May 21, 2011


"One word I would banish from the dictionary is 'escape.' Just banish that and you'll be fine. Because that word has been misused regarding anybody who wanted to move away from a certain spot and wanted to grow. He was an escapist. You know if you forget that word you will have a much easier time. Also you're in the prime, the beginning of your life; you should experiment with everything, try everything.... We are taught all these dichotomies, and I only learned later that they could work in harmony. We have created false dichotomies; we create false ambivalences, and very painful one's sometimes -the feeling that we have to choose. But I think at one point we finally realize, sometimes subconsciously, whether or not we are really fitted for what we try and if it's what we want to do.

You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too. No, I think there was too rigid a pattern. You came out of an education and are supposed to know your vocation. Your vocation is fixed, and maybe ten years later you find you are not a teacher anymore or you're not a painter anymore. It may happen. It has happened. I mean Gauguin decided at a certain point he wasn't a banker anymore; he was a painter. And so he walked away from banking. I think we have a right to change course. But society is the one that keeps demanding that we fit in and not disturb things. They would like you to fit in right away so that things work now."

Anaïs Nin


Consider this blog closed.

March 2, 2011

twenty two point five

Three days ago was my half birthday, a day that ended my 15 day working streak AND included breakfast in bed. Ten points for J.

Inspired by Elise at penny weight, I I could not pass up the golden opportunity to make a list!

23 things to do before I turn 23!

1. take a dance class
2. plant an assortment of herbs and produce in the Spring. + flowers!
3. watch 30 new movies
4. stop being overwhelmed and learn to use the 7D
5. order a subscription to Time magazine
6. visit Gatlinburg
7. run five miles. in a row.
8. learn to knit
9. get a make-up consultation
10. go to the beach for a long, relaxing weekend
11. make a two year plan
12. eliminate all toxic cleaning products in the house and mix my own
13. get a sewing machine and figure that thing out!
14. volunteer 3 times
15. start a dinner club with my neighbors
16. learn to make the best chili ever
17. dig out my college Spanish book and get to work
18. write
19. go on a picnic
20. buy a helmet
21. make vanilla
22. back up my (& J's) hard drive
23. get a massage

February 25, 2011

Spring (squeal!)

I have done an insane amount of purchasing this week, probably influenced by the magnificent weather we've been having. The truth is there are some projects I've been meaning to complete for, oh, about six months now. I can't wait for everything to arrive.

I'd really love to tell you about what I've been up to but the SUN IS SAYING HI and it'd be rude not to wave back. To the porch I go.

February 22, 2011


Sigur Ros
in the background
and boyfriend conjugating verbs
out loud

February 14, 2011


I have thirty minutes left on this hectic, grand Valentines Day to present you with the one I love.

February 11, 2011

rice krispies: the things you do for love

Jethro and I are celebrating Valentine's today because I have to work Monday. (What do you know, people actually want to go out to dinner to celebrate their love for each other. RUDE.) Kidding.

Anyway, I woke up early so I had time to get some things done before Jethro got home from school. Mainly, I wanted to make him rice krispie treats because they are his fave.

Everything was going good. I was simultaneously ignoring how obnoxiously odd it was to stir marshmallows around in melted butter AND how sticky my hands were.

About this time I am reading the box and being deceived into believing that these treats are so easy that I'll have to make them more often! Lies. The recipe includes only four steps none of which mention to "MAKE SURE YOU COMBINE THE KRISPIES AND MARSHMALLOWS FASTER THAN LIGHT OR YOU ARE SCREWED."

I remained calm and started shoveling the goo into the pan. Except, the goo would not budge. So I dug my hands in, except, that was the worst idea EVER. Sticky hands, magoo.


It all tastes the same, right?

February 7, 2011

bedroom inspiration

From the day we moved in I've been wanting to find a lighting solution for our loft. I finally found the answer.

Next obstacle: replicate this for less than $70. The search begins.