Sunday, January 31, 2010

in the realms of the unreal

gina got the outline of her tattoo yesterday, and i got to go to the tattoo parlor and watch. she is getting a drawing of one of the vivian girls from henry darger's 15,000 page illustrated manuscript.

as you can see, she was very brave.

gina and caroline have been working together to adapt a little girl-figure similar to these. i can't find the particular image she used, but you get the idea.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

cake for breakfast

i went to the adorable dinkel's bakery this morning with monica for her wedding cake tasting. the cake was really yummy, the bakery was full of adorable children eating donuts, and the lady who helped us was super nice. in conclusion, i highly recommend getting yourself invited to cake tastings.

Friday, January 29, 2010

how to make a baby

oh, good. this is pretty much how i thought it worked:

actually, when i was five and asked my parents where babies came from, they told me when a man and a women have a "special kind of hug", the women has a baby. which is probably why i was scared to touch boys from kindergarten to, like, college.

alter ego

sometimes i pretend i'm cindy sherman.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


1. i have tried maybe 2683 ways to fold a fitted sheet, and none of them work. i give up. there is no good way to fold a fitted sheet.

2. sun makes everything ok. i was out running errands this morning, and even though it was freeeezing (like, so-cold-your-teeth-hurt) it was also awesomely sunny, which made the cold seem quite bearable, actually. i can't feel my nose, but i definitely got my vitamin D for the day.

3. people who work at my whole foods are amazingly, genuinely kind and helpful. i love them. it makes me let slide the fact that their milk is $5 a gallon.

4. searching for deals on plane tickets online is super fun, except when you actually have to buy a plane ticket. then it is suddenly totally tedious and annoying.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

desert poem

i have never
flown over a desert
more expansive
than tonight

-saul williams

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

fluid sculpture

this video shows a prototype for a "fabric" in which the "threads" are clear, hollow, plastic. by running liquid of different colors through the "thread", the garment can change color stitch by stitch, making for some incredibly cool visuals...


(as if i dont eat enough of a carb-a-licious diet.)

Monday, January 25, 2010

unarticulated awe

take a moment to look at the beautiful work of emily barletta. there are some artists whose work i am so drawn to, so inspired by, so in awe of... that i can't even really articulate it. part of it is that her work reminds me slightly of some things i have attempted myself, but multiplied by ten billion. looking at her pieces just makes me feel like myself.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

herb & dorothy

i had sushi with my friend tanya the other night, and she was telling me about her recent trip to boston and all the art she saw while she was there. one of the places she visited was the isabella stewart gardner museum, which is the former mansion of a wealthy art collector, who owned many famous works, as well as commissioned portraits by artists like sargent. it sounded like a really interesting place, but i was left feeling a bit jealous and thinking it's sort of unfair that only these very few, super-wealthy art patrons get to have homes full of well-known original art.

then tonight i came across this trailer for a documentary about a regular couple, herb and dorothy vogel, who have, over their lifetimes, collected over 2,000 important works of contemporary art in their tiny one-bedroom apartment. they managed to build that amazing collection of art by devotong herb's salary (he was a postal worker) entirely to the purchasing of art, while living solely on dorothy's income (she was a librarian). i fell immediately in love with them.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

love is pain?

this is the goat cheese squash pasta i made for dinner tonight:

i have a love-hate relationship with squash: it is 95% love and 5% hate, and the hate is based entirely on how damn difficult it is to chop. peeling and dicing a big butternut squash takes all my strength and leaves my wrist aching. i know i'm not exactly buff, but i feel like a pathetic little whimp when cutting up a vegetable leaves me exhausted and in pain. maybe part of the problem is that i don't have "fancy" knives?

internet friends, help me. do you struggle with this, or am i just a whiner? i've heard of people who boil/bake/microwave the squash a bit before peeling and chopping it, but my recipes never say to do that, and i don't want to alter the flavor, which i LOVE... teach me your ways!?

