the IYDMIDY collaborative portrait show.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

October, where did you go?

Dear October,
Where did you go? Is it really mid-November? Weird...

Here's some of my favorite moments in October - foto style.

more pictures right here !

in Miami we got to hang out with Omar!

birthday date with Eli at the Waterboy

birthday weekend in SF

a bittersweet evening in San Francisco
wishing Zeina farewell as she moves onto a new chapter of life in Reno!
(polaroid below is proof that i have a working scanner!!! are you ready?
i am a scanning machine right now!!)

and Halloween !!
I was Annie Hall ... and I think I pulled if off quite well.

an absolutely perfect Sunday:

farmers market
followed by backyard mimosas and magazines with trish

(this photo was taken by the lovely Trisha Jean)

oh, and this just in: check out Cuffs in the blogoshpere!! shop cuffs!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

oh reno, how you do me right.

Reno is the perfect solution to that itch for an adventure. So when Zeina invited me along for a celebration for her bf in Reno - it couldn't have been more perfect timing. And I love that my girls are always ready for the {drop everything - run away to reno} trip. (I see many many more of these in our future, btw!)

h i g h l i g h t s:
* Cute cafe/bakery stop -our first stop...where we picked up the cake Z ordered for Dom.
* A little shopping - Junkee Shoppe. And the first thrift store we were able to locate. They really are around every corner - you just need your eyes wide open and to be totally ready to flip a bitch at any given time. This one was found in the midst of almost giving up, frantically searching our iPhones, and almost stressing - when alas, a gentleman was standing on the sidewalk of the intersection we were stopped at holding a Salvation Army This Way sign! How perfect is that ?! I totally have a new appreciation for those sign guys/gals now.
* Liquor store across from Hotel - where a man came rushing in asking if they sell glass tubes...hmm.
* Also where we purchased some beverages for the evening - including Southern Comfort! Taking Trish on a trippy flashback to high school.
* Chapel Tavern for Dom's birthday - where the fresh squeezed greyhounds just kept coming.
* Cab ride home - with a crazy cab driver. A quick stop at Jimboys for that perfect end of the night meal.
* Some funny girl talk in our hotel room - while eating our burritos - probably lasted 7 minutes max.
* Lights out.
* I woke up the next morning filled with energy and a desire to jump out of bed and do something. So I grabbed my camera and hit the Reno streets at 745 am to search for some kitschy Reno typeface!
* Then brunch with Z & Dom - and a nice driving tour of Reno and the River Walk.
* All in all... the perfect trip.

You can find all the photos here: Reno - below are some of my favs.

Monday, September 28, 2009

a p p l e h i l l

lovely sunday
eli and i
apple picking
wine tasting
apple pie
farmer's market
lovely sunday

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

dissecting suburbia...

With Eli currently in graduate school, I find myself missing academia quite a bit. My new favorite thing to do is edit Eli's papers. His urban planning classes are so fascinating. I find myself shuffling through all his books and readings for class daily. One of his professors assigned him a video to watch. It is a 20 minute talk by writer James Kunstler, titled "Dissecting Suburbia."

We watched this Sunday evening while we ate dinner together. It was my last cooked meal for a week. That's right folks, I am raw until next Monday!

Anyhow - back to that Kunstler video. If you have 20 minutes - and have any interest in your public surroundings... take a peek. This video is good!! Enjoy!

James Kunstler is the author of this blog: Clusterfuck Nation

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

un, deux, trois, quatre

the QUADCAM application for the iphone is my latest obsession. it seems everything is lovelier in fours...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

new digs.

i said goodbye to my sweet apartment on Q street this past monday evening. as much as i bitched about that place, i really truly loved it. so many good memories hanging out there! so many projects created in that kitchen... both art and food! so many amazing conversations on my back patio...
it will forever hold a special place in my heart!!

on saturday morning i got the keys to our new place, and with the help of my supercool friends and amazing bf, the move was a breeze. and i am love love loving the new place.

street view

backyard: left is the detached studio that is now my office and to the right is the garage that eli plans to turn into his workout space. and in the far back is a nice space for gardening!!

and the tree in the middle...

is a meyer's lemon tree!!!

zoe is so stoked about all this grass and all this space, she doesn't know what to do with herself...

neither do i !

inside pictures to come, once everything has a place and we are totally settled in!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

girl crush - miranda july

Charming, quirky, clever, lovely, beautifully bizarre - 
MIRANDA JULY. I cannot get enough of her.

Here she is in a Blonde Redhead video

And this lovely scene from "Me and You and Everyone We 

Charmed? Want more? Here you go: Miranda July.

Oh, and this... this is magical:  Learning to Love You More.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

raw. day 2

Today marks day 2 of eating 100% raw foods for 1 whole week.  So far so good! For the most part, my normal diet consists of a considerable amount of raw or rawish foods, so this transition has not been difficult so far.  The only non-raw food that I am consuming during these 7 days is coffee.  I thought about giving it up as well during this week, but the truth is, I am insanely busy at work and the idea of trying to get through my busy schedule without coffee seemed frightening and slightly impossible.  So, I'm keeping coffee!  Other than that, it's raw all the way until next Wednesday, with the long term goal to incorporate a high raw diet going forward as much as I can.  

