Thursday, September 30, 2010

it's almost october...

But here are some pictures from September-- just a few little things that have piled up on my camera. It's been a nice, quiet month.

A mysterious cat came to visit our backyard! [blurry effect thanks to the window screen]

The cat was gone by the time I went out to meet him, but I rediscovered the amazingness of our big tree.

Spying on Robert through some flowers.

Finally framed this print, which I got for my birthday. It's in our bedroom, and the green sky matches the wall.

I drew this monkey and was really impressed with myself. You can't see it, but he has glitter highlights. Been working through this book about drawing (which was also a birthday present)!

And finally, the new friend who's gracing the walls of our hallway. Another birthday gift -- it was a good birthday!

The weather is getting nice and cool here! My sister and her husband will be coming to visit us at the end of next week, and staying for a few days. I'm fairly excited about everything. How have you all been? I think this is a really fun time of year, when the seasons change.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

pixies


It's sort of old news now, but we saw the Pixies play at the Ryman Auditorium about a week and a half ago. This is the same place where we saw Arcade Fire last month, but we had much better seats this time: we were in the front row of the balcony! Wonderful view. The lighting and smoke machines made it hard to get many good pictures, but you can see the rest of mine here if you're interested.

Before they came out and during the first song or so, Un Chien Andalou was playing on the screen behind the stage. That was exciting! During other songs they had mini avant-garde movies playing. The concert was great. They played all of Doolittle and a lot of B-sides, along with a few other things.

Here are a couple of videos that I made! I was so happy that no one was standing in front of us. I was also VERY happy about the guy standing next to me. He was a really conservative looking man, probably about 50 years old, and he was wearing earplugs. But he was rocking out so hard in his own way. And by that, I mean he was standing with his hands folded in front of him, and every once in a while he would play air drums or guitar. It was probably the cutest thing I've ever seen.

Now, for the adorable La La Love You:



Monkey Gone to Heaven:



Kim Deal also made me really happy, because she kept smiling and she just seemed so excited to be there. She's the best! During their first encore, they played Into The White [check out that video to see them all in 1991 and how much they've changed...], but something went wrong and like half of the microphones stopped working, so we didn't get to hear Kim sing the whole thing! That was sad. After a really long intermission (I've never stayed at a concert for that long afterward with nothing going on), they came back and did a second encore, with all systems working.

More videos can be found here! Some aren't complete (either because I didn't start recording for a few seconds or because my camera ran out of room and stopped recording..), but I feel they're pretty nice!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

painting detective

I've had a few days off recently, and finally decided to tackle one of the larger projects I've had on my to-do list. We've been in our house for over 6 months, and I'm finally getting around to repainting the baseboards!

Ugly baseboards in our bedroom!

Some of the rooms in our house are just fine, but the bedrooms show evidence of many paint changes that were never quite finalized. For example: the above picture, taken in our bedroom. As I've been repainting, I've pieced together the history of this room, like a detective. Here's what I think is going on...

At some point in time, our bedroom was wallpapered. Later on, someone painted over the wallpaper with red. Also at some point, the trim around the room was painted green.... and then someone put carpet in the room. Somebody repainted the trim a white color, obviously while the carpet was still in. And then someone came along, painted the room green, and pulled up the carpet. This is where we came into the story! The baseboards are cream with a layer of green at the bottom, as well as carpet fibers still stuck in the corners.

I've been going around sanding down the weird texture where the carpet met the wood (I guess it's glue I'm sanding off?), pulling bits off carpet off, and repainting everything white. After this I'll need to touch up the green paint, because you can still see some red at the edges. The reason I believe there's wallpaper under there is that the paint seems to curl up at the edges, making it really hard to get a clean line. Maybe one day we'll strip everything down and see what's under there! For now, I just want a pretty cover-up job. That's what all of the previous residents tried to do, I suppose. Everyone who's lived in this house for the past 48 years has been really lazy. That's what I'm going to assume. We will carry on the tradition.

