2.17.2008

the dailies: victoria from sfgirlbybay.



BIG treat for y'all today. HUGE! Massive! Victoria from SFGirlByBay (one of my FAVORITE virtual stops on the Design for Mankind bloggin' train) has kindly agreed to display her day for ALL of us to see. Nothing like a bit of Monday morning voyeurism!

In case you're unfamiliar with the dailies, Design for Mankind has commissioned fellow artists/bloggers/designers to share their days with us--- from dawn until dusk! Check out last week's dailies in case you're in need of some additional stalkage...

NOW ON TO THE FUN! Thanks SO much, Victoria--- you're a gem.
---



7:10 am - the blasted alarm goes off. it's supposed to be one of the alarm clocks that flashes light to wake you and then blows your head off, but my bulb died. it's loud and i groan.

7:12 am - grab the laptop and bring it back to bed with me to upload the first blog post of the day. i write them the evening before so it just usually needs a tweak or two, and then up it goes. forever.

7:20 am - turn on my transistor radio to my favorite morning station, KFOG. my dad always listens to a transistor radio in the morning, and i like that i do it, too and i like the tin-y sound of it. i also love my smart morning dj, Dave Morey, the voice of reason. if i'm having a bad day, he cheers me right up because he is not too perky. he's just normal and calm and really smart.



7:21 - i head into the kitchen to make my morning latte in my beat up little espresso maker.

7:30 - shower & shampoo.



7:40 - i apply war paint and blow dry. i hate blow drying my hair and should i ever be rich beyond my wildest dreams there will be someone there for a blow out each and every morning. no, really.

8:30 - i am dressed and ready to go to the office. i get to wear my new Jil Sander shoes that I got for free at a recent clothing SWAP at artist Leigh Wells' house. yipee!



8:40 - this is a 'real job' day, so i hop in my ride and drive past the Asian women doing tai chi in Washington Square Park in North Beach. I love watching their graceful moves and wish I had more time.



8:45 - i stop at destijl, one of my favorite coffee spots for yet, another latte. yes, i am caffeinated.



9:00 - i arrive at the 'real job', Heat, an advertising agency along the waterfront in an old Pier building which has been restored.

9 - 12 - i do the job, with involves art buying and print production. i source out photographers and illustrators to execute the designs my art directors come up with and then work with a color separator to retouch the images. today i have an appointment with a photographer to review his portfolio.



12:30 - said photographer arrives and is so freaking handsome i can barely look at his work. of course, he is wearing a wedding ring and speaks fondly of his 1 year old daughter. not only is he cute, and nice, he's very talented. how annoying.

1:00 - i am outta there. i only work right now on tuesday-wednesday-thursday from 9am to 1pm. print production is slow right now at the agency and it's all about TV. i am okay with it for now as the blog and the keep calm posters keep me really busy. we'll see how that goes.



1:15 - i am on the road with google map in had to find and visit Flora Grubb Nursery. i have posted about her before, but have yet to visit in person and take some photos, so I head out to the Hunter's Point area of the city. it's a really unusually warm day for february in the city, so i put the top down on my vw bug and the sun feels really good on my face. the google map is wrong and tells me to turn where i know i shouldn't, but i do it anyway. it's a dead end so i go the way i think i should and find Flora Grubb just fine. whew.



1:30 - i cruise around the massive Flora Grubb Nursery and admire the exotic plants and cool outdoor furniture. i take lots of photos for a post next week on the blog. it's an amazing space. Flora lost her shirt in the dot.com crash and became a palm tree broker, of all things, and now has this beautiful nursery. good for her!

2:30 - i am back on the road, top down and headed back home with a few plants i picked up. the patio is looking pretty sparse due to all the rain so i plant just a couple of things to brighten it up. there will be much more planting in the spring as i love to garden what little outdoor space i have.



3:00 - okay, time for some blogging. i sit down at the sfgirlbybay home office and get started on tomorrow's posts. it doesn't feel like work though because i truly love it. it encompasses all that i love - writing, design and photography. i didn't even know what a blog was 18 months ago. who knew i would find what i believe is my niche.