My energy level was high all day yesterday and I did not feel overly hungry.  Hopefully it maintains this easy.  I went to the Coop yesterday and bought fresh fruits and veggies for the week.  I checked out their raw foods section.  Unfortunately buying the packaged raw foods is quite expensive, plus I think I really want to concentrate on eating fresh fresh fresh!  I did buy a couple bottles of Kombucha, which is a raw and natural energy drink.  Some find the taste intolerable, but I have really come to enjoy it. Especially the guava and mango flavors. 

Here's what I ate for lunch today: 
fresh squeezed lemon
cracked pepper
mmmm. so good.

Last night was girls night, and we went to see 'Food, inc.' which was quite fitting considering my raw diet this week.  Oh man, go see it.  But be prepared, it is not an easy film to watch.  I actually cried during several different parts of the documentary.  Talk about harsh reality.  I think I will have to pick up the 'Omnivore's Dilemma' for the 4th attempt, and hope to get through chapter 1 this time. 

Here are some inspirational raw blogs I have been checking out:

These were recommended by an old classmate of mine from Dhahran, Natasha Burge, who has this awesome blog that I have been following for a few months now.  

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

July in Minneapolis.

Today is Scott's birthday, and to celebrate we did some of his favorite things: went on a bike ride, had a picnic dinner, and ate chocolate cake (in the form of yummy cupcakes with dulce de leche filling from a bakery called the Salty Tart). Gorgeous evening. Greenway. Omar in the bike trailer with his ridiculously cute bike helmet. Fish dinner on Lake Calhoun. Serious playing at Lake Calhoun 32nd Beach playground. Cupcakes and champagne from pink cans with straws. Omar chasing ducks for the first time. Beautiful day. Notice Omar's bike love T-shirt—thanks Eli!

Monday, July 20, 2009

oh july!

So, it has been a bit of a slow start here at 34H, but I have a feeling that will change soon!  Personally, I have been feeling really inspired lately and finally feel like perhaps life is slowing down a bit, and I can refocus some attention here.  So far the month of July has been jam packed with awesome summery fun.  Lana, Scott and Omar visiting from Minneapolis, which included lots of pool time, a trip to the Academy of Science building in San Francisco, BBQs, and overall entertainment provided by little O.  A perfect family beach trip to Santa Cruz where we lodged literally a block away from the crashing waves.  Amazing family meals on the deck, a constant flow of mimosas, pictionary, scrabble, and a little bit of hide and seek.  Here's a little collage...

I am totally loving all those blues.  Here's more... photo album.

The Saturday after our Santa Cruz trip was the reception for the Portrait Show.  It was a great turnout and the pieces were really fantastic.  Lana accompanied me to the reception, which was really great because she got to meet some of my dear friends (who hear about her ALL the time). Zeina was in Boston at that point for a wedding, but will have to come check it out next time she is in town!  I have a few favorites from the show that I will post about as soon as I make it back over to Bows & Arrows with my camera.  In the meantime, Olivia blogged about it here: Bows & Arrows .

ok, more soon.   

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


sarah barkawi
I have been asked to participate in the 2nd installment of a collaborative portrait show titled "if you do me, i'll do you" by my dear friends Richard St. Ofle and Olivia Coehlo.  This is a portrait show where each contributor is both the artist as well as the subject.  22 local Sacramentans met back in May and drew names of the individual they are to 'do.'  Artists are free to use any medium they desire.  

I drew Janine Mapurunga's  name.  She is a brilliant photographer who lives in Barcelona, but travels to Sacramento on occassion for work and just so happened to be around for this show. She is pictured 2nd to my right in the flier above.  I have many ideas for my portrait of Janine.  I'm sure I will post the final product on 34hummingbird. 

My buddy Stefan - pictured directly above me - drew my name.  He is an incredible painter and I am stoked to see what he creates.  He asked me for a few pictures of myself where I am not smiling and my teeth are not visible.  This proved to be a bit difficult to find - however I managed to scrounge up a few options for him that he states will work perfectly!

These portraits will be on display at Bows & Arrows 1712 L. Street Midtown Sacramento, CA beginning on July 11th, 2009 (2nd Saturday).

And to top all of this awesomeness off... Lana will be visiting from Minneapolis the opening weekend!


Thursday, June 4, 2009

welcome to 34hummingbird !

I am thrilled to be creating our very first post!  34hummingbird will be a place where my two sisters, Lana and Zeina, and I come together to share our worlds with each other, and perhaps you too. Living in 3 different cities we spend a considerable amount of time catching up with each other over the telephone.  We are taking those phone conversations to another level.  Welcome to our visual conversation.

Here we are at the very beginning of our friendship...