March 02, 2009

Lisa: Silent in the Grave

One-minute book review of Silent in the Grave, by Deanna Raybourn.

Read it!

March 03, 2009

Lisa: comorbidity

Overheard in the movie theater restroom.

Woman 1: When I went to the doctor for my ear infection, there wasn't even a note in my chart about me being an addict. They could have prescribed me anything! I mean, there should be a NOTE!
Woman 2: I know, that's why I'm so mad I threw away those leftover Percocets.
W1: Hold on, let me take these real quick. [Drinks from the sink faucet.] I can't believe they gave me two 50s instead of one 100. The 100s are totally stronger than two 50s.
W2: Totally stronger.
W1: I told my doctor to write me a prescription for the 100s instead, because they're exactly the same, but she wouldn't. Like, I KNOW they're addicting. I'm an addict. But I have ANXIETY!!

March 12, 2009

Sarah: Overwhelmed

Sometimes, especially when I'm not sure what the future holds, I am overcome by all of the things I haven't yet accomplished.

When Richard Branson was my age, he was buying an island.

When E was my age, she was buying a home.

When my dad was my age, he was embarking on law school, where he would graduate with a perfect GPA.

When my mom was my age, she was smiling in a photograph at her college graduation, wearing a cap and gown and balancing her third baby (me!) on her hip.

I could go on and on (and started to, but then decided you were probably already bored) about the examples of people in my life (well, with the exception of Richard Branson) who had already accomplished so much by age 24. I'm overwhelmed and feel inadequate, but I'm so lucky to have such inspiring people in my life. You make me want to be better. You make me want to reach higher.

March 15, 2009

Sarah: Finger cozies, part two

Fine, you caught me.

I wasn't making finger cozies at all, but creating many blue legs for a small crocheted octopus. He now belongs to Shantelle's new baby, which is a very good thing. This amigurimi thing is a sickness. Once you start, you can't stop.

Hi. My name is Sarah, and I can't stop crocheting.

March 20, 2009

Sarah: These Boots

Nora, in addition to being charming and extremely smart, has a penchant for wearing grown-up clothes. On one occasion, she, like the rest of us, was coveting Marci's boots. Unfortunately her legs were not long enough for her feet to reach the ground when she wore them, so Marci helped her walk around the living room.

This is why I cannot wait for this little girl to return from China.

March 23, 2009

Lisa: Jailhouse Pop

This feature brought to you by HK Magazine:

Jailhouse Pop
What's the worst thing about being an incarcerated Cantopop celebrity?

  • Prison karaoke machine doesn't have your 2003 hit song, "Love is Somewhat Necessary"

  • Large, hairy inmate has taken liking to your high cheekbones and dreamy eyes

  • Orange jumpsuit clashing with orange highlights

  • Thrice-daily gruel going straight to your ass

  • Trying and failing to construct a shiv out of an acrylic nail extension
  • March 24, 2009

    Sarah: Paper and Print

    I have a load of pictures to show you, but until I work out some technical difficulties, they'll have to wait. For now, lets swoon over some lovely letterpress until I get everything fully operational. Thanks for understanding!

    Greenwich Letterpress. Based in New York City, they walk the line between traditional and modern in the best way, respecting the history of letterpress while staying creative and clever.

    Beast Pieces. I fell for this site the moment I saw their masthead. Then I saw all of their great customized calling cards. I think I'm in love.

    Fugu Fugu Press. E emailed the link to this shop to me. This California couple makes some of the cutest cards around.

    March 31, 2009

    Sarah: Prezzies!

    I signed up with a friend via Facebook for a gift exchange-type concept. I've posted my gift offer here, and I hope I can make something for you. Just leave a comment below with a valid email address so that I can get your mailing address, if necessary. I hope I can make something you'll enjoy!

    The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me. This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully:

    1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make, but I promise to make something that I would like!

    2. What I create will be just for you, hand crafted with love.

    3. It'll be done this year (2009). Beyond that, you won't know in advance when it's coming.

    4. I will not give you any clue what it's going to be, unless I can't resist teaser photos or hints on the blog. It will be something that you can hold, not an online gift. It may be weird or beautiful. Or both. Or neither. It might be baked goods. It might be a mix CD or an art project or something made with yarn. I reserve the right to do something extremely strange, if inspired to do so.

    6. In return, all you need to do is offer up a note of your own and make something for the first 5 to respond to your note.

    7. If I don't have your mailing address, I'll send you an email. Just leave a comment below. I can't wait to surprise you!