5:00 - time to fill some orders for my Keep Calm & Carry On posters. i love all the pretty colors, but packaging them is time consuming. i pack up all the orders i have to date and get them ready for a post office drop in the morning. i do believe the post office hates my guts and cringe when they see me coming.



6:00 - it's getting to be dusk out there and it's a pretty night sky. time to start winding down my work at the computer, but i want to answer some emails before i shut down for the night, so i work at that for awhile.

7:30 - i am tired and hungry and just eat leftover grilled salmon and cucumber dill salad for dinner. it's quite good, though.

8:00 - now my eyes are really feeling tired, but i light my usual candles in my bedroom to relax and crawl under the covers. i really like this book i am currently reading and can't put it down even though my eyes feel like sandpaper. i read far too long.

11:30 - oh my gosh - i didn't realize it was THAT late and i finally turn out the light, blow out my candles and fall asleep.

22 comments:

Vanessa Cavaco said...

I just absolutely love the dailies...great and fun idea...not to mention I'm nosey and like to see(read) what people do in their daily lives!

design for mankind. said...

ME TOO, Vanessa! I'm a TOTAL stalker! :)

Marilyn said...

I really enjoy this feature and definitely look forward to more. It's also very inspiring too. :)

JHAYNE said...

i love the little random tidbits that people share. if i'm ever super rich, i, too will totally hire someone to blow dry and style my hair every morning!

design for mankind. said...

I'm SO glad you're enjoying the dailies; I'm SO enjoying putting them together!

If ya'll would like to participate email me at erin@designformankind.com, or recommend someone who you'd like to stalk! I'm open to suggestions... ;)

j said...

love this feature, too. and I love Victoria's blog. one of my very favorites.

sfgirlbybay said...

thanks for having me today, erin! it was lots of fun to track my day. almost made it seem much more interesting than it really is! :)

design for mankind. said...

DUH, Victoria-- it was OUR pleasure! Thank YOU!!! :)

laure said...

Oh I just love this feature. Thanks for being so candid victoria. You make me want to move to SF. LA is good for now though...

beachbungalow8 said...

this is my favorite bit on your blog. it's so much fun!

design for mankind. said...

THANK YOU! :)

cindy k said...

i love the dailies, too! it is interesting to see how creative people spend their days.

i'm so glad i'm not the only one who listens to a transistor radio now a days and would also hire someone not only to blow dry my hair, but pick out my clothes and apply my make-up ;).

design for mankind. said...

HA, seriously, Cindy! :) I'm right there with you!

annechovie said...

Love this feature, Erin! What a great idea. Victoria is such a delightful person and I love her frankness and sense of humor. I laughed about her comment on the people at the post office hating her guts! I can relate, I am there all the time now shipping stuff from my Etsy shop.

design for mankind. said...

Oh Anne--- you're so cute. Still saving up for one of your chair prints--- I DREAM of them! :)

Anonymous said...

Your bedding in the first right picture is gorgeous. Would you mind telling us where it is from? Thank you! -Cecilia

AnastasiaC said...

the dailies are so great to read!! love Victoria's blog and what a great peek into her day...San Francisco is such a FAB city!!

sfgirlbybay said...

y'all are way too kind! thank you so much! regarding my bedding - the pillow cases with the print on them are from Shabby Chic (very old!) and the bedding is just white cotton - i always go to Ross Dress for Less because they carry designer seconds that I can't find anything wrong with, and they have a high thread count and are super cheap. The comforter is awesome and soft and is from http://www.plumeriabay.com/.

Thanks again for the nice comments. And the post office DOES hate my guts! :)

design for mankind. said...

Thanks, Victoria!!! LOTS of love from Design for Mankind! :)

parental units said...

Love you guys, hope the children(dogs) are behaving. Hope we get to see you again soon. Your talents are great and many. Your care and love for other even more. Uncle Mo

design for mankind. said...

Awww, thank you Uncle Mo! I miss you. :(

stay beautiful said...

we had the exact same moonbeam... and the light burnt out on it as well.. well it was actually omre than the light becuase i could not get it going again.. and the alarm on it is so harsh! haha.. i gave it to goodwill and put a sticker on it saying 'light does not work' so someone like me who thinks they have made a perfect does not get home to find dissapointment.. love the dailies.. thanks for sharing!

welcome.

