Friday, March 30, 2012

The Weekend

From the Brooklyn Museum

Ah, the weekend!

Saturday Jon and I will be running this 5K.  Even though we have to wake up early I'm so excited so spend the morning in Brooklyn Bridge Park taking in the gorgeous views of the city.  Sunday we'll be heading over to Nitehawk Cinema for a screening of The Hunger Games.  Yes, I've read all the books, twice.  And no, I am not ashamed.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New York, I Love You.

Sunday I had one of those perfect New York afternoons.  I caught the Gertrude Stein exhibit at the Met and walked through Central Park and Soho with two of my very dear friends.  We have tentative plans to spend another Sunday walking through Manhattan from the top all the way to the bottom, over the Brooklyn Bridge, and back to our borough.  Exciting stuff.  At least to me.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Your Brain on Love

I read this article today and wanted to share.  Studies in interpersonal neurobiology show that love "literally transforms you."

More from the article:  

"So how does this play out beyond the lab? I saw the healing process up close after my 74-year-old husband, who is also a writer, suffered a left-hemisphere stroke that wiped out a lifetime of language. All he could utter was “mem.” Mourning the loss of our duet of decades, I began exploring new ways to communicate, through caring gestures, pantomime, facial expressions, humor, play, empathy and tons of affection — the brain’s epitome of a safe attachment. That, plus the admittedly eccentric home schooling I provided, and his diligent practice, helped rewire his brain to a startling degree, and in time we were able to talk again, he returned to writing books, and even his vision improved. The brain changes with experience throughout our lives; it’s in loving relationships of all sorts — partners, children, close friends — that brain and body really thrive."

Amazing and beautiful.  

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Weekend

Jen's old place and her old cat.

Spring cleaning has started around the apartment.  The first step was culling the wardrobe.  I think many things will be put up for sale on Ebay in the near future.  The plan is to save that money to buy a new laptop because mine is a dinosaur.  I'm surprised it still works as well as it does.

Other plans include dinner at Paulie Gee's, a ladies skate-boarding date tomorrow if the weather holds out, and a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the Gertrude Stein exhibit.  

Oh yes.  And sleeping, because I don't ever get as much as one is supposed to.

More soon!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Stars and Stars

More photos here.

Life is starting to get back to normal after that weekend long cram session.  I told myself that I was going to do better with my study habits but it didn't happen.  However, I think I did really well on the exam so it's just positive reinforcement for continued negative behavior.  

Anyhow, the apartment is a wreck and there's a pile of laundry to be done but I did manage some time to dye more of the star garlands.  Priorities people!  

This is shaping up to be a really great and easy project.  The challenge is to figure out how we are going to transport them to Ohio when the wedding rolls around.  Right now they are sitting in mason jars but I want to find something better to ensure they won't get tangled en route.  Jon suggested gift wrapping paper rolls but I have none of those around the apartment.  These garlands are very long so wrapping them around a shorter cardboard tube is just not going to work.  I'll have to think about this one.

If you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them.

*** Thank you to Say Yes to Hoboken, Craftzine, Not MarthaLe Bebe Blog, and Modcloth for mentioning my previous star garland post.  It seriously made my day. ***

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Weekend

I'm on social lock-down for the weekend as I have my first exam of the semester on Monday.  I am having a hard time settling down and getting the information INTO MY BRAIN but that's what I signed up for when I decided to go back to school.

Anyhow, some stuff I've been thinking about.

- The best anti-wedding wedding blog.  The right amount of snark and very modern fashion sensibilities.

- The other best anti-wedding wedding blog.  Well, maybe not so much anti-wedding but a much more down to earth and realistic approach.

- This very fit and very strong 73 year old woman.  I hope to look half as good at her age.

- This race that starts and ends at Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Jon and I signed up today.

This and this are good things to remember.

- The meditation class I took on Sunday.

Have a good weekend!

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Weekend

On Saturday afternoon Jon and I headed out to McCarren Park to cheer on our friend who took part in the first North Brooklyn Runners Track Meet.  It was sunny but freezing on Saturday and I felt bad for the folks who were wearing those short ass running shorts.  However, the cold didn't seem to affect their speed.  It was pretty amazing to watch the participants zoom around the track.

I've been thinking about joining the North Brooklyn Runners since I moved here but their speed and seriousness about running always intimidated me.  I'm still intimidated but if I can muster up one or two friends to come with me maybe I'll join them on one of their beginner group runs.  We shall see.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Felt Flowers

Sunday afternoon I'll be heading into the city for a one hour introductory meditation class with a friend.  We had an email exchange shortly after my post on meditation and she suggested we attend this class.  I've been thinking more about meditation and have noticed that crafting is almost like meditating for me.  Yes, making hundreds of paper stars was tedious.  Yes, cutting out pieces of felt and sewing them into flowers can be monotonous.  However, I've found that in these acts I've been able to sit with my thoughts.
I think that was important for me to realize.  There's a reason why I have always been drawn to making things with my hands.  I used to think of it as a mindless behavior but it's not.  There's intent in creating something, tedious acts with a purpose.  More importantly, it's time that I set aside to be with myself.

It's a good thing I've framed it this for myself way because there's a lot more crafting to do.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Lucky Number 13

Nahbi turned 13 years old this month.  She's been with me through college, my twenties, and the first couple years of my thirties.  She's definitely gotten crankier over the years but hardly ever displays that rotten side to me.  She remains my constant, loyal, and loving companion.  

Friday, March 2, 2012

Blue Stars

If you are interested in purchasing star garlands please check out my Etsy store! There are many colors available and they are ready to ship.

More pictures on Facebook

I mentioned a while back that I was going to use this tutorial to try and create an ombre effect on the paper star garlands I was making.  I did a test run and it worked!  I'm pretty happy with the results, happy enough that I don't even mind that it looks like I murdered a smurf.  

It's a pretty easy process but a messy one.  I bought some RIT dye and eyeballed a small portion into a mason jar.  I sprinkled some salt in there and heated some water up on the stove.  Initially I added a little bit of water in order to create a concentrated color and then submerged part of the garland.  I had to push it down into the dye because the stars ended up floating on top.  I put more of the garland on top of what was already in there until a decent amount was piled on top but didn't push it down into the dye.  Instead I added more water to dilute the color and repeated the process until the entire garland was dyed.  As soon as I had pushed the last star into the dye I immediately took out the garland and hung it up to dry.

I jerry rigged an extra shower curtain rod I had been using in one of my closets in the newspaper lined bathtub for the garland to dry.

The dye that splattered on the tub wiped off easily with a magic eraser type sponge.  My hands, not so much.  I'm contemplating scrubbing them with that sponge.

I bought a few other colors and am excited to try them out.  I'll update again with the final results.

*Side note - do you ever have a "Holy crap it actually worked!" moment when a craft turns out exactly how you hoped it would?  I totally had that moment and maybe had a mental fist pump going for a minute.  Please don't judge me.

A Good Day

My boss had the awesome idea to get some Jeni's Ice Cream delivered to the office for my coworker's birthday.

This made for a good day. That and my subsequent sugar buzz. Whew.