“The shortest day has passed…*”

“The shortest day has passed…*”
My mother, making the necessary, traditional cinnamon rolls Christmas Eve.

My mother, making the necessary, traditional cinnamon rolls Christmas Eve.

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G.

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G’s favorite way to spend evenings…and mornings….and afternoons.

Newt, in a rare moment of stillness.

Newt, in a rare moment of stillness.

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Snowstorm as seen from inside a tiny, warm kitchen.

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mint, jade and onions – enjoying a bit of sun

A wonderful, love-filled Christmas and a blissfully quiet and Schwarzenegger-filled New Year’s Eve.

Despite all my outward protestations that New Year’s is ‘just another day’ and ‘barely a real holiday’, every year I get pulled into the list-making, vow-taking optimism that comes with a new calendar year. I have no logical reason to believe that a 3 where there was a 2 will suddenly transform me into a new being that Dresses Smartly! and Cooks Dinner on Weeknights Regularly! and Balances a Rich Creative Life with Social Outings! and yet I still find myself some time in the early days of January declaring that this is the year I become more/less ____.

In the spirit of my hilarious friend, Sharon, this year I’m trying to keep it a bit ‘mo’ real’;

  • focus less on things like ‘becoming famous’ and ‘getting into shows’ and focus more on making art.
  • this I will do by cultivating a daily art practice and following through on current projects before starting new ones.
  • learn to cook more ‘intuitively‘.
  • run 2 half-marathons (one in spring and one in fall)
  • drink more water each day than I do coffee (because drinking nothing but coffee and wine in a 24 hr period can’t be great for my kidneys)

ONWARD!

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been eating an unreasonable amount of citrus and apologizing to no one.

*”The shortest day has passed, and whatever nastiness of weather we may look forward to in January and February, at least we notice that the days are getting longer.  Minute by minute they lengthen out.  It takes some weeks before we become aware of the change.  It is imperceptible even as the growth of a child, as you watch it day by day, until the moment comes when with a start of delighted surprise we realize that we can stay out of doors in a twilight lasting for another quarter of a precious hour.”
–  Vita Sackville-West
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Lieben Lizards! It’s a Liebster!

Last week two wonderful things happened 1) I stumbled upon the blog of a college classmate, Hannah and 2) found out this class mate had nominated me for my Very First Blogging Award, The Liebster!

Hannah explained the whole process pretty well;

Liebster means “favorite” in German and the Liebster Award is a way to recognize your favorite blogs that have fewer than 200 followers (like me!). It’s designed to spread awareness about younger blogs and introduce you to a few new favorites. It’s kinda like a chain letter, but way cooler without all the “your future significant other will fall off a truck and you will die lonely if you don’t send this on” sort of stuff.

With great power comes great responsibility, though, and I now have to do five things:

  •  Choose five blogs (with less than 200 followers) to pass the Liebster along to.
  •  List the bloggers you gave the award to with links to their sites, and let them know you’ve given them the award.
  •  Thank the blogger (Hannah of Cozy Crooked Cottage) who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  •  Post the award on your blog
  •  Share five random facts about yourself.

So first and most importantly, five blogs (with under 200 followers) who deserve some love

  • The Creative Cleanse – written by my friend and co-worker, Allison!  The Creative Cleanse documents Allison’s creative endeavors while she tries to ‘make more art by buying less shit!’* Regular updates, tons of pictures, great writing- this blog is off to a great start. Go read so you can say “I knew her when…”
  • Birth, Stuff, Death – written by my other friend and co-worker (yeah, I’m THAT lucky!) Sharon! Birth, Stuff, Death is Sharon’s blog where you can find everything from a tutorial about making penis-bone sculptures, to essays about why having Nerd Kids is the best, as well as Sharon’s Uh-May-Zing art. Bonus- the writing itself is often funny enough I have to read it out loud to Boyfriend. And he laughs!
  • You Are Awesome ^_^ – Are ‘tumblrs’ considered blogs? (where’s a teenager when you need them?) Well I think so, and You are Awesome, written by one of my bestest friends, Kifer, is awesome. Basically, if you hired someone to scour the internet, find you the most beautiful things about life- including science, kittens, the beauty of nature, bacon, pretty things and Willem Defoe- that hired person could not do a better job than Kifer. Period.
  • While You Wait For the Bread to Bake – Yet another awesome person in my life, Laura, an artist with whom I went to school. While You Wait is her art blog and is regularly updated with tasty art goodness (check out the film files especially. Beautiful!)
  • Veggie Num.num. – I couldn’t find how many followers this person has but holy cow. This site rocks (and this comes from one who is very picky about food blogs). Trudy, the author, does an great job posting recipes that look good, are plant centered (with out all that freaky-deaky fake meat.), enjoyable to omnivores and herbivores alike, as well as other useful information. And, most importantly, her recipe index is listed BY PICTURE.