P.S. We saw the Pixies last weekend!! Anyone who's interested can check out my pictures here. I'm planning a bigger post for later about it -- I made a few videos too! Robert wants to clean up the sound on them before we put them online. He's a magician or something.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

cute, creepy and crawly creatures

I've been keeping busy and quiet online lately! I didn't think I had much to blog about until I was uploading a recent batch of photos from my camera ("recent" meaning stuff from all of last month) and noticed a theme.

I really like taking pictures of little creatures. Real or artificial. Here are some from the last little bit!

This little friend landed on my brother-in-law's foot and hung around for 10-15 minutes.

Pacman ghost candies that I bought for Robert

I love this little guy! I'm pretty sure it's a Sedge Wren, or something closely related.

Walking salt & pepper robots! They bring your seasonings to you. Birthday present!


Yesterday afternoon when Robert got home from work, he ran up to the house. Before I could say anything, he said, "get your camera! I've got something to show you!" When I asked what it was, he said... "a muppet."


This guy was hanging out on the lock on our shed. For a creepy crawly thing, he is the cutest one I've ever seen.

We transferred him to a leaf, and he curled up in a little ball. I believe he's something in the Arctiidae family, destined to grow up into a moth! They're also called Woolly Bears. I really like that.

Here's another woolly bear, who got a hair cut a while back.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

fall fashion inspiration

Thank you all for the sweet birthday wishes on my last entry! I had a great day and being 24 has been nice so far.

I just wanted to pop in and do something fashion related. When's the last time I talked about fashion here?! It's been quite a while. I've been having fun dressing up for work lately -- I just haven't had any time for pictures! But this is something neat.



Anja over at Clever Nettle is participating in a Polyvore fall fashion contest, and anybody who wants can help contribute. My first collage (made during breakfast this morning) is above. I haven't had much time to play around with it since, but this is FUN. Go over to her blog and use the mini editor to make a nice set! She's filled it with her favorite fall clothes, and it's a really great collection. The blogger with the best entries in their collection will receive a $1000 gift card, as well as a $1000 gift card to give out to one reader. So! Head over and check it out if you're so inclined.*

I'm pretty excited about the upcoming season! It's starting to cool down a bit here, and I'm loving it. The trees are doing that magical thing, too! You know the thing!! Where a bunch of leaves fall in slow motion and it makes you excited about life?

*This is NOT my contest; I am simply directing folks over to Anja's blog because she thought it would be fun to have a lot of people contribute! :) Should she win, she will receive the gift cards and choose a reader to win one!

EDIT: [days later...] Here is another set I made! I like this one much better. However, today, September 6th, is pretty much the last day to contribute! It's still fun to play around with.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

it's my birthday!

Today is my golden birthday - I'm 24 on the 24th! I worked a half day and then came home to find that Robert had been decorating with balloons! He's really cute.



I'm *this* tall today! This picture is very shady.

Tonight there will be a little party, and a big cheesecake and lots of fun! 23 was a pretty good year for me. Let's see what we can do with 24!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

move your feet from hot pavement and into the grass


A few nights ago, I had the pleasure of seeing Arcade Fire play at the Ryman Auditorium.


If you don't know about them, you pretty much need to. Hands down the BEST concert I've ever been to.


They're so talented and full of energy - between every song it seemed like they would run around and trade instruments.


These are just a few of my favorites, but I made a flickr album with all the rest! Go check it out if you're interested -- I think I got some pretty good shots!


A few days before they came to Nashville, they played in New York and it was broadcast live. We watched that and got really psyched for the concert we were about to go to. You can check out some of the videos here, to get a feel for their shows. It was just the neatest thing I've experienced! Being at the Ryman was a big part of it: that's the first time we've been there, but it was AWESOME. It's actually an old church, full of rows of pews. So you can sit down if you like, but when everybody is rocking out during the show, you don't have to get too close to any strangers. Pretty neat!

Their new album The Suburbs is really wonderful! And I will admit that I feel a silly kinship with it because Win Butler grew up in The Woodlands, Texas, and I lived there for a while. I actually spent most of my childhood just south of there. So although many of the sentiments could apply to any old suburbs, they were inspired by the suburbs of Houston - those are MY 'burbs! Haha.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

book review: the people of paper

It's finally time for another book review for the Slow Readers! We're just now finishing up our 3rd book: The People of Paper by Salvador Plascensia. I've been reading along the whole time, but I was too lazy [/didn't feel very compelled] to post a review for the last book. This one was worth writing about.


