One big project down, one to go. Tomorrow at 5:45 I will be feeling so good and so ready to relax. I will be best friends with Adobe Illustrator this afternoon. And that's okay.

It's getting warmer now, and that makes me happy. So does the fact that Caleb will be here this weekend to celebrate our anniversary. Three years and counting (March 6th, anyway)!


Silly Yoplait

When I opened my Yoplait Whips! Yogurt today, the inside of the lid said, "First Kiss Good!" No. I'm sorry. I hate to break it to you, Yoplait people, but my first kiss was a heck of a lot better than yogurt. And if yours wasn't, then I'm sorry. Maybe you should see a therapist.


Crunchy Con: That's me!

I've discovered more and more that the media likes to stamp everyone with "Democrat" or "Republican." You're either one or the other--or you're a nut. Well, as conservative as I am (I plan on becoming a stay at home mom once I have kids, I go to church every week, I won't be having sex until I'm married), I am also passionate about things that tend to be "lefty" (I am addicted to NPR, I listen to indie and folk music, I hate suburban sprawl and Big Business). And while I'm definitely on the more Libertarian side of Republicanism, I voted for George W. Bush in the last election. I love Neal Boortz. And organic food.

I just started reading Crunchy Cons by Rob Dreher. And suddenly, I feel a little disarmed. You mean, my friends and I aren't the only ones? There's a 42 year old mom with an engineering degree raising 5 kids in Texas, who sings in the choir and helps at a co-op? And a dad who heads up a recycling program, listens to Garrison Keeler, and teaches Sunday School? I'm in awe! Not that I ever thought I was anything particularly special in my beliefs--after all, I have a number of friends who share many of my interests and feel just as confused politically. But now: I have a category. A place (albeit one that is still in grassroots phases) where it's normal to embrace my love of culture and of Christ (and I don't mean that in a Liberty University way).

Go check the book out, and for a primer on the general idea, check out Rob Dreher's original article at the National Review. And eat some fruit while you're at it!

broken smile

It's February. And I am wearing shorts. Thank the Lord for Florida!

I have been killing time on myspace and facebook and all those other terribly mind wasting things. It's like junk food for my mind. I just happen to like junk food. a little.

I spent four hours working on my sculpture today. It's looking pretty good, I'm actually quite proud of it. I have to finish sanding it down tomorrow, then it will be done!

I have class in 20 minutes. And an Art History III test tomorrow (which is re-dic-u-lous, since we just had a test four class periods ago. Who does that?!). I also have two major design projects that I should be working on.

But I don't want to. I want to eat pretzels and listen to the Arctic Monkeys and take a nap. Not that the Arctic Monkeys are very condusive to nap-taking, but I like them anyways.

Russell is leaving for Australia next week. Lucky B.

I finally ran into Liz today for the first time since the semester ended. She's married now. So surreal. I'm pretty sure once the summer is over I'm going to feel like I'm living in the twilight zone. de de dee de de de dee de....


Nerd it up!

Tonight, as I feasted on nachos and Newman's Own Pineapple Salsa, I enjoyed this lovely video treat from Coudal Partners and Veer (who has quickly out-ranked Getty Images as My Favorite Stock Photo Company). Enjoy!


As funny as a Yeti on a cell phone!

So I know I'm not the first person to post this, but it's funny. I love the Daily Show.

Annnnd here is your other enjoyable video content for the day:


Cold, Cold, go away!

The Danielson Family is making a movie (click for trailer). I'm excited, to say the least.

It's freezing here. Well, at least compared to what it should be. Wearing a jacket and scarf in Florida is just not acceptable.

I still don't have internet at my house, which is starting to get old reaaal fast. I'm really hoping they'll get the wireless finished before this week is up. I have two big projects to work on, both of which I'd prefer to do in the comfort of my own room.


Into the weekend we go!

Well, I have to go give my modem back to the cable company, or they're going to keep billing me. And the wireless over here isn't set up all the way. So this might be the start of an inadvertant internet fast. Hopefully not, becuase I have two big projects to work on, but I guess there are worse things that could happen.

The Good: Caleb and I are going to see the Jax Symphony Orchestra do Led Zepplin. And possibly hang out with AllisonandEb at the JMOMA. A good pre-Valentine's weekend it will be.

The Bad: I have an information design project due on Monday that I can pretty much guarentee I won't be working on at all this weekend.

The Ugly: Registration for summer classes starts in a week, and I really don't know where the money for Visual Communications I and Computer Illustration will come from. God, hopefully.


the ground remembers her

I went to hear Denison Witmer tonight. His music is beautiful--sleepy Iron & Wine mixed with a little bit of Simon & Garfunkel. He's also delightfully funny. Bernard also played...I always get so swept up in their music. It's so thick, and they play old black and white films in the background, perfectly timed to the music. It's an experience.

It's cold here: 43 degrees. The cold and the music makes me long for Virginia. I never thought I was so attached, but somehow that state has gotten into my bones. I guess it makes sense. I became more of who I was there, I grew there, I fell in love. it will always have a special place in my life. And nights like tonight make me wish I could open my eyes and be there again.

But instead, today I rode my bike down the cobblestone streets to Flagler's scuplture lab, where I started making a clay model for piece I'm carving out of aerated concrete. And I know I'm right where I need to be.


Four Things

So I got the idea from Keri's Blog...


Who knows, maybe I'll be better at this.

You know, I really can't wait until they get the blogger widget working again. It was just so much easier than signing in and all that. Okay, I admit it, I am lazy. Sad, isn't it? But I still liked being able to press F12 and *poof* there it was.

Well, I'm officially moved in. I know that because I can't think of any more reasons to go to Target (other than it being so cool). I have everything all clean and organized, and I know I'm a neatfreak because it makes me extremely happy. But I don't think that's such a bad thing. I love my room. It makes me happy, and I actually feel like I have more room than I did before, becuase it's bigger than the other rooms that I've had. I just don't have a house to go with it. But the B&B kitchen is through an adjoining door, and I can go sit in the living room if I want. Or in the gazebo, or on the upstairs balcony, or on the wall by the water. Dang, I love this place.

I'm on a big jazz kick these days. It's pretty much all I want to listen to. Mainly the old stuff: Count Basie, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane. But there's definitely some Miles, Mingus, and Getz thrown in for good measure (I'm a huge Stan Getz fan). I really wish there was a good (cheap) record store around here, it's about time I added more Jazz to my vinyl collection.

Today I saw a man riding his bike with a medium-sized suitcase under one arm and a level in the other. Random.

Oh, and congratulations to Kate and Dustin, who are now the proud parents of Aiden Andrew Doyle. I can't wait to go see them in March!