Friday, October 29, 2010

That's Okay

Okay, it's been a long day, so there're just two things today:

1) My boss at the diner, for bringing me a box of Mike & Ike.

2) Andy Goldsworthy, for teaching me in my impressionable youth that beauty is transient, and that that's okay.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Any Less Than Perfect

1) Making It Better - Some of you are probably aware of my issues with the It Gets Better Movement. Well, some very smart people have filled in what was missing from that movement and made the Make It Better Project. I hope that it gets just as much attention, and more, than the It Gets Better movement, even if it doesn't have celebrities.
Kids deserve the space to vocalize their own experiences, and the young man in the first video says it so well: "I just kept telling myself 'it's okay, I'll have such a better life when I get to college or get out of school altogether, because that's when I'll be able to actually be myself and live.' So I tried that for a couple of years, and I went day to day, and it just didn't get any better. And then I realized 'Hey I'm gonna be here for a while. Why should these years be any less than perfect for me?' Because I deserved a good life. I deserved to be happy."

2) This art blog started by my friend Ben Valentine.

3) Discovering new music in my itunes library while listening it's on shuffle. My most recently favorite find is the song "Silver Moons" by Sunset Rubdown. Spectacular lyrics, in my opinion.

4) Halloween Greetings from Rowntree, brought to you by JibJab.

5) The fact that I'm no longer sixteen, nor will ever be again. Check out this angst, and do-it-yourself rebellious hair coloring.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Maybe Pocahontas. Probably Evelyen Hooker.

1) New Ro!

2) Successfully trying new recipes! In the past few days, I've made a really good vegan mac and cheese (though I will add less salt than the recipe calls for in the future), and a delicious Chana Masala. Both are surprisingly easy make.

3) Drunk History. There are a bunch more, but this is my favorite. It makes me wonder what historical tale I would tell if someone got me drunk and pointed a camera at me. Maybe Pocahontas. Probably Evelyen Hooker.

4) Sourdough. For the past two months, I've been painstakingly caring for a sourdough starter. It's a challenge in a cold house that went unoccupied for many years (they say that starters do best in kitchens that have been baked in regularly), but it's getting better. If you have a good starter, you can make delicious bread without any added yeast whatsoever! I just think that that is the coolest thing ever. Bread baking is magical on its own, but when you are baking with the yeast that is naturally occurring in our air and in the flour, it's super magical.
Plus, having a starter is kind of like having a pet. Each one is different, you have to feed it on a regular basis, and it kind of smells. Read more about sourdough here.

5) Making art! I've discovered that my mood is drastically better on days that I make art or write creatively. Art is an all natural antidepressant. You should try it.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Redhead Extravaganza

1) Jennifer Ashley Lawson.
Exhibit A: "I invited him back to my house to watch Pete & Pete. It was like a redhead extravaganza."
Exhibit B: Jenny's fabulous blog, which features wonderful vegan food, and other Jenny-related adventures.

2) This fun thing. Try making multiple circles inside each other.

3) Good math teachers, getting the credit they deserve. (My mother's playgroup turns out the best grown ups).

4) This picture (taken circa 1985?). It gives you an idea of what my mother had to work with in the beginnings of her aforementioned playgroup.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Food Shits on Your Food

1) My new space heater. It's like magic.

2) Getting postcards and letters multiple times a week (especially all the way from Kenya! Thanks Nellie!).

3) Coming home to pesto and homemade apple pie.

4) Walking into work to see this taped to the fridge:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"You've just gotta get some caulk."

1) the pan dulces that my housemate made.

2) the song "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" by Aretha Franklin. "They say it's a man's world, but you won't prove that by me."

3) This interesting use of statistical analysis. (Put aside your hang ups with the reinforcement of the gender and sexuality binary for just a moment while you read this).

4) I told a woman at the diner today about how drafty my house was, because it's so old. She said "You've just gotta get some caulk. Lots of caulk. Get a whole lot of caulk, find the places where the holes are, and stick that caulk right in there."

5) Seeing a group of children walking home from school in small town, rural, upstate NY, all wearing purple.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

These Kind of Days

1) Listening to bad pop music while cooking or cleaning. Or driving.

2) The band "Iron Horse" for making bluegrass cover albums of bands such as Modest Mouse, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Metallica. I finally have a justifiable reason to listen to the song "Here is Gone" over and over.

3) Days that involve this kind of thing:

lilac shrieks and scarlet bellowings

1) This poem:

my mind is
a big hunk of irrevocable nothing which touch and taste and smell
and hearing and sight keep hitting and chipping with sharp fatal
in an agony of sensual chisels i perform squirms of chrome and ex
-ecute strides of cobalt
nevertheless i
feel that i cleverly am being altered that i slightly am becoming
something a little different, in fact
Hereupon helpless i utter lilac shrieks and scarlet bellowings.
- ee cummings

2) The "invisible" feature on skype and gchat which allows me to see who is online without them seeing me. Get with the times, facebook.

3)And the view on my drive home from work at the diner: