Monday, February 28, 2011

Honey Badger Don't Care

1. Robins.

2. The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger. (Note to Maggie, who cannot watch videos: this is a nature show video of a honey badger narrated by a man called Randall who says things like '"Get away from me!" says the snake, "Get away from me!". Honey Badger don't care. Honey Badger smacks the shit out of it.') This guy has done a bunch of videos, and I've watched all of them. This one is the best.

3. The Music Maze. Type in a band or musician, and it will give you six related bands or musicians. A fun way to find music in the genres that you listen to that you might not have heard before.

4. These guys playing Flight of the Bumblebee on 101 Bottles. Seriously, guys?

5. I know that spring is probably a month away for me, but I'm still getting really pumped up for it. Here is a picture of daffodils, my favorite flower, that I took in Cardiff Wales in 2009. Cardiff loves daffodils even more than I do. There were fields of them. For real.
6. When I saw Lady Gaga's performance of her new single "Born this Way," I was unimpressed. It's catchy, but the lyrics seemed kind of cliche and cheesy. But just today I watched the music video, and I was sold.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Doing Childish Things

1. the Rowntree Clearness Committee, helping me make my big and small life choices in person, on the phone, and on the internet.

2. the SPENT challenge. I went the waitress route and just barely made it through. Couldn't type well enough to be a temp.

3. A large group of teenagers came into the diner today. I really enjoy teenage banter, so it was good times. At one point they were singing "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands" (remember that age when doing childish things was kind of cool because you aren't really a kid anymore and it feels special?) and they tried to sing "If Helen is the best, clap your hands!" They couldn't make a rhyme with "best," though, so it petered out in an anti-climatic way.

4. Two text messages I received today...
From Laurel: What poem talks about poetry being like water?
From Natalie: What is Lady Gaga's real name?
Like I'm wikipedia.
I don't know what poem talks about poetry being like water. I try to avoid poetry about poetry. Lady Gaga's real name is Stefani. Stefani Germanotta.

5. Two fold: I like painting birch trees and I like peeling away the tape from the borders. Super satisfying. Illustrated below

Monday, February 21, 2011

Eat Until You Feel Pretty

1) Better Book Titles
I'm not familiar enough with book covers to get all of these but here are my favorites:

2) Seasoning my wok. It reminds me of experimenting with heat patinas in the metals studio. Sorry about the smoke alarm, housemates.

3) Hey look! Look at this! It looks like this cat just asked that man which way his cat friends went.

4) When the librarian compliments me on my book selection. Even if it was 99% children's books.

5) KEXP's song of the day. You can download the podcast on itunes. (If you want to convert the podcast to a song file, click on the song, then file>get info>options>media kind>music. You might also want to make sure that "skip when shuffling" isn't checked). Looking at their past song selections, it is clear that I would have heard of a lot of my favorite songs sooner, therefore giving me more listening time, if I had been listening to KEXP's song of the day from the start.

6) Are you sick of highly paid teachers? (I searched the internet in vain for the original author of this piece. Sorry, I really did want to give you credit, anonymous author).

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Don't Care. Love it.

1) Warm weather. I'm aware that the fact that it was fifty degrees today might not be a good thing in the larger scheme of things, but it was pretty great. After work I came home, opened my bedroom windows, and cleaned.

2) This video of Brimballs doing their singing Valentines at Earlham. I was always a big fan of singing Valentines, and although I barely recognize any of the folks in this video, it was fun to watch.

3) Any kind of mac and cheese. Or vegan mac and cheese. Don't care. Love it.

4) The movie "It's Kind of a Funny Story." It's not easy to talk about psychiatric hospitals in a humorous way without seeming dismissive, but I thought that this movie handled it pretty well. Having spent some time in a mental hospital as a teenager, I enjoyed the feeling of being in on the joke without having to deal with a depressing movie. Although my experience didn't involve singing David Bowie and Queen with the folks on my unit. Maybe it should have.

5) These gifs.

6) From a Softer World. Hover text: and how do you think it makes me feel when I can't feed them?oh no!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Spring Will Happen

1) Homemade apple sauce. It is so easy to make, and so delicious. You get some apples, you slice them up (you can peel them if you want to), you put them in a pot with just enough water so that they don't burn to the bottom (depending on how many apples, a cup should do), you turn on the heat, you put on a lid, and you check it and stir it every so often. Add some cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg. Cook it until it's apple sauce.

2)More animal pair pictures from National Geographic here.

3) Melting snow. I know that spring will happen, even though I've forgotten what it's like, even though it feels like it's been winter forever.

4) Battlestar Galactica. Last night, after four long months of war, I finished the series. Years from now, when I look back on this time, I will remember it as the Winter of Galactica. I'd never watched the show, thinking that I was too cool for sci-fi outerspace shows, but I was so wrong. It is probably one of the best shows I've ever watched.

5) I got three responses to my request for your favorite songs about growing up. They were:
- Dammit by Blink 182 (from Jeffrey Holiday)
- When I Grow Up by the Pussycat Doss (from Isa Mise)
- Circle Game by Joni Mitchell (from Hallie Cranos)

6) Guilt free out of season / non local fruit. This week we got free grapefruit from a school, and free grapes that were part of the still life in my watercolor class. I love free food, and I love it even more when it's stuff that I wouldn't get to eat otherwise.