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2.17.2008

the dailies: victoria from sfgirlbybay.



BIG treat for y'all today. HUGE! Massive! Victoria from SFGirlByBay (one of my FAVORITE virtual stops on the Design for Mankind bloggin' train) has kindly agreed to display her day for ALL of us to see. Nothing like a bit of Monday morning voyeurism!

In case you're unfamiliar with the dailies, Design for Mankind has commissioned fellow artists/bloggers/designers to share their days with us--- from dawn until dusk! Check out last week's dailies in case you're in need of some additional stalkage...

NOW ON TO THE FUN! Thanks SO much, Victoria--- you're a gem.
---



7:10 am - the blasted alarm goes off. it's supposed to be one of the alarm clocks that flashes light to wake you and then blows your head off, but my bulb died. it's loud and i groan.

7:12 am - grab the laptop and bring it back to bed with me to upload the first blog post of the day. i write them the evening before so it just usually needs a tweak or two, and then up it goes. forever.

7:20 am - turn on my transistor radio to my favorite morning station, KFOG. my dad always listens to a transistor radio in the morning, and i like that i do it, too and i like the tin-y sound of it. i also love my smart morning dj, Dave Morey, the voice of reason. if i'm having a bad day, he cheers me right up because he is not too perky. he's just normal and calm and really smart.



7:21 - i head into the kitchen to make my morning latte in my beat up little espresso maker.

7:30 - shower & shampoo.



7:40 - i apply war paint and blow dry. i hate blow drying my hair and should i ever be rich beyond my wildest dreams there will be someone there for a blow out each and every morning. no, really.

8:30 - i am dressed and ready to go to the office. i get to wear my new Jil Sander shoes that I got for free at a recent clothing SWAP at artist Leigh Wells' house. yipee!



8:40 - this is a 'real job' day, so i hop in my ride and drive past the Asian women doing tai chi in Washington Square Park in North Beach. I love watching their graceful moves and wish I had more time.



8:45 - i stop at destijl, one of my favorite coffee spots for yet, another latte. yes, i am caffeinated.



9:00 - i arrive at the 'real job', Heat, an advertising agency along the waterfront in an old Pier building which has been restored.

9 - 12 - i do the job, with involves art buying and print production. i source out photographers and illustrators to execute the designs my art directors come up with and then work with a color separator to retouch the images. today i have an appointment with a photographer to review his portfolio.



12:30 - said photographer arrives and is so freaking handsome i can barely look at his work. of course, he is wearing a wedding ring and speaks fondly of his 1 year old daughter. not only is he cute, and nice, he's very talented. how annoying.

1:00 - i am outta there. i only work right now on tuesday-wednesday-thursday from 9am to 1pm. print production is slow right now at the agency and it's all about TV. i am okay with it for now as the blog and the keep calm posters keep me really busy. we'll see how that goes.



1:15 - i am on the road with google map in had to find and visit Flora Grubb Nursery. i have posted about her before, but have yet to visit in person and take some photos, so I head out to the Hunter's Point area of the city. it's a really unusually warm day for february in the city, so i put the top down on my vw bug and the sun feels really good on my face. the google map is wrong and tells me to turn where i know i shouldn't, but i do it anyway. it's a dead end so i go the way i think i should and find Flora Grubb just fine. whew.



1:30 - i cruise around the massive Flora Grubb Nursery and admire the exotic plants and cool outdoor furniture. i take lots of photos for a post next week on the blog. it's an amazing space. Flora lost her shirt in the dot.com crash and became a palm tree broker, of all things, and now has this beautiful nursery. good for her!

2:30 - i am back on the road, top down and headed back home with a few plants i picked up. the patio is looking pretty sparse due to all the rain so i plant just a couple of things to brighten it up. there will be much more planting in the spring as i love to garden what little outdoor space i have.



3:00 - okay, time for some blogging. i sit down at the sfgirlbybay home office and get started on tomorrow's posts. it doesn't feel like work though because i truly love it. it encompasses all that i love - writing, design and photography. i didn't even know what a blog was 18 months ago. who knew i would find what i believe is my niche.