Friday, January 22, 2010

early morning

Thursday, January 21, 2010


i've been looking at some soft and cozy looking tops at gap. a couple years ago i decided that from then on, the comfort-level of clothes i would buy must be equal to that of pajamas. it has been a really good rule so far.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

we know your house so very well


good news! i have joined the century and gotten a wireless adapter thingy. i installed it all by myself with no calling tech support, no cursing, and no crying. to celebrate, i made a smoothie with my semi-broken blender, which probably woke up my neighbors. sorry neighbors! but look, i am a electronics genius!

but not genius enough to be able to hook up these adorable lights made of vintage teacups. wiring is far beyond my skill level. maybe i should just start a teacup collection instead?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

thought for today: we bend toward justice

it is martin luther king jr. day today, so i thought i would share one of my favorite MLK quotes here:

"I know what you’re asking today, ‘How long will it take?’ I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because truth pressed to earth will rise again. How long? Not long, because no lie can live forever. How long? Not long, because you still reap what you sow. How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." -- MLK jr

i've had an awesomely busy long weekend, slumber party-ing it up with anna and gina, and doing some un-needed shopping and much-needed brunch-eating. i'm trying out this curry recipe tonight and hanging out with my sister.

updated to add: if you make this, i definitely recommend doubling the coconut milk and curry powder so it is saucier and more flavorful.

Friday, January 15, 2010


despite going to bed late, i woke up early this morning, long before the sun, and couldn't get back to sleep. after some tossing and turning i got up and started to organize my closet (a task which has been on my to-do list for some time), which proved to be too big an undertaking for just one sleepy morning. i did make some progress, though - i already filled a grocery bag with items to take to goodwill, so that's a minor accomplishment (but one for the history books, when you factor in the pre-7am time frame). then i made breakfast and called at&t about some bs with my internet connection. now i am going to try to attempt to sleep again for a bit. we'll see.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

too much

i don't know what to write today. i have been thinking about haiti and life and purpose and loss and work and love. i am a little overwhelmed.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

blanket statements

i have just spent some time reading my new book about tracey emin, and now must show you some of her quilts.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

i like making lists

today i...

1) cleaned my camera, which i have never really done before, i realized. in the process i accidentally took this picture of my floor, which i actually really like:

2) talked extensively with my sister about the most recent "scandal" on The Bachelor, how the show propagates all that is wrong with world, and how we can't stop watching it.

3) made a spinach lasagna.

4) re-discovered my obsession with mariee sioux:

5) found out anna is going to come visit this weekend. this is very good news. here is anna on the lake in madison, saying hello/making me nervous:

Monday, January 11, 2010

wooden pretties

today i oiled some of my wooden kitchen utensils, and then admired them for a minute. am i crazy for thinking they are just gorgeous? you don't have to answer that.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

puppet giant

both intensely beautiful and profoundly creepy...

Saturday, January 9, 2010

hard to forget

(brian andreas)

Friday, January 8, 2010

show off

i know it's bratty to be all "look at what I got for christmas!", but, just this one time, i'm hoping you'll forgive me. because LOOK at these silkscreened llama napkins i got from wyn and sarah. they're hand printed on vintage fabric and did i mention the llamas?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

done and still-to-do

things i have done since getting back to chicago:
  • went to a chili dinner at gina and phil's (delicious and lovely)
  • saw crazy heart with brendan and cried (predictably)
  • hula hooped on a wii fit (embarrassing)
  • sent thank-you notes (i'm old-school)
  • made risotto (but not very well)
things i have not done since getting back to chicago:
  • unpacked my suitcase (bad)
  • woken up before 12 (very bad)
  • caught up on phone calls to far away friends (looking forward to this)
  • cleared off the gift-wrapping station that used to be my kitchen table (it's time)
  • made a paper-cut collage with my new super-fun vintage papers (my work surface is covered in gift wrap. ahem.)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

thought for today: all is love

i finally saw where the wild things are over the holidays and have been soaking up all the visual inspiration - the colors, the creatures, the light... I've also been listening to joyful soundtrack, which makes me feel like i want to run and jump in the grass and pick flowers and not be afraid.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

the babies are coming!

i might have watched this trailer 3 times. not including the end part with the goat, which i watched 5 times.

Monday, January 4, 2010


rob and irina, moving as quickly as possible, succeeded in creating blurryness despite the use of the the "sports/action setting" on my camera. also, how cute are they? nice job, guys.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Saturday, January 2, 2010

dream house

it's green-built, eco-friendly, made with unique materials, and filled with charming, handcrafted details. what more could you possibly want? (more info here)

Flat Stanley

this is Flat Stanley. he is made of paper, and is part of a project joseph is working on with a kiddo he knows. in madison, Flat Stanley visited the capitol, went ice fishing, fell in the snow, and visited the "red gym" on campus. adventure! excitement! intrigue!

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