Friday, February 22, 2013

Neighborhood Favorite

Even as I'm writing this post, I cannot believe that I haven't posted about Mel's before!  I went last night with one of the directors of my academic program and a couple of friends, and it was only then that I realized that this is a post that needs to happen.
If you've never heard about it before, Mel's Drive-In is basically your classic diner.  It's a California-based restaurant chain, with locations in both the Northern and Southern regions of the state.  What I love about it is that it has great basic, classic diner food like breakfast until lunch, hamburgers, onion rings, etc.  I personally love Mel's for any meal; it's a favorite of mine for breakfast/brunch dates, a quick lunch, or dinner with friends.

As for food quality, it's pretty darn good.  The burgers aren't gourmet or anything, and I don't think I'll ever call it my favorite burger.  (For those of you from SoCal, you will probably understand when I say that Islands burgers have ruined me for all other burger joints!)  That being said, they're still delicious and you really can never go wrong with the Famous Melburger, which is what I got last night.  I wish I had snapped a quick picture for you guys, but I was so excited that I just dug right in!  They have good steak fries, decent onion rings, and you just really have to love their huge selection of items.  I have never had a bad experience with their wait-staff, who are all super friendly and helpful.

Oh, and their dessert's pretty good too!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wall Wednesday: Embroidery Detail

I embellished this bag way back in January, but totally forgot about sharing it with you guys!  If you're familiar with waste disposal here in San Francisco, you already know that the city tries to be super green and makes both recycling and composting mandatory.  So I use this cute tote (which I got for free  as a reward for donating to PetSmart forever ago) as my recyclables containing in my room.  That way I can fill it up and easily carry it down to the actual bin.

It really isn't anything too special, just a free canvas tote, so I added just this little embellishment with red embroidery floss.  I just sketched it out with pencil first, and ta-daa!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  Do you have any clever methods for motiving yourself to recycle?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wall Wednesday: Embroidery Art

Okay, everyone, I'm finally getting around to posting my recent decor acquisitions!  I actually got this fun little piece of art back in December, but only just got around to putting it up.  I won it (yes, I won something for the first time!) in a blog giveaway.  It's from the amazingly cute Etsy shop Stitch22, which is full of creative embroidery art.  If you're at all looking for some unique art for your house or office, I would definitely suggest checking it out!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Weekend Skies

Iook a quick trip to the de Young Museum this weekend to see The Girl With the Pearl Earring show. It was absolutely amazing, and if you live in San Francisco I highly recommend checking it out before it leaves!

Of course, the art wasn't the only beautiful thing that day.

Happy Monday, everyone.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Book Review: Norwegian Wood
Norwegian Wood
Haruki Murakami
304 pages

I knew after reading just one chapter that this was a book that I had to share with all of you.  After I started reading, I literally couldn't put it down, neglecting my reading for class in favor of absorbing as much of this novel as possible.  This is the first Murakami novel I've ever read, but I pretty much guarantee that I'll be reading more of him in the years to come.  He has a beautiful, soft-spoken and lyrical quality to his writing that doesn't get lost even in translation.  I only wish that I was fluent enough to read it in the original Japanese.

See that, kids?  That's why you should keep up your language studies, so you don't lose the ability like I did!

The plot itself can seem fairly depressing.  There is a lot of self-doubt, self-imposed isolation, and (spoiler alert!) suicide.  However, these are not included in the plot to create a grand sense of drama and angst, nor for shock value.  Rather, Murakami uses them to honestly tell the story of a young man struggling to come into his own in the world.  It is a tale of a young man and his attachment to two very different young women, and it beautifully depicts the time of life that is the last few years of college and the struggle to find an individual identity.

I personally really connected with this story.  If you've been following me for a while, you already know that, while I'm continually growing and coming out of my shell, I am a very shy person who has a somewhat hard time beginning new friendships and relationships.  So this story spoke so true to me in all of its awkward moments, introspective passages, and general fight for direction in life.  You don't, however, have to be a shy, socially awkward person to enjoy this book.  It speaks so truthfully about growing up and tackling the adventure that is life that I truly think that it can touch almost everyone in some way or another.

All in all, this is a phenomenal read that will leave you feeling surprisingly calm and a bit thoughtful about your own life.