April 2003

Postcard from the future

April 30, 2003

if i had your addresses, enough postage and a hand that never cramps, i’d send each and every one of you a postcard from my vacation1. but since i don’t, i’ll write it here: darling, it’s rainy and cloudy and lovely here in the pacific northwest. the sun is playing hide and seek–mostly hide. it’s […]


Superwoman complex

April 24, 2003

i am learning the difference between confidence and delusion. confidence: yes, i can do it. delusion: yes, i can do it all. i have been fooling myself into believing that i can be everything for everyone. i have been forgetting what i need to be for myself. i feel awkward and ridiculous. i feel worried […]



April 22, 2003

frankly, i’m a little overwhelmed. it’s almost as if i have been hiding behind this project for so long and now that it’s done i don’t know what to do with myself. i am faced with everyone’s expectations of me combined with my own expectations of me, when what i really wish i could stare […]


Answering a question with a question

April 18, 2003

“did you notice i cleaned the car?” said the mother to her three kids, piling into the SUV. “did you notice i need braces?” the eldest daughter replied. –parking lot, outside my office


And making a mess of it

April 17, 2003

while rolling sushi last night, i dipped my finger in the vinegar water, traced the edge of the nori and suddenly felt like i was making lumpia with mom. i remembered the big plastic bowl from where i’d spoon out the pork, shrimp, vegetable mixture; pulling the eggroll wrappers apart slowly and carefully so i […]


Cinnamon Extra

does anyone know why i can’t find cinnamon extra gum anywhere? no, i don’t want winterfresh, spearmint, or polar ice. no, dentyne, big red, and trident don’t cut it. i want my cinnamon extra, damnit.


Part of your world

April 15, 2003

i am not used to being called an artist. for so long, i avoided the title–not because i didn’t want it but because i didn’t think i deserved it. ricky was the artist in the family. he was the one who spent hours at his desk drawing, who won award after award for his work, […]


Jen hair

“so, jen, do you know what your hair needs?” “what?” “it just needs more time to become jen hair.” –clearance rack, american eagle outfitters


Lost in space

this aimee mann album is really growing on me. it's one of those albums that fell through the cracks when it came out. i love her stuff, but i just hadn't been paying attention to release dates or spending money on new music. it wasn't until i was doing research on seth, after reading his […]


In a hurry

April 11, 2003

descending the 101 freeway, i saw him again. it was the second time in two weeks that he was walking the sidewalk with his right hand clutching a book and his left hand snuggled in his pocket. i recognized him because he had short legs. where was he going at exactly 5:43pm on a thursday […]


How they met

jeff veen is famous as one of the founding fathers of the web and an expert in design, but did you know he's also a big ol' sap like many of us? i didn't. reading his story about meeting leslie, his wife of 10 years, was so touching.


The path from here to there

April 10, 2003

at the last minute this morning, i stepped out of my jeans and sneakers and into a skirt and blouse because i remembered i had a lunch date and had to look presentable. my dad and my cousin, lindy, were coming to meet me. lindy lives in bicol, the province where my mom grew up, […]


Things I learned last night

April 4, 2003

01. it’s fashion week. the term “fashionably late” never made so much sense. 02. some women can wear birdhouses as hats and look perfectly normal. 03. some men can wear pressed pink oxford shirts and look like psycho killers. 04. my world’s walls are closing in on me and there is nowhere to hide. as […]


Recipe for a perfect toasted cheese sandwich

April 3, 2003

ingredients: 2 slices of orowheat oatnut 3-seed bread 2 slices of american cheese instructions 1. lay the slices of bread flat on a paper towel. 2. lay the slices of cheese on one of the pieces of bread. you may have to overlap them. that’s okay; it just means that bite will be extra cheesy! […]


  • I'm Christine, and this is a slice of my life—a sweet, rich, wildly indulgent slice that would taste really good with a scoop of Breyers vanilla bean ice cream. Read more >>

  • I run a darling, friendly, little graphic design studio.
    I look on the bright side.
    I take photos. Lots of photos.
    I wish on stars and on websites.

  • I built my first web site 7 years ago and got 15 seconds of fame. (It changed my life.)
    I launched, then relaunched, an online magazine.
    I admitted to several embarrassing crushes.
    I consumed more bacon than any human should and lived to tell the tales.

  • 5-Minute Crush
  • Baby Mama
  • Crafterrific
  • Field Trip
  • Good People
  • Good Things
  • Home Life
  • I Spy
  • Kitchenista
  • Newsflash
  • Shutterbug
  • Sketchbook
  • Special Delivery
  • Today
  • Worker Bee