tv update

i've watched a ton of tv. some of it isn't even memorable enough to make this list. here we go:

once upon a time. its still totally silly and i still totally like it. although, i realized while watching the clip show that i only half watch this show because i didn't realize it was a clip show until it was almost over.  

999 park avenue. i know what you're thinking. "isn't it 666 park avenue?" well, it is. but the building address is actually 999 and when the light shines on the numbers in a particular way, they cast a shadow that reads 666. sneaky. john locke owns the building and spends a lot of time talking about good and evil. that's all he can do now apparently. also, he seems to be the devil. mephistopheles making deals with attractive, greedy new yorkers. he just hired a young, attractive, non-native, but still possibly greedy, couple to be the live-in building managers. oh and he's married to vanessa williams. do we buy that? do we buy that vanessa williams and john locke as a couple? i'm not sure i do. whatever. i kind of liked it. it lives to see another week on the tivo.

how i met yo momma is still so lame. they are still doing that ridiculous bait and switch thing. oh oh, is this her? oh oh, are robin and barney getting married? oh oh, ted's being a twat. UGH. is it over yet? seriously, when do we get to find out who the hell the mother is? the real question is how much more of this shit can i endure?

why is mike and molly so popular? oh right, melissa mccarthy's awesome. ugh.

partners. why on earth is david krumholtz in this? its about two guys who have been best friends since elementary school and dreamed of working together, david krumholtz and his gay bff. anyway, mr. universe is engaged and his friend is a self absorbed pain in the ass. i think they were going for jack from will & grace with this character. jack was lovable. this guy is not. anyway, i've watched this one twice. the second episode was a wee bit better than the first but holy crap, its still not very good.

i'm not happy about bones and i don't want to talk about it. you can't make me.  

revolution. i'm out. i really dislike this show. i watched because its jj abrams and i want that first season of lost feeling back SO BAD but this, my friends, this is no lost. 

the mindy project. i love that my imaginary bff has her own show and i was really excited to watch. then, i didn't love the pilot. i laughed. it was funny. but, i didn't love it. you should have heard the imaginary conversations i was having with my imaginary bff over it. awkward. anyway, i LOVED last night's episode. so funny. YAY, IMAGINARY BFF! 

raising hope. still so very, very funny. also, cloris leachman made a rape joke. when is a rape joke funny? when an old lady tells it, apparently.

go on. i wasn't a friends watcher but i like matthew perry. i don't think he's the best actor but i think he's good at this one thing - playing a sort-of broken man. he's doing it here again as a young widower with a fancy pants job who is trying to move on with his life. john cho plays his assistant? right hand man? something. anyway, john cho is in it - who i think it effing hot. so there's that. which is good because this show keeps making me cry. the first time felt like an ambush. now i know to expect it. dammit.

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we stayed in bed forever. it was cool, we were comfortable and nothing was on fire in the non-bed world. then we started talking about breakfast and next thing i knew i was on my way to pine state for biscuits. shawn inhaled his bacon packed biscuit while wearing this shirt. giggling ensued

since biscuits, i've spent the day cleaning. vaccuuming crown moulding and nonsense like that. damn adulting. my reward for a sparkling toilet and a kitchen floor you could eat off of? kung fuesday

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funny guy

i love mike birbiglia. he makes me laugh and breaks my heart and makes me cringe so hard sometimes i see stars. 

saturday night we watched sleepwalk with me. if its playing in your city, GO! if not, see if you can order it on demand. seriously. 

