March 27, 2008

Pocket of Love: Julia Fullerton-Batten

I have a new miniature muse of gigantic proportions. A friend of mine just tipped me to the photography of Julia Fullerton-Batten, and I am completely sparkly about it. The series I'm most taken with is called "Teenage Stories." To find this batch on her site, navigate to Projects and then to Teenage Stories. The small-scale sets she created for these images are fascinating. Slightly creepy (some of them). But still utterly fascinating. And, honestly, seeing these is putting my current gnome-home building project to slight shame.

Photo credit: Beach Houses, 2005 / Julia Fullerton-Batten

March 26, 2008

The Avalon Cleanse: Day 11

I am on day 11 of a 30-day cleanse. A friend of mine mentioned chronicling the "ins and outs" (literally) of the process might make for some interesting reading, so although doing this daily seems a bit arduous, I will be posting cleanse-related updates from time to time.

For fans of the nonsensical oddities typically getting air time on here, do not let your peepers get moist--I still plan to pepper the blogspot with some POHs and POLs over the next month, too.

To start, some background: I met with holistic nutritionist (and, I discovered, fellow Eastern Washingtonian!) Rachel Avalon earlier this month for a one-hour, pre-cleanse consultation.

How did I find Rachel?

Well, a former coworker of mine is the founder of Chill Out LA. They featured The Avalon Cleanse in one of their recent newsletters and it piqued my interest.

I have tried other liver detoxes in the past, but so many require you to restrict what you eat so much so that it's entirely impossible to manage while working and attempting to carry on a normal (and somewhat energy-filled) life. The fact that this cleanse didn't restrict calories, only what types of foods you consume, was attractive (and more realistic) to me. So, I met with Rachel. Oh, and I handed her $275 in cash.

At the time, I was still taking various medications, so she recommended that I get off of those first, before starting the cleanse... as well as kicking caffeine to the curb.

So, after much prep work, here I am. Eleven days in.

Day 11 is important because it's Day 1 of Phase 2 (each phase lasts 10 days). Starting today, I'm officially vegan (for the next 20 days; the final 10 are raw and blended foods only). I was vegetarian for the first 10, so it's been awhile since I've eaten anything that used to walk. And, I feel great! Well, I have been battling a serious sinus infection for the past week and a half, which has been making parts of me feel like crud, but in general (skin, energy, pep) I'm feeling top notch. Oh, and Day 11 is also the first of many days where I need to take "power herbs." I essentially just drank some weird traveling medicine show-style elixir that tasted, um, interesting. And, it had wormwood in it, so I think I might actually be high. And, I'm at work. Yes. Interesting.

Once I completely kick the cold, I will be stirring more exercise into the mix, too... which is when things will really start to become "transformational."

So, that's that...... totally riveting I know.

Please, raise your water bottles with me, and give a toast to "spring cleaning."

March 20, 2008

Happy Spring Equinox!

I was home sick today (again), and I'm pretty sure I will be tomorrow too, but even in my weakened, woozy state.. I'm still totally amped about spring. This year, I think my somewhat-ghetto, urban, LA garden (yes, I weed out more Thai takeout menus than actual, um, weeds) will feature: a melange of tomato varieties, bouquets of basil, perhaps some leeks and, and, and...still more mulling to do.

Things in general are looking rather springy lately. I have a couple of projects in the works (more details when there's actually something to report) and I'm feeling rather creative and perky. I'm also in the midst of some serious spring cleaning: mind, body and closet. In addition to being five days in to a 30-day detox, I have two-and-counting garbage bags filled with stuff to sell at my annual Garage-B-Q (garage sale / BBQ). Spring is good. Starting fresh.

Now..if I could just kick this damn cold!

March 13, 2008

Pocket of Love: This Google Office

Google Office in Zurich, Switzerland You won`t believe this, but their office looks exactly like the I-Am-Bored office.

Pocket of Hate: Puffy Pleated Pants

(From my blog post earlier this week... These pants are way too puffy and pleated. POH! Oh, and PANTS!)

Pocket of Love: The Raveonettes

A recent inspiration... I want to make music like this and wear rad, vintage-y rocker dresses on stage. And, I will.

March 12, 2008

Don't Talk About Odie

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My family adopted a miniature poodle named Odie when I was a kid. And he bit my leg super hard one day. And although some suspected he may have completed the Iditerod, he really did not. He was just a sad, previously abused lil pup pup that never managed to change his ways regardless of the love. RIP Odie.

March 10, 2008

An old favorite...

...since I don't feel like writing much.

March 05, 2008

Pocket of Love: The Juno-6

It will take a while to master, but the sounds it makes--even at my green level--completely redefine the word "radical," or was the word "badass"? Regardless, I've admittedly been forced to send a couple of sonic emergency pages to Colthart for help twigging and plonging around on this thing. But, even without knowing much, it's really, really fun to play. Entirely analog and tripped out in a dark, thick way. So, who wants to come over and play with me?????

March 04, 2008

Pocket of Hate: "Air Dancers"

I didn't even know their official name until I did a Google images search for "promotional air tube people" and stumbled upon the Air Dancer. Like most Pocket of Hate fodder, these things freak me the fuck out. They're too spazzy and freakoid for me. And they remind me of those little bobble-headed dogs and cats people like to showcase along the rear-window ledge of their cars (Thankfully this trend seems to be phasing out.) They are clearly distracting. And I'm willing to bet a study has never been done to prove their effectiveness (more used cars were sold on the lot the day we had the Air Dancer out!). Ok, maybe there have been studies done because these guys seem to have their promotional balloon biz bases covered (read: giant inflatable gorillas!).

March 02, 2008

Rock-Bottom Loser Entertaining Offers From Several Religions

The Onion

Rock-Bottom Loser Entertaining Offers From Several Religions

FINDLAY, OH—After declaring his intention to drink himself into oblivion two months ago, Owen Pritchard has nearly every popular religion vying for his devotion.