28 November 2011


Today I learned Van Morrison is from Ireland. Should I have known that already? Thank heavens I know now.

23 November 2011

in honor of Thanksgiving I make this announcement:

I have retired this necklace as of about a month ago. But nobody else can have it. It will stay in my drawer as if my drawer was a museum? 

Maybe some day I'll tell you about my new idea for necklaces. That is. If I ever get to that checklist.

22 November 2011


I had a brilliant idea yesterday: what if we made music videos to classical music(i.e. not pop culture music–the culture opening it up from top 40 to wut all us kidz listen to). It would be like fantasia+MTV+youtube. And I would start listening to Mozart again.

Last night I had a dream that I was in a church meeting that was alternately Catholic and Mormon. Each would take turns speaking and we took turns with our sacrament. Except that it was more substantial than the regular bread and water/wafer and juice(wine?). It was more like taking turns for a Last Supper or pot luck. I don't know. I think at one point I looked down at my plate and thought, "What's this purple stuff? This isn't sacrament..." And I think there was plaid flannel somewhere in there, too.

Does anyone else feel like they should be completing this check list everyday:

1. Read a book
2. Knit a scarf
3. Run 5 miles
4. Do yoga for an hour
5. Study the scriptures both spiritually and intellectually so you could rattle off all of the laws in Deuteronomy and their cultural implications.
6. Bake delicious things
7. Meditate for half an hour
8. Get lots of work done
9. Walk to work even though it adds on at least half an hour
10. Write a lengthy and insightful journal entry
11. Read at least 3 peer reviewed articles and find a way to make them fascinating outside of academia
12. Write a couple of letters
13. Make sure the house is all really clean
14. Design and sew three shirts
15. Mend that cardigan

And since you never seem to manage getting all of that done instead you only reread books that you liked as a kid so you don't get anymore stressed by surprise plot twists, never cook anything and you never journal, you try not to think about writing grad school application letters, and you try to ignore all of the people you said you would write to.

OK cool.

18 November 2011

I love painted faces. I love learning why people paint their face. I love painting my face (but not with make up)

learn more here.

letters for all of you! kind of. not in the mail though. just right here.

Dear friends and family and maybe a stranger or two,

I like my job. Even when my job is standing in a parking lot at 7:15 in the morning watching the sun rise and stomping my boots to stave off the 6˚ F weather. Because we went from weeks of 47˚ to this week where 27˚ is the high. Also, I'm really excited I figured out how to make the degree symbol ˚ ˚ ˚ ˚ ˚ or if you're french the ci├Ęcle symbol ˚ ˚ ˚ ˚ also this guy: •••••• Really fun and aesthetically useful. So I hope they show up correctly on your computer, otherwise have fun with those WingDings!

See, I know what needs to be done and I know I'm useful when I'm hauling pylons in a tiny pick up truck that has no sound system. Where the tape deck or radio would be there's a piece of tape on the dash that says, "Please hum." And it's just nice to greet people when I'm the gate keeper. The gate being a road block that I drag open and shut.
This is a relief from academia where I'm always wondering, Did I just make that up? Everybody knows [insert an exciting conclusion I have just arrived at] already, don't they. or Why is this article so convoluted?!? What's wrong with engaging your readers? Why do they hate people? It's OK, nobody's going to bully you for being a nerd anymore.
I have begun investing money into serious winter gear which makes me feel like I should only apply to grad schools where intense winter boots and long johns will be useful. Luckily my top picks are in Canada.



always (are you catching that?)

P.S. I'm working on my emailing strangers skills.

16 November 2011

15 November 2011


Jbottoms found this for me:

If this is your dream house we can probably make a home together. Don't worry, I'm thrifty and nice and I have a book that should teach me how to make wall hangings like that.

things I find around the house part 1, or who looks really silly in this picture?

National Geographic Vol. 178, No. 6, December 1990

"Look fierce and don't smile for the camera: Those were the instructions given by this French television crew to Dzu Bushmen living in the Tsodilo Hills. Today few Bushmen, if any, live as simple hunter-gatherers in the manner of their ancestors. Paid to shed their Western clothes–and to pretend to stalk the crew's helicopter–they are being used to perpetuate a commercial fantasy" p. 50-51

"A sheet of water a few feet deep spreads over the Kalahari sands to create a lush oasis studded with islands that grow when silt builds up around termite mounds. Here I found an Africa I thought no longer existed. Here was a place where the antelope, the zebras, and I could drink freely from the same waters." p. 10-11

14 November 2011

05 November 2011

04 November 2011

the rocks in this schoolhouse

School of Me takes place everyday even if I try to stay home/away sick. It's inescapable.

Everyday there are lessons in Observing Tree Branches Against The Sky, How To Walk To Avoid Getting Gravel In Your Shoes, and Seeing Fat Squirrels Out Of The Corner Of Your Eye. A treat in the School of Me is when I get a lesson on Hearing The Honking Of Migrating Geese.

I regularly learn about how to be more suspicious of politics from Democracy Now!, the intersection of science and life (that's redundant) from RadioLab, there's a survey of literature with All Books Considered, there's Remember How You're A Nerd And NPR Makes You Laugh Out Loud To Yourself/Music from All Songs Considered (might I recommend the episode The 90s are back, or whatever?).

photo curtesy of this person. (that's Kurt Cobain with a cat, or whatever)
And don't worry. Just like "real" school, there are still school crushes. Like this guy and this guy.

01 November 2011

As I research my future I come across things I think are funny. Sometimes I'm fairly certain there's a good chance they may be funny to other people.