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July 8, 2011

MOVED !

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May 18, 2011

Tonight: The Flaming Lips !

Sam’s uncle surprised us with tickets to The Flaming Lips for last night’s show at the Grand Ole Opry.  I was a little worried about seeing such an intense show there – as I usually am – because it’s pew seating and generally a pretty stuffy place.  It’s the kind of place you’d love to see Fiona Apple play When The Pawn… from start to finish.  Somehow they managed to make it feel like you were some place else entirely – the giant ball (Zorb??) even made an appearance somehow!

To be honest I was never really into the Flaming Lips.  There are some songs that I like, but I was never much into the psychedelic stuff personally – but LIVE it was a different story.  It was more like performance art.  

I have to admit, the whole hippy LOVE vibe got to me, Sam claims to have even teared up at the end.  :)

We were able to get some amazing shots due to our awesome seats, awesome camera policy, and Sam’s all around photo taking awesomeness.  Made some friends, saw some old ones, all in all, it was quite a good time.

March 30, 2011

Just in time for warm weather!

I’m officially living the dream.  No more getting dressed for work, dealing with bosses.  No more… paychecks.  Ok, so almost the dream.  I’ve been planning my exit strategy for a while now, but I have to admit that I left a little prematurely.  At some point there is a line that you need to draw – one that clearly identifies what is and is not something you are willing to do for money.  It was very cinematic at least, I felt like a revolutionary – waking up from the dream to remember that life existed (and still does!) beyond those walls.

I had a couple of days where I alternated between celebratory lounging and panic.  It’s funny how all of those big plans I had seemed to suddenly escape me.  BUT – I made a list.  I WILL remind myself what I really want and I will seize this opportunity in free time to make them happen.  The list is as follows;

  1. Finish book proposal (More on this later)
  2. Open ETSY shop (I have some things in the works)
  3. Start a web-comic (Or something illustration related, preferably published on a schedule online so as to keep my motivated)
  4. Buy an RV (Long term goal, one that involves WVO conversion, solar paneling, and eventual full time living and traveling)

There’s also a book or two I’ve been meaning to read… in a bathtub.  Better get started!

 

March 10, 2011

Counting down to SXSW !

Here’s a list of the open bar parties you can RSVP for. (Go ahead and sign me up too, I don’t think I have the patience!)

However, OFWGKTA is playing Fader !

March 9, 2011

Tendons and Delays

Alright so there’s going to be a little delay on some of the things I had planned for this week – tutorials and such – due in part to spraining my ankle, new recipes to memorize for work, and hopefully a layout overhaul coming soon!

P.S. Hair cut !

February 25, 2011

80 days, No smoking !

That’s right, it’s been 80 days since my last cigarette, and it has not been easy.  Even now, almost three months later, I still crave them.  I have dreams almost every night that in some way involve me smoking and later reeling with regret.  I smoked for ten years, and I’ve “tried” to quit several times, but I feel like I can finally celebrate my success.

You can read about all of the positive effects of quitting smoking here.  The most surprising and wonderful side effect for myself has been one that I’ve never heard mention of before, and that’s mood.  I feel like I have a lot more patience with people, and am just generally more pleasant than I used to be.  In a way, this makes me kind of sad to think that I spent ten years of my life feeling less alive than I could have.

If you’re wondering how I did it, or how I continue to do it, it’s quite simple, really.  I decided to.  I know, it sounds so trite!  All other previous attempts I had set out to quit for the sake of quitting, because it is what you are supposed to do.  This time I set out to be a non-smoker.  I thought about fresh breath, energy, and extra money.  I chose not to tell certain people, so I would have nobody to sneak around.

I did it for myself this time, nobody else, and it has stuck.  When I get the urge, I remind myself of how far I have come, and how much more I enjoy my life these days.  I spent nearly half of my life and somewhere around $15,000 on cigarettes, and I’m proud to say it has ended.

February 21, 2011

$5 Art show

This friday I’m participating in a $5 art show in order to ensure that the collective hosting the show can have heat next year, yay!

February 21, 2011

C L A S S Y Jello Shots !

How do you reconcile your cocktail pretension with your love of easy cheesy fun?  You make really expensive and labor intensive Jello shots with BONUS adorable presentation!

These would be perfect for a classy summer outdoor dinner party, they look cute, the concept is pretty neat, and they get the job done.

  • 16 oz boiling water
  • 3 oz fresh sqeezed lemon juice
  • 3 oz simple syrup
  • 3/4oz gelatin
  • 10 oz vodka / gin

  1. Make 3 ounces of simple syrup
  2. Cut lemons in half, juice and gut insides with grapefruit spoon
  3. Mix juice and simple syrup in a bowl
  4. Boil water, add water and gelatin in a separate bowl, stir until dissolved.  Let stand 10 minutes.
  5. Add the juice/simple bowl, and Vodka/Gin to your gelatin bowl.
  6. Stir, and pour into gutted lemon halves.  (I used an egg carton to keep the lemons upright.
  7. Refrigerate until solid, cut into slices.

February 19, 2011

Mentally preparing for summer nights

February 18, 2011

Goodbye untucked shirt tails, hello wedgies!

I know what I’m doing tomorrow – after yoga, a bike ride, and soaking up as much sun as possible.  This tutorial via OutsaPop Trashion is … almost on the top of my to do list.