Monday, August 31, 2009

just listen

jolie holland's voice is love.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

thought for today: let it love what it loves

you do not have to be good.
you do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
you only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
--mary oliver

Friday, August 28, 2009


i read every one of roald dahl's books multiple times (or had them read to me - thanks dad!) when i was a kid. i remember them with such vivid detail, and still think that they are some of most creative stories ever written for kids (or adults. ahem.). i still remember full scenes and quotes from matilda, the twits, esio trot, the BFG, the witches, etc...

sooo, given my love for these stories, i was very excited to see this trailer today for the movie version of the fantastic mr. fox. this story is especially memorable because of the context in which it was first read to me. we went on our first/only family vacation out of the country when i was maybe 9(?) to the caribbean island of st. maarten. and this was the book we brought for our nightly read aloud. i remember my family gathering around in the hotel room after a day of adventures, picking up right where we left off with mr. fox.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

italian landscape lovliness

do you ever think about owning more original art? i think about it a lot. specifically, i think about how i would like to own original art by some of my talented and artsy friends. these are some original oil paintings by my friend tanya harsch, who is a brilliant classically trained painter.

she studied for several years in italy, and now paints and teaches here in chicago, lucky for me. i have been wanting to buy one of her landscapes for a while now (they were done in and around florence), and tanya just recently set up an etsy page with some of her original works. i am contimplating which i love most...

as you can see, it's quite a hard decision.

(if you like these, definitely check out tanya's shop, and go to her webpage to see more of her work)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

puppets in the park

yesterday i took a long walk in the morning and then saw this adorable puppet-show-play (based on this short story by oscar wilde) in the park. there were tons of little kids and babies (accompanied by their parents, of course) and everyone was having a grand ol' time.

the puppets themselves were gorgeous and the show was impressively produced by just two people - one storyteller/guitarist/vocalist and one puppeteer. i kept thinking how much fun it would be to make puppets like those, and is there a job doing that? because i want it.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

little ditty

here's a quirky little song and video. just cuz.

Lisa Mitchell - Coin Laundry from Scorpio Music on Vimeo.

you don't have to change at at all

my sister and i spent some quality time this evening listening to music from our childhood that i randomly have on my computer. this led us to youtube to seek out more, and before you know it, we were watching clips of free to be you and me and singing along like we were 5 - when we proudly owned the book AND the cassette tape. here are some clips we found from the 1974 tv special. this might be part of the reason that we both turned out to be such raging liberals...

we really got a kick out of the last clip, where marlo thomas is talking to some kiddos about what it's like to have siblings. where are those kids now??? they were awesome. especially the one with the hilarious glasses. we loved how the one girl said her brother loves her lots and lots, but only tells her when she's not around. precious.

(also - yes, that is a young michael jackson in the second clip. isn't it sad/ironic that he is singing about not changing yourself and being great just as you are?)

Friday, August 21, 2009

sad day

i was 14 when we got teddy. my dad and i drove to iowa to pick him up - we met a whole litter of puppies, but teddy was The One. he was 8 weeks old and so small. he rested in my lap in the backseat of the car the whole 6 hour drive drove back to madison.

he was so cute, and thank goodness for that - because he turned out to be quite a handful. he was a barker and a whiner and a jumper, and as the baby of the house, he was more than a little spoiled.

but he was also smart and sweet and neurotic and so oddly human. when my sister and i still lived at home, teddy didn't like it when we were in different rooms of the house - his herding instincts would kick in and he would try to round us all up into one place. this apparently made him much more comfortable - when we were all together in one space, teddy was the most relaxed. he demonstrated this which by only chewing on his toys when more than one person was present.

over the years, a lot has changed. my sister and i went away to college, my parents got divorced and sold the house. i lived on my own in madison, and then moved to chicago for grad school. about a year ago, teddy was diagnosed with cancer. since then, my dad has made sure he got the best care and treatments know to dogkind. at one point, teddy even went into remission for a while, but the cancer did come back, and today a vet technician came to the house and put him down, in the comfort of home, with my dad (his constant companion) by his side.

it is amazing, how much love it's possible to feel for a dog. i am better because i have known it. we love you tons and tons, little ted.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

more map love

i know i have posted about maps before (like here and here), but they are so pretty and fascinating and i will never get sick of them, so here are even more. i just read a great article about all kinds of unusual and beautiful maps, which includes background information and other interesting facts.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


i just came across these strange post-it messages. there is something really interesting about how our culture has adopted the post-it. we love post-it's because our brains are too full, and we are constantly needing to remind ourselves of things. usually they are thoughtless things, like "pay rent" or "get milk". but i like how these are in the form of casual notes to yourself, when they're are actually about things that aren't casual at all.

Monday, August 17, 2009

home again

i'm back from a weekend in the cornfields of minnesota, and am settling in to a week with not much to do. laundry is done and dinner is made (one of my favorites - based roughly on this recipe).

so am i a domestic goddess? that's a big "no". i am well fed and have clean sheets, but there are totally dishes from before i left on friday still sitting in my sink. don't judge me.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009

grace + jared

a couple shots taken after the ceremony today (click for better quality)...

Friday, August 14, 2009

away to a wedding

i'm off, bright and early, to go to my friend grace's wedding in minnesota. grace and i lived together for two years in college. we had busy, sometimes oppocite schedules, so most of our talks usually happened late at night, often while we ate some of her famous sesame noodles and tried on clothes and other things. several of these talks touched on her plans for her someday-future-wedding and what it would be like - who would come, what the music would be like, what kind of dress she might get... and now here we are - it's happening today, and i have a feeling it will be just as lovely as she hoped.

(image via here)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

personal moon project

here are some images of a beautiful project by russian artists leonid tishkov and boris bendikov.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

dance dance dance

have you heard of lykke li? no? don't worry, i hadn't either, until just recently. but she is quirky and strange and fun. here she is doing sort of an outdoor jam session with bon iver. i love it.

introducing: retro avocado

once all the orange and teal and yellow were covered over with white, we painted an accent wall "retro avocado". there are still a few touch-ups to be done, but then the blue tape comes down and ta-da! all done! it was a ton of work, it was hot and sweaty the whole time, and our old lady muscles are sad and sore, but you know what? it was fun.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

soft story books

i am so inspired by these embroidered fabric storybooks by artist jessie chorley. i made a fabric journal once, and loved the look and feel of flipping through fabric pages. perhaps i will make another...

Monday, August 10, 2009

painting day

my dear friend anna is moving.

that big space was an attempt at conveying how totally and completely heartbroken i am about it. as in, i will be sad and empty inside when she goes, and life will be bleak and barren not the same and GOOD LORD anna, PLEASE DON'T GO.
the moving truck took everything away yesterday, and she will catch up with her stuff when she leaves chicago on wednesday. her apartment was very brightly painted and perfectly suited to her, but now that she's leaving it's time to cover up the color, which, it turns out, is no small feat. anna, gina, and i spent the day priming and painting (and of course it was the hottest day of the summer - 96 degrees and steamy).

Sunday, August 9, 2009

inside your eyelids

this is an award-winning short film that debuted in the Cannes Film Festival and was the official selection of the Chicago International Film Festival last year.
the sweet story is based on a children's book written by Brad Bischoff.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

nice 'do

street art by Vinchen (via here)


loving the details in this house tour (via here)

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