WELL, HELLO THAR!

– Got a part time job at a pretty cool place

– Gonna have to work my behind off to help get Halloween ready for moi and for the bebes

– Screamin’ Halloween mix including Marilyn Manson, Kerli, Ghostbusters, Cobra Starship, Britney Spears, Tom Waits, Jonathan Coulton, Black Keys, Frank Sinatra, and a cross-dressing Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Source: DVD Town

– Crafts Materials: Exacto blades, pumpkins, gold spray paint, spools of thread, aluminum foil, old newspapers, glue, paper.

– Craziness and crazy busy-ness ensue.

List of Stuff My Brain is Trying to Convince Me to DO

1. Cook a dish with each cut of beef, pork, and chicken. Really know the animal I’m eating.

2. Ride my bike to Homestead Farm and back.

3. Actually finish the International Reading Challenge

4. Actually win NaNoWriMo

5. Write 500 words a day for a year.

6. Screenprint a shirt.

7. Bleach print a shirt.

8. Create a shirt design and submit it to threadless.

9. Write a short story and submit it to a scifi or fantasy zine.

10. Make early morning bike riding a part of my routine.

11. Take up yoga.

12. Learn and memorize a song a month.

13. Visit friends in Boston.

14. Visit friends in Seattle.

15. Get my driver’s license.

16. Visit a speakeasy.

17. Fulfill the 24 hour comic book challenge.

18. Cook a dish with ox or goat.

19. Bake a patisserie-worthy cake.

20. Invent a new cupcake.

21. Build a yearbook for the kids.

22. Write a blog post a day for a year.

23. Finish a crochet project.

24. Learn fiddle.

25. Learn enough music theory to compose a piece for a string quartet.

Sleep, perchance to rest

I’ve been sleeping horribly this past week, which can only get worse since I’ll need to be up extra early Saturday morning for a volunteer orientation thingy, then peppy all day for the Big Bang Theory marathon we’re doing. Gah. I know, first world problems.

On another note, Vampire Diaries and Nikita continue to be awesome. VD is just so satisfying in terms of how they write, act, and mother frakking follow through on their plots. When something happens in the Vamp Diaries universe, there are consequences. It’s so very satisfying after years of Smallville’s stupid DC mentality of “oops, better erase that part of someone’s personality so we don’t actually have to deal with the consequences of revealing Tom Welling’s powers” and other shitty character and plot decisions. As much as I love my comic books, I have good reason to be cutting back on buying many issues. I go straight for trades now, and only after I’ve previewed and gotten reviews from sources I trust. Cuz, one too many multi-universe crises and stupid Batman’s son and stupid Batman’s disappearance and okay, long overdue Batman’s move forward along with Nightwing’s growing up and stuff. Especially since the emphasis has always been on the fact that of the trinity, he’s the human.

Still, give me Vampire Diaries and Nikita and Mad Men any day. Actions have consequences, people react like people (not total idiots or perfect Mary Sues and Gary Stu’s), and the actors actually deliver.

Beauty and the Mess

Okay, so I lied. Not so much beauty. But definitely a mess. Kitchen’s covered in sugar, flour, and butter. And I’m planning on piling on even more.

I absolutely love having the house to myself. Cracked the windows wide open, got up early and blasted my country playlist, and generally started off the day right.  With the breeze rolling through the curtains and rustling the turning leaves outside, I’ve been having a day that feels like this:

Source: Irvine Housing Blog

And this

Source: Cottage Dreamers

Just plopped an Angel Food Cake in the oven, put the base custard for a Cinnamon Ice Cream and the base puree for a White Peach Sorbet in the fridge, and need to get started on job applications and crafting swaps. Z was awesome and forwarded me some job opportunities while finding them for her mom’s cousin’s daughter or some relative or other. Also, I have got to turn in at least a page of mermaid story by Thursday. I don’t know if this story will ever finish? I’m willing to keep going ’til at least November when I’m going to give NaNoWriMo a serious shot.

Source: NaNoWriMo

This past weekend was also jam-packed. Friday I headed over to Takoma Park early to wander around and observe six strangers for my People Watching Story swap. It was glorious weather, and I sat right across from a hip, new pizza place that looked like it was managed by an actual Italian (slim fitted gray shirt, tanned skin, and a way of gesturing with his hands), after wandering around the artisan and thift stores clustered around the Takoma Park metro station. Met up with Steve-o and Ben on their way in, played Masons with Steve, the kid, and someone else, then (finally) Pirates’ Cove with Adam, Chris, and the kid whose uncle brings him. The kid was awesome and hilarious.

Saturday was the Chinatown Arts on Foot, Good Stuff Eatery, I Was Pottytrained at Gunpoint art opening, and S’s pit stop at Taco Bell.

