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Into the woods

by @ Wednesday, September 12th, 2012. Filed under books, observations on life, random musings, vacation

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler." Henry David Thoreau

Lot’s of things going on but I took time out to unplug and recharge in the woods of Massachusetts. Rather than roam Boston, I spent time in Southborough (a friend of mine teaches at a Hogwart’s style boarding school there).  Don’t get me wrong, the city is great, but the woods are home.  I spent 17 years of my life in the Hudson Valley, most of outdoors, the rest of it inside, immersed in a book.

I arrived on Wednesday and headed to the Science Museum.  Apparently my friend grew up inside that museum. This is definitely a more kid oriented space.  Luckily school was in session. Then we ate an early dinner at Life Alive.

Thursday I toured Southborough and Framingham by foot.  I went on an EPIC walk.  Round-trip, about 17 miles.  I stopped at the Whole Foods after figuring out how far I strayed from Hogwarts, then headed back.  I was wearing good shoes, but my legs/knees were NOT happy with me when I got back to the house.  I came home, showered and got ready to head out dancing.  Not so much for the dancing, more for the socializing with peeps in Boston.

Friday, I slept in, and headed out to the Museum of Fine Art via commuter rail.    The museum wasn’t that big so I was able to see the whole thing in about 2 hrs.  I spent extra time in the Ori Gersht Exhibit.  The installation is genius.  My knees didn’t like me very much but I was bound and determined to see this.  I had dinner plans at Eastern Standard.  I had hoped to roam the Fenway before heading over, but the sky opened up and it started pouring.  Lucky for me, there was an event at the museum and there were cabs dropping people off.  I hopped a cab to the restaurant and was greeted by the masses of Sox fans waiting out the storm  Dinner was a blast.  Not so much the food (the menu is pretty meaty), but the company.  It had been a year or so since the group had assembled last.

Saturday, I slept in while my friend was teaching (yes, they have Saturday classes).  Then we headed out to Waltham to hang out with friends before they headed back out of town.  I ended up making curry when we got home (from the ingredients I procured on my epic hike).  Project Runway then bed.

Sunday was super low key.  We stayed in town and hit the thrift store and collected a few more things for my friend’s new space.  After dinner I roamed the school grounds and had flashbacks of summer camp.   I came home and spent the evening chilling out and watching DNC highlights.

Monday I headed to Concord after breakfast since I had the car.  I was looking for an art museum that wasn’t in Boston and stumbled upon the Concord Museum. Apparently the new Annie Leibovitz exhibit was there.  It was a departure from her other work, but I enjoyed taking a trek through some of her favorite places.  After I left the museum I roamed around Sleepy Hollow and Walden Pond. I snapped a few photos which I hope to edit and frame sometime in the near future.  I came home and started reading “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”.  Then we skipped dinner in the dining hall and foraged in the pantry.

Tuesday was my last day.  I spent the morning reading and packing.  I decided to save my knee for dashing through the airport. When you connect in Houston, there is always a dash through the airport.

Overall, the trip was a success.  I got to chill out, roam the woods, devour books and art.  I helped my friend move into her new space and get settled.  I spent just under $200 while I was there.



2011 – The Recap

by @ Monday, January 2nd, 2012. Filed under books, concerts, employment, movies, Music, to do list

The start of the year

Out with a bang






For those of you who have been reading along, you know I had a plan:

  1. Leave the continent – Didn’t happen
  2. Quit my job (10 years of state employment is more than a person should endure) CHECK!
  3. Take on a massive design project –  I call it life phase 2.0
  4. Read more – I read a lot on the internet
  5. Spend less money/time on home repair CHECK! I sold that money pit over the summer.
  6. Master Indian Cuisine –  Can one really master Indian Cuisine?

After writing this list I revised it to say that I was going to be the opposite of my breeder friends.  I was going to quit my job and focus on my art.  CHECK!  Some things fell into place a little later vs. sooner but, I managed to make it happen. I am thankful for the people that helped along the way.  Friends old and new.

Here’s my year in lists.

This year in live music: SXSW 2011 ( Theophilus London, Foster the People, Noah and the Whale, Portugal. the ManCharles Bradley and the Menahan Street BandTV on the Radio , Ellie Goulding, Smith Westerns,  Matt and Kim J. Roddy Walston and The Business,and Wanda Jackson.) Reggie Watts, Arcade Fire, Thermals and Matt and Kim, and Junior Boys,  Fun^3 Fest 2011 (Heartless Bastards, Thermals, Franki Chan, Big Freedia, Reggie Watts, Four TetPublic Enemy, Passion PitT-Bird and the Breaks, Joy Formidable, M83, Lykke LiWe Were Promised Jetpacks, Mates of State, MNDR, Austra, Ted Leo Architecture in Helsinki, Del the Funky Homosapien, Flying Lotus,  and Diplo)

This year in Sewing: Restoration work for Amelia’s RetroVogue,  participating in Vintage Vivant, Costuming for Riley Do Right and A Ride with Bob,  In-store seamstress gig at Frock on Vintage, and altering a few wedding dresses.

