29 November 2009

easy like sunday morning

- This morning, I made these.  Yum, yum, yum!  I love home fries in restaurants, but before now had never been able to recreate that smoky, spicy, crunchy deliciousness.  With poached eggs on top?  Oh my.
- I know I already posted about this, but I'm still celebrating the completion of my novel!  Next November, don't be put off by the insanity, it is so worth it, and just... ah... I can't say enough about it.
- I enjoyed this secret this morning on PostSecret:

 Does anybody else check PostSecret first thing Sunday mornings?  It's such a bizarre feeling of connectedness that I feel while reading them, knowing many other strangers are doing the same thing.
- This NPR article made me laugh... there's even math behind it!  It's funny, I always cut mine into rectangles, even though I think diagonal looks better, but somehow I've always felt as if diagonals make sandwiches smaller. 
- I just ordered the book Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett after my mother called from Antarctica, raving about it.  I'll post my thoughts after I read it.

Have a lovely, relaxing Sunday...

hi, i'm a novelist.

And a day early, too!
50,120 words, 172 pages, in 29 days.
Amid research papers, midterms, readings, and a social life!
Okay, I'm done gloating now.
Well, almost.

Here's my finished chart.
Okay, done now.

28 November 2009

thanksgiving break

I hope everyone had a lovely thanksgiving!  Mine was productive, at least.  My entire extended family got together in Charlotte, NC to celebrate, and ooh I was so jealous.  Big thanksgivings with the Graham family has always been one of my favorite things, but my mom, stepdad, brother, and I are all off doing our things right now, so not only could we not attend, but we weren't even together. Not one of us.  I went to my roommate's parents' house, which was lovely.  Her mother made some of the best vegetarian stuffing I have ever had.

The rest of my break from school has been really relaxing, except for those panicked moments where I remember that I only have two weeks left of classes and I have three research papers, response papers, and exams to complete in that time.  But forget about that!  I've been so grateful for these few days of calm, filled with good food, good friends, swimming, creative endeavors, and I even had time to do laundry... freshly clean sheets!

Last night I spent the night at my parents empty house in the Bitterroot.  I wrote 6,000 words in novel, completely catching up to where I was supposed to be.  I only have about 3,000 left to go!  AHH!  I also went for a walk with the dogs, and baked an apple galette.  Mmm, with tons of cinnamon.  Now I'm just procrastinating; I want to get my novel done tonight, a couple days early of the deadline so I can move on to the insanity of an ending semester without the insanity of the novel hovering over my head.

Aren't the colors of Autumn just the best?

25 November 2009


So, I know I've mentioned this already, but I've been taking part in an absolutely insane event all month.  National Novel Writing Month (writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days) is kicking my butt.  Hard.  And without any remorse. 

This is my daily stats chart... and as you can see, I've plateaued.   In a big way... how do those milky blue bars grow so fast?  I skipped three days in a row.  One night because I was finishing a research paper, the second night because... I forget.  And then last night, I went swimming, saw a movie, and then somehow ended up with a bottle of chardonnay.  Oops!  So, it's 5:45 now, and I'm going to try to catch up!  There are only five more days to write!  Ahh! 

red lips

I'm loving red lipstick this fall!  Usually I'm pretty put off by makeup, and my daily routine involves a tube of mascara... sometimes.  But there's something about bright red lips amid all the harvest colors that I can't get enough of.

24 November 2009

to see inside

There's something about strangers reaching out to one another that is so poetic, especially when captured by artist Sophie Blackall from Brooklyn.  Blackall describes her work on her blog:
"Messages in bottles, smoke signals, letters written in the sand; the modern equivalents are the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, hopeless, poetic posts on Missed Connections websites. Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I'm trying to pin a few of them down."
So beautiful!  I love the one she posted today, about a man wishing he could have seen inside this woman's head after she smiled to herself.  Don't you wish you could do that sometimes?
Also, she has a shop!

the cat says moo

I grew up with three cats.  Each was, well, to put it kindly, quite eccentric.  But I absolutely adored them, and when I was little, even considered them my siblings.  The last one died a couple years ago, and since then there haven't been any kitties in my life, except for the ones along my walk to school, which I always stop to cuddle.

For now, I live vicariously through Katie Sokoler's relationship with her ridiculously adorable cat, Moo.  Her blog is one of my all time favorites, and her pictures are just so full of color and life.  She even did an entire post about 13 things she loves about Moo, which made me want a kitty 13 times more than I already did.

Until my travels stop and I settle somewhere (ha, in another lifetime?), I'll just keep loving Katie's pictures of Moo.

little birdies and their quirks

Okay, I'm just going to admit it, I have a lot of weaknesses.  But one particular weak spot is for adorable animal illustrations, especially when they are somehow personified.

Kate Wilson's prints are the type of thing that I just gnaw my fingers over.  Too cute... too, too cute.

She has a shop, and a blog too!

22 November 2009

Tiny Desk and Pretty Flowers

I have found a new favorite band.  And a new favorite thing to watch when I should be working on research papers.  NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts are adorable, especially when you're watching a ten person band all clustered together, making cheerful music.  Watch the video

 Also, I really, really want these.  They're little hair pins from the Etsy seller Heartoflight.  So, so cute.

Just a couple happy things to share today.  I'm going to start updating more often.  Back to research paper land.

18 November 2009

swirling about in a broth of wind

This seems to be the season for still, quiet moments.  I just read a poem by Wayne Miller called Nocturne: "Tonight the leaves are paper spoons / in a broth of wind."  It seems that exact type of wind has been swirling around my mind these days.  All I want to do is sit at my desk, gaze at my beautiful eggplant hued statice, meander through heaps of crunchy brown leaves, write poems, or sleep.  Can't I just do these things and be left alone? Alas, hark - the research papers call, the neglected friends call, the dishes craving sudsy water call.

For right now, though, I'll just stare at the statice.

03 November 2009

dia de los muertos

 Yesterday, the full moon rose over Mount Jumbo,

 And I went and saw the Day of the Dead Parade

My favorite part was the fire dancers.

NaNoWriMo kicked off on Sunday and I am doing pretty well considering the level of busyness that my past few days have had.  I think I chose a good plot because there is no way I can get stuck with no way out on a roadtrip.  The possibilities are infinite!

01 November 2009

blog wagon

Alex and I painted last Wednesday.  It was nice because I had been really busy and hadn't found time for any sort of creativity.  While Alex painted a portrait of a woman, I painted...

A nude back with a very flat butt,

An avocado,

And a ten minute portrait of Frida.

It was really nice to make time for painting again, I'm going to try to make it a weekly habit.  Which might be hard, because I started NaNoWriMo today.  It might be absolutely insane of me, but I'm going to try.  It's an intensive writing contest where you attempt to write a novel of 50,000 words in 30 days.  Which wouldn't be too hard if you weren't a senior in college, juggling research papers, midterms, and a work study job.

I bought new boots.  Which I love.

Anyways, I am back on the blogging wagon.  I'm going to the Day of the Dead Festival tomorrow, so I'll post pictures from that and Halloween.