Entries in fun times (53)


5 Things: Friday, Sept. 30, 2011

Internet, I have not done your Dewit. That's right, I ain't done did yer dew it. You're just going to have to wait until next week. But in the meantime, please enjoy these five things I have been excited about this week.

1. Sanderson's 50s fabric collection. Oh, I know. Now I can order the FANCY fabric. That is correct, I can -- and I am feeling a little smug about it.

I am working with an adorable couple who is using one of these in their house. I'm so excited. I'm so excited. I'm so scared.

2. New running shoes. Y'all, Nike is going to be so mad at me, since I've worn their shoes for nearly 3 years (when I started running). But, come on. Could you pass up a shoe whose name is so close to Beyonce's? I thought not. Brooks, I hope you do me right. I have a 5K next weekend in Austin with Miss Laura Mayes, and I've committed to the half-marathon in New Orleans with my huz, Eliza, and a person who refuses to be named at this time. Oh, also, if any of you has connections to Windsor Court in NOLA, please let me know, because we are currently paying 36 frillimillion dollars for our room.


3. Green Goddess Dressing. Y'all, it is so good! Make it. Make it now. Have it with a wedge of iceberg lettuce. No, I don't want to hear it. Just dewit. Ingredients:

½ cup mayonnaise
1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 anchovy or 1/4 tsp anchovy paste
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 garlic clove
1 small shallot

Chop all up, stick in blender or food processor. Mix in olive oil if too thin.

I do not understand what is happening here with these carrots.

4. Atlantic-Pacific, with her adorable neon whatnots. Pity that scarf is vintage, or I would have snapped it up like a... thing that snaps. An alligator. A snapping turtle. Your mother.

I want her scarf, but she does look a little cold.

5. BIKES. It is finally, finally cool enough to ride bikes. I think the last time the temperature dipped below 80 it was April or something. Today, I rode my bike to the neighbors' house to supervise the picking up of some picket fencing (shout-out to Joey and Virginia!), and it was delightful.

I hope you have enjoyed this list I've made instead of writing a real blog entry. I am not lazy. No, YOU shut up.


Pie vs. Pie

So, Internet, I took stock of your comments from my last entry about what my next Dewit should be. And I thought to myself, hey, self, why don't you stick it in a pie chart? That will be fun and visually educational! And y'all, let me just tell you: free pie charts on the internet are ugly.

Here's the first pie chart I made.


Uh, can you read that? No? Me neither. Plus, please note the hideous colors. I kept searching. Finally, I found another one that was a tiny bit better.

Aw, Number 2 pie chart! You have pretty colors, but you are still pretty weird. What's with the numbers instead of percentages? Why are you so sad, pie chart? WHY.

Y'all, what you will see below is the best free pie chart on the internet. I hope you appreciate the work I do to make this site beautiful every day.


It's not perfect. It's not even that pretty. But it sure as shit is better than those other ones. Good work, Pie Chart #3. We salute you. And coming soon to a Dewit near you: Shelf/Table Accessorizing.


Back to It.

I have returned from the mighty Mighty Summit, where I spent three glorious days bonding with girls and drinking wine. And as you can see, there was a lot of stuff waiting for me on my arrival home. Including a) Target Missoni for days (I ordered everything I could that morning, for clients.), and b) these incredibly awesome Carter Kustera silhouettes, one for Mad and one for Hank. They will soon hang over my desk.

I am enjoying using my house as a model for the Missoni stuff. It really is very good quality, and I do not want to give some of it up. "For clients," hmph.

Stay tuned for a Dewit later this week. Dewit, I said.


Mighty Summit Video Thursday!

Internet, I have tried to update this durn site every afternoon this week, after I've finished my client work. And every afternoon this week, my dumb service has gone down. It's like they're TRYING TO KEEP US APART.

So we're going to get this joint jumping earlier in the day for a little while. We'll show them!

Anyway. Here's what's going on:

1. Tomorrow I am going on a road trip with Pam, to the Mighty Summit. Yes, yes, we're only driving from the SFO airport to some nearby place in California, and yes, the drive is only two hours long. But do you know how much trouble Pamie and I can get up to in two hours? A LOT. I'm basically picturing us like Thelma & Louise, only super-concentrated. Like when you lick the frozen lemonade can before it's been diluted with water and your mouth goes all puckery. But fear not! I will return on Tuesday with many pictures and stories for your enjoyment and edification.

2. In honor of the summit, which was invented by the really very fabulous Maggie Mason, I am going to do something she's been asking me to do for months, and that is make a video of how to tie a turban-type scarf on your head. Now, before I show you this, I'll have you know that a) I have not washed my hair in several days, one of the dangers we work-at-homers face on the reg, b) I ain't got on no makeup, and c) this is my first time using iMovie, which will become obvious to you in about five seconds. So if you can forgive those things, as well as the dumb yappy dog barking in the background, I think this will be quite educational for you. Oh, also also, it's kind of long and includes some bloopers, but since I am not a professional internet videographer, you are just going to have to find some way to go on.

Enjoy! I'll see you jags on the flip. Practice your scarf-tying while I'm gone. This is for you, Maggie sis.

How To Tie A Turban-like Scarf In Your Hair from ab chao on Vimeo.


Seattle and Various Islands

Hello! Did you miss me? I have been gone for a million days to a wedding in the San Juan Islands, where Vince Chao's cousin Christy married a nice man named Jason. They are both dentists, and all of their friends are dentists, so there was a lot of this happening:

"Hey, can you look at this spot?" "Um, do y'all think this can be fixed?" "Is this an abscess?" "Does anyone have any painkillers?" And so forth.

The wedding was held in the beautiful back yard of a couple on Orcas Island, overlooking the water, and it could not have been anymore beautiful. If I didn't have to drive to Dallas, catch a flight to Seattle, rent a car, drive two hours to Anacortes, get on a ferry, and then drive some more, I would totally buy a vacation house there.

The happy couple was backlit, so this is the best I could do in the way of photos.

You can still see, I'm sure, how beautiful Christy and her man looked.

The reception started off slow, but after a few beverages, everyone had a good old Southern get-down dance party. Christy is originally from Louisiana by way of Taiwan, so she's got dual-country skills. The next day we ran into the groom's parents on our way to the ferry and they went on and on about our dancing. I think they may have been over-served.

We spent three glorious days on the island, but we also spent some time in Seattle, which was awesome. First we went to Delancey, where I got to meet my beloved Shauna in person for the first time ever.

Then we ate the best meal ever. Then I caught Vince and Madeleine Chao having a heart-to-heart while I was in the bathroom. It was really cute.

Then Molly came to sit with us, and we bonded hardcore. And THEN we got to eat yet another meal with Miss Megan and her cute huz.

And finally it was time to make the long trip home, whereupon we all fell into a deep sleep for a frillion hours.

Thanks, Christy and Jason, for letting us be a part of your beautiful wedding. And thanks, Seattle, for the sun and cool weather. You are awesome and we will be back.