Monday, February 14, 2011

If You Choose to go in Drag, Don’t Sell Yourself Short

1) 1001 Rules for My Unborn Son. Some of you might know that I regularly write messages to my someday daughter in my journal (usually along the lines of "Someday Daughter, don't do what I did last night..."). Once I even wrote an apology to my someday son that I never wrote messages for him. Anyway, this guy has done a similar thing. He hasn't made it up to 1001 yet, but there are a lot, so here are some of the best (in my opinion):

480. If a street performer makes you stop walking, you owe him a buck.

474. If you choose not to own a TV, keep it to yourself.

453. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.

437. Refill the ice cube tray.

426. Don’t tell someone he has a sunburn. He knows.

403. If you choose to go in drag, don’t sell yourself short.

213. Go barefoot. It toughens the feet.

199. Limit your time in California.

197. There’s nothing wrong with musical theater. (Everything in moderation.)

178. Believe it or not, a museum is a great place to beat a hangover. It’s cool, quiet, and full of water fountains.

171. Know the proper time to wear a tuxedo. It’s more often than you think.

170. Know the proper time to chew gum. It’s less often than you think.

168. Be cool to the younger kids. Reputations are built over a lifetime.

149. Don’t let the ice cream truck get away.

143. Be able to identify all of the trees on your block.

132. If you don’t know what a word means, ask. Before it’s too late.

130. Don’t attempt a dialect other than your own.

109. Close the door, turn it up, dork out.

99. Nothing good ever happens after 3 am. I promise.

2) When I'm in the far right lane, and want to pass someone going slower than me who is in the middle lane, I like to carefully change lanes into the far left lane and pass them on the left AS A STATEMENT. That's how it should be done, I don't care what the law is.

3) The song "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men. It's free on itunes!

4) Songs about growing up. Sometimes I like growing up, sometimes it horrifies me. Either way, I think about it a lot. So I really appreciate that so many songs have been written on the subject. Here are some of my recent favorites:

- Wake Up by Arcade Fire, lyrics here. I chose the youtube video that pairs the song with clips from the movie Where the Wild Things Are, because to me, the movie and the song are about the same thing. Deal with it.

- I already linked to it last night, but the song Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes is actually the song that inspired this list. Lyrics here.

- Head Full of Doubt, Road Full of Promise, by the Avett Brothers. The title is pretty much spot on. I also like the line "Decide what to be and go be it." See the full lyrics here.

If you feel like it, post your favorite songs about growing up in the comments. If you can figure out how to leave a comment, which I can only do 50% of the time.

Bloody, Meaty, Beating Messes of Fear.

1) "I don't know any MTFs or FTMs. I barely know any Ms!" - Felisa

2) My mom and sister watching this video. 3) This music:
- Helplessness Blues by the Fleet Foxes
- Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People
- Frank AB - the Rural Alberta Advantage
- Monster - Kanye West and everyone else
- Rose Garden - SHAD

4) I'm not a huge fan of Valentine's Day, but I'm not a hater either. There's nothing wrong with giving some pretty or edible (or both) things to someone you love. There's nothing wrong with giving gifts to your friends and family instead, or buying them for yourself! So many different kinds of love could be celebrated by this day if we choose to do so. I like some of this article, particularly the last paragraph:
But real human hearts are not gaudy, cast in gold or made of chocolate. Real human hearts are bloody, meaty, beating messes of fear and emotional flux. Cheap chocolatey sentiment distracts us from the fact that very few of us are truly alone. We have friends, communities, networks and families to rely on and live in a superabundance of human pleasure, passion, consolation and commitment. There is room for all of us, whether partnered, single, or in more complicated arrangements, to find love and fulfillment.
I'm super grateful for all of the wonderful people that fill my life. And for chocolate on clearance.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Jenny Fell

Just got two cds of picture from Maggie. So here are some pictures that I never knew existed/forgot existed/needed to remind the world of:Snow angels for Rowntree Winter Snow Funtime.

I have no idea why this happened.
Jenny fell and we were all laughing so hard we fell too.
Chez's 22nd birthday.
Oh geez.

Hanging out in Chez's closet.
Jenny fell again.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The earth is exactly what it wanted.

1) The Born This Way blog.

2) Garfield Minus Garfield (thanks, Will S.)

3) The reminder from skype every time it starts up to "take a deep breath."

4) The highly addictive game Entanglement (thanks, Kevin). I recommend looking at "How to Play" before you try, I had to have Kevin explain it to me over the phone because I neglected to read the instructions.

Morning Poem

Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange

sticks of the sun

the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again
and fasten themselves to the high branches ---
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands
of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails
for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it
the thorn
that is heavier than lead ---
if it's all you can do
to keep on trudging ---
there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted ---
each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
every morning,

whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.
Mary Oliver ~

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Please stop.

1) Rereading old favorite books. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe holds up real well.

2) Sliding sheets of ice off of my car. Not because I'm happy that my car is covered in sheets of ice, but that sliding them off in large chunks is very satisfying.

3) The Piano Staircase, and FunTheory in general.