Tuesday, December 28, 2010

christmas in a few pictures

Did you know rabbits love Christmas trees?
How many pictures do we have with us waving now?
Moondog had to say hello to my brother on a mission over skype
Does it look like we're snorting cotton balls? :) It was a Christmas style Minute to Win It game
So much more happened, you just can't capture all the fun I guess . . .

Friday, December 3, 2010

the wilderness downtown

so download Google Chrome (it's free)
head to www.thewildernessdowntown.com and type in the name of your Junior high school
then tell me what you wrote on your postcard and i'll tell you mine

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs


In the suburbs I
I learned to drive
And you told me we'd never survive
Grab your mother's keys we're leavin'

You always seemed so sure
That one day we'd fight in
In a suburban world
your part of town gets minor
So you're standin' on the opposite shore
But by the time the first bombs fell
We were already bored
We were already, already bored

Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm movin' past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm movin' past the feeling again

Kids wanna be so hard
But in my dreams we're still screamin' and runnin' through the yard
And all of the walls that they built in the seventies finally fall
And all of the houses they build in the seventies finally fall
Meant nothin' at all
Meant nothin' at all
It meant nothin

Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm movin' past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm movin' past the feeling and into the night

So can you understand?
Why I want a daughter while I'm still young
I wanna hold her hand
And show her some beauty
Before this damage is done

But if it's too much to ask, it's too much to ask
Then send me a son

Under the overpass
In the parking lot we're still waiting
It's already passed
So move your feet from hot pavement and into the grass
Cause it's already passed
It's already, already passed!

Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm movin' past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm movin' past the feeling again

I'm movin' past the feeling
I'm movin' past the feeling

In my dreams we're still screamin'
We're still screamin'
We're still screamin'

Saturday, November 27, 2010

where did november go?

Seriously, I have no idea how November is almost over and I haven't posted any photos . . . .

I think between going to the Bouncing Souls concert, shooting family photos, working, Tim Kasher concert, Suns game, Tom's birthday, Thanksgiving, more working, house work, and sleeping I forgot about blogging. Oh well, at least I'm still out living my life, just forgetting to capture it.

This is a little late, but for Thanksgiving I am thankful for all the wonderful friends and family (especially Tom) who keep me so busy.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloweekend!

So Karen O, a steamboat captain, Jake Blues, and Cyndi Lauper all went to the Jimmy Eat World concert last night to celebrate Halloween. It was awesome, I'm sure you can tell by the pictures:
Ok . . . so that last picture isn't me, that's the real Karen O. But you couldn't tell the difference right?!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Paparazzi weekend

Me, Iliza, and Tom

This Labor Day weekend was all about pictures. Friday night Tom and I met Iliza Shlesinger outside the Improv (we're big fans of Last Comic Standing)! So I was a bit of a paparazzi.

Then on Sunday Sarah, Matt, Tom, and I headed over to  Adult Swim at the Hotel San Carlos and there the paparazzi was in full force! The ratio of newspaper photographers to hipsters was downright funny.  We had a good time, and as evidence you can see pictures of us on 3 different websites : NightFuse, Phoenix New Times Here or Here, or AZCentral.

Matt's Evel Knieval-like test shot

Matt's ninja dive
Matt and Tom hanging out
me & Sarah were swimming ladies

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Labor Day Weekend, so much to do, so little time!

So . . . Tom and I got some news that our house deal won't close till next week, ruining our plans to spend the weekend ripping apart the new place!

Instead I will have to hit one of the million things to do. Let me know if I'm missing anything exciting people!


1. A-1 Country Art Show 7-11 p.m. Sept. 3. The Icehouse, Free, theicehouseaz.com.

2. CACOPHONIC art show is on display from September 3–25 with an opening reception from 7–9 p.m., Bentley Projects http://www.bentleygallery.com/home.asp
3. Iliza Schlesinger at the Tempe Improv Tom and I have free tickets for the 10pm show if it's not sold out!

1. I'm getting my hair done Saturday night, so no going out for me!

1. Adult Swim -2-9 p.m. poolside, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Ghost Lounge. $5 for 21 and over, $7 for 18-20.  thehotelsancarlos.com.

2. !!! (Chk Chk Chk)-playing at the Clubhouse 8pm-$15?


