Wednesday, October 29, 2008

"mad men" glut

nothing new here today. i guess i could tell you that i finally managed to get everything put away in the apt from when i was gone/sick.

ah, progress.

the only thing i'm doing today is watching "mad men" and drinking pumpkin beer. and possibly deciding on a costume for friday. i'm thinking about being jane winebox but i doubt i'll get around to making the required suit. (you know, a franzia box with a name tag that says "jane winebox". *soooo* original. *eyeroll*)

Monday, October 27, 2008

the weekend

still dealing with leff's cold (and the filthy fucking apartment that results from me being out of commission for almost two weeks) so this will be short as usual.

saturday night, leff and i met up with j and d for the baked book launch at the ace hotel.



it was so much fun! and the baked goods (esp the pumpkin whoopie pie and the brownies) were fantabulous!

sunday, meh. are sundays ever worth a damn?

have some cameraphone photos from halloween stuff around lqa.





i'm gonna' watch fear fest on amc and drink a lot of juice.

Friday, October 24, 2008

sick and still busy

will i ever get things back under control? that remains to be seen especially now that i've caught leff's stupid cold and am moving at a sloth's pace.

again, there're no new photos to see except for this peter pumpkinhead.



for s&f, of course.

i doubt that i'll be carving a pumpkin this year. sad but true.

i'm doing a book launch on saturday and probably sleeping the rest of the weekend. what about you?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

slowly returning back to normal

since i was busy yesterday trying to readjust to pacific daylight time and attempting to get back up to speed with everything else that had been put on hold for a week, i don't have a lot to write about.

which is why i'm going to mention that i was pleasantly surprised by how good of an airline continental is. (if you ever find yourself on one of their smaller commuter planes with brian as your flight attendant, consider yourself *very* lucky. he is *wonderful*! also? THEY SERVE FOOD!)

i'll throw this out there as well. THANK YOU, shuttle express for upgrading me to a private car on monday night! after 12 hours of travel it is simply the greatest thing in the WORLD to be able to arrive home from seatac in less than 20 minutes. i would kiss you if it were possible to kiss a shuttle service.

ANYWAY, for lack of any other photos, here's what i made for suspect and fugitive yesterday.



k, time to prepare for something potentially huge that's happening on friday. i should be readjusted to seattle time by then, right?

Monday, October 20, 2008

headed back to the west coast!

hey, lovely readers! i'm time shifting again. by the time you read this, i'll be on the 12 hour journey back to the west coast and beautiful, beautiful seattle! (i'll never take you for granted again, seattle. in fact, i'll probably kiss the tarmac at seatac if they'll let me.)

before i let you go though, i simply MUST tell you about the star museum in abingdon, va! it was a breath of fresh air, kids. for real. i felt like i was home when i was there.

here's robert weisfeld, the owner of the museum, posing in front of part of his massive collection (and his wonderful painting). i really enjoyed the tour and, most of all, meeting such a fantastic person!



i didn't have time to do photo correction on most of the images i ended up with but the ones that i have worked on can be viewed here. also, if you'd like a virtual tour of the museum, click here.

if you're in abingdon, make sure to stop by this great little museum! (the collection is rotated periodically.) admission is $10. absolutely go for the tour!

right, time to kiss western va/eastern tn goodbye! see you next decade, appalachia. maybe. if i have enough antidepressants.

Friday, October 17, 2008

obama bake sale!

remember the spent stencil from monday?



it was for the obama cookies that i made for tonight's obama bake sale!



if you're in seattle, swing by vermillion (1508 11th ave across the street from value village) starting at 7pm! i won't be there, but the cookies will. also, you'll be contributing to a great cause!

a brief depressive moment

i'll be honest with you. being in this part of the country, in this particular small town depresses the hell out of me. so instead of whining and bringing you down, here's a video of the krispy kreme donut machine.

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just a reminder. this is what it's like where i am.

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thriving nightlife, right?

and this is *so* where i want to be.

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i'm so homesick.

i'm probably never going to get around to uploading those photos that i promised. sorry. if you're interested in seeing the technically pretty geography of this region, check out the flickr set.

also, suspect and fugitive is still going on while i'm here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

so i'm in va

hey, chitterlings! i made it to rural va just fine but i'm a bit jet lagged (which makes me crazy. i mean, it's stupid. i'm still in the continental u.s. and it's only a 3 hour difference! grrr!) and *extremely* exhausted since i'm pulling days that start at 4 am pacific time and end at 1 am pacific time (when i normally conk out).

also, there are MANY old ladies who talk to me about...something. i don't know, i've been zoning them out. but they *do* natter on so and invade my personal space at the same time. if i were in seattle, i'd probably punch them. or at least yell "STOP TOUCHING ME!!##!@!#"

ANYway, this is kind of a long way of saying that i'm too tired to really write up a coherent blog post (i'm sure you've noticed). i do have a lot of photos that i'll upload here sometime soon but if you can't wait to see my hillbilly heritage, you can check out the flickr set.

k, it's time for lunch. AT 8:30 IN THE MORNING#@! *weeping*

Monday, October 13, 2008

bonus video

more images, this time of the moving variety, from sunday.