This year on the interwebs: A few site redesigns, getting to know social media.  Giving up on Gowalla.

This year in Movies: I joined AFS so I could see more new releases for cheap or free! . (theater) The Muppets,  Thunder Soul, Beats, Rhymes and Life: the Travels of a Tribe Called Quest , Cowboys and Aliens, White Material, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2,White Material Submarine, Everything Must GoWAR!: Women Art Revolution. SXSW (the Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, Little Deaths, Documentary ShortsBeing Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey, SuperConan O’Brien Can’t Stop, Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Narrative 2, Medium Cool, Something Ventured El Bulli: Cooking in Progress, Fambul Tok, Blacktino, Hesher, the Other F Word, Our Day will Come, A Matter of Taste: Serving up Paul Liebrandt, Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW, and PressPausePlay.).

This year in Books: Sadly not much time for reading this year… Goodreads

This year in kicking ass: I am officially DBA Spinsta.   I was a SXSW Crew Chief.  I got promoted to Bookkeeper/Money wrangler for BluesShout!, Refashionista, Fun^3 Fest Blogger, Apparel Surgeon, and baby whisperer.

Unfinished Business: Just before Christmas I got an email from my friend who is a stylist for Amazon.  He asked me to ship him some stuff to shoot.  We had been talking about it for awhile so I made it happen.  Stay tuned.



Plans for 2012 (in no particular order):

  1. Seeing my favorite kiddos in SC
  2. Collaborating with Savannahred and many more designers
  3. Teaching sewing classes
  4. Saving the lives of many more garments
  5. Brushing up on ASL
  6. I am thinking about guitar again or maybe accordion




He’s just not that into you

by @ Saturday, January 24th, 2009. Filed under books, boys, confessional

Why was I reading that book, you ask?

I had originally planned to read it because of the upcoming film release. The other reason is because Keely had recommended it to me ages ago and I ignored her advice.

Anyways,  the book was a quick read and in a few hours I learned the sick, sad truth.  I have never been in a relationship with or dated someone who was into me.  That’s right, NEVER.  I have the journal entries to prove it.  My cat also falls into the same category.

So what now?  Apparently I am going to have to suck it up and deal with the painful truth. Even if being alone sucks,  it is better than being with some emotionally stunted/unavailable fucktard.  The book definitely didn’t offer the promises of Obama.  Nowhere did it offer hope.  It merely reminded you that there are more women than men on the planet and that most of those men were completely losers.  As far as change goes, it did promote a change in attitude/behavior for the ladies.


Sex and Bacon

by @ Friday, November 28th, 2008. Filed under books, food

So I just finished reading “Sex and Bacon: Why I Love Things That Are Very, Very Bad for Me.” The book was amazing.  The author promised me a book on food and fucking and that is exactly what I got.  I stumbled on the book because I enjoy books written by sex workers and I have always enjoyed reading cookbooks.  This book was “Heat” with erotica mixed in. People like their bacon.  Indulge, because eventually we will all be dead (or too old to enjoy it).

Why would a vegetarian be reading a book about bacon?  It’s because I understand why people like it.  I just happen to not like it.  The smell makes me sick.  Bacon is the gateway meat for most people.  When people ask about becoming vegetarian I first ask them their thoughts on bacon.  If they can get past bacon they may be able to give up meat completely.  If not, then the shouldn’t even try.

Back to the book…I must say that there is nothing better than a really good meal and sex afterwards (I dated someone for awhile and the “relationship” was mainly sex and dinner.).  It feels incredibly decadent and rich.  I think the author did a good job of explaining it all.  If people are comfortable with food they are usually comfortable in their bodies and therefore they are ok with sex.  She also included a few recipes that are guaranteed to get you laid.

I stopped eating meat about 10 years ago.  The last time I cooked meat was probably five years ago (I remember making someone rosemary chicken).  I don’t do the fake meat products.  The meat texture and smokey flavors are what turned me off from the real thing.  Why would I want a soy-based replica?  They are also costly.  I would much prefer my protein in the form of tofu, nuts, cheese, eggs and legumes.

Just because I don’t eat meat doesn’t mean that my diet is based on raw veggies and karob chips.  Butter, cheese, and eggs are staples.  If I bake something rest assured it was cooked with butter and love (or maybe angst).  Nothing from a mix, everything from scratch (I wasn’t raised that way.)

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