1. Shopping for Labor Day Deals? Ikea, Home Depot, and Lowes maybe?

Monday, August 16, 2010

I went camping and met a butterfly that loved Diet Dr. Pepper

Tom and I went camping this weekend.  On the recommendation from Tom's friend Brad and my friend Janet we headed north of Payson to the Mogollon Rim.  We tried to get a spot near Woods Canyon Lake but they were full so we headed further into the woods for some dispersed camping.  That night we sat by the fire and managed to see 3 shooting stars thanks to the Perseids meteor shower.

The next morning we headed over to hike the Horton Springs hiking trail.  My grandpa was named Horton McBride, so I think he would have liked the hike, I wonder if he ever went on it?  Anyways, the hike was a bit hot, but the waterfalls in the creek were pretty.  After the hike we headed to town and looked around the antique shops (we're on a hunt for creepy antique portraits but didn't find any).  Tom did buy a set of old looking keys, very Pirates of the Caribbean.  Overall, it was a nice little weekend.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Check out Tom's Ebay Listings

Have you ever wanted to have an awesome Star Wars/Vintage/Vinyl Toy collection but didn't know where to start?  We now you can buy some of Tom's and be the envy of all your friends! He is selling stuff on ebay for way cheap, just because we won't be able to fit it all in the new house!

Check it out here: http://shop.ebay.com/alsichchan/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=

Friday, July 30, 2010

you can't judge a person by their book cover if they're holding a kindle

So while browsing around on slate.com as I usually do when I have a break at work I came across this article bemoaning the loss of judging someone by their book cover with the new invention of the kindle:
“So what will you do, Kindle generation, when you cannot tell which of the quiet boys holding the e-reader on the subway is engrossed by the latest, predictable legal thriller, and which one by a cheery, long-forgotten Laurie Colwin novel? If by some chance you do end up with the right one, what do you buy him a month later, when it is time for that first, tentative, not-too-expensive present—a gift certificate for a free download?”
I thought it was interesting, because Tom and I met because of books AND technology.  I had friended him on livejournal.com and he made a post asking for reading suggestions (he was just graduated from college, jobless, and needed something new to read).  I think I suggested The Catcher in the Rye and the rest is history.
So I think the Kindle/IPad generation will just have to start updating their Facebook status and tweeting about what book they are reading, since no one can glance at them and tell.  For me, I am still reading paperbacks because I am cheap and I do want full bookshelves for my new house!
(Right now I'm finish A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers-a fun thing I've been doing is imagining John Krasinki as Dave Eggers since he was in the movie Away We Go-also written by Eggers.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

house hunting

So we are a little pre-occupied with house hunting right now.

But even more fun than house hunting is imagining all the new things I want to put in the house (that I cannot afford)

Bamboo Flooring

Vintage style appliances

Solar Panels

The Green Cone Composting System


An L shaped couch

Want to see a sneak peak of some of the places we're looking at? They are ALL fixer uppers mostly, but we're cheap! (Gotta save money for the the extras)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

mix cds

So I was making my best buddy Kat a copy of the new M.I.A. album (as long as one of us buys it it's legal right?)  And I added a few songs to fill in the CD, then had to stop and laugh at my varied musical taste :)

1. This is how we do it-Montel Jordan

2. Shots-LMFAO & Lil Jon

3-18. the new M.I.A. Album Maya

19. Enter Galactic-Kid Cudi

20. Move Shake Drop Remix-DJ Laz, Flo Rida & Casely

21. Sleepyhead-Passion Pit

22. Glitter Freeze-Gorillaz


My Itunes looks like it has multiple personalities.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Break the Mold Meeting Minutes

Break the Mold

Hello and welcome to our first Break the Mold newsletter of sorts. First things first here is a quick reminder of what this project is about:

We are looking to start a non-profit organization that will provide a scholarship to a female student involved with the arts and her community to pursue her education after high school. Included with this scholarship would be a makeover night that would feature make-up, hair, photos (and much more).

We want to thank everyone who has offered to help and hope you will all tell your friends about this great project. Please email back with any email addresses you would like to add to the distribution list!! (I will keep the emails short and sweet when I can :)

On Saturday 06/26/2010 Jessica hosted a meeting at her apartment to discuss the project; Melissa, Kat, Carol, Rhonda, and Sam attended. Below is a rundown on what we discussed:

Website-We want to start the website ASAP. Jessica has a friend who will start developing a website for us, Melissa will contact her friend at godaddy.com to secure a domain name, Kat & Rhonda will play around with logo design and color schemes. We would like to also link a blog and facebook to the site. Ideas were discussed about making sure the site is girly but no cliche as well as user friendly. Melissa will start a Google Doc to start ideas for the information on the site, Carol will help edit.

