Wednesday, May 20, 2015

6 Things for the Last Two Days

1. Art and God- “If there’s no highest power, art doesn’t make any sense: it’s just a decoration.” —Alexander Melamid on Ernest Meissonier’s “1807, Friedland.” Part of a video from the Met. Are we decorating nothing or mimicking creation, modeled by God? Thoughts to have while devouring food tv. 

2.The Kind of Wonderful Weirdness of Grace and Frankie- I think I love what they are doing a lot more than how they are doing it, but this isn't Golden Girls in a good way. Also, Sam Waterson will never not be Law and Order to me. It's like someone snappier needed to get in and redo the dialogue (it's not stylized enough to be intentionally artificial, but it mostly doesn't sound like things people say out loud either), but the situations are both heartbreaking and sometimes hilarious, so that works.

3, Jenny GG- Yesterday, we got gussed up as a family to get Bubbas 6 month pictures. Jenny immediately feels like someone we have been friends with a long time, and it helps us be our dignified and mature selves. The Boy may have sung. She is a spot on responder to what is going on, so you can just do your thing and she kind of follows you. It's king of like non-directive portrait sessions. Very "Don't hate, collaborate!" Anyway, we have only seen one picture so far, but I think it may be my favorite one of our trio thus far. What a chunky monkey. Anyway, we practically enjoyed our photo shoot, and I can't wait to see more of the pictures!

4. Finding out we were Robbed in the Morning, and Still Having a Good Day- You will not win, meth addict lady on a child's bicycle (this is the skinny around the neighborhood anyway)! That kind of day, paired with vaccinations should be a bad day, but it mostly turned out just fine. We got to bond with the neighbors, and one even brought me a cookie and hot chocolate to cheer me up. That's amazing. I feel bad for meth face cyclist, because if it is worth it to her to dig through dirty diapers and steal The Boy's prescription sunglasses, that's a pretty shitty life. It is unnerving to be reminded that we live in the city and it may not be as safe as we want to think, but in the end, I think it motivated us in the right way, and I am happy to work out the kinks that let this happen. Our security is already better.

5. Pag- It's his birthday! Best Dad I ever had, by far! He really is the best ever, and I wish we could have been there to celebrate with him!

6. Fourth of July Tickets Bought! Alright, who is free to come to Cleveland around 6:30 in the morning? Time to rent a car? Airport pick ups are a real test of our family's love. Also, we are flying a red eye on Frontier with a baby, so this should be an adventure.

Monday, May 18, 2015

3 Things- Katie Herzog, Peps Walks, and Eliminating Plastics from our Life

from Altered States Library-
1. Katie Herzog- Favorite genome from the day was this artist from LA. She works in multiple painting styles, including these library paintings (it seems her day job is as a librarian) which vary a bunch in their levels of abstraction and the way she is making her marks. I thought the paintings were interesting, but I liked her even more when I read interviews with her where she openly discussed having a baby daughter, being a feminist, and continuing to work in the art world. Preach, lady. It bugs me when professionals, especially in the art world, are hedgy or deceptive about being parents, so I love that she confronts it and moves through it.

2. PEPS Walks- I started volunteering for PEPS last week, and I tried to get my group started doing things together outside of our meetings. It didn't turn out to be a wild success (2 out of 8 came), but I feel like wheels are turning and they have already started inviting each other to things, which our group never did until the whole thing was over. Hoping to serve the group well, and I feel excited they are connecting.

3. Single Use Packaging Alternatives- I have been trying to study up on more ways we can reduce our waste as a family, and single use plastics (shampoo bottles, food packaging, water bottles) seem to be one of those ways we can really be doing better. We are looking into where we can drop single use plastics from our life, and I have found some great resources, in case you want to cut down on this stuff too. I have yet to see a way that these changes wouldn't also improve your life, even if they are a little less convenient. It started with turning down plastic straws (no one needs them!) and reusing produce bags, but these sites gave me good ideas of other small changes we can make:

Picture of the Week- Ghosts!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

9 Things for our Weekend with Paige

1. Toulouse Petit Cured Pork Cheek Hash- This is already one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle, and this dish is my new absolute favorite. I know pork and apple is a no-brainer, but it makes me happy every time. Also, going through a serious arugula phase, meaning I have eaten it twice with favorable results.

2. Cousins! I love that my cousin Paige was here for the baby's half birthday. Also, we look super related in this picture, or at least we share a particular taste in sunglasses, as well as The Amazing Dorothy's genes. It is kind of mind-blowing how much has changed since her visit last year for both of us. Love this girl!

3. Force choking- EMP's Star Wars exhibit is great and horrible in exactly the same ways the movie is great and horrible. So costuming turns out to be an accurate barometer of a film's successes and failures. Aesthetics matter! This visit had a sparse crowd, so we could really enjoy the costumes.

4. Surviving Forgetting my Camera- 6 months into motherhood and I made the most tragic mistake. Ok, maybe he needs diapers more than I need my camera, but I'm not convinced that's true. Someday I will hold it all together. That day was not this week. Please, someone come teach our baby to sleep.

5. Paige flowers- So pretty!

6. A Man who will Take your Cousin to the Airport at 4 in the Morning- Good job, high school me. That is a freaking keeper. Also, if he will pretend to be a ghost on the Underground Tour.

