Inspirasyon

March 15, 2010 at 11:34 am (references) (, , )

Mondays are always extremely difficult for me, particularly the mornings.  My weekends are always so full of leisure, exploration, good company, and contentment.  When given the chance to make my dreams last just a little bit longer, it is no wonder that I feel bitter about the stark return to conformity, capitalism, and unimaginative tasks.  Some things that inspired me this weekend (that I am still holding onto, in protest of the day’s implications):

Agnès Varda (excellent French New Wave director) and her autobiographical documentary the beaches of agnes

I love Agnès Varda’s thoughtful, beautiful, and quirky (I wish I had a better to word to replace that word forever) approach to art and film.  I am not a film critic, so I won’t torture you any further with my elementary observations.  But her life and perspective are definitely inspiring to me.

Beauty Academy of Kabul

This film is about a group of hairstylists who set out to open a beauty academy in post-Taliban Kabul.  I last watched this film on the very night that I suffered a concussion, so my memory of it is fuzzy.  I rewatched it this weekend and realized that I actually have mixed feelings about the project (especially upon learning that the school has since closed), but I appreciate the sentiment and the stills of the Kabul landscape were very interesting to see. 

Maggie Mudd’s hand-stuffed vegan ice cream cake

Yes, a cake inspires me.  Maggie Mudd is an ice cream shop in San Francisco that has really delicious dairy free ice cream (my favorite is peanut butter palooka) and you may customize your own stuffed cake or order one of their combinations.

I could not find a great picture, but here are some of the descriptions.  I feel greedy and want all of them.

Fudge Cookie: Chocolate ice cream, oreo cookies, fudge swirls, cookie crust (Vegan).
Sundae Someday: chocolate ice cream, fudge swirls, marshmallow swirls, strawberry swirls, oreo cookies, cookie crust (Vegan).
Peanut Butter Flutter: Peanut butter ice cream, chocolate chips, peanut butter swirls, brownie base (Vegan)
V-Banana Split: A vegan version of our Waffle Banana Split. Vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate ice cream stuffed with fresh banana slices, cherries, fudge and marshmallow swirls, and waffle bowl pieces on graham cracker crust (Vegan).

And, finally, hip-hop dance class with Micaya at ODC Dance Commons.  I have a more traditional dance background and am therefore having a difficult time adapting to hip-hop style, but this class is fun!!  You can drop in to any class you want at ODC.  A great place.  I will be working on my “slouch” more in the future.

Play on, Monday.

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You are very welcome!!

November 25, 2009 at 6:52 pm (references, visuals) (, , )

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Group Girly Crush Alert

November 24, 2009 at 1:26 pm (references, visuals) ()

The girls of Death Proof.  So fly.

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Eco-dilemma

November 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm (references, visuals) ()

Most of the problems I have are very modern and specific to the “bleeding-hearts with money” set. 

Okay, I don’t really have much money.  But the heart is a gusher.

My love of paper and frequent, pressing urges to buy it and use it in various forms are part of an unsustainable practice.  I love magazines, I love print photos, and I love new, juicy pens (blue-black, from the japanese stationery store, oh yes).  I love handwriting, drawing, and holding actual books in my hands.  I like to cut out pictures from magazines and make covers of cd’s or collages with them.  I give thank-you cards, thinking-of-you cards,  and have engaged in multiple snail-mail style exchanges.  I have stacks of books with journal entries from almost my entire life up in one of my lofts.

I am anti-Kindle for an unknown reason that resides in my old-fashioned heart.  Oh yeah, IT IS UGLY and I VOLUNTEER AT A LIBRARY BOOKSTORE FOR CHRISSAKE.

I schedule everything in a paper planner (provided by my employer).  This year, they messed up the order and everyone got their planner of choice except for me.  For a brief, exciting moment, I contemplated going digital with my calendar.  I could track due dates for bills, schedule activities, remind myself of things to do ALL ONLINE.  But then the doubt crawled in.  What if my iphone dies while I’m out and I need a time or something?  Or I am not close to a computer?  Then I neglect to do something that I am supposed to?  Or I double book?  I am an anxious person.  This is the way my mind works.  I’m not ready to organize my life electronically.  Which is lame.  I love technology!

