July 31, 2007

Wants for Sale

Okay, it's too cool, I have to post it, even though I've already seen it here and a few other places. All the creative buzz right now online is about this young couple in New York who came up with a brilliant idea to get what they want. They made a wishlist, painted each item on the list, and are now selling each painting for the exact cost of each item. For example, they want an iPhone, so the painting of the iPhone costs $649.17. Expensive. But the buffalo chicken wings, on the other hand, are only $12.70. Too bad that's already been bought. How much was the sleep painting? Free.


The website is called Wants for Sale.

They do accept trades instead of $, but only for the exact item painted. Also, they are asking their audience what they want, and if the couple wants it too, they might just paint it.

Smart, huh? If you dig a little deeper, you'll notice that they have another website where they sell clear plastic cubes full of carefully arranged NYC garbage (yes, trash off the street) for $10 each.

I'm not sure I'd be ok with selling people garbage, but darnit, why can't I think of this stuff?

July 30, 2007

Merri Gelato

Homemade gelato? The mom's been experimenting with recipes, and she sent me this one. If you follow this recipe, I'm sure it's perfect. However, I'm a beginner and a recent college grad with no real job, and my friend just gave me a free 3 lb. bag of frozen strawberries, blackberries & raspberries (thanks Mark!). So Scott & I used 2lbs of that instead of buying fresh strawberries. Although it tastes delicious, I gotta admit that it froze a little icier than we would've hoped. I still recommend the recipe.

Ingredients
1 c. hot water
1 c. sugar
2 lbs. fresh strawberries
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1 c. heavy whipping cream

In a small, heavy saucepan, heat sugar and water, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cool this syrup. (*Cringe* I know this is a dry measuring cup, that's Scott. So much for being a precise scientist)

Trim strawberries and puree using food processor or blender.

Stir in lemon juice and syrup.

Whip cream until thickened. (It's pink in the picture because we didn't rinse out the food processor between the berries & the cream steps).

Fold into strawberry mixture.


Place in airtight container and freeze for 2 hours. It looked so good, we almost just stopped and ate it now. Well, actually, we kinda did eat some now... oops.

Return mixture to food processor or blender and puree. Bubbles!

Freeze and additional 2 hours. Enjoy before gelato freezes solid. (This is a little too melted, like I said, our consistency was off because we froze it for too short a time... then too long... but if you follow the instructions written, it'll probably have a better consistency). See me in the spoon? Hi!
Yum Yum! I don't have any bowls (hey man, I'm movin out in two weeks), so I took a picture on a plate instead of the red plastic solo cups that we actually ate from. Yeah slightly post-college.

By the way, I was naughty and posted dessert before dinner. Check out our homemade pizza competition. Don't miss the animated gif! And yeah, it takes us a long time to eat whenever we make something pretty, because we stop and take pictures for our awesome blogs. Cue Kiersten and Courtney teasing.

New Shoes

I found these cute Seychelles shoes at Marshall's this weekend ($22 yippee!). I'm trying to break away from the rubber flip flops because I'm supposed to be a grown-up now. Don't these looked sophisticated & graphic designery?

July 29, 2007

Thank You, Trader Joe's

Helloooo Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate & Roasted Pistachio Toffee.


As good as it sounds. As good as it looks. Thank you, Trader Joe's, for satisfying those of us who know dark chocolate is soooo much better than milk chocolate. Yummy.

Brothers Might Kill Me for This

Trent, Justin, Me & Chris

So I was going through my photo files this morning, in search of more esses, and I found this folder that needs to be put to better use. 2005 Summer Family Reunion Photoshoot in Dad's studio with Grandma Peggy's collection of Great Grandmother Gladys' hats (and some others). I hope my brothers still talk to me after this one.

