Thursday, April 17, 2014

Today's Inspiration- The Book of Kells


10 Things for this Week

Oops! I don't really know why this week got so sort of ahead of me, but wow I am behind, so rather than trying to get it right for everyday, I am just going to make a big list. Sorry that the blog seems so unable to make a steady comeback, but I am sure it is coming.

1. That we are going home so soon!!- I am just so excited to go home. It has been 4 months since we have been in Franklin, which is the longest absence we have had since we moved away. I hated it. So, I could not be more excited to get home and play with Wobby and Petey, and dye eggs, and just be in Franklin. Worth having to get up at 2:30 tomorrow, for sure.

2. The Washington Post peep diarama contest- This thing is just genius every year (but doing a black and white diarama? A+!). Check it out here-

3. Sugar snap peas- The world's best snack that you need like 2 week breaks from. You eat them until you hate them, and then you can bring them back a little bit later. If you haven't eaten too many to ever want another one again, you are probably doing it wrong.

4. The E Bus- Three cheers for Seattle public transit. They are slightly sketchy, but they are efficient! Also, you have to love any public transit where they have a sign showing the stop coming up, because that simple addition conveys so much kindness to poor newbies like me. I am hoping that I will get the hang of where all this bus can go, because the more public transit we can use, the better.

5. Alexa Huang on Jezebel!- I had a class on gender and Shakespeare (with a cool mix of Classical Chinese literature- I still love Pu Songling) my very last semester at Penn State with Professor Huang before she transitioned, and I remember getting in some deliciously heated fights in that class.  She was a great professor, and I remember loving the class. Because we remained facebook connected, I have been able to read and hear about Professor Huang's experiences as she transitioned and, very interestingly, the shocks she felt when certain privileges and treatments changed as people perceived her gender in a new way. Now, she is beginning to gain broader/ more mainstream attention and yesterday Jezebel posted some of her writing on their site. I was pumped about it, and I hope more people get to hear about her experiences, because she is such a brilliant writer on both gender and transitioning.

6. Boston strong- This has been an inspiring week when you read about Boston survivors. But I think this hope has been riddled with the sadness that shows how hard and almost miraculous it is that we can still hope. I mean, people leaving backpacks at the finish line? Really? Even the stories about the survivors and how amazing they are can never quite hide the tremendous physical challenges some of them are still facing. From my totally privileged, non-injured position, I actually see this as beautiful. Boston Strong isn't some cheap feel goodery bunch of nonsense, it feels hard-won and worked for. You don't often think of hope as something you have to work for, but seeing it basically look that way so much this week sheds light on this very fact.

7. Phylis Schafly- Ok, clearly this woman is internalized sexism trying desperately to masquerade as some sort of weird patriarchal sexism at its worst (and yes, this is a thing, though I don't think there is a term for it- if you know it, let me know). She is disgusting, and basically everytime her new crazypants spouting goes public, I have fraught internal debates about whether to give it any extra air, because she wouldn't get nearly as much attention if people didn't each feel the individual need to point out what a jerk she is. At the same time, it came so soon after EVERY REPUBLICAN FEMALE SENATOR voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act. I have been so struck.disgusted/confused about why women, especially those with conservative politics, still see themselves as lesser than their male counterparts. I hope the radical ridiculousness of Schafly's crusty craziness makes conservative women ask the same question. Something is wrong with your party, my dears, because someone like Schafly should not be able to align with anyone who is actually elected.

8. The Center for Sex and Culture tumblr and archive webpage- I am starting a new mission for one of my jobs, and these two things, besides my brilliant friend Dorian, are so inspirational for me. It just goes to show that a big chunk of the battle, even when you are an archive, is to understand your own worth and to present it effectively.

9. Top Chef- I just keep watching Season 5 over and over again. I don't know why, I think its become some sort of compulsion. It is just always on in the background of our house. I need to buy some other seasons on DVD!

10 Orange is the New Black preview for Season 2- If you haven't made it to this show yet, go watch it now on Netflix before the new season is posted in early June. The ad makes the season just look so awesomely kooky, and I totally trust them to knock it out of the park. Seriously, this show is just so good.

Could Not be More Excited...

Monday, April 14, 2014

9 Things for the Weekend- Walks, Tulips, and Boredom

1. Our tulips- Our yard has beautiful tulips growing out front, which I think is a pretty unexpected and lovely development. Washington has great tulips, and apparently there is even a big tulip festival an hour north of here in Skagit. It goes on all of April, and I was hopeful we could go last weekend, but of course, in the spirit of being really really really boring, I stayed home and did watercolors instead while the Boy had an adventure.
2. Job applications- I have become the master of powering through these things. We are slowly making headway, so thank goodness for that!
3. Food Truck Fails- We tried to reunite with our Friday truck tradition, but alas, it was no dice this time. The truck we expected wasn't there, and all that was there was a Cuban truck. Can someone explain to me why cubans are good? Like, why would they even merit their own food truck? Mysteries of the universe. Still, we found some good Creole food elsewhere, and we made an effort, which counts for something.
4. Writing sassy things in the discussion for my horrible online art class- wow, this shit is bad. 10 weeks of it mostly being nonsense, and I had to say something. It felt good, even if I still have 5 wore weeks of really soulless, joyless projects and critiques. Boo hiss.
5. The Boy skiing- It's 2 days later, and he is still complaining about being ridiculously sore. It was honestly a bit of a bummer to have
6. Reuniting with Sushi- Ack, I love sushi. We went to Mio Sushi, which is based out of Oregon and is unabashedly AMERICAN sushi (we aren't exactly swimming in the purity of the fish here- the more ingredients the better on these rolls). I did miss our old sushi place (do we know we have fully moved when we don't constantly make these comparisons), but I was happy for some sushi goodness.

7. Walks around Greenlake- Seattle really does blow up once the weather is nice. You can tell people have been genuinely starving for some sunshine. We went for a walk at like 2 on Sunday afternoon, and everyone else in the city came to meet us there. Still, people are really friendly and polite in general, so it was perfectly pleasant company (also, some random turtles).
8. The Apartment- I need to watch MASH on Netflix, but the "Suicide is painless" beginning has kept me on a loop of watching things I already know won't be incredibly depressing. The Apartment is just the right amount of depressing, because I think it is all about the loneliness that can make connecting with someone really important and special.
9. A Clean house- it is looking good, if unfinished, around here. Need to keep hanging things.

Picture of the Week- The Boring Phase is Almost Over

Ugh. I promised the Boy we would sit still for a whole month after March was just insane. Big mistake. It turns out I don't do well with boredom mixed with homesickness, and I am just so happy to be going home this week. I apologize, dear readers, for what has been such a dry spell here. The best I have to offer you is a picture of turtles on a log. Someday, we can all hope, life will get interesting again.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Quote of the Week- Gratitude

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, April 11, 2014

Today's Inspiration- Cake

Wayne Thiebaud, Cake, 1963- from

No one gets what I really care about like Wayne Thiebaud. I love some paintings of food. One week and 2 days until Easter!