music monday

i first heard rebirth brass band in college. it was at my very first college party. with a keg. it was september but still hot in ohio and the party was in the courtyard of my dorm. i remember searching the crowd frantically for someone else who looked like a first year, obvious because they were searching the crowd frantically for other first years. the older students just seemed so much cooler than we did. they were friendly but so intimidating. i talked with some girls i'd met and one of them said hi to a boy named j. j was standing in front of the stereo someone had dragged out to the couryard staring at a stack of cds in his hand. someone had told him to go get more music so he did but he was having trouble choosing one from the pile. a girl whose name i would never learn grabbed the pile, picked one from the middle and put it in the cd player. j looked like he was going to vomit. what came out of those speakers was magic. 

j looked so relieved when people started dancing. he set down the rest of the cds and we all danced. it was our first college party, at the end of our first week away from home. do whatcha wanna indeed.

last night, lovebomb gogo opened for rebirth again. its hotter than hell here in portland. so hot that after the show the lead trumpet player told us that it was one of the hottest shows they'd ever done. the man's from new orleans, y'all. he knows from hot. it felt like that night in yellow springs, and so many nights i've had in new orleans, dancing my ass off to this song.

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13 things

  1. he made me mixtapes. piles of them.
  2. he used to drive 6 hours each way, on the regular, to see me at college.
  3. he believes one of his purposes in life is to make me laugh. and he does.
  4. he admitted that he was jealous of my ability to say "word" and not sound dumb. he doesn't think he could pull it off.
  5. he can do anything he puts his mind to. "sure, i know how to build websites." and he does.
  6. he decided what he really wanted to be was a musician. he played 15 shows in a month. he's a musician.
  7. he is my number one cheerleader and believes i can do anything i put my mind to. even when i don't.
  8. he makes me coffee every morning.
  9. he's so god damn cute that when he told me he was sick last week, i kissed him anyway. and got sick.
  10. even though he doesn't want to be a dad, he's awesome with kids. its adorable.
  11. he loved my grandma. a lot. 
  12. on his 16th birthday, he got his driver's license and came right over to my house. i was not home. i was at the very first lollapalooza. with a boy i gave his ticket to. 
  13. he married me anyway.

here's to lucky 13, shawn! i'm looking forward to the next thirteen.

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wednesday words

exasperating. making very angry or impatient; annoying greatly.
increasing the gravity or intensity of the scene.

totally inspired by this article in the new york times.

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for your information

i've gotten a bunch of emails and comments about these three things:

book & pie club

we get together, eat pie and talk about books. amy & i had the idea last summer when i was talking about how desperate i was to talk about gone girl. we were eating cake and discussing pie and books at a party and it just happened. book & pie club was formed. books we've read so far: gone girl, deathless, mink river, cloud atlas, and right now we're reading if walls could talk. we meet every 2-3 months; everyone brings pie, a savory snack or possibly an adult beverage; we rotate hosts and we pick the next book at each meeting. we really do try to talk about both the books assigned and books we're currently reading or have just read - sometimes more successfully than others. there is always pie though. 

grandma club

grandma club was started by donovan & kathy in chicago to "explore traditions from scratch." they've made all sorts of awesome stuff and played mah jongg, put together jigsaw puzzles and indulged in a few cocktails. kateri & i joked that once she moved here we'd be starting the west coast chapter because we plan to spend our summer canning. but, it seems some friends in california are interested in starting their own chapter so we will no longer be the only grandma club on the west coast. kateri & i are meeting as things appear at the farmer's market; i think kathy & donovan meet on a more regular schedule. so far this summer we've made two kinds of strawberry jam and raspberry jam. there is peach jam, boozy cherries, canned tomatoes and lots of pickles in our future. 