The book is written from many different points of view: sometimes a character will get an entire chapter, while other chapters are divided into 3 columns on each page, all focusing on different characters in the book. Once you get into that flow it's not too hard to follow, even though new characters are introduced throughout the book. There were some very exciting characters, like...


The literary structure isn't the only interesting thing -- there are also a lot of neat formatting surprises tucked away in the book. I was always happy to discover them.


I won't go into the plot, because it might give away too much for anyone who hasn't read the book and is planning on it. It's definitely something that makes you think quite a bit. Some readers on the forum were talking about taking notes and trying to read it again to gain more insight. I think it would definitely be worth a second read, once you understand everything that's going on in the book.


One of the biggest themes I noticed in the book was sadness, and how each character seemed to have their own cure. But the cures all seemed self-destructive, as if there's just no escaping the sadness. Overall, it could easily be said that the book is about mourning.


But it's very surreal, and that's what kept my interest. I don't think I could read a book about lost love if it didn't include binary code by a mechanical tortoise.


There were some sweet parts, and there were a lot of not-so-sweet parts [even some very ugly parts], but all in all it was enjoyable and thought-provoking. I can say no more since Robert is reading the book now, and he already informed me that I spoiled it by telling him some other things. Oops!!

Can't wait to see what's next for the Slow Readers!

Monday, July 26, 2010

lately

New record: almost a month without blogging!! Sorry, everyone: it just sort of happened. I've been out of my online habits lately, and I think that's actually a good thing for me. When I'm keeping busy in real life, I don't feel like I need this outlet. But now that I actually have a day off with no plans, I'll share some pretty pictures from the last few weeks! Just a tiny peek.

Recently I have...

...let some giant sunflowers take over the kitchen

...had some zinnias hanging around in a jar

...discovered a fallen robin's nest

...spied a giant butterfly

...attended a gorgeous wedding

...blueberry waffles!!

...been moth-watching...

...AND MORE! Much much more. Those were just the pretty bits. Now for the apologies: sorry I haven't been around to visit everyone! I actually haven't been reading blogs, because I know I won't have time to comment in any sort of meaningful way. Didn't mean to disappear like that, but I just haven't felt too much like talking lately. Everything is good over here. I'm being contentedly quiet.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

bear in the mail

When I got home from work yesterday, there was a package for me. It was from Robert's mom. We were pretty curious about what it could be...


And I was somewhat confused until I read the letter she sent along. This is Bear - a stuffed animal that belonged to Robert when he was little. It's obviously supposed to be a monkey, but he called it Bear. That makes sense to me, because it doesn't even have a monkey tail! I can understand getting it confused with a bear.


She said that Bear needs some stitching, but after seeing Toy Story 3 she thought that Robert might want him back. Isn't that the sweetest thing? She also sent along some great little pictures.


You can see Bear was missing an eye for a while. And he's wearing one of Robert's t-shirts -- isn't that considerate?


Robert told me he's "totally embarrassed" of what he's wearing in these pictures. ha ha ha!! I like it. I think I married into a really cute family.

Monday, June 21, 2010

chickens!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend and is starting the week out in a pleasant way. I just needed to show you some pictures of chickens.

As you may have gathered by now, I've got connections with some wonderful people who make goat cheese. I've started helping them on Fridays, and whenever I drive up to the farm, I'm greeted first thing by chickens.

I think this little one was ready to hop in the car with me.

They immediately run up to anyone who arrives. They're really curious!

They're as pretty as can be, for chickens.

They're also a little crazy, and like to lay their eggs in various barns where no one can find them.