7. Piccolino's- Another great Seattle brunch spot and our waitress had gorgeous blue hair. I had blueberry pancakes with strawberry compote on top. Delicious. The only downside was that BBG hit his face off the table, so that made for a traumatic day.

8. Roger and Chris- I have been looking around for a round, made in America dining table, and this has become my favorite Made in America store so far. This burly gay couple makes these great designs, all of which are built in the US, and which are presented on a website that cracks me up ("Home of the Unboring Home"). Also, I am going to save for years to buy one of their couches. We all have a dream. The prices aren't even that ridiculous when you compare them to some of the mainstream (and not so ethical) furniture stores like Pottery Barn.
Post-Hippie Pop-Abstraction, from
9. Grace Ndiritu- Back to work, and this artist is my favorite (re)find. I have seen a few of this Kenyan and British artist's videos before, but today I genomed a bunch of her collage work, which is a little more pop-oriented. Smart, just a little bit cheeky, and a really great partner to her film performances. Favorite of the day.

Quote of the Week- Down to Kokomo...

"When all else fails, take a vacation" - Betty Williams

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ten Things I am Grateful for this Week

Alright folks, trying this for a week and seeing where we land. Someday, I will have it together again. 

1. Lollacups- You can see these awesome sippy cups here. We aren't there yet, but I do love these cute little cups that are made in America! A good place to make a better (and still pretty affordable) choice. 

2. Getting a Job Based on my Mad Emailing Skills- Finally, being flippant and self-deprecating is paying off. Truly random, but totally wonderful. Of course, last week I also took the training as a new leader for PEPS, so as a stay at home mom, I currently have 3 part time jobs and 2 volunteer gigs. No way this could end badly. Still, if people want to give me work for while the Bubba sleeps, I am a happy girl. 

 3. Part of your.... WORLD (splash splash splash)- Bubba can't crawl, but he does this move and then throws himself forward with his arms, usually onto his face. The planking leap really brings out the mermaid in him.

 4. Boob Mountain and Margaritas- Nothing like a breastfeeding mom receiving her drink order. Those are classy times at boob mountain (I promise I finished feeding before I started drinking). Also, those Aden and Anais blankets really earn the hype around them. I wish we had bought a second set, because they really kick other swaddle blankets' super flat butts.

5. MoMA's New Outreach to the Over 65 Crowd- I seriously saw that one coming, but I couldn't be happier to see it in action. Contemporary art is seemingly obsessed with the young and the new, but I would argue right now there is nothing more interesting than how contemporary art is reconsidering aging and legacy. I still obsess about it, even though I don't have to write an epic life-defining paper about it. Maybe someday, but right now I am happy to just enjoy these instagram pictures and videos as a enthusiastic amateur.

6. Zoe Yogurt- Everytime we go to this yogurt place, I feel like we are getting a (super sad) look into our future. Why do all these parents with toddlers look so sad? Why are they trying to nap in this public place? Why is there always at least one tyke who breaks down in the face of multiple yogurt choices? God bless you, yogurt parents, but I think the grown-ups at Ben and Jerry's look happier. Also, the yogurt here is delicious, and you can walk right across to the park to rest/ people watch/ get photobombed by a random guy. Perfect.

7. Green Lake Park- One of my favorite things about where we live. We have had a few relatively quiet weeks, and it means we can just enjoy being where we are. I am so glad we moved here and didn't stay in California. Life is so much happier when you can walk somewhere like this.

8. My First Mother's Day- The Boy made a valiant effort at being sentimental and creative. So cute. Plus I got breakfast in bed! It feels surreal that I would be the one getting handprints and pancakes, but if nothing else, it really makes me appreciate that I should buy my mother a solid gold handprint or pancakes made of platinum or something. It was a fun and sweet day (punctuated by our getting lost in all sorts of places where they really didn't want us there), and it made me happy that we can still adventure with our tiny spawn, because he is a zenbaby.

9. Scallops and Corn Salad- The Boy pulled this amazingness out of the hat for Mother's Day. It doesn't look too glamorous (those garlic fries don't add to the look, but only a fool turns down garlic fries), but every element tasted delicious. We don't live in the best place for scallops, but I wish we did, so we could nail that recipe. On the other hand, we reached the season where Safeway wants to give corn away (come on cherries, you're next!), so future iterations of this salad are sure to come.

10. Property Brothers- These Canadians dominate our Netflix time (which has greatly diminished now that Bubba seems to have noticed the tv). I want to know if any of these fools actually felt surprise in the first segment (wha?? This mansion is out of my price range?!?) and whether the brothers specifically tailor their sideburns to highlight their cheekbones. Their sideburns are mesmerizing.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Picture of the Week- Lost and Happy

For Mother's Day, we explored the Northern Coast of Washington. It turns out, nobody wants us to visit there, because they don't want you in their yard? Why is this coast not public space? Why can't we find actual beaches? Why did that one road actually keep saying they were watching us? We eventually found a small nameless beach (see: someone's yard?) where a family was having a big Mother's Day picnic. No one said anything to us when we charged through, so we learned an important lesson. If you are trespassing, do it with confidence.

Still, you can't have great adventures without a few of these, and we got Dairy Queen, so really, who can complain?