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i'm traveling but there's still a post

thanks to the ability to time shift with blogger post dates, i was able to post today even though i'm probably flying over one of the, well, fly over states while you're reading this.

hooray.

so on friday night, leff and i did the plush you opening. it was FANTASTIC as always! (and very crowded despite the photos that i have. how do i manage to never have people in my photos? that's not really the interesting question. why don't i ever have people in photos? now that's something that one of my old shrinks would love to sink his teeth into.)

anyway, non peopled photos of plush. here they are!

























it was a great night all around, weather not excepted.



on sunday, leff and i took a short trip to golden gardens and fisherman's terminal.















i kinda' wish i could stay there instead of heading back east.

also before heading out, i finished up a project that was due on the 17th. here's my spent stencil.



what's it for? well, i'll give you a hint...



but you'll have to check back on friday the 17th for the answer.

*fingers crossed that i'll have an internet connection when i land!*

Friday, October 10, 2008

hanging plush you

hey, kids! it's still busy around casa rakkaleff but you probably already knew that.

still, the hectic nature of our household did not preclude us from dropping by schmancy last night to help hang the plush you 4 show! there are pictures below BUT FIRST, check out kate of nancy's cuuute little ghost garland!



ok, here are the plush you pictures!













the opening is tonight at schmancy, nancy and fancy from 5-9p! i'll be there after i catch the black kids at their easy street instore.

look! i had patriotic fingernails for a while the other day!



yeah, i don't know where i was going with that...

a programming note: i probably won't be able to have a new post on monday as i'll be suffering through a 12 hour day of travel. (3 am shuttle to seatac then off to a transfer in houston ending in knoxville, tn with a pickup and a 30 minute drive. the day after that includes a 4 hour drive, but i digress.)

time and internet availability depending, i'll post from 1991 next week. (or 1985 if i can jump online in morristown.) if i can't access the series of tubes, (the mountains in rural appalachia kinda' make, well, everything suck.) i'll be back on wed the 22nd.

god i'm gonna' need a drink.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

working, watching debates, etc

i have nothing new to add to the title. i have, indeed, been working and watching the debates. it hasn't left much time to do anything else.

if you're looking for something to read, check out s&f or the s&f halloween set.

back on friday.

Monday, October 06, 2008

leff turns 34, cats, plush you reminder

once again, the world's economic markets are making me feel like barfing. (or maybe it's just sarah palin's voice. who knows for sure...) as such, i'm gonna' just give you the high points from the weekend and go stock up on canned goods. see you in the soup lines!

on friday, leff turned 34.



ed note: that is not him pictured above.

he was sick but he rallied and made it to trabant in pioneer square for his party.



due to his illness, we didn't make it to port townsend as planned. we pretty much did a whole lot of nothing.





ok, we did go out for coffee once.



and i fed j's guinea pig.



ed note: that is not a photo of j's guinea pig.

a reminder! the plush you opening is this friday night from 6-9p at schmancy, nancy and pants!



be there or be a geometric form!

Friday, October 03, 2008

leff's unsurprise party

leff did it again this year, goddamn it. every year i plan a surprise party for him and every year he stumbles upon it at the last minute

case in point, two years ago, he walked into the apartment 15 damn minutes before people were supposed to arrive.

last year, i tried a change of venue but he saw someone guiltily close an email that i had sent them about party specifics.

so what did he do this year? THIS YEAR he got sick.

see, cg had helped organize a bunch of people at leff's company to meet at trabant for coffee and cupcakes. not a huge party or anything since they're under a serious deadline right now BUT the plan was dependent upon leff's being at work.

this can't happen if he gets sick.

still, we're going through with the party even though leff knows about it, goddamn it.   we do it every freakin' year.

here are some pictures from when it was still in the surprise stage.





this can of pumpkin has nothing to do with it. i just like that the lines from the lid show up on the top.



anyway, i best be getting the cupcakes out of j's freezer and let them unthaw. one upside to this debacle is that i won't have to carry them downtown by myself.

still. goddamn it. next year he can plan his own surprise party.  happy freakin' birthday, leff.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

schmancy, spl fall book sale, burgermaster, road trip to sultan and monroe, wa

oh my god, kids! things have been nuts around here lately. let's just jump into the glut of photos that i took.

part of last week i spent at schmancy.





and there was weirdness. not in the store but on the side of a bus.



weiner, HO!!

leff and i made it to the second day of the spl fall book sale.



goddamn but we picked up some books!



no duplicate titles either due to leff's tech.

while in the udistrict, we hit burgermaster.





i had a banana shake



and leff fell in love.

on monday, i joined jessie on a cakewalk in sultan and monroe, wa! such fun! AND we found bigfoot!



also delicious donuts



and various other goodies.



here're some more photos from the trip. you know, for atmosphere.















also, two of my new favorite tags.





and, just for the hell of it, monterrey jack (for s&f of course).



things will continue to be busy for the foreseeable future. friday is leff's bday and we're headed to port townsend! hooray!