For Patrick

Limited edition links list, just for you

Mindless entertainment
Tiny Plaid Ninjas
Episode 1
Episode 2

Weebl and Bob
My favorite: The Captain of the Farm
Pikea 1
I don’t like Pikea 2 much because the ending is nasty, but here it is
Pikea 3

MIT Hack Gallery – MIT students’ most elaborate pranks – people’s grocery lists.
I’m aware this bears a disturbing resemblance to some of our History 254A weekly assignment datasets. Sorry.

Orisinal – absurdly pastel-pretty games
I don’t love these games, but there certainly are many of them.

Bands compete with new songs around a theme/title of the week. You vote on your favorite.

Educate yourself
Herman Melville on chowder

Art of Chiura Obata
Incredible work by Japanese American artist Chiura Obata (1885-1975). Obata was born in Japan and was trained in classical Japanese watercolor techniques. He moved to California in 1903 and began visiting and painting Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada; his paintings show both Japanese and Western influences. In 1932 he became an art instructor at UC Berkeley (go bears!). In 1942 Obata and his wife were interned in Utah; he continued his work there by organizing an art school. After 1945 he returned to teaching at Berkeley. [I’ve mentioned him before.]

The Institute of Official Cheer
Immerse yourself in the kitschy goodness that is the history of American popular culture. On that note, have some old advertising slogans.

Speculate and/or Flip Out
I wasn’t going to reveal this until later; I had a big long entry planned that I was going to write on my weekend, which was excellent. Dinner at Beacon, my dance teacher’s performance at Highways, Acme’s A Day in the Life, lunch with Margaret. Grading papers, not so fun, but sometimes entertaining.

But you might as well know now. Erik was here from Thursday evening till today noon, and he gave me something pretty. (View from more angles here. [link broken])







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18 responses to “For Patrick


    at first i speculated, but now i will flip out!!!

    i will bring the champagne to class tomorrow!



    lisa!!!!!!!!!!!!!! aaaaaaaaaa…yes clearly i am having a very mature reaction to this news. congratulations!!! i am so happy for you. oooh pretty ring. =) i looked at every single picture you had of it. is it antique? nice job erik!! wow!!

    when’s the wedding/party???

    omgomgomg!! not that this comes as a surprise but it’s official now!! =)



      Hi Jennifer! 🙂 Your response made me very happy. Hee. Wish we were still in the same town so I could have called you up today and we could have celebrated with some cake. 🙂 I have some, you know. Chocolate with almond-flavored whipped cream.

      Yop, the ring’s from the 1930s, or so the jewelry shop thinks. Apparently Erik spent a long time researching and also went to lots of different shops in Los Gatos and Los Altos. I was flipping out because all this time I had no idea he was doing any of this.

      Party – next year? I’ve heard the Chicken Year is bad luck for marriages (“widow year”–eep!!) so we’re waiting until next year. But he’ll move down before then, hopefully. 🙂

      I know! No surprise–but the official-ness makes it all wonderful. It embarrasses the heck out of me to tell everyone but at the same time reactions like yours are so much fun. 🙂 My friends have been more audibly/visibly excited than I was even when he gave me the ring. Haha. It’s very gratifying. 😀

      I’ll tell you the whole story sometime–there’s not so much more to it, but I’m sure you’d like to hear whatever there is to tell. 🙂

      I’m so glad you’re done with your exam!

  3. Wowwweeeeee!!!!

    Congratulations Lisa (and Erik)!! That is amazing news, and I’m really happy for you. And the ring is so pretty! Yay :D!

  4. *BEAM* That’s so cool!

    how coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!! — I just happened to decide blog-reading! I’m so happy that you guys are *finally* engaged!! We’ve been waaaiting for this for forever 😀 😀 lisa + erik is just a wonderful wonderful thing yay! =) did you get my email from forever ago? the ring is absolutely beautiful — congtatulations again! *hug* and besos, alison

    • Re: *BEAM* That’s so cool!

      Thank you Alison! 🙂 *beam and hugs back atcha* I was just thinking this evening that I should email you back (I really enjoyed your email) and let you know about this news, but I’m going NUTS with work (may not sleep at all tonight, grading papers) so I am so glad you found my journal on your own. 🙂 Aw your comment is so sweet. Made me smile, and a smile is much needed tonight. 🙂 I’ll write you back when I have time–but that might not be until July! 😐


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