Tuesday, March 24, 2009

More Tryptic work

I woke up in a mood, and since I need to be in a mood to work on this series I figured I had better not waste the opportunity.

Then here are a few that didn't make it into a series

Monday, March 23, 2009

One Track Lover

Alright, I've waited long enough to share this. Its from the show Darkplace that was on Adult Swim...which I would guess no one actually saw, but like so many shows that don't get a good following while its on tv..its getting a following now (oh Arrested Development!) You love it right?

Uhm...dont they look awesome?

Special thanks for Ryan and Chris :)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Old Smelly Books

Got some new old books! Yay! Ok...no one but me cares, but people I dont have anything to blog about currently and I leave for Seattle on wednesday so I felt I should write at least one more before I wow you with all the awesomeness of Katy, William and the West coast when I get back.

Lorna Doone is one of my favorite books, so when I saw this little mini version for $2.50, well shoot...I couldn't pass it up

Im suddenly realizing that its totally nerd of me to expose my love of Tarzan books...oh well

Same author of the Tarzan books (Edgar Rice Burroughs)

This one Im pretty excited about!

Alright now this one has a story behind it. This is a book that I have been given to borrow. So..about a year ago I get a customer at Kazu, this hipped out guy with super long hair and tanned skin comes in with his lady friend for dinner. Occasionally you will get a table (like this guy) who really really want to make a connection with you. In fact, I had an older couple come in last night and the man asked me my name right off the bat and then proceeded to call me by name the rest of the night and both he and his wife made very intense (but friendly) eye contact with me whenever I came to the table.
Anywho...this guy (geeze I dont even know his name) was like that. Very friendly, very intense personable eye-contact.
So Im doing my job, whatev..and we're busy, super busy, but he wants to talk, he wants to know my life story, so I stop and talk to them whenever Im at the table for something, all the while processing orders in my heard. At some point he and his friend are talking about the rising influence of women in the world and I just happen to be walking by and he stops me and asks "So what will you do when you rule the world?" (Im starting to get used to the fact that people say weird things to their waitress...remember my marriage proposal story?)
I ask him why he thinks I should even be in any position to rule the world. "Well, you are remarkably beautiful and you seem very intelligent." My face blossoms into a dramatic blush as usual and I glance desperately at his "lady friend" but she just smiles warmly at me. Ok...well thanks for the ego boost but dude its not that easy to rule the world based on those two traits you claim I have. And wouldn't you know it...this turns into a conversation about Hillary...vom. Then at some point he is asking about my views on the position of women today and boy he doesn't know what he's getting into ( i write much better than i speak) so I bumble along on one of my favorite topics (the way in which women are portrayed in antiquated lit and how and when they first made their move from the simpering, subordinate lasses to, what is now a tart and tired saying "independent women.") And I gab and gab and they nod and smile as Im talking about Blackmore and Radcliff and things I imagine they dont give a fig about.
But hey hey hey...my man (next time im going to get his name) and his lady friend come in friday night this week and he brings this book, PLUS! a Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell cd and says if I wana talk position of women this is the perfect fodder for a showdown. So a whole year after (we concluded its been a year because the first thing he said to me when I got to the table was "You cut your hair," and I said "Yup...went short last March.") he remembered our conversation and my obsession with old books (especially ones that have a "heroine") and he brought this book for me to borrow.

Here is a look inside the book

Monday, March 16, 2009


MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

Stole this from Jamie's bookpage. Its a long one but I feel its worth it.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

More Albums in the Bag

Well well, since I last posted about my new job as a album designer for Mandi or Photos by Mandi I have done two more albums. That brings me to 5! And! I still love it. Here is the most recent one. This album had soooo many good pictures.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Orange Poppy Seed Muffins with Orange Cream Cheese Butter

Its been so nice with the windows open I just can't hold back the baking urges. Long ago, in the time before Pang and I became roomies, she bought me some lovely poppy seeds from the Amish Market in Hagerstown. So finally I made something with them.