tap dancing

    

i get a lot of questions about tap dancing from people who really want to learn but are scared to death of walking into a dance class. start with your local park district. those classes will more than likely be geared toward beginners and will have students from a wide variety of backgrounds and skill levels. when i went to my first class back in january, i was talking with a woman before class who, like me, hadn't tapped since she was a child. there was also a woman who had take this particular class for a year and a half and said she still sucked but it was too much fun to quit. i've now taken classes with three different teachers and each class was really different. if you don't love the class you're taking, try a different teacher. everyone's style is different and it might make a world of difference for you. wear comfortable clothes, be prepared to sweat and look like a jack ass (at first.) after her first class, my friend phoebe said "i've never been so happy doing somthing i am so terrible at!" its totally true. its a great cardio workout and has the same brain benefits. i am happy and totally chilled out when i leave class. i don't even care that i am also completely gross and sweaty. if you're in portland, i can't say enough good things about sue's class on wednesday nights at 6:30 PM at jack london bar. don't want to commit and buy a pair of shoes? sue's got you covered - she brings a suitcase full of shoes. she picks fun songs -  last week we danced to the go-go's vacation. all kind of awesome.

if you start your own grandma club or book & pie club OR start taking tap, i want to know! 

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wednesday words

teratism. love or worship of the monstrous; an anomaly.

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more fun with words!

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it's beginning to look alot like christmas

when i was growing up, my mom was totally one of those on top of it holiday shoppers. she'd have her shopping done by the end of summer, never setting foot in a mall in november or december. she laughed at the hordes shopping on black friday and adored a good christmas in july sale.

etsy's annual community run christmas in july sale is happening july 11-21. you get to save money while checking as many people off your holiday shopping list as you can long before the actual holiday shopping madness begins. my mom would be proud.

i'm offering 25% off most items in my shop and 50% off summer sale items. (piperikoo and brand new items will not be discounted. sorry!) everything is already discounted so no need to remember any coupon codes. easy peasy.

once you're finished visiting cookoorikoo for the sparkle lovers in your life, be sure to check out what other shops have on sale. just search "CIJ" or "christmasinjuly" along with your keywords.

don't forget to buy yourself a present!

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this year's cake

this year i didn't start thinking about my birthday cake until about two weeks ago. weird, right? last year i was planning my cake for months, reading the recipe over and over again, certain i was going to screw it up. so when i realized i had no plan, i took to pinterest. of course. i found a link to this cake and my decision was made. its kind of a weird recipe. maybe not weird but weird for me. its been a long time since i used lime jello for anything. because, well, jello's a little weird. weird yes BUT DELICIOUS. limey and tart and moist and yeah, totally delicious. yay, cake!

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wednesday words

lagniappe. an extra or unexpected gift or benefit; a small gift presented by a storeowner to a customer with the customer's purchase. 

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choice. the power, right, or liberty to choose; an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities; of very good quality.

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stuff and things

so, i kind of took a break. sort of.

i've finished book one. that's the first time i've said it and meant it. i could hand it to someone to read and not worry that there are glaring plotholes (although i'm sure there is a lingering typo or two.) i could. it doesn't mean i'm quite ready too. i'm working on it. also, i'm working on book 2 already. at least in my head. i've got a basic outline, i've started doing doing research (cloning nightmares are imminent) and i'm taking a lot of notes. i'm talking through ideas here and there with shawn and things seem to be moving along. its also stressing me out a little.  i'm having ideas for books beyond this series and kateri said "don't look now, but i think you're a writer." things have gotten real, yo. i'm a writer?!

so instead thinking about it to the point of a panic attack, i've just been ignoring it. here are a few of the ways:

  • canning. boozy cherries were the latest.
  • reading. i'm doing that thing where i swallow books whole again. there's a what i've read on my summer vacation post coming soon.
  • playing with inkodye.
  • making birds say stuff. 
  • and making purses again.
  • garden and yard work. neverending. 
  • plans with friends. trying to catch up from the spring of monkey sadness has been both rough and fun. 
  • marathoning orange is the new black like its my job. i know i am not the first person to tell you to watch it if you haven't already but seriously, watch it.
  • writing about scary movies.
  • oh and hey, i just saw pacific rim. holy swiss chees, that was fun. 

anyway, its been fun. i know i need to start writing again but not putting myself right back in that headspace where shawn's asking "what's for dinner?" and i'm thinking "salad but also, i'm going to have to kill that character, aren't i?" has been nice. i'll get back to it all soon enough.

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