So, my justification for my nostalgic, irrational behavior is that I am on a computer all day and, on occasion, in the evening and  my eyes often feel like they won’t work anymore after a day of reading text on a screen.  I use my iphone as an email/internet/text machine more than a phone and often stare at it while waiting for a bus, order, or a person.  I get headaches after looking at a computer too long and often have to wear my glasses in an attempt to avoid my head-crushing fate.

So my solution for the very important (life is hard, waaah!) Planner Problem?  Ecosystem is a line of blank books made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper.  Way cuter than my institutional At-A-Glance planner.  And you can customize it to fit your needs.  I purchased the ecosystem advisor medium-sized weekly calendar, with a flexi-cover.  It features a whole page of note paper to go with your week, which is cool to me because I take notes on stupid little things throughout the day.    Check out the web site, too, because some of the features of the company and its products are pretty bad ass. 

I got the watermelon color and it is pretty, pretty cute.

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But, erm, yeah, you should totally do the right thing and organize your life electronically (or in your brain).

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Girly Crush Alert

October 15, 2009 at 5:22 pm (references, visuals) ()

Former Black Panther, Kathleen Neal Cleaver.

Get out your big jewelry, turtlenecks, and shades (and your fist) and make things happen.

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Wondering and Wandering

July 29, 2009 at 9:15 pm (references, visuals) (, , )

I tell my dog she is pretty at least 15 times a day.  I often wonder how that might affect a child.

I am kind of obsessed with saving/catching up on/getting ahead with money at the moment.  I need this right now.

Sage.

Heart shaped pancakes.

Yogi kava tea.

French films.

New rad, holistic doctor (Dr. Dinenberg) who is covered by insurance and kind of inspiring (I don’t care if that sounds cheesy – he is really great).

New plan to leave the city to visit somewhere sunny and/or lovely at least once-a-month.

SF Vegan Drinks tomorrow!

Finally getting a California license.

Leisure this weekend!

Vintage dress shopping.

Haircut (desperately needed).

My friend also brought in an Elle spread of a model she thinks looks like me (except taller, prettier, more photogenic, with bigger lips – who also happens to be with Sean Lennon . . . flattering, but quite a stretch, hmm?).  We do look more alike in the Elle photos, I suppose, which I cannot find online.  I want to hang out with Yoko Ono!  

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Good night.  Sleep tight, peanuts.

xoxo

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Tell It

July 29, 2009 at 3:54 pm (references, visuals) (, )

LET ME FEEL SORRY FOR MYSELF IN PEACE!

asleep

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When life gives you shit

July 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm (references, visuals) (, , )

Flush it.

Then, burn sage or nag champa (I am one of the few people I know who love nag champa).

Next, get a mani-pedi with Chanel’s new color from their Fall ’09 Venice collection, Gondola.

gondola

Rent interesting films:

jean-luc godard’s Breathless

Qui êtes vous, Polly Maggoo?

and

Lying (which I mostly picked in order to gawk at the scenery and the fashion)

lying

Take nap.

Bubble bath.

Drink tea.

Start new.

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Notes from on the ground

July 26, 2009 at 11:40 pm (references, what was she thinking) ()

THINGS.

Good thing:  I love Skin Trip.

Sad thing:  a realization that I have allowed an unfortunate, tragic period take me to a point of weakness that opens me up to being treated like a doormat.  I’m trying my hardest to fix it.  It is beyond difficult.  I am tapping into a strength reserve that I didn’t even know was in me.

Unfortunate thing:  I am less open to being such a lover, which sucks sucks sucks.

Another sad thing:  Caring about someone + wanting the best for them + disapproving of destructive behavior = them checking out and taking up with someone who isn’t good enough to care.

Devastating thing:  Being powerless over the above.

Surreal thing:  I feel like my insides are exposed and unprotected.

Necessary thing:  A weekend of swimming and sun and Vitamin D.

Bummer thing:  Favorite MJ sunglasses are MIA.

Frustrating thing:  I feel uncomfortably numb.

Awesome thing:  Spending time with my dog, who has developed the most adorable snore.

Goodnight, weekend.  I look forward to the next one.

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500 Days of Summer’s Outfits

July 21, 2009 at 10:22 pm (references, visuals) ()

500 Days of Summer was good, painful (due to being able to relate a little bit too much), and not as radical and great as I expected.  But I had serious outfit envy.  Check out some of Zooey Deschanel’s character, Summer’s outfits.  Gimme!

bluedress

cottondress

denimskirt

vest

I hope to actually write something of substance at some point soon.  My writing is as fragmented as my head right now.

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