Monthly Archives: May 2010

philadelphia freedom

Today was the day of my big move: this summer, I will be living in Philadelphia for an internship in Center City. I was fortunate enough to have a friend who was looking to sublet his room in a three-bedroom house in Grey’s Ferry (for, incidentally, 24% of my current rent) and I love the neighborhood. I’ll be missing Bklyn, Nick, and my kitty, but the Bolt bus is cheap, and there is a new kitty to play with here.

The only downsides, so far? Well, I had to leave my Canon Rebel with Nick because he uses it at work, and my old point-and-shoot is busted, leaving me camera-less this summer. I’ve convinced myself that I’ll just have to sketch everything instead. Also, I couldn’t fit my sewing machine in my suitcase, but I have plans for getting it down here soon. [EDIT:] Also, it’s really hot in here. [EDIT:] Also, when I open the window, it kind of smells like cats in the bedroom. Probably because of all the stray cats down there.

images: Top, poster by Ork via Parcel Post. Bottom, Philly mural, weheartit.

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wait until the end of life and we will see if i am a rabbit or a turtle.

“I don’t know how to play chess, but life is a chess game for me.”

Just saw Exit Through the Gift Shop. Excellent film, very debate-provoking.

sewing inspiration

I have a serious obsession with signal flags, and I always linger over them when I come across them in antique shops. Now I have an excuse to buy them–how gorgeous would they be assembled, a bit hap-hazardly, into a quilt?

These are the work of Caitlyn Wylde.

via Even Cleveland

daily affirmation

Back from a long weekend in a cabin in New England–more on that later, once I get the photos off my camera. In the meantime, here is how I wish I felt every day. Next time I feel like reaching for the Klonopin, I’m going to watch this video instead.

via Makeunder My Life

round-up ready

Where I’ve been clicking:

bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS, fragments, by choreographer marie chouinard

This is breathtakingly beautiful and bizarre. And not safe for work (artistic nudity).

Performed by the Compagnie Marie Chouinard from Montreal in 2005.

via Vulture

dinner on the fire escape: arugula and cannellini salad with olive vinaigrette

Hi, my name is Julie, and I have a Martha problem.

By problem, I mean hopeless obsession. I love Martha. I love her magazine, her cookbooks, her TV show, her crafts, her WASP-y style, her acrid nature, her incredible success. I love that she is a strong, no-nonsense woman who knows what she wants and sees to it that she gets it. I love that she takes shit from no one. My dream is to start a catering business and expand it into a multi-faceted brand name, a la my two favorite ladies, M and Ina Garten. And you know what? I’m not ashamed. I went to an all-women’s college, which taught me that females can have their cake and eat it, too, even if it means society will scorn them as shrews as a result.

Rant over. Let’s get on to dinner. I got “The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The New Classics” from the local library, and immediately decided that I wanted to make every single thing it contained. I figured I’d start with salads, since it was hot and since we have pretty much no money right now.

This salad is wonderful, and the dressing is superb–this from one who has eschewed all dressings since the dawn of time. I was expecting a heavy, oily, tapenade-y olive paste, but instead, this dressing is light and herby and even summery. It was done in a matter of minutes. We enjoyed our sitting in the windowsill, half out on the fire escape, looking over the backyards to Prospect Park. A dinner party below honored an opera singer and a violinist, and we were serenaded by both as we ate.

arugula and cannellini salad with olive vinaigrette
from The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The New Classics
Serves 4

1/2 cup pitted oil-cured olives, such as Nicoise (we used kalamata)
1/4 cup water
1 garlic clove (we used two)
1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
2 tsp sherry vinegar (we used red wine vinegar)
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 15-1/2 oz. can white beans, rinsed and drained
1-1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 bunch arugula (about 6 oz.), trimmed and washed
Feta, for serving

  1. Make the vinaigrette: Combine the olives and the water in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Process until the olives are finely chopped. Add the garlic, basil, vinegar, and cumin; process until the mixture is smooth and combined, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the beans, tomatoes, and red onion, and gently toss. Pour the vinaigrette over the bean mixture, and toss well to coat. To serve, divide the arugula among 4 plates, and mound the bean mixture on top

Note: We added feta to the individual salads, which was a lovely addition.
Storing: Dressed bean mixture keeps for several days in the refrigerator.


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nick kisses me in his sleep.

He doesn’t remember the next morning. How sweet is that?

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ramble around red hook

Nick and I went for a long walk around Red Hook. Initially, we were on our way to Ikea, but we quickly got sidetracked. There are so many corners and alleyways in Red Hook that demand investigating!

We got skyline views, authentic key lime pies, and old New York charm. We also found a bar we’ve been looking for, a grocery store we’ve been looking for, and we drooled over many lofts we’d love to own.

Check out the whole flickr set for more Red Hook beauty.

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christine gray

I really don’t want to like this painting. It’s so very not my style. And yet, something about it feels so right to me. The softness, instability, the impermanence, the colorful yarns. Maybe it’s the memories of selling ojos de dios to my schoolmates in fifth grade for a dollar apiece. Either way, I want this painting–but as a guilty pleasure, to hang in my imaginary boudoir, where no one else can see.

Christine Gray via Free People.

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