^ Chris
^ G. Peggy & Me

Guest(s)


A lovely S donated to me by Scott's Mom, aka MamaZero. What is it? Where's it from? It looks like it's part of a gate or something. Thanks for thinking of me : )

July 28, 2007

Vase Envy

I keep coming across all of these lovely vases. I can't wait to have my own place where I'll actually live for more than a year at a time. Saw these on NOTCOT a while ago, which I'm sure are insanely expensive. Lucky for me, someone posted a $3.95 version from CB2 in the comments section. I snapped it up and sent three to Becca for her birthday (see her blog for pics!).



Then today, again on NOTCOT, I kinda fell in love with the olive one here:

...because I have $72 to spend on a bud vase. Nobody posted a $3.95 version on this one. Sad. Hey man, I can ogle. By the way, I'd take the orange one too. That lily looks lovely. Wink wink.

July 27, 2007

Summer

Today I got kissed in the rain.
And I liked it.

: )

July 26, 2007

Have Your Cake


The Chocolate Cake Shot. My favorite. A delicious, hard-to-believe surprise of tasty chocolate cake, where no cake and no chocolate can be found. Indulge.

Ingredients:
- 1 part vanilla vodka (Smirnoff works fine)
- 1 part hazelnut liqueur (I think Frangelico is key)
- 1 sugar-coated lemon slice

Have the shot, suck the lemon. You'll experience the cake when you get to the lemon. Why it tastes like chocolate cake? We'll never know. It's so good it doesn't matter.

July 25, 2007

Hate Mail

So I got my first hate mail/comment today, regarding the original parking ticket post. The post was featured on NOTCOT, so I assume the person found his/her way to my blog from that. It's interesting enough to me that I decided to share it with everyone. Also, if you haven't seen the other version of the parking citation, check it out.

The comment is left by an anonymous reader, and says:
........

And you call the lady in the van selfish.

Sounds pretty immature to me. In a time where so many people get followed, attacked, beaten, and even killed, one would think such a smart young lady would make better decisions.

Surely there are better ways to intertain yourself without belittling others.

Your actions define who you are.
Character counts.
Someday - you will cry because some selfish person hurts your feelings.

How would you feel if your mother or grandmother got scared because some unknown person put a note on their window?

........

Well, Grandma Peggy, it looks like someone else also agreed with you (not that I didn't - in fact, your comment and thoughts will probably keep me from using the original fake tickets again).

My anonymous commenter is right, in the sense that this hate mail makes me uncomfortable. My fake ticket on the lady's van probably made her uncomfortable, too.

However, the interesting thing to me about this comment is that it is rather hypocritical. This anonymous person left a somewhat angry note on my blog, denouncing my action (an action which was, in fact, anonymously leaving an angry note on someone's car, denouncing her action). Thus, he/she does not really change my mind.

Grandma Peggy's comment actually did change my mind. She set the best example, by following these rules:

1) Always be kind
2) Voice your opinion if you feel strongly about something
3) If you do choose to voice your opinion, do so with kindness, dignity, and respect

Thanks for the wisdom and grace, G. Peggy!

Oh yes, and one more important lesson:
4) Park legally - don't take a handicapped spot from someone who actually needs it and don't block peoples' driveways, etc.

July 24, 2007

Ratatouille

Last night, half way through devouring our weekly Tuesday 1/2 price nachos, Scott and I made a spontaneous decision to go see Ratatouille. We had no idea what time it was showing, walked up to the cinema at 6:40, and the next show was at 6:40. See? We were meant to watch it. Didn't even miss the previews. Annnd my student ID still gets me cheap tickets. Woo!

I'd had no desire to see it until it got such good reviews. Pixar never fails to impress.

We loved it! I definitely recommend it. It's fun to see on the big screen, too, because of the great animation skills. Feel-good fun.

So here's a little taste (ha-ha) of how it was made:



I recommend going after dinner, not before!

July 23, 2007

Go Green Hens


So I was a little disturbed when I got back to my room today and noticed that my lamp had been completely replaced while I was gone (I live in apartment-style dorms this summer, and it comes furnished, including a lamp). I don't like having strangers in my room with no warning while I'm not there.