Tax Status-Jessica has the details on becoming an official charity, 501(3)(c). She will file the paperwork to secure the name first, the remaining paperwork requires a $400 payment. We have a donor who has offered to pay that in August. Carol will check with Free Arts of Arizona to see if we can become a charity under their umbrella.

Donations-Sam will check with local banks to see where we should begin our account. Once we have the name and bank account we will be able to start asking for donations more aggressively. We are going to look for business to sponsor the scholarship, in return they will receive free advertising on our website and at all events.

Scholarship Criteria-We discussed opening the scholarship up to all females but the group is still considering that option. For now we have tentatively decided to open the scholarship to female high school seniors in the Phoenix Metro Area.

Scholarship-The group has decided to not make prom a focus of the scholarship. The ideas so far are that we will have a cash scholarship of $500-$2000 for the winner (we will see in December/January what our funds are like), a makeover for your new college look or graduation night (Amber Pope may be able to donate hairstyling), a personal photo shoot & artwork portfolio shoot (Rhonda Lewis will donate photo services). We discussed the idea of having a big event for the 10 finalists (an art show event where we charge a nominal fee for friends & family) where the winner is announced at the end.

Fundraiser-The idea of a craft show, food tasting event, raffle/silent auction, or rummage sale were brought up as a way to advertise and raise funds. All members of the group will be looking for areas to host a possible event and we can contact once we have set up our charity status.

That's all I can remember for now folks . . . look for another email in the next little while once I have set up the Google Doc and to discuss our next online or in person meeting.

Let's make it happen!


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Punk Rock Pillows

 Punk Rock Pillows
A Craft Tutorial brought to you by Melississippi of the Phoenix United Crafters Society

Crafter Difficulty Level: Sewing = Easy, Crafting = Hard

Materials: Sewing machine, needle & thread, pins, 10 or so T-shirts, pillow or stuffing, ruler, fabric pencil

Introduction: I think this craft will appeal to anyone who was into going to concerts (shows as we called them back in the day) and buying band T-shirts. The shirts themselves were only like $10-$20, but the nostalgia associated with them makes them priceless. Eventually though, you outgrow the shirt, or it gets old, ripped, etc-but you still can't throw it out! I realized my husband and I had a box of say 20 or more T-shirts that we were never going to wear again, but couldn't bear to part with. Inspired by the work of Boo Davis and her Quiltsryche Quilts I attempted a smaller project, a pillow. The making of this pillow included shirts from Melississippi's collection: Limp, Before Braille, At.The.Drive.In, The Get up Kids, Reel Big Fish, and Jimmy Eat World. And Tom's collection: The Bouncing Souls, Number Two, Filter, and Sonic Youth.

Step 1: Cut down your T-shirts.

(This step may be the hardest, not in the difficulty level, but because these shirts always made you feel like a bad mamma jamma walking around high school. I mean, wearing this T-shirt to school the next day means you went to the show last night, that was something!) Anyways, back to the cutting. First, I rough cut the shirts to get rid of the collar and sleeves etc, just into a big square or rectangle.

Step 2: Iron the squares & rectangles

Always iron on the backside of the fabric (not the logo!). First iron them flat, then using your ruler iron them into nice neat squares and rectangles. Try and leave 1 to 2 inches around the logo.

Step 3: Pin together pieces and sew, and then repeat, repeat, repeat.

I planned for my pillow to have all the pieces sort of tetris-ed together, I didn't want all the patches the same size. So I would attach 2 together, sew, then attach another, sew, and kept going until my fabric was long enough (hold it up to the pillow you are trying to cover to measure.) I did two shirts across, then kept adding to the bottom until I had a long piece of fabric.

Step 4: Clean up the back

You will probably have a lot of extra fabric and thread on the back, cut as close to your seam as possible so your pillow won't be lumpy!

Step 5: Sew up two sides

Turn your fabric inside out and fold it in half. Make sure it is even and lined up and then pin one side together. I first measured and marked it with my ruler and fabric pencil. Sew together that side then repeat for the other side. Turn the pillow right side out to check that it is the right size, then turn it back inside out to cut off the excess fabric (except for the top, leave an inch or two of the excess there.)

Step 6: Insert pillow and hand sew the top up.

Once your pillow is inside, try and fold over the edges and hold or pin together and sew together a clean edge.

Step 7: Lay on the pillow and rock out with your headphones like you're 16 again!