Source: revert to plan b

Sunday was Z’s place to hang out. We stopped into a small cafe on our way to KFC, and ate cake there instead.  Then her bf and his friend showed up for a rousing one round of a deck-building game before I had to jet to catch the train home. Delays weren’t too bad cuz I had E-dawg to chat with, and I caught up with W, who’ll be back in town this weekend to recuperate before jetting back to Seattle.

Here, have an a capella version of the song which this post’s title is from. Nickel Creek’s Beauty and the Mess.

Sunny Skies Forever

The weather took a turn for the gorgeous after being brutal for a good several months. Hence, Labor Day weekend was about getting out of the house and living life in the ghost towns of DC and Baltimore.  It seemed like almost everyone was away for the holiday.

Saturday, I went to Parkview Rec Center in the morning, and the usual kids were there. I played horsie (starring, of course, as the Horse), did some crafts, played tag, and held a fascinating conversation on all things Disney channel.Apparently, iCarly rules.

Source: Byterology

I promised to meet up with Angel, Claire, Chris, and Iris in Dupont so that’s where I went next. We had Firehook, strolled around a bit, then Claire, Angel, and I took the D6 back to Angel’s place. Great big piano on the first floor that’s apparently off limits, but the neighborhood is gorgeous and cute and filled with Georgetown students back for another school year. Claire headed back home, then Chris joined us and we all had quiet time with cupcakes. I left to catch a ride home, got a little lost and ended up walking down to M Street. New circulator bus between Georgetown and Dupont. And someone set off, like, five fireworks right across from the B&N right when I got there. Must have been in a summer party mood.

Source: Jeff and Gina Fisher

Sunday, spent the day arranging tickets and a person to go see the DC Shakespeare Theatre Company’s free Twelfth Night. Ended up taking Phil cuz he’d played Orsino in his fifth grade GT class.

Source: Shakespeare Theatre Company


It was hilarious with a very tongue in cheek Aguecheek, and an overabundant use of rose petals as a comedic prop and physical motif. Feste had a very fine singing voice and sense of timing. As he should. Also, it was interesting seeing faces that were famous enough to tease at the edges of my mind but not hit it over the head. My brother recognized someone who had been on 30 Rock. It was a weird moment of worlds crossing but probably only for me. Overall, another fine performance to add to the grand total of two live Shakespeare performances I’ve seen in my lifetime.

Source: Washington Life Magazine (different Viola)

Monday, Labor Day, was a totally chill sort of day. Went to Rockville Town Square, picked up Tracy, then metro-ed over to Bethesda to meet up with Chris and catch a ride to Baltimore. We wandered around Hampden, Mount Vernon, and Inner Harbor before picking up Iris (kidnapping her from studying histology) and getting dinner at Houlahan’s. Earlier, we’d had ice cream and fries for lunch at Cafe Hon and the entire weekend was just non-stop randomness. But in a great way, and with friends.

Source: Baltimore Examiner

Rest of the week looks to be gorgeous weather again, though a bit hotter, and I’ve got a to-do list the circumference of the Equator. Just finished with my Bookmarks craft, need to send it off.

Ready to tackle the two Autumn ATCs and the People Watching Story swaps. Also received my bookmark from the swap today, which was quite beautiful and put my bookmarks to shame. My swapper was big-hearted and also sent along some bits of epehemera and some ribbon. A very lovely and satisfying package to receive, overall. I just hope my swappee likes her package once it gets to her in Australia.

Inspiration Board #3: Seasons Passing

The year comes to an end, and the seasons fall slowly into each other, summer dying into fall into winter. Brilliant hues of earth are stripped bare and laid open to the elements. The shadows come to reign during cold nights, birthing tales of unseelie and demons and human evil but also magic and wonder and human courage, leading us through the dark and twisted evenings until the sun finds us again.

Clockwise from Top Left Corner

1. Deviant Art: “Misinformed” by GunnerRomantic

2. Deviant Art: “ATC: Snow Queen” by Reneenault

3. Deviant Art: “Queen Titania” by bluefooted

4.  Deviant Art: “Snow White and the Woodsman” by stabstabstab

5. Deviant Art: “Desire” by bluefooted

6. Deviant Art: “St. Alia of the Knife” by bluefooted

7. Deviant Art: “The Dark” by sandara

8. Deviant Art: “I caught you, my star” by whitepearlvoice376

9. Edmund Dulac: The Snow Queen

Inspiration Board #2: Pop Heroes in Eye Popping Colors

Clockwise from Top Left Corner

1.  Swagger 360: Swagger Rule 33

2. Deviant Art: “Yellow Background” by ~somefield

3. James Jean: Batgirl Issue #45 Cover

4. io9: Mystery Science Theater’s Time Walker

5. Deviant Art: “Terra 2” by *shideh

6. Doctor Who Tardis Fan Blueprints

7. Rafael Albaquerque: Superboy Issue #1 Cover