Monday, January 17, 2011

Westside Stories: Ready, set, go....

Golding has begun for my groundbreaking! This is happening fo reals.


Here is a breakdown of the process:
• 22 months since buying my plot
• 9 months to sell my house
• 2 moves
• 5 architects
• 5+ house plans
• 2 alternative energy sources planned
• 2 variances approved
• 3 budget changes
• 2 banks
• 2 appraisals
• 4-ish meltdowns

The real fun begins on Feb 1!!

Please to Enjoy: Besties of 2010

what i am listening to, this exact second...
(Sorry, I think the 2 downloads don't exactly match up with the list order....whoopsy.)

Link 1
Link 2

1. Cousins . Vampire Weekend
2. Cause For Alarm . Heavy
3. Ten By Ten . Bluebrain
4. I Can Talk . Two Door Cinema Club
5. Snowflake . Malachai
6. I Feel Better . Hot Chip
7. After the Storm . Mumford & Sons
8. Trap Doors . Broken Bells
9. Cold War . The Morning Benders
10. Sun Hands . Local Natives
11. Nothing Like You . Frightened Rabbit
12. Goblin . Adam Green
13. Feather . Little Dragon
14. My Companjera . Gogol Bordello
15. Trophy Room (Live At Union Chapel) . Slow Club
16. The Only One . The Black Keys
17. Leave House . Caribou
18. Not In Love . Crystal Castles
19. Looking The World Over . Gemma Ray
20. Pretty Little Heart . Free State Revival
21. My Own Sinking Ship . Good Old War
22. Starring . Freelance Whales
23. Rococo . Arcade Fire
24. Eliza Doolittle . Eliza Doolittle
25. Imma G (Memory Tapes remix) . Dem Getaway Boyz
26. Rill Rill . Sleigh Bells
27. Dreaming Of Another World . Mystery Jets
28. Darkness Descends . Laura Marling
29. Phone . Magic Kids
30. Bright Eyes . Vonnegutt
31. Answer In One of These Bottles . Caitlin Rose
32. I Can Change . LCD Soundsystem
33. Our Hearts Are Wrong . Jessica Lea Mayfield
34. Mouthful of Diamonds . Phantogram
35. Bright Lights Bigger City . Cee Lo Green
36. Cameras . Matt & Kim
37. Like A Fading Rainbow . Jenny Wilson
38. Garbage Truck . Beck
39. Anyone's Ghost . The National
40. Expiration Date . Pomplamoose
41. Crazy For You . Best Coast
42. To Binge (Feat. Little Dragon) . Gorillaz
43. King Charles . King Charles
44. The Strangers . St. Vincent

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

lines i like, out of context: "the rum diary" hunter s. thompson

In no particular order:

1. Like most others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that my instincts were right. I shared a vagrant optimism that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were al actors, kidding ourselves along a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these tow poles– a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other– that kept me going.

2. I was feeling better now, warm and sleepy and absolutely free. With palms zipping past and the sun burning down the road ahead, I had a flash of something I hadn't felt since my first months in Europe– a mixture of ignorance and loose, "what the hell" kind of confidence that comes on a man when the wind picks up and he begins to move in a straight hard line toward an unknown horizon.

3. I had a license to wander.

4. There was an awful suspicion in my mind that I'd finally gone over the hump, and the worst thing about it was that I didn't feel tragic at all, but only weary, and sort of comfortably detached.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Please to Enjoy 80: Black Cab Sessions

Here's a collection of my fav Black Cab Sessions and you don't even want to know how many hours I spent gathering these...totally worth it though. :)

Link to file

1. Erland and the Carnival
2. Eliza Doolittle
3. Little Boots
4. Summer Camp
5. Driver Drive Faster
6. Hafdis Huld
7. Vincent Vincent and the Villians
8. Steve Mason
9. Bill Callahan
10. Bombay Bicycle Club 1
11. Lykke Li
12. Lissie
13. Smoke Fairies
14. Savoir Adore
15. Marques Toliver
16. Official Secrets Act 2
17. Official Secrets Act 1
18. Slow Club
19. King Charles
20. Laura Marling
21. Laura Marling 2
22. Noah and the Whale
23. The Virgins
24. Winter Sleep
25. Holly Miranda
26. Brute Chorus
27. Duckworth Lewis Method
28. Ed Harcourt and Graham Coxon
29. Champagne Champagne
30. Jeffery Lewis
31. Alela Diane
32. Sixto Rodriguez
33. Speech Debelle
34. Amadou et Mariam

Friday, August 27, 2010

Dating Woes: Variety is the spice of life...

Why the EXACT same pose 3 times? And why always in the bathroom mirror? And why the hard hat AND sunglasses!?!?

Friday, August 6, 2010

Westside Stories: Lighting options

Trying to sort through the gagillion options for lighting and I am stuck. There are 3 different looks I am torn between. All can be really cool, but will sort of lock me into a certain style. Maybe I need to build 3 houses so I don't have to decide.