5:00 - time to fill some orders for my Keep Calm & Carry On posters. i love all the pretty colors, but packaging them is time consuming. i pack up all the orders i have to date and get them ready for a post office drop in the morning. i do believe the post office hates my guts and cringe when they see me coming.



6:00 - it's getting to be dusk out there and it's a pretty night sky. time to start winding down my work at the computer, but i want to answer some emails before i shut down for the night, so i work at that for awhile.

7:30 - i am tired and hungry and just eat leftover grilled salmon and cucumber dill salad for dinner. it's quite good, though.

8:00 - now my eyes are really feeling tired, but i light my usual candles in my bedroom to relax and crawl under the covers. i really like this book i am currently reading and can't put it down even though my eyes feel like sandpaper. i read far too long.

11:30 - oh my gosh - i didn't realize it was THAT late and i finally turn out the light, blow out my candles and fall asleep.

22 comments:

Vanessa Cavaco said...

I just absolutely love the dailies...great and fun idea...not to mention I'm nosey and like to see(read) what people do in their daily lives!

design for mankind. said...

ME TOO, Vanessa! I'm a TOTAL stalker! :)

Marilyn said...

I really enjoy this feature and definitely look forward to more. It's also very inspiring too. :)

JHAYNE said...

i love the little random tidbits that people share. if i'm ever super rich, i, too will totally hire someone to blow dry and style my hair every morning!

design for mankind. said...

I'm SO glad you're enjoying the dailies; I'm SO enjoying putting them together!

If ya'll would like to participate email me at erin@designformankind.com, or recommend someone who you'd like to stalk! I'm open to suggestions... ;)

j said...

love this feature, too. and I love Victoria's blog. one of my very favorites.

sfgirlbybay said...

thanks for having me today, erin! it was lots of fun to track my day. almost made it seem much more interesting than it really is! :)

design for mankind. said...

DUH, Victoria-- it was OUR pleasure! Thank YOU!!! :)

laure said...

Oh I just love this feature. Thanks for being so candid victoria. You make me want to move to SF. LA is good for now though...

beachbungalow8 said...

this is my favorite bit on your blog. it's so much fun!

design for mankind. said...

THANK YOU! :)

cindy k said...

i love the dailies, too! it is interesting to see how creative people spend their days.

i'm so glad i'm not the only one who listens to a transistor radio now a days and would also hire someone not only to blow dry my hair, but pick out my clothes and apply my make-up ;).

design for mankind. said...

HA, seriously, Cindy! :) I'm right there with you!

annechovie said...

Love this feature, Erin! What a great idea. Victoria is such a delightful person and I love her frankness and sense of humor. I laughed about her comment on the people at the post office hating her guts! I can relate, I am there all the time now shipping stuff from my Etsy shop.

design for mankind. said...

Oh Anne--- you're so cute. Still saving up for one of your chair prints--- I DREAM of them! :)

Anonymous said...

Your bedding in the first right picture is gorgeous. Would you mind telling us where it is from? Thank you! -Cecilia

AnastasiaC said...

the dailies are so great to read!! love Victoria's blog and what a great peek into her day...San Francisco is such a FAB city!!

sfgirlbybay said...

y'all are way too kind! thank you so much! regarding my bedding - the pillow cases with the print on them are from Shabby Chic (very old!) and the bedding is just white cotton - i always go to Ross Dress for Less because they carry designer seconds that I can't find anything wrong with, and they have a high thread count and are super cheap. The comforter is awesome and soft and is from http://www.plumeriabay.com/.

Thanks again for the nice comments. And the post office DOES hate my guts! :)

design for mankind. said...

Thanks, Victoria!!! LOTS of love from Design for Mankind! :)

parental units said...

Love you guys, hope the children(dogs) are behaving. Hope we get to see you again soon. Your talents are great and many. Your care and love for other even more. Uncle Mo

design for mankind. said...

Awww, thank you Uncle Mo! I miss you. :(

stay beautiful said...

we had the exact same moonbeam... and the light burnt out on it as well.. well it was actually omre than the light becuase i could not get it going again.. and the alarm on it is so harsh! haha.. i gave it to goodwill and put a sticker on it saying 'light does not work' so someone like me who thinks they have made a perfect does not get home to find dissapointment.. love the dailies.. thanks for sharing!