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chicago things (a list)

  1. my nephew. holy hell, he's almost two years old but hot damn. i'm pretty sure he's smarter than all of us put together. 
  2. longman and eagle. i spent a delightful afternoon there drinking old fashioned, eating delicious food, reading and chatting with the bartenders about my book and tattoos and whether or not portland is really like portlandia. (i never anticipated how often i'd be asked this.)
  3. seeing my friend cheryl. we don't get to talk nearly enough and it was nice to catch up in person.
  4. visiting my favorite antique store, the one i've been going to since i was 15.
  5. our friends syndy and colleen. i was all ready to do a friday friends post last week about them but slept all day when i arrived home. you'd have heard all the reasons why they are two of my favorite people in the world, one of my very favorite branches in my chosen family tree.
  6. my parents. despite the fact that they did not see me at my best both times they saw me, i'm pretty sure they still love me. 
  7. getting to spend many days with kateri, although not nearly enough. it was nice that one of the days was saturday, just like old times.

i'm sorry to everyone i didn't get to see. next time, i promise.

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my (love of) kung fu is strong

when we moved to portland, i was thrilled to discover that a theater here has a monthly kung fu night. since i was really young, i've loved kung fu movies. they were a regular part of my saturday ritual for years. 

i love the bad dubbing and ridiculous costumes. the overwrought acting and the eyebrows. kung fu movies take eyebrows to a whole new level. but really, i love the kung fu itself - the training sequences, the fights... all of it.

so, almost every month since we've been here we've gone to the holly wood theater for kung fu theater. our favorite so far was a movie from a few months ago that included this completely awesome scene:

this week it was a double feature and it was fantastic. the first movie starred a very young jackie chan. the second was something i'd never heard of and it was just crazy kung fu fun. 

check out how young jackie chan looks in the intro to the movie:


be like water, friends. be like water.

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summers are for porch sitting

growing up, i spent a lot of night sitting in our screened in porch with my mom. she worked nights so most nights so most of the year she went to bed before dark. i'm not sure why but all bets were off during the summer. there was a park nearby that had free concerts during the summer and we could hear them from our house. we would sit, usually in our pajamas, reading and listening to the music or the cicadas. i learned two valuable lessons those nights: #1 - just sitting and reading with someone is a totally enjoyable way to spend time with someone; #2 - there is nothing better than a comfortable porch.

last year, we travelled so much during the summer that i didn't give our porch much thought. this spring i decided that i was going to enjoy the crap out of our front porch this summer. that was going to require a bit of work on my part.

mom actually bought us the glider last year when we moved. we painted the porch ceiling sky blue about the same time. i knew someday this porch and i were going to spend some quality time together. we had the little table. i picked up the weird little mushroom at an antique store for $8 recently. i stole the frog from my parents. my mom made the blanket. the namaste y'all pillow came from my very talented friend, kerry. the rug was on clearance at urban outfitters. i love how easily everything came together. 

there's still a couple of things i want to make for the porch - a floor pouf to use as an extra seat and a coffee table/stool made from a vintage suitcase. they both seem like a breeze in comparison to the doily screen. 

it was a project i've had bouncing around my head for ages. i've been hoarding collecting doilies forever so this seemed like a perfect plan. i measured the space and then started to lay out doilies, pinning and stitching as i went. then, when it felt like it was almost the right size, shawn helped me hang and stretch it. i added a few more doilies to fill in some spots and i need to add a few more but overall, i think it looks great. 

we've spent the last few nights hanging out on the porch - sewing, reading, enjoying cocktails and listening to records. shawn launched a website from the porch last night. i'm pretty sure that's where you'll find me tonight. pretty much perfect.


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photo booth love

last night we visited the photobooth at the ace to commemorate our anniversary. here's a few of my favorites:

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like a hydra

for the first time in ages, i'm not getting ready for a show in the next month. we had three shows over the last month and we probably over-prepared. we have a great deal of pixelparty stock on hand and i was able to restock some of the lovely brick and mortar shops who carry cookoorikoo with my overstock. its a nice position to be in. i've got some wedding orders to work on and have been making things for weekly shop updates but there's no pressure. its nice.

that breathing room has allowed me to take an idea and run with it. i grabbed some handkerchiefs from my not unsubstantial collection and started to play. i am having so much fun making these pieces and i think it shows. people have been responding really well and i've even gotten a few wedding requests! i'm thrilled.

also awesome? i've had time to work on a few personal projects that have been on my list for ages and have added a few new ones to the list. i'm working on the pile of dresses that need to be sewn together, stitching together a pile of vintage crocheted doilies to hang like a screen on my porch, cutting vintage vinyl from my stash for a footstool, sewing a new shade for our front door... the list goes on.


i'd like to think that i could just get it all done this summer but it feels like every time i check an item off the long term list, two other projects pop up. i think i'm ok with that.