They are little wee muffins

Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

1/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour or part whole wheat
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1 egg
1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt
2 tbsp grated orange peel
2 tbsp orange juice

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 12 muffin tins.
2. Cream together butter and sugar (there is a correct and incorrect way to do this as I learned the hard way). Add the other wet ingredients to the creamed mix one at a time.
3. Mix the dry ingredients together and then add to the wet. Stir until just blended. Bake 17-20 minutes.

Orange Cream Cheese Butter
1/2 cup butter
1 (3oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp grated orange

1. Combine all ingredients- mix until smooth and store in a covered container in the fridge.
2. Serve over warm muffins

They were so good I ate two right off the bat

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Picket Pics

Even though I am graduated from Shepherd I have still been taking some pictures for the Picket (the school's newspaper). Since I have nothing else to post for the minute I will share a few.

Collin Luibil and Jeff Bryd posed for this one for me. They had fun.

This one I did for a story for Jeb that ended up not being what he wanted so it wasn't used. There are some major communication problems between the writing and photography side...which is why I prefer to do both. Tess these earings ma be familiar to you :)

This one was for a story about room-mates doing gross hygiene stuff..like leaving toenails all over the place

I shot this a few days back. Its for a story about how the school would like to cut general education classes back. As in reduce the number of gen ed courses required for graduation so that people can take more classes that have to do with their major. I happened upon this teacher as she was cleaning up after class and she seemed nice so I popped into the classroom and explained the set-up and she agreed to sit sadly as if she is waiting for a class of students to show up who never will. Part of this story also kinda has to do with how adjunct teachers will have to be fired because of the gen-ed reduction. She was happy to oblige.

So...as you can see my "assignments" are generally not that interesting but do provide some stimulation and experience. I haven't written a piece since the inauguration and it feels like it may be time again.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

New Old Things

Been spending a lot of time in Frederick (it's official, Im distracted) so of course I have to hit up my favorite vintage/antique places and re-establish territory that I haunted all summer. At Venus I happened to come upon this darling little coat and for once it was a reasonable price so I done bought it up.

This soft focus was not on purpose...my lens doesn't talk to my camera body so I have to imagine where I will be standing and focus to that and then self-time. Sure I could have checked it and refocused afterwards but it looked close enough on the tiny screen so I took my chances, and there you have it a blurry picture.

What I love about Jennifer the owner of Venus is that she takes the time to write unique little things on each tag for each piece of clothing. Here is the one that came with mine( you probably will have to click the picture to see a bigger version so you can actually read it).... this is a little boy's coat...secret's out, I wear children's clothes. And by the way I do feel like a smart little lad in this coat because the sleeves (being designed for kids) are just a tiny bit too snug, as in, no sudden movements. So I have to hold myself all proper-like in this coat.

Drats! Lost a button. Mama Pang..will you fix it?

But wait! There is more. We also went to the Antique Emporium because I was hoping to find more Hazel Atlas juice glasses for m collection and low and behold! There they were! So...i bought them up too. I didn't even know this size existed. These are different from the juice glasses I was looking for because they are wider and shorter but gee whiz they are cute.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sensitive Men

More shameless promotion of Mike Theis. What can I say? He's amazing.

The Skinnies

Pang and I are putting in apps for a craft fair called the Ballston Arts and Crafts Market. You have to submit pictures so Pang obliged me with an awkward photoshoot. Im going to try to sell some little scarves. Or just give them away when they don't like I have been doing.

Two scarves in one, getting crafty

Oh! also, check the new hat. I was looking for one of these while I was in Florida shopping with my Grandma, and we couldn't find one. Then, she found this in one of her old cedar chests, so now its even cooler.

Pang said this looked too much like a necktie because it was all loose

So I tightened it up and cheesed

And now look nonchalant...or awkward works too