Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Kiva Diva

What do you mean you don't know what Kiva is? Okay, I admit. I didn't either. Not until Blake, tech-o extraordinaire from work and bringer of all things philanthropic, brought the Web site's existence to my attention.

Kiva = loans that change lives

Instead of simply donating money to a cause, you invest a certain dollar amount (can be $5 or $500) in an entrepreneur somewhere in the world as a loan. The entrepreneur makes good on the loan, paying it back so you can then reinvest in a different entrepreneur to help him/her until they can pay it back, and so on.
Get it?

For further clarification, here's their shpiel: Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.
Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.

I'm off to empower the people; happy lending, tell a friend!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Stop What You're Doing

And go see (500) Days of Summer.

The best movie I've seen since Stranger Than Fiction. Note: this is an "unlove" story and I would definitely encourage you to see it on the big screen rather than rent because its collage-style aestheics and the way it engages the audience are much more enjoyable in the theater.

Next movie I intend to see:

Watching the trailer with Lindsey P.:
Lindsey: I feel like this is pretty much every guy I've dated.
Meg: Yeah, and nooooo syndrome. Huh.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I Have Found Handmade Nirvana

Etsy is the best thing since store-bought cookie dough.

My goal is to someday sell, but for now I'm just a fan and potential buyer.
There are lots of ways to shop. My favorite way is "by color":

You should check this linked page out just to see how amazing a Web page can be if nothing else.

You can always shop by editor's picks, those artists local to your community, by showcased items, "pounce" (shopping items that have just sold), or, of course, by category. There's also a "time machine" for those of us who love all things vintage.

(left: pinprick art on paper) For me, the most valuable thing etsy.com offers is pure inspiration. It shows me concepts and beauty I hadn't and, arguably, couldn't have conceived of by myself. Etsy sells anything you can think of that's handmade, but consider them the next time you need an original baby gift (hats, blankies, outfits, toys), wall art, a new purse, handmade soaps, furniture, jewelry (especially this), or even an outfit you can be sure no one else will be wearing.
Finally, if you're overwhelmed by the variety or number of sellers, visit yellowgoatdesign.blogspot.com; she's got a great eye and finds the best stuff.

Live large, drink deep, and seek inspiration!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What would you think...

(photo I took of that old house on Greek row in Lincoln, NE)

If I told you that I'm thinking of revising the mission of my blog? If I were to use it to follow my passion for design and things that inspire me more than the day-to-day observances...I think it's time for a change; meg-gem.blogspot is about to get a little more inspiring, me thinks...give me a little time and I'll see what I can do to bump things up a notch.

Friday, July 3, 2009

You might be a San Diegan if...

1) Sand can be found in your car mats, shoes, laundry basket, and shower.
2) Trader Joe's is your grocery mecca.
3) You know what Two-Buck Chuck is.
4) You end your sentences with "..., right?" or use any of the following words in everyday speech: stoked, harshed out, or gnarly.
5) Your book collection is subjected to and, consequently, bloated by water logging related to beach reading.
6) You bought most of your furniture, utensils, and lighting from IKEA.
7) You own more than four pairs of flip-flops, after all, they are appropriate work footwear out here.
8) Arnold Schwartzenegger graces the political clips on your local news.
9) All your coworkers claim to know Adam Lambert's best friend's girlfriend or mom's cousin's sister-in-law.
10) You have a distaste for all things L.A.
11) You take all your vacations in Hawaii or Vegas.
12) You've felt an earthquake.
13) You've eaten a slice of Julian apple pie.
14) You know that the highway names are preceeded by a "the" followed by its respecitive number (odds north and south, evens east and west), e.g., "Take the five north for 10 miles..."
15) You've eaten a burger at Hodad's, but otherwise subsist on a diet of fish tacos.
16) You learn Spanish just from the street names (ALL of them are in Spanish).
17) You know that "May Gray" and "June Gloom" are the only variences on a perfect forecast year 'round.
18) You know that Hillcrest = Gayborhood
19) Your apartment doesn't have air conditioning...which is fine b/c you don't need it.
20) Are familiar with the subculture belonging to each beach: OB = hippies, PB = college/surfer culture, La Jolla = snobs and breeders, etc.
21) Know what the Santa Anas are and blame all your allergy issues on them.
22) When you tell people where you're from, their response is, "Oh wow, I bet you're glad to be in San Diego!" (yeah, never heard that one...).
23) Know exactly where they were talking about in the movie "Top Gun" when the sergeant said, "You Showboats are going to Miramar!"
24) You've ever eaten at In-N-Out, Jack in the Box, Del Taco, Rubio's, Pinkberry, The Golden Spoon, El Indio, Anthony's Fish Grotto, Carl's Jr., but most importantly, enjoyed Bronx Pizza. Best pizza I've had since Argentina.
25) You know that the green flash is a myth told to tourists to keep them out of the bars while we San Diegans enjoy happy hour.
26) A marine layer has ever ruined a day at the beach for you.
27) Know where the "golden triangle" is (I live there!).
28) You pay 4x as much for rent than you would if you lived in your hometown.
29) You feel sorry for people living east of the 15.
30) You know the downtown skyline is meant to resemble tools.
31) You know that 65 mph actually means 80.
32) You're immune to sonic booms, jets, and general military cacaphonies.
33) You traded your Walgreens for a Rite-Aid and Longs and Hy-Vee for Ralphs and Von's.
34) You've been to a show at "Belly-Up Tavern" (Don't Bore Nina, this summer, and Rufus Wainwright last spring!)
35) You've learned that honking horns is purely road conversation; no need to be alarmed or take it personally.