Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tall Ships

1) For the past 5 Christmases, I've asked for a ship in a bottle kit. For the first few years, I think people thought I was joking. After a while, my sister and her partner Tom started researching ship in bottle kits, but couldn't find a well reviewed and affordable kit. So get this: Tom made one. He did the research on building them, built one himself, and painstakingly created a kit and instructions for me. The man drilled holes in toothpicks.
Here are some pictures from my ship in a bottle building experience:

Full disclosure time: I embarked on this voyage when I was in a dark place. As I worked, this project began to represent a little more than a ship in a bottle, so a lot hinged on its success. The universe being what it is, after gluing my ship inside of the bottle I pulled the string to raise the masts and the strings broke. Womp womp. It's not unfixable, but I decided to put it on a shelf until it doesn't represent my emerging adulthood. Someday soon!

Joshua Petker - Untitled (Sailing I), 2011
3. Back in September, I doodled this little ship:

This weekend, we found this dish towel in a cutesy kitchen store on Centre. Coincidence?

acrylic on paper by Laura Meilman
New Storm, from Fair Isle by Antonia Small

Sunday, January 27, 2013

What will be your Space Jam?

1. Had a great weekend in NYC with Isa and Chez & company.

2. Started training for a new full time, full benefits, job this week. Got in an argument with my computer course leader about butter vs. margarine (hint: the correct side to be on is the butter side).

3. This song, theme song of January 2013.

4. This video, theme video for life (thanks, Q-Shack).

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Things I Like

1. Straight up spoonfuls of nutella.
2. Peeling dried glue off a finger.
3. Singing alone in the car.
4. Getting into a bed with newly washed sheets when you yourself are clean.
5. When the end of a song perfectly corresponds with the end of a car/train/walking trip.
6. Ice cold water.
7. Arriving somewhere to find dinner waiting for you.
8. Old book smell.
9. Realizing that you have all of the ingredients to make something you want to eat.
10. Catching the train.
11. Not having to set an alarm for the morning.
12. Random encouraging text messages.
13. Fresh vegetables.
14. Remembering your dreams, and they were awesome.
15. Hand-me-downs.
16. Being asked for directions and knowing the answer.
17. Crunching acorns under your heel.
18. Coconut milk.
19. Realizing that you've finally gotten over that cold.
20. Someone really wanting to hear you talk about something you care about.
21. Kids in line at the grocery store.
22. Strangers' friendly dogs.
23. Pickles.
24. Leftover wine.
25. Homemade beer.
26. When you hear a new song and immediately know it's going to become a favorite.
27. Netflix Watch Instantly.
28. Peanut noodles.
29. Feeling useful.
30. Non-creepy smiling strangers.
31. Mixing ice cream with your spoon to the perfect ice cream soup consistency.
32. Cuddling with a cat.
33. Finding things you thought you were lost forever.
34. Knowing where things are in your grocery store.
35. Sea glass.
36. Putting a fried egg on things. Food things.
38. Old pictures.
39. Peeling off nail polish.
40. Showers with consistent water pressure and temperature.
41. Wind.
42. Warm rain.
43. Honey.
44. When the train or subway car stops so that the door is right in front of where you are standing.
45. Getting your boots off without pulling off your socks.
46. Keeping your feet warm under someone else's butt.
47. Making wishes at 11:11.
48. Dogs that remember you.
49. Snail mail.
50. Using your filled-up coffee punch card to get the most expensive fancy coffee drink in the cafe.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year

1. DJ Earworm does these mashups of the year's top pop songs every year. This is the best one, I think, since the glory that was 2009.

2. Similarly, here's youtube's ode to 2012:

3. Been loving the collaged cartoons by Philippa Rice lately.

4. Giant swings! I went to the Ann Hamilton exhibit at the Park Ave Armory this weekend, and it was the best thing! The swings were great, and the building alone was worth seeing. It was like an enchanted castle!

To the New Year

With what stillness at last
you appear in the valley
your first sunlight reaching down
to touch the tips of a few
high leaves that do not stir
as though they had not noticed
and did not know you at all
then the voice of a dove calls
from far away in itself
to the hush of the morning

so this is the sound of you
here and now whether or not
anyone hears it this is
where we have come with our age
our knowledge such as it is
and our hopes such as they are
invisible before us
untouched and still possible

- W.S. Merwin

Jacob Sorkin

Alright friends, real talk (you get to read this because you made it to the bottom of the post): I've neglected my blogging duties lately not because I'm super busy, but because I'm not doing so hot. It's nothing permanent, or that you should be worried about, and it's nothing melodramatic like "I don't like anything anymore." I'm just a little paralyzed right now, which makes even simple things like listing things I like seem overwhelming. I'm going to try to keep blogging, cuz it's good for me, but please forgive me if my posts continue to be infrequent.