But then I noticed that they'd also put a new halogen light bulb in it. Could the University of Delaware be going green? Yay! Not only is it good for the earth, but it would save the ol' Blue Hens so much money!

They can come back any time to make my room more green, but next time, I wish they'd give me some warning or leave a note.

Yay green hens : )

[photo thanks to the IKEA website]

July 22, 2007

New Hampshire Weekend

This weekend, Courtney invited a bunch of us up to her house in Exeter, New Hampshire. So much fun! Picture: Court, Kelly, Kiersten, Scott, Robyn & I ...looking like a lobster.

Drove up Thursday night. Friday we went shopping in Portsmouth, puppy playing, and beachin. Saturday we went to the town's revolutionary war festival (so funny to see all these people dressed up in revolutionary garb - not in my town, lobsterbacks!), to the beach again, then her family fixed a glorious dinner with lobster, steaktips, margaritas & more.

Then fireworks, backyard bonfire, s'mores. And long-exposure flashlight pics.
(Just like dad taught me in his living room about 10 years ago.)

^ me

^ my s'more

^ Scott, being mathy

^ my awkward smiley

Thanks, Courtney, for an awesome weekend! Everyone had so much fun : )

And thanks for making fun of my blog so much. Every time I took a picture, Kiersten and Courtney asked me, "You gonna blog that?" Yup.

July 21, 2007

Exeter S

Exeter, New Hampshire

Puppy Fever

As you may or may not know, I have puppy fever. I've been so badly wanting to play with a puppy for weeks now. I really want one of my own, but I don't think I can afford it or give it the love, attention & big yard that it needs for a longggg time. Sad.

This weekend in New Hampshire, Courtney fulfilled my puppy needs by taking us to a puppy pet store. I fell in love with this little guy. We named him Grover. [But not really, because we didn't buy him. I think it made my puppy fever worse].

July 20, 2007

Nicer Parking Citation


So I happened upon this nicer version of the parking ticket, by KnockKnock. Saw it in a gift shop the other day, completely by chance. Still a little mean, but better, don't you think, Grandma Peggy? [Happy Birthday, by the way!]

The only thing I don't like about this one is that it doesn't resemble a real ticket, like the first one. That was half the fun. Maybe I'll photoshop the perfect one.

July 19, 2007

Great Balls of Fire

Some goofy tees I designed per Amy's request (my boss), for the UD Admissions Staff Retreat. The theme is great balls of fire. She said she wanted volleyballs, flames, and volleyballs on Skewers. At first I thought it was rather crazy, but hey, the goofiness grew on me.

July 17, 2007

Bulletin Doodle Guy

So the secret is that I've only been posting every three days, and then I post three times. And I'm tricky and I change the date so you think you've missed posts some how. Not that anyone actually checks my blog that often and noticed.

Anyway, I was sitting here trying to come up with something interesting since I've been sick for the last three days. And this little guy was staring me in the face:


He's been on my bulletin board for two years now. It's time he finally gets the credit he deserves. I have a few other fun things on my bulletin board, but you'll jusssst have to wait.

Oh, the. suspense.

July 16, 2007

Plural for S?

I noticed Sunday that when I see a good "S," I often take a photo of it. I am going to start consciously collecting S's. Esses?

July 15, 2007

Stars Sunday

Thank you Bill, for giving me the new Stars album. Stars are one of my all-time top five favorites. I never get tired of them.

Haven't had a lot of time to listen to the new one yet - "In Our Bedroom After the War." So far I like the sound of it, but I'm not so sure about the lyrics. Their lyrics are always a little disturbing and it takes a few rounds before I can start to understand what they're talking about. Sometimes I can't make sense of it.


I always find with music, that if I like the sound, I want so badly to enjoy the lyrics too. It's so disappointing when you love the way a song sounds but are ashamed to love it for bad lyrics. When you find the rare song that gives you goosebumps and intriguing words - that's brilliant.