They're very happy little chickens! Sorry, no recent pictures of the baby goats... though the last time I saw them, they were beginning to look like teenaged goats. Really, some are getting beards and some look like they have mohawks - real tough guys!! I've been leaving my camera in the car [thus the photos taken from the driver's seat] more often now, because it's silly to carry it around when I'm there to work... or even to just hang out -- it's kind of like taking pictures of a friend's house every time you go over: makes you seem a little kooky!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

news and new things

Finally, an update! I'm going to tell you a secret: I started working part time this week. One 4-day weekend already passed without me finding time to blog! That's how productive things have been around here. But I mean "productive" in REAL life. On Fridays, I am helping with goat cheese out at our friends' dairy. At the beginning of this week I applied for college, hoping I can finish up a 4-year degree since I only have a little 2-year one! At long last, tomorrow, I'm seeing a doctor about my ear problem that's been going on for probably 2 years --all that medicine a year and a half ago never really cleared up the problem!

So, that's what I've been doing! I feel sad that my blog has suffered, but I'm incredibly proud that I seem to be out of the rut I was in for about a year. I don't know if it came through on my blog or not, but I had no idea what I was doing that whole time I didn't have a job. And I wasn't really doing much with my spare time.

Now, on to the pretty stuff! When we were in Memphis last time, Robert's mom gave me a big selection of amazing vintage housewares!

Chalkware bird, hanging up in our kitchen. She gave me a couple of these with just fruit on them, too, but I'm not sure where to hang them.

Amazing yellow chair/stool. The foot stool folds up under the chair.

Last but not least: things Robert cross-stitched when he was a kid [Awesome Dude and Surfin' Pig]!!! Aren't these hilariously wonderful? I put them up in his office.

There were several more things, but I haven't had a chance to find places for them around our house yet. I'm happy that these colorful items are finding a new home, and that our house is so exciting. It's definitely not boring over here!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

what can i say?

I am obviously being a terrible blogger right now!

I sit in front of a computer all day at work, so when I get home I don't really feel like getting near one. [And, sweet employee that I am, I haven't been using the internet at work to catch up on blog reading... YET] Instead, in my down time at home, I've been hanging out with some newly acquired toys: a hula hoop, a Hello Kitty coloring book, Picross 3D for the Nintendo DS. I can't even use my brain to think about real things anymore. I think I've turned into a 7 year old.

These are some of Robert's toys - Lego space cop and.. a bad guy?

If you walked into my house right now, you would think that there MUST be some children around... but it's just us.

I think it's going to be pretty quiet around here until I get some real time off. I haven't even taken any pictures in the last 2 weeks. I will be back in the not-too-distant future!

Monday, May 31, 2010

pink palace museum

Uh oh, I went a whole week without posting! It felt like a month. Here are the predictable apologies for being very busy. Things have balanced out quite a bit, though: I am way less stressed than I was a couple of weeks ago. I began working for a non-profit organization last week, and it's very close to my home. I was originally going to be part-time, but they've asked me to start out full-time just until I finish up this first project I'm working on. I won't share many details, but the important part is that I really like the work and I feel content with everything!

Here are some pictures from our (anniversary/birthday/graduation) visit to Memphis last weekend-- specifically our visit to the Pink Palace Museum! This was my second visit to the museum, and I believe we really only go there because it's a piece of nostalgia from Robert's childhood. Unfortunately, the museum seems to have very little funding and the exhibits haven't really been updated since the 80s. We mostly just like to pose with the scary mannequins.

At least they have a narwhal tusk!! They also have a shrunken head, but we didn't get around to it this time.

Here you use your imagination to "get small" and then look through some microscopes.

Or just pretend you have shadow friends.

They keep this dinosaur around, even though you can see he's falling apart. In the past he would stomp and roar if you gave him a quarter. He doesn't do anything now.

New friend?

He's a cool guy.

Next up: Early America! This picture always reminds me of Rasputina.

Are you ready for some mannequins? I'm leaving out the guy with the gangrenous foot (being sawed off by another mannequin). It's really gross.

Why, hello!

A pink-haired leprechaun is about to receive a shot from a jovial doctor... ?

This part always makes me cringe. You REALLY don't want to know what those tools are all for.

That's.. it. That's all I've got. Sweet dreams! I'll try to set up some more pleasant / less bizarre posts for this week. I'll also try to come round and visit everyone's blogs! Sorry I've been flaky!