the healing power of birds

the first batch of birds snapped me out of my plague induced funk earlier this year. these seem to be doing the trick now...

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why joss rocks

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not all bad

so, i haven't been writing much. i've been slowly but surely returning to my old self. my old self minus grandma. and i need to be honest - for a little bit there, i wasn't sure that person could exist. it still takes my breathe away if i think about it for too long but i'm much more certain that i will be ok than i was - even just one week ago.

so there's been a lot of making of things. birds, rings, purses. and there's been a great deal of shop love. thanks.

i've also been helping shawn with his shop. he has great ideas. he makes great things. he needed a store manager. i hired myself. expect new and amazing things this summer.

i've gone to the movies a bunch - forgetting sarah marshall, indiana jones, iron man, the strangers, and the oh so amazing the fall. run, don't walk if it comes to a theater near you. if you need more convincing, check out the trailer. swimming elephants and whirling dervishes for god's sake!

i've been watching a lot of buffy. that helps a great deal. in ways i'm almost to embarrassed to admit. it boils down to this - it could be worse, i could be the one who stands alone against demons and the forces of darkness. i am not the slayer. therefore, i'm lucky.

i've also been busy planning a trip. my first in a year and a half. i'm going to nola for the first time since mardi gras 2007. i'm really excited. i'm thrilled to be seeing teena & phil. i'm also excited to see my beloved city. its been so long. and although i haven't been writing about it, i think about it every single day. so, tomorrow i leave. i wonder if i'll even be able to sleep.

about a month ago, i was listening to one of my favorite chicago public radio shows. the amazing tony fitzpatrick was on. he talks about new orleans and he captured how i feel about it so perfectly. i've been meaning to share forever. the whole show is worth a listen. he's just so effing cool.

oh, and i also got a FABULOUS new haircut. i'll post pics soon.

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nola love

nola was good. teena & phil were good. guys was real good. snoballs are good. creole creamery is good. beignets are real good too. i wish i could have more of all the above. i'm ready to go back.

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i know what it means

Originally uploaded by cookoorikoo

i've been back for a couple of weeks. i miss new orleans so much. how could i not when you can just happen upon a veritable fairy land of mardi gras floats when minding your own business with a hansens sno ball?

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Originally uploaded by Very Proud of You

we were driving home from shannon & phil's tonight. we passed by the allstate arena. the carnival i used to go to every summer in high school had begun. i could see the tilt-a-whirl from the kennedy and my heart skipped a beat. i haven't  ridden the tilt-a-whirl in a couple years. i rarely, if ever, find myself at a carnival without shawn. and shawn is practically allergic. he gets green and its just not good. whereas i find it to be almost as much fun as well, sex. maybe because i don't really get to ride the tilt-a-whirl it has become mythical for me. maybe its just one of the best things ever. anyway, i think i'm due.

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