Many of the Stars songs are brilliant.

Concert in Chicago Friday, November 2nd. Who wants to go?

July 14, 2007

Sidewalk Saturday

Today there was a Sidewalk Chalk Contest and BeerFest on Main Street. I love that Delaware is so cute and quaint. Smucker visited from NY for the weekend, so the five of us (Smucker, Bill, Robyn, Scott & I) walked around Main Street again and again. Roving musicians, kid-art, free beer, fountain splashing & pho dinner? Bliss.





Which one's your favorite?

We walked around in the fountain on the South Mall for at least half an hour and nobody kicked us out! We might have to try again. With flotation devices.

July 13, 2007

Did You Know?



Found this thought-provoking video today while job searching. XPLANE, "The Visual Thinking Company" placed job listings for designers on creative hotlist & mizzou mafia (thanks Mark!). Went to the XPLANE website, which led me to the CEO's blog, Communication Nation.

Even though XPLANE didn't make this video, I'm fascinated by the information in this blog, and this guy certainly seems like the kind of person I'd like to work for. I don't know if XPLANE is too much information-design and not enough graphic design for my taste & skill, but it's definitely worth a look.

Watch the video. Definitely worth your eight minutes. Then let me know what you think!

By the way - did somebody pull this up in the VC studio sometime? It seems vaguely familiar...

Modified Parsley Pesto

Yum-Yum. Parsley Pesto + sundried tomatoes. I was inspired by this, and just added a bunch of sundried tomatoes in the processor so that it wasn't quite so earthy. Delish!

Pesto Ingredients:
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 cups fresh parsley leaves
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 3/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes

Blend in food processor. Freeze if needed.


With a side of baby spinach salad and homemade crutons. Putting those stale bread heel pieces and smashed frozen whole wheat hamburger buns from graduation to good use.

July 12, 2007

Black Grape Goodness


We bought an assortment of red, green & black grapes. The black grapes are SO good! They're huge, too, and seedless. And green in the middle.


Took the first photo on the top (or bottom, depending on how you look at it) of an overturned pint glass, on a piece of white paper in the afternoon sun coming through our ginormous windows. I like the shadow.

Tastespotted!


I registered on tastespotting (my favorite food website) and tried submitting a few of my own blog posts, and voila! Two pictures up so far!

Wishlist: ShaDo

So this is a ceiling/wall light & the shadow it casts on the ceiling. How awesome is that? Only that little circle in the middle is the light. This art deco one is my favorite, but there are many others here. Thank you, NOTCOT.

Is my blog really just a NOTCOT regurgitation? Anyone?

July 11, 2007

7-11 on 7/11

OK it's only appropriate that I finally post about the 7-11/Simpsons phenomenon on July 11 (aka 7/11). Sorry this post is a bit delayed - I hope you all got your free slurpees. They give 'em out free on the 11th. Only this time, they are called Squishees.

You've likely already heard the hype, but for the month of July, 7-11 joined in with the Simpsons movie makers and converted 12 (I believe?) 7-11's to KwikEMarts. The rest of the 7-11's in the country also carry some familiar Simpson's products. Buzz Cola, KrustyO's, Donuts...

I made my way to a regular 7-11 yesterday for a free Squishee & a box of these KrustyO's. My plan is to save them for my brother (Chris) - a pretty big Simpsons fan.


This is one of my favorite pictures of the KwikEMarts, taken at the Burbank, CA store:


You can find many more pictures here. (By the way, I didn't take any of these photos, nor did I make it to one of the official KwikEMarts - the nearest one is an hour away).

And while I'm at it, might as well mention that there was a competition among all the cities of Springfield in the US to create a "simpsons video." The winning Springfield gets to host the movie premiere. Watch the videos here.

I'm not a huge Simpsons fan, but I am loving this marketing. The only criticism I have is that they really should've made Duff Beer.