The Factory Look:

The Mod Look:

The Nelson Look:

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Things my dad hates: birthday edition


Quickie weekend in St. Louie, and I was reminded just how hard it must be for dad to be dad...hating with so much hate...not that I ever really forget, just gets foggy through the 300 miles. It's nice to have "opportunites" like birthdays, to clear out the fog.

In no particular order:

1. Cake
2. Singing
3. Singing in preparation for eating cake
4. People who eat cake
5. Acknowledging cake eaters, drinkers or singers are even in the room
6. Canadians who eat cake (see earlier posts about Canadian hates)
7. Presents
8. Having to open presents
9. Having to look at the open presents for more than 2 nano-seconds
10. Family stopping by (not exclusive to birthdays)
11. Onions (Still a hate worthy of re-mentioning)
12. Drinking lemonade while eating cake
13. Drinking alcohol while eating cake
14. Smelling the cake
15. Liberals

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Please to Enjoy 79

what i am listening to, this exact second...

Link to Please to Enjoy 79

1. Sun Hands - Local Natives
2. Little Kids (Ladytron Fruits Of The Forest Mix) - Kings Of Convenience
3. Let’s All Die - Jack PeƱate
4. The Chorus In The Underground - Great Lake Swimmers
5. Solo - Chew Lips
6. To Binge (Feat. Little Dragon) - Gorillaz
7. Implode Alright - Built By Snow
8. Nighty Night - Jenny Owen Youngs
9. HollyWood Shampoo - Champagne Champagne
10. LNY - The Hot Press
11. Coin Laundry - Lisa Mitchell
12. Fading World - Malachai
13. San Francisco 1906 - Capybara
14. The Night The Night from Chelsea Silver - Chet
15. True Romance (True No. 9 Blues) - Golden Silvers
16. Stillness In The Move (Dirty Projectors cover) - Solange
17. Sick Muse (Adam Freeland Remix) - Metric & Adam Freeland
18. Surprise Hotel - Fool's Gold
19. Dandelion - Charlotte Gainsbourg

Monday, July 12, 2010

Dating Woes: Meet Skullmaster69

I have no words....good thing he does.

"My thoughts on a 1st date: I would start with dinner (either at a restaurant or smoking on my grill), casual conversation to get to know each other a little better, and determine the mood we are both in, with the goal of getting both of us relaxed and in a good mood. I enjoy a good wit and humor and I hope I can bring you to laugh also (if you do desire to have a deep and serious conversation, I can hold my own). Then on to a bar to play some pool and/or darts and maybe even one with karaoke so I can sing to you. Afterwards, if you desire, we could go back to my place (or yours) for a nightcap and talk about whatever we like, listen to music or we can play a game, or watch a movie or simply just relax together, or to an all night coffee house, and talk. If not we can call it a night."

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Westside Stories: JAMDAR Logo

Here is snapshot of the possible business card and logo that I designed for my architect, Jamie. I did a buch of options playing around with several names (my fav part since I love words so much) but I loved the 60's International Enterprise-ness of this one! I can just see it on a lapel pin and vinyl suitcase. :)

Westside Stories: 4th time's the charm?!

Just finishing up plan number 4, a smaller version of plan 3. Fingers crossed this one is affordable because if not, I just paid a ton of money for a pile of houseless dirt. So far each change has lead me to a much better place, so no's all part of the adventure.

Plan 1: Eddy

Plan 2: Hans

Plan 3: JamDar 1

Plan 4: Jamdar 2

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Please to Enjoy 78

what i am listening to, this exact second...

Link to Please to Enjoy 78

1. Androgynous - The Replacements
2. Pull My Heart Away (Jamie xx Remix) - Jack Penate
3. Action/Reaction - Choir of Young Believers
4. Rambling Man - Castanets
5. There Are Too Many Birds - Arthur & Yu
6. Let's Go Surfing - The Drums
7. Days Drag - Holiday Shores
8. Crimewave - Crystal Castles
9. Trick Pony - Charlotte Gainsbourg
10. Seven Seas - Echo & The Bunnymen
11. Four Holy Photos - Hockey
12. Ten By Ten - Bluebrain
13. The Strangers - St. Vincent
14. Home Sweet Home - Sad Brad Smith
15. Sleep Tonight (Junior Boys remix) - Stars
16. Otha Fish - The Pharcyde
17. My Lady - Kevin Barker
18. Soda & Pop Rocks - Champagne Champagne
19. Moonsurfin' - Malachai
20. Paradise Circus - Massive Attack
21. On The Moon - A.A. Bondy

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Westside Stories: a rough kitchen plan

Here's a rough idea of what I am thinking for my kitchen, pretty sure it will change 50 times before I order my cabinets! But I am really liking the white cabinets with the walnut on the walls. There will also be walnut on the wall across from the kitchen to sort of section off my living room space.

Here are couple of materials I am looking at for countertops: eco-tops and epoxy resin greenstone