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shawn & i have a problem. we've had it since we left chicago. there is no "good" pizza in portland. i know, i know. i'm that asshole. there is good pizza in portland. dove vivi, apizza scholls... its good but not what we crave - that thick, juicy pizza that anthony bourdain likened to a pizza casserole. we've also not found thin crust that's quite like thin crust pizza in chicago either, with its cracker-like crust. we miss our families, yes. but we can talk to them on the phone or via skype. pizza, chicago pizza we may miss more.

every year i declare "the year of ______" - pie, cake, bread, ice cream. in december, i decided 2012 would be the year of pizza. we were going to try more of portland's pizza offerings and we were going to try to master making good pizza at home.

full disclosure: we are thinner (AND HEALTHIER) than we were during the years of pie, cake, bread and ice cream. 2011 was the year of moving. it was crazy. so, i didn't take on any food projects except for maybe eating healthier. so, knowing that eating pizza with the voraciousness that we ate ice cream that one year would not be so good we resolved: one pizza meal a month, two at most but if there was two, one HAD TO BE HOMEMADE. 

this is our latest, and i believe, best effort thus far.

(veggie) snap pea pesto pizza

for the snap pea pesto sauce:

like any pesto sauce, this recipe is flexible. add and subtract to taste.

makes 2 cups - i think the pizza used about 1/2 cup

  • 2 cups stringed snap peas
  • 1-3 cloves garlic (to taste - i used 3)
  • 1 large handful of basil leaves
  • 1/8 cup pine nuts
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 – 1 cup extra virgin olive oil (i used just over 1/2 cup)

clean and chop peas. put all ingredients except the salt and pepper. and olive oil in a blender or food processor. slowly add the olive oil. only add enough until all ingredients are well blended and smooth. season with salt & pepper.

for the pizza:

adapted from jamie oliver's recipe found here

for the crust:

  • 1 cups of self-rising flour, plus extra for dusting (1 substituted king arthur pizza dough flavor for 3 tbsp of the flour)
  • 1/3 cup of warm water
  • a glug of olive oil
  • a pinch of salt

for the toppings:

  • 1 cippoline onion, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced (we used half red, half yellow)
  • 1 roma tomato, chopped
  • 1/3 lb fresh mozzarella, torn to bits (we used fresh wisconsin mozzarella. i could talk about the cheese at length. you don't want me to.)
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • parmesan for sprinkling

preheat your broiler, put a large oven proof frying pan on the stove on high heat to warm and dust a clean surface with flour.
put flour into the food processor. add the water, salt and olive oil. process until smooth, then place onto the floured counter. sprinkle the top of the dough and the rolling pin with flour. roll the dough to a 1/4-ish inch thickness.
drizzle olive oil into the pan, then dust the dough with flour again and very lightly fold it over into a halfmoon shape. lightly fold the half-moon in half, then move the dough to the pan and unfold it, pushing it down into the sides of the pan.
spread a layer of sauce over the crust in the pan*. place peppers and tomatoes on top of sauce and cheese on top of that. dust with basil, oregano or whatever your spice of choice is. sprinkle pine nuts and parmesan on top.
place under the broiler for 5-7 minutes - until you've reached your particular level of crusty brown, burnt cheese nirvana. we go all the way.
and EAT.

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tree fancier

shawn & i love trees. i know, i know - who doesn't? we are tree nerds though. we totally dork out over trees. last spring we joked about starting a zine called "tree fancy." a couple of months ago shawn told me he registered a domain for a tree project. 

once my new website was finished i wanted to do something for him. so, i asked a bunch of people for help. you can see the beginning of our new project over here.

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