culture

catching up

It’s December 2 and I’m already behind!  I unexpectedly went MIA from this space last week/weekend.  We opted for something new this year.  Instead of the traditional Thanksgiving feast, we headed over to Alabama for the annual Poarch Creek Indian Pow Wow.  I’ve got a lot more to say (and show!) about that whole experience.  Short of the long: I loved it!

Upon returning home Friday evening, we (read: the hubs) immediately headed over to the studio to get it prepped for paint.  On Saturday we spent an unfortunate amount of time in that little box prepping, and prepping, and prepping… then painting, and repainting, and still more painting.  It’s always something with remodels.  This time, it was not only the four random bolts sticking up 2 inches out of my concrete floor, but that the paint (just the primer) kept sliding off the walls.  It’s quite the site to see, paint literally not stick to the walls.  We realized (not soon enough) that it was because of a lack of circulation.  So a fourth trip to Target later, a fan is now circulating air and the walls are dry(ing).  During our trials and tribulations we received a call that my Dad had to be taken to the hospital.

Needless to say Sunday was not spent in the studio, but rather sitting by his bedside in ICU catching up on some much needed magazine time and listening to machines beep while he tried to rest.  He’s semi-stable now and we are just doing a lot of waiting.  Waiting on tests.  Waiting on doctors.  Just waiting.  Pretty coincidental since we began our “Advent” waiting the same day.  This time of year is always so weird for me.  What a paradox we walk in every day.

I hope to post lots more photos of the Pow Wow this week…but we’ll see how things go.

Thanksgiving 2013

inspiring fellows

I have been enjoying perusing the winners of this year’s MacArthur Fellows.  Per their website,  “The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted $625,000 fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”  These individuals, from ages 32-60, are quite inspiring — writers, scientists, and artists of all types make up this years’ recipients. Go take a gander

Smarty Pants

listening to autumn

Have you downloaded Over the Rhine’s latest (double) album Meet Me At The Edge Of The World yet?  If not, do so immediately.  It is absolutely, perfectly fall.  These two really are the original cool!  With this album I feel like I’ve been let in on something personal and intimate.  Most folks I know (couples or not) have inside jokes and language that characterizes their relationship.  (Anyone who has had to spend time with the hubs an I knows this fact annoyingly well.)  Talking to the WSJ about the album’s title Detweiler says, “‘…when the fog rolls in [at their Ohio pre-civil war home], we used to say we felt like we were living on a farm on the edge of the world.'” And with this latest set of music, I feel like they’ve let us in on a little secret about their home…and ultimately their lives.  (Listen to a little bit and read the full interview here.)

OTR

reading and smirking

While laid up on the couch this weekend, I caught up on some reading.  And on the lighter side, here were two things that made me laugh:

New Eustace.indd

The New Yorker chose their winner for their 2013 Eustace Tilley Contest.  I love this “Brooklyn Eustace.” You can read the full story here (and see other submissions too.)

The New Yorker Cartoon

And this one is just really funny. #truth

i can’t take my eyes off of you

tv nuns

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The hubs and I haven’t had cable for several years now — yep, we’re “one of those” couples.  But believe me, there is plenty of TV-watching still happening in our house.  Between Hulu and Netflix, we’ve always got something to watch.  (FYI — I do not think that Hulu+ offers anything different/better than their regular free streaming videos… AND they still have commercials!)  Well, we are the new demographic of viewers who like to “binge” on our shows — that is — we’ll watch nearly an entire season of episodes during a weekend (or two, or three).  There is a great article in the NYT about this very phenomenon and how Netflix has capitalized on it with their all new original series, House of Cards.  Over three weekends we fit in all 13 “chapters” and well, we’re hooked.  Kudos to Netflix for taking such a risk on a new idea and better yet, for making a quality show to boot.  I hope we can expect more of this in the future, (and it looks like we can.)

parting thought — quoidbach, gilbert, wilson

“We measured the personalities, values, and preferences of more than 19,000 people who ranged in age from 18 to 68 and asked them to report how much they had changed in the past decade and/or to predict how much they would change in the next decade. Young people, middle-aged people, and older people all believed they had changed a lot in the past but would change relatively little in the future. People, it seems, regard the present as a watershed moment at which they have finally become the person they will be for the rest of their lives. This “end of history illusion” had practical consequences, leading people to overpay for future opportunities to indulge their current preferences.” — The End of History Illusion; Jordi Quoidbach, Daniel Gilbert, Timothy Wilson

Irina Werning -- Back to the Future

Back to the Future photography project here | History Illusion article here (& NYT article here)