 

And now 5 facts about myself you might not otherwise know;

  • I love books about food- not cookbooks, but dry, non-fiction wherein the tangled web of the FDA and the USDA is teased, small farmers wax poetic about squash and the science of food culture is demystified. (Micheal Pollan is a nerd-crush of mine). My love of plants and gardening, as well as my eating habits, actually began with this deep passion and interest in food science/politics as an attempt to ‘vote with my fork’.
  • I have more irrational fears than any unmedicated person I’ve met. This includes thunderstorms, any flying insect, social functions, elevators, riding in cars, horses, my breath smelling bad, that that mole is cancer, the dentist, etc.
  • I have no sense of direction. Just today before going on a run I looked over a map, wrote instructions on my hand, and still got lost. In my neighborhood. This combined with item two makes life super exciting without having to do much.
  • Having had a series of negative experiences with organized religious institutions, I prefer to practice my faith, privately and am hesitant to bring up the subject without prompting. Said faith looks something like this:  Christianity a lá Victor Hugo and Joan Baez [plus] unconditional love without judgement [minus] Hell [plus] more than a healthy dose of Fern Gully. Feel free to ask questions.
  • I am both a morning-person and a rainy-day-person. This makes me the most obnoxious-person to live or work with.

Thanks again Hannah!

 

(and speaking of thanks, a BIG shout out to my Mom for birthing me! You go Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!”

 

Sharing the Love: People and things I love that you should probably love too.

People I Undeservedly Get to Know For Real

Yay Sockpuppet!– featuring the art of a talented lady who makes me almost pee my pants on a daily basis.
Cody Heichel – also known as the ‘watercolor master’ at Open Door. Seriously, this guy rocks.
Open Door Art Studio – this is where I spend 40+ hours of my week. These are the people I see regularly. And it’s my job. This fact alone is beautiful.
you are awesome ^_^ – ‘a collection of neatness brought to you by Kifer’. If you like any of the following: puppies, beautiful things, art, math, science, SCIENCE, other cute animals, human rights, unexpected things- then you will enjoy it.
While You Wait for the Bread to Bake – My friend Laura’s blog- regularly updated with awesome art, photography, style, CAT PHOTOS! basically, if this chick lived in Columbus I would bother her to hang out all the time.
Thanks and Sorry – photos by Amelia Morris. Although I didn’t talk to Amelia much when we were both at school, her work is some I’ve always admired.
Sarah LaBarge – another classmate of whom I was in awe, with whom I was way too shy when we were in classes together. Brilliant writer, brilliant artist. Thank goodness for the internet to bridge geological gaps (and social ineptitude)
Jacinda Russell and Hannah Barnes – have you ever had a professor that taught you a lot, not just in school, but through their own artmaking and who had great taste in books and who made you think “man, I wish we were friends.”? I was disgustingly lucky enough to have two of them.
Art Club – Want three mind-blowing artist brains for the price of one artist-collective? Win. Until you have pie-eating contests at your show opening, you’re probably not as cool as Art Club.
Kenay Kash – making art more fun and potentially uncomfortable on the regular. I was a huge admirer of Kenay’s work before I even knew it was his.
Museum 2.0 – Have you joined the Nina Simon fanclub yet? (Even though we’ve only had two exchanges- one at a question/answer session after a talk she gave and one via email re: how to draw in museum visitors, I still count this as knowing. Mostly because I want to.)

[insert here all the lovely people who don’t have websites but who still make my life awesome. Awesome.]

People I’ve Never Met, But Who Appear Most Frequently in my Internet Browser
Smitten Kitchen
I Like This Art
Jealous Curator
Garment House
You Grow Girl
Hyperbole and a Half
Knitty